As we approached a new year this past weekend, newscasts looked back at the year that was.  I found I couldn't watch.  I didn't want to go through 2021 again.  

At times, I find I have a fearful heart.  Therefore, I need proleptic thinking as coined by Jill Duffield in her book Advent in Plain Sight.  Proleptic scripture passages are ones that describe and anticipate a future not here, yet  certain to come.  Here is a favorite from Isaiah 35:

The desert and parched land will be glad;
The wilderness will rejoice and blossom
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
It will rejoice greatly and shout for joy....
Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
"Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God.

Notice the certainty:  Will be glad.  Will rejoice.  Will blossom.  The promise of a world as it ought to be.

It takes effort "to imagine desolate places rife with joy, strained relationships close again, broken institutions functional, oppressive structures upended and replace."  Yet, we are prolepsis people.  We are called to expect divine intervention.  We are called to envision blooms in the desert and rejoicing in the wilderness, so we can give hope to ourselves and the world.  May it be so.

Let us pray:  Alpha and Omega, God of our beginnings, end and middle...Embolden our fearful hearts so that we can offer others a glimpse of your good future, right here on earth.  Make us embodied examples of blooms in the desert, wherever we are planted, signs that your new creation is surely coming and present event now.  Amen.
(prayer by Jill Duffield)
We are saddened to announce that Sandy Vold has passed away.  She was a long-time member of Valley Presbyterian Church, and loved by many.  She will be missed.
How does your faith work? Is it working? Chuck Ramsay is 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 Faith Works 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. Books are $10.00

Please get the book and read chapter one before class starts.

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.

Music in the Valley Presents:

Music in the Valley  
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.
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 9th. 
Pam and Dave are international speakers for Operation Mobilization with responsibility for activities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, and North India. Speaking Farsi, they have been active in Iran with Afghanistan refugees who have no legal status in Iran and are cruelly treated. When they write “AFGHANISTAN: MY TEARS”  it is their deep personal experience and is reflected in their work in Wisconsin.
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