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Valley Church News (Light)

March 23, 2013

"We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved."
~ Romans 8:22-24a

Surprised by Hope

     We continue our Surprised by Hope series in education hour and the service this week. The sermon text for this week is Romans 8:18-25.

Classis Atlantic Northeast

     Yesterday Greg Huck and I made our way through a mix of snow and sun to Avery Street CRC in South Windsor, CT for the re-scheduled meeting of CANE. As it turned out, the primary point on the agenda was my classical examination. I want to let you all know that I was unanimously approved for ordination in the Christian Reformed Church North America by the delegates of Classis Atlantic Northeast and the delegates sent from synod. I know that many of you were praying for me, and I thank you for those prayers. The examination was actually a wonderful experience. And I am overjoyed to report that this classis is marked by a spirit of unity, joy, and a desire to encourage and edify all the churches represented. What a wonderful gift that is.
     The long and short of this is that my ordination will take place during the service on April 7. But, in answer to the big question: no, I am not able to raise my hands in the greeting or benediction until the end of the service on April 7!
     On a somewhat sadder note, Valley's overture to classis to overture synod to accept the report from the deacon task force did not pass. I feel that this was largely the result of last-minute changes in the way we were asked to communicate with synod, and an inability to spend the necessary time on some of the details needed to work toward a statement all present could affirm. (I'm afraid the time needed for my examination probably encroached on this discussion). Nonetheless, there was definitely a desire in the room for increased awareness of the importance of the role and responsibility of deacons along with the role of the whole church to be deacons to the world. Moreover, it seemed that all present were in favor of deacons being delegated to synods in the future.
Sunday Service Times:
Sunday School: 9:15 a.m.
Worship: 10:30 a.m.

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In the Life of Valley Church:

     We continue to ask God to surround the Nelsons as they grieve the death of Holly's Father.

Upcoming Events
and Opportunities:

     Maundy Thursday service on March 28 at 7:00p.m.

     Save the date!: The Mission Team will be having a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, April 20. You won't want to miss it, so mark it on your calendars!

Recommended Reading:


     N.T. (Tom) Wright's Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church does just that; it looks at what our Christian hope is, what it is based on, and what it means for the life of the Church and for individual Christians. Wright helps us think clearly about what the Bible really says about heaven and earth, Jesus' resurrection, our resurrections, and how carefully listening to biblical teachings on these issues will impact the way we live for Christ and his kingdom here and now.
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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