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Saint John Bible - Life in Community
May 1, 2015

"All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had."
Acts 4.32

Acts - the Church in the Power of the Spirit 2

     The verse above pretty well sums up this week's passage with the words "one in heart and mind." In other words, unity. Unity is something that is too often an elusive dream in our broken, divided, individualistic, and possessive world. Yet, in the power of the Holy Spirit and the good news of Jesus Christ, the early church points out the possibility of not only being one in heart and mind, but then developing that agreement of will into concrete, sacrificial actions that benefited the whole community. Luke provides us a picture of a unity of the whole of life, not just a unity on some specific doctrines. This passage provides for us a beautiful picture of life together as Christians. I encourage you to read and reflect on Acts 4.32-37, along with Deuteronomy 15.1-6 and Philippians 2.1-4 prior to our time together on Sunday.

     The artwork at the top of the email is "Life in Community," taken from The Saint John's Bible. This illumination of Acts 4 was done by Aidan Hart in collaboration with Donald Jackson and emphasizes the common table and common life of the early church. The Saint John's Bible, commissioned in 1998, is the first completely hand-written and hand-illuminated Bible since the invention of the printing press.

Supporting the World Renew Response in Nepal:

As relief efforts continue in Nepal following the deadly earthquake there, World Renew (the Christian Reformed Church's relief agency) calls for prayer and financial gifts. The following is from the World Renew website:

“As Christians, we are called to shine God’s love in times of pain,” said Kenneth Kim, World Renew’s Director of Disaster Response and Rehabilitation.  “We are assessing possible responses with our partners and colleagues at this time. Given the devastation, we will likely provide both immediate assistance in terms of food, water and temporary shelter as well as longer term rehabilitation as those affected recover and rebuild in the aftermath.”

To find out more about how you can give, please visit the World Renew website here.

Bread for the World logo
A Message from the Deacons:

     The deacons would like to thank the congregation for writing 56 letters to our United States senators and representatives for Bread for the World's Offering of Letters: Feed Our Children. For more information please see the Bread for the World website here.

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

That we might better pray for one another:

     We pray for healing for Holly Nelson as she continues to recover from a concussion.
     We continue to pray for healing and peace for Doris Pitcher.
     We pray for Barbie and Jim Aukema following the death of Barbie's mother.
     We pray for that those who would benefit from Faith & Finances would hear about the course and that God would guide the Faith & Finances advisory team as we prepare for a launch at a later time.
     In light of the increasing attacks on religious liberty, we pray for the board of the Center for Public Justice as they meet this week, that the Holy Spirit would guide them as they work to advance the common good through interaction with government and citizens.
     We give thanks for the work of CHOW and ask God's continued blessing on its ministry in our community.
     We pray for God's world: for the people of Nepal following the earthquake there, and especially for the Christian Reformed Church representatives who are already there and will be going soon to provide relief and aid; 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 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: for Beth Cunningham's great-niece MacKenzie; with thanks for a successful surgery for the DeYoung's niece/great-niece Kaylin, and for continued healing; for  Doug and Pat Aukemas' nephew, Charlie, who is battling cancer; for Justin Byma's uncle Ed, who is battling cancer; for the Bymas' friend Laura who is travelling from North Africa; for Kenny Pierre-Louise' mother following her heart surgery; for healing and encouragement for Adam Derzanovich; for the Stocums' friend Trish, who suffered a stroke during brain surgery, and for their friend's father, Don, who was diagnosed with lung cancer; for the secretary at Becky Stocums' school, Denise, whose cancer treatments have been unsuccessful; for the Conrads' friend Dick who is battling cancer; and for strength and energy for Alistair Krempel.

Upcoming Opportunities and Events:

National Day of Prayer:
     Next Thursday, May 7, is the National Day of Prayer. Valley's building will be open during the day next Thursday, and I provide prayer guides in the sanctuary if you would like a quiet place to pray. I will also provide a prayer guide via email early next week if you would prefer to pray at home.

CHOW Needs:
     Our CHOW pantry needs the following items: boxed macaroni and cheese, instant potatoes, and jelly or jam.

Summer Congregational Meeting:
     We will have a potluck lunch and our summer congregational meeting on June 7 directly after the service of worship. Please mark your calendars!

Sunday Morning Ministries for
May 3, 2015:

Dot Simonds

David Derzanovich and Jim Conrad

Intercessory Prayer:
Doug Aukema

Scripture Reader:
Natalie Doller

Luci Huizinga
Church Telephone: 607.648.8224
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