church-wide fast day | february 15

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Below is a short guide to help walk you through your prayer time:

  1. In Mathew 6, Jesus teaches us to pray that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Take a few moments to pray that prayer. Pray that God’s will be done…

in your home as in heaven.

in our church as in heaven.

in your neighborhood as in heaven.

in Albuquerque as in heaven.

2.  In Revelation 21 we see Christ making all things new. Prayerfully consider how Jesus has brought renewal to your life. Ask God to show you parts of your life that need to be made new.

3. Who in your circle of influence are you praying for to experience the renewal that Christ has brought you? Sit for moment in prayer and ask God to lay someone on your heart. Pray for that person or people.

4.In John 17 Jesus prays for the unity of believers. Pray for the unity of churches in Albuquerque. Pray also for the ways that God is using New City to help foster unity among communities of believers in our city.

Pray for Shine

Pray for Ciudad de Gracia

Pray for the Collective (student ministry)

5. Take a moment to pray for God’s continued work of renewal at and through New City.

Pray for our church leadership

Pray for the resources to expand our ministry to children and teens including the possibility of adding on to our facility

Pray that people’s lives will be changed, that people will be saved and that they will find new life in Jesus this year at New City

Pray for our volunteers

Pray that God will give us big visions of practical renewal in our city

6. Finally, pray that God would cause you to hunger and thirst after him and that God would use these next few weeks to reveal himself to you in new ways.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Why should I fast?

A: In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said “when you pray” and “when you give” and “when you fast”. He did not say “if” but “when”. He assumes this to be a spiritual practice of believers. As you step out in faith and practice prayer and fasting you will find your relationship with God to be more intimate.

Q: What are some possible ways to fast?

A: Ideally, fast from food. Here are a few types of fasts:        

a)  A regular fast: Fast from all food, drinking only water or liquids without calories.
b)  A liquid fast: Fast from solid foods and drink only light liquids.
c)  A partial fast: Fast from tasty foods and choose only vegetables or possibly a little fruit. This is a good fast for those with blood sugar issues.
d)  A Benedictine fast: Fast by eating only one light meal a day, usually the evening meal, and usually only simple foods.

Q: Can I fast from things other than food?

A: Food is the traditional choice. However, it is certainly perfectly appropriate to fast from all forms of media (TV, computer games, internet, electronic devices, newspapers, magazines, and books other than Bible). Fasting from shopping and related activities would also be a possibility. You have the freedom to be creative.

Q: What can I drink while I fast?

A: You may continue to drink water, coffee and tea. Avoid drinks with sweeteners and calories.

Q: What do I do when I’m served a meal that would go against my fast?

A: If you are fasting while carrying out your regular daily routine this may come up. First, try and schedule your day and meetings around your fast. If you know you are meeting someone, plan not to have it based around a meal. For those times when you are in a situation and are served food, you can politely decline. If they insist you eat, share with them that you are fasting. This may open up an opportunity to share your faith.

Q: What if I forget to pray? Does my fast still ‘work’?

A: When you are fasting it is unlikely you will forget to pray for long because your body will be insisting you eat. This hunger is an alarm reminding you to pray because you desire the answer to prayer more than you do food.

if: gathering | march 9-10

IF: ALBUQUERQUE is a 2-day gathering of local women asking what IF we followed God with perseverance instead of insecurity? This year IF: ALBUQUERQUE is hosted at North Church (4700 San Mateo Blvd NE) on March 9 @6:30pm and March 10 @9am. At IF:Gathering 2018, we will look at one of Paul’s letters to Timothy as he reminded him of the power and responsibility of sharing the gospel. We want to give God away in the very places He’s put us, so we’re going to gather for the purpose of remembering why following God and making disciples matters. We all get tired. We all wonder if what we’re doing matters, so IF:Gathering 2018 will be the reminder--it will be the celebration. The work we’re doing to share the gospel on the earth is worth it and God DOES move through the little things that nobody sees. 

starting point lunch | february 25

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Are you new to New City? Starting Point is a casual, complimentary, catered lunch that will be held at New City on Sunday, February 25 following the 11am gathering. It is for those who have recently started attending, and allows you to get to know other new attenders and the ministry staff. You will be introduced to our church and will be provided with ways to get involved. Please let us know that you are coming HERE.

 

baptism class | january 21

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There will be a baptism class Sunday, January  21 following the 11am gathering. Lunch will be served, please RSVP below to let us know that you will be coming. 

