NLIC Women’s Update (09/29/16) | “The Lord Is My Portion” – Reflection

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.”


By Canaan Miller

I think I tend to underestimate who God is and what it means to be his daughter. I mean, sure, I don’t need the world’s approbation, because “the Lord is my portion.” It’s not a big deal when unexpected bills make money a little tight one month because “the Lord is my portion.” But what would my life look like if my hope were solely in Him?

Lamentations was written as Jeremiah mourned the destruction of Jerusalem – a destruction that he had actually prophesied. With his own eyes, he saw the horror and misery of this once great and beautiful city. In the first chapter, Jeremiah wrote about this desolate place that once was full of people, this princess who had become a forced laborer, this once-loved city that was now friendless and betrayed. What a terrible picture! But in the midst of Jeremiah’s lament, he said, “This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.” (Lamentations 3:21) What could he possibly have remembered that would give him comfort, let alone hope, in the midst of such tragedy?

“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
for his compassions are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,
‘Therefore I have hope in Him.’
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
to the person who seeks Him.”
– Lamentations 3:22-25

Amazing! Jeremiah looked at his home in smoke and rubble, his people murdered or lost, and rejoiced in the Lord, his portion. What if I viewed God that way? What if I looked at the worst life could possibly hand me and accepted it confidently, because the Lord is my portion? Or what if I looked at the very best and most wonderful life I could imagine having, and shrugged off its importance, because the Lord is my portion? In The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis wrote, “He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.” Do I believe that? Do I act on it? If I stopped underestimating God, and took Him at His word, I think it would mean that I could look at multiple unexplained miscarriages and rest joyfully in the Lord, because He is my portion. It would mean that I could peacefully carry on in the midst of house renovations that never end, because the most perfect house in the world can’t compare to the Lord, my portion. It would mean that I could stop fearing my own emotional anguish, and love hurting children with painful backstories, because the Lord is my portion, and theirs. If my hope is in the Lord, my portion, that changes everything.


 Current Announcements

WMC EVENTS  (For the church-wide calendar, click here)womens-nlic-calendar-at-a-glance-10

  • Women’s Breakfast | Sat., October 8th, 9-10am {Judy Fulks’  Home}
    Celebrate fall on the Belvedere Plantation with us as at our October Women’s Breakfast!  Judy Fulks’ is kindly opening her home for the last women’s breakfast of the year. There will be time for visiting and eating, and  Brooke Peters will be sharing some thoughts with us — come and hear what God has put on her heart.  Remember that this is the last opportunitiy in 2016 to join together for our breakfasts.  Don’t miss out!  Prayerfully consider inviting a friend or neighbor as it’s such a wonderful opportunity for outreach!  WMC Contact: Krystal Dowell |
  • WMC Training | 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!


  • 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.  You may contact Gale Puffenberger.  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 |
  • Women’s Bible Study | Tuesday Mornings 9:30-11:30  {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 |


  • Pastor Appreciation Month (October) is almost here!
     We would like to show our appreciation for our ministry team by coordinating an online sign-up to bless them for the month of October. Please note that we are only making the names “public” so people can remember the date they signed up for, not for any recognition of the folks signing up. We desire to offer a schedule so that way the ministry team is not overwhelmed on any specific day, but, can enjoy truly each gift. Some ideas are: letters, meals, coupons for babysitting, gift cards, gift basket, off-season getaway at your rental property… Brainstorm and have fun! Make it a family affair or get together with a friend and be creative! Thank you for prayerfully considering blessing our ministry team, Pastor Doug & Mary Jane, Pastor Sean & Julie, Jonathan & Veronica, Sammie, and Paul.  Contact: WMC |
  • Sewing & Quilting Ministry Meeting | Sat. September 24th, 9:30am – 11:30am {Room 116}
    Come and be a part of our Sewing and Quilting Ministry!  New and beginner sewers welcome! Project will be: pillowcase dresses to go to Haiti in November.  For information on materials needed to participate in the ministry, contact: Cassie Adams |
  • 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.  The link is below, as well as on the NLICC website, and it only takes a few minutes to complete:
  • It’s Child’s Praise | 8-Week Class Begins Sept. 29th
    And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?” Matthew21:16(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. Currently, one class will be held Thursdays,10:30-11:00.  Other classes and times may be added as needed. The first class begins September 29 and run consecutive weeks throughNovember 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 |


  • Fredericksburg Pregnancy Center’s WALK for LIFE | Oct. 1st {Kenmore Park}
    Have you signed up for the WALK yet? Only one week left until we WALK for LIFE- Saturday, October 1st at Kenmore Park in Fredericksburg, yet it is not too late to get involved! Visit the WALK display table today to pick up a form or visit to set up a webpage or sponsor a walker. If you can’t make it, you can walk on your own and mail in your sponsor sheets. Help us to continue empowering moms and dads make a choice for life! For more info, contact: Caroline Pilgrim |
  • 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


  • 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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