Northgate Free Methodist Church

Top Ten – December 7th

December 7, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

Note: Christmas is coming! Christmas Eve weekend services will be as follows:

  • Saturday, 6pm at North – Worship service led by our Arbor House team
  • Sunday (Christmas Eve), 10am at North – One morning service led by Arbor House
  • Sunday (Christmas Eve), 5pm Family Service; 7 & 11pm Candlelight/Communion Services

 

  1. Youth BasketballJanuary brings a new year of youth basketball at our South campus, thanks to Nate and Julie Varland and their amazing team of volunteers. This runs from Saturday, January 6th to Saturday, February 24th (9:00 – 10:15am for 2nd and 3rd graders; 10:15- 11:15am for 4th, 5th and 6th). Cost is just $15 to register. Stop by the registration table on December 10th or 17th for more information or to ask about volunteering (no basketball experience needed!) And you can contact Nate and Julie at 813-4118 or jredband@yahoo.com for more information.

 

  1. SEED Table This Weekend – December 9th and 10th you will have the opportunity to purchase items from a SEED table in the lobby. SEED is a Free Methodist ministry that promotes entrepreneurship among people living in places our missionaries are serving. There will be some beautiful handmade items on the table, just in time for gift giving.

 

  1. Announcing Our New Pastor of Congregational CareLast weekend we said “See you later” to Pastor Greg and Jackie. We are sad to see them go, while we celebrate that they will be close to their children and grandchildren. When Pastor Greg announced his leaving to me, I wondered who God might have in mind to attend to all that Greg was responsible for. I believe God has brought us Pastor Marsha Rivers to do that. She was interviewed by me, other staff members and our Delegates, offered the position and prayerfully accepted it. She will begin here on January 2nd. I am excited to welcome Marsha and her family to Northgate, and I think you will be too!

 

  1. Great Day of Giving Report – Our “Great Day of Giving Offering” came to $20,514. Thank you to everyone who gave from the heart and with great generosity. We will be able to bless our missionaries serving in various parts of the world, as well as three local groups caring for people. Those local groups (Mercy Flight, Hope Haven and Men’s Warehouse ministries) will each receive $2,279.33 to help them do what they do for others. Thank you for making that happen.

 

  1. Ring the Bells – Usually at Christmas time we have a sign up sheet for ringing the bells for the Salvation Army. Unfortunately we do not have a point person for this ministry this year, so we are unable to do that here. (If you’d like to be that point person, please contact Pastor Vern!) But you can still sign up to ring the bells by calling the Salvation Army at 343-6284 and asking for a time to do so. We are happy to support the Salvation Army and the good work they do here in Genesee County!

 

  1. BASE is on Facebook – Check BASE Facebook page for photos and announcements and to keep up on what’s happening in our teens programs. And if you’d like to receive a biweekly email with announcements and information please contact Daniel (our Next Gen Director) at Daniel@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Stay Informed About Northgate’s Kids’ MinistriesWe want to keep you in the loop! If you are interested in signing up for an occasional email about Northgate’s Kids’ Ministries to keep you up to date on schedules, programs, and changes please email john@northgatefmc.comto get your email address added to the list.

 

  1. Thank you, Karen and the Care TeamNorthgate has a wonderful team of laypeople who make it their primary mission to care for others. They pray, take meals, do visits, send cards, make calls and in these ways and others they try to ensure that people with a physical, spiritual or emotional need are cared about. This is a critical ministry in our church and we are thankful to Karen VanWyngaarden for leading it. If you’d like to be involved, know more about the Team, or have a need you want them to know about, you can contact Karen at careteam@northgatefmc.com.

