Upcoming Events: 



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Harvest Fesival

October 28th @ 4:30


Everyone is invited to join us at PCN in non-scary costumes for our annual Harvest Festival.  We are looking for folks to decorate their cars, hand out candy to our little trick-or-treaters as well as engage in age-appropriate activities.  Food, fun, and fellowship for ALL AGES!  



Consecration Sunday


October 21st 


Breakfast 8:45-9:45

Single Service 10:00 am



Ben Kerns will be our guest pastor for Consecration Sunday. Ben grew up in this church and is Lead Pastor for Students and Families at Marin Covenant Church. Please note that we will have a congregational breakfast before our ONE worship service, which will begin at 10:00 a.m. Every member and friend of PCN is being asked to pray and reflect on what “Generous Living” means – how you choose to respond is deeply personal, so please do take time to prayerfully consider what God is calling you to give, not only of your finances but of your precious time and extraordinary talent as well. On October 21, we will be inviting you to complete an Estimate of Giving card, which we’ll ask you to bring up as an offering to God in response to His unconditional, abundant, and generous love for us. This estimate of financial giving is not binding – we know circumstances can change, and so if you need to revise it at any time, just contact Stephanie Monahan. 



God & Human Suffering


October 25th- November 17, 2018

Thursdays  6-7 p.m.

Light supper provided from 5:30-6 p.m.

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Gregory Love

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at

San Francisco Theological Seminary


If God is all-powerful and loves us like a parent loves her or his child, why do horrific things happen to us or to those we love? Where is God when it hurts? This four-week class will investigate three different Christian views of God’s relationship to human suffering. First, we will look at Biblical views which begin with the premise that God is Lord over all things. Next, we will investigate Biblical views which begin with the idea that God is never the source of evil. We will end with a contemporary position which incorporates aspects of both these Biblical beliefs and see whether the view makes sense in light of our own experience of suffering. We will also look at what helps people who suffer, and what does not.


Interested in attending the class?  Send an email to pcnadmin@pcnovato.org with your name, address and phone number before October 25th.




juarez mission tripJuarez Mission Trip

October 17-20, 2018



The annual PCN Juarez trip is scheduled for October 17th-20th.  Experience four days with fellow PCN folks in a safe environment serving people that truly need and appreciate the help. Although the trip has a focus on building a house for a family with the help of a construction crew of locals, there are many other impactful activities including vacation Bible school activities after school, prayer walks, singing at a church and cooking dinner for more than 100 people, and even other service projects at a nearby orphanage.  The team is kept safe by Missions Ministries, the organization that recruits USA-based teams to travel to Juarez.


Questions?  Contact Regina Rus at reginabrus@gmail.com.





Oscar Season Small Group

PCN Connect


Are you a movie lover? If so, then you may want to join our Oscar season movie group that starts this month. The host(s) will pick one NEW movie a month, which participants will see at their leisure. Then we will gather once a month at the home of the host(s) to discuss the movie and enjoy pot-luck appetizers and desserts. The host(s) will provide beverages. If interested, please contact Carolyn Gerrans at (415) 897-1504 or grace624@comcast.net. ENJOY THE BEST MOVIES OF THE YEAR, GREAT FOOD AND GREAT FRIENDS.





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PCN Snack Sacks


Sunday Mornings




PCN piloted a three-month program in spring to provide bag lunches to people in our community through North Marin Community Services, and it was a mixed success. While we could have had more people come for a bag lunch, our congregation turned out with a positive attitude and willingness to do more. The Mission Committee talked about how addressing food insecurity could be a continued local mission project, and we found Downtown Streets Mobile Showers as our next project. While PCN has been involved with bringing mobile showers to Novato to serve the homeless amongst us, now we are going to provide some food for the people using the shower. We will provide a snack sack with a bagel, two granola or breakfast bars, two pieces of fruit, a peanut butter cup (Jiff on the Go) and a homemade cookie. We hope to get the bagels, fruit and cookies donated each week. 


We will start our program the first Sunday in October, making 20 snack sacks a week. We need one person to donate bagels, two people to bring fruit, and one person to bring homemade cookies (20 each). Then two or three people can assemble the food into the bags in between service every Sunday. Last, we need one person to bring the 20 bags to the mobile showers in Hamilton at 6 a.m. on Monday morning. Can you help? E-mail Regina at reginabrus@gmail.com. A Sign-Up Genius will be started soon, and she can put your name on the distribution list similar to how we operate the monthly Mill Street food program.






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Become a Member Today 



Presbyterian Women nurture their faith through prayer and Bible study, support missions of the church worldwide, and build an inclusive, caring community of women.


Are you a woman in the Presbyterian Church of Novato (PCN)? Are you interested in supporting local and worldwide missions, a monthly Bible study, and being part of a group of caring and fun women? Consider becoming an active

member of the Presbyterian Women (PW) of PCN!


We currently have two active PW circles at PCN that will begin meeting monthly again in the Christensen Room following a summer break: the Ruth Circle (usually meets the 4th Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.) and the Rachel Circle (usually meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.). The Bible study at these meetings will all be presented via a video narrated by the author of the study book, which provides a very rich and meaningful study of each lesson. We will also be sponsoring a luncheon meeting on Saturday, September 15, which is open to any woman (invite a friend) and allows time for those in attendance to meet each other for worship and fellowship.


For more information, contact the church office at pcnadmin@pcnovato.org






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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's Schedule

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See You Soon!



The Corn Maze is coming up along with the Gilead House Service Project the next Day!


Corn Maze


  • Friday October 19th Meet at the church at 6:00pm
  • Bring $$ for In-N-Out dinner and $10.00 admission into the Maze
  • Bring a friend!
  • Parents – We still need some drivers so let me know if you can go
  • Let’s get lost and have some fun!




Youth Group

  • October 14th  –Totally Rad Youth Group
  • October 19th  –Friday Evening Corn Maze 6:00pm
  • October 20th  –Saturday Service Opportunity Gilead House Meet at church at 9:30
  • October 21st  –More Incredible Youth Group




Upcoming Events


  • Scream on the Green Saturday October 27th 10:00 – 3:00
  • Harvest Festival is Sunday October 28th at 4:30
  • November 2nd – 3rd Camping overnight at the church. Movies, S’mores, and service: Bungalo cleanup!
  • Movie Night November 18th



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Seekers: A Monday night multigenerational program for children  


Join us in the fall on Monday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm, we have curriculum with scope and sequence for ages 0 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.




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