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Valley News
March 8, 2019
"Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil."
~ Luke 4.1-2a
     Daylight savings time begins tonight, so you will need to set your clocks ahead an hour in order to arrive on time tomorrow morning!
     Tomorrow is the first Sunday in the season of Lent, and we appropriately begin our journey toward the cross with our Lord by reflecting upon the scene of his temptation in the wilderness. It is fittingly something of a microcosm of his whole life's faithful service and worship of the one true God that was lived out in his incarnation that led all the way to the cross. I encourage you to read and reflect on tomorrow's lessons prior to our time together:
  • Deuteronomy 26.1-11
  • Psalm 91
  • Romans 10.8b-13
  • Luke 4.1-13
     We will also celebrate the feast of the Lord's Supper tomorrow morning, so I encourage you to prepare in heart and mind for that time of communion with our Lord and our brothers and sisters in Christ.
"All in Good Time"

     You will find Jennifer's reflections on the First Sunday of Lent and the week to follow below.
The First Sunday of Lent
~ March 10, 2019

     The forty days of Lent are a mirror of Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness at the start of his public ministry. In a very small way, the sacrifices and deprivations we choose during Lent are meant as a reminder of the of the sacrifices Jesus willingly endured during his life on earth, and his ultimate sacrifice on the cross. Today’s Scripture readings remind us that, in the midst of the suffering that we choose, the suffering that comes our way as a natural consequence of living in a fallen world, and the suffering that comes our way as a consequence specifically of following Jesus, we have the confidence of knowing who and whose we are. Just like the Israelites, we have been brought out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Just like the Psalmist, we can “say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.’” Just like Paul in Romans, we can remember that "No one who believes in him will be put to shame." And just like Christ himself in the wilderness, we can proclaim “He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you. . . On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone."

     This week: Consider this prayer from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers as a guide through this coming week:

God of deliverance and freedom,
you taught the people of Israel
to acknowledge that all things
come from your bountiful hand.
Deepen our faith
so that we may resist temptation
and, in the midst of trial,
proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,
now and forever. Amen.
New Exit Signs:
     You might have noticed that there are new exit signs popping up around the building. Paul Peterson has been hard at work doing the electrical work necessary to install the new signs and then installing them so that we will pass our upcoming fire code inspection. Be sure to thank Paul for his work next time you see him!
Upcoming Events and Opportunities:
Spring Classis Meeting:
     The spring meeting of classis Atlantic Northeast will be held in Pittsfield, MA on March 13 and 14. Pastor Kurt will be in Pittsfield on those days, so if you need pastor care on those days, please contact an elder of deacon or a member of your care group. Please pray for the delegates' safety as they travel and for the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit to guide the meeting.

Change for Life - Life Choices Center Bottles:
     Bottles that you can fill with change, bills, or a check to support the work of Life Choices center are available in the foyer. When you take a bottle, please sign the sheet and be prepared to bring the bottle back later in March. For more information please see here.

Council Meeting:
     The council will meet at Beth's house at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12.
Faith Formation:
     This Sunday evening (March 10) at 6:00 p.m. we will explore the first Lord's Day of the Heidelberg Catechism in intergenerational faith formation.
     Next Sunday, March 17, the teens will gather at 6:00 p.m. for teen faith formation.

Birthday Open House for Charlie Huizinga:
     All are invited to join the Huizinga family in celebrating Charlie’s 80th birthday at an Open House on Saturday, March 16 at Valley Church from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Be sure to check out the invitation posted in bulletin board in the lobby of the church, and give Florence Doller a heads up if you plan on attending. Thanks!
Kids' Night Out:
     Kids' Night Out for March has been canceled.
Resources and Opportunities from the CRC:

Faith Formation Ministries Tip of the Week:
     Tip: Observing Lent with your family can be a very meaningful experience. Check out for a bunch of creative things to make and do with kids of all ages. (Faith Formation Ministries;
Valley Church

Gathered as God's family and sent into the world as agents of God's mission of renewal.

This Sunday ~ the First Sunday of Lent:
Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. ~ Remember to set your clocks ahead an hour prior to going to sleep for the beginning of daylight savings time!

Children pre-K through 5th grade will go to Sunday School following confession and assurance of pardon.

Intergenerational Faith Formation: Heidelberg Catechism Lord's Day 1 at 6:00 p.m.
That we might better pray for one another and God's world:
     We pray for healing, recovery, and strength for Jim Comfort (who has started new radiation treatments), Jan Vermaat (following her eye surgery on Thursday), Luci Huizinga, Ann de Jager, Doris Pitcher, Jerry Krempel, Daryl Whitacre, Frank Lockwood, Peter DeYoung, Beth Blake, Amy Beardsley, Lily Beardsley, and Sarah Peterson.
     We give and celebrate Wilner Nicolas' wonderful performance on his citizenship examination and interview and look forward to his naturalization ceremony on March 27.
     We pray for safety for all the college students traveling for short-term mission/relief trips or athletics over their spring break.

     We ask for God's blessing on this season of transition for Valley Church, the Monroes, and First CRC, Sioux Center, that God might bless this time to be a season of growth into loving unity in Christ.
We pray for friends
and family of Valley members:
     we pray for Lor Recker-Woodnorth's mother; for healing for Mike Corgan's mother; for healing for Hunter Vernon's girlfriend in her battle with cancer; for healing for Leslie Vermaat's father and patience as he awaits surgery; for comfort and peace for Don and Beth's friend Karen as she mourns the loss of her husband; for healing for Mike Flynn's mother and for peace as she awaits her liver transplant; for healing for the Monroes' nephew Joshua; for healing for the de Jager's grand-nephew Cole as he continues his treatments for cancer; for Martheen Griffioen as she battles cancer; for healing for Jim and Becky Stocum's friend Eric who is battling brain cancer; for strength and healing for Alistair Krempel.
Sunday Morning Ministries
for March 10, 2019:

Greeter: Terry Woodnorth

Ushers: George de Jager and Herleen DeYoung

Congregational Prayer: George de Jager

Scripture Readers:
1st Lesson (Deuteronomy 26.1-11): Lor Recker-Woodnorth
2nd Lesson (Romans 10.8b-13): Joel Huizinga
3rd Lesson (Luke 4.1-13): Kurt Monroe

Nursery: Daniella Doller
Church Telephone: 607.648.8224

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