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March 9, 2018
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"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment."
~ Matthew 5.21-22a


     This past Sunday we heard Jesus, the King of the kingdom of heaven, clarify his reign's relationship to the Old Testament Law. Jesus came not to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it. One of the ways in which God brings the Law to its fulfillment in Jesus is by writing it on our hearts. Over the next few weeks we will hear Jesus' examples of how the Law that is written on our hearts is brought to its truest meaning in Christ: we live out the Law's fullest, God-given intent by the power of the Spirit rather than just legalistically observing the externally written letter of the Law. This Sunday, we will hear Jesus reflect specifically on the relationship between the Law's command to not murder and the human experience of anger.
     I encourage you to read and reflect on Matthew 5.21-26 prior to our time together this Sunday.
     We will also celebrate the feast of the Lord's Supper this Sunday, and I encourage you to prepare in heart and mind for that time of communion with our Lord and with our brothers and sisters in Christ.


Upcoming Events & Opportunities:

Special Offering this Sunday:
zuiderveen_2016.jpg?itok=yNgEEnPL     We will have an opportunity to give a special offering this Sunday for Cody and Jessica Zuiderveen, who serve as missionaries to Haiti with Resonate Global Mission (formerly Christian Reformed World Missions). I also encourage you to continue to pray for the Zuiderveens as Cody is in Haiti while Jessica and their son Hudson remain in Michigan because of complications Jessica has experienced with her pregnancy.

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Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit:
     You are invited to attend the Global Leadership Summit in Cortland on Thursday and Friday, August 9 and 10. Just so you know: the Global Leadership Summit is not just for church leaders; it is for any and all leaders. In fact, I would go so far as to say that its contributions to developing leadership outside the church -- in businesses, schools, government, and in the home -- has now become as important as its contributions to developing leadership within the church, if not more important. Almost everyone plays the role of a leader in some setting, and the Summit gives everyone something to chew on and areas to grow in their own lives as leaders who are shaped and formed by the values of God's kingdom to be salt and light in the places where they lead. Just talk to some of the people who have gone in years past if you need anecdotal evidence that it will be worth your time! Don't hesitate to let me (Pastor Kurt), Terry Woodnorth, or Ron Crawford know if you are interested in attending this year. Again, it's Thursday and Friday, August 9 and 10. We will carpool together to the host site in Cortland.

Edele Thompson's Memorial Service:
     Edele Thompson's memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 at Central Baptist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. All are invited to a luncheon following the service in Central Baptist School's gym.

Maundy Thursday potluck and celebration of the Lord's Supper: We will gather together for a potluck dinner and a celebration of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday (March 29) at 6:30 p.m. More information and sign-ups will be coming soon.

Good Friday Worship Service: We will gather together for a quiet and reflective service of worship on Good Friday (March 30) at 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday Sunrisee Service & Breakfast: In addition to the 10:00 service of worship, we will gather at 8:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday (April 1) for a celebratory sunrise service, and then we will have a breakfast upstairs following the sunrise service.


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


This Sunday:

Prayer gathering upstairs at 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service
at 10:00 a.m. (preschool through 4th grade children will go to children's church part way through the service).


That we might better pray for one another and God's world:

     We give thanks for Charlie Huizinga's return home and pray for continued healing and strength for him.
     We continue to pray for Claire, Jerry, and Cindy Krempel  and the rest of their family: that they might know the peace and comfort of our Lord in this time of transition.
     We pray for ongoing healing and recovery for Dan Flynn, Emily DeYoung, Doug Aukema, Peter DeYoung, and Beth Blake.
     We pray for Claire Stocum and the team from Cru who are heading to Houston this week to help hurricane survivors and embody the good news of Jesus there, and we give thanks for God's guidance to an internship for Claire this summer.
     We pray for those who mourn the loss of their children.

     We pray that God would guide the logistics and details of the Faith & Finances program that Terry Woodnorth will led this summer in Binghamton, and we pray that God will lead the participants into the peace and healing of Christ even with their finances.

     We pray for the ongoing needs of friends and family of Valley members: for peace for Lor Recker-Woodnorth's uncle John who is nearing the end of his life, and for peace for his family; for continued healing and recovery for Ryan Simmons and for peace for him and his family; for healing and peace for Claire Krempel's brother Allen, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia; for the Flynns' niece Madison; for healing for Jim and Becky Stocum's friend Eric who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor; for healing and peace for Leslie Vermaat's father; for continued healing for David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Tim; for peace for the Monroes' extended family in Colorado; for Adam Derzanovich; for Lynda Huizinga's niece Alexis; for Alistair Krempel.


Sunday Morning Ministries for
March 11, 2018

Greeter: Frank & Barb Lockwood

Ushers: David Derzanovich and George de Jager

Intercessory Prayer: Doug Aukema

Scripture Reader (Matthew 5.21-26): Leslie Vermaat

Nursery: Natalie and Daniella 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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