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Valley Church 50th Anniversary Photo - Copy 2
October 24, 2014

"In fact, no one can enter a strong man's house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man's house."
~ Mark 3.27

Mark Sermon Series

     This Sunday, as we continue our exploration of Mark's gospel, we will encounter Jesus once again confronted by religious leaders and even by his own family. The question "who is Jesus?" still takes center stage. Some believe he is possessed by the prince of demons and others believe that he has gone mad. Jesus, however, has his own ideas about who he is, what he's doing, and by whose power he does it. I encourage you to read and reflect on Mark 3.20-35 prior to our time together.


World Renew Sunday:
     On Sunday, November 2, Edward and Milly Okiror, who work with World Renew in Uganda, Africa, are going to join us for our service of worship. We recently began supporting Edward and his work. He will be sharing some of his story about working with World Renew in community transformation. For more information about Edward and Milly, please see the World Renew page about them here.
     To coincide with the Okirors' visit, we will have an opportunity to give a special offering for World Renew on November 2.
     We will also be gathering for a potluck to continue our fellowship with the Okirors. Mark your calendars and start thinking about what you might like to bring!
     Finally, if you are able to and would be interested in driving the Okirors to the Albany airport on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 5, please let Pastor Kurt or Terry Woodnorth know.

Kids' Night Out

Kids' Night Out is Coming!:
     The new Kids' Night Out Season is upon us. We are partnering with our neighbors from the First Church of Christ this year, and we are hoping to see more kids, which means we also need more help! If you feel called to step up and volunteer, please contact Janet Crawford. Kids' Night Out will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates:
November 8
December 6
January 10
February 7
March 7
April 11
     There is a permanent page on Valley's website dedicated to Kids' Night Out where you can stay up to date or register kids through an online registration (online registration coming soon). Feel free to spread the link to the web page through emails, Facebook, etc.!

Council News:

     We've started a new year for council and have one new member this year: Pat Aukema. At our last meeting we elected new officers:
President/Chair: Kurt Monroe
Vice Chair: George de Jager
Clerk: Trent Nelson
Treasurer: Ron Crawford
     We also re-shuffled our elder and deacon districts a bit. If you would like to see who your elder and deacon are, there is an online copy of the new districts here.
     We also scheduled an all-day retreat for November 1 so that we can continue discerning and clarifying what God's vision and values for Valley are for the 21st century. Please pray for us leading up to and on November 1, that we would be led by the Spirit as we seek to faithfully lead the congregation.

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

That we might better pray for one another:

     We give thanks that Jerry Krempel is beginning to recover following his surgery on Wednesday, and we pray for continued strength, freedom from pain, and for continued guidance for his doctors.
     We pray for continued healing and for energy and strength for Barb Hover during her chemotherapy treatments.
     We continue to pray for Frank and Barb Lockwood.
     We pray for energy, strength, and wisdom for the leaders and volunteers of Kids' Night Out as the KNO season approaches, and that parents and kids in the neighborhood would take advantage of the ministry.
     We also pray for the Faith & Finances Advisory Team as they begin planning for the Faith & Finances kick-off in the spring of 2015.
     We continue to pray for God's world: for the people of western Africa as they continue to battle Ebola; 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 there.
     We pray for friends and family: for Jim Moore as he continues to recover from a fall; for Beth Cunningham-Blake's great niece MacKenzie who struggles with epilepsy as she undergoes testing with new doctors; for the Nelson's neighbors, the Kruzers, following the death of husband and father; for Adam and Cheryl DeVoe's friend Joe Sanderson who is battling colon cancer; for for healing for Ann DeJager's sister, Tonia, as she battle breast cancer (she passes on her words of thanks for our prayers, but we need to keep praying for her); for Adam Derzanovich as he continues his recovery following surgery; for David Derzanovich's two brothers-in-law, Tim and Bill who are still battling health issues.

Upcoming Events
and Opportunities:

snow snovel

Snow Removal:
     It's time to assemble our snow removal team for this winter. If you would like to be one of the 3 or 4 families on a rotating schedule to help keep the sidewalks clear and safe this winter please contact Jim Conrad at 648-6777 or


Operation Christmas Child Reminders:
     We will collect the following items from October 5 - November 9: school supplies, hygiene items, shoe boxes (plastic or cardboard); hard candy, small toys, socks, hats, mittens, etc. No liquids please. We will be packing the boxes for shipment on November 16th. There will also be envelopes available by the Operation Christmas Child display to make contributions by check or cash for the shipping of the shoe boxes. Last year we sent 107 boxes, and we hope to do the same or more this year!

Sunday Morning Ministries for
October 26, 2014:

Terry Woodnorth

David Derzanovich and George DeJager

Intercessory Prayer:
George DeJager

Scripture Reader:
Al Vos

Lor Recker-Woodnorth
Church Telephone: 607.648.8224
Pastor Kurt's email:
Church email:
Church website:

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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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