NLC Connect September 20, 2023

connect with God's Word

Women's Retreat Update:   Last weekend, 14 ladies who attend either our church services, CR, or the LIFT Bible Study were able to travel to Hartland to enjoy the Women's Retreat. Thank you for praying for them! They had a great time together learning about their walk with Christ. Here are some of their highlights from the weekend.

"The best part of the weekend for me was our fellowship and conversations, and bonding with other women."

"The best for me also was the fellowship, meetings, and small groups!! But I really loved ❤️ everything!!! It was amazing!!!"

"The best part for me was getting to know all of the ladies a little better."

"The best part for me was getting to know all the ladies in a personal way and the great conversations with small groups. The zip line was a blast too 😂😂.  Last nights fellowship with the girls in our room was nice too."

"The worship team, prayer meeting, food, It was a blessing."

"Being able to get away and really focus on my relationship with God and spend time with amazing women."

"I really enjoyed connecting with other women. The fellowship was very sweet. I also loved connecting with God through the worship."

"Being able to get away and detach from the daily routine from home. The laughter and smiles on everyone. Getting to know the ladies in our group more on a personal level. Also, seeing the ladies do things for their first time, like watching Nelly ride the Zipline 😃"

We may not all be able to go on a retreat, but my prayer for you is to encourage you to seek out things this week that have an eternal impact on your life as well as others around you.

connect with ministries

6:30 p.m. - Worship Practice - Gym
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.
  • Prayer Gathering at church in Room 113 will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 27th

5:30 p.m. - Celebrate Recovery meal and ministry. Testimony Night,  Solid Rock Cafe.
8:30 a.m. - Video Class continues: Haggai - Room 111
9:30 a.m. - CONNECTING POINT (Dining Room)
  • 8:30 a.m. NEW Growth Class begins: Life's Healing Choices - Room 114-115
  • 8:30 a.m. Class on the Book of Haggai: Building God's Church in Room 111
  • 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!
6:00 a.m. Men's Bible Study on 1 Thessalonians - Dining Room
6:30 p.m. Healing Rooms of Dinuba - West porch of Worship Center building

LIFT Women's Bible Study meets at 9:00 am in Rooms 114-115
Our GriefShare ministry is offering a one-night workshop called “SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS” on October 10th. Then, over the next 13 weeks there will be weekly GriefShare group sessions in our Community Room, Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Want to know more? Contact Martha Sawatzky.

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:  ......….. $15,056
Received this year: ……………...... $25,141

A new budget has been prepared and will be presented to NLC for a vote soon.
  • Duane Penner healing from vertigo that is keeping him from working.
  • Continue to pray for those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord! 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!
  • Thanks for praying for the women who went to camp!
  • Good News Clubs which have started 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,  Glen Zimmerman, Pastor Bill Nicolay, Bea De La Cerda, and Manuel Madrid's mother, Mary.
  • JR Southard's  healing.  Pray for him and Janet as JR has been hospitalized. Pray for wisdom for the doctors as they give him treatment.
  • Ron Froese's hearing is slowly returning!
  • Pray for Johnny Esposito's back, and for his preparations to preach at NLC this Sunday.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 flew to Portugal this past 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.

Laurel Smith

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