Psalms Sermons

What If We Reject God? – Psalm 53

Dear Church Family,

Psalm 53:1a  “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”

Opportunities to Gather

The Summer Concert schedule is printed, and if you do not have one, please ask one of the ushers. The first outdoor concert of bluegrass gospel music performed by the Werner Family Band is on July 12 at 7:00 pm. 

We offer an Adult Sunday School Class every Sunday, at 9 am in the sanctuary. Charles Jones’ leads this class on the Spiritual Discipline utilizing Richard Foster’s book Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. 

Our Worship Service begins at 10 am. Please feel free to invite others to our services. Come out and join us in your folding chairs or remain in your vehicle. We continue to stress giving at least six feet of distance between people while talking or sitting. The message this week is from Psalm 53 and is entitled “What If We Reject God?” We are now meeting on Sunday facing the ramp in order to make use of the shade that is available.  Parking attendants will be there to guide those who are driving in to the service.  Please continue to park off site to make more room.  We invite you to bring and set up canopies if you would like to do that. Folding chairs will still be available outside the garage. Next week we will examine Psalm 54 & 56 in a sermon entitled “What Is Trust in God?” Charles Jones will be our guest speaker on Sunday, July 19.

We continue to offer pre-recorded services of worship and the message. View the services at or search YouTube for Butter Valley Community Church. 

Our next BVCC Prayer Meeting is on Tuesday, July 14, at 6:30 pm. We hope you can join us in this important time of prayer for our church and the needs around us. If you need the link, please contact Pastor Mark.

Youth Group is planned for Wednesday, July 8, from 6:30-8:30 pm. We plan to gather completely outdoors.  

The Women’s Ministry would like to invite all the women of the church to a Book Club this summer. “The Masterpiece” by Francine Rivers’ book club will meet for the first time on Monday, July 27th at 6:30. Location to be determined. If you are interested in joining the book club please read chapters 1 through 20. There are discussion questions in the back of the book if you want to have a heads up on what we will be discussing that night. Our second meeting will be held on Monday, August 10th after finishing the book. There is no sign-up to attend this book club. If you need help locating a book or would be interested in sharing a book with someone, contact Kelly Hetrick. The book is available in paperback or digital version.  Here is a link to the listing on  The listing also shares some information about the book.  It may also be available at a local library.  

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers


An Elder’s Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21, at 7 pm.

Church members should have received a ballot in the mail to vote on Holly Jones in the new full-time position of Ministry Coordinator. Please let Gala Lutz know if you did not receive one. We plan to have a question and answer session following the church service on July 12. Ballots need to arrive at the church by July 25 to be included in the vote.

Vacation Bible School for children going into PreK through 6th Grade will take place at church on July 13, 14 and 15. Inspector Mango’s Fruit Clue Mysteries will be held all outside from 6:30-8:30 pm. If a night is rainy, we will hold raindates on July 16 or 17. We will have skits, food, games, singing, a Bible lesson, and small group time. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Samantha Diehl by email ([email protected]) or use the VBS Pro link to tell the committee that you are interested in volunteering. The same link can be used to register your child or children for VBS.    

The Butter Valley Community Church Annual Picnic is on for July 25 at Camp Men-o-lan.

This summer more than ever we are thankful that we can gather together for a baptism and a picnic. Burgers, hot dogs and buns will be provided this year. Thank you for contributing salads, side dishes and desserts to share. Modifications to serving the food will be made. If you feel more comfortable bringing your own food, you are welcome to do that as well. The picnic is a completely outdoor event held at Camp Men-o-lan. Attached is a flyer with additional information and a schedule for the day. Friends and family are welcome to join us that day. There is an RSVP this year that will help us prepare food for the group. You can RSVP in person at church on a Sunday morning, through the link below or on the attached flyer.  

BVCC Church Picnic RSVP

Online giving is available on our website at 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 the church for your faithful giving during this time.

Our Capital Campaign is about 83% completed for the 3-year collection period. Through your generous and sacrificial giving we have raised over 118% of the pledge goal. We have donated a total of $349,217.95 toward the building project. Praise God for His faithfulness through the generosity of His people! This is wonderful news, and as you continue to give our total mortgage need continues to decrease. As we meet our pledge goals, we will work together to minimize the mortgage! You are welcome to tour the progress of the building addition after the service today.

Kids’ Kamp is scheduled for August 3-7 from 10:00 am till 12:00 noon. Students in the youth group who would like to help, please contact Suzanna Knarr or one of the other youth leaders. We plan to have the youth go home each day to have dinner and sleep.

ATV Trail Ride to raise support for The Loft Ministries has a new date of July 11, 2020. Cost is $25 per driver and $10 per passenger. Go to for more information.

Pastor Mark

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