Women’s Update (09/03/2015) | Stewardship

Laurie shared some of the following thoughts during Promotion Sunday and has written them down for others to be encouraged as well.  If you have a devotional you’d be willing to share, please e-mail wm@nlicc.org.

Stewardship
By Laurie Burrows

“Hear, O Israel : The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children.Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your forehead. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
A new year of children’s ministries has begun.  The above passage is familiar and heartwarming .  I would like to challenge you to also see it as a call to stewardship.   What is a steward?   In this case ,it is one who is responsible for the care of your own or someone else’s children.  We all watch infant baptisms and enjoy the sweet exchange.  It is much more than a touching scene.  Scripture tells us that children are gifts and a heritage.  Think of a Styrofoam cup and a fine china teacup.  Both will serve the purpose of holding a drink.  One will then be discarded, perhaps even crushed.  The other will be held carefully, filled with purpose, cleaned gently when soiled and cherished.  Our children are precious vessels.  It matters how they are handled.  It matters what we pour into them.  It matters that we will discipline them in love.  It matters that they feel cherished.  Shirking the call to serve or the command of care is poor stewardship.  The time is finite- don’t waste the opportunity.  The reward is eternal- don’t miss the blessing.
About Laurie: Laurie Burrows is the Sunday school director. She is blessed to be married to Jack for 33 years.  Together they have five children with two more welcomed through marriage.  They are also grandparents to three adorable grandchildren who fill their time with fun as they begin a new season as “empty nesters”.

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.  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 Drew & Sarah Kittredge’s baby (due October 4) and Matt & Amanda Oberlin’s baby (due February 20) 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 & Oberlins as their families grow s’more.   If you are able to come, please RSVP to Amy so she can prepare accordingly.  Contact: Amy Auker
  • NO September Prayer Breakfast
    In light 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 through email or phone.  Erin is registered at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and Target. Contact: Lucinda Lorei


SERVING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Weekly Ride Needed for Bible Study Participant
    Sharon Benedict is looking for a ride to/from Women’s Bible Study (The Lamb of God Study) on Tuesday mornings.  She lives out Chancellor direction in Regency.  If you are able to provide a ride, please contact Sharon.  Contact: Sharon Benedict
  • Additional Adult Childcare Helper Needed | Third Thursday of the Month at church from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
    An additional adult helper is needed to assist Heather O’Hara with childcare for the once-a-month (third Thursday) morning Titus 2 group at church.  This paid commitment involves assisting from 9:30-11:30 am.  If you are interested or available, your help would be greatly appreciated.  Contact: Gale Puffenberger
  • Sunday Service Nursery Volunteers Needed
    Karsta Toscano is looking for help in the nursery.  Volunteers are needed in the infant and toddler rooms during the morning worship hour (10 am – 11:45 am(ish). We have been blessed with many new babies and would like the extra warm arms and hearts to care for them!  If you are able, this commitment involves serving every 1.5 months (or longer with more volunteers in the rotation).  Contact: Karsta Toscano
  • 2’s, 3’s, and Kindergarten Sunday School Teachers & Assistants are Needed
    A few remaining opportunities are available!  Please prayerfully consider teaching or assisting as a 2’s, 3’s, or K teacher or assistant.  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
  • {Update} Pioneer Girls Teachers & Substitutes Needed
    Volunteers are needed to help watch leaders boys, serve as substitutes, and teach activities to the older group!  Please prayerfully consider being a light to these girls ranging from PreK – 9th grade!  Contact: Dorinda McConnell or Sharon Leaman
  • {Update} 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 Harrison Road Elementary 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 (2)
  • 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}
    Spaghetti sauce, cereal, microwave popcorn, tea bags, canned stew, pancake mix and syrup, tuna helper, pie crust mix, brownies, powdered detergent, and pickles. Contact: Connie Both

WOMEN’S MINISTRY NEWS

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All for His glory,
The Women’s Ministry Committee

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