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Valley Lives its Mission

Open Hearts • Open Minds • Opening Lives To God

Reflecting God’s love in thoughtful, joyful worship • Growing with vision and vitality, remembering the spirit of our heritage • Serving the community with concern for the world • Supporting just and peaceful living • Encouraging faith exploration • Enjoying laughter, music and one another • A Christian place of belonging for all!

 

Our missional identity centers around our understanding of biblical hospitality. Biblical hospitality reminds us that as we attempt to care for others we ought to reflect on our own need for care and nurture.

God commands the faithful to help the strangers, the orphan and the widow, by calling on us to remember that we too were once strangers. Jesus reiterates God's command that we should "love God with all our hearts and love our neighbors as we love ourselves."

As a church community, we have been on a journey to discover a more profound understanding of hospitality. It's not enough to offer a smile and a handshake at the door, although that is important. Biblical hospitality requires us to search ourselves for our deepest needs and use that as a source for helping others.

Our journey has led us to regularly engage four spiritual practices.

WHO IS OUR NEIGHBOR?
What does it mean to be a neighbor? Like the story of the Good Samaritan, being a neighbor means taking time to notice the suffering around us and where the world is in need of mercy. It means that we take care that our interactions with God's world exhibit mutual respect and dignity. Our mission work is reciprocal; We give because we receive and we help because we are helped.

WHO IS THE STRANGER?
The stranger can be anyone who is in a vulnerable situation or who does not represent the prevailing culture. We take time to notice who is experiencing alienation or those who may be hurt by the systems of power in our world.

WELCOMING THE STRANGER
When we discover vulnerable people, we stand with them. Their concerns become our concerns. We may literally invite them to join us so they can bring their concerns directly to the gathered community or we may figuratively invite them by praying for them and offering the kind of assistance that can only come when two or more are gathered in God's name.

BECOMING THE STRANGER
True hospitality is born from the recognition that we ourselves are in need of care and nurture. Nothing reminds us of that more than when we intentionally place ourselves in situations in which we are not part of the prevailing culture. This could be a literal exercise in figuring out where in the world we can go where we do not resemble the dominate culture. It could also be a metaphorical exercise in identifying how God is calling us out of our comfort zones. Experiencing this kind of displacement rekindles in us the truth that we are all connected and we are all dependent on one another and God for our safety and nourishment.

We are part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denomination.


We were officially organized on May 20, 1951 when Golden Valley and the surrounding suburbs were first growing in the post-war building boom.


The original chapel, now the lounge, was built in 1952.


The Fellowship Hall was added in 1957.


The current sanctuary was added in 1965.


The Education wing was added in 1988.


The current sanctuary was built with space for an organ which took over 40 years to arrive. Read more about the history of our organ.


Valley Church currently has almost 500 members.


Our neighborhood in Golden Valley is experiencing a resurgence of young families.