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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers’ caregiver role is to stand by those caregivers who themselves have the brunt of serious and crucial care-giving roles. Our role also is to be available to listen to the care receiver who needs a friend and encouragement. We know how important it is to ask for God’s guidance at these meetings.
Care receivers and caregivers: Please know that Stephen Ministers are:
J ust as near as the phone
E ager to be of help
S ympathetic to their pain
U nderstanding of their needs
S ensitive to their feelings
We will always try to show:
C ompassion and confidentiality at all times
H elpfulness in allowing them to resolve their own situations
R espect for who they are
I nterest in all aspects of their life
S haring of our time and love by listening and caring
T rust in God to sustain and guide us through it all

Grief Share is a 13 week DVD based recovery support group.  It is open to members and non-members who have suffered the loss of a spouse, relative, close friend, or loved one, recently or in the past.   Topics covered include living with grief, the effects of grief, God’s prescription for grief, and the question of “why?”

The current session will begin in the fall.  We are registered on

Loss of a Spouse Seminar on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 1 – 3pm

This FREE seminar features practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts, and others who have experienced the unique pain of losing a spouse. Topics discussed include what to expect in the weeks and months after a spouse’s loss, what to do with surprising emotions, how to handle changing relationships, how to handle the loneliness, what to do with your spouse’s belongings, and how to find the strength to go on.
Register here.
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry in which the identity of those receiving care and everything discussed remains private.  Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide weekly one-on-one Christian care (emotional and spiritual) to people in the congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives, be it the loss of a loved one, hospitalization, spiritual crisis, divorce, job loss, or loneliness, to name but a few. If you or someone you know could use a Stephen Minister, please call our Stephen Leaders,  Dian Ward (702) 750-0146,  Melody Edwards (702) 683-5189 or Pat Malfara  (702)242-8442. God comforts us in our affliction so that we may comfort others as we were comforted by God .“                       2nd Corinthians 1-4
Why Join Stephen Ministry?
Because the Bible tells us to:
“Love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
“Encourage one another and build up each other.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11a
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn.” Romans 12:15
“Serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13
Stephen Ministry invites YOU to become a Stephen Minister. Find out how by calling Dian Ward at (702) 750-0146. Also, call this number if you want to have a SM visit you.

Fall Bible Studies

Fall 2019 Bible Studies – Child care available at all 6pm classes

Sun. at 9:45am – The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis 
Class leader:  Jim Foley
Mon. at 6pm – The Book of Daniel
Class leader:  Bruce Lewis
No registration necessary
Tues. at 10am and 6pm – Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs  (Women’s Study Group)
Class leaders:  Michele Weber and Dian Ward
Wed. at 10am and 6pm –1st and 2nd Peter
Class leader:  Pastor David
Thurs. at 10am and 6pm – No Other Gods by Kelly Minter  (Women’s Study Group)
Class leader:  Lynn Palmer

Music Ministry

Sunday Free Concert Series

A variety of Sunday afternoon concerts are held throughout the year. In lieu of admission, a goodwill offering is taken at each performance.
Handbell Choir
Louis Syrovy is our Handbell Director.
Anyone interested in joining the hand-bell family for the fall season is invited to an informational meeting on Wednesday, August 21th 2019 at 3PM in the chapel
The Fall Season starts September 4, 2019 and ends December 25, 2019
Hope to see you there!
Rehearsals are on Wednesday at 5:30 pm.
Chancel Choir
Dr. Mark Wherry, Director of Music, leads MVPC’s adult choir.  Rehearsals are on Wednesday at 7 pm.
Praise Team
Bridgette Foster, Worship Leader, leads our Praise Team during the Contemporary Worship Service.  Practice is on Thursday at 5 pm.

Pet Ministry

Pet Ministry is now doing a prayer wheel; the new “Fur Wheel” has been Launched! Anyone requiring any form of pet prayers should contact Tammy Roth, at If unable to reach, Melissa Malfara is a secondary contact at,
Blessings to All!

Paws in Motion 4-7-19

Mission Activities

MVPC’s Mission and Vision

Love God, Know God, Serve God

Love People, Know People, Serve People


St. Francis Prayer

MVPC has a tag line (“Laugh Often and Fear Not”) and a Mission Statement, “Love God, Know God, Serve God…Love People, Know People, Serve People”. The Mission Committee proposes that in 2019 MVPC adopt the St Francis Prayer as its “mission prayer.” We believe the prayer captures the true spirit of mission — of thinking of others and reaching out to them. Here is the prayer (we’ll be reminding you of this prayer on a regular basis) and encourage you to include it in your prayer regimen:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where this is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
May you find ways to be an instrument of peace in the coming week!

Annual School Supply Drive

From now through the end of August (yes, we’ll be collecting supplies even after school starts) we’ll be collecting items needed by students AND teachers. These will go to Wynn Elementary, where our own Lori Ritter is a teacher. Lori says that ANY school supplies are appreciated, but the following are most needed: copy paper (by the middle of the school year teachers often have to buy their own reams of copy paper), glue sticks, crayons, pencils, two-pocket folders and composition books (the kind you can buy for $1 at the Dollar Store). Also needed are shirts for school uniforms (all sizes) in red, blue or gray. These can be new or in good condition (make a stop at Savers on the way home from church). Bins will be underneath the Mission Board in Fellowship Hall through August. (You might even de-clutter your desk and donate some supplies which are duplicates or triplicates). Let’s be sure that the kids at Wynn have what’s needed to begin school.

Club Christ

If you heard Evan Hartsell speak about Club Christ last Sunday you’re probably wanting to know how to support that organization, which is one of the organizations your pledge dollars support. (What Evan didn’t tell you is that 78% of kids in Club Christ are reading at or above grade level, a significant change from kids in general in CCSD.). You can volunteer (the closest center is in the Farrell Apartments, just behind Texas Station). Or you can donate, either with a one-time gift or with a monthly donation by credit card or ETF. The Club Christ website will help you find a way to support this ministry:

August is Green Month at MVPC

This week’s GREEN focus is FOOD WASTE. The United Nations reported that around the world almost a third of the food produced for human consumption each year is lost or wasted. This includes losses at the farm level, processing, transportation, distribution, and home and food service spoilage. In the United States, it is estimated that the average family of four throws away about $1,800 worth of food each year, which amounts to more than 20% of the food and beverages each household purchases. The resources used to produce this lost food include enough fuel to drive around the world 5 million times, 4.2 trillion gallons of water and 1.8 billion pounds of fertilizer. These are astounding numbers, telling of great waste but also identifying great opportunity. If the average family could cut its annual food waste in half, it would free up $900. That amount is ¼ of MVPC’s annual mission support to the Henderson Presbyterian Church food bank. An additional $900 would allow the food bank to provide hundreds and hundreds of meals to needy persons. Now multiply that $900 by numbers of families just in our congregation and you can see a tremendous opportunity for both good stewardship and critical mission support. People don’t intentionally plan on wasting food. So, here are a few tips to help you reduce food waste:

  • Plan meals in advance and make a list of the items needed to prepare those meals.
  • Before shopping, check your refrigerator, freezer and pantry to see if you have some of the items on the list.
  • Purchase amounts of food consistent with your meal plan.
  • Store fresh items in a manner to preserve maximum freshness (see for tips).
  • Use leftovers for lunches, soups, stews or omelets, or as part of homemade pet food.
  • Store leftovers properly and avoid pushing them to the rear of the refrigerator where they are easily forgotten or freeze them for later use.
  • Be observant of the food you do throw out and consider ways you may avoid the same waste in the future.

You can also find a myriad of tips on various internet sites. Reducing food waste helps save the Earth, saves you money and frees up your resources for better use in a manner pleasing to God. Certainly, effort is involved, but the results are well worth it.

