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Grounded in the Truths of the Faith
by Kristin Garcia
“But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.”
I am so thankful for the gift of the Women’s Bible Study at New Life as it has greatly helped me to grow in faith and knowledge of who Christ is, what the scriptures mean for our daily lives and what He has prepared for those who love Him. This fall, we have been studying the Westminster Confession and it has been an amazing study, deep in truth and rich in the beauty of the scriptures.
In my early 20s I met my husband to be and we very quickly became engaged and married a few months later. From the time I met him, Chris’ tenderness for Christ and his discernment of scriptures were very apparent and evident in his life. I continue to thank God for providing a husband who loves the Lord and desires to serve him. Over the years, I have found myself relying on my husband to answer most questions I had pertaining to scriptures and to help quell my fears when doubts crept in. Sometimes this was a substitute for studying God’s word in depth on my own.
Although it is good that we can ask others for help in our walk with Christ, it is so important that we are making a point to draw near to him through reading the Bible in our quiet times, prayer, attending Bible studies etc. The study of the Westminster Confession continues to help answer many questions about the foundations of our faith.
Being part of the Women’s Bible is also a wonderful time to fellowship with other women. I cannot say enough good things about it and if you are able to attend you will be glad you came.
About Kristin: Kristin has been married to her husband, Chris for almost 11 years and is a stay at home mom with their three children, Keeli (6) Liv (4) and Luke (2). In her spare time she loves to quilt, sew, take long walks and read.
Meals for the Reed family in Celebration of new Covenant Baby
Caleb and Hannah Reed welcomed baby Silas to their family this past week. Julie Whitenack is coordinating meals for their family. Please contact Julie if you are able to provide a meal. (Julie says their care group is small so any help is greatly appreciated)
Help for Reformation Service Reception on October 27th
The Capitano Caregroup is setting up the reception for the joint NLICC, Evident Grace and Hope of Christ Reformation Service this coming Sunday evening. Lisa has requested the following:
There is a need for the following food items (and Lisa welcomes any other ideas you may have):
- any type of sandwich cut in quarters
- mini quiches
- chips, pretzels & dip / salsa
- assorted nuts
- veggie trays
- fruit trays
- cheese trays with crackers
- brownies, cookies, bars
- a couple of diabetic-friendly desserts
If you are able to provide food please have it at New Life by 5 pm this Sunday. If you need to drop it off prior to that, please label it for Reformation Service reception. The Capitano Care Group will be doing set up prior to the reception and will be cleaning up afterwards, but they welcome any additional hands. Contact Lisa Capitano if you are willing to help.
Women’s Bible Study – Westminster Confession of Faith
Meets Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11:30am. Childcare is available. You are welcome to join us at any time! You will not be behind as each lesson can stand alone and you can pick up right where we’re at. Class will meet Tuesday mornings until November 26th and then pick back up in the new year from January 14 – April 1. Contact Christine in the office for books and the assignment for the week. (Scholarships are available for those needing financial assistance for books or childcare)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are coming. RSVP is needed to plan for food and materials.
Pastor Appreciation Month
Consider writing a note or doing something special for Pastor Doug, Pastor Sean and Pastor Gary this month. Keep Pastor Doug in prayer while he is away in Israel.
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
We’ll hear from Brenda Storms next week with a testimony of involvement with Samaritan Purse’s Operation Christmas Child ministry. Heads up – shoeboxes will be collected from NLICC in November. Information an packing shoeboxes can be found HERE.
Praying this finds you reflecting on the Reformation and return to Biblical authority this week as we join Sunday evening to celebrate together with fellow PCA churches.
in His grace,
for the Women’s Ministry Committee