NLIC Women’s Update (12/24/2015) | Dec. Question of the Month

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December’s Question of the Month: Jesus as the Reason for the Season

“What does your family do (or what did your family do growing up) to ensure that Jesus remains the reason for the season?”

“Some 25 years ago, some of the women at New Life in Christ got together and made the felt Advent Tree Banner featured in a book called “Family Celebrations” by Ann Hibbard.  The banner has 24 felt circles (each women would make multiple numbers of only one circle, then share until we each had all 24 – kind of like a cookie exchange) each representing a Biblical reference.  For example, the first circle (Dec 1) is the Alpha and Omega symbol representing Jesus – External with the Father.  The book shares Scripture, songs and prayer pertaining to each circle/day.  So every December, we would get out the banner and the book and take turns reading and adding the circles.  It has been and continues to be a wonderful way to lay a strong foundation of who Jesus is and what He has done for each of us as we learn the Biblical story of Christmas interwoven with a strong gospel presentation.”
Mrs. Julie Root

Every year we write a letter to Jesus and place it under the tree.  These letters are supposed to be our gift to Jesus and serve as a reminder to examine ourselves before the new year.”
 Ms. Camille Lorei

“Each year we put up an Advent Tree.  We add an ornament to the tree each day and read a short passage of Scripture.  The ornaments tell the gospel story, beginning with a black heart that represents our sin and ending with a gift that is eternal life.  We started this tradition 25 years ago when our kids were small and we still look forward to putting up our little Advent tree each Dec. 1.”
Mrs. Gale Puffenberger

Growing up, my favorite part of Christmas was the music.  We always participated in Christmas caroling at the church I attended growing up.  There was annual caroling to nursing homes and shut-ins.  I made sure this was also part of my children’s Christmas as well. Now to pass it on to the grandkids.”
– Mrs. Kathy Ritchie

“We have been using the “Adornament” which are ornaments of the different names of Jesus. Each day we read the scripture and the little explanation about how he is the “Door”, “Immanuel”, etc., then we hang the ornament on the tree.  This year my husband has also decided to put passages from the OT and the NT about Jesus into the Advent calendar for the children to read.”
Mrs. Grace Ethridge

 “We enjoy participating in the various church events that are offered during the Christmas season.  A favorite for our family is the candlelight service on Christmas Eve. It is a Christ honoring, Christ centered event that we treasure attending.”
– Mrs. Annie Page

“When my children were young growing up at New Life, they loved the Advent Wreath devotional each Sunday at Worship so much so that they asked if we could do it at home again in the evening!  When one of my daughters started her own family, she asked for the handouts so she could continue with her family.  As teenagers when the kids didn’t want to go to the Christmas Eve Service (they would rather hang out with friends) we bribed them – yes, we did – and made it a tradition to go out to eat after the Christmas Eve Service.  As adults they have over the years attended the Christmas Eve Service while visiting and we still go out to eat afterwards!  They have cherished memories of these days focusing on Christ.  It is also special to see that they have manger scenes in their homes today as we always placed the Baby Jesus in the manger Christmas morning and sang “Happy Birthday Jesus”, as well as birthday cake with dinner!”
– Mrs. Eileen Roberts

When our children were growing up, we used a felt banner with symbols and accompanying devotional (Family Celebrations for Christmas by Ann Hibbard) every day during the month.  Donna Quann had a sewing party where many of us (way back then) created the banner and symbols to use with our families.  We had 3 special “jobs” each day, and as we have 3 children, each got to rotate doing one of these every day.  One would put up the symbol on the banner after the devotional related to it, one would put up a miniature ornament, including figures and items related to the Christmas story, on a Christmas tree advent quilt Steve’s mother made for us, and one would get to pray at dinner.
– Mrs. Kathryne Marple

If you have a devotional, “Ministry Spotlight”, or a “Question of the Month” you’d be willing to share, please e-mail

