Women’s Update 05/07/2015

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By Camille Lorei

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.  In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22, ESV

I grew up at New Life and many of my fondest childhood memories are connected to this church. I remember running around the church barefoot at church potlucks and sneaking upstairs to draw on the blackboards. I remember wearing sunglasses and a sheep costume for a Christmas play. I remember the old map of the United States out in the parking lot. I remember our choir tours. I remember when our beautiful building addition was just a slab of concrete surrounded by orange tape. And I can still recite Romans 12:1-2 after being in the Roamin’ through Romans play. As I reflect on my years growing up at New Life, I am struck by the number of ministries and individuals that have played a major role in my life.

One of my earliest memories of New Life is attending a Trunk ‘n Treat and hearing Donna Quann tell the Halloween pumpkin story. She would tell this story every year in order share the gospel and it was through hearing this story that I came to Christ. Soon after that I began attendingSunday School. While I wasn’t always excited to go, looking back I can see how God used that time to put people in my life who could encourage me and show me how to grow in my faith. The Greenbergs’ class taught me Old Testament Bible stories, Mrs. Geoffrion and Mrs. Puffenberger’s class taught me to pay attention in church and take notes on the sermons, and Mrs. Dowell and Mrs. Hamilton’s class taught me to memorize scripture and have a more personal prayer life.

As I got older and entered middle school, I remember feeling incredibly uncertain and insecure. I was too old to attend children’s activities but I still felt too young to get involved in other ministries. It was through the encouragement of Mrs. Mangus that I got involved with Vacation Bible School and asked me to be a ‘runner’ and take messages around to the staff whenever needed. She never made me feel like a child and encouraged me to take on more responsibility. She taught me that you are never too young to help or make a difference and showed me the importance of encouragement and building up those around you.

Once I began youth group, Pastor Doug encouraged me to join the youth group leadership council and it was through this involvement that I started assisting with and planning the parent dinners and youth group activities. Even though he had countless other duties in the church, Pastor Doug taught Jr. High every week and planned trips to visit the community around us. We regularly visited a mosque in northern Virginia, visited shut-ins and widows, did service activities, and were encouraged to go on mission trips. Pastor Doug also encouraged us to get involved in other aspects of the church and to think of other ways we could reach out to the community. He told us to keep a prayer journal to help us see God’s presence in our lives and that we mustn’t let others look down on us because we were young – but to instead be men and women of faith. He told me that losing patience is losing love. He taught me how to be selfless, responsible, compassionate, self-sacrificing, and patient – how to be a leader.

I have been taught the importance of caring for others and volunteering my time and talent through being involved with the Thanksgiving Day ministry, Women’s Ministry, Operation Christmas Child, Mission Month, mission trips, Sunday School, youth group, drama, choir, bells, care group, bible studies, and so many more. I have been shown patience and joy through the many men and women who volunteer with these ministries and events. I could name countless more individuals and ministries that have had significant impacts in my life, but I instead I just want to say thank you. Thank you to every teacher I’ve had – every coordinator, volunteer, and greeter who has shown me how to serve and how to love. Thank you for listening to me, encouraging and counseling me, and being interested in my life. Thank you for being my family, for all that entails. Thank you for making New Life home.

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.  For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit….But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.  If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” I Corinthians 12:12-13; 24b-26, ESV

About Camille: Camille turns 25 this month and still finds it difficult to call adults she knew as a kid by their first name. She teaches Jr. High Youth Group and has a cat. She especially wants to call out Grandma Shirley and Ms. Chris Kirtkand for coming to all her Grandparents Days at school. You guys made her feel incredibly special. You may contact Camille at crl291l@gmail.com.

Current Announcements:

Baby Teague Armstrong Fleming has arrived!
Rachel & Todd Fleming’s baby boy, Teague, arrived on Monday, April 20 at 6:06 in the morning. He weighed in at 7 lbs., 13 oz. and measured 21 inches long. If you would like to bless the Flemings with a meal.

Mother’s Day Prayer Breakfast | Saturday, May 9 at 9:00 am {Fireside Room}
Please join us for our monthly women’s prayer breakfast on Saturday! This month, we’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day. Please join us as we praise God for the women in our lives who have mothered us. If you are able to bring something to share for our breakfast, please click here.

