NLIC Weekend Newsletter (9/25/20)

This Newsletter

  • A God of Justice and Mercy (article)
  • Events for October
  • When NOT to come to Church Events
  • Questions about NLIC and COVID Practices
  • Upcoming Events and Worship Plan for This Weekend (calendar)
  • Monthly Newsletter is attached 

A God of Justice and Mercy

Dear New Life in Christ Church family, 

Micah 6:8 – “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” 

The cry of our day is for justice and righteousness in our land, even if most in the land have rejected the Lord, the only true source of justice. The irony is that those who have rejected the God of true justice often demand that we create a perfect justice in the world. It is those who most strongly reject God’s justice who will violently act to bring about their own sense of perfect justice.

We all want justice, but in our hunger for it, we quickly discover that we can only come to an imperfect form of justice (a “proximate justice”). Perfect justice remains elusive.

As long as sin is a reality among us, perfect justice is an impossibility. It shades human decisions and excuses our biases. People act and make decisions from a warped vantage point. Until sin is eradicated by Jesus Christ, not even the best of human systems will be perfect. What is legal may not be moral, and some laws may fall short of God’s moral code.

We also have the problem of our finitude. Even with all the cameras around the world, we do not know everything. We depend on witnesses and evidence to determine the truth of any event. Our eyes can even deceive us, when we learn that a picture doesn’t tell the whole story, or that we don’t know key details in an event. Even when we are sure we know, we may not get the answers we want.

Yet, even as we realize that ultimate justice can only be found in God, we pray and work that the justice of this world would come closer to the vision of God for our world. For all people, born or unborn, of all economic and ethnic backgrounds, we pray for justice in our land.

Even as we desire justice, we always want to be careful what we ask for. If God were to bring down perfect justice, no one would stand; sin would condemn us all. We must always be thankful that God tempers His justice with mercy. If he didn’t hold back, we would be destroyed. But God has given us Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and lead us into righteousness. He has given us mercy, not justice. 

So whether we are thinking about current controversies, recent court cases, distant court cases, or national elections, we look to God for justice (Micah 6:8). Trusting Him, we speak to righteousness (Proverbs 31:8-9), work hard with her hands (1 Thess 4:11), be good citizens (Jeremiah 29:7), and trust the hand of God’s providence with the final outcomes (Romans 8:28).

Faithfully Yours,
Pastor Sean

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 With the arrival of October, our music, childrens and youth ministries have restarted and are getting up to full swing. We look forward to enjoying the good weather as we can meet outside. Pray for us with the approach of November, as we will likely need to move some of our ministry inside again. Pray for wisdom, and pray for God‘s continued protection.

 See Section Below “When NOT to come to Church Events”

 The session is working very hard to care for the church as a whole and every member of the body. We are attempting to care for every person in the best way possible, so please pray for the elders as they consider how to care for every member.

October comes with its usual excitement: a Boys Brigade weekend camp out, retreats for college students and young adults, and hopefully, at the end of the month we will host our annual Trunk n Treat Harvest Party for children. Our care groups continue to meet by Zoom or in person. Our women’s ministry has gotten a great start. And October 11, we will pray for Craig Cuddy to return as deacon.

On October 25, we plan to host the annual Reformation Day worship service with other local congregations and are glad to announce that Harry Long, retired pastor of Sycamore Presbyterian Church, will be joining us to speak again this year. 

We believe that the ministry of the local church is essential for the salvation of souls in the spiritual well-being of God’s people. So, by God’s grace, we will continue to work to reopen ministries and reconnect people in whatever ways we are able.

When NOT to come to Church Events

Truth be told, we usually want everybody to come to everything, or we usually want everybody to come who can. As we continue to remain in a pandemic, we want to ask that there be certain times that you don’t come, and I want to list them below. We believe that isolating (when sick) and quarantining (when exposed) is the single most effective way to maintain the health of our congregation.

Remember the long term, sickness passes, quarantines end and then we can get back and pursue Christ together. We may miss being part of something, or our kids may have a hard time knowing why they cannot go, but it will pass and will be forgotten.

By God’s grace, we have not had any significant COVID situations at the church and God has healed each one of our members who contracted it. We continue to ask your vigilance in monitoring your health before you come. 

