Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Family Bowling Blast

Join us for a fun day of bowling and hanging out with other families at New Life on Sunday, May 3rd at the Norco Brunswick Bowling lanes. The event starts at 1:30pm and the cost is $7 per person.  You can send us an email at info@newlifecommunitychurch.net or sign up at the info table on Sunday.

Can You Pray for Members of Our Church?

Can You Pray for Members of Our Church?  If so, you may want to join our prayer team.  Each week, members of our church turn in personal prayer requests. These prayer requests are put on a prayer list and sent to those who will left them up in prayer.  If you have a desire to pray for others, you may be a great fit for this prayer team. 

People who are part of this prayer team must be members of New Life and must make a commitment to keep all requests confidential.  
If you are interested in being a part of this team, send an email to prayer@newlifecommunitychurch.net and we will contact you about what’s involved.

Good Friday


Join us on Good Friday, April 3rd at 6:30 PM. We will worship, pray, and share communion as we reflect upon Christ's death on the cross.

Childcare will be provided for infants to children 3 years old, and we will also have a class for kids in preschool to 4th grade.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Jesus Loves You (3.29.15 Message)

This past Sunday we welcomed gueast speaker Marcus Brendling to our church, and he talked about Jesus' love for us.  Marcus is a Youth Ministries Pastor at Crossroads church in Corona.
 
To listen to the message or download the full outline, visit our website

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Youth - Wednesday Movie Night

Hey Students!  Join us next Wednesday, April 1st at 6:30pm, to watch The Passion of the Christ movie in the main auditorium.  Students, please remember to get your parents permission to watch this.

How to start a relationship with Christ

Want to find out how to start a relationship with God?If so, we want to help you take the next step. We’ve prepared some helpful materials that show what the Bible says about becoming following Christ. These self-study materials will assist you in taking the first steps to growing spiritually. 

To receive these materials, or to talk to someone in person, please contact us at connect@newlifecommunitychurch.net. You can also check out our online information. 

On Mission Spotlight!!

We want to say thanks to Hendrick and Irene Maranan for making a difference at New Life.  Hendrick and Irene serve as volunteers on our Refreshment Team.  Thanks for serving at New Life Hendrick and Irene!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easter Outreach Mailer

Thanks to everyone who gave toward the outreach mailer.  As a result of your generosity, we were able to send an invitation to over 4,000 homes in our community.  Let’s pray that God will use those invitations to plant seeds and lead people to Christ.

Help Us Share the Good News


There are over 400,000 people within driving distance of our church and many of them need to hear about Jesus Christ.  Will you play a part in helping share Christ’s love?  Between now and Fall we want to reach out to our community. Here are some practical ways you can play a part. 

1) Take advantage of everyday opportunities to point people to  Christ.  Let your light shine through your everyday conversations and actions.  Let people see that Christ is real in your life.

2) Invite someone to church on Easter – Invite someone to Easter Sunday on April 5th.  A personal invitation can be a powerful tool that God uses to share His love.

3) Help spread the Word on Facebook  Each time we start a new series, we post an invitation on Facebook.  Help spread the word by hitting the “share” button when the post shows up in your Facebook feed.

4) Pass along an Invite card – When a new series comes around our church usually puts invite cards in the bulletin.  Hand a card to someone you know, or place a card in a public place, maybe a bulletin board at work.

5) Help us reach out via mail and web – From time to time our church mails invitations into the community.  The cost for the mailing breaks down to about $15 to reach a hundred homes.  Other times we use online methods of outreach.  You can play a part by making a special gift to help with our next community outreach.

6) Pray for our church to reach people for Christ -Take time this week to pray that God would use our outreach efforts to reach people for Christ.


Bible Reading Challenge


Are you reading through the book of Psalm? You are if you are following our Bible Reading Challenge. The Bible is the inspired word of God that helps us to know God and follow him. Many of us own a Bible, but don’t have a regular plan for reading it. To help bring focus, we’ve put together a Bible reading plan that brings you through a chapter of the Bible each day. If you follow this day by day checklist, you’ll be taking the next step toward knowing more of God’s word.

Check out our website to download our Bible Reading Challenge checklist.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Helping Those in Need



Would you like to help someone in need?The Bible says, “He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done” Proverbs 19:17. The holidays are a great time to reach out to those in need. There are members of our community, and even in our own church family who can use a helping hand over Christmas. 

