NLICC WOMEN’S UPDATE 05.20.22
Focus for May: Intimate love
“Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.”
QUESTION OF THE MONTH
How should the knowledge that God knows our thoughts before they are spoken and that he goes before and behind us change the way we should live our life?
If you feel so led, please send your response to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please respond under 700 words. We look forward to hearing from you!
-Submitted by Stacey Hunter-
David writes in Psalm 139, “Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.” Indeed, it is too wonderful. And yet, it gives such peace and in it we should rest. That the LORD of all creation has fashioned us, knows our every thought, and still holds us fast should cause us to rejoice. How often do we battle in our minds over words before we employ them? Just two psalms later David prays as we should, “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds…” (Psalm 141:3-4) As we will be held responsible for even the words we speak (or write or type), we should endeavor to make them “words fitly spoken”. (Proverbs 25:11) James exhorts us to be “quick to hear, slow to speak,” which is not always easy. (James 1:19) In our current social and political context which often seems to demand response, this might look like holding on to our hot takes rather than commenting on social media. Allow truth to be made manifest before adding our voices to the cacophony; pray, and consider whether prudent to say anything at all. Remember Whom we represent.
As Pastor Sean often reminds us, we take the LORD God with us wherever we go. We live daily coram Deo, before the face of God. He prepares the path before us and leads us in the way everlasting. His Holy Spirit dwelling within tells us, “this is the way, walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21) Whatever we face, we can look to Him for help. (Psalm 121) We need not fear what lies ahead. We can walk in obedience, confident in Him. Romans 8 is a treasure trove of assurance and Paul tells us that “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Saint Patrick’s Breastplate is a long hymn of supplication for Christ to be with us in our trials and the foil against our enemies without and within. The eighth verse serves as a refrain, “Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.” So how should this knowledge change the way we live our lives? It should lead us to rest, trusting that although He knows every thought, He loves us. Walk in obedience, knowing that He providentially guides our every step and holds us fast. Rejoice, by faith believing that as we stand before Him, He sees the righteousness of Christ imputed to us.
Focus Day | Saturday, June 4th | 8:30-11:00 am (continental breakfast at 8 am)
Focus Day is a yearly event of New Life in Christ to inform and pray for the vision of this particular congregation. It will be held Saturday, June 4, 8:30 - 10:30 am, with a continental breakfast starting at 8 am. Child care is available for ages 2-4 years old. Contact the church office (540) 786-4848 to reserve a spot for your child. To sign up to help or for more information, contact the church office.
Contact | NLICC office
The Bailey-Whitenack wedding is on June 11 at 1pm.
All are invited to the wedding ceremony and to a dessert reception afterwards. For more information or if you would like to help the families by baking cookies and bringing fruit for the reception, you can contact Lucinda or Brenda.
Contact | Lucinda Lorei or Brenda Storms
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! Please contact Stacey Hunter for more information.
Contact | Stacey Hunter
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. 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
New Summer Bible Study beginning June 7th!
There will be a new Bible Study meeting every other week beginning Tuesday, June 7, and ending August 30. The study will cover the first 7 chapters of Spiritual Depression: It’s Causes and Cure by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. The group will meet at the home of Lisa Capitano with a daytime session (10:30am-Noon) and an evening session (6:00-7:30pm). Please contact Lisa Capitano for more information.
Contact | Lisa Capitano
Genesis Women’s Bible Study
TIME CHANGE: Our new schedule will be 2nd and 4th Saturdays (moved from Fridays), 8:30-10:00am (or after any women's event on 2nd Saturdays). Remaining date for May: May 28 @ 8:30 am. 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 for more information.
Contact | Joy O’Toole
Wednesday Bible Study
The weekly Women’s Bible Study that meets Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30am began a new study on May 11th, using A 30 Day Walk Through the Psalms by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. This group will meet through July 13th 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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