08
Nov 2016
WORKshipping in Spirit and Truth

  Nestled in a powerful testimony about how God had been reshaping her perspective, Naomi Barnett shared some parting words of inspiration on her last night as a SHIFT student: One of the most significant activities that God has used to shape my understanding of His love for me was learning how to worship openly with other people. It had been a week since our team had returned from a ten-day trip to Summit Training Post (STP) on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, and I was still processing an annoying tension in my heart—that feeling we get when we haven’t quite made the mental and emotional connection to something God has given us. I often become overstimulated with our......

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19
Sep 2016

During our Sept. 18 Sunday service, we celebrated the transition to our 6th lead pastor Steve Deane. During the service, we wanted to do something that gave a sense of our 58 year history, telling the story of God’s faithfulness to the church in a brief video. So, we combined audio clips of each NCC senior pastor into a combined prayer with some imagery from the early days of the the church and some recent imagery. We feel like it really evokes something in our DNA that’s been there from the beginning – a simple love for Jesus in response to His incredible gift of grace. Thanks to Dave Douglas, Ashley Parker, Beth Bustin, Susan Hughes, Kristina Johnson, Aaron Davidson, Jay Bowen and......

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31
Aug 2016
Paint the Town Orange

One major thing I love about the curriculum we use in our Kingdom Kids (1st-5th grade) and K4C (4 and 5 year olds) ministries on Sunday mornings, is how much is available to us for ministry.  The people at ORANGE (the company we get our curriculum from) do a great job of providing many different ways to get a common message across to our kids.  Pastor Steve and had the opportunity to go down to a Children’s Ministry Conference a few years ago and were very impressed by their saturation methods.  They know we can most easily and effectively reach our kids with His truth, by finding lots of different ways to share the same message.  From the slides......

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30
Aug 2016
The Marriage Files - Episode 7

“Everyday Marriage” Part 1 I’ve officiated a boatload of weddings in recent years and enjoyed every minute of them.  From my unique perspective, I get to see the great expressions of love, joy, wonder and exhaustion.  I’ve heard laughter and crying and seen big crocodile tears roll down the cheeks of quite a few brides, grooms and parents.  I love the experience of sending the couple off to their honeymoon and then seeing their pics on Facebook two days later.  Then they come home and settle into the joys of everyday marriage.  Almost every long-married couple I know has established wonderful habits that enhance their marriage everyday.  See if any or all of the following habits can work for......

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26
Jul 2016
Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement  (Lost Opportunities)

Lost Opportunities: The couple took a seat in a cozy booth in a nice restaurant right across from us. The husband settled down with a big smile and launched into an animated conversation, punctuated by enthusiastic gestures, and broad smiles. The wife didn’t smile. She put her cell phone under the table and focused on it, fingers flying over the screen. The Husband’s face fell, and he stopped talking. I have no idea what transpired before the couple sat near us. I don’t know if she was texting or looking up some information vital to their day. I do know they were losing a lovely opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and a warm time of communication at least......

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19
Jul 2016
Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement

Crispy Crackers: The sound of a hundred or more people crunching down on crispy crackers at the same time makes a noticeable noise. When it is the sound of a congregation taking communion together, it is an awesome noise. What a privilege we’re granted to share a ritual of our belief in and love for our awesome God. Surrounded by people who can attest to experiencing the love of God, our faith is enlarged. United in the common act of communion with others who want to grow closer to God and to know more of God’s immense love for us personally, a wonderful sense of Community is created. Each of us is vulnerable to doubts in this complex, and......

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18
Jul 2016
Church Isn’t Just For Big People

From our safe and nurturing nurseries to our high-energy Kingdom Kids, New Covenant offers lots of opportunities for kids to learn about God on both Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. I recently had the opportunity to hear from Patty Schlosser who serves in Kingdom Kids (Kids Church on Sunday morning) and hear what she had to say. Patty told me, “the time together in Kingdom Kids is high energy, fun and gets the kids involved. We encourage lots of involvement using skits and games. The themes change monthly including a new memory verse to learn.  The kids are learning practical Christianity through Bible stories related to their world. We learn how Jesus calls us to live, and how he equips......

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13
Jul 2016
NCC Library Closes

Twenty-one years ago, back in the spring of 1995, I was asked if I would be willing to serve as the Church Librarian at NCC. Now realize, NCC had no library. I wasn’t just walking into a room filled with books, videos and other resources, I was walking into what would be two years of hard work, book donations, sorting, cataloguing, and then more donations and cataloguing. Annette Allen had talked with the leadership about the possibility of a library for NCC but didn’t feel she was the one to make it happen so they asked me! The NCC Library opened its doors in the spring of 1997. Over the years, we’ve had more items come through the library......

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29
Jun 2016
#newpastoratncc

It’s been few weeks since Rev. Stephen M. Deane transitioned to Lead Pastor at New Covenant Church (NCC) and as one who has the privilege of serving with Steve, I thought it would be fun to talk to Steve and the family and hear what they have to say about this new chapter in their lives. So, I met with Kim and the kids (Reuben, Eliana, Joha, and Lucas) on the playground recently, and then with Steve, to hear what they had to say. I began with the kids. Their answers were entertaining, peppered with some serious concerns, like how much longer they’d have to stay after church each Sunday before they could go home. Eliana mentioned that her......

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29
Jun 2016
The Marriage Files - Episode 6

“A basic characteristic in a thriving marriage is work.”   Marriages are always under construction. We are always working to love more, give more, understand more, and grace our spouse with the best we have to offer. Most couples spend a lifetime working out their differences.  A lot of young couples haven’t had the necessary conversations to understand the challenges they are facing.  You know… who is assigned to clean the toilets, iron the clothes, vacuum, etc?  Where are you spending Thanksgiving and Christmas this year?  How much goes into the savings account each month and what is the budget for shoes?  Redskins or the Cowboys? There are just too many things to iron out to expect that you......

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