Going Green – What does that look like for us?

With the announcement of the "greening of NW PA," our session gathered to finalize our immediate plans: 1) Due to the numbers of vulnerable "at-risk" groups in our congregation (those 60+, those in midst of treatments for serious disease--like cancer, diabetes, COPD, A-fib, congestive heart disease, etc.), and the fact that our COVID numbers still haven't plateaued and decreased, session voted to remain in a sheltered frame of mind with our worship and fellowship opportunities until Sept. 13 (Rally Day). The feeling is, as well, that our attendance numbers are down in the summer, and therefore, it wouldn't be as big a sacrifice as the regular part of the year! We're hoping to add to a societal security effort vs. this pandemic rather than add to its spread! Elmwood Church session has also decided to do the same. 2) We are going to experiment with outdoor services on July 19, and August 23, socially distancing themselves and wearing masks. No singing, hugging,...
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Important Announcement

Our summer season of worship as approved by your session begins this Sunday (June 14)...and will begin at 10am (and will run through Labor Day Weekend)! If you would rather, please know that Elmwood's summer worship time will be 8:45am. Virtual worship will continue until we get word from Governor Wolfe about our county (or NW PA) going "green". Your session has been putting together a plan for re-opening so as to do it as safely and as cautiously as possible. So once we hear of the status being changed, we will contact you asap with our specific plan so you know how to prepare for in-person worship. And for those who are most vulnerable, we will continue to offer live-streaming worship indefinitely--which can be accessed from the Belle Valley Presbyterian Facebook Page (and Elmwood's for the earlier time) or from Dave Edmunds' Facebook Page  at anytime that day or 2 after we go live.  For those who do not have Facebook...
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Tuesday’s Adult Bible Study Group

We join in fellowship and study opportunities each week. Our first week (1st Tuesday of month, 10:30am) we meet at Harborcreek Perkins Restaurant, and then we gather each week or every other week on Tuesdays at 10am in fellowship hall. We always have coffee and donuts, a time of prayer and then a discussion of a recent Christian fiction book or book of the Bible.  ...
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ONLINE GROUP BIBLE STUDY

ONLINE GROUP BIBLE STUDY  Join our current Study Event (02/26 - 04/05/2020): Journeying With Jesus - 40 Days Lent Devotional Join our next Study Event: Coming Soon WHO's Invited? Anyone and Everyone, please share this opportunity. WHAT's it all about? The Group Online Bible Study is hosted through YouVersion's Bible.com on their website using a computer or on their app using a smartphone or tablet. Every new plan/study has a link that is shared as an announcement on our "Be the Light Study Group" Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/528645391253413/ , under news and events on the Belle Valley Church website http://presbyteriannetwork.com/bellevalleychurch/upcoming-events/ , the plan / study link can be direct messaged via email or text request to Stacey Simons at 814-881-1323 or stacey.simons111@gmail.com, and the easiest way is right through Bible.com (once we are friends in the program).  Each plan / study has a daily devotion, scripture reading, and then a place to comment to the group if you'd like, but commenting is optional.  WHEN and WHERE do we meet? Daily, whenever you...
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Pub Theology!

Pub Theology! Join us monthly at Coach’s Sports Bar (downstairs area) where no faith/religion questions are out of place, and all doubts are heard and respected! Bring a friend…I double dog dare you! If we’ll commit to ask just one person to come with us, we’ll fill that room! Come with open minds, open ears, honest hearts, and doubting guests who seek genuine faith. Next Event Link:  Pub Theology March 30th  ...
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MISSION OUTREACH

Our next mission event will be serving the homeless at Sunday Suppers, 1st Covenant Church (downtown) @ 3:30pm on May 17. Please join us in volunteering to prepare, serve and clean-up after the meal. If you are able to help, please contact Becky Nottingham (573-5476). We may also need volunteers to prep and donate desserts, if you can’t volunteer, so stay tuned for more details. DON’T FORGET: Your 2nd mile giving to our Presbytery’s 2019 per capita fund—this is a gift ($31.50) asked from every member of Presbyterian churches in our presbytery to be used for larger mission efforts sponsored by the PC(USA) in our region!! If you haven’t yet contributed, please do so now, making out your checks to “Belle Valley Presbyterian Church” and mark the memo line—“Per Capita gift.” “Labors of Love”: To commemorate the 50th Anniversary in 2019 of medical missions and service, CHOSEN is partnering with the Presbytery of Lake Erie and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church,...
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