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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Below is the May calendar for the Community Food Bank, housed at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. The Food Bank serves the towns of Barkhamsted and New Hartford. For additional information, or to make a donation, please call the number listed on the calendar and speak with Pat. To enlarge the calendar, simply click on it.
Our Sunday morning worship services begin at 10am and can be enjoyed in person or by online viewing. Should you want to come join us in person, please be aware that current covid-19 guidelines are still in effect (masks, social distancing, etc.) but that doesn’t diminish the worship that happens within the Sanctuary! Our God is a constant presence and we would welcome yours as well!
A Good Friday Tenebrae worship service will be held in the Sanctuary on Friday, April 2nd beginning at 7pm. It will also be available for viewing on-line if you don’t wish to come into the building. Please join us as we follow our Lord to the cross.
The March 2021 newsletter for Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church can be found below. We are now open for in-person worship on Sunday mornings at 10 am, with proper covid-19 guidelines in place. If, however, you would feel more comfortable continuing to worship with us on-line, the links for viewing are located at the right side of this page. In either case, Jesus joins us all and welcomes your presence as well!