Northgate Free Methodist Church

Top Ten – April 20th

April 20, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Volunteer Spotlight New volunteers are serving at the Kid’s Check-in station! Thank you for stepping up to help out at this important spot. When parents bring their children for the Nursery, Toddler, Preschool or Bible Trek rooms they are getting checked in and given a security sticker. These volunteers are helping to make that a smooth and quick process. We appreciate all of you who are serving, and welcome to the new volunteers!

 

  1. Women in His WordThere is a new on-line women’s study of the book of Ruth starting on May 1st. Patti Chadwick is the hostess and the study will run through May 26th. If you’d like to join in or want more information, contact Patti at patti.chadwick@juno.com or call her at 297-3009.

 

  1. Summit IIThe Summit is what we call our annual church meeting (some of you will know this as the Society Meeting). This year the Summit will be held on Sunday, April 30th from 12:30 to 2 p.m. We will have childcare for young children and a light lunch for those who stay after service. The Summit II will be an opportunity to hear about what’s been happening at Northgate, and our vision going forward. We’ll also be holding a short election for Nominating Team members and our Delegate.

 

  1. Bible Trek Movie NightKids from pre-school age on up are invited to a movie night on Friday, May 19th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The movie Angry Birds will be shown, and in addition there will be food and games. Please bring a snack to share and ask a friend to join you. And parents, this is a chance for you to have a kid-free date night! For more information, contact Pastor John at john@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. International Child Care 2016 HighlightsICCM is about so much more than the 20,736 children being assisted by child sponsorships, as important as they are! ICCM is also about providing water filters (4000 were delivered to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew) and emergency food and survival kits (distributed in places like Cambodia, Myanmar, Haiti and the Philippines). ICCM is also about building schools and training up leaders. Thank you for supporting this work with your prayers and sponsorships.

 

  1. May is Mental Health Month Did you know… one out of every five U.S. service members who served in Iraq or Afghanistan suffers from major depression or PTSD. Please pray for all of those who are serving in the military and all those who’ve come home but still deal with the effects of having served.

 

 

  1. Prayer GroupsPastor Greg would like to invite you to join one of our Northgate Prayer Groups! We have two that meet regularly… both on Wednesdays. The early group meets at 1pm in Meeting Room #3 and the late group begins at 6pm. Both are at North campus. Prayer is essential to our relationship with God and to what we do as a church, so please think about joining one of these groups, and if you can’t, please keep our church in your prayers.

 

  1. What I’m ReadingI’ve just started reading Re-Vision: The Key to Transforming Your Church. This is a book that was recommended to us at our pastors conference this year (Minister’s Institute of the Northeast). Bishop Roller spoke about it and it’s being used as a guide for groups of Free Methodist pastors in a coaching network. According to the opening pages of the book, 70-80% of American churches have plateaued or are in decline. I don’t think that Northgate is one of them, but I’m reading this book in order to learn what I need to know to be the most effective leader I can be.

 

  1. Caregivers ConnectionSusan Wakefield would like to extend an invitation to anyone who is a caregiver for another, to find support and encouragement through the Caregivers Connection. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, 29% of the U.S. population provides care for an aging, disabled or chronically ill family member or friend. If you are a caregiver, and want to connect, get a hold of Susan at 297-0466.

 

  1. Congratulations Dan!This past weekend we welcomed Dan Calkins as a Local Ministerial Candidate. An LMC is a person who is exploring a potential call from God to enter ministry. If you know Dan, please encourage him as he follows this path of exploration. If you don’t know him, you’ll get opportunities to do so in the months ahead.

 

You Can Count on This – “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”   Matthew 6:24

I like to simplify my life as much as possible, and this verse speaks to me about simplicity. We are to have only one master. Having two (or more) just won’t work. We’ll be conflicted, torn, confused, unstable. We’ll end up resentful about something! Let God be your Master. Let Him be your Lord. It will simplify things!

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 – April 13th

April 13, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Volunteer Spotlight Let me give a shout out of thanks to all of you who will prepare, serve and clean up after our Easter morning breakfast. I look forward to this every year – it’s part of such a great day: starting with the sunrise service and continuing to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection with the daybreak service and our other services. So many of you help to make this happen, and I want you to know that we are grateful. Bless you!

 

  1. Gathering Worship NightAll High School age through Adults are encouraged to attend a Wednesday night Gathering Event on April 19th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the North Campus. There will be worship, fellowship and a message by Pastor John!

 

  1. Summit IIThe Summit is what we call our annual church meeting (some of you will know this as the Society Meeting). This year the Summit will be held on Sunday, April 30th from 12:30 to 2 p.m. We will have childcare for young children and a light lunch for for those who stay after service. The Summit II will be an opportunity to hear about what’s been happening at Northgate, and our vision going forward. We’ll also be holding a short election for Nominating Team members and our Delegate.

 

  1. Gahanda Mission UpdateOur mission team is getting ready to tell us more about Gahanda the weekend of April 22/23. Please try to be with us that weekend – it’s going to be a wonderful time of worship. And if you were unable to sponsor a child previously because we ran out of packets, there are more packets available at the Information Desk.

