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

Rev. Dr. John Wahl Thesis Summary 5 15 22


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


5/15/22 Sunday Service

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

5/15/22 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


 

Valley Presbyterian Church invites you to Compassion Camp!

– Monday, June 20, to Thursday, June 23

– 9:30 a.m. to Noon

– For ages 3 years to entering 5th Grade

If your child has an older sibling who would like to be a helper, we’d love to have them!

To register online:  Compassion Camp On-line Registration Link

To print the registration form:  Registration Form Link

Or call the church office at 440-543-1071.

 


Want to Help With Fellowship Time?

 

1 Corinthians 10:31

 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

 

What do Julia Childs from the film Julia & Julia; Babette from the film Babette’s Feast; and Remy, the Rat from Ratatouille have in common with Gerry Chittock, Janet Graham and Bev Keough?  These characters, like these three wonderful women, have shown their love through making, procuring, and serving our congregation during Fellowship Time.  The Deacons would like to thank them for taking care of us!  These ladies will still be involved, but are offering the congregation the opportunity to adopt a Sunday Fellowship Time!

We have openings from May 1 to June 5.  You can sign up as a host or to bring refreshments in honor of a birthday, anniversary, or just because!  Sign up with a friend!  We feel so blessed to be able to meet face-to-face with those we have missed so much.

Your Valley Deacons

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Below is a link to a sign up that describes the role of host, or you can contact the office or a Deacon for information:

Fellowship Time Signup


May 20, 2022

 

“Speak out for those who cannot speak.” (Proverbs 31:8)

 

Members and Friends of Valley,

The twin atrocities of gun violence last weekend – which our denomination’s co-moderators rightly label “acts of terror” – are truly saddening and disheartening.  One took place in a Presbyterian Church in California, and the other only a few hours away in Buffalo, New York.

As the church, we must speak up and against such violence, and the systemic racism that fuels it.  I am proud of our denomination for clearly articulating its stance against white supremacy and other racist ideologies.  And I am hopeful that – along with other faith communities – we can make it clear that these beliefs are not compatible with the Christian Gospel.

Please take a moment to read the statement below and – along with me – reject the temptation of complicit silence.

In Christ,
Pastor John

 

Co-Moderators Statement on Violence

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements are in the bulletin)

Pass-it-on Resale Store

The store will be open today:
Friday, May 20
(10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

and

Saturday, May 21
(10 a.m. – 2 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:

Sunday, May 22, 2022 Service Bulletin (Confirmation Sunday)


May 13, 2022

 

“Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce.” (Jeremiah 29:5)

Members and Friends of Valley –

Last Saturday, I attended the house blessing for the 2022 Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland Faith Build. This year, along with 15 other churches, Valley is sponsoring and providing volunteer labor for the rehabilitation of a home in the Kinsman neighborhood.  I, also, had the chance to meet the future homeowner and hear how excited she was to finally have a safe, stable place to live for her family.

As many of you know, Habitat for Humanity is a faith-based, non-profit organization that encourages home ownership.  Applicants must both qualify financially and put in “sweat-equity” hours working for Habitat.  They are not given a home, but they are able to purchase one with a secure and reasonable mortgage.

At the house blessing, John Habat, the local Habitat chapter’s President/CEO, reaffirmed the importance of churches and people of faith in their mission.  The Faith Build house represents a great opportunity, he said, for affordable housing to become a tangible reality; and many of Habitat’s most reliable volunteers started out with church teams.

This summer and fall, we will have four dates available (in collaboration with Chagrin Falls United Methodist Church) to volunteer.  They are on Thursdays or Saturdays, available for half-day or full-day commitments.  This is a great way to encourage or invite a family member, neighbor, or friend to share their gifts and (possibly undiscovered) talents in doing hands-on mission.  Our work dates are June 25, July 14, August 18 and September 29. We will be posting the sign-up link soon.

