Sunday Worship

We are now open for in-person Worship Services.  All are welcome.

Sunday worship service is at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School available during the school year 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.


Thesis Summary

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Annual Meeting – January 29, 2023


Session has appointed January 29, 2023, as the date for our Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation.  This meeting – open to all members and friends of Valley – will begin immediately following the worship service.


Game Night for All Ages

Friday, February 17, 2023
Light Dinner served 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Games begin at 6:30 p.m.
Snacks served all evening.

You’re invited to come play all sorts of board and card games or bring your own.  Drop in, or let us know you’re coming at the following Google form:

Game Night Registration

For a flyer about the Game Night, use the link below:

Game Night Flyer


Community Meal

This month, we will be engaging in our community meal program:   preparing dinners to be available for pick-up or delivery.   These meals are our gift to the community:   to anyone who is in need of the food or the love that goes into making it.

The menu for the February 14th meal is:   Baked parmesan chicken, potatoes, green beans, chocolate-covered strawberries.

If you are interested in helping, we will be cooking meals from 9:00-10:30 a.m.; assembling from 3-4 p.m.; and distributing / delivering from 4-6 p.m.   Sign up at the link below:

Sign Up to Volunteer

To sign up for the meal, use the link below:

Sign Up for Meal


Sunday Services

See below for a link to the live streaming of our services:

YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYF6JWnNARixsYXmVVp-ImA/?guided_help_flow=5


1/29/23 Sunday Service

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

1/29/23 Service


Want to Help With Sunday Services?

Here is a link to signup to be a Liturgist or Greeter for Sunday services:

Liturgist / Greeter Signup


January 27, 2023

This is God’s table; it’s not yours or mine. Come to the table of grace. (Glory to God #507, “Come to the Table of Grace”)

Members and Friends of Valley,

Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson is the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  His service to the church, also, includes previously serving as former director of the denomination’s Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C., and as a pastor in Greensboro, NC, and Memphis, TN.

As you might imagine, Rev. Nelson brings to his leadership position a passion not only for the vitality of the church but its role as an instrument of social justice and policy reform.  He often speaks about the intersection of personal faith and public witness; and that – as followers of Christ – we are called to live out the gospel in every aspect of our lives.

When I heard the news yesterday of the arrest of five police officers in Memphis, I thought of J. Herbert and how he has recalled doing ministry there, in the same city and neighborhood where Dr. King was murdered decades earlier.  In the same way, I had thought of my ministry colleagues in Louisville in the aftermath of Breanna Taylor’s death, and – again this week – I remembered colleagues doing ministry in California when I learned about the two mass shootings which took place there.

In all of these places where unjust and unspeakable violence occurs, I see pastors and church members extending a hand of compassion, as well as a call to action.  For our communities to heal from and prevent future acts of violence, we need to come to the table – to offer and accept the invitation to work together for social justice and policy reform – we need to show up.

Next Sunday, we will, again, be invited to come to the Lord’s Table; remembering that we come not because we have earned it, nor because we are more righteous or deserving than others – we come because of grace.  For us to heal as a nation and – especially, now, in the places so raw from the anguish and grief of violence – as local communities, we need to gather together, claim our common identity as beloved children of God, and work towards a better way to live.

In Christ,
Pastor John

The Stated Clerk’s statement regarding the two mass shootings in California is below:

A son, daughter, spouse, someone’s child are dead today, because individuals with guns decided to end their lives.  I find myself struggling to find new words, new thoughts that can explain my feelings after yet another senseless loss of life.  What can drive someone to hate so much that they feel the only solution is to fire as many bullets as they can into anyone they see?  This is happening way too often and despite cries of families, friends, communities and churches, there is still no action from those who have the power to make real change on gun control.

The weekend shooting in Los Angeles is one of California’s worst in recent memory.  Law enforcement described the scene as pure chaos.  A night of celebration had turned into a night of bloodshed.  On Monday, seven more people, including some migrant workers, were shot to death at a mushroom farm.  For those who have survived, the emotional scars could last a lifetime.  Law enforcement will investigate, the physical wounds may heal, but the enduring pain will be a constant reminder of another tragedy that could have been avoided if our government leaders would take the necessary action to keep guns away from those whose sole purpose is to harm innocent people.

Once again, I urge our nation’s leaders, those for and against gun control, to come to the table, put aside their political differences, and find a solution to this problem that has already claimed dozens of lives in just the first three weeks of the new year.  Our leaders need to invest in resources to address root causes of this violence, including mental health.  Far too often one of the primary factors behind the shootings stem from mental health conditions that have been left undiagnosed or untreated.