 

  1. International Child Care 2016 HighlightsICCM is about so much more than the 20,736 children being assisted by child sponsorships, as important as they are! ICCM is also about providing water filters (4000 were delivered to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew) and emergency food and survival kits (distributed in places like Cambodia, Myanmar, Haiti and the Philippines). ICCM is also about building schools and training up leaders. Thank you for supporting this work with your prayers and sponsorships.

 

  1. May is Mental Health Month Jesus showed God’s compassion toward those who struggle with their thoughts and emotions, and so should we. Statistically about 20% of all Americans experience a mental disorder in any given year, and about 50% of all Americans will experience a mental disorder at some point in their lifetime. That includes disorders like panic attacks, depression, PTSD and so on. Let’s be sensitive to those who are affected by these types of disorders and let’s seek God’s guidance as to how we as a church can help.

 

  1. Habitat for HumanityThis week I’ll be offering a house dedication for a family moving into a home provided them by Habitat. I’m always excited and happy for people who are being blessed in this way, and it reminds me to encourage you to consider being part of a Habitat build day. There is almost always work being done on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and if you’d like to be a part of it, just call Habitat at 345-1656, or info@geneseehabitat.com

 

  1. What I’m ReadingThis week I’m re-reading Resilient Ministry. The authors discuss how pastors can take care of themselves, in order to remain effective in ministry. And that’s what I want to do: be an effective Northgate pastor for as long as God lets me be here!

 

  1. Miracle for GahandaI want to share something wonderful with you! On Monday our Missions Team met and decided to send $1200 to Gahanda to repair a damaged roof on the church, parsonage and office there. They are entering the rainy season and were concerned about how they were going to do this, so we helped! The very next morning, Mark (our church administrator) received an unexpected visit from our insurance agent with a dividend check. How much was it for? $1400. You cannot out give God!

 

  1. Congratulations Dan!This past weekend we welcomed Dan Calkins as a Local Ministerial Candidate. An LMC is a person who is exploring a potential call from God to enter ministry. If you know Dan, please encourage him as he follows this path of exploration. If you don’t know him, you’ll get opportunities to do so in the months ahead.

 

You Can Count on This – “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:19-21

I heard a story today about a man who passed away, and when people went into his house to clean it out they discovered piles and piles of paper, most of it worthless junk mail that he’d saved for years. Maybe you’ve heard stories like that. Many people who live this way are struggling with their mind or emotions, and we need to be in prayer for them, but it made me think about how we can so easily place value in things that are of no real value at all. Jesus tells us to be careful about what we treasure. Some “treasures” will turn out to be value-less, others will have value for eternity.

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 – April 5th

April 5, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Volunteer Spotlight Every weekend, on the southeast side of our building, an amazing team of people get ready to lead what is one of our very important ministries. I’m talking about our Early Childcare leaders and volunteers. Last weekend I was not preaching, so I had the chance to walk around and observe what was going on in the Nursery, Toddler and Pre-school rooms. I have to tell you that we have a GREAT group of leaders/volunteers who care deeply for your children, do a wonderful job of making their hour safe and fun and therefore help these young children to enjoy church and come to know Jesus. I am incredibly grateful to each and every one of you. Thank you!

 

  1. Primetimers LunchThe next Primetimers lunch will be on Thursday April 13th at noon in the North Campus Café. Everyone 50 years old or older is welcome to join in. People are invited to bring a dish to pass and the program will be by Mark Logan who is going to show pictures of the Mission Team trip to Rwanda. Mark is very passionate about our ministry there and took some incredible pictures – this will be very inspiring!

 

  1. 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 and reminds us of Jesus at 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.

 

  1. Holy Week Schedule A special “Journey to the Cross” event will take place at the North Campus starting at 6:00 p.m. on Maundy Thursday (April 13th). This is a “come and go at your pace” event. 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!

 

  1. Volunteers Needed to Help With Easter BreakfastWe could use some volunteers to help prepare and serve Easter breakfast (April 16th). Prep work is going to be done on Saturday, April 15th at 10am and servers are needed Easter morning. If you can help please sign up at the Information Desk (North or South Campuses). Thank you!

 

  1. Gathering Worship NightAll High School age through Adult people are encouraged to attend a Wednesday night Gathering Event on April 19th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the North Campus. This worship time will include singing, fellowship and a message by Pastor John. We hope you’ll plan to join in!

 

  1. Summit IIThe Summit is what we call our annual church meeting (some of you will know this as the Society Meeting). This year the Summit will be held on Sunday, April 30th from 12:30 to 2 p.m. We will have childcare for young children and a light lunch for those who stay after service. The Summit II will be an opportunity to hear about what’s been happening at Northgate, and our vision going forward. We’ll also be holding a short election for Nominating Team members and our Delegate. Last year’s Summit was a wonderful experience and we’re looking forward to another great event this year.

