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March 27, 2018
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"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be called children of your Father in heaven."
~ Matthew 5.43-45a


     The events that we remember during this Holy Week palpably remind us that Jesus did not lead from behind or give directions he wasn't willing to follow himself. Turn the other cheek when struck? Give your coat as well as your shirt to the guy who sues you? Drive an extra 100 miles with the guy who commandeers your car? Love your enemies? Pray for those who persecute you? Of all the upside down and backwards things Jesus has said in this sermon on the mount, those have to be some of the most upside down and backwards. Frankly, those sayings don't have much of an inner logic to them. They simply don't make sense. At least they don't make sense by the world's standards.
     But we know that those statements were made by the King whose kingship was most clearly defined by the events of this Holy Week, events that put those statements about loving the enemy and praying for those who persecute you to the fullest test. But we also know that the events of this Holy Week don't conclude with the death of Jesus on Good Friday. Easter Sunday follows. And the emptiness of that tomb turns the logic of the world on its head. Or perhaps a better way of putting it: in Christ Jesus, God finally restores the logic of the world to its right side up position. And to us Jesus has issued his clarion call to follow the logic of that right-side-up world -- the logic of his kingdom, the logic of the King.
     I encourage you to read and reflect on Matthew 5.38-48 as we journey through this Holy Week and in preparation for our time together on Easter Sunday morning.

     We will also celebrate the feast of the Lord's Supper on Sunday, and I encourage you to prepare in heart and mind for that time of celebratory communion with our Lord and brothers and sisters in Christ.

     We will also be singing two new songs this Sunday. One is called "Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery," which you can listen to here. The other is the one I alluded to two Sundays ago during the sermon, "Is He Worthy?," which you can listen to here.

     Remember to bring bells to ring when we say the word "Alleluia!"


Upcoming Events & Opportunities:

Harriet Dimidio's Funeral Service:
Harriet Dimidio's funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow (March 28) at Hopler and Eschbach Funeral Home, 483 Chenango Street in Binghamton. Harriet's family will receive friends and family from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Chenango Valley Cemetery in Hillcrest.

Holy Week Special Services & Fellowship:

Maundy Thursday potluck and celebration of the Lord's Supper: We will gather together for a potluck dinner and a celebration of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday (March 29) at 6:30 p.m. Please contact Pastor Kurt or Holly Nelson if you have not signed up.

Good Friday Worship Service: We will gather together for a quiet and reflective service of worship on Good Friday (March 30) at 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday Sunrisee Service & Breakfast: In addition to the 10:00 service of worship, we will gather at 8:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday (April 1) for a celebratory sunrise service. We will then share a breakfast upstairs following the sunrise service. If you have not signed up, please join us and bring a breakfast dish to share if possible.

Upcoming Faith Formation Opportunity:

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The Tech-Wise Family book discussion: Valley Church will be offering a book study/discussion of The Tech-Wise Family for four weeks this spring following the service of worship on Sundays. We will have a light snack and discuss with one another what we've read in each section of the book.
     If you requested a copy of the book, you will receive it tomorrow. I encourage you to join us for these discussions. We want to be tech-wise not only as individuals and individual families, but we want to be tech-wise as a community – as the family of God. Our world needs to see whole communities who live wisely with technology; we want to be such a community of salt and light tech wisdom for the sake of God’s world.
     The schedule for discussion is:
April 15: Foreword, Introduction, etc. – pp. 11-42
April 22: Part I – pp. 43-106
April 29: Part II – pp. 107-180
May 6: Part III – pp. 181-205
     If you did not order a copy of the book but would like to have one and join us (or if you would like additional copies for your family), please talk to Pastor Kurt.


Claire Stocum HoustonClaire Stocum's Houston Trip Report:
     Claire Stocum shared the story of what God was doing in Houston this past Spring Break with her fellow Cru members. She has passed on the text of what she shared to us. You can read it here. Numbers in the text match up with numbers on photos at the bottom of the document.


storiesfromuganda 2Stories From Uganda:
     You can read the latest newsletter from World Renew's Uganda team here, including a report from our friend Edward Okiror.


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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:

Easter sunrise service at 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast following the sunrise service.

Worship Service
at 10:00 a.m. (children will remain in the service this Sunday).


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

     We pray that Luci, Dave, Joel, and Dan Huizinga, and Luci's whole family, would experience the peace of Christ as they mourn the death of Luci's mother on Sunday evening. We give thanks that Luci was able to be with her mother as she passed.
     We pray that Jim and Marsha Conrad, along with Harriet Dimidio's whole family, would experience the peace and comfort of our Lord as they mourn Harriet's passing last week, especially during the funeral service tomorrow.
     We pray for peace for Claire Krempel and her family as they mourn the death of her brother Alan last week.
     We pray for peace for  Lor Recker-Woodnorth and her family as they mourn the death of her uncle John last week.
     We give thanks for the healing that Emily DeYoung has experienced following her surgery on her knee last week and for a smooth transition back to school, and we ask for continued healing, peace, and patience during her recovery.
     We pray for ongoing healing and recovery for Charlie Huizinga, Claire Krempel, Peter DeYoung, and Beth Blake.

     We pray for the ongoing needs of friends and family of Valley members: we pray for healing for Mike Stoddard following bypass surgery; for continued recovery for David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Tim; for healing for Judy Zwierzynski's cousin who has been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer on top of other various health issues; for continued healing for Judy's niece who is experiencing health issues, and for wisdom and discernment for her doctors; for continued healing and recovery for Ryan Simmons and for peace for him and his family; for healing for Jim and Becky Stocum's friend Eric who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor; for peace for the Monroes' extended family in Colorado; for Adam Derzanovich; for Alistair Krempel.


Sunday Morning Ministries for
April 1, 2018
~ Easter Sunday ~

Greeter: Judy Zwierzunski

Ushers: Doug Aukema and George de Jager

Intercessory Prayer: Florence Doller

Scripture Reader (Matthew 5.38-48): Paul Peterson

Nursery: Jim & Sue Comfort
Church Telephone: 607.648.8224
Church email: valleychurchny@gmail.com.
Church website: valleychurchny.org



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