Spring Valley
Presbyterian Church

Valley Viewer - December 2015

Notes from the Pastor

I hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving and that no one over did it (right?) We are headed to Charlotte to visit with my 96 year old mother and see my siblings and nieces and nephews and sons and daughters in law. All toll there are to be 22-24 relatives at my brother Jim and his wife Terry’s house. As I write this we are in the city of Franklin, NC near my Aunt Faye’s cabin in Sylva. It is an incredible 65 degrees so we are outside at one of the only restaurants that have wi fi and allow pets on the patio. They even feed the dogs ground beef and carrots (for a modest fee of course). 

Like all towns around the country, Black Friday, shopping, Christmas decorations and holiday music are all in the air. Advent Season begins this Sunday and I am thankful for Christina St. Clair who was generous enough to grace the church with her preaching while I visit with family. As always I am grateful for this church for Her perseverance and dedication to the families who are in need this Holiday Season with gifts of Thanksgiving Food Baskets and Christmas gifts and food for Christmas.  

Advent gives us a chance to start the new church year again as we await for the coming of the Christ child into our hearts and lives and into a world in need of a Savior. With the growing threats from ISIS and the violence they have inflicted on innocent civilians, the world needs the Prince of Peace more than ever. If we would believe the news channels they suggest that 85% of Americans now believe that we are in danger of an imminent attack on American lives. However if we believe in what Jesus tells us we find in his words a counter attack on violence or threats. Jesus says, “Do Not Be Afraid!” Over and over he tells us that fear is not the answer, that we are to confront evil by what we do and how we treat one another. 

Advent calls us to account for our Christian convictions that Jesus was and is right about this world and how we are to be invested in it. He tells Pontius Pilate that He is not of this world, and our faith is not of this world but of mercy as opposed to revenge; of kindness in contrast to hateful rhetoric, of compassion for those who are fleeing violent dictators and who are currently living in exile; of generosity to those some would call our enemies; and of justice through the eyes of the Christ Child. Our King is a baby born of a teenage girl, who was an immigrant, unmarried, and her baby king laid not on a golden bassinet but in a lowly manger among smelly barn animals. Indeed He is not of this world of kings who would kill their own citizens, but He is of a world where all people are seen as equals in the eyes of God, His God.

 Let us therefore seek this baby King in our lives anew, for His love is the elixir for the mess we find ourselves in—in this world. It may not happen in our lifetime but it will come—that day with the lion will lie down with the lamb, the day when the Light glows in the darkness that cannot overcome it; the day when all people will see that Light and God’s Kingdom shall come. O Come, O Come Emmanuel…People Look East the Time is Near…

 

Advent blessings to each and everyone of you, With Love, Bonnie

 

                        SVPC Prayer List

 

Rick Stapleton

Amanda Berry

Louise Loftis

Ginny Maynard

Mary Sue Babcock

Margaret Boyce

Christy Haykins

Oliver Whiteman

Pam Ward

Elaine Manilla

Yvonne Yates

Victoria Frasher

Kelsey Seibert

Gail Fry

Jimmie Sites

Dixon Family

Keith

Sarah White

Flood Victims

Karen Knowles

Grant Young

 

Charlotte Patton

Virginia Bowen

Ann Fischer

Nancy Chaffin

Collin Dygert

Milt & Jo Riedel

Patsy Howell

Philip McCarter

Ray Brown

Judy Reynolds

Larry Howard

Rita Hughes

John Lewis

Taylor Messer

Wally Billups

Beverly Sharp

Jenny

Audeen Childers

Anne Franklin

Ward Family

Angie Whimore

Tammy Trimboli

 

Anna Mae Harmon

Dan Seibert

Ruby Beckley

AJ Stapleton

Rev. Ed Bowen

Lynn Hackathorn

Shelly Damron

Margie Mays

Sheila Hill

Bruce Evans

Phyllis Jarrell

Mike Davis

Eric

Mary & Jim Darlymple

Dr. Allen Vannatter

Addiction Victims

Alisha Grayson

Victims in Paris

Hershel Yates

Bob Brown

Mark Young

 

November Sunday School

      Perfect Attendance

John Lewis              Sue Lewis

Max Templeton

               

 

 

 

              December Elders on Duty

 

       Kristin Dygert & Kenny Burner

 

December Acolyte

 

                   Collin Dygert

 

 

December Birthdays &    Anniversaries

 

5      David Dalrymple

 10     Janina Sites

 13     Dixie Burner

 21     Ron & Tonji Bowen

 21     Paul & Debbie Martin

 

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        Food Pantry News

      These are the most needed items in the Food Pantry:

     

      ***SOUP/Crackers              Dried Beans

      Canned Fish/Tuna              Canned Meats

      Peanut Butter/Jelly         Cake Mix/Icing

      Pancake Mix/Syrup             Spaghetti O's

      Boxed Dinner Mixes           Beef-a-roni

      Paper Products                Cleaning Supplies

      Shampoo/Conditioner Soap

 

*Also attached in the Valley Viewer are the families that need help this Christmas. Some families have already been “adopted” and they are marked out. If you would like to “adopt” a family or give money to help with shopping, please contact Karen Duncan. 

 

Youth Class:

The Youth class finished the movie Lion King this past month. Before we even started the movie, Bubby and Collin were upset we were watching it, because it’s sad. As we follow the lion cub Simba through the years, we see that – like us- he is trying to figure out who he is, but he doesn’t always find that easy to do. Simba is also like us in that his life is painful and uncertain at times. For that reason, he is fortunate to have family and friends that care for and support him. However, we can see ourselves in Simba, as his family and friends are affected by his search for who he is.

Some of the discussion questions:

How are Rafiki’s actions similar to baptism in our church?

Why do you think Scar wanted so badly to be King?

If hakuna matata means “no worries,” no rules, and no responsibilities, do you think that is a good philosophy of life?

Who are the people in your life that help you understand who you are and what talents you have?

 

 

Fundraising Information

Spring: We will have our Spring yard sale the first Saturday in May. As you clean things out for Christmas or after Christmas put your items aside that you would like to sell. We will start dropping items off at church the first Sunday in April.

At this sale we are also planning on selling the World’s Finest Chocolate Bars (yum), which might be a good money maker!

 

Future: We are going to start preparing early for this one…

Fall Festival Craft/Yard Sale 2016

·         We will have an area for yard sale items if we so decide.

·         We would like to have a craft area for sale. We know a lot of people in the church who are “crafty” and can make things to be sold in the Craft Sale. (Jewelry, Quilts, Knitting, Wreaths, furniture, any type of Christmas craft) Let Kristin know if you would be interested in helping with the Fall Festival for NEXT year!

 

                           

News of the Congregation  . . .

 

Dygert News:  Josh and Kristin snuck off for a couple days in the middle of October for their 9th anniversary. Each year they visit another state park in West Virginia and this year it was North Bend State Park. They had beautiful weather so they could ride their bikes through the old train tunnels and paths. They enjoyed eating at the lodge and most of all SLEEPING!

Collin had another appointment in Columbus at the beginning of the month. Mike rode along with Collin and Kristin for the ride. (It’s scary to have two Davis’ in the car trying to drive through a big city.) The doctor is still happy with Collin’s progress. She said he will continue the medication through the winter and spring and then hopefully start tapering him off the meds. If his feet are still doing well, we can have the blood work done here in Huntington next month, instead of driving all the way up there. If that blood work turns out well, then we can wait 4 months before we have to go back! Collin is not letting his skin issues from stopping him from playing sports. He signed up for Upward Basketball and will start practice soon.

