Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
Great work last week on our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes!
Thank you for all your help, donations, and prayers that help make this ministry a beautiful experience and for reaching far across the globe to offer the love of Jesus to a hurting world. We finished up 100 of our 200 box goal for this year. Our youth have already set up their work station in their new space (thanks to all who made that possible, especially Miss Donna!). We are still in need of items to fill our boxes so donations are still being accepted. Our Youth Team will shop for those specific items needed to fill out the gifts for specific ages. We want to use the items we have already collected and just fill in with new purchases to make the most use of what you have already shopped for.
So here is what you can do:
- donate for extra items that are needed.
- donate for the $9.00 shipping cost of each box.
- be excited and patient with our messy process of completing these gifts.
- pray that these shoeboxes will be useful tools to open doors for the proclamation of the gospel, giving The Gift that lasts forever.
- pray, also for all those who are participating in some way in this ministry and for the process of collecting, transporting and delivering of the boxes to their rightful destinations.
Our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Dedication will be during worship on Sunday, November 19th . Then our youth will deliver them to our local drop-off site and help pack and serve in that location as these boxes are readied to be delivered to Atlanta and then on to countries far and wide. Thanks again for your support of this ministry!
Martin Luther – Rebel for God!
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is October 31, 2017. (And you thought that date was only good for getting candy and scaring people!) 500 years ago, Martin Luther had had enough of what the Catholic Church was cooking! Back in that time, a Dominican priest named Johann Tetzel, acting on commission of the Archbishop of Mainz and Pope Leo X, was in the middle of a huge fundraising campaign in Germany to finance renovations to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The Roman Catholic Church spread the word that forgiveness of sins could be obtained by purchasing "indulgences".
Martin Luther was so fed up with the Church's actions, he wrote the 95 Theses and nailed them to the front door of the Church! Copies of his document were quickly translated from Latin to German and distributed throughout the region. A copy made its way to Rome, where efforts failed to convince Luther to come around to the dark side. So, in 1521 Pope Leo X excommunicated Luther from the Catholic Church. Luther didn't let that get him down though, in fact, it spurred him to refuse to recant his writings before the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V of Germany. Charles would not be outdone and issued the famous Edict of Worms (what a title!) which declared Luther an outlaw and a heretic and gave permission for anyone to kill him without repercussions.
Luther snubbed that edict because he was employed by Prince Frederick the Wise of Saxony who protected him. Frederick chose not to enforce the Edict of Worms and allowed Luther to translate the Bible to German over the next 10 years in the safety of his Wartburg Castle.
In a final effort to get to Luther, Charles V revoked the provision that allowed any ruler of a German state to choose whether they would enforce the Edict of Worms. But by that time, a number of princes and other Luther supporters issued a protest declaring that their allegiance to God trumped their allegiance to the emperor. These folks were the first "Protestants"! How about that? And Reformed Theology was unleashed with the heart of the message being "Jesus is the only Way to Salvation! You can't buy it, God gives it to all who believe in Him!"
Happy Reformation Day (Oct. 31) !
Friday, April 21, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
As we have been on this Lenten journey together, renewing ourselves in Christ, we have also taken part in the ECO's (Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians) Great Commission, Great Compassion Lenten Giving. These funds will go to The Outreach Foundation in support of the Presbyterian Church of Syria. In the weeks that we have been focused on this Emergency Relief Fund, we have seen Syria's war that has raged on for 6 years intensify even more. More and more people are being left homeless, wounded and even worse. Food is scarce, as are warm places to lay their heads and now terrible weapons are being used on these people. Our Presbyterian brothers and sisters are working tirelessly to bring assistance to all who are in such desperate need.
This will be our last week for this offering. Please write your check to SVPC marked for Lenten Giving, and place in the offering plate or mail to the church. We ask you to give generously above and beyond your normal giving on this wonderful Resurrection Sunday!
Friday, April 7, 2017
Garden Cross Dedication
WHEN: Between Sunday School and Worship
WHERE: Service outside, weather permitting
We will focus on the meaning of the bare wooden cross that will be covered in flowers the next week on Resurrection Sunday!
Choir Cantata and Children's Palm Processional This will lead us through a remembrance of Holy Week, "The Seven Last Days."
