Weekly Updates: October 3, 2017

Congregational Meeting

We will have a congregational meeting on October 29 immediately following the 11:00 service. We will meet during a potluck lunch.  Please bring food according to the first letter of your last name: A-H brings a main dish, I-M brings a side or two, N-Z brings dessert.  NCEL will provide drinks, plates & utensils.  Make plans now to attend.  This will be the time to nominate deacon, deaconess, and elder candidates. 

New Members Class

Just a reminder that this is your last chance to register for the New Members Class that will be held Friday, October 6 (7:00 - 9:30 p.m.) and Saturday, October 7 (9:00 - 12:30 p.m.) On Sunday, October 8 lunch will be provided for all who attended the classes, immediately after the 2nd service in the Fellowship Hall. This will be a time to meet and greet the leadership of New City East Lake. Interviews will take place after lunch. New members will be received as members on Sunday. March 22 during the 11:00 service. If you are interested, please email admin@newcityeastlake.com to register.

If you are attending New City East Lake as a member of New City Fellowship and wish to transfer your membership to East Lake, please contact Scott Schindler at schindler.sc@gmail.com. The requirements to transfer membership from NCF are different from attending the class.

Capital Campaign

We will be collected money for our Capital Campaign this Sunday, 10/8 during both services.

Sunday Morning Breakfast

Breakfast is served during the Gathering time on the 1st Sunday of each month!  Financial donations are welcome and encouraged. Let's help support and encourage this ministry.

Worship Leader's Seminar

There will be a seminar for worship leaders at NCEL October 14 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.  Please contact Paul Smallman (music@newcityeastlake.com) with any questions and to let him know that you will be attending

Women's Ministry

NCEL is planning to launch a Women’s Ministry in January and as we prepare we would like to spend intentional time in prayer during the Gathering hour. We will start the second Sunday of October, the 8th and we will meet in the room upstairs to the right, Room #206

ESL (English as a Second Language)

ESL classes meet each Sunday from 3:45-5:45 pm. Would you please pray diligently with Eunice to see if God is calling you to serve Him by helping out this fall in this great ministry? We need people to help show the love of God in words and in deeds. We need volunteers to help with teaching the adults and to help with the Kids club. Please contact latinos@newcityeastlake.com

East Lake Montessori Work Day

ELM is having a work day on Friday, October 20th, from 4-7 pm. Dinner & childcare provided. TO DO: Painting, cleaning, finishing up the bathroom, painting lessons, building a garden box and steam cleaning the carpets in the toddler room. Supplies needed: flush light fixture, light switch plate. 2 step wooden step stool, bathroom mirror, wood for garden box. Please contact Bethany Lane with any questions. 423-653-4332.  Everyone is welcome!

Give to MNA For Hurricane Relief Work

NCEL Diaconate is collecting supplies to send to hurricane victims in Texas and Florida.  This effort is in conjunction with Mission to North America.  Please access MNA's website for additional information Click to see how to assemble a bucket  You can also go to pcamna.org to get details on how to put a bucket together along with additional information.  Lists are also available in the Gallery on Sunday mornings. We are asking NCEL folks to consider giving various supplies on the list, make a complete bucket, or make a financial contribution (payable to NCEL & designate for "disaster buckets").  Home Depot buckets (with lid) are the best option for less than $5.00. The diaconate will then put buckets together and will get them to the MNA warehouse in Atlanta.  This will be an ongoing collection for future disasters.  Buckets are needed immediately for devastated hurricane victims in Texas and Florida.  In addition to assembling buckets, contributions of diapers and baby formula would be greatly appreciated due to the huge demand in these affected areas.  All questions should be directed to Jim Terney at jim.terney@gmail.com or text him at 423.322.8477.  Thanks in advance!

UPDATE: Hispanic Leadership Initiative

Hola queridos,
I am so glad to be back in the swing of things here in Chattnooga. My intership is going
well and our youth ministry at New City East Lake has launched! Thursday the 14 th
marked our fifth meeting and in October we will begin meeting on Sunday nights. God
has answered our prayers for male leaders. I am very grateful for the church’s support
and encouragement for the youth along the way.
The final day of my internship is May 31 st 2018. Oh! Whats that you say? That I only
have 8.5 months left to launch the youth ministry at East Lake? Why, yes, thats about
right! I’m constantly reminded of my limited time at East Lake and that perhaps I am
crazy to launch this in a short time-frame. To be honest, this both causes me anxiety
and also encourages me to want to enable volunteers in leadership. Please pray with
me as I seek to delegate my roles and to name their gifts as they develop and serve the
youth. I believe this can be an empowering act I can offer the volunteers as we serve
alongside eachother.
I have asked you to pray for my discernment as the end of my intership comes along.
Perhaps I would be wiser to concern myself about my next step later, but I’m human
and I don’t always take my own advice. It may still be too early to seriously start looking,
but the Lord has put a strong conviction on my heart, that my priority needs to be to pay
off my college debt. Believe me, the calling to serve the church vocationally is still
strong. Though I am growing comfortable with the idea of “leaving” ministry for a time to
be able to fully pursue it in my future. So please pray that I continue reminding myself to
be fully present at NCEL. Thank you for your prayers for me. It means so much.
Con gracia y paz,
Evangelina Castillo

WEEKLY UPDATES: September 20, 2017

New City East Lake Youth

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The East Lake Youth will continue meeting on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and will begin meeting on Sundays at 6 p.m. beginning in October.


