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And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” (Joshua 4:5-7 ESV) The Israelites had seen God do some amazing things: delivering them from Egyptian captivity, splitting the Red Sea, providing manna in the desert, and giving them the ten commandments. Now they were finally crossing the Jordan River into the promised land. After forty years of wandering in the wilderness, they were finally arriving in the land of Canaan. God did not want them to forget this moment, so He commanded them to make a “memorial” out of twelve stones taken from the midst of the Jordan River.


The word “memorial” is translated from the Hebrew word “zikkaron” which means a “sign, symbol, or marker that evokes remembrance.” Zikkaron is about more than merely recalling historical information from the past. This memorial or act of remembrance is about remembering the past in such a way that it impacts our present and even our expectation of the future. Often in our fast paced world we can easily forget moments when God has revealed Himself, His faithfulness, His will, or His calling to us in a significant manner. It’s important for us to make time to establish spiritual markers in our hearts, minds, and even more concrete ways such as pictures, journaling, or blogging, so that we will not forget these divine moments. Looking back at spiritual markers often gives us a better perspective on what God wants to do in the present and His direction for the future. Remembering these spiritual markers also helps prevent us from moving backwards, and can serve as inspiration for others during difficult times. Most importantly, these markers remind us and others of who God is:

And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed over the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God did to Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.” (Joshua 4:20-24 ESV) What are some examples in your own life of where God has done a mighty work and how have you “memorialized it” and used it in your relationship with God? (Taken from





GROW IN GOD Cell Groups Sunday Kids Ministries We are intentional in modeling the love of Jesus and teaching core Biblical truths. Children will learn what it means to fear God and to obey His commands, as well as how to distinguish good from evil. Your child will bond with other kids, build friendships, worship in song, and most importantly, learn God’s word. Sunday nights, kids have a great time at Discipletown with Tomi Ministries.

20/20 Vision for your life Are you nearsighted or farsighted? Corrective Vision is found in God’s Word. This new study is starting on Tuesday, October 1st. Led by Linda Alpi | Tuesdays at 10:00 am | 34 Christie Lane

Forgiveness: Breaking the Power of the Past Interested in answers from God’s Word about the topic of forgiveness? Come and join us! *The cost of the study guide is $9.50* Led by Gail Gadsby | Tuesdays at 7:00 pm | 14 Holiday Drive

Bible Tribe | Young A’s Let’s talk about real issues in life, apply God’s word, and pray. Led by Christophe Ulysse Tuesdays at 7:30 pm | 94 McGuinness

Cracking the Covenant Code | Junior Bible Study God Always Keeps His Covenant Promises! Discover God’s awesome promises and explore the covenants He made with His people and what they mean for you! Led by Mike & Christina Antonowicz | Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm | 40 Riva Ridge

Youth Service Come join our youth! Ages 12 - 18 Every Friday | 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Italian Bible Study Italian Bible Study at NCC Led by Bruno Alpi Fridays at 7:00 pm | Emerald Room


P R AY E R W ATCHES Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:00 am 12:00 pm

Wednesdays 7:00 pm

Fridays 10:30 - 12:00 pm

Saturdays 7:00 - 8:00 pm







LIT Training Continues Fridays at 6:00 pm

Bible Tribe Tuesdays 7:30 pm 94 McGuinness

Tuesday, October 15th at 6:30 pm

Men’s Breakfast will resume in November

City Wide 50+ Fall Luncheon

October 12th Starfield’s Tim Neufeld October 18th Worship Emphasis

Friday, October 18th 9:00 pm at Braeside

All women welcome! Childcare provided.

Thursday, October 24th at 12:00 pm Evangel Church 30 Fairview Dr $10/person

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New City Church October 2013 Newsletter