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This Week Vol. XXIV, No. 6 | march 15, 2014




at the Arboretum for Senior Adults

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Readings, hymns, and great masterworks depict the life, death, and resurrection of Christ in this concert performed by PCPC children’s, youth, and adult choirs with symphony orchestra.

Sunday, March 30 · 6:00 pm wh at co u l d yo u s h a r e a b o u t

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helping hands Be the hands and feet of Jesus Saturday, March 22 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Room 263

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Park Cities Presbyterian Church exists to extend the transforming presence of the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ in Dallas and to the world.

our family

events & announcements



• Margaret James Goebel, daughter of Jenni and Paul Goebel, February 25, 2014 marriages

• Michelle Nicole Kick and Christopher Andrew Panneck on February 22, 2014 deaths

• Jane Mulberry (CC#06), mother of Lynn (and Jim) Stroud (CC#11); grandmother of Will Stroud (CC#11), on March 5, 2014 sympathies

• Evelyn and Jack Freeman (CC#13) on the loss of his father, James “Jack” Hershall Freeman, on February 28, 2014

missionary luncheon Join us for an evening of worship, dinner, fellowship, for bridgemans and rayls midweek

and teaching Wednesdays, through April 23, 5:30– 8:30 pm. Don’t forget to RSVP for dinner at 214224-2826 by 4:00 pm on Mondays and for childcare for birth to five-year-olds at 214-224-2600. Contact or 214-224-2744.

caregiver support group lunch/meeting If you are a caregiver for a loved one, we would love for you to join us Tuesday, March 18, noon, Oak Lawn West Conference Room, for prayer, great networking, and tender love and care from others doing the same. Lunch provided. Please RSVP to jane.beasley@pcpc. org or 214-224-2771.

helping hands Please join with your deacons to extend helping hands to our single moms, widows/ers, senior adults, and those with chronic illness who have asked for assistance around their homes, Saturday, March 22, 8:00 am–1:00 pm, Room 263. Contact or 214-224-2742.

help the lao presbyterian fellowship feel right at home Our PCPC Lao Presbyterian Fellowship is nesting into their new room—Room 430 in Oak Lawn East—and they are in need of a TV (larger than 36 inches), a small or medium refrigerator, and some area rugs (one approximately 8 ft by 19 ft and another 8 ft by 18 ft (can be smaller)). Contact or 214-224-2523.

pcpc adoption assistance program Did you know that PCPC has an Adoption Assistance Program for our members? If you are in the adoption process and in need of financial assistance, this could be an answer to your prayers. Contact or 214-224-2744.

“Don’t worry about what you do not understand of the Bible. Worry about what you do understand and do not live by.” —Corrie ten Boom


This Week  March 15, 2014

world missions

Join us as we celebrate the ordination of Lee Bridgeman and Brett Rayl during our worship services followed by a reception Sunday, March 23, 12:15 pm, Fellowship Hall. Lunch provided; donations appreciated! Please RSVP to or 214-224-2551 by noon, Friday, March 21.

international student easter cultural exchange Be a part of our first ever International Student Easter Cultural Exchange, Sunday, April 13! Sign up as a family or a small group to have one or more students over for dinner on Palm Sunday as an opportunity to welcome the sojourner during the Resurrection season! Contact or 214-224-2528.

missionary mailings Come spend a few minutes writing notes to our missionaries abroad Sunday, April 27, 12:15–1:15 pm, Fellowship Hall. Can’t make it but have extra notecards sitting around your house? Please consider donating them for our encouraging notes! Contact or 214-224-2551.

pcpc short-term missions 2014 Discover new truths about God, His world, and your own heart by leaving behind the comforts of home and participating in a short-term mission trip. Away from the familiar, oftentimes our hearts become a place more open to God’s work, a place where only faith will sustain us. Throughout 2014, PCPC is sending teams of high school students, singles, couples, and families all around the world. Contact or 214-224-2510.

urban missions eggstravaganza

new friends new life sport equipment Bring your family to Mercy Street’s celebration, Saturday, Our New Friends New Life children’s program is in need April 12, 11:00 am-2:00 pm, West Dallas Community of basketballs, soccer balls and kick balls. The children School! Activities include Easter egg hunts, obstacle are blessed with a playground but could use some courses, face painting, crafts, bungee trampolines, wall new play balls for their Wednesday night program. climbing, and a petting zoo. Volunteers are needed to Please feel free to drop off equipment at Oak Lawn set up, greet families, run the activity stations, direct West offices. Contact or traffic, and clean up. To volunteer, please contact jenna. or 214-224-2501. 214-224-2501. director of children’s ministry position opening The director’s primary purpose is to prayerfully lead, direct, and oversee a healthy, Gospel-centered ministry that will nurture the spiritual growth of children through fourth grade and equip them to be life-long followers of Jesus Christ. Contact or 214-224-2679.

student ministries snacks of blessing Attention all youth! Come fill snack bags at the BCW Warehouse to bless families in the Dallas area Saturday, March 29, 9:30 am, 6000 Denton Dr. Contact or 214-224-2501.

