Women’s Update 04/09/2015

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Abiding in the Father’s Love
By Gale Puffenberger

As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you.  Now abide in My love.” John 15:9

 Some translations of this verse use the word “remain” in place of “abide”, but I have always preferred the more old-fashioned verb abide because of the image it brings to mind.  When I think of abiding, I envision a comfortable house, nestled in a garden, surrounded by blue mountains.  It is evening, and a welcoming light is in the window and I am coming home.  Abiding speaks to me of peace, security, and contentment;  not just remaining, but resting in my Father’s love.

The next verse says ”If you obey my commands, you will abide in my Father’s love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commands and abide in His love.”  If I can abide in such a home as this, why would I ever leave?  Sadly, too often I find myself opening the door and heading down the road of disobedience.  It begins with my ungrateful heart, taking for granted the good things my Father has given me.  I feel put upon by my trials, get bored with my circumstances, grumble in discontent.  I allow things to draw my attention away from Jesus and all that I have in Him.  I stop abiding and start wandering, usually without a clue of what I am really looking for.

Thankfully, my Father doesn’t let me get too far.  He reaches out to me through His Word.  He confronts me through the wisdom and encouragement of friends.  And always His Holy Spirit calls me back to the mercy and grace that is waiting for me  because my Father’s love abides.  His perfect love for me bears all things, believes all things, never fails.  He remains the same and His steadfast love never ceases.

Jesus spoke these words of love and abiding on the night before He was crucified.  He spoke them to His disciples when He knew they would all very soon abandon Him.  But knowing their wayward hearts  He loved them with the same unbreakable love that He shared with His Father.  And His death and resurrection have brought us into that same circle of love, that same place of abiding.

My heart is just as wayward, and I am in constant need of His grace to turn me back home to Him, but I pray, “Let me dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

Current Announcements:

LOST: Carter’s Black with White Polka-Dot Diaper Bag
A diaper bag was accidentally left in the cry room during our Easter Service. It is black white polka-dots and has owls. If you know of the location of this bag, please contact Laura Heflin. Contact: Laura Heflin

NO Women’s Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, April 11, 2015
We will not be holding our monthly Women’s Prayer Breakfast on April 11 in lieu of the Talents to Treasure Mini-Conference later in April.

Ministry Project Opportunity | Tuesday, April 14, 9:30 am {Meet in Fireside Room}
A few women have been assisting with service projects at the church on Tuesday mornings. Two tasks that we will be tackling on April 14 could use the assistance of other willing, helping hands: (1) repairing/re-upholstering the orange chairs and (2) repairing/dusting the hymnals. You need NO background knowledge/experience regarding either task – just a cheerful heart & helping hands! Karen Melnick will guide us with repairing the chairs & Amy Auker will guide us with repairing the hymnals. If you are able to assist, please meet us in the Fireside Room at 9:30 am and leave as you need to. We would love for you to join us. Contact: Annie Page

[Date Change] Baby Shower for Nasim Alborzi | Thursday, April 16 at 4 pm
Please join us in a celebration of the expected arrival of Nasim & Amir’s baby boy. Erica Kasraie will be hosting the shower in her home. Cake and tea will be served. There are some needs before their baby boy arrives in May — Nasim has registered for a few things at Walmart here. Contact: Erica Kasraie

Modular Apartment Needs for Spring 2015
The Lord has certainly been faithful with how He has provided for our modular apartments. As one of the apartments is currently vacant, the deacons and members of the WM committee have assessed the needs for the apartment. If you are willing to donate gently used (or new) furnishings and new cleaning supplies by April 12, please click here. Thank you for your support of this ministry. Contact: Kathryne Marple

Book of Testimonies in honor of 40th Anniversary | Submit by April 15
You are invited to share your testimony of God’s faithfulness for a Book of Testimonies to be published for the 40th Anniversary. The objective of these testimonies will be to illustrate “How God has used New Life in Christ Church in Individual Lives.” The title of this book will be taken from Psalms 118:23, “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” Each testimony should be (1) under 750 words, (2) connected to a specific scripture, and (3) give God the glory. For example, it could tell how the Church trained you, provided leadership, or fellowship that helped direct your life or support a need. It could be your testimony of how the Church led you to salvation in Christ. Please send your submissions to Gary Mangus (sugnam@verizon.net) by April 15.

