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WELCOME to all who enter this place! Drink deeply of the living waters of God’s grace as we worship together.
First-Time Visitors: After the worship service, please stop by the Visitor Center in Fellowship Hall for a personal greeting and a free gift.
This week at Valley Presbyterian:
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Spread the Warmth Campaign
Beginning next Sunday, November 10, we will be collecting Christmas gifts for Youth on Their Own (YOTO). With our help each young person will receive a plush throw and a $25 gift card from Target, Walmart, Safeway or Fry’s for the holiday. Please consider helping to bring Christmas warmth to these young people.
November is “sponsor an orphan child for Christmas” month.
Each Christmas, VPC coordinates a visit to the “Home for Children” in Nogales, Sonora MX. providing gifts to 56 children and 10 adults at the home. To participate, see Reed Olson in Fellowship Hall November 17, 24 and December 1 and select your child/adult to sponsor. Donations up to $40 per child allows us to purchase gifts for Santa to hand out during our December 14 visit. Also sign-up for the next trip to the Home on Dec 14 to witness the children opening their Christmas gifts. Help “make a difference” – sponsor a child for Christmas.
SAVE THE DATE!
On November 17 at 2:00 p.m, in the Spiritual Life Center, there will be a “song fest” with the new hymnal, Glory to God. Come sing favorite hymns, learn new songs, and have an opportunity to purchase and dedicate a hymnal.
Holiday Patio Sale
Friday, November 22, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Come to the sale and shop, have a bowl of soup and a goodie with us. Don’t forget to bring in goodies for the Bake Sale going on during the Holiday Patio Sale. We are looking for candy, sweet breads, bars, cinnamon rolls, and holiday‐themed cookies. Please bring these items to the church kitchen on Thursday, November 21st from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Contact Eloise Fredrickson (648‐7317) or Lorna Kitchak (262‐994‐9508) for questions about volunteering or about the sale itself. Contact Anne Morrison (399‐0762) or Lois Macfarlane (625‐7049) for questions about the bake sale.
Operation Christmas Child
We at VPC join the Samaritan’s Purse project of distributing Operation Christmas Child Shoebox gifts to 157 million needy children in over 150 countries! As the children receive their boxes, they also receive the message of the love of Jesus Christ. This year, again, you can help by filling a box or two. Visit our table east of the kitchen to get your boxes and learn more about this wonderful ministry. Boxes may be picked up on November 10 and must be returned on November 17 so they can be taken to the next collection point.
It's time to sign up for Supper Clusters. There will be a table in Fellowship Hall every Sunday after worship where you can sign up or drop off your already completed form. Sign-ups will continue through the first Sunday of December. Don't miss out.
Turning the Gem
Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. in Classroom 5
Pastor Diane’s class will look at the Bible in all its layers.
The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience
Fridays at 1:30 p.m. in Classroom 1
One of the Great Courses. Here, award-winning scholar and practicing neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg, Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas, Jefferson University Hospital, presents lectures that explore the new and exciting field of neurotheology, a discipline aimed at understanding the connections between our brains and different kinds of religious phenomena. Join us for this fascinating course. It will be an exciting experience!
Office Closed on Fridays
This is a reminder that although the church is open and activities happen, the front office is closed on Fridays. If you leave a telephone message for the staff, you will not receive a response until Monday morning. In the case of an emergency, please use the Pastor On Call instructions. Thank you.
Adult Sunday School
Sundays at 8:30 a.m. in classroom 5
Each Sunday's discussion topic will be the day's sermon scriptures.
Food Bank Sunday
Every first Sunday of the Month
Please bring food or monetary donations and place them on the cart in Fellowship Hall. All your donations are very much appreciated by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Sweet Family Room
The Prayer Ministry group meets once a week to pray for our church, our people, our families and friends, and the list goes on and on. Anyone who feels a call to pray for our church and community are welcome to join us.
The Mission Outreach Committee conducts the Noisy Offering, which is collected on the 5th Sunday of the month when they occur (4 times per year) during announcement time just before Sunday worship. Members of the Mission Outreach Committee pass metal buckets among the congregation to collect their loose coins. The sound – it’s loud! - of those coins dropping into the buckets make this a truly “Noisy Offering.” The money collected is then counted by committee members and the funds are sent to the specific organization chosen by the Committee from the Committee’s list of organizations supported by Valley Presbyterian Church. To find out more about these missions and the others VPC supports, visit the mission page on this site or pick up a copy of VPC Mission Outreach 2016 guide at VPC.
Trouble Hearing in Worship?
VPC has hearing assistance systems in both the Sanctuary and the Spiritual Life Center! If you have hearing aids with the “T-coil” technology, there are loops to allow our receivers (available at the entrances) to feed directly into your own devices. Otherwise, we have over-the-ear headsets available – and, if you prefer, you can use your own “earbuds” or other headphones with our receivers. Don’t forget that sound quality varies throughout the Sanctuary. With a space that large, there are bound to be areas that are less “live” than others. Try another seat! You just might meet a new friend.