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December 30, 2016
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"So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: 'Out of Egypt I called my son.' "
~ Matthew 2.14-15


     The king in the stained glass above is actually Ahaz, not Herod. (Isaiah is leaning over his shoulder, prophesying the birth of a baby to the virgin). In spite of the fact that it is not Herod above, there's something in the king's eyes that suggests suspicion and distrust of the baby; Herod might have looked at Jesus like that had he been given the chance. A baby. We might wonder: what's so threatening about a baby? And yet, this baby was threatening and powerful enough to send kings quaking with fright and into mad fits of jealous rage. Though Herod got Jesus completely wrong, he also rightly understood that this baby meant the jig was up: his ruthless, unjust, oppressive power games (and, little did he know, the power of sin itself) were defeated.
     This week, as we continue our celebration of the Christmas season in the church calendar, we read the most uncomfortable part of the Christmas story - Herod's massacre of the boys of Bethlehem. But as we hear that story, we also hear the continuing story of the purposes of the God who said "yes" to our world by entering it at this point of immense brokenness and danger (Herod's brutal reign) in order to bring about true, lasting justice and peace not only for the people of Bethlehem, but for the whole world.
     I encourage you to read and reflect on Matthew 2.13-23 prior to our time together on Sunday morning.


Announcements, Events, and Opportunities:

Custodial Services Needed at Valley Church:
     Paul Peterson (along with his family) has faithfully donated his time and energy to cleaning our building over the past three years. We are exceedingly grateful for his years of service and sacrifice. Changes in Paul's work schedule mean that he is no longer able to continue taking care of the church's custodial needs. The facilities team and council is currently seeking a person or family who would like some extra income to take on the task. If you or someone you know might be interested and would like more information, please contact Jim Conrad or Kurt Monroe.

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.


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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:
Worship Service
at 10:00 a.m.


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

     We pray for healing and strength for: Ann de Jager, Jan Vermaat, Judy Zwierzinski, Elizabeth Bennett.
     We continue to pray for safety, strength, wisdom, and courage for Etienne Germain as he helps family and friends in Haiti following hurricane Matthew.
     We pray for God's world: for the people of Syria and especially for those of Aleppo; for ongoing restoration, renewal, and justice for the people of Haiti, especially following hurricane Matthew; 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 organizations fighting to protect religious liberty in our changing world.
     We pray for friends and family: for healing for David Derzanovich's brothers-in-law Bill and Tim; for healing for Hunter Vernon's girlfriend  Ellie as she fights a virus; for the Harmons' friend Anisia as she travels to Kenya; we pray for healing for friends and family who are sick: for Adam Derzanovich; for Beth Cunningham's cousin Karen; for  Garry Wickham's father; for Lynda Huizinga's niece Alexis; for Alistair Krempel; for Mike Corgan's nephew who is battling heroin addiction; 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
January 1, 2017

Greeter: Cindy Krempel

Ushers: David Derzanovich and Jim Conrad

Intercessory Prayer: George de Jager

Scripture Reader: Paul Peterson

Nursery: Natalie and Daniella Doller
Church Telephone: 607.648.8224
Church email: valleychurchny@gmail.com.
Church website: valleychurchny.org



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Binghamton, New York 13901
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