 

  1. Gahanda Mission UpdateOur mission team is getting ready to tell us more about Gahanda the weekend of April 22/23. Please try to be with us that weekend – it’s going to be a wonderful time of worship. And if you were unable to sponsor a child previously because we ran out of packets, there are more packets available at the Information Desk.

 

  1. What I’m ReadingI have a friend, Jon, a great guy who is also a pastor in the Free Methodist Church. Jon, like me, is a reader and he suggested that we read The Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge for Lent and in preparation for Easter. It’s a LARGE book – over 600 pages long, but about 1/3 to 1/2 of each page is comprised of notes, so it’s really not that bad. Anyway, the book is wonderful. It’s a close look at what the crucifixion of Jesus was all about. I am really enjoying it. Here’s a line from the Introduction: “The unique feature of the Christian proclamation is the shocking claim that God is fully acting, not only in Jesus’ resurrected life, but especially in Jesus’ death on the cross.

 

  1. Sermon Series Coming UpAfter our Mission Team presents on April 22/23 we will start a new sermon series. If you want to prepare, begin reading the gospel of Mark.

 

You Can Count on This – But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:17-18

Fasting as a spiritual discipline tends to be overlooked today, but it’s a good

practice for many of us to reengage in! Fasting, going without a normal meal or two,

combined with a recognition that we are doing this as a sign of our dependence of

God and his presence, more than his provision, can deepen our spiritual life. If you

do decide to fast a meal or two, use the time to pray and let your hunger remind you

of your hunger for God, and also of those who are regularly hungry. Pray for them.

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 – March 30th

March 30, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Volunteer Spotlight Thank you to all who teach, drive and otherwise help us to reach out to local immigrant people through our English as a Second Language program. Pastor Patti leads this up and it’s a terrific way to say we care about our neighbors. Please pray for our nation and our immigrant neighbors, as we seek to find our way to a compassionate and God-honoring way of resolving the current tensions around immigration issues, and pray for our ESL program – it’s something we can be proud of.

 

  1. Gahanda Mission UpdateAs a church, we are excited about our partnership in ministry with the people of Gahanda and so thankful to all of you who have reached out to sponsor a child from that village in Rwanda! Thank you!! We are going to hear all about our Team’s trip there on the weekend of April 22/23. Please try to be with us that weekend – it’s going to be a wonderful time of worship.

Also – if you were unable to sponsor a child previously because we ran out of packets, there are a few more packets available at the Information Desk.

 

  1. M.I.N.E. – That stands for “Minister’s Institute of the Northeast” – an annual coming together of pastors, leaders, superintendents and bishops. It’s a time for us to renew relationships, hear about what is going on and be inspired with the vision of the Free Methodist Church. It’s impossible to summarize here all that happened there, but you can visit our denomination website to learn more. Go here http://fmcusa.org and click on the E3 banner. What I can say is I am proud to be part of the Free Methodist Church!

 

  1. Gathering Worship NightAll High School age through Adult people are encouraged to attend a Wednesday night Gathering Event on April 19th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the North Campus. This worship time will include singing, fellowship and a message by Pastor John. We hope you’ll plan to join in!

 

  1. Primetimers LunchThe next Primetimers lunch will be on Thursday April 13th at noon in the North Campus Café. Everyone 50 years old or older is welcome to join in. People are invited to bring a dish to pass and the program will be by Mark Logan who is going to show pictures of the Mission Team trip to Rwanda. Mark is very passionate about our ministry there and took some incredible pictures – this will be very inspiring!

 

  1. Volunteers Needed to Help With Easter BreakfastWe could use some volunteers to help prepare and serve Easter breakfast (April 16th). Prep work is going to be done on Saturday, April 15th at 10am and servers are needed Easter morning. If you can help please sign up at the Information Desks (North and South Campuses). Thank you!

 

  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. There are 16 seminars, worship, many exhibitors and resource tables available to browse. More information is available through Steve Clemm (ngateushers@gmail.com) or stop at the Information Desk.

 

  1. Summit IIThe Summit is what we call our annual church meeting (some of you will know this as the Society Meeting). This year the Summit will be held on Sunday, April 30th from 12:30 to 2 p.m. We will have childcare for young children and a light lunch for those who stay after service. The Summit II will be an opportunity to hear about what’s been happening at Northgate, and our vision going forward. We’ll also be holding a short election for Nominating Team members and our Delegate. Last year’s Summit was a wonderful experience and we’re looking forward to another great event this year.

 

  1. 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 and reminds us of Jesus at 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.

 

  1. Holy Week Schedule A special “Journey to the Cross” event will take place at the North Campus starting at 6:00pm on Maundy Thursday (April 13th). This is a “come and go at your pace” event. 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!

 

You Can Count on This – And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. Matthew 6:5

Imagine beginning a conversation with your spouse or child by taking them out on a busy street corner and shouting so that everyone will see you and hear you talking with them. What’s the point of that! If you need to talk to them, you talk to them.  Not to get some kind of credit from people who might see you on that corner and think, “Wow, what a great parent (or spouse). See how they talk with their child (or spouse”).  When you talk with God, just talk with God!  He’d love to hear from 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.

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