Women’s Update (08/20/2015) | Self-Examination

The following Prayer Focus was shared by Sarah Schroeder at our August WMC Meeting.  We share with you so that you might also be encouraged as we were!  If you have a devotional you’d be willing to share, please e-mail wm@nlicc.org.

Self-Examination
By Sarah Schroeder

 

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

Last Sunday [2 August], Pastor Doug preached on Leviticus 16:29-34 in which God’s people were commanded to observe the Day of Atonement.  This day was to be set aside by the Jewish people for self-examination and for the High Priest to offer a sacrifice for the entire people of God.  The Jewish people were called to “afflict their souls” – to repent, be mournful, and cast down in acknowledging and confessing their sins.

This made me reflect on my own prayer life.  Do I set aside intentional time for self-examination and repentance?  I’m sad to say that often I pray and ask for forgiveness in a casual way.  I confess my sin knowing that God forgives me.  But, do I spend time grieving over my sin?  I am reminded of James 4:7-10 which says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Grieve, mourn, and wail.  Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

Examining ourselves can be difficult and painful, especially when the light of God’s Word exposes the darkest corners of our hearts.  Psalm 19:7-8 reminds us that, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.  The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.  The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.  The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.”  Pastor Doug spoke about letting God’s Word wound us in order to bring about healing.  As we examine our hearts in the light of God’s Word, it will be painful.  But, God uses that pain to bring us to Him in confession and repentance.

Confession and repentance bring us humbly to His throne of grace.  It is here that true healing and joy are possible through the blood of Christ.  It is here that we can praise God because He has turned our wailing into dancing and our mourning into joy.  Sisters, I challenge each of us this month to set aside specific time for self-examination and repentance.  Allow the light of God’s Word to penetrate your heart that He may bring about true healing and forgiveness.

About Sarah: Sarah grew up in Moorestown, NJ where she met her husband Eric.  Eric and Sarah have been married for 7 years and have lived in the Fredericksburg area for 5 years. Sarah is the Reading Specialist at Ferry Farm Elementary School and loves being a part of the music ministries at New Life.


Current Announcements:

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Women’s Fall Study: The Lamb of God: Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Study | Tuesday Mornings, 9:30-11:30 am {Room 217}
    We would love for you to join us for our fall Women’s Study beginning September 15 through November 28.  Draw near to the Lord with us as we study Nancy Guthrie’s The Lamb of God.  Childcare is available – when you register, please make sure you list the ages of your children. For more information and registration, click here.  Contact: Heather O’Hara
  • Care Group Signups
    Care Groups begin during the week of September 14.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be in a weekly intentional, cross-generational fellowship with other members of our covenant community.  Care groups provide us the opportunity to think together as we focus on God’s written word.  They also allow us to walk alongside one another in grace.  Watch for signups in the bulletin.  Questions?  Contact the church office.

INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Online Signups for Choirs, Drama, and Handbells | Tuesday Night  {See Schedule for Respective Locations at Church}
    The New Life Arts Ministry will be conducting online signups for choirs, drama and handbells.  Online registration will be made available next week. Follow the link to fill out a form for each child.  Classes begin September 15th.  A schedule is available as an attachment to the WM’s Update Email.  Please email or call Veronica if you have any questions.  Contact: Veronica Allison

EVENTS

  • September Prayer Shower for Expectant Moms: Campfire Style | Friday, September 4 at 7:00 pm {Amy Auker’s Home}
    We will be celebrating the expectant arrival of Drew & Sarah Kittredge’s baby through prayer, fellowship, and S’Mores.  If you are also expecting and we can be in prayer for you and your growing family, please let us know.  Bring your girls & lawn chairs as we gather around the campfire and pray for the Kittredges as their family grows s’more.  Contact: Amy Auker
  • NO September Prayer Breakfast
    In lieu of the Michael Card Conference/Concert, our monthly prayer breakfast will be canceled.  Please note that since we typically have our “Prayer Shower for Expectant Moms” in September, we will host that Prayer Shower (see above announcement) on September 4.
  • Bridal Shower for Erin Storms | Sunday, September 20, 3 pm – 5:30 pm
    You are invited to a Bridal Shower for Erin Storms on Sunday, September 20 from 3 pm – 5:30 pm.  Location: Lucinda Lorei’s house.  RSVP please.  Erin is registered at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and Target. Contact: Lucinda Lorei


SERVING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Sunday School Teachers & Assistants
    Many opportunities are available as Promotion Sunday (August 30) is around the corner!  Please prayerfully consider teaching or assisting.  This weekly commitment might only involve 50 minutes of interaction (9-9:50 am) with these little ones, but, the Lord certainly uses those precious minutes to build up kingdom leaders. Contact: Laurie Burrows
  • Junior Worship Teachers Needed | Once-a-Month Rotation {August 30-May}
    Junior Worship provides children aged 3-4 the opportunity to hear God’s word and worship together at their level.  Children attend Junior Worship from about 10:35 (after the offering) through the end of the service.  Junior Worship is meant to model the worship service: there is singing, prayer requests + prayer time, and a short bible lesson + uncomplicated craft.  Four teams (each consisting of 2 adults+1 pre-teen helper) each serve once a month.  Many resources are available for crafts, lessons, etc.  Questions? Ask Laurie! Contact: Laurie Burrows
  • Pioneer Girls Teachers & Substitutes Needed
    Many teachers and assistants are needed!  Please prayerfully consider being a light to these girls ranging from PreK – 9th grade!  Contact: Dorinda McConnell or Sharon Leaman
  • Rides Needed to Church for the Cotton Girls | Tuesdays and Wednesdays Afternoons this Fall
    The Cotton girls (ages 7 and 8), daughters of T.J. in our church, would love to participate in drama, choir, and Pioneer Girls this fall but will need  a ride on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to church.  It would involve picking them up from Salem Elementary School on Salem Church Rd. at 3:30 pm and taking them to church.  They may have rides home but definitely a ride to the church.  Contact: Gail Reed
  • Christ Covenant School Nursery Volunteers Needed | Mondays and/or Tuesdays, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    “Here’s a ministry opportunity that won’t take a lot of your time. Christ Covenant School meets Mondays and Tuesdays and provides a nursery from 8:30-12:30 for the youngest ones in our school, children whose Moms teach in the school. If you are able to help care for these little ones one or more mornings a month, we would love to introduce you to them. Our nursery supervisor, Minda Roney, will be traveling in September providing an additional opportunity to serve.  Please contact Barb Plating for information.”
  • Church Kitchen Cleaning Volunteers
    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 here. Contact: Christine Fulcrod 540-746-4848 | nlicc@nlicc.org
  • Furnishings & Cleaning Supplies for Church Manses
    If you are able to donate gently used (or new) furnishings and new cleaning supplies, please contact Kathryne Marple or the deacon on call. Manse Needs
  • Bulletin Folding Volunteers
    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 {Items can be dropped off in bin in foyer marked Food Pantry}
    Red and black canned beans, spaghetti sauce, pancake mix & syrup, pickles, powdered detergent, rice, macaroni & cheese, cookie mix, brownie mix & frosting, boxed pie crust mix, canned ham, broccoli cheese soup, gravy, pizza sauce/crust mix/Parmesan cheese/mushrooms, deodorant, toothbrushes, individually wrapped toilet paper. Contact: Connie Both

WOMEN’S MINISTRY NEWS

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Additionally, please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, praises, or prayer requests.

All for His glory,
The Women’s Ministry Committee

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