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David Hansen’s message Wrestling with God”. Reading from our tradition Genesis 32:22-31”.

Jean Farrar will share withspecial music “In This Very Room”.                                                                                                                                         


Dear Friends,

First things first. Let me say, ”Thank you for the wonderful card shower for my birthday.” What fun. I received several cards at home and many kind e-notes. You brightened my day!! Thank you. I told a friend that I was turning 70 and she said, “Come on in, the water is fine.” And it is. God is good and it is great to be alive.

Sally and I had a great time celebrating our 48th anniversary while we were in Oregon. That means that we were married the same year that PVCC was started. There is something cosmic about our becoming a part of PVCC. While we were in Oregon we were able to visit Michael Ryer and Adele Stark. They are doing great and nicely settled into their new home. Adele is a busy gardener. Michael is active in the community and flying. And they have Oregon blueberries growing outside their back door! They are active in a DOC congregation in Salem.

I have heard lots and lots about the good things happening at PVCC while I was away. We celebrate Nora Miller—gardener extraordinaire.

I’m happy to report that 67 people were in church last Sunday!! What a stellar PVCC welcome for Rev. Carolyn Schwarz and her husband, Ken. And the receptions at the homes of Dave and Cheryl Roy, Phil and Connie Dietz, and Lorrie and Shirley Beck, were well attended. Thank you to our hosts and to all who attended. There is work that is yet to be done but I am so encouraged and delighted by all that I have heard.  Psalm 133:1 reads, “How good and pleasant it is when people of faith dwell together in harmony.” And so it is. See you on Sunday.

David Hansen


On Sunday, during the Q & A’s following the potluck luncheon, a question was posed about handling conflict.  Rev. Carolyn Schwarz responded by discussing a “Differences” workshop she had conducted in which church members voted by using a number (1-4) instead of a simple “yes” or “no” vote.  She sent the Search Team an e-mail and asked to add to her answer by saying “… we got through the hardship and actually the church is in a very healthy place, now.  Some tell me it’s the healthiest it has been in about 20 years.  So – things happen; they just do, it’s how they are handled that matter.  Hopefully it leads to health.”


For the past 2 years, the Ministerial Search Team (Team) has been following the Search and Call process recommended by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) [DoC], as well as the Pine Valley Christian Church (PVCC) Constitution.  Following is a look at the remaining steps:

Post August 3:  The Call Process

If the congregational vote garners 90 percent majority:

  • The chair of the Team will contact the candidate with the results.
  • The start date will be negotiated.
  • The Letter of Calling and Agreement will be fully executed and signed by the chair of the Team, the president of the congregation, and the newly-called minister.

60-90 days later:  The Welcoming, Orientation and Installation Process

  • A welcoming/orientation team will be appointed and an intentional orientation process will be planned.
  • The congregation will ready itself for a new minister.
  • The interim pastor and spouse will be appreciated.
  • An Installation Service will be planned.


Pine Valley Christian Church serves the homeless and those in need the 3rd Saturday of every month at the Lord’s Diner. All you need to volunteer is a smile, a few hours and a food handlers card. Once you have your card, let Pamela Delaney know and we will get you signed to volunteer! You don’t have to volunteer every month either!

The food handlers cards are free after taking a 2 hour class led by the Sedgwick County health department (every other Saturday, these require reservations).  Also, on Saturday, September 13, 2014, you can get certified at the Church of the Resurrection!

Church of the Resurrection, 4700 N. Woodlawn

Saturday, September 13, 2014   9:30 am

All are welcome, no pre-registration required.  Please arrive a bit early to complete paperwork and avoid the crowd.

Pam Delaney


The start of the school year is drawing near!  At this time each summer, we begin collecting new clothing items that can be distributed to children whose families are not in a position to buy new clothes for them.  As in the past few years, the number of families struggling with poverty is great.  Providing new clothes for their children helps in so many ways, but perhaps most importantly, it shows them that they are part of a community that cares about them.

Please consider helping us make this effort successful.  We need new clothing items of all types, including underwear, socks, shirts and pants.  We need these items in all sizes, and for both boys and girls of all school ages.  We will have a collection box at PVCC to collect contributions.  If you want to help, but don’t have time to shop, you can contribute specifically marked (“School Clothing Drive”) checks or cash envelopes to the PVCC collection, and we will do the shopping for you!  This is a great opportunity to help children with basic needs, so they can focus their energies on LEARNING, and building successful futures for themselves.

Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Bill Delaney, Giving and Mercy Team


The August 2014 issue of The Kansas Messenger has two articles along with pictures about recent Pine Valley events. View on the online issue at or the paper copy received in the mail.


Thanks to all those who have given me cards and stamps to help me with all the cards I mail. I am now mailing 15 cards a week. I do appreciate all your kindness.

Nora Miller


May Approved Mission Council Available

The Mission Council meeting minutes from May are now available.  If you would like a copy, please contact Pamela in the office  for an electronic or hard copy.


Looking for Leaders

As we look towards the future and come into the second half of the year, it is time to continue looking forward and start looking at additional leadership opportunities that are available.

The first is an opportunity to be part of the stewardship campaign for 2015.  Join Greg Yarnell and Muffin Overstreet as the planning begins for both the 2015 budget and the campaign.  If you are interested, please contact Natalie Byington.

The second opportunity is looking towards 2015 and pondering the position of Financial Secretary.  Greg is willing to work an apprenticeship with the person interested prior to the end of the year.  If you might be interested, please contact Greg or Natalie.


Congregational Meeting

This coming weekend we will have the opportunity to meet, greet, and ask questions of our prospective minister.  We will come together for a congregational meeting on Sunday, August 3rd after service in the Grace Room.  This will be an opportunity for us to join in on discussion of the weekend and opportunity to determine whether the prospective minister will be called to serve as part of Pine Valley’s future.  For this meeting to be most effective, I encourage everyone who can to participate in the coming weekend’s activities.  To encourage all to participate in the August 3 congregational meeting, all voting will be by paper ballot.



I will be distributing statements to all who have pledged, showing pledged versus actual giving for January 2014 – June 2014. I received a question on the Pledged number. It represents six months, not the full year. Pledges are usually spread out over the full year, so I keep track of them on either a weekly or monthly basis.

If you have any questions on your statement, please contact me. Also, if you didn’t pledge, but would like a giving statement, let me know.

Greg Yarnell Financial Secretary