NLIC Women’s Update (06/23)/16)

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Theme for June: He Is My Defense

He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. – Psalm 62:2

WMC Question of the Month: “When has God been your defender?” 

“Several years ago, after a long absence from church attendance, I had finally settled into a church and was a member of a Ladies Bible study when I discovered some devastating news about my marriage.  I had no idea that when I walked into that church, God had provided me a safe spot to fall.  That group of women rose up and covered me in love and prayer, enabling me to walk through a difficult time.  Ultimately, my marriage ended and I moved out of the area (and into the arms of New Life in Christ Church).   God was my defender even when I didn’t know I needed one!  To Him goes all glory and praise!” – Beth Lee

“This question immediately made me think of my recent experience with cancer. Since being diagnosed on New Year’s Eve last year, and over the months of treatment since then, many people have described me as a ‘fighter’ or ‘brave.’ I so appreciate every word of encouragement, but I have to admit, comments like that always make me feel a bit sheepish.

I am not brave (just ask any nurse who has ever come at me with a needle), and while my son once accurately described me as ‘sassy,’ no amount of sass, fight, or courage could ever counter the serious disease that invaded my body.

In some ways, what I did do was the exact opposite of fight. I submitted. I acknowledged that God was in control of my life and that His plans were always the best plans, even when it was not what I wanted. Confident that God loved me and went before me, I surrendered to God, and committed to following Him, even down this unknown and scary path. This included submitting to my doctors too. Unable to make myself well, my only hope was in my God and in those He had appointed to care for me. One of my favorite verses during this time was Deuteronomy 31:8: ‘The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged.’

I don’t mean to imply that any of it was easy or that any of it was in my own strength, because it wasn’t. However, through it all, God was faithful. I may not ever know the extent of His providential care, but from the day I was called back because there was ‘an area of concern’ to this very moment (and beyond, I’m sure) I could see how He had prepared me, my family, our finances, and so many other things for this battle.

Even in the darkest moments of the last few months, God sustained me through His Word, His love, and the love and prayers of His people. Never, ever did I feel forsaken by my Savior, and never did I fear He would lose His grip on me. It was not a great faith that gave me such confidence and comfort, but the object of my faith: a Sovereign, Creator God who had already fought and won a battle for my rebellious heart.

While I am so grateful the Lord brought me victory over cancer, it was never my ‘battle’ at all. Through it all, my God was ‘my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer…’ (Psalm 18:2), and ‘He who is mighty has done great things for me.’ (Luke 1:49)” – Tamra Corbeau

“The Lord has been my Defender in a multitude of ways over the course of my life.  One way He continues to defend me is in countering the lies of the enemy against who I am – lies that tell me I am too far gone to be forgiven, not good enough for His amazing grace & not quite equipped for the tasks that I’ve been given.  He comes to my defense and reminds me that through Him I can do all things, that His grace is sufficient for me & He has thoroughly equipped me for every good work to do His will.  Be encouraged – as His children, we have the ultimate Defender of our souls!” – Julie Root

Thank you to each of you who contributed this month! 

 Current Announcements

WMC EVENTS  (For the church-wide calendar, click here)Women's NLIC Calendar at a Glance-4


  • Women’s Summer Study: Ruth | Offered Tuesday Mornings (9:30-11:30am) & Tuesday Evenings (7-9pm) {Room 217}
    Join us this Tuesday for the first of our SIX Tuesdays together as we study Ruth by Kathleen Nielson.  The study is offered Tuesday Mornings (9:30-11:30am with babysitting provided) OR Tuesday evenings (7-9pm) on the following dates: June 21June 28July 12July 26August 2, and August 9.  The book can be purchased through Amazon for $8.99 (and can be used for the Fall Titus II Study of Esther!)  You do not need to have the first lesson done prior to our meeting June 21 If you need babysitting, please contact Amy Auker.  If you plan to participate in the morning or evening study, please let one of the leaders know so we can plan accordingly!  Amy Auker will be leading the morning study; Gale Puffenberger and Jessica Peters will be leading the evening study. Contact: Amy Auker | or Gale Puffenberger |


  • Girls’ Study (Rising 6th Grade & Up) | June 26, July 10, 24, 31, & August 7
    The Girls’ Study begins this Sunday, June 26th! The books are $14. Checks can be made out to NLICC with “Girls’ Study'” in the memo. – please give to Heather O’Hara.  We are still looking for hostesses and lesson leaders for the July 31st and August 7th dates.  Contact: Heather O’Hara |
  • Sewing & Quilting Ministry Meeting | Sat. June 25th, 9:30 – 11:30am {Room 116}
    Come and be a part of our Sewing and Quilting Ministry!  New and beginner sewers welcome!  We will be wrapping up our non-finished projects. Sewing closed the surgery pillows and finishing touches for the bibs and burp cloths.  For information on materials needed to participate or questions about the ministry, contact: Cassie Adams | | 


  • VBS | July 18th – July 22nd
    Mark your calendars! VBS is the week of July 18th. We are in need of food and craft donations: craft ribbon (all colors, patterns—¼ in to 1 ½ in), pony beads, foam craft sheets, twine, aluminum pie pans (disposable), tin cans, feathers, acrylic paints, yarn, bandanas (any colors), burlap, craft glue. Craft donations can be dropped off in the Ministry Office. Teen helpers can sign up starting this Sunday. Look for the clipboard in the foyer.
  • Food Pantry {Items can be dropped off in foyer in bin marked Food Pantry}
    The food pantry needs canned ham! Would you consider adding a can to your weekly shopping list? Any brand and size is fine.  Other ongoing needs are cereal, microwave popcorn, soup, canned vegetables, canned meats
    (roast beef, tuna, meatballs, sausage), pickles, macaroni & cheese,  jelly, floss, lotion, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and face soap. Contact: Connie Both |


  • Ironing Board for Manse
    Would you consider donating a new or gently used ironing board for the Manses?  Thank you for all the donations we’ve already received!  Contact: Phyllis Di Bella or Kathryne Marple |
  • Supply Hand Lotions
    Would you consider donating a pump bottle of lotion for the NLIC men’s & women’s washrooms?  In the past, lotions have been very useful and much appreciated.  Bottles can be dropped off at the church office.  Contact: Christine Fulcrod | 540-746-4848 |
  • Church Kitchen Cleaning
    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
    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 |


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All for His glory,
The Women’s Ministry Committee

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