Bubby also signed up for Upward Basketball and is excited to get started! Luckily, they play right after each other. Bubby celebrated is 10th birthday this month. Josh got him his own pocket knife and he was beyond thrilled! That evening he used his pocket knife to open boxes and Kristin’s blood pressure was pretty high! He continues to do well in school and Kristin is proud of is accomplishments.

Kayla continues to go to school for nails. The best part is Kristin gets her nails done for free at home!  She had to quit her job at the Ashland Mall because they were only giving her 4 hours a week and it wasn’t paying the bills! She has had one interview for a new job and is going in for a second interview this coming week, hopefully she will get the job. She is not happy about this adult stuff!

 

Seibert News: Theresa was in Florida for the birth of Ty Joseph Sturgill, 8lbs 8ozs. on 11-16-15. Ronda, Chad, Chloe and Ty are all doing well. 

Kelsey won first place at the State BETA CONVENTION  in special  talent (singing ). 

Our niece Sarah Bateman Mcloud (Don's sisters daughter) delivered a boy 11-25-15, Christian Curtis 8lbs,11 ozs. All are doing well. 

Theresa is still  recovering  from her fractured  knee but doing well. Thank for all the prayers.

 

Wolfe News: Del had a wonderful time at the Embroiders’ Guild of America’s National Seminar in San Antonio, TX the last week of October. She saw the Alamo, the San Antonio Riverwalk, and the 1968 World’s Fair site. She added 2 more starbucks mugs to her ever-growing collection. Del continues to work out at a local fitness center 4-5 times a week and volunteers 2 hours a week at the Wild Ramp in Huntington

 

Bowen News: Bradey just found out that he has been selected for the Judith A. Herndon Legislative Fellows Program.  This is an internship sponsored by the WV Legislature.  10 undergraduate students are selected to participate in the upcoming session by working with a legislator from either the Senate or House of Delegates.  He is thrilled for this opportunity!  This will take up Bradey's final semester at Marshall, and he will graduate in May with his Economics degree.

Nick is going to be playing on a travel soccer team this winter and spring.  He will be one of the youngest players on the team and is looking forward to learning from the older players. He is also still enjoying his freshman year at SVHS!

 

 

 Holy Humor

 

Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, 'Why is the bride dressed in white?'

The mother replied, 'Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.'

The child thought about this for a moment then said,

'So why is the groom wearing black?'

 

 

 

A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she could trying not to be late for Bible class. As she ran she prayed, 'Dear Lord, please don't let me be late! Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!'

While she was running and praying, she tripped on a curb and fell getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress. She got up, brushed herself off and started running again! As she ran she once again began to pray, 'Dear

Lord, please don't let me be late...But please don't shove me either!'

 

 

 

Three boys are in the school yard bragging about their fathers. The first boy says,

'My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper,

he calls it a poem, they give him $50.'

The second boy says,

'That's nothing. My Dad scribbles a few words on piece of paper, he calls it a song, they give him $100.'

The third boy says,

'I got you both beat. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon, and it takes eight people to collect all the money!'

 

 

 

Valley Viewer - November 2015

Notes from the Pastor

I certainly hope that you all have been enjoying the fall colors and weather lately. The beautiful leaves against the deep blue sky paints a lovely opportunity to catch a glimpse of God’s amazing creation. We, as usual, focus our attentions to the aspect of our church lives, during this time of year on Stewardship and giving of our time and talents. It becomes our opportunity to respond to the beauty of this earth in a very tangible way—through our gifts of tithes and offerings. We will celebrate our Stewardship Sunday on Nov. 1 with a meal together, a Thanksgiving of sorts, for the 70 years that SVPC has been in existence…70 years! I hope to see each of you there.

Usually a minister focuses on money issues and the importance of giving during this time. While I encourage you all to dig deep into your commitments to the church, I also think it is helpful, if not necessary, to turn to poets for inspiration and convincing words that make us more aware of the gifts we have been given to be alive and open to the beauty of Autumn. So here is a little gift for you to ponder…a poem by Mary Oliver (guess you can tell she is one of my favorites).

                                                              More Evidence

The grosbeak sings with a completely cherishable roughness.

The yellow and orange and scarlet trees—what do they denote but willingness, and the flamboyance of change?

With what words can I convince you of the casualness with which the white swans fly?

It doesn’t matter to me if the woodchuck and the turtle are not always, and thoughtfully, considering their lives and making decisions, the certainty that they are doing this at all—that alters everything.

Do you give a thought now and again to the essential sparrow, the necessary toad?

Just as truly as the earth is ours, we belong to it. The tissue of our minds is made of it, and the soles of our feet, as fully as the tiger’s claw, the branch of the whitebark pine, the voices of the birds, the dog-tooth violet and the tooth of the dog.

Have you ever seen a squirrel swim? I have.

Is it not incredible, that in the acorn something has hidden an entire tree?

“For there is nothing that grows or lives that can approach the feathery grace, the symmetry of form, or the lacy elegance of pattern of the Ferns: and to be blind to all this beauty is nothing less than calamitous.”

In Australia there is a cloud called The Morning Glory. Okay I confess to wanting to make a literature of praise. (From Swan: Poems and Prose Poems p. 47-48) Thanks and amen.

 

                        SVPC Prayer List

 

Rick Stapleton

Amanda Berry

Louise Loftis

Ginny Maynard

Mary Sue Babcock

Margaret Boyce

Christy Haykins

Oliver Whiteman

Pam Ward

Elaine Manilla

Yvonne Yates

Victoria Frasher

Greta Peoples & Family

Kelsey Seibert

Donna Davis

Gail Fry

Jimmie Sites

Dixon Family

Keith

Sarah White

 

Charlotte Patton

Virginia Bowen

Ann Fischer

Nancy Chaffin

Collin Dygert

Milt & Jo Riedel

Patsy Howell

Philip McCarter

Ray Brown

Judy Reynolds

Larry Howard

Rita Hughes

John Lewis

Taylor Messer

Wally Billups

Tammy

Beverly Sharp

Jenny

Audeen Childers

Anne Franklin

Ward Family

Anna Mae Harmon

Dan Seibert

Ruby Beckley

AJ Stapleton

Rev. Ed Bowen

Lynn Hackathorn

Janet Wellman

Del Wolfe

Shelly Damron

Margie Mays

Sheila Hill

Bruce Evans

Phyllis Jarrell

John Boyce

Mike Davis

Cindy

Eric

Mary & Jim Darlymple

Faye Barkitte

Dr. Allen Vannatter

Addiction Victims

October Sunday School

      Perfect Attendance

John Lewis              Sue Lewis

Steve Spence      Collin Dygert

Kristin Dygert          Josh Dygert

Lynn Hackathorn

               

 

 

 

              November Elders on Duty

 

       Kristin Dygert & Kenny Burner

 

November Acolyte

 

                   Bubby Townson

 

November Birthdays &    Anniversaries

 

5      Cornell Stubblefield

  7      Jason “Bubby” Townson Jr.

 15     Miilt Riedel

 19     Kenny Burner

 19     Kenny Burner & Dixie Burner

 22     Daria Franklin

 23     Kelsey Seibert

 

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        Food Pantry News

      These are the most needed items in the Food Pantry:

     

      ***SOUP/Crackers              Dried Beans

      Canned Fish/Tuna              Canned Meats

      Peanut Butter/Jelly         Cake Mix/Icing

      Pancake Mix/Syrup             Spaghetti O's

      Boxed Dinner Mixes           Beef-a-roni

      Paper Products                Cleaning Supplies

      Shampoo/Conditioner Soap

 

Youth Class:

The Youth class finished the movie Mrs. Doubtfire. It was a humorous movie with a serious theme. Here is an excerpt from the study guide: Robin Williams plays the part of a middle-aged father disguising himself as an English housemother, laughter is practically guaranteed. However, behind Williams’ wacky improvisations and physical comedy is the painful issue of broken relationships, and specifically, divorce. The beauty of this movie is that its humor allows these issues to be explored without coming across as threatening to the viewer.

