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What is Church? It's not the building, or even the organization, it's the people. So, Light of the Valley is made up of many "kinds" of people. The people that make our church have some awesome stories to share. 

 

Some are people who left the faith, or were just busy doing other things until, one day it hit them...they felt distant and empty. Not being around a group of people who are centered on hope can be draining. Little by little, we lose that connection and then one day, it's gone. 

Others are families who are looking to find a place for their little ones to have Christian friends, learn Christian stuff, and sing church songs like they did when they were younger. 


People have found us by seeing a sign out front, looking for a pastor to do their wedding, wanting to learn about the Bible before they even believe, or believing before they have ever heard of the Bible, people who Jesus visited in their dreams.... People from all walks of life, many backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, and whatever phases of life they are in. God seems to just bring people to Light of the Valley and we are thankful for that. 

One of my favorite quotes is about our idea of who should be welcomed in any Christian church is from Mark Driscoll. He said, 

"To the gals and guys in clear heals, the drunks, the addicts, the perverts, the victims, the porn stars, the prostitutes, adulterers, thieves, the obese, glutens who think that the waste is a terrible thing to mind, the twilight fans, the murderers, momma’s boys, the losers, the freaks, the geeks, people who think wrestling is real, red necks, guys who own action figures, chain smokers, everyone who does not use a turn signal when you are texting and/or talking on your cell phone while they’re in their car, men who live with their mother, women who get paid  in $1 bills, dudes in dresses, democrats and republicans, the guys in the gym who walk around the locker room naked singing Bon Jovi’s “livin’ on a prayer”, Mormons and anyone else who wears sacred under-britches, whoever is responsible for the creation and the ongoing sale of men’s lycra biking shorts, guild leaders, yoga instructors, witches, potheads, meat-heads, crack heads, deadheads, and meth-heads, Trekkie, people who don’t recycle, the rainbow loving, tree hugging, Prius driving, leftists, and the religious people who do not know what I am talking about because these subjects were not on Little House on the Prairie or covered in their home-school coop…I have good news for you. You’re welcome at [our church] and you’ll fit right in because Jesus left the comfort of heaven to be with all of us messed up people because He loves you, He loves all of us."

We pray for and work toward being the kind of church that practices this openly as an expression of our love for all people. Like any church, ours is filled with humans - we acknowledge that we are sinful, Christ offers forgiveness, and we trust in His promises as His forgiven people. All are welcome here and we hope to see you soon.


 


 


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