Women’s Ministry Update 10/17/13

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Pastor Appreciation Month

Gretchen Trump provides the Women’s Ministry Committee with a prayer focus at our meeting each month.  Among other topics, Gretchen has had for our focus military wives and mothers, mothers with young children, the older woman, and vulnerability in our relationships.  This month is Pastor Appreciation Month and she provided this prayer for our pastors that we’d like to share:

Heavenly Father, we give thanks for Pastor Doug, Pastor Sean and Pastor Gary. We thank You for equipping these men with strength and making their way blameless (Psalm 18:32). These men are Godly men, delighting in Your Word. For them, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether (Psalm 19:7-9).”  We need these men of faith to bring forth Your Word to teach us, bring reproof and correction, and for training in righteousness that we may be complete and equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:13)You set before us. We know the Spirit of the Lord rests upon our pastors, “… the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).” May these men “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2).” May the congregation of New Life in Christ Church always have “pastors according to (Your) heart, which shall feed (us) with knowledge and understanding (Jeremiah 3:15)” Lord God Almighty, continue to watch over these men and their families. May they be encouraged and exhorted to carry on in the good fight of faith. To Your Glory and In the Name of Jesus we pray – AMEN!

Here are a few more Scriptures to use during your time of praying for our pastors:

“We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.”
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

“Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.”
Isaiah 55:4

“We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction…”
1 Thessalonians 1:2-4

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns’”
Isaiah 52:7

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”
Hebrews 13:7

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11

“So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden.”
1 Timothy 5:25

Take a moment to bless our pastors this month.  Consider writing a short note to each of our pastors this month sharing something that they have said or done that has especially encouraged, challenged, grown or changed you.  Remember Pastor Doug in prayer as he is in Israel for the next two weeks, Pastor Sean as he is in charge here at home while Pastor Doug is away, and Pastor Gary as he returns this weekend from a long visit with his mother.

If you’d like to receive Pastor Doug’s e-mail updates while he is in Israel, let Christine in the office know.

Current Events:

Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace, Friday, October 18th
Have you purchased your tickets yet?  Did you know there is a maximum family price for the concert?  Indelible Grace played at the last international PCA Women’s Conference in Atlanta and featured familiar (and less familiar but rich in meaning) hymns set to contemporary music.  A beautiful expression of truth and grace!  Before the concert at 7pm, Matthew Smith will lead a seminar on hymn rewriting at 5:30pm.  Contact the front office for tickets.  Bring a friend or neighbor.  Do you know of someone in music ministry at another church?  Make sure they know about this unique opportunity.

  • Tickets will be $5 in advance with a $15 maximum per family.
  • At the door the cost will be $7 in advance, $20 max per family.

Women’s Prayer Breakfast October 19th at 9am followed by Blessing Bags Activity
Ever wonder what to give the homeless guy begging at the intersection? Want to have a blessing on hand to share ready in your car for someone down and out?   Join us Saturday, October 19th at 9am to enjoy breakfast and make “Blessing Bags” – ziplocks filled with toiletries and treats. Bring your daughter or a friend and join us for fellowship and an assembly line. Amy Duncan and ladies from Evident Grace will be joining us. We’ll have tracts on hand to put in your bags to share the good news. It will take some planning ahead and everyone following through to bring the contents. Sign up here.  Breakfast food sign up is here if you’d like to bring something to share.

Mental Health and the Mission of the Church Mini-Conference – November 16th from 8:30am-1:30pm
Biblical counselor Pam Lopes, Dr. Mitzi Sampson and Pastor Sean will be educating, equipping and encouraging us to minister to ourselves, our families, friends and neighbors.  Mental health issues are ones that affect all of us in some way or another, yet are often kept  hidden and unshared with the church body out of shame or stigma.  How should the church respond to mental illness?  With compassion and help and the light of Christ – the same way she responds to any suffering.  Come spend the morning in worship, fellowship and learning with the women of the church.  Breakfast and lunch provided.  Bring a friend.  No cost, but donations will be accepted day of conference to defray costs.  Please email wm@nlicc.org if you are coming. RSVP is needed to plan for food and materials.

Hannah Reed is expecting soon!
Hannah’s due date is October 26th.  If you would like to provide a meal for the Reed family once their new baby arrives, please contact Julie Whitenack.

Save the date – October 24-26, 2014 – NLICC Women’s Retreat – Blessings Lodge at Camp Overlook
If you are interested in being a part of the retreat planning contact Gale Puffenberger or Connie Both.

Is there a particular topic or activity that you would like to see made available for the women of NLICC?  Let us know!

Do you have a ministry need or opportunity that you’d like to share with the women of the church?  Drop us an email and we’ll get it in!

You can reach us at wm@nlicc.org.

May you enjoy the gift of beautiful sunshine this week!

in His grace,
Heather O’Hara
for the Women’s Ministry Committee


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