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Invite a Friend Sunday

Invite a Friend Sunday March 8th!!!

There will be special music and a performance from the Mercyhurst University Liturgical Dance Ensemble. A time of refreshments and conversation downstairs after the service..

Invite a Friend Sunday

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Erie Otters Youth Fellowship Event

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)

Erie Otters Youth Fellowship Event

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ONLINE GROUP BIBLE STUDY

ONLINE GROUP BIBLE STUDY 

Join our current Study Event  (02/17 – 02/11/2020): The Fruit Of The Spirit
Join our next Study Event (02/26 – 04/05/2020): Journeying With Jesus – 40 Days Lent Devotional
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 have a few moments throughout your day in the convenience of your own home.  I’d also like for you to know it is okay to miss a day here and there, just pick up whenever you can the next chance you get. 
WHY do we meet?  God designed us to need Him and each other. His word to us is to reach out and love one another. Colossians 3:16 says we should allow “the message of Christ [to] dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” What better place for that than in a Bible study group?
COST:  Other than your time, these studies are FREE
The only thing you will need to do is to create an account with Bible.com to join the group plan / study if you do not already have one.
Need extra help? Watch the YouTube Bible.com Tutorial https://youtu.be/2AqrCh1jPKk
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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 February 24th

 

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Ash Wednesday Service

Ash Wednesday Joint Congregational Service

Hosted by Emmanuel Presbyterian Church

February 26, 2020 at 7:00 PM

More details here —>  Ash Wednesday Service

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Choir Practice

Choir practices to be held weekly on Sundays from February 9th through April 12th at 10:15 AM in preparation for the upcoming Lenten / Easter season.

All are welcome!!!

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Sunday Funday and Birthday Fellowship Luncheon

Sunday Funday Christian Education Luncheon

and Birthdays of the Month Fellowship Event.

Hosted Monthly on the 2nd Sunday

 

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Serving Opportunity

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.

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Ghana Mission Partnership

Upper Northern Presbytery and Presbytery of Lake Erie Partnership

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, alincody@windstream.net, 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.

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Custodial Team

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.

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Recycling Program

Recycling Program:

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.

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Interested in Exploring Membership?

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!

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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 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.

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Mt. Carmel food pantry

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!

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Nursery Volunteers Needed

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.

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