November 2014 Newsletter

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November 2014  
November is Stewardship Month  


Sunday, Nov. 2 -- GOD BLESS US, EVERYONE

Our Monthly Congregational Meeting where we examine our "Past, Present, and our Future" here at New Light. Begins at 12:00 PM.


Sundays -- MORNING SERVICES -- 10:30 AM



Bring your non-perishable food donations to help out our Food Pantry.

Wednesdays -- BIBLE STUDY -- 7:00 PM
Our Weekly Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM. 
(doors open at 6:30 PM)
Sunday,  Nov. 9 --  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING -- 12:00 PM
Our Board of Directors are: 
Arlene Leon, Moderator; Cheryl Evans, Treasurer; 
Harold Gress, Secretary; Terry Schildt, Buildings Management; 
Bruce Brooks, Lay Delegate.
This is an open meeting. All are welcome to attend.
Thursday, Nov. 27 -- LGBT...-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER -- 1:00 til 3:00 PM
Sign up to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal, donate food, or help serve or all three.
Email the church to sign up.
... MORE TO COME ...  

A constructive look at New Light's 
past, present and future.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
12:00 noon
New Light is hosting monthly congregational meetings that will focus on finding our vision for the future.
We need everyone's help to make this a productive process.
That means, WE NEED YOU to come to these meetings.
Salad, Lasagna, and Cannolis will be provided for this event lunch.
November Lectionary Readings
November Events
10:30 AM - Services
Sun., Nov. 2
12:00 PM - "God Bless Us, Everyone"
Sat., Nov. 8, 22
9:30 AM - Food Pantry
Food & Friends
Sun., Nov. 9
Food Pantry Donation Sunday
Sun., Nov. 9
12:00 PM - Board of Directors Meeting 
Wed., Nov. 12
NLMCC serving dinner at REACH Shelter
Thurs., Nov. 27
12:00 PM - Thanksgiving Day Dinner
Sun., Dec. 7
 2013 Generous in Faith     
Visit our Website,
for our calendar of events.
Visit us on Facebook for up-to-date notices:

November  Birthdays


November 14 - Rev. Kelly Crenshaw
November 26 - Bruce Brooks

 Please join us in wishing these fine folks 

a Happy Birthday! 

If your or another member's birthday or anniversary does not appear please email and help us update our information.


Share your Prayer Requests! 

Subject: Prayer Request




Pastor Phone

Our co-transitional pastors, Rev. Kelly Crenshaw and Rev. Sherry Miller will share in congregational care duties. If you feel a need to talk to a pastor on call please call 240-500-0481.

We now are taking bookings for weddings at New Light MCC. Please call to make arrangements with Rev. Kelly Crenshaw or Rev. Sherry Miller and discuss our rentable space. (240-500-0481)


Sound Team

We need additional members for our sound team. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 12:00 PM
We will be having our Annual Congregational Meeting in the Social Hall after services on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM. All members are encouraged to attend. Not only will reports be read but there are positions available on the Board to be voted on. If any member, who has been a member for at least one year, wishes to fill out an application to be on the board ballot, applications are downloadable on our website or a printed application is available on the greeters' table right inside the church door. The application can be turned into either Rev. Sherry or Rev. Kelly by the Sunday prior (Sunday, November 30, 2014) to the Annual Congregational Meeting (Sunday, December 7, 2014, Noon) so that we have time to discuss the options for the slate. Non-members are invited also but are not eligible to vote.


