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The Season of Lent

Worship Services

March 25th - Palm Sunday:  Two Services: 9:00 a.m. (Contemporary) and 11:00 a.m. (Traditional) with a fingerfood brunch served after each service.

Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. He enters, however, in an unexpected way: instead of a mighty horse fit for a king, he enters humble and mounted on a donkey. The text for Palm Sunday is Matthew 21:1-17. Christ publically acknowledges his Messiahship but is a modest, not militaristic, Messiah. 


Following each service, there will be a finger food brunch. If you would like to volunteer to help set up, decorate, or clean up please find a Program and Fellowship committee member with the sign-up list. We also are looking for donations of “heavenly” eggs, and individually portioned and prepared fruit, bread/muffins, and sweets. 


March 30th - Good Friday Tenebrae Service at 7:00 p.m. (Chancel and Bell Choir) and 7:30 p.m. (Worship)

The word “Tenebrae” comes from the Latin meaning “darkness.” The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of the week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus’ burial. This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus’ death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness, symbolizing the death of Jesus. The worshippers leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ’s death and await the coming Resurrection.

April 1st - Easter Sunday;  Two Services: 9:00 a.m. (Contemporary) and 11:00 a.m. (Traditional)

On Easter, we celebrate the good news that is at the very heart of the gospel: that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. The faith we claim and the life we live depend on the affirmation, celebration, and proclamation of Christ’s resurrection. On Easter morning, a new world was born – raised up with the crucified and risen Christ. Easter is a time of transformation, of becoming a resurrected people, God’s new people. God gave the world a new beginning, a new humanity, a new you! 




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Special Offering on March 25th


ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING is an ecumenical humanitarian effort that our denomination has been a part of since its inception in 1949, to give aid to war-ravaged Europe. 


Our congregation’s special offering will be taken on Palm Sunday, March 25th, this year. Please give generously to OGHS; here are a few of the efforts your dollars will support: 


1.  PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (PDA) Works alongside communities as they recover and find hope after the devastation of natural or human-caused disasters, and support for refugees (hurricanes and wildfires; the Flint, MI, water crisis; rebuilding homes and opening schools in Syria; large-scale emergency relief efforts in South Sudan) 


2.  PRESBYTERIAN HUNGER PROGRAM (PHP) Takes action to alleviate hunger, care for creation, and face the systemic causes of poverty so all may be fed (partnering with local food banks in 1,600 congregations across the country; 16 grain-storage facilities built or repaired in Sierra Leone and Cameroon; 93,020 planted trees, 128 nurseries and 40 family gardens in partner countries)

3.  SELF-DEVELOPMENT OF PEOPLES (SDOP) Invests in communities responding to their experiences of oppression, poverty and injustice and educates Presbyterians about the impact of these issues (active efforts focused on literacy, worker-owned cooperatives, advocacy, youth-led initiatives, farming, worker rights, and immigration/refugee issues)





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Help us package 10,000 Meals

March 24th - 1-3 pm


Did you know that in Marin County, lower income families miss one out of six meals? Please help us package and send more than 10,000 meals purchased by our church to those who deperately need them.  In the last four years we have sent more than 42,000 meals to hungrey children in North Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam and Afghanistan.  Join us on Saturday, March 24th from 1-3 pm.


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Oscar Season Movies



Join us between now and March 4th (Oscar night) to see some of the ‘contenders’ at local movie theatres. We’ll shoot for late afternoon/early evening movie times so that we can go on to a food venue and enjoy talking about the movie we’ve just seen. (For instance: Rowland Cinema & Moylan’s or Smith Ranch Road & Mulberry Street.) Get in the loop for two months of fun by contacting Carolyn Gerrans at grace624@comcast.net or 415-897-1504.




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Addressing Food Insecurity in Novato


Did you know that in Marin County, lower income families miss one out of six meals? This is according to the SF Marin County Food Bank’s “Missed Meals” report that describes “food insecurity” right here. These are people who work and go to school with us. To address this need, the Mission Committee is starting a new local mission project: PCN will serve a bag lunch in Novato to those who are low income and in need of a free lunch, similar to what we did for many years with Loaves and Fishes. As expressed in the recent Mission Study, our church wants to be more actively engaged in serving our neighbors.

On April 7, May 5 and June 2, PCN will serve low-income families a free bag lunch on our church campus from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Our goal is to serve 100 bag lunches each Saturday, including a cold lunch that can be packed and taken home – sandwiches, chips, a cookie, piece of fruit and a drink. Families will be asked to check-in and provide the city of residence, the number of people in the family, language spoken at home and a simple check- off that the family is low income (self-verification only, we won’t require any evidence). The whole family need not be present; one family member can take as many bag lunches as is the size of their family. However, minors must be accompanied by a parent or other adult family member. 

We will need about 6-8 people each Saturday with shifts ranging from 10 a.m. to noon for set-up, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for check-in and serving, and 1 to 3 p.m. for clean-up. Look for a Sign-Up Genius coming out mid-March. If you would like to receive it, please e-mail reginabrus@gmail.com. There will also be a sign up at church the last two Sundays of the month. If you are a Spanish speaker, please consider volunteering at check-in to meet the needs of guests who cannot speak English well.



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Two Class Sessions
Monday, March 12th: Surviving Cancer

Monday, March 19th: Cancer Caregivers and Other Caring People 


Class Resource: Dr. Kenneth Haugk’s book  "Cancer – Now What? "(Taking Action, Finding Hope, and Navigating the Journey Ahead) 


Available for purchase but not required 

Format: Panel and Discussion
Where: Novato Presbyterian Church (Christensen Room)

Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

Cost:  FREE

Reference materials will be available.  For additional information or registration: PCN office 897-6152 






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"God Calls Us into Covenant"



The Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study begins every Sunday at 9:00 A.M. in the Church Library. We end promptly at 10:00 A.M. so everyone can get a cup of coffee before Sunday Worship Services at 10:30 A.M. We would like to invite each of you to attend and study with a vibrant group of both men and women who love to share what they have studied and found interesting in the lesson for that week. 


