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Solas of the Reformation
October 18, 2017

"Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation . . ."
~ Colossians 1.21-22

     Even in the darkest moments of the Middle Ages the Catholic Church sung the praises of our Lord Jesus Christ. The importance of Christ was never really in question. However, as the Reformers attempted to live out their faith within the context of the medieval church, they were nagged by the presence of an equation of salvation that left them hanging in the balance -- and found wanting. The equation went something like this: Jesus + something (the merit of the saints, various works of righteousness, etc.) = salvation. Again, though, when the Reformers went back to scripture, they found that the Bible depicts a very different equation. The biblical equation goes like this: Jesus + nothing = salvation. We are saved by Christ alone.
     This Sunday, as we return to the "Solas of the Reformation" series and look particularly at Solus Christus - Christ alone, we will hear Paul declare loudly the centrality of Christ to not merely salvation, but to everything! How are we created, sustained, and saved? By Christ alone! I encourage you to read and reflect on Colossians 1.15-23 prior to our time together this Sunday morning.

An Opportunity to Help Families in Puerto Rico:

     Trent Nelson works with several people who have family members in Puerto Rico. Trent's co-workers have requested help for their family members who are still struggling with basic supplies following Hurricane Maria. The deacons would like to encourage Valley Church to help meet their needs as soon as possible, so we will begin collecting items this Sunday, October 22. Here are the things that are needed:
  • flashlights with batteries
  • candles
  • toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • toilet paper
  • plastic utensils
  • ramen noodles
  • instant coffee
  • canned soup
  • canned tuna
  • spam
     There will be boxes in the entryway of the church this Sunday in which you can place your donations.
     Shipping has been arranged (and can reach the recipients), but money for shipping will be needed.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Pete's Story:
     Tomorrow (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.

Faith Formation/Education Opportunity:
     Following the service this Sunday (and through the rest of October and part of November) we will continue our faith formation opportunity for teens and adults and children. 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.

An Opportunity to Help Southern Tier MobilePack Feed God's Hungry Children:

     You are invited to join Southern Tier MobilePack (STMP) as they pack 100,000 meals for chronically malnourished children around the world. The meal-packing event will take place at Endwell United Methodist Church on Watson Blvd. in Endwell on November 3rd and 4th. STMP is working with a Christian non-profit organization called Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) for the event.

     FMSC believes that hope begins with food, and they exist to provide hope in the name of Jesus. The MannaPack meals that STMP will be packing contain vitamins, dehydrated vegetables, soy, and rice. MannaPack is specially formulated for chronically malnourished children and is culturally acceptable worldwide.

     For this event, STMP needs about 520 volunteers and they still have 220 slots to fill. You can register individuals or families at by clicking on the blue "volunteer" button. STMP hope that you and your family (anyone over the age of 5 can participate) may be interested in volunteering for a 2 hour packing slot in this important service for God's hungry children.


~ 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.

We will have faith formation classes following the service of worship.

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

     We pray for Doug and Pat Aukema and the rest of the Aukema family as they continue to work through the aftermath of the fire that destroyed their dairy barn last week, giving thanks for safety for everyone involved.
     We pray for continued healing for Claire Krempel, Ron Crawford, and Sue Brown.
     We pray for those who are mourning the loss of loved ones in our congregation, especially for Charlie Huizinga as he marks the one year anniversary of Jan's death.
     We pray for our world: for those who have been impacted by recent man-made and natural disasters, specifically for the people of Las Vegas, Houston, Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico City, East Africa, and South Asia.

     We pray for ongoing needs: we continue to pray 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 22, 2017

Greeter: Judy Zwierzynski

Ushers: Doug Aukema and Herleen DeYoung

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader (Colossians 1.15-23): Al Vos

Nursery: Natalie and Daniella Doller
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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