Easter Week Schedule 2014

Easter Week Schedule
  • Palm Sunday - April 13: Sunday School 9:30 & Service 10:45am
  • Maundy Thursday - April 17: Service 7pm
  • Good Friday - April 18: Service 7pm
  • Easter Sunday - April 20
    • Breakfast 9am
    • Kids’ Egg Hunt 10am
    • Service 10:45am

LOVE Medina: Local Day of Service Sat May 3

Love MedinaLOVE Medina = Local Day of Service Saturday May 3

Join us Saturday May 3, 2014 8:30am-3:30pm

Men of New Life…This event is scheduled the same weekend as our women’s retreat, so this might be a great opportunity to serve others in the local community. LOVE Medina is a partnership among a group of local churches who serve within the City of Medina, Ohio. They will be doing projects that come through the Mayor’s office and Love INC. Last year we sent out a few teams that helped with yard work for local seniors.  We’ll have a signup sheet in the hall.

Join us for a day of God-honoring serving that will give young and old alike a sense of what it practically means to love your neighbor as you love yourself. We’re doing it in the name of Jesus Christ, and have complete cooperation from the Mayor and his team to find the residents who are in need in order to give our county a makeover.

    • The event will take place that Saturday from 830am-3:30pm. We’ll meet for prayer, worship and a morning rally at the Medina City garage across from the fairgrounds.
    • Lunch is up to the participants from your church. People can “brown bag” it, or work out their own arrangements.
    • Mike Van Arsdale will coordinate a final list of potential worksites via talking with Mayor Hanwell, as well as people he’s aware of through Love INC. Churches participating will be assigned to the projects their buildings are geographically closest to, unless otherwise asked.

If you know of a project that can be a part of this day, contact Mike VanArsdale at

“Love Medina” in the Akron Beacon Journal

We Need Easter Candy for Our Eggs!

easter-candyWe NEED Candy!
Great job with the eggs! We have plenty now for our annual egg hunt. So…. now we need candy to put in the eggs! Make sure to keep in mind that these should be individually wrapped candies that small enough to fit in a plastic egg. You might ask yourself, “What do plastic eggs filled with candy scattered all over the yard have to do with Jesus?”  Um… well… According to, which of course is the greatest source of truth outside the Bible says, “In Christian belief, the custom of giving eggs during Easter is to celebrate new life and the resurrection of Jesus. The eggs are given to tell people about the resurrection of Jesus and the hope that He gives the world. Traditionally, eggs were dyed red to symbolize the blood of Jesus shed on the cross for mankind’s sins.” Why candy? Why not? Freedom in Christ!

Men’s Ministry Breakfast April 26th at 9am

Men's MinistryMen’s Ministry Breakfast April 26th at 9am
Save the date for Saturday April 26th at 9am at 5800 Ryan Rd in Medina! We’ll plan on getting together to eat breakfast and discuss how we might be able to launch this new ministry. ”Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”
(1 Corinthians 16:13-14 ESV)

Dinner & Game Night! Sun Apr 6 (20s & 30s)

Dinner and Games at the Deckers’ place in Rittman, Ohio. The Deckers drive in from Rittman every week to worship with us each Sunday. It’s really not that far. It’s just on the other side of Wadsworth. Go on Sunday, April 6th at 5:30pm! Bring appetizers/dessert – finger food-type things! Get ready to have some fun!

NLCF Women’s Retreat is Coming May 2-3

Women's Retreat 20142014 Women’s Retreat taking place Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd. Teaching, music, break out sessions, and fun. Breakfast and lunch provided. Contact Amy Hall for more information or send her your address and she will send you more info! Hope to see you there!

Do you know YOU are a treasured part of God’s beautiful landscaping? Would you like to become more rooted in God’s great affection for you? You are invited to spend the weekend with Jesus, and visit three of His favorite Gardens. Come and enjoy some time delighting in the rich soil of trust and freedom in Jesus!  No green thumbs needed!

About the Speaker

Dee O’Callaghan and her husband Rick live in Medina and have five incredible children between the ages of 18 and 24. Dee delights in Jesus as her Savior and best friend, and has had the joy of being a student of God’s Word for over 45 years, embracing the Reformed Faith and its Systematic Doctrines of Theology. Dee and her husband became members of the New Life Christian Fellowship church family last year and they feel very blessed to be serving Jesus there!

In the last 20 years, Dee has also enjoyed serving in Children’s, Youth, and Women’s Ministries. She loves teaching Women’s Bible Studies, writing curriculum, retreat speaking, and has a passion for seeing God’s covenant, truth, and amazing love transform the lives and hearts of her Sisters in Christ!

Dee’s personal career has been in accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, HR and office management for over 28 years. She loves to spend time with her family, powerwalk, jog, swim, tandem, travel, read, and eat chocolate!

2014 Women’s Ministry Team

Connie Adams
Amy Hall
JoEtta Hutton
Dee O’Callaghan
Joy Parker


EggsPerhaps 1000s of years ago people used eggs and bunnies to celebrate some sort of pagan festival. These days many will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior with traditions that we have highjacked from ancient cultures. It’s no sin to color eggs, eat chocolate, or pet bunnies. ”Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath” (Col 2:16). So…. in preparation for our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Resurrection Sunday, we are asking people to please bring in pre-filled plastic eggs, or candy/small toys that will fit into eggs along with new plastic eggs. Please drop off in the white basket in hallway this Sunday! Thank you!

Annual Chili Cook-off Saturday March 22nd

chiliSave the Date: Jack Hutton Annual Chili Cook-off, Sat. March 22nd at 5pm. Bring your best pot of chili! Come hungry and prepared to vote. Prizes will be awarded! Invite family, friends, neighbors, or anyone you like to come out for this great annual event. We’ll have basketball on the big screen. Let’s have some fun with this!