By way of reminder, we ask that anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 should not participate in our ministry, small group or children’s activities. We ask that you (or your child) not participate in church activities if any of the following is true for you …

… if you are experiencing COVID symptoms: Fever, Chills, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new cough, New loss of taste or smell

… or if you have had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19

… or if you have been in close contact with someone who is waiting for a COVID test result

… or if any health department or health care provider been in contact with you and advised you to quarantine

… or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, until you are released by the health department or comply with the state standards of returning to work

Thanks so much for your patience in this. Abiding by the above policies is the single most effective thing we can do to prevent an outbreak at the church.

Questions about NLIC and COVID Practices

Upcoming Events and Worship Plan for This Weekend

Saturday (9/26/2020) – LOTS Happening – Especially for Women!

  • 9:00 am AM Praise Team rehearsal (sanctuary) 
  • 9am-3 pm Share Your Faith Workshop (room 100) – Share Your Faith Workshop, a truly “hands-on” approach to easily share your faith, will be held on Saturday, September 26, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm (doors open at 8:30 am). The cost is $20, and this includes materials, continental breakfast, and lunch. Evangelism Explosion has developed a Gospel presentation that is easy to learn and hard to forget, so come out and learn about this tool you can use to share the Gospel. For more information, please see the flyer that was in Sunday’s bulletin or contact Sam Capitano. 
  • 10:00 am Prayer Shower for Expectant Mothers (pavilion) – Join us for prayer and treats as we pray for those eagerly anticipating new arrivals! We’ll get together on Saturday, September 26, from 10:00-11:30 am, and if the weather is nice, we’ll meet outside at the pavilion. If you are an expectant mom, please let the NLICC Women’s Ministry know, so we can honor you! You can contact Gretchen Trump with any questions. 
  • 11:30 pm – Prayer walk at NLICC (11:30 am – 2:00pm) – You may be aware that Franklin Graham is leading a prayer walk in Washington DC to pray for our nation on  Saturday, September 26! We wanted to offer a local opportunity for those unable to travel into DC to join in prayer with our brothers and sisters while here at home. We will have 7 locations around the perimeter of the parking lot representing the 7 buildings in DC where people will stop to pray and a prayer guide to assist you. Check out Franklin Graham’s website here. No RSVP required. Come alone or bring your family. Walk through in small groups or alone. Pray out loud or in your heart. Prepare your heart to beseech the Lord for our nation’s healing. Remember to social distance. In case of rain we will start the walk at the baseball field doors and circle through the building and exit out of the front doors. If indoors, masks are required. Questions? Please contact Heather O’Hara 
  • 1:00 pm – Talents to Treasure  |  Final Session is this Saturday!  We are so grateful to all of the ladies who led Talents to Treasure sessions this year! The last session (Cookie Decorating, hosted by Jessica Peters) will be held via Zoom on Saturday, September 26 at 1:00 p.m. If you’d like to follow along with your own cookies, see the attached document for a list of supplies and recipes. You are also welcome to observe, and try your hand at your own batch later. Contact Cassie Adams.

Sunday (9/27/2020) 

  • Adult and Children Sunday School Classes Available Online (Click here for Descriptions
    • Adult: 
      • Taught by Bob Rumbaugh and Pastor Skip Tyler
      • See the riches of God’s grace as explained in the Westminster Confession of Faith (chapters 9 through 22).
      • Link Here for YouTube Channel 
    • Children: 
      • Taught by NLIC church Families 
      • See the Gospel in the Old Testament as presented by New Life Sunday school teachers using the book, “Long Story Short,” by Marty Machowski. 
      • Each Sunday five (5) short devotions can be found here:
  • 8:30 am – First Service (No Livestream)
  • 10:30 am Second Service (Livestream: www.nlicc.org/watchlive)
  • 4:30 pm Abundant Foster, Adoption, and Trauma Care Meeting
  • 4:30 pm Youth Discipleship Groups (Middle School and High School)
  • 6 pm – Evening Service: Eric Pilson – What is God doing in East Asia? What is happening in the church in Taiwan? Eric and his wife Annie are starting new churches in Taiwan and ministering the hope of the gospel. Hear what God is doing through them this Sunday evening.