Women’s Update (11/12/2015) | Gratefulness

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Gratefulness

By Eileen Roberts

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever.  Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.” – Psalm 107:1-2

I was asked to share what I am grateful for in this season of Thanksgiving. While I am thankful for many things and blessings, I’m particularly grateful for my dad who died eight years ago today (Nov 2).  It’s interesting how timely this is as sharing gives me the opportunity to continue a healing process.

I’m grateful that he committed to marry my mother when they were 16 and 17 years of age because mom was pregnant with me.  I’m grateful to be the oldest of four children.  As the oldest, dad taught me I could do anything and taught me how to do many things including changing the oil in my car, a flat tire, how to swing a baseball bat, play golf, gave me my life long love for the beach at Coney Island and that I should stand up to wrong in the world.  He was a police officer with the NYPD for 20 years and he also served as a Deputy Sheriff for 10 years in West Palm Beach.  I learned respect for authority.

Unfortunately, much of Dad’s authority was abusive.  We never realized how much Dad suffered internally until eight years ago when he took his own life.

I’m grateful as well for the suffering working through the loss of Dad.  It taught me many lessons such as how much God loves me and provided meaningful fellowship with my Sisters in Christ who cried with me, encouraged me, and loved me during such a horrific experience.

Meeting my Dad’s neighbors who I never met before, while taking care of his estate, I remember one neighbor who said, “Eileen, don’t lose your joy”.  I was actually stunned as she didn’t say, “Don’t lose your happiness” or “Stay upbeat”.  She said the word “joy”.  It occurred to me later that I was in the middle of a Titus 2 study that year on Joy.  I’m grateful for a stranger who saw my heart – a heart broken which only God could restore.  I’m grateful for Joy.

So here are some other blessings I’m grateful for:
– The Lord Jesus Christ my Prophet, Priest and King
– My husband, three children, and six grandchildren
– Living back in the ‘Burg!
– Titus 2 and Bible Studies
-The women of New Life who unconditionally love me as we serve the Body of Christ together to Glorify His name!

What are you grateful for?  Send your thoughts to the wm@nlicc.org by 11/20/2015.  If you would like your response to be anonymous, please state so in your e-mail.  We look forward to sharing the ladies’ responses during our 11/26/2015 WM Update.

As you read the ministry opportunities below, may I encourage you to participate in at least one this month?  I’m particularly thinking of the Thanksgiving Ministry.  I’m always grateful for this ministry as it showed me 33 years ago what serving truly looked like and what I needed as we lived away from our extended family and had no where to go that year.

May the Lord continue to bless you!

“Walk with the King and be a blessing!”  (Borrowed from my friend Dianne)

About Eileen: Eileen is married to Stan Roberts for 41 years in January.  They have three adult children who grew up at New Life and six grandchildren. They have attended New Life for 34 years and have served in various ministries at New Life over the years.  Eileen currently serves as the chair of the Women’s Ministry Committee. She can be reached at neelie818@comcast.net.

If you have a devotional, “Ministry Spotlight”, or a “Question of the Month” you’d be willing to share, please e-mail wm@nlicc.org.


Current Announcements:

EVENTS  (For the church-wide calendar, click here)

  • Women’s Christmas Cookie Exchange | Saturday, December 5 at 9 am {Heather O’Hara’s Home}
    All you need to bring, if you’d like to participate in the exchange, are Ziploc bags each filled with 3-4 of your favorite (homemade or store-bought!) Christmas cookies/treats.  Bring as many bags as you’d like to exchange for other bags to take home!  There will also be a decorating table for kids to decorate pre-made sugar cookies.  Coffee, apple cider, tea, and hot cocoa will also be provided.  If you plan to attend, we’d love to know so we can plan accordingly!  Contact Amy Auker.  Contact: Amy Auker | amy.auker@gmail.com
  • All-Church Christmas Banquet (Potluck) & “The Nativity Play”| Saturday, December 12 at 6 pm {NLICC Sanctuary}
    Save the date!  Join us for our annual Christmas Banquet as we celebrate our savior’s birth.  Doors will open at 6 pm and our potluck begins at 6:30 pm.  For our potluck, we ask that families with last names A-L bring a main dish & salad, M-Z bring a main dish & dessert, and that singles would bring a drink + rolls.  “The Nativity Play” will begin at 7:15 pm.  Look for more information in the bulletin soon.  Contact: Church Office | 540-786-4848 | nlicc@nlicc.org
  • Christmas Cantata | Sunday, December 20 at 6 pm {NLICC Sanctuary}
    Join us for our very own Judy Hinson’s “Son of the Promise” presented by the adult choir, soloists, full orchestra, and narration.  Pre-service music begins at 5:45 pm.  Contact: Church Office | 540-786-4848 | nlicc@nlicc.org
  • Family Christmas Program | Sunday, December 6 at 6 pm {NLICC Sanctuary}
    You and your family are invited to share a scripture, story, vocal/instrumental song, or other celebration of the season.  Contact Jonathan Allison or the church office to participate.  Contact: Church Office | 540-786-4848 | nlicc@nlicc.org

 INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNTIES

  • Involvement Opportunity for a Care Group
    The church office is looking for a care group that would be willing to set-up the sanctuary (tables, tablecloths, etc.) for the Christmas Banquet on December 12.  This task would need to be completed at the care group’s convenience between Thursday, December 10 and the morning of the banquet.  Also, if the care group would be willing to set-up drinks and the potluck food items (for presentation) for the banquet as attendees arrive at 6 pm, that would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Jonthan Allison if your care group would be willing to serve in this way.  Contact: Jonathan Allison | 540-786-4848 | jvlallison@msn.com

 SERVING OPPORTUNITIES

  • {Update} Church Kitchen Cleaning Volunteers needed for December-March
    A clean and organized church kitchen allows for us to continue so many ministry endeavors — care groups, receptions, luncheons, daily use by the church staff and covenant school, etc.  This once-a-month rotation of 1-3 volunteers allows us to deep clean, maintain, and organize a heavily used church resource so it can continued to be used well.  Sign-up with a friend or get to know someone new by serving together in this way!  You can access the sign-up hereContact: Christine Fulcrod 540-746-4848 | nlicc@nlicc.org
  • 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

MISSIONS OF THE CHURCH

  • Thanksgiving Day Ministry | Preparing for Thursday, November 26, 2015
    As we prepare for our 33rd year of the Thanksgiving Day Ministry, we invite you to prayerfully consider how you can become involved.  An extensive “Perfect Potluck Sign-Up” provides descriptions of various roles — these opportunities involve a range of time commitments and spiritual gifts to be utilized.  We encourage you to sign-up for roles and/or items as able so that we can plan accordingly.  We are grateful for your support of this ministry endeavor.  Contact: Christopher Dale | thanksgiving@nlicc.org
  • Food Pantry {Items can be dropped off in bin in foyer marked Food Pantry}
    Cereal, microwave popcorn, soup, canned vegetables, canned meats, pickles, pork and beans, canned black beans, canned pears, toothbrushes, and toothpaste Contact: Connie Both | bothclan@cox.net

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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