NLICC WOMEN’S UPDATE 05.27.22
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?
-Submitted by Nancy Haenlein-
I struggle with intimate love. I know that God knows and sees all but unfortunately, it is often just AFTER I have done or said something stupid or unkind that I think about His love for me and the standard He set. Being intimate opens one to judgment and when revealing all, it is easy to be wounded by rejection, criticism, and ridicule. It is easier to be’ buttoned up’. But from what I have learned and observed and studied about Jesus, He knew that intimate love, the kind required by His ultimate sacrifice for us would mean that He would have to walk the road to the cross. He knew that he would experience ridicule, misunderstanding, criticism, rejection, physical torture and even an agonizing death on the cross. I do know that being open and honest, and going the second mile with one who is struggling is what Jesus did and what He wants me to do with others that He calls into my path or calls me into their path.
The Bible has much to say on this topic. Peter states it this way: “His (God’s) divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” 2 Peter 1:3 Because God gives us Himself, we have been given all we need to walk this life victoriously. Our resources through Christ are infinite because transformation through His Holy Spirit is an ongoing process all throughout our lives. We can and will be changed by Him if we seek Him with all our heart. It’s called sanctification and it takes a lifetime.
[Earlier this month] at the women’s retreat, I observed, first -hand, the fruit of the Spirit being lived out in the lives, work, servanthood, testimonies, and teachings of those in attendance. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control- could all be observed in others throughout the weekend. But these characteristics do not appear overnight but take shape day by day as we live for God and die to self. We have everything we need today to live unto Him who called us to Himself if we have Christ. Colossians 2:10 “and in Him you have been made complete and He is the head over all rule and authority.”
Intimate love is what our Savior calls us to in our relationships with spouses, family members, as well as other believers. Intimate love enables us to answer the call of the Great Commission to spread the Gospel to a dying world that has not been introduced to the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. Intimate love is a couple moving to our area to promote an outreach that could introduce thousands to the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the William Graham Celebration on June 25th right here in Fredericksburg, VA. Intimate love would be taking the risk to invite our unchurched neighbors and friends to this celebration which may save their immortal souls. Intimate love is what drove my Savior to the cross to endure unspeakable pain and suffering for my sake. Lord, help me embrace intimate love in the relationships You bring into my life.
Being vulnerable is just what Christ did for me. He risked it all with no real home, living the life of an itinerate, being judged, cast out, slandered, misinterpreted, abused, tortured, stripped of his clothing, and hung on a cross for my sake. Yes, it’s time for more intimate love on my part, risks, and all. I can do this through Christ who strengthens me.
“In the Garden”
Lyrics by C. Austin Miles (1913)
I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.
He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing. [Refrain]
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
I'd stay in the garden with Him
Tho' the night around me be falling;
But He bids me go; thro' the voice of woe,
His voice to me is calling. [Refrain]
Sunday School Need | Weekly or Monthly | 8:45 am - 9:50 am | Nursery
We are looking for a partner to serve with Amy Auker in the nursery (0-2) during Sunday School. The immediate need is for the summer quarter (June - August) but we are also looking for future quarters. If you might be willing to serve weekly or even monthly, we'd greatly appreciate the assistance!
Contact | Amanda Oberlin
Reception for Steve and Nancy Marple | July 23rd from 3-5 pm | Room 100
Steve and Nancy were recently married in a small wedding in Lynchburg and Heather O’Hara will be putting together an opportunity for the congregation to celebrate their marriage and welcome Nancy. If you are interested in helping coordinate please contact Heather. There will be a sign-up that will be coming out closer to the date.
Contact | Heather O’Hara
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.
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. If you would like to help the families by baking cookies and bringing fruit for the reception, let Lucinda or Brenda know. If you have any questions please contact Lucinda or Brenda.
Contact | Lucinda Lorei or Brenda Storms
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). 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 studying 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
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All for His glory,
For the Women's Ministry Committee
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