God's people have the privilege of honoring God on the Lord's Day on Sunday. Christians, in Christian freedom, have worshipped God on special occasions as well. Believers in the Old Testament had organized opportunities to worship God in the morning, at noon and in the evening. The Western church borrowed this practice in the form of morning Matins and evening Vespers.
Special services, especially evening services, offer a unique opportunity to worship God. The day has come to an end. The sun has set and the day can be closed out with evening hymns of thanks. As a kid I always cherished attending those evening services, especially during Lent. The very offering of those services indicated to me that something special was being observed. What could be more special than the suffering and death of Christ observed during Lent?
This year, Easter comes late. Lent doesn't begin on Ash Wednesday until March 6. A fine service theme has been selected for the season: "Three Words of Truth." As you can see from the poster, area preachers have been scheduled to guest preach at New Life to add variety and emphasize the special nature of the season of Lent. At the six mid-week Lenten services, the entire passion history, gathered from the four gospels, is covered.
During Lent, all of the meetings and rehearsals are re-scheduled for Wednesday nights, making it possible for one trip to church to include something to eat, Lenten worship and the meeting and / or rehearsal.
Folks often talk about giving up something for Lent. Time, for many, is the most precious treasure they have. Start planning ahead to give up one hour each Wednesday during the Lenten season for the special, mid-week Lenten services.
As we enter the month of February I am hoping we will see more sunny days than we did in January and hopefully some warmer weather. During this month at school the 3-year-old class will study "Shapes" while the 4-year-old class will study "Hearts & Valentines" and "Healthy Living." For Jesus Time we will learn the following stories: "Jesus Shows Us His Power, Peter Learns to Trust," and "One Man Gives Thanks." The 3-year-old class will be taking a field trip to the Long Grove Confectionary to see how chocolates are made and the 4-year-old class will enjoy a special visit from Sue the dental hygienist. Additionally, classes will enjoy a Pajama Valentines Party. Finally, we will host an Open House at the preschool on Monday, February 4th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. If you know of anyone with preschool aged children, please let them know about the Open House!
- Mrs. Lori Dundore
Sunday Morning Bible Class meets in the New Life Café this morning at 10:45 AM. The class is going through a 6-part study on "Creation." The 6 parts are as follows: Soul, Mind and Body, Marriage / Animals, Sun / Moon / Stars, Plants / Land and Seas / Sky / Light and Rest.
Men's Bible class meets at 11:30 AM on Fridays. The class just started a study based on a book entitled "Man Up-The Quest for Masculinity." The class covers one chapter of the book per week and then deals with study questions at the end of each chapter.
The Tone Chime Choir will have its next rehearsal on Tuesday, February 26th at 7:00 PM and play for the church service on Sunday, March 3rd.
The New Life Singing Choir will practice on Sunday, February 10th at 8:45 AM and sing in the service that morning.
Someone who doesn't have a church home is called a "prospect." A prospect might be someone who visits our church. A prospect might be an unchurched family from VBS or preschool. Prospects are put on a list and receive our monthly newsletter.
You can help to build our prospect list by providing names of people you know who don't regularly hear and learn about Jesus. You can provide the information to one of the Outreach Committee members: John Lester, Joe and Sheila Berg and Brent Anderson.
The Green Team met on January 17 and covered the topic of respect for those whom God has given authority over us in the government. The kids made a paper bag police officer for their craft that night. They also finished rough shaping their pine cars and did some sanding.
Green Team will meet on February 21 and cover the topic of showing respect for the symbols that represent our country-like our flag. That night the kids will detail their pine cars in order to get them ready for the derby. Weather permitting, the kids will also go sledding across the street from church in the dark.
Kids that are preschool age through 8th grade are welcome to attend Green Team.
During the first half of the Sunday School year, the Sunday School children gave $60.67 in offerings to Jesus. Those offerings will be used to purchase Sunday School material for children in Pakistan. The mission project for the second half of the year will be Vietnam.
