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.


Annual Meeting Pastor’s Report – February 4, 2024

February 4, 2024 Annual Meeting Slides


Sunday Services

See below for a link to the live streaming of our services or to see previous services:

YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYF6JWnNARixsYXmVVp-ImA/?guided_help_flow=5


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Community Game Night for all ages!

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Bringing the outdoors in!  Come play Corn Hole, Giant Jenga and Connect 4, as well as, all sorts of typical board games, or you’re welcome to bring your own!

Pizza and Salad at 5:30 p.m.! Games will begin at 6:00 p.m.!

We’ll have snacks throughout the evening.
Drop in, or let us know you’re coming in this Google form below:

https://forms.gle/PTBr3oZowVKwcabt7

For more information, contact the church office at 440-543-1071 or email valleycecommission@gmail.com.

 


February 22, 2024

 

“Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things…” (Psalm 119:18)

Members and friends of Valley,

One of my chosen Lenten practices is the lengthening of silent meditation.  Starting with one minute on Ash Wednesday, participants are encouraged to add one more minute of silence, guided by a prompt for Lectio Divina (silent reading), Lectio Audio (silent listening) or Lectio Visio (silent watching).  This third practice is a new one to me; focusing on a selected photo or image and allowing it to lead into reflection and prayer.

This Psalm, the longest in scripture, with 176 verses, calls us to remember the goodness of God’s commandments.  How easy it can be, indeed, to forget all that God has provided for us – the beauty of creation, the blessing of relationships, the wonder of grace.  “Open my eyes, that I may see,” the Psalmist says, so that we might live in faithfulness and abundance, no matter what challenges or hardships we might face.

In one of this week’s Local Pilgrims daily devotions, we were encouraged to see and give thanks for trash collectors; for those workers who faithfully gather up that which we no longer need in order to make our world more beautiful, to more easily recognize the beauty of this world.  I appreciate those who have been sending in pictures for this week’s Photo Journal project, some of them showing budding flowers; early sings of spring blooming in our community.  May these remind us that during this Lenten season, we anticipate the miracle of new life; Christ emerging from the grave as our risen Lord.

And so, whether on a cold, wintry day or spring-like warmth, in the darkness or majestic light God is at work in our midst – providing food for the hungry, rest for the weary, relief for the suffering, and hope for the longing.  As God’s people, we are encouraged to open our eyes and join as co-creators of a beautiful world where people are loved, seen, accepted, and cared for; to fulfill God’s command to love our neighbors and be a light to the world.

Please keep those photos coming, and keep following in God’s ways; we need one another to help us open our eyes and see wondrous things.

In Christ,
Pastor John

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements are in the bulletin and newsletter)

 

Movie Outing

Please join us this Sunday, February 25, for an afternoon at the movies. Ordinary Angels tells an inspiring, true story of faith and community.

Movie Outing Flyer

 

C•O•N•N•E•C•T

Community Game Night for all ages!
Saturday, February 24

Bringing the outdoors in!  Come play corn hole, giant Jenga, and Connect 4, as well as, all sorts of typical board games, or you’re welcome to bring your own!

Pizza and salad at 5:30 p.m.!  Games will begin at 6:00 p.m.!

We’ll have snacks throughout the evening.
Drop in or let us know you’re coming by using the link on the church website or in the February Valley Voice.

 

Six Session Bible Study

The Gospel of Mark
A Beginner’s Guide to the Good News
By Amy-Jill Levine

During worship for the first two months of the New Year, we will be looking at passages from the Gospel of Mark; widely regarded as the oldest of the four gospels.  Through her book and accompanying video lessons, Jewish scholar, Amy Jill-Levine, brings the Good News of the gospel message alive as participants will come to see Jesus as divine and human, powerful and weak, approachable yet mysterious.  The book features an in-depth study of select passages and illuminates the Gospel in its historical context and as a source for the other gospels.

You are invited to attend either weekly 90-minute session based on your own availability.  Books are available in the Narthex.

Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 29

Mondays, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 26, March 4

If you are able to take part in the Bible Study or help with North Church, please use the links here to sign up and let us know:

Bible Study sign up –

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F44AAAA2BA4F49-47186466-bible

 

Local Pilgrim – Lenten Daily Devotional Booklets

This daily Lent devotional from the Presbyterian Outlook invites you to explore and observe new and familiar places in your community.  What will God reveal to you when you pause, ponder, and reflect?

In the Local Pilgrim, Outlook Editor/Publisher, Teri McDowell Ott, and other writers explore what God might reveal to us if we intentionally explore our communities.  Who do we see?  What do we hear?  God reveals God’s self when we look.

Lent is the perfect season for a pilgrimage such as this, leading to meaningful contemplation and sacred discoveries.  As you make your way through this devotional, you might find yourself inspired to go somewhere new; or somewhere familiar to pause, ponder, and pray.  What will God unveil?  Join us on your local pilgrimage to new and familiar places in your community.

Each daily reflection, beginning with Ash Wednesday and culminating on Easter Sunday, will combine personal reflection, Scripture, and prayer.  May God bless you and keep you on your Lenten journey.

Local Pilgrim – Lenten Devotionals

 

Local Pilgrim Lenten Photo Journal Project

We want to know:  what is God revealing to you during this season of Lent?  Where have you been led to go, and what have you seen there?

Each Sunday in worship during the season of Lent, we will be sharing some of your Local Pilgrim photos during the time for offering.  Please email your pictures (with permission from any individual that might be in the photograph) to johnawahl@yahoo.com; so that they can be compiled and shared with one another.

Together, let us explore and share what God is up to in our neighborhood!

 

Fellowship

Fellowship time is back in full swing!  If anyone would like to help to either set up or clean up once per month, please contact Brenda Wahl at 440-829-7841.

Thank you!

________________________________________

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 bulletins:

Sunday, February 25, 2024 service bulletin

2024 Easter Flowers Order Form


February 15, 2024

 

“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)

Members and friends of Valley,

We have now entered the Lenten season:  a time of penitence and preparation; a time when many Christians take on new spiritual practices or choose to give something up.  Maybe, after your donuts (or paczkis) on Fat Tuesday, and your chocolates on Valentine’s Day, you are ready for a little bit of self-discipline or restraint.

But, one thing it is hard to deny or give up is the often troubling news of the world around us.  Yesterday, on the 6th anniversary of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, we were confronted with news of yet another scene of mass violence – gunmen opening fire at the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl Parade.  Once again, it was children – this time children who were given the day off school so that they could attend the parade – who made up a large portion of the victims.  How can we promise them they will be safe when time and again, in locations around the country, they are not?

This season of Lent, like no other in the Christian year, confronts us with the reality of death – that we, like Jesus, are mortal; that all of us will someday – and maybe all too soon – face our final hour.  But, remembering the story of Christ’s death and resurrection reminds us that God is God, and we are not.  And so, the psalmist says, here:  “Be still.”

Of course, we would rather take action – maybe to stay busy and delay or forget about our human mortality – but, also, to put into practice what Jesus commanded his followers to do.  Love our neighbors, welcome and protect them, do not accept cruelty or violence as the norm.  Instead, respond and reach out with compassion, healing, and love.

So, maybe sometimes, but certainly not always, it is the right time to be still.  I like the Common English Bible translation of this same verse, which reads: ““That’s enough! Now know that I am God!”  Sometimes, the most compassionate, loving, Christ-like way to respond is by saying:  “That’s enough!”

How we go about that with people feeling like they are under attack, churches that are divided, and politicians entrenched on different sides, I am not sure.  Yet, I believe that we can still proclaim to the world that God is here, in our midst; and is grieving this loss of life, this addiction to violence, this real fear for their safety that now manifests in our children.

Surely, God is weeping today for Kansas City, as God wept six years ago for Parkland.  As God’s people, let us be still and know that God mourns with us.  But, let’s, also, find the words and the actions to say, “That’s enough!”

