You are on page 1of 16

The New

Millennium
August 2009
On The Inside:
Picnic in the Park CARITAS PowerExpress Lord’s Prayer Westview Work Camp Out On Our Own Preschool Library Annual Conference Let’s Go to the Movies Power Night Congregational Care Kickoff Sunday Youth Stuff Older Adult Ministries Fish Bowl Ministry Boomers and Beyond Traveling

The Newsletter of New Life United Methodist Church

Always on the Go
One of the greatest jobs I’ve ever had, besides being a pastor of course, was a swim coach. I remember the early morning practices – the freshness of the crisp air, the coolness of the water, the birds singing delightfully in the trees above, the hum of the pumphouse, the smell of chlorine in the air. Ahhhhh! I remember wondering what it must have been like to live in the houses that backed up to the pool as I belted out the ritual “Birdie Song” to wake up my swimmers and energize them for the practice, or what it sounded like to hear my incessant barking “Go… Go… Go…” in order to send out wave after wave of swimmers at precise intervals. Some practices were long and hard. Other practices focused on skill and technique as we tapered for a meet. As a swimmer, the confidence of the coach always sent me off the wall with determination. Regardless of how tired I thought I was, my coach knew when I was capable of more and knew when I needed rest. As neighborhoods all around the county experience the same “Go… Go… Go…,” whether for meets or practice, I am reminded that the church is always on the go, sending out wave after wave of disciples to make a difference for the kingdom of God. After Jesus had ascended to heaven, angels appeared to the disciples and said to them as they stood intently gazing into the sky after him, “Why do you stand here looking into the sky (Acts 1:11)?” Essentially saying, “Don’t just stand there – do something!” After that, there seemed to be wave after wave of disciples being sent out around the world under the direction of the Holy Spirit – Go… Go… Go… All fulfilling the words of Jesus, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).” So, it is with a sense of great pride that I feel that New Life is being faithful to that sending “Go… Go… Go…” During the summer months, we have sent the youth to Washington, D.C. to learn about mission and work with some of the least and left out. We have sent people to Camp Rainbow to minister with the mentally challenged. During August we are preparing to help ensure that everyone has shelter with CARITAS, no matter why they need it. The amazing reality is that when we seek to offer new life to others we often experience new life ourselves and start to wonder, “Who is really giving and who is receiving here? I’m gaining well more than I’m giving.” But then again, that’s just the beauty and joy of the church being always on the go. Pastor Mike

Church Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00a.m. until 3:00p.m. Church Staff checks phone messages throughout the day. Pastor Maxwell is available for appointments days and evenings and is glad to schedule at convenient times.

Worship Opportunities:
Christian Education (all ages): Sundays 9:45a.m. Sunday Worship: 8:30a.m. and 11:00a.m. No Family Night Dinner or Praise & Worship Service in August.

August 2009

The New Millennium
Picnic at the Park!

2

Everyone at New Life and their friends are invited to join together for an afternoon of food and frivolity! On Sunday, September 20, 2009, we will be getting together at Robious Landing Park, Shelter #3, 3800 James River Road, Midlothian, VA 23113. We will have the shelter from 3:30-8:00pm, and we will eat at approximately 5:30. Everyone is asked to bring a main dish and a side or dessert to share. There will be coolers available for dishes that need to be kept hot or cold until it is time to eat. Also, please bring what your family would like to drink. Paper products, including cups and ice, will be provided. Our shelter will be right next to the playground, and we are a short distance to the James River, where there is a dock for swimming and a boat slide for kayaks and canoes. There are also numerous walking trails and a volleyball court available. What better way to say good-bye to the summer than to spend the afternoon with your church family in a beautiful outdoor setting! If you have questions or need a ride to and from the park, please contact Sharon Pastore at 423-6476.

CARITAS
Greetings brothers and sisters in the name of Jesus Christ our blessed hope, I would like to thank you in advance for all your support on our up coming CARITAS mission on August 22-29. You will notice that I used the word “our”. Brothers and sisters this is one of the ways we become the hands and feet of our beloved savior and king. If you have ever prayed “God, please use me in some small way to further your kingdom” or “God, I want to do your will, please show me the way,” well, serving as a coordinator or as a volunteer in our CARITAS mission is the way… [Leviticus 23:22, Deuteronomy 15:11, Psalm 74:21 NAS] Our Father, the creator of all that is, needs us to step up and act. Think about that statement for a moment - that the creator of heaven and earth needs for us, you and me, to do our part for His will to be manifest or to become real in the lives of everyone we come in contact with. What a great honor, but that honor comes with an imperative and that is to act [James 1:21-25 NAS]. Brothers and sisters I encourage you to get involved and make a difference for the one who gave everything because He loves you more then you can imagine. Your brother in Christ, John Butler

