Women’s Update (08/13/2014) | Gratefulness of Current Pioneer Girls

This is our last week showcasing the Pioneer Girls Ministry.  Please be encouraged by these Pioneer Girls’ hearts and Jessica Peters’ story of why she has prayerfully decided to serve this year in Pioneer Girls.  May God be glorified through these stories!

Ministry Spotlight:
Gratefulness of Current Pioneer Girls

Pioneer Girls is an intentional discipleship ministry to girls ages 4-15.  At Pioneer Girls, we mentor girls to love God, learn from His Word, gain life skills and to love each other and serve in community.  I could say much about the blessing of Pioneer Girls, but, I think it’s best to hear from them:

  • “I like Pioneer girls because I like to learn more about God.” – Emillie (8)
  • “I love crafts! And playing with friends and learning about God.” –Wren (6)
  • “Snack!  And when we act out something…from the Bible.” –Karis (7)
  • “The camp out and movie night! Spending time with my friends.”  –Audrey (10)
  • “We get snacks. It’s fun, and we get do a lot of crafts.” –Sophia (7)
  • “I like Pioneer Girls because it is fun and we get to make crafts and sing.” – Gracie (7)
  • “I like Pioneer Girls because it’s fun.” –Jessica (12)
  • “I agree with Jessica.”  –Juliana (13)
  • “I love Pioneer Girls because I loved to learn about God and I made new friends with so many wonderful girls.” –Melanie (9)
  • “It’s fun and you learn about God’s Word.” –Abby (11)
  • “I like Pioneer Girls because I learn about God and Jesus and it is a lot of fun.” – Erin (12)
  • “I really like Pioneer Girls because I like to have fellowship with other girls, some that I don’t even know.  I like to learn about God in a fun way.  I’m excited…for older girls to learn more about leadership.  I think the name ‘Challengers’ is cool.”  -Kacy (12)
  • “It’s fun. We learn that we are part of God’s family, and that He loves us. We get to know the women in the church, and see how they care for the younger girls. We learn things like broadcasting, sewing, camping, manners, and cooking, which can be useful skills in the future.” –Anna (14)

The Lord is answering our prayers for leaders!  We are so thankful for the ladies who are willing to share their lives with these precious girls.  By way of inspiration to other ladies who may be considering their part in this ministry, I’ve included a testimony from Jessica Peters who will be leading next year.  I asked her why she believes the Lord is calling her to serve:

“Sharon asked me to write about why I decided to serve in Pioneer Girls this year.  Here are some of my thoughts:

  • This ministry has been a blessing to my daughters and I want to volunteer as an act of gratitude and to likewise be a blessing to other young ladies.
  • I want to cultivate relationships with a variety of kids in the church, widening the sphere of influence that I currently have in Christ Covenant School and the church library.
  • Last May, I purposed in my heart to follow after Christ wholeheartedly and to be open to where He would have me serve.  As I’ve seen the pleas for Pioneer Girls volunteers, I have prayed and pondered if I can fit this into my life without letting my priorities get out of order and I believe by the grace of God I can.
  • Finally, I was encouraged in my decision to serve as a PG leader by my Bible’s study notes on Isaiah 62.  The chapter was about God’s giving His people some new names, like “The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD; and you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.” (Isaiah 62:12)  I am a Christian. “‘Christians’ are those whose name has been changed because of their union to the risen Lord (Acts 11:26).  Such a name change also changes us.  Bearing the name of Christ, we are invited to live a cross-shaped life, willing to give ourselves for the glory of his righteousness and to suffer (in this case it’s more like sacrificing time) for the joyful spread of the gospel.” – Source

Lastly, we still have a few, yet important needs for leaders:

  • Leader’s Boys (3-4) upper elementary aged boys to be supervised during PG meetings
  • Activity leader for Pathfinders, our 3-4th graders (co-leading with Heather O’Hara)
  • Activity Unit leaders for our new Challenger group.  Specifically, we are looking for ladies who are willing to teach our middle school girls life skills: sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, stamping/card making, jewelry making, crafts/gifts, embroidery, cooking, baking, cake decorating, painting, gardening, flower arranging, sports, photography, etc. YOU NAME IT!  If you have a passion for something and would like to share it with 12-15 year olds, please contact me or Dorinda.  It would require only a 2 week commitment during the school year.  

Thank you for letting us highlight Pioneer Girls this month in the Newsletter. 

