Northgate Free Methodist Church

Top Ten – February 22nd

February 22, 2017Vern SaileBlog0
  1. Volunteer Spotlight – Information DeskOne of the places I like to hang out on Saturday night and Sunday morning is the Information Desk. There are a couple of reasons for that… one is that it’s a good place to meet people, and two is that we have some of the nicest people behind that desk! Please take a moment this weekend to thank them for serving and if you want to join them, ask them about that too.
  • By the way, one of our regulars at the desk is Judy Cornman. She is also the Administrative Assistant for the Genesis Conference of our denomination. The Conference office is moving this week to a new location after being here at Northgate for many years, but Judy and Russ are staying with us! Yes!!

 

  1. Gahanda, Rwanda, ICCM, and Northgate – Partnership PossibilitiesThe Northgate Missions Team is preparing for their trip to Gahanda, Rwanda on March 9th. The team consists of Mark and Ruth Logan, Rosalina Vanegas, Julie Worthington and Team Leader Kelly Flores. They will be making contact with the elders of Gahanda, and meeting some of the children we will be sponsoring through International ChildCare Ministries. In the future we may send teams to do teacher training, VBS camps, building projects or other short-term missions work. Please begin to pray about this partnership and what God would have you do in regard to it. Thank you! And if you want more information, please contact me at vern@northgatefmc.com

 

  • On March 4th-5th ICCM will be here to provide an opportunity for us to sponsor children from Gahanda. Please pray about your involvement in this new mission opportunity!

 

  1. This Changes EverythingOur next baptism weekend will be March 18th and 19th. If you would like to know more about being baptized, or having a child baptized or dedicated, please contact Pastor Vern at vern@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Iron Sharpens IronThis year’s Men’s Conference (ages 13+) is taking place at Hamburg Wesleyan Church on Saturday, April 8th from 8:30-5pm. The cost is $44 (plus $8 if you want the on-site lunch) for the 16 seminars and worship, plus there will be many exhibitors and resource tables available to browse. If you’re interested in getting together with others and attending, contact Steve Clemm (ngateushers@gmail.com) or stop at the Information Desk for more information.

 

  1. What I’m Reading – Light and Life MagazineEvery month we put out copies of this Free Methodist magazine, and I hope you’ll think about picking up a copy. There are always good, thought-provoking meditations by our Bishops, as well as news about the denomination. Look for copies on tables around the church.

  

  1. United Way Day of CaringThe staff will be participating once again in this fun day and we’d love to have you join us! We don’t know where we’ll be serving this year, but we know the date: it’s May 17th, so if you’re interested in being a part of it please let Pastor Vern know (vern@northgatefmc.com). If you participate you get a T-Shirt, lunch, a chance to hang out with friends for a day, and the appreciation of a local organization. Please join us!

 

  1. New Check-in System Coming for Children’s WingSoon we will be going to a computerized check-in system that we hope will make it easier for families to check children in, and will maintain the security that we believe is important as well. We’ll be sure to get information to families about this as we get ready to roll it out.

 

  1. Welcome Back CyWe want to welcome Rev. Cy Varland back to our area. Cy offered counseling to people at our South Campus building, prior to moving out of the area several years ago. He and Priscilla are in the process of selling their home and purchasing a home closer to Northgate which will allow Cy to be available once again for pastoral counseling. We’ll let you know when he’s ready to schedule appointments, but for now we just wanted to let you know it’s in the works.

 

  1. Summer’s Best Two Weeks ’17 Registration is OpenYou can register on-line at northgatefmc.com or pick up paper registration forms and camp staff applications at the Youth table in the Lobby of the North Campus, and you can get more information from Sean Donnellan, our Youth Director. You can reach him at sean@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Celebrating Our Congregation!Speaking of the youth… let’s celebrate all of the youth and the adult leaders who went on a three-day retreat this past week. If you were around after the 2nd service on Sunday you may have noticed the large group that was assembled, preparing to leave. Thanks to Sean and his great group of leaders everything went well and we’re sure that lives were changed for Christ. Many of us grew our relationship with Jesus through events like this and thanks to Sean those opportunities continue!

 

You Can Count on This – “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10

We’re fortunate in that we don’t experience the kind of persecution for our faith that the early Christians did. And we fortunate that we have their example of courage, endurance and trust in God to inspire us. But most of all we are blessed to have the promise of Jesus that no matter how hard it might get to stay true to God, if we will be faithful we will inherit the kingdom of God: our place in God’s perfect home.