August 2009

The New Millennium

3

The Lord’s Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13, as Paraphrased by the Elementary Sunday School

Hey Dad, We love You, and You’re Awesome! We’re gonna try to do what You say, just like the angels. Please bless us, and give us the stuff we need. Please forgive our sins. We’ll try to forgive the people who are mean to us. Please don’t let us go against You and do naughty things Save us from bad people and things. YOU’RE EVERYTHING, GOD!!! -AMEN

August 2009

The New Millennium

4

The “Out On Our Own” Sunday School Class would like to thank the very talented members of our New Life Congregation that presented information to our class throughout July. This was information taught us “what school did not teach us about the adult world.” Betty Branum --- homeowners/rental/car insurance Kurt Cooper --- financial planning/budgets Anne Keeler --- medical insurance Dori Burger --- tax preparation/record keeping We so appreciate these individuals sharing their “expertise” in these areas and answering our many questions. We thank God for their many gifts and their willingness to give their time to our class. We look forward to the presentations planned for August: House Buying/Renting and Identity Theft. We invite any and all High School Seniors, College Aged individuals, or Twenty-Somethings to join our class. We meet in the Pastor’s office during the Sunday School hour. Come join us!! We also extend our prayers to our college-bound members of our class that will be leaving for school later this month: Jordan Swineford ---- Liberty University Kelsey Pastore Ross Cooper Patti Davis and the “Out On Our Own” class ---- UVA ---- VA Tech

We look forward to you joining us in our Sunday School circle soon. God Bless you all.

New Life Weekday Preschool Celebrates a Great Year
New Life Preschool is working diligently over the summer to prepare for its 8th year of ministry. With various themed units, students learn about science, math, reading, cooking, art, music and so much more. Every unit gives our preschool students the opportunity to learn about the love of God through integrated stories of the Bible and chapel lessons from our pastors. Although our 4-year old class is full for the fall, we currently have space available for our 2-year olds and 3-year olds. For more information on our weekday preschool program, please call Tracy Cooper, Preschool Director at 794-4522.

August 2009

The New Millennium
Library

5

May I remind you that you have a library at the end of the classroom hall. Books do not need to be checked out, only the VHS’s and DVD’s – there is a sign out book on that shelf. When returning tapes please make sure they are in the proper case. A VHS tape is missing, the case was returned empty. It is “Wispers: An Elephant Tale,” by Disney Home Video. Due to the limited space, at this time we are asking that when you donate books to be cataloged, please omit nonfiction. You may keep them until we get more room, which I hope is soon. At present we need children’s juvenile and teen fiction books. Thank you for books you have given and for taking time to see what your library has to offer. In Christ and God Bless, Marilyn Leander

Annual Conference
Hundreds of voices raised up to our Lord in song and lots of great Bible teaching….. what is not to enjoy about Annual Conference. As I sat in the audience among all the other United Methodists representing their local churches or districts, I was struck by the scripture … “I will surely bless you and make your descendents as numerous as stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore” (Genesis 22:17) but yet…… “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:30) I had the privilege to listen to Bishop Joaquina Nhanala talk about the partnership between Mozambique and the Virginia Conference. I had the opportunity to see 38,070 (birthing, layette, school, health, sewing & flood) kits dedicated to the work of Christ all over the world. I was able to bring our conference kits and our New Life offering to contribute toward the $200,000 that was raised to go equally toward the shade & fresh water Project in Brazil, the United Methodist Theological “Hundreds of Seminary in Mozambique and Virginia Pathway Ministries that work to rebuild & strengthen the city of Petersburg. It voices raised up was an honor to represent our church in the voting of 32 constitutional amendments and it was exciting to be able to our Lord in to see the future of the United Methodist Church in full song” display as thirteen were ordained as elders, 2 were ordained as deacons, 28 commissioned as provisional members and 26 licensed as local pastors. It was breath-taking but humbling experience to represent New Life at Annual Conference. Patti Davis

August 2009

The New Millennium

6

August 2009

The New Millennium

7

Congregational Care
Do you know of someone in our church community who is in need of care? Please contact our church office or Robin Ann Gauthier @ 804-350-9045. Do you have a prayer concern/request you want to share with your church family? 1. Visit www.newlifeumc.org and click on Eprayer to submit your prayer request. If submitting via computer is not for you, you may call Robin Ann @ 804-350-9045. On Sundays, at worship service, your prayer request may be placed in the offertory plate for the prayer team and/or church family.

