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Praying for our Pastors, Elders, Deacons and Music Director
October is Pastor Appreciation Month
by Gretchen Trump
“We ask you…to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.”
I Thessalonians 5:12,13
To prepare for next month’s Pastor Appreciation, let us be sure to pray for our Pastors, Elders, Deacons and Music Director with thanksgiving, honor and praise. The members of New Life in Christ Church are blessed to have these men of God “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:12,13).”
In the 17th Chapter of Exodus, we read how Moses, Aaron and Hur go to the top the hill to watch over Joshua and the men of Israel in the battle against Amalek. “Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword (Exodus 17: 11-13).” Please notice that Aaron and Hur not only helped hold Moses’ hands, but they brought a stone to put under him. This must have been a large stone and took time and effort to bring to Moses. Why didn’t they have Moses move over to where the stone was? It may have been so that Moses’ vision was never shifted.
This is a key to how we as blessed women of NLICC should pray. We can pray for those in authority without trying to shift their vision from what God has in front of them. We need to pray for them and not against them. We must be thankful for their God-given position at NLICC.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the Pastors, Elders, Deacons and Music Director at New Life in Christ Church. Each man is a blessing to the body of Christ. May they heed Your admonishment in II Timothy 4:2 to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” Bless these men with rest. May they always rest in You. May their daily times of devotion to You be an encouragement to them and a blessing to You. May they be guided by the Holy Spirit at all times. May they lean not on their own understanding but lean on You (Proverbs 3:5). Grant unity to these men (John 17:21). Grant them courage and strength, and let them not be discouraged (Joshua 1:9).
We pray also for their families. Keep them safe and under the Shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91). May each family member be encouraged by You and grant special family times.
We thank You, again, for each of these men. Thy will be done at New Life in Christ Church, to the Glory of God! In Christ’s Name, AMEN!
About Gretchen: Gretchen Trump is blessed to be the mother of three and grandmother of six. She worked for a dozen years with a national prayer ministry concerning what was happening on Capitol Hill, and now is the chairman of NLICC Women’s Ministry Prayer Focus.
Scroll down toward the end to read a message from Kathryne Marple, NLICC Women’s Ministry Committee Chair
Pastor Appreciation Month is October – Sign up to bless a pastor
We thought it would be nice to have each family bless a pastor (or more than one) during the month. In order to distribute the blessing, we’ll have you commit to a day to do something special for the pastor and/or his family. You don’t need to share with everyone what you plan to do, just commit to a day and together we’ll bless them each all month long!
Some ideas are: letters, meals, coupons for babysitting, gift cards, an invitation to your home for dinner, gift basket, off-season getaway at your rental property… Brainstorm and have fun! Make it a family affair or get together with a friend and be creative! Sign up here.
Babies, babies, babies! Do you have any used “baby” furniture to give or loan to the church until some can be purchased?
With the blessing of many new babies, there is a need for gliders, rockers, or a sofa, and a changing table for a new nursing area being planned for them. Please contact Kathryne Marple if you have any items that could be donated immediately. We are hoping to work on an area for them this Saturday during the church work day.
Women’s Retreat October 24-26 – Signups and final payments due in the foyer September 28th
- Sovereign God of the Covenants
- teaching by Marcia Vastine
- at Blessings Lodge, Camp Overlook
- hotel style lodging, 4 twins per room
- all meals Friday evening – Sunday noon
- $120 or your remaining balance due
- room signup and meal confirmation at time of payment; if you have paid in full already, please stop by the table to pick your room
- sign up for an activity on Saturday afternoon
- plenty of room available – grab a friend!
- scholarships are available – ask at table or email email@example.com
- questions? Contact Connie Both
Special Project during church work day this Saturday, September 27 beginning at 9am
If you have not contacted Craig Cuddy to help in a specific area, please consider helping us re-cover the old orange chairs with some new fabric so they may be used once again. No experience needed. Gail Weeks will be leading the effort in room 100.
Michele Trampe to speak on Human Trafficking at this Sunday’s 6pm Evening Service (September 28th)
Learn more about the local ministry of Central Virginia Justice Initiative to educate and mobilize hearts to combat the evil of human trafficking. Consider joining an area-wide prayer service with fellow believers on Saturday, October 4th from 7-9pm here at New Life in Christ Church. Want more information about CVJI? Visit www.centralvajusticeinitiative.com.
Pioneer Girls Update
We are still in need of Leaders! We need a leader for our 3-4th grade girls to partner with Rachel Fleming. We also have a need for nursery workers. If you have a preteen or older girl who is looking to serve in the church, this is a perfect opportunity. Please let Sharon Leaman or Dorinda McConnell know if you can help in any way. Thank you!
Titus 2 – It’s not too late!
Contact Karen Melnick if you missed Titus 2 signups. Books may be picked up in the office for $5. Monthly groups beginning to meet in September and October at various times.
Time with the Clark Family Running Out – Schedule time with them soon!
Thank you, Lucinda, for reminding us that Billy, Yashmin, and the girls will be leaving Fredericksburg on October 19th. If you would like to spend some time with them before they leave, the following are the dates they will be in Fredericksburg, don’t miss your opportunity: October 1-18
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.
”And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.”
Praise be to God for the births of many new babies this year, and several still on the way! It is a blessing to meet these precious new lives andto begin the bonding process with them as a new covenant family member in the body of Christ at New Life. Please pray for these families as they adjust to having a new life in their homes. I have not had the privilege of meeting all of them yet (except on Facebook!), but I look forward to holding each precious child and getting to know them as they grow at New Life!
Do you have information or needs that you’d like passed to the women of the church, activities or studies you’d like to see? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
in His grace,
the Women’s Ministry Committee
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