Movie Fundraiser
Please be sure to pickup a Movie Fundraiser Card and use it each time you see a movie at Leitersburg Cinemas. Our Scholarship Fund earns $1.00 for each movie seen with use of the Movie Fundraiser Card. After 5 ticket purchases YOU RECEIVE FREE POPCORN ... After 10 ticket purchases YOU RECEIVE A FREE MOVIE.
(Ignore the expiration date ... they do.)
Last quarter (July, August, September) we earned $49.00 from this fundraiser.
NEW LIGHT MCC's Rev. Kelly Crenshaw and Harry Brubaker III accepted the ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE on Sunday, August 24 and soaked each other in the parking lot. By doing it Rev. Kelly Crenshaw and Harry Brubaker III has challenged the congregation to fill a washtub with their donations for ALS. The tub is stationed on the side table in the front of the church. Then, in January, we will choose two people to start a fund drive for a different charity of their choice.
The Second Sunday of each month is our designated Food Pantry Donation Sunday. Bring your non-perishable donations to the church before or after service. Monetary donations are accepted also. 
Our next Food Pantry Donation Sunday 
is Sunday, November 9th.
Holidays are fast approaching. Help us make a family's holiday meal a memorable one.

[The Food Pantry will accept donations anytime, see Andy Whitmore.]
 Don't forget to sign up to volunteer to help with worship each week. Altar Angels, Greeters, Readers, Ushers, Holders are always needed.If your special talent is making coffee share it with us. If you'd like to make snacks for after services for social hour we'd love it.
Check out our Resources and Links Page on our Website. 
There's many useful files to view. 
You'll find the Pastoral Search Power Point Presentation Download that Rev. Tony Freeman sent us. 
Please download it and review.
Our Board of Directors are prayerfully and carefully looking at potential pastor resumes. We are blessed.
We have hired co-transitional pastors, Rev. Kelly Crenshaw and Rev. Sherry Miller to help us thru the process of finding a permanent pastor. They will share in the congregational care so if you feel the need to talk to one of the pastors on call, call their direct phone at 


Pick up "The Monthly Calendar" on the first Sunday of the month before services to keep up to date on weekly events or announcements.

We are still taking used ink cartridges so we may recycle them at Staples for their Rewards program and continue to pay for our new printer cartridges thru that program.

We saved $20.00 on office supplies last month.

Automated Tithing
If you wish info on how to do automatic withdrawal for giving we have info that you can pick up or email us and we'll send you the information.
New Light MCC is serving dinner on 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the REACH Shelter.
Anyone interested in helping or donating food will be greatly appreciated. 
Contact Bruce Brooks if you have any questions. Thanks!
The next Outreach will be aThanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 27 at 1PM to 3PM. Doors will open up at noon and meal will be served starting at 1PM. Please sign up to come and eat, and/or donate food, or help serve or clean up. Sign up sheets are, where else, in the kitchen in the church. You can also sign up on Facebook by going to the "event" and adding your name or simply by emailing the church and letting us know.

"A Christmas Gift Raffle"
Raffle sales started mid-October for
"A Christmas Gift Raffle." If you'd like to buy raffle tickets that will benefit theBuilding Fund and The Food Pantryplease contact the church office (

Tickets are $2.00 each, 3 for $5.00 or 7 for $10.00.
Raffle ticket sellers are also needed. So far we have David Brechbiel, Deb Smith, Paul Breakiron, Charlotte Ashton, Rosalie Jones, Bruce Brooks and Rev. Kelly helping sell tickets for this fundraiser.



If you have moved in the past year and have not updated your church records please let us know of any changes.


We are in need of some items for the church. Kitchen garbage bags, 55-gal garbage bags, Coffee, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels. Also, bring in your used ink toner/cartridges so we can recycle for rewards.


We need a volunteer to take our aluminum cans to recycling. Hopefully they can be used to earn money for our Food Pantry.


Our Denomination

Since its founding in 1968, MCC has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing important issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and other forms of oppression. MCC has been on the forefront in the struggle towards marriage equality in the US and other countries worldwide and continues to be a powerful voice in the LGBT equality movement.

Until next month...

Thank you New Light MCCers for the gifts and talents you bring to our church body so that we might take the message of God's love into our community, our country, and our world!


Religion is a compass, not a harness, let your heart explore.  You have the freedom to break the chains of religion that might have held you captive so you can find the YOU that God intended you to be!




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