For the Love of Neighbor from Pastor Sam on 5/26/2020


New Life in Christ
Pastoral Letter
May 26, 2020


“For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”

1 Peter 3:17-18 NASB

Dear New Life in Christ Church Family,

As we continue gathered worship services on Sunday mornings (since May 10), we have been blessed by the response. While overall attendance between the two weeks increased by over 10%, the second service saw a 35% increase in attendance. This is a wonderful providence of the Lord and a great encouragement to us all!

However, it also presents us with a challenge to ensure that we meet the requirements of hosting no more than 50% capacity with social distancing. We are grateful for guests who are attending and want to be sure to have enough seating for all who want to come. Right now, this requires two services with a closer balance of people between the services. The first service has had plenty of room, but the last two weeks are showing that the second service will fill up. Therefore, please let us know of your intentions to worship in person. If the RSVP numbers signal that we have reached capacity, we will adjust accordingly (e.g. by limiting attendance and/or using overflow rooms with livestream capability).

Please RSVP by Friday at noon.

If you are unable to use the form to RSVP, please call or email the church office (540-786-4848 or

We continue to be intentional as we seek to honor our God by respecting the directives and guidance of our Commonwealth and our Nation. Most recently the Governor has mandated that face coverings will be worn inside places where people congregate. We will offer masks to guests as desired.

If you have specific needs, please let us know ( || 540-786-4848) so that we can pray for you and offer any practical help. Our elders are available as are our deacons ( Please be aware of your neighbors needs, especially the elderly and vulnerable. We are here for you.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Sam


Upcoming Events via Livestream (

Next Sunday (5/31/20)

  • 8:30 am – First Service (No Livestream)
  • Sunday school class will be uploaded for viewing online (available on New Life in Christ YouTube channel)
  • 9:45-10:15 – Cleaning
  • 10:30 Second Service (Livestream:
  • 4 pm – Youth Discipleship Group (look for Zoom Link from Jay Storms) 
  • 6:00 pm Evening Word & Fellowship: Pastor Sam preaching (via livestream & Zoom – look for email invite)




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