Sunday Worship

In-person Worship Services are currently not taking place – see note below about Facebook Live and a link to the bulletin.

Sunday worship service is at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School available with childcare
17560 Chillicothe Road
Chagrin Falls, OH  44023
phone:  440-543-1071
email:  info@valleypresbychurch.org
Office hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Sunday Services

Here is a link to the live streaming of our services:

Link for Services


4/4/21 Sunday Service

Here is a link to this past Sunday’s service:

4/4/21 Service


Free Community Meal Signup

Community Meal Signup

 

Community Meal Volunteer Signup

Community Meal Volunteer Signup

 


April 9, 2021

“This is the good news which we have received…the he was raised on the third day, that he appeared first to the women, then to Peter, and to the Twelve, and then to many faithful witnesses.” (from Book of Common Worship)

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As followers of Christ, we are Easter people – our faith and practices are founded on the Good News that God raised Jesus to new life.

With Easter Sunday now in the rear-view mirror, we might pause to reflect on our faith and practices as the church and its members.  Many of them have changed – by our choice, or not – over the past year.  We wonder what will return and when; how have we been learning and adapting during this time; will it make us more resilient, more responsive, better able to worship and serve?

Easter is not a day; but a season. Scripture tells us that for the fifty days after he was resurrected, Jesus appeared to many of his followers; offering them comfort, hope, and guidance so that they could move forward as the emerging church.

I love the gospel stories about the risen Christ interacting with his disciples.  In John, Jesus appears to Thomas, the doubter, and then to the fishermen on the beach; in Matthew, Jesus gives his disciples the words of the Great Commission; and in Luke, Jesus walks beside two unnamed disciples on the Road to Emmaus.

These stories help me to imagine and believe that the risen Christ still lives among his followers; in the midst of Easter people.  We model our lives after Jesus and, as the church, we seek to be a living body of his disciples.  Sometimes this causes us to challenge the prevailing habits and values of the world; and at other times, it creates in us an understanding that we need to change; to allow new life to grow in and through us.

I found this prayer, from the Church of Scotland, that sums up my hope for us as Easter people:

Lord Jesus Christ, for the church we pray,
that in our work and witness we may be generous in our believing and joyful in our serving.
Help us to blend tradition and newness, to keep our faith and work a power for good
and a dynamic for reconciliation and renewal.  Amen

In the peace of the risen Christ,
Pastor John

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Free Community Meal:

Tuesday, April 13 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Carry-out (or delivery upon request) only

Menu:  Chicken Noodle Casserole, Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower, Rolls, Pie

In the midst of a long, cold winter – as many people around us are isolated and in need – nothing sounds better than sharing a good meal together; let us share one with you!  On Tuesday, April 13, the members of Valley Presbyterian Church are offering free, home-cooked meals to anyone who is hungry in body or weary of spirit.  Reservations can be made at any time before noon on April 13 – by contacting the church office by phone or e-mail; through the church website; or by clicking below:

4-13-21 Community Meal Signup

If you are interested in volunteering – contact the church office by phone or e-mail; sign up through the church website; or click below:

4-13-21 Community Meal Volunteer Signup

 

Video Volunteers Needed:

Are you interested in helping as videographer for our worship services.
Instructions and training provided.
Please contact Elder Beth Krause, if you would like to help.

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Link to Facebook Live

Link to Prayer Request List

Link to Sermons

Link to YouTube Channel

Please click the link below for the bulletin:

April 11, 2021 service bulletin


March 31, 2021

 

Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Sometimes, we imagine what we might do if we had only one day to live:  eat whatever we wanted to; go on some exotic adventure, etc. Jesus knew:  he washed his disciples’ feet.

The Gospel of John tells us that at the Last Supper – what we celebrate in Holy Week as Maundy Thursday – Jesus not only ate and drank, sang hymns and prayed with his followers, he, also, bent down on the floor to wash their feet.  And when he had finished, he gave them – using the words above – what he called a new commandment.  What was so new about it?

Earlier in the gospels, Jesus had taught the disciples about the greatest of the commandments:  that they were to love God completely and love their neighbors as themselves.  He gave them examples of healing the sick, comforting those who mourn, and feeding the hungry.  He welcomed all people and invited them to be transformed into their best selves.

