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Our Covenant Privileges
by Gale Puffenberger
“Since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith…Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful” Hebrews 10:21-23
A few weeks ago, Pastor Doug preached on these verses that call us to community in Christ. As I reflected on these verses, I was reminded of my covenant privileges in Christ and the blessings of sharing in the family life of His church.
Though I grew up in a gospel-oriented church, the concept of God’s covenant relationship with His people was new to me. God’s promises to Adam & Eve, Noah and Abraham, His dealings with the people of Israel, and His relationship with David were evidence of His power, goodness and faithfulness, but those promises did not seem connected to me or my daily life. I knew that God had saved me by Christ’s death and resurrection, but I didn’t recognize my salvation as part of God’s bigger story.
When I began to hear about the meaning of God’s covenant relationship with us, first at the OPC Church we attended in Leesburg and then here at New Life, it was as though a light switched on in my heart. Those long-ago promises to Bible-story characters were promises that included me! God’s promise to Adam and Eve that His seed would one day crush Satan’s head gives me hope that one day sin and all the suffering it brings will be done with forever. When God promises the Israelites that they will enter His rest, I am grateful that I can rest from my own efforts to be righteous as I trust in Christ for His righteousness. When God promises David that one of his descendants will reign forever, I can rejoice because God has brought me into Christ’s everlasting kingdom. When God promises to make a new covenant with His people, writing His words on their hearts and minds, that same promise is made a reality to me through the gift of His Holy Spirit.
What a wonderful thing it is to be part of that story! God’s covenant not only connects me with His people in the past, but it offers me the grace of being part of His family here and now. I can come to Him with confidence because He sees me as His child. I can hold tight to the hope I have in Christ because He has always proved faithful to His promises. I am supported and encouraged by the fellowship I have here in our covenant body of believers. Understanding God’s covenant promises has brought me to the place of resting in Christ where I belong.
If you would like to learn more about the joy of being part of God’s covenant, please consider signing up for the 2014 NLIC Women’s Retreat in October. Our theme is “Sovereign God of the Covenants”. Come enjoy your covenant privileges together with us!
About Gale: Gale and her husband Harry have three children: Ian, Owen, married to Alexa and Caitlin. They have attended New Life for almost 24 years and have been blessed to be involved in all kinds of ministries from nursery duty to baseball. Gale is a Titus 2 mentor and volunteers with Young Life Capernaum. Her weekday job is as a Special Education paraeducator at Courthouse Road Elementary School.
Message from Kathryne Marple our Women’s Ministry Committee Chair toward the end.
Please RSVP to the Missions Banquet
The annual Missions Banquet is next Saturday, March 22nd. In order to prepare an exciting evening for us all, the Missions Committee would like to know how many people are coming. Please RSVP on the flyer in the bulletin on Sunday or let the office know.
Help with morning coffee treats for Sunday mornings during Missions Month.
Please consider contributing a treat one Sunday morning in March. Sign up HERE.
Teen Ladies’ Bible Study –4:15-5:45pm Tuesday afternoons in the Youth Room.
Brenda Storms is leading teen women through Pastor Leon Brown’s book Words in Season. Contact her if you would like to join.
Church Work Day March 29th from 9am-2pm
All kinds of work available for all kinds of abilities – contact Craig Cuddy and let him know if you can help so that he can plan to keep you busy for whatever time you can share that day.
Baby Shower for Laura Heflin, Saturday, April 5th from 2-4pm in the Fireside Room
Plan to share a Bible verse or word of encouragement as Laura prepares for motherhood. Laura is having a girl and is registered at Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us.
Nursery Sunday School Opportunity
We’re looking for 2-3 volunteers who would be willing to commit to working in the nursery during the Sunday School hour. It’s usually on a 3-month committment and can correspond to the adult Sunday School calendar (because it would be every week), but if some are just interested in committing on a smaller scale (a month at a time), that would be great too. We have lots of babies on the way and can defintely use the extra arms and help! Contact Karsta Toscano.
Talents to Treasure mini-conference, April 12th, 8:45am-1pm, lunch included – Sign up this Sunday in the foyer!
“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10
Learn something new! Join us for a fun time of fellowship and learning as we enjoy the talents of our sisters in Christ. Various small group sessions will be offered. You will preregister for 3 classes offered in 3 different time slots. The sessions include knitting, photography, jewelry making, healthy eating, gardening and more. No cost, but preregistration is required and will be held this Sunday and next. If you would like to contribute to the lunch, please sign up HERE.
Shoe Drive (in any size or condition!) for YoungLife Capernanum
Younglife Capernaum is participating in a fundraiser for Camp scholarships that will benefit all of Fredericksburg! We are collecting old shoes that will be donated to a child in need or broken down into useable resources. These shoes that we are collecting can be in ANY condition. Our goal is to collect 3000 lbs of shoes. If you have any shoes that you would like to donate, please put them in the box in the hallway by the nursery. If you have questions, please contact Gale Puffenberger.
Fall Women’s Retreat, October 24-26 at Blessings Lodge, Camp Overlook
“All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies. The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant.” Psalm 25:10 and 14
Retreat theme: “Sovereign God of the Covenants“
Teaching by our own Marcia Vastine
- $120 includes 6 meals and hotel style lodging with four singles per room, private baths
- Reserve your spot at the signup table in the foyer March 16th and 23rd with a $40 deposit to NLICC, additional $40 payments due in June and September
- Questions? Contact Connie Both
Office Help Needed
- Christine in the office is looking for some help with archiving our church history. If you would be interested by sorting records and/or church pictures, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-786-4848.
- Please let Christine know if you would be interested in helping to update the Missions Bulletin Board on at least a monthly basis. We would like to keep our missionaries’ information available to the congregation as many of them take time to send newsletters and pictures. Also we like to highlight New Life trips and teams that are ministering on behalf of our congregation.
- Do you have a couple hours on a Friday afternoon you can spare? Sign up HERE to fold bulletins after 1pm some Friday. Takes about 2 hours (faster if you bring a friend!) Questions? Ask Pam in the office.
Note from Kathryne Marple, Women’s Committee Chair:
Psalm 78:4 says, “We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders.” New Life has been blessed with numerous avenues to share God’s glorious deeds, power and mighty wonders with our covenant children. As a woman, consider how you have touched young lives in our covenant community with His truth and be encouraged! Ask the Lord to give you eyes to see those teachable moments “so the next generation might know them-even the children not yet born-and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying His commands.”(Ps. 78:6, 7) – Kathryne
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in His grace,
for the Women’s Ministry Committee
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