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Lenten Cross - Newsletter Edit
March 24, 2017

"The LORD does not look at the things human beings look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
~ 1 Samuel 16.7b

"Jesus said, 'For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.' "
~ John 9.39

     Behold! Look! See! The Greek word idou (which can be translated in any of those ways) shows up 130 times in the gospels alone. The presence of the word invites us to see some detail, to look at something carefully, to pay attention, to check our spiritual vision. We can probably deduce from this that our spiritual vision is often less than 20/20, that we don't see the way God wants us to see.
     This Sunday we will hear from two passages that invite us to check our vision. In 1 Samuel we will hear God inviting Samuel (and us) to look at others and the world through a new set of eyes - to see the world as God sees it. And in John's gospel we will encounter a story of blindness and sight, with the blind seeing and the those with sight failing to perceive. We will be invited to live and see by the light of Jesus, who says of himself in the passage: "I am the light of the world."
     I encourage you to read and reflect on 1 Samuel 16.1-13 and John 9.1-41 prior to our time together on Sunday.

Announcements, Events, and Opportunities:

film projectorMovie Night at Valley:
     We will continue Movie Night at Valley this Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. This Sunday we will watch the sixth episode of the ten-part miniseries The Bible on the big screen in the sanctuary. I hope you can join us for the fellowship, popcorn, and film!

Men's Lunch at Apple Hills:
     All men are invited to gather for lunch and fellowship at Apple Hills on Thursday, March 30 at noon.

Coordinator for Monday CHOW Needed:
     Our CHOW pantry needs someone willing to help coordinate the Monday distribution of food to clients. The responsibility will involve a few hours in the middle of the day on Mondays. If you would like more information, please talk to Barb Lockwood.

OfID65MhQhC0Wt2ME9t6_Inspire%20AdInspire Conference:
     A few weeks ago we played a video during the service about the Christian Reformed Church's upcoming Inspire Conference, an event for men and women of all ages from the 1000+ CRC congregations. Valley has budgeted to send several representatives to the conference, and you are invited to consider going. At the conference you will be challenged to grow in your faith by keynote speakers like bestselling author Ann Voskamp and Richard Mouw, author and president emeritus of Fuller Seminary; you will be fed through great worship; and you will be equipped in your walk with Jesus through various workshops. The conference is from August 3 to 5, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. For more information, please see here. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please talk to Pastor Kurt.


~ 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
at 10:00 a.m.

Movie Night
at 6:00 p.m.

That we might better pray for one another and God's world:

     We pray for continued healing and strength for: Sarah Peterson, Chuck Huizinga, Peter DeYoung, Ann de Jager (giving thanks that her radiation treatment is over), and Jan Vermaat.
     We give thanks for the road crews who tirelessly worked last week to clear the roads for Broome County residents, and for the protection God granted them through the winter storm.
     We thank God for the work of Boy Scout Troop 152 in collecting food for CHOW.
     We ask for God's blessing on the new church plants in our classis in Boston, Worcester, and Providence.
     We pray for God's world: the people of South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen who are facing food shortages and starvation; for unity and civility among the citizens of the United States and for guidance and wisdom for government leaders at all levels; for ongoing restoration, renewal, and justice for the people of Haiti, and for their newly elected prime minister, Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant (who was approved by the assembly after 19 hours of debate that went through the night); for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world and the organizations and people fighting to protect them.
     We pray for friends and family: we pray for healing for Trent Nelson's father and step-father, who have both been recently hospitalized; we pray for healing, strength, and peace for Edele Thompson as she battles cancer; for healing for Judy's Zwierzynksi's friend Eileen's husband, A.J.; for healing for Pat Aukema's brother, Bill; for Becky's friend Joe who is battling colon cancer, and for peace and strength for his family; for Adam Derzanovich; for David Derzanovich's broters-in-law Tim and Bill; for Beth Cunningham's cousin Karen; for Lynda Huizinga's niece Alexis; for Alistair Krempel and for James' father, Jim; for Mike Corgan's nephew who is battling heroin addiction.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
March 26, 2017

Greeter: Terry Woodnorth

Ushers: David Derzanovich and Jim Conrad

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Old Testament Scripture Reader: Terry Woodnorth

Gospel Scripture Reader: Luci Huizinga

Nursery: Herleen DeYoung
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Binghamton, New York 13901

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