Northgate Free Methodist Church

Top Ten – May 18th

May 18, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Volunteer Spotlight This past week we held our second Volunteer Appreciation Open House. This is a simple way for us to say “Thanks!” to every one of you who contributes to making Northgate a great place to worship God, grow in faith and use our gifts. Blessings on you all!

 

  1. Vote This Weekend For A-Team MembersThis weekend is the election for our Administrative Team. The following people are on the ballot for the 2 A-Team positions and a Reserve Delegate position: Bill Hayes, Kelly Flores, Melissa Huntzinger, Chris Laird and Nate Blowers. All members of the church are invited to cast a ballot this weekend.

 

  1. Caregiver Support OpportunityDo you have experience working with, or have an interest in assisting people who have dementia?  We have a need for 2 people, for 4 hours per month and this would take place here at the church.  If you are interested and would like please contact Pastor Greg at greg@northgatefmc.com. (A big “Thank you” to the three people who have stepped up to this already!)

 

  1. We Gave a Cow on Mother’s DayNot “we had a cow” but we gave a cow! In honor of all Northgate-related moms we made a donation to International Child Care Ministries to provide a cow to the village of Gahanda in Rwanda. A cow is a valuable resource to the village, providing milk and fertilizer. We hope our Northgate moms know how much we appreciate them, and we believe that by giving this gift in your honor we are passing on your love to the families of Gahanda. Thank you!

 

  1. Day of Caring ReportMore than 30 people from our congregation representing Northgate or their agencies and companies participated in the United Way Day of Caring this week. Our Youth Director, Sean Donnellan was interviewed as part of this and said it well: “It’s important to jump in and be a part of the community, and connect with the other groups and organizations.” He’s right! What a great way to show our local community the love of Jesus in action. If you want to see more about the day go to our Northgate Facebook page (@northgatefmc).

 

  1. Father’s Day BaptismsWe’ve had some requests for baptisms, and so we are scheduling a “This Changes Everything” weekend for June 17th and 18th. If you’d like to be baptized, or have a child baptized or dedicated, please let Pastor Vern know (vern@northgatefmc.com).

 

  1. July 4th At Northgate NorthKelley Switzer is organizing a July 4th “Firework Watching” at Northgate that will include food and fun activities. Our North campus has a pretty good viewing of the fireworks display that follows the Muckdog game, and we are inviting people to come and watch from our parking lot. If you are looking for a place to take in the show, consider coming out to the North campus and join in.

 

  1. Community Room Being RemodeledMike McGrath and crew have begun remodeling the Community Room at South and we are very excited. Our MOPS program has grown and needs space, and other community groups and church groups use that room, and it has needed an upgrade for a while. Thanks to Mike, and others, it’s happening!

 

  1. New MOPS ThemeSpeaking of MOPS, Shawna Dorman, one of our MOPS leaders, shared with me the theme for the 2017-18 MOPS year: “Free Indeed.” Here’s a bit about what the year will be about, from the MOPS material for the Fall: (It sounds great!)

Sometimes, especially as moms with young kids, life can sneak up on us, and we don’t realize that we have gotten stuck. Stuck in patterns of thinking or habits that are holding us captive. This is the year that changes, this is the year we will stop settling for what simply gets us by and do the work to get to what’s best. We will examine our worries and not believe everything we feel. We will bask in the freedom of living loved by understanding who God is, and who we are because of it. We will be free from the need to hustle for our worth, and we will live in the truth that we are already loved and loveable, without all the striving. We will parent with fresh perspective and will treat ourselves with tenderness, because love is the loudest voice we hear, and it is proclaiming freedom and favor.

  1. Foster Parents Needed – Being a foster family can be challenging but it is also an opportunity to show the love of Jesus in a very tangible and extremely valuable way. If you think it’s a calling that God may be putting into your heart, you can get more information by calling the Department of Social Services at 344-2580, x6414.

 

You Can Count on This – “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matt. 7:13-14

The gate may be small, but Jesus invites all to come through it. It’s not that Jesus is exclusive: he’s just honest. The only way to life is through him, but all may come.

