Focus for September: Thankfulness
“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.”
Psalm 139: 17-18



 How important is it to remain thankful in all situations?
If you feel so led, please send your response to
Please respond under 700 words. We look forward to hearing from you!
Submitted by Nancy Haenlein
“I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.” I serve a God who loves me, walks with me, hears my prayers, who has suffered and died for me.  Because of these very real facts I must choose to be thankful in all situations. It is not always easy and sometimes it does not come immediately but I know that if I look for things for which to be thankful during difficult times in my life, I am far less likely to make negative choices, speak negatively to others, or be far less likely to jump on that downward spiral of depression. “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” -  2 Corinthians 9:11. In living through life’s challenges, it is everything to know that my God actually thinks about me, exults over me with song, helps me to understand that even when I am suffering, I know that my experience has been filtered through His loving fingers. “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” - 1 Timothy 4:4-5.
You never know what will help turn your frown upside-down. It may be a kind word or understanding from someone unexpected, it may be a brilliant ray of sunshine that comes through dark clouds in the sky just as you are looking. It may be a song that comes on the radio with a message just for you or a sermon that you know was written for you or a rainbow that suddenly appears following a storm. But I need to be looking for it and able to recognize it as a blessing from Heaven for me. When things in my life are far from praiseworthy, that is when I must look deeply for things for which to be thankful. “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” - Psalm 106:1.  “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” - Hebrews 12:28-29.  I am going on record to say that if anyone catches me being negative, they are invited to refocus me by asking me what I am thankful for. “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise- the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” - Hebrews 13:15. This very verse reminds us that thankfulness is not always easy…sometimes it is a sacrifice. “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” - Psalm 107:21. “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.” - Psalm 69:30.  “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” - Colossians 3:16.  “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” - Psalms 26:7.


Bob McMichael Reception | Saturday, Sept. 17
We have an opportunity to show love to our sister, Carol McMichael, and her family, by providing a reception immediately following the Memorial Service on Saturday, September 17, 2022.  The service will start at 11:00am. We are planning for approx. 100 people. Please have all food items brought to the kitchen no later than 10:30am the morning of.  Thank you in advance for your contribution! For more information/questions, please contact Darlene Tyler, Reception Coordinator.
Contact | Darlene Tyler 
Help Liz Stevens Pack
Liz Stevens is preparing to move from the area soon and could really use help packing up her things. If you are able to spend an hour or two helping, please text or call her on her cell. Thank you in advance!
Contact | Liz Stevens 
Meals for the Hepperles - A few slots still needed!
Praise God for the birth of Mathias Paul Hepperle born on August 26 to Yaasha and Paul Hepperle. He weighed 7lbs 14oz. You're encouraged to help them as Yaasha recovers from surgery and they adjust to a family of four To sign up to bring them a meal or for more information, you can contact Gail Flynn. Please do not share the meal link on a public website. 
Contact  |  Gail Flynn  
Baby Shower for Sue & Nathan Lewis | Saturday, September 24 from 2:00-4:00pm | NLICC Fireside Room
Join us on September 24th to celebrate Nathan & Susanna Lewis and little Lewis. Please RSVP via comment, messenger, or text to Krisee Yee. They are registered with Target. Also, please consider signing up for refreshments. For more information you may contact Krisee Yee.
Contact  |  Krisee Yee  
Pioneer Girls 2022-2023 | Spirit Day | October 8
Pioneer Girls is a discipleship ministry for girls ages 4-18. We meet on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 at the church. We are excited to begin and spend the year with your amazing girls. The next event will be Spirit Day on October 8th. We are also looking for leaders for our Skippers, Scooters and Mom mentoring team. If you are interested in serving or would like more information you can contact Sharon S Nicole or Andrea Boylan Sanderson.
Contacts | Sharon S Nicole / Andrea Boylan Sanderson
MOTs (Mothers of Toddlers) to Begin October 17!
MOTs is a group organized for mothers with young children (between newborn and 4 years old) who are seeking a community of growth and gathering with sisters in Christ. Starting Monday, October 17th, MOTs will be meeting weekly from 9:30-11am in the Fireside Room at NLICC, and will be led by Rachel Martin with monthly devotionals provided by Nancy Haenlein. Our objective as a group is to enable mothers, new and experienced, to have community with one another while our toddlers play together, supervised, in the church nursery. To ensure the safety of our toddlers, each mother is asked to serve in the nursery during one of our meetings on a rotating schedule. Please contact Rachel Martin to sign up for this group and to leave return contact information for yourself.
Contact | Rachel Martin
Mentors are Needed!
The Women’s Ministry Committee is looking for 2-3 women who would be willing to encourage some younger women/moms in the congregation right now who are in need of spiritual encouragement for a season. What does a mentor do? It can be as simple as reaching out to make a weekly phone call to check in on a sister in Christ, listening, being present, and praying for them. “Love one another deeply from the heart.” (1 Peter 1:22). Do you have 1-2 hours in your week to reach out? This is a great way to bring application to your study of God’s Word.
Contact  |  Pam Lopes  


The Battlefield Country Store |  Saturday, Sept. 24, 11am-1pm | 6150 Plank Rd.
The Women's Ministry Committee invites you to a gathering of women at the Battlefield Country Store! Bring a folding chair, grab a snack and/or sandwich from the store and join our discussion outside as we hear testimony from our own Jessica Peters! No purchase of food is necessary to attend so feel free to bring your own food!  (You are encouraged to come early if you plan to order food). If you attended a couple of years ago when the WMC hosted, this was a very fun event - hope to see you there! For more information contact Gail Flynn.
Contact | Gail Flynn 
The Wednesday morning Bible Study is back!
This study began on September 14 and will continue to meet every Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:30am in Room 218 with a time for shared prayer at the end. The study is on the Sermon on the Mount.  If you have any questions please contact Mary Shaffer or Gale Puffenberger.
Contacts  | Mary Shaffer \ Gale Puffenberger 
Growing in Grace Groups (formerly Titus 2)
The Women’s Ministry Committee is excited to announce that beginning in October, Growing in Grace Groups (formerly Titus 2), will begin meeting. These groups bring women together once a month to share a meal, Bible study, fellowship and prayer over six months. Small groups meet at various times, days of the week, and homes. Signups are taking place online. The groups will study “Flourish: How the Love of Christ Frees Us from Self-Focus” by Lydia Brownback (on Amazon).
Contact  |  Gale Puffenberger 
Summer Bible Study Continues into the Fall
This group has completed the first segment of the book study (which covers the first 7 chapters of Spiritual Depression: It’s Causes and Cure by Martyn Lloyd-Jones) and will continue on this Fall with the following changes:  the Tuesday night meeting will move to Monday night with the Tuesday day meeting remaining the same. They will do sermons #8 through #11, starting with sermon #8 - Feelings. The Fall dates are: Mondays (Sept 26, Oct 10 & 24) from 6-7:30pm and Tuesdays (Sept 27, Oct 11 & 25) from 10:30am-12 noon. For more information you may contact Lisa Capitano.
Contact  |  Lisa Capitano  


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All for His glory,
Julie Root
For the Women's Ministry Committee
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