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WORDS FROM PASTOR DIANE

Tornadoes
 As night fell on December 10, a horrific line of powerful tornadoes ripped across several states, ending the lives of more than 100 people and wreaking devastation across many communities by the time morning had broken. One of these tornadoes was on the ground for a terrifying and unprecedented 250 miles, more than 200 of those miles in Kentucky alone, where the town of Mayfield saw the catastrophic destruction of much of the downtown area.

It is the season of Advent — a time of watchful expectation and a prayerful journeying toward the birth of the Christ Child at Christmas, an ordinary babe dependent on the love and care of others for his survival.
In the wake of these terrible and catastrophic storms, it is the role of ordinary people of faith like us to shine as light in this bleakest of winters. We are called to be the hands and feet of God as we reach out to shelter, feed, care for and help rebuild the lives of those who have lost loved ones, homes, work and a sense of safety. We are invited to stand with them bearing witness by our gifts and prayers that God is indeed incarnate among us, no matter what.

What can you do?
The Mission Committee will donate $5000 to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). PDA meets immediate needs and then stays for long term rebuilding efforts. The Mission Committee has challenged the congregation to match the funds.

To give, write a check to Valley Presbyterian Church and write in the memo line “PDA” or Tornado Relief.” You may place it in the offering plate on Sunday, bring to the office, or mail it in.

The needs will be great. We can Give, Act, Pray.
Choir Practice this week, Wednesday the 15th at 3:00 pm, and Friday the 17th dress rehearsal at 4:00 pm will be in the Sanctuary. 
A Service of Remembrance, Healing, Hope and Prayer, which will be held  in the Spiritual Life Center (and recorded for those who wish to view it on-line). Please submit the name of loved one’s, friend’s, pet’s and a brief remembrance sentence you would like to be read as we light a candle for one remembered during this service.

A choice of comforting soup will be provided as a to-go soup for those attending, specially prepared by the Valley Gallery. 
 
If you wish to attend the service, please RSVP.
You may email your information to parishnurse@valleypres.net
or call the church office at 520-625-5023.
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Valley Presbyterian Church
2800 S. Camino del Sol
Green Valley, AZ. 85622
(520) 625-5023
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