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Glenshaw Valley Presbyterian Church is a church for people of all ages and backgrounds. Young or old, healthy or sick, rich or poor; we seek to be relevant to everyone who walks into our beautiful sanctuary.

Our church has been a vital part of the community for more than 100 years. Our church was born in the 19th century, flourished in the 20th century and has entered into the 21st century. Not many churches can claim such an illustrious history. We are very proud of our past, yet we are seeking new ways to minister to the people around us. We must be prepared for the future God has for us!

We are a family-oriented church with people of various ages. We are seeking to be relevant to everyone who walks into our beautiful sanctuary, whether young or old, sick or healthy, rich or poor. You are welcome to worship with us on any given Sunday. There is a place for you to serve God, or you can relax in our worship service and let God minister to your soul as you seek direction in a complex world.

The love, mercy, and salvation of Jesus Christ are open to you. As part of the church worldwide, we hope you will join us in worship, service, and fellowship.

Rev Wood

Reverend Dr. David K. Wood

It is almost May and people are already thinking about their plant beds and vegetable gardens.  My wife Rose is working around the yard of our home in Indiana as she gets it ready for selling.  In fact, she is planting annuals in her extensive garden right now as I write this.  Well our church is going to once again sponsor a garden for anyone interested in their own plot.  Dan Nelson has already rototilled it and will be installing better fencing to keep the various “varmints and critters” out which gardeners regularly do battle with. 

But did you know that faith and agriculture go together?  I often like to compare my spiritual conversion many years ago to the planting of a seed in the ground.  When you look at a seed, it appears at first as nothing more than a dry, shriveled up husk.  You find it hard to believe that it could possibly contain anything resembling life in it.  But plant it, water it, add nutrients and sunlight, and in time it cracks the casing and begins its slow but inexorable journey upwards.  Then one day, it breaks through the surface of the soil and in amazement you say to yourself, "Aha!  There was life in that shriveled up old seed the whole time- only I didn't know it." 

Well faith operates in the same way- and this must be the reason why Jesus himself compared it to a seed.  We don't know that God is operative in our lives- in fact, we often find it hard to believe as we can't see, hear, smell, touch or taste him.  But then one day, that which was germinating just below the surface breaks through the topsoil of our lives and we discover that not only is there a God, but that he's been down there--in our heart and soul--taking root and germinating the whole time, waiting to break through the surface and make his appearance known to us.  My conversion experience was thus my "Aha!"- the realization that God was working in and through me, even when I forgot or cursed or dismissed him. 

I have since come to learn that God works very personally and uniquely with each one of us, and how and when we discover his presence is known only to him.  When it DOES happen, we can only receive it and respond in kind with the fruit that inevitably comes from the presence of God’s life in our own.  May we learn to take seriously the role and activity of the Spirit in our lives and of the outgrowth that comes with it more than we do.  But may we also show some concern when that same fruit--love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—is stunted or even lacking for their absence in our lives becomes a sure indicator that something is wrong and that we need to speak to Jesus about it.  Then we’ll learn that he was not only a fine carpenter but a tremendous farmer as well.

Be safe and be well,

            Pastor Dave

Clerk of Session:         Clifford Huff
Chair of Deacons:        Suzanne Connors
Christian Education:    B.J. Morrison
Women's Association: B.J. Morrison

 

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