Northgate Free Methodist Church

Top Ten – August 10th

August 10, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. “Right Now Media”If you haven’t yet received an email inviting you to sign up for this free, “Christian Netflix-type” service, please check your spam folder, or contact the office (343-4011 or allison@northgatefmc.com). Over 150 people have signed up so far, and the feedback from those who’ve used it has been great! Thanks!

 

  1. Senior H.S. Class in the FallContinue to pray for Dan and Allison Lang and their leadership of a Senior H.S. group (The Ridge) on Sunday mornings this Fall. It will meet at the same time as the Middle School Class group (at 11am), in the Adult Wing.

 

  1. 2018 Northern Europe Prayer JourneyYou 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. Pastors, Prayer Warriors, and People of godly influence are enthusiastically invited to be part of this. For more information, you can contact Pastor Mitch at mitchcpierce@gmail.com.

 

  1. Volunteer Opportunities at the Nursing HomePremier Genesee (formerly the Genesee County Nursing Home) is looking for people who can spend some time with their residents; especially those without family members. If you can spend an hour or so reading, playing cards, making crafts and brightening someone’s day, please call Michelle Wilkin at 344-0584.

 

  1. Help the Salvation Army Distribute School Supplies Help the S.A. provide backpacks to students in need of assistance.   A filled backpack is $25 and donations can be made to the Salvation Army (529 East Main Street, Batavia) or you can bring supplies here and we’ll see that they get over to the S.A. A list of the things they need is available at the Information Desk, or call the S.A. at 343-6284.

 

  1. Covenant Acres Family Camp 2017 Rev. Jonathan Bratt will be speaking at Family Camp this year, which runs from August 16th through August 20th. Pastor Chris (one of our Arbor House pastors) is the director of Covenant Acres and he has been working hard with his team to make the camp ready for this summer. Family Camp is an opportunity for the whole family to spend some time together in a beautiful setting, near Pike, NY. For more information on Family Camp, or Covenant Acres, you can go to covenantacres.org

 

  1. Home Visitation ProgramCatholic Charities in Batavia has begun a Home Visitation Program for seniors 60 and over in Genesee County. The focus is on providing social connection to people who may be isolated and alone. They are looking for both volunteers, people who would like to be the visitors, and people who are in need of a service like this. If you would like to get involved or learn more, you can contact Linda at linda.chadderdon@ccwny.org, or call 343-0614, x12.

 

  1. Youth LeadersAs we look ahead to the Fall one of the areas where we could use some help is in the BASE program on Wednesday evenings. Youth Director Sean would love to talk to you if you are interested in investing in the lives of our Middle School and High School Teens. This is a place where you can make a huge difference in someone’s future, so please prayerfully consider it and contact Sean for more information (sean@northgatefmc.com).

 

  1. Related to #8I recently read an article written by a “millennial” (22-35 year olds). The article discussed reasons why this group is leaving the church (according to one study, 59% have dropped out of church). The author gave 12 reasons, including “Nobody’s listening to us” and “We want to feel valued.” Engaging with our Teens, who will soon be in this age category, is one way of addressing this. (If you want to read the article I mentioned you can find it here: http://faithit.com/12-reasons-millennials-over-church-sam-eaton/

 

  1. “Here and Now Festival”The Here and Now Festival is just a few weeks away, August 25-26, 2017 in Austin Park. Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer. The Northgate tent is all staffed but the festival itself is looking for more volunteers for clean up, safety and the prayer tent. To sign up please see Karen VanWyngaarden, email karenvw@aol.comor visit the website www.greattabernacle.org.

 

You Can Count on This Matthew 11:28 – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Read Matthew 11:20-30)

One of my favorite verses in the Bible. These are Jesus’ words of invitation to all of us to find our peace and rest in him. I know I need that everyday. How about you? I absolutely believe, and have experienced, the rest that Jesus offers, and I couldn’t encourage you more… seek your rest in him, in his words, in his love for you.

