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Valley News
March 16, 2019
~ The Second Sunday of Lent ~
"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body."
~ Philippians 3.20-21
     As we continue our journey through Lent, tomorrow morning we will focus on the lesson from Philippians, hearing both Paul's exhortation to "press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" and his reminder that "our citizenship is in heaven." I encourage you to read and reflect on tomorrow's lessons prior to our time together:
  • Genesis 15.1-12, 17-18
  • Psalm 27
  • Philippians 3.12 - 4.3
  • Luke 13.31-35
"All in Good Time"

     You will find Jennifer's reflections on the Second Sunday of Lent and the week to follow below.
 
The Second Sunday of Lent
~ March 17, 2019

     Do you remember the story of Herbert? The snail who often got in trouble? Many of us grew up with the Music Machine song which reminded us to “Have patience, have patience, don’t be in such a hurry!” Our patience often falls short, wears thin, or just plain runs out. Yet, as Galatians 5:22 reminds us, it is a fruit of the Spirit, something that those of us who walk in step with the Holy Spirit can rely on to help us in challenging times. The practice of spiritual disciplines during Lent may require an extra measure of patience, with ourselves and others, as we engage in fasts or additional practices. Just as Advent encourages us to wait with purpose, putting off our celebration until the time is right, so Lent encourages us to wait with repentance, to endure with grace the hard times that life and Lent will surely bring our way: “Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” (Psalm 27:14).

     This Week: March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, is one of those days on the church calendar that our culture blithely and raucously celebrates, mostly without any real idea of what it’s celebrating or why. While green derby hats, parades, and shiny shamrocks might be fun (and corned beef, cabbage and soda bread might be delicious!), the day offers much more than yet another excuse for partying and overindulgence. It is opportunity to remember and celebrate the life of a courageous and creative early Christian missionary. Patrick wasn’t Irish, but was kidnapped at age sixteen from his home in Britain and forced into slavery by Irish raiders. After six years of servitude, he escaped and made his way back to Britain where he entered into training for a religious vocation and was eventually sent back to Ireland as a missionary. He became beloved by the Irish people for using symbols and images that were familiar to them to help explain Christian doctrine (“Who Was St. Patrick?”
https://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/who-was-saint-patrick).  However you celebrate this remarkable man and the tradition of his day, keep this portion of the prayer associated with him (known as “St. Patrick’s Breastplate) as a guide for your week:
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
A Note from Pete and Jan Vermaat:

     As most of you probably know, Jan is recovering from an aortic valve replacement done in February. While we have every reason to believe that the operation itself was completely successful, some complications have arisen which are currently being diagnosed and treated by several branches of the medical profession, a process which could go on for a while. We have not forgotten our Valley Church family; we miss seeing you, and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that you are doing the same for us. We look forward to the day when we can once again join you in worship.
~ Pete and Jan
Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

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.

Leadership Team Meeting:
     The leadership team will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20.
 
Faith Formation:
     Teen faith formation will meet this Sunday evening (March 17) at 6:00 p.m.
     Next Sunday (March 24) we will explore the second Lord's Day of the Heidelberg Catechism in intergenerational faith formation.

 
Care Boxes for College and Military Young Adults:
     We will be sending care boxes to college and military young adults in April. Boxes will be displayed April 7 through April 21. A list of the young adults’ favorite things will distributed by the fellowship team on March 31.
Resources and Opportunities from the CRC:

Faith Formation Ministries Tip of the Week:
     Tip: Lent is a time of self-examination. In your family time, ask some of these questions: Did I love people today like Jesus would love them? Did I do things I wish I hadn’t done, or were there things I should have done that I didn’t? Pray together about those things. (Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)
Valley Church

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

 
This Sunday ~ the Second Sunday of Lent:
 
Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.

Pre-K children will go to Sunday School following confession and assurance of pardon. Kindergarten through 5th grade Sunday School is finished for the year.

Teen Faith Formation at 6:00 p.m.
That we might better pray for one another and God's world:
 
     We pray for Lor Recker-Woodnorth and her extended family as they mourn the passing of Lor's mother.
     We pray for healing, recovery, and strength for Jim Comfort, Jan Vermaat, 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 thanks for Claire Stocum's internship opportunity and ask for guidance and direction for our other college students.

     We continue to 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:
     for healing for Mike Corgan's mother; for healing for Leslie Vermaat's father and patience as he awaits surgery; 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 17, 2019:

 
Greeter: Judy Zwierzynski

Ushers: Charlie Huizinga and Mike Corgan

Congregational Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Readers:
1st Lesson (Genesis 15.1-12, 17-18): Joel Huizinga
2nd Lesson (Philippians 3.12 - 4.3): Trent Nelson
3rd Lesson (Luke 13.31-35): Ana Monroe

Nursery: Herleen DeYoung
Church Telephone: 607.648.8224

Church email: valleychurchny@gmail.com

Church website: valleychurchny.org