Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Harvest Festival Tonight!

Join us tonight at 6:00-8:30pm at our Sampson location for our annual Harvest Festival. This is a great alternative to trick or treating. Join us for games, crafts, food, a chili cook-off and of course lots of candy. Tickets are still available to purchase at the door for $9 each child, adults are free. See all you cowpokes there!
For directions click here

Monday, October 29, 2007

October Financial Update

“Thank You” to all who faithfully support New Life Community Church. Below is a report of our average weekly giving for recent months and our current weekly base budget.

Average weekly giving:

July - $8,419.64
August- $9,691.52
September- $9,723
October - $9,404

Current Weekly Base Budget - $10,726.75

End of the World

Join us this Sunday for the start of our series, "It's the End of the World as We Know It, and I Feel Fine!" Topics Include...

It All Starts With An Earthquake

I’ll Be Back! The Return of Christ

Making the Final Cut: The Judgement

Is it Just Me , or is it Hot in Here? Hell, Eternal Punishment, and the Devil.

I Feel Fine! Heaven, Eternity and Other Really Great Stuff

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Can We Pray for You?

Each week members of our prayer team lift up the needs of those we request prayer.

If you have a prayer request, let us know! Put it in an email and send it to the email address below

Weekly Prayer Email

Each Week we send out a weekly prayer email, with three all-church prayer requests. This provides a way for members to lift up the church in prayer. If you would like to receive this email. Let us us know at

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Mexico Outreach

We are taking a group of people to an orphanage in Mexico we support for our annual Christmas trip. It’s a joy to bring the “Hope of Christ” through presents and dinner for over 90 orphan children. If you would like to provide a gift or make a donation, please stop by the Information Center by November 25th. If you would like to support this ministry, write “Mexico” on the memo area of your check. Thanks for your support!

Pray for those Affected by the Fire

We just got off the phone with one of the families in the church, the husband is a firefigher and has been deployed to the Malibu fire. Other members have sent in prayer requests for friends who are effected by the fire. Let's pray for safety for all those involved.

Small Group Communion

This week our small groups will participate in a communion. For more information about small groups and communion send us an email.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Living By Faith

Have you ever felt like life isn’t fair. Have you ever wondered what in the world God was doing? If so, you’re not alone. There will be times when life doesn’t make sense. Times when we think God should be acting but He doesn’t, that God should be speaking but He’s silent. A guy named Habakkuk had a lot to say about this topic.

A while back our church did a series on the book of Habakkuk. The topics included:
  • What to do when Life Doesn’t Make Sense
  • How to Deal Honestly with Doubt
  • What to Remember When Life Get’s Hard
This Sunday's message is about how to respond when God is silent. If you're going through a challenging time and need some encouragement, check out these messages from Habakkuk.

What to do when Life Doesn’t Make Sense

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How to Deal Honestly with Doubt

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What to Remember When Life Get’s Hard

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I hear God better when...

The following is a portion of a blog post by Mark Batterson, a pastor in D.C.To read the all then of his thoughts, click on the link at the bottom of the page.

#1 I hear God better after I've confessed my sin.
Somehow confession gets rid of the static. Besides, when I'm living with unconfessed sin I don't always want to hear God's voice.

#2 I hear God better when I'm worshipping Him.

Worship is one way I tune into God's frequency.

#3 I hear God better early in the morning.

Some of you have never heard God's voice in the morning :) Part of spirituality is understanding your circadian rhythm.

#4 I hear God better after I've read my Bible.

When you open the Bible God opens His mouth. When you close the Bible God closes His mouth. Not sure who said that first, but it's true!

#5 I hear God better when I'm not in a hurry.

Blaise Pascal said, "All of man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone."

Read the rest here

Monday, October 15, 2007

Online Giving

Did you know we offer an online option for giving to God. To find out more check out our the online giving page on our website.

Mexico Outreach Story

Hi Everyone,

I was fortunate enough to travel to Mexico and visit the orphanage that we support as a church. Gwen Edwards and Emily Wagner from KidzLife also came and had a great time hanging out with the kids there. In the next couple of blog posts I will share some more pictures and stories about what we experienced there. First, though, I want to share the story of Lupita, who you see pictured between NLCC member Dave Bourbinay and his son, Jonah.

Lupita was found going from truck stop to truck stop in Baja California when she was 7 years old. She was brought to the Casa Hogar orphanage by the authorities. This is the orphanage that we help support as a church.

Devon and Cindy Dickinson, former members of New Life Community Church, began to work with Casa Hogar in 1998; around the same time Lupita arrived there. Devon had a friend who was in medical school at the time and thought it would be a great idea to bring him down to Mexico to perform some minor health check ups. When he got to Lupita, he noticed she had a heart "murmur" of sorts. He believed it to be unique enough that it warranted further investigation. Mexican physicians confirmed that Lupita had a hole in her heart.

Lupita, being extremely young, said that she remembered having surgery at an earlier age, but couldn't provide any more information than that. Devon and his friend were able to get travel papers for Lupita to be seen by a heart specialist at Loma Linda University.
Her condition was so serious that the doctor said he couldn't explain why she was still living and breathing. The good news was that Lupita's serious condition was operable. The bad news was that, even with Loma Linda's kindness and generosity, the surgery would still cost around $50,000.

A group of concerned members from our church sprang into action and started to "shop" heart surgery rates.
God provided. The pediatric heart specialist team at Cedars Sinai was able to provide the surgery for $20,000. The funds were raised and Lupita had the surgery.

As a testament to the toughness of this young girl, she had open-heart surgery on a Wednesday and was released on a Sunday evening .........that's one tough 12 year old!

During the next year and a half, Lupita stayed with different NLCC families while commuting back and forth from the orphanage in Mexico so she could see her doctors for follow up.

Lupita just celebrated her Quincenerra Fiesta for a Mexican girl's 16th birthday. She has a strong faith in our Lord and has personal, first hand experience of His grace and healing. She has made strong ties to friends on both sides of the border.

God truly provided “New Life” to this young girl. Lupita's story is awesome and inspirational, but not rare. Each one of the 90+ children and adolescents at the orphanage have unique and amazing stories to share. God says He will neither leave us nor forsake us. When we are dealing with our own difficult times, let us all remember the strength, courage, and faith that these children have shown us.
-Mike Wagner

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Mexico Outreach Photos

Click Here to check out pictures from our Mexico Outreach trip on October 6th.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Last Point from Sunday's Message

Note from MIke Hannah: On Sunday I got so "into" the message that I forgot to give the last point from Sunday's message. Here is it....

September Financial Update

“Thank You” to all who faithfully support New Life Community Church. Below is a report of our average weekly giving for recent months and our current weekly base budget.

Average weekly giving:

June - $10,952.76
July - $8,419.64
August- $9,691.52
September- $9,723

Current Weekly Base Budget - $10,726.75

Friday, October 5, 2007

This Sunday- Can You Hear Me Now

This Sunday is the start of our new series on learning to hear God’s voice. Service times at 9:30 and 11:00 am. Bring a friend and join us this Weekend. Topics for the series include...

Getting a Stronger Signal – October 7th
Increasing Your Coverage – October 14th
When You’ve Lost Reception – October 21st
God’s Family Plan – October 28th

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Online Photo Gallery

We've added a new feature to our website, online photo galleries, you can check it out at

Below is a sample of our Hume Lake Photo Gallery.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Serving Opportunity

We have a behind the scenes serving opportnity. We currently need a volunteer to prepare the bulletins every other month. No experience necessary. Contact Laurie at the church office if you are interested in filling this role. Thank You!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Want to Get Involved?

If so, check out First Serve. First Serve is an opportunity to test the waters in serving at New Life. It's designed as entry level experience to serve God. For more information check out our First Serve webpage.