Focus for November: Self-examination and preparing our hearts for Emmanuel
  “Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts!
 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting!”
Psalm 139: 23-24


What is the Value of ‘Self-examination’ and preparing our hearts for celebrating the coming Messiah?
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Submitted by Nancy Haenlein
Usually by the end of October, life starts speeding up, with the final mad dash toward Christmas. However, this year I am purposing to live life differently. Every week I purpose to put on the teapot, select a new tea to steep and pull out my Bible and do some fall reorganizing and prioritizing…in my soul, taking time for more than Bible study and daily devotions. In studying the Word and reading this year, I have taken the time to think about the doctrines of the faith and how they impact the way I think, feel, speak, and react to others. I’ve determined to choose my words more carefully. I am avoiding ‘I am’ statements like: “I am depressed” or “ I am worried”. Sermons and study have led me to realize that I am an image bearer of the God who created me. Depression and worry are a gift from Satan and if I change my words to ‘worry is on me’ or ‘I feel the weight of depression’, then I can see it for what it is, a gift from Satan, and get to the core of it and lift it from me with a godly solution instead of speaking of it as part of who I was created to be.  Jeremiah 17:9-10 -  “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick, who can understand it?” Proverbs 4:23 - “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”

To change I must understand how my soul works. It is made up of my thoughts, my feelings, and my will. My heart-what I believe- must be changed if I want to make permanent positive changes to my thoughts, feelings, and actions. By meditating on Philippians 4:4-9, I can retrain my beliefs to God’s Truth and the way I feel and choices I make and things I do will change as a result of my heart change. I no longer feel as if my problems are making choices for me. Life is a very real battle for my mind. Psalm 51:10-12 - “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of my salvation and uphold me with Thy free spirit.”


Blog and Podcast by Sharon Leaman!
"Keeper of Our Lists," by Sharon Smith Leaman was published by the Aquila Report and can be read on her blog and podcast, "Now a Mirror Dimly."   The article and podcast can be found on our women’s Facebook page or you can contact Sharon for more information.
Contact | Sharon Leaman 
Women's Ministry Committee Nominations
The Women's Ministry Committee is accepting nominations for Women's Ministry Training (WMT) through November 20. Please prayerfully consider nominating your sisters in Christ and/or yourself for this leadership training. Nominees must be covenant members aged 16 or older who demonstrate a love for Jesus, a dependence on the power of the gospel in her life, and a heart for women at New Life in Christ Church. Training sessions are broken into four 90-minute sessions which are held on the first Saturday of the month in February through May of 2023. Upon completion of training, women are eligible, but not required, to serve on the Women's Ministry Committee in the following year. Nominations may be submitted by placing a completed flyer (available inside the bulletin) in the offering plate or by completing the online form.
Contact | Women’s Ministry Committee | 
Need Help With Childcare, Pet Sitting or Light Chores?
The Pioneer Girl Challengers have put together a list of young women who are available to babysit, pet sit and/or do light chores for women of our church. Please coordinate with the individual Challenger directly if they could be a help to you. If you are interested in this list, please email Sharon Leaman. Thank you!
Contact | Sharon Leaman 
MOTs (Mothers of Toddlers) | NLICC | Mondays (every other) 9:30-11am, Wednesdays 4:30-6pm
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. Each group will be assigned a leader as well as an older mentor mom to share devotionals. Invite a mom friend to come along! The MOTs Monday group will meet every other week from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the NLICC nursery, facilitated by Rachel Martin with monthly devotionals provided by Nancy Haenlein. No meeting on December 26. The Wednesday MOTs "Skipper's" group will meet weekly from 4:30-6 p.m. in the NLICC nursery during Pioneer Girls, facilitated by Yaasha Hepperle with mentor, Vicky Hepperle. If you are interested in being a part of Mothers of Toddlers, you may contact Rachel Martin..
Contact | Rachel Martin 
Nursery Helpers for the MOTS Monday Group Needed!
The Mothers of Toddlers group that meets every other Monday is in need of nursery help. The next Mondays they will be meeting are Nov 21, Dec 5, and Dec 19. Nursery hours would be 9:15-11am. If you are able to help care for these little ones, please let Rachel Martin know. Thank you!
Contact | Rachel Martin 


Wednesday Morning Bible Study
The study is on the Sermon on the Mount. The group meets every Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:30am in Room 217 with a time for shared prayer at the end. If you have any questions please contact Mary Shaffer or Gale Puffenberger.
Contacts  | Mary Shaffer \ Gale Puffenberger 


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