NLC News June 15 2022

**Please return full baby bottles for Dawnings Pregnancy Resource Center fundraiser**
8:30 a.m. GROWTH CLASS
  • Video: “The Real Heaven” - Room 111 - Ron/Judy Brown, Chris Reimche teaching
9:30 a.m. CONNECTING POINT (Dining Room) and Connecting Point for Kids (Rm 101)
10 a.m.  WORSHIP; NLC Kids & The Crew (Jr/Sr High)
  • Pastor Mark preaching: “I Am” Series: “The True Vine”
5:30 p.m. - LIFELINE Young Adult Growth Group
  • GRIEFSHARE - NLC Community Room
  • FAITH & FINANCES - NLC Room 114-115
6:00 a.m. Men's Bible study - Dining Room
10:00 a.m. Summer L.I.F.T. Women’s Bible Study - Room 111
6:00 p.m. - Worship Team rehearsal - Gym
6:30 p.m. - Prayer Gathering - Room 113
5:30 p.m. CELEBRATE RECOVERY - Dining Room, Gym, classrooms
8:30 a.m. NEW NLC Kids Growth Class for kids 6+ who have accepted Jesus and want to grow!
10:00 a.m. Celebrate Recovery Worship service for the entire congregation
11:15 a.m. GRAB & GO MEAL

This Tuesday Morning

New Men's Bible Study - Featuring Francis Chan - From John chapters 13-17

Next Sunday, June 26

Be a part of the Grand Opening!

Register your kids and grandkids for VBS!

Join in Prayer

  • COVID, flu, and allergies have hit NLC people lately. Pray for healing. Doris Siebert and Lavina Wohlgemuth are receiving round-the-clock care as they recover.
  • Continue praying for people dealing with cancer and other long-term illnesses: Glen & Peggy Zimmerman, JR Southard, Brian Smith, Galen Wiest, Kelly’s sister in law Dana, and Ron’s sister in law Bonnie. 
  • Pray for Emily, Bob & Sandy’s great-niece in urgent need of a liver at Stanford.
  • Continue to pray for those receiving nursing or memory care: Olga Brandt, Chris Holmen, Vicky Barkman, Marilyn Chappell, Bob Martin, Rosella Isaak, and Alice White. 
  • Erick Parra has completed his GED requirements at Teen Challenge!
  • NLC’s Celebrate Recovery has our grand-opening on June 30th.
  • Thank the Lord for 100% affirmations of the new slate of leaders at NLC, as well as the report of at least 70 children and adults who have accepted Jesus as their Savior in the last 6 months!
  • Pray for peace in Ukraine, and in other places of conflict around the world. 
  • Pray for NLC’s own John & Geri Ervin, Multiply workers (worldwide). Pray for John’s effective storytelling of global mission through visual media, for the training of more global workers in this field, and for the transition of this work to Cullen Klassen.

Thank you for giving...

Received Last Week (6/12) ……... $4,848
Received this year to date: .….$303,580
Budget to Date: …………...…......$349,294
Budget Goal: …………..…............$443,008
Needed Weekly: ……….….........…$12,675

...and for supporting the kids going to Hartland Junior Camp!

More on Pastor Mark's Sabbatical

As promised, here are the people prepared to cover during Pastor Mark's absence. Each one is a gifted servant of God, whom I trust with your care and spiritual nurture while I'm gone this July and August. Please introduce yourself and let them know how grateful you are they're here to serve New Life Community!

Dennis Fast will be providing pastoral care coverage, July 1-23. Dennis is currently the Chaplain at Palm Village Community in Reedley and serves part-time in pastoral care at our daughter church, Hope Kingsburg. He has been pastor of the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church and the Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church. I've known Dennis since I was in college!
Jordan Ringhofer, will be providing pastoral leadership and staff oversight during that same time: July 1-23. Jordan is the District Minister of our Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. He is officially Pastor Mark's pastor! Jordan and his wife, Tristan, have been attending NLC with their boys, Ezra and Ezekiel, and just moved to Reedley.
John Regier, an NLC Elders, will be present to pray on Sundays, July 10 and 17. He'll also be continuing his duties as an Elder throughout Pastor Mark's absence and ongoing.
Bruce Smith, an NLC Elder will be providing pastoral care, leadership, and staff oversight, July 24-31. Bruce will also be present as an Elder throughout the month of August and ongoing. He is also the Executive Director of Tulare/Kings Youth for Christ.
Otto Ekk, will be providing pastoral care, leadership, and staff oversight as NLC's "Pastor in Residence" for the entire month of August. Otto and Marjorie have officially retired from their mission work in Portugal and have settled in Dinuba. NLC is their "new" home, again!