Some of the discussion questions:

How far would you go to be with your family?

What do you think is required to make a family?

Does reconciliation mean returning to the way things were before the relationship was broken?

 

Choir Practice

Choir meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 6 pm. The choir will begin their Cantata practice on Wednesday, November 4th at 6 pm. We would love to have lots of voices!

 

Operations Committee Activity at SVPC

The Operations Committee is pleased to provide the Church with an initial update concerning activity at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church. In no particular order, the lighting behind the stained glass window has been fixed, and is looking beautiful!

The furnace has been fixed replete with a new water pump, motor and power switch. Donations have covered most of the costs of repair. This was just in time for a cool fall morning on the 18th.

A new sound system was donated and installed in the Sanctuary.

Church signage is being looked at and will be updated or touched up as needed.

We are working on replacing outside lights with LED lighting. This lighting is not only bright, but very cost efficient.

There will be a new Florissant light over the Food Pantry entrance.

With Josh we are working on a cap for the chimney leak.

All batteries in smoke alarms and thermostats have been replaced.

Please make us aware of other needs as they are noted. 

 

Congregational Programming Committee Info

At our last meeting we discussed the important events coming up soon:

·         Stewardship luncheon/information meeting on 1st

·         Send out pledge letters beginning of November

·         Start practicing for cantata

·         Bonnie will be gone November 29th because it is the 5th Sunday

·         We are working on getting T-shirts to sell, made by our very own Steve Spence. (If you wrote a check for the last T-shirt orders just void it due to unforeseen circumstances.)

·         Bev will email all the directory information to Kristin so she can put together a new directory. (The goal is to have this complete by the congregational meeting in January.)

 

 

Fundraising Information

Spring: We will have our Spring yard sale the first Saturday in May. As you clean things out for Christmas or after Christmas put your items aside that you would like to sell. We will start dropping items off at church the first Sunday in April.

At this sale we are also planning on selling the World’s Finest Chocolate Bars (yum), which might be a good money maker!

 

Future: We are going to start preparing early for this one…

Fall Festival Craft/Yard Sale 2016

·         We will have an area for yard sale items if we so decide.

·         We would like to have a craft area for sale. We know a lot of people in the church who are “crafty” and can make things to be sold in the Craft Sale. (Jewelry, Quilts, Knitting, Wreaths, furniture, any type of Christmas craft) Let Kristin know if you would be interested in helping with the Fall Festival for NEXT year!

 

                           

News of the Congregation  . . .

 

Dygert News:  The Dygerts have had a busy October! Kristin is trying to work as much as possible and Josh is even doing side jobs for some extra money. One day they will be able to rest. (Hopefully) Josh and Kristin celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary on the 7th by Kristin going to choir practice and Josh cooking dinner for the kids. They ended the evening with a family game of Monopoly, where Collin beat everyone! They headed back to Columbus on the 9th and got some hopeful news about Collin feet. Although his feet are starting to peel again the doctor is optimistic that it won’t get as bad as it did before because of the medications he is on. She also said that sometimes the medication takes a least 3 months before it fully gets in your system and this month will start month 3. Collin had blood work done again and this time the man taking the blood did an awesome job! He talked to Collin and had him laughing, he didn’t even realize when they took the blood! They head back in November for more blood work and another check of his feet. Josh has now ran out of sick days due to all these hospital visits so it looks like Mike might be joining Kristin and Collin on their next adventure. Collin has continued to play soccer this season with his feet wrapped. He only missed one practice due to getting sick at school (side effect of the medication). Collin had a “Sock Hop” at his school for the 50th day of school. He wore a white t-shirt with sleeves rolled up, jeans with high cuffs, white socks, black dress shoes, sunglasses hanging off his shirt, and his hair slicked back. He was one cool dude!

Bubby’s football team is doing very well this season. They made it to the playoffs, which means it’s not over yet! For his first year of football he sure lucked out! Kristin thought he might get hurt in football, but it looks like the shower is much more dangerous. One Saturday night Bubby slipped in the shower and got a big gash above his eyebrow. Josh superglued it together and everyone is hoping it stays that way.

Kayla started school on October 5th at Bellefonte Academy of Beauty in Ashland and really enjoys it. She gets to practice doing nails all day on mannequins, herself, and people from the public. She’s getting pretty fancy. She did get a job at the Ashland mall so she can go straight from school to work. Unfortunately, this job is not giving her enough hours to make enough money to pay for gas and insurance! She is hoping she will get more hours soon.

 

Seibert News: Kelsey sang at Locust Grove Church and did well. Theresa fell and broke her patella (knee cap) and will be in a split for 2 or 3 months!! Happy Holidays, but thankfully no surgery. They will be heading to Florida the first part of November for the arrival of grandchild  #2!! So excited! Don has done quite a bit of traveling lately for work and the air force! Martin in enjoying his job so far but is having trouble with the swing shifts. Everyone have a very blessed November!

 

Sharp/Franklin News: Bev has been having a tough time with her legs. She would have to tell you everything that is wrong because there is so much! Bev and Anne are very overwhelmed with all the school activities and the fact that Bev can’t get around! They are going to take a little break from everything for awhile so they can regroup, but no worries they still are keeping up with things going on at church through email, texts, and snail mail. Once everyone gets back on their feet, they will be back at church! Lukah is still playing football and getting physical therapy on his leg, Alex is playing football, and Daria is playing in the band.

 

C. Spence News: Her daughter, Amanda Berry and her husband are having their third child in June of 2016.  Now Cathy and Charles will have six grandchildren.  They are blessed with family.

 

Bowen News: Ron and Nick have had a busy fall with SVHS soccer.  Ron has been an assistant coach for the high schools team while Nick has played soccer and also run Cross Country track fro SVHS.  They really enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to things slowing down just a bit.  Nick finished his freshman cross country season when he ran in the MSAC Conference race in Ripley last week.  The soccer team played for the Sectional Championship Thursday night, losing to Huntington High.  On a side note, the girls' team, whose assistant coach is Kenny Burner, also played for their Sectional Championship.  Even though both teams lost in the championship, it was still a great season!

Nick is enjoying attending Spring Valley High School.  He was recently elected Treasurer of the Freshman class and is enjoying being involved with Student Council.  

Bradey is a Senior at Marshall University and finishing a major in Economics and a minor in Finance.  He has also stayed busy this fall with working as a high school soccer referee and also still working at Frostop.