For kids (grades 3-5) who are interested in baptism, there will be an informative and fun FAMILY workshop for kids AND their parents. The goal of this class is to equip and encourage parents to share the gospel and lead their children to a relationship with Jesus. Families who feel their children may be ready to make a faith decision and be baptized are encouraged to attend.

Gift Mart | December 16

Shine, Mission Avenue Elementary PTA, and New City Church are working in collaboration with the Mission Avenue Elementary School Administration to assist school families in need during the holiday season.

Christmas Gift Mart is an event where select Mission Avenue parents are invited to shop and buy gifts while their children participate in holiday games and activities. It is a special time where memories are made and the holiday spirit is shared.

All funds raised go back to the school in order to buy clothing and other needed items for the school’s clothing bank.

We are asking community members to donate new, unwrapped, $10 - $20 children’s toys, suitable for ages 5-11. Please bring your gift donations by Sunday, December 10. If you have any questions, please contact shine@newcityabq.org.

You can also volunteer to serve at the Gift Mart on Saturday, December 16, from 10am-noon.

 

Neighboring Resources

the Neighboring Church - “Love The Lord Your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength AND Love your neighbor as yourself.”  This was Jesus’ answer to the question, “What is the greatest commandment?”  You see, you can’t really love God without loving your neighbor and you can’t really love your neighbor without loving God. They go together!

The Neighboring life is about more intentionally loving the people around us and; specifically our literal neighbors.  It’s a call to be aware of what’s happening around us. It’s a call to look for ways to jump in and act when God nudges us. 

The Sermon Series on Neighboring can be found here.

Throughout this series we have been challenged to love those around us. Below are some useful tools that you can use in getting to know your neighbors:

starting point | november 19

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Are you new to New City? Starting Point is a casual, complimentary, catered lunch that will be held at New City on Sunday, November 19 following the 11am gathering. It is for those who have recently started attending, and allows you to get to know other new attenders and the ministry staff. You will be introduced to our church and will be provided with ways to get involved. Please let us know that you are coming here. We look forward to meeting you!

community-wide food drive

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Impact our community in a big way by inviting your neighborhood or office to participate in a community- wide Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit families at Mission Ave. Elementary. Most people want to help others, but they don’t know how. This is an easy way! Here’s how it works:

  • Grab a stack of bags provided. Identify five people in your neighborhood, office, or family.
  • Early in the week, please fill out the blanks at the bottom of the flier with: day, pick up time, your name and phone number.

  • If they would like to participate in the food drive, they will leave their non-perishable items in the grocery bag outside their front door to be picked up on the day you determine.

  • Please note: You will pick up bags. (If a grocery bag is not outside the front door, please do not disturb your neighbors. Not everyone is in the position to participate, and that is okay!)

  • After collecting the grocery bags, please bring the donated food items to New City by Sunday, November 12.

  • Do not put anything on or in your neighbor’s mailbox. If your neighbor is out of town or a house is vacant, please do not leave the bag on their door.

    Participating in this food drive can be a fun way to meet your neighbors and co-workers. This is a great opportunity to create community as you help families at Mission Ave have a Happy Thanksgiving. 

mission avenue book drive

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Do you remember your favorite book as a child? Dr Seuss said it best "The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you'll go!" Research shows that kids in generational poverty do not have the same opportunities as other students to interact with books at home. 

Our school, Mission Ave, has asked us to partner with them in providing books for our students. This is a great opportunity for you to make a difference and get plugged in to the mission of Shine at Mission Ave.

Donated books can be new or gently used, and should be for elementary-aged students. You may drop off books in the boxes placed in the atrium over the next few weeks. We will make sure they get delivered to the kiddos at Mission Avenue Elementary.

starting point | october 8

Are you new to New City? Starting Point is a casual, complimentary, catered lunch that will be held at New City on August 20, following the 11am gathering. It is for those who have recently started attending, and allows you to get to know other new attenders and the ministry staff. You will be introduced to our church and will be provided with ways to get involved. Please let us know that you are coming, here. We look forward to meeting you!

Party at the Barn | October 1

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Dust off your boots, and bring some friends and neighbors! New City is going to have a party at the Los Ranchos Community Barn on Sunday, October 1 at 5pm.

Schedule of events:
5:00 BBQ Dinner is served
5:30 Live Country music & dancing
5:30 Family games 
6-7:00 Hayride
6:30 Pie Eating contest 
(Feel free to bring blankets or chairs to sit on) 
 

The Alfredo Garcia Community Barn is located at 6650 Rio Grande Blvd NW. south of the Los Ranchos Village Hall.