Chili con carne (“chili with meat”), more commonly known in American English as simply “chili”, is a spicy stew containing chili peppers,meat (usually beef), tomatoes and often beans. Other seasonings may include garliconions, and cumin. Variations, both geographic and personal, may involve different types of meat, as well as a variety of other ingredients. The variant recipes provoke disputes among aficionados, some of whom insist that the word “chili” applies only to the basic dish. Chili is a frequent dish for cook-offs. It is also used as an ingredient in a number of other dishes. (source:



Men’s Ministry Kickoff Saturday March 15th

Men's MinistryNew Life’s Men’s Ministry plans to start up again on Saturday March 15th at 8am at 5800 Ryan Rd. Breakfast provided. Get out of bed and join us! We hope that this will be the start of something that we can build upon and look forward to on a regular basis. We know we’re double-booked for this month with the Personal Care Pantry. Hopefully we can move things around next month so that these two opportunities will not conflict with each other.

Women’s Winter Warm-up Saturday March 1st

warm-upSave the Date: Women’s Winter Warm-up, Sat., March 1st from 7:30-9:00am in the Community Room at Panera in Medina. Come in from the cold for a morning of friendship & restoration as you join the ladies of New Life for a cup of hot cocoa, coffee or tea, and a time of sharing and fellowship with one another. See you there!

Sunday Night Prayer Service Feb 23 at 7pm

Frank Haugh will be leading a prayer service on this Sunday evening February 23rd at 7pm at New Life. “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9 ESV)

Family Movie Night Saturday February 22nd

popcornJoin us for Family Movie Night on Saturday February 22nd at 6pm. We’ll plan on having popcorn and watching a movie together on the big screen in the sanctuary. Invite someone to come along!



Free Soccer Foot Skills Monday Nights

Ohio Fusion Soccer Foot Skills TrainingStay sharp this winter.  New Life is hosting two indoor soccer foot skills training sessions for kids in our community on Mondays from 5-6pm (U9) and 6-7 (U8 and younger). We have relocated our training to the gym at Heritage Elementary School in Medina from 5-6:30pm on Mondays. Bring your ball and wear indoor soccer shoes or gym shoes. The classes are led by Ohio Fusion coaches. Space is limited so please contact Amy Hall for more information before coming.


African Missions Lunch Sunday Feb 9th

BeninAfrican Missions Lunch with John Wright on Sunday February 9th
John Wright will be sharing what he learned from his trip last year to the country of Benin in Africa.  He is inviting everyone to stay after our morning service on February 9th for lunch so we can learn more about how this multi-church effort to establish new churches in Africa. He is recruiting interested individuals for a special training session that will take place in March. If you have ever been interested in going overseas as a missionary, you should plan on staying after our service on the 9th! 

Super (Pro Football) Bowl Party Feb 2nd


Join us THIS SUNDAY! February 2nd at 5pm at New Life for our annual Super (Pro Football Championship) Bowl Party. We will be watching it on the big screen together. It’s a pot luck so, if you can, bring one of your favorite game day dishes to share. We will be setting up at 5pm and having dinner together. Kickoff is at 6:30. Everyone is welcome to come. Invite someone to come along! For more information go to our Facebook event page set up at 

Pray For Sochi & 2014 Winter Olympics

sochiPlease pray for the IMB volunteers who will be in Sochi sharing the gospel with people and athletes from around the world!  We plan on kicking off a 31 day prayer campaign on Jan 5th. That should take us to the beginning of the Olympics on February 7th. Download a prayer guide from We are also encouraging our community groups to hold an Olympic themed night right before the games begin.

New Year, New Series – In the beginning…


New Year, New Series
Join us Sunday & journey with us through Genesis

Maybe you are starting a new reading plan for your personal study as one of your New Year’s resolutions. Read along with us as we go back to the beginning of all things to see how God’s plan has unfolded. He created everything and put the universe in motion. “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16 ESV)

Sunday School Reboot Starts in January

We are beginning new curriculum this January! If you do not currently attend Sunday School we encourage you to get involved now. Please contact Philip Decker to volunteer to teach if you are available.

Patrick Pinkerton will be leading an adult class in the Fellowship Hall on the books of Ruth, Esther and Song of Solomon.

Rick O’Callaghan will be leading a second study for adults in the Sanctuary.

Philip Decker is working with our Kid Life Teachers to kick-off “Generations of Grace“ for our Sunday School and Children’s Church Classes.

Our Middle & High School students will continue in their study of “Systematic Theology”. We are over 600 pages into our study. Only about 600 pages to go!

Lottie Moon 2013

Lottie Moon

The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is collected for the sole purpose of supporting international missions. Every penny of the offering goes to the International Mission Board’s overseas budget, thus supporting our missionaries and their work.

In 2013 the IMB celebrated 125 years of annual giving to support international missionaries. More than 3.5 billion has been given to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, whose namesake inspired the first collection of gifts in 1888 so the world might know Christ. Then, as now, every penny you give to Lottie Moon supports missionaries as they share the Gospel overseas.

Through ministries like medical outreach, meeting physical needs, evangelism and discipleship training, the missionaries you support are helping plant churches in the darkest corners of the globe.

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 7pm

Xmas 2013Christmas Eve Candlelight service starts at 7pm.

Invite your family and friends to join us on Christmas Eve at 7pm for our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Our praise team has a great evening of music planned. We’ll also have a Christ-centered Christmas message, and the New Life Kids will be performing a special musical program.