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mark - who is jesus poster updated for 2016
February 13, 2016

"They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them."
Mark 6.12-13

     At some point the trainees (whether they're ducklings who have been swimming in a trail behind their mother, a sports team training under a coach, or a tag-along group of disciples following Jesus) have to be sent out on their own to put into practice everything they've seen the trainer do, everything they've been training to do. This Sunday, we witness that moment in the life of the disciples. They've been watching Jesus as he announces and embodies the Kingdom. Now it's their turn to put into practice everything they've seen and everything Jesus has called, gifted, and equipped them to do. I encourage you to read and reflect on Mark 6.6b-13 prior to our time together tomorrow. We will also be celebrating the feast of the Lord's Supper, and I encourage you to prepare in heart and mind for that time of communion with our Lord and our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Valentine's Day Dinner:
     The Valentine's Dinner is tonight at 6:00 p.m.

     Following the service of worship tomorrow, you are invited to join us for Climate Conversation: Kenya, a short video and conversation about how subsistence farmers in Kenya are being affected by changes in the climate and the unique role the Church has to play on this issue. This is the fourth week of a four week study, but you are invited to join us even if you have missed the previous weeks.

Elders Meeting:
     The elders will meet on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Life Choices Center - Change for Life:
     Thanks to all of you for your amazing response to the Life Choices Center's Change for Life campaign; all the bottles have been claimed! If you took a bottle, please return it by February 28.

From the Deacons:

     Shared Justice editor Katie Thompson recently wrote an article for Christianity Today. In "To the Confused, Apathetic, and Undecided Christian Voters" she makes the case that our political engagement matters to our country, our neighbors, and God. She's writing especially to those who feel "politically homeless" this election season, and encouraging them with tangible ways to begin to think through the 2016 election.

Memorial Garden:

     At the community garden teams kick-off meeting, the teams discussed the possibility of moving the memorial garden to the vicinity of the sign in the grassy area on the other side of the sidewalk leading to the church building. If you have any questions or concerns about this movement of the memorial garden, please see Pastor Kurt.


~ Valley Church ~
Gathered as God's family, we are sent into the world as agents of God's mission of renewal.

Sunday Mornings:
Coffee: 9:15 a.m.
Worship Service:
10:00 a.m.

That we might better pray for one another:
     We pray for continued healing for Pete Vermaat and for peace for both Pete and Jan as Pete prepares for further procedures on Wednesday.
     We continue to pray for complete healing for Ann de Jager and for her and George as they prepare to leave for Florida.

     We pray for peace and healing for Cindy Krempel as she prepares for surgery on Monday.
     We continue to pray for healing, peace, perseverance, and patience for Holly Nelson, and energy and strength for the whole Nelson family.

     We pray for friends and family:
we continue to pray for healing for both Adam and Ashley Derzanovich; for David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Tim; for Mike Corgan's nephew who is battling heroin addiction; for healing and rehabilitation for Marcus Doller's mother; for energy and strength for Alistair Krempel; for healing for Keith Krempel; we pray for those battling cancer: for Jim and Marsha Conrad's friend Judy, for Marcus Doller's friend Scott, for Tilly Huizinga's client at Catholic Charities, for the DeYoungs' niece/cousin Terri; for the Petersons' friend Pat.
     We pray for the shalom of the greater Binghamton area, and for guidance as to specific ways we as individuals and as a church might partner with God as stewards of his reign to cultivate that shalom in the city of our exile.
     We pray for God's world: for the refugees fleeing violence around the globe and for governments as they respond to the crises; for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world; for ongoing restoration, renewal, and justice for the people of Haiti; for God's miraculous intervention in the Middle East, that the hearts and minds of the people living there, and that whole cultures, would begin to bend toward peace, and that God's church would continue to proclaim and embody the good news of God's reign boldly there.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
February 14, 2016

Greeter: Frank & Barb Lockwood

Ushers: George de Jager and Doug Aukema

Intercessory Prayer: Florence Doller

Scripture Reader: Al Vos

Nursery: Lor Recker-Woodnorth

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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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