 

  1. Thank you, Dan and all our Youth LeadersThank you for loving our teens. And parents, Next Gen Director Dan Calkins has booked Circle C camp for January 19-21, 2018 for a Snow Camp. Snow Camp is for all young people between 12 and 18 years old. The cost is $94 and that includes all activities, food and lodging for the weekend. Registrations will need to be received by January 14th. For more information please contact Dan at Daniel@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Help Out Our Parking Lot GuysWe have a committed team of parking lot guys who help direct traffic in and out of our parking lot each week, and they’ve asked us for some help. We know some of you have preferences for where you park, and we’d like to help you get there! You can help them help you by using your turn signal to indicate which direction you’d like to go in the parking lot. Finger pointing is hard to see through snowy, wet, sun-glared windows!   Thank you!

 

You Can Count on This – Matthew 15:37 – They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. (Read Matthew 15:29-39)

This event has become more and more meaningful to me the more I’ve read it. One of the things God has been teaching me from it is that while what I have may not be much (money, talent, etc.) he only asks me to bring him what I have. And then he does things with it that I could never do on my own, and that leads to good things (satisfied, with leftovers). Don’t waste time bemoaning what you don’t have to offer Jesus; just offer him what you do and let him take it from there!

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 – November 30th

November 30, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

Note: Christmas is coming! Christmas Eve weekend services will be as follows:

  • Saturday, 6pm at North – Worship service led by our Arbor House team
  • Sunday (Christmas Eve), 10am at North – One morning service led by Arbor House
  • Sunday (Christmas Eve), 5pm Family Service; 7 & 11pm Candlelight/Communion Services

 

  1. Christmas Concert Tomorrow (Friday) Night – If you’re getting this by email, then this Friday night, December 1st, is our Christmas Concert at 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 you’re welcome to come at 5:30pm for some stew, hot chocolate and socializing with friends, and to take in the beautiful job our decorating team did preparing us for Advent/Christmas! We even have live Christmas trees around the church this year!

 

  1. Announcing Our New Pastor of Congregational CareLast weekend we said “See you later” to Pastor Greg and Jackie. We are sad to see them go, while we celebrate that they will be close to their children and grandchildren. When Pastor Greg announced his leaving to me, I wondered who God might have in mind to attend to all that Greg was responsible for. I believe God has brought us Pastor Marsha Rivers to do that. She was interviewed by me, other staff members and our Delegates, offered the position and prayerfully accepted it. She will begin on January 2nd. I am excited to welcome Marsha and her family to Northgate, and I think you will be too!

 

  1. Great Day of Giving Report – As of today giving to this special offering is at $20,514. Thank you to everyone who gave out of your heart and generosity. We will be able to bless our missionaries serving in various parts of the world, as well as three local groups caring for people. Those local groups (Mercy Flight, Hope Haven and Men’s Warehouse ministries) will each receive $2,279.33 to help them do what they do for others. Thank you for making that happen.

 

  1. Angel TreeEvery year Dick and Jean Parkman organize our Angel Tree ministry. Through Angel Tree we are able to make a child’s Christmas a great deal happier than it would be otherwise. It’s very simple… just stop by the table in the lobby and take a tag from the tree, get it recorded, and then as you are doing your Christmas shopping pick up some gifts for the child on your tag. Gender and age and other information will be on the tag to help you do that.

 

  1. Youth BasketballJanuary brings a new year of youth basketball at our South campus, thanks to Nate and Julie Varland and their amazing team of volunteers. This runs from Saturday, January 6th to Saturday, February 24th (9:00 – 10:15am for 2nd and 3rd graders; 10:15- 11:15am for 4th, 5th and 6th). Cost is just $15 to register. Stop by the registration table on December 10th or 17th for more information or to ask about volunteering (no basketball experience needed!) And you can contact Nate and Julie at 813-4118 or jredband@yahoo.com for more information. 

 

  1. We’ll Have a SEED Table Next WeekendDecember 9th and 10th you will have the opportunity to purchase items from a SEED table in the lobby. SEED is a Free Methodist ministry that promotes entrepreneurship among people living in places our missionaries are serving. There will be some beautiful handmade items on the table, just in time for gift giving.

