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

We Have News!

The Women's Ministry Committee is excited to introduce the 2023 Committee, "Flourish and Fellowship."  An email has been sent out to all who are on our Weekly Update, so
you should have received a separate email yesterday. Please email us with any questions and pray for the women of NLICC to flourish and fellowship together in 2023!
Blessings, Pam Lopes
Here is a prayer to reflect on:
Come, let us adore Him
He left His throne to dwell with us
Come, let us adore Him
He took on flesh to be like us
Come, let us adore Him
He healed the sick and forgave the sinner
Come, let us adore Him
He offered mercy and grace to those in fear
Come, let us adore Him
He remained sinless and obedient, a perfect spotless lamb
Come, let us adore Him
He took our punishment upon the cross
Come, let us adore Him
He rose again in victory
Come, let us adore Him
His wondrous light has broken through our darkness
Come, let us adore Him
Jesus, may we be humble as you were humble
for you did not come to serve but to be served,
and did not come to gain but to give away
Jesus, may we love like you love
for you moved toward the broken and the hurting
and cared for those in need
Help us remember the angels' song of good news of great joy
Sung thousands of years ago,
for the song of the gospel is greater than any carols we could sing
Fill our hearts with this song this Christmas
May it be on our minds as we awake in the morning
and on our lips throughout the day
Above all that we feel this good news this Christmas,
May we feel gratitude for the salvation we have received
and joy over our relationship with You
And when the day is done–
when all the gifts have been unwrapped, and we are tucked into our beds tight–
may we awake the next day with the joy of Christmas still in our hearts
For the message of this season isn't for a season or for one day alone
The purpose of your coming Jesus, the salvation You would go on to achieve
is a message to remember every day of our lives
But for now, prepare our hearts for Christmas day
Fill us with your love, joy, and peace
Stir our affections for You
We rejoice that You have come to us
We rejoice that You will come to us again



Gretchen Trump, We Will Miss You!
Our friend and sister-in-Christ will be moving to Northern Virginia to be closer to family. In addition to the Women’s Ministry Committee, Gretchen has been involved in many church functions and is an amazing member of our church family. Please remember her in your prayers as she prepares for her move the first week of January. We love you, Gretchen!
Tea and Testimonies Fellowship Event | Saturday, January 14, 9-10:30am | Zoom
To start off the new 2023 year, the Women's Flourish and Fellowship Committee invites you to a “Tea and Testimonies” Fellowship event via ZOOM. It is a great way to start the year meeting with our sisters in Christ. We will have fellowship, the sharing of 3 testimonies on the topic of serving, discussion, and a time of prayer. Mark your calendars for: Saturday, January 14 from 9:00 - 10:30 AM.  Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Contact | Ileana Perez 
Meals for Ferguson Family - meal train is FULL, thank you!
Please join us in welcoming Esther Elizabeth Furgeson born on Monday, December 19. If you would like to help them with providing a meal, contact Lucinda. Thank you for blessing the family in this way!
Contact | Lucinda Lorei 
Meals for the Michael Family - a few spots left!
Praise God for the safe and joyous arrival of the Michael’s precious baby girl, Lealta Grace, born December 4th! Would you please consider blessing the Michael family with a meal in the coming days and weeks ahead? Contact Kristen for the link to sign up - thank you in advance!
Contact | Kristen Garcia 
Meals for the Lewis Family - more spots left!
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, please 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? Contact Ellen by text.
Contact | Ellen Coppell 
MOTs (Mothers of Toddlers) | NLICC | New Schedule coming in 2023
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! They will be breaking until January when they will post their current schedule for the new year. If you are interested in being a part of Mothers of Toddlers, you may contact Rachel Martin.
Contact | Rachel Martin


The Wednesday Morning Bible Study is Returning! | January 11, 9:30am | Room 217  
We will be tackling the Book of Revelation using Nancy Guthrie’s Book “Blessed” - a 12 week study which focuses on the 7 blessings found in the Book of Revelation and the hope they promise for those who follow Jesus.  The book can be purchased from Nancy Guthrie’s website. You can also download the free discussion guide which we will be using each week. If you choose to purchase your book through Amazon or other vendors, you can still download the free study guide from Nancy Guthrie’s website and we will have copies of the study guide available as well. Our first study will be January 11 at 9:30 am in Room 217.  Please read the introduction of “Blessed” in preparation for the study. A quick read-through of the Book of Revelation would also be helpful. We hope you will join us!
Contacts | Mary Shaffer/Gale Puffenberger 
Spiritual Depression Bible Study Restarting For the Winter
There is a winter Bible Study starting January 9 (6-7:30pm) and January 10 (10:30-noon) . They will be meeting every two weeks after that through the month of May. The study continues with the book 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 Study Part 2 to Begin January 14
Beginning January 14th part 2 of the Genesis Study, God of Covenant, will meet on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 9-10:30am (except days that there is a women’s event in the morning when we would meet after the event). It is not necessary to have completed Part 1 to participate and anyone who wants to jump in is welcome. This is an 11 session study so it should continue through June. They are using Jen Wilkin’s book, God of Covenant. Please reach out to Joy O’Toole for any questions. 
Contact  |  Joy O’Toole  


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