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

 


Previous Sunday Services

Here is a link to the February 28, 2021, service:

Link to February 28 Service

 


To sign up for the Community Meal:

Community Meal Signup

 

To sign up to volunteer for the Community Meal:

Community Meal Volunteer Signup

 


March 5, 2021

 

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. (I Corinthians 13:12)

 

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This week marks thirteen full years since – in 2008 – I began my ministry among you at Valley.  It’s a little hard to believe:  When I arrived, my sons were only seven and three; if you do the math, they are now twenty and sixteen.  I have never worked at another church even a fraction this long; in fact, I have never lived in the same house this long.

I am generally not a superstitious person; and I was born on the thirteenth, so that number does not bother me.  But, if you would have told me a year ago – as my twelfth year at Valley was concluding – that we would be entering the year we have just lived through, you may have changed my mind.

So much has been unfamiliar – and unrecognizable – about this past year.  So many of our traditions and the things that we value – worshipping and working side-by-side, gathering around the Lord’s Table, singing and praying and sharing fellowship together – have either been adapted or put on hold.  This thirteenth year has left us what my doctoral professor likens to being without a map in a strange and uncharted land.  Physically, spiritually, and emotionally we are searching to find our bearings.

I think the Apostle Paul understood this feeling of dislocation and unease; comparing it to looking into a dim mirror.  While, today, we have mirrors in numerous rooms of our houses, in our cars, and sometimes even in the sunglasses on our face, in Paul’s day I would imagine that finding a clear, mirror image would have been rare; maybe walking by still waters or when the sun reflected off a metal tool in just the right way.  He, also, knew while God has been revealed to us through Christ, in the days to come that message would become clearer; then we would know and understand fully, even as we – in God’s eyes – are fully known.

It is difficult – in uncharted territory, without a map – to understand where you really are.  In the midst of this unsettling and unfamiliar year, we have struggled to know what is happening around us, where to go (or not go), and how to respond.  We carry with us many deep emotions:  sorrow and grief, gratitude and regret, anger and relief.  We want so strongly to move beyond the dim mirror and be able to see – and be – face-to-face.

You may know from the weddings you have attended – where this passage from First Corinthians is often read – that in the very next verse, Paul writes, “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three, and the greatest of these is love.”  You may have grown up with a Bible that translated love, here, as “charity.”

People can debate all they want about which of these three is the greatest, but in this unfamiliar time, in this uncharted land, charity is something we need.  Let’s all find ways that we can give:  maybe by helping with hunger relief efforts, or calling to check in with a friend, or even allowing yourself time and space for healing.  While the image in the mirror is dim, let’s practice good charity.

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

Free Community Meal
Tuesday, March 9 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Carry-out (or delivery upon request) only

Menu: Baked ziti, meatballs, green beans, bread, cake

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, March 9, 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 March 9 – by contacting the church office by phone or e-mail or by clicking below:

Community Meal Signup

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

Community Meal Volunteer Signup

• Thank you to everyone who contributed to “Souper Bowl of Caring” and Church World Service – Blankets +.  A trunk full of food, and over $1,100, was collected for local hunger relief efforts.  As well as, over $1,100 was collected for Blankets +.

 


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 7, 2021 service bulletin


February 26, 2021

 

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Members and Friends,

In the verses above, the Apostle Paul tells us the ways that God’s Spirit blossoms, grows, and bears fruit in the lives of Christ’s followers; and that we are meant to identify, cultivate, and share these good gifts that we are given with others.

In this Sunday’s gospel reading, from Luke 13:1-9, Jesus tells a parable about a fig tree – one that has not been producing fruit – and a landowner who suggests that it be cut down.  But, the gardener intervenes, pleading for more time; suggesting that if the tree were properly cared for, it could still become fruitful.

If we are, indeed, like trees intended to be fruitful, then God is like that gracious gardener encouraging and nourishing us so that we might produce fruit; to be bearers of the good news in our words and our actions.

This is, of course, not always easy.  We get tempted, distracted, divided, and misdirected by many things; including our sinfulness and the sins of this world.  And so, we need grace; the tender mercy that comes to us as a gift from God.

Let us continue our journeys through Lent knowing that God is gracious and that we – like the fig tree – have been granted the opportunity to be changed in order to create change; blessed in order to be a blessing.

In Christ,
Pastor John

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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:

February 28, 2021 service bulletin


February 19, 2021

 

And who is my neighbor? (Luke 10:29)

 

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We have come to – in our journey through Luke – the first of two pivotal stories that are exclusively found in this gospel:  The Parable of the Good Samaritan.  Along with the second, The Parable of the Prodigal Son (found in chapter 16), they highlight how important Jesus considered mercy to be:  through care for our neighbors, forgiveness toward others, and sharing in love for God.

Friends, nearly a year into this pandemic – with so many people hurting and grieving, facing exhaustion and hunger – in the midst of a political and racial reckoning in our nation and now being faced with catastrophic winter weather events throughout much of our country, now is a time ripe for mercy.

In The Way to Shalom: A Lenten Journey to Peace and Wholeness, Rev. Jimmie Hawkins – one of the authors and Director of the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness in Washington, DC – points out that the Jewish word shalom – which we translate as “peace” – also, means goodness, wholeness, well-being, and good intention.  In Islam, this same broad definition of peace is expressed through the word salam.

Hawkins encourages Christians to, likewise, understand shalom to mean all these many things, including, “harmonious relationships, the right way to live and work for peaceful coexistence.”

In the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son, we find examples of reaching out toward others in mercy:  mending the broken, welcoming the lost, and building relationships in the spirit and the name of peace.  In the first, Jesus tells the man seeking to understand more about who his neighbor is: “go and do likewise.”

As the people of God living in a time that is ripe for mercy, I encourage you to greet, reach out to, and welcome one another in shalom.  As a congregation, we will continue in our efforts to feed those who are hungry and support peace-making efforts.  Thanks to everyone who contributed, earlier this month, to the Souper Bowl of Caring food collection, the community meal on February 9, and the special offering to support Church World Service – Blankets +.

In the coming weeks, we will be participating in an Interfaith (virtual) Prayer Service for Peace and Unity (on March 3) and offering another community meal (on March 9).  I, also, invite you to join me at 9 a.m. each morning for the reading of the daily devotional from The Way to Shalom and the sharing of prayer via zoom.  The link for joining is below.

These are only a few examples.  The need for mercy may be great, but the ways that we can practice peace is as broad as its definition.  Many of our family members, friends, and neighbors are physically, mentally, and spiritually lost and hurting.  Jesus tells us to love them.

In Christ,
Pastor John

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

DAILY DEVOTIONS
Zoom link for daily devotions 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. each day beginning Wednesday, February 17:
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/

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PASS-IT-ON

The store will be open TODAY on:
Friday, February 19
(10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

and

Saturday, February 20
(10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

In the interest of keeping safe, please wear a mask, and entrance will be limited to six at a time.

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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:

February 21, 2021 service bulletin



Pass-It-On Mission Store

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

March 19, 2021

(10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

March 20, 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

 

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