2.

Do you know of employment opportunities within your company or elsewhere that you can share with our Job Network Team for those who may be in need of work? If so, please contact Anne Pierce at 379-5733 or Laura Adkins at 320-8358, cladkins@comcast.net.

August 2009

The New Millennium
WHAT IS G.R.A.V.I.T.Y. ALL ABOUT?

8

G.R.A.V.I.T.Y. is New Life UMC’S Youth Group. We meet on Sundays: *To be involved in MISSIONS *Learn through DISCIPLESHIP programs *Experience WORSHIP Youth-Style & *To FELLOWSHIP through fun activities

G.R.A.V.I.T.Y. Stands for:
Grounded in the Redeeming love of Christ, we Aspire to make the Voice of God heard and Inspire others to learn about him Through our Youth.

2009 Summer Youth Events
August 5 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cook-out/Disc Golf Dorey Park *Drinks, hot dogs and buns, and paper products provided by youth ministry. Please plan on bringing a side dish and/or a dessert to share with the group. Please plan on meeting at church by 5:15 p.m. to car pool to Dorey Park. David Pastore is in charge of this outing. (Lori will be away on a children’s mission trip.) August 12 6:00-9:00 p.m. Movie Night Swineford’s Home *Bring your favorite movie time snack to share with the group. The Swineford’s live at 2751 Birdsong Lane in Powhatan, VA 23139 – 598-9837. August 19 6:00-9:00 p.m. Bunco Night New Life Church *No skills needed for this fun and exciting Game Night. We will meet at church to play bunco with everyone. Prizes awarded for just about everything!! August 23 Time TBA CARITAS Mission Dinner New Life Church *Come & participate in this wonderful mission. We will prepare and serve dinner to the homeless of CARITAS at our church. More information will be coming via e-mail about what you can provide for the dinner. August 26 6:00-9:00 p.m. Formal Dinner Fleck’s Home *Tired of wearing your Summertime Shorts and T’s, well here is a chance for you to dress your best and enjoy a night of formality as the youth group celebrates the end of Summer! The Fleck’s live at 5611 Clayville Lane in Moseley Va 23120. Please call 739-9527 for directions, because mapquest won’t get you there! Thanks!

August 2009

The New Millennium
Youth Group Buddies

9

At New Life Church, the Youth Ministries wants to be intentional about reaching out to our Amazing Youth. We want to have youth know that they are being prayed for on a daily and weekly basis. We want youth to grow in relationships with adults that they know they can count on. We want their middle and high school years to be uplifting. We want youth to graduate from New Life knowing that there are adults who genuinely care about their faith journey. Please help us make a difference in the lives of our youth. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, where you are in your walk with the Lord, where you live or work….. what does matter is that you WANT to be invested in the lives of our youth on a weekly basis. The youth group, G.R.A.V.I.T.Y., of New Life Church generally meets every Sunday afternoon to bond through fellowship events, grow through serving in a mission opportunity, learn through discipleship programs, or to be nurtured through worship events. You might be saying, “Well, I don’t know what this means? What are you calling me to do?” Don’t be afraid, step out in faith and accept this call. God is stirring up things at New Life and this might be God’s calling in your life. I will provide all the training you would need and an opportunity of a lifetime to be touched in mighty ways through our youth at New Life. If you feel God calling you, please take the time to contact Lori, at 794-4522, to discuss your future with Youth Ministries and all the possibilities!! This isn’t an opportunity that you want to miss out on!!

Welcome to Rising 6th Graders!
You are invited to start attending Youth Group events NOW!!! The Summer is filled with lots of Fun Events so you can get to know all of our wonderful youth at New Life! You are always welcome to bring friends, too. We look forward to meeting you! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lori Epps, Director of Youth Ministries 794-4522 church 239-8318 cell