 

Valley Viewer - October 2015

Notes from the Pastor

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! David and I have been out here visiting his sons and family. He even preached in a town in Oregon at the McMinnville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship last Sunday near his youngest son’s Peter home in Dundee, Or. I think we call that a “busman’s holiday,” when one takes vacation but manages to bring in some extra income while on holiday. He did a fine job of preaching on the importance of looking at the symbol of water in our dreams. Of course, as Christians we are aware that water symbolizes new birth through the waters of Baptism.

Of course we have seen a lot of water out here from the majesty of the Pacific Ocean to the roar of the Columbia River where the river meets the ferocity of the tides of the ocean head on, creating a challenge to shipping vessels who dare to trek through the “Columbia River Bar” also known as the graveyard of the Pacific. We spend some quite time at Lake Quinault Lodge inside the Olympic Peninsula National park. Since the lodge is located within the rainforest we did encounter some gray and damp days, but the warmth of the fireplace inside the lodge trace of missed adventure and lured us to respite and serenity there within the lodge.

I have heard that all is going well at SVPC with Steve Spence taking responsibility for pastoral care in my absence as well as preaching on Sep. 27. Ed Bowen covered the pulpit on the 20th and as usual did a very fine job. We at SVPC are very fortunate to have such gifted and dedicated ministers and lay persons to care for our church. Betty Dixon is still in the hospital and is in need of continued prayers.

The committees are gearing up for regularly scheduled meetings, crafting their budgets for the upcoming year and the new session members have already been busy at work chairing these committees and meeting as well. Choir is also back at regularly scheduled meetings and we invite you to come and join us soon.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all again, with gratitude for all that you do and especially for Bradey Bowen who is house-sitting and dog sitting for us while we are away. I continue to hold each of you in my prayers as well as the church. We have much to be grateful for and for a good and gracious God who holds us up with blessings each and every day.

Thank you for your consistent energies and commitments to the work of Christ in our community and in our world.

Love and prayers,

Bonnie

 

                        SVPC Prayer List

 

Betty Dixon

Rick Stapleton

Amanda Berry

Louise Loftis

Ginny Maynard

Mary Sue Babcock

Margaret Boyce

Christy Haykins

Lukah Sharp

Oliver Whiteman

Pam Ward

Elaine Manilla

Yvonne Yates

Victoria Frasher

Greta Peoples & Family

Kelsey Seibert

Donna Davis

 

Charlotte Patton

Virginia Bowen

Ann Fischer

Nancy Chaffin

Collin Dygert

Milt & Jo Riedel

Patsy Howell

Philip McCarter

Ray Brown

Judy Reynolds

Larry Howard

Rita Hughes

Faye Thompson

John Lewis

Taylor Messer

Wally Billups

Tammy

Beverly Sharp

Jenny

Anne Franklin

 

Anna Mae Harmon

Dan Seibert

Ruby Beckley

AJ Stapleton

Rev. Ed Bowen

Lynn Hackathorn

Janet Wellman

Del Wolfe

Shelly Damron

Margie Mays

Sheila Hill

Bruce Evans

Marci

Juanita

Phyllis Jarrell

John Boyce

Max

JoAnn Booth

Cindy

Eric

 

September Sunday School

      Perfect Attendance

John Lewis              Sue Lewis

Kenny Burner        Steve Spence

Kathy Spence

Lynn Hackathorn

               

 

 

 

              October Elders on Duty

 

       Kristin Dygert & Kenny Burner

 

October Acolyte

 

                   Collin Dygert

 

October Birthdays &    Anniversaries

 

7      David Darlymple & Bonnie Boyce

  7      Josh & Kristin Dygert

 24     Cornell & Valerie Stubblefield

 28     John Lewis

 30     Del Wolfe

 

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        Food Pantry News

      These are the most needed items in the Food Pantry:

     

      ***SOUP/Crackers              Dried Beans

      Canned Fish/Tuna              Canned Meats

      Peanut Butter/Jelly         Cake Mix/Icing

      Pancake Mix/Syrup             Spaghetti O's

      Boxed Dinner Mixes           Beef-a-roni

      Paper Products                Cleaning Supplies

      Shampoo/Conditioner Soap

 

Youth Class:

Kristin has prepared a different type of Sunday School class for all the Youth. She has transformed the old Nursery room into a movie theater with a red carpet leading the way. You must have a ticket to get in, which are on the wall beside the door. After getting concessions, the movie begins. It takes a few weeks to get through a movie and each week everyone discusses what has happened in the movie and how it relates to our everyday lives and how God works through the characters in the movie. They are currently in the middle of the movie, Mrs. Doubtfire.

 

Adult Bible Study

This quarter Kenny Burner is leading the adults in Sunday School. They are having some great discussions. If you haven’t been yet, you better check it out!

 

 

Choir Practice

Choir meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 6 pm. The choir will soon be selecting their Cantata for the Christmas Eve service and they will pass the word around about special practices for the Cantata. They would love to have some more voices for the Cantata!

 

 

Fundraising Information

Future: We are going to start preparing early for this one…

Fall Festival Craft/Yard Sale 2016

·         We will have an area for yard sale items if we so decide.

·         We would like to have a craft area for sale. We know a lot of people in the church who are “crafty” and can make things to be sold in the Craft Sale. (Jewelry, Quilts, Knitting, Wreaths, furniture, any type of Christmas craft) Let Kristin know if you would be interested in helping with the Fall Festival for NEXT year!

 

                           

News of the Congregation  . . .

 

Dygert News:  The Dygerts started their September off with a trip to the hospital in Columbus for Collin. The doctor gave him new method of wrapping his feet to help with the pain and healing. He did get blood work done, but was better this time than last! From the hospital they headed to Blackwater Falls for their fall outdoor trip. They did some hiking, biking, and just enjoyed being outside. It was beautiful weather and gave everyone a chance to regroup and take a little break from life! Collin’s feet continued to get better. He started going to school in his tennis shoes again and wore his cleats to go to soccer practice and even played in a couple soccer games. Unfortunately, things took a bit of a wrong turn at the end of September. He got a pretty bad ear infection, due to his weakened immune system and his feet started getting bad spots on them. They are headed back to Columbus in October for more blood work and to see what else they can do for Collin. They pray everyday that Collin will get better and he’ll feel good. They also know that everyone else is praying, too! Collin understands that things could be worse and he continues to keep his great personality!

Bubby has had a great time playing football. They are a pretty good team this year and Kristin gets a little too excited during the games and tends to yell too much! He likes his new teacher at school and was picked to help with the recycling at Central City this year (Sylvia Wilson is in charge of recycling).

Kayla passed her driver’s test!! She said she has never prayed so much in her life. Kayla and Kristin practiced parallel parking the night before the test! Luckily, she did it great the first time! She has definitely taken advantage of having her license because she’s been gone every evening since she got it! She has put in quite a few applications in Ashland, hoping she can get a part time evening job when she starts school.

 

Seibert News: Kelsey went back to school. Martin is officially working at Mildred Bateman Hospital. Martin, Kelsey and Theresa took a drive to the New River to take in some of the sights of our beautiful State.  Don was gone for awhile for reserves.

 

Sharp/Franklin News: The church hasn’t seen much of the Sharp/Franklin family because of their busy lives. Anne has had to make some trips to Tennessee for business and Bev has been working and trying to heal her body. The kids are busy in sports and band, so they are both driving the kids all over the place!

