Ash Wednesdayash wednesday 

March 6th, 7 pm   

The Lenten journey from the ashes of death to resurrected life begins on the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, which signifies a time to turn around, to change directions, to repent. This first day of Lent reminds us that unless we are willing to die to our old selves, we cannot be raised to new life with Christ. 


Please join us on Wednesday, March 6th to kick off the season of Lent.

 



Welcome Pastor Adam Smith


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Starting March 25th 

  

Adam and his family will be arriving in Novato by March 25, Adam’s first day.  We are blessed to have them become part of our congregational family!


 

Dr. Adam Smith currently serves in Dallas Center, Iowa as the senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church. He has been with his current congregation since 2010. Prior to his current church, Adams served from 2008 to 2010 at Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, Florida as the Director of Youth and College Ministry. From 2006 to 2008, Adam was the Music Director at Grace Presbyterian

Church in Round Rock, Texas. From 2003 to 2005 Adam was the Youth Director at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, Illinois.


Adam was ordained in January 2011. Dr. Smith earned his Doctorate in Ministry, focused on church revitalization, in 2018 from McCormick Seminary in Chicago. He earned his Master’s in Divinity from Austin Seminary in 2008. Adam attended Greenville College and earned a BS in Contemporary Christian Music.

 

Adam grew up and attended school in Fort Worth, Texas.  Adam is married to Sarah, an elementary school music teacher and iceskating coach. They have three children: son Aaron, age 12; daughter Kaydence, age 11; and son Zachary, age 8.


 

If you would like to know more about the Adam Smith family, we encourage you to visit his website at adamsmithinfo.wordpress.com






New Youth Director Announced

Welcome, Morgan Smith!


Starting Spring 2019

 

We are pleased to announce that we have hired a new youth director, Morgan Smith (no relation to Adam!). Morgan currently lives in Ohio and will be moving west after putting his home on the market. We will have a lot more information to share in coming weeks, but Morgan most recently served Bay Presbyterian Church in Ohio as the Associate Director of Student Ministries. Over the course of telephone conversations as well as an onsite interview (where Morgan led both our middle school and high school groups), the search committee became convinced of Morgan’s call and passion to serve students and families.


 

 


 

L.O.G.

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Love of God Retreat for High School Students

March 1-3

 

 

LOG is a weekend retreat for high school students, in which you are encouraged to think seriously about your relationship with God, yourself and others. 

It is an experience in intentional Christian community and love and a chance to learn about and reflect on the basics of the Christian Faith.  It is a very full weekend – full of talking & listening – singing & laughing – sharing & praying.  LOG is a very special weekend – that can last a lifetime.

For more information, contact David Mink at youthdirector@pcnovato.org.

 

 

 

 vendor fair

Saturday, March 30th, 10 am - 2 pm

 

The Party-Free Shopping Spree Vendor Fair is back! Check out products from a number of vendors. No purchase necessary! No party games! No dog! No pony!

 

Browse, shop, ask questions, visit with friends, gawk. It's all good! All proceeds benefit the Presbyterian Church of Novato Youth Mission Team. 


Saturday, March 30, 2019

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

710 Wilson Ave., Novato, CA 94947

 

Please come. Please share. Please be kind to one another.  Vendors Include:

  • Damsel in Defense
  • Origami Owl
  • Shell’s Belles Jewelry
  • LipSense
  • Pampered Chef
  • Stella and Dot
  • LuLaRoe
  • PartyLite
  • Thirty One
  • Mary Kay
  • Rodan and Fields
  • Tupperware
  • Norwex
  • Scentsy
  • Usborne Books

 


Women's Bible Study


The Gospel of Luke

Thursdays, 9:30-11:00 am

 

Women’s Bible Study is led by Carol Dacquisto, Elaine Harris and Melodie Baird. We meet every Thursday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Christensen Room for lively study and discussion of God’s word. All women are welcome to visit and share their insights with us at any time.

 

We are always looking for new faces to join us and would love to meet and get to know you.


 

As we continue our studies of Luke (chapters 18 and 19) in March, we will be following Jesus on his final approach to Jerusalem. At this juncture, Jesus has attracted a large following, most of whom are convinced that He is the son of David who has come to restore Israel. His followers and disciples aren’t hearing or heeding His warnings that the rewards of His  kingship will culminate in His rejection and death. They are only hearing what they want to believe. His triumphal entry into Jerusalem begins the dramatic climax of Jesus’ journey and ushers in the week of His suffering and death. Won’t you join us in contemplating how we are called to respond to these events and teachings?




Men's Bible Study

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Wednesdays at 7:30 am

 

The Men’s Bible Study group meets Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. We are studying ACTS. Join us for this one-hour mid-week boost and share great fellowship with brothers. And no homework!

 


 

 


 

Volunteer Opportunitiesvolunteer

Make a Difference

Snack Sacks: Help prepare the food bags between services every Sunday and deliver the sacks to the Marin Mobile Showers in Hamilton on Monday mornings. Contact Regina Rus at (415) 897-7384 or email reginabrus@gmail.com. 

 

Lynwood Reading Program: Spend one hour weekly listening to students read at Lynwood Elementary School. Contact Art Plumstead at (415) 892-4063. 