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 – May 11th

May 11, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Volunteer Spotlight Do you volunteer or serve Northgate in any capacity? Maybe you take a turn in the Preschool room, or make coffee or direct traffic. Do you usher, greet, rock babies, teach, stand behind the Connect Desk or Information Desk? Do you serve in another role? Regardless of how often or where you serve, the Northgate staff would like to invite you to a Volunteer Appreciation Night on May 16th from 6-8pm in the North campus Café. This is an informal time and you can come and go as you need to. The staff will provide some refreshments and a “Thank you!” We hope you can join us!

 

  1. A-Team Election Coming UpOn May 20 & 21 we will be holding elections for our Administrative Team. The following people are on the ballot for the 2 A-Team positions and a Reserve Delegate position: Bill Hayes, Kelly Flores, Melissa Huntzinger, Chris Laird and Nate Blowers. All members of the church are invited to cast a ballot that weekend.

 

  1. Caregiver Support OpportunityDo you have experience working with, or have an interest in assisting people who have dementia?  We have a need for 2 people, for 4 hours per month and this would take place here at the church.  If you are interested and would like to learn more, please contact Pastor Greg, by calling the church office, or via email at greg@northgatefmc.com.

 

  1. Summit IIOver 90 people (along with 25+ children) attended our annual church meeting and the feedback was very positive – thank you! We heard updates from staff, received a positive financial report, shared a meal and elected a Delegate/A-Team Member (Dave Kibler) and two Nominating Team members (Julie Varland and Al Stevens). Thank you also to those who provided the meal and childcare – you helped make this a successful event!

 

  1. Bible Trek Movie NightKids from pre-school age on up are invited to a movie night on Friday, May 19th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The movie Angry Birds will be shown, and in addition there will be food and games. Please bring a snack to share and ask a friend to join you. And parents, this is a chance for you to have a kid-free date night! For more information, contact Pastor John at john@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Father’s Day BaptismsWe’ve had some requests for baptisms, and so we are scheduling a “This Changes Everything” weekend for June 17th and 18th. If you’d like to be baptized, or have a child baptized or dedicated, please let Pastor Vern know (vern@northgatefmc.com).

 

  1. Summer’s Best 2 WeeksWe are celebrating with our Youth Director Sean the fact that Morgan Wagner, an Attica High School physical education teacher and coach, has agreed to be a co-director for Summer’s Best 2 Weeks. We welcome Morgan to that role and thank her for her assistance in what is a great outreach event for our church!

 

  1. Save the DateThis summer, churches of our area will be working together to hold a gathering called the Here and Now Festival. This is a follow up to the Greater Tabernacle Campaign held last year at the fairgrounds. The Here and Now Festival will take place August 25-26 and will be held at Austin Park. Northgate will be represented musically by Brothers McClurg (Anthony’s band) and by volunteers staffing a tent where information will be available for ministries of the church. Karen VanWyngaarden is leading up the tent ministry and if you’d like to be involved you can contact her at karenvw@aol.com.

 

  1. Welcome Lukas!There’s a transition happening in our Tech Director position. Rick Dunn, who has served us so well there, is resigning due to increased demands on his time with his full-time work. He’ll continue to serve as “Lead Volunteer” but Lukas Iverson will be replacing him in the part-time position. Lukas is a great guy and we’re glad to have him on board. Thanks Rick, and Lukas, for helping us with everything tech!

 

  1. Willow Creek Global SummitThis August we are a video host for Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit. This is a great opportunity for us to reach out to local leaders and invite them to attend what has become a powerful two day leadership conference. For more information about the Summit, which occurs August 10th and 11th, or to register and get the best price on registration, contact Pastor John at john@northgatefmc.com
  • P.S. – You may notice, in the future, a satellite dish placed on the roof of the church. This is provided by Willow Creek at no cost to us so that we can provide the simulcast. We’ll be able to keep it and use it later too! One of the benefits of being part of this Summit. Thank you John, Mark, Anthony and Rick for your work on it.

