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 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. Earlier this month we gave away 100's of bottles of iced water and glow sticks at the Little Elm July 4th Jubilee. Each month we take home made cookies to our community's First Responders. And save the date - Saturday August 20 5pm for our annual Home-Made Ice Cream Festival which is another way to serve our community by providing a free, family event. At NLC we believe an important part of "church" is serving our community-- 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!"
Join us this Saturday -- Friendship dinner at 5:45pm followed by relaxed, interactive worship at 6:30pm. Bring the family and come "check us out". This summer could be one of the best of your life and is a great time of year to consider turning over a New Leaf.
Pastor JD Schletewitz