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Valley News
November 17, 2018
"Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good."
~ 1 Peter 2.1-3
     Peter has been stressing the new life that God has given his children in Jesus Christ. This new life results not just in inward regeneration, but regeneration that overflows into a new external way of life that looks different from the life of this passing age. The life of salvation has has shed the old, sinful behaviors that destroy relationships with others, and it puts on the new behaviors that emerge from our new life in Christ and reconcile us not only to God but also to our neighbors.
      However, this new life God gives us doesn't come full-grown; it must be nourished unto maturity by the food of heaven -- the food of the coming age of God -- the food of the Word of God. While we will be focusing on 1 Peter 2.1-3 tomorrow morning, I encourage you to read and reflect on the whole of 1 Peter 1.13 - 2.3 prior to our time together.
     We will also celebrate the welcome of Amy Beardsley and Daniel and Lily Beardsley as new members and the baptisms (and welcome as new members) of David and Arthur Beardsley. I encourage you to pray for the whole Beardsley family and come prepared for this joyous occasion tomorrow morning.
Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Thanksgiving Basket Reverse Offering:
     Remember to bring items for the Thanksgiving baskets by tomorrow morning.
Safe Church Training:
     There will be a Safe Church abuse prevention training on Sunday, December 2 after the service (approx. 11:30). If you are involved with caring for, teaching, or transporting the children and youth of Valley Church, you are strongly encouraged to attend. All other folks are welcome as well! Valley's abuse prevention policies and procedures will be reviewed, and you will have an opportunity to affirm your commitment to keeping our church a safe place for children and families. Please contact Leslie Vermaat or Pastor Kurt to let them know you are coming. Thank you!
KNO Live Nativity:
     This year, for a twist on our annual tradition, we will be combining Kids' Night Out and the Live Nativity. The children who come for KNO will have the opportunity to tell the story of Jesus' birth to their parents and friends in the Live Nativity. We will have the KNO Live Nativity on Saturday, December 15. The kids will arrive at 5:00 and they will perform one Live Nativity show at 7:30 p.m. The show will be followed by a reception with cookies and hot drinks upstairs.
     This is a new adventure that presents new opportunities and new challenges. There will be far more kids in the nativity than in previous years. This means we need help getting them fed, into costumes, in the right places at the right times, etc. There are sign-up sheets in the foyer that indicate ways you can help out. Please look at those sheets and consider a way you can help make this first ever KNO Live Nativity a success.
     Also, please invite neighbors, friends, and extended family to come and celebrate the coming of our God with us!
Faith Formation Opportunities:
     Tomorrow (November 18) the teens will meet at 6:00 p.m. at the church building to continue their study, "Living Your Faith in a Messed Up World: a Look at the Contemporary Testimony."
     We will continue our intergenerational faith formation class at 6:00 p.m. at the church building on December 9. This will be the final class of our exploration of the first question and answer of the Heidelberg Catechism. Please note that we will not meet on November 25 due to the Thanksgiving weekend. The class is designed to be accessible to everyone roughly middle school (or even upper-elementary) through adulthood. Feel free to join us even if you missed the previous classes.

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.

Children pre-K through 5th grade will go to Sunday School following our celebration of baptisms and welcome of new members.

Teen faith formation at 6:00 p.m. at the church building.
That we might better pray for one another and God's world:
     We pray for Kids' Night Out tonight: for the kids, their parents, and all of the leaders and volunteers.
     We continue to pray for those who are mourning the deaths of loved ones: for Robin and Joel Vermaat and Robin's extended family as they mourn the passing of Robin's father, and for Al and Joyce Vos and their extended family as they mourn the passing of Al and Joyce's nephew.
     We continue to pray for healing and health for: Ann de Jager, Ethan Stocum, Frank Lockwood, Daryl Whitacre, Peter DeYoung, Beth Blake, and Amy Beardsley.

     We pray for the people of California following the shooting and the loss of life and property to wildfires.

We pray for friends
and family of Valley members:
     for healing for: for healing and recovery for Jeff and Carol de Young's neighbor, giving thanks that they were able to get her medical care; for healing for Marcus Doller's mother; Mike Flynn's mother; David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Tim; the de Jagers’ grand-nephew, Cole, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia; for Martheen Griffioen as she battles cancer; Jim and Becky Stocum's friend Eric who is battling brain cancer; for the Monroes’ nephew, Joshua, and for peace for their extended family in Colorado; for Adam Derzanovich; for Alistair Krempel.
Sunday Morning Ministries
for November 18, 2018:

Greeter: Judy Zwierzynski

Ushers: Doug Aukema and Mike Corgan

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader (1 Peter 2.1-3): Al Vos

Nursery: Daniella Doller
Church Telephone: 607.648.8224

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