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 3rd

August 3, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. “Right Now Media”Recently we announced that we are offering everyone a chance to try Right Now Media, a Netflix-type service to churches whereby people can gain access to video teaching, Bible studies, children’s programming and similar material, at no cost to you, the individual or family. Instead the church pays one subscription fee for everyone. If you haven’t yet received an email inviting you to sign up for this free service, check your spam folder, or contact the office (343-4011 or allison@northgatefmc.com).

 

  1. Senior H.S. Class in the FallWe are very excited to announce that Dan and Allison Lang will be leading a Senior H.S. group on Sunday mornings this Fall. It will meet at the same time as the Middle School Class group (at 11am). We are still working out the room, though it will be in the Adult Wing. Please pray for Dan and Allison as they prepare (and thank them for their passion for our teens!) and pray for the teens who will be participating.

 

  1. Global Leadership SummitThe Summit is coming up fast! It happens next week (8/10 & 11). This is a good opportunity for us to show who we are as a church to leaders in our community and to grow as leaders ourselves. For more information on it, you can visit our website, northgatefmc.com or talk to Pastor John at john@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Volunteer Opportunities at the Nursing HomePremier Genesee (formerly the Genesee County Nursing Home) is looking for people who can spend some time with their residents; especially those without family members. If you can spend an hour or so reading, playing cards, making crafts and brightening someone’s day, please call Michelle Wilkin at 344-0584.

 

  1. Help the Salvation Army Distribute School Supplies Help the S.A. provide backpacks to students in need of assistance.   A filled backpack is $25 and donations can be made to the Salvation Army (529 East Main Street, Batavia) or you can bring supplies here and we’ll see that they get over to the S.A. A list of the things they need is available at the Information Desk, or call the S.A. at 343-6284.

 

  1. Covenant Acres Family Camp 2017 Rev. Jonathan Bratt will be speaking at Family Camp this year, which runs from August 16th through August 20th. Pastor Chris (one of our Arbor House pastors) is the director of Covenant Acres and he has been working hard with his team to make the camp ready for this summer. Family Camp is an opportunity for the whole family to spend some time together in a beautiful setting, near Pike, NY. For more information on Family Camp, or Covenant Acres, you can go to covenantacres.org

 

  1. Polestar Outdoors This is a Para Church organization, not sponsored by any one church, that seeks to help today’s youth learn about Creation and along the way, meet the Creator. Google “Polestar-Outdoors” if you aren’t familiar with this program, and you’ll see it’s not just hunting, and fishing, but hiking, camping, cycling and other ‘non-team’ type
    opportunities. Some area leaders are seeing to start a group locally. If you want to know more, you can attend an informational meeting at Pearce Church, to be held at 5:30 PM in the Cafe’, 4322 Buffalo Road, North Chili on Saturday, August 12th.

 

  1. Youth Leaders As we look ahead to the Fall one of the areas where we could use some help is in the BASE program on Wednesday evenings. Youth Director Sean would love to talk to you if you are interested in investing in the lives of our Middle School and High School Teens. This is a place where you can make a huge difference in someone’s future, so please prayerfully consider it and contact Sean for more information (sean@northgatefmc.com).

 

  1. Related to #8I recently read an article written by a “millennial” (22-35 year olds). The article discussed reasons why this group is leaving the church (according to one study, 59% have dropped out of church). The author gave 12 reaons, including “Nobody’s listening to us” and “We want to feel valued.” Engaging with our Teens, who will soon be in this age category, is one way of addressing this. (If you want to read the article I mentioned you can find it here: http://faithit.com/12-reasons-millennials-over-church-sam-eaton/

 

  1. “Here and Now Festival”The Here and Now Festival is just a few weeks away, August 25-26, 2017 in Austin Park. Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer. The Northgate tent is all staffed but the festival itself is looking for more volunteers for clean up, safety and the prayer tent. To sign up please see Karen VanWyngaarden, email karenvw@aol.comor visit the website www.greattabernacle.org.

 

You Can Count on This – “Matthew 11:4-5 – Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.. (Read Matthew 11:1-19)

Sounds to me like Jesus has given us a picture of what he came to do, and therefore what we are to be about: bringing healing, hope and help to those who need it, and proclaiming the good news about Jesus in the process. Let’s go!