Contact: Dorinda McConnell or Sharon Leaman (jhmconnell@gmail.com and/or leamans@yahoo.com)

Current Announcements:


  • Women’s Fall Study: The Lamb of God: Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Study | Tuesday Mornings, 9:30-11:30 am {Room 217}
    We would love for you to join us for our fall Women’s Study beginning September 15 through November 28.  Draw near to the Lord with us as we study Nancy Guthrie’s The Lamb of God.  Childcare is available – when you register, please make sure you list the ages of your children. For more information and registration, click here.  Contact: Heather O’Hara
  • Care Group Signups
    Care Groups begin during the week of September 14.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be in a weekly intentional, cross-generational fellowship with other members of our covenant community.  Care groups provide us the opportunity to think together as we focus on God’s written word.  They also allow us to walk alongside one another in grace.  Watch for signups in the bulletin.  Questions?  Contact the church office.


  • Play (a spoof on Hansel & Gretel fairytale) | Thursday, August 20 at 6 pm {Downtown Library Theater}
    Ella Liu is directing a play whose proceeds go to the Central Virginia Justice Initiative (CVJI). Tickets are $7 per adult (under 12 free) and available from Ella or at the door.  For information about CVJI, click here.
  • NO September Women’s Prayer Breakfast
    There will be no Women’s Prayer Breakfast on September 12 in lieu of the Michael Card Concert/Conference held that same weekend.  We are grateful for the women who gathered together on August 8 for our “Back to School” Prayer Breakfast with our three wonderful guest speakers: Sharon Leaman, Steph Middleton, and Phyllis Di Bella.
  • September Prayer Shower for Expectant Moms: Campfire Style | Friday, September 4 at 7:00 pm {Amy Auker’s Home}
    We will be celebrating the expectant arrival of Drew & Sarah Kittredge’s baby through prayer, fellowship, and S’Mores.  If you are also expecting and we can be in prayer for you and your growing family, please let us know.  Bring your girls & lawn chairs as we gather around the campfire and pray for the Kittredges as their family grows s’more. Contact: Amy Auker


  • Two More Meals Needed for Mangus Family
    As Nancy continues to recover from her surgery, would you consider blessing their family with a meal?  Diabetic-friendly meals for 3 would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Joy for the sign-up, if able to provide a meal.  Contact: Joy O’Toole
  • Sunday School Teachers & Assistants
    Many opportunities are available as Promotion Sunday (August 30) is around the corner!  Please prayerfully consider teaching or assisting.  This weekly commitment might only involve 50 minutes of interaction (9-9:50 am) with these little ones, but, the Lord certainly uses those precious minutes to build up kingdom leaders. Contact: Laurie Burrows
    SS Teaching Assisting (4)
  • Junior Worship Teachers Needed | Once-a-Month Rotation {August 30-May}
    Junior Worship provides children aged 3-4 the opportunity to hear God’s word and worship together at their level.  Children attend Junior Worship from about 10:35 (after the offering) through the end of the service.  Junior Worship is meant to model the worship service: there is singing, prayer requests + prayer time, and a short bible lesson + uncomplicated craft.  Four teams (each consisting of 2 adults+1 pre-teen helper) each serve once a month.  Many resources are available for crafts, lessons, etc.  Questions? Ask Laurie! Contact: Laurie Burrows
  • Pioneer Girls Teachers & Substitutes Needed
    Many teachers and assistants are needed!  Please prayerfully consider being a light to these girls ranging from PreK – 9th grade!  Contact: Dorinda McConnell or Sharon Leaman
  • Rides Needed to Church for the Cotton Girls | Tuesdays and Wednesdays Afternoons this Fall
    The Cotton girls, daughters of T.J. in our church, would love to participate in drama, choir, and Pioneer Girls this fall but will need  a ride on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to church.  It would involve picking them up from Salem Elementary School on Salem Church Rd. and taking them to church.  They may have rides home but definitely a ride to the church.  Contact: WMC | wm@nlicc.org
  • {Help Needed in September} Church Kitchen Cleaning Volunteers
    A deep-cleaning maintenance schedule has been created.  We suggest during the first week of the month, 2-3 people get together to clean & organize the kitchen. Sign-up with a friend or get to know someone new!  You can access the sign-up here. Contact: Christine Fulcrod 540-746-4848 | nlicc@nlicc.org
  • {Last Remaining Needs} Furnishings & Cleaning Supplies for Church Manses
    If you are able to donate gently used (or new) furnishings and new cleaning supplies, please contact Kathryne Marple or the deacon on call. Manse Needs
  • Bulletin Folding Volunteers
    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


  • Food Pantry {Items can be dropped off in bin in foyer marked Food Pantry}
    Red and black canned beans, spaghetti sauce, pancake mix & syrup, pickles, powdered detergent, rice, macaroni & cheese, cookie mix, brownie mix & frosting, boxed pie crust mix, canned ham, broccoli cheese soup, gravy, pizza sauce/crust mix/Parmesan cheese/mushrooms, deodorant, toothbrushes, individually wrapped toilet paper. Contact: Connie Both


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Additionally, please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, praises, or prayer requests.

All for His glory,
The Women’s Ministry Committee

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