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Valley Community Church celebrates 50 years in Pleasanton

Anniversary service includes special candle-lighting, city commendation

Valley Community Church recently commemorated its 50th anniversary, with the congregation marking the occasion with a three-day celebration at the church just outside Pleasanton.

The weekend-long celebration featured a Friday worship night Sept. 28, followed by a well-attended church barbecue that Saturday and then a special anniversary service that Sunday.

"Founded in 1968, the church has worked prayerfully to seek the good of the city," church officials said in a statement. "VCC exists to make, mature and mobilize apprentices of Jesus marked by a welcoming and giving attitude -- learning and rejoicing in God and telling others about His love."

The Sept. 30 service included Mayor Jerry Thorne presenting a special commendation on behalf of the city government. The event concluded with a candle-lighting during which former pastors passed the flame to current pastor, Heath Hardesty, who then led them in lighting the candles of the entire congregation while encouraging them to "carry the fire" for another 50 years.

In presenting the commendation, Thorne said, "This church has shown up for the community in so many important ways, from feeding the hungry and helping the homeless, to partnering with the school district on the parking lot next to the building, and investing in our downtown community by opening Inklings coffeehouse, as a way to be fully present and integrated into the fabric of this great community."

"You've demonstrated that church is not a place, but a people who carry the fire of their faith into the community and everyday make it better," he added. "Valley Community Church has been an incredible partner to Pleasanton and we look forward to our continued partnership."

Valley Community Church meets on Sundays at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at 4455 Del Valle Pkwy.

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