Saturday, August 22, 2015 - Lord, as our children begin the school year, allow them to experience your presence throughout their school. Open their eyes to the fresh challenges and exciting opportunities that the new school year brings. Open their hearts and minds to new friends and new teachers. Help them to be enthusiastic about their studies and give them the courage to try new things. Help them to be attentive to their teachers and let them experience your presence in their new friends. Inspire them to do their best this year. We pray this in Jesus name. Amen
Friday, August 21, 2015- Lord, we pray for any students who struggle, whether with learning disabilities or with troubled families. We pray that you would restore their confidence and motivation, that failures and setbacks would not discourage them. We ask that you provide the specialized teachers these students need. Encourage all who feel like giving up to press on to victory. We pray this in Jesus name. Amen
Thursday, August 20, 2015- Lord, help our children to stand against peer pressure. Empower them to make decisions that will be pleasing in your sight. Surround them with good friends that are positive influences. Keep drugs and alcohol out of their reach. Help our children to keep hormones in check, avoiding sex before marriage. Protect our children from bullies and those that mean harm to them. Help them to work out their problems instead of fighting with each other. We pray this in Jesus name. Amen
Wednesday, August 19, 2015- Lord, be with our children’s teachers this year. Help them teach in ways that each student can understand. Let them have reasonable expectations of our children and give them patience whenever their patience meter is running low. Bless the teachers with caring administrators who care as much about kids as test scores. We pray this in Jesus name. Amen.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 – Lord, we pray that you will be with every child that is returning back to school this year. Protect them as they wait at the bus stop, ride the bus, travel by car or walk to school. Keep them safe from dangers seen and unseen. Help our school crossing guards and bus drivers to remain attentive on their jobs. Give our children favor with their teachers and help them to pay attention in class. Let this be their best year yet for academics, sports, fine arts, and friendships. We pray this in Jesus name. Amen.
Monday, August 17, 2015 – Dear Lord, let us be supportive of our parents this year. Strengthen each parent’s discernment. Let them know when something is going on with their kids. Help parents keep their students on track with their homework and study time. Help parents to remember all the subjects that they took so many years ago so that they can be effective in helping their children complete their homework. Provide for families financially so that the children can go on field trips, buy school pictures and yearbooks, have appropriate clothing for the school seasons, school supplies, or whatever else the children need to enhance their educational experience. Give parents favor on their jobs so that they are able to attend their children’s activities. Remind parents of the need to pray for their children daily. We pray this in Jesus name. Amen.
The memorial service for Al Stewart, who died this past Saturday of a heart attack, will be this coming Saturday, August 1.
Visitation at New Life Church: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Memorial Service at New Life Church: 11:00 a.m.
Jean Webb is coordinating a luncheon for after the funeral. Donations of side dishes and desserts would be greatly appreciated. Two or three people are also needed on Saturday to help with the luncheon itself on Saturday. Please contact Jean if you are able to provide a dish or help serve the luncheon.
Please continue to keep the Stewart family in your prayers.
Dwight “Al” Stewart Jr., age 77, of Washington, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015 in Washington. Al was born in Kirkwood, Missouri on June 2, 1938 to the late Dwight A. Stewart Sr. and the late Gladys (nee Elvie) Stewart. On November 30, 1962 he was united in marriage to Sue May in Jackson, Missouri. He was an avid golfer and a pet lover.
A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 9am until time of Service at 11 am at New Life Church, 408 East 8th St., Washington. Interment is private. Memorial donations are appreciated to the Franklin County Humane Society or a charity of one’s choice.
Al is survived by his wife, Sue M. Stewart of Washington; one daughter, Melissa L. Stewart of West Chester, Ohio; one grandchild, Amanda Meyer of West Chester, Ohio; five siblings, Pat and husband Jim Cleeton of St. Charles, Barbara Horstmeier of St. Peters, Shirley and husband Charlie Broz of Murrieta, California, Paul and wife Linda Stewart of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and Kathi and husband Dave Raming of Kansas; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two children, Lynn Miller and Jon Stewart.
The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held
Sunday, July 26
immediately following the worship service.
Below, you will find links to a number of documents. Many are for informational purposes. It has been a big first year for New Life Church, so there is much to report on! For the meeting on the 26th, printed copies of the agenda and budget will be available. In an effort to not waste paper, only a few copies of the supplemental reports will be provided at the meeting. Please review those reports in advance and be prepared with questions/comments if necessary.
“VISION… A Preferred Future”
Message by Pastor George based on Proverbs 29:18
What kind of life is God inviting you to live? What kind of person is The Lord of the Universe calling and shaping you to be? These are just a few of the questions we began asking in this past Sunday’s message. The topic of this series is “vision”, both personal as well as the vision of New Life Church.
Here are some clarifications of vision, as defined by George Barna in his book The Power of Vision:
A great way to explore and begin to define God’s vision for your life can be found in the exercise of writing your eulogy. Write what you would like someone to say about you at your funeral – and they would not be lying! Spend a few weeks praying and writing, praying and editing, etc. Once finished, passionately seek God’s guidance and power to live that way.
