Northgate Free Methodist Church

Top Ten – August 31st

August 31, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. 2018 Northern Europe Prayer Journey – You 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. For more information, you can contact Pastor Mitch at mitchcpierce@gmail.com.

 

  1. Welcome Bishop Roller!It’s always a wonderful weekend when Bishop Roller is with us, and he will be with us on September 9th and 10th. Bishop Roller and his wife Yvonne are two of the warmest, Christ-centered people you could know, and if you haven’t met them, I hope you will get the chance. I know you’ll enjoy his story form of preaching! Please welcome them next weekend!

 

  1. Set Free Conference – Set Free Weekend is 9/23 & 24. Along with Valley Chapel (Warsaw) Free Methodist we are planning a morning workshop addressing issues of human trafficking on Saturday 9/23, from 8:15am to 12:15pm. We have a full slate of speakers and breakouts planned and there is no registration fee or need to register – just plan to come! One of the speakers, Ildiko Kober, a Set Free Coordinator from Hungary will be with us that morning, and also at the services at North on Saturday and Sunday. I hope you’ll join us for this important weekend.

 

  1. Women’s Journey Bible Study will begin anew Wednesday 9/13@7PM in A2 (North). The group meets weekly and is open to all women who desire to learn, grow in their walk with God, pray and fellowship with each other.  The initial study will be Pricilla Shirer’s “Discerning the Voice Of God.” Please contact Cricket Johnson-Seward at cricket@2ki.net or call/text 585 815 5356 by Tuesday 9/5 so materials can be ordered.

 

  1. Missions Meeting – The next meeting of the Northgate Missions Team will be on Sunday, September 24th, at 12:30pm (Room A2 at North). Anyone interested in being part of this Team is welcome to attend. Attendance doesn’t mean signing up to go on a short-term mission trip – this team’s focus is on how Northgate can advance our world mission awareness and activities. Your input is needed! For more information, contact Julie Worthington (jlworthi08@yahoo.com) or Pastor Vern.

 

 

  1. Have a Car to Donate? – One of the International Students we have been ministering to is in need of a good, used car. It just might be that you have one and you’ve been looking for a home for it! If so, please contact Pastor Gloria at gloria@northgatefmc.com. Thanks!

 

  1. Change in Youth Director Position – On August 21st, following much prayer and discussion, the decision was made for Sean and Northgate to part ways. This was an amicable separation, and we celebrate Sean’s ministry at Northgate and the foundation for the youth program that he has laid.   We wish him God’s blessings on his future endeavors and his next steps. We encourage you to pray for Sean, and also ask that you would pray for Northgate as we move forward. If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to call me, or Pastor John.

 

  1. Primetimers is Meeting Again!The Primetimers lunch group (for those 55+) begins their year of monthly get-togethers on Thursday, September 14th at 12:00pm in the North Campus Café. New attendees are always welcome. This is potluck, so bring something to share, and plan to enjoy some good fellowship, a short program and some great food!

 

  1. All Babies Cherished Fundraising Banquet – You are invited to the Quality Inn on Park Rd., Batavia, on September 28th at 7pm to hear Melissa Ohden speak about being a survivor of a failed abortion. In addition to hearing her story you will enjoy a fine meal (at no cost) and have an opportunity to donate to the ministry of All Babies Cherished. Reservations were needed by September 1st, but there still may be time to register. For more information contact All Babies Cherished at 344-5660.

 

  1. Looking for a Small GroupWarren (“Woody”) and Sandy Wood hold a Thursday evening, 7pm, Bible study at their home (9145 Creek Rd. Batavia). People are welcome to join them. For more information, you can call Woody at 716-560-1807.

And Mike Marsh has begun a weekly men’s group, on Wednesdays at 7:00pm, here at the church in Meeting Room 1. All men are invited to join this small group. For more information on that, you can contact Pastor Greg at greg@northgatefmc.com

 

You Can Count on This – Matthew 12:21 – In his name the nations will put their hope. (Read MT 12:15-21)

I think we’d all agree that the nations need to find a source of hope right now. Faced with bomb threats, racial tensions, immigration issues, poverty and the rest can leave us feeling hopeless, but that’s not the case. It’s just that we’ve put our hope in the wrong place. Let’s pray that the leaders of the world’s nations would begin to put their hope in Jesus Christ, and let’s see what happens then.

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 24th

August 24, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. 2018 Northern Europe Prayer Journey – You 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. For more information, you can contact Pastor Mitch at mitchcpierce@gmail.com.

 

  1. Welcome Back, Stephen and Linny! – The Emanueles have returned from their short-term mission trip to Brussels and Oostende where they learned about the state of the churches there. They are now forming a plan for reviving the evangelical churches in those places, which Stephen believes will begin with periodic trips to Belgium to do pastor/leader training. Please be in prayer as they consider their next steps and pray for the churches in Belgium, and our Free Methodist missionary who oversees them, Gerry McNamara.

 

  1. Set Free Conference – Set Free Weekend is 9/23 & 24. Along with Valley Chapel (Warsaw) Free Methodist we are planning a morning workshop addressing issues of human trafficking on Saturday 9/23, from 8:15am to 12:15pm. We have a full slate of speakers and breakouts planned and there is no registration fee or need to register – just plan to come! One of the speakers, Ildiko Kober, a Set Free Coordinator from Hungary will be with us that morning, and also at the services at North on Saturday and Sunday. I hope you’ll join us for this important weekend.