 

Duncan News: Karen will be out of town from 9/29 -- 10/15/15. Granddaughter Madolyn Duncan was one of the students who participated in the Freshman Talent Show at BYU Idaho last week. There were 4,300 people in the audience and she was pretty nervous. Her voice was as beautiful as ever. She sang a parody that she had written titled "NOT The Only One" and it is posted on YouTube under "Mormon Girl Parodies".

 

 

 

Holy Humor

Bloopers of children

Some bloopers of biblical proportions written by Sunday School students of both the Christian and Jewish persuasion:

In the first book of the bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating the world, so he took the Sabbath off.

Adam & Eve were created from an apple tree.

Noah's wife was called Joan of Ark.

Noah built the ark, which the animals came on in pears.

Lot's wife was a pillar of salt by day, but a ball of fire by night.

The Jews were a proud people and throughout history they had trouble with unsympathetic Genitals.

Sampson was a strongman who let himself be led astray by a jezebel like Delilah.

Sampson slated the Philistines with the axe of apostles.

Moses led the Hebrews to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients.

The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert.

Afterward, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the Ten Amendments.

The first commandment was when Eve told Adam to eat the apple.

The Fifth Commandment is humor thy mother and father.

The Seventh Commandment is thou shalt not admit adultery.

Moses died before he ever reached the UK. Then, Joshua led the Hebrews in the Battle of Geritol.

The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.

David was a Hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. He fought with the Finkelsteins, a race of people who lived in the biblical times.

Solomon, one of David's sons, has 300 wives and 700 porcupines.

When Mary heard that she was the Mother of Jesus, she sang the Magna Carta.

When the three wise guys from the East Side arrived, they found Jesus and the manager.

Jesus was born because Mary had an emaculate contraption.

St. John, the Blacksmith, dumped water on his head.

Jesus enunciated the Golden Rule, which says to do one to others before they do one to you.

He also explained, "Man doth not live by sweat alone."

The people who followed the Lord were called the 12 decibels.

The epistles were the wives of the apostles.

One of the opossums was St. Matthew, who was by profession a taximan.

St. Paul cavorted to Christianity. He preached holy acrimony, which is another name for marriage.

A Christian should have only one wife. This is called monotony.

Valley Viewer - September 2015

Notes from the Pastor’s Desk

I write this as I am visiting with family and friends in my homeland of Macon, GA, reading a Barbara Kingsolver book, titled Homeland. Tonight my oldest son and his family will head out to “Freedom Park” for the grand girls fist softball practice of the season. I have been consignment shopping with friends—scooping up bargains for the grand girls, games and pretty Sunday dresses. Who knew grandmothering could be so much fun? What joy—what blessings! Sunday we’ll go and hear my youngest son “lead worship” at their “fastest growing church in AmericaHarvest Methodist Church” where he’ll play the guitar and sing praise music to about 3000 attendees. I’m sure I’ll have some pictures and stories to share when I return to work and worship in my other homeland of Huntington.

I’m sure Kristin is reminding folks about up-coming Rally Day, where we will start up the church year with full Sunday School for all ages, choir will be singing again, and committees will be meeting after a summer off. Please put the Sunday after Labor Day in bold color in your calendars or IPhones. See you there!!!

I appreciate Steve Spence for filling the pulpit this past Sunday while I was away. David and I will be heading to the Pacific Northwest on September 14th-30th for him to touch down with his family and friends there. Ed Bowen will be preaching on the 20th and Beverly Sharp will be preaching on the 27th. Please plan on supporting these fine preachers and worship leaders. Speaking of worship leaders…the sign up sheets are in the narthex for volunteers to lead worship by lay-reading or being liturgists. The young folks are encouraged to sign up to be readers and leaders too. It is so wonderful to hear them take an active role in our worship services. If you have been to church some this summer, you would have enjoyed the singing of Kelsey Seibert, who has done a wonderful job of sharing her talent of singing with us. Thanks Kelsey!!!

There have been some more people placed on our prayer list, please take a look at the new one and also remember to pray for our church. Special prayers for the Dixon family as they continue to grieve for their Zech and Betty has been in St. Mary’s again for MRSA.

Just to bring you up to date with those who have had medical issues over the summer, Yvonne Yates will be traveling to Knoxville for pre-op appointment for her upcoming tumor removal in her brain, we are grateful to learn that this is not a malignant tumor but is likely to return. Beverly Sharp has had knee and shoulder problems as well as an ankle issue. John Lewis is doing much better, has completed cardiac rehab with flying colors. David continues to improve from his surgery in late March and is continuing with cardia rehab (I go for moral support and a little exercise to keep up with him.) Keep Jo and Milr, Anna Mae, Charlotte Patton, Tammy Trimboli, Collin Dygert, and Cathy Spence in your prayers along with all the others!

As Fall is fast approaching, the leaves are beginning to change, the weather has cooled, let us be amazed again at this wonderful, beautiful creation we are so very blessed to enjoy. May each of you feel the love of God’s goodness and mercy throughout this time.

Blessings and gratitude,

 

Bonnie

                        SVPC Prayer List

 

Betty Dixon

Rick Stapleton

Amanda Berry

Louise Loftis

Ginny Maynard

Mary Sue Babcock

Margaret Boyce

Christy Haykins

Lukah Sharp

Jaden Seider

Oliver Whiteman

Pam Ward

Elaine Manilla

Yvonne Yates

Victoria Frasher

Greta Peoples & Family

Kelsey Siebert

Donna Davis

 

Charlotte Patton

Virginia Bowen

Ann Fischer

Nancy Chaffin

Collin Dygert

Milt & Jo Riedel

Patsy Howell

Philip McCarter

Ray Brown

Judy Reynolds

Larry Howard

Rita Hughes

Faye Thompson

John Lewis

Taylor Messer

Wally Billups

Tammy

Beverly Sharp

Jenny

JoAnn Booth

Anna Mae Harmon

Dan Seibert

Ruby Beckley

AJ Stapleton

Rev. Ed Bowen

Lynn Hackathorn

Janet Wellman

David Patton

Kayla Newman

Del Wolfe

Claude Allen & Emma

Shelly Damron

Margie Mays

Sheila Hill

Bruce Evans

Marci

Juanita

Phyllis Jarrell

John Boyce

Steve Spence

 

July Sunday School

Perfect Attendance

John Lewis                Sue Lewis

Bonnie Boyce    Yvonne Yates

David Dalrymple  Steve Spence

Kathy Spence

 

 

          August Sunday School

           Perfect Attendance

John Lewis              Sue Lewis

Kenny Burner        Steve Spence

Kathy Spence

               

 

              September Elders on Duty

 

                       

 

September Acolyte

 

Bubby Townson

 

 

September Birthdays &    Anniversaries

 

 16     Lindsey Burner

 24     Angie Howell

 30     Beverly Sharp

 30     Karen Duncan

 

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        Food Pantry News

      These are the most needed items in the Food Pantry:

     

      ***SOUP/Crackers              Dried Beans

      Canned Fish/Tuna              Canned Meats

      Peanut Butter/Jelly         Cake Mix/Icing

      Pancake Mix/Syrup             Spaghetti O's

      Boxed Dinner Mixes           Beef-a-roni

      Paper Products                Cleaning Supplies

      Shampoo/Conditioner Soap

 

The USDA commodities are dwindling this time of the year. The Food Pantry has plenty of canned cranberry sauce, peaches, frozen cherries, corn and green beans. What it really needs is Peanut Butter and Jelly, Cereal, Canned Meats, Boxed Mixes, Dried Beans, Soup and Crackers, any non-perishable foods, and of course monetary donations are always accepted. Welcome to the newest volunteer, Del Wolfe, and thanks to all the other faithful volunteers. Welcome back John and Sue Lewis. You were greatly missed. There have been lots of families/individuals using the Food Pantry over the last few months: April 33 families= 80 individuals; May 37 families= 83 individuals; June 28 families = 58 individuals; July 51 families= 125 individuals; August 37 families= 82 individuals.

