Butter Valley Community Church is a vibrant and active fellowship established as Hereford Mennonite Church over 250 years ago as one of the first churches in the area. God is active and real in the lives of our members and God’s Spirit has brought them together into a unique, warm and authentic family. Our passion is to serve Christ in our community and to reach out to the world by connecting people to God and to each other.
A Message From The Pastor
|Dear Church Family, 11/20/20 |
Isaiah 5:15-16 “So man will be brought low and mankind humbled, the eyes of the arrogant humbled. But the Lord Almighty will be exalted by his justice, and the holy God will show himself holy by his righteousness.”
The Pa Universal Face Coverings Order of November 18, 2020
As church leadership decided how to respond to this Department of Health order, we realize it is important to indicate what we are saying and what we are not saying. We are choosing to comply with this request for churches even though PA has consistently acknowledged that they do not possess controlling power over the churches. Their website on COVID requirements states, “These rules don’t apply to religious gatherings held by churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, or other places of worship. Though we do encourage religious institutions to follow mask wearing, physical distancing, and other general health and safety measures.” Paul encouraged submission to the governing authorities in Romans 13, and the whole of Scripture indicates that governing authorities should be ignored when their demands include denial of the Lord, His commands, or His mission for us. In prayer and discussion, we do not feel that mask wearing is a denial of our faith. We do not plan to stop the church from physically meeting together, since that does run contrary to the directives of Scripture.
Our desire is to try to provide the opportunity for as many people as possible to feel comfortable coming to the church services and events. Therefore, we are making certain decisions to facilitate that desire. Both services will be mask-wearing services for this Sunday, November 22. All gatherings, meetings, and events will require masks. This will also help to provide a basis for decision-making for people choosing to come or not come and for people to know whether or not to wear them. Outside events can be mask-free as long as everyone is legitimately maintaining social distances. We understand that there are those who cannot medically wear the masks, and we have no desire to exclude those people. This Sunday, we will set up the old Youth Room for those unable to wear masks for the service with the capability to watch the service remotely and to participate in communion.
We are a church that believes the words of the Lord when He told his people in Deuteronomy 31 and Joshua 1, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Jesus repeated that idea to his followers in Matthew 28 when He said, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Based on those promises, Paul instructed in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV).
We are not operating out of fear, but out of love. We want to love each other well during this time. We are not trying to communicate that you are completely safe if you wear a mask. This is not a truth statement on the efficacy of mask-wearing. We are choosing this adaptation to cooperate with governing authorities and to demonstrate love and concern for the most vulnerable in our midst. Thank you for you grace and understanding over this policy change.
Communion Service This Sunday we plan to join together in taking communion. Please prepare your hearts for this special service. If you are joining us online, please gather elements that you can use to participate with us.
Thank you to all of those who helped with the Church Work Day. A lot was accomplished!
Here is a link to a new song that we will be singing this Sunday: https://youtu.be/YihKbG8-X3U
Online giving is available on our website at www.buttervalleycc.org under the drop-down menu “Resources.” You can also mail checks to the church office at BVCC, PO Box 97, Bally, PA 19503. Thank you to all for your faithful giving during this time. Benevolence funds are available for those in financial need.
Opportunities to Gather
This Sunday, November 22, we will again offer the Nursery and Pre-school Programs during the 10:30 am service. They will both be in the Preschool Room in the old building by the bathrooms. During the service, we will have a Children’s Church Program for grades K-2 during the message time. The children will be dismissed to the Kitchen Area in the basement.
We are a church that believes in the necessity and the blessing of prayer. We would love to have more people join in corporate prayer at 10:00 am at church. We will be wearing masks during this time. You can join this time without being expected to pray out loud. Please come and join us in approaching the throne of God!
We will have indoor services at 9:00 am and at 10:30 am during which we will wear masks. Both services will be held in the sanctuary with some cleaning done between the services. During the 10:30 am service, you may sit in the Old Youth Room to watch the streamed service if you are unable to wear a mask. Please reach out to Pastor Mark if you want clarification on the plans for Sunday.
Our Livestreamed Worship Service will begin at 10:30 am. The message this week from Isaiah 5:8-30 is entitled “Changing Behavior.” The service will be livestreamed on the church Facebook page. After the service, it will be posted on the church YouTube page and on the church website.
Our Thanksgiving Eve Service will be held at 7 pm in the church sanctuary. There will be opportunity for you to share a testimony of gratitude and thanks to the Lord during the service. We will wear masks for this service, but we will also livestream it into the Old Youth Room for those who cannot wear masks. If you choose not to come out in person, we will broadcast it as a Zoom meeting. We want to respect privacy, and so we will not be livestreaming this service on Facebook. Please email [email protected] for zoom link and password if you are interested in joining.
Wednesday November 25
- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Women's Bible Study
- 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Thanksgiving Eve Service
Thursday November 26
- 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Annual Community Flag Football Game
Held at Washington Elementary School
Sunday November 29
- 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
- Youth Group
Monday November 30
- 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
- Women's Bible Study