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mark - who is jesus poster updated for 2016
January 16, 2016

"[Jesus] got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! Be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, 'Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?'
They were terrified and asked each other, 'Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!'"
Mark 4.39 - 41

     An epiphany, in common parlance, is a "light bulb moment." We are now in the season of Epiphany, the season during which the Church celebrates God's gift of Jesus Christ, the gift of the world's great light bulb moment. ("The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." ~ John 1.5). This season of Epiphany can also be a grateful celebration of those gracious light bulb moments that each of us has as we come to know more fully who God is as he has revealed himself in Jesus Christ. It's for this reason that we often turn to the gospels during Epiphany, to focus our gaze on the light of God in Christ. This year we will return to Mark's gospel to encounter the light of God in Christ.
     This Sunday we will hear the story of Jesus' calming the storm on the sea of Galilee. As it turns out, this story contains a 500 watt halogen light bulb moment for the disciples as they are forced to wrestle with the question that drives Mark's story along: "Who is Jesus?" I encourage you join the disciples in that boat and in their fearful pondering by reading and reflecting on Mark 4.35-41 prior to our time together tomorrow morning.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

     This Sunday following the service you are invited to join us as we watch a short video about how subsistence farmers in Kenya are being affected by changes in the climate. Following the video, we will have a time of discussion about what is going on in Kenya and around the world and the role the unique role the Church can have on this issue. The study will continue for three more weeks.

Valley Church Service Interest Response Sheets:
     At the congregational meeting I reminded us that church membership is not like country club membership. In the country club, the member pays membership dues and receive goods and services from paid employees in return. In the church, though, membership is a family membership. In a family, every member contributes to the life of the family, mutually serving one another.
     In light of that, I also communicated the council's desire for 100% of adult members to serve on teams or in some other capacity in the life of the church. Every person should be a contributing part of the family. In order to help us be more intentional and organized in fostering to foster this kind of membership, we passed out service interest response sheets that will help us see how people are pitching in, and how they might want to in the future. If you weren't here, you will find the sheet in your folder. We would like for you to return the response sheets by next Sunday, January 24.

World Renew Uganda: Fresh from the Field

     Valley Church is supporting Edward and Milly Okiror, who work with World Renew in Uganda. I encourage you to read current updates about what World Renew is up to in Uganda here.


~ Valley Church ~
Gathered as God's family, we are sent into the world as agents of God's mission of renewal.

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

That we might better pray for one another:

     We give thanks for Ann de Jager's successful surgery and pray for a quick recovery and freedom for pain. We also pray for wisdom for Ann and her doctors as they make decisions about more treatments.

     We pray for Terry Woodnorth and for our seniors and others in our congregation who seek clarity and wisdom regarding decisions about what God is leading them into in the next phase of their lives.
     We pray for peace for Cindy Krempel as she awaits the results of a biopsy.
     We give thanks for another successful Kids' Night Out, and we continue to pray for energy and strength for the KNO leadership and volunteers for the remainder of this KNO season.
     We give thanks for the safe return of both Etienne Germain and Marila Nicolas from Haiti within the past few weeks.
     We continue to pray for healing, peace, perseverance, and patience for Holly Nelson, and energy and strength for the whole Nelson family.
     We pray for those sick with the cold and flu and other seasonal illnesses in our congregation and community.
     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 the refugees fleeing violence around the globe and for governments as they respond to the crises; for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world; 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 David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Tim; for healing and freedom from pain for Adam Derzanovich; for healing and recovery for Becky Stocum's mother following her fall; for healing and rehabilitation for Marcus Doller's mother after suffering a compression fracture in her back; for Alistair Krempel following an injury at work; we pray for those battling cancer: for Don Yates, for Jim and Marsha Conrad's friend Judy, for Marcus Doller's friend Scott, for Tilly Huizinga's client at Catholic Charities, for the DeYoungs' niece/cousin Terri; for the Petersons' friend Pat; for Lor's cousin's wife, Kelly.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
January 17, 2016:

Greeter: Claire Krempel

Ushers: George de Jager and Joe Patak

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader: Trent Nelson

Nursery: Jim & Marsha Conrad

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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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