Dr. Joe Watkins
Children in the English congregation will begin the service with their parents. Children will come forward when indicated for the blessing of the backpacks and then go with their teachers to children’s church. Children’s Sunday school will follow at 11:00 am.
- You can greet the preacher of the day following the service in the foyer.
- You are not obligated to give to the offering but may do so if you feel led.
- If you complete a Connect Card by clicking this link, we will make a $10 gift in your name to one of three faith-based social service organizations. By sharing your contact information with us, we’ll be able to keep you up to date on what’s happening at PazNaz.
Life at PazNaz
College and Career
College and Career Ministries meets tonight at 6:00 pm at the home of the Lin family. For the address of this week’s meeting, please contact Debbie Jones-Acker at 626.524.4112.
Special Needs Talent Show
Everyone is invited to PazNaz’s Special Needs & Disabilities Ministry Talent Show on Friday, October 6, 7:30-9:00 pm in Lee Chapel. We will be showcasing our amazing talent! There will be music, singing, puppets, drama, scripture, an audience sing-along, and a mini arts & crafts fair. Please come to support us on this special night. For more information, please contact Gretchen Moss, Special Needs Ministry Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PazNaz is clearing out some of the inventory from Sunrise Book and Coffee during a sale on Wednesday, October 4, in Gilmore Hall during Common Table, 5:30-6:30 pm. Items include books, Bible covers, gift items, greeting cards, and more! Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.
Women in the Word
Women in the Word meets on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am in Gilmore Hall. The Fall session features Kristi McLelland’s book on Acts, The Gospel on the Ground. The class is also available via Zoom. For more information, please contact Darlene Weaver at email@example.com.
On Sunday, October 22, at 12:00 pm, PazNaz’s board of Discipleship Ministries International will host a Sunday Brunch. Tickets are a suggested donation of $5 per person and may be purchased on the patio on Sunday morning or in the church office during the week. No one will be turned away!
PazNaz’s Celebrate Recovery Ministry meets Mondays at 6:30 pm in the Arms Hall Classroom. If you would like more information about the program or to volunteer, please contact Lois Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626.710.3826.
Candy Donations Needed
PazNaz is hosting Trunk or Treat on Tuesday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 pm. Please bring candy donations to the Children’s Ministries table in the Sanctuary Foyer beginning Sunday, October 1. PazNaz also needs volunteers to decorate cars, pass out candy, and help make this event special for the kids in the community. For questions or to volunteer, please contact Pastor Jasmine Brenneman at email@example.com or 626.351.2418.
Are you interested in knowing more about PazNaz? You are invited to participate in the PazNaz Membership Class on Saturday, October 7, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, in Reed Hall, Room 246. You will learn about the beliefs, history, governance, worshipping communities, and the Mission and Vision of PazNaz. Lunch will be served, and childcare is available with advance registration. Attending the class does not obligate you to become a member. To register for the class, please contact Melody Bundy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626.351.2425, or indicate your interest on a Connect Card and place it in an offering box or hand it to a pastor.
PazNaz will be celebrating baptism on Sunday, November 12 as part of the 9:30 am English Worship service. If you are interested in being baptized, please contact Melody Bundy at email@example.com or 626.351.9631.
In preparation for a new sermon series entitled “Inquiring Minds” beginning on October 22, everyone is encouraged to submit questions about difficult topics, puzzling scripture texts, or theological issues. While the preaching team will not be able to answer every question submitted, the sermon series will be organized around congregational inquiries. Submit your questions by October 8 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone to 626.351.9631, by dropping a note in a Sanctuary offering box, or by handing a note to a church staff member.
Cold Weather Gear Needed
Church In The Park is collecting rain jackets, ponchos, warm coats (L, XL, and 2X), and sleeping bags for our unhoused congregants for the upcoming cold, wet months. Place your donations in the collection bin in the Sanctuary foyer on Sundays in October, or drop them off in the church office during the week.
This month’s widowers’ gathering is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, at 5:00 pm at Mimi’s Café, 500 W Huntington Dr, Monrovia. For more information, please contact Dick Matlock at email@example.com or 818.482.5825.
Wednesdays through October 11
Menu: chicken enchilada casserole, beans, salad, and dessert
Dinner will be served 5:00-6:15 pm. The cost is $4 per person if reserved by noon on Wednesday, and $6 per person if reserved after noon on Wednesday or at the door. Any first-time guest who does not currently attend PazNaz and makes a reservation by noon on Wednesday can enjoy their dinner for free. Reservations can be made on the patio on Sunday mornings between Worship and Sunday School or by calling the church office at 626.351.9631.