And Jesus chose to spend the very last day of his life in humble service.  It is only after we realize this was his last day – and that he would, on Good Friday, be put to death, only to be raised by God to new life on Easter morning – that we can understand what was “new” about his new commandment:  just as I have loved you, you should also love one another.

Humble service, to God and toward others – that which was exemplified through the washing of feet – is “new” because it is life-giving.  When we truly follow this commandment:  sometimes sacrificing our pride, often getting ourselves a little dirty, and maybe even making those who are focused on proper decorum uncomfortable; we reveal ourselves as Christ’s disciples.  This is not always easy:  Jesus, himself, compares it to carrying your own cross, or giving up the best seat at the table for the worst.  Still, our kneeling down can lift others up and help to usher in the kingdom of peace that Jesus announces.

Each of us, I am sure, wishes that we were able to participate more fully this year in the kind of things Jesus did that last night, face-to-face with his friends:  eating and drinking together, singing songs and sharing prayers.  We long for in-person worship services, neighborhood gatherings, birthday parties; movies in the theater and dinners in restaurants.  We long for these because they are life-giving:  we are created to be in community.

But Jesus, also, teaches us that an essential part of being in community is a willingness to sometimes sacrifice ourselves in humble service; to place our personal desires in line with or even after the needs of others.  This might mean that – although we don’t like it – we need to stay physically apart for a while longer so that the community can be safe and healthy.  It may mean finding creative ways to reach out in humble service; to let everyone know – by our love – that we are Christ’s disciples.

Friends, Easter morning is coming:  I believe it and – because God in Christ so loves us – we are witnesses to it.

Resurrection blessings,
Pastor John

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Easter Sunday Services:

On Easter Sunday, April 4, we will have an outdoor, in-person “Sunrise Service” at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot.  This will be a brief, informal service celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord.  Face coverings and social distancing are required.

The 10:30 a.m. worship continues to be livestreamed every Sunday morning, including Easter, via Facebook:   http:// https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009839436710 and is a recording available on the church YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYF6JWnNARixsYXmVVp-ImA/?guided_help_flow=5

HOLY WEEK ONLINE SERVICES
Maundy Thursday Service – from the Synod of the Covenant:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-yDWbrFv9E

Good Friday Service – from the Office of General Assembly:
https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/discover-the-ancient-tradition-of-ordering-time-around-patterns-of-prayer/?fbclid=IwAR0ZWrqmZaRCpKKu8sArb15EsiGU727LPcEv38-4iqnxncGSi-4yvInyz_0

Easter Sunday Holy Communion:

On Easter Sunday, during the 10:30 a.m. worship service, we will share Holy Communion.  For those who will receive the sacrament at home, please prepare the elements for yourself / those in your household – maybe a slice of bread, a bagel, or breakfast burrito; and a cup of orange juice, coffee, or milk – and have them ready before the service begins.

 

Free Community Meal:

Tuesday, April 13 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Carry-out (or delivery upon request) only

Menu:  Chicken Noodle Casserole, Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower, Rolls, Pie

In the midst of a long, cold winter – as many people around us are isolated and in need – nothing sounds better than sharing a good meal together; let us share one with you!  On Tuesday, April 13, the members of Valley Presbyterian Church are offering free, home-cooked meals to anyone who is hungry in body or weary of spirit.  Reservations can be made at any time before noon on April 13 – by contacting the church office by phone or e-mail; through the church website; or by clicking below:

4-13-21 Community Meal Signup

If you are interested in volunteering – contact the church office by phone or e-mail; sign up through the church website; or click below:

4-13-21 Community Meal Volunteer Signup

 

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Link to Facebook Live

Link to Prayer Request List

Link to Sermons

Link to YouTube Channel

Please click the link below for the Easter bulletins and flowers list:

4-4-21 Easter 9 a.m. service bulletin

4-4-21 Easter 10:30 a.m. service bulletin

4-4-21 Easter Flowers Donor List


March 26, 2021

 

Jesus said, “if only you knew on this of all days the things that lead to peace.” (Luke 19:42)
(Common English Bible)

 

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Luke’s gospel reports that on the very day that Jesus enters Jerusalem for the final time – on what we call Palm Sunday – he weeps for the city, and for its residents, and for all people who fail to understand his message of Shalom, God’s peace.

