Women’s Update 6/26/14

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Beauty for Ashes

by Julie Root

The day began like any other brisk fall day.  In fact, it was the first of many chilly mornings to come.  On this particular morning I remember thinking it was time to start that ole furnace of ours.  I had waited long enough.  The hum of the furnace sounded as it always had in the past, filling the house with the distinct smell of being used after months of respite.  At that time there were 3 young kiddos in the Root Household, so the morning was underway with activity.  It wasn’t long before I noticed something peculiar.  It seemed as though the kids had gotten into some sort of soot.  Their hands and faces, it looked like they had been playing with the ashes of a bonfire from the night before.  Now, soot and ash are not like your ordinary, old fashioned dirt.  They smear and smudge and have a way of getting on and staying on everything.  In fact, it wasn’t just the kids but the entire house that looked dingy.  Well, it so happened that when I had turned the furnace on that morning, it had burned up a nest of some sort that had been built over the summer, blowing soot and ash throughout the house.  The cleanup was lengthy and overwhelming as the blackness settled in every nook and cranny.  Isaiah 61:3 came to mind – “beauty for ashes” – as I watched our soot laden home be restored and cleaned by professionals, a two day process using special cleaners and sponges.  Scripture shares with us different times when people would cover themselves in ash (Job, Mordecai), but the story of Tamar came to mind.  After being stripped of her purity and dignity afforded to her as a daughter of the king, she sank in despair covering herself with ashes, tearing her ornamented robe.  One might think her father, being the mighty king that he was, would restore her once again, but he did not.  2 Samuel 13:20 tells us that Tamar lived the rest of her days “a desolate woman”.  As daughters of our Heavenly Father and King, we are blessed with a different outcome.  He not only finds us at our point of distress, cut down and hopeless, but our Heavenly Father lifts us up, cleans us off and restores our dignity as the beloved daughters that we are.  Ashes wiped clean, beauty restored.  Our Heavenly Father reaches up and places a crown of beauty upon our head and whispers to us, “How beautiful you are, my darling!  Oh how beautiful!” (Song of Solomon 1:15).  Remember, daughters of The King, in Christ you are loved, you are His, you are spoken for.

“To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
Isaiah 61:3 

About Julie:  Julie and her husband Larry have been attending New Life in Christ Church 29 of their 30 years of marriage, raising 4 grown children together.  Some of Julie’s interests include: Bible studies, reading, sports, crossword puzzles and music.

Current Announcements:

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

Farewell Gathering for Annie Jedick – 5pm this Sunday, June 29th at Vivify Burger and Lounge,  314 Williams Street
Annie is moving to Columbus, OH and her last day here is Monday, June 30th.
Let’s gather as friends one last time to reminisce on our times together, look forward to the future and say our good byes. 
Thank you, Annie, for your ministry to all of us (a special thank you from those of us on the Women’s Ministry Committee)- We will miss you!

Anne Nelson has offered to help with the upkeep of the kitchen on a weekly basis as her schedule permits.   Thank you Anne!

  • We are planning to use 2 of the cupboards over the counter (where the crock pots are) for food (non-perishable) that’s left over from various functions that anyone can use. It will be our pantry.  So check there before you buy anything.   Wes Horn has kindly consented to move the communion items to the cupboards above the microwave so we can use the space that is easily accessible.
  • We are encouraging people to mark and date items left in the kitchen.  This has already been a great help in keeping on top of food items and discouraging endless, questionable left-overs.  Please help to keep this ongoing.  There is paper, tape, and markers in the right counter drawer under the mixer if you need to mark something. Items that are unmarked or left for a period of time will be disposed of.
  • Because the kitchen can be unbearable when cooking without a fan or exhaust, we have purchased one for kitchen use.  At present it is in Christine’s office.  Please see her if you need it. It is a small fan that can be used on its floor-stand or put on the counter.  Please return it to Christine after use.
  • Anne and I are planning to clean/reorganize the storage room across from the kitchen.  Hopefully we will find more space for kitchen inventory and ministry use.  Let us know if you would like a plastic container for your ministry to keep your food items.  We will endeavor to provide those and have them marked for your ministry if that will help.
  • We hope to have an “all kitchen cleaning day” soon.

Please contact us with your thoughts or questions about the kitchen – Anne Nelson or Christine Fulcrod

Meals for Liz Stevens
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 tomorrow, June 28th, prayers and meals appreciated
Sign up here if you will be able to bring a meal to Breanna and her family as the welcome their third child.

Vacation Bible School Update
Register your child online HERE.
Plans are underway for VBS but we still have various needs. We need luau decorations to borrow or keep.
We have signups on the foyer table currently for food donations, teen helpers, and Adult helpers.
We are in need of an Adult (18+) to lead recreation games as well.
Craft supplies are still being requested and they are: foil cake pans, solid color hand towels, plastic water bottles, empty plastic diaper wipes containers, feathers, and large googly eyes.
Thank you for your help! We couldn’t do this without you! Carrie and the VBS leaders

Baby Shower for Katie Crawford, Sunday August 24, 2 – 4 pm {Ferry Farm area}
Please join us as we celebrate the upcoming birth of Katie’s baby girl! RSVP, directions, and questions to Sarah Schroeder. Please RSVP by August 10th. Katie is registered at Buy Buy Baby.

Open House at the Lorei’s home 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 Kim and Lucinda Lorei (5215 Leavell’s Crossing Rd.  22407). We are very thankful for their hospitality and look forward to seeing you there.

Fall Women’s Retreat
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.
See Connie Both, Gale Puffenberger or Heather O’Hara to sign up or make your payment.

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 review and discuss our study of By Design by Susan Hunt. We will meet in Room 100 at 9am – come join us! It’s our last week as a Women’s Sunday School. Men are meeting in the Fireside Room. New classes begin next Sunday.

Girls’ Sunday Summer Study has begun

  • Meet Heather in the courtyard after morning service on Sunday.  This week’s leader is Sarah Schroeder and the girls will be going to Heather’s home.
  • 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

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:

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Ephesians 4:29

This summer I am taking the War of Words Bible Study by Paul David Tripp, led by Barb Plating and Phyllis DiBella.  Each week as I read and study, I am reminded of the verbal habits and patterns I have that are selfish and sinful. I am comforted and encouraged to have hope as I acknowledge that my words belong not to me but to the Lord.  It is only through His richly given power and grace, that I am able to speak words patterned after His.  Christ’s rule in my heart calls me to say gracious, positive words that uplift, encourage, and bring Him glory.  May we seek Him before unleashing the “fire of our tongue” and instead speak the truth in love. (James 3:6)

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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