“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.
Have you lost a loved one recently? A spouse, parent, child, or close friend? VPC has a long assisted people who are grieving. Our Grief Ministry Leadership Team has participated in training and keeps an eye to new research on this most-painful process.
Leadership Team and Curriculum
We use Stephen Ministry books on grief recovery as the curriculum for discussion. However, we believe recovery doesn't come from knowledge, but from Christian hope, personal support and emotional release. We offer Grief Support groups throughout the year as does Encore University, our educational outreach program for people over 50. Encore's next session starts on March 7, 2017.
Services of Remembrance
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.
You don't have go through this trying time alone. Divorce Recovery is open to anyone, regardless of religious affiliation/background, whether you are newly separated, in the middle of a divorce, had a divorce finalized, or are ending a long-term committed relationship (but never legally married). There is a $20 materials fee, however scholarships are available. Please email Pastor David Turner if you need financial assistance.
February 13–March 27 (Every Monday night except for February 20, which meets on Tuesday February 21) 5:30-6:45PM, Chapel Parlor
Week One (2/13): Family of Origin: Family Systems, Family Roles
Week Two (Meets Tuesday 2/21): Conflict
Week Three (2/27): Why Do Some Marriages Succeed and Others Fail?
Week Four (3/6): The Five Love Languages
Week Five (3/13): Gender Differences
Week 6 (3/20): Healthy Relationships vs. Unhealthy Relationships
Week 7 (3/27): My Heart in this Wilderness Time
This program is designed to help men and women as they navigate the painful experience of a divorce. Group discussions are facilitated by a trained leader and speakers address relevant topics including anger, loss, and forgiveness. We offer several Divorce Recovery programs a year and each meeting is an opportunity to share struggles, get support, and find comfort. The curriculum is different each time, so even if you have joined us before, please feel free to enroll again.
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 three 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
- Fill out the page in our Sunday Bulletin and put it in the offering plate
We also have a Prayer Team waiting to pray with those who need it each Sunday by the Baptismal Font in the Sanctuary (after the 9AM service) and to the side of the stage in Landes Center (after the 10:30AM service).
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,
Family Support Groups
1st & 3rd Tuesdays
St. Patrick Catholic Community, 10815 N 84th St, Scottsdale, 85260
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. For more information contact Elizabeth Weiss, 480-699-2982, or Kathy Oppenhuizen, 602-841-3933.
St. Patrick Behavioral Health Conference
Thursday, May 11th, 8 AM – 4 PM
Conference to be held at St. Patrick Catholic Community, 10815 N 84th St, Scottsdale, 85260
Join together with individuals from faith, healthcare and behavioral health communities, including the community-at-large who have an interest on how to help those with behavioral health needs. The conference will raise awareness of behavioral health issues, provide behavioral health knowledge and resources while building relationships among other conference attendees. The program is free, although a donation collection will be held to benefit the City of Scottsdale Back to School Program.
- 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
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