Tree of Life Preschool currently has fifteen three-year-old students and fifteen four-year-old students for a total of thirty students. Currently there are 5 three-year-old students and 14 four-year-old students registered for the 2019-20 school year.
The interest earned from the Endowment Fund for 2018 is $921.12. The Executive Board of New Life determined to use the funds to re-establish a scholarship fund for needy families sending their child/children to the preschool.
On January 23, the DCFS licenser made her final visit during Tree of Life's provisional license period. Tree of Life has been given a permanent license from the DCFS and has permission to operate from 6 AM to 6 PM.
Please sign up at church and plan to attend!
I'm a little teapot… My previous owner neglected me for years. Day after day, month after month, I sat empty, unused, forgotten, gathering dust on a kitchen cabinet shelf. I had no purpose and found no fulfillment. Until one day when she reached up, grabbed me by the handle, and thrust me into a box. "What now?" I thought… fear and apprehension giving way to excitement and hope. Maybe, just maybe, I would finally find meaning for my existence. Now I wait on this table, a green sticker marked $4 stuck to my spout. Several people have walked past me; one even picked me up, looked at my bottom, and put me down again. Oops, here I go again, up in the air, now down in a bag! Whew, I'm out of the bag. I'm being washed and filled with hot water. Finally, there's tea inside me! I'm fulfilling my purpose! At long last, today I am what I was meant to be … a little teapot!
What that little teapot didn't know was that it served an even greater purpose. It was donated to the Branch Connection of New Life Lutheran Church, sold at our 2016 rummage sale, and the proceeds used to support the Tree of Life Preschool. The preschool is an effective way for New Life to reach out to the children and parents of our community to share the Bible's life-giving message of the Savior. The Branch Connection can help your unwanted items find fulfillment.
Our next rummage sale will be held in April 2019, so now is the perfect time to mark an empty box "Branch Connection," put it in a handy spot in your home or garage and add items whenever you find them. In April, we'll do the rest!
-Sheila Berg, Outreach Committee
New Life will host a booth at the Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce Everything Expo on Saturday, March 16th. Plans are being made to have the Expo at Concorde Banquets in Deer Park. Volunteers will be needed to staff the booth. Usually we have three teams that cover the booth which will last from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Please consider signing up to cover a segment of manning the booth.
TRAINING CAMP will be held the week of July 21-26, 2019. The theme for this year's camp is "Creation World." Camp is open to kids entering 3rd through 9th grade in the fall. Registration Information can be found at church.
Twenty- seven members and friends of New Life gathered at the Brunswick Zone in Deer Park for a fun afternoon of pizza and bowling. The following bowlers were awarded prizes:
The Thrivent Choice® program lets eligible members recommend where some of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' charitable outreach funds go by directing Choice Dollars®. You can direct your funds to New Life Lutheran Church and/or Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool.
The United Way's fall fund drive is underway right now, and many employers will match employee contributions. Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool is recognized by the United Way, so this is a great opportunity to help out with our education and community outreach efforts via the preschool."10438331" is the ID number for Tree of Life. All contributions are greatly appreciated!
While updating Ministry plans for the next fiscal year it was noted that again the Elder's plan includes assisting members or friends of New Life with emergency assistance. Emergency assistance is often needed due to weather related emergencies. Be mindful that New Life has access to equipment and tools not always readily available to the person in need. Examples include generators, chainsaws, etc. Often times it may be as simple as just needing some extra hands to address a need.
So, in the event you need help, please do not hesitate to call. To request assistance, simply call your Elder, your Property Chairman or Pastor Bauer at church. Have a wonderful safe summer!
You are invited to join a 10 day tour to Greece...In the Footsteps of Paul. The tour, May 27 - June 5, 2019, includes a 3 day Mediterranean Cruise. Places of special interest include Philippi, Corinth, Ephesus, Athens, Meteora, and Santorini. There is also an optional 3 day extension to Rome. For details, eMail retired WELS pastor Eugene Kock.