Welcome to
Valley Community Church

Valley Community Church exists to Make Gospel-Centered Disciples For The Glory Of God. No idea what that means? No worries. No matter your background, you are welcome to gather with us on Sunday mornings as we sing praises to our good and gracious King. Just know that for us, worship doesn’t end on Sunday. We happily continue learning, welcoming, praying, giving, and praising Jesus (we call those our “five commitments”) all throughout the week. Why? Because God’s mission is not for the spiritually elite. It is for all of us. It is an Every Member Mission. Welcome!

SUNDAYS | What are they like?

Christians are exiles awaiting a homeland. But every Sunday, our Heavenly Father spreads a banquet for us in the wilderness to remind us of His glorious promise to bring us home. That is why we gather as a church family every Sunday at 9AM and 11AM, to receive God’s word in faith and sing His word back to Him in wonder, love, and praise. Our weekly elements include:

WORD

We delightfully receive the Word of God, Jesus Christ, through the preaching of the word of God, the Scriptures. The Gospel is not good advice; it is Good News.

TABLE

This is our family meal. Those who confess Jesus Christ as Savior are nourished by the body (bread) and blood (wine/juice) of our crucified, risen, and ascended King.

SONG

We sing songs of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, hope, and remembrance to bring God glory and carve His truth deeper into our hearts and minds.

Being a Christian is hard enough, so we aim to make coming to our church for the first time as easy as possible. We have parking in front of and on the side of the main sanctuary, and we also share a parking garage with Amador Valley High School. You should never have trouble finding a spot, but if you are late, nobody will judge you! (Not being judgmental is one of our main tenants). Once you get to the doors, a member of the church will meet you with a smile and a bulletin which explains the basics about our church. From there, you can head to the bar in the foyer for a cup of coffee or tea and they can help answer any questions you may have. If you’re shy, feel free to just grab a seat anywhere in the sanctuary and read your bulletin!

Have kids? We do too. Middle School students have a program at 9AM and High Schoolers at 11AM in the Hall, which is the smaller building on the right. In between the two buildings there is the Gathering Place where you can sign in for Children’s Ministry. If your child has special needs, the trained staff in the Friendship Class will be there to help. If you have an elementary school student, bring them into the sanctuary for the first worship set! We will dismiss them from up front and then a teacher will be there to walk them to their class.

If you are new to church, we invite you to simply observe the service carefully. You’ll be instructed when to sit or stand, so don’t worry about not knowing what to do. You can sing along with the worship songs if you like, but no one will notice if you don’t. After the kids are dismissed, there will be a reinforcement of our church’s mission to “make gospel-centered disciples for the glory of God.” (You’ll learn in time what that means). After that, one of our pastors will give a message about the good news of Jesus Christ from wherever we are in the Bible that day. We aim to be both accessible to newcomers and yet challenging to those who have been “church people” for years. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Bible, many people use their phones, and we have Bibles in the seats and the words are up on the screen so you can follow right along. After the sermon, servers will pass out bread and juice for communion. Many will eat and drink at some point during the last few songs while others will refrain. After that, you will be sent out with a blessing to be a blessing wherever you live, work, and play. Hope to see you this Sunday!

AN EVERY MEMBER MISSION

Making Gospel-Centered Disciples for the Glory of God.

Sunday Shot

"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

− Colossians 3:15-17 ESV

Our Beliefs | The 7 Articles

I.

We believe in the one true God, eternally existing in three equally divine persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, who created all things, and revealed Himself ultimately in the person and work of Jesus Christ, and in Scripture which testifies to Him.

(Genesis 1:1-2; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 139:7-8; Job 33:4; Matthew 12:32; Luke 24:27; John 1:1, 5:39, 8:58, 14:16; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 2:10, 3:16, 8:6, 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 1:3, 9:14)

II.

We believe the sixty-six books of Scripture are alone the inspired Word of God, infallible, authoritative, and sufficient to reveal His will for salvation.

(Proverbs 30:5; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 4:4, 5:18; John 10:35, 14:26, 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18; 2 Peter 1:19-21, 3:16; Revelation 22:18-19)

III.

We believe that humanity was made in the image of God for loving relationship with God, but through rebellion broke that relationship and is therefore under God’s just condemnation. Humanity’s only hope of reconciliation is God’s gracious intervention.

(Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-24; John 15:4-5; Romans 3:10, 23-25; 2 Corinthians 4:4, 5:18-20; Ephesians 2:1-10; Colossians 1:20; 1 John 3:4-5)

Why Doctrine?

Doctrine is not dusty, cold, and inscrutable. It is Truth-telling. It is the crucial content that makes a great story coherent, a body of treasured knowledge that warms the soul. It is a foundation: faulty doctrine causes lives to crumble in the slightest breeze whereas true doctrine allows one to weather any storm. It is a pair of spectacles: either warping reality or allowing one to finally see. In all things, Jesus Christ is our precious cornerstone and His gospel is our vision.

IV.

We believe that, in love, the Father authored salvation and sent His Son Jesus who, being fully God and fully man, accomplished salvation, defeating sin, Satan, and death through His sinless life, substitutionary death on the cross, and bodily resurrection. Jesus then ascended to the right hand of the Father to send the Holy Spirit to apply salvation by graciously uniting sinners to the Son through their faith in the Son.

(Isaiah 53; Luke 24:51; John 3:5, 36, 12:31; Romans 3:25, 4:25, 15:16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13, 4:4; Ephesians 1:3-14; 2:1-10; Colossians 2:13-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 2:14-15, 4:15, 9:22, 10:10; 1 Peter 1:2-5, 3:22; 1 John 3:8, 4:2)

The Story Arc

The story that God has called us to proclaim is that of Creation (God Initiates), Fall (Humanity Breaks), Redemption (Grace Chases), and Restoration (Love Radiates). Though God created all things good, sin has fractured mankind’s relationship with God, neighbor, creation, and self. God the Father has redeemed humanity through the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of His Son Jesus Christ and has empowered us by His Spirit to proclaim this Good News in all creation. One day, our victorious King will return to repair once and for all these four fractures and make all things new.

V.

We believe that God has created His church by His Word and Spirit, and that His Spirit indwells the church individually and corporately, empowering them to live godly lives and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all people in word and deed.

(Genesis 12:1-3; Matthew 5:13-16, 28:19-20; Acts 1:8, 2:38-47, Romans 1:6; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 10:10-15, 12:12-13; Galatians 3:2, 7-9, 27-29; Ephesians 4:4-16)

VI.

We believe that God has given His church baptism and communion, the signs and seals of the New Covenant, to be received by faith as visible declarations of the gospel.

(Matthew 26:26-29, 28:19-20; Luke 22:14-20; Romans 4:11-12, 6:3-6; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:11-12; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32; 1 Peter 3:21-22)

VII.

We believe in the bodily return of Jesus Christ as King and Judge, the future arrival of the new heaven and new earth, and the bodily resurrection of the unjustified to eternal condemnation and the justified to eternal glory.

(Matthew 24:29-31, 27, 44, 25:31-46; John 3:36, 14:3; Acts 1:11; Romans 2:6-8, 6:23, 8:30, 34; 1 Corinthians 15:12-57; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27; Jude 14; Revelation 1:7, 19:11-16, 21:1)

ONE:

We believe in the one true God, eternally existing in three equally divine persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, who created all things, and revealed Himself ultimately in the person and work of Jesus Christ, and in Scripture which testifies to Him.

TWO:

We believe the sixty-six books of Scripture are alone the inspired Word of God, infallible, authoritative, and sufficient to reveal His will for salvation.

THREE:

We believe that humanity was made in the image of God for loving relationship with God, but through rebellion broke that relationship and is therefore under God’s just condemnation. Humanity’s only hope of reconciliation is God’s gracious intervention.

FOUR:

We believe that, in love, the Father authored salvation and sent His Son Jesus who, being fully God and fully man, accomplished salvation, defeating sin, Satan, and death through His sinless life, substitutionary death on the cross, and bodily resurrection. Jesus then ascended to the right hand of the Father to send the Holy Spirit to apply salvation by graciously uniting sinners to the Son through their faith in the Son.

FIVE:

We believe that God has created His church by His Word and Spirit, and that His Spirit indwells the church individually and corporately, empowering them to live godly lives and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all people in word and deed.

SIX:

We believe that God has given His church baptism and communion, the signs and seals of the New Covenant, to be received by faith as visible declarations of the gospel.

SEVEN:

We believe in the bodily return of Jesus Christ as King and Judge, the future arrival of the new heaven and new earth, and the bodily resurrection of the unjustified to eternal condemnation and the justified to eternal glory.

Baptism: A Sign of Safe Passage

Baptism is meant to mark the beginning of our journey as Christians because it is a promise from God (think of a wedding ring) that commemorates our becoming a member the church, Christ’s beloved bride. It is a powerful sign and seal of the promise of salvation that we have in Jesus. That is why we like to say that the sacraments are “visible declarations of good news.” When we witness a baptism, we are witnessing someone dying with Christ to their selfishness and rising again to a new life of serving God and others (Romans 6:4).

