NLC News September 28 2022

New Memory Verse for October

THIS COMING WEEK (with NEW clickable links!):

8:30 a.m. GROWTH CLASSES9:30 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 - You Belong Here! series on Ephesians (Ephesians 1:15-23)
11:30 a.m. MEMBER MEETING ('22-'23 Budget and 4 affirmations)
5:30 p.m.  LIFELINE Young Adult Growth Group

6:00 a.m. Men's Bible Study - Dining Room
9:00 a.m. LIFT Women's Bible Study - "Elijah" - Rooms 114/115
9:00 a.m. Tulare County Board of Supervisors celebrates Mae Ewert's 100th birthday - Human Resources/Development Bldg., 2500 W Burrel Ave., Visalia - Arrive by 8:30-8:45 a.m.

2:10 p.m. GOOD NEWS CLUB - Jefferson Elementary
6:30 p.m. PRAYER GATHERING - Room 113

5:30 p.m. CELEBRATE RECOVERY - Join us for DINNER - Dining room
6:30 p.m. CELEBRATE RECOVERY - Worship / Teaching / Small Groups

  • NEW Video series on "ROMANS" in Room 111
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 - You Belong Here! series on Ephesians - (Ephesians 2:1-10)
5:30 p.m.  LIFELINE Young Adult Growth Group 

Giving back to God

Received Last Week (9/25)…...…..$5,331
Received for Benevolence Fund.....................$375
Received this year to date (new fiscal year): ………..$37,501

Don't miss out! Come out to support our CR team.

Please start bringing candy to church and place in the barrel for Trunk or Treat

Fall Family Fun Night planning lunch
Sunday, October 9th, 11:30 a.m. - NLC Community Room
Come see how you can participate!

Help the Fraustos build their self-help home in Orosi.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wear work clothes and bring water/snacks

Turn east on Ave 413 at Rd 124 in Orosi, then right on Willow just east of the Swap Meet.
Come to the back of the neighborhood and sign in under the Frausto's at the green container. Then get to work! They need 40 work hours logged each week throughout the project.


  • Recovery is ongoing for Eugene Enns. Pray that the paralysis on the right side of his face goes away soon. 
  • Marcia Sawatzky is home recovering from blood clots post-surgery. Pray they will be dissolved and that she continues to heal and strengthen.
  • Pray for Peggy Zimmerman undergoing some tests this week. Glen has been doing well enough to be in church regularly, but still needs continual prayer and encouragement as does JR Southard, who has been doing better with new medication and therapy.
  • Teen Challenge had a fire in their maintenance shed last week. No injuries, praise the Lord!
  • Pray for Stan R. Isaac who has started Together Living With Cancer, a support group that meets every other Sunday evening in Kingsburg.
  • Pray for our NLC ministry and support staff. Rejoice with them in the fruit of their service, and pray that they will feel our support.
    • Jessica Aquino and Joanna Brooks leading ministry to children from nursery to 6th grade both Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings. 
    • Steven Sandoval leading The Crew youth ministry for students 7th-12th grade.
    • Henry Serrato leading worship ministries, including the tech team.
    • Elaine Isaak, our business administrator, and Kelly Friesen, who serves in the office providing administrative, financial, ministry, and church family care support.
    • Joe Ehoff, who knows and cares for this facility and all of us who use it for God's glory.
  • Rejoice with Palm United Methodist Church in Dinuba, celebrating their 100th anniversary on October 9th.
  • Hurricane Ian has hit Florida hard. Pray for those suffering or injured.
  • Continue praying for peace in Ukraine and Russia as more troops are being conscripted.

Around the Roundabout

The roundabout at Nebraska and Alta is open! I tried it this week on my way to make pastoral visits at Sierra View Retirement Community. I drive around the roundabout in our neighborhood a few times a day so I might have more practice than some people approaching the new one in town. Like the driver in front of me Tuesday morning.

There was no one circling the roundabout at the time, but the driver stopped before entering anyway. Maybe they wanted to read the new "City of Dinuba" sign on the side of it or take a picture. In any case, I had to hit the brakes and wait until the driver felt safe enough to venture around before I could continue on my way. No harm. No foul. We'll all get used to it in time. Change tends to bring with it the opportunity to make adjustments in our lives, in the way we think or act or, in this case, how we drive. Some of us adjust quickly and some of us struggle.

Isaiah wrote to prepare God's people for the coming of the Lord. It would be completely different than what they were imagining, leaving many to reject Jesus when he arrived. “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." (Isaiah 43:18-19). Praise God that new way meant that salvation came not only for the Jews, but for the rest of us, too!

As you try out the new roundabout, consider what new thing God has worked into your life. Are you learning to love people who are different from you? Are you serving someway or somehow that's out of your comfort zone? Are you living in a situation that's new to you--new neighbors, a recent diagnosis, a job change? Trust God to guide you in this new thing. Take courage when things get challenging. Remember that what God brings into your life, he will stay with you all the way through it. 

Mark Isaac

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