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March 2, 2018

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."
~ Matthew 5.17

     Kingdoms invariably have laws. Kings of kingdoms are responsible for upholding, refining, or abolishing old laws and, if need be, establishing new ones. As Jesus begins his public ministry and announces the arrival of God's kingdom in him, questions regarding the laws of the kingdom that has arrived in him are naturally going to follow him around the countryside. Given some of Jesus' teaching and actions, at the heart of those questions is going to be: what happens now to the Law given in the Hebrew Scriptures -- the Law and the Prophets? Is Jesus, in his teaching and ministry, suggesting that the Old Testament Law is to be abolished and destroyed, or is his reign going to uphold it? And if he upholds the Old Testament Law, what is that going to mean for the citizens of his kingdom? Will they need to look like the scribes and Pharisees to be part of the kingdom of heaven, or is there some entirely new way to relate to the Law because of the arrival of Jesus, God's anointed King?
     These are precisely the questions Jesus addresses in the passage we'll hear from this Sunday. I encourage you to read and begin reflecting on Matthew 5.17-20 prior to our time together this Sunday.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities:
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Kid's Night Out:
     Kids' Night Out is tomorrow (Saturday, March 3) from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you would like to help, please contact Janet Crawford.

Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit:
     You are invited to attend the Global Leadership Summit in Cortland on Thursday and Friday, August 9 and 10. Just so you know: the Global Leadership Summit is not just for church leaders; it is for any and all leaders. In fact, I would go so far as to say that its contributions to developing leadership outside the church -- in businesses, schools, government, and in the home -- has now become as important as its contributions to developing leadership within the church, if not more important. Almost everyone plays the role of a leader in some setting, and the Summit gives everyone something to chew on and areas to grow in their own lives as leaders who are shaped and formed by the values of God's kingdom to be salt and light in the places where they lead. Just talk to some of the people who have gone in years past if you need anecdotal evidence that it will be worth your time! Don't hesitate to let me (Pastor Kurt), Terry Woodnorth, or Ron Crawford know if you are interested in attending this year. Again, it's Thursday and Friday, August 9 and 10. We will carpool together to the host site in Cortland.

Upcoming Special Fellowship & Worship 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. More information and sign-ups will be coming soon.

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, and then we will have a breakfast upstairs following the sunrise service.

Thank You from Claire Stocum:

Hello Valley Church,
I just wanted to thank you all for your support as I head off to Houston next week with Cru! I'm very excited to see what work the Lord has in store for us as we help the hurricane survivors. This trip couldn't have been possible without your generous donations, and I'm very thankful for your encouragement. Please continue to keep the students in your prayers, as well as all of those that were effected by the hurricane. Thanks again!


~ 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 for healing and recovery for Dan Flynn following a successful surgery on his hand yesterday.
     We continue to pray for Claire, Jerry, and Cindy Krempel  and the rest of their family: that they might know the peace and comfort of our Lord in this time of transition.
     We pray for ongoing healing and recovery for Emily DeYoung, Doug Aukema, Peter DeYoung, and Beth Blake.
     We pray for Claire Stocum and the team from Cru who are heading to Houston next week to help hurricane survivors and embody the good news of Jesus there.
     We give thanks that Ryan Simmons received a good report that his blood work came back with no cancer markers and that he will not need further treatment but only periodic testing. And we continue to pray for his recovery from his surgery and illness.

     We pray for the ongoing needs of friends and family of Valley members: 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; we give thanks that Terry Woodnorth's brother has experienced healing and is back at work; for continued healing for David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Tim; for peace for the Monroes' extended family in Colorado; for Becky's friend Joe who is battling colon cancer; for Adam Derzanovich; for Lynda Huizinga's niece Alexis; for Alistair Krempel.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
March 4, 2018

Greeter: Judy Zwierzynski

Ushers: Charlie Huizinga and George de Jager

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader (Matthew 5.17-20): Ana Monroe

Nursery: Melanie Nelson
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Binghamton, New York 13901

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