Youth Class:

This summer has been very interesting with so many people out of town or sick, so the kids haven’t accomplished as much as was planned, but they still finished making all the chalkboards into whiteboards and making cards. Before Rally Day they will help clean out the Sunday School rooms, so everything will be fresh and clean for the new classes!

 

Sunday School Teacher Sign Ups!

We still need some teachers to sign up for the year!

 

Committees

The committees will start meeting again on Wednesday, September 2nd. Session approved to combine Member Care and Outreach, so now there are only three committees.

 

Rally Day

Rally Day is always the Sunday after Labor Day, which falls on Sunday, September 13th this year. Sunday School classes will start back, the choir will be back, and we will celebrate with a potluck after worship.

 

Choir Practice

Choir will start back again on Wednesday, September 2nd. We hope to see some new faces on that day!!

 

 

Branches 5K

Branches Domestic Violence Shelter’s 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk is happening on Saturday, October 3, 2015. This year it is being held in Ritter Park with registration at 8:00 am and the race/run starting at 9:00 am. Pre-registration fee (by September 28) is $15 and includes a T-shirt. Race day registration is $20, includes a T-shirt while supplies last. Groups of 5 or more receive a discount of $5 per person. All procedds go to support the programs of Branches in helping victims of domestic violence to become empowered and self-sufficient. Information about registration is posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

 

Suicide Prevention & Memorial Walk

Messages for Hope is presenting this year’s Suicide Prevention & Memorial Walk on September 12, 2015 at the Ritter Park Amphitheater in Huntington, WV. Registration begins at 10 am, the ceremony begins at noon, and the walk will begin about 12:45 pm. This is a different location than last year, so bring your own chair and wear sunscreen! The Dygert/Davis/Townson/Newman family will be walking in memory of Amber Chambers (Kristin’s sister – Bubby and Kayla’s mom). This team always wears orange, in case you want to join the team!

 

Fundraising Information

Future: We are going to start preparing early for this one…

Fall Festival Craft/Yard Sale 2016

·         We will have an area for yard sale items if we so decide.

·         We would like to have a craft area for sale. We know a lot of people in the church who are “crafty” and can make things to be sold in the Craft Sale. (Jewelry, Quilts, Knitting, Wreaths, furniture, any type of Christmas craft) Let Kristin know if you would be interested in helping with the Fall Festival for NEXT year!

 

                           

News of the Congregation  . . .

 

Dygert News:  The Dygerts took their summer trip to Indianapolis to show the boys “a big city”. In their hotel they got to stay on the 16th floor, which was a great view! They went to the zoo, the Children’s Museum, rented bicycles to ride around the town, went on a horse drawn carriage ride and ate a lot! They ate at the revolving restaurant at their hotel, Hard Rock Café (where they looked at Beatles memorabilia), and the famous St. Elmo’s.   On their way home they stopped at the Columbus Children’s Hospital so Collin could get his feet checked. Collin also went through a patch test the last week of July that was probably pointless and most likely just a waste of time because everyone knows his skin gets irritated easily! Collin headed back to Columbus the beginning of August to recheck the feet. The first round of medicine did nothing, so the doctors changed course. For the last four weeks he takes medicine on Friday nights to help clear up the psoriasis on his feet, which is causing him to have a lot of problems walking and playing at school. He will go back in September to recheck everything and get blood work. Collin started 1st grade on August 7th and Bubby started 4th grade on August 13th. Bubby is playing football this year for Vinson Tigers. Go Bubby! Kayla officially moved back on August 20th. Since then she has got her learners permit, started a bank account, got her own cellphone account, enrolled in beauty school (she starts in October), bought a car, got car insurance, got her license plate, got a job til she starts school, saw Don Seibert to get contacts, and will finally have a graduation/welcome home party on Saturday, August 29th. Josh has been staying busy working, doing side projects, putting up a handrail at Mike’s house (insurance demand), and watching Bubby play football. Kristin has started back to work and has already subbed at Collin’s school and Kelsey and Nick’s school.

 

Seibert News: Kelsey won 3rd at the National Beta Convention in June, she also auditioned for The Voice, but did not advance (she will try again). In July Chad, Ronda and Chloe were here for two weeks. They had a huge family get together, went to the Hurricane splash park, and just visited and enjoyed! Kelsey is back to school and is a Junior (wow, how is that possible). Kelsey has sang at church and will be singing at the Barboursville Fall Fest on 8-29-15.

Martin traveled to Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona in August, played the piano in church and started a new job at Mildred-Bateman hospital.

Don and Theresa are just trying to keep up.

 

Bowen News: This summer Nick was gone for 2 weeks to the Governor’s School for Math & Science. This was the first time Nick had been gone by himself for that long. While he was a little homesick at first, by the end, he was having a great time!

Ron and Nick are tackling SVHS soccer together. Nick is a freshman at Spring Valley and is playing, while Ron is the new Asst. Coach for the Men’s Soccer Team at the high school. They are both really busy but enjoying themselves.

Nick is also running Cross Country track at SVHS, and so far is really enjoying high school.

Bradey has started his senior year at Marshall. He is living close to campus, working at Frostop, and this fall, he will also be refereeing high school soccer games in the region. As always, he is staying very busy! Thank goodness for the need to do laundry. Otherwise, his mom and dad might not get to see him!

Ron has switched jobs for Walmart (again). He is now at the Cannonsburg location and has a great schedule with one exception…he has to work on Sundays. He really misses everyone at SVPC!

 

Sharp/Franklin News: It has been an unbelievably busy few months! Lukah began his first season playing football for Russell High School. Although he is physically exhausted from all the workouts and practice, it has been good for him. He began experiencing significant leg pain during the two a day practices, which resulted in him being tentatively diagnosed with Blounts Disease. This disease causes bowing of the legs in adolescents. Please keep him in your prayers, he sees a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon mid-September.

Alex began playing his first season of football for Russell Middle School and has been doing well. Daria is playing in the Marching Band for Russell High School and survived Band Camp this summer. Because of the activities the kids are all involved in, every week they have a middle school football game for Alex, a freshman high school game for Lukah and a varsity football game where Daria marches in the band at halftime. And they are all at different locations! Anne and Bev usually pass each other in the driveway trying to get them all to their respective games.

Bev has had a streak of bad luck. It started two months ago with a torn rotator cuff which required weeks of physical therapy. Just as she was healing from that, she tore a tendon in her left ankle, it caused a tear in the meniscus in her right knee. So right now, she doesn’t have a leg to stand on…literally! So please keep her in your prayers.

