“Relationship Fundamentals" Based on Romans 5:1-11
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John Ortberg, in "True (and False) Transformation" (pp.101-102), wrote of the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where King Arthur and his knights seek the Holy Grail. At one point they come to a bridge that spans an abyss of eternal peril. A bridge keeper allows people to cross this bridge only if they can answer three questions. Get one wrong, and you're tossed into the pit.
Lancelot is the first tested. The keeper asks him, "What is your name?" Lancelot answers.
"What is your quest?" Lancelot answers, "To seek the Holy Grail.""What is your favorite color?" "Blue."
"Right," says the bridge keeper, "off you go." Lancelot crosses the bridge, amazed this was so easy.
The second knight similarly states his name and quest. But the third question is now, "What is the capital of Assyria?" "I don't know that." The knight is hurled, screaming, into the abyss.
The third knight, Sir Galahad, is nervous as he's asked his name and quest, but he answers correctly. "What is your favorite color?" Sir Galahad panics. "Blue…no, yellow--Aaaaahhhh," he screams as he is hurled into the pit.
Finally, the king steps up. "What is your name?" "Arthur, King of the Britains." "What is your quest?" "To seek the Holy Grail." "What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?" "What do you mean," asks Arthur, "an African or European swallow?" "What? I don't know that," answers the bridge keeper, who immediately is launched into the abyss. Arthur and his followers thereafter cross the bridge unhindered.
Many people's idea of the gospel is that some day we'll get to the bridge to paradise and be asked, "Why should you be allowed to cross?" As long as we answer correctly, we make it across. Answer wrongly, and we're cast into the abyss. The gospel is redefined to be the announcement of the minimal entrance requirements for getting into heaven….
Jesus never said, "Now I'm going to tell you what you need to say to get into heaven when you die." Jesus' good news is we no longer have to live in the guilt, failure, and impotence of our own strength. The transforming presence and power of God is available through Christ right here, right now. To live in that power, you must become his disciple.
“…we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ… More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:1,11)
Gracious God, there are many occasions during which I feel all alone. When I make mistakes, when I blow it in the workplace or in my relationships, sometimes I feel hopeless and helpless. Especially in those moments, Lord, may your words echo in my heart and soul… that you showed your love for me in that while I was still a sinner, you died for me. I am NOT alone. I am not forgotten. I am valued and cared for by you, the author and perfector of my faith. Thank you, Lord. Help me to keep your promises close and remember them often. In your precious Name, Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Our Mission: “To make disciples of Jesus who will make disciples”
Our Vision: “To be a welcoming and growing community of believers”
Helping Hands is looking for YOU! Please complete the Yellow Helping Hands sheet at the Welcome Center turn it in there. THANKS!
Are you willing to share Your WHY? We are working on an updated church brochure and would like to quote (anonymously) some members of NLC. Please complete this sentence: “I am a part of New Life Church because ___________________.” Note your response on your Communication Card or email it to Pastor George. THANK YOU!!
THIS WEEK’s Growth Groups meet Wed. @ Angie Hilbert’s (7-8:30pm), Wed. @ Dick & Kim Obermark’s (6-7:30pm), & Thursday @ Rich & Barb Strubberg’s (7-8:30pm). All are invited. Call the church office for more info, or speak with one of the hosts.
Attention High School and Middle School Youth – we will be headed to a REALITY HOUSE in Eureka (see Teen Page on the NLC website for details) THIS Wednesday, 10/25, leaving the church parking lot no later than 6:35pm. Please RSVP for you (and how many of your friends) for transportation planning. PG has attended this Reality House over the past 15 years and they do a great job of presenting real life situations and tragedies and how faith can guide you through them. Following the event we will go to Culvers for Ice Cream and time to discuss and reflect on the event. We will divide into 2 groups for discussion - High School and Middle Schoolers. I will lead the trip and with the follow up discussions in each group. We plan to return by 9pm. BRING a canned good for entrance to the Reality House and money for Ice Cream if you choose. PLEASE RSVP to this email or PG’s cell if you plan to attend.
