Sports Camp & Kids Bible Club June 23-27

Sports CampSports Camp and Kids Bible Club
Memorial/J.U.M.P. Park in Medina June 23-27, 2014

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We’ll meet each day at Memorial Park/J.U.M.P. Park on Homestead Street for 2 sessions. From 9-11:30am we’ll have a Kids Bible Club with lessons, songs, crafts, etc. for kids of all ages.

We’ll break for lunch and return for the Sports Camp from 1-4pm at the same location. We’ll be teaching skills and playing Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Football, and more. 

On Thursday evening at 5pm we plan on having Family Night in the Park to wrap up the week. Join us for food, games, music, and a whole lot of fun. 

We are working in partnership with First Baptist Church of Elloree, South Carolina to provide this awesome FREE opportunity for kids in Medina.

All these events are free and open to all. All equipment provided.
Feel free to bring your own balls, bats, shin guards, water, drinks, etc. Invite your friends!

Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 16-20 2014

Agency D3


AgencyD3 BadgeVacation Bible School 2014

“Agency D3”
Discover, Decide, Defend
June 16-20th 6:30-8:30pm

Pre-registration is available on-line, please:

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Registration will also available at the church throughout the week of Vacation Bible School.

Everything that happens during VBS grows out of the biblical content. Kids can connect to God’s Word in a creative setting where the gospel message can speak into their hearts.

VBS is a FREE ministry designed for kids ages 4 years- 5th grade (classes are organized by last grade completed in school). Each night we will gather at New Life Christian Fellowship (580 N. State Rd) from 6:30-8:30pm for a time of Bible Study, worship, games, crafts and snacks.

VBS StuffAgency D3 is focused on helping kids understand who Jesus is and how to defend the faith (apologetics). The motto is Discover, Decide, Defend, and the key verse is 1 Peter 3:15. The lessons for each day seek to answer the following questions:

Day 1 Is Jesus Really God’s Son?
Day 2 Was Jesus More Than Just a Good Man?
Day 3 Was Jesus’ Death Real?
Day 4 Is Jesus Alive?
Day 5 What Do I Do With the Evidence About Jesus?

Note: Children and families are invited to attend Worship Service on Sunday June 22, 2014 at 10:45am. Children will sing the Vacation Bible School songs and a wrap up party for the entire family will take place immediately following the service.

Father’s Day Pot Luck 5pm Sat June 14th

Father’s Day Pot Luck at New Life – 5pm Sat June 14th

We are planning on having Lagerheads pulled pork and we are asking that everyone bring a side dish to share.

Please RSVP to Connie Adams or JoEtta Hutton by June 1.

Next Women’s Morning Wake-up June 7th

Next Women’s Morning Wake-up June 7th 
The ladies of New Life will continue the women’s ministry on Saturday June 7th. Get ready!

Prospective Member’s Class to begin June 8th

New Life Essentials: Prospective Member’s Class to begin June 8th
Prospective members are encouraged to review the materials that were distributed last week. We plan on meeting during the Sunday School hour on the 8th of June.

Men’s Breakfast Saturday May 24th at 9am

Men's MinistryMen’s Breakfast Saturday May 24th at 9am
Ladies remind your men, to have them join us this Saturday May 24th at 9am at 5800 Ryan Rd in Medina. This will be the third time we’ve gotten together. Bring a friend or come by yourself. We plan on having breakfast and praying and talking about how we can better serve one another and reach out to others in our community. “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)

Garden Plant Drive for The Martin Center

tomatoWe will be collecting new plant starts for a vegetable garden for The Martin Center this Sunday and Monday May 25-26. The Martin Center exists to build relationships with teens and families in the Canton NE and SE inner-city communities. For more information about this ministry go here. The garden has been a great tool for the volunteers and staff members to build relationships with the people of the neighborhood in efforts to reach them for Christ. Frank Haugh will be collecting these plants on Sunday at NLCF or you may deliver them to his house on Monday. He says that there should be many sales going on at local stores and garden centers this weekend as Memorial Day is big day for people to be planting gardens in NE Ohio.  So if you’re out shopping for garden plants this weekend, please consider buying a few extra plants to donate to this missional effort. Frank would like to deliver the plants this week on Tuesday. Examples of plants needed: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, greens, etc. Thank you for considering to help grow God’s kingdom. 

Love INC Golf Outing Saturday June 21st

Message from Mike Van Arsdale

Greetings in Jesus’ Name

Saturday, June 21st is an important day for Love INC of Medina County. It’s the occasion of our annual golf fundraiser.

It would be wonderful if we could have all of our partner and participating churches represented. Whether or not you’re an avid golfer, this is a great day of fellowship and fun for a great cause – Helping churches help people in need.

Would you please consider signing up to play? For $75.00 you get 18 holes of golf with cart, a continental breakfast, a delicious lunch, a sleeve of golf balls and the chance to win prizes! Plus you’ll get the enjoyment of great fellowship with folks from throughout the county. If you sign up before June 13, you also get 18 holes of golf FREE (green fees only) to use as a practice round. You could put together a foursome if you desire.
If you absolutely can’t play, we’d be blessed to have your church as a hole sponsor. The price for that is $100.00. Again, this will all help us to sustain the important work of Love INC in the year ahead.
To sign up, go to our special web page
Thanks for giving this your prayerful consideration. Hope to see you there!
In the name of Christ,

Michael E. Van Arsdale

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

20′s & 30′s Cook-Out May 18th @ 5pm

20′s & 30′s Cook-Out May 18th @ 5pm
Mark your calendar to join our young adults ministry on Sunday May 18th at 5pm at a location to be announced later. This will be a pot luck. Feel free to bring a dish to share (desserts, sides, salads, drinks). We have the Pavilion reserved. The park has Frisbee golf, a basketball court, dog park, and plenty of space. Philip and Hannah Decker are organizing this. Bring some friends. Let’s have a great time in the park!

VBS 2014 Coming June 16-20 Evenings!

VBS Agency D3


Discover. Decide. Defend.


1 Peter 3:15

But honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts.

Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks

you for a reason for the hope that is in you.


Trace it back to just the facts!

The evidence is clear.

The proof is all right here!

Come discover, decide, and defend the truth about who Jesus really is at Agency D3.

VBS 2014 Coming June 16-20 in the Evenings!

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

Francis Chan’s Crazy Love – Starting April 23

On Wednesday April 23rd the Community Group that meet’s at the Hall’s will be starting a study of Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love. They meet at 6:30 each Wednesday and everyone is welcome to join them. Contact to get involved. Quotes from the book:

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” 

“Lukewarm people don’t really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin.”

“I believe He wants us to love others so much that we go to extremes to help them.” 


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

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.