Welcome to New Leaf
At New Leaf we say, "Don't just go to church... Be the church!" That's easy to say but is sometimes hard to do. It's easy to get into a routine that's a once a week thing. It easy to "go to church" asking "what's in it for me?". When we first began meeting for worship in the Children's Lighthouse in Little Elm, two years ago we began by "Re-Thinking Church". Just because "we have always done it one way" doesn't mean we have to continue that way. At New Leaf we are trying to change our way of thinking about "church". One obvious change is that we normally gather for worship on Saturdays at 6:30pm. That's a family-friendly time (the kids are already dressed) that allows for the family to have Sunday as a real break. Another way is in addressing felt needs like building relationships, making new friends and focusing on family. To encourage that, at New Leaf we host what we call a "Friendship Dinner" every Saturday at 5:45pm - before the 6:30pm worship. Another change is NLC's focus on practical service in and to our community. At the Little Elm July 4th Jubilee this past summer we gave away 100's of bottles of iced water and glow sticks. Last month, we hosted our 2nd annual Home-Made Ice Cream Festival. Each month we take home made cookies to our community's First Responders and we support local food banks and shelters. These are some of the ways we care for and serve our community. At NLC we believe this is an important part of "church"-- to meet physical, relational, financial and spiritual needs.
If you would like to be a part of something that's making a difference or if have been turned off by the "traditional church" and "organized religion"; but still sense a longing or need for something more in your life-- come check out this young church. At New Leaf we want to be a church that is about meeting needs which includes the need for relationships -- with each other and ultimately with God. In that process we are trying to truly discover and live out the motto, "Don't just go to church... Be the church!"
Come by this Saturday. Be our guest at 5:45 pm for a light meal and make some new friends. And I would love for you to stay and join us in relaxed, interactive worship at 6:30pm. Bring the family and come "check us out". What better time than this fall to "turn over a New Leaf"!
Pastor JD Schletewitz