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Love Feast
April 18, 2015

"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer."
Acts 2.42

Acts - the Church in the Power of the Spirit 2

     In what appears all too often to be a dog-eat-dog world of division and competition, a picture of people gathered around a table eating together is a beautiful and compelling thing (even if an ancient picture painted rather crudely on a catacomb wall as above). And in a world in which people increasingly eat alone, or in front of some kind of screen, a picture of people gathered around a table eating together is a beautiful and compelling thing.
     This week Luke gives us a glimpse of such a beautiful and compelling picture. In response to the recent crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the early Church is joined in fellowship - around a table, around the teaching of the apostles, and in prayer. I encourage you to read Acts 2.42-47 prior to our time together tomorrow morning. (If you have a bit more time, it would be profitable to read the whole of Acts 1 and 2).

     The artwork at the top of the email is a very early depiction painted on a catacomb wall of the early church's agape (love) feast.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:


CHOW Needs:
     Our CHOW pantry is currently in need of the following items: boxed macaroni and cheese, instant potatoes, and jelly or jam.

Deacon and Elder Nomination Suggestions:
     Please prayerfully consider nominations for the offices of deacon and elder. Forms need to be submitted to Trent Nelson, clerk of council, by tomorrow, April 19.

Life Choices Bottles:
     If you have not already returned your bottle full of change for the Life Choices Center, please return them tomorrow.

Men's Lunch:
     We will have a men's lunch at Apple Hills this Thursday, April 23 at noon.


Offering of Letters:
     Next Sunday, April 26, we will have an opportunity to write our letters to our congressional representatives, asking for compassion and justice to guide their decisions in regards to food security for the needy in our country. The deacons will have tables, paper, pens, and sample letters set up prior to and following the service of worship.

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

That we might better pray for one another:

     We pray for God's presence and peace to be with Barbie and Jim Aukema and the rest of Barbie's extended family as they mourn the death of Barbie's mother.
     We pray for healing for Holly Nelson as she continues to recover from a concussion.
     We continue to pray for healing and peace for Doris Pitcher following her knee replacement surgery and the loss of Jim.
     We give thanks for a great Kids' Night Out season and for the great leadership and volunteers, and we pray for a refreshing break over the summer.
     We pray for that those in the greater Binghamton area 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 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 there.
     We pray for friends and family: we give thanks for a successful surgery for Marsha Conrad's father, Boyd, and pray for continued healing for him; we pray for Beth Cunningham's sister Barb and her family following the death of Barb's husband earlier this week; for Beth Cunningham's great-niece MacKenzie; for Crystal Aukema's father, following gal bladder surgery; for  Doug Aukema's brother-in-law, Charlie, who is battling cancer; for Justin Byma's uncle Ed, who is battling cancer; for healing and encouragement for Adam Derzanovich; for Jim Stocum's friend Jim, who is battling a kidney ailment, and for healing for his friend Trish, who suffered a stroke during brain surgery; for the Conrads' friend Dick who is battling cancer; and for strength and energy for Alistair Krempel.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
April 19, 2015:

Frank & Barb Lockwood

Joe Patak and Doug Aukema

Intercessory Prayer:
George DeJager

Scripture Reader:
Claire Stocum

Crystal Aukema
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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