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A WORD FROM PASTOR DIANE
DIFFERENCES

 
As pastors, we receive phone calls from people who want to know how our church and/or denomination stand on certain social and political issues, such as homosexuality and abortion.  Recently, one caller wanted to know what we taught about the book of Revelation, especially about the Great Tribulation (a teaching based on a literal interpretation of Revelation that says there will be a seven-year period of great suffering on the earth).
 
I am a slow thinker. If you come and ask my opinion about something, I will be silent for a while, or I will say something like “I will have to dwell on it.” At times, I feel inadequate trying to answer the questions of these callers because I can’t give a great answer off the top of my head. It is after I hang up that I figure out what I wanted to say.
 
I wish I had said in regards to Revelation: “Yes, we believe Jesus is coming back again. Yes, we believe God will establish a new heaven and earth where Jesus will reign and we with Him. But we don’t dwell on the details and order of events of when Jesus will come back. We know Jesus will, so we carry on our work of following Jesus today.”
 
I wish I had said: “I appreciate all your questions and concerns, but when Christians are so focused on finding a church that agrees with them, they can miss out on all their other brothers and sisters in Christ who have a different world view, or apply their faith differently. They love Jesus and long to follow Jesus wholeheartedly just as much as you and I do.”
 
Not all is lost in these phone conversations. I do manage to say something like this: In our church, we have all kinds of Christians on all sides of the issues. We have doubters of the faith and those who never question. There are those who will not say the phrase “He descended into hell” in the Apostles Creed. We have conservative Christians and we have liberal ones. We are Democrats and Republicans. Yet, we are a Body of Christ, and one of our main goals is learning to live together in all our differences.
 
Rachel Held Evans says in her book Wholehearted Faith, the point of my faith “is not to reinforce my opinions. Rather, it is to claim my belonging in a family.”
 
In this world of anger and hatred towards those who think differently, this Body of Christ can be an example to the world in how to live together in all those differences. Shine your light, my friends.
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 in classroom 5, 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.
String Quartet Music including Classical, Broadway, and Popular Hits.

Tickets are $20 each and are available at the Church Office.
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.
  1. 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. 
  2. January 23rd, join us for Mission Sunday.
  3. January 23rd  from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Change of venue) in the Fellowship Hall. Cookies welcome.
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. The cost is $11.00
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!
Exploring Membership Class
Thursdays: February 3, 10, 17
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
And
Thursday, February 24, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
 
 
Do you want to learn more about Valley Pres? Are you wondering how you can be more involved? Perhaps, you are thinking about becoming a member. The Exploring Membership Class is designed to answer your questions and take you through the steps toward membership.
 
In this class, you will explore the wonderful reasons to join a church, and what it means to be Presbyterian. You will discover all the different service opportunities this church has to offer. You will meet the pastors and leaders, and many others who give their time and talents to serve Christ through Valley Pres.
 
You can become an affiliate member (whereby you keep your main membership with your church back “home”) or an active member (full membership here at Valley).
 
Contact Pastor Diane Christopher to register (520-625-5023)
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Green Valley, AZ 85622
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