Women’s Update (07/02/2015) | Our Path to New Life

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Our Path to New Life

By Julie Root

Care group…the first time I remember hearing this term was as a young 21/22 year old newlywed fresh from Michigan, the only state I had ever called home.  Until, that is, a young man named Larry stole my heart, made me his bride and brought me to Virginia to begin our new life together as Mr & Mrs.  We knew no one here in Virginia.  In fact, Larry was and still is the only one of his 11 siblings to move out of Michigan.  Little by little we made friends, many of whom came through Larry’s workplace at NSWC in Dahlgren.  One of those friends was Larry’s office mate, Fran Carter.  He and his wife Debby invited us to a get together through their church.  They called it care group.  Larry and I had no point of reference for this as we were both raised Catholic.  Since we both really liked Fran and Debby, we decided to check out this care group thing.  I don’t exaggerate when I say that we met some of the most genuine men and women of faith and remain good friends to this day, some 30 years later.  We attended care group for a while before we felt comfortable attending a church service.  After all, church services were held in a little building on Kenmore Ave at the time and didn’t have any of the Catholic characteristics that we were so comfortable with.  When we finally did begin to attend New Life in Christ, we found it to be an extension of the care group that we had grown to love.  We also realized that the church is not the building in which you meet, but rather the believers inside.  All imperfect sinners, but all covered by the blood of the Savior we all love and strive to follow.  It was in that first care group over 30 years ago where we met “Christ with us” lived out in the lives of these believers.  New Life in Christ Church has been our home church since 1985.  Within this church family, Larry and I have raised 4 children, each professing faith in Jesus Christ.  We are so thankful and give God the glory – for great things He surely has done!

About Julie:  Julie loves the challenge and fellowship of Bible Studies and daily rejoices that – “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Julie and Larry are the proud parents of all adult children as their youngest turned 18 in April.  They look forward to this new adventure of “parenting” and this place in life where it is “just the two of us” again.  The Lord continues to provide above and beyond what is hoped for!  You may contact Julie at varoots@cox.net.

 


Current Announcements:

EVENTS

  • Financial Peace University | Preview Class on July 2 at 7 pm 
    The class will officially begin July 9 and meet at 7 PM on Thursdays for nine weeks. There is a preview class on July 2 for anyone interested in more info and hearing testimonies.  The cost of the class is $100 (plus a few extra bucks for shipping). Contact: Dan Fischer
  • NO July Women’s Prayer Breakfast
    There will not be a Women’s Prayer Breakfast on July 11 in lieu of the 40th Anniversary events that weekend. We look forward to resuming our fellowship on August 8. Contact: Amy Auker
  • {New} 40th Anniversary Banquet | Saturday, July 11 at 6 pm
    Reservations for the banquet are now full.  We are at capacity in regards to seating.  As we need to ensure an accurate count of tables (there is an assigned seating plan), please let the church know if you are no longer able to come to banquet. Contact: Kathryne Marple
  • 40th Anniversary Service & Reception | Sunday, July 12 at 3 pm
    If you are able to bring something to share or help with our reception following the 3 pm service, click here. This special service will be in place of our regular 6 pm service; Sunday School and our 10 am worship service remain unchanged. Contact: Katie Crawford
  • Open House for Newlyweds, Josh & Anacari Storms | Saturday, July 18 {Carol Turner’s Home}
    Join us in a celebrating Josh & Anacari’s marriage!  The Open House will be hosted by Carol Turner.  Families are welcome; bring swimsuits & towels. Josh and Anacari are registered at Amazon and Target. Contact: Brenda Storms
  • {New Link} Vacation Bible School (VBS) | July 27 – July 31
    Join us for our annual VBS — a wonderful opportunity to minister to children and their families. Registration is required and will be offered online June 28-July 19.  Look for invitations in the foyer to invite neighbors/friends.  Contact: Annie Page

INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  •  Do you have a “Life Event” Photograph with Pastor Doug or Pastor Sean?
    If you have a photo of Pastor Doug or Pastor Sean officiating a weddingwith a new baby, becoming NLIC members or being baptized, etc., — would you be willing to pass on a photo of this milestone for the 40th Anniversary? E-mail Amy at amy.auker@gmail.com by July 5.

SERVING OPPORTUNITIES

  • {Update} Hostesses and Teacher Needed for Summer Pre-Teen Girls’ Study | Sunday July 26
    2 women are still needed to assist with July 26.  Please consider being a part of this ministry to our pre-teen girls! For more details and to sign up, click here.  Contact: Heather O’Hara
  • VBS Food Items Needed
    Please click here if you are able to donate any food items for our annual VBS.  Several columns include food items needed for the children attending and one column includes food items for our volunteers.  Label ‘VBS’ and drop off in kitchen.  Contact: Grace Ethridge
  • VBS Assistant Teachers and Teen Helpers Needed
    Don’t miss out on this wonderful, once-a-year opportunity to share the gospel with children of all ages — children from our community and our own covenant children.  If able to help, even for a day, please contact Carrie. Contact: Carrie Verbosky
  • VBS Decoration Needs to be Borrowed
    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.  Drop off in ministry office by July 26.  Contact: Carrie Verbosky
  • VBS Craft Supply Donations
    Please label the bag ‘VBS’ & drop off in ministry office by July 26: toilet paper or paper towel cardboard tubes, aluminum foil,  3″ Styrofoam balls, assorted colors of Sharpie markers, and assorted colors of craft wire.  Contact: Dorinda McConnell
  • Church Kitchen Cleaning Volunteers Needed
    A deep-cleaning maintenance schedule has been created.  We suggest during the first week of the month, 2-3 people get together to clean & organize the kitchen. Sign-up with a friend or get to know someone new!  You can access the sign-up hereContact: Christine Fulcrod
  • Furnishings & Cleaning Supplies for Church Manses
    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.  Contact: Michael Prevost
  • Bulletin Folding Volunteers Needed
    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 News
    Pancake mix and syrup, pizza crust envelopes, Parmesan cheese, pizza sauce jars, canned stew, bar soap, white rice, powdered detergent, and apple butter. Contact: Connie Both

WOMEN’S MINISTRY NEWS

Have a ministry need or idea for an activity? Contact us at wm@nlicc.org or find us on Facebook.

All for His glory,
The Women’s Ministry Committee

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