New Life Fellowship | Topeka, IN

November 17, 2022


This Sunday there will be two services at 9:00 and 10:30 am.
Pastor Drew Ryall will bring the morning message.
The service will be live streamed on FaceBook and on the church website during the 9:00 am service. It will be accessible on both Face Book and the New Life website if you prefer to watch the service at a later time.

A BIG THANK YOU from our pastors!!
Pastor Drew & Molly, Pastor Russ & Becky, and Pastor Jordan or Jess would like to thank the elder team and the congregation for your cards, notes of encouragement, and generous gifts that they received during Pastor Appreciation month! Your acts of kindness and thoughtful gifts were such a blessing and greatly appreciated!! Thank you all for your love, support, and prayers!

Advent Devotional: “The Promised One”

The Christmas season is upon us, whether we are ready or not.  The past few years New Life has recognized the Christmas Advent during the 4 Sundays prior to Christmas Day. NLF has purchased a small booklet of Advent readings from Christianity Today for the 2022 season.  We encourage individuals or families to take one.  Each day includes a scripture and a short devotional from various authors. There are also options for families as well as groups. The first Sunday of Advent is November 27 so don’t forget to pick one up in the foyer.

All Church Caroling:
If you would like to go Christmas caroling this year we will meet at the church at 5:00 on Sunday,  December 4th.  Groups will go to Shipshewana and Topeka.  There is a sign up sheet in the foyer. If you have questions,  ask Jessica Mast or Cathy Frey.

Ladies Christmas Sock Exchange:

The NLF Women’s 3C ministry will be having a sock exchange on Tuesday Dec. 6th from 6:30-8:00 pm. If you would like to participate, please bring 2 pairs of colored/patterned socks; fill 1 pair with small gifts and treats to exchange and a second pair to donate to the LaGrange County Food & Clothes Basket. Please sign up at the Women’s ministry desk in the foyer.

Would you like to adopt a family for Christmas? This year New Life will again be adopting families in need from the Westview school district. If interested please contact Michelle Sharick.

Spring Break Missions Trip Opportunity:
Do you have plans for Spring Break? Michelle Sharick will be leading a team to Jamaica from April 1-8, 2023. We will be visiting and staying at Caribbean Christian Center of the Deaf. It will be a week of loving on deaf children and supporting the staff. We will also have some opportunities for some work projects. If interested please reach out to Michelle Sharick. If you are under 18 years old you will need a parent to go along.

End of Year Giving:
If you would like to make a year end contribution to New Life Fellowship, you may send a check to: New Life Fellowship PO Box 399 Topeka IN 46571 or you may visit the church website ( to make an on-line donation.

If you would like to view the New Life financial summary for October, copies are available at the Information Desk.

Thanksgiving Meal To-Go for our Community:
A HUGE thanks to everyone who signed up to provide food and volunteered to help with our Thanksgiving meal drive-thru event.  Last week we announced we needed additional food donations, and all of the food needs are now covered!!  Thank you, New Life, for providing needed food items for our community! This event will be on Monday, November 21st from 4:00-6:30 pm.  Please be praying! Pray for those who will be stopping to pick up a meal, for the volunteers, and pray that people will see and feel the love of Jesus as we serve our community.  For more information, contact Paige Lambright or Jasmin Miller.

Preschool Fundraiser:
Little Sprouts Preschool would like to say thank you for all your support during the donut fundraiser. Your generosity helps us continue our ministry.

Counseling Services Now Available:
We are excited to announce that we now have a counselor available on-site at NLF on Wednesday evenings. Shannon Cross is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate who will use our building to provide counseling services by appointment. If interested please contact Shannon Cross directly at (574) 536-5285. Thank you!

Man Up:
On Monday evenings (6:30 pm) at New Life, Tony Bontrager is leading our men in small groups as they focus in on the Conquer Series:  The Battle for Purity.  Join with other men in this course to be equipped with the tools we need to help ourselves and other men in the fight for our pursuit of purity. For more information please contact Tony Bontrager.

NLF Workday:
This Saturday, November 19th we are planning a church workday starting from 8:00 am through noon. There are multiple items that need addressed including kitchen deep cleaning, sanctuary chair repair, etc.  If the weather is decent, we may address a few needed outdoor items as well. See the sign-up sheet in the foyer for additional details.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Soles For Jesus:
Our Preteens are collecting new or gently used shoes for their service project “Soles For Jesus”.  They will be collecting shoes for two more Sundays, until November 27th. There is a box in the foyer for you to drop your donations in! If you would like to help with the shipping cost, please place your money in an envelope marked “Soles for Jesus” and drop it in any offering box. Thank you!

Round Tables With Jesus:
This is the last week for “Round Tables with Jesus”, which meets from 9:30-10:15 am on Sunday mornings in the Meeting Place. This Bible study will resume on January 8th.

Attendance Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022:
1st Service: 116
2nd Service: 161
Children: 104
Total Attendance= 381

Financial Report:
Giving Nov. 13: $10,063.00
Average YTD Weekly Giving for 2022: $9060.19
Needed to Meet Weekly Budget: $10,275.00

On the Calendar:
Saturday, November 19: NLF Work Day (8am-noon)
Monday, November 21: Thanksgiving Meal-To-Go (4:00-6:30 pm)
Sunday, November 27: Preteens Christmas shopping day
Sunday, Dec. 4: Christmas Caroling (5:00 pm)
Tuesday Dec. 6: Ladies Christmas Sock Exchange (6:30-8:00 pm)
Saturday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Service (6:00 pm)