Good morning! This page is intended to both serve as a continuing worship option for those participating in our worship service from home, and to serve in place of print resources during our in-person worship. Following the worship service on Sunday, one or more video recordings from the service will be placed on this page, including the sermon. This may take several hours, due to the time needed to process the videos. We will email the congregation when the recordings have been posted. If you would like to be added to our congregational email list, please contact email@example.com.
- We have begun our new Worship Schedule!
9:30 to 10:15 Sunday School
10:15 to 10:30 Praise Music
10:30 to 11:30 Combined Worship Service
- Baptisms Following Worship Today!
Immediately following worship on Sunday, August 14, we will be headed to the river for baptisms. Please join the celebration at Grand Caverns Park, 5 Grand Caverns Drive, Grottoes. We will gather near the Pavilion 1, then move down to the river together. When you go across the bridge into the park, immediately turn right and find a parking spot.After the baptisms, all are invited to stay and continue the celebrations! The deacons are providing food at Pavilion 1. Please feel free to bring a camp chair along. Then spend as much time as you would like celebrating, enjoying each other and time at the park.
- There will be a Church Board meeting next Sunday, August 21, following worship.
Transition Team Update: Your Input Needed
The Transition Team continues to move forward with their work and recently met to create a congregational survey. This survey will provide an opportunity for the entire church body to give input into the process and share your ideas, hopes, and concerns with the team. The survey is now available online HERE, on our website, and in the narthex, and needs to be completed by the end of August. If you prefer to submit a printed copy, please place the completed form in the box labeled “Transition Team Survey” in the church narthex. Your responses are confidential and a very important step in the process. Please take the time to prayerfully consider your answers which will help guide our future direction.
Sign Up to Be in a LIFE Group!
The best way to get connected at Pleasant Valley is by joining one of our Life Groups. Life Groups consist of 6-12 adults who meet weekly or bi-weekly (or as the group determines) throughout the year. Life Groups help us grow in our relationships with each other and in our faith. These groups knit the church together as group members build friendships, pray, and study the Bible together.
The following acrostic further defines the purpose of Life Groups:
Lean on Jesus as we
Ignite faithful discipleship,
Fellowship in love, and
Encourage Christian growth.
Groups will begin meeting again in September, and sign-ups will be available at church and online during the month of August. There will be Life Groups for everyone, and we encourage and challenge you to help us form new groups based on interests and preferences.
Sign up now in the Narthex! If you have any questions, please contact one of our Life Group Committee: Sara Houff, Karissa Ruiz, Carol Wilson, and Pastor Rebecca House
- Backpack Pals are in need of pudding cups, ramen noodles, and we ask that you continue to donate your plastic grocery bags. Thank you!
- Prayer Request updates: We would like to update everyone on our new prayer list procedures for our bulletins – prayer requests will be removed from the bulletin list after 5 weeks unless otherwise requested. This will assist us with ensuring that there is enough room to continue including new requests as they are brought to our attention each week. We will happily include updates on the circumstances of those on our lists as we learn more from our congregational members. We thank you all for your prayers for those in our congregation and community!
Call to Worship
We attended National Youth Conference July 23rd to 28th in Fort Collins, Colorado. One of the things that stood out to me were the people we met.
After different experiences, meeting new people, and traveling from a variety of places, we gather here today, in Weyers Cave, to worship and give thanks to God.
I really enjoyed hiking in the Rockies while at NYC!
We were able to experience a different perspective of the world around us, let’s pray for God’s perspective on our lives.
Wonderful Creator, thank you for the beauty of the mountains and the valleys. Like we were able to encounter different perspectives at NYC, help us to see the world and all people from your viewpoint. Ground our perspective in your love and help us to grow closer to you and to each other. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Colossians 2:6-7 NRSV
Sharing Our Gifts
The final NYC number with you:
At NYC, there were:
224 adult advisors
97 NYC staff including denominational staff and volunteers
That’s just over 900 people.
There were 154 congregations represented
4 countries represented: Canada, the Dominican Republic, Spain, and the United States
25 states and the District of Columbia represented
444 diapers were assembled out of old T-shirts, in a service project for Diapers for Haiti
3,102 school kits were assembled, with sponsorship from Brethren Disaster Ministries. The kits will be distributed through Church World Service and the Material Resources program at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md.
$2,521.75 was received in an offering for the school kits
$1,949.56 was received in an offering for the NYC scholarship fund
While these are the numbers of NYC, there is so much more that contributes to an amazing experience like this and the building of a better future:
How can we each contribute to spreading of God’s love through our support of others, the giving of time and talent, and building relationships across past divisions? With Jesus as our Foundation, can we give our all to building better tomorrows?
Life of the Church
The first speaker at NYC was Roger N. Through a metaphor of a fish, he encouraged us to break out of the known patterns that we swim/walk/work in each day, each moment of our lives. We can look beyond the confines we have placed on ourselves to explore and discover new ways of being God’s people in an amazingly large world. How can we show the love we have been given in new and different ways?
One way we do show our love is by lifting each other up in prayer and giving thanks to God. Are there those we can be praying for or praises we can voice?
One: We remember the love God has shown us and know –
All: New light is shining!
One: We are encouraged by spending time together and know –
All: the love of God lives in each of us.
One: As we walk on our own paths,
All: We remember that we are not standing on sinking sand.
One: We go rejoicing because
All: We are rooted in the firm foundation of God’s love.
One: Go, trusting every step you take.
All: God is with us now and always.