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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Stick with me on this one, there is a point! This past weekend my son Jack turned 21. One of the gifts he received was a homebrewing set-up I had built a few years ago. It was something I had been waiting to do for years. Most of you know brewing is something of a…

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When the President comes to town, they bring the motorcade right out to Air Force One; they just drive those cars out on the runway. They have the motorcycles and black limousines with little flags on front, the police escort, flashing lights. You can envision it all. That’s just the way the American President travels.…

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