Current Announcements:

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

  • Christmas Eve Service | Thursday, December 24 at 6 pm {NLICC Sanctuary)
    Join us as we reflect on the birth of our savior Jesus Christ through Word and Song.  Pre-service music begins at 5:45 pm.   Contact: Church Office |
  • NLIC’s Annual Focus Day | January 30, 2016, 8:30am-12:30pm {NLIC}
    Reflect over the past year on the Lord’s blessings and express gratitude for what He has done through the various ministries of the church.  Look ahead for how the Lord will bless us in the coming year.  Join us for a lunch to close our time together.  Contact: Church Office | 540-786-4848


  • Women’s Breakfast | Saturday, January 9 at 9 am – 10 am {Barb Plating’s Home}
    Kick off the New Year with us as we meet together for our quarterly breakfast at Barb Plating’s home.  There will be time for mingling, eating, and Tamra Corbeau will also be sharing some thoughts with us — come and hear what God has put on her heart about becoming a new creation in Christ.  As the WMC has made some changes to our events — please remember that this is the first of just four opportunities 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! Contact: Amy Auker |
  • NLIC’s Annual “Dinners in Homes” | Saturday, January 23
    Save the date!  Consider participating in our annual opportunity for fellowship.  If you and/or your family are able to attend or even host, let the church office know via an upcoming bulletin insert.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to get to break bread and have fellowship with folks you might not ordinarily have interacted with previously!  Contact: Church Office | 540-786-4848


  • January 2016’s Question of the Month {Respond by January 21}
    “How do you plan to make 2016 count for you and your family?”  If you need ideas, keep an eye out for Pastor Sean’s challenges in the weekly NLIC Weekender.  Please respond here or email with your response.  Remember that your response can be designated as “anonymous”, if you so wish!
  • Church Newsletters Tidbits
    If you do not currently receive the Women’s Ministry Update on Thursday mornings via your email inbox, please contact to be added to the distribution list.  If you do not receive Pastor Sean’s weekly NLIC Weekender via your email inbox, contact to be added to the distribution list.  Please remember that Jonathan Allison also creates a monthly newsletter that is available in the foyer.
  • Church Directory Update
    Is your family listed in our church directory?  You don’t have to be a member to be in the directory.  We are updating the directory so if you want to be added or have any change in information, please mark the tear-off sheet in the bulletin and place in the offering plate OR contact the church office.  Contact: Church Office | | 540-786-4848


  • Manse Update
    Scott and Julia Ross moved into the manse this past Sunday, and we have just a few more items needed to prepare the manse for them.  We are not doing a pounding for them, but if you wish to donate a grocery or department store card for them, that would be appreciated.  If you are willing to donate any of the following items, please contact Kathryne Marple at, so she can let you know if it has been fulfilled already.  Your items and cards will need to be brought to the church office by Sunday morning or given to Kathryne at church or otherwise.  Thank you for all the items donated already and your help in making them feel welcome and cared for!
    — 2 small (bathroom/desk size) plastic neutral wastebaskets
    — 2 toilet scrub brush sets
    — 1 queen size lightweight blanket
    — 2 standard bed pillows (new preferred)
    Contact: Kathryne Marple |
  • Church Kitchen Cleaning Volunteers Needed for December-March
    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 {Volunteers Needed Friday, December 31}
    Do you have a couple hours on a Friday afternoon you can spare?  Sign up HERE to fold bulletins after 1 pm some Friday.  Takes about 2 hours (faster if you bring a friend!) Contact:Dayra Rumbaugh | 540-786-4848 |


  • Food Pantry {Items can be dropped off in bin in foyer marked Food Pantry}
    Cereal, microwave popcorn, soup, canned vegetables, canned meats (roast beef, ham, tuna, meatballs, sausage), pickles, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, floss, toothpaste and face soap.  Contact: Connie Both |


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All for His glory,
The Women’s Ministry Committee

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