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Chicks In Crisis Donations

 

Chick’s in crisis is a non-profit organization that keeps babies out of foster care, assists in adoptions and is a Family Resource Center.  They are in desperate need of donations of diapers size 4, 5, and 6, kid’s socks and underwear (size 5 and under), baby oil, wipes, children’s shampoo and lotion.  You can drop off donations on a drive-by drop-off on Sunday December 6th between 11 am and noon.

SERVICES MOVED TO ONLINE VIDEO – SANCTUARY SERVICES TO RESUME WHEN RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED

Dear EGPC Family:

I want to thank the Session and all of you for taking the prudent action of cancelling worship on, March 15.

  From Honduras, I had emailed the Session Friday morning asking them to consider cancelling services and tried to get updates as we travelled home that day.  I commend them for making this tough choice   It’s hard not having our gathering to look forward to, but I am convinced this is the right thing to do.


We will need to consider what to do in the following weeks.
A little about our shortened trip to Honduras:Our school-building team had arrived  Wednesday afternoon.  We headed for the Villa Soleada Bilingual School Thursday morning, expecting to do painting and other building work on the high school to prepare for a big inauguration celebration on Friday.  And we looked forward to visiting with and tutoring students.  Several things then happened:

1.  The school administrators were concerned about the possibility of our infecting students, so we would not have close interaction with them.

2.  After several hours of work on Thursday, at about 1:30 we learned that the Honduran government had ordered the closing of all schools starting that day and extending for two weeks.  That meant no ceremony Friday.

3.  Shin and the school staff then arranged for the celebration to happen at 3:00 Thursday…and what a celebration it was, including an 8th grader reading in perfect English a thank you letter she had written.

4.  Our Sacramento team then struggled about what we should do…and we decided it would be wisest for us to return home as early as possible.  With Bob Azzarito’s hours’ long negotiating with American Airlines, we were able to re-schedule for a Friday departure…at no additional cost.  We were disappointed not to be able to complete more work on the building or spend time with students, but we agreed that leaving was the right course of action.   


I look forward to when we can all be back together.  And I look forward to sharing more about our trip.
Warmest blessings…and with thanks to God…Dexter

HOSPITALITY DONATIONS

If you cannot spare the time to prepare goodies for our hospitality time after worship, please consider making a donation to the green “Hospitality Donation Box”
located at the hospitality table. Donating will help fill the void dates and lessen the burden on members who regularly prepare goodies.

Seeing Stars

stars-shootingThe EGPC congregation is seeing stars, for a very good reason! Specifically, a colored star will be placed on your name badge which corresponds to the Deacon assigned to your congregational care. The color assignments for 2021 are as follows:

Green Star – Leslie Konopinski

Yellow Star -Mike Van De Pol

Blue Star – Mary Arnett

Red Star – Doris Williams

Purple Star – Carol Burrow

Orange Star– Randy Irons

If you need a replacement badge, please sign the request form on the reception table.

Our Pastor

Dexter

Rev. Dexter McNamara became our full-time pastor on April 1, 2015.

Dexter is a graduate of UCLA and Princeton Theological Seminary.  He spent 12 years in Denver, Colorado, serving in congregations and community programs.  He came to Sacramento in 1983 to join the staff of Fremont Presbyterian Church, serving there until 1993.  He subsequently worked with the Interfaith Service Bureau, California Emergency Foodlink, and Partners In Care.

Dexter and his wife, Carole, have a combined family of 5 grown children and nine grandchildren…plus a very high-energy dog named Jackson.