 

ExtraFood.org:Spend one hour weekly picking up extra food from a restaurant or grocery store and delivering to a non-profit serving food to those in need. There will be an orientation, on Tuesday, March 12th at 10 am in the Christensen Room.  A driver’s license check is required. Contact Jane Sime at (415) 892-5259.

 

 

 

Aging with Independence

& Navigating Long-Term Care

 

April 23rd & 30th, 7-9 pm

 

Stephen Ministry will be offering a two-part class this April on “Aging with Independence” and “Navigating Long-Term Care.” The classes will be offered on Tuesday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Christensen Room.

 

Day 1)   Aging with independence: what’s my plan?

 

  • How do we prepare for a healthy and happy late life? building resilience; strengthening our connections
  • Community resources: recreational, spiritual and social connections; special needs; transportation
  • Avoiding risk: legal protections, fall prevention, polypharmacy, communication with medical providers
  • Options for in-home assistance

Day 2) Navigating long-term care

  • Levels of care: independent living, assisted living and dementia care; skilled nursing and rehabilitation
  • How is it funded: Medicare/Medi-Cal, long-term care insurance, reverse mortgage
  • Discussion (sharing our thoughts): How do we best support our parent


 

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Nurture your faith through prayer and study

 

 

All women who attend The Presbyterian Church of Novato, please consider becoming an active member of the Presbyterian Women (PW) of PCN … ALL ARE WELCOME (invite a friend)! We currently have two active PW circles at PCN that each meet once a month in the Christensen Room:

 

(1) Ruth Circle usually meets the fourth Tuesday at 2 p.m. (Glenise Johnson, leader)

 

(2) Rachel Circle usually meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. (Pat Sullivan, leader)

 

 

Our current Horizons Bible study titled “GOD’S PROMISE, I AM WITH YOU,” by Amy Poling Sutherlun. The circle meetings are all presented via a video narrated by the author of the study book, which provides a very meaningful study and discussion among us for each lesson. Join us for the next circle meeting(s) … we are saving a chair for YOU. It’s never too late!


 

This year, on Saturday, May 18th, PCN PW is hosting the spring PW Presbytery meeting and luncheon. This will be a time to meet and have fellowship with women from PCN and PW members from other churches in the Presbytery of the Redwoods. Save the date and look for more details in the near future.

 

 

If you have any questions about PW, please don’t hesitate to contact Glenise Johnson: home (415) 897-8759 or cell (415) 717-7635. 



 

Online Donation Now Available

 

Change Lives; Donate Today

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Now, you can make recurring or one-time gifts, and indicate how you'd like your donation to be utilized.  Payments can be made with a credit card or an e-check through your banking account.  It's easy to do, and every dollar you contribute helps change the lives of those in need here in Novato as well as to our worldwide mission recipients.   


 

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Sermon Podcasts

Listen to Sunday Sermons Online

 

If you would like to listen to a copy of the Sunday sermon, you don’t need to request a CD. Since Sunday, October 14, they are being posted on a PODCAST at  They are usually available by the Tuesday following the service. Thank you to Jim Rolka for making these available at http://www.buzzsprout.com/218646

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"God Calls Us into Covenant"

 

 

On Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. the adult Bible study class meets in Room 1 (library), at the end of the breezeway. We have fifteen adults (men and women) registered and average between ten and twelve in attendance.

 

We have a lively Bible Study! That's what happens here. As adults study the Bible and discuss what they found during the week, they gain growing understanding of how to move forward on their discipleship journey. In the class, we read the Scripture and then focus on the passage. Each week we’re challenged to prepare for the next week's lesson. The preparation isn't long or difficult, but it does encourage participation. When adults have invested something of themselves in the lesson, they get more out of it. The biggest part of the Sunday school lesson doesn't happen in class. It happens on Monday and Tuesday – and through the week – when instead of following their own desires or the crowd, they dare to say, "No, I will follow Jesus."

 

 

Carol Dacquisto, Study Leader

 

 

 

 

Youth Group: Sunday Nights

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Middle School: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

High School: 6-8 p.m.

 

March 1-3: Love of God (LOG 59) High School Retreat

March 15-16: 30 Hour Famine / Rise Against Hunger

March 30: Party Free Shopping Spree (Vendor Fair)

April 21st: Easter Sunday (No Youth Group.  Spend time with your family!)

May 4th: Nerf Battle 2.0

 

What you need to know about the 30 Hour Famine on March 15-16

  • Stop eating Friday at noon
  • Come to the church Friday evening at 6:00
  • We’ll stay overnight playing games and learn about food scarcity
  • Saturday we set up for Rise Against Hunger
  • Break the fast Saturday evening at 6:00pm sharp
  • Contact David Mink if you are planning to attend



 

 SEEkers!

 


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Seekers: A Monday night multigenerational program for children  

 

Join us on Monday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for SEEkers.  We have curriculum with scope and sequence for ages birth through 5th grade.  Seekers will give students the opportunity to experience the all-embracing love of God in a community striving to live out the teachings of Jesus.  Bible study, games, crafts, family-style dinner and worship are all key components to a ministry designed to connect kids to God.  

To regester, click HERE. For more information, or for scholarship requests, please contact: Sally Carbonaro, Director of Children’s Ministries at childrensministry@pcnovato.org or 415-897-6152.

 

 

 


PresPress & Calendar - March 2019

 

  

 
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