“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
~ John 16:33
Many times we're asked to walk roads that are difficult and not ones we would choose. When this happens, you aren't walking alone. He is with you every step of the way, and as a part of His church we are privileged to offer programs that provide Christian support and fellowship to believers and nonbelievers alike.
Saturday, February 2, 2019
9-11:30AM, Fireside Room
Cost: Free | Childcare Available| *please specify if child is special needs
“Parenting a Child with Autism” will address four common themes parents face while raising a child with autism. The four topics include: How to manage loneliness, Maintaining hope, managing sibling relationships, and being a Godly parent. Whether you are raising a toddler or a teenager with autism, this workshop will cover a variety of topics and have a Question and Answer segment. Dr. Brie Turns, LAMFT will be hosting this workshop. Dr. Turns has published over a dozen articles and book chapters regarding families raising a child with autism and has recently finished her first book, which looks at autism from a family perspective.
Biography of Dr. Brie Turns
Brie A. Turns serves as assistant professor of marriage and family therapy at the Fuller Southwest campus in Arizona. Her clinical and research specialization centers on families raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters focusing on individuals and families living with ASD, and she has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Turns has conducted trainings for mental health professionals regarding the proper care and treatment of families with special needs, and she is currently coediting the first textbook that educates clinicians on the use of systemic models with families raising a child with ASD.
Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX Doctorate of Philosophy, Marriage and Family Therapy
Purdue University Calumet Hammond, IN Masters of Science, Child Development and Family Studies: Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Nevada—Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Bachelor of Science, Human Services Counseling
Have you lost a loved one recently? A spouse, parent, child, or close friend? VPC has a long assisted people who are grieving. By starting the road to recovery, you can put the paralyzing emotional pain behind you without forgetting your loved one, and get your life started again. Our Grief Ministry Leadership Team has participated in training and keeps an eye to new research on this most-painful process.
Wednesdays, September 12 - December 12 (no class on November 21)
Facilitator: Barbara Mardian
The 13-week Grief Share program is a combination of DVD presentations, workbook and discussion time. We believe recovery doesn't come from knowledge, but from Christian hope, personal support and emotional release. Register by calling Tammy Milne 480-991-6424 Ext. 163 or register online.
Service of Remembrance
Tuesday, December 4, Memorial Garden
Have you lost a loved one? The Dove Tree is open anytime after November 24th. We invite you to write the name of your loved one on a dove, place the dove on the tree, and then offer a silent prayer.
Memorial Day Remembrance for Veterans
TBD (coming 2019), Memorial Garden
A “Roll Call” of names of deceased military veterans will be read, including names of vets affiliated with VPC or were relatives of VPC members. Please provide names by Wednesday, May 23. To add a name to the Roll Call contact Gary Green: 480-812-9446 or email:
Each year, VPC hold a number of worship experiences in the Memorial Garden to honor those who have passed. These include Veteran's Day, the December Dove Celebration, an Easter Service of Remembrance, and Memorial Day celebrations.
Find out more
For information about Grief Ministry, email or call Tammy Milne, 480-991-6424 ext. 163.
We are currently reviewing this program. Any status updates will be advised when they become available. Thank you!
Do you believe your dog’s undying love might be able to lift the spirits of someone in need? If so, you might be interested in our new ministry opportunity! Pet Pause aims to bring joy to people in need through a kind smile and a wagging tail.
Pet therapy is used successfully in area hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and at home. Recipients of pet therapy show lowered blood pressure, reduced anxiety, and decreased feelings of isolation. For dementia patients, pet therapy allows them to interact in ways many of us can’t. Interested individuals will enroll their dog in a simple certification process.
Dogs that are great candidates for this ministry need to be :
- Friendly and accepting of strangers
- Calm and able to sit on command
- Comfortable around adults and children
- Relaxed around loud and disruptive noises
- Comfortable in new and changing environments
We are also looking for friends to visit! If you're interested in having one of our Pet Pause visitors bring some cheer and a wagging tail to your home, contact Tammy Milne. Our furry friends are waiting for your call!
If you're interested in learning more about Pet Pause, please email Pastor David Turner
We're a church that believes in the power of prayer!
There are two easy ways to submit specific prayer requests for yourself or others. (Out of respect for personal boundaries we do ask you get permission from any individual you add to our prayer chain.)
- Email Tammy Milne
- Call Tammy at 480-991-6424 extension 163.
Our Deacons are truly the hands and feet of Christ. Through a number of Deacon Ministry teams, they are available to our congregation for celebration and support.
One in five U.S. adults experiences some form of mental illness, yet it’s seldom discussed, leaving those affected feeling misunderstood. VPC’s Mental Health Ministry strives to educate the congregation and community at large about mental illness, reduce shame and stigma surrounding mental illness, and support those afflicted, as well as the families and friends who love them. For more information, please email Pastor David Turner or Tammy Milne,
NAMI Family Support Groups
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6-7:30PM
St. Patrick Catholic Community
VPC partners with St. Patrick to offer a family support group, open to all adults with a family member or friend living with mental illness. You are welcome to share your feelings, difficulties, or successes. Facilitated by trained NAMI members. More information: Namivalleyofthesun.org or Call Debbie Martinez: 602-759-8177.
What We Don't Know about trauma: Unique causes and solutions
Saturday, January 12, 8:30-11:45AM
Cost: $40/$15 students
This practical workshop will focus on the impact of loss, crisis and trauma on each family member - parents, spouses, and children. Trauma events, including sudden incidents, long term terminal situations, etc., will be discussed as well as the impact of trauma on the brain. Newest research and counseling approaches will be shared.
THE SOUL OF SHAME: rETELLING THE STORIES WE BELIEVE ABOUT OURSELVES BY DR. CURT THOMPSON
Wednesdays, January 16-February 20, 2019,
6PM, Room 419
Cost: Free (but please purchase the book)
This six-week book study of Dr. Curt Thompson's The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves, a Biblical look at how shame affects our lives and "... seeks to destroy our identity in Christ, replacing it with a damaged version of ourselves that results in unhealed pain and brokenness." Contact Elizabeth Weiss at 713-203-5544 or Pastor David Turner at 480-991-6424, ext 121
Living Grace Support Group
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6-8PM
Oasis Community Church, Adult Mod
15014 N 56th St., Scottsdale 85254
Has your family been impacted by a mental health difficulty? You are not alone! The Living Grace Support Group is a 14-week curriculum-based support group designed to encourage and support individuals with a mental health difficulty or disorder. The group discusses psycho-educational topics and tools within a supportive, faith-based community For more information, contact Jill Hogan at or 480-234-7073.
- NAMI Valley of the Sun
- Mental Health 24-hour crisis line: 602-222-9444
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Call today. Help is available.
- AZ Teen Lifeline: 602-248-8336, teenlifeline.org
- 5 Landmarks of the Mental Health Recovery Journey
Family Support Website: nami.org/Find-Support/Living-with-a-Mental-Health-Condition
Closed Group (Men's Stag)
Additional Information on AA:
- Visit Salt River Intergroup AA for Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the surrounding communities for details
- Visit Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. to learn more about the international organization