August 2009

The New Millennium

10

YOUTH MISSION TRIP
Be, Love, Serve, Repeat
When the youth mission team left the Staples Mill Road Amtrak Station in the early hours of Friday, July 10th, expectations were high. We were embarking on a journey that would take us into what some would say is the “most powerful city in the world,” Washington, D.C. While others would say there is a great divide between the richest of rich and the poorest of the poor, the “poor” verses the “powerful” - was Christ calling us to stand in the gap, to bridge the distance between the wealthy and powerful to the least and lost? All I know is that as we made our way to D.C., we were not alone. This journey had been in the making for sometime. Christ was calling us to be His hands and feet in the city. He prepared this urban mission for us and then He equipped us to do His will. It is amazing when you listen for God’s calling and then step forth into His plan. Listen and hear where we saw God on our journey. Our journey began as we took part in a youth conference during the beginning of our trip. We were immersed in worship, small group settings, and workshops during our four day conference held at the Washington Convention Center. Along with 5,000 other youth from all over the United States, we were challenged to hear God’s story in a new and fresh way as we looked at the Bible beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation. We heard God speak through: praise music led by Starfield, in dynamic speakers such as Francis Chan, Shane Claiborne, and Mandee Radford, in humor as the Skit Guys portrayed scripture, in art as we watched Scott Erickson paint our experiences during worship, through musical artists such as Hawk Nelson, KJ52, Kendall Payne, FamilyForce5, and Emcee One as they shared their God-given talents in different musical genres, in Labs (small group experiences) as we got to share our own identities in Christ. In Labs we discussed the topics of Be – Love – Serve – Repeat. “Be” was learning about our own identity in Christ – Who does Christ create us to be and call us to become? “Love” was the realization that there are many types of love, but God’s love is the only one that sustains us and that kind of love is what really matters. “Serve” looked at our call to be Christ in this world. If we just reflect on “Be” and “Love” and do nothing about it then the “Serve” is pointless. God calls us to look within ourselves, to find Christ’s love in our life, and then to point it outward as we prepare to serve Him. And serve is what we did…..

August 2009

The New Millennium

11

Beginning on Monday night, July 13th, we took what we had learned through this Awesome Youth Conference, and put it to the test. We experienced Christ as we prepared meals at Thrive D.C., a women’s feeding program. Some youth got to spend time with the women playing games and talking, some youth greeted the women and signed them in at the front desk, while others helped clean and prepare the food for the dinner in the kitchen. The highlight was witnessing the youth connect to the stories of the women they talked with. Christ calls us to be in community and to reach out to everyone. On Tuesday, July 14th, our fun day, we ventured into the city and got to tour the Capitol, visit some of the Memorials, and spent time reflecting at the Holocaust Museum. On Wednesday, July 15th,we traveled to one of the worst sections of D.C. to a park called Marvin Gay Park. The Washington Parks and People organization was created by one man who had a dream of turning this park, formally known as Needle Park, into a community park where children could play. On the first day of the clean-up of this park, about eight years ago, they found over 10,000 needles that were used for drugs. This park had become a dumping ground for stolen cars, people’s trash, and a hot spot for selling and using drugs. Out of the vision of one passionate individual bloomed a revitalization dream to make a difference in the lives of children and families in this local neighborhood. We got to work with WP&P through helping at a building that they are turning into a café for the community next to the park. WP&P hopes that they can serve the community through teaching them about healthy foods as well as be a safe place for families to gather for a casual meal. We helped hang sheet rock in the renovated kitchen space, cleaned and organized the kitchen space, built several shelves in the basement, and cleaned and organized the basement space that would be turned into a bicycle repair shop. On Thursday, July 16th we headed to The Washington Home, a nursing home and hospice facility. We were a sight to see as we traveled by bus, metro, then another bus from the Salvation Army Harbor Light, where we stayed for several days during our trip, to the nursing home. Santa “Les Deane”, Elf “Scott Cooper”, and the rest of the mission trip participants were dressed for the holiday that we were about to celebrate with the residents, Christmas in July! We got all sorts of responses in our travels – waves, Christmas greetings, smiles, cb chatter, and a police man on his walkie saying, HO,HO,HO to us! Who would have thought that D.C. would come alive with the vision of sugar plums dancing in their heads?

