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Colossians sermon series - over all things
January 25, 2017

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."
~ Colossians 3.12

     In this week's passage, Paul carries on the indicatives that proclaim the simple fact of our true nature as those redeemed in Christ. He reminds us that we are "God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved." What an indicative! Then, of course, Paul issues a command (carrying on with the metaphor of clothing): "clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." Once again, to the unredeemed person, that list is a heavy burden to bear, a hard yoke to wear, a nearly impossible set of ideals to attain. But to those in Christ it is our truest nature; it is the life of Christ living in us and through us.
     This Sunday, as I will travelling home from Grand Rapids, you all will hear Neal Plantinga (former president of Calvin Theological Seminary) proclaim God's word in this passage of Paul's letter to the Colossians via a video sermon.
     I encourage you to read and reflect on Colossians 3.12-14 prior to your time together on Sunday morning.

Announcements, Events, and Opportunities:

Pastor Kurt in Grand Rapids:
     Pastor Kurt, along with elder Florence Doller and deacon Terry Woodnorth, will be in Grand Rapids for the Faith Formation Congregational Cohort workshop and the Worship Symposium from Wednesday through Sunday. If you have a pastoral care need during this time, please contact another elder or deacon (Pat Aukema, Jeff DeYoung, Herleen DeYoung, Luci Huizinga, Harry Myers, Trent Nelson).

Children's Church Changes:
     As we go forward in this children's church season, we will be providing children's church for kids ages 4 through 8. Nursery is available for children ages 0 through 3.

Change for Life - Life Choices Center:
     Valley Church is once again participating in the "Change for Life" campaign and filling baby bottles with pocket change (or bills or checks!) to support the work of Life Choices Center as they help couples and single mothers in the Binghamton area who are facing unplanned pregnancies. Pick up your bottle if you have not already done so!

Winter Congregational Meeting:
     We will gather after the service on February 5 for a potluck lunch and our winter congregational meeting. Please mark your calendars now!

Bread for the World Listening Tour:
     Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Join Regional Organizer Margaret Tran and local Bread members for an evening to discuss hunger and poverty issues in the current political climate. Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, new Representative of New York’s 22nd District, and her staff are also invited. Light refreshments will be provided. The event will be held at Valley Church on Tuesday, February 7 from 7 to 8 p.m.

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.


~ 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 God's blessings for Cody, Jessica, and Hudson Zuiderveen as they move into their home and meet their colleagues and neighbors in Haiti, and as they immediately begin their work with Christian Reformed World Missions there.
     We pray for healing and strength for: Ann de Jager, Chuck Huizinga, Jan Vermaat, and Elizabeth Bennett.
     We pray for Etienne Germain as he continues his travels back to Binghamton and as he ministers to his family in Florica.
     We pray for wisdom, insight, and learning for Florence Doller, Terry Woodnorth, and Kurt Monroe as they participate in the Faith Formation Cohort workshop and the Worship Symposium at Calvin College this week.
     We pray for God's world: for the people of Syria; 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: we pray for healing, strength, and peace for Edele Thompson as she battles cancer; we pray for healing for friends and family who are sick: for Adam Derzanovich; for David Derzanovich's broters-in-law Tim and Bill; 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.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
January 29, 2017

Greeter: Cindy Krempel

Ushers: David Derzanovich and Jim Conrad

Intercessory Prayer: Doug Aukema

Scripture Reader: Trent Nelson

Nursery: Marsha Conrad
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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