Ladies Fellowship October Gathering THIS Thursday, the 26th, 6:30-8:30pm in the LL of NLC. Join with others in making picture/prayer boards! Please RSVP in the church lobby or contact Lisa Tucker, who will need to know how many boards to have cut for participants. Spread the word!
Halloween Party at the Killmade’s THIS COMING Saturday, Oct. 28. Join others for chili, hot dogs and a bonfire later at 15015 Highway TT in Marthasville from 12 noon until 8pm’ish.
The 5th Sunday Breakfast is THIS SUNDAY, the 29th in the LL from 8:30-11am. Feast on pancakes, sausage links, eggs, biscuits, gravy, fruit, coffee & juice. Breakfast is free, but all donations go to hurricane relief in Texas and Florida.
Adult Sunday School Class is from 8:15 to 9:15am in the Youth Room (coffee is provided). Next week’s theme will be, “What’s Jesus got against grown-ups?” based on Luke 18:15-17).
Operation Christmas Child is here! Pick up a shoebox, “boy” or “girl” label and guidelines for packing from the lobby table, and begin collecting your items today. Boxes are due back by November 12. Please remember these children need the BASIC gifts, including school supplies that are very important.
WHS’s “Beauty and the Beast” is coming soon with Drew Post as Lafou, Gaston’s sidekick. Performances are November 9-11: Thursday the 9th & Friday the 10th at 7:30pm, and two shows on Saturday the 11th: 11:30am & 7:30pm. Please let others know about the performances. Tickets are on sale to the public.
Children’s Sunday School– Parents… take home sheets are available on the Children’s Ministry page of the church website (www.NewLifeChurchMO.org). This is a great way to stay in touch with what your child(ren) is/are learning & reinforce those lessons throughout the week. If your child misses a week, it’s a great way to continually build up your child’s faith.
NLC Fall Celebration – On FRIDAY (note date change), November 3, 5:30-9:30pm, we will have a congregational gathering in the back parking lot of the church facility. Hot Dog & Marshmallow roast, Chili (ALL are invited to bring a dessert to share). Games: Kan-Jam, Yahtzee, Pictionary, Skip-Bo, Heads-Up, etc. MOVIE at 7pm- “God’s Not Dead 2”, Mario Kart and Just Dance in the LL. Spread the word, invite and friend and come for a good time with friends!
Crosstraining – This is a discipleship training group (aka Confirmation) for those entering the 7th & 8th Grades. Pastor George & Chris Cavenar lead the group, 6:30-8pm, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays.
High School Youth gatherings meet every 2nd & 4th Wednesday in the Youth Room.
Ladies’ Fellowship Breakfast is Thursday, November 2, at 8:30am at Bob Evans.
Men’s Fellowship Breakfast & Serving is Saturday, November 11, 7:30-9:30am in the LL.
Kids Ensemble sings the second Sunday each month, rehearsing the two Sundays prior. If you have elementary age kids interested in singing, please contact Vickie Price (314.795.8106) or note “Kids Ensemble” on your Communication Card. Contact Vickie for a CD of the upcoming songs.
“Like” New Life Church on Facebook – Please go to New Life’s page and “LIKE” the page.
Prayer - Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Keith Theissen (Pauline and Billie Millsap's nephew and Eli Schultz’s cousin) - Surgery to remove tumor from esophagus caused by exposure while serving in the Middle East. Pray for healing.
Jon Monzyk - Left pinky finger removed due to accident at work. Pray for healing and patience as his hand heals.
Popular Bluff High School Community (Molly Dohm is teaching there) - Three students killed last week in car accident.