Here are a few ways that you can get involved:

1) Buy a gift card to a local supermarket and drop it off at the church office, we'll then pass it along to someone in need.

2) Make a special financial gift to the church and designate it for "members in need," we'll direct 100% of the gift to a member who could use a helping hand.

If you would like to find out more practical ways to help, send us an email at info@newlifecommunitychurch.net

On Mission Spotlight

We want to say thanks to Maureen Mirando for making a difference at New Life.  Maureen serves as one of our volunteer Greeters.  Thanks for serving at New Life Maureen!

Good Friday

Join us on Good Friday, April 3rd at 6:30 PM. We will worship, pray, and share communion as we reflect upon Christ's death on the cross.

Childcare will be provided for infants to children 3 years old, and we will also have a class for kids in preschool to 4th grade.

Easter Series – “Savior”

In celebration of Easter, we’re taking a three week break from the book of Hebrews to look at the Life of Christ in our new series called “Savior”.  On Easter Sunday we’ll kick off the "Savior" series with the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.  It’s a great story for Easter Sunday.  At the conclusion of the three week “Savior” series, we’ll pick up again with our study in the book of Hebrews.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Why I Like Going Through Books of the Bible

(Note: This is part of a larger series on the weekend messages. Click here to see the original post) 
 
Why I like going through books of the Bible
As general rule I like going through books of the Bible during the weekend service. Over the course of a typical year, 75% of the Sundays are probably going through a book of the Bible in a structured way, the other 25% are more topical in nature (Christmas, Easter, etc)  The following are three benefits of going through books of the Bible:
 
o   It allows us to study a passage in context – As we study a passage as part of a structured series, we have an opportunity to see that passage in light of the bigger teaching of that particular book of the Bible.  We see what comes before and after each passage as we move along week by week. 
 
o   It promotes familiarity with a book of the Bible – If each week we jumped around and looked at one verse here, another verse there, it would harder to become familiar with the overall message and contents of a book of the Bible. 
 
o   Opportunity for members to read along – By going through an entire book of the Bible, members have the opportunity to read ahead  They know what’s coming next and can study along to better form their own understanding of the passage. This is especially helpful in larger books, when we don’t cover ever chapter in equal detail, members can fill in the blanks by studying the “non-covered” portions of scripture on their own. 
 
There are other good reasons for going through books of the Bible, but the above are a good start. 
 
Next week’s topic “Why I Break Books of the Bible into Smaller Series”

Good News for Guilty People (3.22.15 Message)

This past Sunday we continued our "Good News for Guilty People" series, and talked about drawing near versus drifting away.
 
To listen to the message or download the full outline, visit our website

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Children's Offering

Each weekend, children have an opportunity to give an offering in our Kidzlife classes. This is an opportunity for kids to learn giving to God at an early age. We invited parents to use this as an opportunity to share this important value with their kids. 

If you have any questions, please contact our children's staff at kidzlife@newlifecommunitychurch.net

On Mission Spotlight!!

We want to say thanks to Don Suwyn for making a difference at New Life.  Don (on right) serves as a volunteer at our Welcome Center.  Thanks for serving at New Life Don!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Serve @ New Life


This past Sunday we highlighted serving at New Life. If you would like to get involved, but didn’t turn in a “Get Involved” slip, you can fill out our online interest form, and we’ll contact you about ways to get involved.

You can also find general information about serving in the serving section of our website here.

Mexico Outreach

Our church supports an orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico called Estado 29.  Towards the beginning of each month, a team of volunteers goes on a one-day trip to Ensenada to help share God's love with the kids there. 
Want to find out how to get involved?  Check out our outreach webpage here, or email us at info@newlifecommunitychurch.net.

Did you see our Easter Banner on the corner last Sunday?

We’re in countdown mode to Easter Sunday.  Help spread the word and invite someone to church on April 5th!

Why I Like to Plan Ahead


(Note: This is part of a larger series on the weekend messages. Click here to see the original post)

Why I Like to Plan Ahead
Some pastors plan there messages week by week. I tend to have a schedule of topics that extends from six month up until a year into the future. The following are some of the reasons I like to plan ahead…

Intentional Biblical Diet - By laying it out, I can look at the overall balance of God’s word that our church is getting. By having a schedule, others can have input.  For example, each year I give my proposed message schedule to our church board members and the staff. This allows others to see where I’m going.

