Looking ahead to Mother’s Day…

Pastor Trudy is looking ahead…way ahead…to Mother’s Day and she is collecting things that a Mom would say. These phrases that you’ve heard or used will be consolidated into a presentation to celebrate moms on their special day. If you would like to contribute a mom-ism, please leave a comment on this post. The phrase will be passed along to Pastor Trudy. Comments will be screened for appropriate content prior to inclusion in our list.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Lenten Study

The men of the church will be hosting their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on March 4th, 2014 at 6:00 PM in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome to come and share in the feast. A good-will offering will be collected to help with our church missions. Please come join us in our celebration of Shrove Tuesday and indulge in pancakes for supper!

Each Sunday after our coffee hour the congregation is invited to join in the Lenten Bible Study based on the book by Adam Hamilton entitled 24 Hours That Changed the World. The course will be led by Joann Little and Mindy-Lee Church, and will begin on March 2nd and continue through April 13th, following the worship service. Here is how Cokesbury described the course:  

No single event in human history has received more attention than the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. In this Lenten journey, Adam Hamilton guides us through the last twenty-four hours of Jesus’ life. Each chapter is designed to help the reader experience and understand the significance of Jesus’ suffering and death in a way you have never done before. Whether readers are long-time Christians or simply curious about the story of Christ’s crucifixion, they are invited to join the author in retracing the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life“.

Books can be ordered from Pastor Trudy or by leaving a message for Pam in the church office at 860-379-2157. Everyone is welcome to come learn about this cornerstone of our faith from an enlightening perspective.

Music and Memories Coffeehouse: December 7th

We have an exciting evening of music coming up soon and we want to share the information with everyone! We will be hosting a Music and Memories Coffeehouse on Saturday, December 7th beginning at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. Several bands are scheduled to perform, including our own Becky & Bill Bridges with C-Side Alley, and we’re hoping a few others will join the fun. Tickets can be purchased at the door; adults $10 and children under 12 will be free. Refreshments will be available for purchase as well. All monies raised will be donated to the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church and to the Sean Burk Children’s Fund. These musical events are a wonderful time so plan to come share with evening with us!

Music and Memories

Holy Week Activities

Holy Week and Easter are coming very soon. Here is a list of the various activities that will take place at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church:

Palm Sunday, March 24th will offer a worship service at 9:30 AM in which the Sunday School children will bring the palms into the Sanctuary and help to distribute them to the congregation.

Maundy Thursday, March 28th will offer a special worship service and reading of the passion at 7:00 PM. Communion will also be served.

Good Friday, March 29th will offer an evening service commemorating the death of Jesus at 7:00 PM.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service will take place, weather permitting, at 6:30 AM on Beach Rock in Barkhamsted. This service has a long-standing tradition of meeting at the top of the rock to greet the Son. The service is a combined effort of the North Congregational Church in New Hartford, the First Congregational Church of Barkhamsted (aka Barkhamsted Center Church), and Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. Following the early morning service, a community breakfast will be hosted at the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome to join in the fellowship.

Easter Sunday Worship Service will be held at 9:30 AM in the Sanctuary and will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A light coffee hour will be offered following the service.

Our church is open to all and we welcome visitors and new friends to join us in the worship and fellowship that we offer.

Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday Observances, and Lenten Bible Study

The men of the church will be hosting their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 12th, 2013 at 6:00 PM in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome to come and share in the feast. A good-will offering will be collected to help with our church missions. Please come join us in our celebration of Shrove Tuesday and indulge in pancakes for supper!

You may also wish to begin your observance of Lent the following day, Ash Wednesday, at our worship service beginning at 7PM.

Each Sunday after our coffee hour the congregation is invited to join in the Lenten Bible Study based on the book by Adam Hamilton entitled Final Words From the Cross, in which Hamilton examines Christ’s dying hours and his final words as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of those who stood near the cross. This study will begin on Sunday, February 10th; books are available from the Pastor by calling 860-379-2157. Everyone is welcome to come learn about this cornerstone of our faith from an enlightening perspective.

Covenant Service: January 20th

On Sunday, January 20th we will be renewing our covenant with God and the Methodist Church, as directed by the founder of Methodism, John Wesley. Read the words of John Wesley:

“Dearly beloved, the Christian life, to which we are called, is a life in Christ, redeemed from sin, and through him consecrated to God. Upon this life we have entered, having been admitted into that New Covenant of which our Lord Jesus Christ is mediator, and which He sealed with His own blood, that it might stand for ever.

On one side the Covenant is God’s promise that He will fulfill in and through us all that He declared in Christ Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of our faith. That His promise still stands we are sure, for we have known His goodness, and proved His grace in  our lives day by day.

On the other side we stand pledged to live no more unto ourselves, but to Him who loved us and gave Himself for us, and has called us to serve Him that the purpose of His coming might be fulfilled.

From time to time, we renew our vows of consecration, especially when we gather at the Lord’s Table: but on this day we meet expressly, as generations of our fathers have met, that we may joyfully and solemnly renew the Covenant which bound them and binds us to God.

Let us then, remembering the mercies of God, and the hope of His calling, examine ourselves by the light of His Spirit, that we may see wherein we have failed or fallen short in faith and practice, and, considering all that this Covenant means, may give ourselves anew to God.”

Everyone is welcome to come and renew your pledge to God and to the church which he created. Our service begins at 9:30 AM on Sunday morning.

Anti-Bullying Program in January

IMG_2520It’s no secret that bullying, whether in the schools, in the workplace, or anywhere, is a rising problem in our society today. On January 11th, 2013 Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church will be hosting an Anti-Bullying Program, starting at 7:00 PM.

Our guest speaker is Rachael Anders, reigning Miss Teen Connecticut United States. In addition there will be a panel of experts from the fields of education, law enforcement, the legal field, and mental health. Our goal is to make kids, and especially their parents or caregivers, aware of this problem as well as the potential consequences to the victim and the person doing the bullying.

Following the short presentations by the speaker and the panelists, there will be time for questions from the audience. The evening will conclude with light refreshments and a time to mingle and perhaps ask additional questions.

In case of snow, we have scheduled a “snow date” for the following Friday, January 18th.

We hope you’ll come with your children and learn more about this important topic.

Annual Christmas Caroling

Hope you’re loosening up those vocal cords so you’re ready to join the annual Christmas Caroling. Singers are invited to meet in the church parking lot at 4:30 pm (previously listed incorrectly as 4 PM) on Sunday, December 16th, and travel to various homes to share the joyous sounds of the season. Then everyone is invited to join the singers upon their return to the church about 5:30 PM for a dinner of soup or chili. It promises to be a fun time, so please join us!!

Youth Group Re-Energized!

Our youth group is being re-energized and their first official meeting will be on Saturday, Nov. 17th at 6 PM at the church. This group will target youth in the high school+ age group and will create a “bridge” between the younger Sunday School years and the older adult church involvement. Tom Lucas, along with Evan Bailey and Peggy Arnold will be the team leaders and, so far, they have quite a few kids who are interested in attending. Saturday’s meeting will include supper. If you know of any high school or older kids, invite them to come see what MYF [Methodist Youth Fellowship]  is all about.