New Christian? Never been baptized? We hold baptisms during Sunday services at least quarterly in tandem with our new member celebrations. If you are interested in baptism, we offer a quarterly class right after service where you will learn all about the rich significance of this powerful symbol. Let us know below if you are coming to the next class so we can buy you lunch! And to learn more about baptism at VCC, click the button below.

Covenant Membership

& The Five Commitments

Christians are not lone rangers, but covenant members: members of the body of Jesus Christ who has drawn us into His covenant embrace. Covenant Membership, or simply church membership, is faith incarnate: individual faith lived out in the corporate body of Christ. As a body we have different roles, but when one of us hurts, we all hurt (1 Corinthians 12:12). We are not club members, but family members who are accountable to care for one another (Matthew 12:49-50). We have one Spirit, one Father, and one Elder Brother: Jesus Christ. We belong to Him and therefore to one another.

We live in a society that is commitment-phobic. But commitment is the context for love. In fact, our commitment to one another is our most powerful witness of the God who committed Himself to us. Because Jesus died for us, we can die to ourselves to see one another flourish. We love because He first loved us.

In line with Acts 2:42-47, we express our ultimate commitment to Jesus Christ in the following 5 Commitments of our Every Member Mission:

THE FIVE

COMMITMENTS

LEARNING

Corporate: Learning amidst the word, song, and communion on Sundays

Individual: Personal study of and reflection on God’s word

PRAISING

Worship: Gathering with God’s people to proclaim Christ’s excellencies in the power of the Spirit

Evangelism: Naturally and intentionally sharing the gospel with others

GIVING

Serving: Giving of time and talents

Grace Giving: Giving of finances

PRAYING

Horizontally: Praying for the church, the city, and the world

Vertically: Adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication

WELCOMING

Hospitality: Welcoming and caring for those who are new to the community

Fellowship: Being a part of comGroup life

  • Learning

  • Praising

  • Giving

  • Praying

  • Welcoming

Leadership

ELDERS & DEACONS

Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His body (Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 5:4). Under the guidance of His word by the power of the Holy Spirit, the leadership of Valley Community Church is vested in elders to shepherd, teach, and govern our community (Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:17). The qualifications for elders are listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-10, and 1 Peter 5:1-4.

Jesus Christ is the ultimate Servant Leader (Luke 22:27). Deacons, literally meaning “servants,” co-labor with the elders in the ministry of the gospel by supplying material needs and services (Acts 6:1-7). The qualifications for deacons are listed in 1 Timothy 3:8-13.

Dan Diggins

Dan Diggins

Elder

Steve Glavan

Steve Glavan

Elder

Heath Hardesty

Heath Hardesty

Elder

Kent Laws

Kent Laws

Elder

Mark Lortz

Mark Lortz

Elder

Dave Monical

Dave Monical

Elder

John Moore

John Moore

Elder

Dave Peterson

Dave Peterson

Elder

Kevin Sousa

Kevin Sousa

Elder

Email all Elders at elders@vc.church.

PASTORAL STAFF

Heath Hardesty

Heath Hardesty

Lead Pastor

Dane Olney

Dane Olney

Discipleship Pastor

Jake Kazakevich

Jake Kazakevich

Associate Pastor

Sid Niemeyer

Sid Niemeyer

Community Care Pastor

CHILDREN’S & STUDENT MINISTRY STAFF

Kevin Barnett

Kevin Barnett

High School Pastor

Jake Lemmer

Jake Lemmer

Middle School Ministry Director

Cheryl Blea

Cheryl Blea

Children's Ministry Director

Brenda Black

Brenda Black

Children's Ministry Admin

Kris Volkir

Kris Volkir

Disability Ministry Director

Kelly McIntosh

Kelly McIntosh

Shining Light Preschool Director

Ben Oliver

Ben Oliver

Student Ministry Associate

Jake Russo

Jake Russo

Student Ministry Worship Director

Laura Rodrigues

Laura Rodrigues

Student Ministry Office Manager

Sheri Ellison

Sheri Ellison

Student Ministry Admin

Laura Martinez

Laura Martinez

Childcare Coordinator

TECH & MEDIA ARTS STAFF

David LaChance

David LaChance

Worship Pastor

Eric Szyrko

Eric Szyrko

Music Ministry Associate

John Heyer

John Heyer

Technical Director

Rachel Leona

Rachel Leona

Visual Communications Director

SUPPORT STAFF

Denise Garcia

Denise Garcia

Operations Manager

Cindy Wolff

Cindy Wolff

Treasurer

Laura Monical

Laura Monical

Admin Assistant & Connections

Susan Harford

Susan Harford

Admin Assistant

Wally Moxley

Wally Moxley

Facilities Manager

Scott Hamlin

Scott Hamlin

Assistant Facilities Manager

Danny Min

Danny Min

IT Director