March 30, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

This Sunday, April 4th, is Easter Sunday! Come celebrate New Life in Christ with us!

  • There will be two services at 9:00 am and 10:30 am.
  • We will celebrate communion during both worship services.
  • We have some special things planned for the Easter worship service, including a short drama by our teens.
  • The children’s choir will meet from 9-10:00 am. There will be Kid’s Country and Connect Preteen programming, as well as nursery and toddler care during the 10:30 am service.
  • There will be coffee and light refreshments between the two services.
  • The service will be live streamed during the 9:00 am service. It will be posted on Face Book if you prefer to watch the service at a later time.
  • If you ordered a basket of tulips they will be available for you to take home following the Easter service.

Deaf Child Hope Mission Trips:
This year NLF will be offering four opportunities to go on a mission trip with Deaf Child Hope. They are Haiti (June 7-14), Kenya (June 21-July 2), Uganda (July 2-11), and Jamaica (Sept. 29-Oct. 6). To apply for any of these DCH Mission trips go to: http://bit.ly/DCHMissionTripApplication.
For more information, you may visit the NLF Info Desk or contact Michelle Sharick.

Mystery Island VBS:
We are excited to announce that we will be having Vacation Bible School this summer, June 7-11 from 5:45-8:00pm. Sign ups are now available in the church foyer or on-line. VBS is for children ages 4 years through 3rd grade. Many of the activities will be held outside, weather permitting. We will need many volunteers to make VBS a great success. If you would like to help with crafts, games, snacks, drama, or as a small group leader please visit the VBS table and sign up! Please use these links if you wish to sign up on-line:
Kids – https://newlifefellowshipkids.myanswers.com/mystery-island/register/
Volunteers – https://newlifefellowshipkids.myanswers.com/mystery-island/volunteer/

Pre-Service Prayer:
You are invited to join our pre-service prayer time beginning April 11th in the NLF Prayer room. Prayer times are 8:30-8:45 am for the 1st service and 10:00-10:15 am for the 2nd service. Come join us as we we pray for God to move powerfully in our worship services!

On the Calendar:
April 4, Easter Sunday: Communion in both services & refreshments served between services
June 7-11 Mystery Island VBS 5:45-8:00pm

Student Ministry: Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 pm
Moms In Prayer: Every Other Wednesday at 9:00 am (Next meeting, April 14th)

Letter From Pastor Drew: February 4, 2021

Greetings New Life!

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. – Jesus

Those are some powerful red-letter words. Over the past number of weeks, we have taken a closer look at biblical love. I am always thankful for your encouraging words and supportive prayers as all of us have had to navigate these chaotic times. Following Christ’s example in our love for each other will truly be what sets us apart.

As much in our world continues to change, I believe clarity and alignment to be extremely important. Satan loves the opportunities that confusion brings. Please allow me to express a few words that will hopefully eliminate any confusing avenues that Satan could use to divide.

  1. I love you and love being your pastor. God continues to shape my heart. I am now able to thank Him for the many difficult lessons I had to learn over these past 10 years. I pray it has allowed me to serve you better. However, it seems that nothing could prepare me (prepare any of us) for this past year. God has/is sharpening His church. For what? I am not sure. But as we all move forward together, my resolve is growing. Could we all be a part of new and amazing work of God? I hope so! Love must be preeminent. Hear this, no matter what comes our way, God loves you and so do I. All that we try to do and say comes from a posture of love for you and the greater New Life family.
  2. I miss you. I miss us…the hugs and the handshakes. I miss all of it. I hope you can understand the tension these last number of months have created. We want all of us to be healthy and safe. We trust God and believe in making wise choices. I am not afraid to say it, “I want you back!” But I understand that some of you are still cautious and that is ok! Yet, if you are ready, come on back! Don’t allow the video venue or other cares/responsibilities of this world to isolate you from the body. It is another way Satan works.
  3. I challenge you to consider where God may be leading you. God is asking us to listen and respond faithfully to the Holy Spirit’s voice. These last months have forced all of us to make some really hard decisions. Oh, how we need the Spirit’s leading! Grounded in God’s Word, we move forward. So where does that leave us?

We must (in wisdom) not neglect worshipping together. So…I leave that tension up to you and the Holy Spirit. You aren’t ready to come back? No shame, we miss you. You want to wear a mask? No shame, come in peace. You are free in the Spirit not to wear a mask? No shame, come as you are. The decision is yours and we trust the Holy Spirit to lead you!

In light of this, the Elder Team has written this statement:

Above all, love every person.
We only join Christ without masks when we do so in love.
We only join Christ in mask-wearing when we do so in love.
And remember, “…love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.” (1 Corinthians 13:5)

So…I love you. I miss you. I challenge you. Yeah, that seems about right. May our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, guide you into all truth and may we all be obedient as we joyfully walk with Him.

Faithfulness is enough!

Pastor Drew