Welcome to New Leaf
As you face the holidays this is a good time to "re-think" Christmas. The motivation may come a growing sense that something about the gross commercialism and materialism of this time of year just isn't right. Maybe it comes from the realization that more stuff just doesn't satisfy like we were led to believe it should. Or maybe it comes from the simple economics that the budget just can't take any more strain. Whatever the motivation, I join with you in the deep feeling that we must change the focus because "it's not about the presents -- it's all about the Gift." By focusing on the Gift that God gave his creation when he SENT His Son, and intentionally seeking to emphasize that truth we can begin to simplify this holiday season and in the process discover the true celebration of Christmas. That's our goal this Advent season at New Leaf.
New Leaf Church meets for worship every Saturday 5 pm at the Children's Lighthouse (behind the Sonic and Valero Gas Station on FM423) with a special 5:30 pm Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Communion and Carols Service planned for Christmas eve. As a young church we are"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 way is to get practical --like serving in our community. Another way is in addressing felt needs like building relationships, making new friends and focusing on family.
If you have been turned off by the "traditional church" or "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 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!"
Please accept this invitation to make a change in your life and in the life of your family this Christmas season-- a change for the better. Try turning over a New Leaf.
Pastor JD Schletewitz