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Valley News
July 28, 2018
"I lift my eyes to you,
to you who sit enthroned in heaven."
~ Psalm 123.1
     Most of us don't need to be told that the world is fallen and broken, marred by humanity's rebellion against the world's God and King. The evidence is all around us. Most of us also don't need to be told that we will experience this brokenness ourselves, even as the community of God's people, and on occasion it will come in the form of the contempt and ridicule of the world's proud and contemptuous elites. This is the very situation of God's pilgrim-people in Psalm 123.
    The question, though, is this: when we experience the contemptuous scorn of the proud, where do we turn our eyes to look for safety and salvation? Psalm 123 offers us a good reminder; we must lift our eyes to nothing other than God himself, the God who sits enthroned in heaven. No matter what our situation, He alone is our hope and our salvation.
     I encourage you to read and reflect on Psalm 123 prior to our time together tomorrow morning.
Upcoming Events and Opportunities:
Valley Church Camping Retreat:
          You are invited to join us for a camping retreat from the evening of Friday, August 17 through the morning of Sunday, August 19 at Chenango Valley State Park. You can either camp or participate during the day and sleep in the comfort of your own home. Please mark your calendars and let Pastor Kurt know if you will be attending to camp or for daytime-only participation by emailing him at or by filling out the sheet in the foyer. If you are camping, please reserve your camping spot. If you are tent camping, we would encourage you to reserve a spot in Chipmunk Bluff. There are still tent sites in the north section of Chipmunk Bluff 60-88 that would be ideal. If you are RV camping and need electricity, please select an appropriate site nearby in the Chipmunk Bluff area. See here to make reservations.

Hospitality (and good food!) for Ends of the Earth New York Cycling Tour:
     A few months ago we heard from Nick and Christal Haner about their work with Ends of the Earth Cycling. Their New York tour will be coming through the Binghamton area on August 11 and 12. The riders, who are raising money to support youth ministries in Ukraine and Georgia (the country, not the state), will be staying at Central Baptist Church. Valley's leadership team has been in contact with the Haners, asking how we might be able to help support the tour. We would like to encourage you, Valley's congregation, to help us provide dessert for the riders and support crew on the evening of Saturday, August 11 (at Central Baptist Church). More information and details will be available next week.
Summer Fellowship Refreshments:
     Please sign up to help provide refreshments for the time of fellowship following the service of worship during the summer. There are opportunities to come alongside other volunteers on several Sundays in August! The sign-up sheet is in the foyer.

     If you are interested in ushering on Sunday mornings, please talk to Pastor Kurt.

~ 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.
  • Fellowship and refreshments following the service of worship
  • Children will stay with parents during the service of worship
That we might better pray for one another and God's world:
     We pray for Doris Pitcher, who will be having oral surgery on Thursday to repair a broken jaw.
     We pray for Henry and Lynda Huizinga and Zach, Wyatt, and Brianna in their move to Delaware and for Chuck Huizinga as he begins basic training in the United States Army.
     We pray for Annette Vernon as she prepares for another year in China and for Nick Vernon as he prepares for his move to California.
     We pray for Daniel and Lily Beardsley and Arthur as they grow together as a new family.
     We continue to pray for healing and health for: Peter DeYoung, Beth Blake, Amy Beardsley.
     We ask for continued blessings for the Faith & Finances classes that Terry Woodnorth is teaching this summer.

     We give thanks for the decline in violence and rioting in Haiti, and ask God to continue to bring about justice and peace in that country.

We pray for the ongoing needs of friends and family of Valley members:
for the Zuiderveens as they prepare for Cody's return to Haiti; for healing and recovery for Janet Crawford's grandmother after a mini-stroke; for healing for the de Jagers’ grand-nephew, Cole, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia; for continued healing and recovery for Ryan Simmons; for healing for Jim and Becky Stocum's friend Eric who is battling brain cancer; for continued healing for the Monroes’ nephew, Joshua, and for peace for their extended family in Colorado; for Adam Derzanovich; for Alistair Krempel.
Sunday Morning Ministries
for July 29, 2018:

Greeter: Frank & Barb Lockwood

Ushers: George de Jager and David Derzanovich

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader (Psalm 123): Al Vos

Nursery: Natalie and Daniella Doller
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