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May 2, 2017

"If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Luke 11.13

     This Thursday is the National Day of Prayer. In light of that reminder that we are to be people of prayer for our nation and our world (a reminder from the government's calendar, no less!), it's a good idea to hear some of Jesus' teaching on prayer. This Sunday we will read Luke 11.1-13, which I encourage you to read and reflect on before our time together on Sunday. Rev. Darrell Johnson, professor emeritus of preaching and pastoral care at Regent College, will preach on the passage (via video).
     If you didn't get a hard copy of the prayer guide for the National Day of Prayer, you can download one here.

Announcements, Events, and Opportunities:

Men's Lunch:
     The men will gather for food and fellowship at Apple Hills at noon on Thursday, May 4.

Friday Fuel:
     Need some time to unplug and unwind at the end of the week? Need some encouragement or some conversation over food with brothers and sisters in Christ? This Friday evening (May 5) you are invited to gather at Charlie Huizinga's house for fellowship and food - fuel for our journey through life with our Lord. We'll gather at 7:00 p.m. and stay until we're ready to leave, or until Charlie kicks us out, whichever comes first! Please bring a snack to share.
     We plan to gather again for Friday Fuel at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14 at the Stocum's house and Friday, May 21 at the Monroe's house (weather permitting).

Pastor Kurt on Study Leave:
     Pastor Kurt is on study leave from May 1 to May 7. If you need pastoral care during this time, please contact a deacon or elder.

gardenGardening Time Is Here!:
     The gardening season is here! Valley's community garden has plots available, so if you hear friends or neighbors comment on wanting to garden, feel free to tell them about the garden. Flyers are available in the foyer.


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

This Sunday:

Worship Service
at 10:00 a.m.

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

     We give thanks for a successful surgery and pray for continued healing and strength for Luci Huizinga.
     We pray for continued healing and strength for Peter DeYoung.
     We pray for all of our college students as they approach the end of the school year: for health and good management of time as they prepare for final examinations.
     We pray for God's blessings on CHOW: for volunteers and pantries, and especially for clients.
     We also pray for the employees and clients of Catholic Charities as they mourn the loss of two clients.
     We pray for God's world: for an end to the escalation of tensions with North Korea; for the people of Syria; for the people of South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen who are facing food shortages and starvation; for unity and civility among the citizens of the United States and for guidance and wisdom for government leaders at all levels; for ongoing restoration, renewal, and justice for the people of Haiti; for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world (especially for our Coptic brothers and sisters in Christ in Egypt) and the organizations and people fighting to protect them.
     We pray for friends and family: we pray for healing, strength, and peace for Edele Thompson as she battles cancer; for Becky's friend Joe who is battling colon cancer, and for peace and strength for his family; for Adam Derzanovich; we give thanks for healing for David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Tim, and pray for continued healing and recovery; for Beth Cunningham's cousin Karen; for Lynda Huizinga's niece Alexis; for Alistair Krempel; for Mike Corgan's nephew who is battling heroin addiction.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
May 7, 2017

Greeter: Frank & Barb Lockwood

Ushers: Doug Aukema & Herleen DeYoung

Intercessory Prayer: George de Jager

Scripture Reader: Lor Recker-Woodnorth

Nursery: Natalie and Daniella Doller
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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