August Calendar for Community Food Bank

Below you’ll find the August calendar for the Community Food Bank, which serves the towns of Barkhamsted and New Hartford. Please notice that the food bank will only be open twice during the month of August. Regular hours will resume in September. Should you have any questions, please call the phone number listed on the calendar and leave a message for Pat.

Our New Pastor Announced

God continues to have great plans for PVUMC as I am pleased to announce that on July 1, 2021 the Reverend Barbara Schaffer will be our new pastor. Some of you may remember that she attended our church for many years, and it is in our church that she received her call to ministry. During our appointment meeting with the SPRC committee on Friday Pastor Barbara stated, “I feel like I’m coming home!”  She has pastored full time in three churches over the last 20 years. She is retiring from the First United Methodist Church of Shelton in June and moving to her house in Torrington, CT. She raised her two sons in New Hartford, CT and has many ties in the community. She has held various positions such as New Hartford Finance Department, a Volunteer EMT, CPR Instructor, President of PTO and Chair of American Red Cross. In her church ministries she has sat on many associations and boards such as UMARMY Safety Director, Town of Shelton, Drug Prevention Committee, Natural Church Development Coach, Conference Committee on Finance and Administration, and sat in on clergy associations in all three towns that she ministered in.

Pastor Barbara’s first service with us will be on Sunday, July 4, 2021. She is also looking forward to being a part of our PVUMC float in the July 5 parade in Pleasant Valley. We are excited to reconnect with Rev. Barbara and look forward to her leadship as we march into the future.

Community Food Bank Calendar: June 2021

The June 2021 edition of the Community Food Bank Calendar is shown below. To view it larger, simply click on it.

The Community Food Bank serves the towns of Barkhamsted and New Hartford. They are carefully following the covid-19 guidelines in order to provide a safe environment for both the clients and staff. For more information, please call the number listed on the calendar and speak with Pat, or leave a message and she will return your call.

Change is ‘a coming…and the June newsletter is here.

This will be a bittersweet month for us here at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. Sunday, June 20th, will be the last Sunday for Pastor Mike and Karen to be in our church with our families. They will be continuing their life’s next adventure in Hawaii and we are going to sincerely miss them here. Pastor Mike, with Karen’s help, has led our church over the rough times during this crazy pandemic by not only facilitating all the electronic “stuff” that had to happen in order to provide an on-line worship service every Sunday, but also by being a strong guiding presence as we wondered just how things would work out. We know our God was always in control, but Pastor Mike’s calm assurance that we were a strong body of Christ and everything would work out just fine…as God intended..was reassuring. We wish safe travels, and many blessings to be showered upon them as they move forward along the pathway God has provided.

The Sunday School children met last week for the first time in many months and everyone was glad for this opportunity to learn more about our awesome God. The final day for Sunday School this year will be Sunday, June 27th, and the children and staff will host a BBQ luncheon following the worship service. Members of the congregation are invited to bring a dish to share and enjoy some much needed fellowhip time. After a summer off for fun, Sunday School will resume in the fall.

While meetings continue to be conducted via the internet, we are delighted that we are able to worship in person in our sanctuary. If you are fully vaccinated, masks are optional. Our choir is back and it’s wonderful to hear the voices singing praises to our God. Everyone is welcome to come worship with us on Sunday mornings at 10am!

Below is the June edition of our church newsletter, The Link.

Big News!! Sunday School will be in session!!

WooHoo!! Sunday School will be opening once again at PVUMC on Sunday, May 23rd! It’s been a long time coming and the kids and staff are happy to be able to gather again and learn about our awesome God! A special ‘goodie bag’ will be provided to each student. Sunday School will meet during the regular worship service hour which begins at 10am. The last day for this year will be Sunday, June 20th and will end with a BBQ potluck lunch. Please bring your children to enjoy this special time of fun and learning!

May 2021 Church Newsletter is Here!

The May 2021 edition of our church newsletter, The Link, is now online. Check it out to see what’s happening in our church. Our Sanctuary is now open for in-person worship and we welcome visitors and friends to come and join us. Viewing the service on line is still available and the connect information can be found on the right hand side of the page. Although we’ve made good progress in keeping our doors open and providing a safe enviroment to worship our Lord, we anxiously await the day when we can once again enjoy fellowship with Coffee Hour, allow the children to return to Sunday School, and to welcome the choir back in service. The day is coming, but in the meantime, we invite you to come worship with us at 10:00 am on Sunday mornings. The Lord always shows up…we hope you will too!