NLIC Women’s Update (05/19/16) | Reflection

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Theme for May: “God of Hope”

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13

By Karen Melnick

We all want and need hope. God is concerned about that. In this verse, Romans 15:13, Paul reminds us that our God is the God of hope who wants us to abound in hope. How do we get to that point of “abounding in hope”?

Paul says that God will fill us with joy and peace as we believe in Him. It all goes back to faith and believing in Him. As we trust and lean on the Lord, relying on Him to keep us and sustain us, He fills us with His joy and peace. But wait! There’s more! He doesn’t stop with joy and peace, which we might be happy to settle with, He fills us with those SO THAT by the POWER of the Holy Spirit we can OVERFLOW with hope.

This verse is so encouraging because it reminds us that our God is the one who looks after our souls; He is our keeper. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest…rest for your souls.” Our job is to come to Him, believe in Him, rest in Him. He fills us with joy and peace. He makes us abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit, who was given to us when we believed in Jesus. So come, rest in Him, be filled with joy and peace, and overflow with hope!


WMC Question of the Month: “How does trusting God bring you hope?”  Will you consider sharing a short reflection with the ladies of New Life?  Email your reply to by 7pm Wed. 5/25 to be published 5/26.  If you would like to remain anonymous, please indicate that in your response.  Thank you!

 Current Announcements

EVENTS  (For the church-wide calendar, click here)

Women's NLIC Calendar at a Glance-3


  • Women’s Summer Study: Ruth | Offered Tuesday Mornings (9:30-11:30am) OR Tuesday Evenings (7-9pm) {Room 217}
    You’re invited to join us as we read Ruth, a six-week Bible Study by Kathleen Nielson.  The study will be held both Tuesday mornings (9:30-11:30am with babysitting provided!), and Tuesday evenings (7-9pm) on the following dates: June 21, 28, July 12, 26, August 2, 9.  The book can be purchased through Amazon for $8.99.  Morning study will be lead by Amy Auker; evening study by Gale Puffenberger and Jessica Peters.  Contact: Amy Auker | or Gale Puffenberger |


  • Sewing & Quilting Ministry Meeting | Sat. May 25th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm {Room 217}
    Come and be a part of our Sewing and Quilting Ministry!  This months theme is “Mentoring May!”  If you have a machine we could borrow please let me know. If you want to learn how to sew please join us! For information on materials needed to participate in the ministry, contact: Cassie Adams | 
  • Covenant of Discipleship Post-Service Reception | June 5th {Fireside Room}
    Join us for this opportunity to welcome new members into our congregation!  Come by to meet and greet new members in the Fireside Room after morning worship.

  • Girls’ Study (Rising 6th Grade & Up) | June 26July 10, 24, 31, & August 7
    These Sundays, after morning worship service, girls will be hosted for lunch at the homes of different women of the church and be mentored in Biblical Womanhood.  The afternoons will be filled with fellowship, crafts and service activities.  Girls will be returned to the church for the 6pm evening service.  Books will be used this summer and next; they are $14.  Heather O’Hara will order books. Contact: Heather O’Hara with any questions or to RSVP for your daughter by June 14th to ensure book.  Are you willing to hostess or lead a session?

  • Church Kitchen Cleaning Volunteers Needed
    A clean and organized church kitchen allows for us to continue so many ministry endeavors — care groups, receptions, luncheons, daily use by the church staff and Covenant School, etc.  This once-a-month rotation of 1-3 volunteers allows us to deep clean, maintain, and organize a heavily used church resource so it can continued to be used well.  Sign-up with a friend or get to know someone new by serving together in this way!  You can access the sign-up hereContact: Christine Fulcrod 540-746-4848 |

  • Bulletin Folding Volunteers
    Do you have a couple hours on a Friday afternoon you can spare?  Sign up HERE to fold bulletins after 1 pm on a Friday.  Takes about 2hrs (faster if you bring a friend!) Contact: Dayra Rumbaugh | 540-786-4848 |


  • Help Needed: 7th & 8th Grade Girls’ Sunday School Class
    The 7th & 8th grade girls’ Sunday School class is in need of a helper for 2 months this summer starting June 26 – Aug. 28.  Teaching the lessons is not required (but you can if you want to!)  The girls are studying the book of Matthew then the Lord’s Prayer.  They are a GREAT group of girls and you will be blessed each week.  If interested, please contact: Krystal Dowell  | 


  • Food Pantry {Items can be dropped off in foyer in bin marked Food Pantry}
    The food pantry needs toiletries! Would you consider adding a bottle of shampoo and/or conditioner to your weekly shopping list?  Full size or sample.  Other ongoing needs are cereal, microwave popcorn, soup, canned vegetables, canned meats (roast beef, ham, tuna, meatballs, sausage), pickles, macaroni & cheese, jelly, floss, lotion, toothpaste, and face soap.  Contact: Connie Both |


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All for His glory,
The Women’s Ministry Committee

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