Women’s Update 1-8-15

Wrench in the Works

Have you ever had one of those days where you planned each hour and prepped for all of the activities, and then, in the space of ten minutes, the whole thing unraveled before your eyes which left you with a very different day than the one for which you prepared?  That is today for us.  Our new school term was supposed to start today but sickness and cancelled appointments have intervened so instead we have thermometers and ibuprofen and lots of fluids being brought to the sickbed.

In the past, I would rail against that kind of “wrench in the works” and try to make the child do school anyway or freak out over what wasn’t getting done. However, the Lord was kind to me this morning and gave me the grace to stop, regroup, and cheerfully accept what I couldn’t change anyway.

I have been reading Secure in the Everlasting Arms by Elisabeth Elliot and this is what I read this morning:

“Almighty God, we bless and praise Thee that we have wakened to the light of another earthly day; and now we will think of what a day should be. Our days are Thine, let them be spent for Thee. Our days are few, let them be spent with care. There are dark days behind us, forgive their sinfulness; there may be dark days before us, strengthen us for their trials. We pray Thee to shine on this day—the day which we may call our own. Lord, we go to our daily work; help us to take pleasure therein. Show us clearly what our duty is; help us to be faithful doing it. Let all we do be well done, fit for Thine eye to see. Give us strength to do, patience to bear; let our courage never fail. When we cannot love our work, let us think of it as Thy task; and by our true love to Thee, make unlovely things shine in the light of Thy great love. Amen.”

—George Dawson, 1821-1876

What a comfort and encouragement for this unexpected day!  I hope it encourages you as well.

Current Announcements:

NLICC hosting local Presbytery Meeting this Saturday, January 10th – Women’s Service Opportunity
We still need helping hands to set up, serve, and clean up from lunch on Saturday!
The Session has asked the women of the church to provide a light breakfast and lunch for our Presbytery leaders this Saturday, January 10th. In lieu of a Women’s Prayer Breakfast in January, we ask that you pray about preparing or purchasing food to feed our leaders while they meet together. We’ll also need volunteers to set out each of the meals and clean up between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The “Foundations” care group is hosting a baby shower for Canaan Miller on Saturday, January 17, from 2 pm-4 pm.
It will be held at the Loreis (5215 Leavells Crossing Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22407). Canaan is having a baby girl and is registered at Target, Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us. Please RSVP to Lucinda Lorei.

It’s 9 degrees outside this morning and L.O.C. currently needs boys’ coats in sizes 4-12 and black and navy sweat pants, sizes 4,6,and 8.
There are many destitute children in our community attending public schools. Hugh Mercer Elementary in the City has 19 homeless students and 15 more living in motels with their families. We have an opportunity to provide some basic necessities for them.Toiletries such as toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, small toiletry bags and soap may be donated in the white Loving Our City box in the foyer. Monetary gifts are welcome. If you would like more information or have any questions, please email loc@nlicc.org. You can also check https://twitter.com/LOCFDX or https://www.facebook.com/LOCFDX to see the most recent needs for these children. 

Women’s Ministry Committee meets this Sunday, January 11th, at 4:15 pm in Room 217. 

We are having a wonderful Valentine’s Dinner next month!
For those who remember the last one, Gary and Nancy Mangus will once again be in charge of the program and decorations. This will be an evening of laughter and games, fabulous food, and romantic music. Sign-ups start this Sunday, January 11th in the foyer. The event will be on Saturday, February 14th from 6 to 9 pm. The cost will be $40 per couple and $10 per family for childcare. Any teens and young adults who would like to help with this ministry can also stop by the table to sign-up as helpers. We will need nursery and childcare volunteers, food prep help, servers, and a clean-up crew. Questions? Please email Connie Both.

New Life’s 40th Anniversary Celebration- July 11-12, 2015
If you are interested in being on the planning committee, please contact Christine Fulcrod. The first meeting was held December 14, so it is not too late to join. Also let the office know if you would like to give a brief testimony during a Sunday service between January and July sharing how being a part of New Life has helped you to grow spiritually.

Do you have a heart for missions? The Missions Committee is looking for new members!
They meet once a month on a Thursday evening at 7:00 pm. The committee is starting to plan for this year’s March conference and is a bit short-handed right now. Please contact the office for more information if you are interested.

Fredericksburg Pregnancy Center (F.P.C.) News
F.P.C. is always looking for volunteers, including Board members. There are all kinds of volunteer projects including consultants, reception help, stuffing envelopes, etc. Board members are required to attend a monthly meeting and don’t need any experience as a Board member, just a profession of faith in Christ and a desire to serve mothers and their babies in many areas. If you are interested or would like more information contact Eileen Roberts.

Several Afghan immigrant women are looking for work, especially in the area of housecleaning. None are believers yet, but they are at various places in their journeys toward Christ — and would benefit from more contact with Christians. Other variables are their English language abilities, skills, number of hours and pay needed, etc. Please contact Debra Smith to learn more: 540.656.8117 or katadebra@gmail.com.

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!) Questions? Ask Pam in the office.

The Women’s Ministry Committee is here to serve you and help you to serve

  • Is there a particular topic or activity that you would like to see made available for the women of NLICC? Let us know!
  • Do you have a ministry need or opportunity that you’d like to share with the women of the church? Drop us an email and we’ll get it in!
  • Contact us at wm@nlicc.org.

All for His glory,

Kathryne Marple
for the Women’s Ministry Committee

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