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The Apostle Paul tells us, “Be thankful in all things.” When I count my blessings I am thankful for the Thanksgiving Special Day Offering of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Thanksgiving Offering provides direct support to Disciples colleges, universities and theological institutions. Disciples have a long history of post-secondary and theological education. This offering provides a direct connection to 14 colleges or universities, 3 seminaries and 4 seminary foundations/divinity houses. Gifts from the Disciples Mission Fund Thanksgiving Offering continue a Disciples tradition of developing leaders for our communities and the church.

The offering has directly helped me because it supports Phillips Theological Seminary where I was able to prepare for ordained ministry. At Phillips my theological understanding enlarged in exciting ways. It felt like a door was thrown wide open. Not only did I receive excellent preparation, but it also changed my whole life. So many people have been aided for ordained ministry as well, including Robin and Leigh. And because of the help given to us for excellent, well grounded scholarly preparation the long term effects go to help the churches we serve as well.

So join me in counting the Thanksgiving Special Day Offering as a blessing in our lives by supporting it as we receive our offering this week.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Carolyn


What an amazing cold front that moved through the area to provide the first snow of the year. I hope this finds you all having survived the white stuff without too many hindrances.

As we come upon this Thanksgiving season, we are reminded to be thankful for the small stuff, like the moisture the snow becomes as we finally warm up. Whether it’s the boss not appreciating a task that was accomplished, you hit every red light on the ride home, the kids can’t be left home alone without fighting, or you open your mouth and your significant other thinks you are mad at them, it is difficult on hard days to find those things to be thankful for. Not only are these the times for us to find the small things to be thankful for but they are also the time for us to remember to take care of ourselves.

As Christians we spend much of our time working for others but unless we take care of ourselves, we will not be healthy enough to help others.

When times are tough, it is even more important to care for yourself. This Thanksgiving season take time to be thankful for yourself while taking some time to rejuvenate.

Peace and Blessings!



Join us for the annual Thanksgiving Worship Service and Feast on Sunday, November 23. The Worship Service will be at 10:30 am and the Feast will be at 11:00 am. Pine Valley Christian Church Choir will be singing the Anthem. The Life Transformation Church Choir will be singing the Special Music. The Feast is a traditional meal, including turkey & ham. Please bring your own table service in addition to the food you have signed up to provide. The Seekers Class and Sunday School will not be meeting.



The annual business meeting will be held January 11th after church. We will vote on the 2015 budget and vote in Nominees for Secretary and Financial Secretary.


The calendars are full of stunning photos and information about countries in which the Peace Corps serves.  Lorrie Beck served in Lesotho, Judy Harrison in the Philippines, and several Pine Valley members have children or relatives who have served.  Proceeds go back overseas to help people.  Email Judy to reserve your calendars for this Sunday (or later)–$14 for one, $13 for 2-4, $12 for 5 or more.  Make out your check to “Kansas RPCVs.” (Returned Peace Corps Volunteers).



This fall we are using the DVD series, Living the Questions as our study guide The study materials are available in a PDF download.  Sunday, November 23 we will NOT have class. Instead, we will help the Hospitality Team set-up for Thanksgiving Feast.  We will re-view lesson #7 Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians on the following Sunday, November 30.  We welcome any newcomers or returners. Please contact Bill Delaney or Muffin Overstreet if you would like to receive the PDF files for this series.



Rev. Carolyn Schwarz will share the Message ~ “Leaving Footprints Behind”

Reading from our Tradition ~ “Matthew 25:14-30

The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem ~ “Come My Way, My Truth, My Life” – Leavitt



This is an exciting week with the Supreme Court ruling that has made Marriage Equality legal in the state of Kansas!

A group of clergy in support of Marriage Equality met Wednesday morning at Pine Valley. I was excited by the participation. There were 8 altogether who met. Other clergy dropped by later in the morning who showed interest and support.

The purpose and goal of the group has morphed dramatically with before and after the justice decision was made thus shaping what would happen. So this is what will happen. There will be a giant wedding at the East Entrance to the Court House on Monday at 5 p.m. for couples who have had Holy Unions and who have applied for licenses. We will have a banner that says “Wichita Clergy Supporting Marriage Equality.” And we will also have fliers available for future weddings. The flier lists clergy both supportive and able to do weddings. The clergy that met encourage our congregations to join in this wedge blade moment. We would like as many to join us to either marry or to support the couples who do marry! There will be a huge reception following the wedding. So!!! If any of Pine Valley members would like to come, please join the wedding on Monday at 5 p.m. at the Courthouse.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Carolyn


This week, I was reminded how important it is for everyone to have someone they can turn to in their time of need.  It was hard to watch the pain in the eyes of many teenagers and their mentors as they mourned the young life taken too soon.  Even as a teenager, the pain from being in the world can send one over the edge.

As followers of Christ, we are led to find those who are in need; those who are outcast.  We are supposed to be on the point to remind all that they are loved; they have a place in this world.  It is the healing teachings of Christ that bring us together in these painful times to comfort each other. Take this week to reach out to someone who is in need, showing them love and acceptance.

Peace and Blessings!



The Thanksgiving Feast will be Sunday, November 23rd at Pine Valley.  Please bring table service in addition to any food you have signed up for.  We are honored to have the Life Transformation Church as our guests.

The Hospitality team only has three official members, and one of them is attending the Peace Rally in Georgia that weekend.  Any help with setup and cleanup is very much appreciated.

Setup will be Saturday, November 22nd at 9:30 a.m.  This is a change from the previously communicated time of 2:00 p.m, because of rental activity.  All of the chairs will be removed from the Great Hall and the tables set up for the feast.

Signup sheets will be circulated at church on November 16th.

Thanks! — Hospitality