NLICC WOMEN’S UPDATE 03.25.22
Focus for March: Attitude and Altitude!
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,and your right hand delivers me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”
QUESTION OF THE MONTH
What is up to me regarding my walk with Christ?
-Submitted by Sharon Leaman-
The Bible is full of paradoxes. How does one lose his life to gain it back? How is it that when we are weak, we are strong? How does foolishness shame wisdom? If our salvation is a gift, not earned, what does God require of us? How can I rest completely in His work on my behalf while working out my salvation at the same time? In the letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul writes: “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” By understanding what God has already accomplished for us – what He has worked in us – we can glean the kind of work He wants us to do.
He has worked in salvation: “Work out your salvation.” We are to work out the salvation He has already worked in. Jesus has mercifully redeemed us from the penalty of our sin by paying our penalty Himself, by His death on the cross. In doing so, God our Father has “transferred us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His Beloved Son.” As citizens of His kingdom, we work out our salvation by learning all we can about our King and His kingdom. We are to become students of His word, to be teachable, quick to repent, and to trust that He will equip us to live this life faithfully. Additionally, we are to practice our citizenship by living in covenant community with other believers.
He has worked in His presence: “It is God who works in you.” God is in us. What an amazing truth that is! When God granted us salvation, He also granted us His Spirit to live inside us to unite us to Him for all eternity. Our union with Jesus is an unshakeable, unbreakable bond. We work out our salvation when we work to believe by faith all that God declares us to be because of that union with Christ. How desperately I need to believe who I am in Christ! There is so much noise in our world, even among Christian women, proposing who we ought to be. Instead, let’s start with who God has declared us to be, and infuse that truth into every relationship and circumstance He sets us in. Working out who we are as daughters is not tapping into the vapid Christian self-esteem movement. It is doing the hard work of throwing off our self-proclaimed identity and growing into our identity as His daughters.
Finally, God has worked in us His purpose: “To will and to work for his good pleasure." Our purpose is to work for His pleasure, not our own. Our greatest delight on this earth is not in discovering our unique Christian giftedness, the details of a five-year plan or even how to be a better wife, mother, employee or boss. Working out His purpose is to bask in His delight of us, living in the knowledge that He redeemed us for His pleasure. Who doesn’t blossom under the delightful sunshine of a beloved, good, earthly father? We blossom as our Heavenly Father's daughters when we believe He is near, tending to us, and making us more and more like Him for His distinct joy and pleasure. In His sunshine, we yield fruit in every season, our leaf never withers and we prosper in whatever we do. Yet, even in the tenderness of our Father’s love, we can never forget that our Father is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, all wise, powerful, holy, just, good, and true. We are to always come to Him, covered in Jesus’ righteousness, not our own.
So, what is our work in our Christian walk? It is to surrender to a lifelong quest to know our Heavenly Father, His Son and His kingdom in connection with His people; to embrace who we are as His daughters, united to Him; and to grow under the sunshine of His pleasure as we step into whatever circumstance He gives us. As we seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, He promises to equip us to walk faithfully within that seeming paradox of resting and working at the same time.
(Verse references: Matthew 10:39; 2 Corinthians 12:10; 1 Corinthians 1:27; Philippians 2: 12-13; Colossians 1:13; 1 Timothy 3:16-17; Colossians 1:27; Ephesians 1; Ephesians 2:10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 13:20-21; Psalm 1:3; Mathew 6:33).
-Submitted by Nancy Haenlein-
God reveals Himself in the Laws He established over nature. He is a God of complexity, creativity, and order. He wants to be known by us, so this makes sense. God reveals Himself in nature and in His Word.
A simple radio broadcast shared insights of a pilot and what he had observed in flight and how he applied it to his life. Here is the more technical explanation: Your angle of attack (angle of aircraft rotation about the lateral axis relative to the direction of the opposing air movement… “attitude”) determines whether you experience positive or negative climb rate, and therefore vertical separation from the ground (“altitude”).
Now, if that is as clear as mud, here is how I think of it. If the nose of the airplane is pointed up, the plane will rise in the sky going higher and higher. If the nose of the airplane is pointed down, the plane will descend and eventually crash if the attitude of the plane is not adjusted.
Wow. This spoke big time to me. How often have I thought, “Things can’t get much worse!” But, friends, they can and do. I have learned what is up to me in my Christian walk. I must keep my attitude focused Heavenward, so I am able to gain altitude over problems in my life. When I feel life’s problems begin to drag me down, I literally lift my chin and head and point it toward the sky and cry out to the Lord. He is faithful. Lamentations 3:22-23 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Hebrews 10:23 “ Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9
Missions Month Weekly Breakfast Sign-Up
March is missions month and we have been serving breakfast prior to Sunday school to eat and fellowship together before hearing what God is doing here in Fredericksburg and around the world. Thank you to everyone who has brought in food and drink items to share! This Sunday is the final chance to volunteer to bring breakfast items. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Rumbaugh.
Contact | Liz Rumbaugh
Help with Seating
Can you help us? You may have noticed that the seating in the sanctuary feels a bit full. We praise God for so many people returning to worship now that the pandemic is waning, but you may have noticed that most of the seats are taken.
You can help! How?
Please sit as far forward as you can. There is plenty of space in the front seats. It makes room for more in the back. Plus, the further forward you sit, the better the sound and the easier to engage!
Please fill in those empty seats in the middle of the rows. Just squeezing together a little bit makes a big difference.
Help people find a place to sit. Our ushers are working through ways to help people find seats more easily. But, any of us can help. Do you see someone looking for a place to sit? Make a space and pull them in.
Oasis Meeting Snacks Sign-Up
Please consider signing up to bring something to share with the group. You may sign up for future dates as well. You will be reminded as we get closer to the event. Thank you for being willing to lend a hand! Contact Stacey Hunter for more information.
Contact | Stacey Hunter
Food Pantry Update
Notice: With no distribution days for so long, we have an abundance of items right now. We are asking for everyone to temporarily hold back on donations until we can get a set time up and running again. Thanks so much.
The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank has a free app that provides up-to-date information on regional food banks. Regional Food Banks are available on every day of the week. You can find more information here: https://www.fredfood.org/pantryapp.
Food boxes are always available for members and “regular attenders” of New Life. For restocking purposes, please notify Connie or Pastor Sam of the date and number of boxes taken/provided. Needs outside the church may be communicated through Tell a Deacon, and the church office will field requests from drop-ins who show up at the office.
Contacts | Connie Both / Pastor Sam
An Evening With Kendra Graham | Tuesday, March 29th | 6:30-9:30 pm
Before the Rappahannock Area Celebration, bring your friends and loved ones for worship and an inspiring message from special guest speaker Kendra Graham. Pray together for your community and the upcoming Celebration, fellowship with other women, and enjoy a complimentary dessert buffet.
Kendra Graham balances many titles, including mother, Bible teacher, speaker, spiritual mentor and registered nurse. The wife of evangelist Will Graham, she has a passion for her family and for helping others deepen their relationships with God through intentional studying of His Word.
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
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Women’s Retreat 2022 | April 29-May 1 | Virginia Beach
All the retreat spots are spoken for. If anyone still wants to attend, they can be placed on a waiting list by contacting Connie Both. If you have any questions, please reach out to Julie Root or Connie Both.
Contact | Julie Root or Connie Both
Genesis Women’s Bible Study
The Women’s Bible study on the book of Genesis began on January 14th. This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from 6:30-8:00 pm. Please reach out to Joy O’Toole for any questions. The study is expected to run through all of 2022. We are using Jen Wilkin’s book, God of Creation. Contact Joy O’Toole or more information.
Contact | Joy O’Toole
Wednesday Bible Study
The weekly Women’s Bible Study that meets Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30am is doing Psalms: At His Feet by Hope by A. Blanton and Christine B. Gordon. This group will meet into the spring in Room 217 or via Zoom. Contact Mary or Gale for more information.
Contact | Mary Shaffer / Gale Puffenberger
Have a ministry need, idea for an activity, or prayer request? Please don't hesitate to contact us!
All for His glory,
For the Women's Ministry Committee
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