 

  1. Donut DeliveryThanks to Suzy and Louis for leading donut delivery on Christmas Eve this year.   This is a fun way to bless people who have to work that day – all you have to do is deliver a box of donuts on your way home after the 10am (note the special time) service on the morning of Christmas Eve. If you’d like to participate, please sign up at the Information Desk.

 

  1. Thank you, Karen and the Care TeamNorthgate has a wonderful team of laypeople who make it their primary mission to care for others. They pray, take meals, do visits, send cards, make calls and in these ways and others they try to ensure that people with a physical, spiritual or emotional need are cared about. This is a critical ministry in our church and we are thankful to Karen VanWyngaarden for leading it. If you’d like to be involved, know more about the Team, or have a need you want them to know about, you can contact Karen at careteam@northgatefmc.com.

 

  1. Help a Youth Attend Snow CampNext Gen Director Dan Calkins has booked Circle C camp for January 19-21, 2018 for a Snow Camp for youth between 12 and 18 years old. The cost is $94 and includes all activities, food and lodging for the weekend. Registrations need to be received by January 14th. Some members of the congregation have offered to scholarship youth who’d like to attend but can’t afford it. If you’d like to do the same, just indicate “Snow Camp” on the memo line or envelope, and for more information contact Dan at Daniel@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Blood Drives – Here’s another good way to give this season – donate some blood. The Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at our South campus next week Tuesday (December 5th) from 2-7pm. Giving blood may save a life, so if you have the chance, stop down at South on Tuesday.

 

Bonus!Thanks to Lisa Cochrane and two more 3rd grade teachers for engaging Attica students in our mission with Gahanda! There was a beautiful write up about it in the “Update.” Awesome!

 

You Can Count on This – Matthew 15:28 – “Then Jesus said to her, “Woman you have great faith! Your request is granted.” (Read Matt. 15:21-28)

Here’s the thing. Jesus’ disciples were so annoyed by this woman’s persistent pleading they wanted to send her away! Instead Jesus pressed her to allow her to disclose the depth of her faith, and then blessed her. Are we more prone to “send away” or to bless? Are we easily annoyed by those different from us (she was a Canaanite) or those who are in genuine need of help and are making that known? Do we ever wish they would just go away? If so, take heart, so did the disciples, but Jesus loved them as much as he loved this woman. And he loves us, even while he is teaching us how to bless.

 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 – November 22nd

November 22, 2017Vern SaileBlog0
The Top Ten is coming a day early this week – so I don’t interrupt your Thanksgiving meal, or football watching!  And as you read, please excuse me if the opening of each item seems repetitious.  I hope you know that I mean every word of thanks!
Blessings on your Thanksgiving holiday, and I hope we’ll see you this weekend for worship!
Pastor Vern

Note: Christmas is coming! Christmas Eve weekend services will be as follows:

  • Saturday, 6pm at North – Worship service led by our Arbor House team
  • Sunday (Christmas Eve), 10am at North – One morning service led by Arbor House
  • Sunday (Christmas Eve), 5pm Family Service; 7 & 11pm Candlelight/Communion Services

 

  1. Thank you, Greg and JackieIt’s so appropriate that on Thanksgiving week we would be giving thanks for Pastor Greg and Jackie, and the many, many ways they have loved the people of Northgate and this community. No one has logged more miles visiting people in the hospital, going to lunch with people to tell them about Jesus, or getting what they needed to host people at dinner in their home. You will be greatly missed, Greg and Jackie, even as we rejoice in you being able to be near your children and grandchildren. May God’s blessings be with you, now and always.

 

  1. Thank you, Northgate Volunteers – Thank you to all who came out for the open house last night, and for the staff who helped make it happen. There was such a wonderful mood in the church last night as people gathered around tables or moved around saying “hello” and catching up. My heart was genuinely filled up as I watched this happen and thought about how much our volunteers contribute to the success of our ministry as a church. We are better because of our terrific volunteers. Thank you, all of you, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

 

  1. Thank you, Church, for your Operation Christmas Child Boxes – 681. That’s how many OCC boxes were brought to Northgate and sent out from here this past weekend. That’s a record number for our church. Every box will be delivered with a message about the love of Jesus for all people, so please take a moment and offer a prayer that these 681 children will hear that message and respond to his love by entrusting their lives to him.