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Praying for our servicemen and women, 12:15 pm, Room 262, 224-2711


Snacks of Blessing, 9:30 am, 6000 Denton Dr, 224-2501


Circle 5 Meeting, 10:00 am, 3405 Amherst Ave, 361-4704


Passion and Resurrection concert, 6:00 pm, Sanctuary, 224-2633


Caregiver Support Lunch, noon-2:00 pm, Oak Lawn West Conference Room, 224-2771


Helping Hands Event, 8:00 am-1:00 pm, Room 263, 224-2742


Easter Song and Story, 10:45-11:30 am, Room 107/109, 224-2533


Missionary Luncheon, 12:15 pm, Fellowship Hall, 224-2551


Eggstravaganza, 11:00 am-2:00 pm, 2300 Canada Dr, 224-2501


Dallas Blooms at the Arboretum, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Oak Lawn West, 224-2771


THE JUST RUN, 6:30 pm, 6400 Park St, 224-2722


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Justice & Mercy Jr. Art Show, PCPC, 224-2739 Missionary Mailings, 12:15-1:15 pm, Fellowship Hall, 224-2551

worship and the arts


passion and resurrection

the just run

Readings, hymns, and great masterworks depict the life, death, and resurrection of Christ in this concert performed by the PCPC children’s, youth, and adult choirs with symphony orchestra Sunday, March 30, 6:00 pm, Sanctuary. Childcare is provided by reservation for children birth-age five by calling 214224-2600 by noon, Friday, March 28.

Women of every age and stage, bring a friend you want to hear about Jesus while enjoying food and a two-mile fun run or walk Thursday, March 27, 6:30 pm, Williams Park! The run/walk supports Daughters of Cambodia, and we will have the World Justice Shoppe open as a way to show our support (cash or check only, please). Sign up online at The cost is $25, which includes a t-shirt and dinner! We can’t wait to see you and your friends there! Contact or 214-224-2722.

young families vbs 2014: home run derby Registration is open online for “players” (age five by September 1, 2014 through rising fourth graders) and “trainers” (volunteers) for our game, June 9–12! VBS Training Camp (birth to age four) is provided for volunteers’ children. General questions, contact Registration questions, contact heather. or 214-224-2679.

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senior adult community dallas blooms at the arboretum

Grab a friend and join us for this fun-filled, flower-filled, and food-filled event! Meet in the Oak Lawn West parking lot to board the church vans and head to the beautiful east Dallas Arboretum Wednesday, March 26, 9:30 am–1:30 pm. We will be dropped off at the entrance then the morning is open to spend enjoying easter song and story the lovely grounds and eating lunch. At 1:30 pm, we’ll Join us for some wiggly-giggly, laugh-out-loud fun as we gather to sing songs and hear stories about meet back at the entrance and return to the church. Easter Friday, April 11, 10:45–11:30 am, Room 107/109. The cost is $10 plus money for lunch. Contact jane. Make plans to stay for a picnic-style lunch (provided) or 214-224-2771 by Monday, March and sticker craft. No RSVP necessary! Contact 24 to reserve your seat in a van. or 214-224-2533.

community news rock ‘n’ roll half marathon impacts traffic and parking

On Sunday, March 23, there is no access to PCPC from I-75 south of Mockingbird. The recommended route is to exit Mockingbird, go west to Preston, then south to Oak Lawn. The Oak Lawn exit at I-35 will be available. Map available online. Contact or 214-224-2515.

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4124 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, TX 75219 214-224-2500 sunday worship

8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 am communion

Sundays, 8:00–9:00 am Wednesday Vespers, 5:30–6:00 pm 24/7 prayer hotline

214-224-2680 or 24/ general fund budget

The artists show is open to children age five-16, and it’s theme is based on Micah 6:8. Registration is open online March 15-28, and show dates are April 12-20. Contact or 214-224-2739.

2013/2014 operating budget


July 1–March 2, 2014 budget


July 1–March 2, 2014 giving


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Vol. XXIv, No. 6 | march 15, 2014 Park Cities Presbyterian Church Sarah Palmer, editor 4124 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219-3152 214-224-2711 • fax 214-224-2711

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This Week (007-362) is published biweekly except once in December by Park Cities Presbyterian Church, 4124 Oak Lawn, Dallas, TX 75219. Periodical postage paid at Dallas, Texas 75219. POSTMASTER: send address changes to THIS WEEK, 4124 Oak Lawn, Dallas, TX 75219‑3152.

