NLIC Women’s Update (01/19/2016) | Greeter Ministry

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Welcoming Others in the Name of Jesus

Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.

Jesus assigned significance to acts of hospitality communicated in this verse.  At New Life, hospitality has many facets expressed in our care of one another and newcomers.  The Greeter Ministry is the initial means of welcoming and sharing hospitality with visitors at New Life in addition to regular attendees.

Why do I enjoy this seemingly insignificant moment in time when I smile and say hello to regular attendees, covenant members, and newcomers?  On the Sundays I greet, I am personally encouraged to see and speak to most who enter through the front doors, reinforcing my connection to the body of Christ here at New Life and of course, potentially being the first one to speak to a visitor.  Those who do not know anyone at New Life and who have courageously taken the first step to explore what New Life is all about in their quest to find a church home or those who may have accepted an invitation to visit are the “strangers” we may have only one opportunity to impact with the love of Christ.  We have this unique opportunity through a welcoming word and brief conversation to help them feel at ease and as comfortable as possible so they might receive all the Lord has for them in the worship service itself.

Greeting and hospitality do not stop at the sanctuary doors. The ushers extend welcoming words along with a hymn book and bulletin and perhaps assist in seating them, and those they sit near have a crucial ministry to speak and introduce themselves during the greeting time after the offering.  Though it may sound very unspiritual, a legitimate question a newcomer has is, “How does this church make me feel, and do I feel welcomed and cared for here?”  Greeting does not require a long-term commitment to meet their every need in the future, though it may turn into a special friendship.  At the least, it is a blessing to meet another soul, and hopefully blesses them to seek out fellowship and the teaching of God’s Word here or wherever He leads them.

Newcomers are encouraged to sign the guest book so that the pastors may contact them, and they are given a welcome bag with some helpful information and little gifts that they may enjoy and connect the love of Christ for them with New Life.  If you see someone carrying a small gift bag with a New Life in Christ label on it, our hope is that the regular attendees of New Life would make an effort to reach out to them as they notice they are new.  The greeter ministry is in need of a few more people to commit to smiling and extending the right hand of fellowship for a few minutes on Sunday mornings and at special events such as the Cantata and Christmas Eve services. We have a rotating schedule and the more people who serve, the less often each would be asked to greet.  Currently, there are 1 or 2 greeters per Sunday who rotate on a monthly basis. I have had the privilege and joy of greeting for close to 15 years, and I hope you will join our little team to aid in fulfilling Mt. 25:35 and perhaps experience Hebrews 13:2 “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

About Kathryne: Kathryne Marple thanks Paul and Roseanne Johnson for their example of faithfully welcoming others in the foyer of New Life every Sunday for many years until Roseanne’s untimely passing.  Their unwavering commitment to smile and extend hospitality inspired Gail Reed to take up the baton to resurrect and lead this humble ministry.

If you have a devotional, “Ministry Spotlight”, or a “Question of the Month” you’d be willing to share, please e-mail wm@nlicc.org.


Current Announcements:

EVENTS  (For the church-wide calendar, click here)

Women's NLIC Calendar at a Glance (1)

  • NLIC’s Annual Focus Day | January 30, 2016, 8:30am-12:30pm {NLIC}
    Reflect over the past year on the Lord’s blessings and express gratitude for what He has done through the various ministries of the church.  Look ahead for how the Lord will bless us in the coming year.  Join us for a lunch to close our time together.  Contact: Church Office | 540-786-4848
  • Prayer Shower for Expectant Mothers | Saturday, February 13 at 9 am
    We are so looking forward to celebrating our expectant mothers.  Join us as we have fellowship, share breakfast, and honor and pray for: Michelle Tackett (Natalie Mae was born December 26), Amanda Oberlin (due February 20), Jessie Whalen (due March 10), and Kristin Garcia (due June 3).  If you are expecting and would appreciate being prayed for, please let us know!  We will also be praying for the following ladies from afar:  Carly Chase (Ross Andrew was born January 6) and Alexa Puffenberger (due June 19).  No gifts are necessary.  Please consider bringing a breakfast item to share, if able!  Contact: Amy Aukeramy.auker@gmail.com

 INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNTIES

  • January 2016’s Question of the Month {Respond by January 21}
    “How do you plan to make 2016 count for you and your family?”  If you need ideas, keep an eye out for Pastor Sean’s challenges in the weekly NLIC Weekender.  Please respond here or email wm@nlicc.org with your response.  Remember that your response can be designated as “anonymous”, if you so wish!
  • Sewing & Quilting Ministry Interest Meeting | Tuesday, January 26 from 4 pm – 6 pm {Room 217}
    Come join us for an interest meeting as we discuss our goals for starting a sewing & quilting ministry that serves our covenant body, the Fredericksburg area, and international community.  We will also start our first project: pillowcases for the “1 Million Pillowcase Challenge.” For more information about what materials you need to participate in this project, contact Cassie.  New and interested sewers are welcome.  Contact: Cassie Adams | 540-848-1089 | gettinintheswing@gmail.com

SERVING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Church Kitchen Cleaning Volunteers Needed for December-March
    A clean and organized church kitchen allows for us to continue so many ministry endeavors — care groups, receptions, luncheons, daily use by the church staff and Covenant School, etc.  This once-a-month rotation of 1-3 volunteers allows us to deep clean, maintain, and organize a heavily used church resource so it can continued to be used well.  Sign-up with a friend or get to know someone new by serving together in this way!  You can access the sign-up hereContact: Christine Fulcrod 540-746-4848 | nlicc@nlicc.org
  • Bulletin Folding Volunteers {Volunteers Needed Friday, December 31}
    Do you have a couple hours on a Friday afternoon you can spare?  Sign up HERE to fold bulletins after 1 pm some Friday.  Takes about 2 hours (faster if you bring a friend!) Contact:Dayra Rumbaugh | 540-786-4848 | dayra@nlicc.org

MISSIONS OF THE CHURCH

  • Food Pantry {Items can be dropped off in bin in foyer marked Food Pantry}
    Cereal, microwave popcorn, soup, canned vegetables, canned meats (roast beef, ham, tuna, meatballs, sausage), pickles, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, floss, toothpaste and face soap.  Contact: Connie Both | bothclan@cox.net

WOMEN’S MINISTRY NEWS

Have a ministry need or idea for an activity? Contact us at wm@nlicc.org or find us on Facebook.
Additionally, please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, praises, or prayer requests.

All for His glory,
The Women’s Ministry Committee

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