 

  1. Thank you, Church, for your gifts to the Great Day of Giving – I say this so often, to many different individuals and groups, but only because it’s true. Northgate, you are a generous church. Last weekend we received our “Great Day of Giving” offering, and once again you showed your love through generous giving. Gifts are still coming in, but as of right now we are at almost $20,000 for that offering! Through that giving we will be able to bless three local agencies/ministries, Free Methodist missionaries, and a church project which will help us do our ministry well. That’s possible because, well, because you are generous!

 

  1. Thank you, Dick and Jean ParkmanI don’t know how many years they’ve been doing it (more than a few!) but every year Dick and Jean Parkman organize our Angel Tree ministry. Through Angel Tree we are able to make a child’s Christmas a great deal happier than it would be otherwise. It’s very simple… just stop by the table in the lobby and take a tag from the tree, get it recorded, and then as you are doing your Christmas shopping pick up some gifts for the child on your tag. Gender and age and other information will be on the tag to help you do that.

 

  1. Thank you, Bible Trek Volunteers (and our Early Childhood People too!)We have terrific people who care about the children of Northgate every week, and we are grateful to each and every one. This weekend, the weekend after Thanksgiving, however, we do give our Bible Trek people a break – so no Bible Trek this weekend. We will still have Nursery through Preschool available – so a special thanks to those leaders who will be here. You are all a blessing to this church.

 

  1. Thank you, all of you who are caring for someone with cancerNorthgate wants to help you with what can be a challenging ministry. We will hold a Cancer Care Ministry Training from January 9th through February 27th 2018.  This 8-week training will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30. These classes are for individuals looking to serve those living with cancer.  To sign up or for more information please email terese.noble@gmail.com

 

  1. Thank you, Karen and the Care TeamNorthgate has a wonderful team of laypeople who make it their primary mission to care for others. They pray, take meals, do visits, send cards, make calls and in these ways and others they try to ensure that people with a physical, spiritual or emotional need are cared about. This is a critical ministry in our church and we are thankful to Karen VanWyngaarden for leading it. If you’d like to be involved, know more about the Team, or have a need you want them to know about, you can contact Karen at careteam@northgatefmc.com.

 

  1. Thank you, Dan and all our Youth LeadersThank you for loving our teens. And parents, Next Gen Director Dan Calkins has booked Circle C camp for January 19-21, 2018 for a Snow Camp. Snow Camp is for all young people between 12 and 18 years old. The cost is $94 and that includes all activities, food and lodging for the weekend. Registrations will need to be received by January 14th. For more information please contact Dan at Daniel@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Thank you, Anthony, for arranging our Christmas Concert – Next week on Friday night, December 1st we will hold a Christmas Concert at 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 you’re welcome to come at 5:30pm for some stew, hot chocolate and socializing with friends.

 

You Can Count on This – Matthew 15:20 – “These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.” (Read Matt. 15:1-20)

Did Jesus just give us a justification for not washing our hands? No! There are great reasons to wash our hands. Jesus was confronting some people who made washing/not washing their hands a matter of sin. It might be unsanitary to not wash, but it’s not sinful. God is not as concerned about unclean hands as he is about unclean hearts. Are you concerned that your heart is not clean? Then go to Jesus in prayer, and ask him to forgive your sin and cleanse your heart, and he will. (Read Luke 7:36-48)

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 – November 16th

November 16, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

Note: Christmas is coming! Christmas Eve weekend services will be as follows:

  • Saturday, 6pm at North – Worship service led by our Arbor House team
  • Sunday (Christmas Eve), 10am at North – One morning service led by Arbor House
  • Sunday (Christmas Eve), 5pm Family Service; 7 & 11pm Candlelight/Communion Services

 

  1. Thank you Greg and JackieThis weekend we say, “See you later” to Pastor Greg and Jackie as they obey God’s call to move to Virginia to be near their children and grandchildren. We’ll honor them in the services and after each service with refreshments. Please take a moment to let them know how much they mean to you and to wish them well on the next leg of their journey with the Lord. We know God is not done doing wonderful things through them!