I was blessed to be able to receive my first vaccination on Thursday at the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland.  It was done safely and efficiently thanks to the many public health officials, volunteers, and members of the National Guard running the site.  I was in and out within 30 minutes and my second does was scheduled on the spot.  If and when you are able to be vaccinated, which – as of next Monday – all adults are, I recommend you do so.

Locally and nationally, pastors and other faith leaders have been publicly encouraging their parishioners to get the vaccine.  In my eyes, this recommendation almost goes without saying:  for, if our community is to return to state of health and wholeness – which is the biblical definition of Shalom, God’s peace – we can all play our part in protecting one another from potential illness.  The medical evidence shows that these vaccines are safe and effective.

Still, as happy and inspired as I was by my vaccination experience, I have been saddened and dispirited by two mass shootings over the past two weeks; killing a total of eighteen people.  I mourn with and pray for the people of Georgia and Colorado – two places where close family members reside – as well as for the Asian-American, Pacific Islander community that have been increasingly targeted by hate over the past year; including members of the Korean Central Presbyterian Church of Cleveland, where I served for 2-½ years.

Again, condemning gun violence, racism, and their root causes should go without saying; for, these are not the things that lead to peace.  But, just as Jesus laments for the city and its residents, we, also, must work for peace; and call out those things that do not lead to peace and do not promote a state of health and wholeness.

Whether or not you have been following our Lenten daily devotional:  The Way to Shalom, I encourage you to use it over the next week – Holy Week – as a tool to help promote God’s peace.  You can read it on your own; or join me for 15 minutes via Zoom at 9 a.m. each morning through April 3, Holy Saturday.  The links for the devotional and gathering are below.

And so, my prayer today is for Shalom, God’s peace – health and wholeness for each of you, but, also, for our entire community, nation, and world – on this day of all days.

In Christ,
Pastor John

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

• During worship this Sunday, March 7, we will be celebrating Holy Communion.  If you want to participate, please have the elements in your Lenten Kit – or those of your own choosing – close by.  The worship service can be accessed virtually using this link:

Link to Facebook Live

Daily Devotions:

Zoom link for daily devotions 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. each day through Easter Sunday:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/8910040823?pwd=Y-ejhjSjftg
Meeting ID: 891 004 0823
Password: 386439

The Way to Shalom:  A Lenten Journey to Peace and Wholeness daily devotional:

https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/today/lent2021/

 

Pass-it-on Give Away:

Clothing / Toy Give Away
Saturday, March 27
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

Easter Sunday Services:

On Easter Sunday, April 4, we will have an outdoor, in-person “Sunrise Service” at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot.  This will be a brief, informal service celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord.  Face coverings and social distancing are required.

The 10:30 a.m. worship continues to be livestreamed every Sunday morning, including Easter, via Facebook:   http:// https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009839436710 and is a recording available on the church YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYF6JWnNARixsYXmVVp-ImA/?guided_help_flow=5

HOLY WEEK ONLINE SERVICES
Maundy Thursday Service – from the Synod of the Covenant:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-yDWbrFv9E

Good Friday Service – from the Office of General Assembly:
https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/discover-the-ancient-tradition-of-ordering-time-around-patterns-of-prayer/?fbclid=IwAR0ZWrqmZaRCpKKu8sArb15EsiGU727LPcEv38-4iqnxncGSi-4yvInyz_0

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Link to Facebook Live

Link to Prayer Request List

Link to Sermons

Link to YouTube Channel

Please click the link below for the bulletin:

March 28, 2021 service bulletin



Pass-It-On Mission Store

Pass-It-On, the resale store, will be open:

April 23, 2021

(10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

April 24, 2021

(10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Six people will be allowed in the store at a time.  Masks are required while in the store.

