Ash Wednesday Service will be held in the Sanctuary on March 5 at 8:30 a.m. Join us for this poignant way of beginning the season of Lent in prayer and intention and the receiving of tradition of receiving the sign of the cross in ashes as a reminder of our humanity and our need for God's grace.
Looking for a Lenten Practice?
Mark G-M will lead a book study on My Bright Abyss, by Christian Wiman. Wiman, a well-known poet and editor of Poetry magazine, wrote this thoughtful and moving meditation on Christian faith in the face of a life threatening illness. His writing has been compared with C.S. Lewis and Fredrick Buechner. The group will meet for five Wednesday mornings beginning, March 12 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the Redwood Room. Books are available in the office after March 5 for $18.00 each.
Spring Visitors/New Member Class
If you have been visiting Valley Presbyterian Church and are interested in becoming a member or simply learning more about the church, then you are warmly invited to be part of our spring Seekers and Joiners class!
There will be four class sessions:
March 31 – 7 pm: Open House, Fireside Room An opportunity to meet the VPC staff and leadership, to get to know each other, and learn more about the church and the class
April 6 and 13 – 12:15 pm: Classes, Fireside Room Following worship, we’ll gather to enjoy brunch sandwiches and a class led by Cheryl on the 6th and Mark on the 13th
April 15 – 7 pm, Sanctuary: Those joining the church will meet with the Session to be received into membership.
April 20, EASTER SUNDAY: New members will be welcomed at Easter Worship
VPC WOMEN’S RETREAT
MARCH 28-30 AT VILLA MARIA DEL MAR IN SANTA CRUZ.
This year’s retreat is titled “God’s Call to Sabbath” and will be led by Carla Christensen and the VPC staff. More info here.
The Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory
Jim Leonard, Jr.’s
A captivating play with music!
Preview March 13
Performances March 13-23
A festive opening night toast and reception at the theatre following the play
Are you a little tired of seeing the same faces (as lovely as they are) greeting you with a bulletin and passing you the collection plate every Sunday? That's because we find ourselves, once again, with a short list of usher volunteers. If you're looking for a way to serve, even a few times a year, this would help with a great need. Please contact Ted Meeker about what the job entails, and he'll accommodate your schedule and fit you into the rotation.
“Risk…For the Journey"
The VPC Capital Campaign / Annual Pledge 2013 Update
Each year we ask VPC members to consider paying their part of the per capita expense. This year the amount per member is $36.00. Per capita is a fundamental way in which all of the nearly 11,000 congregations and mid councils of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are connected and participate in the work of the wider church. The money is used to for the administration of the church including the General Assembly, the synods, and the presbyteries. The San Francisco Presbytery uses more than a third of the per capita expense locally. Please make out your check to VPC and mark "per capita" in the memo line. You can put them in the collection plate or leave them in the office.