Church-wide Lunch and Easter Egg Hunt following the worship service (hosted by our Youth)
Friday, March 10, 2017
A trip to Tennessee is planned for Monday, April 24th to Tuesday, April 25th. The Tennessee events include the Tennessee Aquarium, IMAX movie, various shows and a play at Crossville, Tennessee at the Cumberland County Playhouse ("A Second Chance").
Reservations must be made by Wednesday, March 15th with a $100 deposit. The deposit will be credited toward the total cost of the trip. The total cost is $225 for a Double Room and $275 for a Single Room. The cost covers all but one lunch and one dinner on the road.
Please contact the church for more information.
How lovely is our sanctuary on Easter morning adorned with beautiful white lilies given in memory or honor of a loved one. If you would like to participate, each potted lily wrapped in white with a white bow is $21.00. This may be paid by check made payable to SVPC and marked "for lilies." An order form will be included in the Sunday worship bulletins Sunday, March 12th and 19th. Orders must be paid for and completed by the 19th. If you have any questions, feel free to call the church office (565-7025). Thank you for helping to make such a glorious day even more beautiful!
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
Feed My Starving Children
The Bessemer/McCalla Kingdom Builders will be hosting a Feed My Starving Children packing event on Saturday, January 21st. SVPC participated the last two years and we were all so glad that we did. Please call the church if you are interested in helping this year.
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God's children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and then these meals are shipped to their distribution partners. FMSC meals have reached nearly 70 countries around the world through the years.
We will join as a community to pack food that will be sent out to nourish those who are starving. If you plan to volunteer, we thank you so much for committing your time. If you are unable to be present at the event, please pray for the volunteers, the FMSC organization, and the recipients of the Manna Packs - may they be filled in body and spirit.
Also, please give generously. We need sponsorship and donations in order to make this event happen. It truly costs thousands of dollars to get it all done. Pleasant Hill Methodist hosts this great ministry for our community so if you or someone you know is interested in corporate sponsorship, contact Monica Harbarger at email@example.com. You may also give through SVPC and mark your check for FMSC (Feed My Starving Children).
Presbyterian Women General Meeting
Our PW General Meeting has been changed from Sunday, January 22nd to Sunday, February 12th, immediately following worship. The whole church is invited to join them for lunch and a very special and informative program.
On this new date, February 12th, we will be hearing from Rev. Anna Kent who is on the staff of ECO, A Covenant Order of Presbyterians, and of which we now belong! Anna is Director of Mission Affinity Groups with ECO and she will be speaking to us about them since we are part of the covenanted life of ECO. Rev. Kent will also be preaching at our 11:00 worship service.
All are invited to enjoy a lunch hosted by our Presbyterian Women and then stay for this great opportunity to learn about the denomination of which we now belong.
Monday, January 16, 2017 – MLK Day
Kids 10 years old and under need a parent with them. We will leave the church at 11:00 and return at 5:00. The church will cover the cost of the skating but you are asked to bring money for food and snacks. Please call the church to make reservations.
Sundays, January 15, 22, & 29 and February 5
6:30 PM (Soup Supper at 5:30 PM)
Session has invited Judge Eddie Vines to share with us in four one-hour sessions dealing with some basic questions of our Christian faith and more. Judge Vines decided not to run for re-election this past fall because he has been pursuing a theological degree at New Orleans Theological Seminary. Join us for these sessions and a soup supper preceding. Please call the church office or email to sign up for supper, childcare, and the class.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Pumpkin Patch Trip
Saturday, October 22nd
Leave the church at 9:00am
Tickets are $10.00 and includes your pumpkin and some rides.
There will be exhibitors from all over the South including handmade Indian arts & crafts, blacksmiths, woodworkers, wrought iron art, fabric and canvas artists, and more!
In October, the fields of the Old Baker Farm will be bursting with color as the pumpkins in the fields become ripe for harvest. What a perfect time for families and groups to experience life on a working farm. Take a hayride through Dead Hollow Swamp, pick pumpkins and cotton, and explore our corn and hay maze. There are farm animals to pet and enjoy when you visit our barn which was built in 1919, as well as acres and acres of living history!
Civil War Reenactment featuring replica of an old fort!
