Northgate Free Methodist Church

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.

Top Ten – November 9th

November 9, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Volunteer Appreciation NightTuesday, 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. Pastor Greg and Jackie are Heading SouthYes, it’s true. After 10+ years of great ministry to the people of Northgate and this community, Pastor Greg is retiring from Northgate in order to move to Virginia to be close to his children and grandchildren. We are happy for him to be able to do that, but will definitely miss the presence of this loving, kind, Christ-filled pastor. Pastor Greg and Jackie will be taking off on Saturday, November 25th, and we will honor their ministry the weekend before that, but don’t wait until then… take a moment to thank them for all they’ve done for the Lord at Northgate.

 

  1. International Day of PrayerThis weekend is designated as an International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Even as we enjoy the freedom to worship God as we believe we should, there are many, many people in the world who cannot do so without the risk of attack and persecution. Please pray about this, and if you want some help doing so you can access many resources at this webpage: http://idop.org/web/

 

  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.

 

  1. Great Day of Giving – This year 1/3 of this 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?). Another 1/3 will go to a capital project, and the final 1/3 to World Missions. We’ll receive this offering the weekend of 11/18 and 11/19. Please pray about how God would want you to participate.

 

  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) by indicating on the envelope or check “Thanksgiving Bag.” If you want to help assemble or deliver, please contact our church administrative assistant (Allison@northgatefmc.com).

 

  1. How to Help the People of Puerto RicoFrom Bishop Roller… A great way to provide direct aid is to purchase Walmart or Walgreens gift cards and send them to Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery, 770 N. High School Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46214. Or contributions can be made through the Bishops Crisis Response Fund(include “Puerto Rico” in the Comments box).

 

  1. BASE/Parent MeetingBASE is our Wednesday night program for 5th through 12th grade kids and meets at the South Campus at 6:00pm every other week. The next gathering is on Wednesday, November 8th. 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. Transportation Needs for Our ESL StudentsWe are committed to continuing to provide transportation for our English as a Second Language students. In order to hold our Friday class for the last six weeks of the semester, we have need of two drivers to bring 3 students to class on Fridays. Please contact pastor Patti at patti@northgatefmc.comif you would like more information or come to the Information Desk.

 

  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 14:14 – When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. (Read Matthew 14:1-21)

Reading this passage over today, I am brought to my knees in humble adoration of Jesus. He learns that his cousin, John, has been executed, and goes off to a quiet place, completely understandable considering how he must have been grieving. But the crowds of people in spiritual and physical need seek him out and his time alone turns into time of ministry. Still, he doesn’t get annoyed; he just begins tending to the needs. What a Savior! I’m not always that able to put aside my feelings and needs in order to respond to someone else’s. And I don’t think we should always ignore our own emotional/spiritual needs in order to help others. We are human! And we’re not Jesus. Still, what a Savior – who loves us so much that he does.

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 2nd

November 2, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Volunteer Appreciation NightTuesday, 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. Pastor Greg and Jackie are Heading SouthYes, it’s true. After 10+ years of great ministry to the people of Northgate and this community, Pastor Greg is retiring from Northgate in order to move to Virginia to be close to his children and grandchildren. We are happy for him to be able to do that, but will definitely miss the presence of this loving, kind, Christ-filled pastor. Pastor Greg and Jackie will be taking off on Saturday, November 25th, and we will honor their ministry the weekend before that, but don’t wait until then… take a moment to thank them for all they’ve done for the Lord at Northgate.

 

  1. International Days of PrayerThis weekend and next are Sundays that are designated as International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Even as we enjoy the freedom to worship God as we believe we should, there are many, many people in the world who cannot do so without the risk of attack and persecution. Please pray about this, and if you want some help doing so you can access many resources at this webpage: http://idop.org/web/

 

  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.

 

  1. Great Day of Giving – This year 1/3 of this 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?). Another 1/3 will go to a capital project, and the final 1/3 to World Missions. We’ll receive this offering the weekend of 11/18 and 11/19. Please pray about how God would want you to participate.

 

  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) by indicating on the envelope or check “Thanksgiving Bag.” If you want to help assemble or deliver, please contact our church administrative assistant (Allison@northgatefmc.com).

