Top Ten - November 16

1. Great Day of Giving This weekend we’ll receive this special offering. It will be 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. Please pray and consider how you might want to give this year. Thank you!

2. Flower City Work Camp 2024 Pastor DL is leading a group of youth to Rochester from April 1-5, 2024, for Flower City Work Camp. Currently, he still requires assistance in filling the required adult volunteer roles. These roles play a crucial part in supporting our students during the camp. For every 3 students Northgate sends to FCWC, we need to provide 1 required adult leader. Required adult leaders should be available to serve from Monday, April 1st, to Thursday, April 4th, approximately from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM each day. There are four different types of required leaders:

1. **Worksite Teams:** Performing home repairs, light construction, renovation, painting, and yardwork.
 
2. **Sidewalk Clubs:** Reaching out to neighborhood kids through music, drama, crafts, and sports.
 
3. **Basketball and Soccer Camps:** Teaching about teamwork and competing in tournament-style play.
 
4. **Agency Support Teams:** Conducting service projects for other local area non-profits.

If you are interested in serving in any of these roles or would like more information, please contact DL at dl@northgatefmc.com.

3. "Centered" Date Change for December Northgate is hosting Turner’s annual service of remembrance this year on Wednesday, December 6. That means we need to move the Centered prayer and worship service for the month of December only. We’ll have Centered on the second Wednesday, December 13 at 6pm. Please pass this on to anyone you know who might miss the announcement. Thanks!

4. Vintage Christmas There’s quite a bit of excitement around the office as we get ready for Vintage Christmas, our annual community-minded celebration of the coming of Jesus! This year we are holding Vintage Christmas during one week (instead of consecutive weekends) on a Thursday and Friday. The dates are December 7 and December 8, from 6-8pm. There will be food, the Nativity story journey through the woods, lighting of the Christmas tree, children’s movies playing, good fellowship around a fire and more. We hope you’ll plan to attend one night or two and plan to invite some friends to join you!

5. Angel Tree Every year we support the work of the Salvation Army in numerous ways. One of those is by helping needy families to have a wonderful Christmas through the Angel Tree. Trees and tags will be available beginning November 18-19.

6. Pancakes and PJs Our Children’s ministry team is planning a fun event for children in K-4 and their potty-trained younger siblings. Wear your pancakes and bring your pajamas… no, wait, I mean wear your pajamas and come enjoy some pancakes! This happens Saturday, December 16 from 10-noon and if you want more information contact Becca – becca2northgatefmc.com.

7. Thanksgiving Baskets This coming Saturday a group of Northgaters will 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. Playground Work Quite a bit of progress has been made on our Adventure Playground this year, and the plan is to keep working as long as weather allows. Right now, work happens on Fridays and Saturdays (unless it’s raining or too windy) from 9:30-noon. And Thanksgiving week work will be underway from Monday – Wednesday from 9:30-noon.

10. Sight and Sound Trip to See “Daniel” Angelique has been putting the final touches on a trip to see “Daniel” at Sight and Sound in Lancaster, PA next June. We had a full bus go down this year to see "Moses" and it was wonderful! If you’d like to get your name on the list for more information on the trip to see “Daniel” you can email Angelique at angelique@northgatefmc.com.

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!

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 – 2 Timothy 2:24 – And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. (Read 2 Timothy 2:1-26)

Something must have been happening in the church that Timothy was overseeing, that wasn’t pleasing to Paul. Three times in this chapter he speaks to the problem of quarreling. He tells Timothy to warn God’s people against quarreling over words (v.14), to avoid “foolish and stupid arguments” that produce quarrels (v.23), and he states that God’s servants must not be quarrelsome. Something tells me that church tended to quarrel! Do we? The scriptures are clear that quarrelsomeness is not something that should characterize the people of Christ. With all the strident voices around us these days, let’s stand out for our kind, gentle, Christ-honoring, loving ways. Even toward those who are somehow opposed to our Christian faith, as Paul makes clear in verse 24. Our job is to carry the message of the gospel with the love of Jesus and trust God to help people get free from the snares of the devil. Let’s do our part… with no quarreling!

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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