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JULY 2021
The UPVPC 2021 Vacation Bible School gang!  We mined for treasure in God's Word all week and discovered that God's word is more valuable than millions in gold or silver!  (Psalm 119:72). A big thanks to everyone who helped in any way - especially all the parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles who brought their children!
We will gather outside if the weather is good (bring a chair) or inside if the weather isn't good (no chair needed)!
Congratulations to Betty and Kenny Wenger, Brad & Becky Gerlach, and Gayle & Mike Parks on the arrival of new babies in their families!  If you ask, I'm sure they'll show you a picture or two!
UPVPC is entering into a 10-month lease with First Start Partnerships for Children & Families.  We will be hosting a classroom of Pre-K students in our back hallway rooms for the 2021-22 school year.  We are excited to have young ones in the building each day and pray that this beautiful property God has entrusted to us will be a wonderfully safe and stimulating place as students start their school years.
Dr. Bonnie Cornelious

One in four adults has been diagnosed with a mental health condition. There is much conversation about why and what to do about it, but most practitioners agree that there is a mind/body connection between good and compromised health whether mental or physical. Based on that foundational statement, I’ll present some thoughts and scriptures that are applicable in mental health counseling, walking alongside relationships, and living our daily lives for God. 

While the Bible does not specifically name any mental health condition, it often mentions the mind/body connection: heart and mind; spiritual brokenness; and the condition of the soul, body, and spirit. Medical practitioners have a huge place in ameliorating the effects of mental health problems, only God can bring healing. I know of no medication that can: 
  • Bring peace-“The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11 
  • Restore relationships-“Make allowances for each other’s faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you so you must forgive others.” (Colossians 3:13) 
  • Give comfort-“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,  the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.” (2Corinthians 1:3) 
  • Forgive us-“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:19) 
  • Save us-“Salvation is found in no one else for this is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) 
  • Keep us from harm-“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help, you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 
  • Bring renewal and restoration-“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold the new has come.” (2Corinthians 5:17) 
Whether there is a mental illness diagnosis, feelings of self-pity and/or victimization, a cloud of debris that we drag along, counseling will help if we keep our eyes on Jesus. As church attendance declines and fewer and fewer people are claiming Christianity, it is imperative that we reach out to those in need.  That said, in order to help others, we must keep these same truths in our hearts all the time. May it be so.   

Heavenly Father, open our hearts to those who need to hear your words for the first time as well as those who need to be reconnected to you.  Human needs are met by you while sometimes being aided by medical practitioners. For that I am grateful.  May I forever be mindful, though, that I need you every hour and that you are always with me. To God be the glory. Amen

Yes!  There will be a Turkey Supper this year!  
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 20th!
A note of thanks from Child Evangelism Fellowship:  Dear UPV Presbyterian Church, Thank you so much for the generous gift for camp.  I was happy when St. John's Church said the property was going to open up again.  With people missing last year, I think that this year is going to be big.  We appreciate your help to make sure no child is turned away.  God bless, Dr. Dan
And another note of thanks from Matias & Rebekah Mancilla in Argentina:  Thank you so much for the wonderful gift given towards our support during the Easter season!  What a beautiful way to remember the new life our Savior gives.  We pray that God will give us wisdom to use these funds to continue to share about this new life with the children and their families here in our province of Santa Fe.  Thank you also for your continued prayers on our behalf as we continue to navigate these rather difficult times of pandemic.  We're so thankful for your partnership and friendship.  May the Lord bless you richly and give you His abundant joy each day.  Love in Jesus, The Mancillas
Worship in the UPVPC Sanctuary on Sundays at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Small groups for all, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
ONLINE worship at 8:27 a.m. and on YouTube.
Upper Path Valley Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 128,
Spring Run, PA 17262
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