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All Men are Like Grass
by Kathryne Marple
“All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of the Lord stands forever.”
Isaiah 40:6-8; I Peter 1:24-25
Last month, Steve and I experienced the glory of man seen in exquisite art, sculptures, and architecture in Italy for two weeks. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to behold awe inspiring works of art, much of it pointing to Christ and glorifying God. The day before we left for Italy, we sat beside Steve’s 89-year-old father as he lay dying, knowing we would not see him again. On Memorial Day weekend, we gathered with extended family and friends to remember his life and mourn his loss. The contrast of viewing some of man’s most glorious masterpieces and watching my father-in-law’s frail, feeble body passing away brought this scripture into poignant focus. These verses speak of the certainty of physical death of all that lives – from May’s radiant irises, peonies, and roses to every human. Isaiah and Peter do not leave us with this depressing thought; they continue with, “but the Word of the Lord stands forever.” I am comforted knowing that God has “ratified an eternal covenant with his blood” (Heb. 13:20). Spiritual rebirth into His eternal, heavenly kingdom now (I Cor. 15:22) and the promise of eternal life with a new incorruptible body that will never pass away, is also a certainty (I Thess. 4:16-17; I Cor. 15:52-54). Through Jesus’ perfect sacrifice for our sins, with His shed blood, death will one day end (Rev. 21:4). Even the glory of the art we viewed will not last as this earth will be replaced with a new heaven and earth that will never pass away (Rev. 21:1). God’s glory will far exceed anything we have experienced or seen on this earth. As remarkable as Italy’s artistic treasures are, they are at best, only a shadow of what is to come. In May we experienced the heights of joy in the shared experience of travelling to a beautiful country and the depths of sadness at the physical passing of our loved one. We are thankful that God providentially allowed us the juxtaposition of these life experiences to more clearly see the truths of His glorious Word and reflect on their eternal significance for our lives.
About Kathryne: Kathryne and husband Steve recently celebrated their 30th anniversary of God’s faithfulness to them in marriage. They moved to Fredericksburg in January, 1986, and visited New Life their first Sunday here, determining immediately that God had provided them with a church family and home. They have three grown children, Gabrielle (married to Michael Corbin), Brian, and Paige whom God has graciously used to show them their desperate need for Christ’s sanctification in their very imperfect lives. Kathryne is thankful more than ever for the Word of God faithfully taught at New Life, the church’s godly leadership, music in worship, and the privilege of being a part of covenant family in the Body of Christ.
Meals for the Joe and Laura Scrivener in celebration of baby Noah’s birth
Click here to sign up or contact Annie Page.
Meals needed for Hadnot and Haynie Families
Whitney Haynie (Sylvia Hadnot’s daughter) will be delivering a baby girl on Monday at UVA Medical Hospital and will be there for several weeks with her newborn who has significant medical issues. Her other children will be cared for by Sylvia and Michelle here. We’d like to provide meals beginning next Wednesday to help the family since there will be a lot of travel back and forth to Charlottesville for all of them in the coming weeks. Please sign up here if you are willing to help.
Women’s Ministry Meeting – this Sunday, June 8th at 4:30pm in Room 217
Women’s Prayer Breakfast – June 14th at 9am in the Fireside Room
Come join us for a time of fellowship! Are you able to contribute to the meal? Please sign up HERE.
Women’s Ministry Training – June 14th at 10:30 in Room 219
Barb Plating will be leading training this month. Please read Chapters 6 and 7 of Women’s Ministry in the Local Church to prepare. Let Barb know if you will be unable to attend that day and arrange a make-up session.
By Design Women’s Sunday School Class: April – June
This Sunday we’ll be looking at Chapter 8 of By Design by Susan Hunt with Phyllis DiBella. We will meet in Room 100 at 9am – come join us! Haven’t been yet or missed a couple of weeks? Not a problem, we’d love to see you! No requirement to read. Men are meeting in the Fireside Room.
Girls’ Sunday Summer Study has begun!
- Girls will meet Heather O’Hara in the courtyard out in front of the church after Morning Service and will return for the 6pm service. If your daughter will be out of town for this Sunday, please notify Heather so that the group won’t be waiting for you.
- If you have not yet paid for the Journal please bring $12 checks to NLICC with “girls’ study” in memo line or exact change please.
- Joy Plaia is hosting and Carrie Verbosky will be leading the study this week. Praising God for the 16 girls signed up for the study this summer!
- Thank you to those women who have signed up already as lesson leaders and hostesses! We can still use a couple more ladies to step up. Sign Up HERE
Summer Women’s Bible Studies are beginning, it’s not too late to join!
War of Words starts tonight!
- Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:30am beginning June 3rd led by Karen Melnick and Heather O’Hara
Child care available. Books are available in the office for $13 – RSVP to Christine firstname.lastname@example.org
- War of Words: Getting to the Heart of your Communication Struggles by Paul David Tripp
Thursday evenings 7-8:30pm beginning June 5th led by Barb Plating and Phyllis DiBella
Books ($12.50) and discussion guide ($2.50) are available in the office – RSVP to Christine email@example.com
Summer is a great time to fold bulletins – older children are out of school and can help prepare for the worship service! Do you have a couple hours on a Friday afternoon you can spare? Sign up HERE to fold bulletins after 1pm some Friday. Takes about 2 hours (faster if you bring a friend!) Questions? Ask Pam in the office.
Do you have information you’d like passed to the women of the church, activities or studies you’d like to see? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
in His grace,
the Women’s Ministry Committee
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