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grape vine
April 22, 2016

"Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me."
~ John 15.4

     In. It's a tiny, little, two-letter proposition in both English and Greek. But in the Bible, those two letters mean so very much. We might be tempted to think of what God has done for us in Jesus as primarily external, as "out there," but the New Testament anchors so much of what God has done for us in our union with Jesus Christ. We are who we are - redeemed, saved, justified, sanctified, reconciled - because we are in Christ Jesus. And that little two-letter preposition is not merely a metaphor, but rather it is the spiritual reality that assures us that the life, righteousness, and joy of Jesus Christ (along with all the rest we inherit in Jesus) is ours. Because we are in him.
     Over the next few weeks we will be looking at some of the passages of the New Testament that speak to us of our life-giving union with Jesus Christ. This Sunday, we will hear Jesus' own proclamation of our union with him as branches in the true vine in John 15.1-17. I encourage you to read and reflect on the passage prior to our time together on Sunday morning.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Swimming Suits for Binghamton Youth:
     Becky Stocum is still taking donations of all swim suit styles and sizes for children in the city of Binghamton. Swimming in street clothes is not allowed, so life guards are told to turn anyone away who is not wearing a swim suit. Though it only costs 25 cents to swim, many kids don't have suits. As you are spring cleaning and come across swim suits that don't fit or don't get used, please bring them to Becky.

garden 2Community Garden Open House:
     On Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to noon, we will have a community garden open house. (It is the weekend of the farm trail, so if you're out and about for the farm trail, just swing by). In addition to seeing the garden space and dreaming together about how we can further use the space for the Chenango community, we will have refreshments and activities for kids. We encourage you to invite friends and neighbors as well!

GLS_logoGlobal Leadership Summit:
     Valley Church will once again be taking a group to the annual Global Leadership Summit in Syracuse on August 11 and 12, 2016. The Leadership Summit not only addresses leadership within the church, but is also designed to equip and encourage leaders in the workplace, community, and home. Flyers with more information are on the tables in the foyer (or click the link above). If you are interested in attending or would like more information about the Summit, please talk to Pastor Kurt.


~ 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:
10:00 a.m.

That we might better pray for one another:

     We give thanks for Tilly Huizinga's successful shoulder surgery and pray for a speedy and full recovery for her.
     We pray for continued healing in the Krempel family: for Keith and Cindy following their surgeries, and for Jerry's back.

     Giving thanks for the healing she has experienced, we pray for continued recovery for Holly Nelson.
     We give thanks for the healing Joe Patak has experienced following his shoulder surgery, and pray for continued recovery.
     We pray for continued guidance and energy for the various teams planning and implementing the community garden, and that God would guide our neighbors to join us as we seek to honor and steward his reign over all things as we garden together.

     We ask for God's guidance and wisdom regarding a relationship between the Salvation Army and Faith & Finances.
     We pray for the shalom of the greater Binghamton area, and for guidance as to specific ways we as individuals and as a church might partner with God as stewards of his reign to cultivate that shalom in the city of our exile.
     We pray for God's world: for ongoing restoration, renewal, and justice for the people of Haiti; for refugees fleeing violence around the world; for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world; for God's miraculous intervention in the Middle East; for the people of the United States during this election season; for organizations fighting to protect religious liberty in our changing world.

     We pray for friends and family: we pray for peace and healing for Jim Canary's father and for peace for the whole extended family following his cancer diagnosis; we continue to pray for healing for Adam Derzanovich, especially during his trial treatment this week; for Mike Corgan's nephew who is battling heroin addiction; for healing and rehabilitation for Marcus Doller's mother; for energy and strength for Alistair Krempel; we pray for those battling cancer: for Jim and Marsha Conrad's friend Judy, for Marcus Doller's friend Scott, for the DeYoungs' niece/cousin Terri; for the Petersons' friends Pat and Amy.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
April 24, 2016

Greeter: Terry Woodnorth

Ushers: Jim Conrad and Dave Derzanovich

Intercessory Prayer: Leslie Vermaat

Scripture Reader: Lor Recker-Woodnorth

Nursery: Herleen DeYoung

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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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