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, 10/22/20
Isaiah 2:3 “’Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’”
Opportunities to Gather
Due to the predicted cool weather, we plan to meet inside this week. We will have a service at 9:00 am in which attendees are asked to keep face masks on the entire service. We will have a 10:30 am service in which attendees are permitted to remove masks once they are in their seats. Both services will be held in the sanctuary with some cleaning done between the services. 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 2 is entitled “Going up the Mountain.” 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 weekly Prayer Gathering on Sundays will be at 10:00 am this week in the church basement. Please come to gather for prayer for the needs of our church and nation.
Youth Group and Young Adults will leave after church this week to hike Bake Oven Knob. Please bring a packed lunch, a water bottle, and a change in clothes. We will leave around 12 noon and return around 4 pm.
Women’s Bible Study meets on Monday evenings at 6:30-8:30 pm in-person at church and/or via “Zoom” and Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am. There is no childcare for this session.
We hope to begin Sunday Children’s Ministry—Nursery, Children’s Church, Children’s Sunday School, Youth Sunday School—on Sunday, November 8. If there is any part of these vital ministries that you would be interested in volunteering for, please speak to Holly Jones or Connie Reichart. Child clearances will be needed, but they are easily obtained. We would be happy to help you request them.
The New Building Task Force is excited to announce an opportunity for designated giving for furniture for our new addition. The top cost being tables and chairs for the new fellowship hall. Click here for flier.
We are in need of Volunteers to help organize and sort toys prior to moving the preschool and nursery room as well as volunteers to help move preschool and nursery furniture prior to Sunday, November 8. Please contact Chayah Wilbers at [email protected] if you are interested in helping.
Please be careful to not walk on the church lawn. It has just been seeded with grass and sod and should not be walked on. Thanks!
We are looking for volunteers to assist in planning the Fellowship Hall Dedication Ceremony. If you are interested, please speak to Kelly Hetrick, Amy Hager, Samantha Diehl or Linda Kriebel.
It’s finally fall! Do you love to look at the changing leaves but dread having to rake them? We have a solution. Sign up for the Rake and Run Fundraiser on 11/14 and have your leaves raked by the youth and young adults. Talk to Dave or Holly Jones if you are interested.
Notes of encouragement to our College Students are available on the bulletin board by the front door of the church. Please bless one of our own, and take a card to send!
The Playground Set is scheduled to be moved on Tuesday, October 27 starting at 8 am. Please let Pastor Mark know if you are willing and able to help with this project which is to be done under the direction of a professional installer.
Our Operation Christmas Child project is in progress and collection will end on Sunday, November 15.
For the Bally Community Center: Grades 9-12 meet Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30 pm, grades 5-8 meet Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm, and Grades 1-4 meet Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 pm. We are wearing masks, and there are new waivers. Parents need to sign in the students the first time they come.
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.
Women’s Ministries is hosting a Wreath Workshop on December 4 at 7:00 pm. All materials will be provided. The cost is $20.00. Please register by emailing [email protected], by calling 610-845-2429, or by signing up on the registration sheet.
Message from Jesse Johnson, the President of AMEC–Many thanks to all of you who were able to participate, in-person or virtually, in our AMEC Biennial Conference on Saturday. A recording of the entire conference can be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/a9ocaxOm-ww Included in that video are the business session, Bob Gerhart’s keynote address, and all of the videos that were shared from you all. As a quick summary of our business, we unanimously elected three new officers and we unanimously approved a new budget. Mark Hager will serve a 4-year term as our Vice President, John Beiler will serve a 4-year term as our Treasurer, and Amos Stoltzfus will serve a 4-year term as a Member-at-Large on our Executive Committee. Jesse Johnson is continuing as President, Dean Landry is our Secretary, and Vernon Myers is our other Member-at-Large – these three all have 2-years remaining on their terms. Our budget for 2021-22 is now set at $70,000 per year.
Pray for God’s protection from sickness and grace to deal with the consequences of COVID-19.
Pray that the new addition would be completed and that we can gain occupancy.
Pray for our nation that seems so divided and for a peaceful election.
Pray for the persecuted church around the world.
Pray for hearts to be open to knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Monday October 26
- 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
- Women's Bible Study
Wednesday October 28
- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Women's Bible Study
- 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday October 31
- 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Men-O-Lan Harvestfest
Sunday November 1
- 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
- Youth Group