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Kids today have play dates with their friends.  When I was a kid, I just ran outside and played with the neighborhood kids.  We never scheduled a time and place to meet.  But these days, it’s all about play dates.  My daughters, Stacey and Stephanie, schedule to have their daughters’ friends come over (sometimes moms and dads are included) to the house for planned activities.  And likewise, their friends schedule play dates with them.  

Scheduling play is not a bad thing to do.  I had a colleague who actually scheduled her time of rest and play on her calendar to make sure she devoted enough time to herself.  Balancing our work and play is important for living a healthy life—body, mind, and soul.  God created the world to be in perfect balance and that includes humans, too.  When we are off balance, we (and the world) suffer the consequences.  

In our Gospel story this week, Jesus told his disciples to take time off after a busy mission trip.  “Come away,” he said, “all by yourselves and rest.”   This Sunday I invite you for a play date.  My house isn’t big enough for all of us so we’ll meet at God’s house at 9:30 a.m.  We’ll do some work and we will definitely take time to play!  

I hope you can make it!  Be blessed. 

Pastor Karen

      THE BIG EVENT for all church leaders, members and friends of the church to participate in 26 educational workshops will be held Saturday, August 25th beginning from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Tucson.  For more information and to register visit the presbytery website at www.pbygrandcanyon.org.  Class size is limited.  A full list of the workshops are on the information table in the narthex.


HART PANTRY wishes to thank the congregation, Pastor Karen, the deacons & elders for the BACK-TO-SCHOOL Ice Cream Social Fund Raiser held on July 8th.  As always you are all so generous in your donations to our At-Risk and homeless teens. The school supplies will certainly help us ready 200 teens for their return to high school, and monetary funding is used to benefit them throughout the school year.  We know without support such as yours we could not continue our mission.

Thank you again, Ruth Langford


HELP MAGGIE WITH MISSION by participating on a mission task force that seeks ways to acknowledge and expand our involvement in being a part of Christ's mission in the world.  Experienced or inexperienced, youth or persons with years of wisdom are welcome!  Email Maggie at mmcvety64@gmail.com with any questions and your willingness to serve.


“DEVO” A DEVOTIONAL FOR TEENS +BY TEENS and POCKETS MAGAZINE FOR CHILDREN are available on the table in the narthex while they last.  


OUR DAILY BREAD devotionals for June/July/August are available on the information table.


COFFEE sign-up sheet is on the table in the narthex to order JUSTO CAFÉ from a coffee farm co-op in Mexico to support workers and their families.  Each bag is $10.00 and includes cost of shipping.  


BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN, a grief support group will meets the first Thursday of the month.  The next gathering will be THIS Thursday, July 26th at 11:30 a.m. in Heritage House.  Bring a dish to share for a light potluck lunch.


BIBLE & BRUNCH meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  No meeting for the month of July. The next gathering is Wednesday, August 8th at 10:00 a.m. Bring a dish to share.


WHAT’S ON TAP TUESDAY?   Men’s fellowship meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Dubina’s Brewery, 67th Ave., just north of Bell Rd.  Bring your Bible.  No meeting for the month of July.   Next meeting is Tuesday, August 14th. 


PRAYER SHAWL GROUP meets every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. to noon at Rayner’s Chocolate & Coffee Shop, 14021 N. 51st Ave. #106, Glendale to knit, crochet items for those who need to be wrapped in prayer.  Beginners are welcome.





RESIDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS needed to take photos of events at Heritage throughout the year.  Send your photos to heritagepres@gmail.com as events at the church occur.  Mention to those in the photo the picture may be used in the annual report and should one not want their photo used, please delete it.



EYEGLASSES NEEDED for the Lions Club Foundation Eyeglass Program. Look for the box in the Narthex to make your donation.