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March 17, 2018

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. . .
"It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.' But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.' "
~ Matthew 5.27-28, 31-32

     Jesus came not to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it. As we saw last week in the issues of anger and murder, Jesus' fulfillment of the Law leads directly to the depths of the citizen of the kingdom's heart upon which the Law is written and out of which it is fulfilled as our life is lived in Christ Jesus. This week Jesus continues to paint the portrait of the citizen of his kingdom, imagining the way the fulfillment of the Law will relate to issues of adultery and marriage.
     I encourage you to read and reflect on Matthew 5.27-32 prior to our time together this Sunday.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities:

Edele Thompson's Memorial Service:
     Edele Thompson's memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m. today (March 17) at Central Baptist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. All are invited to a luncheon following the service in Central Baptist School's gym.

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. More information and sign-ups will be coming soon.

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, and then we will have a breakfast upstairs following the sunrise service.

A Message from Barth & Janine Chapman:
     Barth and Janine Chapman, missionaries to Taiwan supported by Valley for years, have written the following letter to update their supporters of their move back to the United States and thank them for their support.

     Dear Friends and Supporters,
     After fifteen years of preaching the gospel and training disciples in Taiwan, we believe the Lord is calling us home to the Buffalo, New York area.  This move is necessitated by the needs of our family.  Janine’s 90 year old mother is now showing clear signs of dementia.  As a result, Janine’s partially paralyzed stepdad has been forced into a nursing home.   It became obvious to us a several months ago that we needed to intervene in their situation.  We also have two adopted grandchildren from Bulgaria and China with multiple disabilities.  The younger one has been undergoing a series of operations.  So to make a long story short, we have to go home.
     Leaving Taiwan is not easy for us, since our lives are so closely knit with brothers and sisters here in the Lord.  Fortunately the church is doing well, so we feel we can responsibly turn leadership over to other mature Christians.
     We thank God for the privilege of reaching lost and suffering souls with the hope of the gospel, first in the Hakka Chinese City of Toufen, and then through our collaboration with the Taiwan Lutheran Church in the City of Taichung.  We thank you for your prayers and financial support that have made it possible for us to minister here.
     After settling in to our new life in America, we do plan to start working again, ministering to the overseas Chinese in the Buffalo area.  Our hearts still have a fervent desire to preach the gospel.  The opportunities abroad and at home abound.
     We ask that you prayerfully consider supporting other missionaries. There are many dedicated missionaries on the field who deserve your support.
     We are deeply indebted to you for making it possible for us to be here all these years.   May the love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
     Barth and Janine Chapman


~ Valley Church ~
Gathered as God's family, we are sent into the world as agents of God's mission of renewal.

This Sunday:

Prayer gathering upstairs at 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service
at 10:00 a.m. (preschool through 4th grade children will go to children's church part way through the service).

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

     We pray for ongoing healing and recovery for Charlie Huizinga, Claire Krempel, Dan Flynn, Emily DeYoung, Doug Aukema, Peter DeYoung, and Beth Blake.
     We give thanks and rejoice with Mike and Charlyn Corgan as they became grandparents (again) on Monday; Seth Isaac (7 lb., 7 oz.) and mother are healthy.

     We pray for God's shalom to reign in the situation confronting dairy farmers.

     We pray for wisdom, guidance, and peace for Barth and Janine Chapman in their transition back to the United States (see to the left for details).

     We pray for the ongoing needs of friends and family of Valley members: for Judy Zwierzynski's niece who is experiencing health issues, and for wisdom and discernment for her doctors; for peace for Daniella's friend Dustin's grandfather as he nears the end of his life, and for his family and friends; for peace for Lor Recker-Woodnorth's uncle John who is nearing the end of his life, and for peace for his family; for continued healing and recovery for Ryan Simmons and for peace for him and his family; for healing and peace for Claire Krempel's brother Allen, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia; for the Flynns' niece Madison; for healing for Jim and Becky Stocum's friend Eric who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor; for healing and peace for Leslie Vermaat's father; for continued healing for David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Tim; for peace for the Monroes' extended family in Colorado; for Adam Derzanovich; for Lynda Huizinga's niece Alexis; for Alistair Krempel.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
March 18, 2018

Greeter: Terry Woodnorth

Ushers: George de Jager and Herleen DeYoung

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader (Matthew 5.21-26): Lor Recker-Woodnorth

Nursery: Herleen DeYoung
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Binghamton, New York 13901

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