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Toil and Weeds
October 3, 2015

"The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the LORD God said, 'The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.' So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove him out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life."
~ Genesis 3.21-24

The Stewardship of All Things

     Tomorrow morning we will continue where we left off in Genesis, which means things are about to take a turn for the worse. We could almost feel it coming. We know that life isn't like what we heard about last Sunday. On this cold and dreary Saturday, we know we're not in the garden described in Genesis 2. That home has been lost to us. And the good, hard work described in those chapters, it seems lost to us as well. That good, hard work is too often fraught with weary toil, frustration, and pain. We too often only catch fleeting glimpses of the original goodness of creation and of our work.
     Tomorrow we will read of the journey from the garden into a world dramatically altered by human rebellion, and we'll begin trying to make sense of life in exile away from our home. I encourage you to read Genesis 3 prior to our time together tomorrow morning.

     The artwork at the top of the email is a twelfth century Italian mosaic that depicts the toil and pain (and weeds) that accompanied humanity's rebellion and exile from the garden.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

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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 4th--School Supplies--We are in need of small note books and pencils at this time.
    October 11th-- Hygiene Items--Toothpaste, washcloths, soap
    October 18th--Toys (need to fit in a shoe box) and Hard Candy (individually wrapped)
    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. We especially need someone who is willing to provide a main dish for around ten people for the October 6 meeting.

A Community Needs Bulletin Board:

     Need something? Have something you would rather give away than throw away? Check out the chalkboard in the room to the rear of the sanctuary. We're going to use that chalkboard to communicate both needs and things we've got to give away. Hopefully we can help each other out and be better stewards in the process!

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

That we might better pray for one another:

     We praise God for new and returning officebearers and give great thanks for the faithful service of Marcus Doller, Joel Huizinga, and Trent Nelson over the past few years.
     We pray for healing, patience, and peace for Holly Nelson, and energy and strength for the Nelson family.
     We pray for the peace and flourishing of the greater Binghamton area, and for guidance as to specific ways we as individuals and as a church might partner with God to cultivate that flourishing.
     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 Lor Recker-Woodnorth's mother experienced, and for her birthday this week; 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.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
October 4, 2015:

Cindy Krempel

David Derzanovich and Jim Conrad

Intercessory Prayer:
Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader:
Paul Peterson

Jim & Marsha Conrad

Church Telephone: 607.648.8224
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Valley Church
1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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