Northgate Free Methodist Church

Top Ten – October 19th

October 19, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Announcing our new “Next Generation Director” – He’s here! We are super excited to announce that Dan Calkins has joined our team as of October 22nd. Dan will be overseeing our work with Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers, as well as Young Adults. Dan is a Local Ministerial Candidate as well, meaning that he is exploring a call to become an ordained pastor, and is planning to begin seminary in January. Please pray for Dan and if you want to partner with him in this ministry or encourage him, send him a note at Daniel@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Missions Meeting – The next meeting of the Northgate Missions Team will be this Sunday, October 22nd, at 12:30pm (Room A2 at North). Anyone interested in being part of this Team is welcome to attend – the team’s focus is on how Northgate can advance our world mission awareness and activities. Your input is needed! For more information, contact Julie Worthington (jlworthi08@yahoo.com) or Pastor Vern.

 

  1. Volunteer Appreciation Night – Last year we held two Volunteer Appreciation nights, and we had so much fun we’re doing it again! Tuesday, November 21st from 6-8pm we are inviting anyone who volunteers or serves at Northgate in any capacity to come to the Café at North for some Staff-prepared food, fellowship and fun. This is a “come and go as you need to” event, but we hope you’ll stay for at least a little while and get to know some new friends, and catch up with others, while being appreciated by the Staff for all you do. Northgate is a healthy and strong church because of you, our volunteers, and we want to say “Thank you!”

 

  1. Operation Christmas Child – OCC boxes are available this weekend and will need to be returned by November 19th. If you’ve participated before, you know how easy it is to see that a child is blessed by a box of gifts and the message of the gospel. If you haven’t participated before why not start this year?

 

  1. Great Day of Giving – Every year we receive a special offering in addition to our regular offering, on a weekend in November. The purpose of this offering is threefold: 1/3 is given to Free Methodist World Missions; another 1/3 is used for a special building project (last year we used this to renovate our South Campus Community Room) and the final 1/3 is distributed to organizations in our community who are serving others well. This year that portion of the offering will be given to Hope Haven (an inpatient alcohol/drug treatment program at the St. Jerome building), Men’s Warehouse (a men’s and children’s ministry led by our own Jon Andre and others) and Mercy Flight (did you know several of our Northgaters have been served personally by Mercy Flight?). We’ll receive this offering the weekend of 11/18 and 11/19. Please pray about how God would want you to participate, and thank you!

 

  1. Thanksgiving Bags – The Saturday before Thanksgiving a small team of Northgaters deliver bags to migrant families, containing everything needed for a Thanksgiving meal. If you‘d like to help with this act of love, you can donate toward the cost of a complete bag ($30; last week I said $25 – that was my mistake. Sorry!) by indicating on the envelope or check “Thanksgiving Bag.” And if you want to help assemble or deliver, contact Allison (our church administrative assistant) and let her know (Allison@northgatefmc.com).

 

  1. This Changes Everything – The weekend of November 4th/5th we will be baptizing in all three services at North. Quite a few have already signed up, but it’s not too late for you to sign up as well! Email us (vern@northgatefmc.com) or sign up through the Northgate APP or at the Information Desk if you want to be baptized, or have a child baptized or dedicated.

 

  1. Looking for a Small Group – Fall is when our small group ministries kick off once again. Some meet at the church, and some in homes. If you are looking for a place to meet people and grow in your relationship with Jesus, contact Pastor Greg (greg@northgatefmc.com) and let him help you get connected!

 

  1. Save the Date – You might want to make a note on your calendar (paper or digital) to save Friday night, December 1st for a Christmas Concert at Northgate North with Brothers McClurg and special guest speaker Mark Buchanan. Mark is a well-published Christian author and he will be spending the weekend with us. The concert begins at 7pm, but we’re planning some special things for before the concert too. Stay tuned!

 

  1. How Do I Find Out About What’s Happening at Northgate? – Well, you’re reading this, and that’s one good source! If you haven’t already, you can send me your email and I’ll forward the Top Ten to you every week. Also, be sure to periodically browse the website (northgatefmc.com), and download our APP on your smartphone and visit the Information Desk. And of course you can always just ask! We’d be glad to answer your questions.

 

You Can Count on This – Matthew 13:34 – “Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.” (Read Matthew 13:1-52).

Jesus was a terrific storyteller. He knew what every parent knows… stories engage us, and are a great way to teach something in a way that doesn’t feel like a lecture. Read the stories Jesus told in Matthew 13 and reflect on what Jesus is saying to you in these stories.

When you’re not sure what you can count on in the world around you, know this: You can count on God keeping his word. So read what God has to say in scripture! And count on it.