Last week Anne lost her best friend of 30 years, Kathy Cochran, who was also her business partner in the Gathering Place Adult Day in Bristol, TN. Anne was blessed to be by Kathy’s bedside when she passed away. Anne has been busy making several trips to Bristol to try to take care of dissolving the business and selling the property. So also keep Anne in your prayers, it has been a difficult journey not only giving up her best friend, but also losing their dream, owning the only Adult Day Care business in Bristol! As you can see it has been a busy and stressful summer but they hope to see everyone as soon as they all recover!

 

Harris News: Scott Harris called Karen to say Doris is in the hospital. She was being treated for pneumonia in the past few weeks, but did not improve. After she was admitted to the hospital, the doctor’s diagnosis was that she has a problem with her throat and her ability to swallow properly. That means some liquid or food goes down her windpipe which has caused the problem in her lungs. There are more tests to be done and she will be in the hospital a few more days. Scott says he will let Karen know the results.

 

Duncan News: Jay and Susan and 4 kids visited Karen for 4 days in mid-August. They had lots of time to visit and EAT! There was a cookout on Thursday evening, lunch on Friday at Chipotle, lunch on Saturday at the Wedge (18 people), Sunday dinner at the River house had 30 some relatives and friends for beans and cornbread (also fried potatoes and fried green tomatoes). Granddaughter Madolyn is leaving for her first year at BYU Idaho this month. Grandson Zack has already started his freshman year at Marshall, where he is in the MU marching band.

Karen will again be at the beach on her birthday! Sister Lorna is coming from Dallas, sister Sherry and aunt Marty will be joining them for a few days on Topsail Island, NC.

 

Wolfe News: Del retired from DHHR on June 30th after 35 years of service. She spends her free time volunteering at the church food pantry on Wednesdays, quilting at local quilt shops on Thursdays, and volunteering at the Wild Ramp on Fridays. As soon as her physical therapy is over (August 28) she will join the local fitness center so she can continue to exercise.

 

Hackathorn News: After Lynn got off work on Wednesday morning July 1st she got on a Grey Hound Bus to take her to Columbus, OH for her family reunion on Thursday. Her and some of her cousins stayed at a motel for 1 night – That is life! She had a coffee maker in the room and a refrigerator for ice and etc. The next morning they went across from the hall to eat breakfast. Then they left for her cousin’s house. She hadn’t seen some of them for a long time, some didn’t make it the first reunion. She came back on Saturday, July 4th. It was a wonderful time!

 

 

 

Holy Humor

 

(Submitted by Bonnie Boyce – Kristin is not taking any blame for this one!)

 

A pastor’s wife was expecting a baby, so he stood before the congregation and asked for a raise.

After much discussion, they passed a rule that whenever the pastor’s family expanded, so would his paycheck.

After 6 children, this started to get expensive and the congregation decided to hold another meeting to discuss the pastor’s expanding salary.

A great deal of yelling and inner bickering ensued, as to how much the pastor’s additional children were costing the church, and how much more it could potentially cost.

After listening to them for about an hour, the pastor rose from his chair and spoke, “Children are a gift from God, and we will take as many gifts as He gives us.”

Silence fell over the congregation.

In the back pew, a little old lady struggled to stand, and finally said in her frail voice, “Rain is also a gift from God, but when we get too much of it, we wear rubbers.”

The entire congregation said, “Amen.”

Gotta love those senior citizens!

 

Valley Viewer - July/August 2015

Notes from the Pastor’s Desk

            David and I enjoyed our time away for a couple of days in the Smokies, then at his reunion at Davidson, visiting my almost 96 year old mom, who surely forgot my visit as soon as I left her place. We did get some down time at my Aunt’s little cabin in the mtns. We are grateful for the time away and for those who, as always, keep the light shining at SVPC.

            We have been reeling, as I know many of you have, from the mass shooting in Charleston, SC where 9 people gathered for Bible Study in the historic AME church there. It has been a week now, and emotions are still raw, and grief is filling the SC Capitol where one of the fallen, Rev. Pinckney lies in the Rotunda there. The legislature was paused for this grief to be observed. It was with these thoughts in my heart and mind that I headed to work this morning.

A rather odd thing happened on the way to the church this morning, though. Suddenly, a feeling of great awe and wonder washed over me unexpectedly. It seemed that everything was as it should be even on the narrow path called “James River Road” that usually invokes sadness as I pass by the poorly kept lawns and cobbled houses. It had not been a good morning. I had awoken in quite the mood, you know how it is…”the wrong side of the bed” as some say. And then this feeling of complete beauty encompassed me, so much so, I felt my eyes getting wet with tears.

            Frederick Buechner is one of my most beloved and inspiring minister/writers. I pulled his book, Beyond Words, off my book shelf in the church office and flipped to his little paragraph on tears. This is what he had to say, “You never know what may cause tears. The sight of the Atlantic Ocean can do it, or a piece of music, or a face you’ve never seen before. A pair of somebody’s old shoes can do it. Almost any movie made before the great sadness that came over the world, after the Second World War, a horse cantering across a meadow, the start of a game. You can never be sure. But of this you can be sure. Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, it is well to pay the closest attention. They are not only telling you something about the secret of who you are, but more often than not God is speaking to you through them of the mystery of where you have come from and is summoning you to where, if your soul is to be saved, you should go to next.”[1]

            I have no idea what this means except to say that in listening to someone’s wisdom beyond my mere 65 years on the planet, is to allow me to experience the presence of the great Mystery on an ordinary day, in a rather ordinary (and dirty) car, in an ordinary place, in the midst of an ordinary task. Wonderment is around all of us all the time, or as Jesus says, “The Kingdom of God is among us and within us.” And so, I wish for you all to have a beautiful, mystery-filled, awesome summer and I trust that God is leading us, as always, toward the place where we must go in order for our souls to be saved.

            Summer breeze blessings,  Bonnie

 



 

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                        SVPC Prayer List

 

Betty Dixon

Rick Stapleton

Amanda Berry

Louise Loftis

Ginny Maynard

Mary Sue Babcock

Margaret Boyce

Christy Haykins

Lukah Sharp

Anne Franklin

Jaden Seider

Oliver Whiteman

Pam Ward

Elaine Manilla

Yvonne Yates

Victoria Frasher

Greta Peoples & Family

Kelsey Siebert

Mackenzie Townson

 

Charlotte Patton

Phyllis Dean

Virginia Bowen

Ann Fischer

Nancy Chaffin

Collin Dygert

Milt & Jo Riedel

Patsy Howell

Philip McCarter

Ray Brown

Trenton Sturgill

Judy Reynolds

Dixie Burner

Baby Matt

Larry Howard

Rita Hughes

Alex Franklin

Faye Thompson

John Lewis

Taylor Messer

Addicted Babies

Wally Billups

 

Anna Mae Harmon

Dan Seibert

Ruby Beckley

AJ Stapleton

Rev. Ed Bowen

Lynn Hackathorn

Janet Wellman

David Patton

Alice Blake

Kayla Newman

David Dalrymple

Del Wolfe

Claude Allen & Emma

Shelly Damron

Margie Mays

Sheila Hill

Jim Boyce

Bruce Evans

Marci

Juanita

Phyllis Jarrell

Traveling for Dygerts

 

 

June Sunday School

Perfect Attendance

John Lewis                Sue Lewis

Keith Thomas        

 

 

               July Elders on Duty

         

                         ??????

 

              August Elders on Duty

 

                         ???????

