Weekly Update: February 14, 2017

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19: In observation of Black History Month, Carl Ellis will be preaching during both the 8:30 and 11:00 services. Karen Ellis will share during the Gathering Time, 10:10 – 10:50 in the Fellowship Hall. Breakfast will be served.

We will have Third Sunday Prayer Meeting at 6:15 p.m.

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In observation of President Day, New City East Lake Offices will be closed Monday, February 20.

Pastor Pickett will be on a mission trip with Chattanooga Christian School in Costa Rica - leaving on Sunday, February 19 and arriving home on Friday, February 24. Pray for their trip. In his absence, please contact one of the Elders if needed.

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Women: New City East Lake Women’s Retreat will be held March 31 – April 2 at Pigeon Mountain Crossing in Lafayette, GA. Registration deadline is February 26. Cost is $30 for 1 night or $40 for 2 nights. Questions may be forwarded to women.newcity@gmail.com.

Young adults: We see the same people week after week in the pew behind us, and sometimes, it can be difficult to connect. So, we're working on launching monthly hangouts for folks in their 20s and 30s—single and married. And we would like your help. If you are interested in creating a warm culture at New City East Lake and orchestrating these low-key events, please email me at matt.r.pulford@gmail.com . Help us write the story of New City East Lake. It’ll be grand.

New City East Lake featured in "Relevant" Magazine

New City East Lake's conversation on immigration was featured this month in Relevant Magazine. You can read the article here: 3 Ways You Can Love Your Immigrant Neighbors, Regardless of Politics In a tough cultural moment, let's pray this provides a model for other churches to engage their communities constructively around these issues. Eunice, Pablo, and J. Mark thank you for your help and participation in this ongoing dialogue.

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/…/3-ways-you-can-love-your-…

HISPANIC LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2017

Saludos deste East Lake!

Queridos amigos y familia, I am glad for our relationship and for the updates from you guys. You are a blessing to me and to my faith. As I’ve mentioned before, I consider you part of my team and I am regularly reminded that you are praying for me. I continue to pray for you all and ask that you please continue to do the same for me during my time here at New City East Lake and in Chattanooga, TN.

Last time I updated you, I mentioned that a friends’ 15-year-old goddaughter, Roxanna, had recently arrived in Chattanooga. She is the American-born Guatemalan girl I asked you to pray for. You may remember I asked for prayer on her living situation and change in guardianship as her parents stayed in Guatemala. I just wanted to thank you all for your prayers on her behalf. I have been so blessed by this young girl in her short time here and I want to share with you the incredible ways God has blessed our prayers for her. Roxanna has since been able to move in with her padrinos, godparents, and now they are her legal guardians. She has been enrolled in a local high school and here’s the best part… she has also come to profess faith in Jesus Christ. Both of her padrinos have become Christians within the last 2 years and their home is a real place of blessing.

It makes me tear up just thinking about the way God has been working in her life, especially considering her recent history. The journey to America is not an easy one and is often made out of necessity, as in her case. She was originally sent to find work to help her family out financially. But as an American, her padrinos have been very firm that she has to be enrolled in school. She doesn’t have to pay rent or for her own things with her padrinos, something she would have done with the relatives she was originally sent to. Roxy misses her parents and has much sorrow. Being in school is a joy and a great challenge as she is immersed in English and misses out on much of the material. I know the culture shock is difficult too. I’ve started mentoring her and meeting regularly with her for Bible study. Friday meetings with her have become some of my favorite times of the week because her hunger for God is so refreshing. Please pray that God would be her comfort and her strength as she settles into her new American life.

Another update is that the weekly girls youth Bibles study I lead has recently grown to 5-6 girls. There are two girls I am sure are young Christians, so for the most part, our time together is more evangelistic in nature. Please pray for this group of girls as I meet with them. As a practical request, I honestly need to recruit a helper to join us and help me give these girls rides to the church. God has also made it clear to me I am to continue to seek after them despite their occasional lack of desire to meet or apparent lack of desire to know God. This is what he does with us. He seeks after us even when we do not want to know him or spend time getting to know him. It actually makes me love Jesus more because he puts up with all our indifference to him and still pursues us. He is such a great Shepherd, isn’t he?

Thank you for your prayers and financial partnership, I pray God blesses you.

Con La Paz y El Amor de Nuestro Padre,

Evangelina Castillo

 

Eva Castillo makes announcements on Sunday morning at New City East Lake. 

January: Dates to Remember

DATES TO REMEMBER:

January 15, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m. - Congregational Meeting to present the 2017 budget.

January 20 & 21 – New Members Class.  Please email ncelpca@gmail to sign-up.

January 8Children’s Spring Catechism Class Begins - Please speak with Greg Davick who will help determine if the child/children are ready for the class. Greg can be reached by email: gdavick@ccsk12.com.