Join us on Sunday

This coming Sunday, September 19, marks our long-planned celebration of our 50th anniversary as a congregation! Pastor Angie Loomis of Ankeny First UMC will join us that day to lead worship; she was a member here when she was called to ministry in 2005. We will be joined by several of our former pastors, our choir—joining virtually by video recording, and more. After worship we’ll join in a time of remembering, feasting, and a signature “talent show,” with festivities ending around 1 p.m. We hope you’ll join in by livestream or in person, as you are able. Follow along with our Order of Worship.

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Most Recent Worship Service

If you’re visiting when we aren’t “live,” you can worship anytime with our most recent worship service.

Sunday, September 12, 2021 “Who We Say You Are”

This Sunday we paid attention to Jesus’ question: “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asks, and his disciples fumble around for an answer. Do we? Who do we as a church say Jesus is? Great questions for this season when we remember the stories of this church, and look to our future in this neighborhood and beyond.  Follow along with our Order of Worship.

Join us in person

We’d love to welcome you in person. We have ample parking and you can enter from the east doors (under the carport) with no steps or from the lower doors on the north side, and walk up the steps to the sanctuary.

With the most recent CDC guidance, we are requiring masks for all persons during worship, and we are sitting in every row in our sanctuary. Masks are available near each entrance if you arrive without one. The pastor and song leaders remove their masks while they’re leading. Communion, on the first Sunday of each month, is distributed at the end of worship and consumed outside the sanctuary.

One of our favorite activities is after-worship coffee and conversation, which is on hold for now, until we’re given the all-clear to gather without masking.

What to expect

We worship in a semi-traditional style, with an organ alongside piano most weeks and sometimes a guitar, handbells, and other instruments. We sing from the hymnal and also incorporate newer songs and melodies, seeking to express and connect with the worship theme, the moment we’re in, and the people with us in person and by Livestream.

During most seasons, we’ll follow a theme for four to six weeks, usually based on the lectionary or a book or theme of the Bible.

We offer Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month, and occasionally at other times. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table who are seeking to grow in faith. We understand Holy Communion as a means of grace by which we may be brought closer to our Lord Jesus Christ.. You do not have to be a member of Valley or even baptized. You are welcome.