If you are looking for a more local or immediate way to provide hands-on help, this weekend is Valley’s spring clean-up work days:  Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon (weather permitting).  If gardening is more your speed, there are lots of projects available; or, if those times don’t work, you could always tackle them on another day. Contact Elder Jerry Moreno, if you need more information.

The prophet Jeremiah wanted his fellow Hebrews to know that God had plans for their neighborhood, plans that could only come to fruition if the people chose to plant roots there, to make their commitment visible.  I think God is calling us to do the same, today.

In Peace,
Pastor John

This Sunday’s message – “Practicing the Sabbath – A Changed Imagination” – is based on Pastor John’s study and research during the course of his Doctor of Ministry program through University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.  A copy of his Thesis summary is available above.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements are in the bulletin)

CFPCC Food Bank Needs

Spring Cleaning Kit
Helyne Walker is putting together a spring cleaning kit for each of the families in the Chagrin Falls Park Community, and she will be distributing them on Friday, May 20th.  Please consider donating the following items to the Community Center through May 19th:

Small bottles of bleach, small bottles of spic and span, paper towels.

CFPCC is, also, in need of snacks for the children’s program.  They could use the following or any other snack-size item you wish to donate:

Juice boxes; small bags of chips, pretzels; popsicles, small water bottles.

CFPCC is receiving donations at your car. Someone will come out and retrieve donations.

HOVCP Fundraiser

Welcome to Moe’s!  Moe’s taco dinner on Thursday, May 19th – order one for you – order one for your neighbor – maybe even one for a friend or family member!  Here is the link to order:

Moe’s Taco Dinner

– make sure to hit the “submit” button at the end!

Pass-it-on Resale Store

The store will be open on:
Friday, May 20
(10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Saturday, May 21
(10 a.m. – 2 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:

May 15, 2022 service bulletin


May 6, 2022

 

“Everything came into being through the Word, and without the Word nothing came into being. What came into being through the Word was life.” (John 1:3-4a)

Members and Friends of Valley –

Once a year, we set aside one day to celebrate the mothers that give us life; love, nurture, and protect us.  That hardly seems enough.

Over the past six months, we have been reading through the Gospel of John.  This Sunday, on Mother’s Day, we will read the gospel’s concluding verses; which remind us that the stories contained within provide only a tiny window into God’s great love for the world.  “Jesus did many other things as well,” the author says.  “If all of them were recorded, I imagine the world itself wouldn’t have enough room for the scrolls that would be written.”

The same is true of mothers.  Most of us could go on all day with stories about how our mothers (or, in some cases, other women who filled that role) took care of us, sacrificed for us, encouraged us, and stood up for us.  Parenting is a daily task and – as I’m learning – it is one that doesn’t just end when children grow to reach a specific age.

The Gospel of John offers the vision of a God who creates and loves like a parent:  bringing us into being, guiding and teaching us, showing us what it means to serve and experience abundant life, longing for us to be in good and right relationship with others, as we are with God.  Maybe it should be no surprise that – when Nicodemus comes to Jesus, wanting to understand the life of faith – they talk about being born again (or born from above).

This is the Word through which God chose to be revealed:  Jesus who wishes for us to be in a relationship with God that is like that of a parent and child; like a mother who brings us into life:  abundant and everlasting life.

So, let us celebrate our mothers, and all mothers, this weekend.  And let us give thanks to God who – through them – brought us life.

In Peace,
Pastor John

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements are in the bulletin)

Sarah Circle

Sarah Circle will meet on Tuesday, May 10th, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., in the Church Library.   We will be studying Lesson 9, “What are These Women Doing in a Place Like This” in “What My Grandmothers Taught Me“.   This lesson will conclude our study for the year.   All Valley women are welcome to join us for fellowship and discussion.

 

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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:

May 8, 2022 service bulletin



Pass-It-On Mission Store

Pass-it-on will be open:

Friday, May 20

(10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

and

Saturday, May 21

(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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