Lillian Ann Anderson

Phillip Harrison Bercier

Helen Elizabeth Emerson

Emma Kathryn Golik

Andrew David Graham, Jr.

Cassandra Weber

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It’s such a powerful witness to others when the men in the church display humility and brokenness by praying for others, either on the phone or in a hospital room. I always left those activities wanting more.

Recommendations march 1-31 During March, members of our body are asked to recommend potential candidates to serve as deacons and elders. Those recommended are then interviewed by a committee appointed by the session. Candidates then approved by the session begin training, leading toward ordination. Ruling elder Jeff Wilson was asked to share his perspective, having served as a deacon and now as an elder.


he world would tell us that service is noble but confining or restricting because it makes us set aside our own selfish interests. Self-sacrifice might be a good thing, but it’s not a path to happiness and fulfillment. The world tells us that we should give back or pay it forward out of a sense of duty or guilt because we’ve fared better in life’s lottery than those who are in need.

The world’s notion of service couldn’t be further from biblical truth. Think about it—did God deliver His people from slavery in Egypt and give them the Ten Commandments just to put them back into slavery (to Him)? Or are the Ten Commandments an instruction manual from the Lover of your soul on how to live a life of flourishing and happiness? Love your neighbor, don’t worship idols, don’t steal or kill—sounds like good medicine to me.

Elder If the deaconate is the army, the session is a group of shepherds with joysticks. Elders are shepherds because they tend to and take care of the flock by feeding, nurturing, guiding, and serving the members of their church as they pray for the entire PCPC body and for those in need, get involved in relationships that are in despair, serve communion, and actively teach the Word in large groups (Sunday school) or in small groups (in homes). These shepherds have a joystick because they are charged with leading or moving the church in the direction we believe God is calling us. When I was nominated to be an elder, a small part of me was honestly interested to see what happens “behind the curtains” at those session meetings. I mean, don’t we all wonder about that at times? Closed-door meetings (they’re actually open to the congregation), talking about all the secrets the church has, what the church is doing about this or that—what really happens? I’m not sure exactly what my expectations were, but they were wrong.

What was Christ’s model to us? He taught His disciples, fed them and served them ultimately by giving His life for them (and us). He lived totally out-of-sync with the cultural norms of the day. For example, He took the role of the lowest of slaves—something a proud Jewish man would never do—when He washed His disciples’ feet (John 13). Did Christ act out of a sense of duty and guilt or out of a deep love for His people? I think we know the answer to that as well.

One of my first experiences as an elder was the August session retreat. We began Friday evening with a time of worship in the Chapel. Paul Goebel led us in music and Mark Davis in a time of prayer and reflection. We sang loudly and prayed boldly— prayers of confession and intercession (yes, we actually got on our knees and confessed our sins out loud). It was a very rich and meaningful time to be side-by-side with other men who are true servant-leaders, who have experienced firsthand the joy that comes from living out the Gospel, from being not a consumer but a producer of Gospel-centered fruit, who experience the wonder in “washing others’ feet,” and who view themselves not in light of their own accomplishments, but by what Christ has accomplished for them. Red hot, not lukewarm.

Active involvement and service in the Church is a great way to experience the love of Christ by serving Him and His body, the church. Two significant means to do that for the men of PCPC are serving as a deacon or elder. Having served as a deacon and now as an elder, let me try to paint the picture of what each calling looks like.

The world says that’s a backwards approach to happiness, but our Lord says it’s not only the best way to live a life of enrichment and fullness, but it’s what He made us to do—to serve (John 13:14-17; look it up!). It is who we are as Christians—servicemen and women in Christ’s army. - Jeff Wilson

Deacon The diaconate is where all the action takes place—the front-line army involved in everything from overseeing the finances of the church to dispersing care and other provisions to those who are in need. One of my favorite activities as a deacon was to take the 24/7 prayer hotline phone calls. For a week, a deacon makes himself available to pray for and with members of PCPC who are in need of prayer support. My other favorite activity was making hospital visits. With both activities, I was always taken aback when people learned I wasn’t a pastor but “just a deacon.” People thought it was normal for a pastor to make hospital rounds or be available to pray with people, but “regular church folks?” Why would someone do that? Red hot, not lukewarm.

PCPC members are encouraged to prayerfully consider men who they believe would serve well in one of these church offices. After first speaking with the man to determine if he is willing to be recommended, please return completed recommendations by March 31 to Sally Rogers by one of the following methods: • online at • placing it in the red box at the Information Center • mail to PCPC, attn: Sally Rogers, 4124 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 • confidential fax to 214-224-2759 • e-mail attachment to

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