Top Ten - November 2

This weekend we will be observing communion in all our worship services.

1. Veteran’s Dinner We’d like to show our love and appreciation for Veterans and their guest, and for those who currently serve our country in one of the Armed Forces and their guest: Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard or National Guard. We’ll be hosting a dinner to honor these individuals on November 16. For planning purposes we’d appreciate knowing how many might attend so please contact Angelique at angelique@northgatefmc.com with that information or to ask questions. And you can let us know you’re coming by registering here: https://northgatefmc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1980164

2. Next Thursday is the Prime Timers Lunch November 9 is the next Prime Timers lunch. Turkey and pie will be provided. Please bring a dish to pass! Mark Logan and Allison Lang will be sharing on their recent short term mission trip to Gahanda. If you can please bring some canned or boxed food items for Salvation Army food bank.

3. Great Day of Giving Every year we receive a special offering the weekend before Thanksgiving which is divided three ways: world missions, local missions and capital improvement. The local missions that we will be blessing this year will be All Babies Cherished, Habitat for Humanity, Care-a-Van and Angel Gowns. More information about this will be coming over the next few weeks, but we wanted to give you time to pray and consider how you might want to give this year. Thank you!

4. Bret and Jan Shetler Are Headed to Morocco They will be helping their son Jay and his wife Ashley who are moving to Morocco to serve God, and have invited Bret and Jen to come and care for their three young children, 5-year-old Odelia, 2-year-old Witness, and 1-year-old Rosie, while they get settled and learn the language and discern how God wants to use them in their new ministry.

This weekend, November 4/5, we will have a time of prayer with Bret and Jen in each of our worship services. Specific prayer requests include raising the funds they will need for this time; travel mercies; adjusting to a new culture; and wisdom, grace and patience for the care and support they will be providing their family in Morocco. Thank you for keeping them in your prayers! And if you would like to help them financially you can find a copy of their support letter at the Information Desk.

5. Prayer Walks at GCC – A group led by Rosalina has begun holding a prayer walk at GCC on Mondays from 11-noon. All are welcome to join in praying for our local college students.

6. Old Testament Survey Class Pastor Chris will be teaching an Old Testament Survey class this Fall on 12/2 (Saturday) from 10am-12pm at North. There is no cost for a Northgate attender to take this class. If you’re interested in a college level class on the Old Testament, talk to Chris – chris@northgatefmc.com.

7. Thanksgiving Baskets – Every year we prepare and deliver 30 Thanksgiving gifts to migrant families living in our area. These gifts are all the foods necessary to have a nice Thanksgiving meal. This is one way we can show our appreciation to a group of people who work hard in our local agricultural community. If you’d like to help support this ministry, you can give through an offering envelope (mark it “Thanksgiving Baskets” or through Kindrid (from the Northgate App or website). Thank you!

8. Gatherings for Moms…
  • MOPS meets on the 2nd/4th Tuesdays at 6pm at North
  • The Mommy and Me play group meets every Tuesday at 9:30am at North

9. Prayer Altar We installed this as a reminder that we are to be a “House of Prayer.” Our hope is that people will use this altar as they are led to pray, perhaps before or after services, or during a worship song or time of congregational prayer. Please feel free to come forward at those times if you sense God calling you to do so.

10. Prayer Shawl Ministry – The Prayer Shawl team meets the first Saturday of every month at 10am at Northgate North. This group makes prayer shawls which are given out to people going through difficult times in their lives. All are welcome to come and join in; if you don’t know how to knit a shawl this is a great place to learn!

Some of the Small Groups Meeting This Fall:

Listening to the Language of the Bible Rick and Sara Kent are leading another semester of this small group on Sundays at 9:30 in Room 2/3. This is from the Amazon description of the book… By examining the Hebraic, Jewish cultural context of some of the Bible's seemingly odd phrases, it shares insights that clarify reading and deepen Bible study. Readers will discover the deeper meaning of the Scriptures in light of its heart-language, Hebrew. All are welcome!

Parenting Adult Children Group Parenting Adult Children is held on Sundays at 9:30 in room #1!  Debbie Vick leads this study of the book Finding Joy in the Empty Nest: Discover Purpose and Passion in the Next Phase of Life, written by Jim Burns. If you have any questions, please contact Angelique at angelique@northgatefmc.com.

Women’s Journey Women who want to examine God’s Word together are invited to North on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in Room 2/3.  We will discuss how the whole of scripture ties together and how it personally connects to each of us.  Our desire is to know the heart of Jesus and live our purpose revealed through His Word.

Embers: An Intergenerational Bible study For All Ages This study looks into God’s Word and explores simple ways to apply it to life.  We examine earthly stories from the Bible that have Heavenly meaning and check our understanding through a window and a mirror.  This group will also explore ways to reach into the community sharing God’s love with others in need.  Come as an individual or as a whole family and share real life together. This group meets at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings in Room #6.

Young Adults (18-29) Bible Study Brandon Northup is leading this study at 11 AM in room #4 (next to Cafe).  This group looks at topics relevant to this phase of life and what the Bible says about this season of life.  Hope to see you there!
  • And Base parents… please save 11/17-19 as the dates for the Base Fall Retreat to be held at Camp LeTourneau. Registration is open for this on the website: northgatefmc.com. Or use this link… https://northgatefmc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1925731

Northgate Book Club The book we are reading together is Jesus In Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion by Anne Graham Lotz. Here is what to expect from this book:



The Holy Spirit is not a magic genie, a flame of fire, or a vague feeling; he is our constant companion! Lotz draws on biblical knowledge and personal stories---including her recent cancer diagnosis---to help us understand and appreciate
the meaning behind seven of the titles given to this Third Person: Helper, Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor, Strengthener, and Standby.

For more information contact Angelique (angelique@northgatefmc.com).

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You Can Count on This – 1 Timothy 6:9-10 – Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (Read 1 Timothy 6:1-21)


Have you ever heard someone say, “Money is the root of all evil”? If so, as a knowledgeable Bible reader you are free to correct them! God does not say, “Money is the root of all evil” but rather, “the love of money is the root of all evil.” God is not against people prospering. He allowed Jacob and Joseph to prosper. We are told to be obedient to God so that we may prosper. Proverbs 11:25 says, “A generous person will prosper” and Proverbs 16:20, “Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.”

To prosper means to do well, and that doesn’t always mean get wealthy. But if God does give us wealth, that’s only a problem if we come to love it, or live for it, get greedy, hoard it or make it our life’s purpose to get it. However, using it to share God’s love, meet real needs, be generous toward others and glorify God with it… those are good things! So don’t love money; love God; and use what He gives you to honor Him.

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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