Women’s Update – 11/13/14

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Inspired Mentoring Vol 6.11.

with Susan O’Banion


Imagine going to work day after day in a vast space heaped with discarded junk. Your task, and that of those working with you, is to pick through the filthy mounds, selecting only those things assigned to you to collect for recycling.

The hours are long, the wages low, the task unending, for you are a picker in the Wasteland, one of the world’s largest landfills. Nonetheless, you are grateful and proud to have work, even in the Wasteland, for this is your domain, your home, your world, and somehow you find value in it.

The documentary entitled “Wasteland” tells the story of contemporary artist Vik Muniz and the pickers whose lives he sought to change through epic mosaics of them made from recycled trash.

Vik befriended and photographed some of the pickers, taught them which garbage to bring him and directed them where to place each piece of refuse in the mosaics he designed.

Although the pickers knew that Vik was using the trash to create images of them, they were astonished and brought to tears when they viewed their “portraits” from his perch high above the floor where they had arranged each odd bit.

Finally they could see the surprising beauty he had fashioned. Mosaics of them, trash pickers, masterpieces.

Like the pickers, I am often absorbed with the refuse of this wasteland while God is creating masterpieces and working his plan of redemption to overturn every evil, comfort every sorrow, alleviate all suffering, right every wrong, all of which are far beyond my personal salvation.

Jesus left perfection–think of it if you can–to live in a wasteland, to suffer punishment and death, to be raised from decay to a new kind of life in order to bring not only you and me but all of his people and the whole of creation from wasteland to glory.



What does Christ’s willingness to enter our wasteland tell us about him? How does his realm differ from ours? How can you honor him for his condescension?

What is significant to you about his using even the junk of your life to sanctify ultimately?



Thanks to Robert Cunningham, pastor of Tates Creek Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky, for his excellent sermon entitled “Garbage to Glory.”

The movie “Wasteland” is well worth contemplation.


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About Susan

Susan O’Banion is dedicated to encouraging and helping mentors. An author, speaker and Bible teacher, she speaks to women with insight and gentle humor. Contact her about speaking to your group or training your mentors and small group leaders. Susan.OBanion@gmail.com.

Current Announcements:


“Pounding” for Sammie Asirifi-Addo
Sammie moved into his house behind the church last weekend.  If you would like to contribute something to stocking his pantry, fridge, or helping out with a household item, please contact the church office. Or when you are cooking your next dinner, how about freezing a single serving of everything and taking it to him? Or better yet, invite him over for dinner!

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox collection deadline is Sunday, November 23rd.
Contact Brenda Storms if you have questions.

Reception to celebrate more than 35 years of ministry with the Dortzbachs after the 11/23 Sunday evening service
If you would like to bless the Dortzbachs with a donation of refreshments for the reception, please contact the church office

Thanksgiving Day Ministry is in full swing!
Please contact the church to help with this traditional yearly event. Thanks to the Dale Family for taking the ministry on this year!

Would you be interested in teaching someone how to cook a turkey using your oven or the church’s?
Please contact the Dale Family.

Want to learn how to cook a turkey to donate to the Thanksgiving Day Ministry?
Contact the Dale Family to be matched up with someone who would like to teach you!

New Life’s 40th Anniversary Celebration- July 11-12, 2015
If you are interested in being on the planning committee, please contact the church at nlicc@nlicc.org or 540-786-4848. The first meeting will be December 7 at 4:30 pm. 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 next year’s March conference and is a bit short-handed right now. Please contact the office for more information if you are interested.

A request from Christine Fulcrod
I am looking for some ladies to help me in archiving our church history/records. Let me know if you would have interest in that or if you have knowledge about such an undertaking. I would like to meet on a weekly basis and get started as soon as possible. You can call me at (540)786-4848. Thank you, Christine Fulcrod

Ministry to local indigent public school students – Loving Our City (L.O.C.)
There are many destitute children in our community attending public schools. We have an opportunity to provide some basic necessities for them. With the onset of cold weather, coats in children’s sizes 6 to 12 are desperately needed. Toiletries such as toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap, and family games, crayons and coloring books may also be donated in the Loving Our City box in the foyer. We hope to expand the donations to include Thanksgiving Baskets and restaurant gift cards to Country Cookin’ for the holidays. Sarah Worman spoke to the Women’s Prayer Breakfast last Saturday about this much needed care for local children, and the hope is they will learn about the care and compassion of Christ through Christians.  If you would like more information or have any questions, please call Sarah Worman.

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.

Did you loan a card table for the Women’s Retreat? Please pick it up!
They are just outside the nursery doorway and should be picked up promptly.

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
Fall is a great time to fold bulletins – older children are in school, schedules are more regular, and you can plan a lunch date and follow it up with service to the church! 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.

“From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
Ephesians 4:16

Whew!  There are a lot of needs in the update this week, and I know the next couple months will be busier than usual.  Let me encourage you that if you are already serving where the Lord would have you serve in the body at New Life, please do not feel “guilty” because you cannot add one more thing to your plate right now.  If you are not plugged in somewhere or could spare giving a little more time or resources, please consider praying about being involved in one of the many opportunities above.  There are some one-time and short-term opportunities, or if you want to really get going, there are a couple longer-term needs that require a little more commitment. I am thankful for and encouraged by the many ways I see our body of believers serve Jesus with great joy and commitment every day.

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

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