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Valley Church 50th Anniversary Photo - Copy 2
November 14, 2014

"He said to them, 'Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don't you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.'"
~ Mark 4.21-23

Mark Sermon Series

     This Sunday, as we continue our exploration of the good news according to Mark, Jesus continues to teach his followers in parables. In this passage, we hear more words about the mystery of the kingdom of God. We hear of its coming disclosure and, once again, the way people respond and relate to the good news of the kingdom. I encourage you to read Mark 4:21-25 prior to our time together on Sunday.


Advent Conspiracy:

     We have not even paused to give thanks for all that we have yet (on Thanksgiving Day), and already the countdown to black Friday has begun. Plastic reindeer hang from the ceiling of Target, Christmas trees are up in Walmart. Santa arrives at the mall in a week. The message is clear: we don't need Thanksgiving. We don't need to prepare for the coming Christ. We need to spend, spend, spend. We need to consume, consume, consume. That's Wall Street's story. It is fast becoming America's story.
     But it doesn't have to be our story. We can conspire against it. The very way we celebrate Christmas can be a light shining in the darkness of the reckless consumption and individual and corporate greed of "the Christmas season." Followers of Jesus all over America are rediscovering the true implications of the story of Christmas by remembering Advent, the season of preparation for the coming of Christ the King. The folks at Advent Conspiracy invite us, over the next months, to celebrate Advent and Christmas differently, by:
Worshiping Fully
Spending Less
Giving More
Loving All
    We'll hear more about Advent Conspiracy over the coming weeks.
Magi meets the Mall

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

That we might better pray for one another:

     We continue to pray for healing, strength, and freedom from discomfort for Jerry Krempel.
     We pray for continued healing and for energy and strength for Barb Hover during her chemotherapy treatments.
     We continue to pray for Frank and Barb Lockwood.
     We pray for Milly and Edward Okiror, who are still in Calgary, Canada, as they just received news that Milly's mother passed away in Kenya. We pray for peace and comfort for the entire family, especially as they are separated by so many miles right now.
     We pray for Etienne and Wilson while they are in Haiti, and for the rest of the Germain family during their absence.
     We give thanks for a successful Kids' Night Out, and we pray for energy, strength, and wisdom for the leaders and volunteers of Kids' Night Out for the rest of the KNO season. We also pray for the Faith & Finances Advisory Team as they plan for the Faith & Finances kick-off in the spring of 2015.
     We continue to pray for God's world: for the people of western Africa as they continue to battle Ebola; 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 there.
     We pray for friends and family: for Beth Cunningham-Blake's great niece MacKenzie who struggles with epilepsy; for the Nelson's neighbors, the Kruzers; for Adam and Cheryl DeVoe's friend Joe Sanderson who is battling colon cancer; for healing for Ann DeJager's sister, Toni; for Dot's sister, Phylis, and for Dot and the rest of the family as they gather around Phylis; for Adam Derzanovich as he continues his recovery following surgery; for Robyn Vernon's friend, Nakita, who is recovering from a concussion; for David Derzanovich's two brothers-in-law, Tim and Bill who are still battling health issues.

Upcoming Events
and Opportunities:

Harvest Dinner:
     Valley's annual Harvest Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, November 22. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will begin promptly at 6:30.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
November 16, 2014:

Frank and Barb Lockwood

David Derzanovich

Intercessory Prayer:
Florence Doller

Scripture Reader:
Lor Recker-Woodnorth

Herlene DeYoung and Liz Bennett

Children's Church:
Becky Stocum and Debbie Harmon
Teen helper: Natalie Doller
Church Telephone: 607.648.8224
Pastor Kurt's email:
Church email:
Church website:

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Valley Church
1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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