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Firsts and Faithfulness
by Katie Titus
I was asked to share how God sustained me during a recent trial. I hope that you will be encouraged to reflect on God’s provision in your own life, no matter what circumstance you face. Here’s what happened….
That first time we drove to the doctor, I couldn’t help but wonder if my fiance Peter was just being paranoid about his symptoms. After eating 3-day old BBQ at a work party, I concluded that his upset stomach was really just the result of a bad lunch decision. After 2 ER visits, 2 abdominal surgeries, 3 ft less of intestine, a couple cool scars, and 2 weeks in the hospital, I knew how wrong that initial thought was!
For us, this experience was marked with many “firsts.” The first time we had to make big decisions together (beyond deciding to marry, where to live, and if we really should put that electric juicer on our registry). The first time I reflected on the mortality and fragility of our bodies. The first time I realized how selfish I could be, as I was often silently feeling sorry for myself with 16 hour-long days of going to work and visiting him in the hospital. Needless to say, the whole thing wasn’t part of the idyllic 5 month engagement I had imagined.
First, God reminded me of this: “He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge…” (Ps 144:2) In case you weren’t sure, I’m pretty sure the “He” in this passage is not referring to Peter. God showed me how tightly I held onto Peter (and sometimes still do). My hope, joys, and fulfillment rest with the Lord. I thank God for that and am learning to trust that truth a little bit more. Second, while I was struggling with putting Peter’s needs ahead of my own, God went ahead and blessed me anyway. An outpouring of love and generosity was shown to both of us. A number of times I arrived at the hospital only to find friends already there keeping him company. Some ladies at New Life took up a collection and provided gift cards, so I wouldn’t have to worry about meals while visiting the hospital. (That was amazing to me – especially the Starbucks card, which isn’t even a necessity! Thank you again!!) That particular provision came during an emotional low point, which made it that much sweeter. I felt the blessing of being part of the church: the body helped minister to my spiritual needs by meeting physical ones.
I have a newfound empathy for those dealing with a sick loved one. If that applies to you, I pray you feel God’s strength and peace today. To those dealing with trials of any kind, seemingly big or small, remember that through Jesus Christ, we are sustained with just enough strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. God’s faithfulness is great! In His Love, Katie
I grew up in NY and came down to Fredericksburg for school and started attending New Life in 2008. After earning an MS in Education, I decided I didn’t want to teach and considered moving to TN. I realized God had other plans for me when I took a job as a surgical coordinator in the area, found a passion for the medical field, finally joined the church, and starting dating Peter 🙂 I teach the 2nd grade Sunday School class, and I love art, music, animals, and cooking. Katie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Movie Night, this Friday, July 12th at 7pm in the Youth Room. Encore presentation of October Baby
Women’s Ministry Committee Meeting, Saturday, July 13th at 8:30am in Room 219
Women’s Ministry Training, Saturday, July 13th at 10:00 in Room 219. Read Chapters 8 and 9 of Women’s Ministry in the Local Church to prepare.
Vacation Bible School – July 22-26 – Notes from Carrie Verbosky:
- Thank you for all the help we have already received for VBS this year.
- We are still in need of food donations – sign up in foyer
- Please try to register your children this weekend (July 14th) so we can avoid a line at the registration desk on the first day.
- We will accept any help we can get on the 21st after the picnic to move furniture and set up/decorate the classrooms.
Open House at the O’Hara home this Sunday, July 14th after Evening Service. Directions will be in the bulletin.
Church Picnic after Morning Service next week, July 21st
- Bring your own meat and buns
- The church will provide drinks, paper goods and condiments
Red Cross Blood Drive at church on August 21st 2-7pm
- Sign up in the foyer on July 21st
- Babysitting will be available, make a note when you sign up
- Tips for a successful blood donation
Save the date : Movie Night for Girls and Women, August 2nd at 7pm in the Youth Room – Love Comes Softly
Ministry Opportunity: Frances Sexton is looking for women to help with the ESL ministry to Afghan women in the community. If you would be interested in making visits to their homes on Mondays or Thursdays to teach English and familiarize them with our culture please contact Frances. There is a need for women to watch the children while their mothers are in “school” so consider volunteering to babysit as a part of the team.
From Christine Fulcrod:
This is to acknowledge and give thanks to those who have recently given items to our kitchen:
- The Wednesday Night Care Group (who funds their own meals and does not have a budget) kindly purchased the following with their excess funds from this year –
- a blender
- a hand mixer
- and two large crock pots!
- Patrick and Tessie Crowley gave a Kitchen Aid Mixer
- The Tyler’s gave a used refrigerator that will replace the old one the KAC uses
The small items have been labeled for New Life and are for everyone’s use, but we do ask that they are not removed from the building. Thank you all for your generosity!
Also, we still hope to get the kitchen painted before long and have a good “clean out” maybe after VBS.
Do you have information you’d like shared with the women of the church? Email us at WM@nlicc.org and we’ll pass it along.
in His grace,
for the Women’s Ministry Committee