NLIC Women’s Update (09/01/16) | “The Lord Is My Portion” – WMC Corner Update

Theme for September: “The Lord Is My Portion”
Lamentations 3:24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.” 

Women’s Ministry Committee Corner Update

By Phyllis Di Bella

When I think of the word “portion” it immediately takes me back to my childhood days and growing up with loving, caring parents who always were there to shelter and take care of me. Whenever we would sit down to a meal, they never neglected to fill my plate with just the right portion of each item on the table. And growing up in an Italian-American family, those portions were often huge! So even if it wasn’t my favorite (which usually it was), I had to sit there until it was gone. They knew what was best for me, and they were given the responsibility to follow up with a wise plan.

So in my eyes, a portion is just the right amount of something that I need and that is good for me. I love to hear Pastor Doug’s paraphrase of the first verse of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need…” So often, I think I know what I need, and as a child that was certainly very true. I sometimes didn’t think I needed all those vegetables on my plate, but in fact those older, wiser parents of mine knew better. How much more so is this the case when we think of our loving, heavenly Father whose Word states through the psalmist that He is our portion? He is our Good Shepherd, and in Him we have just the right amount of everything we need.

So if all this is true, then how can I choose not to hope in Him? It all makes perfect sense, as I sit here and type these words. But there are those days, which we all face, when our hope in Him seems to drop by the wayside. There are those times when we are overwhelmed by the urgent needs which arise, the on-going duties that never seem to end, or the lingering feelings of things undone, just to name a few. It’s so easy to lose hope and spiral downward. But as we were reminded last month, God is a God of restoration, and in His Word, the Bible, we find restoration for our souls. We find new life in reading His Word, praying, serving one another, and ministering in numerous ways. And so once again, as He restores our souls, we know He is our Portion. He is everything we need. This is an on-going process in our lives, and we have the privilege of seeking Him each and every day to find Him anew and put our hope in Him.  

Current Announcements

WMC EVENTS  (For the church-wide calendar, click here)Women's NLIC Calendar at a Glance-9

  • Prayer Shower for Expectant Mothers | Saturday, Sept. 10th, 9-10:15am {Fireside Room}
    We are looking forward to celebrating our expectant mothers & moms of babies born since our last Prayer Shower (Feb. 2016).  Join us for a time of fellowship, breakfast, and prayer!  If you are expecting and would like to be honored, please contact: Krystal Dowell |
  • WMC Training | Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, 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 November.  We look forward to seeing you!


  • Women’s Bible Study | Begins Sept. 13th, 9:30-11:30 Tuesday Mornings {Room 217}
     Co-facilitated by Karen Melnick and Heather O’Hara. Grace through the Eyes of Jesus: Interactive Bible Study on Luke by Paul Miller. “Our world is full of talk about grace – but grace is easily misunderstood. This Bible study will help you to explore grace through the lens of Jesus’ interactions and teaching in the gospel of Luke. In these stories, you will discover a richly textured world filled with the beauty of God’s character, and the truth about grace.”
    An 18-week study.  The Bible study portion is done interactively in class, reflection questions are done at home.  Appropriate for someone new to the Bible or one who has known Jesus for years. Invite a friend!  You will need to purchase your own Participant’s Manual ( No homework is due prior to the first session.  Childcare may be available. Please RSVP to Heather ASAP if needed.  Contact: Heather O’Hara | 
  • Titus 2  
    Titus 2 sign-ups in the foyer are over. We are thankful for all of you who have joined a group to study Esther with us this year.  If you would still like to participate, there are still some spots open.   Please remember to purchase your copy of our study book Ruth and Esther by Kathleen B. Nielson  before you come to your first group meeting.  The cost is $8.99 and it is available at  Contact: Gale Puffenberger | 


  • Meals for the Aukers
    Praise God for a new addition to their family.  If possible, please use disposable dishes to makes things easier for the family.  Thank you for blessing the Aukers by providing them a meal. Contact: Lucinda Lorei
  • Parents of Sunday School Children (Nursery Age – H.S.)
    Parents, please register your child(ren) for NLICC Sunday School.  This information will facilitate planning, scheduling, purchasing and record-keeping for the benefit of the ministry.
  • It’s Child’s Praise
    And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?” Matthew 21:16(b). This year we will be adding a series of 8-week music classes for little ones.  It’s Child’s Praise is a 25-minute class that features singing, movement, instrument play, music crafts and beginning music reading and ear training.  Classes will be divided 6 months-18 months and 19 months-35 months, ideally.  As the signups come in, the classes may change. Other classes and times may be added as needed. The first class begins September 29 and run consecutive weeks through November 17th.  A new session will be held after the new year. Veronica is trained in Kindermusik® and is using that experience to develop a class that will be a precursor to the arts program here at New Life.  Signups are online on the church website or you can sign up at the ministry table in the foyer August 28th, September 4th & 11th.  Contact: Veronica Allison | 


  • 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 |


  • 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


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All for His glory,
The Women’s Ministry Committee

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