Meet our Missionaries

God’s call on the Strang’s lives to serve in cross-cultural ministry has been evident since childhood. Cecily and Fred Foy met at the New Wilmington Missionary Conference, were married in 1984, and, after a time of academic preparations, moved to Kenya with their new growing family to live and work with the Maasai in the Great Rift Valley. The Strangs are serving in Kenya in partnership with PCEA and Cecily is also working with the Medical Benevolence Foundation. Fred Foy, an ordained Presbyterian minister with a Ph.D. in African Christianity, is working with Christian leadership training in rural Maasai, ordained pastor, and university settings. Cecily, a Ph.D. prepared RN, is working with Maasai people and others in community health, nursing education, and also serves in a university setting. Although daily tasks are important, their main focus continues to be building relationships, so that the gospel of Christ might be received.
Salvation Army Food Collection
On the first Sunday of each month, non-perishable food items are collected for the Salvation Army Food Bank.
Las Vegas Rescue Mission Blankets
Reach people in need with this very worthwhile project. Please donate 4-ply yarn, or, use yarn already donated by others to knit or crochet 7′ x 9″ sections that will be assembled into afghans for the homeless.
Lions’ Eyeglasses
We collect old eyeglasses for the Lions Club program.
Clothing Collection 
The committee also has initiated an
ongoing collection program for gently-used clothing, shoes, household items, books and toys. The box will be located in Fellowship Hall and the donated goods will be taken on a weekly basis to Westminster Presbyterian Church, to be distributed during their food bank days. If you are interested in helping us coordinate this, please contact Tami Samek
or 702-341-7800 and she will forward your name to us.


Grocery Certificates and Gift Cards

Our grocery program partners:

  1. Smith’s. Smith’s has revamped its program, now called Inspiring Donations, which still rebates to the Church a portion of your purchases. Please update the registration of your Smith’s Reward Card number (or phone number) at  MVPC’s church organization number is CF673.    After registration, every purchase at Smith’s earns money for the Church.
  2. Albertsons. Purchase Albertsons gift cards, which are useable at all Albertson’s affiliated stores across the country (including Acme, Jewel, Osco).  Albertson’s gives the Church 5% of all gift cards puchased.

You can purchase Albertsons gift cards from Jeff Patterson between Sunday morning services or call Jeff at 228-3411.   YOU CAN NOW MAKE PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD OR VENMO APP

Adventurers (Over 50’s)

Monday, August 19th – Lunch at Mt. Charleston Lodge – leave the church at 11:00 a.m.


Friday, August 23rd – Hot August Night – There’s still availability to join us in Fellowship Hall on Friday, August 23rd for Bingo, hot dogs and fun. It is important to let us know if you plan to attend so we make sure to have plenty of food and prizes. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. – food and fellowship until 6:00 – Bingo starts! Cost: $25/person – lots of valuable prizes If you have already signed up, there is no need to reply to this communication; this is for all of the details of the evening. Looking forward to seeing each of you!


Friday, August 30th – Providing and serving dinner for Family Promise – More info to come

Bonnie Springs and Wetlands Park March 2019

Health Ministry/Parish Nurse

Thoughts from your Parish Nurse

Have you been thinking of adding more physical activity to your life? Have you thought about walking? Walking is a great way to be more active and is the most popular physical activity among adults. Walking can also be an excellent family activity! Most people can walk, including many people with disabilities who are able to walk on their own or with walkers or other aids. What are the benefits of walking? Two benefits of walking are that it’s easy to do and has a low risk of injury. Walking also is free or low-cost because you don’t need special equipment, clothing, facilities, or training. Because walking can easily fit your schedule, needs, and abilities, it’s a good way to start getting active if you’ve been inactive. Like other kinds of regular physical activity, walking at a brisk pace also may offer health benefits, such as
• lowering your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes
• strengthening your bones and muscles
• helping you burn more calories
• improving your fitness
• lifting your mood
Spirituality, just like exercise heals and strengthens us. Marrying the two, walking and discussion of scripture, is a win-win!
Blessings and health,


Emergency Contact Sheets

Please help us help you and yours. Having an emergency contact entered into our system allows the church to get in touch with someone you trust in case of emergency, be they local or out of town. Forma can be found in the Narthex. (I have sneaked them onto the Serve counter.)

Team members 

We are excited to introduce the Health Ministry Team Members! Dian Ward, RN, Paula Anderson, Tim Friday, Laura Martin, Tim Martin, and Beverly Norton. 


