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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.


 

 

From the treasurer’s office…

• Thank you to everyone who has continued to offer their financial support to the church’s mission and ministry.  Please note that we will not be ordering offering envelopes for 2021.  If you have been using offering envelopes, please retain your box for 2021.  If at any time you are in need of additional envelopes, please email the office or call at 440-543-1071 for additional envelopes.  Thank you.

• Valley is now able to receive offerings electronically and directly into Valley’s bank account via Zelle with no fees charged to the church or you.  Zelle® has partnered with leading banks and credit unions across the U.S. to bring a fast, safe and easy way to send money.  Check with your financial institution to see if they offer Zelle.


Sunday Services

To view the November 15 service, please click the link below :

Sunday, November 15, 2020


January 15, 2021

A story of the wonderful harvest of Scripture and history that took place among us… (Luke 1:1, The Message)

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Luke is the only one of the gospel writers to explicitly tell the purpose – the intention – for his writing. In the opening verses of Luke, he acknowledges that many other accounts from followers of and eyewitnesses to Jesus’ life and ministry have been handed down – Luke has studied these – so that his readers may know the truth:  the good news of God’s great love.

Since December 20, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we have been looking at accounts from Luke’s Gospel including the birth, infancy, childhood, and baptism of Jesus.  This Sunday, in chapter 4, we will hear the account of Jesus speaking in the synagogue of his hometown, Nazareth, which – in Luke – serves as the launching point for his ministry.  We will continue to journey through the Gospel of Luke this winter and spring, culminating with Jesus’ resurrection on Easter.

Luke is known – among the four gospel writers – for being the most inclusive: already we have heard stories of compelling women such as Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna.  There will be more.  Luke tells of encounters with widows and tax collectors, gentiles and foreigners; parables about Good Samaritans and prodigal children.  Luke certainly wants us to know that the Son of God has come not just for locals and insiders, nor only those with the most power or status.  Jesus comes for each person, calls all individuals, offers salvation to everyone.

This emphasis on the wideness of God’s mercy will quickly come into focus in this Sunday’s reading when Jesus – reading from scroll of Isaiah – proclaims that he has been anointed to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed, and a reset of debts and obligations.  He tells the people of his hometown that these ancient promises are being fulfilled in their midst.  This is great news; they are so pleased with this hometown boy made good!  Until, that is, Jesus suggests that this good news may not only be for them; that, in fact, there likely are others that need it more than they do.  To the townspeople, that’s a whole different story – what good is this news for them?

What about us?  Right now – just days before we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, followed only two days later with the inauguration of our 46th President – may be an opportune time to be thinking about “us” and “them.”  The vitriol and violence of the past days and weeks have revealed what we had already known:  that our nation is divided; that too many of us believe good news is not meant for “them,” for those that are “other” than us.

Dr. King famously said:  Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.  A beloved community does not primarily see “us” and “them” but, instead, people who believe, think, and act in common cause.

Friends, in the days leading up to and then beyond January 20th we must recognize that our nation and our communities need healing to take place and for the dividing walls to start coming down.  Unfortunately, this may not be a smooth or always peaceful process:  there is a lot of mistrust and anger to overcome; changes will need to take place in our souls and in our lives.

But, the good news is that we have – in the words and actions of Jesus – what Luke calls “a wonderful harvest” at our disposal.  The Son of God, come to earth, always embraced the “other” with sincerity, compassion, and respect; no division was too expansive for Jesus to cross.  As we will see – as we continue this walk through Luke’s gospel – the good news can only be truly good if it is for everyone; if it moves us toward beloved community.

May there be peace and healing in this week and in the days to come,

In Christ,
Pastor John

Link about an online book study at VPC:

Online Book Study

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Please click the link below for the bulletin:

January 17, 2021 service bulletin

 


January 7, 2021

 

“Now God has spoken to us through Jesus Christ the Son.” (Hebrews 1:2)

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It was decades ago, but for two years I worked in the same offices, hallways, and chambers of the U.S. Capitol and its surrounding buildings that yesterday were overrun by a mob of domestic terrorists.  Some of those former co-workers are still there; yesterday, they barricaded in place or were escorted to more secure locations for hours; their lives put in danger after choosing to dedicate themselves to careers in public service.

And so, like many of you, I watched the events of yesterday filled with anger and sadness because they should not have taken place:  not yesterday or any other day.  I would echo the sentiments of this statement put out yesterday by the National Council of Churches:

The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) condemns and repudiates the actions of pro-Trump protesters today, who instead of exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech, have put people’s lives in danger, made a mockery of the American democratic process and the rule of law, vandalized the U.S. Capitol, assaulted law enforcement officers and threatened the safety of members of Congress, staffers and others who work at the Capitol building.  Chaos reigns, guns have been drawn, and our democracy is under siege.  This is outrageous, unacceptable, shameful and a disgrace.  Every effort must be made by law enforcement to restore order immediately.

While we support nonviolent protests, and have often organized and participated in them, demonstrators desecrating the Capitol and disrupting our fair democratic process cannot be tolerated or go unpunished.  All who have been involved in today’s riots, those who participated as well as those who have incited this violence, must be held accountable.

– Statement on the Mob Attack of the U.S. Capitol

Yesterday – January 6, 2021; a date that will now forever stand in infamy – was, according to the Christian calendar, Epiphany.  It is the day that we celebrate the gifts offered to Jesus by the magi, to whom it has been revealed that this baby born in a stable in a far-away land was the Prince of Peace and Lord of Lords; not Caesar Augustus, who ruled by violence and abuse of power.

We celebrate Epiphany as the season when revelations of truth can come to us, as well.  What certainly came to light yesterday – if it had not already before – was that our current President is morally and politically unfit for his office; that he has given a platform and a pass to white supremacists; that his falsehood and misinformation has corroded our nation; and that he invited and encouraged violence, even in the halls of the U.S. Capitol.

These words may sound political to you – if so, that is fine.  But, they are not partisan.  I worked for two Republican members of Congress and for the National Republican Committee.  This President does not fall anywhere within the framework of our (small d) democratic system.  He has shown himself to be – or, at least, seeks to be – an autocrat; violence and abuse of power, and not peace, are his preferred tools.

And so, yes, I want those who have participated in, as well as those who have incited, this violence to be held accountable.  But, I, also, hope it will be revealed to us that there is a different way:  one that does not focus on revenge, but reconciling; that shows there is power in weakness; that it truly is better to serve others than to be served by others; that, “Now God has spoken to us through Jesus Christ the Son.”

These are the values of Jesus that are worth living, speaking, working, and – yes – protesting for.  We can become a more equal society, a more loving people, a more peaceful nation.  And for us, as Christians, it comes through the revelation that God has called us to be gift-givers, to be justice-seekers, to be peace-makers.

This Sunday, I invite you to worship with us as we share the story of the Baptism of our Lord Jesus and remember our own baptisms:  that we are created, claimed, and beloved by God who calls us to be advocates of justice and peace.  You can find information for participating in worship below.

And I implore you to pray for and support all those who are engaged in public service:  health care workers, police and fire, members of the military, government, and more.  Especially now, at what is to date the most serious point of this pandemic, we need to support those who serve and help to create beloved community.

In Christ,
Pastor John

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Link to Prayer Request List

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Link to YouTube Channel

Please click the link below for the bulletin:

January 10, 2021 service bulletin



Pass-It-On Mission Store

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

Closed for January – next date to be determined

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

Signup at the link below:

Pass-It-On Appointment Link

 

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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