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4th pres and john hancock
April 16, 2016

"Paul then stood up in the meeting
of the Areopagus and said . . ."
~ Acts 17.22a

     Last Sunday I said there were a number of reasons to read and pray through the passage we heard, not least of which was to think about the relationship between Christian proclamation and the philosophies and philosophers of the world. This week we will hear again the same passage, listening not so much for the content of Paul's proclamation (which we focused on last week), but rather on the method and nature of his discourse with the philosophies and philosophers of his day.
     We live in a world increasingly like Paul's, in which the philosophies you would find in both of the universities and Hollywood, in prominent think tanks and Wegmans, are ignorant, indifferent, and sometimes hostile to the message of Jesus and resurrection. We can only benefit from closely watching Paul at work in Athens. I encourage you to read and reflect on 
Acts 17.16-34 again prior to our time together tomorrow morning.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Update on Last Week's Second Offering!
     Last Sunday Valley Church came just a few dollars shy of reaching our two-year giving commitment to the County Council of Church's CHOW warehouse capital campaign. In just one Sunday! Offerings will still be accepted so that we can even exceed our goal. Thank you for your very generous gifts!

Kids NIght Out c and h 2Kids' Night Out:
     The final Kids' Night Out of the 2015-2016 KNO season is tonight. If you are interested in helping, please contact Janet Crawford. Pray for a good night for the kids, their parents, and the KNO leadership and helpers.

potluck lunch 2Potluck Lunch

     Following the service tomorrow we will gather for a potluck lunch. Join us for the food and fellowship!

Deacon and Elder Nominations:
     The council encourages you to prayerfully think about nominations for the offices of deacon and elder for the upcoming year. Nomination forms were distributed to mail folders and the table with the guest book in the foyer. Please return nomination forms to Pastor Kurt by tomorrow (April 17).

Men's Lunch at Apple Hills:
     Men are invited to gather for lunch and fellowship at Apple Hills this Thursday, April 21 at noon.

Elder and Council Meetings:
Elders will meet at 6:00 p.m. and then council at 7:00 p.m. this Thursday, April 21.

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 also 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.

BFW-08-color-logoFrom the Deacons:
     The deacons will be facilitating Bread for the World's offering of letters once again before and after the service on May 1. This year's theme is "Survive and Thrive." For an overview, please see here, and for more details about how the United States government supports global nutrition, please see here.

     Also, the deacons encourage you to prayerfully consider this ministry opportunity:

Lunch & Learn Coaching Ministry
     The Broome County Re-entry Program and the Cornerstone Faith Group have partnered to slow the rate at which an individual returns to prison. Over the past three years we have seen amazing success when a returning citizen is partnered with a fully trained Prison Re-entry Coach. The goal of the Coaching Program is to give individuals returning from a NYS correctional facility the opportunity to make different choices leading to a productive life, “incarceration-free,” in our community.
     Do you think you would like to have a positive influence on another life?
     If you are interested in learning more about what it would take to become a part of the most successful Re-entry Coaching Program in NYS, please join us for a one hour Lunch & Learn.

WHERE: Tabernacle United Methodist Church. 83 Main St, Binghamton, NY 13905
WHEN: Tuesday, April 26 — 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
       OR Tuesday, April 26 — 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
     We are offering two identical educational events to accommodate those that have a 30 minute lunch.
     Kindly RSVP for either event. We want to ensure an accurate amount of food is ordered. Please call and reserve your space today.
     Jeffrey Pryor, Broome County Re-entry Coordinator
     607.743.1790 or 607.778.1364


~ 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 the good news in the Krempel family: for a successful surgery for Keith on Monday, and for the continued recovery Cindy has experienced. Please continue to pray for healing for both Keith and Cindy, for comfort and freedom for Jerry's back (which has been hurting lately), and for peace for the whole family.
     We continue to give thanks for the good news Holly Nelson has received. The final pathology report came in earlier this week, and her doctors say there is no need for any more treatment! We pray for continued  healing and recovery for Holly.
     We give thanks for Lindsey Crawford's successful surgery and pray for a full and speedy recovery for her.
     We pray for peace for Tilly Huizinga as she prepares for shoulder surgery.
     We pray for strength and perseverance for the leadership and helpers of Kids' Night Out during the final KNO of the season tonight. Also we pray for a good, safe time for the kids, and for refreshment and relaxation for their parents.
     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 the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance (and organizations like it), as they fight to protect religious liberty in our changing world.

     We pray for friends and family: we pray for peace for Jim Canary's father and for the whole extended family following his cancer diagnosis; we pray for the family of John Root as they mourn his death; we pray for Bill Porter and his family following his ALS diagnosis; we continue to pray for healing for Adam Derzanovich; 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 17, 2016

Greeter: Frank & Barb Lockwood

Ushers: Charlie Huizinga and George de Jager

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader: Trent Nelson

Nursery: Marsha Conrad

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