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Entry into Jerusalem manuscript illumination
March 24, 2018

"Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.' But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all . . . All you need to say is simply 'Yes,' or 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one."
~ Matthew 5.33-34a, 37

     Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the day on which we remember and celebrate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem as the King of God's everlasting kingdom. As we celebrate the triumphal entry of the King in whom God's kingdom has arrived on earth, we will continue to hear the King's descriptive portrait of the citizens of his kingdom in the sermon on the mount. This week, we will hear Jesus address questions of oaths and vows in the Old Testament Law and the deeper heart issues of integrity and truth that are fulfilled in him and in the citizens of his kingdom.
     I encourage you to read and reflect on Matthew 5.33-37 prior to our time together tomorrow morning.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities:

Maundy Thursday potluck and celebration of the Lord's Supper: We will gather together for a potluck dinner and a celebration of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday (March 29) at 6:30 p.m. Sign-ups are in the foyer.

Good Friday Worship Service: We will gather together for a quiet and reflective service of worship on Good Friday (March 30) at 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday Sunrisee Service & Breakfast: In addition to the 10:00 service of worship, we will gather at 8:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday (April 1) for a celebratory sunrise service. We will then share a breakfast upstairs following the sunrise service. Sign-ups for the breakfast are in the foyer.

The Tech-Wise Family book discussion: Valley Church will be offering a book study/discussion of The Tech-Wise Family for four weeks this spring following the service of worship on Sundays. We will have a light snack and discuss with one another what we've read in each section of the book.
     If you requested a copy of the book, you will receive it tomorrow. I encourage you to join us for these discussions. We want to be tech-wise not only as individuals and individual families, but we want to be tech-wise as a community – as the family of God. Our world needs to see whole communities who live wisely with technology; we want to be such a community of salt and light tech wisdom for the sake of God’s world.
     The schedule for discussion is:
April 15: Foreword, Introduction, etc. – pp. 11-42
April 22: Part I – pp. 43-106
April 29: Part II – pp. 107-180
May 6: Part III – pp. 181-205
     If you did not order a copy of the book but would like to have one and join us (or if you would like additional copies for your family), please talk to Pastor Kurt.

Another Resource for Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, and Anyone Interested in Understanding the Culture in Which Our Young People Live:
     I have previously shared with some of the parents at Valley a particularly helpful resource for keeping a finger on the pulse of the cultural events and influences that are impacting our young people. An organization called Axis sends a weekly email called "The Culture Translator" to your email inbox that does just what it says: it translates the pop culture, technology, and media influences impacting youth into language that adults can understand; it offers good starting points for conversation with young people and thoughtful questions to ask.
     I highly encourage the whole people of God to subscribe to the email (you can do it by clicking the link to "The Culture Translator" above) even if you aren't a key influencer in the life of a young person. If nothing else, it will open your eyes to the world which our young people have to navigate and encourage you to pray for them in informed ways.
     Axis also offers (often free) online summits and other resources for people who have influence into young people's lives.

Prayer and Update Letter from the Zuiderveens:
     You can read the latest from Cody and Jessica Zuiderveen, missionaries to Haiti with Resonate Global Mission, in their most recent prayer letter here.


~ Valley Church ~
Gathered as God's family, we are sent into the world as agents of God's mission of renewal.

This Sunday:

Prayer gathering upstairs at 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service
at 10:00 a.m. (preschool through 4th grade children will go to children's church part way through the service).

That we might better pray for one another and God's world:

     We pray that Harriet Dimidio's whole family would experience the peace and comfort of our Lord as they mourn Harriet's passing earlier this week (for details regarding memorial service see Harriet's obituary here).
     We pray for Emily DeYoung following her surgery on her knee earlier this week -- for continued healing and peace, and for a smooth return to school; we also pray for continued peace for Jeff and Carol.
     We give thanks for safety for the Cru students (including Claire Stocum) who served in Houston over their spring break, and for their witness as they served others in the name of Jesus over their spring break.
     We give thanks for those who are gaining clarity regarding college decisions (especially Ethan Stocum this past week), and we pray for wisdom and discernment for those who still have to make decisions.
     We pray for ongoing healing and recovery for Charlie Huizinga, Claire Krempel, Peter DeYoung, and Beth Blake.

     We pray for the ongoing needs of friends and family of Valley members: for peace and comfort for the family, friends, professors, and fellow students of the nursing student at BU who was murdered last week; for peace and comfort for the family of Hal Snopek following his death this past week; we give thanks for the healing that David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Tim experienced and pray for continued recovery; for healing for Judy Zwierzynski's cousin who has been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer on top of other various health issues; for continued healing for Judy's niece who is experiencing health issues, and for wisdom and discernment for her doctors; for peace for Lor Recker-Woodnorth's uncle John who is nearing the end of his life, and for peace for his family; for healing for Lor's mother following her battle with pneumonia; for continued healing and recovery for Ryan Simmons and for peace for him and his family; for healing and peace for Claire Krempel's brother Allen, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia; for the Flynns' niece Madison; for healing for Jim and Becky Stocum's friend Eric who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor; for healing and peace for Leslie Vermaat's father; for continued healing for David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Tim; for peace for the Monroes' extended family in Colorado; for Adam Derzanovich; for Lynda Huizinga's niece Alexis; for Alistair Krempel.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
March 25, 2018

Greeter: Cindy Krempel

Ushers: David Derzanovich and George de Jager

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader (Matthew 5.33-37): Trent Nelson

Nursery: Florence Doller
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