NLC Connect June 15 2023

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WHO

STELLAR VBS at Templo de Oracion -
NLC's sister church in Traver

New Life Community joined in helping our sister church, Templo de Oracion in Traver, with their Vacation Bible School this week. We shared the VBS materials and supplies from last year, and they really took the ball and ran with it! They're also returning the favor!
Members from their church will come and help us when we offer our FOOD TRUCK VBS in July at NLC. They're sharing materials and supplies with us because that's the VBS program they ran last year. What a great way to share resources and support each other as we work side by side!
Pastor Juan Pacheco (who has been at Templo de Oracion for 34 years!) picks up and drops off children using tractor rides! It's a great magnet for kids from town who can't wait
to get a ride and come to VBS. 
Eliza and Lizeth became friends on the Explorers group. There were four activity groups moving from crafts, to the Bible story, to snacks, and the imagination station. Throughout the activities children learned to know and follow Jesus as the Light of the World.

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WHAT, WHEN, WHERE

THURSDAY, JUNE 15
5:30-8:30 p.m. CELEBRATE RECOVERY - Dinner, Worship and testimony, Small Groups and Rock Solid Cafe. Come for some or all!
SUNDAY, JUNE 18 - FATHER'S DAY
8:30 a.m. NO ADULT GROWTH CLASSES
  • Life's Healing Choices will meet on the 25th
9:30 a.m. CONNECTING POINT (Dining Room)
10:00 a.m.  WORSHIP - NLC KIDS/CREW - NURSERY
  • Ken Sawatzky preaching from 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
(Ken just retired from a long career as Athletic Director for the Orosi HS Cardinals, where he is known as "The Legend". He is a Trustee at NLC and serves with his wife, Martha, as Deacons. Ken also leads the Tuesday morning men's Bible study. His message for us is about God using flawed people. Come and be encouraged!)

TUESDAY, JUNE 20
6:00 a.m. NEW Men's Bible Study: Faith in Hostile Times - Dining Room
6:00 p.m. CELEBRATE RECOVERY Women's Step Study - Room 114/115 (the group is full)
6:30 p.m. Healing Rooms of Dinuba offers healing prayers - Church patio/library

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21
6:30 p.m. - Worship Team - Gym
6:30 p.m. - Prayer Gathering - Room 113

THURSDAY, JUNE 22
5:30-8:30 p.m. CELEBRATE RECOVERY - Dinner, Worship and Lesson, Small Groups and Rock Solid Cafe. Come for some or all!

FRIDAY, JUNE 23
8-11 p.m. Family Movie Night on the church lawn. Bring lawn chairs or blankets!
SATURDAY, JUNE 24 - NLC CELEBRATE RECOVERY CELEBRATION DINNER and AUCTION!

CONNECT TIP: This is a great opportunity to get to know our very own Celebrate Recovery ministry and the impact it is having in our church, community, and area. The dinner will be delicious, the raffle and auction a whole lot of fun, and the worship and testimony a real inspiration about the power of God to save, restore, and heal. Don't miss out!

Now's the time to sign up your kids and grandkids!

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WHY, HOW

NLC's VISION
We envision ourselves as a diverse family of faith
continuously transformed by Jesus Christ
authentically loving God, each other, and our community.

NLC's VALUES
Relational and Responsive
Welcoming - Joyful - Hopeful - Prayerful - Reconciling

Which of these values have you exercised lately? Which have you experienced from others?
It's important to remember that we don't "go to church", we are the church. How we behave toward God and each one in this community reflects the life of Christ within us.
So be welcoming! Learn to know someone's name and take time over a meal to hear their story.
Be joyful in worship. Be hopeful through challenges, and always be praying about everything.
And when issues arise with another person, be reconciling, knowing Christ forgave you even when you were a sinner. We can't say we love God and not love each other as he has loved us.

In all these ways we express:
NLC's MISSION
Transforming Lives Through Jesus Chris

Thank you for your generous giving!
We're sending 22 kids to Hartland Camp!

In addition to the Envelope Wall, Carl's Jr. Fundraiser, and generous gifts,
another $426.95 was raised through the Funnel Cake Fundraiser last Sunday!
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Received Last Week (6/11):  …..... $4,138
Received this year: ……...……. $337,789
Budget to Date: …………............ $332,378
Budget Goal: …………….......….....$421,553
Needed Weekly: ……….................…$8,107
  • Keep Nacho Garcia and his family in your prayers over the loss of his brother.
  • Michelle Perez has been dealing with complications following a miscarriage. Please pray for her and Louis, and that she'll be fully healed. Remember as well other expectant mothers.
  • John Regier requests prayer for his nephew Jeff Balzer's family after his sudden and tragic death on the I-5 recently. 
  • At least two families are dealing with a recent loss of income. Pray for new jobs and for their  families' provision. 
  • Praise the Lord that Candace Godfrey and her children were able to move into a new apartment in Parlier recently!
  • Vicky Barkman's graveside service will be at the Zion MB Cemetery on June 28, at 11 a.m., with lunch provided at the church afterward. Pray for her niece, Lori's, safe travels here.
  • Quite a few people have been sick with various viruses and allergies. Pray for good health!
  • Remember to keep Chinoh in prayer in Qatar, for a regular worship time, for his witness, and for the significant responsibilities on the job. He is also doing considerable studying to rank up, learn Spanish, and pass a big test. 
  • Praise the Lord! John & Geri have returned from Global Disciples ministry in India and Nepal.
  • Pray for those with longterm health concerns: Mike, Glen, Eugene, Anatalia, Manuel, and JR.
  • Bruce is reporting many salvations during recent YFC lake waterskiing trips!
  • Praise God for the success of the joint VBS program in Traver this week. Keep our NLC Kids team in your prayers as we prepare for our own VBS in July.
  • Rejoice for the spiritual fruit of one year of Celebrate Recovery at NLC! Pray the event is a great celebration and encourages the team into the year ahead.

Otto Ekk

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