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NLICC Testimony of God’s Faithfulness
By Parker and Annie Page
God proves His faithfulness and calls us to remember His kind providence. We have seen the kindness of His providence in the way He has abundantly provided for our family here at New Life in Christ Church. He has established us here with a loving church family and dear friends. Through the many ministries of the church and particularly care group we have seen how God provides you friends that are willing to encourage, support, teach, shepherd, sharpen and point us towards Jesus. God’s gracious provisions in providing for us in a new town and a new church is an ever reminder to us of His eternal provision for us in Jesus. In Christ He has met our greatest need and He continues to show Himself gracious in pouring out His blessing on our family through New Life.
It is through the family of New Life that Philippians 4:11:“ for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content,” has been modeled, taught and witnessed. Jeremiah Burroughs in The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment says, “Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition (19).”
That frame of spirit was witnessed to us the first Sunday we visited and were graciously greeted and introduced to others in the church. We see the sweet service of many who do their deeds in quiet not expecting any acknowledgement. Those servants find their joy in the Lord and not in the praise of man. The pastors, elders and deacons model servant leadership, delighting themselves in God’s wisdom. We have walked through great joys and deep sorrows together with our family at New Life. Through these relationships we have witnessed a delight in God’s sovereign control through every condition. It is also through these relationships that a gratitude to the Lord has been modeled and we have been taught how to share that delight with our children. We have been taught from the pulpit and shown through life example that our hope is not in our present condition, but in the God of all hope and peace.
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
About Annie & Parker: Parker and Annie grew up in South Carolina and still call it home. They will be moving to King George next week and look forward to getting know New Life folks on that side of town. Parker works at Dahlgren as a physicist and Annie works at home raising their three children. They enjoy eating good food, reading good books, being outdoors and staying active.
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 (email@example.com). 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
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, sharing hard copies in person or by snail mail to Amy Auker, or dropping photos off to the church office c/o Amy Auker. Please write your name on the back of the original photo if you would like the photo(s) to be returned. These photos will be used for slideshow & display purposes during the banquet. Contact: Amy Auker
Each Sunday, after morning worship service, girls will go to the home of a different woman of the church where they will be hosted for lunch and Bible study on Biblical Womanhood. The afternoon will be filled with fellowship, crafts, and service activities. Girls will be returned to church for the 6 pm evening service. Books are the same as used for last year – check now to see if you have yours. RSVP for your daughter to Heather O’Hara by May 31st. If you need a new or replacement book it is $15. Are you willing to hostess or lead a session? Sign up here: Contact: Heather O’Hara
You’re invited to join us for D.A. Carson & Brian Tabb’s Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation. This study shows the “priorities of prayer, a God-centered framework for prayer, and practices for a more meaningful and dynamic prayer life.” An evening session is also offered to suit schedules – don’t miss out! Childcare will be available for the morning study. Heather O’Hara will be leading the Tuesday morning study (registration and more details here) and Gale Puffenberger will be leading the Tuesday evening study (registration & more details here). Contact: Heather O’Hara or Gale Puffenberger
Help is needed with childcare for the morning session (9:30-11:30) of our ladies’ summer Bible study. The Tuesday morning study begins June 16 and runs through August 11 (no study July 28). The nursery must be staffed by at least one person over the age of 18, but younger assistants are welcome. If you are able to help, please contact the church office. Contact: Church Office | 540-786-4848 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Moses & Burning Within | June 19 & 20
Dinner Theater on Friday June 19 & Saturday, June 20 — Doors Open at 6:00 pm; Dinner Begins at 6:30 pm; Musical Begins at 7:15 pm. June 20 Matinee — Doors open at 1:30 pm; Musical Begins at 2:00 pm (NO dinner). Tickets are free, but, required. Contact the church office for tickets. To participate, see Sunday’s bulletin insert, or, contact Jonathan Allison. This is a great event to invite ‘unchurched’ friends and neighbors. Contact: Jonathan Allison
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
[Update] 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. Doors open at 6:00 pm and dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Please let us know if you will or will not be attending AND/OR if you are able to set-up or clean-up. We would greatly appreciate your support! Our banquet will be a time of fellowship, a delicious meal, and reflection of God’s goodness. Children aged 4+ are invited to attend the banquet; childcare is now FULL for children aged 0-3. Please RSVP by Sunday, June 28. Click here to RSVP. As part of the celebration, several musical pieces are planned. If you have ever sung in the Youth Choir, Final Peace, Adult Choir, or a Cantata Choir, contact Jonathan or Veronica Allison. 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 special anniversary service will be in place of our regular 6 pm service; Sunday School and our 10 am worship service remain unchanged.
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 | email@example.com
Food Pantry News
This Week’s Food Needs: individually wrapped toilet paper rolls, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, a 5 lb. bag of sugar, canned corn, canned peas, canned potatoes, canned chicken, macaroni & cheese, spaghetti sauce, bean soup, chicken noodle soup, broccoli & cheese soup, pork & beans, microwave popcorn envelopes, powdered detergent, and face soap. Contact: Connie Both
Katie Crawford and Christine Fulcrod have been working together to establish a deep-cleaning maintenance schedule for the church kitchen. We ask that 2-3 people get together at some point (at your convenience) during the first week of each month to clean & organize the kitchen. Sign-up with a friend or get to know someone new! You can access the sign up here. Thank you for considering serving in this way! Contact: Christine Fulcrod | 540-786-4848 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Needs for Manses
The deacons and members of the WM committee have assessed the needs for the manse that is currently vacant. 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. Contact: Craig Cuddy
VBS Teacher, Supply, & Craft Needs | July 27 – July 31
We are still seeking teachers and assistant teachers to help during the week. We hope to borrow the following decoration needs (please label all items with your name and they will be returned to you): tube-style Christmas lights, lab coats/jackets, and any non-breakable science-themed items. We seek the following craft supply donations (please label the bag ‘VBS’ & drop off in ministry office): toilet paper or paper towel cardboard tubes, aluminum foil, 3″ Styrofoam balls, assorted colors of Sharpie markers, and assorted colors of craft wire. More craft & food donations and teen helper opportunities will follow soon. Contact: Carrie Verbosky
All for His glory,
The Women’s Ministry Committee