Downtown Washington Parade of Lights
Today at 6:00 p.m.!
Please wear your New Life Church shirts or white shirts!
If you have battery-powered lights or light-up necklaces, feel free to decorate yourselves... the more lights, the better!
The float needs to be in place at 4:30, but those walking with the float or riding on it can arrive much later. We will meet at church to carpool at 5:15-5:30. Our float is staged on 2nd street between Cedar and Olive. You can meet us there, but parking will be limited downtown.
If you would like to help tranport the float from the Arnolds' to the staging area, please meet at the Arnolds' home at 3:00 p.m.
Reminder: The following kids have signed up for spots on the float:
Josie Collier - Mary
Bryce Kazmaier - Joseph
Braden Kazmaier, Jason Sides, Owen Bartlett - Wise Men
Dylan Bartlett, Sam, Eli - Shepherds
Raena Carver, Dayton Griesheimer, Lily Schweissguth - Angels
Jeremiah Bollmann, Lafe Schweissguth Jr, Lyla Schweissguth - Animals
The FIRST THANKSGIVING (in honor of Thanksgiving, the theme of this Sunday’s worship will be on giving thanks)
Do you think the first pilgrims who came to this country were complainers? No, they wanted to be free to worship God. They worked hard to start a new life in this land.
The harvest of 1621 was abundant. Governor Bradford declared a Day of Thanksgiving and invited the local Indian chief. It was a shock when he arrived with ninety other Indians! They celebrated this first harvest in 1621 with three days of feasting, games, and prayers. But the food supply was greatly depleted later by thirty-five colonists who arrived by ship with no food or extra clothing.
Many people died that winter from sickness and lack of food. By the following spring, the Pilgrims were starving. The harvest in this second year was a failure. By the spring of 1623, daily rations were reduced to 5 kernels of corn a day! Twelve weeks of drought dried up their crops that spring and summer. One day the desperate Pilgrims fasted and prayed for eight hours straight. The next morning, God answered their prayers with a gentle rain that continued for fourteen days and saved the crops.
At a Thanksgiving celebration that fall, the first course was different: An empty plate with 5 kernels of corn was placed before each person. The pilgrims stood up one by one and shared five things for which they were thankful.
*For what/whom are you thankful?
Several people met after church this past Sunday to brainstorm and come up with a design idea for the New Life Christmas parade float. We are excited to announce that our theme will be "We Believe" (and no, not in Santa :)). We wanted our focus to not only represent who we are as a church, but to send an uplifting message to parade spectators with the true meaning of Christmas. Our plan is to attach the words "We Believe" on the sides of our float while a few members of our worship team sing the News Boys hit song "We Believe" as well. Also on the float we are going to incorporate a large lit star over a manger scene with live characters (Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Wise Men and Angels). We will pass out New Life magnets and postcards (with Christmas service information).
Our first float work day will be this upcoming Saturday, November 15th at 3:00 pm (We will be meeting at the home of the Arnold's...if you are interested in helping please contactJennifer Kazmaier or Amanda Griesheimer for directions).
We do have a few needs to make this come together, so if you have any of the following items that could be donated or borrowed please let us know as soon as possible.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT NLC
REMEMBER IN PRAYER….