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.

Harvey Flood Relief

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For the past few days, many of you have probably been watching reports of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area and praying about how to respond. Josh Gosney, a pastor in Houston, says they are seeing family and friends lose everything. He shares, “For those of us who don’t have a boat or any other means to help those who are stranded, we are left feeling frustrated and helpless, asking what we can do to help.”

Wake Church, the church Josh planted last year, has started a Response Fund to help those who have been affected. Josh is a part of the church planting network called Stadia that helped to plant Abiel and Emily Diaz's church, Ciudad de Gracia.

Let’s help Wake Church show the love of Jesus to their city by giving sacrificially in this time of great need. Whatever you are able to give will make a difference during this tragic time.

Please join me in praying for Josh, the Wake Church family, and the entire area that's been affected by this tragedy. 

New City will be coordinating a team to serve with Wake Church in the future, so stay tuned for more information.

engage event | September 9

Looking for an opportunity to live intentionally and serve the community? Join New City on September 9 | 8am-12:30pm, as we love the city through mission. We will meet at New City by 8am. Breakfast and coffee will be provided. We will then be sent out to the work projects. You will receive an email before Saturday with all details and info related to your specific project. Questions? email easton@newcityabq.org.

love inc

Love INC partners with local churches and agencies in Albuquerque. They screen and refer those in need to the best organization to meet the need. New City will be assisting families as they pick up household furniture and goods. Kids over 16. Space is very limited!

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There are over 1000 children in the foster care system in Bernalillo County. New City will be assisting CYFD as they seek to care for those children. We can do that by cleaning and sprucing up the visitation rooms at CYFD, creating an art center and general facility care. This will involve general cleaning, and decorating and is appropriate for kids and families.

mission avenue elementary school:

Mission Ave is a local school that New City loves and cares for. We will be assisting in cleaning up the community garden and the clothing closet. This will involve weeding, raking, folding and organizing. Kids and families are welcome.

cedar hill church (navajo reservation):

We will be delivering firewood to Pastor Tulley to be used during the fall to heat homes and cooking. This will involve loading/unloading trailers, moving firewood and driving back and forth to Cuba, NM. This team will return to Albuquerque at approximately 4pm.

baptism class | September 10

There will be a baptism class Sunday, September 10 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.

starting point | august 20

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!

 

student ministry | fundraiser

We want every student (grades 6-12) who wants to attend the CIY Move or Mix Conferences to be able to afford to do so we will be hosting a.... Car-Wash-a-Thon! Students will be providing a free car wash for the community and are asking for pledges for each car washed (up to 100 cars). So, if a person pledges 25 cents per car, they will pay the student $25. We are asking for your help! You can donate to the Students HERE.

 

Love the Stranger

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The New Testament word for “hospitality” comes from a compound of “love” and “stranger.” Hospitality has its origin, literally, in love for outsiders.

Strategic hospitality strategizes how to make the hospitality of God known and felt by those God has put in our spheres of influence. And so we invite in the outsider. We welcome them into our space, all in hopes of bringing Jesus into theirs. Because we love them.

“Our love for outsiders runs deep as it flows from remembering ourselves to be outsiders who have been dearly loved by a lavishly hospitable God.”- John Piper

Through New City’s Shine partnership at Mission Ave Elementary, we have been serving “the outsider” through our Newcomers Program. This is academic assistance for refugee students who are just learning English. We plan to continue this program through the summer as we partner with New Beginnings Church. This partnership will eliminate the need for transportation and allow us reach them where they live.

We have developed meaningful relationships with our Newcomers and prayed for ways to also serve their families. Catholic Charities has developed a Program called “Team Refugee.” Through this program, a group of 5 adult volunteers will be matched with a refugee family in need to provide friendship and support. Teams will be matched with a family for a minimum of 6 months. They will meet with the family on a regular basis and will help the family with three main goals--English practice, job search assistance, and general cultural orientation.  This is the hospitality of the New Testament. It is love of the stranger. It is deeply relational as volunteers enter the lives of a family in crisis and offer them friendship and love. What an amazing opportunity.

“As Christians we love the stranger, because we have been loved by the Father when we ourselves were strangers.” – John Piper

Catholic Charities would like for us to partner with them through Team Refugee to further serve the refugee families God has placed at Mission Ave. Elementary. It is our goal to create teams of New City volunteers to work through Catholic Charities to support the families of our Newcomers at Mission Ave.  Catholic Charities will provide extensive training and support for these teams. They have a long history of serving this population and will guide us with their expertise. This is about relationship. It is an opportunity to truly get to know a family of outsiders and show them the love that Jesus has extended to us.

Will you prayerfully consider being a part of our work with refugees at Mission Ave?

-Volunteers are needed for our summer program and our Newcomer program at Mission Ave. that will begin again in the fall.

-Teams are needed to provide support to families through Team Refugee. Your team will attend a training with Catholic Charities in the fall and be matched with a family.

Contact Lisa Fuller- Shine Director

lisa@newcityabq.org

new city fest | may 21 | 5pm-dark

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Let’s Party! You are invited to New City Fest on May 21. This year, the Fest will be at the Los Ranchos Community Barn (6650 Rio Grande Blvd NW). New City will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and waters, please plan to bring a side dish or dessert to share. There will be live music, dancing, games, and tons of fun!