Live Music including Bluegrass, Country, Blues, and Gospel!
Antique Tractors! Pedal Tractors for the Kids!
Join us after worship on September 25th for a light lunch and a packing party. Please make reservations for the lunch by calling the church office or by signing up at church this Sunday. Each box needs $7.00 for overseas shipping. You may give to this fund online at www.classy.org/svpc.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Matthew 25:35-36 says, "For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in: I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me; I was in prison and you visited Me."
As we approach our Operation Christmas Child Packing Party, Sunday, September 25th, 2016, we thought it might be a perfect time for a little history of this shoebox ministry. Our faith family, from Bessemer First Presbyterian to Shepherd of the Valley, has supported the wonderful ministry of Operation Christmas Child (OCC) for close to fifteen years. It began with our youth bringing this ministry opportunity to us and they continue to host and encourage us in it today. As a little note of interest, our last service at Bessemer First Presbyterian closed out with a lunch and a shoebox packing event. That seemed fitting as our congregation, which began in 1888 in Bessemer, served in missions and we ended our time there in 2014 doing missions. Then, in 2015 we carried this ministry right here into McCalla with us. Now, in 2016 we continue with this tradition of service.
You can help us support Operation Christmas Child by giving a financial gift at www.classy.org/svpc. The process is fast, easy, and secure. We truly appreciate any support you can provide. Together, we will be able to help so many people in Jesus' Name!
If you can't make a donation at this point, you can help us reach our goal by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter. Or, even better, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to our page. Thanks so much for your generosity!
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 12:05 PM
We will be enjoying a summer hymn sing for morning worship. In this wonderful service we look forward to your choosing your favorite hymns. There will be no sermon. Instead the lyrics and melodies of the great hymn writers you love will proclaim the good news. After worship we will join together in a lunch bunch time of fellowship followed by a concert by Jeremy McMillan.
Friday, August 5, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016
Celebrating 240 Years of Liberty
As we approach the Fourth of July, it is a good time to remember why this is, in essence, a Presbyterian Holiday.
First, the Declaration of Independence declares the sovereignty of God as the chief legal authority. The Westminster Confession of Faith states: "God the supreme Lord and King of all the world, hath ordained civil magistrates to be under Him, over the people, for His own glory, and the public good." (XXV.1)
Second, the Declaration of Independence was signed by representatives of the people – a system of government that is essentially Presbyterian. There is a striking similarity between the principles set forth in the Form of Government of the Presbyterian Church and those set forth in the eventual Constitution of the United States.
Third, the Declaration of Independence declares the right and duty of godly people to reject and oppose ungodly tyranny imposed by our rulers – whether a king or an elected government. This is a vital principle that we need to recall today, that no national government or tyrannical leader should be granted the right to rule our consciences in opposition to the Word of God.
We are establishing a Men's Group at SVPC
The mission of Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Men is: To lead men into a vital relationship with Christ and to assist them in their spiritual, personal and community development.
This is an inclusive group open to all men 18 years or older who are members or friends of SVPC.
For further information, please call the (205) 565-7025.
Our VBS Cave Quest Mission Focus: First Light Center for Homeless Women and Children
Their mission is to work with homeless women and their children to create hospitality in a safe and nurturing community, to encourage them to maintain dignity, to find hope, to seek opportunity, and to grow spiritually, thereby achieving their full potential.
We will be collecting items for this ministry that was started in the basement of the Birmingham 1st Presbyterian Church. You can bring your items to our Terrific Tuesday VBS or to church each Sunday in June. This will be a great mission focus!
Mission Trip to Presbyterian Home for Children
We have an opportunity to serve in Christ's name to a ministry that we know and love - The Presbyterian Home for Children! Some of you had said you would be interested in going to work to help this special place. We have a few youth going but we need some able bodied adults to go along. We would love to work alongside you as a faith family all together!
It will be W-O-R-K! It may be H-O-T! But it will be a great accomplishment when we finish!
The Home is doing some pretty big renovation work this summer for the location of their new school. First Presbyterian of Talladega has given them their CE building to use for a new education undertaking. We can be a part of that and help make it a lovely place for these kids to learn and grow. Instead of going to a foreign country we can just stay right in Alabama and make a difference.
