NLIC Women’s Update (07/28/16) | Answers to Q. of the Month – “Freedom In Christ”

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Theme for July: Freedom In Christ

Galatians 5:1 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

Question of the Month“What has Christ given you freedom from?” 

“In all things it seems I only have a glimpse of the reality of God’s glorious works, even His work in me.  But when I begin to despair, especially with myself, He gently lifts up my head and reminds me of all He has done in my life, and who I am to Him.  He has set me free from the fear of death, although sometimes I am afraid to die.  He has set me free from the slavery of sin, although sometimes I act like a slave to my desires.  He has promised the gift of repentance, although sometimes I go through a whole day and it never occurs to me to fight the fight against sin.  I am a breach in the line, a watchman asleep at the post.  But then He reminds me it is His work, and He has paid a great price to give me my freedom and my heart fills with joy, and I twirl around in my dress of His righteousness, and fall on my face with tears of gratefulness for the freedom of confessing and repenting of my sin without fear of rejection, with the promise of a closer journey with Him, and His strength to obey.” – Mary Jane Kittredge

“A few years back, I had the opportunity to study Galatians in Sunday School while our Pastor preached a sermon series on Hebrews. These two books dovetail together beautifully because both have a central theme that Jesus’ work is greater than the Law’s work in our lives

Just like the believers the two books were written to, I think it is safe to say that we all can fall back ‘living by the law’ at times.   ‘Living by the law’ can mean that we trust more in ‘doing everything right’ in the ‘right way’ instead of trusting in Christ’s redeeming work of our feeble attempts at anything.  Jesus’ redeeming work is greater than any method of living.

One question that was posed in my mind as I participated in these studies is this:  What do I trade for freedom?  What do I hold onto so tightly and personally that I would rather have than the freedom found in Christ? When Jesus saves us, he frees us from wrath of God’s judgment by being the object of that wrath FOR US.  I am freed to live by the Spirit, unshackled from the weight of the ‘should ofs, could ofs, would ofs and if only-es’ — not only from God’s law (as if that is not enough!) but from MY OWN laws that I impose upon myself and those around me.  I can find myself waiting and looking for the fruit of the law (i.e., the result of my proper actions or MY faithfulness).  And tragically, God’s word says that the fruit of the law is death. (Romans 7:10)

In the Gospel, Jesus has set me free from the daily death of living in this type of expectation.  I am freed not only FROM something, but I am freed TO something. I am free to love.  Free to experience joy. Free to experience peace.  Free to be patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled.  There is no law against these (Gal 5:23).  I am freed from the shackles of expectations.  Jesus’ work on my behalf has met every expectation from the Father and is complete.

How do I live out this truth?  That is a daily question.  One question I can ask myself is ‘Where do I trust in my own abilities, my own methods, or personality, to satisfy an expectation from God, myself and others?’  Where am I not experiencing the fruit of God’s freedom (love, joy, peace, etc.)?  Looking at these areas is a start.  For example, when discord rocks my home, what expectations are afoot that may be contrary to the gospel?  Since the fruits of the spirit are gifts from the Spirit, then my expectation comes from Him, not in the ability of myself or another to satisfy my law.  I am then freed up to love while waiting and to experience the joys of resting in His work in my own life and others.

What are you trading for freedom?  There is no greater prize than knowing Jesus’ complete redemption and saving work. (Phil 3:14)”  – Sharon Leaman

 Current Announcements

WMC EVENTS  (For the church-wide calendar, click here)Women's NLIC Calendar at a Glance-6

  • Desserts and Debuts | Saturday, August 13th, 6:30-8:00pm {Krystal Dowell’s House}
    Come join us for a night of dessert and fellowship at Desserts and Debuts.  We will spend a relaxing evening outside mingling with friends and sampling delicious desserts. We will also hear from a number of New Life ministries that will be “debuting” or starting up again this fall. Come to spend time with other women and learn more about New Life fall ministry opportunities.  We look forward to our fellowship together!  Don’t miss out and consider inviting a friend or neighbor! WMC Contact: Krystal Dowell |
  • WMC Training | Aug 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10 (10:30-12pm) {Room 217}
    Just a friendly reminder for the ladies who have already been nominated and accepted for the 2016 training to mark your calendars.  All training sessions are scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of every month through Dec.  Thanks!  We look forward to seeing you!


