Women’s Update (08/27/2015) | The Teacher is Always a Student

The following Ministry Spotlight is about the Arts Ministry!  If you have a devotional you’d be willing to share, please e-mail wm@nlicc.org.

Arts Ministry: The Teacher is Always a Student
By Veronica Allison

Fall 1988:  First choir practice of the new children’s choir ministry at New Life in Christ Church.  There were about 15 little guys sitting in lovely yellow and black plastic chairs and I was to teach them.  Having a degree in Music Education, I had a clear idea that it was going to be more than just singing songs but music learning.  The goals have developed over 25 years as I’ve added knowledge and experience cultivated in the loving and encouraging environment of our church.  Let me share three of the ways the Lord has used others to help shape me as a teacher.

  1. Reading the works of the saints of our faith: Martin Luther wrote, “Music is an outstanding gift of God and next to theology. I would not give up my slight knowledge of music for a great consideration. And youth should be taught this art; for it makes fine skillful people.”

I love the fact that Luther began his work in the church as a member of a boys’ choir and later he used children choirs to help teach hymn tunes to members of his protestant congregations.  Children have been valued part of worship for centuries. I am always challenged with how to show the children how they are a participant in our worship of the living God.

  1. A teacher: This past Sunday, the great lady of children’s choirs and my professor, Helen Kemp went to be with her Heavenly Father and will forever sing his praises.  On earth, she taught thousands how we might teach our young people to sing God’s praises among his people.  She taught that it wasn’t enough just to teach the next generation to sing songs but to develop the whole child through the vehicle of music.  Her motto was “Body, mind, spirit, voice.  It takes the whole person to sing and rejoice.”  It was in her class that I began my journey as a church musician and it’s her legacy that I pass down to my students and those who lead in the Arts Ministry.

Body:  We do work on the physical aspects of singing and performing.  Esther has taken on a great deal of the movement training in what she does with the drama ministry.

Mind:  It is important that the student knows what he is doing.  What is the proper word, the proper technique, the details of the music or the techniques associated with movement and performing.

Spirit:  Taking the music beyond the page.  What does it say about the Gospel, about God, His son Jesus Christ, and who we are as children of the Lord.  How can we apply this in leading others into worship.

Voice:  The great gift given by God that he has commanded us to use.  How do we use it correctly?  How do we use it humbly? How do we use it as a lead worshiper?

Colossians 3:16: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

  1. Current believers: There is a tremendous amount of information about music and the value of music in the church, for our souls, in the lives of children, adults, elderly and the sick that I cannot possibly express even a small portion of what I’d like to share.  I am including one such article to read  http://www.unlockingthebible.org/why-singing-matters/

I’d like to close with one thought.  Probably my most favorite aspect of leading a ministry such as the Arts Ministry is getting to know the children of our congregation with whom I normally would not come in contact. With so many activities available to children that demand so much of their time and the time of their families, every child that takes part in a choir I see as a gift. For this, I am grateful.

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.


  • Online Signups for Choirs, Drama, and Handbells | Tuesday Night  {See Schedule for Respective Locations at Church}
    The New Life Arts Ministry will be conducting online signups for choirs, drama and handbells.  Online registration will be made available next week. Follow the link to fill out a form for each child.  Classes begin September 15th.  A schedule is available as an attachment to the WM’s Update Email.  Please email or call Veronica if you have any questions.  Contact: Veronica Allison


  • {Update} 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 Drew & Sarah Kittredge’s baby (due October 4) and Matt & Amanda Oberlin’s baby (due February 20) 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 & Oberlins as their families grows s’more.   If you are able to come, please RSVP to Amy so she can prepare accordingly.  Contact: Amy Auker
  • NO September Prayer Breakfast
    In lieu of the Michael Card Conference/Concert, our monthly prayer breakfast will be canceled.  Please note that since we typically have our “Prayer Shower for Expectant Moms” in September, we will host that Prayer Shower (see above announcement) on September 4.
  • Bridal Shower for Erin Storms | Sunday, September 20, 3 pm – 5:30 pm
    You are invited to a Bridal Shower for Erin Storms on Sunday, September 20 from 3 pm – 5:30 pm.  Location: Lucinda Lorei’s house.  RSVP by phone or email.  Erin is registered at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and Target. Contact: Lucinda Lorei


  • {New} Sunday Service Nursery Volunteers Needed
    Karsta Toscano is looking for help in the nursery.  Volunteers are needed in the infant and toddler rooms during the morning worship hour (10 am – 11:45 am(ish). We have been blessed with many new babies and would like the extra warm arms and hearts to care for them!  If you are able, this commitment involves serving every 1.5 months (or longer with more volunteers in the rotation).  Contact: Karsta Toscano
  • Sunday School Teachers & Assistants
    A few remaining 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
  • 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 (ages 7 and 8), 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. at 3:30 pm and taking them to church.  They may have rides home but definitely a ride to the church.  Contact: Gail Reed
  • Christ Covenant School Nursery Volunteers Needed | Mondays and/or Tuesdays, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    “Here’s a ministry opportunity that won’t take a lot of your time. Christ Covenant School meets Mondays and Tuesdays and provides a nursery from 8:30-12:30 for the youngest ones in our school, children whose Moms teach in the school. If you are able to help care for these little ones one or more mornings a month, we would love to introduce you to them. Our nursery supervisor, Minda Roney, will be traveling in September providing an additional opportunity to serve.  Please contact Barb Plating for information.”
  • 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
  • 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 (1)
  • 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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All for His glory,
The Women’s Ministry Committee

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