Women’s Update – July 17, 2014

Scroll down for current announcements.

 Like a River Glorious

by Joy O’Toole

I was thinking about my grandmother tonight as I was driving through town.  An old hymn came to mind and while I was singing it softly to myself, I remembered that it was a favorite of hers.  Her name was Gladys but everyone called her “Glad.”  I think that she was the happiest, most cheerful person I’ve ever known.  We had a joke in our family that when someone exclaimed that they were glad about something, the answer was always, “You’re not glad, Grandma’s “Glad.”  The name fit her so well that no one else could claim it.

It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I realized that while part of her cheeriness was personality, a lot of her “gladness” was due to her love for Jesus and what He had done for her.  She used to sit at her piano and play and sing hymns, she always talked about how much she loved the Lord, and I believe that He put that gladness in her heart as a result of her great faith and trust in Him.   She was only about five feet tall but while her physical stature was small, her faith was enormous.

It wasn’t until tonight that I paused to wonder if my parents named me “Joy” in part because of Grandma.  I was a bubbly, cheerful child who loved to laugh and play music and sing, like Grandma.  My parents could not have known my personality before I was born and just like Grandma, part of my cheerfulness was due to personality, but I, too, have a depth of joy and gladness that comes not just from my personality but from my relationship with my Lord.  His goodness and mercy and love towards me fill my heart to overflowing with gladness.  I inherited more than my love of music, recipes for “Grandpa cookies” and authentic New England clam chowder, memories of climbing roses, johnny jump-ups and a hillside of sweet-peas, knowledge of basic crochet stitches, and a pin with photos of my father and grandfather; my heritage is a rich one of generations of people who know the deep, abiding joy that comes with knowing Christ.

So, as I sang the old hymn, I remembered Grandma and how she loved this hymn and it reminded me of how much the Lord has given me, not only from my grandmothers and grandfathers, father and mother, and other family members but perfect peace and rest and trust in Him.

Like a river glorious, is God’s perfect peace,
Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth, fuller every day,
Perfect, yet it groweth, deeper all the way.


Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.


Every joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;
We may trust Him fully all for us to do.
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.

–Frances Havergal

About Joy:  Joy is wife to Greg, mother of Luke, Jonathan, and Joshua, stepmother of Jennifer and Gavin, and “Grandma Joy” of Edison.  She fills her days caring for her family, teaching her youngest son at home, and working as a part-time librarian.  In her spare time she likes to read, listen to music, and think and write about the Gospel and Christ’s truth, goodness, and beauty.  He blog can be found HERE.

Current Announcements:

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

Rejoice in the birth of Sophie Grace Whalen to Patrick and Jessie Whalen
Annie Page is coordinating meals.  Sign up HERE if you would like to bless their family in this way.

Continue to pray for precious Sophia Faith, daughter to Chan Dowell and Elise Byrd
She is continuing to gain weight but has a fluid pocket on her lungs.  Pray that it dissipates so that surgery is not required.  If you would like to bless Chan and Elise with a meal please sign up here.

Baby Shower for Elisa Wassum – this Saturday, July 19 from 11 – 1 pm 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 – this Saturday, July 19 from 5 – 8 pm 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.

All Church Picnic this Sunday, July 21st after morning Service
Bring your own meat to grill and a dish to share.

Communion Service for Chris Kirtland at her home this Sunday, July 20th at 2:15pm
Chris is housebound.  A communion service will be held at her apartment at Madonna House, 2600 Cowan Blvd.,  Apt 410.  Anyone is welcome.

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.
  • There are invitations available on the table to grab for friends, neighbors, and relatives!  Have them register online as well.
  • Please pray for this week that we would be able to reach as many children as possible! Pray that hearts will be open to the gospel message.

Red Cross Blood Drive at NLICC on Thursday, August 7th from 2-7 pm

  • Did you know…

one blood donation can save 3 lives?
every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion?
less than 38% of the population is eligible to give blood?
5 million patients in the U.S. need blood every year?

  • Click HERE to learn about donor eligibility
  • Make an appointment in the foyer on Sunday
  • Childcare is available.

Baby Shower for Amy Auker,  Saturday, August 16th from 2-4 pm 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.

Do you have an interest in an Evening Women’s Bible Study for Fall?
Are you interested in being a part of a weekly women’s Bible study in the evening beginning in September?  We’d study the same book as the Tuesday morning class – The Promised One by Nancy Guthrie over 20 weeks.  If so, let us know what evenings are best for you at wm@nlicc.org.

Girls’ Sunday Summer Study 

  • Meet Heather O’Hara at the picnic after church.  The girls will sit together and then help with VBS set up and details.  This week’s leaders are Heather and Samara Morales.
  • Thank you to those women who have signed up already as lesson leaders and hostesses! We can still use another lady to step up as leaders on July 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 1 pm some Friday. Takes about 2 hours (faster if you bring a friend!) Questions? Ask Pam in the office.

From Kathryne:

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”
 Colossians 3:16

I am thankful for Vacation Bible School and its five days for children to experience God’s Word being read, taught, memorized, and sung to improve their understanding and love for God and His love for them in a fun environment that speaks to their age level. This is a week when many children first make a profession of faith or recommit their lives to the Lord. Many hands and hearts prepare for the various aspects that make this a joyous week for all. Thank you to all who are contributing time, talent, food, decorations, craft supplies, and their lives to making this a memorable week for the children. Please pray with me that the Word will take root and continue to grow in each child’s life long after the last song is sung Friday afternoon.

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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