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by Lizzie Rakestraw
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.”
There are countless things in our lives that make us worry–the little things like test and quizzes and the big things like money, health, and the future, but God promises that He will always take care of us. He’s got the whole world in His hands, and there is no reason to worry.
I used to worry all the time. I would worry about my grades, college, and all that good stuff, but mostly I would worry about my oldest sister, Priscilla’s, health. A couple years back she got really sick; she kept going in and out of the hospital. She missed our family’s summer vacation, and I was beginning to think I would never see her normal and healthy again. I would worry so much that I was making myself sick. I was, literally, sick with worry. One night I went crying to my mom and told her I was scared. She held me and prayed with me. She told me that God is always looking out for us. We are His children, and He doesn’t look away when we are suffering. She gave me a Christian book that had Bible verses under key words like “worry” and “trust”. I went back to my room and read those verses and prayed until I fell asleep. I did this whenever I felt overwhelmed with worry (and still do). Eventually, God answered our prayers, and Priscilla got better. I praise God, because she hasn’t gotten sick since then!
The Bible tells us worrying is a waste of time. Matthew 6:27 says, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” When we worry, we are actually sinning. We are rejecting God’s Word and His promise to us. There is absolutely no point in worrying! Truthfully though, I still struggle with worry and trust (not perfect), but God is continuing to strengthen me through these hardships. I know I can always rely on God.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.”
1 Peter 5:7
About Lizzie: I grew up/am still growing up in a Christian household. I became a Christian at age 5. I’m the 6th out of 9 children. I have 3 sisters and 5 brothers. It was really fun growing up with so many siblings and I feel really blessed to have such a big family. This year I will be a senior at Riverbend High School. Currently I’m unemployed, but I have been keeping busy with volunteering in the nursery and VBS at New Life. Through working in the church, I have discovered that I love working with children. After I finish high school, I plan to pursue higher education that will enable me to teach kindergarten- 3rd grade.
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Movie Night, this Friday, August 2nd in Youth Room at 7pm
This Friday Brenda Storms will treat us to the movie Love Comes Softly and talk about how God pursues our hearts. Moms and daughters from the Preteen/teen study are especially encouraged to attend. Feel free to bring a snack to share.
Titus 2 Signups to Begin Soon!
- Titus 2 is NLICC’s primary ministry to women. All women 18 and up are strongly encouraged to be a part.
- Titus 2 is more than a Bible Study! It is a chance to build relationships with a small group of other women by sharing a meal, studying God’s Word, and having fellowship and prayer times together. Many friendships have grown and deepened in Titus 2 groups.
- Titus 2 groups meet monthly in a Leader’s home at various times of the month and locations
- Come to the Women’s Breakfast August 17th at 9am to sign up for a group and purchase your book
- Watch for an Evite in your inbox next week with more details
Women’s Bible Study for 2013-14
Mark you calendars! Christine Fulcrod will be leading Studies in the Confession of Faith – A Women’s Approach by Jeanne Patterson beginning September 10th on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11:30. Watch for flyers soon! Sign up at the August 17th Women’s Breakfast.
Red Cross Blood Drive August 8th, 2-7pm in the Fireside Room
- Call the office to reserve a time to donate
- Pass the word to friends and neighbors, make a date with a friend to give
- Childcare is available in the Nursery
Women’s Ministry Committee Meeting August 10th at 8:30 in Room 219
Women’s Ministry Training August 10th at 10am in Room 219
- Frances Sexton leading this session
- Read Chapters 1 and 2 of Women’s Leadership in the Church
A big thank you to Carrie Verbosky, Kristin Garcia and Sarah Kittredge for coordinating VBS. It takes months to plan and coordinate all the details. Thank you also to the many volunteers who served as leaders and in classrooms, crafts, drama, recreation, administration, and nursery. Serving together in ministry is a wonderful catalyst for friendship and fellowship.
As the summer reaches its home stretch of August, there are many plans in the works for the new year ahead as minitries gear up to resume. Be in prayer for our Sunday School teachers, leaders for Pioneer Girls and Boys Brigade, music and drama ministries, care groups and numerous other ministries. Pray that their needs will be met with servant hearts.
If you know of specific ministry needs or opportunities that you’d like to share, email them to email@example.com.
in His grace,
for the Women’s Ministry Committee