Women’s Ministry Update 4/18/13

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Thank you, Debra, for sharing and challenging us to take every opportunity to do good to our neighbors…

Welcoming the Foreigner in our Midst

by Debra Smith 

“Welcome to my country; I’m glad you and your family are here,” exclaimed a woman in line at Walmart to an Arab man standing near her. Careful not to come across as flirting with the man, whom she had noticed speaking a foreign language with his children, she still wanted to express happiness that they had immigrated to the U.S. To her shock, the man’s eyes filled with tears.

“I’ve been here nine years, and you’re the first person who has ever welcomed me to America,” he replied, obviously touched. “In my country, you could not leave the airport without being welcomed by ten people. Thank you. Thank you so much.”

The man was from Yemen, as the woman learned when she respectfully questioned, “May I ask where you’re from?” Of course he was Muslim — but he and his family members eventually gave their lives to Christ, after she invited them to a barbecue and shared the gospel with them. (She didn’t serve pork ;)).

It didn’t happen to me, but this is one of my favorite true stories of what can happen when we live in a spirit of obedience to God’s commands to the people of Israel regarding foreigners in their midst: “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field. … You shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 23:22).

It’s not always that easy, and it doesn’t always bear such quick, “easy” spiritual fruit. But welcoming foreigners in Jesus’ name is always worth it.

I welcome you to come on Saturday at 9 a.m. to hear more stories about, and an invitation to partner in, our church’s outreach to Afghan immigrants here in Fredericksburg. Even if you can’t make it, though, please welcome the next immigrant you see — it could change their life!


Current Announcements:

Women’s Breakfast this Saturday at 9am
Meet in the Fireside Room and hear from Debra Smith as she shares how we can minister to the nations right hear in Fredericksburg, VA.  Bring a friend, mother or daughter and something to share.

Important Retreat Information:

  • Room still available for May 3-5 Women’s Retreat: $120, ask Heather about scholarships
  • Heather will be in the foyer this Sunday, April 21st to register, collect payments and sign up for rooms and carpools
  • Please plan on meeting in the Fireside Room after church on April 28th for last minute information and coordination
  • Plan on arriving at Camp Overlook between 3-6pm Friday, May 3rd – dinner is at 6pm
  • If you know that you will not make it for dinner Friday or will miss breakfast or lunch Sunday please let Heather or Connie know

Hostesses for Preteen/Teen study needed
Would you be willing to host girls from the church for a Sunday afternoon?  We are going to bless them with a Bible Study and activities just for them.  You’d provide a simple meal after church and a home base for the afternoon; we’ll do the rest!  July 7, 14 and 28th still available, contact wm@nlicc.org if you can help.

Mark your Calendars for Women’s Summer Bible Studies (ages 15+)

  • Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
    • Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11:30, June 4-Aug 20, Room 141B
    • Lisa Capitano is facilitating
    • Book is $11, Study guide is $7
    • Read and complete Lesson 1 for discussion at the first class
    • Childcare available: $33 for one child, $49.50 for 2 or more
    • RSVP to Christine Fulcrod at nlicspotsy@aol.com


  • Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick
    • Thursday evenings, 7-9pm, June 6-Aug 22 (no class July 4th), Room 141B
    • Heather O’Hara is facilitating
    • Book is $12
    • Read and answer the questions for Chapters 1 and 2 for discussion at the first class
    • Childcare available: $33 for one child, $49.50 for 2 or more
    • RSVP to Christine Fulcrod at wm@nlicc.org

Preteen/Teen Summer Bible Study (rising 6th grade-age 14)

  • Sunday afternoons in June and July (all except June 16, Father’s Day)
  • Cost is $15 for the workbook
  • Girls will go as a group to the homes of different women of the church for a hosted meal  and program return for 6pm evening service.
  • They’ll study the book Becoming a True Woman While I’m Trying to make it through Middle School by Susan Hunt.
  • Various women of the church will lead the lessons and incorporate real service and ministry opportunities.
  • Sign up your daughter or questions to Heather at wm@nlicc.org

Testimonies of God’s Grace and Redemption
Nothing is more encouraging to the body of Christ as when we give glory to God for what He has been doing in our lives.  Annie Jedick has offered to line up pieces for our Women’s Ministry Updates so you might share the hope that is within you.  Contact her at wm@nlicc.org  if you have something you’d be willing to share.  Let Annie know if you know of someone who has a story that will bless or challenge us in our walks.

If you have ministry needs or opportunities you’d like shared, please contact us at wm@nlicc.org and we’ll get the word out.

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


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