Here is an excerpt from an article from "The Daily Home" about the new school: At the end of this summer, The Presbyterian Home and the First Presbyterian Church will unveil the Ascension Leadership Academy, a new, private elementary school meant to provide "superior education with a Christian Foundation," according to a release about the new school. The new school will be a partnership between the Presbyterian Home and the church (Talladega First Presbyterian).
The first school year is set to begin Aug. 17, and there will be room for about 30 students between kindergarten and eighth grade. Like Hope Academy, admittance will not be limited to residents of the Presbyterian Home. "We're hoping to draw students from Sylacauga, Pell City, Oxford, but Talladega will be the priority as long as slots are available," Mark Howard said.
The accommodations for our work trip are free! There is a kitchen available so we could pack sandwich stuff for lunches and then perhaps go out to dinner at night. All it would cost you is a few meals for fast food on the way up and back and then maybe one other meal out.
You would need to pack as if going to camp: sheets, pillow, towels, toiletries, etc. If we have more than 10 people go some will have to sleep on pallets or air mattresses.
Our youth need your support on this project. Our Presbyterian Home for Children needs your support on this project. Let's jump in!
Please contact Barri Pratt if you are interested in volunteering.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Monday, May 9, 2016
Visit Helen Keller's home and attend the play "The Miracle Worker" showing the relationship between Ann Sullivan and Helen Keller as they build a life of joy and service to so many. The play is Friday evening, and Saturday we will participate in the Helen Keller Festival in downtown Tuscumbia. Other activities considered are the Frank Lloyd Wright Home, Music Hall of Fame and others.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
This is a good opportunity for the Music Club to show appreciation to the congregation for the use of this beautiful building by inviting them to this very special program including food and fellowship.
Join us for our annual Spring Handbell Concert on Sunday, May 1st, at 3:00 in the afternoon. There will be a wide array of music from beautiful hymns and negro spirituals to the great movie classics! This group of talented and dedicated musicians have inspired us and brought us much joy through the years and they continue to do so today. Bring your family and friends for a lovely afternoon of music and a cookie reception to follow.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Noon
Tickets on sale now! $12.00 adults, $3.00 for children 12 and under
We will all enjoy a wonderful Italian meal and have the chance to purchase specially designed gift baskets for every personality, occasion, hobby, and interest to help support our building fund at SVPC. Please call the church office for information and tickets.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
Lord Jesus, Your love flows through me.
Let me search and find those in need
To touch, to hold, to hug them,
How much more to be touched by You.
If I can be Your arms my Jesus,
And feel moved to follow You.
To feel Your peace, and seek Your grace, and
And, only You can save.
But, if a hug can help them see
Let me live for You.
And, let me be Your disciple
Sunday, February 28, 2016
We will gather for a special prayer meeting on Monday, February 29, at 6:00 PM. With 2016 being an election year, the Spiritual Life Team would like to use this time to pray for the upcoming Alabama Primary Election on Tuesday, March 1st. We will be praying for the candidates and God's guidance through this election year.
At Pleasant Hill Methodist Church
SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 3:00 PM
Our talented and precious handbell choir will be performing with the other attendees of the festival on Saturday, March 5th at 3:00. They need to have your support of their fine work and dedication to this ministry of our church. Our new neighbors in McCalla also need to see us supporting this ministry and how important this group is to our faith family. It will be a wonderful music experience to hear all these bells ringing in one concert! We hope to see you there!
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Sunday, February 14, 2016
"And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst." Ezra 25:8
Please join us for a special time of dedication during worship on Sunday, Feb. 21 when we will present memorial plaques in honor of several of our members who have made a significant impact at Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church:
Dr. Leroy and Mrs. Jo Holt for our sanctuary/worship space
Elizabeth and Martha Asbury for the office and education areas
Mrs. Katherine Wickstrom for the covered porch project
Please join us as we recognize their contributions to the ministry of SVPC and as we honor their faithful dedication and willingness to give to the vision of growing Christ's Kingdom.
Our vision of Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian in McCalla was the climax of a long faith journey fueled by faith in God's calling us all to serve Him. Our Lord has blessed us in so many ways and this Sunday we will praise Him once again as we thank these servants for their gifts to this congregation.