All communications and conversations between the Parish Nurse and members will be treated in a confidential manner consistent with standards of nursing and pastoral care. No information will be divulged to staff, family, or other health care professionals without the consent of the parishioner.

What is Parish Nursing?

Parish Nursing has been defined by the American Nurses Association as “a unique, specialized practice of professional nursing which focuses on the promotion of health within the context of the values, beliefs and practices of a faith community…its mission and ministry to its members…and the community it serves.”

What are examples of Parish Nursing?

Health Counseling

A member of the congregation is diagnosed with diabetes. She has a number of questions about this condition and especially her new diet. The Parish Nurse could meet with her to review in more detail things that her physician told her about diabetes. The Parish Nurse may believe that a consultation with a dietitian or nutritionist would be valuable to this person, and may arrange a referral through the family doctor.
Pregnant, nursing, or new mothers may have questions or need support. The Parish Nurse is available for them. A youth or teen of the church, or their parents, may have questions regarding sexuality, drugs, alcohol abuse, depression, suicide prevention and more. The Parish Nurse is available to discuss these issues in a private, professional and strictly confidential manner. Referrals may be offered, as necessary.
Men’s and Women’s health issues are discussed privately and confidentially. Advocacy, support, referrals and spiritual support are all offered by the Parish Nurse.
Individual meetings may be scheduled with the Parish Nurse to assist a parishioner with sorting through the grieving process, stress, depression, other mental health or addiction issues, understanding their medications, etc. Once the issue is addressed, appropriate referrals may then be made as needed.

Blood Pressure Screenings

Blood Pressure Screenings are offered periodically to the congregation by the Health Ministry team and volunteer nurses. Health Education Several members may have voiced questions about a specific health issue. The Parish Nurse might organize a small discussion/support group in response.

Health Education

Several members may have voiced questions about a specific health issue. The Parish Nurse might organize a small discussion/support
group in response.
Various classes and programs addressing health issues may be offered to MVPC members and the community. An article is written for the monthly Messenger Newsletter.

Liaison with Other Church Volunteer Groups

The Parish Nurse works closely with the Pastor, Deacons and staff of the church. Being aware of the many volunteer groups within MVPC available to the congregation, the Parish Nurse can facilitate referrals to the appropriate group leaders within the church to address the parishioner’s needs.

Liaison with community programs and health professionals

The Parish Nurse serves as a resource person and an advocate for parishioners and their families.

Hospital Visitation Team

The Parish Nurse and Visitation Team, consisting of Tim Friday, Willette Friday, LaValle Vita, Lois Shivers-Wynn, Paul Tomlinson and Michele Weber, make visits to parishioners in the hospital, hospice, rehabilitation or extended care facilities and/or home. Phone visits are also utilized. Hospital visits are also made by Pastor David Dendy, Family Ministries Director Chris Kirschman, and possibly church deacons.

What is NOT a function of the Parish Nurse?

The Parish Nurse does not provide services that require a doctor’s order, such as changing dressings, giving medications or intravenous fluids. She does not duplicate existing services such as home health or hospice care. The Parish Nurse Program does not maintain a clinic in the church.

Small Groups 2019

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Try a new thing in 2019… Grow in your Spiritual Life 
Come and check out these small groups.

Dinner for Six

Learn to Knit/Crochet


Adult Bible Study

Israel: Journey of Faith

Israel: Journey of Faith

• When: November 4th-12th, 2019 • Price: $3,989 double or $4,689 single • Deposit Due ($500 per person): April 29, 2019 • Final Payment: September 5, 2019
• Highlights: Jaffa ● Caesarea ● Nazareth ● Cana ● Tiberias ● Sea of Galilee ● Mount of Beatitudes ● Capernaum ● Golan Heights ● Caesarea Philippi ● Tel Megiddo ● Bethlehem ● Jerusalem ● Mount of Olives ● Mount Zion ● Ein Karem ● Via Dolorosa ● Western Wall ● Garden Tomb ● Dead Sea ● Masada ● Qumran The price includes air travel from Las Vegas to Tel Aviv… (and return flight!) 9 Days ● 15 Meals: 7 Breakfasts ● 1 Lunch ● 7 Dinners