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JOIN US ON ALL SAINTS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. Carolyn Schwarz will share the Message ~ Raising Up Children of God

Reading from our tradition ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem ~ Look At The World by Rutter                                      

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation ~ Making Our Way in God’s World                

Reading from our tradition ~ Matthew 22:15-22

The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem ~ From a Distance – Gold / Chinn

FROM OUR INTERIM PASTOR

This Sunday is World Wide Communion Sunday. We celebrate our connection to the historic church and to the global church. Communion ware from many lands will be used in the service. Looking ahead on October 12th we will commission Lorrie Beck, Carmen Bell, Gaye Clements and Muffin Overstreet as they prepare to go to South Korea. On October 19th we will commission Dave and Cheryl Roy as our representatives at the Disciples of Christ regional meeting. These many connections give personal meaning to Paul’s witness: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope of your calling, on Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Maker of us all, who is above all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).

Peace,

David

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY FOR WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation is Lord’s Supper.

Reading from our tradition is 1st Corinthians 11:17-26.

The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem  Look At The World – Rutter.

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation is Hope is Our Address.

Reading from our tradition is Matthew 7:24-28.

The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem Slow Me Down, Lord.

FROM OUR INTERIM PASTOR

The worship service this Sunday celebrates the Peoples Climate March that took place in New York City last Saturday. Estimates of the number of participants range from 100,000 to 400,000. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “We are on the cusp of a global transition to a new safe energy economy, a transition that unites people in common purpose, advances collective well-being and ensures the survival of our species.” The Archbishop proposed a four-step agenda for the future: (1) Freeze exploration for new fossil fuels, and use exploration budgets for renewal energy solutions, (2) Hold those most responsible for climate damages accountable by making them pay for the damages they caused, (3) Encourage governments to stop accepting funding from the fossil fuel industry, and (4) Divest from fossil fuel companies, and invest in a clean energy future the benefits the world’s majority.” He said that action is “a matter of conscience, a matter of faith, and a matter of our continued existence.” I am glad for Bishop Tutu’s timely words and for this important public witness as we anticipate the Climate Conference which will be held in Paris in 2015.

Peace,

David

FROM OUR INTERIM PASTOR ~ CREATING A COMMON MINISTRY

Last Sunday I suggested a way to help congregations and pastors to work together as a team with shared goals and expectations. I thought it would be helpful to summarize my thoughts for possible future use. A chart based on what I suggested would look something like this:

Key Ministry Areas Desired Result/Spirit Team Pastor’s Role Congregation’s Role Resources Needed
Worship
Education
Pastoral Care
Financial Care

List all the Key Areas of Ministry. Keep the desired results simple—spiritually enriched, intellectually challenged, etc. It might be best to make a separate column for the Spirit Teams. Role definitions can be more detailed but only to the degree that is helpful—resist the temptation to micromanage. Resources include time, money, material and people. I’d suggest that the Mission Council and the Pastor complete a chart separately and then compare them and establish mutually agreed upon priorities, results, roles and responsibilities. This information could be shared with the congregation at the Spirit Fest. In May the Mission Council and Pastor can review progress and in November share in an evaluation and planning meeting. In some areas the Pastor may have primary responsibility. In other areas, such as Management Services and Skilled Crafts the Pastor may have very limited responsibility. These areas are Key Areas of Ministry but since the Pastor’s role is limited they might not be listed as priorities for the Pastor’s chart. This is simply a planning tool.

 

This is an exciting time as we prepare for the future. I hope this suggestion will be helpful.

Peace,

David

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation is The Parable of The Vineyard.

Reading from our tradition is Matthew 20:1-16. 

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation is Gatekeepers to the Future. Reading from our tradition is Matthew 18:21-35 . The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem.

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation: Let Love Be Genuine.  Reading from our tradition: Romans 12:9-21