We cannot continue to turn our heads away from this national crisis.  We cannot be so blind as to not see that we are creating a society that puts our loved ones in harm’s way.  We can do better.  We must do better.

We grieve with the families of those who died in these tragedies.  Our prayers go out to the doctors, nurses and others who are still caring for the wounded.  May God’s healing touch bring comfort to all who suffer.

Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements are in the bulletin and newsletter)

Annual Meeting – January 29, 2023
Session has appointed January 29, 2023, as the date for our Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation.  This meeting – open to all members and friends of Valley – will begin immediately following the worship service.

 

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LINKS

 

Church YouTube Channel

The livestream of the worship service is being broadcast via the Valley YouTube channel using this link:

Link to YouTube Live

 

Link to Facebook

Link to Prayer Request List

Link to Sermons

 

Link to service bulletin:

Sunday, January 29, 2023 Service Bulletin


January 20, 2023

 

“Blessed are those who have stared long into the abyss, for theirs is honesty beyond grief.” (Matthew 5:4, paraphrase by Simon Woodman)

Members and Friends of Valley,

Maybe it is the long winter’s days.  Maybe it is the multitude of deaths, illnesses, and other personal challenges that those close to me are currently facing.  Maybe the lingering trauma of a nation that has now endured almost three years of health and social disruption.

For whatever reason, I sense a heaviness in the air; a profound grief that has set in.  Yes, there are still reasons for and occasions of light and joy, but – maybe more than previously acknowledged – we find ourselves staring into the abyss.

This Sunday, in our reading of Matthew’s gospel, we come to the Sermon on the Mount, which begins with the Beatitudes.  Jesus says, “blessed are…” and goes on to name the poor in spirit, the meek, the merciful and more.  He, also, includes those who mourn, meaning – I believe – those who have experienced the loss of a loved one; but including, also, those who grieve for the state of the world, for all the ways that the people around them are troubled and pained.

I think that sometimes we read the Bible – and especially parts of it like the Beatitudes – as prescriptive: as in, do this to get (or become) that.  But, maybe Jesus intended it to be descriptive:  as in, this is – painful or difficult as it may be – the honest truth.  Blessing, therefore, is not a future reward, but a present reality; as God’s beloved children – which is what we (like Jesus) are – we will be comforted, receive mercy, and – yes – be given honesty beyond grief.

Maybe, in the heaviness of this season, you know someone who is grieving a loss or hurting for the world – who has been staring into the abyss.  And, maybe, you are the one who can acknowledge and listen to them, providing them the assurance that they are not alone, that there is something which exists on the other side of grief.

New Testament scholar, Alyce McKenzie, says:  “This beatitude promises those who mourn because of economic injustice or personal sorrow have God’s ear.  (It) challenges those who are materially comfortable and possess emotional reserves.  In a powerful message to both the church and individuals, they are to act as agents of God’s comfort now.”*

Blessed are all those who have God’s ear and even – at times – have the eyes to see and ears to hear those who need comfort now.

In Peace,
Pastor John

*Matthew: Interpretation Bible Studies.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements are in the bulletin and newsletter)

Annual Meeting – January 29, 2023
Session has appointed January 29, 2023, as the date for our Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation.  This meeting – open to all members and friends of Valley – will begin immediately following the worship service.

 

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LINKS

 

Church YouTube Channel

The livestream of the worship service is being broadcast via the Valley YouTube channel using this link:

Link to YouTube Live

 

Link to Facebook

Link to Prayer Request List

Link to Sermons

 

Link to service bulletin:

January 22, 2023 service bulletin


January 6, 2023

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness — on them light has shined.” (Isaiah 9:2)

Members and friends of Valley,

Today, January 6, is the day of Epiphany.  After the twelve days of Christmas, we commemorate the appearance of the magi; these wise men from the East who saw a star, got up, and followed it to the manger in Bethlehem.  Upon seeing the baby Jesus, they fell to their knees and were “overwhelmed with joy.”

For residents of this nation, the date of January 6 will forever have another meaning – remembered not for the appearance of a star, for a manifestation of light, but as a dark day, a moment of dark violence.

As part of a book study I participated in this week, we discussed what – in this new year – was bringing us hope.  The answers were all muted: in the midst of international war, political turmoil, economic uncertainty, violence, and ongoing health risks, we all agreed that it can be hard to herald hope.

We are not the source of our hope, nor are the events and circumstances around us.  Instead, it is mystery, an inbreaking from beyond.  It is like a light that penetrated the darkness; a new path opened up when we could not previously see any way forward.

