Women’s Update – July 10, 2014

Untold Lives Touched for God

by Connie Both

“So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”
Matthew 18:14

I grew-up in Western Pennsylvania attending a small Presbyterian country church.  We had some great events like the Mother/Daughter Banquet for Mother’s Day.  But the highlight of the year was Vacation Bible School.  We held it in the evenings, so the menfolk could also help.  VBS was for all ages, right up through adult.  And we attracted quite the crowd.  My little church of 60 would have 150 kids for a week.  It was a great time of outreach with plenty of crafts and worship, but also much evangelizing.  We invited all the families to come on the last night for a huge bonfire and hotdog roast.  Folks would mingle and stay late.  Then Sunday evening we had a program with each class singing songs, reciting memory verses, and a wrap-up puppet show.  All the week’s crafts were out on tables for display and pick-up.  Those nights are etched in my memory since it was the only time my dad would go to church.  My brother and I were always so excited about what we had done, that we would urge dad in our young voices to please come and see, and he would.

The church put a lot of effort into the week with every person in the congregation involved somehow, but it was also a fabulous time of fellowship and outreach.  When I was 12, I gave my life to the Lord at VBS.  Susan McGinness, my teacher, led me in prayer.  Susan and her husband went on to lead the Junior/Senior High Sunday School class and was a great influence in my life.

We similarly have a wonderful opportunity coming up to influence young lives.  VBS starts July 21st.  There is still a dire need for helpers in the nursery and with the 2 and 3 year old class of the children of the VBS workers.  Please consider helping even if it’s just for a morning or two.  Contact Carrrie Verbosky to volunteer or to answer any questions you have.  If you are unable to attend, there are also snack and craft items that are being requested.  Please check the clipboard in the foyer for what is needed.  Do what you can!  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by to bless the life of one of His children.

About Connie:  Connie and her husband Bill have been attending New Life for almost 9 years.  Their seven children have been involved in most of the ministries of the church, including VBS.

Current Announcements:

Scroll down toward the end to read a message from Kathryne Marple, NLICC Women’s Ministry Committee Chair

Women’s Prayer Breakfast – Saturday, July 12 at 9:00 a.m.
Plan to join us for breakfast and hear Laurie Burrows share on our Children’s Ministry  at New Life. If you are willing to bring an item to share for the breakfast, please sign up here.

Women’s Ministry Training – Saturday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 217
Annie Page will be leading Session 4, Chapters 8 and 9, “Discipleship” and “Scripture”, in Women’s Ministry in the Local Church. Please let Annie know if you are unable to attend the session.

True Woman Study this Thursday, July 17th from 9:30-11:30am in room 217
Monthly young women’s group meeting the 3rd Thursday of the month this summer. Child care is available in the nursery.  Contact Annie Page if you would like to participate page.annie@gmail.com.

Baby Shower for Elisa Wassum – Saturday, July 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 100.
Come celebrate the upcoming arrival of Baby Girl Wassum!  Elisa is registered at Target and Babies ‘R Us. Please RSVP to Julie Melnick or Sara White .

Wedding Reception for Dave and Kim Melnick – Saturday, July 19 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Melnick home 
Please come to a picnic style Wedding Reception for Dave and Kim Melnick. It will be at the Melnick home – 335 Poplar Road.  If it rains, the reception will be in Room 100 at New Life in Christ Church. Gifts of cash or checks are preferred due to limited space in luggage and baggage fees. Please RSVP to Karen Melnick.

No Open House this Sunday, All Church Picnic next Sunday, July 21st after morning Service
Look for the flyer in the bulletin this Sunday and sign up to help!

Vacation Bible School Update – July 21st-25th

  • If you have not registered for VBS, please do so as soon as possible. This assists us as we plan and prepare for the week.  Register your child for VBS online HERE.
  • LAST CALL!!  LAST PLEA!!! We still need help! Our volunteer numbers are way down this year!! We need help for the 2/3 yr olds and nursery (for the children of staff members). PLEASE consider volunteering even just for 2-3 days that week! Please come talk to us at the table in the foyer on Sunday!!
  • We still need some people to sign up for food donations.  The list is in the foyer.
  • There are invitations available on the table to grab for friends, neighbors, and relatives!
  • UPDATED craft needs (please look around your house for extras of these items and bring them in on Sunday): acrylic paints(all colors, brights, and beachy colors), old T-shirts for paint smocks, small shells, foil cake pans, sponges (bright colors), tempera paint (brown, tan & pink), yarn (blues, greens, oranges, pinks, yellows, and pastels), large googly eyes, twine, small flower pots, sharpies, sheets of blue and green craft foam.
  • Please pray for this week that we would be able to reach as many children as possible! We can’t do this without your help!!!! A big thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far!

Baby Shower for Amy Auker,  Saturday, August 16th from 2-4pm at the Page home
You are invited to a baby shower for Amy Auker on Saturday, August 16th from 2-4pm at the Page home, 5207 Cedar Ridge Drive.  Plan to share a verse or word of encouragement.  Amy is registered at Buy Buy Baby and Amazon.

Baby Shower for Katie Crawford, Sunday August 24 from 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.

Jacket Found in Women’s Sunday School Class
Pam reports that a very nice violet colored Columbia jacket was left in the Women’s SS class about three weeks ago. Jonathan hung it out front with other Lost & Found items.

Girls’ Sunday Summer Study 

  • Meet in the courtyard after morning service on Sunday. This week’s leader is Annie Page and the girls will be going to Amy Auker’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

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.

Paid Companionship Position Available
Susan Havasy is looking for a companion for her 81 year old mother in her home in North Stafford.  Day and night hours available.  Perfect for a single young adult or college student.  Responsible young men are fine as well – no nursing or intimate personal care required. Call Susan for details.

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.

From Kathryne:
This summer we have much to offer thanks and prayers for in the life of our church. We celebrate new babies, marriages, members, and missions trips, and we grieve challenging difficulties including the loss of Whitney Haynie’s baby girl Jubilee, members’ illnesses, accidents, and surgeries. The Lord allows these growing seasons of joy and abundance planted right alongside the trials and the extra toil needed to nurture the Body.  We are unable to meet the numerous ministry needs by ourselves.  But as each of us shares our talents, gifts, prayers, and love, we help to carry one another’s joys, sorrows, and burdens.

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Galatians 6:2

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 wm@nlicc.org.

in His grace,
the Women’s Ministry Committee

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