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WORDS FROM PASTOR CRAIG

THE CHURCH LIFTING ONE ANOTHER UP

Recently we have had a couple of occasions when someone died, and their family declined having any kind of Memorial.

I also had an occasion, when the spouse described having had a memorial at their other residence, but they were shipping the ashes to be interred here without any service.

These are circumstance when we as the Church can gather together as the Body of Christ to celebrate their life.

There is nothing which stipulates you cannot memorialize a life more than once (just as you can marry the same person as often as you like), so if the family describe their not needing a Memorial, we as the Church can continue to do so. The point is not who has custody of the remains, but instead our desire to honor their faith, to honor our relationship, for the community to find closure. In this two years with COVID one of the most meaningful worship celebrations I attended was our Longest Night on December 21st, because many of us have had a loss and previously been unable to join with the community of faith to celebrate their life.

I knew a woman who described how hard it was for her to come back to worship after her husband had died. Finally one Sunday, she got as far as driving to the church, getting out of the car and walking to the door, when she could go no further. After several long moments she felt a pair of hands on her shoulder, encouraging her to go in. She described being uncertain if those hands had belonged to God or to her husband, but she was eternally thankful because they had been the reassurance she needed. If you know of someone who is experiencing a loss, or has, please invite them to come along with you.

Pastor Craig
How does your faith work? Is it working? I am starting 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.) your teacher Chuck Ramsay.
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. Books are $10.00

Please get the book and read chapter one before class starts.
Music in the Valley Presents:

 
Music in the Valley  
Concerts
 
Saturday, January 15th at 3:00 p.m. - String Quartet Music featuring popular classical, broadway and pop music.

Sunday, February 13th at 3:00 p.m. - "Endless Love" featuring University of Arizona's Professor of Voice, Darnell T. Roulhac.

Sunday, March 6th at 3:00 p.m. - Caleb Collins, Grammy Award Nominee will bring his piano stylings and velvety vocals together in a concert of jazz standards and treasured hymns.

Tickets for the above-noted concerts will be $20 per person.  Tickets are available at Valley Presbyterian Church in the office.
 
MASKS ARE REQUIRED
Sunday, January 16th Kettle event will feature a pork tenderloin dinner at 5 pm, then at 6 pm a performance by Hardscrabble Road with Katie Sayre as the female vocalist. 

Tickets are $13 and will be on sale January 2nd and 9th. 
Women's Ministries WILL have a lunch Gathering on January 18th at 11:30 a.m.  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 16th, or in the church office. Cost is $11.00
The church’s Pictorial Directory needs your photograph!  Make your appointment online by clicking on the link below or on our church website.  IT WON’T BE COMPLETE WITHOUT YOU!

Choose from appointments on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – February 2,3,4.
 
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If you need assistance with scheduling your appointment you can contact the church office at 520-625-5023 and they can assist you.
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