Focus for December: The Joy of Emmanuel-God with Us
 “Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.  And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
 ‘Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
    according to your word;
 for my eyes have seen your salvation
     that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and for glory to your people Israel.’
 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him.  And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.’
 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.  And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.”
Luke 2:25-38


Do you look for Christ’s return as faithfully as Simeon and Anna looked for his first coming?
If you feel so led, please send your response to
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NLICC Christmas Banquet | Saturday, Dec. 10 | Sanctuary  
You and your family are invited to join the annual NLICC Christmas Banquet on Saturday, December 10 in the Sanctuary. For this potluck event, families with the last name beginning in A-L will bring a main dish and a salad, and families with the last name beginning in M-Z will bring a main dish and a dessert. Doors open at 5 pm, Potluck Meal begins at 5:30 pm, and the Christmas Play (A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol) begins at 6:15 pm. Let the church office know of your attendance. 
In addition to your participation, we are looking for volunteers to fill the following three key areas:
1. Onsite Coordinator - Responsible for overall event coordination and execution.
2. Servers - Set up and replenish food tables and drink tables. Arrive by 4 pm to set up.
3. Cleanup - Traditionally, whomever is standing after the event is enlisted to help, but if we have several people dedicated to this task it will help to return the Sanctuary to a worship service configuration more quickly.
Training is available for all positions. Thank you for your help!
Contact | Church Office  
Meals for the Lewis Family
Baby Clive was born to Sue and Nathan Lewis on November 25th, weighing 6 lbs, 14 oz. Both mom and baby are doing well. Praise God for the birth of this precious little one! If you would like to help them welcome their new son by bringing them a meal, you may contact Krisee Yee. Thank you for caring for this sweet family!
Contact | Krisee Yee 
Service/Job Opportunity
Are you interested in selling items on ebay or Marketplace for the Coppells as they downsize for a cut of the proceeds? If you are interested you may contact Ellen.
Contact | Ellen Coppell 
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." Contact Sharon Leaman for more information.
Contact | Sharon Leaman
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 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 


Have a ministry need, idea for an activity, or prayer request? You can reach us at or find us on Facebook. Please don't hesitate to contact us!
All for His glory,
Julie Root
For the Women's Ministry Committee
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