We may not create epiphanies, but we can respond to them.  For the magi, the rising star was an invitation to discover grace, goodness, and God.  For us, such revelations cast the light that we need to see the way, respond, and move forward.  They guide us along the long journey toward healing, liberation, and peace.

Our hope rests in the Lord.  As we see light dawn around us, we are called to be the people of God – sharing love and shining forth for the world.

In Christ,
Pastor John

On Epiphany day,
     we are still the people walking.
     We are still people in the dark,
          and the darkness looms large around us,
          beset as we are by fear,
               anxiety,
               brutality,
               violence,
               loss —
          a dozen alienations that we cannot manage.
We are — we could be — people of your light.
     So we pray for the light of your glorious presence
          as we wait for your appearing;
     we pray for the light of your wondrous grace
          as we exhaust our coping capacity;
     we pray for your gift of newness that
          will override our weariness;
     we pray that we may see and know and hear and trust
          in your good rule.
That we may have energy, courage, and freedom to enact
          your rule through the demands of this day.
          We submit our day to you and to your rule, with deep joy and high hope.
— Walter Brueggemann

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements are in the bulletin and newsletter)

Sarah Circle
Sarah Circle is a group of Valley Presbyterian ladies who meet the second Tuesday of each month. Guided by God, we have discussions and share insights. We learn about the teachings in the Bible and about ourselves.

The Circle will meet on Tuesday, January 10, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., in the Church Library. The study will be on Sabbath and Servitude, Lesson five, in “Celebrating Sabbath”. All Valley women are welcome to join us for fellowship and discussion.

Annual Meeting – January 29, 2023
Session has appointed January 29, 2023, as the date for our Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation.  This meeting – open to all members and friends of Valley – will begin immediately following the worship service.

 

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LINKS

 

Church YouTube Channel

The livestream of the worship service is being broadcast via the Valley YouTube channel using this link:

Link to YouTube Live

 

Link to Facebook

Link to Prayer Request List

Link to Sermons

 

Link to service bulletin:

Sunday, January 8, 2023 service bulletin



Pass-It-On Mission Store

Pass-it-on will be open:

Friday, February 10

(10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

and

Saturday, February 11

(10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

  Donations are now being accepted.

 

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

 

Feb
2
Thu
2023
Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Feb 2 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Adult Choir @ Vallley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Feb
5
Sun
2023
Worship Service @ Valley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Feb 5 @ 10:30 am
Commission Meetings @ Valley Presbyterian Church Library
Feb 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Deacon’s Meeting @ Vallley Presbyterian Church Library
Feb 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Deacons will meet on Sundays at 12PM on the second Sunday during the Winter months.

Feb
7
Tue
2023
Pass-it-on Sorting
Feb 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Feb
9
Thu
2023
Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Feb 9 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Adult Choir @ Vallley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Feb
10
Fri
2023
Pass-it-on Mission Store @ Pass-it-on Mission Store
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

 

Feb
11
Sat
2023
Pass-it-on Mission Store @ Pass-it-on Mission Store
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Feb
12
Sun
2023
Worship Service @ Valley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Feb 12 @ 10:30 am
Feb
14
Tue
2023
Free Community Dinner – Volunteer to cook food @ VPC Fellowship Hall
Feb 14 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Pass-it-on Sorting
Feb 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Sarah Circle @ VPC Library
Feb 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Free Community Dinner – Volunteer to assemble meals @ VPC Fellowship Hall
Feb 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Free Community Dinner – Volunteer to distribute / deliver orders @ VPC Fellowship Hall
Feb 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Feb
16
Thu
2023
Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Feb 16 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Adult Choir @ Vallley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Feb
17
Fri
2023
Game Night for All Ages
Feb 17 @ 5:30 pm
Feb
19
Sun
2023
Worship Service @ Valley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Feb 19 @ 10:30 am
Session Meeting @ Valley Presbyterian Church Library
Feb 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Feb
21
Tue
2023
Pass-it-on Sorting
Feb 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Feb
23
Thu
2023
Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Feb 23 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Adult Choir @ Vallley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Feb
26
Sun
2023
Worship Service @ Valley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Feb 26 @ 10:30 am
Feb
28
Tue
2023
Pass-it-on Sorting
Feb 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Mar
2
Thu
2023
Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Mar 2 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Adult Choir @ Vallley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Mar
5
Sun
2023
Worship Service @ Valley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Mar 5 @ 10:30 am
Commission Meetings @ Valley Presbyterian Church Library
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm