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New Life News

Pastor’s Corner

“Quick Listening, Slow Speaking” Earlier in the month, I noted that the book of James is a practical book. It isn’t a deep theological treatise, but rather a reminder of what being of follower of Jesus looks like. James 1:19-21 says, “Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to grow angry. 20 This is because an angry person doesn’t produce God’s righteousness. 21 therefore, with humility, set aside all moral filth and the growth of wickedness, and welcome the word planted deep inside of you – the very word that is able to save you.” (Common English Bible) Listening is an important skill to master. In Dale Carnegie’s book How to Win Friends, and Influence People he writes about the importance of being a good listener. James cautions the follower of God to be a ready listener, and a hesitant speaker who is slow to become angry. I believe more misunderstandings happen between people when we are slow to listen, rather than ask the person to clarify what they said. I find that when I don't listen well, that I may misinterpret what another person is saying. I recall once when Jose’ was going to get her car repaired that I missed the gist of the conversation. I misinterpreted some important details that she had given me, and as I result I went to one repair place and she went to another. I waited for a good long time wondering where she was only to discover I failed listen well. We ultimately sorted it out, but that was a prime example of how faulty listening can cause problems. James tells us that we do well to understand the depths of what it means to listen because it is instrumental in avoiding unnecessary conflict and allows us to live the righteous lives that God desires for us. I find that when I meditate upon such Scripture passages as James 1:19-21 it gives me the opportunity to understand the attitude that God desires for his children to have in our relationships.

Local Updates

Teen Mission Memo: The Individual Registration Form can be found online at: m/viewform?formkey=dG9z WEQ0c1czeHVTWlZMQjc2 Z0ZZOHc6MQ

Church Potluck for May The church potluck on the first Saturday in May will be held at the home of Dexter, Jose´ and Terrance. More details to follow. Sabbath School Film Project The younger students have been working on plots/castings/and extra effects, to bring New life something all their own. Parents are encouraged to assist them with finding costume material from things around the house. Our goal date is May 12th!

People Needed to Tell Children’s’ Stories for Church Service Katie Cameron sent out an email-requesting people in the New Life Fellowship family to share a story with our children during our worship service. If you have life experiences stories, stories with a good lesson, or Bible stories please contact Katie Cameron at her email address of Thanks for your consideration.

Membership Updates! Trent And Laura Pierce are transferring to Spokane WA Hansford Hendargo and Scott Afton are transferring to New Life.

Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program A non-profit leadership certification program is being held in Mt. Dora Florida on June 3-7 for Session I and September 23-27 for Session II in 2012. If you want to learn more about how the non-profit sector works and receive certification as well this is the program for you. You can learn more about this opportunity by going to

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Young-Adult Meet Ups ACF – NC State Campus: Monday, 7:00 p Hill Library, 3rd floor study room Contact: Jonathan Stewart ACF – UNC Campus: Tuesday, 7:30 p Student Union 2511 Contact: Bisset Lee ACF – Duke Campus: Mondays at 7:30pm in Gray 319 Contact: Daniella Choi Adventist Christian Fellowship: Friday Vespers, 7:00 p @Five Oaks SDA Church Contact: Hansford Hendargo

Tithes & Offerings Tithe envelopes are available with the collection boxes located in both lobbies. All loose offering received goes toward our Property on Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill. This is the site of our new future home.

Subscribing to this Newsletter We are working on a new protocol that will make signing up simple. In the meantime please email Deborah from the address you would like to subscribe with.

Connecting with Pastor Dex If you want to meet Pastor Dex for lunch to talk, Bible studies or coaching sessions contact Dex at 919-323-1963 or via his email at

Membership Request To become a member of New Life Fellowship, please contact Deborah Gibson at

Sabbath School Study–10:30a Cradle Roll (up to 4 yrs.) Explorers (K–2 ) Navigators (3–5) Middle School (6–8) Teens (High School) Adult: Come join our discussion. New Adult Sabbath School

Pledge Cards Every pledge card that we receive will make it easier for us to secure our future loan to complete the building project on Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill. Thanks for your participation. Click to down load a pledge card:

Loose Offering: The loose offering we receive during the Children’s Story

goes toward the current mortgage on our property on Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill. This is the site of our new future home.

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