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roger bannister
August 7, 2014

"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. . . For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body."
~ Philippians 3.13b and 3.18-21

Rejoice Philippians 1

     Last Sunday we heard Paul rather forcefully remind us that our hope, identity, value, and worth and belonging in God's people can be anchored in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone. This week, as Paul works out some of the implications of that, he will spur us on to live out our union with Jesus Christ in ways that are redemptive. We are invited to strive again as athletes with our eyes on the prize and to live as citizens of heaven for the sake of the world. I encourage you to read Philippians 3.12 - 4.3 prior to our gathering on Sunday morning.

     In this week's passage Paul once again uses language from the ancient Greek and Roman athletic games to paint memorable images for his readers. The picture at the top of the email portrays what Paul was talking about. The photo was taken on May 6, 1954 as Sir Roger Bannister was straining with all his might for the prize to be the first person to run a mile in under four minutes. He finished in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds.

Sunday Service Time:
Worship Service:
10:00 a.m.
No Sunday School for the Summer.

That we might better pray for one another:

     We pray for Jim Conrad's mother, Ruth, who is engaged in a serious battle with both lymphoma and the effects of a serious infection. We pray for peace and strength for Jim and Marsha and the rest of the family.
     We rejoice with Don and Beth Blake following their wedding last Saturday, and we pray for God's blessing on this new marriage.
     We give thanks for the birth of Ellie Grace Monroe, and for health for both baby and mother. We also pray for strength and energy for Kurt and Jennifer.
     We ask God to remember Annette Vernon as she ministers alongside the Hospital of Hope to the people of Togo, Africa, and we pray for her safety as she returns home, having to pass through regions affect by the Ebola outbreak.
     We also pray for the people of western Africa, for healing and a quick end of the Ebola epidemic.
     We give great thanks for the healing that Barb Hover has experienced over the past months and for continued health for her.
     We continue to pray for health for  Becky Stocum's mother, and for wisdom for Becky and her siblings as they care for her.
     We pray for healing for Ann DeJager's sister, Tonia, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer for the third time.
     We pray for healing for six-year-old Elliot who is a classmate of some of our kids at Chenango Forks who had heart surgery this past week and may need a transplant.
     We continue to pray that God's shalom would break forth in our neighborhoods and around the globe: for those suffering here in the Southern Tier; for the people of Iraq, especially our Christian brothers and sisters who are facing increased persecution at the hands of Islamic militants; for peace for all the people of Palestine and Israel; for the people of Ukraine.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Sign-Ups for Summer Coffee Hour:
     The sign-up for the summer coffee hours (you'll want to find someone to partner with for this) is on the back of the front door.

50th Anniversary:
     Don't forget to mark your calendars for Valley's 50th anniversary celebrations on September 26-28. Also, please remember to let us know of addresses and phone numbers you might know of previous members who have moved away in the contact book in the foyer.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
August 10, 2014:

Ruth Giese

Joe Patak and Greg Huck

Intercessory Prayer:
Ron Crawford

Scripture Reader:
Sharon Huck


Children's Church:
No children's church
Church Telephone: 607.648.8224
Pastor Kurt's email:
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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