August 2009

The New Millennium

12

As we gathered at The Washington Home, we were given the task to help bring residents down from their floors to the program room. This was such a blessing to the nurses, but really it was a huge blessing to us as we got to talk with the residents. Once everyone was gathered we sang Christmas Carols, played games with the residents to learn about what their Christmas Memories were, and led a Worship Service. After we finished our time together, the youth made Christmas Cookies and delivered them to the different floors along with some Christmas Gifts that we brought with us to hand out. We saw Christ alive and well and in many of the residents and caregivers eyes. On our last two days in D.C. we traveled back to Arlington UMC where we had stayed at the beginning of our trip to take part in a ministry called Grace Ministries. This is a ministry of the Latin American Community at Arlington UMC in conjunction with the Food Bank. The Food Bank delivers food to AUMC once a month, where then the helpers gather to unload and disseminate the food into grocery bags for families to pick up on Saturday morning. This ministry serves over 160 families each month. Families can come and get groceries, clothing, diapers, toys, and the reassurance that people of God care about them. Grace Ministries opens its doors at 6:00 a.m. once a month, and begins with a worship service for all who gather. The recipients are then given a number and this corresponds to the time that they will be able to shop. We were blessed to have been able to help with the process from beginning to end. On Friday evening, we experienced Christ once again as we gathered to worship with our youth group one last time at AUMC. We shared about how we saw Christ on our trip and about how we were going to take those experiences and make a difference in our own community once we returned home. We were transformed! Christ took our brokenness and made us whole. He let us see Him in Washington, D.C. and we will never be the same. Christ challenged us to make a difference for His Kingdom! I know 16 youth and 5 adults at New Life Church who will be changing the world for Christ…..won’t you ask them about their transformation? Seeing Christ through new eyes, Lori Epps, Director of Youth Ministries

August 2009

The New Millennium

13

August 2009

The New Millennium
New Life Older Adult Ministries
Be ready for fun and excitement! We are not retired but re-treaded!!

14

Lunch Bunch Arrangements for our Lunch Bunch meeting place will be made by someone different each month. Thank you to each of the volunteers who have taken a month. REMEMBER TO CHECK YOUR NEWSLETTER EACH MONTH TO FIND WITH WHOM TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION. We will have our meal out after church on August 9, the second Sunday. Let’s go to Candella’s at Ivymont Square. Please let us know by the Thursday (August 6) of that week if you are coming, so we can make the arrangements. Thanks to Louise and Aubrey Nicolls for arranging this outing, 794-5901. Bible Study Workshop - Every Friday at 10:30 Our continuing DVD presentation and discussion on the Faith Lessons on the Life and Ministry of the Messiah. If you don’t get anything out of the study we guarantee double your money back. Also, we changed our weekly meeting day. On July 10th our Bible Study Workshops changed to Fridays at 10:30 AM followed by Boomers and Beyond activities. Questions ?? call Pastor Jimy, 794-4570. THANK YOU Peggy Lee Tsaclas! Our Boomers and Beyond Hawaiian Luau was wonderful. Also, thank you Ralph, Judy Foreman and Marilyn Leander for adding to the food and festive celebration. All enjoyed a leisure afternoon of fellowship at New Life paradise! Boomers and Beyond - Cook Out—Burgers and Dogs and Bingo. We will have a cook-out, 11:30a.m. Friday, Aug.14th at New Life----following Bible Workshop. Let us know by August 10, that you plan to attend so we can prepare for you. Our September outing will be The River District Canal Cruise at 14th and Canal. Alzheimer’s Support Group - August 12th Each 2nd Wednesday at 10 A.M, the Alzheimer’s Association conducts a Support Group Meeting here at New Life. If you have a loved one affected by this disease or any dementia like behavior, there is much to be gained and learned by coming together with others. Legal, Medical, Assistance, and Educational aspects of dementia are addressed. If you are a caregiver and have difficulty being able to attend, call Pastor Jimy Edwards for assistance.

August 2009

The New Millennium

15

Adult Ministries Mission Project
Fish Bowl Ministry
There will be a fish bowl in the gathering area to place a note concerning a small task that you might need done around your home. Please no longer that 1hour. This may involve Boomers helping you out or you volunteering to help someone else. But, the Fish Bowl is a place to start.

BOOMERS AND BEYOND VOYAGERS
Save this date and let’s take a trip together via Sunshine Tours. Make your reservation with us soon!!!! By August 2nd. FALL Wednesday and Thursday Oct 14 and 15 2 day/1 night - $275 per person (double) Includes: The play IN THE BEGINNING Tour of Amish Countryside Smorgasbord Dinner Bus Transportation and Motel Call Jimy or Loyce Edwards (794-4570) to reserve your seat soon! Accommodations fill quickly.

New Life
United Methodist Church
900 Old Hundred Road Midlothian, Virginia 23114 Office: 804-794-4522 office@newlifeumc.org Rev. Mike Maxwell: pastor@newlifeumc.org www.newlifeumc.org