Pastor Vern's Top Ten

1. Northgate 101 We’ve had some people ask about a Membership Class, and we now have that on the calendar.  We call it “Northgate 101” because we want you to know you can attend just to learn more about our church – you’re not committing to becoming a member by attending.  But if you want to become a member we do ask you to attend!  The class will meet on three consecutive Sundays at 9:30 in Room 2/3, on June 13, 20 and 27.  You can register for it by going to our website and clicking on the “Register” button at the top.  If you have any questions, just ask one of the pastors.  Thanks!

2. Elections Results I want to thank everyone who was willing to serve on our Administrative Team or Nominating Team, and I want to thank all of you who were able to vote recently.  Here are the results of the elections:

Elected to the Administrative Team:
•Justine McMillan (Elected to the A-Team and as a Delegate)
•Stephanie Debo
•Marlin Salmon
•Diane Deleo (Elected as Reserve Delegate)

Elected to the Nominating Team:
•Julie Varland
•Tim Spink

Again, I appreciate all nominees for being willing to help lead our church.  We are blessed to have a great number of leaders in our church, people who would make wonderful members of either of these teams.  May it always be so!

3.  Men’s Group  The Men’s Group has started meeting again on Wednesdays at 7pm.  Led by Mike Marsh this is a wonderful group of guys who help each other continue to grow as Christian men.  All men are invited to attend, and the group meets at the North Campus.

4.  Pickleball at South Campus A community Pickleball League for both recreational and competitive players is now underway. The league is designed with all age ranges and ability levels in mind to promote a fun but meaningful program. Northgate Pickleball happens on Wednesdays at 2:00PM and 8:00PM and will take place at our South Campus. All equipment required will be provided and there is no fee for participation. League play will be established in June/July and will run throughout the year. If you have any questions or would like to assist in the construction of the program, please contact Pastor Daniel at daniel@northgatefmc.com.

5.  Celebrate Recovery – Our CR group took a little time off so our leaders could rest and refresh, but the meetings are happening again now on Thursday nights at 6pm.  CR is a place where you can find support and encouragement for whatever “hurts, habits or hang-ups” you might have experienced or be experiencing now.  All are welcome and the meetings are at the North Campus in Room 2/3.  

6.  The Next Missions Meeting  Our Missions Team has resumed meeting again, and it was great to be together and thinking about local and global missions, and Northgate’s role in both.  Our next meeting will be Sunday, June 27 after the 11am service.  We meet for an hour or so, and anyone with a heart for missions in the local community or around the world is welcome to join us.  We meet in Room 2/3.  

7. Prayer and Worship Night – On the first Sunday of the month we are meeting for a time of prayer and worship at 6pm.  The next gathering is on June 6th in the sanctuary at North.  Everyone is invited to participate in this time of seeking God’s heart and healing and offering up our worship to the Lord.  We’ll begin and end with worship songs and in between we’ll spend time in prayer.  We’d love to see you there.

8.  Blood Drive Coming Up There’s going to be a blood drive on June 3 at our South Campus (350 Bank St.).  Thank you for helping others by donating blood.

9. Prayer Walk As the weather has gotten warmer, we’re spending more time outside.  Why not combine a walk with making new friends and spending time in prayer?  We have a group that walks and prays from our Northgate North campus on Wednesdays at 6:00pm and all are welcome to join.

10. The Free Methodist Way  Our Free Methodist leaders have been working on articulating our denomination’s values in a fresh way. The result is a document titled “The Free Methodist Way” and now they have created some short videos that speak to each of the five values they were led to anchor on.  This week I’m sharing the link to the second of those videos which addresses this topic: “Love-Driven Justice.”  You can watch that video here: https://vimeo.com/545424048/3dea61a5b7

You Can Count on This – Acts 19:2 – (Paul) asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (Read Acts 19:1-22)

Paul came to Ephesus a second time after being away for a while and found some disciples there.  The problem was that they had not been fully instructed in who Jesus was.  They knew nothing about the Holy Spirit either.  Apparently, all they knew was what had been taught by John the Baptist – that they needed to prepare themselves for Jesus the Messiah by repenting of their sins and getting baptized.  Which was a good start, but incomplete.  They were missing out on the best parts!

It would be a great disappointment to me if somebody asked a regular attender at Northgate about the Holy Spirit and that person said, “I have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”  I know I would not have been doing my job well.  But since we’re talking about Him, let me share a few things about the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity that is God, along with God the Father and God the Son (Jesus).  Because He is the Spirit of God, He was present at creation (Genesis 1:2).  He is now present with every believer in Christ (1 Corinthians 6:19).  He testifies about Jesus (John 15:26) and guides us to the truth (John 16:13).  He intercedes for us when we don’t know how to pray (Romans 8:26) and He can be grieved by our failures to live as Christians (Ephesians 4:30).  We can quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19) by not listening to Him or being obedient to Him.  We always have the Holy Spirit with us, if we are in Christ, and He will help us to glorify Jesus if we will listen to Him and learn from Him.  He is God’s gift to us and will produce fruit in us if we will let Him (Galatians 5:22-23).  Get to know the Holy Spirit!  A good place to start is to read from the gospel of John, chapters 14-16.

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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