New Life in Christ Weekend Newsletter (March 26, 2021)

This Newsletter

  • For God So Loved the World and the Faith Promise
  • Regathering Update
  • “But Sunday’s Coming”: Teen Drama Production 
  • Missions Month Links
  • Questions about NLIC COVID Cases and Practices
  • Upcoming Events and Worship Plan for This Weekend

For God So Loved the World and the Faith Promise
By Pastor Sean

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

I pray this year’s Missions Conference has encouraged your heart as it has mine. Each week of our Conference, we have seen how God poured out His love and has redeemed people from sin and judgment and brought them into the kingdom of His love. I have been refreshed in hearing how the gospel of Jesus Christ  provides real hope to the world when our political answers so often fail us, and to hear about how we grow together spiritually. 

We have also heard reports on how God has used our church, and our missions conferences, to bring the gospel around the globe and deeper into our own community. Whether we are talking about ministering to immigrants in our area, talking about reaching college students, talking about ministering to struggling men and women, or talking about reaching Israel and Palestine with the gospel, we saw how we have been able to make an impact in the world. This Sunday we will hear more about our outreach to Colombia and Peru.

Our missionaries depend on our Faith Promise to stay on the field and make Christ known. They often serve in financially destitute areas of our world, bringing a message of hope to suffering people. They are building communities of loving support. We continue to look to new opportunities for new churches, especially with people without a strong gospel church. 

Your Faith Promise helps make it possible to support these ministries.

As one author put it, “Missions exist because worship doesn’t.” There are people throughout the world, separated from God, separated from their purpose in the world, living in sin and darkness. God commands us to bring the light of the gospel to the nations. By making Jesus Christ known, we will see men and women, adults and children, from every background find forgiveness and eternal life.

If you haven’t already, would you consider making a Faith Promise? 

If you haven’t done so already, you can turn in your Faith Promise this Sunday with the cards available in the bulletin. If you are not able to come to church, but would still like to make a Faith Promise, you can email your commitment to Christine Fulcrod at nlicc@nlicc.org. 

It’s not the amount of the Faith Promise that matters as much as the willingness to make one. With missions as one of our highest values, each Faith Promise commitment is a statement of support. That’s why we are even happy for our children and youth to make $1 commitments. We want to be about missions, together.

I hope you can come to our Super Sunday closing service, this Sunday night at 6 PM. Prayerfully consider how the Lord is leading you to be involved with missions this year.

Faithfully Yours,
Pastor Sean

Regathering Update
By Pastor Sam

As we continue to see more people joining for in-person worship and we add more in-person ministries, we continue to pray for the Lord’s wisdom and protection. The following guidelines apply.

  • In the Sanctuary you will notice that we have added some additional chairs, but still have wide aisles.
  • The first service tends to have a significantly larger attendance (over 1.5 times) than the second service. Individuals and couples can help a lot by sitting at the edge of a row or in a shorter row, if possible. Households should sit together and if possible, use a row of similar size as the household. 
  • Leave three empty seats to ensure social distance between households. Please ask an usher if you need help finding a seat. Please be willing to move if we need to make room for others. Please be patient with us and one another at this time.
  • You are welcome to wear a mask, but they are not required for those worshipping in the sanctuary. We are requiring our volunteers, who are working with or around others, to wear masks. While masks are optional, the CDC recommends, “Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public.” 
  • We continue to offer the Safer Room (Room 100) available by reservation with Pastor Skip, and the Fireside Room available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Nursery is available during the second service, and the Family Room (aka Cry Room) is available as necessary.   
  • Children’s Sunday school resumed with March Missions Month, and we expect to have additional classes available as we add teachers.  

Even as the Fourth Amended Executive Order Seventy-Two and Order of Public Health Emergency Nine was recently released, relaxing restrictions on social gatherings, New Life in Christ Church continues to operate with the understanding that Sunday AM and PM services are Religious Gatherings, and all other ministry activity is consistent with what the Commonwealth calls education. Because all ministries of the church exist for the purpose of “making disciples” (per Matthew 28:18-20), it is accurate to classify them as worship and education rather than social gatherings. Social distancing applies, but strict limits on numbers of people do not.

We will continue to monitor updates from the Governor’s office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC developed a revision to K–12 educational guidance “…to reflect the latest science on physical distance between students in classrooms” recommending that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least 3 feet in classroom settings. We considered this guidance as well as the practices of other local theatres as we recently updated the NLICC Theatre Arts guidelines. 

We look forward to seeing more people return to gathered worship.

Missions Month Links

“But Sunday’s Coming”: Teen Drama Production 

The Drama Ministry invites family and friends to come to the Spring Teen Drama production, “But Sunday’s Coming,” at the church this Saturday, March 27th at 7 p.m.  They would be so encouraged to have a full audience to share the gospel story through theater.  

“Easter is certainly a joyous time for us who know what happened on the third day.  Our purpose with this production is to take the audience on a journey through the days leading up to that most amazing, unfathomable discovery by the women at the tomb–“He is not Here, He is risen–just as He said He would.”  That journey had to have been full of pain and darkness and hopelessness for Christ’s followers.  They had been told, but did not understand how the story would end.” 

Come see the teens tell the story of what happened that unforgettable Sunday that changed the world forever.

Questions about NLIC COVID Cases and Practices

Praise God that the numbers of cases throughout our nation, state, and region continue to decrease. We currently have at least 2 cases of members at the church (they are not connected) and I have some “friends of friends” who have tested positive. We also have a few members experiencing “Long-COVID” symptoms who need our prayers. I am also thankful to have received my vaccination and to be fully covered now. We are praying for the end of the pandemic.

Upcoming Events and Worship Plan for This Weekend

Friday (3/26/2021) 

  • 7:00 pm Covenant of Discipleship Class (RSVP to church office)

Saturday (3/27/2021) 

  • 9:00 am Covenant of Discipleship Class (RSVP to church office)
  • 1:00 pm AM Praise Team Rehearsal – sanctuary
  • 7:00 pm Teen Drama presentation “Sunday’s Coming” (sanctuary)

Sunday (3/28/2021) 

  • 46th Annual Missions Celebration
  • 8:30 am Worship Service – Jim Melnick exhorting
  • 10:00 am Adult and Youth Sunday School (sanctuary) – Peru – Billy and Yashmin Clark
  • 10:00 am Children’s Sunday School (rooms 139 A/B, 141 A/B)
  • 11:00 am Worship Service (online at www.nlicc.org/watchlive) Jim Melnick exhorting
  • 4:30 pm Abundant: Adoption/Foster Care support group (in person, room 100 – masks required)
  • 4:30 pm Youth Group Discipleship (in person – masks required)
  •  6:00 pm Evening Service – Super Sunday
  •  7:15 pm Youth Leaders’ Meeting (fireside room)