The month of December has been busy.
Sunday December 11th, various groups in the church along with volunteers from the congregation gathered for a trip to LifeCare Home in New Market for some good old fashion Christmas caroling. The youth handed out small gifts to those patients who were able to be with us. Thank you to everyone who was able to help with this venture and we hope that maybe we were able to bring a little bit of Christmas cheer to those who attended.
On Saturday December the 10th, members of the church presented the play A Cricket County Christmas. The City cousins as well as the Country cousins with Fester were back. We would like to thank all those involved for all the hard work that was put into making this presentation a success. We also would like to thank all those who attended and hope you enjoyed the play.
As you spend time with your loved ones on this Thanksgiving Day, remember to give thanks for all that you have been given. Hold in memory all of those who are no longer with us. Pray for those less fortunate. Pray for our soldiers who are far away from their families. Pray for God's grace and blessings to fill everyone's heart on this day that we celebrate and give thanks.
A Great Revival!
We would like to thank Brother Nathan West for traveling to Virginia to bring us 4 nights of wonderful sermons. During the day he spent time with several different members of the church and saw some of the beauty our valley offers and by night the church was blessed with special music from various area singers and a special message from Brother West. Thank you to all who attended and we hope you took away something special in your heart.
If you do not have a regular church to attend we would like to invite you to join us each Sunday morning to receive your blessing for the week from the teachings of God.
Revival...Revival Services: October 9th - 12th 2016, starting each evening at 7 p.m. Bro. Nathan West of Chambersburg, PA will be the guest speaker for Sunday morning worship service and each evening service. Please join us!
Sermon titles and scriptures:
Sunday, 11:00 AM The Five Phases of Revival II Kings 23:21-25
Sunday, 7:00 PM Swallowing Camels Matthew 23:23 & 24
Monday, 7:00 PM A Well Tended Vineyard Isaiah 5:1-7
Tuesday, 7:00 PM Letting Down the Nets Luke 5:1-11
Wednesday, 7:00 PM An Unaccepted Pardon Acts 24:24 & 25
120th Annual Homecoming Sunday ... August 14, 2016
What a day of rejoicing it will be!
The 120th annual homecoming was held today, with guest coming from near and far. We shared memories of past homecomings and memories of those who have gone on to be with God. The church was filled with wonderful music and Brother Earl Painter Jr. brought us the morning message.
After worship service we all gathered in the social hall for a covered dish meal and more socializing and sharing of old times and visiting with those we seldom see.
The fellowship we shared today will be a memory shared tomorrow...we will cherish this time together and look forward to another homecoming.
Vacation Bible School...
This year our VBS was held June 27th for 3 evenings. Our theme was Cave Quest - Following Jesus, the light of the world. We averaged 100 youngsters who enjoyed music, games, crafts and a small dinner each evening all while learning about Jesus.
The children were challenged to help raise money to benefit Bible study in our schools, "WRE". The challenge was met with great enthusiasm as more then $800 was raised, well above the set goal.
The children were delighted as 2 of the volunteers where gracious to receive the ice buckets for making the goal and helping to make this years VBS a great success.
A BIG thanks goes out to all those who volunteered to help in all aspects to make a great 3 nights for all the children.
We had our annual church picnic today after worship service. It was a fun fellowship time for all. We had a fund raiser which required volunteers to be voted on for a dunking booth participant. Top 3 highest votes with money in their jar won a seat in the dunking booth. Thank you Mark, Jason and Michelle...oops wait, I believe Michelle paid her way out and acquired a substitute...thank you Kolin for being a good sport!
We enjoyed good food, good fellowship, fun with games and listened to some singing.
Here are our basket totals which were a variety of themes:
Gourmet Kitchen: $115
Thanks to all who helped with donations or time in making these baskets which helps us help make a difference!
A trip to remember...The Women's Ministry
The women's ministry talked last year of planning a trip. A decision was made on Williamsburg as their destination, and set the third weekend of April for their trip. The ladies had a Sub-Sunday fundraiser and made enough to cover their hotel.
