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My Favorite Christmas
Words From Pastor Craig

 
Both of our sons are with us this Christmas, for the first time in many years and we feel very blessed. They are now 35 and 33 years of age.

When my father was a child, he had been deathly ill with Scarlet Fever, the COVID 19 of the 1930s. His parents had taken him to Florida, to try to bake the disease out of him. Among my grandparents’ friends were two men, whom they often referred to as “uncles” although there was no blood relation. These two uncles went to a baseball game there in Florida, where Babe Ruth was playing. After the game, they asked Ruth for a signed ball for the sick boy, and as typical of Ruth, he gave it to them. All of my father’s life, he had that signed ball on the corner of his desk. As my brothers and I came along, we each coveted that ball, and took pride in our father allowing us to take it to school for Show and Tell. Those feelings never left any of us, throughout our lives. However, our youngest was the only one of any of us to ever play Little League seriously. He was a Catcher on the local team. At age 11 years, on Christmas Eve, he received a gift from his grandfather of that Babe Ruth ball.

My brothers each voiced that at 80 our father was beyond their ages for appreciating this gift; and at age 11, he was far too young to know how to treasure and care for such an item. But the reality was that the gift had skipped our generation altogether. Like Elizabeth with John the Baptist, the ball had been with one “beyond the age of baseball,” and at 11, like Mary with the infant Jesus the gift came to one we deemed far too young.

Merry Christmas

Pastor Craig
 

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Come and join us today on Christmas Eve as we celebrate
Christ's birth.

4:00 pm for Lessons & Carols with the Taize Choir.

7:00 pm for a Candlelight Service with the Sanctuary Choir and Communion

Both Services will be live-streamed:  www.valleypres.net
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.
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. 
 

 

Have you lost your Name Tag or, maybe you never got one? 

  • We would be happy to provide a FREE one to you.
  • HOW:  e-mail the church office or call
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We all feel welcomed when someone knows our name.

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