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 – February 16th

February 16, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Volunteer SpotlightThank you to those who responded to the “Attend One/Serve One” announcement this past weekend! We appreciate every one of our volunteers and we truly believe that getting involved in service at Northgate is a way to bless others and be blessed at the same time. Pastor John is always ready to talk to anyone who is interested in volunteering somewhere, whether you know where that is or need some help finding a place. You can contact him at john@northgatefmc.com. Thanks!

 

  1. Gahanda, Rwanda, ICCM, and Northgate – Partnership PossibilitiesThe Northgate Missions Team is preparing for their trip to Gahanda, Rwanda on March 9th. The team consists of Mark and Ruth Logan, Rosalina Vanegas, Julie Worthington and Team Leader Kelly Flores. They will be making contact with the elders of Gahanda, and meeting some of the children we will be sponsoring through International ChildCare Ministries. In the future we may send teams to do teacher training, VBS camps, building projects or other short-term missions work. Please begin to pray about this partnership and what God would have you do in regard to it. Thank you! And if you want more information, please contact me at vern@northgatefmc.com

 

  • On March 4th-5th ICCM will be here to provide an opportunity for us to sponsor children from Gahanda. Please pray about your involvement in this new mission opportunity!

 

  1. Membership Class – If you are interested in becoming a member of Northgate please know that the next Membership Class is being held starting this Sunday at 11am. We’ll meet 2/19 & 26 and 3/3, at 11a.m. in the Staff Office. If you haven’t signed up that’s fine – just make your way to the Staff Office at 11 and if you don’t know where that is, ask at the Information Desk.

 

  1. This Changes EverythingOur next baptism weekend will be March 18th and 19th. If you would like to know more about being baptized, or having a child baptized or dedicated, please contact Pastor Vern at vern@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. United Way Day of CaringFor the past several years our church has participated in the United Way Day of Caring – sending a team of volunteers to help with some project around our community. The first year it was mostly a team of staff members, but last year a number of people from the congregation joined us and we had a great time! We’ve done projects at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital and at the Y Camp at Silver Lake. We don’t know where we’ll be serving this year, but we know the date: it’s May 17th. We’d love to have a big group of folks involved, so if you’re interested in joining us please let Pastor Vern know (vern@northgatefmc.com). If you participate you get a T-Shirt, lunch, a chance to hang out with friends for a day, and the appreciation of a local organization. Please join us!

 

  1. Celebrate Recovery is Rockin’!There’s some really good stuff happening here on Thursday nights – people are finding hope and healing through Celebrate Recovery. We’ve had this program going for a number of years now, but God seems to be really blessing what’s happening right now. The group has grown from an average of 20 or so to about 40 which means more people are discovering the power of God to bring new life! Pray for this to continue and for the CR group as they deal with a space problem. That’s a good thing!

 

  1. New Check-in System Coming for Children’s WingSoon we will be going to a computerized check-in system that we hope will make it easier for families to check children in, and will maintain the security that we believe is important as well. We’ll be sure to get information to families about this as we get ready to roll it out.

 

  1. What I’m ReadingThe Bible. Okay – so I hope you already knew that. But what’s different this year is that I’m reading a book of the Bible each week, in preparation for the teaching I’m doing Monday nights at 6:30. And it’s been incredibly rewarding! It’s great to read smaller passages of the Bible daily and let God’s Spirit teach us what we need to know. But I’m finding that reading large sections each week is making God’s story come alive in a fresh way for me. As your pastor I can’t implore you strongly enough: please, read your Bibles!

 

  1. Summer’s Best Two Weeks ’17 Registration is OpenYou can register on-line at northgatefmc.com or pick up paper registration forms and camp staff applications at the Youth table in the Lobby of the North Campus, and you can get more information from Sean Donnellan, our Youth Director. You can reach him at sean@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Celebrating Our Congregation!I want to take a moment to share something that really made my day. You probably have heard that we are going to be having a sponsorship weekend soon offering an opportunity to sponsor a child from Gahanda. (If you haven’t heard about this, read #2 above.) Anyway, one of our Northgate people works for a company that seeks opportunities to do charity work, and he is suggesting that they sponsor a child from Gahanda as one of their commitments! Isn’t that great! I haven’t heard whether or not the staff of his workplace went for it (pray about that) but just the fact that this individual is suggesting that really moves my heart! We have a great congregation!

 

You Can Count on This – “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9

I mentioned this last weekend, how we are called to be peacemakers in this world, and the world especially needs that right now. How can you be a peace-maker this week?

