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Plant Gardens and  Seek the Shalom
November 6, 2015

"Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves."
Romans 12.10

The Stewardship of All Things

Youth Sunday!
     This Sunday the youth of Valley Church will lead us in worship. They will be giving us a glimpse of their experience living in exile, and the challenges they face as they seek to be stewards of God's reign in the whole of their lives. Some of the struggles they face are summed up by Paul in the twelfth chapter of his letter to the Christians in Rome: how to honor one another, how to extend hospitality to the stranger - to those different from us, how to walk humbly, how to hate what is evil and cling to what is good in a culture and among peers who often get evil and good all mixed up. I encourage you to read and reflect on Romans 12.9-21 prior to our time together on Sunday. I also invite you to pray for our youth as they prepare to share openly of their journey through their exile with us on Sunday morning.
     We will also be celebrating the feast of the Lord's Supper. I encourage you to prepare in heart and mind for joyful communion with our Lord and with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
     A few other things happening this Sunday: We will not have Sunday School, so the elementary children will be with us for the entire service. They will also be sharing a song with us again.
     There will also be a reverse offering for groceries for Thanksgiving meals for needy families in the Chenango Forks school district. We ask that you return the groceries on either November 15 or 22.

Building Raised Garden Beds for the Shalom
of the City:
     God has called us to participate in his mission of reconciliation and renewal in the world by doing some seemingly strange things. Like building houses and planting gardens. What God was getting at was this: we need to be good neighbors. We need to be good neighbors to those who don't yet know God. We need to be good neighbors to those whose relationships to other people and to creation are often very broken, too. We need to get our hands dirty alongside them, working with them for the common good, and living out a reconciliation with God, with our fellow humans, and with creation before them.
     The visible response to the call to participate in God's garden-planting-mission in the world is beginning to take shape in the form of six raised garden bed frames that you can see in the picture at the top of the email and above, and that you will see in person this Sunday morning. I encourage you to pray for the garden team (and especially their leader, Carol DeYoung) as they continue their work. This garden is going to involve far more than just gardening by the time next summer roles around, and I invite you already to begin praying that God might open your heart to some involvement as opportunities arise next spring and summer.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

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Kids' Night Out:
     Our second Kids' Night Out of the season is just over a week away (on Saturday, November 14). A few of the usual leaders are committed elsewhere, so if you are able to help lead, please contact Janet Crawford. Please spread the word to friends, neighbors, and co-workers as well. You can pass this link along for information and this one for online registration.

Sunday School!
Sunday School Volunteers:
     Our early elementary Sunday School class (pre-K through 2nd grade) needs a couple more volunteers to teach. The curriculum we are using is very teacher-friendly, providing detailed plans for the entire time you would be with the kids. If you are interested in teaching for a month or have questions, please talk to Pastor Kurt or Janet Crawford.

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Operation Christmas Child:
     Operation Christmas Child boxes are in the home stretch of the collection process. Tilly has determined that we will ship 60 boxes this year. We are in desperate need of the following:
  • 4 more shoe boxes
  • 43 washcloths
  • 50 bars of soap
  • 24 tubes of toothpaste
  • 33 toys (they need to fit in a shoe box; gently used is fine)
  • Hair ties/accessories
  • combs and hairbrushes
  • socks, hats, etc.
  • individually wrapped candy

     Please let Tilly know by text (607-624-0505) or by email ( if you are able to contribute any of the above items.  If you would rather not shop, cash will be accepted to be used for the purchase of items or for shipping.
     Tilly will also be looking for helpers to pack and inspect boxes the week of November 9th. Please contact Tilly if you can help.
     Thank you for your continued support!

fall harvest scene
Harvest Dinner:
     We will gather to give thanks and celebrate God's ongoing faithfulness to us in the fall harvest on Saturday, November 21 at 5:30 p.m. Please talk to Ruth or Claire about how many will be coming from your home and what you would be willing to bring to share.

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Food for Faith & Finances:
     If you are willing to provide food for Faith & Finances, please contact Jennifer Monroe.

Sunday Mornings:
Coffee: 9:15 a.m.
Worship Service:
10:00 a.m.

That we might better pray for one another:

     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 healing for Harriet Dimidio, and for her doctors as they seek to control her fluctuating blood sugar levels.
     We pray for healing, patience, and peace for Holly Nelson, and energy and strength for the Nelson family.
     We pray for the Corgan family as they continue to mourn the death of Mike's uncle, their friend Irene, and Charlyn's uncle.
     We pray for the participants and leadership of Faith & Finances, that they would experience transformation by the renewing of their minds in relation to finances.
     We give thanks for Marcus Doller's successful surgery, and pray for a quick recovery.
     We pray for the employees of the Kraft plants in New York, that God would grant them peace during this anxious 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 ongoing restoration, renewal, and justice for the people of Haiti; 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 boldly there.
     We pray for friends and family: we pray for healing for Adam Derzanovich; we pray for Jim and Marsha Conrad's friend Judy who is battling cancer; we pray that God would heal Marcus Doller's friend Scott as he battles cancer; we pray for strength and comfort for Doug and Pat Aukema's nephew Charlie; we pray for peace and comfort for Doug and Pat as they mourn their friend Fred's death, and for Fred's wife Brenda and the rest of his family.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
November 8, 2015:

Claire Krempel

George DeJager and Doug Aukema

Intercessory Prayer:
Ron Crawford

Scripture Reader:
Florence Doller

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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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