NLIC Women’s Update (12/31/2015) | “Joy and Sorrow”

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Joy and Sorrow
By Beth Hamilton

Weeping may tarry for the night but joy comes with the morning.
Psalm 30:5

This year has had its joys but has also been a particularly difficult year for our family.  My oldest brother lost his battle with cancer in February.  My husband lost one of his best friends from high school as well as some extended family members.  We miss them greatly.

As we were preparing to send out our Christmas cards we received the news that my husband’s youngest brother had died suddenly and unexpectedly.  So for our family everything has come to a screeching halt.  As we walk through this time of tremendous grief, I wanted to put in words some of my thoughts.  I realize we are not alone in grieving during this season.  There are many who are grieving for different reasons.  Whether it is the loss of a loved one, a lost job, the loss of health or broken relationships, this time of year can be difficult.  I pray that through the sharing of my thoughts that some would find comfort and encouragement.

An event like this has caused me to reflect on what this season really means for me.  Can I celebrate this Christmas?  Can I find the Hope, Faith, Joy and Peace that we talk about during this advent season? Can I be thankful?

I am thankful that my hope is in the one who came to bind up the brokenhearted; to proclaim liberty to the captives, the one who comforts all who mourn. {Isaiah 61:1,2}
The Lord is near the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. {Psalm 34:18}
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. {Isaiah 9:6}
In this world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. {John 16:33}
I am thankful that I can look to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. {Hebrews 12:2}
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. {Psalm:121:1,2}
For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.  {Ephesians 2:8}
I am thankful that my joy comes from trusting in what Jesus has done for all of us. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. {John 3:16}
I am thankful that Jesus is my peace. {Ephesians 2:14}
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. {Psalm 23:1}
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27
Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. {Matthew 11:28-30}
I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live. {John 11:25}

I am thankful that Christmas comes every year and we have the opportunity to reflect on how much God loves us in giving us the greatest gift of all; Jesus.

About Beth: Beth Hamilton is married and has three adult children.  She and her husband are the proud grandparents of two granddaughters.  She has been attending New Life in Christ church for approximately 20 years.  She is active in the Titus 2 ministry and has helped to teach the 7th and 8th grade girls Sunday school class for several years.  She can be contacted at

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Current Announcements:


  • Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study begins January 12th from 9:30am-11:30am {Room 217}
    Join us in the New Year as we study The Son of David: Seeing Jesus in the Historical Books by Nancy Guthrie.  Sign up here:  You’ll want to purchase your book ahead of time and complete the first lesson.  Let us know in signup if you need childcare and we’ll try to accommodate.  Contact: Heather O’Hara |


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

  • 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 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


  • Welcome to JD & Michelle Tackett’s daughter, Natalie Mae, to our covenant family!
    Praise God for the birth of Natalie Mae to JD and Michelle Tackett on December 26. She was 7 lbs., 15 oz and 21 inches long. Contact Julie Root at (540)371-4686 if you are willing to prepare a meal for the Tacketts.  Contact: Julie Root | | 540-371-4686
  • 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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