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Journey with Jesus to the Cross - Into Sight
March 5, 2015

"He called the crowd with his disciples, and said
to them, 'If any want to become my followers,
let them deny themselves and take up their cross
and follow me.'"
~ Mark 8.34

Prepare the Way

     This Sunday, as we continue our journey with Jesus to the cross, we officially enter into "the way" along which Jesus will lead us. We will hear Peter's confession that Jesus is the Messiah, and we will also see his need for a second touch regarding his vision of Jesus' destiny. Jesus immediately goes to work on Peter's sight, ensuring him that the way does indeed lead to the cross, and that to be Jesus' disciple entails following in that path and no other. I encourage you to read and reflect on Mark 8.27-38 and Isaiah 42.10-20 prior to our time together on Sunday.

Break Bread Together
Preparing for the Feast of the Lord's Supper:

     This Sunday we will also celebrate the Feast of the Lord's Supper. I encourage you, in heart and mind, to prepare for this joyous celebration of our communion with God and with one another.
     Also, if you would like to bake a loaf of bread for Lord's Supper, please reply to this email and tell Pastor Kurt.

10 o'clock old
Daylight Saving Time:

     Daylight Saving Time resumes this Sunday. Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour prior to going to bed on Saturday night or you might find yourself a bit late this Sunday morning!

Children's Church Teacher Needed for March:

     We still need a volunteer to help with children's church, alongside Erin Peterson, for the month of March. If you are willing to help, please contact Erin.

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 and for God's presence and peace to be with Barb Hover, and with Barbie and Jim Aukema, and the rest of Barb's family as they care for her.
     We pray for healing for Holly Nelson as she continues to recover from a concussion.
     We pray for continued healing and strength for both Jerry Krempel and Jim Pitcher.
     We continue to give thanks for the adult and the teen volunteers, and pray for continued strength and energy for the remainder of the Kids' Night Out season.
     We pray for that those in the greater Binghamton area who would benefit from Faith & Finances would hear about the course and that God would guide the Faith & Finances advisory team as we think about a launch at a later time.
     We pray for God's world: 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 those committed to peace in Ukraine and Russia, that they would be given energy and strength and safety to continue advocating for a non-violent resolution there; for the people of western Africa as they continue to battle Ebola; 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 there.
     We pray for friends and family: for Justin Byma's uncle Ed, who is battling cancer; we give thanks for the healing Paul Peterson's mother has experienced; for healing and encouragement for Adam Derzanovich as he continues his recovery following surgery; for strength and energy for Alistair Krempel, who is beginning study rotations in area hospital labs; and for David Derzanovich's two brothers-in-law, Tim and Bill who are still battling health issues.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
March 8, 2015:

Dot Simonds

Joe Patak and David Derzanovich

Intercessory Prayer:
Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader:
Alec Peterson

Jim & Marsha Conrad
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Valley Church
1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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