Wildfire relief

*Photo Credit: USFWSHQ (Creative Commons)

Last week, NCC donated $1,000 to the Western North Carolina Firefighters Fund.  This is a practical fund which will purchase supplies for firefighters in our state which were depleted by the wildfires.  Please continue to pray for those who lost homes and loved ones in the fires.  Thank you NCC for your generosity which helps us to become “a compelling presence for Christ.”

Hurricane Matthew Relief

*Photo Credit: NASA (Creative Commons)

Because of your individual generosity, we have been able to be generous corporately through our NCC Acts!

It is also through your generosity that we have been able to donate $1000 to aide in the effort to help rebuild and minister to those impacted by Hurricane Matthew. We have donated to Samaritan’s Purse which has a long history of meeting emergency needs in crisis areas.

Thank you very much for your generosity as NCC continues striving to “become a compelling presence for Christ”!!

Melissa Copeland's story

Here is another great story about the power of Groups:

In the summer of 2015, I was at a crossroads in my faith.  Having experienced several changes and frustration in my church, I grew interested in this “group” thing my awesome cousin Danelle Barco was involved in.  I asked her some questions and inquired if she would let me know when the next one came open.  So in August, new groups started and I was asked to participate.  My initial interest was to learn more and grow spiritually but hopefully take something from this group back to my own church to help in its growth.  Who knew spending Tuesday nights with 9 amazing women would change my life forever!  I have had the opportunity to meet amazing women and really get RAW on faith, marriage, kids, friendship and God and form lifelong SINCERE prayer partners.  From the very first night I felt warm, welcomed and couldn’t wait for Tuesdays to come!  After meeting every week and hearing awesome things about NCC, I just had to witness it for myself.  Being part of a group turned into a full time decision last November to be a part of New Community Church.  I have had the privilege to attend the COMPEL series in January, the Alpha course (and amazing Monday night dinners) in April, the NCC ACTS projects at the prison first quarter and our group ACT for 2nd quarter.  With my 2 youngest of 6 kids being a middle schooler & high schooler and wanting to “give back”,  I decided to be a part of the leadership team with Student Rev.   I am excited to see where it leads.

I love being a part of NCC.  The excitement and enthusiasm of the church is definitely COMPELLING and contagious and having such a laid back, humble & completely HUMAN pastor who can step on your toes and pull at your heart all in the same message and make you feel like he is speaking ONLY AT YOU is awesome.   I am so blessed for the people God places in our paths along the way to help us grow. 

Thank you Danelle for leading me to NCC groups and to NCC for being a Compelling Presence for Christ in our community.

Melissa Copeland’s story

Here is another great story about the power of Groups:

In the summer of 2015, I was at a crossroads in my faith.  Having experienced several changes and frustration in my church, I grew interested in this “group” thing my awesome cousin Danelle Barco was involved in.  I asked her some questions and inquired if she would let me know when the next one came open.  So in August, new groups started and I was asked to participate.  My initial interest was to learn more and grow spiritually but hopefully take something from this group back to my own church to help in its growth.  Who knew spending Tuesday nights with 9 amazing women would change my life forever!  I have had the opportunity to meet amazing women and really get RAW on faith, marriage, kids, friendship and God and form lifelong SINCERE prayer partners.  From the very first night I felt warm, welcomed and couldn’t wait for Tuesdays to come!  After meeting every week and hearing awesome things about NCC, I just had to witness it for myself.  Being part of a group turned into a full time decision last November to be a part of New Community Church.  I have had the privilege to attend the COMPEL series in January, the Alpha course (and amazing Monday night dinners) in April, the NCC ACTS projects at the prison first quarter and our group ACT for 2nd quarter.  With my 2 youngest of 6 kids being a middle schooler & high schooler and wanting to “give back”,  I decided to be a part of the leadership team with Student Rev.   I am excited to see where it leads.

I love being a part of NCC.  The excitement and enthusiasm of the church is definitely COMPELLING and contagious and having such a laid back, humble & completely HUMAN pastor who can step on your toes and pull at your heart all in the same message and make you feel like he is speaking ONLY AT YOU is awesome.   I am so blessed for the people God places in our paths along the way to help us grow. 

Thank you Danelle for leading me to NCC groups and to NCC for being a Compelling Presence for Christ in our community.

Tania Urquiaga’s story

For anyone not sure about joining a Group, be sure to read Tania’s story!

Let me start by saying, I was terrified to join a small group. I had gone to New Community Church for a year but was relatively unknown to anyone in church. I thought I was content with being a face in the crowd. I was struggling with meeting new people and I knew something had to change. So, I took the plunge and signed up for a Women’s Group. Oh, and you can bet that even after signing up I debated going that first evening. With my husband as encouragement, I went. I opened myself up in ways I never thought possible. I told my story and did not feel judged. I felt accepted. I felt safe and loved. I cried, I learned and I grew in Christ. I am grateful everyday for the love, compassion and friendship God gave me from my group. I truly have life long friends to walk along side me on this journey. I am grateful everyday for the 2016 Belong Girl group and the Moody Marriage Group who opened me up to a deeper relationship with Christ. If you’re on the fence, I encourage you to step outside our fear, and come do life in circles not just rows.

Tania Urquiaga's story

For anyone not sure about joining a Group, be sure to read Tania’s story!

Let me start by saying, I was terrified to join a small group. I had gone to New Community Church for a year but was relatively unknown to anyone in church. I thought I was content with being a face in the crowd. I was struggling with meeting new people and I knew something had to change. So, I took the plunge and signed up for a Women’s Group. Oh, and you can bet that even after signing up I debated going that first evening. With my husband as encouragement, I went. I opened myself up in ways I never thought possible. I told my story and did not feel judged. I felt accepted. I felt safe and loved. I cried, I learned and I grew in Christ. I am grateful everyday for the love, compassion and friendship God gave me from my group. I truly have life long friends to walk along side me on this journey. I am grateful everyday for the 2016 Belong Girl group and the Moody Marriage Group who opened me up to a deeper relationship with Christ. If you’re on the fence, I encourage you to step outside our fear, and come do life in circles not just rows.