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 – July 26th

July 26, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. “Right Now Media”Last weekend we announced that we are offering everyone a trial with Right Now Media, a Netflix-type service to churches whereby people can gain access to video teaching, Bible studies, children’s programming and similar material, at no cost to you, the individual or family. Instead the church pays one subscription fee for everyone. If you haven’t yet received an email inviting you to sign up for this free trial, check your spam folder, or contact the office (343-4011 or allison@northgatefmc.com).

 

  1. Pray for Stephen and LinnyThe Emanuele’s finish their trip to Belgium this week, learning about the church there and exploring a call to mission work in Europe. Please keep them in prayer as they travel, speak, meet people and listen for God’s direction.

 

  1. Senior H.S. Class in the FallWe are very excited to announce that Dan and Allison Lang will be leading a Senior H.S. group on Sunday mornings this Fall. It will meet at the same time as the Middle School Class group (at 11am). We are still working out the room, though it will be in the Adult Wing. Please pray for Dan and Allison as they prepare (and thank them for their passion for our teens!) and pray for the teens who will be participating.

 

  1. Global Leadership SummitIn a few weeks we will host our very first Leadership Summit here at Northgate. Thanks to Pastor John for getting us involved in this! We are passing 100 on the registrations, which are still coming in. Many of those registrations are from outside the Northgate family, which means this is a good opportunity for us to show who we are as a church to leaders in our community. For more information on this, you can visit our website, northgatefmc.com or talk to Pastor John at john@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Volunteer Opportunities at the Nursing HomePremier Genesee (formerly the Genesee County Nursing Home) is looking for people who can spend some time with their residents; especially those without family members. If you can spend an hour or so reading, playing cards, making crafts and brightening someone’s day, please call Michelle Wilkin at 344-0584.

 

  1. Help the Salvation Army Distribute School Supplies The Salvation Army has a goal of providing 300 backpacks to area students in need, filled with all the school supplies necessary for the upcoming year. A filled backpack is $25 and donations can be made to the Salvation Army (529 East Main Street, Batavia) or you can bring supplies here and we’ll see that they get over to the S.A. A list of the things they need is available at the Information Desk, or call the S.A. at 343-6284.

  

  1. Covenant Acres Family Camp 2017 Rev. Jonathan Bratt will be speaking at Family Camp this year, which runs from August 16th through August 20th. Pastor Chris (one of our Arbor House pastors) is the director of Covenant Acres and he has been working hard with his team to make the camp ready for this summer. Family Camp is an opportunity for the whole family to spend some time together in a beautiful setting, near Pike, NY. For more information on Family Camp, or Covenant Acres, you can go to covenantacres.org

 

  1. Arbor House Camp WeekendSpeaking of Covenant Acres, about 15 people from our Arbor House congregation are meeting there this Friday and Saturday for a time of relaxation, good conversations, good food and rest. Have a wonderful time!

 

  1. Immigration IssuesI am concerned about a special group of immigrants living in the United States. The group I’m talking about are the people who were brought here as children, have lived here since, but are now at risk of being deported because there are no options available to them for becoming legal residents of the U.S. even though they’ve done nothing wrong. I know immigration issues raise questions, but I would hope we’d all agree that in a situation like this compassion, understanding, grace and mercy should guide us and our leaders. As Christians this is a place for us to speak to the culture. I’ve written our representatives about my feelings on this, and I’d encourage you to pray about doing the same. And pray for those caught up in this system. It’s been said: “America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great”.

 

  1. “Here and Now Festival”Don’t forget… the “Here and Now Festival” is coming up in a few weeks, August 25th and 26th at Austin Park in Batavia. There will be worship bands, food, display tents and children’s activities.   Anthony Hoisington will be there with Brothers’ McClurg. For more information you can go to this website: http://greattabernacle.org

 

You Can Count on This – “Matthew 10:29-31 – Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Read Matthew 10:1-42)

This passage is specifically about going out to share our faith. Jesus gives instructions, addresses fears, warns, and, in the verses quoted above, reassures. The reassurance is that we can count on Jesus to take care of us, when sharing our faith may lead us into difficult places.

