Weekender 9/4/2014

New Life in Christ Weekender
A short reminder of events happening this weekend

[Event List is Posted Below]

Dear New Life in Christ Family,

I’m baaacccckkkk! My sabbatical is O-V-E-R and I have been back in the office, back in regular meetings, and I will be back at worship this Sunday morning. I’m glad to be back.

The first thing I want to say is “THANK YOU”. I have had the most amazing 10-week sabbatical, made possible through  your love, Pastor Doug’s vision, and the encouragement of the elders. I hope that you will see the fruit of my time away in our ministry as a church.

The time away was a great challenge to me. I focused on challenging myself as much as possible. I committed to getting out of bed every day at 5 AM and working until 5 PM. I committed to exercising every day. I committed to certain milestones in the progress of my Doctor of Ministry degree. I spent my days studying, writing, and learning. I committed to spending evenings with my family and getting to know my neighbors better. I accomplished almost all of my summer goals and I hope I come back stronger than I began.

Some of the encouraging things I saw in my life: 1) deeper communion with God. I found my prayer life and my devotional life challenged and renewed. I prayed fervently for our work as a church. 2) I was mentally challenged through work on my Doctoral project. I learned a lot more about research and focusing on one topic at a time. 3) I learned how to better manage my emotions. I wasn’t ready for this discovery. Being away from the daily ministry at NLIC created an emotional rollercoaster I wasn’t quite ready for. I learned how to better control my mindset so that I could put my attention on the things that matter most. 4) I remembered how my physical health is critical to me being the best pastor I can be for you.

One verse I kept coming back to was 1 Timothy 4:7, which tells us to train ourselves for godliness. Over the summer I learned the amount of focus that is necessary to see growth in my life. I learned how certain habits are critical if I am going to walk in the power of the Spirit. I learned how much I need to put myself in the path of God’s grace so I may receive that power.

As I come back, I hope I can be a better pastor, better serving our church and community, and better serving our Savior. It means doing less of some things and more of other things. I look forward to seeking the Lord together with you, fulfilling his purpose and reaching the potential God has for us individually, as families, and as a church.

Thanks again for the trust you gave me for a summer sabbatical.

Faithfully Yours,

Pastor Sean

 

[Weekend Event List]

Friday

Session Meeting and Deacon Meeting (7:00 PM) – Please pray for the leadership of your church as we work though the mission of the church.  Let your elder know if there is something you would like prayer for.

Saturday

AM Praise Team Rehearsal (9 AM)

Baby Shower for Tracey Fischer,Saturday, September 6th, 2-4pmat the Lorei’s
The ladies of NLIC are invited to a Baby shower for Tracey Fischer on Saturday, September 6, 2-4pmat the Loreis. Tracey is having a girl and is registered at Buy Buy Baby. In lieu of a card please consider giving a book to start Baby Fischer’s library. Please join us to celebrate with Tracey!

 

Orientation Dinner – Saturday at 6 PM
Would you like to get acquainted with New Life in Christ Church?  Want to hear our vision, our ministries, and our history?  The Orientation Dinner is a time to get a taste of New Life.  If you are a recent visitor to New Life in Christ Church or have a friend who has recently attended the church, and you would like to attend this meal, let the church office know.  We always appreciate help in this ministry if you would like to practice biblical hospitality.

 

Sunday – Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

Children’s and Adult Sunday School Classes –Adult Classes continue this week at 9 AM. Let us know if you have questions about adult or children’s Sunday School classes.

 

Worship Service – 10 AM –Pastor Doug begins a new series through the book of Matthew.

 

Children’s Church resumes this Sunday.  During the service, 3 and 4 year olds we be able to leave tor a special service for children.  They will be dismissed during the greeting time.

Evening Service – 6 PM – Concert of Prayer

Youth Groups Begin – 7 PM – Junior High and Senior High Youth Groups have their first meeting of the year.  Senior High will meet in the sanctuary.  Junior High will meet in the foyer.

Youth Parents Meeting – 7:15 PM – Come find out what the youth will be doing this year. Pastor Doug will share his vision and plan for the year to come.

 

 

 

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