Women’s Update 1-15-15

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A Season of Showers
by Amy Auker
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace….”
– Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
     2014 was a year in which we would celebrate the upcoming arrival of covenant babies through sweet showers of ceaseless prayer, thoughtful gifts, and purposeful advice. 2014 was a year in which 14 babies would enter the lives of our covenant family at New Life.
     For some, this season of baby showers might have been a time of absolute, unhindered joy… a year filled with thanksgiving and an outpouring of love. For some, however, this season might have been a time of overwhelming sadness and, perhaps, concealed grief... each baby shower a painful reminder of what ‘could have been’, ‘should have been’, or even ‘has been’. These women might have been wondering when the time of weeping would end – the woman waiting for the right man to have a child with, the woman anxiously waiting for hopeful news, the woman mourning the death of an unborn child, the woman fearing for her child(ren) being raised without a father, or the woman grieving for the death of a child.
     This season of baby showers has served, for me, as a beautiful reminder of the sanctity of life. I’m thankful for these sweet, faithful women who attend each of these celebrations as they are able — in spite of schedules, the needs of their own husbands and/or families, ‘how well they know’ the mother-to-be, or, even their own mourning. I’m thankful for these sweet, faithful women who bring along their own daughters as they celebrate the sanctity of life together. I’m thankful for these, sweet faithful women who view each child born into our covenant family as a ‘heritage from the Lord’. I’m thankful for these sweet, faithful women who bring their steadfast prayers and wise advice — and continue to walk alongside those women into motherhood. And, I’m thankful for these sweet, faithful women who are reflections of redemption, cultivators of community, and channels of compassion.
     In 2015, we will continue to persevere in Christ’s faithfulness at New Life. For 40 years, our covenant family has seen that, indeed, there is a time for everything. May we be thankful for each day the Lord has made and rejoice in it.
     “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2
About Amy: Amy and her husband, Cameron, have been attending New Life for 3 1/2 years. Their son, Levi, was born this past September. Amy enjoys baking, reading, and going on pajama runs.

Current Announcements:

Praise God for those graduating from New Geneva Theological Seminary this Sunday, January 18th.
There will be a graduation service at 6 PM for Christine Fulcrod, Jeremy Greenberg, Skip Tyler, Bob Rumbaugh, and Mary Ferrell. Come celebrate at a reception in their honor following the service. There will be a cake and punch but we would like to have finger foods to share. To sign up please follow this link: New Geneva Reception 1/18.

Meals for the Eden and Michael May family
Eden and Michael are traveling back and forth to his parents in NC as they say goodbye to his father who is closer each day to meeting his Savior face to face. Eden’s Mom and Dad are caring for their 4 children, but can use help with meals. They have no allergies, but the kids aren’t fond of fish. Contact  Heather O’Hara for more information.

The “Foundations” care group is hosting a baby shower for Canaan Miller this Saturday, January 17, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Come and celebrate the anticipated birth of covenant baby girl Miller! Canaan is registered at Target, Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us. Please RSVP to Lucinda Lorei.

Prayer Shower for Expectant Moms Saturday, February 14th, 9 a.m. in the Fireside Room
More babies are on the way! Come join us for breakfast and a time of prayer for our expectant mothers: Canaan Miller, Jennifer Worman, Rachel Fleming, and Taniya Puig. If you are able to bring something to share for breakfast, please contact Katie Crawford.

We are having a wonderful Valentine’s Dinner next month!
For those who remember the last one, Gary and Nancy Mangus will once again be in charge of the program and decorations. This will be an evening of laughter and games, fabulous food, and romantic music. Sign-ups start this Sunday, January 11th in the foyer. The event will be on Saturday, February 14th from 6 to 9 pm. The cost will be $40 per couple and $10 per family for childcare. Any teens and young adults who would like to help with this ministry can also stop by the table to sign-up as helpers. We will need nursery and childcare volunteers, food prep help, servers, and a clean-up crew. Questions? Please contact Connie Both.

Save the Date: “Talents to Treasure” Mini-Conference on Saturday, April 25, 2015
Mark your calendars for our “Talents to Treasure” Mini-Conference to be held on Saturday, April 25! Join us for fellowship and acquiring knowledge as we take delight in the talents of our sisters. Various small group sessions will be offered and online preregistration will begin in March. Prayerfully consider inviting a neighbor or friend to join in the fellowship. If you would enjoy sharing a talent through leading a mini-session (or would like to suggest an idea), please contact Amy Auker. Watch for more information coming soon!

L.O.C. currently needs boys’ coats in sizes 4-12 and black and navy sweat pants, sizes 4,6,and 8.
There are many destitute children in our community attending public schools. Hugh Mercer Elementary in the City has 19 homeless students and 15 more living in motels with their families. We have an opportunity to provide some basic necessities for them.Toiletries such as toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, small toiletry bags and soap may be donated in the white Loving Our City box in the foyer. Monetary gifts are welcome. If you would like more information or have any questions, please email loc@nlicc.org. You can also check https://twitter.com/LOCFDX or https://www.facebook.com/LOCFDX to see the most recent needs for these children.

New Life’s 40th Anniversary Celebration- July 11-12, 2015
If you are interested in being on the planning committee, please contact Christine Fulcrod. The first meeting was held December 14, so it is not too late to join. Also let the office know if you would like to give a brief testimony during a Sunday service between January and July sharing how being a part of New Life has helped you to grow spiritually.

Do you have a heart for missions? The Missions Committee is looking for new members!
They meet once a month on a Thursday evening at 7:00 pm. The committee is starting to plan for this year’s March conference and is a bit short-handed right now. Please contact the office for more information if you are interested.

Fredericksburg Pregnancy Center (F.P.C.) News
F.P.C. is always looking for volunteers, including Board members. There are all kinds of volunteer projects including consultants, reception help, stuffing envelopes, etc. Board members are required to attend a monthly meeting and don’t need any experience as a Board member, just a profession of faith in Christ and a desire to serve mothers and their babies in many areas. If you are interested or would like more information contact Eileen Roberts.

Several Afghan immigrant women are looking for work, especially in the area of housecleaning. None are believers yet, but they are at various places in their journeys toward Christ — and would benefit from more contact with Christians. Other variables are their English language abilities, skills, number of hours and pay needed, etc. Please contact Debra Smith to learn more.

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!) Questions? Ask Pam in the office.

The Women’s Ministry Committee is here to serve you and help you to serve
Is there a particular topic or activity that you would like to see made available for the women of NLICC? Let us know!
Do you have a ministry need or opportunity that you’d like to share with the women of the church? Drop us an email and we’ll get it in!
Contact us at wm@nlicc.org.

All for His glory,
Kathryne Marple
for the Women’s Ministry Committee

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