East Lake Community PTA

You are invited to love on our neighborhood! Come and check out Eat Lake Community PTA! We'd love to have you join our community of parents, teachers, and neighbors standing together to support our kids and our schools! Feel free to reach out to Audrey Menard for more information. You can email her at EastLakeCommunityPTA@gmail.com and visit them on their Facebook page to keep up with the latest news and get involved.

Congregational Meeting

Mark your calendar for our Congregational Meeting on October 29, 2017. There will be more details to follow.

New Members Class

The next new members class is scheduled for October 6 from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. and October 7 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please make plans to attend. This class is not just about membership but also a great way to learn more about the ministries of New City East Lake. Please email ncelpca@gmail.com to register for the class.


Our after-school tutoring program is looking for tutors to come and assist with homework and enrichment for this coming semester! Monday-Thursday from 3-5pm! Please come share your lives with our community kids!  We would also love your prayers as we transition to new leadership. Pray for safety, a spirit of peace, and for volunteers to help serve.  For donations suggestions, please contact Kara Cadwell, @ elect@newcityeastlake.com. 


Last September NCEL became a particular church. The month before that, we separated finances from Glenwood. For the first 12 months, each month we were ‘in the black’, income exceeding expenses. That was not the case last month. The Finance Committee anticipated we might be ‘in the red’ for August as some expenses were going to be higher like VBS and having three pay periods instead of two. But in addition, contributions were well below budget and what we had been averaging.

For August the contributions were: Undesignated $18,332; Capital Campaign $1,610 and other designated $1,335 totaling $21,277. The budgeted amounts for each category respectively are $26,417; $2,500; and $1,602 totaling $30,519. We trust that last month was an exception.

The leadership of the church thanks you for your continued generous support of the Lord’s work at NCEL.


Free Chairs

To make better use of our storage space, we will be giving away some of the blue fabric chairs. If interested, come to the back of the fellowship hall before or after the 11:00 o'clock service.

Latino Heritage Month

September is Latino Heritage Month

New City East Lake longs to build a cross-cultural community, but do we have the skills? Join Tannia Lascano for a conversation on intercultural communication throughout Latino heritage month. We'll explore differences in how NOrth and Latin Americans view concepts like self, authority, power, task/relationship, and direct/indirect communication. Everyone is welcome for all four Sundays in September at 10 a.m. ¡Nos vemos allí!

Pray For The Nations And The Kingdom To Come

Ask the Father to send workers into the harvest field (Matthew 9:38) Join us Thursday nights at Katelyn Newsome's house from 8-9 p.m. Email the church office for more information.


Our ESL (English as a Second Language) classes will start back up on September 10 from 3:45 - 5:45 p.m. each Sunday. Would you please pray diligently to see if God is calling you to serve Him by helping out with this great ministry this fall? We want to show the love of God in our words and our deeds. You are invited to come to a meeting/orientation on Saturday, September 9 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. for prayer, orientation and planning. Please RSVP as soon as you can. We need teachers for the adults and help with the Kids Club. Please contact Eunice Mendoza for more information or to sign up: latinos@newcityeastlake.com


Our after-school tutoring program is looking for tutors to come and assist with homework and enrichment for this coming semester. We need help each Monday - Thursday from 3-5 p.m. Please come share your lives with our community kids! We woul also love your prayers as we transition to new leadership. Pray for safety, a spirit of peace, and for volunteers to help serve. If you are unable to volunteer, we are also searching for donations. WE would love: Legos, Blocks, K'nex, Tinker toys, Leveled readers, Soccer balls, Watercolor paper, Unifix cubes, and Math rods. Contact Kara Cadwell at elect@newcityeastlake for more information.

New Members Class

Our next new members class is scheduled for October 6 (7-9:30 p.m.) and October 7 (9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.). Make plans now to attend. This class is not just about membership but also a great way to learn more about the ministry of New City East Lake.

Congregational Meeting

Our next congregational meeting is scheduled for October 29. More details will follow.