Victims and families of those killed in Las Vegas shooting. Victims of fires in California. All those affected by Hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Irma, and safety for first responders. Nancy Scharfenberg - Recovering at home. Pray back pain will subside. Denny Arnold – Starting chemo and radiation treatments. Pray for continued healing and strength. Donna Killmade - Fluid buildup in legs is making it hard to walk. Pray that legs will return to normal. Paige Babbes - Junior at WHS recently diagnosed with leukemia. Pray for Paige and her family. Jonell Mueller (friend of Laura Frankenberg) - Spinal fusion recently. Recovery will be at least 120 days. Pray for healing, patience during recovery and strength. Edward Price (Denny Price's father) - Diagnosed with colon cancer, recently placed on hospice. Pray for the Price family. Pat Davis (Kim Obermark’s mother) – Broken leg. Receiving dialysis daily, moved to rehab facility. Julie McNamara (35-yr-old friend of Laura Frankenberg) – Recently diagnosed with bone cancer. John Schriefer (Celeste Schriefer’s son) – Pray for relief of back and leg pain. JoAnn Schweissguth (Lafe’s mother) – Recovering at home from hip surgery. Pray for healing. Barb Strubberg – Recovering from broken collarbone. Eleanor Hanes (Brenda Cameron’s sister) – Fighting cancer. Pray for effective chemo treatments. John Spires – Recovering at home from hip surgery. Judy Schmidt (Todd Marquart’s aunt) – Battling lung cancer, COPD, and cancer in ribs. Stephanie Lindemann – HS student battling cancer. Pray for strength and continued healing. Minnie Kolditz (Brenda Cameron's mother) – Hemo dialysis three days a week. Pray for home dialysis soon
Struggling with cancer: Charlie Frankenberg, Cindy Bracht (Marie Spires's sister-in-law and Cherie Monzyk's aunt), Robert Sotebier (Saran Sullentrup’s dad).
John Day – Pray that the progression of John's disease will be slowed.
Servicemembers: Ian Tucker stationed in Washington state, Josh Hanes training in South Carolina.
Continue to Pray for:
NLC Congregation – Wisdom and faith as we move to the next stage of our ministry together.
NLC Worship Team – That God draw talented musicians to serve on this ministry team.
NLC Prayer Ministry – Deepen our commitment to prayer and add more prayers to our team.
NLC Youth Ministry – That more students become involved in NLC Youth Ministry Program.
NLC Elders – That they be guided by the Holy Spirit as they shepherd our congregation.
Pastor George – Inspiration from the Holy Spirit as he leads our congregation.
Our Nation – That Christians would change their communities to cause an end to violence.
This year during Lent, we will be praying for each other as we strengthen our prayer life as well as our relationships with each other. In Ephesians 6:18 Paul writes, “ Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests with this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Through the Lenten All Church Prayer Initiative you’ll have a chance to pray for another New Life Church worshiper. On Sunday, Jan. 31 and Feb 7 there will be a card in the bulletin for you to fill out with your contact information. During the greeting time you can exchange your card with someone else. That will be your prayer partner for the 40 days of Lent. This is a great opportunity to reach out to someone you might not otherwise meet. Just imagine how we might all be changed if we earnestly pray for each other for 40 days.
Jesus said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer.”
Let’s make that a reality at New Life this Lenten season.
PJ Alindogan, in “The Potter’s Jar Blog” (3-4-12), tells of the following:
Three friends decided to go deer hunting together: a lawyer, a doctor, and a preacher. As they were walking, along came a big buck. The three of them shot simultaneously. Immediately the buck dropped to the ground and all three rushed up to see how big it actually was. Upon reaching it they couldn't determine whose shot had actually killed the deer.
As a heated debate ensued, a few minutes later a game officer came by and asked what the problem was. The doctor told him that they were debating who shot the buck. The officer took a look at the buck and within a few seconds, he said with much confidence, "The preacher shot the buck!"
They all wondered how he knew that so quickly. The officer said, "Easy. The bullet went in one ear and out the other."