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 – July 20th

July 20, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. “Right Now Media”This weekend we’ll be announcing an opportunity for all Northgaters to try Right Now Media, a Netflix-type service to churches whereby people can gain access to video teaching, Bible studies, children’s programming and similar material, at no cost to you, the individual or family. Instead the church pays one subscription fee for everyone. You will be receiving an email inviting you to sign up for this free trial, and then based on responses we will decide whether or not to subscribe. Your feedback is welcome!

 

  1. Pray for Stephen and LinnyThe Emanuele’s are in Belgium this week and next, learning about the church there and exploring a call to mission work in Europe. Please keep them in prayer as they travel, speak, meet people and listen for God’s direction.

 

  1. Senior H.S. Class in the FallWe are very excited to announce that Dan and Allison Lang will be leading a Senior H.S. group on Sunday mornings this Fall. It will meet at the same time as the Middle School Class group (at 11am). We are still working out the room, though it will be in the Adult Wing. Please pray for Dan and Allison as they prepare (and thank them for their passion for our teens!) and pray for the teens who will be participating.

 

  1. Global Leadership SummitIn a few weeks we will host our very first Leadership Summit here at Northgate. Thanks to Pastor John for getting us involved in this! We are passing 100 on the registrations, which are still coming in. Many of those registrations are from outside the Northgate family, which means this is a good opportunity for us to show who we are as a church to leaders in our community. For more information on this, you can visit our website, northgatefmc.com or talk to Pastor John at john@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Volunteer Opportunities at the Nursing HomePremier Genesee (formerly the Genesee County Nursing Home) is looking for people who can spend some time with their residents; especially those without family members. If you can spend an hour or so reading, playing cards, making crafts and brightening someone’s day, please call Michelle Wilkin at 344-0584.

 

  1. Help the Salvation Army Distribute School Supplies The Salvation Army has a goal of providing 300 backpacks to area students in need, filled with all the school supplies necessary for the upcoming year. A filled backpack is $25 and donations can be made to the Salvation Army (529 East Main Street, Batavia) or you can bring supplies here and we’ll see that they get over to the S.A. A list of the things they need is available at the Information Desk, or call the S.A. at 343-6284.

 

  1. Summer’s Best Two Weeks SB2W wraps up this week and all indications are that it has been a great event. Last year was the first time we offered this, and registrations increased 50% for this year’s event. Sean and his leaders do a great job with the kids who are engaged physically and spiritually every day of the event. Thank you Sean, and all who have helped to make this happen!

 

  1. Your Northgate DelegatesNorthgate Delegates are elected to represent the congregation to the Conference. They are available to you should you have something about the church that you’d like to discuss with someone. Delegates also are members of our A-Team – our official church board. Their names are Dave Kibler, Susan Wakefield, Stephanie Debo and Nate Blowers. If you don’t know them, but would like to speak with one of them, please contact the church office. And thank you to our Delegates for serving!

 

  1. Immigration IssuesI am concerned about a special group of immigrants living in the United States. The group I’m talking about are the people who were brought here as children, have lived here since, but are now at risk of being deported because there are no options available to them for becoming legal residents of the U.S. even though they’ve done nothing wrong. I know immigration issues raise questions, but I would hope we’d all agree that in a situation like this compassion, understanding, grace and mercy should guide us and our leaders. As Christians this is a place for us to speak to the culture. I’ve written our representatives about my feelings on this, and I’d encourage you to pray about doing the same. And pray for those caught up in this system. There’s some question about who said this, but regardless I believe it to be true: “America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great”.

 

  1. Thought You Might Like to KnowSo far this year 42 people have come to faith in Christ through the ministries and people of Northgate; 28 have been baptized and 19 have become members. That’s something to celebrate, Church!

 

You Can Count on This – “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them.” Matthew 9:36 (Read Matthew 9:35-38)

One thing you can count on Jesus for is compassion. Especially toward those who are “harassed and helpless.” Jesus is not looking around for people to condemn; he’s looking around for people who need to be loved and cared for. And he is looking at his church to help him do that (read the whole passage.)

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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