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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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


6/19/22 Sunday Service

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

6/19/22 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

 


Book Study

Tuesday evenings
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. online or in the church library

June 28
July 5, 12

Anxious for Nothing:  Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado

We all encounter anxiety, but we don’t have to let worry and fear control our lives.  Anxious for Nothing, from New York Times bestselling author, Max Lucado, provides a roadmap for battling with and healing from anxiety.  Anxious for Nothing invites readers to delve into Philippians 4:6-7—the most highlighted passage of scripture:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Books are available through popular sellers or through the church office for $10.


June 24, 2022

 

“You shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you.” (Leviticus 25:10)

Members and Friends of Valley,

We concluded our Compassion Camp vacation bible school program on Thursday with this lesson:  compassion requires justice.

This means that when we speak about having liberty and the freedom to create a more perfect union (as Americans do in these days leading up to the July 4 holiday) that rights and opportunities must be shared with all people.  As Leviticus says, it extends beyond “citizens” to include children, servants, and debtors because justice must be for all.  In a just world, even the fields are periodically allowed to rest and lay fallow.

During the week, camp participants learned:  1) that compassion begins with empathy:  seeing and feeling what others experience; 2) that acting with compassion sometime requires bravery; 3) that to care for others, we must first care for ourselves; and 4) that compassion requires justice.

Nobody is sure whether the ancient Hebrew concept of Jubilee – every fiftieth year, allowing fields to rest, servants to be set free, property to be returned, and debts to be canceled – was ever fully practiced.  To do so would require extremely high levels of compassion, forgiveness, and trust.  You can imagine how it might make a lot of people feel anxious and insecure.

And it’s even more difficult to imagine how this would work today with a complex and competitive economy; a lack of international shared principles and cooperation; a growing distrust of institutions, government, and even neighbors.  Where would we even start?

When the Lord speaks to Moses in this chapter of Leviticus, he tells them that the beginning of justice – to be demonstrated in jubilee – is practicing the Sabbath.  Before we have the trust to act so boldly once every fifty years, begin with simpler practices once a week.  Instead of trying to let your fields rest for a whole year, try resting yourself for a day by resisting the temptation to work and produce 24 / 7.

We shared a wonderful week with an amazing group of children and volunteers learning about compassion.  But thanks to God, each week we are given a new opportunity to experience the gift of the Sabbath.  In fact, it doesn’t just have to be on a Sunday or even for a full day.  Just choose to rest for a while – to break free of the demands on you and the demands you place on others.  In this Sabbath time, your empathy, your bravery, your love of self and others, and your commitment to justice can grow; God can help it become stronger.

And when the Sabbath time has ended, we will be more ready and able for the task of creating a more perfect union, world, and community.

In Christ,
Pastor John

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements are in the bulletin)

Walking Group

Meet at Frohring Meadows (small shelter) for a brief devotion and then a walk – you choose your own pace and distance.

Fridays – 10 a.m.
July 8 and 22

 

Book Study (hybrid format)

Tuesday evenings: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. online or in the church library
June 28 and July 5, 12

Anxious for Nothing:  Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado

We all encounter anxiety, but we don’t have to let worry and fear control our lives. Anxious for Nothing, from New York Times bestselling author, Max Lucado, provides a roadmap for battling with and healing from anxiety.

Books are available through popular sellers.

Gardening Group

Meet in the Faith Garden for an hour of fellowship and to keep our raised beds looking beautiful.

Wednesdays – 10 a.m.
June 29

This year, we are partnering with fifteen other churches in the Cleveland area to sponsor a Faith Build home rehabilitation with Habitat for Humanity.  The home is located at 9815 Ewell Avenue in the Buckeye neighborhood.  You are invited to sign-up now for any of our work dates – anyone age 16 or older is free to join us, for either a full or half day. Rides to the work site will be coordinated for each of these days.

Saturday, June 25
Thursday, July 14
Thursday, August 18
and
Thursday, September 29

See the June Valley Voice for instructions on registering, as well as a link to the registration page.

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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:

June 26, 2022 service bulletin


June 17, 2022

 

“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

 

Members and friends of Valley,

The Gospel, the Good News, is revealed to us primarily through the Son of God made flesh:  the incarnate life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The scriptures of the New Testament testify to this good news – most directly in the accounts of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and the Acts of the Apostles, the story of the early church.

Still, there are other parts of the New Testament, including a number of letters written by, to, and among members of the early Christian church.  In worship, for the remainder of this summer, we turn to examine the content of some of these letters:  what they said, who wrote them, and why.

The most prominent of these letter writers was the Apostle Paul – the former persecutor of Christians who underwent a dramatic conversion.  Paul traveled the ancient world gathering, teaching, and encouraging early Christian communities.  Along the way, he was beaten, shipwrecked, jailed, and more.  Still, he rejoiced in this suffering.  He considered himself a slave of Christ, a servant to the gospel.

Those descriptors have different meanings in our day.  We live in a world – and a nation – that still bears the ugly scars of slavery:  a violent system of oppression and exploitation.  It is not lost on me that this Sunday, June 19 – when we begin our look at Paul’s story and writings – is, also, the commemoration of “Juneteenth” – the emancipation of slaves at the end of the Civil War.

This does not mean we simply dismiss what Paul – or any other biblical writer – said because the words come from a different era.  Instead, we must do the difficult work of understanding its proper context; of discerning together how the gospel spoke truth then and continues to speak truth to us today.

For, as we’ll hear from Paul, the grace of God is not restricted to some people in some places or at certain times.  No, God loves everyone and gave his Son for all.  We are all, equally, children of God.  As in any era, this can be difficult to believe and put into practice.  We are taught to love all of our neighbors, to have compassion on each of them.

Please be in prayer for the leaders and participants of next week’s “Compassion Camp” – Valley’s VBS program, which focuses on how we see, feel, and act with kindness and empathy; how Christ calls us to love each of our neighbors, including ourselves.  For, if we serve, then we do it for God; and if we live, we do so in faith.

Blessings to you as we seek to live lives that are worthy of the Gospel’s good news,

Pastor John

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements are in the bulletin)

Compassion Camp – VBS

See information about VBS and the links above.

Walking Group

Meet at Frohring Meadows (small shelter) for a brief devotion and then a walk – you choose your own pace and distance.

Fridays – 10 a.m.
June 24
July 8 and 22

 

Book Study (hybrid format)

Tuesday evenings: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. online or in the church library
June 21, 28 and July 5, 12

Anxious for Nothing:  Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado

We all encounter anxiety, but we don’t have to let worry and fear control our lives. Anxious for Nothing, from New York Times bestselling author, Max Lucado, provides a roadmap for battling with and healing from anxiety.

Books are available through popular sellers.

Gardening Group

Meet in the Faith Garden for an hour of fellowship and to keep our raised beds looking beautiful.

Wednesdays – 10 a.m.
June 29

This year, we are partnering with fifteen other churches in the Cleveland area to sponsor a Faith Build home rehabilitation with Habitat for Humanity.  The home is located at 9815 Ewell Avenue in the Buckeye neighborhood.  You are invited to sign-up now for any of our work dates – anyone age 16 or older is free to join us, for either a full or half day. Rides to the work site will be coordinated for each of these days.

Thursday, June 23
Saturday, June 25
Thursday, July 14
Thursday, August 18
and
Thursday, September 29

See the June Valley Voice for instructions on registering, as well as a link to the registration page.

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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:

June 19, 2022 service bulletin



Pass-It-On Mission Store

Pass-it-on will be open:

Friday, August 5

(10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

and

Saturday, August 6

(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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