  • Women’s Summer Study: Ruth | Offered Tuesday Mornings (9:30-11:30am) & Tuesday Evenings (7-9pm) {Room 217}
    It’s not to late to join! Join us as we dive into the book of Ruth using the study guide Ruth by Kathleen Nielson.  The study is offered Tuesday Mornings (9:30-11:30am w/ babysitting provided) OR Tuesday evenings (7-9pm) on the following dates: June 21, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 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!)  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 |
  • Titus 2 | Sign-Up July 24, 31, & August 7 {Church Foyer}
    Attention, ladies!  Titus 2 sign-ups are coming soon and will be available July 24, 31 and August 7 in the church foyer.  New Life’s Titus 2 Ministry would like to invite you to join in our 7-part study of  the book of Esther beginning this fall. Titus 2 is a ministry of women gathering together for discipleship, fellowship and prayer with the purpose of sharing our lives and encouraging one another in our walk with God.  Each group begins with a meal, followed by time of studying God’s word and sharing our insights, and ending with time of prayer for each other. Groups meet monthly in various locations and at various times.  We hope there is a time that is right for you.  Please consider joining us!
    Questions, please contact: Gale Puffenberger | 


  • Osiecki Reception | Sun., July 31, Following the Evening Service {Fireside Room}
    Join us in celebrating the Osieckis’ service as missionaries. We will have a reception in the Fireside Room at 7 pm following the evening service. Cake will be provided.  Please consider bringing something to share.   The Missions Committee will be hosting this reception.  Any additional hands to help set-up or clean-up would be greatly appreciated. Contact: Christine Fulcrod | | 540-746-4848
  • Sewing & Quilting Ministry is hosting a KIDS SEWING BOOT CAMP! | Tues. – Thurs., Aug. 9th – 11th, 9:30am – 12:30pm {Room 100} 
    Kids will be learning sewing basics, and each day will learn a new technique building on what was learned the previous day! They will get to take home three projects.  Ages 8+.  Cost is $30 per child, which covers supplies.  If you have a sewing machine that you could lend for the three days of the program, they would be greatly appreciated! To sign up or get more info contact: Cassie Adams | 
  • Girls’ Study (Rising 6th Grade & Up) | June 26, July 10, 24, 31, & August 7
    The Girls’ Study has begun! The books are $14. Checks can be made out to NLICC with “Girls’ Study'” in the memo – please give to Heather O’Hara.  Contact: Heather O’Hara |


  • Food Pantry {Items can be dropped off in foyer in bin marked Food Pantry}
    The food pantry needs jelly (grape, strawberry, apple)! Would you consider adding a jar 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, ham), pickles, macaroni & cheese, floss, lotion, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and face soap.  Contact: Connie Both |


  •  Meals for the Marshalls 
    Praise God for baby Wesley born to Scott and Rebecca! If you would like to provide a meal, please contact: Annie Page |
  • Pre-School Assistant Needed
    Christ Covenant School (CCS), a discipleship ministry of New Life In Christ Church, is seeking a volunteer to serve as a pre-school assistant on Tuesday mornings from 8:30-12:30 for the 2016-2017 school year.  This is a significant way to serve NLICC’s covenant children.  The position is to assist our pre-school teacher, Ruth de los Santos, who will prepare the lessons.  OR, perhaps you are interested in learning more about CCS for your own pre-schooler. This is an excellent opportunity to serve one morning a week while you learn about the program and have your child in class with you.   CCS’s mission is to disciple covenant families who have a desire to be trained in a Biblical view of life and education and to be intimately involved in their children’s education.  To discuss the details, contact: Barbara Plating | 540-412-9513
  • College Ministry Needs
    God is working through the new College Ministry house!  The ministry still needs several items to operate more effectively.  Any new or gently used items, as well as gift cards, would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you for considering serving in this way!  Contact: Joshua or Anacari Storms 
  • 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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