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September 30, 2017

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no one can boast."
~ Ephesians 2.8-9

     Martin Luther was a man keenly aware of the seemingly unbridgeable gap between the holiness of God and his own rebellious sin. Even while practicing the most severe of self-discipline, he was tormented by his own sense of sinfulness. He was tortured by every little sin or perceived sin. Before he stood with hammer in hand at the door of the Wittenberg church, he had worked, and worked, and worked to attain the holiness and merit he thought would bridge the gap to God on his own. The more he worked, the farther away from God he felt. He knew he couldn't do it - not on his own and not even with the supposed merit of the saints that the Roman Catholic Church offered (for a price).
     It seems a rather hopeless case. But, because Luther went back to the scriptures (sola scriptura!), he found that his case was not unique, and his and all humanity's case was certainly not hopeless. He found in scripture that he was indeed trapped, enslaved, dead in his sin - like all humanity. But he also found something else in scripture: the abundant grace of God that saves us out of our hopeless condition, out of our death in sin to new life in Christ Jesus.
     This Sunday, we will continue our examination of the solas of the Reformation, looking particularly at sola gratia - grace alone. In preparation for our time together tomorrow morning I encourage you to read and reflect on Ephesians 2.1-10.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Faith Formation/Education Opportunity:
     Following the service beginning this Sunday (October 1) we will have several weeks of education and faith formation opportunity for teens and adults. The teens and adult class is “The ‘R’ in CRC: What Does It Mean to Be Reformed.” On this 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we will explore the history and distinctives of the Christian faith with a Reformed accent. In other words, we'll try to answer the question, "What does it mean to be Reformed?" Smaller children will have an opportunity to continue learning the many stories of God’s grand narrative in the Bible.

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Kids' Night Out:
     On Saturday, October 7 we will kick off our 2017-2018 Kids' Night Out season. The night out for kids' ages 3 to 10 (and the night our or in for parents) will beging at 5:00 and go to 8:00 p.m. Please invite neighbors, friends, co-workers, and extended family. They should register their children with Janet Crawford ( no later than Thursday. Please contact Janet if you would like to volunteer to help as well!

Pete's Story:
     On Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m., Joel Vermaat will share Pete's Story, a presentation of his journey with his son, Pete, through Pete's life, his struggles with mental health issues, and his suicide. Joel shares Pete's story to raise awareness to mental health issues and opportunities for suicide prevention. You are encouraged to invite neighbors, friends, co-workers. We do, however, ask that those in attendance be at least high school aged or older.

Live-In Caretaker Opportunity:
     An elderly Chenango Bridge resident, Beverly Smales, is looking for a live-in caretaker. If you know of anyone who might be interested and would like more details, contact pastor Kurt for Beverly's phone number.


~ 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.

Sunday School classes following the service.

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

     We give thanks for the healing that both Ron Crawford and Sue Brown have experienced following their surgeries. We pray for ongoing healing and restoration for both of them, and for energy and strength for their spouses and families as well.
     We pray for continued healing for Claire Krempel and for Jan Vermaat.
     We pray for peace and safety for the people of the Houston, Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico City, East Africa, and South Asia, all who are suffering from various natural disasters.
     We pray for the fall meeting of Classis Atlantic Northeast this Wednesday and Thursday in Pittsfield, MA, for all the delegates as they do the work before them and as they travel to and from the meetings.

     We pray for ongoing needs: we pray for continued healing for Joyce Vos' brother who is battling brain cancer; for Lor's neighbor who continues her cancer treatments; for Becky's friend Joe who is battling colon cancer; for Adam Derzanovich; for Beth Cunningham's cousin Karen; for Lynda Huizinga's niece Alexis; for Alistair Krempel; for Mike Corgan's nephew who is battling heroin addiction.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
October 1, 2017

Greeter: Judy Zwierzynski

Ushers: Doug Aukema and Herleen DeYoung

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader: Kurt Monroe

Nursery: Florence Doller
Church Telephone: 607.648.8224
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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