Bulletin for June 2, 2024

Bulletin for June 2, 2024

Weekly Update
June 2, 2024

Valleyview Mennonite Church


For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:11


Sunday June 2, 2024


8:00am Walk: Don T invites you to join him as he leads a morning walk, leaving from the Watson Porter Pavilion. Bring binoculars! Don has 2 extra pairs to lend out. Rain: If it is raining at 7:00 am, call Don before you leave. Cell # 519-619-0838



Fanshawe Park Worship Service & Picnic Lunch

There is no service at Valleyview, or livestream of the park service.


Join us for Valleyview's annual worship service at Fanshawe Park Conservation Area (1424 Clarke Road, north of Huron St.) Rain or shine!


  • 10:30am:  Worship Service
  • 12:00pm:  Potluck Picnic Lunch
  • 1:00pm:    Family Activity (Birdhouse Craft) & Games 


Plan to stay for the afternoon, enjoying free time & fellowship!


Free Entry:

Do NOT pay at the entrance gate. Tell the attendant you are with Valleyview Mennonite Church.


We will meet at the Watson Porter Pavilion. Follow the signs crossing over the dam, past the Pioneer Village, and park in the lot (grassy area) to the left of the road under the tall evergreen trees. The gate entrance to the Watson Porter Pavilion will be on the right. Do not park along the driveway to the pavilion. Please leave this area for accessible parking only.

What to Bring: 

  • Lawn Chairs / Blankets 
  • Food to Share (Peanut Free, Sesame Free) for potluck style Picnic Lunch 
  • Dishes, Cutlery, Water Bottles or Drink Cups (Water Refill Station is provided) 
  • Outdoor games & activities for free time (frisbees, balls, lawn games...)
  • Weather Appropriate Clothing, Sunscreen & Bug Spray


Please bring a serving dish and utensil for your potluck contribution. There are no extras available at the pavilion. Label your dish with your name and be sure to collect it before leaving the park.



10:30am Worship Service:

Worship Leader: Linda J

Speaker: Pastor Marv

Song Leader: Derek M

Scripture Reader: Susan BP

Musicians: Derek M, John N

Ushers: Paul A, Innocent M, Henry J

Counters: Russ S, David H


Wild Church - Observing Cycles of Change

*Songs are selected from the Blue Duotang songbook


Order of Service

Gathering and Grounding

Music Prelude: John N. & Derek M.


Land Acknowledgement

Encircling Prayer

Songs: The River is Here - #10

     Our Hope is Rooted in the Spirit - #44 (last page insert)


Readings and Reflections

Scripture Reading: Psalm 103: 11-18; 2 Corinthians 3:18

Nature Reflection: Pastor Marv


Songs: Be Still and Know that I am God

     The Mountain of God - #28


Wandering and Wondering

Wander for 10-15 minutes and reflect on the following questions:

·         What changes are happening in your life that you observe right now?

·         What changes are happening in the rest of creation that you observe right now?

·         How do you experience the divine presence of love amid change?

For Children:

·         What changes come with Spring and Summer?

·         Find a nature object that you can share and tell us about.

Sharing Time: (5-10 minutes) Share one of your Wandering and Wondering reflections with the congregation. (Children are also welcome to participate.)


Sharing and Sending

Congregational Sharing and Prayer – Pastor Marv


Song: Flow to You - #41



This Week at Valleyview 




Save the Date: Sunday, June 16th Second Hour  

Join us for the baptism of Ilycene B & Jolica N, at the home of Deb & Gary G

*Refer to details in the email from Pastor Marv, dated May 29th


Next: Sunday June 9, 2024


10:00am - Worship & Live Stream at Valleyview


Worship Leader: Shelley K

Speaker: Paul Arnold

Song Leader: Maggie P

Scripture Reader: Gloria J

Pianist: Elenor T

Tech Team: Heather P, Tom P

Ushers: Don T, Allison H, Helen D

Counters: Erin W, Ben R



Second Hour with Christian Formation & Children’s Sunday School will return in September.


Worship Preview

During our worship services this summer, we will be focussing on different Anabaptist Common Practices.  These practices or characteristics of Anabaptist communities are explored in Stuart Murray's latest book, The New Anabaptists.  This new book is a companion to Murray's The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith, which focussed on the core convictions of Anabaptist faith.  

Join us for summer worship as we explore these common Anabaptist practices and the thought-provoking questions and discussions which they may raise about our lives today.


June 9: Worship Service:  Anabaptist Common Practices #1 Interpreting & Following the Way of Jesus


June 16: 

Worship Service:  Anabaptist Common Practices #4 Baptizing Would-be Disciples, and faith testimonies from Jolica & Ilycene

Second Hour: Baptism of Jolica & Ilycene, gathering at the home of Deb & Gary G


June 30:  Holiday weekend - NO worship service at Valleyview

August 4:  Holiday weekend - NO worship service at Valleyview


Donations to the Church Budget

For ways to donate please visit www.valleyviewmc.ca/Give


Total Donations received in May: $24,491

Monthly donations target:  $24,158

Total donations received Year-to-Date: $118,848

(41% of annual target)
2024 Annual donations target: $289,897




New and updated announcements are marked with purple font.


In the Broader Community


Canadian Mennonite:

Employment opportunity: Canadian Mennonite is hiring a full-time associate editor/senior writer. The work can be done remotely. Apply by June 10. See canadianmennonite.org/employment


Welcoming Newcomers in Treaty Territory Together
Jun. 22, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Toronto United Mennonite Church, 1774 Queen Street East, Toronto M4L 1G7
In recognition of World Refugee Day and National Indigenous Peoples Day, MCC invites you to attend this event to explore what it means to welcome newcomers in Treaty territory together. Learn more and RSVP at



For the latest news and volunteer opportunities, visit links below:


MCC (Mennonite Central Committee): mcccanada.ca

MCEC (Mennonite Church Eastern Canada): mcec.ca

MDS (Mennonite Disaster Service): mds.mennonite.net

-May edition of On the Level is available: https://conta.cc/3QMg8p5

MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates): www.meda.org


       Attendance Practices at Valleyview


Masking Policy at Valleyview

Please wear a facemask if you feel more comfortable and remember to stay home if you are not feeling well.

Scent-Free Zone: Severe Scent Allergy

Valleyview is a scent-free zone as many participants have strong reactions to scented products. Please refrain from using all scented products: cologne, perfume, hairspray, hand and body lotion.

No Peanuts: Allergy Alert

Members in attendance experience a serious peanut allergy. Please refrain from bringing, eating, or serving any food labelled as containing peanuts or with warning “May contain peanuts”.