Getting a Head Start on Studying – If I know that three months from now I’m doing a series on the life of Jacob dealing with integrity. I can keep my eyes open ahead of time for passages, stories, and examples to file away for upcoming series. At the beginning of year I create files for the series and start collecting material along the way.

It helps with overall church planning – All staff members are provided with a copy of the message schedule – this allows them to plan with the messages in mind. They are able to see the start of new series, the topics we’ll cover, when guest speakers will be here, etc.  It can allow from a more integrated church calendar.

It fits how I am wired – Part of me is very spontaneous, I’m wired in a “figure it out as you go” mode.  But because preparing and delivering the message is an exceptionally draining activity for me, I need this part of my life to have some structure.  Speaking is the one activity (Besides counseling) that can suck the life out of me.  The spiritual and creative energy that goes into the weekly message can be exhausting.  Knowing what I’m speaking on, ahead of time, gives me a weekly starting point in what can already feel like an overwhelming process.

Subject to Change – While I plan ahead, the message schedule is always subject to change.  I always want to be open to changes God may want or needs of the church that should be addressed.

So… those are some of the reasons I plan ahead.

Next week this series on the weekend message continues with “Why I like going through books of the Bible”.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Committing Your Life to Christ


Want to find out how to start a relationship with Christ?
If so, we want to help you take the next step.  We’ve prepared some helpful materials that show what the Bible says about becoming a follower of Christ.  These self-study materials will assist you in taking the first steps to growing spiritually.  To receive these materials, or to talk to someone in person, please contact us at connect@newlifecommunitychurch.net.  You can also check out our online information.

On Mission Spotlight!!

We want to say thanks to Gina Cox for making a difference at New Life.  Gina serves as a volunteer in our office.  Thanks for serving at New Life Gina!

Baptism Class is Coming Up!!

Our next Baptism Class is coming up.  To find out more about baptism come to our baptism class on Sunday, March 29th from 12:15 to 1:00 pm.  In our Baptism class, you will learn what the Bible teaches us about baptism and why it is an important step in your relationship with God. 

Sign up sheets will be available on Sundays, so stop by the information table this Sunday or send us an email to sign up.  For more information, check out our Baptism page here, or email us at info@newlifecommunitychurch.net

Monday, March 16, 2015

Good News for Guilty People: The Ultimate Cure for a Guilty Conscience

This past Sunday we continued our "Good News for Guilty People" series.

To listen to the message or download the full outline, visit our website

Thursday, March 12, 2015

We’re Starting a Saturday Morning Prayer Group!

As followers of Christ we’re called to seek God.  Jesus tells us “ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find” (Matthew 7:7).   

In order to establish a stronger prayer presence in our church, we’re launching a new prayer group.  This group will be led by Mark Loomis and will meet twice a month on Saturday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.  
This will be an opportunity to gather together and pray for the church and for each other.  The first meeting will be Saturday, April 11th at 9:00 am in Room 4.  For more information, email Mark at mloomy@aol.com.

Serve @ New lIfe

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)
 
As believers, God calls us to make a contribution to the cause of Christ. One way we do this is by using our gifts to serve others. To find out more about serving at New Life, check out our Serving and Intro to Serving web pages.

On Mission Spotlight!!

We want to say thanks to Helen Ashe for making a difference at New Life.  Helen serves as a volunteer on our Greeting Team.  Thanks for serving at New Life Helen!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Serve at Kidzlife



Want to make a difference in the life of a child?

If so, consider serving as a classroom helper in our Kidzlife children’s program. As a Kidzlife volunteer, you’ll play a part in helping children become grounded and growing in their relationship with Christ. Here are some places where you can volunteer once or twice a month at either our 9:30 or 11:00 service:

  • Welcome/Check-in Tent
  • Nursery Team
  • Preschool Team
  • 1st-4th Grade Team
  • 5th-6th Grade Team
To find out more or to fill out a Kidzlife serving application, visit our “Serve in Kidzlife” webpage.

On Mission



Our purpose as a church is to...
  “Reach people for Christ and get them grounded, growing and on mission.” 

Makes a commitment to the body of Christ
:Scripture says that we’re all members of one body - the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). Someone who is "On Mission" for Christ recognizes the importance of the body of Christ and makes a commitment to play their part as members of Christ’s church.




Makes a contribution to the cause of Christ:The Bible says that Christ’s ministry is done as each person plays their part (Ephesians 4:16). Someone who is "On Mission" for Christ eagerly seeks to make a contribution to the cause of Christ (1 Peter 4:10).




Pursues their unique role in the mission of Christ:God has given us each a unique life purpose in the mission of Christ. Each person is created on purpose and for a purpose. As Ephesians 2:10 says, “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Someone who is "On Mission" wants to discover and do those “good works” which God has prepared in advance. An “On Mission” follower of Jesus desires to understand and increasingly prioritize their life around their God-given role in the cause of Christ.To find out more about "On Mission," check out the "On Mission" section of our website.


To find out more about serving, check out the Serving section of our website.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Behind the Scenes - The Weekend Message

A visible part of the weekend service is the weekly message.  In this series of blog posts I’ll (Mike Hannah) share some behind the scenes information on the how and why of the weekend message.  To get you started, let me share the example of a message schedule.  Here’s part of the working message schedule from 2011. 


As you look at the schedule you will notice several things…
  • We’re going through a book of the Bible – Most of the first 8 months of the year is spent going through the book of Genesis.  This is followed by a series through the Sermon on the mount.
  •  Our study through the book of Genesis is broken into a number of smaller series – “Back to the Beginning”, “By Faith”, “True Love” etc.
  •  About every six weeks someone besides me is speaking.
Over the upcoming weeks, I’m going to do a series of posts sharing some of the thinking behind the message schedule.  The topics I’m planning to cover are….

1) Why I like to Plan Ahead
2) Why I like going through books of the Bible
3) Why I Break the Books of the Bible into Smaller Series
4) Why Guest speakers are scheduled during the year
5) Three Values that Mark the Weekend Message
Stay tuned for upcoming posts.

On Mission Spotlight!!

We want to say thanks to Jenny Loomis for making a difference at New Life.  Jenny serves as a volunteer on our Welcome Team and our Set Up and Take Down Team.  Thanks for serving at New Life Jenny!

Accelerate Group Starts Tonight!!

Accelerate is a group designed to move you forward in your relationship with Christ and your connection to the church family.
Our next Accelerate group begins Tonight @ 6:45pm, and meets for 7 weeks on Tuesdays.  Not signed up yet?  That's okay because there is still to do so by emailing us at: info@newlifecommunitychurch.net
You can also check out our website for more info.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Good News for Guilty People (3.8.15 Message)

This past Sunday we started a series called "Good News for Guilty People".

To listen to the message or download the full outline, visit our website

Leader's Rally Tonight!!

Hey Leader's!  Join us tonight at 7:00pm for our March Leader's Rally.  Pizza will be served starting at 6:45pm.  We look forward to seeing all of our leaders there.  If you have any questions, please contact your staff leader.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Leader's Rally is Coming Up!!


Hey Leader's!  Join us next Monday, March 9th at 7:00pm for our next Leader's Rally.  Pizza will be served starting at 6:45pm.  We look forward to seeing all of our leaders there.  If you have any questions, please contact your staff leader.

Don't Forget to Change Your Clocks This Weekend!


Spring forward!  Don't forget about the time change this weekend. Set your clocks forward an hour this Saturday Night, March 7th.

On Mission Spotlight!!

We want to say thanks to Winter Cheifer for making a difference at New Life.  Winter serves as a volunteer on our Kidzlife Nursery Team.  Thanks for serving at New Life Winter!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Who's Your One?


At New Life, we ask members the question, "Who's Your One?" This question flows from the Biblical truth that each person matters to God. Our hope is that each member of New Life would have one person they are praying for and reaching out to with the love of Christ. Take time this week to identify and pray for your "One". For more information, visit our ONE webpage here.

Baptism Class is Coming Up!

Our next Baptism Class is coming up. To find out more about baptism come to our baptism class on Sunday, March 29th from 12:15 to 1:00 pm. In our Baptism class, you will learn what the Bible teaches us about baptism and why it is an important step in your relationship with God. 

Sign up sheets will be available on Sundays, so stop by the information table this Sunday or send us an email to sign up. For more information, check out our Baptism page here, or email us at info@newlifecommunitychurch.net

New Series Starts on March 8th - Bring a Friend!


Do you struggle with a guilty conscience?  Join us as we learn what the Bible says about getting rid of guilt once and for all.  The start of a new series is the perfect time to invite others.  Service times are at 9:30 and 11:00 pm, pick the time that’s best for you.  Topics for the series include:

·      What to know about Guilty Conscience
·      The Ultimate Cure for a Guilty Conscience
·      Maintaining a Clear Conscience