MNA Hurricane Harvey Update

Hurricane Harvey - Update - August 28, 2017

The situation in Texas has gone from bad to worse. As of this morning, Monday, August 28, we know of at least 25 PCA families that have had their homes flooded; that number will rise significantly over the next few days.  At least two PCA physical plants have flooding and the flooded area is growing by the minute.  Harvey is forecast to be back over water just offshore of the coast during the next couple of days and there is potential for re-strengthening.  We have received reports that some PCA folks are awaiting rescue as the water continues to rise; another 25" of rain or more is predicted over the next few days.

MNA Disaster Relief Website

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MNA = Mission to North America
MNA Disaster Response continues to consult with leaders in TX and will continue to be until we can get into the area to assess how we might respond with them. Flooded roadways are preventing access at the time with no movement in or out. However, MNA will begin sending mobile bunkhouses, shower trailers, and other equipment into the area over the next few days to standup relief operations by pre-positioning this large equipment just outside of the hardest hit areas so that we can move in as soon as safe access is permitted. MNA is working with leaders to determine the best strategic host sites.

What we CAN do...
1. There is a Need for Flood Buckets to help with immediate needs in Houston. MNA Disaster Response is requesting our help to help those who are impacted by these floods. Flood buckets are needed by the hundreds to help people begin the clean up process. The MNA Disaster Response warehouse provides a place to store these buckets so that they can be shipped immediately to affected areas.  Click here to see how to assemble a bucket.  

As  buckets are gathered at New City Fellowship, they will deliver them to MNA's Disaster Response Warehouse in Rome, Georgia, to be delivered to Texas. Contact NCF for more details.

2. Pray now for those being overwhelmed by this disaster, especially our sister churches and members who have lost everything.  

3. Pray about your involvement in future weeks and months to partner with MNA sending teams to help in the recovery effort.  We will keep you informed of these efforts and what we as a church and Presbytery can continue to do. 

Visit the MNA website for updates.

Weekly Update: August 14, 2017

Capital Campaign

Due to a slight oversight this past week, the Capital Campaign will be collected this Sunday, August 20 during both services.

Latino Bible Study

Sunday, August 20: The Latino Bible Study will start at 4:15 p.m. followed by 3rd Sunday Prayer time at 5 p.m. this in the Gallery.

Pool Party Play Date!

You are invited to a play date at the Herweyer's pool (4711 Over Look Lane, Hixon TN) on Tuesday, August 15 from 10:30am-1:00 pm. Bring your own towels, sunscreen, and flotation devices. Pack a lunch and enjoy a morning with other moms and their kids! Questions? Contact Laini Huffine. 

Date Night Is Coming!

Friday, August 18th from 4:30-8:00 at New City East Lake.  This is a great opportunity to recharge yourself and your relationship!  Once a month we gather staff and children at our East Lake location and spend the evening playing, dining, crafting and movie-watching. Parents get to go out to dinner, catch a movie, run errands or just *be* for a few hours. Cost is $15/child or $25/family.  All ages of children who are WALKING and older are welcome. Time is from 4:30-8:00 PM.  Supper (GF options available) is provided.  The evening includes play time outside, crafts or games and concludes with a movie and popcorn. RSVP is a MUST and spaces are limited. **Please note that if you RSVP you are obligated to pay the rate as we need to hire teachers to staff the evening.**  OPEN TO ALL IN THE COMMUNITY!  Message me and reserve your spots today!  Children@newcityeastlake.com Laurie Eland Gienapp on Facebook or 423-605-4857

Free Community Health Screenings

FREE COMMUNITY HEALTH SCREENINGS at New City East Lake on Friday, August 18 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  The YMCA Healthy Living Program will be partnering with Choices Health Network, offering free health Screenings and Risk assessment including: Total cholesterol readings, triglyceride and A1C readings, BMI & HIV testing,  HIV/AIDS counseling, blood pressure management, plus referrals to community resources.  Please share with your neighbors and friends.

Dear East Lake Youth (ELY) Parents and Volunteers

Eva Castillo would like to invite you over for brunch on August 26 at 10:00 a.m. to host a discussion on the vision and direction of East Lake Youth. This is an event for Eva to get to know the adults better, it is for adults only, so please leave your youth at home. Come join us at 1034 Hibbler Circle, Chattanooga, TN  37412.  Hope to see you there!

New Members Class

The next New Members Class is scheduled for October 6 (7:00 - 9:30 p.m.) and October 7 (9:00 - 12:30 p.m.).  Make plans now to attend.  This class is not just about membership but also a great way to find out more about the ministry of New City East Lake.  


2017 Vacation Bible School

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. - 2 Corinthians 5:17

Our annual Vacation Bible School will begin with a kickoff Cookout Monday, August 31st at 6 p.m.

VBS will take place Tuesday through Friday. Dinner is served each night at 5:30 p.m. Programming will wrap up at about 8:15 each evening.


There will be programming and bible study for adults, youth, school age and pre-school children. Nursery is provided for the children of anyone involved in our program.

Children can be registered below: