NLICC WOMEN’S UPDATE 04.15.22
Focus for April:
Trust - I can trust the God who knows me
and Jesus who died for me!
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.”
QUESTION OF THE MONTH
How are you trusting God in your daily life? With what things are you trusting Him?
If you feel so led, please send your response to email@example.com.
Please respond under 700 words. We look forward to hearing from you!
-Submitted by Nancy Haenlein-
There is much written in The Word on trust. I particularly love to sing the tune I learned for Proverbs 3:5-8 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not unto your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path.” (make your path straight). Did you notice the three action words there…the verbs TRUST, LEAN NOT, ACKNOWLEDGE? There are some things I must do to get God’s direction. I must TRUST in Him. When the car tire blows, when the kids are screaming and the pot boils over on the stove, when my baby dies at nine months, before she is born. When my dad dies before the plane could get me there. There are all kinds of times in our lives when TRUST may be the last verb I want to exercise but those times are when I need to the most. I CAN trust my God for He is trustworthy. He has proven His trust to me even though He did not need to.
Secondly, I must “lean not unto my own understanding”. God gave us intellect and created us in His own image. But between then and now, I inherited a ‘sin nature’. That altered my thinking. Isaiah 55:8,9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” To give an example of this, I was trying to ‘come alongside’ a person suffering from suicidal thoughts. In my way of thinking, they did not have a proper value of themselves and did not value themselves enough. However, subsequent study of the Word showed me the exact opposite was God’s truth. The person was thinking too much of himself. His thoughts needed to be on his Creator and not on himself. The great thing about God is that he never slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:2-4) and is always open for prayer and His blessed Word is available to me 24/7 for wisdom if I can just not depend upon my own because it is easier.
ACKNOWLEDGE Him. Did you ever learn the camp song: Love Him in the morning when you see the sun arising. Love Him in the evening, cause He took you through the day. And in the in-between times when you feel the pressure coming. Remember that He loves you and He promises to stay! My acknowledgment of Him must be like breathing in and out. I must take every thought captive to Him. I find it much easier to do that the more I praise Him in every instance. When I praise, I forget to complain and grumble. I then can acknowledge that He is working in my life even when I am in the midst of trial or suffering. One thing I have learned in life is that God NEVER wastes the sufferings in my life. If I can praise Him in the midst of suffering, he will bring GOOD from it. I must be patient and He may even show me how another benefited from my surrender to Him. I am making a list of the things in which I must trust Him more. Will you join me? God knows, understands, and is intimately acquainted with all my ways. It’s time for me to open the locked doors and attic of my life which has had Him locked out. “I will proclaim thy name to my brethren, in the midst of the congregation, I will sing thy praise, and again, I will put my trust in Him.” Heb 2:12-13 (Psalm 22:22)
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! You may contact Stacey Hunter for more information.
Contact | Stacey Hunter
Women’s Breakfast | Fireside Room | Saturday, May 14 | 9:00-11:00am
The WMC cordially invites you to attend our Women's Breakfast on Saturday, May 14 at 9:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room. We are delighted to have Mary Jane Kittredge as our speaker and look forward to hearing her message about praying for children and mothers. Breakfast will be provided by the men of New Life, so there is nothing for you to do except come and enjoy a time of food and fellowship! To assist with planning, please RSVP by Friday, May 6. You may accept the invitation on Facebook, or place the paper bulletin flyer in the offering plate. Contact Tamra Corbeau for more information.
Contact | Tamra Corbeau
May Prayer Walk | Saturday, May 28 | 10:30-11:30am | Meet at First Christian Church
Supporting the William Graham Evangelistic Celebration, we invite you to join us for a 4-stop prayer walk. Teens, mothers, and all women of NLICC are invited to a morning of prayer in support of the BGEA Celebration. Route: Participants will begin at the Thomas Jefferson Monument of Religious Freedom. (in front of Mary Ball Washington Monument) and proceed to two other stops nearby and conclude in the front yard of 1600 Washington Ave. (where Pastor Doug and Mary Jane live.) Fellowship: Following the prayer walk, all attendees are invited to pack a brown bag lunch and beverage to share at the Mary Ball Park.
Meet at First Christian Church Parking Lot
1501 Washington Ave, Fredericksburg 22401
Contact | Nancy Haenlein
Women’s Retreat 2022 | April 29-May 1 | Virginia Beach
UPDATE: There are 2 spots remaining! Also, there will be an organizational meeting after the morning church service in the Fireside Room on Sunday, April 24 for all those attending the Women's Retreat. Details including carpooling (which is a necessity) and what to bring will be finalized then. Please plan on attending. The book we will be using for discussion is Rosaria Butterfield’s Hospitality Comes with a House Key. 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
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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