Pastor Vern's Top Ten

Note: This Top Ten is actually a “Ten + Ten”!

1.  Apple Tree - School Supplies Please remember to bring your school supplies for the Apple Tree back to the church this weekend, so we can pass them on to the Salvation Army for distribution.  And thank you for helping our local kids in this way.

2.  Want to Have Great Relationships With Your Adult Children? A new small group will be meeting on Sundays at North at 8:30am called “Navigating Life with Adult Children”.  This is a Chip Ingram study, and it will be facilitated by Debbie Vick.  Everyone is welcome!  Please let Pastor Marsha (marsha@northgatefmc.com) know if you’d like to attend or want more information.  

3.  Divorce Care and Grief Share Groups Are Forming A new Divorce Care group will be starting on September 18 at 6pm at the North Campus.  This group is open to anyone who has been divorced, whether or not they attend Northgate.  And a new Grief Share group starts on October 5.  Anybody who has suffered a loss, whether part of Northgate or not, is welcome to come to this helpful and supportive group.  For more information please check out our website or contact John Chadwick at patti.chadwick@juno.com.

4. “Centered” – Time for Worship and Prayer The next “Centered” evening will be on Wednesday, September 1 at 6pm.  Please note the change in the day, from Sunday to Wednesday.  We spend an hour or so singing worship songs and praying for all kinds of needs and offering praise to God.  All are welcome!  Join us in the North Campus sanctuary.

5. “Early Birds” Small Group This small group will be meeting again beginning in September.  It’s called “Early Birds” because it meets at 8:30am at North and all are welcome to attend!  This group of people enjoy meeting together and are responsible for the rummage sales we’ve held the last couple of years, which have generated significant funds that have been used to support our work in missions in other parts of the world.  If you’d like more information on this group, contact Pastor Marsha at marsha@northgatefmc.com.

6. “Soul Pain Revealed” Pastor Marsha and Pastor Vern will share the leadership of this small group which begins in September.  The group will be using a book and study guide developed by local psychologist Dr. Julie Caton, which is about the intersection of spiritual and emotional healing.  Solidly grounded in our Christian faith this group will be helpful to anyone looking to live with more joy!  Contact Pastor Marsha or Pastor Vern to sign up or go to the Northgate website (northgatefmc.com).  The group will meet on Sundays at North at 9:30am.

7.  Join Us for “In the Beginning” On Monday nights at 6:30pm beginning September 13 Pastor Vern will be teaching on the book of Genesis.  We’ll be studying a chapter a week, taking the time to get to understand God’s word better.  All are welcome, and we’ll be meeting in person as well as by zoom.  If you were part of the last Spring’s Revelation study you’ll be getting an email about this one; if you were not part of that study and want to join in on this one, please let Pastor Vern know at vern@northgatefmc.com.

8.  EMT Class We have the opportunity to offer one person a free spot in a comprehensive EMT training class.  The class will meet at our South Campus and it begins in September.  This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to become an EMT, but there is only one spot available, so if you are interested, please contact Allison soon at allison@northgatefmc.com.

9. “Out of the Whirlwind” This is a new study being offered this October on Tuesdays at 6:30 (North Campus).  Pastor Chris and Pastor Marsha will be leading it and the focus will be on the book of Job.  Please sign up on the website or contact Pastor Chris or Pastor Marsha if you’d like more information.

10. Volunteer Help Needed As we approach our launch day in September, we are looking for some volunteer help!  We want to be ready to welcome people well, returning attenders and new guests and visitors too.  To that end we need people to…
•Help Rene and George direct traffic in our parking lot
•Greet at the front doors
•Staff the Information and Volunteer check-in desks
If you are interested in any of these positions, please let Pastor John know at john@northgatefmc.com, and please receive our heart-felt thanks!

