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Sunday's Message: "The Gospel: News, Not Advice"

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 

What's Good About the Gospel?

At our Easter service, we were encouraged and challenged by the words of Rev. Vernon Anderson from a letter of congratulations to our church upon the consecration of our former building on April 26, 1961, "You have done well in building a church of brick, now your even greater task remains, to build and foster a church of concerned hearts, so that you may reach out effectively in the spirit and mind of Christ to reclaim lives for Him."  That two-fold task continues to be our calling; first, to build and foster concerned hearts, and second, through the spirit and mind of Christ to reclaim lives for Him.

This summer, our sermon series is responding to that task by asking the question, "What's Good About the Gospel?"  In modern churches all too often the term “Gospel” has been used only to describe a plan of personal salvation. While individual salvation is certainly part of “The Gospel” there is much more to what Jesus and the Apostles had in mind when they proclaimed “The Gospel.” The word “Gospel” is derived in English from the words “god” meaning good, and “spel” meaning news. “Gospel” became the English translation for the Greek word “euangelion.” In the Greco-Roman world, euangelion was the formal announcement of good news. Often the birth of a son to the Emperor, or news of a Roman military victory was considered euangelion. 

The early church high-jacked the term euangelion as a short-hand for their story, history, and theology of Jesus. Our task in this sermon series is to strip back the many ways the "gospel" of Jesus has been bent, twisted, and distorted. We will be attempting to get to the foundational news about Jesus and why that news is good so that we can foster concerned hearts and reclaim lives for Christ.

VBS 2015

Continue to pray for the leaders, helpers, and kids that are involved with VBS this week.  Pray that God will be present in every way.  

A huge THANK YOU to all who volunteered their time (decorating, praying, teaching, etc.) and the generosity of the donors!

Need a break?

Drop off your kids at the church for a fun night of playing games, watching movies, and eating dinner.
When: Friday, June 12th (notice the change to Friday evenings!)
Time: 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: PHCC
Why: Free-will donations are appreciated for the PHCC youth as a CHIC fundraiser.
Contact Cayla Buckman with any questions.  The sign-up sheet is on the Nursery door.

Discipleship Dinners

Are you looking for a way to get to know others at PHCC?
Discipleship Dinners are a new way for bother members and visitors to build relationships and build a strong community within PHCC.  Individuals and couples can sign up to attend a casual dinner in the home of a PHCC member and/or to host such a gathering.  The host provides the home, main dish, and beverages for the initial gathering.  Other group members bring vegetable, salad, dessert, etc.  The host will contact the dinner group to determine date and menu.  Groups are encouraged to keep the meal casual.  Each dinner group (6-8 people) will commit to meeting at least two times during a designated 4-month time frame, but may meet more if so desired.  The group decides future dates, locations, hosts, etc.  Sign-up by June 28th to be a part of this new program.  Registration forms are in the gathering space.  For more information, see Melissa Schutte or Mark Youngberg.

Early Bird - Less than a month left!

Do you want to experience an awesome weekend?  Then MUUUCE (Most Unbelievable Ultimate Urban Camping Experience) is for you!

WHO: Students entering grades 6-9 in fall of 2015
WHEN: August 6-8, 2015
WHERE: Crossroads Church in Woodbury, MN
WHAT: Fellowship with other middle schooler, Valleyfair, Pinz, Welcome Carnival, practical & relevant teaching, amazing worship, CHAOS, yummy food and much more!
COST: Early Bird Registration is $109 before July 1; $119 after July 1
HOW: Contact Pastor Jill for more info

Save the Date!

The PHCC Family has been asked to save the date of Saturday, October 10, 2015 to celebrate the marriage of Bridget Wass & Michael Harberts!

Airline Industry Help Needed

If you desire a job in the airline industry (greeting passengers at the ticket counter, etc.) or know of someone who is, please contact Cindi Richards for an application.  This would be a part time job with 15-35 hours per week with flight benefits.  You can reach Cindi at 605-212-9848 for an application or if you have any questions.


  6:30 pm    VBS

Thursday 6/11

  6:30 pm    VBS

Friday 6/12

  4:30 pm    Pacifiers

Sunday 6/14

10:30 am    Worship service
  6:30 pm    HS Youth Group

Ministry Assignments


Sunday, June 14, 2015


Sunday School Nursery

Worship Nursery
Anna Perry & Ella Blair

Children's Church
Karin Youngberg & Lara LUke

Scripture Reader
Stacy Gross

Mark S/Jerry B

Featured Musician(s)
VBS 2015

Mary Ann Hofer

Andrew Thompson

Prayer Circle
Veronica Stoneall & Harlan TenNapel

Worship Team
Stacy, Molly, Harlan, Felipe, Kevin

Sound Operator
Jake VanDenHul

Brief History Facts of our Church

In 1954, Rev. Ericson retired on August 22nd.  A call was extended and accepted by Rev. Donald Skoglund.  His first Sunday preaching was September 5th.  The church also purchased a parsonage and was dedicated on October 31st.

CHIC 2015

  • It is held at the University of Tennessee from July 12-17.
  • Began in 1956 as the Covenant High Congress.
  • Changed to CHIC (Covenant High in Christ) in 1972
  • Nearly 5000 students from around the United States and Canada attend every 3 years!
  • The purpose of CHIC is to inspire a lifelong journey of Christ-like change for the students.
  • The conference raises money for and awareness of Project Blue to provide clean water and sanitation to India and the world.
  • The students can go on excursions to explore Tennessee such as white water rafting on the Pigeon River located in the Smoky Mountains or taking a tour of the Tuckaleechee Caves.

Song of the Week

"Forever" by Kari Jobe
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