 

You Can Count on This – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matt. 7:1-2

God wants us to come to Him with our needs and desires. And He promises to meet them. Not always as we’d expect, but He will take care of us. Our part is to ask and to trust. As scripture goes on to say, God will only give us “good gifts!”

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 – May 3rd

May 3, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Volunteer Spotlight Do you volunteer or serve Northgate in any capacity? Maybe you take a turn in the Preschool room, or make coffee or direct traffic. Do you usher, greet, rock babies, teach, stand behind the Connect Desk or Information Desk? Do you serve in another role? Regardless of how often or where you serve, the Northgate staff would like to invite you to a Volunteer Appreciation Night on May 16th from 6-8pm in the North campus Café. This is an informal time and you can come and go as you need to. The staff will provide some refreshments and a “Thank you!” We hope you can join us!

 

  1. Congratulations Chris!Pastor Chris (one of our Arbor House pastors) recently was named Director of Covenant Acres, a camp and retreat center in Pike, NY affiliated with the Free Methodist Church. They are offering summer camps this year for youth and teens during the month of July. Covenant Acres is a beautiful facility and if you’d like to know more about the summer camps you can write to office@covenantacres.org or see Chris!

 

  1. Summit IIOver 90 people (along with 25+ children) attended our annual church meeting and the feedback was very positive – thank you! We heard updates from staff, received a positive financial report, shared a meal and elected a Delegate/A-Team Member (Dave Kibler) and two Nominating Team members (Julie Varland and Al Stevens). Thank you also to those who provided the meal and childcare – you helped make this a successful event!

 

  1. Bible Trek Movie NightKids from pre-school age on up are invited to a movie night on Friday, May 19th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The movie Angry Birds will be shown, and in addition there will be food and games. Please bring a snack to share and ask a friend to join you. And parents, this is a chance for you to have a kid-free date night! For more information, contact Pastor John at john@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Father’s Day BaptismsWe’ve had some requests for baptisms, and so we are scheduling a “This Changes Everything” weekend for June 17th and 18th. If you’d like to be baptized, or have a child baptized or dedicated, please let Pastor Vern know (vern@northgatefmc.com).

 

  1. Summer’s Best 2 WeeksWe are celebrating with our Youth Director Sean the fact that Morgan Wagner, an Attica High School physical education teacher and coach, has agreed to be a co-director for Summer’s Best 2 Weeks. We welcome Morgan to that role and thank her for her assistance in what is a great outreach event for our church!

 

  1. Congratulations Kelley!We want to congratulate our Early Childhood Director Kelley Switzer, who was asked to attend a Kidmin Connect Conference in North Charlestown, South Carolina last weekend. Kelley spoke about what it’s like to make transitions in ministry, calling on her family’s experience of going to Ohio to help plant a church that eventually closed, and then returning to serve at our South campus, before coming up to North and doing what she is now. While that’s a lot of transitioning, we are very glad to have Kelley here at Northgate. She’s doing a great job!

 

  1. Gahanda UpdatePeople of Northgate… you continue to blow us away with your generosity. Thank you for giving to the work we are engaged in for Gahanda, Rwanda. Thanks to you we are able to supply them with the funds they need to make the desks they lack, and the school uniforms that mean so much to the kids. Those funds are on their way and I know that through them God is sending the message that we care about the people of Gahanda, and so does He. Thank you for being such a blessing to them!

 

  1. A-Team Election Coming UpOn May 20 & 21 we will be holding elections for our Administrative Team. The following people are on the ballot for the 2 A-Team positions and a Reserve Delegate position: Bill Hayes, Kelly Flores, Melissa Huntzinger, Chris Laird and Nate Blowers. All members of the church are invited to cast a ballot that weekend.

 

  1. Willow Creek Global SummitThis August we are a video host for Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit. This is a great opportunity for us to reach out to local leaders and invite them to attend what has become a powerful two day leadership conference. For more information about the Summit, which occurs August 10th and 11th, or to register and get the best price on registration, contact Pastor John at john@northgatefmc.com

 

You Can Count on This – “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2

While we are responsible to be discerning about sin, we are not to be people who condemn others, especially if we are at the same time excusing our own sin! It’s easy to call out sin in someone else; harder to identify our own sometimes. For many of us, a less judgmental and more forgiving, loving nature would be a good thing.

