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April 30, 2016

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"

" . . . We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."

~ 2 Corinthians 5.17 & 20b-21

     In. That tiny, little, two-letter proposition shows its power once again this week. In Christ: a new creation! In Christ: the righteousness of God. Tomorrow morning, in Paul's second letter to the church at Corinth, we continue to contemplate the amazing-grace implications of our being in Christ Jesus - of our union with Jesus. In a letter that painfully speaks of the discord and need for reconciliation between Paul and the Corinthian church, Paul beautifully speaks of the reconciliation that God has accomplished for us in Christ Jesus. I encourage you to read and reflect on 2 Corinthians 5.16-21 prior to our time together tomorrow morning.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Swimming Suits for Binghamton Youth:
     Becky Stocum is still taking donations of all swim suit styles and sizes for children in the city of Binghamton. Swimming in street clothes is not allowed, so life guards are told to turn anyone away who is not wearing a swim suit. Though it only costs 25 cents to swim, many kids don't have suits. As you are spring cleaning and come across swim suits that don't fit or don't get used, please bring them to Becky.

garden 2Community Garden Open House:
     On Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to noon, we will have a community garden open house. (It is the weekend of the farm trail, so if you're out and about for the farm trail, just swing by). In addition to seeing the garden space and dreaming together about how we can further use the space for the Chenango community, we will have refreshments and activities for kids. We encourage you to invite friends and neighbors as well!

From the Deacons:
Offering of Letters:
     The deacons will be facilitating Bread for the World's offering of letters once again before and after the service tomorrow morning. This year's theme is "Survive and Thrive." The letters will request increased funding for international health and nutrition programs for mothers and children. For an overview, please see here, and for more details about how the United States government supports global nutrition, please see here.

World Renew Responds
After Ecuador Earthquake

     Water. Food. Shelter. These are things in short supply for hundreds of survivors of the April 16 earthquake in Ecuador. Though the Ecuadorian government has provided some emergency supplies in affected communities, much more is needed. World Renew is responding by working through local churches. For more information about how World Renew is helping and how you can make donations please see here.

A State of Denial:
     A State of Denial is a one-act play about community racial tension that might characterize any community in upstate New York - or the United States. A State of Denial challenges audiences to question not only community policing policies and practices, but where racial discrimination begins and ends as a function of power. A free performance will be held at Tabernacle United Methodist Church on May 6 at 7:30 p.m. For more information see here.


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

This Sunday:
Worship Service:
10:00 a.m.

That we might better pray for one another:

     We pray for continued healing in the Krempel family.
     Giving thanks for the healing she has experienced, we pray for continued recovery for Holly Nelson.
     We pray for continued healing for Ruth Giese.
     We pray for peace and wisdom for our high school seniors and their parents as they approach the end of the school year and make decisions regarding the future.
     We pray for continued guidance and energy for the various teams planning and implementing the community garden, and that God would guide our neighbors to join us as we seek to honor and steward his reign over all things as we garden together.

     We ask for God's guidance and wisdom regarding a relationship between the Salvation Army and Faith & Finances.
     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 ongoing restoration, renewal, and justice for the people of Haiti; for refugees fleeing violence around the world; for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world; for God's miraculous intervention in the Middle East; for the people of the United States during this election season; for organizations fighting to protect religious liberty in our changing world.

     We pray for friends and family: we pray for peace and healing for Jim Canary's father and for peace for the whole extended family following his cancer diagnosis; we continue to pray for healing for Adam Derzanovich; for Jordan Patch's daughter; for Kim B.'s sister and mother following Inga Jr.'s heart attack; 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; we pray for those battling cancer: for Jim and Marsha Conrad's friend Judy, for Marcus Doller's friend Scott, for the DeYoungs' niece/cousin Terri; for the Petersons' friends Pat and Amy.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
May 1, 2016

Greeter: Cynthia Krempel

Ushers: Doug Aukema and George de Jager

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader: Claire Stocum

Nursery: Jim & Sue Comfort

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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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