Top Ten – October 11th

October 11, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Announcing our new “Next Generation Director” – We are super excited to announce that Dan Calkins will be joining our Team starting October 22nd. Dan will be overseeing our work with Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers, as well as Young Adults. Dan is a Local Ministerial Candidate as well, meaning that he is exploring a call to become an ordained pastor, and is planning to begin seminary in January. Dan is married to Deanna and they have one child, Ezra and among Dan’s passions are hockey, studying and board games of all kinds. Please pray for Dan and if you want to partner with him in this ministry or encourage him, send him a note at Daniel@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Northgate Men’s Basketball This will be starting on up again on Monday nights beginning October 23rd. This happens in the gym at South from 7pm – 9pm. For more information you can contact Nate Varland at (nsvarland@yahoo.com)

 

  1. Right Now MediaAbout 200 individuals and families have signed up to use Right Now Media, a service made available to all Northgaters through the church’s subscription. You can find Christian videos for all ages and interests through this site, and signing up doesn’t cost you anything, and it’s easy! Just contact the office (Allison@northgatefmc.com) to learn how.

 

  1. Operation Christmas ChildIt’s time to start thinking about Christmas. Our annual OCC drive is about to begin, with boxes being available starting October 22nd and they’ll need to be returned by November 19th. If you’ve participated before, you know how easy it is to see that a child is blessed by a box of gifts and the message of the gospel. If you haven’t participated before why not start this year? It really is an easy way to tell a child that Jesus loves them!

 

  1. Thanksgiving BagsFor the last few years we have assembled bags at Thanksgiving time to distribute to migrant families working in our area. These bags contain everything necessary to provide a family of four with a Thanksgiving meal, and a small team of Northgaters deliver these bags to the families on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. If you ‘d like to help with this act of love, you can donate toward the cost of a complete bag ($25) by indicating on the envelope or check “Thanksgiving Bag.” And if you want to help assemble or deliver, contact Allison (our church administrative assistant) and let her know (Allison@northgatefmc.com).

 

  1. Women’s Journey Bible Study has started up again, on Wednesdays@7PM in A2 (North). The group meets weekly and is open to all women who desire to learn, grow in their walk with God, pray and fellowship with each other.  The initial study will be Pricilla Shirer’s “Discerning the Voice Of God.” Please contact Cricket Johnson-Seward at cricket@2ki.net or call/text 585 815 5356.

  

  1. There’s a Place for the Men TooHey Guys, Mike Marsh has begun a weekly men’s group, on Wednesdays at 7:00pm, here at the church in Meeting Room 1. All men are invited to join this small group. For more information on that, you can contact Pastor Greg at greg@northgatefmc.com. Mike’s a terrific guy with a great heart for God – come meet him!

 

  1. Missions Meeting – The next meeting of the Northgate Missions Team will be on Sunday, October 22nd, at 12:30pm (Room A2 at North). Anyone interested in being part of this Team is welcome to attend. Attendance doesn’t mean signing up to go on a short-term mission trip – this team’s focus is on how Northgate can advance our world mission awareness and activities. Your input is needed! For more information, contact Julie Worthington (jlworthi08@yahoo.com) or Pastor Vern.

 

  1. 2018 Northern Europe Prayer Journey – You are invited to be part of a Prayer Journey, April 25 – May 8, 2018. Meet our European Free Methodist missionaries and churches, and explore the major cities of the northern region of central Europe – London, Paris, Brussels, Oostende, Bruges, Budapest and Gyor. Share the company of Yvonne and Bishop Roller, Mitch and Lynn Sue Pierce, Larry Winkles and Gerry McNamara. Europe is in desperate need of the gospel, and this will be an opportunity to learn more about that, and discover what God would have us do. For more information, you can contact Pastor Mitch at mitchcpierce@gmail.com.

 

  1. This Changes Everything – The weekend of November 4th and 5th we will be holding baptisms in all three services at North. Quite a few have already signed up, but it’s not too late for you to sign up as well! Email us (vern@northgatefmc.com) or sign up through the Northgate APP or at the Information Desk if you want to be baptized, or have a child baptized or dedicated.

 

You Can Count on This – Matthew 12:50 – “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Read Matthew 12:38-50)

I don’t know what it’s like to not have a family. I’ve been part of one all of my life! And I’m fortunate to be a member of a family where people are loved. No one should have to be alone; no one should miss out on the love of a family. Jesus offers that kind of love to anyone who wants to be part of his family, and the church is to be a place where that can be experienced “in the flesh.” So let’s be sure, church, that we are, and let’s make sure that others know that the offer is extended to them also!

When you’re not sure what you can count on in the world around you, know this: You can count on God keeping his word. So read what God has to say in scripture! And count on it.

Top Ten – October 6th

October 6, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. 2018 Northern Europe Prayer Journey – You are invited to be part of a Prayer Journey, April 25 – May 8, 2018. Meet our European Free Methodist missionaries and churches, and explore the major cities of the northern region of central Europe – London, Paris, Brussels, Oostende, Bruges, Budapest and Gyor. Share the company of Yvonne and Bishop Roller, Mitch and Lynn Sue Pierce, Larry Winkles and Gerry McNamara. Europe is in desperate need of the gospel, and this will be an opportunity to learn more about that, and discover what God would have us do. For more information, you can contact Pastor Mitch at mitchcpierce@gmail.com.

 

  1. Women’s Journey Bible Study has started up again, on Wednesdays@7PM in A2 (North). The group meets weekly and is open to all women who desire to learn, grow in their walk with God, pray and fellowship with each other.  The initial study will be Pricilla Shirer’s “Discerning the Voice Of God.” Please contact Cricket Johnson-Seward at cricket@2ki.net or call/text 585 815 5356.

 

  1. There’s a Place for the Men TooHey Guys, Mike Marsh has begun a weekly men’s group, on Wednesdays at 7:00pm, here at the church in Meeting Room 1. All men are invited to join this small group. For more information on that, you can contact Pastor Greg at greg@northgatefmc.com. Mike’s a terrific guy with a great heart for God – come meet him!

 

  1. Missions Meeting – The next meeting of the Northgate Missions Team will be on Sunday, October 22nd, at 12:30pm (Room A2 at North). Anyone interested in being part of this Team is welcome to attend. Attendance doesn’t mean signing up to go on a short-term mission trip – this team’s focus is on how Northgate can advance our world mission awareness and activities. Your input is needed! For more information, contact Julie Worthington (jlworthi08@yahoo.com) or Pastor Vern.

 

  1. Announcing our new “Next Generation Director” – We are super excited to announce that Dan Calkins will be joining our Team starting October 22nd. Dan will be overseeing our work with Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers, as well as Young Adults. Dan is a Local Ministerial Candidate as well, meaning that he is exploring a call to become an ordained pastor, and is planning to begin seminary in January. Dan is married to Deanna and they have one child, Ezra and among Dan’s passions are hockey, studying and board games of all kinds. Please pray for Dan and if you want to partner with him in this ministry or encourage him, send him a note at Daniel@northgatefmc.com

 

 

  1. Primetimers is Meeting Again!The Primetimers lunch group (for those 55+) begins their year of monthly get-togethers on Thursday, October 12th at 12:00pm in the North Campus Café. New attendees are always welcome. This is potluck, so bring something to share, and plan to enjoy some good fellowship, a short program and some great food!

 

  1. Recap on Set Free ConferenceNorthgate and Warsaw’s Valley Chapel church sponsored a Set Free Conference at our North campus on 9/23. We heard from Kevin Austin, the FM Church Set Free Director, Ildiko Kober, Set Free Coordinator in Hungary, and several others who are working to end human trafficking and to rescue those who have been ensnared in it. Please continue to pray for an end to this modern tragedy.

 

  1. Membership ClassThere’s still time to sign up for the Membership Class to be held during the 11am service on October 15, 22 and 29 (It’s a 3 week class). This is required for anyone who wants to become a member, and is open to anyone who just wants to learn about Northgate and the Free Methodist Church, without committing to membership. Please sign up through the Northgate App or at the Information Desk. For more information, contact Pastor Vern (vern@northgatefmc.com).

 

  1. Monday Nights at North Want some help understanding the Bible? Join me, Pastor Vern, and a small group of people who are currently reading through the New Testament. We meet Monday nights at 6:30pm in the Café at North, and this coming Monday we’ll be looking at the book of Ephesians. People are always welcome!

 

  1. Looking for a Small Group – Fall is when our small group ministries kick off once again. Some meet at the church, and some in homes. If you are looking for a place to meet people and grow in your relationship with Jesus, contact Pastor Greg (greg@northgatefmc.com) and let him help you get connected!

 

You Can Count on This – Matthew 12:35 – The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him. (Read Matthew 12:22-37)

Are we born good, or evil? I heard a newscaster say she believed everyone is basically good. The Bible teaches that we were created perfect but that perfection got stained by sin and now, while we still have the capacity for some good, we fight sinful tendencies. Jesus came to restore to us the power to really live as good people, and by faith in him we can really become good, and bring good into this world.

When you’re not sure what you can count on in the world around you, know this: You can count on God keeping his word. So read what God has to say in scripture! And count on it.