 

  1. How to Help the People of Puerto RicoFrom Bishop Roller… A great way to provide direct aid is to purchase Walmart or Walgreens gift cards and send them to Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery, 770 N. High School Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46214. Or contributions can be made through the Bishops Crisis Response Fund(include “Puerto Rico” in the Comments box).

 

  1. BASEBASE is our Wednesday night program for 5th through 12th grade kids and meets at the South Campus at 6:30pm every other week. The next gathering is on Wednesday, November 8th. 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 you can contact our Next Generation Director, Daniel Calkins at Daniel@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Transportation Needs for Our ESL StudentsWe are committed to continuing to provide transportation for our English as a Second Language students. In order to hold our Friday class for the last six weeks of the semester, we have need of two drivers to bring 3 students to class on Fridays. Please contact pastor Patti at patti@northgatefmc.comif you would like more information or come to the Information Desk.

 

  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 13:54 – Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. (Read Matthew 13:53-58)

“They were amazed.” That sounds good, right? Well, it does until you read the rest of the passage. They were amazed because Jesus seemed to know so much and seemed to have some miraculous abilities. But their amazement stopped short of being respect for Jesus or embracing him as Savior. The rest of the passage shows that they immediately began discounting him (“Isn’t he just…”) and their amazement quickly turned to indignation and rejection. And because of that, they lost out on the opportunity to really be amazed by Jesus! (See verse 58). Do people ever discount you because they think they know you, when they don’t? Do they sell you short?   Jesus understands. Don’t let it throw you. Just remember who you are, and be confident in that. And don’t make the mistake these people made, selling Jesus short!

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 26th

October 26, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Volunteer Appreciation NightTuesday, 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.

 

  1. Great Day of Giving – This year 1/3 of this 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?). Another 1/3 will go to a capital project, and the final 1/3 to World Missions. We’ll receive this offering the weekend of 11/18 and 11/19. Please pray about how God would want you to participate.

 

  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) by indicating on the envelope or check “Thanksgiving Bag.” If you want to help assemble or deliver, please contact our church administrative assistant (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. How to Help the People of Puerto RicoFrom Bishop Roller… A great way to provide direct aid is to purchase Walmart or Walgreens gift cards and send them to Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery, 770 N. High School Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46214. Or contributions can be made through the Bishops Crisis Response Fund (include “Puerto Rico” in the Comments box).

 

  1. BASEBASE is our Wednesday night program for 5th through 12th grade kids and meets at the South Campus at 6:30pm every other week. The next gathering is on Wednesday, November 8th. 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 you can contact our Next Generation Director, Daniel Calkins at Daniel@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Know Someone Who’s Looking for a Home?Habitat for Humanity is one of the largest homebuilders in the U.S. Our local, Genesee County chapter is very active with many Northgaters participating. Right now, Genesee County Habitat is looking to expand its list of future homeowners. If you or someone you know is interested, and want to know if you or they qualify, you contact Habitat at info@geneseehabitat.com

 

  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. (Recently Ephaste visited our partner village, Gahanda, Rwanda. This is what he experienced and wanted us to know…)

Dear Friends… (When I arrived) all the teachers were about to cry because of joy. (This was because) the bonus ICCM gives to the teachers enables them to have daily lunch that they couldn’t afford before the partnership. (The teachers said…)

 

We… extend our thanks to ICCM, Northgate and to our FMC. We had been hungry for many years because with our little pay we couldn’t afford lunch. But today, we are satisfied. We are no longer worried about food. We drink milk because of the cow we received from Northgate. We have a big store of rice, beans, sugar and other purchased types of food. Hence, we can teach happily. Many of our friends teaching in our neighbouring schools want to come at Gahanda, the school that had been neglected several years! 

 

The teachers started singing and dancing expressing their joy and recognition. It was difficult for me to have something to say as appropriate word to thank them for their humility, gratitude and love! This group of teachers amazed me.  Later I thanked them for their thanking heart and announced them about the official visit of Pastor Vern, Pastor John and their wives in March. This good news was highly welcomed. In a couple weeks, they are starting Christmas holidays with joy and thanks. I visited later the children in classrooms! How happy they are for the desks and uniforms!! With love and greetings, Ephaste

 

You Can Count on This – Proverbs 11:25 – A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

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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