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Valley Church News

February 27, 2016

"Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand."
Mark 6.39-44

     We saw "king" Herod's feast last Sunday, an exercise in debauched excess and upper class exclusivity with a grand finale of an R-rated dance and the gruesome murder of one of God's prophets. In tomorrow's passage we will see a very different feast, this one an exercise in restrained simplicity (that leaves all abundantly satisfied) and inclusivity. It is a scene of beauty and shalom, and a scene that tells Israel that her shepherd has come in Jesus to fulfill all her hopes and dreams. I encourage you to read and reflect on Mark 6.30-44 prior to our time together tomorrow.

     The painting at the top of the email is a detail from Francesco Bassano's Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, circa early 1580s.

ChowLogoJpg-w-statement-6-x-300x300Chow Coordinator Needed:

     Our CHOW pantry needs a new coordinator. If you are interested or have questions, please talk to Pat Aukema or Pastor Kurt. Training will be provided.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Engagement Team meeting:
     The Engagement Team will meet following the service tomorrow morning.

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 tomorrow!

crcna_digital_library_twitter_photo(Free!) Resources from the CRC:

     To maximize the ministry impact of CRC-produced resources throughout the denomination, today the Christian Reformed Church announced the launch of a new Digital Library and print discount for its churches and members.

     The Digital Library will provide CRC members and churches with free, online access to hundreds of titles from Faith Alive Christian Resources. Signup begins today at Go here for the full announcement from the CRC.


~ 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 give thanks with Holly Nelson for encouraging meetings with specialists in Pittsburgh and a new course of therapy, and we pray for healing and especially peace for her over the next few weeks.
     We give thanks for safe travels for Carol DeYoung and a good time spent with her sister, Ruth, and we pray for continued healing and strength for Ruth.
     We pray for continued healing and freedom from pain for Cindy Krempel, and for good meetings and reports from doctors in Syracuse this week.

     We pray for continued healing and strength for Pete Vermaat.
     We pray for friends and family:
we give thanks for healing for the DeYoung's cousin/niece Debbie; we pray for healing for Peter's sister-in-law Gretta; we continue to pray for healing for Adam Derzanovich; for David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Tim; we pray for healing for Judy Zwierzinski's mother-in-law Dorothy, and her sister-in-law Donna, who is caring for Dorothy; we pray for the local dairy community following the death of Rich Henry, especially Rich's family and close friends, and Paul's loss of livestock and barn in Afton; for Mike Corgan's nephew who is battling heroin addiction; for healing and rehabilitation for Marcus Doller's mother; for healing for Dave Boscher's mother; for healing for Janet Crawford's grandmother; 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 Tilly Huizinga's client at Catholic Charities, for the DeYoungs' niece/cousin Terri; for the Petersons' friends Pat and Amy (giving thanks for the friendship and mutual encouragement that has grown between the two).
     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
February 28, 2016

Greeter: Ruth Giese

Ushers: Doug Aukema and Joe Patak

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader: Paul Peterson

Nursery: Jim & Marsha Conrad

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Valley Church
1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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