See what’s happening here at Belle Valley Church!
Erie Otters Youth Fellowship Event: Feb. 29, 7pm @ The Erie Insurance Arena…Tickets are ½ price ($11.00). Plan to join us…all youth and families welcome! Rides/carpooling needed? Let Pastor Dave know. Otherwise meet at the Arena at 6:30pm in the ticket lobby. Please confirm your attendance with Pastor Dave! (397-1861)
ONLINE GROUP BIBLE STUDY
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 February 24th
Our next mission event will be serving the homeless lunch at the Upper Room Drop-In Center (St. Paul’s UCC, 11th & Peach, downtown) at 1pm on Feb. 23. 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.
The year 2020 is the tenth anniversary of the Upper Northern Presbytery and Lake Erie Presbytery’s Partnership.
Sunday, February 9th – Come and hear Doug Ebert talk about his recent experience in Ghana during our regular worship service at 11:00 am.
Some History: The initial groundwork for the Ghana Mission Partnership began to be laid ten years ago this month – February, 2010. An initial delegation traveled from Lake Erie Presbytery to northern Ghana. In the months that followed it was the sense that God was leading Presbyterian leaders in both countries to establish a Partnership through which relationships in Christ could be built and a larger understanding of the global Christian Church could be encouraged.
Current activity: In October, 2019 a total of six people traveled to Ghana to continue the Partnership between the Upper Northern Presbytery, the Presbytery of Lake Erie and Chosen International Medical Assistance (ChosenIMA) of Erie. Lake Erie Presbytery has reached the goal of $25,000 to enhance the medical clinics in northern Ghana. This money has been matched by ChosenIMA. It is an exciting story!
Information that could be helpful to educate, connect and engage members in both presbyteries:
The Upper Northern Presbytery, Presbyterian Church, Ghana, spreads across the entire northern part of the country and includes about ¼ of the entire geographic land mass of Ghana. Togo is to the east; Burkina Faso to the north and Cote D’Ivoire to the west. Ghana includes about 24,000,000 people and geographically is the size of Oregon.
The Upper Northern Presbytery is composed of 108 congregations divided into 7 districts:
Bimbila District – 17 congregations
Katiejeli District – 9 congregations
Saboba District – 19 congregations
Tamale/Najong District – 10 congregations
Bolgatanga District – 5 congregations
Chereponi District – 17 congregations
Yendi District – 31 congregations
Presbytery Moderator – Rev. Vincent Dagadu
Presbytery Communicator – Ruling Elder Tony Atsu
Ghana Missions Support Shea Butter Workshop Opportunity: You are invited to the Shea Butter Workshop! Led by the “Bethel Belles” at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Cranesville. You will learn how the raw shea butter is processed in Ghana and how to make a variety of shea butter products. The workshop will prepare you plan a shea butter activity with a group of friends or a group in your congregation. We have plenty of shea butter! Donations from the shea butter products support Maternal and Child healthcare provided by the E.P Church Wapuli Clinic in Northern Ghana. The workshop will be held Sat. Feb. 29th, 10am-12pm, at the Bethel Presbyterian Church, 8990 Crane Rd, Cranesville 16410. Bring a bag lunch. Contact Linda Bennett, firstname.lastname@example.org, 273-0747, if you wish to attend.
“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, Ghana in a new endeavor called “Labors of Love”. The goal of “Labors of Love” was to raise $50,000 that will be invested in the four Health Clinics to increase and improve healthcare services to the women, children, and communities that they serve in the upper north where hospitals are few and far in travel distance over rough terrain. Each of the Health Clinics has specific needs for getting to the next level of development. These include building construction, renovations, equipment, supplies, infrastructure, potable water, sanitation, staff training and support. Labors of Love Update: The presbytery has received $25,551.73 for the four Health Clinics in Ghana. Please keep up your faithful giving. To make a donation, contact the Presbytery office for more details: 814-868-4891.
Would you prayerfully consider joining the BVPC Custodial Team? If you are able to serve BVPC by participating in a rotation of volunteers who help keep the facility clean from week to week, then contact Chris Tombaugh (882-8932). We currently have a rotation in which you would be cleaning the church facility once every 2 months or so. We will provide the training and answer any questions you may have.
Drop-offs welcome anytime (newspaper in west property trailer/aluminum cans)
Belle Valley’s Recycling Ministry Needs YOU! Unloading the newspaper trailer onto a delivery truck will take place soon (check w/ Rick Leasure first: 881-1269). New recycling criteria please take note: only aluminum cans, newspaper (and old phone books). We also recycle printer ink cartridges from your own personal computer systems—the collection bin is in the foyer (we receive funds for this recycling!). We also recycle cell phones!! We are asking you to donate any old cell phones, and those of family/friends. The collection bin is in the foyer.
Interested in Exploring Membership? What exactly does it mean to become a member of Belle Valley Presbyterian Church? Why would I want to take that step of commitment? What do I need to know about this congregation (its history, design, and vision) to help me decide? If you’d be interested in further discussion (no strings attached!), or if you know someone who is currently unchurched and would be interested in the conversation, please contact Pastor Dave to get more info (397-1861). I hear he likes to treat folk to coffee at Panera’s, his home away from home!
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 at the church office. 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.
PLEASE NOTE: We will get back to our weekly study meetings in March when the winter weather comes to a close, but will be meeting the 1st Tuesday in January and February 2020 at the Harborcreek Perkins Restaurant at 10:30AM.
Please keep up all the GREAT work of your ongoing support of canned goods and staples for the Mt. Carmel food pantry. There is always a need for basic food staples: peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, pasta, canned tuna & chicken, etc. Receptacles are in the foyer. Thank you all for your generosity!! We are continually amazed that the food collection containers fill up at least every 2 weeks!! The organizers of the Mt. Carmel Food Pantry have continually been showing their appreciation for our support of their pantry ministry!
If you’re able to serve BVPC by participating in a rotation of volunteers who help serve the needs of younger families at worship please contact Chris Tombaugh (882-8932) for details. Due to new state laws you are required to have easy to obtain state clearances at no cost. Those details and any training will be provided.