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Seek the shalom of the city.
October 23, 2015

"On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. 'Teacher,' he asked, 'what must I do to inherit eternal life?' 'What is written in the Law?' he replied. 'How do you read it?' He answered, '"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you strength and with all your mind"; and, "love your neighbor as yourself."' 'You have answered correctly,' Jesus replied. 'Do this and you will live.'"
Luke 10.25-28

The Stewardship of All Things

     God told the exiles, through Jeremiah, to seek the shalom of the city of their exile by living normal lives. They were to build houses, plant gardens, get married and have families. Mundane, everyday stuff. But God knew that as the exiles went about their daily business, they would rub shoulders with their neighbors. On the streets. In the marketplace. They would have a chance to live out the command to love their neighbors as themselves that was built on their love for God.
     The challenge to the exiled Israelites, the Israelites at the time of Jesus, and to us is knowing who exactly is included in the word "neighbor." We are, it seems, frequently inclined to draw boundaries around "neighbor;" some people make it in, some are left out. As we continue to think about being stewards of God's reconciling reign for our neighbors, we will hear Jesus' parable about the Samaritan who had compassion on the man beaten and left for dead by robbers. We will likely be challenged afresh to draw the boundaries to the word "neighbor" a bit broader, and we might find ourselves implicated in others' stories we never imagined we would be. I invite you to read and reflect on Luke 10.25-37 prior to our time together on Sunday morning.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Potluck Lunch:
     Members of the congregation and council asked me to pass this reminder along: this Sunday following the service we will share a potluck lunch for pastor appreciation month. Come with a dish to share, a healthy appetite, and a spirit of fellowship!

Life Choices Center Remodeling Work:
     We have an opportunity to continue helping with with some remodeling work at the Life Choices Center's building on Saturday, October 31, starting at 9:00 a.m. You may come and go as your schedule allows. They do not necessarily need specialized skills, but would love laborers to help out with some of the heavy and light lifting!

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Operation Christmas Child:
     A table has been set up in the downstairs fellowship hall to put donations for Operation Christmas Child. We still need plastic boxes. Below is a schedule of weeks we will be focusing on specific types of items:

    October 25th--Socks, Hats, Mittens
    November 1st--Announcement will be made for the greatest needs at that time.
     November 8th--Packing Boxes
     November 15th--Blessing of the Boxes

     If you have questions please contact Tilly Huizinga.

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Food for Faith & Finances:
     If you are willing to provide food for Faith & Finances, please contact Jennifer Monroe.

Global Poverty and Nonviolent Action
One Day Retreat:
     The Broome County Council of Churches' Peace with Justice Committee has planned a one day retreat on November 7 (from 9:00 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.) to discuss global poverty and nonviolent action.
     The deacons of Valley Church encourage and invite members of Valley to attend. There will be no charge for attendance. Please let Terry Woodnorth know if you would like to attend soon so that he can register before November 1.
     Ron Sider, the author of Rich Christians in 
an Age of Hunger and President Emeritus of 
Evangelicals for Social Action, will be the re-
treat leader.  “A widely known evangelical 
speaker and writer, Sider has spoken on six 
continents, published more than thirty 
books and scores of articles.”

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

That we might better pray for one another:

     We pray for the shalom of the greater Binghamton area, and for guidance as to specific ways we as individuals and as a church might partner with God as stewards of his reign to cultivate that shalom in the city of our exile.
     We give thanks for a successful Kids' Night Out and for all the volunteers who give of themselves and their time to give the gift of KNO to both the kids and the parents.
     We pray for healing, patience, and peace for Holly Nelson, and energy and strength for the Nelson family.
     We pray for the participants and leadership of Faith & Finances.
     We pray for God's world: for the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe; 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 ongoing 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 boldly there.
     We pray for friends and family: we give thanks for the healing that Janet Crawford's grandmother has experienced and the good news that she will not need surgery; we pray for healing for Adam Derzanovich and for wisdom for his doctors; we pray for Jim and Marsha Conrad's friend Judy who is battling cancer; we pray that God would heal Marcus Doller's friend Scott as he battles cancer; we pray for strength and comfort for Doug and Pat Aukema's nephew Charlie and their friend Fred as they both battle cancer; we pray for healing for Jerry and Claire's daughter Karen's hip; we pray for the Corgans and the family and friends of their friend Irene, who passed away earlier this week.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
October 25, 2015:

Terry Woodnorth

George DeJager and Joe Patak

Intercessory Prayer:
Leslie Vermaat

Scripture Reader:
Alec Peterson

Lor Recker-Woodnorth

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Valley Church
1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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