 

  1. Women’s Journey Bible Study will begin anew Wednesday 9/13@ 7PM in A2 (North). The group meets weekly and is open to all women who desire to learn, grow in their walk with God, pray and fellowship with each other.  The initial study will be Pricilla Shirer’s “Discerning the Voice Of God.” Please contact Cricket Johnson-Seward at cricket@2ki.net or call/text 585 815 5356 by Tuesday 9/5 so materials can be ordered.

 

  1. Missions Meeting – The Missions Team will meet this Sunday at 12:30pm (Room A2 at North). Anyone interested in being part of this Team is welcome to attend. Attendance doesn’t mean signing up to go on a short-term mission trip – this team’s focus is on how Northgate can advance our world mission awareness and activities. Your input is needed! For more information, contact Julie Worthington (jlworthi08@yahoo.com) or Pastor Vern.

 

  1. Have a Car to Donate? – One of the International Students we have been ministering to is in need of a good, used car. It just might be that you have one and you’ve been looking for a home for it! If so, please contact Pastor Gloria at gloria@northgatefmc.com. Thanks!

 

  1. Change in Youth Director Position – On August 21st, following much prayer and discussion, the decision was made for Sean and Northgate to part ways. This was an amicable separation, and we celebrate Sean’s ministry at Northgate and the foundation for the youth program that he has laid.   We wish him God’s blessings on his future endeavors and his next steps. We encourage you to pray for Sean, and also ask that you would pray for Northgate as we move forward. It is our hope and prayer that this move will be beneficial in the long-term to both Sean and Northgate.  If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to call me, or Pastor John.

 

  1. Arbor House Ministers to International Students – Our Arbor House team delivered 90 “Welcome to the Community” bags for GCC International students this week. Reaching out to these international students is one of the missions on the heart of the Arbor House leadership. Please pray for God to be at work in this!

 

  1. All Babies Cherished Fundraising Banquet – You are invited to the Quality Inn on Park Rd., Batavia, on September 28th at 7pm to hear Melissa Ohden speak about being a survivor of a failed abortion. In addition to hearing her story you will enjoy a fine meal (at no cost) and have an opportunity to donate to the ministry of All Babies Cherished. Reservations are needed by September 1st, so why not talk to some friends and fill a table? For more information or to RSVP contact All Babies Cherished at 344-5660.

 

  1. Small Groups Open to New MembersWarren (“Woody”) and Sandy Wood hold a Thursday evening, 7pm, Bible study at their home (9145 Creek Rd. Batavia). People are welcome to join them. For more information, you can call Woody at 716-560-1807.

And Mike Marsh has begun a weekly men’s group, using Right Now Media resources on Wednesdays at 7:00pm, here at the church in Meeting Room 1. All men are invited to join this small group. For more information on that, you can contact Pastor Greg at greg@northgatefmc.com

 

You Can Count on This – Matthew 12:13-14 – Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus. (Read MT 12:1-14)

Why is it that some people are so dead set against doing what is good and right? Why do some people seem to delight in finding something to be unhappy about? There are probably many reasons, but we can be sure of this: Jesus knows what it’s like to show love and compassion to some, and have that be offensive to others. When that happens to us, we can take comfort in knowing that Jesus understands!

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 17th

August 17, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

August 17, 2017

 

The Top Ten this week will be a little different.   I want to share with you our Bishops’ “Response to Charlottesville” from their August newsletter.

 

Free Methodists have a mission to love God, love people and make disciples of all nations. We love and embrace all people as we seek to bring wholeness to the world through healthy biblical communities of holy people. Our denomination’s founders spoke and acted against the institution of slavery while also opposing class distinction, and we continue that legacy of opposing racism in the midst of new expressions of hatred and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and other cities and states.

Without a doubt, racism is the pinnacle evidence of evil among humanity. It is pride, hatred, fear, disunity, elitism, ignorance and disrespect of God’s creation and God Himself — all wrapped into one of sin’s many expressions. Free Methodists must work to undermine it, seek justice to prevent it, and love people out of it. It was our original and present call. We categorically condemn any claims from any group committed to white supremacy. Jesus is supreme. We can only be complete in Him, and only by following Him will we arrive at where we need to be and where we deeply long to be.

We commit to respect and seek the flourishing of all persons of all ethnicities, which means all Free Methodists should repudiate the hate and bitterness being fomented by people and groups in the name of the United States or Christianity. We call on government leaders to name and denounce the evils driving the varied white supremacist groups. We call the church to pray for Charlottesville and all people killed, injured or traumatized by this weekend’s tragic events.

Board of Bishops/Free Methodist Church – USA

From Pastor Vern: I became a Free Methodist in 1999, and I am grateful to be part of this denomination. From the beginning our denomination has been focused on freedom, justice, compassion, sacrificial love and proclamation of the grace of God, which is for all people regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, etc. These values should not surprise us, because they are the values of Jesus Christ, easily discovered by anyone who picks up a Bible and reads the gospels. These values should also be easily discovered by anyone who looks at the lives of those of us who call Jesus our Savior, and by anyone who joins us at Northgate for worship. May God make it so.

 

  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. 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. Small Groups Open to New Members Warren (“Woody”) and Sandy Wood hold a Thursday evening, 7pm, Bible study at their home (9145 Creek Rd. Batavia). People are welcome to join them. For more information, you can call Woody at 716-560-1807.

 

And Mike Marsh has begun a weekly men’s group, using Right Now Media resources on Wednesdays at 7:00pm, here at the church in Meeting Room 1. All men are invited to join this small group. For more information on that, you can contact Pastor Greg at greg@northgatefmc.com

 

  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.

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.

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