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Queen Elizabeth Park
September 25, 2015
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"So God created human beings in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'"
~ Genesis 1.27-28

"The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."
~ Genesis 2.15

"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him."
~ Revelation 22.1-3


The Stewardship of All Things


     We're getting to this a bit late. The night time temperatures are dropping ever lower. The trees are beginning to turn colors. Many of us are harvesting the last of our gardens. Nevertheless, this Sunday, we'll be thinking about gardens - abundant, flourishing gardens. Both the beginning and the end of God's grand story in the Bible, and therefore the human story, take place in gardens. We can learn a lot about who God is, who people are and what they're for, from attending to these garden stories in scripture. So, this Sunday we will continue our exploration of our role as God's stewards as we hear from the very beginning and the very end of the biblical story. I encourage you to read Genesis 1:26 - 2:25 and Revelation 22:1-5 prior to our time together on Sunday morning.


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A Call for Help from World Renew
as They Give Aid to Syrian Refugees:

     The International Disaster Response department of the Christian Reformed Church's World Renew is working to help alleviate the deplorable condition of the refugees of the ongoing civil war in Syria (now entering its fifth year), but World Renew needs financial help to continue their work there. World Renew reports that many of the refugees are living in simple tents that have no heat and are facing the cold winter months. To find out more about the situation and about giving to World Renew to provide food, shelter, blankets, and other essentials to the refugees, please see the World Renew website here.


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World Renew Uganda:

     You can read a newsletter update about what God is doing through those who work with World Renew in Uganda here. Edward Okiror, who we support through Valley's Supported Ministries, has a story on the third page.


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A Community Needs Bulletin Board:

     Need something? Have something you would rather give away than throw away? Check out the chalkboard behind the sanctuary. We're going to use that chalkboard to communicate both needs and things we've got to give away. Hopefully we can help each other out and be better stewards in the process!


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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 and patience for Holly Nelson.
     We pray for the peace and flourishing of the greater Binghamton area, and for guidance as to specific ways we as individuals and as a church might partner with God to cultivate that flourishing.
     We pray for the participants and leadership of Faith & Finances.
     We pray for God's world: for the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe; for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world, and for those who are being called to witness to Jesus Christ with their blood; 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.


Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

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Community Garden Planning Meeting:
     Valley's council has enthusiastically approved a plan to launch a community garden as part of God's call to us to be stewards in all things for the good of the world. As we garden together with our neighbors, we will invite them to experience the reconciliation we have experienced with God, with one another, and with creation itself. If you have gardening, landscaping, or other appropriate skills or interests and would like to help plan a garden for the good of our neighborhood, please join us at a planning meeting this Tuesday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m.

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Operation Christmas Child:
     A table has been set up in the downstairs fellowship hall to put donations for Operation Christmas Child. We still need plastic boxes. Below is a schedule of weeks we will be focusing on specific types of items:
     October 4th--School Supplies--We are in need of small note books and pencils at this time.
    October 11th-- Hygiene Items--Toothpaste, washcloths, soap
    October 18th--Toys (need to fit in a shoe box) and Hard Candy (individually wrapped)
    October 25th--Socks, Hats, Mittens
    November 1st--Announcement will be made for the greatest needs at that time.
     November 8th--Packing Boxes
     November 15th--Blessing of the Boxes

     If you have questions please contact Tilly Huizinga.

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Food for Faith & Finances:
     If you are willing to provide food for Faith & Finances, please contact Jennifer Monroe. We especially need someone who is willing to provide a main dish for around ten people for the October 6 meeting.


Sunday Morning Ministries for
September 27, 2015:

Greeter:
Frank & Barb Lockwood

Ushers:
Joe Patak and George DeJager

Intercessory Prayer:
Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader:
Lor Recker-Woodnorth

Nursery:
Florence Doller
Church Telephone: 607.648.8224
Church email: valleychurchny@gmail.com.
Church website: valleychurchny.org



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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901
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