Dear New Life in Christ Family,
I always enjoy Thanksgiving Week. Besides the fact that Julie’s dad will visit us for the week, it is a great week of ministry. On Monday afternoon, the pastoral staff (and anyone else who wants to come!) goes door to door through some of the neighborhoods of the region and finds people who would not otherwise have a Thanksgiving Dinner. Then, on Thursday the whole church assembles to cook turkeys, pull them apart, and package them individually for distribution. (We are still looking for volunteers to help!)
Last year was especially encouraging as we met with a number of families from Afghanistan. Pastor Gary, together with his wife Fran and a number of other NLIC members have reached out to them over the year and built a great connection with them. There have been many opportunities to share the gospel with them. We anticipate meeting many other internationals this year as well. Pray for us as we go out to distribute meals in the neighborhood.
We have many opportunities in our area for international outreach. Every year we meet many people from around the world, often living in small apartments with large families. Some are political refugees or are escaping from dangerous political situations. Others have come here simply for a better life.
We want to better reach into these communities with the gospel message, also realizing that we need help if we are going to accomplish that goal. We are always thinking about how we can move people into the communities we want to reach with the gospel. The session has decided to pursue bringing a young Ghanaian Presbyterian in as a Church-planting intern.
Samuel (“Sammie”) Asirifi is a family relation (by marriage of course!) of Larry and Barb Plating who is looking to go into full time ministry. We are applying for a Religious Worker Visa for Samuel with the hope that he can help us reach this international community. While he does this, he will also be attending New Geneva Seminary and pursuing ordination in the PCA. The Lord has raised up a number of friends and supporters that are willing to financially support Sammie as he begins his internship. We look forward to introducing you to Sammie. Pray for us all as we work through the visa application process over the next few weeks. If you have any questions about his coming to NLIC, please don’t hesitate to ask the pastors or elders.
See you on the Lord’s Day this Sunday!
[Calendar of Events}
- 9:00 am Christmas Cantata Rehearsal: Choir and Orchestra (sanctuary) ‘til 11:30am
- 11:30 am Christmas Big Band Rehearsal (room 100)
- 1:30 pm AM Praise Team Rehearsal
- Sunday School – 9 AM
- Worship Service – 10 AM – Pastor Doug Preaching
- Operation Christmas Child Boxes are due.
Sign up to assist with Thanksgiving outreach – we will distribute over 500 meals to residents in the Fredericksburg community, many of them immigrants and refugees. We are looking for individuals to follow up with these families after Thanksgiving. If you would like to assist with follow-up, please contact Pastor Sean (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Care Group Leaders Meeting – 4:30 PM
- Evening Service – 6 PM – Sam Capitano Preaching
- Junior and Senior High Youth Groups – Sunday at 7 PM
- Come to Pray – Corporate Prayer at 7 PM.
With an unapologetic spirit of plagiarism, I am copying some of the notes from the Women’s Committee weekly email, thanks Heather! (Again, it is a great email, and is accessible online at: http://www.nlicc.org/women/)
Last Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection Date – This Sunday!
Drop off your shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child in the foyer this Sunday. Go to this LINK for instructions on what and how to pack your box.
Thanksgiving Ministry – Help Needed.
The Thanksgiving ministry is an outreach to the community. In addition to delivering meals to shut-ins, meals are delivered to individuals in neighborhoods throughout the community. NLICC’s ministry to Muslims has grown out of this initial contact. Look for a flyer in the bulletin on Sunday about the Thanksgiving Ministry. There is a great need for turkeys and pies Thanksgiving morning, kitchen help and families and individuals to deliver meals. There is also a Thanksgiving dinner at the church for anyone who would like to come. If you would like to participate, please fill out the flyer and put it in the offering plate. Financial gifts to assist the ministry are also welcomed.
Farewell Potluck for Doug and Ann Park – December 1st after Morning Service in the Fireside Room
Doug and Ann are heading to Chicago to open a Chick-Fil-A. December 1st will be their last Sunday worshipping at NLICC. If you would like to join their current and past care groups for lunch following service that day, please RSVP and let us know what you will bring by clickingHERE.
Greenberg Baby Arriving Soon! – Help for Meals
Jeremy and Tracy Greenberg’s baby girl should be born any day. Please contact Lisa Capitano at email@example.com if you are willing to help with meals after she arrives.
Women’s Cookie Exchange – December 13th at 6:30pm in the Fireside Room
A Christmas goodie/cookie exchange will be held following the JH/SH departure for caroling. Make your favorite Christmas treat and package them in individual bags (3-4 items per bag). Bring as many bags as you want. You will leave with the same amount of bags of yummy Christmas treats! Bring some extra to snack on while we have a wonderful time of fellowship! No RSVP required, just bring treats if you want to exchange or just yourself and a friend if you just want to fellowship.