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“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.

 

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Grief Recovery

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. 

Beyond the Broken Heart

Thursdays, September 12-November 21
10-11:30AM, Chapel Parlor
Facilitated by: Pastor David Turner
Cost: $12

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Beyond the Broken Heart is a seven-week ministry course for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The reality is that we grieve because we love and the deeper the love, the greater our grief feels. Few of us would forego love to avoid the pain of grief and even in the face of grief we give thanks for having loved so deeply. In our grief we have a story to tell; a story that's important because it's our story; and a story that tells others of the pivotal moment in your life when, for you, your world changed. This is the purpose of Beyond the Broken Heart as together with others traveling the similar path you're following, you will find support and encouragement as well as experience personal and spiritual growth through the healing power of God's presence. The course will include the book, Beyond the Broken Heart and will be facilitated by Pastor David Turner. We welcome you to join in this amazing, healing journey. 

September 12 Naming Grief: What is Grief? Anger, Fear, Worry, Suffering, and Prayer
September 19 Understanding Grief: The Stages of Grief, The Journey of Grief
September 26 Yielding to Grief: Changes through Grief, Loneliness, Solitude, Rest for your soul, Comfort
October 3 Responding to Grief: Making an Effort, Attitude, Courage, Victim, or Survivor
October 10 & 17 No Classes
October 24 Adjusting Through Grief: Where do I fit in life? Gender Specific Grief, Adjustment, Acceptance
October 31 Moving Forward in Grief: How long does Grief Last, Healing, Happiness, Hope
November 7 Growing Spiritually Through Grief: The Faithfulness of God, Reconstruction, Choose Life
November 14 Living Beyond Grief: Durable Love, Gifts of Your Spirit: a Lasting Legacy
November 21 Grief at the Holidays: The Season, The Experience

alzheimer's support group

Every other Wednesday, September 25-December 18
10-11:30AM, Chapel Room 602
Facilitated by:Craig & Hope Boutte

Are their times when you feel overwhelmed caring for a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and would love to meet with others who are on the same journey you’re experiencing?  Our caregiver support group brings people together and provides an opportunity to share your experiences, hopes and even frustrations in a safe setting finding encouragement and insight from other individuals who are walking alongside a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. 

alzheimer's workshops - Part 1 early stage

Living with Alzheimer's: For Care Partners"
Fridays, October 30, November 6 & 13
Chapel Room 602
Facilitator: certified Instructor from Alzheimers Association alz.org

Discussion on the nature of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, acceptance, and adjustment to the diagnosis and joining with the person with Alzheimer’s disease to form a partnership that will help you develop strategies for coping with new changes. Early stages: Understanding the disease; Symptoms of early stage; Where to start?; Communication skills; You and the person with dementia; coping with symptoms

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.

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For information about Grief Ministry, email or call Tammy Milne, 480-991-6424 ext. 163.

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Divorce Recovery

We are currently reviewing this program. Any status updates will be advised when they become available. Thank you!   

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Pet Pause: therapy Dog Ministry

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

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Prayer REQUESTS

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

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Deacon Ministry

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.   

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Mental Health 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.

 

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.

 

For more information about VPC's Mental Health Ministry or to get involved, contact Elizabeth Weiss

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Friday Nights:
S
peaker Meeting
Landes Center

7:30-9PM

Saturday Mornings:
Closed Group (Men's Stag)
Calvin Center

6:30-8:30AM

Additional Information on AA:

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