- Volunteer Spotlight – Let’s celebrate our Northgate Women! The Eve Conference is either coming up on Saturday, or already passed depending on when you read this. It takes a lot of work to put on a great conference and the women who work on this are incredible leaders dedicated to doing it for God’s glory and the benefit of those who come. Thank you, Ladies, for all you do!
- Gahanda Team Update – Welcome home Mark, Ruth, Kelly, Julie and Rosalina! Our inaugural mission team has returned from Gahanda, Rwanda and although they came back tired, they have come back with hearts full and grateful for the experience they’ve had. As a church we are grateful to them for the sacrifices they made to go and represent us, and to begin our partnership in ministry with the people of Gahanda. We will hear much more from them the weekend of April 22/23 when they share about the trip and our future opportunities in Rwanda. Also – if you were unable to sponsor a child previously because we ran out of packets, there are now more packets available at the Information Desk.
- This Changes Everything – Congratulations to all who were baptized, and to the families of the children who were baptized or dedicated this past weekend. It was another terrific weekend of celebrating what God is doing in the lives of people!
- Celebrating Our Congregation! – Easter Baskets for Migrant Families –If you’d like to help provide an Easter meal for a migrant family in our community you can place an offering in an offering envelope, mark it “Easter baskets” and put it in the offering plate or turn it in at the Information Desk. If you want to give on-line (through Kindred) mark it “Easterbaskets”.
- United Way Day of Caring – The deadline for signing up to join us for the Day of Caring is March 30th. If you’d like to join the staff as we serve the community on May 17th, please let Pastor Vern know (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
- Actors Needed! – If you’re able to help with the “Journey to the Cross” (Thursday evening on Maundy Thursday, April 13th). Please contact Kelley Switzer at email@example.com.
- Iron Sharpens Iron – This year’s Men’s Conference (ages 13+) is taking place at Hamburg Wesleyan Church on Saturday, April 8th from 8:30-5pm. There are 16 seminars, worship, many exhibitors and resource tables available to browse. More information is available through Steve Clemm (firstname.lastname@example.org) or stop at the Information Desk.
- New Sunday Small Group Study Beginning – On Sunday April 2, the Overcomers Adult Bible Fellowship will be starting a new study using a book called Purple Fish, A Heart for Sharing Jesus by Mark O. Wilson. This is a study and a book “especially for those who feel inadequate and intimidated by witnessing.” If you’d like to be able to share your faith more naturally, this would be a great group to attend. They meet on Sundays at 11am in Adult #1 and everyone is welcome!
- Seder at Arbor House – Everyone is welcome to come to Arbor House (at our South Campus site) for a Seder meal on Thursday, April 13th at 6:30 p.m. The Seder remembers the night of the Passover on which God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Celebrating on Maundy Thursday reminds us of Jesus being with his disciples for the Last Supper and how his journey to the cross delivers us. If you’ve never attended a Seder, this would be a wonderful experience for you. Please sign up at the Information Desk at North or South.
- Holy Week Schedule – In addition to the Seder at Arbor House (see above) we will have a special “Journey to the Cross” event at North starting at 6:30pm on Maundy Thursday (April 13th). This is a “come and go at your pace” event. On Easter weekend, we’ll have our regular Saturday night service (6 p.m.), and on Easter Sunday we’ll have a Sunrise service in the Pavilion at North (6:15 a.m.), Daybreak service at Arbor House (7:30 a.m.) followed by breakfast, and 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services at North. Please plan to join us in celebrating Jesus’ resurrection, and invite a friend or neighbor to join you!
You Can Count on This – Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:15-16
A lamp’s purpose is to give off light. To help people see. It would be silly to turn one on and then hide it in a box, when you’re surrounded by darkness! As Jesus’ people, we are called to be the light in a dark world. How do we do that? Do good stuff! Be kind! Lend a hand. Be generous. Listen to someone. Leave a big tip. Exercise patience. Etc. Etc. Etc.!
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.
Just got back yesterday from Minister’s Institute of the Northeast (M.I.N.E.) This is a yearly, three-day long gathering of Free Methodist pastors and leaders of the Northeast Region. There’s a lot to digest from the meetings, but the main thing I wanted to mention in this post is that we are part of a wonderful denomination! I love being a Free Methodist and a pastor in the FM church, because our denomination seeks to maintain biblical truth with an attitude of grace and love for all people. That’s something I can say “Yes!” to!
Welcome home to Mark, Ruth, Kelly, Julie and Rosalina!
I’m sure they’re tired and need some rest, and also full of stories of God’s blessings! We’ll hear from them soon, but for now thank God for their safe return and welcome them home when you see them!
Check out Kelly and a young Rwandan girl singing! Click on the “Watch on Facebook” link below.