We remember first that God is with us and will guide us through these stormy waters. We remember second that we do not have to "go to church" in order to be the Church, and that our faith can be very much alive as we seek to love our neighbors! We may not be able to gather in body, but we can still gather in spirit via Zoom!
ANTI-RACISM READING AND DISCUSSION GROUP: The current book is "Waking Up White" by Debby Irving. This group meets every other Thursday at 7PM. For more information, email the VFPC Office.
KNITTING AND CROCHETING CIRCLE: This group currently gathers via Zoom on Mondays at 1PM. For more information, email the VFPC Office.
MID-WEEK COFFEE GATHERING: All are welcome to grab a hot beverage and jump on Zoom every Wednesday at 10AM for no reason other than to enjoy each other's company and stories.
MEETING ID: 520 515 9681
WORSHIP GATHERINGS: Our Sunday 10AM worship gatherings are warm, welcoming, and joyful! Prayer, music, connecting and sharing, and listening for God's guidance in the weekly Scripture reading fill the screen. On the first Sunday of each month, we celebrate our Communion with God and each other by using whatever bread and juice we can find in our homes. This meeting opens at 9:15AM for anyone who wants to come early and enjoy each other's company and stories.
Worship Meeting ID: 863-779-594
Worship Password: 001874
Dial-in Phone #: 1 929 436 2866
There are no sermons in our Sunday morning ZOOM gatherings, but Pastor Tim has been recording regular reflections on the experience of wandering together through the metaphorical wilderness of the pandemic season. The latest is posted below, and all of the other episodes within this series of reflections can be found in the YouTube playlist embedded on the Sermons Library page. You can also sign up for our VFPC Podcast including Wilderness Reflections and a few Pre-COVID sermons!
This is an example of how to respond spiritually to our reality with meditation, gratitude, prayer, mindfulness, honesty, accountability, fasting, and feasting. We have a problem with idol worship in America. Idols take everything and fail to deliver what they promise in return. This idol is claiming the lives of our innocent and our children. Atlanta. Boulder. Now South Carolina. To move beyond this idol worship, we must intentionally disrupt the physical impulses and fears that keep us stuck in a deadly status quo with the spiritual. This process will take about an hour. Get your honesty and humility (and maybe a journal) ready.
The Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has put out the challenge to all of its 10,000+ congregations to prayerfully consider joining a church-wide movement called "The Matthew 25 Initiative: A Bold Vision and Invitation." This initiative challenges every congregation to more deeply identify themselves as the sheep of Jesus' famous parable of sheep and goats from Matthew 25; that is, to claim that we are those gifted and called by God to love the least of our sisters and brothers in the world around us - those most in need of food, drink, welcome, shelter, clothing, care, and friendship.
The initiative proposes to focus our discernment in three different areas in order to more fully grow into this faithful and sheeply identity:
(1) to grow in vitality as a church,
(2) to participate in the dismantling of structural racism, and
(3) to participate in alleviating systemic poverty.
The VFPC Session spent many months discerning in response to this invitation, and was compelled unanimously at the June 2019 Session meeting to accept the challenge. The Sent to Serve Committee is helping us grow in vitality as a congregration so that we are strengthened for our mission. The Committee leads us in discerning how we might respond as a congregation with loving action to the least of our neighbors who are affected by the systemic social ills of racism and poverty.
May God guide us into this season of intentional love for neighbor! Learn more about the PC(USA) Matthew 25 Initiative.
Valley Forge Presbyterian Church * 191 Town Center Road * King of Prussia, PA 19406 * 610-265-2420