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October 7, 2017

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Gentile. For the righteousness of God is revealed in it from faith to faith, just as it is written, 'But the righteous will live by faith.' "
~ Romans 1.16-17

     Faith. It's a fairly important concept in the New Testament. The word (in its noun form) is used 243 times in the whole New Testament (142 of those in Paul's letters alone). Many of us probably take for granted the importance of faith, already understanding its significant role in God's saving work in our lives and in the world. But that hasn't always been the case. While the idea of faith and belief permeate the New Testament, and especially Paul's letters, the importance of faith's role in our salvation hasn't always proportionally permeated the teachings of the Church. Or the idea of faith alone (sola fide), at least, hasn't always been adequately appreciated and understood. Such were the teachings of the church that Luther and his fellow Reformers encountered. But as Luther, Calvin, and their fellow Reformers dug into scripture, they paused and asked: must there be something in addition to faith, or can faith alone be the conduit through which God saves us by his grace?
     This Sunday we will continue our exploration of the rediscovered scriptural themes of the Reformers - the solas of the Reformation. This week we will look at the role faith alone plays in God's saving purposes in the world. I encourage you to reflect on Romans 1.16-17 (in its entirety above) prior to our time together tomorrow morning.
     We will also celebrate the feast of the Lord's Supper tomorrow morning. I encourage you to prepare in heart and mind to come to the Lord's table to commune with our God and with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Edward Okiror Visiting and Preaching
and a Potluck Lunch on Sunday, October 15:
     We will gather for a potluck lunch next Sunday (October 15) following the service of worship to spend time with Edward Okiror, the World Renew representative from Uganda who Valley Church supports. Edward will be visiting with us next weekend, and he will also be preaching and talking about the work he and World Renew are doing in Uganda during the service next Sunday. During the potluck we will have an opportunity to talk with Edward, ask any questions we might have about his work, and enjoy the fellowship of all our brothers and sisters in Christ at Valley Church. Please mark you calendars and start thinking about what dish you would like to bring to share! (Our faith formation classes will be cancelled next Sunday but will resume on October 22).

Housing for Edward Okiror:
     We are still looking for someone to host Edward for the weekend next weekend. Edward will be arriving Friday, October 13 and leaving Monday, October 16, so housing is needed for three nights. Please talk to pastor Kurt if you are interested.

Faith Formation/Education Opportunity:
     Following the service this Sunday (and through October and part of November, with the exception of October 15) we will have several weeks of 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.

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.

UPDATE on Kids' Night Out:
     Last week I incorrectly announced that the first KNO would be today. That was an incorrect announcement. The first KNO will be Saturday, November 4!


~ 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 pray for continued healing for Ron Crawford, Sue Brown, Claire Krempel, and those still battling summer illnesses.
     We pray for families mourning the loss of loved ones: for Lydie Germain's extended family following the death of her father; for the extended de Jager family following the death of George and Ann's grandson; for the extended family of Jake Huizinga.
     We pray for our world: for peace and healing for the people of Las Vegas, especially those who lost loved in the shooting there; for those who have been impacted by recent natural disasters: for the people of Houston, Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico City, East Africa, and South Asia.

     We pray for ongoing needs: we give thanks for good news that healing has taken place in Joyce Vos' brother who has been battling brain cancer; 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 8, 2017

Greeter: Cindy Krempel

Ushers: Joe Patak and George de Jager

Intercessory Prayer: Ron Crawford

Scripture Reader: Kurt Monroe

Nursery: Jim & Sue Comfort
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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