Weekly Update

For 5-26-24

Greetings!  May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you.  Please join us for worship at Mountain Shadows Presbyterian Church on Sunday at 10:00 AM.  Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday after Pentecost in the Western Christian liturgical calendar, embodies the doctrine of the Trinity — the three Persons of God:  the father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  We hope to see you at church.  

All are welcome.  

Our worship service is live streamed via Zoom for those who wish to join us virtually.  Meanwhile, our worship service will be recorded and can be viewed at any time at our YouTube channel.  For individuals joining us in the sanctuary and needing hearing assistance, our sanctuary is equipped with a hearing loop system and associated loop receiver/headset; ask one of the ushers for assistance.  A large-print bulletin with hymns is provided as a way for our virtual guests to follow along with the service, as well as for those individuals that prefer not holding both the hymnal and bulletin throughout the service.   

Highlights and Reminders


  • It’s Peanut Butter Party Time — Please bring your donations of 16-oz jars (non-glass) of peanut butter for the display in the narthex.  The campaign runs through the end of July.  

  • Participate in the final gathering of Grief 101.  The class is held all five Thursdays in May from 4:15 – 5:45 PM.  This five-part series offers participants a brave and safe space to explore the aspects and impacts of trauma, grief, and loss on our lives.  This class is co-sponsored by our Deacons and Adult Faith Formation Ministries.  

  • Our Oracle Newsletter details our church ministries. You can view the most recent or any of our archived issues. 

  • Our monthly ad/article in the Saddlebag Notes is also published in the supplement section of the Arizona Daily Star on the last Friday of each month.

  • If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, please stay home, rest, and fully recuperate before returning to public activities.  If you are not infected but are immunocompromised, consider wearing a face mask in public.  Thank you for protecting yourself and your neighbors.

  • Take note of the montage of sanctuary stained-glass and the quiet room stained-glass windows.  Also, view the brightly colored welcome sign at our front entry to the campus. 

  • Max, with Ronnie’s Handyman and Home Service, LLC (520-297-8794), installed these two sets of ceramic tiles in February 2024.  The tiles are located on the front face of the church’s exterior wall.  Thanks to Elder Therese G, Facilities, for keeping God’s house in good repair!
Celtic Cross — Memorial Garden
  • Chris (ChrisNast.com) is the metal artisan that designed our Celtic Cross located in the Memorial Garden.  Check out the article and more regarding the installation back in 2013.

  • Sign-up for the monthly recycling collection — As part of our Green Living Initiative, you can be an active participant in caring for God’s creation. 

  • Check out the pictures from the free Oro Valley Jazz Band concert at Mountain Shadows this past Monday evening, April 15.  Talk to trombonist JJ Johnston, a member of Mountain Shadows, to learn more.  

  • Stay posted for an update on when Pastor Rachel Srubas and members of Mountain Shadows’ Shepherding Ministry Team reschedule a membership session.  If you are curious about what membership at our church means, a no-obligation conversation about membership in this congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will take place.  Affiliate membership is available for winter residents who maintain membership in a home congregation.  See Shepherding Ministry Team for more information. 
Memorial Garden
Mountain Shadows Presbyterian Church
  • Columbarium Compassion Fund — Columbarium niches in the Memoria Garden serve as the final resting place for the ashes of those who have died.  Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity in death as well as in life, but not everyone can afford the cost associated with the interment of ashes.  Gifts to the Columbarium Compassion Fund [payable to MSPC; memo “Columbarium Compassion”] will support those in need.  Contributions to this fund may be placed in the offering plate or given safely online at MSPC Give.  Thank you and thanks be to God.  See Memorial Garden for more background information.   

Learn More About Us!

Check out Who We Are to find out more information about the movements we are investigating as we enhance our efforts to advocate for inclusiveness of all people, address social justice, and end hunger.  Also, see our posting displayed around our campus that represents our fervent stand against gun violence.   

All are welcome!
Let’s worship our extraordinary God!