NLIC Weekend Newsletter (6/12/20)

This Letter:

  • Meeting Together: Worship Plan for June 14, 2020
  • New In-House Worship Option For Those With Elevated Health Concerns – Room 100 
  • Super Sunday – THIS SUNDAY
  • New Sunday School Class – Book of Jonah
  • Congregational Meeting Monday at 7 PM
  • Ministry Plan and Building Use (Phase 1-2)

Upcoming Events 

Sunday (6/14/2020)

  • 8:30 am – First Service (No Livestream)
  • Sunday school class will be uploaded for viewing online (Link Here for YouTube Channel )
  • 9:45-10:15 Cleaning
  • 10:30 Second Service (Livestream: www.nlicc.org/watchlive)
  • 4 pm – No Youth Discipleship Groups this Week – 
  • 6 PM – Evening Service (LIVE and Livestream): SUPER SUNDAY 

Monday (6/15/2020)

  • 7 pm – Congregational Meeting in Sanctuary for Budget Meeting

Meeting Together: Worship Plan for June 14, 2020

New development this week:
New In-House Worship Option For Those With Elevated Health Concerns – Room 100

Would you like to return to worship, but feel very concerned about joining with people in the main room? If this describes you, we think we have found an option. Starting this week, at the 10:30 AM service, we will use Room 100 for persons or families who desire smaller groups and greater safety standards. Here are the rules: 1) Reservations are required with Pastor Sam (sam@nlicc.org) (social distancing limits seating, and we want to give priority to vulnerable people), 2) masks are required, and 3) we ask people not to sing.

Why would you want to use this room? While these worshippers will not be present in the sanctuary, you may like the opportunity to watch the livestream with others, and you may like some outdoor fellowship after the service.

Access to Room 100 will be through one of the rear doors (look for the open doors or the doorkeepers at the back of the building). Restrooms are available in the hallway immediately outside  Room 100. We will plan to use the Fireside Room if we need overflow for the main room. To make reservations for Room 100 seating, please contact Pastor Sam at sam@nlicc.org.  

Thank you for your Understanding

Praise God for the opportunity to meet week to week. Could you say a prayer for the church, for the health of our people and on-going witness to the community?

One of the reasons we are working through these policies is to do what we can to continue meeting for worship. We don’t want any outbreak to happen at church, as it would likely mean we would need to stop meeting, at least for a while. 

MASKS: The governor of Virginia has mandated the use of masks except for religious rituals and health reasons. If someone comes in without a mask we will assume that you are not wearing a mask so you can practice a religious ritual or for a health concern. I wrote more on masks earlier.

If you haven’t seen it yet, or have questions, here is our Sunday Worship Plan

Super Sunday – THIS SUNDAY

“May the whole earth be filled with his glory!” (Psalm 72:19)

God is on the move around our world. We are in the middle of an enormous shaking throughout our world. We need to be faithful to make Christ known. Our prayer is that God would use these days to fill the whole earth with His glory.

We’ve had to put off Super Sunday, but we can finally get to it again this week! It is so good to wrap up some of these incomplete celebrations that the virus interrupted!

 

Super Sunday, normally the last Sunday of March, is “super” as we join in God’s work in the world. God is calling people from all nations to Himself. On Super Sunday, we commit ourselves to the Lord as we hear God’s heart for the world and our call to share the gospel with those who never heard the gospel.

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.

Super Sunday is a time of commitment. Even with social-distancing rules, we will have the chance to commit ourselves to God’s work in the nations. As the delayed closing service of missions celebration, we will announce our faith promise commitment at our evening service Sunday night, and we will receive any last-second Faith Promise commitments. Our Faith Promise is the financial commitment of the congregation to reaching the world for the gospel. It is the starting point for our budget for next year. We start with missions and build the rest of our budget around that commitment.

We will also have a chance for you to commit yourself to short- or long-term missions, to commit yourself to serve on the missions committee, and to commit yourself to sharing the gospel yourself.

Pastor Doug will be preaching at the service this week. Come ready to hear the call of God upon your life. Prayerfully consider how the Lord is leading you to be involved with missions this year.

 

New Sunday School Class – Book of Jonah

Title: “The Safest Place” A Book Study of Jonah

Timeframe: 2020 Summer Sunday School (14 June – 30 Aug; 13 weeks)

Length: 30 minutes

Format: Recorded and posted on the New Life in Christ YouTube channel.

Summary: You are either running from God or running toward God; there is no in between. Although Sunday school is not yet meeting in person, plan to join us for a Summer study of this reluctant prophet and draw closer to the Lord your God. This class will have plenty for adults to consider, while at the same time being accessible for families and children. As this is a recorded class, you can interact with the material and ask questions by emailing the teacher at sam@nlicc.org

Congregational Meeting Monday at 7 PM

In case you missed our letter in the mail, I wanted to send out the congregational letter from last week.

Dear New Life in Christ Family,

In our current sermon series through Haggai we see God saying to His people,

“Yet now be strong … Work, for I am with you, declares the LORD of hosts, according to the covenant that I made with you … My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not.

For thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the LORD of hosts.’” (Haggai 2:4–7)

We are in a great time of shaking from the Lord. By faith, we look to Christ for strength and courage and press forward in our gospel mission to our community and world. We believe that, as hard as this time may be, God will reveal his ‘greater glory’ to the nations.

More than ever, we look for the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself as our guide and inheritance into the future. As we seek God’s call for us in this worldwide pandemic, we give thanks for His incredible provision and have sought out His guidance as we move into the future. As we continue and even broaden our ministry in this pandemic, we must all do together as the congregation of the Lord’s people.

The Session has called a congregational meeting for Monday, June 15th, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary, so we can update you on God’s provision for 2019-20 and to present the new budget for July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. I have attached the General and Missions budgets for your prayerful consideration before the meeting.

Jesus is ruling and reigning on His throne and He is present with His church in this world. Praise God for the way He works daily in us, through us and around us.

Faithfully Yours,
Pastor Sean

Ministry Plan and Building Use (Phase 1-2)

Our session has put together a plan for Ministry and Building Use. It touches on worship services, children’s ministry, food at church, small group meetings, choirs, and funerals. Moving to Virginia Phase 2 hasn’t changed much for us. 

Some of our reopening will be in response to congregational requests and other aspects by matters of our schedule. For this reason, please communicate with your pastors about ministry concerns. Please let a pastor know if you have any concerns or questions.

Here is a link to our Phase 1 Ministry and Building Use Plan

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