It appears, at least according to all the coverage this year, that January 6th being “The Day of Epiphany” has been changed to “The Day of Protest at the Capitol”. Which reflects that the world’s acknowledgment of Emmanuel: God being present incarnate in the world, has been forgotten; and whether protesting our Government, or outraged by the Protestors, we are all mad at everyone and not going to take it anymore.
January 6th happened midweek this year, not on a Sunday. So the Sunday before and the Sunday after, we sang hymns about the Light. But January 2nd instead of Magi bringing gold frankincense and myrrh, we considered Jesus full-grown coming into the world as the second person of God. This Sunday, the first after January 6th is always designated as “Baptism of the Lord Sunday”. The focus of Baptism of the Lord is more personal for all of us: You are Loved.
We have survived two years of living in the unknown, of hardship, of sorrow, of caring for friends and family. While all indications are that the Omicron Virus is more transmissible, it is also less virulent, so we can hope that in 6-8 weeks MAYBE we can move ahead… I know that is weak optimism, but we have hoped many times before… What I can offer you, is that “You are loved”. Throughout all of this, every night and day, when we could find no toilet tissue until when we could find no COVID19 Tests, we have cared about you and loved you, God has loved you. We have found creative ways to pre-seal communion in baggies, to broadcast worship, to sing wearing masks, to bump elbows in greeting, all in order to meet other’s needs, and to affirm: You are loved. Some of these have even brought a smile to our faces, and far greater technological ability than we ever thought possible!
Sometimes, all of us want to get mad, and after 22 months of this there is anger. But I would rather look you in the eye (that part of our faces not covered by masks) and know that we are loved!
Flowers for the Sanctuary each week come from donors who would like to honor someone in their lives. We have many dates available in 2022. Would you like to donate?
$50 for each bouquet.
Please call the front office or come in to place your order.
520-625-5023. Thank you!
How does your faith work? Is it working? Chuck Ramsey will be teaching a class that will help all of us strengthen our faith through each other's experiences, successes, and stories. This is basic Christianity. How do we take Sunday morning faith, put it to work, and live the best life we can? That is the mission of the new FaithWorks class with a Zoom option as well. (Persons wanting the Zoom meeting option please email Pastor Diane.)
Written by Dr. Atul Gawande, BEING MORTAL discusses the last stages of life from his experiences with patients. This class will meet for 6 weeks for 90 minutes and will be facilitated by Eloise Fredrickson, Chris Erickson, and Pastor Diane Christopher. Purchase books online or through Pastor Diane.
Please pick up the book and read chapter 1 prior to the first class.
Music in the Valley Presents!
An afternoon of popular classical, broadway, and pop string quartet music!
Tickets are $20.00 and available Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday, January 16th Kettle event will feature a pork tenderloin dinner at 5 pm, then at 6 pm performance by Hardscrabble Road with Katie Sayre as the female vocalist.
Tickets are $13 and will be on sale on January 2nd and 9th.
Women's Ministries WILL have a lunch Gathering on January 18th at 11:30. The program will be about Ronald McDonald House in Tucson and the Presby Gift will be cash donations to go to Ronald McDonald House. Reservations will be taken before and after Worship Service at the Women's Ministries table on January 9th and 16th. Cost is $11.00
We are blessed again to have Pam and Dave L. (confidential) seasoned and fun missionaries with Operation Mobilization.
they have visited VPC many times and have inspired, stimulated, and challenged our spirit to serve in the mission field.
We have many opportunities for interaction with Pam and Dave L.
January 22nd at 8:30 am in the Fellowship Hall, join us for the Mission Breakfast. Tickets are on sale on January 9th and 16th for $5.00.
January 23rd, join us for Mission Sunday.
January 23rd from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Open House hosted by Pastor Craig and Judy Lindsey, at their home. 4151 S Westcotta Dr. Green Valley, AZ
Do you recognize this person? The church’s Pictorial Directory needs updated photos! Please help us make an up-to-date Directory.
Sign-up on-line using the link below or on the church website. Or visit the Directory Table following worship on Sunday. Choose from appointments on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – February 2,3,4.