The shepherds heard God’s message via the angel, they received the message and they responded to it with action.
As you listen to God's Word (as you read it or hear it preached), do you allow God's message for you to go in one ear and out the other?
Do you hear God's Word without allowing it to transform you?
“God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways.” -Henry Blackaby
Based on Luke 2:8-21
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” (v.9-10)
Remember in Prayer:
Lloyd McEntire (Betty Misener’s brother)- died 11/27. Arrangements pending.
Kent Misener – recovering from work injuries, horse rearing up on him
Angie Gust (friend of Lisa Bollmann) – hospitalized, heart complications
Steve & Laura Darby – Battling Cancer
John Carver- battling cancer
Eric (Rebecca Krafft’s husband) – battling stage 4 colon cancer
Missy Hill (Matt Monzyk’s sister)- battling cancer
Bill Millsap Sr. – died 11/22, funeral was held on Wednesday.
News, Notes & Upcoming Events:
THANK you to the many who invited and brought family and friends to the first Sunday of our two worship service format. We had 168 people in worship (99 @ 9am; 69 @ 10:45am). We had two wonderful worship celebrations, especially with the Christmas decorations in place.
RESCHEDULED! Washington’s “Christmas Around the World” Parade will be THIS COMING Saturday, December 5, parade begins at 6pm. We are Entry #51. Meet our float at 5:30pm at Main & Cedar Streets. Please plan to walk
with others in the parade & hand out candy canes and share the joy of Christmas.
College Care Packages – With college exams around the corner we would like to send our College students a little extra encouragement in the form of a care package. Please drop your items (baked goods, packaged snacks, energy drinks, fast food cards, etc.) off in the church lobby ASAP. ALSO…there is some stationary in our lobby to be included in our packages, so please make sure to stop by and write some encouraging words as well. Contact Jennifer Kazmaier at email@example.com or 314-503-8767 for more info.
Giving Tree – Help make Christmas a special time for a local family/child. Take an ornament (listing a gift) from the lobby tree. Place that gift, with the ornament attached, under the tree by Dec. 15. The tree will benefit Pregnancy Assistance Center, a ministry whose primary purpose is to save the lives of unborn babies while also assisting the families with many other needs.
NLC Ladies Fellowship has a FB page, see www.facebook.com/NLCLoveLadies. The Ladies will be having a cookie exchange THIS Thursday Dec. 3 at 6pm in the fellowship hall at church. Afterwards, the congregation is invited to go caroling.
Membership Session- interested in becoming a member at NLC, plan to attend an orientation session after Worship THIS COMING, Sunday, Dec 6, 12-2pm, light lunch included. Please contact Pastor George to register.
Movie Night @ NLC – Sunday, Dec. 6, Doors open at 6:15pm, Movie begins at 6:30pm. Come view “The Christmas Candle” (PG, 2013). This is a movie written by Max Lucado.
Plan to attend “An Old Fashioned Christmas” - Gary Goza is going to lead us in this time of carols and tunes of Christmas past. Invite some friends and join with others in singing Christmas songs, 4:30pm on Saturday, December 12. Be watching for more info as we are hoping to find a restaurant to go to afterwards.
DAILY PRAYERS during December…. Watch your email for daily prayers during the month of December. If you do not presently receive emails from the church, please note so on your Communication Card or reply to this email with “Daily Prayers”. Please join with others in daily praying for our church and our community.
Celebrating Christmas with children from “The Well” – an EFCA congregation in the city who brought 15-20 kids to our VBS this past summer. We will leave at 10:30am on Sunday, December 13, returning by 3pm. We will serve the kids Tacos & then lead in a variety of “Christmas Games”. Note “The Well” on your CC or reply to this email.