As New Life Church, we, too, are asking how people in the community would describe us as a body of Christ in 10 years. What would we like them to say? As what kind of church would we like to be described?
As a part of the Elder’s Team training over the past month, vision has been the topic of study and prayer. The Elder’s Team would now like your input. We would like to gather input from you, the congregation, about the following:
1. What do you consider the strengths of New Life Church?, and
2. If someone was to ask you about the “Vision” of NLC, how would you answer? (For instance, our Mission – what God is calling us to “DO” – is “to make disciples of Jesus who make disciples”) A Vision statement is who God is calling us to “BE”, it is a picture of what you sense God is calling you BE in the future.
So, finish the statement… “The vision of NLC is to be a church that is ___________________”
Some questions shared in Sunday’s message were: Why did you come back to New Life Church after your first visit (Please don’t say, as our daughter did on Sunday, “I had no choice”!) Seriously, because of _________________. The people are ____________________.
CAN YOU SEND your reply to the above to email@example.com
The eventual result will be a collective Vision Statement which will be paired with our Mission Statement & will be utilized to guide & keep us focused as a Body of Christ.
Remember in Prayer:
NOTES AND REMINDERS:
Independence Day Celebration in worship this Sunday. With July 4 landing on Saturday, our Sunday worship will be “Independence Day Themed”, even looking at the “Vision” for America our founders had. All are encouraged to wear Red, White and Blue!
Facility Debt Update:
Total paid toward Building fund = $50,978.67
Additional Pledges = $20,670.00
Thanks for Planting for the Future…Helping New Life Church to Grow! If you have not had an opportunity to receive a campaign packet, please stop by the church office. Together we will reduce our debt & simultaneously continue the Lord’s work through New Life Church. (for donations, note in the “memo” on your check BUILDING)
NEW Air Conditioning System for the lobby & surrounding areas is being installed this week.
The NLC Ladies Fellowship meets @ Cowan's Restaurant Thursday, July 9, 8:30am for breakfast, heart-to-heart conversation & fun. All ladies are invited!
Membership @ New Life – If you’re interested in membership at New Life, there will be an info session on Sunday, July 12, 11am-12:15pm, in the Upper Room (behind the sound booth). New members will be received Sunday, July 19.
VBS (Vacation Bible School) – July 27-31… SPREAD THE WORD! This can be a great outreach to our community as well as a faith builder to all our youth (and the adults who serve)! Mark “VBS” on your Communication Card if you are able and willing to serve in some way. See registration forms in the lobby or online.
Annual Congregational Meeting - Mark your calendars for our first annual congregational meeting – Sunday, July 26 immediately following worship in the sanctuary. At this meeting we will review reports (to be sent out in advance of the meeting via email) from ministry leaders, groups, etc. We will also vote on the Elders Team.
Washington T & C Fair Parade – the Fair Parade is coming Sunday, Aug.2. We are looking for persons to help build a float & also MANY people to walk in the parade alongside the float. If you are interested, please sign up by putting “Float” on CC. Brainstorming Meeting scheduled for Sunday, July 12, immediately following worship. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Washington T & C Fair New Life Youth Taco Stand – We have an opportunity to run the Taco Stand at this year's fair. Volunteers still needed. We have even had a family step forward and donate some beef for the tacos. Sign up in the lobby.
Crosstraining to begin this Fall – this is a discipleship training group (aka Confirmation) for those entering the 7th/8th Grade. Pastor George leads this group on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8pm. If you are interested in learning more, an info gathering is being planned, please write “CrossTraining” on your Communication Card.
Wedding Invitation: Christina E. Monzyk & Josh A. Hanes request the pleasure of your company at their marriage on Saturday the Eleventh of July, Two thousand and fifteen, at two o'clock in the afternoon. Presbyterian Church of Washington, 4834 South Point Rd, Washington, MO 63090 Dinner and Reception at 5 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Washington.
Egg Tray mix-up at Church Picnic: If you have an egg tray from the church picnic, please check to be sure it does not have the initials N.S. on it. Nancy mistakenly grabbed someone else's. If anyone has Nancy's, please call her to arrange a swap!
Many people have asked how they can help with Tom Hilbert's memorial service this coming Saturday, June 27, 2pm, at New Life Church.
A luncheon will immediately follow the service at the Washington VFW (corner of 8th Street and Jefferson, approximately 4 blocks west of NLC).
TWO THINGS ARE NEEDED from NLC due to the large number of people we are expecting:
Could you help provide a Salad, a Side or a dessert? IF SO, PLEASE E-MAIL US by Friday noon to this email with what you plan to bring. Food can be dropped off at the VFW beginning at noon on Saturday.
Also, we will need 8-10 people to help with welcoming those attending the service: at the doors, handing out bulletins, setting up extra chairs as needed, etc. Please arrive by 1:15pm on Saturday in the Conference Room where needs will be divided up. Please e-mail us if you are able to help in this way.
Thank you for covering Angie and her family in prayer through this time.