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


9/25/22 Sunday Service

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

9/25/22 Service


 

Community Meal

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 September 20 meal is:  Chicken noodle casserole, salad, fruit, chocolate cake.

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 a chocolate cake at home, they can be delivered by 10 a.m. on September 20.   Please sign up to volunteer by clicking the link below:

Community Meal – Volunteer

 

Sign up for the community meal by clicking the link below:

Community Meal – Sign up


Want to Help With Sunday Services?

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

Liturgist / Greeter Signup


September 30, 2022

 

“There is a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, Common English Bible)

Members and Friends of Valley,

The leaves are changing – the morning air is getting cooler – the seasons are changing.

But, we are, also, sensing other changes going on around us; those that are not natural or expected like the changing of the seasons.

Think about how many times, recently, that you have heard the word “unprecedented;” in technology advances, in social changes and political events, in the scale of natural disasters.

In the midst of change, we can easily become overwhelmed, disoriented, even disheartened. But, even when change is all around us, we can still seek to be the change – to make an impact in our corner of the world – to, as Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “bend the long arc of history toward justice.”

This Sunday, at Valley, we will be collecting for the Peace & Global Witness Special Offering – one of four annual offerings sponsored by our denomination.  At this month’s Presbytery meeting, Valley was recognized for twenty consecutive years of being a “Big Four” church – participating in all the offerings, each year.

Sunday, also, begins our month-long partnership with North Church in downtown Cleveland.  See the newsletter or attached bulletin to learn how you can help prepare Sunday meals or deliver them to our friends there.

Things change, but we can, also, be the change.  Together and with God’s help.

In Christ,
Pastor John

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements are in the bulletin and newsletter)

Pass-it-on will be open:

Friday, September 30

(10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

and

Saturday, October 1

(10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

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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:

October 2, 2022 service bulletin


September 23, 2022

 

“I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness. I have taken you by the hand and kept you. I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations.” (Isaiah 42:6)

Members and Friends of Valley,

We all know what righteousness means – living justly, freely sharing of our blessings, doing good for others.

This passage comes from the prophet’s description of the long-awaited “suffering servant,” which many interpreters assume to be the Messiah, the Christ.

But as with much of the Bible, the “you” in this verse could, also, be read as plural – as in, “many of you,” “all of you,” or “all y’all.”  This call to righteousness, to be a light to the nations, was one that was repeated often by the prophets to Israel; to God’s chosen people.  Their covenant with God was meant to apply to all of them – every person, household, and tribe.

So, how do you read this scriptural “you” today?  Is this still about a people, a nation, a faith tradition?  Or, might it be a call to people of all faiths or maybe even to those with no faith?  How might we find common ground in our pursuit of righteousness, in the ways we seek to live out our covenant relationship with God and one another?

You may have heard the phrase “Christian Nationalism” being spoken of recently.  It is not a new term; it has appeared before in other eras and nations.  As Christian people, we certainly appreciate and even profess the values and teachings of our faith.  But, the idea that the United States should be a Christian nation, at the exclusion or expense of people of other faiths and traditions, is antithetical to this call to be a light to the nations; to live in righteousness alongside people of others faiths, or no faith.

The biblical story of the Hebrew people – and subsequently the story of the early Christian church – included navigating how to live among a diversity of cultures and beliefs.  In scripture, these faith groups were usually the minority; often subjugated or mistreated by the ruling majority.  We can see – from their struggles then – how precarious it can be to live as the unheard, unseen other.

Thus, living now, we – as persons and households; congregations, denominations, and faith groups – seek to be righteous; to treat people of other faiths (or no faith) with all the consideration and respect they deserve.  Thus, let us not seek to be a Christian nation, but instead to be righteous Christians within a nation where all people can live justly, freely share of mutual blessings, and do good for one another.

In Christ,
Pastor John

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements are in the bulletin and newsletter)

Greg Weemhoff Crop Walk

Sunday, September 25, Noon
Mountain Run Station, Chardon, OH

For more than 40 years, Greg Weemhoff has been a participant in the Geauga County Crop Walk – which supports Church World Service and the Geauga Hunger Task Force.  Valley supports “Team Greg” with walkers and donations.  During worship on Sunday, September 25, we will commission walkers of every age who will then depart for the walk at 11:45 a.m.  Please consider supporting this great cause.

Dougbe River School Gala

Sunday, September 25, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Banquet Center at St. Noel, 35200 Chardon Road,
Willoughby Hills, Ohio 44094

The Dougbe River Presbyterian School – located in Liberia – is a mission partner of the Presbytery of the Western Reserve that currently enrolls 230 students and a sustainable farm.  The event includes dinner, a silent auction, and an update from school leaders.

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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:

September 25, 2022 service bulletin



Pass-It-On Mission Store

Pass-it-on will be open:

Friday, September 30

(10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

and

Saturday, October 1

(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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