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Jesus healing peter's mother in law 15th century wall painting by philip goul in cyprus
October 10, 2013

"That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was."
~ Mark 1.32-34

Mark Sermon Series

This Sunday, we will hear from Mark 1.29-34, a continuation of the story of one day of Jesus' ministry that we started last Sunday. Jesus continues his healing and exorcising work among the people of Capernaum, who bring their friends and family to Jesus to be healed. I invite you to read the passage in preparation for the service of worship.
     This Sunday we will also celebrate the thanksgiving feast of the Lord's Supper, so I encourage you to prepare in mind and heart to come to the table with your brothers and sisters in order to give thanks and celebrate God's healing and saving work in our lives and in this world.
     (The image at the top of the email is a detail from a fifteenth century wall painting of Jesus healing Peter's mother-in-law by Philip Goul.)

A few opportunities in the community:

31st CHOW Walk Against Hunger:

     On Sunday, October 20, you can join the CHOW Walk Against Hunger at Binghamton University. Registration is at 1:00 p.m. The walk begins at 2:00 p.m. More information from the Broome County Council of Churches is available here. Youth, please contact Erin Peterson if you want to go.

Shining Light:
A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen

     The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton is sponsoring a viewing of a documentary about the American choral composer Morten Lauridsen called Shining Light on Sunday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m. Details about the Madrigal Choir's event (which will include the Madrigal Choir singing a few of Lauridsen's pieces) can be found here.
     Lauridsen's sparse, yet rich choral settings of sacred texts have been ushering me through this past week. You need to hear his music to believe it, though. I encourage you to start by listing to this, with one of my favorite choirs (King's College Choir, Cambridge), in one of my favorite buildings (King's College Chapel), at one of my favorite annual worship services (A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols). Go to the very bottom of the email if you want a translation of the Latin lyrics.

Give Blood!:

     You have an opportunity to give blood - not by taking up the sports of hockey or rugby, but because the American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in the parking lot of the Price Chopper at the intersection of Upper Front Street and 12A from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30th. Giving blood won't be as pleasant as listening to the music of Morten Lauridsen (see above), but it might save a life!

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Small Groups:

     If you are interested in joining a small group please contact Pastor Kurt (you can reply to this email). An interest in a women's group that would accommodate women who work during the day has also been voiced. If you might be interested in a women-specific group, please let Pastor Kurt know.

Translation of "O Magnum Mysterium":

O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb
was worthy to bear
Christ the Lord.
Sunday Service Times:
Children's Sunday School:
9:30 a.m.
Coffee available for adults:
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Worship Service:
10:30 a.m.

That we might better pray for one another:

     We pray for peace and comfort for Adam DeVoe's extended family as they mourn the passing of his grandfather, Harold "PaPa" Heinle. (See his obituary here.)
     We pray for healing for Fenton Aukema, who has an infection in his leg, and for the doctors as they make decisions about his treatment.
     We pray for healing for Jennifer DeYoung, and wisdom for her doctors, as she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be undergoing tests to determine the course of treatment, and for Joel, Kailee, and Joseph as they face this news.
     We continue to pray for peace for Lucky and Harriet Dimidio, and for Marsha and Jim and the rest of the family.
     We pray for continued healing and recovery for Claire Krempel.
     We give thanks that Wilner, Marila, Nerla, and Wilkens Nicolas will coming home next week. We pray for safe and uneventful travels, a joyous reunion with Whitney, and a smooth transition into life in New York for Nerla and Wilkens.
     We ask for continued healing for Daryl Whitacre.
     We ask for wisdom for Al Vos' doctors as they diagnose his heart issues.
     We pray for continued healing for Doris Pitcher's back, giving thanks for the healing she has already experienced.
     We rejoice with Edele Thompson in God's victory over the cancer in her body and in her return to Binghamton.
     We pray for the friends and family of members: We give thanks for healing for Jim Stocum's mother, Esther, we pray for the Swan family, Marcus Doller's mother as she recovers from a fracture in her vertebrae, Luci Huizinga's mother, the Huizinga's cousin Ashley as she goes on a mission trip, Beth Cunningham's friend Lucas, Mindy Buford's friend Al, Claire's friend Pat and her daughter Karen, the Huizingas' cousin Ashley as she goes on her mission trip.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Hope for a Hundred Hearts - Operation Christmas Child:
     Here is the schedule for the collection for Operation Christmas Child boxes. If you have specific questions, please contact Tilly.

October 13: Combs, brushes, hair accessories.

October 20: Hats, gloves, scarves, boys and girls clothing (t-shirts, socks, underwear).

October 27: Hard candy (wrapped individually).

November 3: 2nd offering for the cost of shipping the shoe boxes.

fall harvest scene
Harvest Dinner:
     Mark your calendars: Valley Church's annual Harvest Dinner will be Saturday, November 16. Hors d'oevres will be served at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Recommended Reading:

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    As we spend time in the gospel according to Mark, I highly recommend a little book about Jesus and the gospels by Tom Wright that helps to place Jesus accurately in his first century Jewish and Roman context. It is called The Original Jesus: The Life and Vision of a Revolutionary. This book will help you read the gospels with an eye and ear to their historical context. It will help you understand a bit more about how Jesus would have been received and understood by those in his own day. The book is accessible, non-technical, and filled with color pictures of the places Jesus and his disciples traveled.
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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