Sunday Worship

We are now open for in-person Worship Services.  All are welcome.  Please wear face coverings while in the building.

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.


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


1/23/22 Sunday Service

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

1/23/22 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


Community Meal – Signup

Let us make dinner for you on Tuesday, February 15, 2022! 

Pickup and delivery are between 4 – 6 p.m.

You dinner will be packed for the number of people for whom you have ordered.

You will just need to take it home and heat it up.

The menu is:  chicken divan, rice, green salad, rolls, chocolate cake.

Please click the link below to signup for the Community Meal or call the office at 440-543-1071:

Signup – Community Meal


Community Meal – Volunteer Signup

If you are interested in helping, we need volunteers Tuesday, February 15, 2022, to prepare / cook the meals (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), assemble the meals (3-4 p.m.), and distribute / deliver meals (4-6 p.m.) in Fellowship Hall.  In addition, we need volunteers to bake a chocolate cake (using your recipe of choice) at home.  Please drop off at the church by 10 a.m. on February 15th.  Thank you!

Please click the link below to signup to volunteer:

Volunteer – Community Meal


January 28, 2022

 

“I know your works. Look, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.” (Revelation 3:8a)

Members and Friends of Valley,

This verse, a part of John’s vision of the seven churches in Revelation, comes from the letter addressed to the Christian disciples in Philadelphia:  which means, “city of brotherly love;” the kind of love that exists among the children of God; sisters and brothers in the faith.

This particular letter grabs my attention not only because my son attends Villanova University, located in the suburbs near Philadelphia, but because of the way this church – and its people – are described by John.  Though they have little power – implying that their numbers or resources must be limited – they have shown faithfulness and patient endurance.  Thus, their door will remain open to God’s blessings, and they will become “a pillar in the temple of my God.”

Valley’s Session has designated this Sunday, January 30, to hold the Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation.  It has been two years since we have gathered in this way; last year, we decided that it was not safe or wise to have an in-person congregational meeting (we were worshipping exclusively online at the time) and that holding the meeting virtually would not provide adequate access or opportunity for members to participate.

We gather as a congregation this year with the understanding that, still, not everyone feels safe or ready to participate in-person.  Not all of our activities or members have fully returned; nor can we say definitively if or when they will.  We continue to stand in a time of great change and uncertainty.  Still, we gather to honor those saints of the church who, over the past two years, have completed their race and are now with their Lord in eternal rest.  We, also, gather to nominate and elect new church leaders – recognizing with thanks those who added an extra year of service to their terms.  And we gather to express gratitude for the good stewardship of resources and affirm the ministry and mission priorities set forth in our church budget.  We keep the door to God’s house open, to be a pillar of mercy, hope, and love in and for this community and beyond.

Even in uncertain times and changing circumstances, the church must answer this ancient call to faithfulness and patient endurance.  Indeed, God knows our works. God smiles upon us when – even if it seems that our numbers or resources may be limited – we make manifest the abundant blessings that have, and will continue to, pass through our open door.

In Christ,
Pastor John

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements in bulletin)

Annual Meeting this Sunday, January 30

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation of Valley Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, January 30 at noon, for the purposes of electing Elders, Deacons, and members of the nominating committee; approving terms of call; and any other necessary business.  Please plan to attend, if you are able.  The Annual Report is available in the Narthex.

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LINKS

 

Church YouTube Channel

As of May 16, 2021, the livestream of the worship service is being broadcast via the Valley YouTube channel, in place of Facebook Live, using this link:

Link to YouTube Live

 

Link to Facebook

Link to Prayer Request List

Link to Sermons

 

Link to service bulletin:

January 30, 2022 bulletin


January 21, 2022

 

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world may be saved through him.” (John 3:17)

Members and Friends of Valley,

If you watch any football games this weekend, look for that person sitting in the end-zone (often, for some reason, wearing a rainbow wig), holding a sign that reads, John 3:16.

Many of us are familiar with that sign, and with that verse, immediately preceding the one printed at the top of this page, which reads:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”  The Greek word used here for “world” is “cosmos” – the entire universe and every created being within.  In other words, God sent his Son, his beloved, to bring salvation to everyone and everything: not just some, not “us” instead of “them.”

People of God, the world – the cosmos – of which we are a part is in need of salvation.  As many people have noted, over the past two years, the world has experienced unprecedented levels of trauma:  the ongoing loss of health and life, physical and mental exhaustion, devastating climate events and natural disasters, accelerating rates of dislocation, anxiety, depression, drug overdose, gun violence, and more.  Some, obviously have experienced higher levels of trauma than others, but all of us – the entire cosmos – is suffering.

I have only been beaten up once.  I was a freshman in high school and – walking in the parking lot after a basketball game – I was jumped by a group of kids from another school.  They punched and kicked me until I was bruised, bloodied, and had passed out.  I spent a night in the hospital and, for about a week, my face was swollen beyond recognition.  It took me a while longer to mentally move past that trauma.  But, I did, mostly through the help of family, friends, and a counselor with whom I could process my emotions and fears.

I think back on that incident now; wondering what we will need to accept and work through the traumas we have experienced over the past two years.  John’s gospel assures us that Christ came not to condemn, but to save; not to cause trauma or its many ill-effects, but to help us heal from and move through them.  In claiming that our salvation comes “through him,” the author is asserting that by being in relationship with Jesus (and, by extension, followers of Jesus) we can – as individuals and as a community, as parts of the cosmos – be renewed, restored, and redeemed.

Throughout John’s Gospel – and beginning with this Sunday’s story, in chapter 3, of the meeting between Jesus and Nicodemus – different people encounter Jesus.  Often, at first, they are confused, they don’t understand who this is, or what he is saying to them.  So, they ask questions:  some, basic and literal, but then, deeper and more profound.  In time, they come to know (to experience, to have a deeper relationship with) Jesus and to understand what salvation means; that if God loves the world – the cosmos – then Jesus wants each of them to receive grace, to experience love, and to have abundant/eternal life.

Yes, there is trauma in the world:  to such an extent that we don’t know how we’re going to get ourselves out of it.  But, this is the good news:  God sent Jesus, in the flesh, to be known; for us to experience and with whom we can be in relationship.  There can be healing if we, like God, can reach out to the world – the entire cosmos – with love: a gracious love as that of a parent for a child.

My prayer for all of us who have seen and felt trauma is that God would become known to us; that – in the honest asking of questions and the faithful practices of worship and prayer, service and care – we would experience Jesus’ love for us; all of us.

In Christ,
Pastor John

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(additional announcements in bulletin)

Save the Date – Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation of Valley Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, January 30 at noon, for the purposes of electing Elders, Deacons, and members of the nominating committee; approving terms of call; and any other necessary business.  Please plan to attend, if you are able.  The Annual Report will be available the prior Sunday, January 23.

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LINKS

 

Church YouTube Channel

As of May 16, 2021, the livestream of the worship service is being broadcast via the Valley YouTube channel, in place of Facebook Live, using this link:

Link to YouTube Live

 

Link to Facebook

Link to Prayer Request List

Link to Sermons

 

Link to service bulletin:

January 23, 2022 service bulletin



Pass-It-On Mission Store

Pass-it-on will be closed for the month of January, 2022.  Donations are not being accepted as this time.

 

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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