Be a part of New Life in the community! On Dec 18th the Washington School District has a half day of school and we are inviting all MS & HS students to walk to NLC after school. We will have a snack and make Christmas cards for local nursing home residents. At 2:30pm, we will have two 1-hour shifts ringing the Salvation Army bell at Schnucks. We will return to church, then deliver Appreciation Baskets to the Mercy Hospital ER, the Police Dept, etc. We will return to church by 6:30pm for a light supper. We are asking adults to help drive, deliver baskets and sing carols with the youth. Watch for sign-up sheets and permission slips in the lobby. Come, ring the bills and sing carols!
CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP will be @ 7pm here at NLC. Lacey Lee, the Harpist, will be playing for the service once again. Extend an invitation to your friends/family today to share in this special night. Communion will be celebrated.
Operation Christmas Child – THANK YOU… a total of 109 shoeboxes & $284 was donated & delivered to the Union OCC distribution center by 20+ youth & adults.
Outreach-Missions Committee will meet Sunday (Oct. 25) right after worship in the lower level.
Two Worship Services – As we were aware when we purchased the facility at 408 E. 8th Street, it would not take long to fill the sanctuary-parking lot to 80% and necessitate adding another worship service. That time has come. One example- this past week a family of six walked in at 9:30am and had to divide and sit in three different areas. The benefits of adding another service: two options for worship, more space for members and friends, room to invite guests, alleviates the frustration of there not being room for you to sit, and we will be better able to continue our mission of “making disciples who make disciples”. There are also some challenges: gatherings with everyone together, connecting with those who worship at the opposite service, Sunday School at 9am but not 10:45am (for now), double the usher-greeter and hospitality teams, increasing the fellowship opportunities through LIFE Groups, Small Groups & congregational gatherings, etc. After much prayer and input from the Elders Team, Christian Education and Worship Team ministry leaders, we will begin two worship services on Sunday, November 29. This is the Sunday after Thanksgiving and the beginning of our Advent/Christmas themed celebrations. Identical worship will be held at 9 & 10:45am, with Sunday School offered in its present form during the 9am service. HOW YOU CAN HELP?: In order for this to be successful we at least 50 worshippers in each service. To date, 38 have committed to attending through Easter the 9am service (and 4 to the 10:45). This is crucial in order to alleviate over-crowding at one and/or being too empty at another. In the next few weeks, please note on a Communication Card your name and at which service you will commit to attending most of the time. Place your card in the offering basket or send it to the church office. Please continue to pray for our collective wisdom and discernment in this time of transition. We want to continue to grow deeper in faith & fellowship as well share the good news with all.
Operation Christmas Child (OCC) – OCC boxes are available today. Pick them up in the lobby after church. If you would rather give a monetary donation than fill the boxes, please make your check payable to New Life Church and make a notation on your check that it is for “Samaritans Purse”. All boxes and monetary contributions need to be returned by November 15. Please pray for these children and the many OCC volunteers that they may continue to experience God's love.
Congregational Movie Viewing! TOMORROW at the Great 8 Cinema in Union. Join with many from our prayer ministry Monday, Oct. 26, Leaving from NLC @ to see the movie “Woodlawn” -begins at 6:50pm. This is a movie about how the faith of some of the football players changed not only a team, but a city. 33 people were at the last movie we viewed. Plan to join in on this fun-filled faith night.
Washington School District Food Drive… Fighting hunger & fueling minds. Our school district is seeking to do something about our local students who are homeless and/or hungry. Can you help donate to the “Food Backpack Program” during this next week, October 26-30? Important items needed: Ramen noodles, Macaroni & cheese, Canned meat (such as tuna, vienna sausage, ravioli, etc.) fruit cups/cans, Breakfast bars, Crackers, & Soup. Place items in lobby box.
Ladies Night Out, THIS THURS, Oct. 29, 6:30pm, @ Cindy Berg’s (314.724.9578).
