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
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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The link to the Virtual VBS “Who Is My Neighbor?” is below:
Virtual VBS Link
September 17, 2020
When the Son of Man comes in his glory…All the nations will be gathered before him. (Matthew 25:31, 32)
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Last fall, when Valley joined other Presbyterian congregations and governing bodies from across the country in becoming a Matthew 25 Church, we pledged our support to these three aims:
• Building congregational vitality
• Dismantling structural racism
• Eradicating systemic poverty
Little could we have known the developments of the next 12 months: a global health pandemic, massive economic suffering, urgent calls for racial justice, and dramatic changes to the way we function as a worshipping community. While much attention has been put on “getting back to normal”, we have learned that in some of these areas – including systemic poverty and structural racism – a return to the way things were will not be enough. As Christians, we are called to seek justice and to work toward the day when all nations – all people – will gather before Christ in peace, abundance, and joy.
Many of us are waking up to the ways that things need to change and how we – as the church – can play a role in this transformation. On Sunday afternoon, at 2 p.m., the Ohio Council of Churches will be hosting an on-line service focusing on anti-racism featuring folks from churches across the state. If you are interested, you can sign up using this link. https://www.ohcouncilchs.org/anti_racism_sunday.
This Sunday, there will be an in-person worship in the outdoor chapel, as well as online via Facebook Live and YouTube. There will be no Zoom coffee hour this week. We invite you to join us for worship in whatever way you can.
Please click the link below for the bulletin:
September 11, 2020
Sisters and brothers in Christ,
I am writing to you on September 11 – a day that certainly will never be forgotten; a day when many of us – myself included – spent watching, grieving, praying, and checking in on friends and loved ones who could have been in New York City, or at the Pentagon, or on a plane anywhere else in the country.
Over the past 19 years, we have mourned these losses and considered the ways that 9-11 forever changed the way we live, worship, work, and travel. Even as we think back to that day now, we, also, reckon with the losses that are taking place around us now: victims of raging wildfires and COVID-19, victims of police brutality and law enforcement officers themselves. We can feel helpless when there are so many questions; and so much to mourn.
The Apostle Paul, in Romans chapter 8, says: “The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought; but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” (v. 26) It is not wrong to feel weakness; it is okay to be tired; it is understandable if we don’t know how to pray. God will be with us; grieving alongside us.
Below is a prayer that was written by church leaders to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9-11; I think these words may be even more fitting now than they were then:
God of all creation, our hearts are broken over the destruction and loss we remember this day. And we acknowledge, O Lord, that on that day of human carnage yours was the first heart to break. In our remembering, may we stand with those who mourn and those who cannot stop mourning. Through remembering, may we find new comfort in your care. In our remembering may we be drawn to a new hope for the whole world, and may we gain for ourselves a measure of your peace.
You who can turn the shadow of night into the bright promise of a new day, empower us to shape a world marked by ways of life that lead to justice and peace for all peoples. Fashion in us a people who are more ready to grow in understanding than eager to judge those who are different from us. Form us as a people determined to heal wounds rather than inflict them.
We pray at last that you would cultivate such love in us that we may reach out in compassion to all those who are still wounded by the events of that day; and in seeking to heal others, may we experience a love that makes us whole. This we pray in the strong name of Jesus our Christ. Amen.
Blessings for peace and safety to all of you – even those of us who sometimes lack the words to pray.
News and Notes
• Worship this Sunday, September 13, will be virtual only. Our special music will be provided by Hannah and Becky Yakovac.
• Please pray for our Heart of Valley Preschool staff, family and students as they prepare to open on Monday, September 14.
• Next Sunday, September 20, we are planning for in-person worship in the outdoor chapel (weather permitting). It will, also, be available on-line. This service will mark our return to the Narrative Lectionary – focusing on the calling of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 15.
• The following Sunday, September 27, we are hoping to worship under the front portico. Included in the worship service will be a dedication of Henry Cregar’s Eagle Scout project (a new flag pole) honoring Tom Bulanda and others who served and defended our nation.
• The Pass-It-On store is planning to be open the weekend of September 25 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – 26 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.). If you would like to donate, please contact the church 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. 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.
Pass-It-On Mission Store
Pass-It-On, the resale store, will be open:
Friday, September 25 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Saturday, September 26 (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
To find out more about our Pass-It-On, A Mission of Love, Store, use the following link to go to our Facebook page: