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Women’s Conference Recap
by Heather O’Hara
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
This past Saturday 45 women gathered together in Room 100 for a morning to explore the subject of mental health and the mission of the church. It was a time of worship, teaching, information and testimony. The conference was born of a desire from our Women’s Ministry Committee to draw women of the church into covenant community. As we evaluated life situations that keep women isolated from community the subject of mental illness arose. Mental illness itself is often isolating, but the stigma associated with it is isolating as well. Mental health is in the news – whether in relation to insurance coverage, acts of violence or suicide – but what does the Church or God’s word have to say? We believed it was time for the women of New Life in Christ Church to begin a conversation about mental health and remove the stigma of mental illness. We didn’t purport to know all of the answers, but Saturday’s conference was an attempt to educate some, encourage others and challenge us all to love the hurting people around us and share the hope of the gospel. It is our prayer that the God glorifying and gospel-laden conversation will continue in Titus 2 groups, Care Groups and relationships within the church and with out neighbors so that we might be instruments in the Redeemer’s hands in one another’s lives.
As a follow-up to the conference, Pam Lopes will be leading the study How People Change beginning January 14th on Monday evenings. If you haven’t worked through the exercises in this book before, it’s a great introduction to Biblical thinking and counseling. If you have taken this class in Sunday School or as a Women’s Bible Study, you’ll want to go through it again. Let Pam know if you’d like to join the class email@example.com.
We thank the Session of NLICC for trusting us with a sensitive topic and for Pastor Doug for opening our morning in prayer. A hearty thank you to Pam Lopes, Dr. Mitzi Sampson and Pastor Sean for providing the equipping portions of the conference, Connie Both for coordinating breakfast and lunch, Mary Jane Kittredge and Frances Sexton for sharing their testimonies, Veronica Allison for the music selection and Kathryne Marple, Cynthia Perez, Kathy Ritchie and Sarah Schroeder for leading worship. Thank you also to the numerous ladies and the amazing men of the Both family who helped in food prep, set up and cleanup.
If you missed the conference, MP3 CDs of the audio (over 3 1/2 hours on 3 CDs) can be made for a donation of $10. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. A copy of the audio will also be placed in the Library shortly.
Last Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection Date – This Sunday!
Drop off your shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child in the foyer this Sunday. Go to this LINK for instructions on what and how to pack your box.
Thanksgiving Ministry – Help Needed.
The Thanksgiving ministry is an outreach to the community. In addition to delivering meals to shut-ins, meals are delivered to individuals in neighborhoods throughout the community. NLICC’s ministry to Muslims has grown out of this initial contact. Look for a flyer in the bulletin on Sunday about the Thanksgiving Ministry. There is a great need for turkeys and pies Thanksgiving morning, kitchen help and families and individuals to deliver meals. There is also a Thanksgiving dinner at the church for anyone who would like to come. If you would like to participate, please fill out the flyer and put it in the offering plate. Financial gifts to assist the ministry are also welcomed.
Farewell Potluck for Doug and Ann Park – December 1st after Morning Service in the Fireside Room
Doug and Ann are heading to Chicago to open a Chick-Fil-A. December 1st will be their last Sunday worshipping at NLICC. If you would like to join their current and past care groups for lunch following service that day, please RSVP and let us know what you will bring by clicking HERE.
Greenberg Baby Arriving Soon! – Help for Meals
Jeremy and Tracy Greenberg’s baby girl should be born any day. Please contact Lisa Capitano if you are willing to help with meals after she arrives.
Cookie Exchange – December 13th at 6:30pm in the Fireside Room
A Christmas goodie/cookie exchange will be held following the JH/SH departure for caroling. Make your favorite Christmas treat and package them in individual bags (3-4 items per bag). Bring as many bags as you want. You will leave with the same amount of bags of yummy Christmas treats! Bring some extra to snack on while we have a wonderful time of fellowship! No RSVP required, just bring treats if you want to exchange or just yourself and a friend if you just want to fellowship.
Spring Women’s Event – April 12, 2014
Mark your calendars! More details to follow soon…
Retreat Planning for Next Fall – October 24-26, 2014 – Want to Help?
Would you like to help plan the next retreat? We are beginning plans for our next Women’s Retreat at Blessings Lodge at Camp Overlook. Contact Gale Puffenberger or Connie Both if you are interested in being a part of planning this special weekend.
Praying this Update finds you thankful for the blessings and opportunities all around you,
in His grace,
for the Women’s Ministry Committee