As February blows in, we find we’ve got a busy month ahead of us at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church! More details can be found in our church newsletter, The Link, which can be viewed by clicking on The Link tab at the top of the page, but some highlights will be shared in upcoming posts.
On Shrove Tuesday, we will celebrate with our annual Pancake Supper. The men of the church are the chefs and they provide a delicious selection of “breakfast for dinner” treats, including a variety of pancakes, sausage, and REAL maple syrup! The fun starts at 6:00 pm and is open to anyone who would like to come. Although there is no charge for the meal, a ‘good-will offering’ jar will be available should you wish to help out with expenses. Come join us for a fun event!!
We are pleased to welcome our new pastor, Lee Gangaware, and his wife, Polly, to our church. Pastor Lee isn’t a new face to our church community, as he has been with us in worship many times over the past year. But now it’s official!
When asked to provide a brief bio for publication here, this is what he shared:
Pastor Lee Gangaware has been in the ministry since 1972, and has served churches through 2015, and has filled pulpits for the last two years! He and his wife Polly have been married 47 years come this August 29th! They have two daughters “Hannah Gangaware and Elizabeth Frye” and a Foster daughter “Elaine Morrigia”. They have 4 grandchildren: Julianna 16, Catherine 8, Jaron 18, and Jacob 21.
They live in Colebrook, CT on 6 & 1/2 acres of farmland with 3 turkeys and 10 laying hens, assorted bobcats, owls, hawks, bears, lynxes, coyotes, and more!
Pastor Lee has felt called out of retirement to “Prepare as many people as he can for heaven!”
We invite you to come and welcome Pastor Lee and Polly to our church on Sunday, July 2nd!
The annual Christmas Fair, hosted by the United Methodist Women, will be held on Saturday, November 14th from 9am – 2:30 pm. There will be something for everyone as you look over the Bake Sale tables, browse through the handmade crafts and the knit or crocheted items, or seek treasure in Granny’s Attic. Lunch will be available featuring homemade soups, and sandwiches, and something yummy for dessert. Be sure to start your Christmas shopping with us!
At our regular monthly meeting of the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Women, we are pleased to announce that we will host a guest speaker as our program for the evening. Sandee Fleet from the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will talk with us about Food and Medical Myths. It sounds like a really interesting program and we invite any ladies to come join us. So, mark your calendars and plan to attend on Wednesday, May 6th at 7:00 PM. For additional information, please contact the church office at 860-379-2157 or Angela Root at 860-379-7966.
As we enter Holy Week, please consider joining us at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church for worship. Here are the events:
- Palm Sunday, March 29th at 9:30 AM
- Maundy Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM
- Good Friday Prayer Vigil, April 3rd from noon to 3:00 PM
- Good Friday Worship Service, April 3rd at 7:00 PM
- Easter Sunrise Service to be held at Barkhamsted Center Church (aka First Congregational Church of Barkhamsted), April 5th at 6:30 AM. A community breakfast will be held immediately following the service at 7:00 AM
- Easter Worship Service at PVUMC at 9:30 AM
The annual Christmas Fair, hosted by the United Methodist Women, will take place this year on Saturday, November 15th from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. There are lots of things to see to help you get your holiday shopping started. We’ll offer a Bake Sale table filled with goodies to entice you; a Knit/Crochet Room that offers handmade items to keep you and your loved ones warm this winter; lots and lots of handcrafted items from the practical to the unique to items just for fun; Granny’s Attic will offer items that are treasures to be found, and our Christmas Cafe will be open to serve you and your friends a hearty, homemade lunch.
As you’re making your rounds of the holiday fairs this time of year, why not plan to stop in and visit with us…and take time to enjoy a warm lunch! We look forward to seeing you.
The annual Pumpkin Patch event has taken place at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church this week. Fifty-eight children from the kindergarten and first grade classes at the Barkhamsted School, along with their teachers and adult helpers, came to enjoy some time listening to pumpkin and harvest stories [thank you, Miss Pat], to enjoy a healthy snack of homemade pumpkin muffins along with crackers and cheese and apple juice, and to select a pumpkin to take home from our patch. This year we were pleased to have been able to grow some of the pumpkins in our own church garden!! This annual event is a favorite of the children and of our Pumpkin Patch staff as well. See you again next year!!
Our very popular Vacation Bible School program is getting ready to welcome all the children in a very short time! Dates this year are June 23 ~ 27. For more details, check out the VBS tab across the top of this page.
It promises to be a fun time for all the children and staff, so mark your calendars and plan to come hear all about the God of Wonders!!
Did you have a favorite blankie when you were growing up? Surely you remember the comfort that it brought to you. Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Why not make a donation in honor of your mother to Church World Service Blanket Sunday. The gift of a blanket to someone who has none can make a world of difference. To learn more, or make an on-line donation, go to www.cwsglobal.org and search for Blanket Sunday.
To all the ladies of the church:
Come join us at the annual Mother’s Day Tea, hosted by the United Methodist Women, on Saturday, May 3rd from 2~4 PM. We’ll gather in Fellowship Hall to celebrate the special ladies in our lives, to honor those who have already gone home to be with the Lord, and to have a wonderful time of fellowship all together. We’ll enjoy tea and ‘goodies’, of course, as well as some games, a crafting project for the children, and an opportunity to have a family picture taken by our photographer. This annual event is always a lot of fun, so plan to come join us for the afternoon!