Top Ten – August 31st

August 31, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. 2018 Northern Europe Prayer Journey – You are invited to be part of a Prayer Journey, April 25 – May 8, 2018. Meet our European Free Methodist missionaries and churches, and explore the major cities of the northern region of central Europe – London, Paris, Brussels, Oostende, Bruges, Budapest and Gyor. Share the company of Yvonne and Bishop Roller, Mitch and Lynn Sue Pierce, Larry Winkles and Gerry McNamara. Europe is in desperate need of the gospel, and this will be an opportunity to learn more about that, and discover what God would have us do. For more information, you can contact Pastor Mitch at mitchcpierce@gmail.com.

 

  1. Welcome Bishop Roller!It’s always a wonderful weekend when Bishop Roller is with us, and he will be with us on September 9th and 10th. Bishop Roller and his wife Yvonne are two of the warmest, Christ-centered people you could know, and if you haven’t met them, I hope you will get the chance. I know you’ll enjoy his story form of preaching! Please welcome them next weekend!

 

  1. Set Free Conference – Set Free Weekend is 9/23 & 24. Along with Valley Chapel (Warsaw) Free Methodist we are planning a morning workshop addressing issues of human trafficking on Saturday 9/23, from 8:15am to 12:15pm. We have a full slate of speakers and breakouts planned and there is no registration fee or need to register – just plan to come! One of the speakers, Ildiko Kober, a Set Free Coordinator from Hungary will be with us that morning, and also at the services at North on Saturday and Sunday. I hope you’ll join us for this important weekend.

 

  1. Women’s Journey Bible Study will begin anew Wednesday 9/13@7PM in A2 (North). The group meets weekly and is open to all women who desire to learn, grow in their walk with God, pray and fellowship with each other.  The initial study will be Pricilla Shirer’s “Discerning the Voice Of God.” Please contact Cricket Johnson-Seward at cricket@2ki.net or call/text 585 815 5356 by Tuesday 9/5 so materials can be ordered.

 

  1. Missions Meeting – The next meeting of the Northgate Missions Team will be on Sunday, September 24th, at 12:30pm (Room A2 at North). Anyone interested in being part of this Team is welcome to attend. Attendance doesn’t mean signing up to go on a short-term mission trip – this team’s focus is on how Northgate can advance our world mission awareness and activities. Your input is needed! For more information, contact Julie Worthington (jlworthi08@yahoo.com) or Pastor Vern.

 

 

  1. Have a Car to Donate? – One of the International Students we have been ministering to is in need of a good, used car. It just might be that you have one and you’ve been looking for a home for it! If so, please contact Pastor Gloria at gloria@northgatefmc.com. Thanks!

 

  1. Change in Youth Director Position – On August 21st, following much prayer and discussion, the decision was made for Sean and Northgate to part ways. This was an amicable separation, and we celebrate Sean’s ministry at Northgate and the foundation for the youth program that he has laid.   We wish him God’s blessings on his future endeavors and his next steps. We encourage you to pray for Sean, and also ask that you would pray for Northgate as we move forward. If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to call me, or Pastor John.

 

  1. Primetimers is Meeting Again!The Primetimers lunch group (for those 55+) begins their year of monthly get-togethers on Thursday, September 14th at 12:00pm in the North Campus Café. New attendees are always welcome. This is potluck, so bring something to share, and plan to enjoy some good fellowship, a short program and some great food!

 

  1. All Babies Cherished Fundraising Banquet – You are invited to the Quality Inn on Park Rd., Batavia, on September 28th at 7pm to hear Melissa Ohden speak about being a survivor of a failed abortion. In addition to hearing her story you will enjoy a fine meal (at no cost) and have an opportunity to donate to the ministry of All Babies Cherished. Reservations were needed by September 1st, but there still may be time to register. For more information contact All Babies Cherished at 344-5660.

 

  1. Looking for a Small GroupWarren (“Woody”) and Sandy Wood hold a Thursday evening, 7pm, Bible study at their home (9145 Creek Rd. Batavia). People are welcome to join them. For more information, you can call Woody at 716-560-1807.

And Mike Marsh has begun a weekly men’s group, on Wednesdays at 7:00pm, here at the church in Meeting Room 1. All men are invited to join this small group. For more information on that, you can contact Pastor Greg at greg@northgatefmc.com

 

You Can Count on This – Matthew 12:21 – In his name the nations will put their hope. (Read MT 12:15-21)

I think we’d all agree that the nations need to find a source of hope right now. Faced with bomb threats, racial tensions, immigration issues, poverty and the rest can leave us feeling hopeless, but that’s not the case. It’s just that we’ve put our hope in the wrong place. Let’s pray that the leaders of the world’s nations would begin to put their hope in Jesus Christ, and let’s see what happens then.

When you’re not sure what you can count on in the world around you, know this: You can count on God keeping his word. So read what God has to say in scripture! And count on it.

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