Upon their return you could see there was great fun and fellowship...
"We visited a historic church named Bruton Parish. It was a beautiful quaint church with a lot of history. U S Presidents have attended there as well as the Queen of England. We had a prayer service there, outside with all 10 of us holding hands in an unbroken circle that was emotional and uplifting. Praying for our church family and those on the prayer list. And people we had on our hearts. Of course we also enjoyed great food, and outlet shopping. We hope to plan another adventure soon."
Love Feast and Communion service
Jesus taught us this practice, ...sharing with his disciples a last, loving meal the night before he died. He washed the disciples’ feet, ate supper with them, sought to draw them closer into the fold of his love, and offered them the symbolic bread and cup.
During love feast, we repeat these simple, meaningful acts. After reconciling any discord among ourselves, we lovingly wash each other’s feet, then enjoy a meal together. Quietly we share communion, the bread and the cup that remind us of Jesus’ great gift; we renew our commitment to follow his example of sacrificial love.
Love feast closes with a hymn. When we leave the feast, reunited in our dedication to Christ and to each other, the deep, nourishing love goes with us.
If you have accepted Jesus as your savior and been baptized, you are invited to our communion service this coming Thurs night, March 24th at 7 pm in the church social hall.
Lybrook Community Ministries...
...an independent not-for-profit organization charged with re-vitalizing the ministries of the historic Lybrook Mission. Lybrook Navajo Mission was formed in 1952 by the General Board of the Church of the Brethren (now Mission and Ministry Board). As the Church of the Brethren’s only denominational outreach to Native Americans, it has had a significant and continuous impact. Its focus in prior years, in response to the special needs of the area, has included sharing the Gospel, combating alcoholism, providing public education and medical care, and meeting numerous community and family needs including maintaining a cemetery and providing a source of safe potable water to the area.
As a supporter of the ministry, we have received their newsletter to keep us up to date on their ministries progress. Please click the link below to read their progress...
Senior Citizens Sunday...March 6th, 2016
"WISDOM: the body of knowledge and principles that develops within a specified society or period."
Today we honored the wisdom of our church, some of the most precious members we have...our Senior Citizens. We are proud to be able to honor 32 senior citizen members who were present today, and to say thank you for the wisdom and time that you have given to our church family over the past years. Many of our seniors are members who grew up in the church from the local communities. Our seniors represent ages 62 and up, with the oldest seniors present today at 88 yrs.
Today we gave recognition during service and had a light dinner in the social hall to show our appreciation for all that this fine group has done for us.
There is nothing more important than to be able to receive advice from someone who has lived it already. We, the church family, would like to say 'Thank you, for all that you do!'
In keeping with our reaching out to everyone, we can now be found on Facebook. As we move through each week we try to give encouragement through bible verses and food for thought. If you are feeling down and need a pick-me-up then try our facebook page to help ease your mind and calm your thoughts. It is our intention to reach out in hopes that maybe we can help someone take up a better walk with God.
You do not need to be a member of facebook in order to read our page, if you would like to interact with our page you would need to sign up. This is by no means an endorsement of facebook. It is however another way to reach out, a way to hopefully help you get yourself in the frame of mind to walk and talk with God.
If you would like to visit our page, please go to the following link:
Newport Church of the Brethren , facebook style.
As we start the new year, put your past behind you and walk in the present toward the future!
Philippians 3:13-14 (KJV)
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
"Don’t let your past distract you. Your past is past. Today is a brand-new day.
Maybe you’ve had some setbacks. Maybe you’ve been knocked down dozens of times. That’s normal. You can still get back up and keep going. That’s what winners do: they get back up and run for the finish line, no matter how many times they stumble. They’re focused.
Consider talking out your memories with a friend who will listen and not judge. Ask them to pray for you. Then, if you feel stuck on something in your past, think about how God sees you now: He forgives your past, calls you His beloved, and promises to complete the good work He has begun in you.
Don’t let your past keep you from your future."