 

July Acolyte

 

Bubby Townson

 

August Acolyte

 

Collin Dygert

 

July Birthdays &    Anniversaries

 

  5      Martin Seibert

  6      Trenton Sturgill

  9      Josh Dygert

11      Don & Theresa Seibert

16      Ann Fisher

17      Marie Manilla

20      Nellie Ettling

25      Rick & Sylvia Wilson

27      Rick Brown

27      Gary Frye

31      Rev. Rick Wilson

 

August Birthdays & Anniversaries

 

3        Kathy Spence

7        Charles Spence

8        Marty Bentley

        11       Tonji Bowen

        14       Lukah Sharp

        16       Charlotte Patton

       24        Theresa Seibert

       29        Jimmie Sites

 

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        Food Pantry News

      These are the most needed items in the Food Pantry:

     

      ***SOUP/Crackers              Dried Beans

      Canned Fish/Tuna              Canned Meats

      Peanut Butter/Jelly         Cake Mix/Icing

      Pancake Mix/Syrup             Spaghetti O's

      Boxed Dinner Mixes           Beef-a-roni

      Paper Products                Cleaning Supplies

      Shampoo/Conditioner Soap

 

Kellogg Elementary had a food drive for “Red Nose Day” (a day to help poverty for children)  and all their donations went to our Food Pantry.

 

Buffalo Middle School also had a food drive, directed by Nick Bowen, and the proceeds of that drive also went to our Food Pantry.

 

 

Younger Youth Class:

The kids are participating in “Random Acts of Kindness” this summer, which Marie Manilla started a few years back. Each week the kids have been doing something kind for someone else or the church. So far, they have started painting the chalkboards to turn them into white boards and they made cookies for Father’s Day. It will be interesting to see what else they do this summer!

 

Update on what the Older Youth Class has accomplished:

Earlier in the Spring, the Youth Class decided they would like to reach out in some way to help the community. They finally decided on collecting hygiene items for the homeless. Items such as travel size soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc are perfect items to donate to organizations that work with the homeless. Thanks to the generous donations from our congregation at Spring Valley, several hundred items have been collected and distributed to the homeless in the tri-state area. The youth took the first batch of items that were collected and packaged them into over 50 kits that were distributed through Church Without Walls. This is a Saturday morning church service held in Central Park in Ashland specifically for the homeless.  The second batch of donations were delivered to the Harmony House last week after they reached out through Facebook indicating that they were in dire need of hygiene items for their clients. Once again, numerous homeless people in the Huntington area. Even though your donations may seem small, they have touched the lives of many in our area. Please continue to drop off items as you are able. Just remember, if you are traveling, scoop up those extra hygiene items in your hotel room that you didn't use during your stay. Better yet, if you are staying more than one night, tuck the items away daily and the housekeeping staff will replenish them!  It costs you nothing, but is priceless for someone who has no home, no running water, no place to call their own!  

 

Adult Bible Study

Adult Bible Studies
Summer Quarter 2015
"God's Prophets Demand Justice”

 

Unit 2: Micah Calls for Justice Among Unjust People

* July 5 No Rest for the Wicked  Micah 2:4-11

* July 12 No Tolerance for Corrupt Leaders and Prophets  Micah 3:5-12 

* July 19 Justice, Love, and Humility  Micah 6:3-8 

* July 26 God Shows Clemency  Micah 7:14-20 

 

  * Unit 3: Advocates of Justice for All

* August 2 Our Redeemer Comes  Isaiah 59:15-21

* August 9 A Choice to Be Just  Jeremiah 7:1-15

* August 16 A Call for Repentance  Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32 

* August 23 God Demands Justice  Zechariah 7:8-14* August 30 Return to a Just God  Malachi 3:1-10 

 

Almost time for Sign Ups!!

 

Sunday School Teacher Sign Ups!

Starting the beginning of August we will have teacher sign up sheets up to fill this coming year of Sunday School. Prayfully consider teaching one of the classes for a quarter to give some people a little break.

 

Committee Sign Ups!

We will also have committee sign up sheets in the Narthex. These will be up the beginning of August and each committee needs an active elder as chair and each active elder needs to be on one committee.

 

Rally Day

Rally Day is always the Sunday after Labor Day, which falls on Sunday, September 13th this year. Sunday School classes will start back, the choir will be back, and we will celebrate with a potluck after worship.

 

Choir Practice

Choir will start back again on Wednesday, September 2nd. We hope to see some new faces on that day!!

 

Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts have asked to leave our church and go to Crosspoint Community Church. Session approved and they have moved their stuff out and are no longer meeting here at our church.

 

Fundraising Information

Future: We are going to start preparing early for this one…

Fall Festival Craft/Yard Sale 2016

·         We will have an area for yard sale items if we so decide.

·         We would like to have a craft area for sale. We know a lot of people in the church who are “crafty” and can make things to be sold in the Craft Sale. (Jewelry, Quilts, Knitting, Wreaths, furniture, any type of Christmas craft) Let Kristin know if you would be interested in helping with the Fall Festival for NEXT year!

 

                           

News of the Congregation  . . .

 

Dygert News:  The Dygerts and Mike traveled to Maryland to see Kayla graduate from West Lake High School. It was a long drive with many stops for Mike! Everyone had a good time seeing Kayla’s high school and neighborhood she has been a part of for the last few years. Mike and Kristin attended the graduation, while Josh and the boys stayed at the hotel and swam. (Kayla’s high school only gave each student a certain number of tickets for graduation, so not everyone could attend.) Kayla’s plan for after graduation is to spend the summer with her friend in Maryland and then head back here to West Virginia. She will be living with Josh and Kristin and attending school, as soon as Kristin can figure out all the paper work!! Collin has enjoyed swimming everyday this summer and Bubby and his dad got to go camping one weekend.  

 

Seibert News: Kelsey auditioned for The Voice and had a fabulous time but did not progress to the next level. It was a great experience! This weekend which would be the weekend of the 27th, 28th, 29th, Kelsey is in Nashville singing at the Grand Ole Opry hotel for the National Beta Convention. Rhonda and Chad are coming home at the end of July around the 18th and will be at our house for a week. The rest of the Seibert and Sturgill families are just kind of hanging out doing what they do during the summer spending time out in thier backyard and in the pool and just enjoying the sunshine!

 

Bowen News: Lots going on with the Bowens this spring/summer. Nick Bowen finished 8th grade by representing our area in the State Math Field Day competition and also by winning a Golden Horseshoe award.  He got to go to Charleston to be honored with 4 other Wayne County 8th graders, as well as meet the governor and Senator Capito.  Nick has also been chosen for the Governor's School for Math & Science.  Two Wayne County 8th graders will go to a 2-week summer program organized through WVU where they will focus on skills related to math and science.  He leaves on July 13 and won't return until July 26.  He is very excited.

Bradey has moved into a house near MU with several other MU students.  He continues to study Economics and Finance and will finish up this coming year.  He is still working at Frostop and staying busy with school and work.  

The Bowen family recently traveled to Destin, FL, to spend some time at the beach.  They were able to see some of Ron's family while there and had a great time fishing, jet skiing, and hanging out on the beach!  

 

 

It is with great sadness that we learned that Zech Dixon passed away suddenly on Jun. 24th. We ask that prayers be lifted for Betty and Alex and the entire family and friends of Zech. We will keep everyone updated as we get more information.