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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.


 

Free Community Meal

November 24, 2020, 4-6 p.m.

To sign up for the Community Meal, please use the link below:

Community Meal Signup

 


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.

 


 

Sign up for Valley’s Virtual VBS!

(click the link below)

Who is my Neighbor?

 

The link to the Virtual VBS “Who Is My Neighbor?” is below:
Virtual VBS Link


Sunday Services

To view Sunday’s service, please click the link below :

Sunday, November 15, 2020

 


November 24, 2020

 

In the day of my trouble, I sought the Lord…You are the God who works wonders. (Psalm 77:1, 14)

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Sometimes we get so used to the rhythms and patterns of life.  As we celebrate Thanksgiving and November comes to its close, we enter into Advent, the time of preparing for the Coming of our Lord.  Many of us have long-standing traditions centered around gatherings of family and friends, cooking meals and sharing tables, bringing out the decorations and making the shopping lists.

This will certainly be a Thanksgiving Week like no other.  Whether or not our own gatherings and traditions have been altered, we are reminded that so many people’s worlds have been turned upside-down.  We can’t help but think of the sadness and loss, exhaustion and confusion is so prevalent in our community, nation, and beyond.  We continue to pray for everyone who is working to help and heal, to feed and shelter, to counsel and protect others in this time.

As people of faith, we believe that God is present even – and especially – in times of trouble.  We worship the Lord of Emmanuel:  God is with us.  In Advent, we prepare ourselves for the birth of our Lord; the one who comes to be among us, to bless, and to save.

Advent will, also, be different this year; and yet our hope remains the same:  that God can work wonders even when and where it may be least expected.  I invite you to use one of the suggested Advent resources listed below (or another if you prefer) to prepare for Christ’s birth:  to seek and reflect on God’s love for us and the wonderful ways that God has been, is now, and will be at work in the world.

These are different – and difficult – times; we pray that you continue to care for yourself and others around you amid these serious COVID-19 health warnings.  And we hope that you will join us for worship this Sunday and throughout Advent via Facebook Live or YouTube using the links below.

Thanksgiving blessings and peace,

Pastor John

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An Advent Journal from Columbia Theological Seminary (printed copies available in the church office):
http://www.ctsnet.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Advent-Journal-2020.pdf

A Global Advent Calendar from Virginia Theological Seminary:
https://adventword.org/en/adventword-2020/

“O Come Healing Hope” – Daily Facebook Reflections from Susi Kowalics:
https://www.facebook.com/AdventReflections/

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Link to Facebook Live

Link to Prayer Request List

Link to Sermons

Link to YouTube Channel

Link to Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 891 004 0823
Password: 386439
Zoom Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m.

Please click the link below for the bulletin:

November 29 2020 service bulletin


November 19, 2020

 

Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry? (Matthew 25:37)

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

About a year ago, our leaders decided to become a Matthew 25 Congregation:  meaning that we would be joining with other Presbyterian churches throughout the country in focusing our ministry in three specific areas:  1) Eradicating Systemic Poverty; 2) Dismantling Structural Racism; and 3) Building Congregational Vitality.  We believed that these three areas aligned with what we have been, are now, and will continue to focus on as our mission.  And events of the past year have reinforced those commitments.

We had planned this past Tuesday to cook 100 meals for anyone in our community who might be hungry, or tired, or just looking to know that someone cares.  Ads were placed in local papers, notices sent out, volunteers signed up to help prepare, package, and distribute the meals at no cost; a free offering.  And then, for over 24 hours, the power at church – and for many in nearby neighborhoods – went out.  The decision was made to delay the meal for one week – until Tuesday, November 24 – for we know that people will still be hungry.  There is more information about this effort in the announcements below.

Matthew 25 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us; enlivening our faith and waking us up to new ways of seeing Jesus in the hungry, the poor, the sick, and the lonely.  It calls us to open our ears and eyes and hearts to serve Christ through caring for others; to participate in what Martin Luther King, Jr., called “Beloved Community”:  a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings.

This Sunday, November 22 – while our congregation’s worship leaders are given a well-deserved and appreciated day off – you are invited to join with leaders from our denomination in a Service of Celebration and Commitment for Matthew 25 Churches in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  It can viewed using this link:  https://vimeo.com/480337046 or by visiting our denomination’s website at https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/matthew-25/matthew25-worship/.

And we continue to lift prayers for our community and others around our nation and world – including those who are sick or grieving; those whose work makes them vulnerable and those who have lost work; and those whose lives have been disrupted in ways large and small – that we might be healthy and safe as this pandemic reaches historically dangerous levels.  Please continue to care for one another; for – by doing so – you might indeed see Christ in them.

Pastor John

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Prayer Partners

We are launching a new Prayer Partner Program – looking to match pairs of church members or friends who will commit to keep in contact with each other – by phone, email or text – whatever way is best for you to connect.  The goal will be to communicate with each other at least once per week for the next six months: from November to April.  You are encouraged pray for your partner, talk with them, support and encourage them.

Some of you may already have a friend or companion that you regularly check in on – this could be your Prayer Partner; others might want to ask someone to make this new commitment – if so, please let us know so that we know you have a partner.  Otherwise, you can contact the church office and we can suggest someone to pair with.  The goal is for everyone to participate – we are not meant to be alone.

We look forward to hearing from you and to learn how these prayer partnerships grow and help us to live out our calling as Christ’s disciples, even in the midst of these challenging times.

 

Community Meal

In these challenging days, we know that there are folks in our community that are hungry, that are tired, and are looking for signs of hope and care.  In an effort to respond to some of these needs, Valley will be hosting a free community meal on Tuesday, November 24.  Packaged meals will be available for carry out (or delivery upon request) from 4-6 p.m. that day.  Meals can be reserved either by signing up on the church website or by calling the church office by noon that day.

These meals are intended for anyone who wants them – member, friend, or stranger – so please share this opportunity with your friends and neighbors.  If you are interested in helping, we need volunteers to prepare the food (9 – 11 a.m.), package the meals (3 – 4 p.m.), and fill / deliver orders (4 – 6 p.m.).  If you are interested in helping at any of these times, please let us know by Friday, November 20, by signing up at the link below or calling the church office:

Community Meal Volunteer Signup

Additional need for volunteers:
Monday, Nov. 23 – 6:30 – 8 p.m. – food preparation including baking cakes

 

Interfaith Prayer Vigils

Join with your neighbors as members of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities lead prayer vigils in the shadow of a contentious election season. Gather in person to pray from 6 – 6:30 p.m. on:

Tuesday, November 24
at Valley Presbyterian Church, Bainbridge

Or join in virtually at the link below:

Virtual Peace Vigils

For additional information on the Peace Vigils, see flyer below:

Peace Vigils Flyer

Sponsored by the Chagrin Valley Council of Churches and its interdenominational partners.

 

Stewardship Sunday

We are thankful for the steadfast generosity of so many people which allows us to share the love of Christ and make an impact on our community and world.  Near the conclusion of each year, we ask members and friends of Valley to prayerfully consider their level of financial support to the church for the upcoming year and to set a goal for your weekly, monthly, or annual giving.  These stewardship pledges help your congregation’s leaders plan and create a budget for the future.

On Sunday, November 15, we dedicated 2021 pledges of financial support.  If you have not yet returned a pledge, we encourage you to mail your completed cards to the church office where they are received confidentially.  If you are in need of a pledge card, please let us know.

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Link to Prayer Request List

Link to Sermons



Pass-It-On Mission Store

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

Friday, November 13 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Saturday, November 14 (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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