 

  1. Volunteer Appreciation NightThis 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 – Thank you to everyone who packed a box (or two or three!). We’ve heard some wonderful stories of people reaching out to non-churched friends to get involved – how cool is that! This weekend the boxes will be loaded into bigger boxes, and taken to a local distribution center (The Assembly of God Church). If you can help with the packing or the loading or the transporting stick around after the 11am service. Thanks!

 

  1. Great Day of Giving This Weekend – We’ll be receiving our special offering this weekend, 2/3rds of which goes to local and world missions, with the last 1/3rd going to a capital project here at Northgate. This year part 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 Jon Andre and others) and Mercy Flight. Northgate always gives generously to this offering and it’s a real blessing to others. Thank you for being part of it.

 

  1. Cancer Care Ministry Training – Northgate will hold a Cancer Care Ministry Training from January 9th through February 27th 2018.  This 8 week training will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30. These classes are for individuals looking to serve those living with cancer.  To sign up or for more information please email terese.noble@gmail.com

 

 

  1. Care TeamNorthgate has a wonderful team of laypeople who make it their primary mission to care for others. They pray, take meals, do visits, send cards, make calls and in these ways and others they try to ensure that people with a physical, spiritual or emotional need are cared about. This is a critical ministry in our church and we are thankful to Karen VanWyngaarden for leading it. If you’d like to be involved, know more about the Team, or have a need you want them to know about, you can contact Karen at careteam@northgatefmc.com.

 

  1. Snow CampNext Gen Director Dan Calkins has booked Circle C camp for January 19-21, 2018. Snow Camp is for all young people between 12 and 18 years old. The cost is $94 and that includes all activities, food and lodging for the weekend. Registrations will need to be received by January 14th. For more information please contact Dan at Daniel@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. BASE/Parent MeetingBASE is our Wednesday night program for 5th through 9th grade kids and meets at the South Campus at 6:00pm every other week. (Senior Teens meet on Sunday night – contact Dan for information on that.) The next gathering of BASE is on Wednesday, November 22nd. This year’s BASE is off to a really good start and we’d love to see more people get involved. For more information on BASE or our other opportunities for youth or if you missed the Parents’ Meeting this past week, you can contact our Next Generation Director, Daniel Calkins at Daniel@northgatefmc.com and he’ll be glad to help you out.

 

  1. Welcome to New Members/Congratulations to All Who Were Baptized or DedicatedOver the past few weekends it’s been our pleasure to see people baptized, children dedicated, and new members received. Congratulations to all! Welcome to new members Faye, Bea & Pat, Eric & Katie, Marianne & Bob, Dan & Jamie, Eric & Dody, Todd & Kathy, Carla, and Dan & Allison. And congratulations to Joe, Kim, Easton, Alex, Marianne, Sebastian, Jordyne, Jake, Brayden and Connor on your baptisms and Evalina and Kayson on your dedications.

 

  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!

 

You Can Count on This – Matthew 14:23 – “After he had dismissed them he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone.” (Read Matt. 14:22-36)

Daily devotions. It’s a phrase that can make you excited, thankful, anticipatory, nervous or guilty. Ok – let’s admit the feelings, and then, whatever they are, get to it again! Taking time every day to read scripture, pray and be quiet with God for even 15”, purposefully set aside, can make a huge difference in our spiritual health and relationship with Jesus. If you’ve missed some days, stop feeling guilty, and start now!

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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