Final Opportunity for NLIC Directory Photos with the Kittredges | April 16, 17, and 24 {Room 100}
Drew & Sarah Kittredge are graciously providing three additional dates for photos at the church in Room 100. The photo sitting is free and takes about 15 minutes. You will also receive a complimentary 5×7 of the photo you choose for the directory. Additional purchasing options are also available. Sign up for your 15 minute session at https://kittcreative.youcanbook.me/. If you are unable to have your family’s photo completed during the offered session times, please submit a photo of your family to drewkittredge@gmail.com by April 24Contact: Sarah Kittredge

Final Photo Sign Up (1)

“Moses and the Burning Within” Auditions | April 17 & 18
Parts are available for all ages for a musical based on the biblical account of Moses. Auditions will be held April 17 & April 18. Auditions can be scheduled at other times, as well. Come ready to read and sing. It would be helpful to prepare a prepared piece. Our prayer is to present a Biblical account of Moses to our covenant community and the community at large using the musical, dramatic, and culinary gifts of the congregation. You can assist with set-up, tear-down, stage crew, sound, lightboard & followspot operation, hostess, food preparation, kitchen clean-up, waiters/waitresses, costumes, and orchestra. Contact: Esther Servais

2015 Women’s Ministry Training | Saturday, April 18, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm {Room 217}
We are grateful and thankful for the willingness of the women who will begin the WM Training in April. Eileen Roberts will be leading the first session on Chapters 1-3 from Ligon Duncan & Susan Hunt’s Women’s Leadership in the Local Church. Contact: Eileen Roberts

Bridal Shower for Josh Storms’ Fiancee, Anacari Jankowski | Saturday, April 18, 2 pm – 4 pm {Lorei Home}
A bridal shower will be held in honor of Anacari at the Lorei Home on Saturday, April 18. Josh and Anacari are registered at Bed, Bath, & Beyond and Amazon. Please RSVP: Lucinda Lorei or Roselyn Dale.

2015 Talents to Treasure Mini-Conference | Saturday, April 25, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
For those that have preregistered, please join us starting at 8:30 am for registration, mingling, and a light breakfast provided by the Women’s Ministry Committee. Enjoy the three sessions you are attending (your schedule will be emailed to you by April 11) and, then, please, join us for a potluck-style soup & salad bar. If you are able to bring something for lunch, please click here. Contact: Sarah Schroeder

RSVP for 40th Anniversary Banquet | Saturday, July 11, 2015
Our 40th Anniversary Banquet will be held at 6 pm on Saturday, July 11, 2015. It will be a time of fellowship, a delicious meal, and reflection of God’s goodness. Please RSVP by Friday, June 26. An Evite was sent out on February 24. If you did not receive this invitation, please let us know. Childcare is available for a limited number of children aged 0-3. Please let us know via the Evite invitation if you will be needing childcare. If you are willing and able to serve by assisting with childcare, it would be greatly appreciated. Contact: Amy Auker

Bulletin Folding
Do you have a couple hours on a Friday afternoon you can spare? Sign up HERE to fold bulletins after 1 pm some Friday. Takes about 2 hours (faster if you bring a friend!) Contact: Dayra Rumbaugh | 540-786-4848 | dayra@nlicc.org

Women’s Committee News
As the church seeks new interns, we urge you to consider donating gently used (or new) furniture to meet their housing needs via the modular apartments. The TimeToSignUp reflects needs for at least three master bedrooms as we plan to provide housing for several interns. We are grateful for all of your support of this ministry as we try to support the deacons with this endeavor. Thank you for your prayers as the church seeks new interns.

All for His glory,
The Women’s Ministry Committee


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