In Christ,
Pastor John

P.S. – to those who came yesterday to receive ashes, I enjoyed our conversations about spiritual practices.  And to those who have sent photos for the Local Pilgrim Photo Journal, thank you. Keep them coming – you can email them to me at johnawahl@yahoo.com.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements are in the bulletin and newsletter)

 

Six Session Bible Study

The Gospel of Mark
A Beginner’s Guide to the Good News
By Amy-Jill Levine

During worship for the first two months of the New Year, we will be looking at passages from the Gospel of Mark; widely regarded as the oldest of the four gospels.  Through her book and accompanying video lessons, Jewish scholar, Amy Jill-Levine, brings the Good News of the gospel message alive as participants will come to see Jesus as divine and human, powerful and weak, approachable yet mysterious.  The book features an in-depth study of select passages and illuminates the Gospel in its historical context and as a source for the other gospels.

You are invited to attend either weekly 90-minute session based on your own availability.  Books are available in the Narthex.

Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 15, 22, 29

Mondays, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 19, 26, March 4

If you are able to take part in the Bible Study or help with North Church, please use the links here to sign up and let us know:

Bible Study sign up –

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F44AAAA2BA4F49-47186466-bible

 

Local Pilgrim – Lenten Daily Devotional Booklets

This daily Lent devotional from the Presbyterian Outlook invites you to explore and observe new and familiar places in your community.  What will God reveal to you when you pause, ponder, and reflect?

In the Local Pilgrim, Outlook Editor/Publisher, Teri McDowell Ott, and other writers explore what God might reveal to us if we intentionally explore our communities.  Who do we see?  What do we hear?  God reveals God’s self when we look.

Lent is the perfect season for a pilgrimage such as this, leading to meaningful contemplation and sacred discoveries.  As you make your way through this devotional, you might find yourself inspired to go somewhere new; or somewhere familiar to pause, ponder, and pray.  What will God unveil?  Join us on your local pilgrimage to new and familiar places in your community.

Each daily reflection, beginning with Ash Wednesday and culminating on Easter Sunday, will combine personal reflection, Scripture, and prayer.  May God bless you and keep you on your Lenten journey.

Local Pilgrim – Lenten Devotionals

 

Local Pilgrim Lenten Photo Journal Project

We want to know:  what is God revealing to you during this season of Lent?  Where have you been led to go, and what have you seen there?

Each Sunday in worship during the season of Lent, we will be sharing some of your Local Pilgrim photos during the time for offering.  Please email your pictures (with permission from any individual that might be in the photograph) to johnawahl@yahoo.com; so that they can be compiled and shared with one another.

Together, let us explore and share what God is up to in our neighborhood!

 

Fellowship

Fellowship time is back in full swing!  If anyone would like to help to either set up or clean up once per month, please contact Brenda Wahl at 440-829-7841.

Thank you!

________________________________________

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 bulletins:

Sunday, February 18, 2024, service bulletin


February 8, 2024

 

“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we bend our knees and lift up our hearts, giving glory to God forever.” (from the Book of Common Worship, based on Philippians 2:9-11)

Members and friends of Valley,

Many of my colleagues in ministry have been wrestling with the fact that, this year, Valentine’s Day – a day known for romance, hearts, and candies – and Ash Wednesday – the beginning of the Christian season of Lent and a stark reminder of human mortality – share the same date; as one pastor has noted, You can’t spell vaLENTine without LENT.

According to our denomination’s Book of Common Worship, Lent is – “a time for growth in faith – through prayer, spiritual discipline, and self-examination in preparation for the commemoration of the dying and rising of the Lord Jesus Christ.”  The word Lent comes from an old English word for springtime, perhaps connected with the lengthening of days this time of year in the Norther Hemisphere.

Many people choose to give up certain things during Lent – like coffee or chocolate – while others vow to take on new spiritual disciplines and practices like prayer, alms-giving, or fasting.  For some, these are routine or perfunctory; for others, they require significant attention or sacrifice.  No matter the practice, the intention is to bring us closer to God and into deeper remembrance of Jesus, the living Christ.

