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Valley Church News

May 16, 2015

"Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them . . ."
Acts 6.3-4a

Acts - the Church in the Power of the Spirit

     Over the past few weeks we have heard much of the unity and generosity of the early church in Jerusalem. The picture has been so rosy, that we might well begin to think that everything was perfect in that early church. Well, it doesn't take long for things to start going wrong, and Luke doesn't edit out the early church's faults and flaws. Like any church, they quickly encountered selfish and self-centered behaviors that would jeopardize the unity of their life together if not confronted. But Luke also shows us the Spirit-led response of the community to turn from selfish division to continue in their commitment to serve one another. Tomorrow, we will hear of one of the ways the early church ensured that they continued to serve and care for one another in amazing, counter-cultural ways. I encourage you to read Acts 6.1-7 prior to our time tomorrow.

     The artwork at the top of the email is "The Ascension With Christ giving the Keys to Saint Peter," marble carved in low relief, by Donatello, ca. 1428-30.

Upcoming Opportunities and Events:

Calling All Graduates:graduates
     If you or one of your family members are graduating this year, please let us know on the sign-up on the back of the front door.

Sunday School Brunch and
Summer Congregational Meeting:
     On June 7 , directly after the service of worship, we will gather upstairs for the annual Sunday School breakfast (only this year it will be a brunch!). Following the brunch, we will have our summer congregational meeting. We will have a sign-up as the date approaches so that our chefs will have a rough idea of how many waffles and omelettes they will need to make. Please mark your calendars!

Sunday Mornings:
Coffee: 9:15 a.m.
Worship Service:
10:00 a.m.

That we might better pray for one another:

     We pray for the DeYoungs' niece, Kaelyn, who has suffered a serious infection following her heart surgery. She has been back in for more surgery, and her situation is critical. We pray for God's mighty intervention on her behalf, and for peace and comfort for the entire family during this time.
     We pray for the Byma and Van Der Molen families and the Goshen CRC congregation following Ed Van Der Molen's passing earlier this week.
     We pray for healing for Harry and Marilyn Myers' son-in-law, who fell after a seizure earlier this week and suffered extensive injury to his head and neck, and we pray for peace and energy and strength for their daughter as she helps care for her husband.
     We pray for healing for Holly Nelson as she continues to recover from a concussion.
     We pray for healing and peace for Doris Pitcher.
     We pray for Barbie and Jim Aukema and Leah following the death of Barbie's mother.
     We pray that those who would benefit from Faith & Finances would hear about the course and that God would guide the Faith & Finances advisory team as we prepare for a launch at a later time.
     We pray for God's world: for the people of Nepal following the earthquakes there, and especially for the churches there who are providing relief and aid; for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world, and for those who are being called to witness to Jesus Christ with their blood; for restoration, renewal, and justice for the people of Haiti; for God's miraculous intervention in the Middle East, that the hearts and minds of the people living there, and that whole cultures, would begin to bend toward peace, and that God's church would continue to proclaim and embody the good news of God's reign  boldly there.
     We pray for friends and family: for Beth Cunningham's great-niece MacKenzie; for  Doug and Pat Aukemas' nephew, Charlie, who is battling cancer; for healing and encouragement for Adam Derzanovich; for the Conrads' friend Dick who is battling cancer; and for strength and energy for Alistair Krempel.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
May 17, 2015:

Terry Woodnorth

Doug Aukema and Herleen DeYoung

Intercessory Prayer:
Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader:
Terry Woodnorth

Jim and Sue Comfort
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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