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This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:12-13

I am an avid coffee drinker, so much that I have a collection of mugs people have given me. One I received while in the hospital with a message of faith to give me encouragement. A favorite is one my daughter gave me from Washington D.C. It is red with lots of cherry blossoms on it. These may not exactly qualify as foot-washing servant-hood, but it is a genuine mark of love. Love is the way to live Lent as people of the resurrection. Living love means: don’t judge – empathize; don’t convict – convince; don’t tell – show; don’t condemn – forgive. And through it all, even when we continue to judge and convict and condemn, God pours his love on us and woos us back again to God’s very self.

Prayer: Lord and Author of love, thanks for loving us, even when we are so unlovable. Help us love our friends as you love us. Amen.

Living Lent This Week: Share with others this verse by John Fishcer: “Love Jesus in the morning when you see the sun arising; love him in the evening; cause he took you through the day; and in the in-between time when you feel the pressure coming, remember that he loves you and he promises to stay.”

Pastor Carolyn



Join us at 9:15 for an Easter Continental Breakfast in the Grace Room. Good food and conversation!

Join us for Easter Sunday. Pastor Carolyn will be presenting her sermon “Signs of Life”. Luke 24:1-12 is the Reading from Our Tradition. The PVCC Choir will present the Special Music selection “Alleluia, Christ Is Risen.”


There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for children immediately following the worship service on Sunday, March 27th.   Please bring a basket for hunting eggs, if you have one.  There will be a few on hand.


We’ll will continue collecting contributions for the Disciples of Christ Easter Offering this Sunday.  These contributions support a huge range of important ministries, including: Center for Faith and Giving, Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries, Communication Ministries, Council on Christian Unity, Disciples Church Extension Fund / Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation, Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Disciples Home Missions, Disciples Women, Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries, Higher Education and Leadership Ministries, National Benevolent Association, National Convocation, North American Pacific/Asian Disciples, and Treasury Services.  Your gift will obviously go a long way!



With regret we accept the resignation of our Office Manager, Pamela Hartman. Pamela’s been under doctor’s orders in the last couple of months restricting her ability to be at the church. She saw the doctor last week and he told her she will need to dramatically change her life or she will end up in the hospital. With a great deal of soul searching she has determined that she is no longer able to work. It is with sadness that we receive this news. She has been loyal to Pine Valley for the last eight years. She has contributed greatly to the life of the church. She has said she will help us in this transition period as we seek a new office manager. In the meantime please reach out to Pamela and let her know how much she is appreciated. Thank you, Pamela, for your service. Well done, good and faithful servant!


There will be no Seekers class on Easter Sunday, but we’ll resume on April 3 by starting a discussion of a new book: Banned Questions About the Bible, by Christian Piatt.  Carolyn has ordered several copies of this book, and they should be available soon, or you can order you own (especially if you want an e-book version).  We’ll work through logistics on April 3 to decide how we want to handle the weekly discussions.  This should be a fun book, so hopefully you’ll be able to join us — all are welcome!


A big thanks to the Time Line committee for all their hard work! The Time Line is on the wall in the overflow room of the Great Hall. We had to review 50 years of newsletters to select the big events and happenings in the life of the church. The biggest problem was selecting from so much so it would fit on the wall!   Thanks again to the committee, Jackie Addington, Melanie Naden, Phil Dietz, and Lisa Tos-Brightup. Carmen Bell, Time Line Leader


PVCC will participate in the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network Day of Silence/Breaking the Silence event again this year by hosting the BROWNIE BOOTH.  No doubt we will have the most sought after and best attended booth.  The event is Thursday, April 14 from 3:30 to 6:30 at A. Price Woodard Park.  Youth from many schools will be present as well as other community organizations.  We will need lots of brownies. A signup sheet will be available next week.

Faith Sharing and PR Spirit Team


The 15th Annual Arkansas River Trash Roundup is slated for Saturday, April 23 from 9 am – 12 noon. We’ll meet at 151 N. Waco (north of the Drury Plaza Hotel, downtown) and go out to do good things for the river! If you have questions, please contact Cindy Le or Lorrie Beck (


It is that time again to sign up for youth summer camp. Camps are available for youth completing grades K-12. Take this opportunity to get out of the house, meet new friends, enjoy great camp food, enjoy the pool and challenge course, learn more about the Bible, meet cool counselors, grow closer to Jesus, become a leader, and enjoy campfire and worship times. The church is trying to get youth enrolled by April 30 to take advantage of the early bird discount. Scholarships are available. The church typically pays a portion of the camp fee for its youth and will be seeking donations to support this important experience for our children. Watch the communicator for further giving opportunities.