Women’s Update – 6/19/14

Current Announcements:

Please read the note from Kathryne Marple, Chair of the Women’s Ministry Committee near the end…

Fall Women’s Retreat Sign ups in Foyer this Sunday!
October 24-26 at Blessings Lodge, Camp Overlook for ladies 15 and up
Sovereign God of the Covenants – teaching by Marcia Vastine
$120 for 2 nights and all meals.  Second installments of $40 are due now.  If you have not signed up yet, $80 will hold your spot.

Liz Stevens to have surgery June 19th, Meals needed beginning June 24th
Please sign up here if you are able to provide a meal for Liz and her husband Rick.

Breanna Taussig is scheduled for a C-Section on June 28th, prayers and meals desired
Sign up here if you will be able to bring a meal to Breanna and her family as the welcome their third child.

Prayers and Meals needed for Hadnot and Haynie Families
Whitney Haynie (Sylvia Hadnot’s daughter) gave birth to baby Jubilee last Monday at UVA Medical Hospital.  Jubilee lived just a day and then went to be with the Lord.  We’d like to provide the grieving family with meals.   Please sign up here if you are willing to help.

Adult Choir CONCERT Sunday, June 22 at 6:00 pm
Come join us for an evening of your favorite hymns including:…

He Hideth My Soul;
In the Sweet By and By;
Just a Closer Walk With Thee;
Leaning On the Everlasting Arms
Near to the Heart of God;
Tell It to Jesus
and others.

Open House at the Hepperle’s this Sunday at 7:30pm
During the summer, one of the best ways to connect with the church and make friends is to come to one of our Sunday Evening Open Houses. This week the Open House is at the home of Steve and Vicky Hepperle (210 Lakeland Road, Stafford, VA 22556). We are very thankful for their hospitality and look forward to seeing you there.

True Woman Monthly Study – Thursday, June 26th at 9:30am in room 219
A study of Biblical womanhood  – perfect for young or expectant mothers.  Third Thurdsay morning of the month this summer.  Babysitting is available.

Vacation Bible School (July 21-24) Needs Decorations!
Do you have any Luau themed decorations that you could share for VBS?  Let Carrie Verbosky  know if you would be willing to donate or lend decorations to make the week extra-special for our children.

Hospitality Opportunity
Would you be willing to open your backyard or home for an open house this summer?  Consider hosting friends and neighbors.  Let the office know if you are willing.

By Design Women’s Sunday School Class
This Sunday we’ll be looking at Chapter 10 of By Design by Susan Hunt with Mary Jane Kittredge. We will meet in Room 100 at 9am – come join us! Haven’t been yet or missed a couple of weeks? Not a problem, we’d love to see you! No requirement to read. Men are meeting in the Fireside Room.

Girls’ Sunday Summer Study has begun

  • Meet Carrie in the courtyard after morning service on Sunday.  This week’s hostess is Kathryne Marple.
  • Thank you to those women who have signed up already as lesson leaders and hostesses! We can still use a couple more ladies to step up as leaders on July 20th and 27th.  Sign Up HERE

Summer Women’s Bible Studies have begun but it’s not too late to join!

  • Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
    Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:30am beginning June 3rd led by Karen Melnick and Heather O’Hara
    Child care available. Books are available in the office for $13
  • War of Words: Getting to the Heart of your Communication Struggles by Paul David Tripp
    Thursday evenings 7-8:30pm beginning June 5th led by Barb Plating and Phyllis DiBella
    Books ($12.50) and discussion guide ($2.50) are available in the office

Bulletin Folding
Summer is a great time to fold bulletins – older children are out of school and can help prepare for the worship service! Do you have a couple hours on a Friday afternoon you can spare? Sign up HERE to fold bulletins after 1pm some Friday. Takes about 2 hours (faster if you bring a friend!) Questions? Ask Pam in the office.

Note from Kathryne Marple:
At the evening service to honor high school graduates last week, Pastor Doug said something I have heard him say before: “I plead with you… do not allow yourself to be a victim…to have a pity party with yourself!” Ouch.  That hit home as I was sitting there indulging myself in that very mentality. The apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 5:3-4 “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” The kind of victim I think Pastor Doug was referring to was the kind we choose to be in our hearts when we feel we have been dealt a bad hand in life, or someone has slighted us, or we have chosen to berate ourselves for not living up to some arbitrary standard we have set for ourselves, or compared ourselves to others and come up short. So what is the key to avoiding this tempting slippery slope of self-pity? “Rejoicing in our sufferings.” This is not something we naturally do, but by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can set our mind on Him and His good work in us, through prayer, worship, and reading His Word and become thankful and joyful for the perseverance, character, and hope He is producing daily in us through those sufferings. We have a choice: turn inward and wallow in our imperfect life situations and become a bitter victim, or turn to Him and wallow in His grace and become instruments of mercy to others as well as ourselves.

Do you have information you’d like passed to the women of the church, activities or studies you’d like to see? Let us know at wm@nlicc.org.

in His grace,
the Women’s Ministry Committee

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