We will be examining the covenant God makes with the priest Phinehas, and the divine promises are to maintain a perpetual priesthood, forgive the unfaithful, and establish a new covenant with Israel. God seals this covenant of pure grace through Christ as mediator and by writing the law in the hearts of God's people. 


Carol Dacquisto, Study Leader





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Trip to the Holy Land


March 2018


As most of you know, forty-four of us from First Presbyterian Church Santa Rosa and PCN will be traveling to Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan for two weeks in March.! 


Having traveled five years ago to Israel with my pastor buddy Dale Flowers, we’re going again and will once again be partnering with Jerusalem University College, whose president, Dr. Paul Wright, will be traveling with us as our instructor. We’ll focus on visiting archeological rather than pilgrimage (tourist) sites, although we’ll visit a few of the latter as well. 


I know I speak for our whole group when I say we’d covet your prayers for a safe and healthy adventure as we make pilgrimage to the lands of Jesus and the Bible! Those twenty-one people from PCN include: Walt Campbell and Jane Sime, Michael Carbonaro and his son Nick, Loree Draeger, Don and Becky Erba, Don and Nancy Foster, Nancy Mandell, Brian and Diane McCormack (she is the daughter of members Bob and Francie Douglass), David Mink, Diane Orsini-Tarkman and her eldest daughter Elisa Byrne, Brad and Becky Praun, Jo- Anne Richman, Kim Warner (my dear friend and mentor who now lives near Dallas,TX), and finally Lisa and myself. 


Your Friend, Pastor, and Christian Pilgrim,








Women's Bible Study 

Gospel of Luke

Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Christensen Room


The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, “What shall I do, for I have no place to store my crops?” -- Luke 12:16-17 

Women’s Bible Study meets weekly on Thursday mornings 9:30 - 11 a.m. in the Christensen Room. In March, we continue our study of the Gospel of Luke. In Chapter 12 we experience Jesus’ attempts to prepare His disciples for the crisis that will come after His death. In a series of well-organized sermons, He lovingly encourages His followers but also strongly cautions them. He warns them to be constantly “on watch” that they not miss the signs of the times nor fall prey to behaviors and actions that will cause them to fail, such as hypocrisy, blasphemy, covetousness, anxieties, disagreements, and unfaithfulness. Most important: they must not fear for their lives, but instead make peace with God now. For, as in the parable of the Rich Man, we do not know when God will call us home. 


If you’d like to explore this chapter with us, please join us. We think you will find it to be a life- changing experience. 


Carol Dacquisto, Elaine Harris and Melodie Baird
Study Leaders 



Youth Group's Schedule



Middle School WIRED Club - Meet's Tuesday's from 2:40-4:15


Wired Club is a fun weekly event for middle schoolers to build strong relationships with healthy peers, caring adults and a loving God. Each week we share a tasty snack, beta test our best games and engage in small group conversations. This is a great opportunity for teens to bring friends (whatever their faith perspective). Everyone is welcome and will have a great experience.

We know that different schools finish at different times so your teens are welcome to join us whenever their school day ends!


Hope to see you there! 


March Schedule:

  • 2nd – 4th Love Of God (LOG) Student led retreat for high-schoolers
  • 11th  6 - 8 pm Youth Group
    • 11th - Mission Team Meeting- 10:15am $200 due
  • 18th 6 - 8 pm Youth Group
  • 23-24th 30 Hour Famine
  • 24th Stop Hunger Now 1-2pm
  • 25th  6 - 8 pm Youth Group




  • 1st Easter No Youth Group
  • 1st -6th Marin Catholic Break
  • 8thYouth Group Activity TDB with Student Leadership
    • April 8th- Social Fellowship Mixers Fundraisers will begin
  • 9th – 13th NUSD Break
  • 15th 6 - 8 pm Youth Group
    • 21st - Vendor Sale Fundraiser (Set up on 20th)
  • 22nd  6 - 8 pm Youth Group
  • 28th - 29th All Church Camp - An intergenerational weekend at Westminster Woods!!!!!!  



  • 6th  6 - 8 pm Youth Group
  • 13th Mother's Day No Youth Group
    • 13th—Mission Team Training- 10:30-2:30pm
  • 20th 6 - 8 pm Youth Group
  • 27th 6 - 8 pm Youth Group




  • 3rd Pool Parties
  • 10thFirst Summer Youth Group
    • 10th remaining mission team balances due
  • 11th-15th VBS Vacation Bible School (Probable) *Service Hours available
  • 17th Father’s Day No Youth Group


July 9th - 16th - Mission Trip to Panama!

Youth Group Schedule


6:00 - 6:30 - Combined Dinner with JAMAA and Wired Groups

6:30 - 6:45 - Announcements

6:45 - 7:20 - Middle School Game Playing / High School Small Group with Jeff

7:20 - 7:55 - Middle School Small Group with Jeff / High School Game Playing

7:55 - 8:00 - Closing and Benediction

8:00 - 8:15 - Student Leaders  meet with David Mink

8:15 - 8:30 - Adult Leaders meet with Jeff



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A mid-week ministry for children at PCN  

Join Us, Every Tuesday


On Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm,  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.   For more information, or for scholarship requests, please contact: Sally Carbonaro, Director of Children’s Ministries at childrensministry@pcnovato.org or 415-897-6152.
Please download the Registration Form and the Liability Release Form.




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