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Valley Church News

April 26, 2013

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go."
~ Luke 9:57

Set Free to Seek God's Kingdom, Part III: I Will Follow!

     We continue our "Set Free to Seek God's Kingdom" sermon series this Sunday. We will be exploring Luke 9:57-62. I encourage you to prayerfully read this passage prior to the service, starting at Luke 9:43 to put the verses in context. In this week's sermon text, Jesus and his listeners are "on the road." The particular road Jesus is on is a resolute path leading directly toward Jerusalem, and to the cross. This invites us to consider, again, the road that we're on, and the road Jesus is inviting us to travel.

Bread for the World

     In the form for ordination at the back of the Psalter Hymnal, the charge to deacons says, "Be prophetic critics of the waste, injustice, and selfishness in our society, and be sensitive counselors to the victims of such evils."  While this is a charge to those specifically called to the office of deacon, it's also a charge to the whole church as it fulfills its role as deacon to the world and prophetically calls for justice, stewardship, and generosity in the public realm.
      One of the places where it is easy to see the impact of waste, injustice, and selfishness is the issue of hunger. While we're often more preoccupied with our culture's problem of obesity, it is estimated that roughly 1 in 6 are underfed in the United States. 
     While the causes and possible cures of these problems are certainly complex, we should not allow that complexity to discourage us into inactivity.  Individuals, churches, non-profits (like CHOW), and governments alike all have a role to play in ending the injustice which causes hunger and poverty and alleviating its impact on those who are victims in our community. 
     On Sunday, May 5, after the morning worship service, we will have an opportunity to engage one small part of our prophetic role by writing letters to our members of Congress and signing a petition to the president, encouraging them to do their part to help end hunger and create an environment that is just, seeks to reduce waste, encourages selflessness, and in which all people can flourish.
     This is all part of "A Place at the Table," Bread for the World's 2013 Offering of Letters, which aims to realize a world in which all of God's children are fed. The goal of Bread for the World is to create political will by writing our policy makers, urging them to do their part to help create pathways out of hunger and poverty.
For more information on this year's Offering of Letters contact Terry Woodnorth or go to
Sunday Service Times:
Sunday School: 9:15 a.m.
Worship: 10:30 a.m.

In the Life of Valley Church:

      Please pray for McKenna Derzanovich, newborn daughter of Adam and Ashley, granddaughter of David. She was born Monday, and we give thanks for her birth, but she has been having trouble breathing on her own and remains in the hospital. Pray for healing for McKenna, and strength, energy, and God's comfort for the rest of the family.

     We continue to pray for Pattie Deinhardt, the Pitchers' daughter, as she awaits gal bladder surgery. And we ask for healing for Jim Pitcher who continues to struggle with pneumonia.

     We give thanks for God's healing for Janet Crawford's father, who is being released from the hospital today.

Upcoming events and opportunities:

    Adult Sunday School continues its study of Matthew's gospel this week.

Spring Cleaning!
     Please mark your calendars so that you can join us for a time of fun, fellowship, and cleaning on Saturday, May 4. We will begin work in and around the church building at 9:00 a.m. (I've heard rumors of pizza, too, but don't hold me to it).

Elder & Deacon Nominations
     You will be getting forms for nominating elders and deacons following the service this Sunday. I invite you to begin prayerfully considering who you might want to nominate for those leadership positions within the church. You will need to submit your nominations by May 19.
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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