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mark - who is jesus
March 12, 2016

"Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, 'Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.' "
Mark 7.14-15

     As we journey with Jesus on the way toward the cross, we should not be surprised when he meets opposition. Tomorrow, we will once again read a passage in which Jesus faces off with the Pharisees and the leadership from Jerusalem, this time over issues of purity (and really what it means to be a faithful member of God's family, Israel). Not surprisingly, Jesus has quite a different understanding of what makes one impure and what makes one a member of God's family than the Pharisees and Jerusalem leadership. I encourage you to read and reflect on Mark 7.1-23 prior to our time together tomorrow morning.
     We will also celebrate the feast of the Lord's Supper, so I encourage you to prepare in heart and mind to commune in this meal with our gracious God who took on flesh in Jesus Christ and with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

clockDaylight Savings Time Begins Tonight:

     Don't forget to set your clocks one hour forward for daylight savings time this evening before you go to sleep!

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Leadership Team Meeting:
     The leadership team will meet on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Garden Operations Team Meeting:
     The garden operations team will also meet on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Kids' Night Out:
     The March edition of Kids' Night Out has been rescheduled for FRIDAY, March 18 from 5:30 to 8:30. If you would like to help, please talk to Janet Crawford.

No Sunday School on Palm Sunday
or Easter Sunday
     There will be no Sunday School on either Palm Sunday (March 20) or Easter Sunday (March 27).

Maundy Thursday Service of Worship:
     We will gather for a contemplative service of worship to remember and give thanks for the events of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday on Thursday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunrise Service and Potluck Breakfast:
     On Easter Sunday we will once again gather with our brothers and sisters in Christ from the First Church of Christ for an early service to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. The sunrise service will begin at 8:00 a.m. Following the service we will join the First Church of Christ for a potluck breakfast. This year's service and breakfast will be at Valley's building.

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! If you took a bottle, please return it as soon as possible. There is a box in the room behind the sanctuary in which you can put your bottles.

pieter_musterd.jpg?itok=l8lAotHwFrom the Deacons:

     Justice might not be the first thing you think about when you think of food, but justice and food are indeed more closely related than our taste buds and appetites might encourage us to think. During this season of Lent, and as we begin thinking in earnest about gardening together, the deacons encourage you to read "Live Justly for Lent: Eating Justly," a thoughtful article that connects food and justice from the CRC's Office of Social Justice, which can be found here.


~ 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 healing for Holly Nelson and for peace and encouragement for the Nelson family as they await Holly's upcoming surgery, and we give thanks for good meetings with doctors in New York this past week and pray for continued guidance and wisdom for Holly's doctors.
     We give thanks for a successful surgery for Roby Vernon and pray for continued healing and recovery for her.
     We pray for healing and freedom from pain for Besty Byma following surgery on her foot on Friday.
     We pray for continued healing and freedom from pain for Cindy Krempel.

     We pray for friends and family: we pray for Janet Crawford's grandmother following her surgery; we continue to pray for healing for Adam Derzanovich; for Mike Corgan's nephew who is battling heroin addiction; for Debbie Harmon's sister-in-law's sister, in advanced stages of ALS; 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.
     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.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
March 13, 2016

Greeter: Terry Woodnorth

Ushers: Herleen DeYoung and Doug Aukema

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader: Leslie Vermaat

Nursery: Lor Recker-Woodnorth

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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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