- What Excites Me: No Snow – Normal Sunday Schedule – 3 Services!
- March 7: 2nd Service moves to 11 AM; Restarting Sunday School
- Patience: Getting what we Pray for
- Focus 2021 – What is God Calling us To?
- WANTED: Children’s Sunday School teachers
- Questions about NLIC and COVID Practices – also a NLIC COVID Update
- Upcoming Events and Worship Plan for This Weekend
What Excites Me: No Snow – Normal Sunday Schedule – 3 Services!
By Pastor Sean
This week, we are glad to be able to be back to three services (8:30 AM; 10:30 AM; and 6 PM). The last three weeks have kept us from having both services. But the weather is dry this coming Lord’s Day, the pandemic numbers are going down across the state and region (let’s keep up our own vigilance), and I’m ready to see you!
Again, if for whatever reason, you cannot come in person we will have the service available online at www.nlicc.org/watchlive/
March 7: 2nd Service moves to 11 AM; Restarting Sunday School
By Pastor Sean
We plan to restart Sunday school in time for our 46th Annual Missions Conference. On March 7 we will move our 2nd service to 11 AM and our Sunday school classes will begin at 10 AM. First service will continue at 8:30 AM. We are prayerfully seeking children’s Sunday School teachers. Speak with Matt or Amanda Oberlin or Pastor Sam if you would like to teach.
Patience: Getting what we Pray for
By Pastor Sean
You may have heard someone say, “Be careful what you pray for” coupled with the warning that God will abundantly answer prayers for patience by adding some difficult challenge to your life!
We need to grow in patience, don’t we? First of all, you never know when you will need it. Let me ask you, have you become more patient over the last year? I think we all have had to learn it as we have had to adjust our daily schedule and surrender some of our goals and agenda to the demands of social distancing, travel bans, and mask requirements. We’ve also learned to be patient with people who understand the world differently than us in matters of health, politics, and worldview. We need to grow in patience.
Secondly, and more importantly, the Bible commands patience. The Bible says love is patient (1 Corinthians 13:4). How is love patient? Love is willing to overlook faults and it is willing to take the necessary time to see good things come into the lives of others.
This kind of patience is the result of knowing the grace of God. We see this in Colossians 3:12-14.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
God has loved us and He has been patient with us even at our worst. He loved us when we were sinners, before we knew Jesus Christ, and He has been patient with us, even when we have been slow in our Christian growth. In the same way, we are called to be patient with others. One of the ways we follow Jesus is by being patient with others.
Since God is patient with us and others as well, we should be patient also. Patience is opposed to pride. Patience with others admits that that we might be wrong, we might be focusing on the wrong things, and patience helps us stay committed to the truth while maintaining our relationships.
For the good of others and the glory of God, we can be patient, even as we learn to wait for the culmination of the ages with the return of Jesus Christ. Our faith is built on patience.
Beloved, we will make it through this time. The pandemic has stretched on for a long time and many of us are weary with the restrictions, with the canceled activities, with the constant vigilance, with being treated as a threat of sickness, with the kids being around the house, with the spread of misinformation, with the fear, with the callousness, with the loneliness, with the distance, and the many other consequences of this sickness upon our lives and loved ones.
Finding new renewal in Jesus Christ is critical to living with the patience we need. We pray that our worship services are renewing. Please come and worship and be renewed. Bring your family so they can be renewed as well. You don’t have to have it all together to join in worship, but we come together, accepting and loving one another as people in process.
Be renewed in fellowship together. Are you active in a Care Group? Most of our Care Groups are online and are easily accessible. Men, join in for our Men’s Breakfast this week. Think of patience as a pool of water that we must draw from regularly. We need to fill that pool back up. How is it best filled? Through fellowship with God and other people. In worship and relationships. Don’t think you can do it yourself. Jesus even sent His Holy Spirit to Comfort us – in other words, to fill us with more patience (John 16:7).
I am so thankful for you and look forward to our worship together.
WANTED: Children’s Sunday School teachers
In-person Sunday school (adults and children) begins March 7 as we begin Missions Month. Please pray for children’s Sunday school teachers. The initial quarter will run March through June. With an emphasis on health and safety, we will follow protocols consistent with those of areas schools (e.g. masks required, social distancing). Curriculum and training is provided. Contact Amanda Horn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor Sam (email@example.com) with questions. Fill out the Google survey if you have interest in teaching or assisting: https://forms.gle/ud1UdCfFCdxh9ZbC7
Focus 2021 – Where have we been and where are we going?
A few weeks ago, we reflected on the past year and set forth our prayer goals for 2021. You can watch it on YoutTube (Link). Join us this Sunday as we look at our local outreach and evangelism opportunities. Why should you come and watch? Because you will hear some truly encouraging stories of changed lives!
January 17 – FOCUS #1: The Faithfulness of God: Praises (2020) and Prayer Vision (2021)
February 7 – FOCUS #2: The Provision of God: Finances and Treasurer’s Report
February 21 – FOCUS #3: Evangelism and Outreach with Pastor Sam
Questions about NLIC and COVID Practices
Be prayerful for those affected by COVID. Praise God that the numbers of cases throughout our nation, state, and region have decreased. I am not aware of any current cases among church members right now. We are praying that this marks the end of the pandemic.
As a reminder, if you have had close contact with a COVID positive person within 2 days of them having symptoms or a positive COVID test, please join in for one of our online viewing options. Let the quarantine expire before joining in activities again. Thank you so much!
- Mask Policy (For Sunday Sanctuary Service Only)
- Mask-Required, Singing Permitted Room
- Mask Required, No Singing Room
- Worship Service Guidelines
- Ministries Guidelines other than Sunday Worship Services
- When NOT to come to a Church Activity (COVID Version)
- Nursery is Open for the 10:30 Service
- COVID in Virginia – UPDATED from November 2020 Governor Orders
- COVID: The Sacrifices we Make (December Governors Orders Update)
Upcoming Events and Worship Plan for This Weekend
- 8:30 am Men’s Breakfast (Zoom only) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82018462463
- 9:30 am AM Praise Team Rehearsal – sanctuary
- Sunday School Classes: Past and Present Adult and Children Sunday School Classes and other resources are available Online (Link Here for YouTube Channel). If you would like to participate in this class you can join Monday night at 6 PM. Look for an email from Pastor Sam.
- 8:30 am Worship Service – Pastor Sam Capitano preaching
- 10:30 am Worship Service (online streaming at www.nlicc.org) Pastor Sam Capitano preaching
- 4:30 pm Youth Group Discipleship (via Zoom)
- 6:00 pm Evening Service – Focus Day: Local Evangelism/Outreach – Pastor Sam & Rob Wilson (Livestream: www.nlicc.org/watchlive)