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 – February 9th

February 8, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Volunteer Spotlight – Bible Trek Teachers and Coaches ­– Bible Trek is our Sunday morning kids program (for Elementary-age children) and is the place for kids to learn about Jesus in a fun way that connects with them. Every week we see about 80 kids participate in Bible Trek and we could not do that without a team of volunteers. Thank you to all who help make this happen!
  • Please know that we could really use some people to join this group of volunteers. If you can give even one hour a month, please go to the Connect Desk and let us know, or contact Pastor John at john@northgatefmc.com. We really appreciate it.

 

  1. Gahanda, Rwanda, ICCM, and Northgate – Partnership PossibilitiesThe Northgate Missions Team is preparing for their trip to Gahanda, Rwanda on March 9th. The team consists of Mark and Ruth Logan, Rosalina Vanegas, Julie Worthington and Team Leader Kelly Flores. They will be making contact with the elders of Gahanda, and meeting some of the children we will be sponsoring through International ChildCare Ministries. In the future we may send teams to do teacher training, VBS camps, building projects or other short-term missions work. Please begin to pray about this partnership and what God would have you do in regard to it. Thank you! And if you want more information, please contact me at vern@northgatefmc lmrb7zn.com

 

  • On March 4th-5th ICCM will be here to provide an opportunity for us to sponsor children from Gahanda. Please pray about your involvement in this new mission opportunity!

 

  1. Membership Class – If you are interested in becoming a member of Northgate please know that the next Membership Class will be held on 2/19 & 26 and 3/3, at 11a.m. in the Staff Office. You can sign up for this at the Information Desk.

 

  1. Arbor HouseThe service at Arbor House has been going since September – can you believe it is 5 months already! This worship experience provides an alternative for people who like Northgate but prefer a more liturgical worship style. The service is at 10a.m. on Sundays. If you haven’t checked it out, please know you’re welcome to and why not invite a friend or neighbor?

 

  1. Celebrate Recovery is Rockin’!There’s some really good stuff happening here on Thursday nights – people are finding hope and healing through Celebrate Recovery. We’ve had this program going for a number of years now, but God seems to be really blessing what’s happening right now. The group has grown from an average of 20 or so to about 40 which means more people are discovering the power of God to bring new life! Pray for this to continue and for the CR group as they deal with a space problem. That’s a good thing!

  

  1. New Check-in System Coming for Children’s WingSoon we will be going to a computerized check-in system that we hope will make it easier for families to check children in, and will maintain the security that we believe is important as well. We’ll be sure to get information to families about this as we get ready to roll it out.

 

  1. What I’m ReadingI meet with a group of young men on Saturday mornings every other week or so, and right now we are studying “apologetics.” That’s not a study on how to say “I’m sorry” but rather on how to defend our beliefs. So I’m re-reading The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. Strobel began adult life as an atheist, was prompted to examine the evidence for Christianity when his wife became a Christian, and became a Christian himself after discovering there was good reason to believe our faith to be grounded in facts. In his books Strobel presents that evidence. If you’ve never read them, I’d highly recommend that you do!

 

  1. Summer’s Best Two Weeks ’17 Registration is OpenYou can register on-line at northgatefmc.com or pick up paper registration forms and camp staff applications at the Youth table in the Lobby of the North Campus, and you can get more information from Sean Donnellan, our Youth Director. You can reach him at sean@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. English as a Second LanguageOur English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is entering its 5th semester in mid-March and we could use some teaching assistants. We hold ESL classes on Mondays and Fridays from 6:30P.M. to 8:30P.M. from Monday, March 13th through Friday, June 9th . We are looking for a commitment for only one of the classes each of these weeks. No experience with ESL is needed. Find out more by contacting Pastor Patti at patti@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. This Changes EverythingOur next baptism weekend will be March 18th and 19th. If you would like to know more about being baptized, or having a child baptized or dedicated, please contact Pastor Vern at vern@northgatefmc.com

 

You Can Count on This – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. – Matthew 5:8

Is your heart “pure”? I wish mine were more so, more often. Unfortunately sometimes my heart is tainted by envy, or anger or some other stain. I will say this, though, with all honesty: I want a pure heart. And I know only God can make that possible. He says in Ezekiel 36:26: “I will give you a new heart.” I want a new, purified heart! I believe that by faith in Christ I can have one and I know he is remaking my heart day by day, so that one day, it will indeed by pure. And I will see God. Praise the Lord!

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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