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 – April 27th

April 27, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Volunteer Spotlight Do you volunteer or serve Northgate in any capacity? Maybe you take a turn in the Preschool room, or make coffee or direct traffic. Do you usher, greet, rock babies, teach, stand behind the Connect Desk or Information Desk? Do you serve in another role? Regardless of how often or where you serve, the Northgate staff would like to invite you to a Volunteer Appreciation Night on May 16th from 6-8pm in the North campus Café. This is an informal time and you can come and go as you need to. The staff will provide some refreshments and a “Thank you!” We hope you can join us!

 

  1. Women in His WordThere is a new on-line women’s study of the book of Ruth starting on May 1st. Patti Chadwick is the hostess and the study will run through May 26th. If you’d like to join in or want more information, contact Patti at patti.chadwick@juno.com or call her at 297-3009.

 

  1. Summit IIThe Summit is what we call our annual church meeting (some of you will know this as the Society Meeting). This year the Summit will be held this Sunday, April 30th from 12:30 to 2 p.m. We will have childcare for young children and a light lunch for those who stay after service. The Summit II will be an opportunity to hear about what’s been happening at Northgate, and our vision going forward. We’ll also be holding a short election for Nominating Team members and our Delegate.

 

  1. Bible Trek Movie NightKids from pre-school age on up are invited to a movie night on Friday, May 19th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The movie Angry Birds will be shown, and in addition there will be food and games. Please bring a snack to share and ask a friend to join you. And parents, this is a chance for you to have a kid-free date night! For more information, contact Pastor John at john@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Father’s Day BaptismsWe’ve had some requests for baptisms, and so we are scheduling a “This Changes Everything” weekend for June 17th and 18th. If you’d like to be baptized, or have a child baptized or dedicated, please let Pastor Vern know (vern@northgatefmc.com). We’ll celebrate our “Good, good Father” through baptisms on Father’s Day!

 

  1. May is Mental Health Month Did you know… fewer than 1/3 of adults and ½ of children who have mental health needs receive any level of treatment in any one year. Mental illness is treatable and we are good resources in Genesee County for people seeking help. If you need to know more, please ask! vern@northgatefmc.com

 

  1. Prayer GroupsPastor Greg would like to invite you to join one of our Northgate Prayer Groups! We have two that meet regularly… both on Wednesdays. The early group meets at 1pm in Meeting Room #3 and the late group begins at 6pm. Both are at North campus. Prayer is essential to our relationship with God and to what we do as a church, so please think about joining one of these groups, and if you can’t, please keep our church in your prayers.

 

  1. Gahanda UpdateWhat an amazing congregation! We took up a spontaneous (unplanned for the weekend) offering for desks and uniforms for the kids of Gahanda, Rwanda last week, and you gave so generously we have practically covered the need completely! In addition, 15 more children were sponsored, bringing our sponsorships up to 61! You are a loving and giving congregation and I know God will bless us for this! Thank you!

 

  1. Caregivers ConnectionSusan Wakefield would like to extend an invitation to anyone who is a caregiver for another, to find support and encouragement through the Caregivers Connection. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, 29% of the U.S. population provides care for an aging, disabled or chronically ill family member or friend. If you are a caregiver, and want to connect, get a hold of Susan at 297-0466.

 

  1. Willow Creek Global SummitThis August we are a video host for Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit. This is a great opportunity for us to reach out to local leaders and invite them to attend what has become a powerful two day leadership conference. For more information about the Summit, which occurs August 10th and 11th, check out the website at https://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership/#about

 

You Can Count on This – “Therefore I tell you do not worry about your life… Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25a, 27

How would my life be made more joyful, less stressed, more fulfilling if I could eliminate worry from my life? How would my relationships be improved? What might I dare to do? How would my sleep patterns change? My eating habits? How much more energy might I have? Who of the people around me might be happier if I was less worried? How can I begin to live with more faith and less worry today?

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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