Book of Testimonies in Honor of the 40th Anniversary | Due by May 31
New Life in Christ Church invites you to share your (story) testimony of God’s faithfulness for a Book of Testimonies the Church is planning to publish for the 40th Anniversary.  The objective of these testimonies will be to illustrate “How God has used New Life in Christ Church in Individual Lives.”   The title of the book will be taken from Psalms 118:23, “This is the Lords doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.”  Each testimony should be under 750 words, connected to a specific scripture, and give God the glory.  It is our desire that these testimonies will be an inspiration to others, provide them hope, and even lead them to the saving grace of our Lord.  Coordinator of the project is Gary Mangus.  Please send your submissions to him at (sugnam@verizon.net).  If you have any questions, contact Gary by telephone (540-785-0503).  As soon as you can get your testimony in the better; but we must have them by 31 May.  There is no restriction on age and don’t worry about your writing ability; we’ll ensure your testimony is edited and read by you before publishing.   Take this opportunity to share what God has done for you and your family through New Life in Christ Church. Contact: Gary Mangus | 540-785-0503sugnam@verizon.net

Manse Apartment Needs for Spring 2015
The deacons and members of the WM committee have assessed the needs for the manse that is currently vacant. Updated photos are shown below.  If you are able to donate gently used (or new) furnishings and new cleaning supplies, please click here.  If you have questions regarding delivery of furniture and/or specific needs listed, please contact the deacon on call. We are grateful for all of your support of this ministry as we try to support the deacons with this endeavor.  Thank you also for your prayers as the church seeks new interns. ContactRobin Wilson (Deacon on Call)

Bedroom 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3

Bathroom  Kitchen Living Room

Baby Bottle Boomerang Campaign | May 10 – June 21 (Mother’s Day to Father’s Day)
The Fredericksburg Pregnancy Center will be providing the baby bottles. The bottles will be available in the foyer to pick up after worship. Your change changes lives!  Members of the congregation, youth groups and Children’s Sunday School classes can take part in a local mission’s project. Even a child’s spare change add up to big support!  With your help, we can continue to provide free services for moms and their babies. Don’t forget to pick yours up on Sunday!  Also, please return the bottles to Eileen Roberts or Krystal Dowell on 6/21 or to the church office. Contact: Eileen Roberts

Photos Needed for 40th Anniversary | Submit by May 31, 2015
The 40th Anniversary Committee seeks photos from New Life over the past 40 years. Electronic copies of photos would be wonderful, if possible! Approximate dates & basic description of the event would be extremely helpful as well such as “Women’s Retreat 2001.” Submit electronic photos by sending an email, by uploading photos to this Google Drive foldersharing hard copies in person or by snail mail to Amy Auker, or dropping photos off to the church office c/o Amy Auker. These photos will be used for slideshow & display purposes during the banquet. Contact: Amy Auker

[RSVP] 40th Anniversary Banquet | Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 6 pm
Our 40th Anniversary Banquet will be held at 6 pm on Saturday, July 11, 2015. It will be a time of fellowship, a delicious meal, and reflection of God’s goodness. Please RSVP by Sunday, June 28. Click here to RSVPChildcare is now FULL for children aged 0-3. Contact: Amy Auker

40th Anniversary Service & Reception | Sunday, July 12 at 3 pm
In honor of our 40th Anniversary, a special service is planned for Sunday at 3 pm. Please join us as we celebrate God’s faithfulness. A reception of finger foods and dessert will follow the service. This service will be in place of our regular 6 pm service.

Vacation Bible School will be from July 27-31st this year! We are excited to start planning for this upcoming ministry. We are currently seeking teachers and assistant teachers to help during that week. Craft and food donations and teen helper opportunities will follow soon! If you are able to help, please contact Carrie Verbosky. Thank you! Contact: Carrie Verbosky

Food Pantry News
This Week’s Food Needs: grape jelly, canned peas, canned mixed vegetables, pickles, canned chicken, canned Chinese meals, canned enchiladas, peanut butter, kool-aid, pancake mix, chicken dumplings, pizza items: canned mushrooms/crust envelopes/pizza sauce/Parmesan cheese, toothpaste/floss/toothbrushes, and 14×14 boxes. Contact: Connie Both

5-7 Food Pantry

Bulletin Folding
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

All for His glory,
The Women’s Ministry Committee

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