Light of the Valley
Calling people to Christ, Growing people's faith through Christ, Sending people to proclaim Christ
Join us for worship this Sunday!
Sunday at 9:00 am
After worship at 10:30 am
What are we about?
When people come to church, many want to have an experience with Jesus. They don't want to be lectured on religion or told that they don't fit in. However, some congregations set their priority to make sure everyone knows they are "orthodox", "conservative", "Bible-based", and "steadfast". While these are all good things to aim for as a church, they are not the highest priority in all things. The highest priority is that… “in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 4:11). It is our aim to “preach Christ crucified” (1 Corinthians 1:23) in everything we do.
It is our mission to bring GOOD NEWS into people’s lives and we do that through the only good news there is - by the sacrifice of Christ on the cross we are freely saved by Him, not by what we do, but by Him and His works alone. There is no good news in "measuring up", being "orthodox enough", or by measuring one's "steadfastness" as an indication of faith. The only true assurance we have is what we are given in Christ, not in what we might achieve or prove to others.
At Light of the Valley, we strive to welcome people with the love of Christ, we aim to form lasting relationships, and hope to provide a place where people can truly encounter Jesus through His word, life, meaningful worship, loving service, and through receiving his forgiveness. We are all people who have failed to live up to God’s expectations and find hope in the gospel. We have not yet reached our goal, but we strive forward with our eyes set on reaching it through Christ.
We are Lutheran, which means we agree with the Lutheran Confessions and what they say about scriptures. The Lutheran confessions are not an additional sacred book; they are instead a compilation of historical statements (The Book of Concord) that hold Lutherans united in how we read the only truly authoritative book – the Holy Bible. The Lutheran Confessions ensure that we, as a congregation, continue to teach the scriptures alone as they communicate the historical account of salvation by grace alone through faith alone on account of Christ alone to God alone be the glory!
Please come and join our community of flawed people as we find peace in Jesus.
Who is Pastor Helfrich?
Pastor Matt Helfrich is married to Danielle Helfrich and he is the father of two little girls, Ava and Paige.
Pastor Matt has a strong desire to help make a relationship with Jesus something that is easily accessible. Sometimes well-meaning churches give the impression that you have to fit a mold to belong. Our God isn't like that, why should we be that way as a church?
God made each of us different for a reason, and He loves each and every one of us enough to give His life. He did this because He loves us and wants us to be close to Him - NOTHING should ever get in the way of that.
Jesus lived a perfect life, died a horrible death as a payment for our sins, and He raised from the dead to justify us, be our advocate before the Father, and to conquer death and the grave once and for all...for all.
He died for everyone, there is no one outside of the purpose and work of God. Even if you don't acknowledge Him, He loves you and died for you.
Pastor Matt and the disciples at Light of the Valley hope that you will allow God to renew your relationship with Him. Please be our guest on any Sunday morning, or take a look at the many other places you can connect with Light of the Valley on this website.
God be with you, and we look forward to meeting you soon!