New Life in Christ Weekend Newsletter (April 1, 2021)

This Newsletter

  • Good Friday and Easter Sunday Services
  • Easter: Life After Death
  • Updates with NLIC COVID Cases and Practices
  • Upcoming Events and Worship Plan for This Weekend

Good Friday and Easter Sunday Services
By Pastor Sean

Good Friday Service
7 pm on Friday, April 2

Sometimes I hear people say, “I don’t know what good Friday is about”. As I was reflecting on the day myself, I remembered that before I became a Christian, I didn’t even know that good Friday existed. In fact, I don’t think I even knew what easter was about.

Good Friday is the day that we remember the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ upon a cross to pay the penalty of sin. It is a reminder of the evil of sin as well as god’s love that would so sacrifice to pay that penalty. While we talk about Jesus’ death every week of the year, good Friday is a seasonal focus connected with easter. He lies in the grave on Friday and on Sunday he rises again from the dead.

This year we will have a worship Service on Friday at 7 pm. Pastor Sam will be preaching! We will also be partaking of the lord’s supper together.

Easter Sunday

It is a celebration of new life! On easter Sunday we have three great opportunities to join others celebrating the resurrection. The tomb may have been empty, but we won’t be empty! In fact, it is a great time to invite your family and friends. Even if they don’t come to church regularly, they are more likely to come this week than any other.

Adult and children’s Sunday school class (10 am – 10:45 am in the sanctuary) – Robin Wilson will be teaching a joint class in the sanctuary. We will have some children’s classes. Everyone is invited to stay.

No nursery this Sunday – we are glad to have our babies in our worship Service this week (and any week). The cry room will be available upstairs if your children get restless.

Easter Sunday worship Services (8:30 and 11:00 am in the sanctuary) – the highlight of resurrection Sunday is worshipping together as a congregation. This year we have a special Sunday worship Service with some special music and a time of worship. Invite friends to come and hear the good news that brings abundant life!

I’m looking forward to time together celebrating the resurrection of our savior!

Easter: Life After Death
By Pastor Sean

Dear New Life in Christ Church Family,

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”” – John 11:25–26

How much has changed from a year ago! One year ago, we had Easter service with 10 people in this sanctuary and almost 500 people at home. How different today is as we see people showing up like tulips in the warming soil of spring! How much more full of life and joy and hope! It is resurrection life all around us.

There was a deep sadness in the disciples lives as they left Jesus’ body in the grave. They didn’t know what was going to happen. For some of us, we are still waiting, not able to get out yet. Many still wait for vaccinations, some are not comfortable coming out yet, and some still long to be with family but are unable. We long for the time when we shall meet as one congregation again.

Continue to pray for those who are struggling. There’s a mental health crisis in our nation, catalyzed by the COVID pandemic, as many people struggle with dark thoughts, deep depression, in anger, and anxiety over what is to come. It’s a pandemic of depression across our nation as people are separated one from another. People feel separated and alone and anxious.

Easter began in darkness, but it didn’t end there. It started in death, but it ended in life. Jesus Christ has raised from the dead. Literally, He has bodily risen from the grave, conquering death and giving life to all who believe in Him.

When we go through times of loss, like mini-deaths, we look to rebirth and new life. As we look to Jesus and His resurrection, we look to see how God will raise up His church, to rebuild what has been lost, and to restore hope to those who have lost hope.

Happy Easter! Know that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead, and just as He has risen, He has promised to finish His work in your life, in the world, and in His church. He is making all things new. He is risen, He is risen indeed.

Faithfully Yours,
Pastor Sean
 

Updates with NLIC COVID Cases and Practices

Praise God that the numbers of cases throughout our nation, state, and region continue to decrease. Still, it is not far away. Over the last month we’ve had at least 4 members at the church test positive (they are not connected) and I have some “friends of friends” who have tested positive. We have one member in the hospital as I write this. We also have a few members experiencing “Long-COVID” symptoms who need our prayers. We are praying for the end of the pandemic.

Upcoming Events and Worship Plan for This Weekend

Friday (4/2/2021) 

  • 7:00 pm Good Friday Worship and Communion Service – Pastor Sam preaching

Saturday (4/3/2021) 

  • 9:00 am AM Praise Team Rehearsal – sanctuary
  • 9:00 am Session Meeting (via Zoom)
  • 10:00 am Easter Cantata Dress Rehearsal – sanctuary

Sunday (4/4/2021) 

  • 8:30 am Resurrection Sunday with Cantata – Pastor Sean Whitenack preaching
  • 10:00 am Adult and Youth Sunday School (sanctuary)
  • 10:00 am Children’s Sunday School
  • 11:00 am Resurrection Sunday with Cantata (online at www.nlicc.org/watchlive) – Pastor Sean Whitenack preaching
  • 4:30 pm NO Youth Group Discipleship
  • 6:00 pm NO Evening Service