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
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.
We will be having a New Life Picnic @ the Dutzow Pavilion (take Hwy 47 North of Mercy Hospital, 3 miles past the bridge, then take a right on Hwy 94 at the Dutzow light. At the Hwy 94 & Hwy TT junction, stay straight ahead on Hwy TT to the Dutzow ball fields on your left (ball fields are approximately 1.4 miles from 47/94 intersection). Watch for signs with directions on Sunday!
Come to worship on Sunday dressed for the picnic and head over after worship. As of now it looks like we will have a sunny 81 degree day to get better acquainted, have some fun and food together, listen to a Blue Grass Band and/or simply relax!
Please bring a potluck dish to share as well as a lawn chair, as picnic tables are at a minimum. Washers, wiffleball, tug-O-war and other games are planned. For younger kids there will be 2 “bounce-house” inflatables
It has been an amazing 3 weeks for New Life Church. We have many things for which to be thankful!
We feel God’s blessing in so many ways on New Life Church.
Thank you for being a part of it!
Currently, the leadership team is searching for an association or denomination that aligns with our interpretation of the Bible and our vision of discipleship and evangelism. Such a partnership would provide us with fellowship, training, and resources to further the reach of God’s kingdom. We know affiliating with a denomination is a big step, and not one to be taken lightly, or without the input of our church body. The leadership team was able to meet with Al Frank, a representative from the Evangelical Free Church of America, to learn more about the denomination. Now it is your turn!
Sunday, June 29, 6:30 p.m. at New Life Church
We invite you to participate in a Question & Answer session with Al about the EFCA. He will explain their roots and mission, and give us a clearer picture of what a partnership with them would look like. Please come with an open mind and open heart, but also prepared with the questions that need to be asked. Feel free to review the EFCA website beforehand. As a leadership team, we very much want to hear from the congregation on this matter. Please pray for the team, and for the congregation to hear God’s call for New Life Church clearly.
In other news…
Please take a few minutes to view the New Life Church website at www.newlifechurchmo.org. The site will continue to be updated with information and will be a great resource to our congregation and to the public.
We're also on Facebook!
To all interested families and friends,
Since you have expressed an interest in staying connected regarding the new church, we wanted to provide you with a quick update of where we are in this process.
First of all, we want to thank you for trusting us, the Leadership Team and Pastor George. At the initial meeting, Pastor George asked you to trust the leadership team to quickly make timely decisions. Such has held true and will continue to be so for the near future. Please continue to pray for the leadership team, that we pursue and act on God’s wisdom and discernment.
Speaking of the Leadership Team, such has been established to collectively help organize certain aspects of the new church. The leadership team has been meeting each week and plans to continue meeting weekly for the foreseeable future to plan, evaluate and coordinate the launch and growth of our church. Those on the leadership team (they have committed to serve in such roles through the remainder of 2014 and until a church structure is in place): Aaron and Amanda Griesheimer, Tom and Angie Hilbert, Jean Webb, Brad and Jennifer Kazmaier, Larry and Darlene Brewe, Dennis and Billie Kramme, Grace Webb, and Pastor George & Kelly Dohm.
Those serving as church officers during this time include (these positions are needed for legal and financial purposes):
Chair: Aaron Griesheimer
Vice-Chair: Angie Hilbert
Recording Secretary: Jean Webb
Treasurer: Brad Kazmaier
Financial Secretary: Darlene Brewe
Currently, the top priority is finding a temporary location to begin worship services and the coordination of resources, equipment, etc., which will enable Sunday Worship and Children’s Christian Education to occur.
You are invited to a potluck dinner on Sunday, June 8, 5pm, at the Washington City Park Pavilion (adjacent to the City Swimming Pool). There is a playground there for young ones.
We will plan on gathering at 5pm on the 8th. At 5:15pm the leadership team will bring you up to date regarding the known specifics of what, where, when, etc. We will plan to eat and continue conversations at 6pm.
Some items to be shared will be:
· Church Name (for reservations, 501c.3 application, insurance application, etc.) a name was chosen out of the dozens of suggestions you submitted. The name will be unveiled on the 8th.
· Church Logo Contest– a contest will be announced to create the church logo, based on Church Name, Mission, etc.
· Worship Location – beginning June 29. We are hoping to have this finalized and all needs determined.
· Ways to Serve – We want to provide opportunities for everyone to do something, based on your gifts and passions, to make our church as strong as possible, without it leading to burnout. You’ll be able to sign up to serve on the 8th.
Please communicate the above information – and the Potluck Invitation - to others who might be interested. ALSO, if you have questions/concerns, please reply to this email and we will seek to answer them. We look forward to seeing you on the 8th.
We sincerely thank you for your interest in, and excitement for, our new church home and we ask for your prayers as we strive to achieve God’s plan for all of us.
Your Church Plant Leadership Team