News & Views Feb 25

2 Chronicles 7:14

"Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray
and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,
I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land."

ONLINE - now LIVE STREAMING 9:00 a.m. on multiple platforms*
INDOORS - 9:00 a.m. in the Family Center Gym - GRAB N GO MEAL
Pastor Mark, preaching  -  Josh Aquino, music
Living New Life at Home
Read ahead: Colossians 3:18-21

Things you might like to know...

In the spirit of FAQ columns, I want to share a few things with you that you might not otherwise notice.
1. Women's Ministries L.I.F.T. Bible Study has a new logo! Maybe you've wondered what L.I.F.T. means--now you do! Ladies In Fellowship Together. Join in every other Tuesday morning
2.  The Home Resource Center is set up in the former Junior High room in the Family Center. Thank you for donating the items needed to help families transition from Open Gate's shelter into their own housing. It would be a great help if you would please contact Phyllis Enns or Carolyn Ehoff before dropping anything off at church. We can only store what will be needed.

3.  A Members' Meeting is planned for Sunday, March 21st, after worship. Life Lesson Classes are asked to take a break that Sunday so all can attend. There are two main items to be shared: (a) starting a capital fund, and (b) NLC staff reorganization. You don't have to be a member of the church to come and listen.

4. *Live Streaming is starting this Sunday, February 28th. Since the beginning of the pandemic NLC staff and volunteers have been recording worship services either at home or in the church's green screen room. Now we are shifting to a live video stream of our actual worship services in the gym. If you've been worshiping online, you'll notice the change! You can access the live stream on our church website, our church Facebook page, our NLC YouTube channel, or by using the church app on your smartphone.

5. Need technical help downloading or using the church app on your smartphone? Stop by the Welcome Table in the Dining Hall lobby before or after church.

6. Our NLC vision is at the top of every News & Views. It's more than a line we wrote and forgot. The staff, Elders, and Trustees are working to implement our church vision every day. We really DO envision New Life Community as a diverse family of faith; a community that is continuously being transformed through a personal, living relationship with Jesus Christ; and devoted to the cause of authentically loving God, each other, and our community.

7. NLC has a Prayer Line. You can hear updated information on recent prayer needs by calling (559) 591-8483 any time of day or night. Would you like a prayer request included? Call the church office or send an email to
  • The memorial service for Agatha Enns is Friday, February 26th, beginning with a viewing at 9:30 a.m., service at 10 a.m. , and catered meal (or to go); NLC church parking lot and patio. Live stream can be viewed beginning at 9:45 a.m. on our NLC YouTube channel, our church website, or on the NLC app on your smartphone or tablet.
  • The memorial service for Mary Kay Elrich is Saturday, February 27th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Immanuel Schools Chapel, with a meal served after in the social hall at Reedley MB Church.
  • Pray for the Azua family at Immanuel Schools, who lost their husband/father.
  • Palm Village reports ZERO deaths from COVID-19 throughout the pandemic! Thank the Lord and continue to pray for senior adults living isolated from family members.
  • Pray for leaders of the world, our nation, state, county, city, schools, and churches that direction and decisions are made with care and the Lord's wisdom.
  • Pray for God's grace to spread in homes and communities in the name of Jesus.
  • Pray for Tracy Bryan and the volunteers she leads in NLC Kids' Ministries; pray that the kids will receive and respond to the love of God through Jesus.
  • Pray for the ministry of Youth For Christ, and that middle-schoolers, teenagers, and young adults find reason to put their trust in Jesus and grow strong in their faith.
  • Pray for a heart of compassion for your neighbors and co-workers, and a desire to reach out to them in love and service. 
  • Pray for the homeless and those seeking shelter and a new life through the ministry of Open Gate, as well as our Home Resource Center, pantry, and other ministries here to help them.
  •  Pray for the Kitchen Team as they prepare Grab & Go meals this Sunday, and for those who come by our church to pick them up.
Next Steps
As you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your life in him.
Here are some next steps to grow in your relationship with Jesus
and other members of his body as well as to serve others in Jesus' name:

NLC KIDS, Room 101, during Worship, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
ADULT Life Lesson Classes/Groups, 10:00 a.m.
- Voyagers, Dining Hall, John Regier teaching
- Encouragers, High School Room in Family Center, Don Braun teaching
- Welcome Group, Rooms 114-115, Glen Zimmerman teaching
-ACE Overcomers, beginning March 7th
- Young Adult Life Group, Bruce & Laurel Smith's backyard, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
- Grab & Go Meals, last Sunday of every month, contact Laurel Smith to help
- MEN'S Bible Study, 6 a.m., Dining Hall
 - WOMEN'S L.I.F.T. Bible Study, every other week, Room 114-115, Mar. 9th, 10 a.m.
- Prayer Team, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Dining Hall
- FAITH & FINANCES, 7:00 p.m. Zoom, Ron & Norma Froese facilitating
- LIFE SKILLS, 7:00 p.m. Zoom, Cece Olea teaching

Stewardship Report

Received Last Week (2/21/21): ............. $6,417.20
Specified Giving:  Souperbowl offering for Open Gate (through NLC): $100.00
Received this year to date:................ $232,680.92
Budget Goal: ....................................... $521,591.00
Budget to Date: .................................. $246,033.49
Needed Weekly to Meet Budget: ...... $10,318.22

Note:  The annual Open Gate Ministries “Souperbowl” fund-raiser total will be announced at the end of February.  Donations may be sent directly to Open Gate
or given through NLC with the comment: "Open Gate Souperbowl".
*COVID-19 precautions: The church facility is open for meetings at 25% capacity. Please contact the office to reserve a room. For your safety and others' on our church campus, please
maintain 6' of distance and wear a face covering at all times when indoors.
Thank you.

NLC has installed ionization generators for air sanitization in the gym.

Questions? Call 559-591-1176 or

Mark Isaac

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