Carlos Huerta - July 3 and 10 has spoken at New Life Community before. As the new Executive Director of Fresno Pacific University's Center for Community Transformation, Carlos will continue to bless and encourage our church's efforts at reaching the community of Dinuba for Christ.  It is a rare privilege to have Carlos and his family during the month of July since he typically reserves that time for rest and time with his family each summer.
At FPU, Carlos oversees programs in entrepreneurship, financial literacy, ministry leadership training (for Spanish-speaking leaders), and soft-skills job-training. Raised in the little big-town of Caruthers, CA, he now calls SE Fresno home and enjoys serving as an overseer at his church, Midtown Church, in Fresno. Carlos has a background in both non-profit and for-profit corporations, having directed programs in 38 states. He has a Bachelors in Social Work from Fresno Pacific University, a Masters in Organization Leadership from Michigan State University, and an Masters in Business Administration from Fresno Pacific University. I met Carlos while I was working at FPU and he was a college student.
Jordan Ringhofer - July 17. Jordan began serving as District Minister in 2020, after having served as Lead Pastor of Hope Kingsburg MB, California, since 2014, and two Associate Pastor roles from 2012-14 (Hope Kingsburg MB) and 2006-2012 (Kingwood Bible Church in Salem, OR). He has also served on the PDC Youth/Next Gen Board since 2009 and after becoming its chair joined the Executive Board in 2010. Jordan grew up in Visalia, graduated from Fresno Pacific with a bachelors degree in Contemporary Christian Ministries along with a Business Minor and received his Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary in 2019. His wife, Tristan, is the Vice Principal at Immanuel Elementary School in Reedley. I met first met Jordan while I was traveling for FPU, visiting his church in Oregon.
Cecil Ramos - July 24Cecil and Tracy are missionaries in Thailand with Multipy, our denomination's global mission agency. (Click for video of Cecil & Tracy's story). When they're in the US they make their home in Bakersfield with their two boys. Cecil is a graduate of Fresno Pacific University and is currently working toward his Master's in Ministry, Leadership & Culture at the FPU Biblical Seminary (in the same cohort as Cece). Cecil and I were part of the same US Mennonite Brethren pastor/leader web cohort studying adaptive leadership during the pandemic. His visit to NLC will give us an opportunity to explore supporting his family in the mission field through Multiply.
Cece Olea - July 31, August 28We know Cece and her husband Leo and family because they're an NLC family where she serves full-time as our Director of Community Strategies. In her role she has helped our church become a leader in our community, transforming lives through Jesus. Cece graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a bachelor's in Psychology and is currently working toward her Master's in Ministry, Leadership & Culture at the FPU Biblical Seminary. Our church leaders enthusiastically support Cece's seminary training, including giving her opportunities like this to present the Word of God.
Dr. Timothy Geddert - August 7, 14, 21 was my New Testament professor at seminary. I've also hiked Mt. Whitney with him, twice!  Laurie and I housesat for the Gedderts during our final year in seminary in Fresno while they were living in Germany.
Tim was born and grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada. He completed a bachelors in Philosophy in Canada, a Master of Divinity in Fresno, spent five years planting and pastoring a church in Alberta, Canada, and earned his doctorate in New Testament in Scotland. Tim and his wife Gertrud have seven adult children, whom they raised bilingually and bi-culturally in both Fresno and Germany.
Tim has written two commentaries, one on the Gospel of Mark and the other on the Gospel of Luke. In addition to preaching, teaching, and writing, Tim enjoys a range of activities, including bicycling with his older sons (to eight countries neighboring Germany, and on the West Coast trail from British Columbia to Fresno), camping and climbing Mt Whitney each year in June, painting houses, exploring the night skies with his telescope and writing books (numerous Adult Bible Study guides, books on ethics, ecclesiology, and Biblical studies, both in English and in German). Tim will be giving a 3-sermon series from the Gospel of Mark you won't want to miss!

Mark Isaac

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