Pastoral Letter (5/8/20) Sunday Events and Links; New Sermon Series; May 10 Drive in Worship; Reopening Update

Due to the drive-in service this week,
we have a number of changes to our schedule this Sunday.
Please review this email carefully.

Upcoming Events via Livestream (

This Sunday (5/10/2020)

  • 9 am – No Sunday School this week
  • 10 am – Drive in Worship Service: Pastor Sean Whitenack preaching (also available by Live Stream) See information below
  • Evening Word & Fellowship: Pastor Doug Kittredge Teaching (at 6:00 pm via Zoom); Also available by Live Stream
  • 7 pm – Youth Discipleship Group (look for Zoom Link from Jay Storms) 

MONDAY: Day of Prayer and Fasting – Meet for Prayer at 5 PM by Zoom:

New Sermon Series:  “Fear not, little flock” – The Promises of Jesus and our Fears 

Dear New Life in Christ Church Family,

Luke 12:32 – “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Much of our spiritual defeats come simply because we are fearful. It isn’t that God fails to provide what we need, it’s that we listen to the spirit of fear and don’t take advantage of the resources God has already made available.

In Luke 12:32 Jesus reminds us that God desires to give a kingdom to his disciples. In light of this wonderful promise, there is no reason for us to be overcome by fear. “Fear not, little flock.” Our Father has a kingdom for his children. If we are going to walk faithfully with our God, we need a vision bigger than our fears.

This is where the promise of the kingdom comes in, a kingdom one where Jesus rules and reigns, a kingdom that is full of grace, forgiveness, truth, righteousness, self-control, and love. When we surrender ourselves to the one who conquered sin and death, we find everything we need to overcome fear and find the courage we need for whatever comes our way.

Having just finished our study of 1 Peter, wse will start a new sermon series that will show us the ways Jesus overcomes our fears. Over the next few weeks we will address a number of fears that are common for most people, and learn how Jesus helps us overcome them as His kingdom-minded people.

Faithfully Yours,
Pastor Sean 

Remember: If you have specific needs, please let us know ( || 540-786-4848) so that we can pray for you and offer any practical help. Our elders are available as are our deacons ( Please be aware of your neighbors needs, especially the elderly and vulnerable. We are here for you.

Questions about Reopening for Worship? 

Click here for the 5/8/20 Reopening Update


Invitation: May 10, 2020 Drive-In Service (Link)

Join us May 10
for a “Drive-in” Worship service
in the church parking lot

10 AM
** Live Stream will also be available **

We are trying to get a grasp on how many people to plan for. If you would be willing to help us with this, please RSVP online

How it works:

  • Drive to the church parking & let our ushers direct you (they will direct bigger vehicles to the back and small cars to the front so people can see)
  • You MUST have a car radio to hear the service. Tune into FM radio station 87.9
  • We aim to keep our service around one hour
  • Livestream is available but will have a delay
  • Please stay in your car and practice physical distancing
  • Singing: Either print song sheets at home or get from an usher
  • Offerings: Ushers will be available to receive drive-up offerings as you leave

Requested of you:

  • Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to give everyone a chance to get situated in time for the service to start
  • As much as you can, please use one car per household
  • Please stay in cars. We witness to our children, neighbors and visitors by honoring distancing rules
  • Restrooms: Open for emergencies only. Please plan to not use restrooms for the morning.
  • Invitation: Please invite friends and family to attend


  • Kids: Bring snacks, use bathroom before you come

Psalm 17:15 – “As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.”

We are working this plan with state laws, local law enforcement, and our church officers and doorkeepers to make the drive-in service safe and worshipful.

We invite you to drive up, remain socially distant, and worship the Lord as His gathered people. If you choose not to, please continue to participate in corporate worship via livestream.


Preparing for Sunday Worship 

Click here are some tips for preparing to join the live stream from home.

Hymns for the week: #100 “Holy, Holy, Holy!” (vss. 1, 2);  #521 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” (vss. 1, 3) 

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