This Lenten season, I encourage you to join with us in using the daily devotion entitled Local Pilgrims, which calls us to pay attention to where God is showing up in our everyday lives; asking us:  Where do we see beauty?  How can we make a difference in our communities?  What is the message of good news in this place?  There are printed copies of this devotion available at Valley in the Narthex, or you can use the link provided below (we will resend weekly portions in future emails):

http://valleypresbychurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/LocalPilgrimLentenDailyDevotional_small.pdf

In addition, we are asking you to consider sharing photos of some of the places your Local Pilgrim devotional inspires you to go and to look during this season.  Details are in the Photo Journal Project announcement below.

Blessings to each of you as we enter into this season of contemplation and action – joining with God who, in Christ, is alive and walking with us.

In Christ,
Pastor John

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements are in the bulletin and newsletter)

 

Six Session Bible Study

The Gospel of Mark
A Beginner’s Guide to the Good News
By Amy-Jill Levine

During worship for the first two months of the New Year, we will be looking at passages from the Gospel of Mark; widely regarded as the oldest of the four gospels.  Through her book and accompanying video lessons, Jewish scholar, Amy Jill-Levine, brings the Good News of the gospel message alive as participants will come to see Jesus as divine and human, powerful and weak, approachable yet mysterious.  The book features an in-depth study of select passages and illuminates the Gospel in its historical context and as a source for the other gospels.

You are invited to attend either weekly 90-minute session based on your own availability.  Books are available in the Narthex.

Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 15, 22, 29

Mondays, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 12, 19, 26, March 4

If you are able to take part in the Bible Study or help with North Church, please use the links here to sign up and let us know:

Bible Study sign up –

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F44AAAA2BA4F49-47186466-bible

 

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, February 13, 2024

This year’s Bible study is:

Sacred Encounter:  The Power and Presence of Jesus Christ In the Gospel of Luke.

Study books are $10.00.  Large print is $11.00.

Meeting:  VPC Library, The 2nd Tuesday of the month
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., September through May

All women interested are welcome to join.
To purchase a study book, please contact Glenna Pool at 419-789-9446.

 

Local Pilgrim – Lenten Daily Devotional Booklets

This daily Lent devotional from the Presbyterian Outlook invites you to explore and observe new and familiar places in your community.  What will God reveal to you when you pause, ponder, and reflect?

In the Local Pilgrim, Outlook Editor/Publisher, Teri McDowell Ott, and other writers explore what God might reveal to us if we intentionally explore our communities.  Who do we see?  What do we hear?  God reveals God’s self when we look.

Lent is the perfect season for a pilgrimage such as this, leading to meaningful contemplation and sacred discoveries.  As you make your way through this devotional, you might find yourself inspired to go somewhere new; or somewhere familiar to pause, ponder, and pray.  What will God unveil?  Join us on your local pilgrimage to new and familiar places in your community.

Each daily reflection, beginning with Ash Wednesday and culminating on Easter Sunday, will combine personal reflection, Scripture, and prayer.  May God bless you and keep you on your Lenten journey.

Local Pilgrim Lenten Photo Journal Project

We want to know:  what is God revealing to you during this season of Lent?  Where have you been led to go, and what have you seen there?

Each Sunday in worship during the season of Lent, we will be sharing some of your Local Pilgrim photos during the time for offering.  Please email your pictures (with permission from any individual that might be in the photograph) to johnawahl@yahoo.com; so that they can be compiled and shared with one another.

Together, let us explore and share what God is up to in our neighborhood!

Fellowship

Fellowship time is back in full swing!  If anyone would like to help to either set up or clean up once per month, please contact Brenda Wahl at 440-829-7841.

Thank you!

________________________________________

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 bulletins:

Sunday, February 11, 2024 service bulletin



Pass-It-On Mission Store

Pass-it-on will be open:

Friday, March 8, 2024 (1 – 4 p.m.)

&

Saturday, March 9, 2024 (10 a.m. – 2 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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