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May 11, 2017

"Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."
Luke 24.39

     Touch and see? Usually we don't associate the sense of touch with sight, yet that's what Jesus asks the disciples to do: "touch me and see." As we continue on our journey through the Easter day scripture passages, the disciples continue in the blindness of disbelief. Thankfully, Jesus once again does not leave the disciples in the dark, but rather stands in their presence, the very light by which they (and we) can see and believe.
     I encourage you to read and reflect on Luke 24.36-43 prior to our time together on Sunday morning.
     We will also celebrate the feast of the Lord's Supper this Sunday. I encourage you to prepare in heart and mind to celebrate our communion with our Lord and with our brothers and sisters in Christ around the Lord's table.

From the Deacons:

3963940634_f14f7eb226_bBread for the World Offering of Letters:
     Doing Our Part to End Hunger is the theme of the 2017 Bread for the World Offering of Letters. The deacons will provide the opportunity for you to write letters to your members of Congress next Sunday, May 21, before and after the worship service.

     The United States and the world have made substantial progress toward ending hunger and poverty over the past several decades. Worldwide, extreme poverty — living on less than $1.90 a day — has been cut in half over the past 30 years. But more work needs to be done. Nearly 800 million people in the world are still hungry. In the United States, 1 in 6 children lives in a family that struggles with hunger.

     Nations around the world, including the United States, have agreed to work for an end to hunger and related goals by 2030. And there is growing recognition among faith leaders, nongovernmental organizations, and business leaders that ending extreme hunger and poverty by 2030 is achievable.

     Families, churches and community groups, and businesses all need to do their parts to end hunger. It’s crucial that our government also does its part. Through this Offering of Letters, we urge Congress to make funding decisions that put our country and the world on track to ending hunger by 2030. This will be a challenging year. Programs that help families alleviate hunger and get out of poverty are threatened with deep funding cuts. As in years past, your persistent and faithful advocacy will be important in defending the interests of people who are hungry.

     For more information you can preview the bulletin insert you will receive next Sunday here.

Announcements, Events, and Opportunities:

Friday Fuel:
     Need some time to unplug and unwind at the end of the week? Need some encouraging conversation over food with brothers and sisters in Christ? This coming Friday evening (May 14) you are invited to gather at the Stocums' house for fellowship and food - fuel for our journey through life together with our Lord. We'll gather at 7:00 p.m. and stay until we're ready to leave, or until the Stocums kick us out, whichever comes first! Please bring a snack to share.
     We plan to gather again for Friday Fuel at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 21 at the Monroe's house, weather permitting. If it is raining, we will meet at the church building.

gardenGardening Time Is Quickly Approaching!:
     The gardening season is upon us! Valley's community garden has plots available, so if you hear friends or neighbors comment on wanting to garden, feel free to tell them about the garden. Flyers are available in the foyer.


~ 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.

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

     We pray for continued healing and strength for Luci Huizinga and Peter DeYoung.
     We pray for all of our college students as they approach the end of the school year: for health and good management of time as they prepare for final examinations.
     We pray for God's world: for an end to the escalation of tensions with North Korea; for the people of Syria; for the people of South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen who are facing food shortages and starvation; for unity and civility among the citizens of the United States and for guidance and wisdom for government leaders at all levels; for ongoing restoration, renewal, and justice for the people of Haiti; for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world and the organizations and people fighting to protect them.
     We pray for friends and family: we pray for healing, strength, and peace for Edele Thompson as she battles cancer; for Sue Law's father-in-law William following his open heart surgery; for Marcus' brother's father-in-law Bud Ruit; for Becky's friend Joe who is battling colon cancer, and for peace and strength for his family; for Adam Derzanovich; we give thanks for healing for David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Tim, and pray for continued healing and recovery; 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
May 14, 2017

Greeter: Judy Zwierzynski

Ushers: Joe Patak and George de Jager

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader (Luke 24.36-43): Al Vos

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

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