10+1. Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPS)  MOPS will be meeting this Fall, beginning with a kickoff service on Wednesday September 22 at 6:30pm.  One change to note is that MOPS will be meeting at our North Campus this year (8160 Bank St. Rd. Batavia) and meetings will be held on the 2nd Wednesday in the morning and the 4th Wednesday in the evening.  For more information contact Pastor Marsha.

10+2. Women’s Journey on Wednesday Evenings – This women’s group will be meeting at 7pm at our North Campus and beginning September 12 they will be talking about “Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation”, a study by Ruth Haley Barton.  All women are invited to attend.  You can get more information on this group by contacting… (guess who!) Pastor Marsha!

10+3. The Men’s Group Also Meets on Wednesday Evenings And they also meet at 7pm.  Mike Marsh facilitates this group, and it is open to all of the men of Northgate as well as their friends and family members.  

10+4. Celebrate Recovery on Thursday Nights CR meets year-round and is a place to get support and encouragement for dealing with the various hurts, habits, and hang-ups we all face. The meetings are Thursday at 6:30pm and Pastor Dave is the pastor to contact if you’d like more information on CR.  You can reach him at dave@northgatefmc.com.

10+5. Get to Know Northgate – The first three Sundays of each month the Northgate pastors will rotate leading “Northgate 101” at 9:30. This group will provide an opportunity to learn more about Northgate, ask questions of the pastors and also serve as the “Membership Class” for anyone who is interested in membership.  Sign-ups aren’t needed – and all are welcome, whether you are new to Northgate or have attended for many years!  

10+6. Get to Know the Pastors and Staff And if you’d just like to spend some time with the pastors and staff in a more informal setting, join us for some refreshments and conversation on the 3rd Sunday of the month after the second service at North.  Again, all are welcome regardless of how long you’ve called Northgate home.

10+7. Middle School Group Middle School youth will be meeting again at 11am on Sundays at North.  Pastor Daniel oversees our youth and young adult ministries and has a great team of people helping him to provide a worthwhile experience for young people.  If you have any questions or would like to help serve in this area, contact him at daniel@northgatefmc.com.

10+8. Senior High Group And the group for Senior High students will meet at the same time on Sundays – 11am.  Again, contact Pastor Daniel if you have any questions.

10+9. The Friendship Class – This group is for adults with special needs and has been led for many years by Jenise LaLonde and Skip Smith.  If you’d like to know more about this group, please contact Pastor Marsha.  They meet on Sundays at 11am.

10+10. The Prayer Team & the Missions Team – Finally, if you’re interested in praying with others during the 9:30 service on Sunday mornings you can join our Prayer Team in Room #4.  And if you’re interested in Missions (local and global) you can join the Missions Team which meets on the last Sunday of the month after second service in Room #1.  All are welcome to either or both groups.

That’s a lot of information, but we want to be sure you are aware of the opportunities for fellowship and growth that are available here.  There are other opportunities as well, and maybe you have an idea for a group or want more information on these.  If that’s the case, the best contact person is Pastor Marsha (marsha@northgatefmc.com) and you can check out our website too (northgatefmc.com).  Thanks!

You Can Count on This – Acts 25:23 – The next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp and entered the audience room with the high-ranking military officers and the prominent men of the city.  At the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. (Read Acts 25:1-27)

Paul’s journey to Rome continues to take shape.  Although in this chapter he doesn’t physically make any progress in getting closer to Rome, appearing before King Agrippa is one step toward that.  The irony of this meeting is that Paul, a moral, God-worshiping, and God-loving man is a prisoner, while King Agrippa, an immoral man who is living with his sister Bernice as husband and wife, is a man of power and is free to live as he pleases.  This would be one of those times someone might want to cry out, “That’s not fair!” but then, as we often need to be reminded, God doesn’t promise that as Christians we’ll be treated fairly in this world; only that we’ll be treated justly by God in the next.  Paul is a wonderful example of a man who can deal with being treated unfairly, and yet continue to proclaim and witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ despite his circumstances.  May God give all of us that kind of fortitude through the power of the Holy Spirit!

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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