15473 State Hwy TT. From Washington: Take Hwy 47 north across the river. At the stop light make a right onto Hwy 94. As you go through Dutzow, 94 makes a right turn. Do not turn right, go straight, this is TT. At this point go 2.3 miles and we are on the left. Our driveway is not quite to the top of the hill. Please bring an hors d'oeuvres to share. Be prepare to have a great evening of food & fellowship.
Parade Committee Meeting NEXT Sunday, November 1, after worship. A team of persons is needed to help with the float that will be in the Washington Christmas Parade, Sunday, Nov. 29. Please note “PARADE” on your CC. Contact Angie Hilbert for more info.
The HEAVEN small group will conclude this Wed. The next small group is a six week study on Prayer using Phil Yancey's study series PRAYER- Does it Make any Difference? Yancey addresses the tough questions...If God knows everything, why pray? Why are answers to my prayers so inconsistent? How can I make prayer more satisfying? Join us starting on Wed, Nov. 4 at 6:30pm. See sign-up sheet in lobby 11/1.
Family Movie Night @ NLC to view “Home”. Mark your calendars for November 6. open @ 6:00pm, movie starts @ 6:30. Popcorn and water provided. Please feel free to bring sleeping bags, blankets, etc...
Kids Choir for elementary age children. Rehearsals to be held Wednesdays, 6pm. If interested, please contact Vickie Price: firstname.lastname@example.org or
“Conduit: You have been given power for a purpose”
(to listen to this past Sunday’s message or to Download a “Growing Deeper” Guide, click here:www.newlifechurchmo.org/sermons)
A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were mischievous. They were always getting into trouble, and their parents knew that if any mischief occurred in their town, their sons were probably involved.
The boys' mother heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The clergyman agreed, but asked to see them individually. So the mother sent her 8-year-old in to see him the following morning, intending to send the older boy in the afternoon.
The clergyman, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and sternly asked, "Where is God?" The boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response. The clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God!!?" Again the boy made no attempt to answer. The clergyman got to his feet. Shaking his finger in the boy's face, he bellowed, "WHERE IS GOD!?"
The boy screamed and bolted from the room. He ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him. When his older brother found him a few minutes later, he asked, "What happened?"
The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, "We're in BIG trouble this time, dude. God is missing—and they think we did it!"
**In Christ, you were saved FROM sin and saved FOR a purpose, in what ways are you using the power of God at work in you for good?
Based on Ephesians 1:15-22
“…that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of this glorious inheritance in the saints. (v.18b)
A Prayer to Pray:
Heavenly Father, at the end of the week of creation your Word reminds me that you saw everything that you had made and said ‘it is very good’. Thank you for creating me to do good works which you have planned for me. Now, Lord, empower me to carry out such good. May I be the channel of your love and grace that those around me need. May your good be accomplished through me, today. In your precious and powerful name, Jesus, I pray. AMEN.
Finding Your ‘Labor of Love’
This past Sunday, we looked at “”Defending Against the Terrorist Within
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The movie Drumline (20th-Century Fox, 2002; rated PG-13, written by Tina Gordon Chism, directed by Charles Stone) explores the maturation of a talented percussionist from Harlem who receives a full-ride scholarship to Atlanta A&T University to play in the marching band. Early on Devon Miles (played by Nick Cannon) discovers that making the transition from hip-hop street drumming to the drumline of a university's celebrated marching band is more challenging than he expected.
Devon consistently deviates from the protocol outlined by Dr. Lee, the band director. He fails to read the band rulebook; he provokes a fight on the field at halftime, and he violates the philosophy of band unity by showing off.
One morning, before sunrise, the incoming freshmen band members are lined up like Army recruits on the University's football field. The returning band members observe from the sidelines. The freshmen are all wearing white t-shirts except for Devon who is in a black one. Dr. Lee addresses them like a boot camp sergeant. When a few stragglers arrive tardy, the director asks one of them to identify his roommate. The embarrassed latecomer points to Devon.
Dr. Lee approaches Devon and asks him why his roommate was late. He responds that his roommate likely overslept. When the band director inquires why he didn't wake him, Devon flippantly answers, "I'm not his mother."
Dr. Lee, put off by Devon's smart mouth, repeats the dialogue he and Devon have just had loud enough for the entire band to hear. Then in military fashion he barks out, "Section leaders. What is our concept?"
The section leaders answer loudly in unison, "One band, one sound!"
Dr. Lee repeats the slogan: "One band, one sound!" and then continues to address the newcomers. "When one of us is late, we are all late. When one of us looks or sounds bad, we all look and sound bad."
Staring at the freshmen, he asks, "So, what's the concept?"
The freshman musicians reply, "One band, one sound."
Dr. Lee continues, "Now I want ten laps from all those who are 'not their roommate's mama.'"
*Dr. Lee and the Apostle Paul are on the “same page”: the church at its best puts a high priority on unity in the midst of diversity, on claiming a common mission and unifying all ages, experiences and gifts toward working together day by day, accomplishment by accomplishment.
Based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
For the body does not consist of one member but of many…As it is, there are many parts, yet one body…Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.. (v.14,20,27)
A Prayer to Pray:
Lord Jesus, thank you for your indescribable gifts of grace, love, forgiveness and salvation. You sacrificed so I might be atoned (at-one), that I might be unified with The Father, my Creator. Give me the wisdom, discernment and strength to do likewise in using my gifts, in concert with others within my church, to bring others closer to my Heavenly Father. In Your Bold and Beautiful Name, I pray. Amen.
Remember in Prayer:
Sunday School Teachers & Students as they prepare for another year of spiritual growth.
Tanner & Rachel (Rohlfing) Kertz – married 9/5 here at NLC
PVT Tucker, Ian 13m, 19-15, A-Btry 1st PLt, 1-78 FA-BN, 4401 Blair Rd, Fort Sill, OK
Isabella Rose Balducci – born 9/11/15, 8lb, 19.5” Parents: Nick & Brittany; Grandparents: Jason & Temme Sides.
Notes & Reminders
Daybreak Women’s Conference – “Unquenchable” – Sept. 18-19 @ Harvester Christian Church. Carol Kent is the speaker, guest musician is Jenny Simmons. Register online at http://daybreak.harvesterchristian.org/home/daybreak-2015
See lobby clipboard to communicate interest, transportation & hotel sharing. Contact Catie Monzyk for more info.
Opportunities to Serve at New Life Church! Please respond using the Communication Card. We are in need of:
Finding Your ‘Labor of Love’
This past Sunday, we looked at “Your Labor of Love Reveals…”
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Joel Kilpatrick, back in the September edition of Larknews.com in 2006, wrote a fictional piece of satire portraying a church taking membership and active participation seriously. The article was entitled, "Mega-Church Downsizes, Cuts Non-Essential Members", and in part went as follows:
Julie and Bob Clark were stunned to receive a letter from their church in July asking them to "participate in the life of the church"—or worship elsewhere. "They basically called us freeloaders," says Julie. "We were freeloaders," says Bob.
In a trend that may signal rough times for wallflower Christians, bellwether mega-church Faith Community of Winston-Salem has asked "non-participating members" to stop attending. "No more Mr. Nice Church," says the executive pastor, newly hired from Cingular Wireless. "Bigger is not always better. Providing free services indefinitely to complacent Christians is not our mission."
"Freeloading" Christians were straining the church's nursery and facility resources, and harming the church's ability to reach the lost, says the pastor. "When your bottom line is saving souls, you get impatient with people who interfere with that goal."
Faith Community sent polite but firm letters to families who attend church services and "freebie events," but never volunteer, never tithe, and do not belong to a small group or other ministry. The church estimates that, of its 8,000 regular attendees, only half have volunteered in the past 3 years, and a third have never given to the church.
"Before now, we made people feel comfortable and welcome, and tried to coax them to give a little something in return," says a staff member. "That's changed. We're done being the community nanny."
Surprisingly, the move to dis-invite people has drawn a positive response from men in the community who like the idea of an in-your-face church. "I thought, A church that doesn't allow wussies—that rocks," says Bob Clark, who admires the church more since they told him to get lost.
*The above is fictional, but addresses a church at its best: Such is a church focused on its mission and helping each member to find their role within the church to complete the mission. How are you using your gifts in a “labor of love”?
Based on Romans 12:1-8
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (v.1)
A Prayer to Pray:
Lord Jesus, thank you for the gifts you have given me. Forgive me for the times I have buried or ignored them. Help me, Lord, to unwrap and use my gifts in ways that honor You and are a blessing to others. Guide me in ways that my gifts can strengthen the mission of Your church at New Life. In Your Bold and Beautiful Name, I pray. Amen.
SMALL GROUP book study continues this Wednesday (6:30-8pm in the LL) – based on the book 12 Extraordinary Women. TONIGHT we will look at Mary and Martha and Mary Magdalene. Next week will be our last session. We'll look at Lydia and do a wrap up.
Ladies Fellowship Breakfast, Thursday, September 10, 8:30am @ Cowans. Spread the word to all the Ladies of NLC and their friends.
Parking Lot Asphalt has been sealed and lined! THANK YOU New Life Church... your generosity has allowed us to not only extend the life of our parking lot and properly care for one of God’s many blessings to us, but it also more closely reflects the pride we all have in our faith, our relationship with the Lord & for His Church! Your financial gifts enable us to reflect the high quality of God’s love and grace for all! Again, THANK YOU!
Vinyl Flooring has been cleaned and waxed. Many thanks to those who helped move tables and other items from the surfaces, and return them.
GREAT MOVIE – a group of 30 from New Life viewed the movie WAR ROOM this past Monday at Cinema One Plus. Be sure to see this faith-filled presentation.
Opportunities to Serve at New Life Church! Please respond using the Communication Card or sign up in the lobby. We are in need of:
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – our local food pantry is in need of food supplies – especially cereals and other kid-friendly food items. Our VBS collected 1318 items this week for the food pantry. Could you bring in a bag of non-perishable food items to help out those in need?
Daybreak Women’s Conference – “Unquenchable” – Sept. 18-19 @ Harvester Christian Church. Carol Kent is the speaker, guest musician is Jenny Simmons. Register online at http://daybreak.harvesterchristian.org/home/daybreak-2015. See lobby clipboard to communicate interest, transportation & hotel sharing. Contact Catie Monzyk for more info.
9/24- "Ladies Night Out" at Candi Martin's house, 415 Cardinal Meadows Dr., Washington, MO. Ladies gather for devotion, fellowship and a service project.
9/11 - Community Prayer Watch at New Life Church from 8am-6pm. To kick off the time of prayer, we’ll host a Community Prayer Service on Thursday, 9/10, 7-8pm. Prayer guides will be available.
Be ready for an entertaining and thought provoking night with your friends from New life Church as we watch a film that explores the effect that prayer can have on almost every aspect of life including marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and finances.Monday, August 31, 6:30 p.m.Movie begins at 6:40. We will meet in the theater lobby at 6:30.
Click Here to watch the movie trailer.
We are in need of 2 NLC Members to volunteer in the Nursery on the 2nd Sunday of each month. If interested, please contact Kelly Dohm.
We are also looking for a couple of members to help teach Sunday School. If interested, please contact Chris Marquart.
Sunday, August 23, 2015 – Lord, we pray that you would defend Christian students and teachers from those who would bully, threaten or intimidate them. Raise up students and teachers who are not ashamed of the gospel. Raise up strong and bold leadership among groups and campus clubs. We pray you will help them minister effectively to those around them. As the gospel advances, we pray the school culture will be one of love, respect, joy and peace. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.