NLC Connect September 13, 2023

connect with God's Word

In NLC Kids this past Sunday I got to hear Johnny Esposito tell the children about the book of life the Bible talks about in the last book of the Bible, Revelation. The book of life is where God records the names of those who put their faith in Jesus.

Johnny explained what that meant, and then asked the children if they wanted to put their trust in Jesus. Five hands or so went up, including some children who were there for the very first time! Praise the Lord!  

It was one more example of how powerful the Word of God is to spark believing faith. Thanks for praying for our NLC Kids and Crew. There were 54 people under the age of 18 in church on Sunday, all growing in the knowledge and love of God in Christ Jesus.

connect with ministries

6:30 p.m. - Worship Practice - Gym
6:30 p.m. - Prayer Gathering - Room 113

5:30 p.m. - Celebrate Recovery meal and ministry. LESSON. Small Groups. Solid Rock Cafe.

Women's Retreat at Hartland Camp

8:30 a.m. - NEW Video Class begins: Haggai - Room 111
9:30 a.m. - CONNECTING POINT (Dining Room)
  • Pastor Mark preaches on Giving God's Grace: Love in Action (The Good Samaritan)
  • Brian Willems and George Stalis will provide information and training to respond to opioid overdoses. Narcan will be distributed after the service to people willing to carry it.
6:00 a.m. Men's Bible Study on 1 Thessalonians - Dining Room
9:00 a.m. Women's LIFT Bible Study - Ruth - Rooms 114-115
6:30 p.m. Healing Rooms of Dinuba - West porch of Worship Center building
6:30 p.m. RAISIN DAY WORSHIP in the PARK - RoseAnn Vuich Park Bandshell
  • This is a special service of unity among the churches of Dinuba. Please come and join with brothers and sisters from local churches as we declare to keep Jesus our #1.

  • 8:30 a.m. NEW Growth Class begins: Life's Healing Choices - Room 114-115
  • Johnny Esposito, missionary to SE Asia (and Jessica Aquino's dad!) will be preaching on Compassion. Johnny & Denise began "Operation Samaritan's Compassion" to meet the physical needs of people in SE Asia alongside their Gospel and discipleship ministry.
  • FAMILY MEAL AFTER CHURCH: PIZZA! Last names A-K please bring sweets/desserts, and last names L-Z please bring salads/sides. Thank you!

Want to help in the kitchen?
Please contact Janet Warkentin or call the church office.

connect with ways to serve

Volunteers are needed to serve and lead!
Please let Pastor Mark or Laurie know you can help.


Received Last Week (9/3):  ......….. $3,789
Received this year: ……………...... $10,085

A new budget has been prepared and will be presented to NLC for a vote soon.
  • Five children raised their hands to accept Jesus last Sunday! Pray for them and so many who are coming to experience the love of God for them through Jesus Christ. And pray for workers to help grow this harvest!
  • Pray for the 14 women participating from NLC at Hartland Camp's Women's Retreat this weekend.
  • Good News Clubs will be starting soon at Monson-Sultana and Jefferson Schools. Pray for the individuals and teams ready to share the Gospel, and for many children to come and receive new life in Jesus.
  • Mike Naylor's radiation seeds will be implanted on October 11th. Please pray that God strengthens and heals him as he waits.
  • Nori Naylor's aunt Kathy is deteriorating from cancer much more quickly than expected. Please pray for her and the family, and uphold the Naylors in prayer as they provide care.
  • Remember others dealing with cancer: Carolina Coralles, Lanisha Washington, Kristel Salazar who continues to wait for tests and results, Eugene Enns, Glen Zimmerman, Pastor Bill Nicolay, Bea De La Cerda, and Manuel Madrid's mother, Mary.
  • JR Southard was hospitalized last week and is home again. Pray for caregiving arrangements as Janet returns to work soon.
  • Ron Froese's hearing is slowly returning!
  • Pray for Johnny Esposito's back, and for his preparations to preach at NLC on the 24th.
  • Pray for Stan & Ann Isaac's daughter, Stephanie Cabrera, as she undergoes dental work.
  • Remember Chinoh in Qatar, and other servicemen and women around the world.
  • Tom Regier made it safely home after 14 hours in the air in an open cockpit plane.
  • Praise the Lord for Louis & Michelle Perez, and Steve Bryan, who will be ministering to our high school students on Sunday mornings! Pray for more people willing to connect to our teens, especially as we seek the Lord's provision to run The Landing, a Celebrate Recovery program for students ages 13-17 on Thursday evenings.
  • Congratulations to Catricia Alvarez, our new Miss Dinuba!
  • Our Home Resource Center continues to provide furnishings and household items to people in need. We are helping a family whose house burned down in Dinuba in June. They found an apartment in Orosi and will be receiving much-needed items this week.
  • Pray for Otto & Marjorie Ekk who will be flying to Portugal this week in advance of the leaders' trip at the end of the month. Pastor Mark & Laurie will be joining them in Portugal, September 23rd through October 3rd.
  • There are many people hurting in the world. Remember thousands in Libya who have suffered from a flood, thousands in Morocco who are sleeping outside after an earthquake killed nearly 3,000 people, and those in Hawaii, Canada, and Mexico recovering from fires and the recent hurricane.

Otto Ekk

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