Common Table Learning Opportunities, 6:30-7:30 pm.
Grief Support Group
Led by Ginny Pedrotti & Pastor Darwin Ng | Reed Hall, Room 247
Grieving the loss of a loved one, a dream, physical abilities, and financial resources are just a few ways we experience loss. The PazNaz Grief Support Group can provide a safe space with support, care, and teaching as you journey through grief.
The Old Testament and Contemporary Life
Led by Dr. Walker Railey | Reed Hall, Room 248
Over the course of this eight-week study, we will explore Dr. Walter Brueggemann’s teachings on the Old Testament and contemporary life.
Worship: What Is It & How To Do It?
Led by Dr. Brad Strawn and Dr. Joe Watkins | Reed Hall, Room 249
This class will present a theological understanding of Christian worship. We will attempt to answer these questions: what is worship, what is it for, how do we engage in it, what does it have to do with the church and the world? The class will coincide with the preaching series on worship, providing an opportunity to dig deeper into the preaching moment. And yes, we will worship in class!
Women’s Wednesday Experience
Jesus and Women by Kristi McLelland
Led by Joan Watkins & Cathy Cota | Gilmore Hall, South
Feast’ on the Word of God in a fresh way through deeper understanding of the Bible through a Middle Eastern lens.
College and Careers: Food and Fellowship | 5:45-7:15 pm
Led by Debbie Jones-Acker | Gilmore Hall
Gather around the table, eat, share, and listen to church or community members share their life and testimony. For more information please contact Debbie Jones Acker at 626.524.4112.
Common Table-Oasis (Special Needs and Disabilities)
Led by Gretchen Moss | Reed Hall, Room 246
For teens and adults with special needs, Oasis Bible Study meets from 6:30-8:00 pm in Room 114. It is a night of fun and fellowship! Together we eat snacks, share praises, worship, hear Bible lessons, read scripture, share prayer requests, and pray. For more information, contact Gretchen Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213.570.2901.
PazNaz Kids: CARAVAN
Led by Pastor Jasmine Brenneman | The Cave, Lower Sanctuary 102
CARAVAN, a scouting-based program for kids age three through fifth grade, begins on Wednesday, August 30, at 6:30 pm. The purpose of CARAVAN is to help children grow mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially. The cost is $30 per family for the year to cover the cost of materials. Go to paz.nz/caravan to register.
Student Ministries: Hangout
Led by Pastor Marshall Jackman and Ferol Null | Lower Sanctuary, Room 112
Student Ministries meets from 6:30-8:00 pm in Room 112. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Places to Serve
Please consider serving on one of these teams.
Cart Drivers - Drivers are needed to help people with limited mobility get from the parking lot to the Sanctuary. Please contact Pastor Darwin Ng at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Church in the Park - Volunteers are needed to help the Church In The Park ministry team with food preparation, distribution, and clean-up. People of all ages are welcome to get involved. To get connected with this ministry please contact Godwin Shen (email@example.com) or Vanessa Hadikusumah (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Communion Stewards - Please consider joining the team of communion stewards who help prepare the elements for communion on the first Sunday of every month. For more information or to volunteer, contact Melody Bundy at email@example.com or 626.351.2425.
Helping Hands - Join the helping hands team on Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays. The Tuesday team prepares donations for distribution by the Wednesday team. To sign up or more information, please contact Jim Yang at firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Team - If you are interested in volunteering as part of the Media Team, please contact Steve Vredenburgh at email@example.com. No experience needed, come as you are.
Welcome Team - A team of people is needed in order to make sure everyone feels welcome on Sunday mornings. Contact Melody Bundy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up as a volunteer.
This Week at PazNaz
Dan Aguilera Jr.
- The family of Mel Lawrence, long time member who passed away recently. Service details are pending.
- The family of Tim Todd (son of Pat Todd) who passed away suddenly at the age of 59. Service details are pending.
- Long time former member Robert Parker passed away last week. Service details are pending.
- Long time former member Lavinia Booth passed away September 18 at age 88. Service details are pending.
Common Table Learning Opportunities for Session 2
Classes begin COntinue through March 29, 6:15-7:30 pm. Click on a class title to register online.
Women’s Wednesday Experience Twelve More Women of the Bible Study Guide: Life-Changing Stories for Women Led by Joan Watkins & Cathy Cota | Gilmore Hall, South Through twelve sessions, with each focusing on one Biblical woman, this fresh look at the women of the Bible helps women discover new insights and provides a powerful witness to God’s gracious love that will leave you feeling challenged, encouraged, and deeply valued.