New Life Christian Fellowship has been very busy with fun and exciting events from September until November. Here is a quick recap of what has been happening!
3rd Annual Luau:
New Life held its third annual Luau on September 15, 2018 which also celebrated our 11th birthday. We welcomed around 160 people into our church and had a pig roasting over an open fire. We also had tons of delicious side dishes and desserts provided by our church congregants. We set up kid friendly games, face and hair painting, and a jumpy house for kids to enjoy. We love inviting our community to enjoy food and fellowship with us. We are excited to throw this luau again next September! We hope to see you there!
Beth Moore: Reflection written by: Karen Day, Women’s Ministry Leader
On Saturday, October 6, 2018 forty eight women came together as one to celebrate the diversity of the Church as the Bride of Christ. Beth Moore’s teaching truly speaks to the heart of a woman of any age. As one woman commented, “We are not alone, we are the beautiful bride of Christ, and we wait expectantly for his return.”
A young friend of mine in her early twenties attended as my guest this year. She and I are both going through a year of transitions and challenges. Beth Moore talked about the gifts that God gives to each us to serve him. My friend, Katelyn, is an outgoing and personable young woman who wants to invite everyone to the wedding celebration. I, on the other hand, am a person who is comfortable remaining in the background as a wedding coordinator. Give me a logistical challenge and I am a happy to use my talents. God has gifted us differently to further his kingdom. Beth Moore’s message encouraged us to embrace those gifts. Trying to step into a calling not meant for us would cause us both frustration and burnout. As Sharon said, “I wouldn’t answer someone else’s cell phone so why would I answer someone else’s calling?”
Many thanks to Gary Bozin and his team for preparing delightful lunch. Also, many thanks to Jon Uhland and my son, Ross for their tech support. As I stood back in the fellowship hall and watched the lively conversations during lunch, I was encouraged to see the women embracing the message that we are not alone, we are the beautiful bride of Christ, and we wait expectantly for his return.
Operation Christmas Child:
In the past, New Life has really enjoyed coming together to participate in Operation Christmas Child. This year our goal was to put together 175 boxes. With your gifts and help we exceeded that goal and packed 200 boxes! Thank you to all the adults and kids who took time to help pack the boxes so they can be safely delivered to the kids around the world.
This was the first year New Life has hosted Fight Night with Dr. Les and Leslie Parrot. Fight night is a fun event filled with humor, fresh insight, and new strategies for relationships. Thanks to Sharon, the room was set up beautifully like a “date night” with snacks, popcorn and drinks.
Here is what Kristi (an attendee) said about Fight Night:
“Thank you for a fun and helpful evening. Hopefully we can do something like this again. Les and Leslie are great presented and we both felt that they gave us new tools to add to our marriage tool box. I especially liked the 2 positive/1 negative withhold. What a great way to increase positive communication. Super fun evening, thank you for the great work!”
We want to hold more nights like Fight Night to help couples to continue to grow with one another and also in Christ together.