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Colossians sermon series - over all things
September 30, 2016

"We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, w hen we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all his people - the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true word of the gospel that has come to you."

~ Colossians 1.3-6a

     This Sunday we embark on our journey through Paul's letter to the church in Colossae. Paul begins on a note of heartfelt gratitude: gratitude for what God has done in and for his brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae - for the Colossians' faith and for the tangible expressions of love they have shown one another and the family of God farther afield. We are left with a beautiful picture of Paul on his knees, offering prayers of gratitude and concern for this new little church. I encourage you to read and reflect on Colossians 1.1-8 prior to our time together on Sunday.

Valley CRC Q CommonsQ Commons: "Engaging Our Divided Nation"
at Valley Church:

     On Thursday, October 13, from 7 to 9 p.m., Valley  Church will be a host site for the live-stream of this year's Q Commons. Q Commons is a two-hour live event designed to educate Christians on how they can bring hope and leadership to their communities in a critical moment for America. The evening will include 6 keynote addresses from leading Christian thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs, and pastors on the increasing divisions in America and the crucial role God's people have in extending God's reconciliation to our neighbors, fostering unity, building up our communities and nation, and seeking the common good.
speakers     Speakers include: Ravi Zacharias on "Responding in Our Divided Moment," Kirsten Powers and Ross Douthat on "How Should Christians Think About Voting," Lecrae on "Race, Righteous Anger & Resolution," Annie Downs on "Your Role Matters," Jeremy Cowart on "Creating Culture that Unites," and Chuck Mingo on "Bridging the Race Divide."
     For more information and to register for the event, please visit Valley's personalized Q Commons website here.


World Renew Uganda Update:
     For an update from our friend Edward Okiror on what he and his his colleagues are doing in Uganda with World Renew, please see here.

Announcements, Events, and Opportunities:

Fall Festival 2016
2016 Valley Church Fall Festival:
     Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who contributed to Fall Festival this past Sunday. Your generosity, hospitality, and joy were a blessing to our neighborhood! And a special thank you to Ron Crawford for his continued coordination of the event. We are all grateful for your leadership!

Mental Health Unity Event
at Tabernacle United Methodist Church:
     Tomorrow (Saturday, October 1) from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., Tabernacle United Methodist Church (83 Main Street, Binghamton) is hosting the Mental Health Unity Event at which Joel Vermaat will be the keynote speaker. The purpose of the event is to educate the public to speak out against stigma and discrimination toward mental illness. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

County Council of Churches Jail Ministry's
Reentry Program:
     If you are interested in more information about being on a three-person team that will mentor and befriend a neighbor during the tenuous transition from jail to society, please talk to Pastor Kurt or a deacon.

Can Collection for Boy Scout Troop 152:
     A group of Boy Scouts from Troop 152 (Valley Church is the troop's charter organization) who are going to the National Jamboree in West Virginia in 2017 are collecting cans in a box at the east end of Valley's parking lot to raise funds for the trip.

Operation Christmas Child:
     We are collecting items for boxes for Operation Christmas Child: school supplies, hygiene items, small toys, hard individually wrapped candy, socks, hats, mittens, hair accessories for girls, etc.

Recipes for Marinades for Grilled Veggies
(from Fall Festival):
     For those of you who really enjoyed the grilled veggies at the Fall Festival, here are some recipes you might want to try:

Marinade #1:
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon olive oil
4 garlic cloves, crushed
salt and pepper (optional)

Marinade #2:
3 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons oil
1 1/2 Tablespoon fresh oregano
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, crushed
salt and pepper (optional)


~ 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
at 10:00 a.m.

That we might better pray for one another:

     We pray for healing for Dot Simonds' hand.
     We pray for complete healing for Daniella Doller following her concussion.
     We continue to pray for the family of Wilson and Maggie Germain during a difficult time.
     We pray for Doris Pitcher as she ministers to her sister Nancy while Nancy is under hospice care, nearing the end of her long battle with cancer.
     We pray for the extended Krempel family as they travel and gather for Jerry and Claire's granddaughter's wedding this weekend, and for a wonderful wedding and time of celebration.
     We pray for members of our congregation struggling with ongoing medical issues.
     We pray for God's world: for reconciliation, relational healing, and peace regarding racial tensions in the United States; for the people of Syria; for the people of south and east Africa impacted by severe droughts there; 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 and leadership 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: for healing for Lynda Huizinga's niece Alexis and for a suitable bone marrow transplant candidate to be found; for healing for Don Blake's brother-in-law and sister-in-law following their bicycle accident; for healing for the Myers' daughter Karen following her hip surgery (and for Harry and Marilyn as they help care for her); for healing for David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Tim; for the health of marriages of friends and neighbors; for healing for Adam Derzanovich; for Mike Corgan's nephew who is battling heroin addiction; 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
October 2, 2016

Greeter: Terry Woodnorth

Ushers: Joe Patak and Herleen DeYoung

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader: Florence Doller

Nursery: Natalie and Daniella Doller
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