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.


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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


11/27/22 Sunday Service

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

11/27/22 Service


Community Meal 

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Continuing 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 December 20th meal is:   baked lasagna, green salad, garlic bread, dessert.

If you are interested in helping, we will be cooking meals from 9:30-11:30 a.m.; assembling from 3-5 p.m.; and distributing / delivering from 4-6 p.m.  In addition, if you would like to bake Christmas cookies at home, they can be delivered by 10 a.m. on December 20th.

Sign up to volunteer at the link below:

Sign Up to Volunteer

 

Sign up for the meal at the link below:

Sign Up for Meal


Want to Help With Sunday Services?

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

Liturgist / Greeter Signup


November 18, 2022

“Brothers and sisters, we must always thank God for you. This is only right because your faithfulness is growing by leaps and bounds, and the love that all of you have for each other is increasing.” (2 Thessalonians 1:3, Common English Bible)

Members and Friends of Valley,

I was born in 1969, just weeks before the first moon landing.  It’s amazing to think that now, more than five decades later, we are, again, preparing to send people to the moon.  So much has changed in our world that this new effort almost seems like an act of nostalgia.

As the world has changed, the church has, also, been going through seismic transformations.  A half century ago, the American church, especially in its emerging suburbs, was undergoing a growth spurt with new church buildings being constructed and Sunday school classes filling.  Membership, regular attendance, and denominational allegiance were the norms.  Valley’s sanctuary was built to accommodate multiple services each Sunday.

In the years since, denominations have splintered, memberships have declined, church attendance patterns have fallen.  It can be difficult to see beyond these changing trends and numbers and give thanks:  thanks for one another, for relationships, for love and faithfulness that continues to grow and be shared.  We so often look at the what, and fail to focus on the who.

When I get perplexed about church history and its movements over time, I often turn to Diana Butler Bass, the author of many books, including Grateful. She reminds us:

The church is a community of thanks, offering gratitude to God, as it shifts its balance toward the Kingdom with persistence trust and flourishing love.*

As we approach Thanksgiving, we are called to remember who the church is:  a community of thanks, giving gratitude both to God and for one another.  As a community of thanks, the church works to alter this ever-changing world – to bend the arc of history – toward the Christian ways of love and faithfulness, of equity and justice, of compassion and care.  These are the values of the Kingdom that is coming, but still waiting to be birthed.  Gratitude is its foundation.

Below you will find the worship bulletins for Sunday, November 20 – Christ the King Sunday; and November 27 – the First Sunday of Advent.  As one liturgical year ends and another begins, we pause to focus, again, on this foundational principle of our faith:  giving thanks.

I hope and pray that you all have a blessed celebration of Thanksgiving.  And I invite you this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. to attend, at Valley, an ecumenical, community-wide Thanksgiving worship service.  Please, also, consider giving to the special collection for our local food banks that will be dedicated at that service.

With gratitude,
Pastor John

* Diana Butler Bass from “The Cottage”

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements are in the bulletin and newsletter)

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

Sunday, November 20, 5:00 p.m.
Chagrin Valley Council of Churches

We invite you to an ecumenical worship service of Thanksgiving at Valley. The service will include a special offering to benefit the Geauga Hunger Task Force and our local food banks.

A joint choir will perform two choral selections: “Simple Gifts” by Pooler and “A Time For all Things” by Wagner. If you would like to sing, practice will be held that Sunday at 4:00 p.m. in the Church Sanctuary.

Advent Devotion Booklets
Printed copies of “O Come Dawning Light” – a series of daily Advent devotions, beginning on Monday, November 21 and written by our friend Rev. Susi Kowalics – are available in the Narthex.  If you would prefer to receive them electronically, you can sign up at:

https://www.facebook.com/AdventReflections

 

2022 Christmas Poinsettia Order Form
The 2022 Christmas Poinsettia order form is below.  Please turn order forms into the office no later than Sunday, December 11, 2022.  Any questions, please contact Marilyn Rodenhausen.

 

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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:

November 20, 2022 service bulletin

November 27, 2022 service bulletin

2022 Poinsettia Order Form


November 10, 2022

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Members and Friends of Valley,

Tomorrow (November 11) is Veteran’s Day, the day that we celebrate those who serve and sacrifice in defense of our nation and its people.

This year marks the first year in decades that the United States is not actively engaged in a military conflict.  Still, we know that war and the threat of war has not come to an end in our world.  Countless women and men in this and many nations still train and prepare for the possibility of conflict and – in places like Ukraine – are called to actively fight and defend.

We pause – on this one day in particular – to honor and thank those who have been called to serve.  Our veterans – which includes many of you and your loved ones – stepped forward to defend our nation and its people.  Because I have not, I am indebted and grateful to all those who have.

And, at the same time, we continue to seek peace: the kind of peace that Christ gives even in the midst of conflict.  For, peace is more than the cessation of war; it is unity, wholeness, and fullness of life.

Thus, we give thanks to those who have been called to serve in conflict, and we pray that we all might serve the goal of Christ’s peace.

Pastor John

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements are in the bulletin and newsletter)

“Guest” Preacher – Rev. Dr. Rollin “Chip” Steele
Please welcome to the pulpit this Sunday Rev. Dr. Rollin “Chip” Steele, the Parish Associate at Valley and minister member (honorably retired) of the Presbytery of the Western Reserve.

Sunday, November 13 – Stewardship Commitment Sunday
This Sunday, during worship, we will receive and bless the pledges offered in preparation for 2023.  During the offertory, please bring your completed pledge cards to place in the basket in the front of the sanctuary.  Please, also, feel free to mail or bring your completed pledge cards to the church as soon as possible.  Additional cards can be found on the table in the narthex.  Thank you for your faithful giving and in advance for returning these 2023 pledges.

Community Meal
See above this letter information on the November 15th Community Meal.

Pass-it-on Resale Store

The store will be open on:
Friday, November 18 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Saturday, November 19 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

Sunday, November 20, 5:00 p.m.
Chagrin Valley Council of Churches

We invite you to an ecumenical worship service of Thanksgiving at Valley. The service will include a special offering to benefit the Geauga Hunger Task Force and our local food banks.

A joint choir will perform two choral selections: “Simple Gifts” by Pooler and “A Time For all Things” by Wagner. If you would like to sing, practice will be held that Sunday at 4:00 p.m. in the Church Sanctuary.

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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:

November 13, 2022 service bulletin



Pass-It-On Mission Store

Pass-it-on will be open:

Friday, November 18

(10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

and

Saturday, November 19

(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

 

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