Women’s Update (05/28/2015) | Soul Food

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Soul Food
A Testament to God’s Provision through the NLICC Meal Ministry
By Katie Crawford

In the New Testament, we see how Jesus often ministered to people’s spiritual needs by meeting their physical needs.   One ministry at NLICC that has attended to my needs in this way is the Meal Ministry, through which church members provide meals to those going through a difficult time.

Galatians 6:2: Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

In 2013, I had to rush my husband (then fiancé) unexpectedly to the hospital.  During his 3 week stay, I was working full-time and visiting him whenever I could.  I basically went home only to sleep, and I was just emotionally and physically exhausted.  While I didn’t mention my specific needs to anyone at church, there was an outpouring of love from some of the women at New Life: generous gift cards for meals and coffee, and offers to prepare and deliver meals.  Wow!!!  I was thankful and amazed at God’s provision through these gifts.

In 2014, our baby girl was born.  Being new parents with a tiny infant and lots of visitors, my husband and I didn’t have enough energy to prepare “real” meals for ourselves.  There was another outpouring of love as people generously provided comforting, nutritious, delicious meals.  Some of the meals were even provided by families whom we didn’t know very well.  Again, wow!!!

Our New Life covenant community reaches out and goes “above and beyond” to care for its members.  For me, the Meal Ministry has been an example of how God meets me in my weak moments by abundantly, graciously, and generously offering His love.  God faithfully provides, and He is good!

Ephesians 3:20-21: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

About Katie:  Katie grew up on Long Island, NY, although you would never know from her nonexistent accent.  She and her husband, Peter, met at New Life.  She loves cooking, music, finding good bargains, and playing with her (almost) 7mo Kinsley.  You can reach Katie at: katie.titus@gmail.com.


 

Current Announcements:

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES

  • Summer Pre-Teen Girls’ Study | Sunday afternoons June 7 – August 9 (not Father’s Day, June 21st)
    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 at mama.o@verizon.net 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
  • Women’s Summer Bible Study: Praying with Paul | Offered Tuesday Mornings (9:30-11:30 am) OR Tuesday Evenings (7-9 pm) {Room 217}
    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
  • Childcare Help Needed for Summer Bible Study | Tuesday Mornings (June 16-August 11)
    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 | nlicc@nlicc.org


EVENTS

  • Women’s Prayer Breakfast | Saturday, June 13 at 9 am {Fireside Room}
    Please join us as we celebrate Father’s Day during this month’s prayer breakfast!  Last month’s prayer breakfast was a sweet time of reflection of God’s word, sentiments of our own mothers and/or own motherhood, fellowship, and tasty breakfast treats.  Please don’t miss out on this monthly opportunity for fellowship with other ladies.  If you are able to bring something to share, please click here. Contact: Gail Weeks
  • Moses & Burning Within Performances | 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 pmJune 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. Contact: Jonathan Allison
  • 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.  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.
  • Vacation Bible School (VBS) | 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

INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Book of Testimonies in Honor of the 40th Anniversary | Submit 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
  • 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
  • Church-Wide Address Directory to be Updated | Inform Church Office of Any Changes by June 6
    The church office will be printing and assembling new address directories for the church body.  Please confirm your contact information by filling out the bulletin insert in the May 31 bulletin.  If you have had any contact information changes since the last address directory update (December 2013) OR have started attending New Life since December 2013, we’d especially appreciate your confirmation of contact information. Contact: Dayra Rumbaugh | 540-746-4848dayra@nlicc.org

 


SERVING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Baby Adrian Alborzi Paryabzadegan Has Arrived!
    Praise God for the birth of Adrian to Amir and Nassim on May 15. He was born 8lbs., 11oz. If you would like to provide a meal for Amir and Nassim, please contact Erica Kasraie. Contact: Erica Kasraie
  • Baby Ava Jane Katarina Puig Has Arrived!
    Praise God for the safe arrival of Daniel and Taniya Puig’s baby girl, Ava! She was born on May 25 at 7:35 am, weighed in at 8 lbs., 15 oz., and measured 20 inches. If you are able to bring a meal to the Puigs, please contact Joy Plaia. Contact: Joy Plaia
  • Substitute Sunday School Assistant with 7th & 8th Grade Girls Needed | June 21 – July 26
    Krystal Dowell and Beth Hamilton are looking for a substitute Sunday School assistant with the 7th and 8th grade girls.  The need is for 6 weeks starting Father’s Day (June 21 – July 26).  No teaching – unless desired – just assisting.  If able to help, please contact Krystal. Contact: Krystal Dowell
  • Housing Needed for Tracey Fischer’s Mother
    Searching for a studio/1 bedroom/in-law suite/walkout basement apartment to rent for Tracey’s mom starting roughly July 1st for at least 6 months. Contact: Tracey Fischer
  • {New} Kitchen Cleaning Committee Seeking Monthly Cleaning Volunteers
    Katie Crawford and Christine Fulcrod have been working together to establish a deep-cleaning maintenance schedule for the church kitchen.  We suggest 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
  • Needs for NLIC 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. ContactDrew Kittredge
  • 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

MERCY MINISTRY NEWS

  • Food Pantry Needs: individually wrapped toilet paper rolls, peanut butter, 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

5-28 Food Pantry

  • Baby Bottle Boomerang Campaign | Return Bottles June 21
    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. Please return the bottles to Eileen Roberts or Krystal Dowell on 6/21 or to the church office. Contact: Eileen Roberts
  • Loving Our City (L.O.C.) News
    Hugh Mercer has been in contact with Sarah Worman about a fire in the Fall Hill apartments earlier this month.  Two little girls and their families were displaced because of the fire and are currently residing in a hotel.  The girls are still in need of food items that can be prepared in hotels or gift cards for restaurants.  If you are able to donate any of these items, please contact Sarah. Contact: Sarah Worman | loc@nlicc.org

All for His glory,
The Women’s Ministry Committee

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