In light of the current health crisis and the Governor’s orders for people to stay at home, I am closing the church for all uses until further notice.  I don’t take this action lightly and apologize for any inconveniences this causes.  The health of our community needs to be at the forefront of our actions…

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Advent is the season that begins 4 Sundays before Christmas. It marks the beginning of a new year on the church calendar. We begin our church year by remembering the grace of God being born among us, and by waiting with hopeful anticipation for the fullness of God’s kingdom in Christ’s return.  We are inviting…

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Our church and its ministries are active and working during this new season in which we find ourselves. We know that each of you has unique skills and interests, and each of you is an important part of our community. It is more challenging to find ways to become engaged as we are not meeting…

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Quilt Raffle to Support Chile Fest Partners Though we had to cancel Chile Fest 2020, we are still doing some fundraising to support our Chile Fest partners: Wings for Life, Heading Home, and SOTV Preschool.  We are raffling this beautiful quilt made by the Albuquerque Quilting Friends. You may purchase raffle tickets by going to…

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I have been looking ahead at scripture passages for the coming weeks and was struck by one for Sunday the 19th:   Romans 8:18-25         “I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us.  The whole creation waits breathless with anticipation for the revelation…

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First, thank you for the prayers and input for the Session.  It is a gift to be part of this engaged and loving congregation.  I certainly felt that support Tuesday evening as I met with our Session and I am certain they did as well.  Our Session is an amazing group, with each member bringing their best to…

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Acknowledging the coronavirus pandemic that we are facing, and after prayerful consideration, the governing Session of Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church voted at its meeting on Tuesday, May 12 to cancel this year’s August 22 & 23 Chile Festival. Every year our congregation looks forward to sponsoring the Chile Fest. It is one of…

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I have a question for you to consider: Who has a place in the kingdom of God? I have been reading the book of Acts and what I read today seems to answer this question. First, in chapter 8, the Spirit of God instructs the disciple Philip to explain the scriptures to a eunuch from…

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Perhaps you know the joke about the man who was sent to prison. After some time he noticed a peculiar pattern of activity. One of the inmates would call out a number, “36,” they might say. And a ripple of laughter would move through the prisoners. The new inmate asked what this was all about…

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This has been an anxious week; one might say it has been unnerving. I have no doubt you can relate. You carefully endeavor to balance all the demands of your life in a landscape we have not known before. You engage your best adaptation of time-tested regiments and routines in the hope that you will…

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