 

Pass-It-On is a mission of and is located behind
Valley Presbyterian Church
17560 Chillicothe Road
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
440-543-1071

 

To find out more about our Pass-It-On, A Mission of Love, Store, use the following link to go to our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/passit.on.716

 

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
Men’s Prayer Breakfast 7:30 am
Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 1 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Adult Choir 7:00 pm
Adult Choir @ Vallley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
 
2
S. Russell AA Group 8:00 pm
S. Russell AA Group @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 
3
Bainbridge AA Group 8:00 pm
Bainbridge AA Group @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 
4
Adult Education 9:30 am
Adult Education @ Valley Presbyterian Church Library
Apr 4 @ 9:30 am
 
Easter & dedication of OGHS offerings 10:30 am
Easter & dedication of OGHS offerings
Apr 4 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
 
Worship Service 10:30 am
Worship Service @ Valley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Apr 4 @ 10:30 am
 
Fellowship Time 11:30 am
Fellowship Time @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 4 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
 
Commission Meetings 12:00 pm
Commission Meetings @ Valley Presbyterian Church Library
Apr 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
 
Deacon’s Meeting 12:00 pm
Deacon’s Meeting @ Vallley Presbyterian Church Library
Apr 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Deacons will meet on Sundays at 12PM on the second Sunday during the Winter months.
5
7
Midweek AA Group 8:30 pm
Midweek AA Group @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 7 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
 
8
Men’s Prayer Breakfast 7:30 am
Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 8 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Adult Choir 7:00 pm
Adult Choir @ Vallley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
 
9
S. Russell AA Group 8:00 pm
S. Russell AA Group @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 
10
Bainbridge AA Group 8:00 pm
Bainbridge AA Group @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 
11
Adult Education 9:30 am
Adult Education @ Valley Presbyterian Church Library
Apr 11 @ 9:30 am
 
Worship Service 10:30 am
Worship Service @ Valley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Apr 11 @ 10:30 am
 
Fellowship Time 11:30 am
Fellowship Time @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 11 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
 
12
14
Midweek AA Group 8:30 pm
Midweek AA Group @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 14 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
 
15
Men’s Prayer Breakfast 7:30 am
Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 15 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Adult Choir 7:00 pm
Adult Choir @ Vallley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
 
16
S. Russell AA Group 8:00 pm
S. Russell AA Group @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 
17
Bainbridge AA Group 8:00 pm
Bainbridge AA Group @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 
18
Adult Education 9:30 am
Adult Education @ Valley Presbyterian Church Library
Apr 18 @ 9:30 am
 
Worship Service 10:30 am
Worship Service @ Valley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Apr 18 @ 10:30 am
 
Fellowship Time 11:30 am
Fellowship Time @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 18 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
 
Session Meeting 12:00 pm
Session Meeting @ Valley Presbyterian Church Library
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
 
19
21
Midweek AA Group 8:30 pm
Midweek AA Group @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 21 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
 
22
Men’s Prayer Breakfast 7:30 am
Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 22 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Adult Choir 7:00 pm
Adult Choir @ Vallley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
 
23
Pass-it-on Mission Store 10:00 am
Pass-it-on Mission Store @ Pass-it-on Mission Store
Apr 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
   
S. Russell AA Group 8:00 pm
S. Russell AA Group @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 
24
Cooper Bridal Shower 10:00 am
Cooper Bridal Shower
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
 
Pass-it-on Mission Store 10:00 am
Pass-it-on Mission Store @ Pass-it-on Mission Store
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
 
Bainbridge AA Group 8:00 pm
Bainbridge AA Group @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 
25
Adult Education 9:30 am
Adult Education @ Valley Presbyterian Church Library
Apr 25 @ 9:30 am
 
Worship Service 10:30 am
Worship Service @ Valley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am
 
Fellowship Time 11:30 am
Fellowship Time @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 25 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
 
26
28
Midweek AA Group 8:30 pm
Midweek AA Group @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 28 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
 
29
Men’s Prayer Breakfast 7:30 am
Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 29 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Adult Choir 7:00 pm
Adult Choir @ Vallley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
 
30
S. Russell AA Group 8:00 pm
S. Russell AA Group @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm