Northgate Free Methodist Church

Top Ten – June 15th

June 15, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. “This Changes Everything”This weekend we are planning to baptize or dedicate 16 people from our congregation! This is a wonderful thing and something to celebrate. Every one of these represents a life being changed by the love of Jesus. Let’s make sure we praise God for each one!

 

  1. Congratulations to Our Bible Trek Kids! In our Bible Trek ministry the kids were challenged to memorize verses from the Bible. Congratulations to those who memorized one or more, and a special “way to go!” to those who memorized all five: Alicyn Rippel, Anna Kent, Grace Keller, Elijah McMillan, and Samuel McMillan. May God bless you for the work you put into learning His word! (And thank you, Leaders, for helping them!)

 

  1. Bring and Build and SendOur mission as a church is to bring people to Jesus, build them up in that relationship and send them out to change the world. Most of the time the “sending” is local: to our families, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, etc. Sometimes people hear God ask them to explore something that takes them further away. Stephen and Linny Emanuele are in the midst of discerning God’s will for them regarding serving as missionaries in Oostende, Belgium. They have spent time exploring this with Rev. Mitch Pierce, the FM Missions Area Director for Eastern Europe. Their next step is an exploratory trip to Belgium this July. Please keep them in prayer as they prepare, and if you’d like to help them with their expenses, please mark the donation accordingly. Thanks!

 

  1. Save the Date (1) for Habitat for HumanityEvery year we volunteer with Habitat for Humanity by participating in a build day. Northgate’s build day this year is Saturday, July 22nd. We’ll get more information to you on this in coming weeks, but if you’re available, think about coming out to help – it’s for a good cause and it’s a lot of fun too!

 

  1. Save the Date (2) for the Set Free ConferenceSummer is almost here, and things will get busy, so please take a moment to mark down on your calendar the Set Free Conference. Northgate will be holding this conference in partnership with Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church. It will take place at our North Campus on September 23rd starting at 8:30am and going until noon. This conference will be focused on informing people about the reality of the human trafficking that occurs here in the U.S. and around the world, and in our own state. More information will be coming!

  

  1. Follow Up to United Way Day of CaringWe received this note from the Batavia Cemetery Association this week:   On behalf of the Batavia Cemetery Association, I would like to send a big “Thank You” to you and the members of your church who participated in the Day of Caring. Your hard work saved us several hundred dollars and helped us to maintain this most beautiful and historic site. Sincerely, Sharon Burkel

 

  1. Friday Night Singles GroupAnn wanted me to let you know that the Friday night Singles Group that has been meeting is taking a summer rest and will start up again in the fall. Thank you, Anne, for launching this ministry – I know it has blessed people!

 

  1. Star Spangled 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 you to come and watch from our parking lot, and bring a friend!

 

  1. The “Here and Now Festival” is Coming in August August 25 and 26th to be exact. Anthony and Brothers McClurg will be performing along with other well-known worship bands. There will be food trucks, vendors, a kids stage and more. Karen VanWyngaarden is our Northgate representative to the planning team and if you want more information you can contact her at karenvw@aol.com. You can also get a flyer at the Information Desk.

 

  1. Light and Life MagazineThis is our Free Methodist denomination’s monthly magazine and it’s a good way to learn about what is going on with our leadership and our churches. Look for this month’s edition on a table in the Adult Wing hallway. The June copy is focused on “Change.”

 

You Can Count on This – Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone is Israel with such great faith. – Matthew 8:10 (Read Matthew 8:5-13)

Who’s connected to Jesus, and who isn’t? This passage of scripture emphasizes that it is those who have faith in him who are in. Even if they never thought they could be accepted by God. Even if they felt like outsiders and strangers. Even if they come from a long ways away. Even if they feel unworthy. Faith in Jesus is the key to relationship with Jesus.

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 – June 8th

June 8, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Congratulations to Our Bible Trek Kids! In our Bible Trek ministry the kids were challenged to memorize verses from the Bible. Congratulations to everyone who memorized one or more, and a special “way to go!” to those who memorized all five: Alicyn Rippel, Anna Kent, Grace Keller, Elijah McMillan, and Samuel McMillan. May God bless you for the work you put into learning His word! (And thank you, Leaders, for helping them!)

 

  1. Bring and Build and SendOur mission as a church is to bring people to Jesus, build them up in that relationship and send them out to change the world. Most of the time the “sending” is local: to our families, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, etc. Sometimes people hear God ask them to explore something that takes them further away. Stephen and Linny Emanuele are in the midst of discerning God’s will for them regarding serving as missionaries in Oostende, Belgium. They have spent time exploring this with Rev. Mitch Pierce, the FM Missions Area Director for Eastern Europe. Their next step is an exploratory trip to Belgium this July. Please keep them in prayer as they prepare, and if you’d like to help them with their expenses, please mark the donation accordingly. Thanks!

 

  1. Save the Date (1) for Habitat for HumanityEvery year we try to help Habitat for Humanity by participating in a build day. Northgate’s build day this year is Saturday, July 22nd. We’ll get more information to you on this in coming weeks, but if you’re available, think about coming out to help – it’s for a good cause and it’s a lot of fun too!

 

  1. Save the Date (2) for the Set Free ConferenceSummer is almost here, and things will get busy, so please take a moment to mark down on your calendar the Set Free Conference. Northgate will be holding this conference in partnership with Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church. It will take place at our North Campus on September 23rd starting at 8:30am and going until noon. This conference will be focused on informing people about the reality of the human trafficking that occurs here in the U.S. and around the world, and in our own state. More information will be coming!

 

  1. Thank you TerriTerri Noble has served as our Office Manager/Administrative Assistant for over 10 years. This week she began her retirement, though, as other responsibilities (like being a grandmother!) have become a greater priority at this stage of life. We will miss having her in the front office, though we are glad to have Allison Lang now filling that role very well. We are glad that Terri and Rob and the family will still be a strong part of our Northgate family. If you see Terri, please thank her for all she’s done over the past decade. She has been a wonderful representation of Northgate and of Jesus to all those who have visited that office. Thanks Terri.

 

  1. Father’s Day BaptismsNext weekend is “This Changes Everything”. If you’d like to be baptized, or have a child baptized or dedicated, please let Pastor Vern know (vern@northgatefmc.com).

 

  1. Star Spangled 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 you to come and watch from our parking lot, and bring a friend!

 

  1. Community Room Being RemodeledWe’re getting closer to finishing the work in the Community Room at South/Arbor House. This is going to be a terrific upgrade, making the room much more “user-friendly.” Thank you, Mike McGrath, for making it happen!

 

  1. Thank you MOPS Leaders! This week our MOPS Leaders treated the staff to lunch, and shared with us some highlights of their year. If my recall is accurate, more than 100 women were involved in MOPS this year, attending one of the group options. Several women made commitments to Christ through the program! Relationships were made, children were cared for, knowledge was shared and moms were encouraged. We are very grateful to all you that contribute to making MOPS great – thank you!

 

  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 – When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. – Matthew 8:1-3

A sick man, with the courage to step out of the crowd, kneels down in humility and professes faith in Jesus’ ability to heal him. And Jesus does. That is so wonderful! I know we don’t always see things happen this quickly, and that can attack one’s faith. But be assured that Jesus does have the power to heal, and we should always be willing to seek healing from him, leaving the outcome to him, in faith.

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 – June 1st

June 1, 2017Vern SaileBlog0
  1. Communion This Weekend Taking communion together is one of the highlights of our gatherings for worship. Remembering what Jesus has done for us, and what it cost him to save us from our sins, and thinking about his promise to come again, is a grace-filled experience made all the more meaningful because we do that together as a church family. When you come forward for communion you proclaim your love and faith and trust in Jesus and we proclaim that we are united as one under him. This weekend we will be doing that at North (Arbor House receives communion every week). Please take some time to prepare yourself to participate, and come joyfully and expectantly to the table.

 

  1. Jocelyn Rebisz is Coming to Arbor HouseWe want to welcome Jocelyn to Arbor House! She will be serving as the music director through the summer. The Rebisz family is well-loved by all of us who know them and we are excited to have Jocelyn serving Arbor House with the talents God has given to her. Welcome Jocelyn!

 

  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 help please contact Pastor Greg at greg@northgatefmc.com.

 

  1. Final PrimeTimers Before SummerNext Thursday (June 8th) at noon is the last PrimeTimers gathering before summer recess. Everyone age 50 or more is welcome to come and enjoy a meal and some good fellowship. This is a potluck lunch, but if you don’t have time to prepare anything, that’s okay. There’s always plenty of food!

 

  1. Thank you TerriTerri Noble has served as our Office Manager/Administrative Assistant for over 10 years. This week she began her retirement, though, as other responsibilities (like being a grandmother!) have become a greater priority at this stage of life. We will miss having her in the front office, though we are glad to have Allison Lang now filling that role very well. We are glad that Terri and Rob and the family will still be a strong part of our Northgate family. If you see Terri, please thank her for all she’s done over the past decade. She has been a wonderful representation of Northgate and of Jesus to all those who have visited that office. Thanks Terri.

 

  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 you to come and watch from our parking lot, and bring a friend!

 

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

 

  1. MOPS on Summer Break Our MOPS group is now on summer break, but I wanted to pass on to all of you something Shawna Dorman shared with us:

Our last Night MOPS meeting was this past Tuesday evening. We had three of our mentors share about themselves and the concepts of Wonder, Hope or Kindness (the 3 elements in our theme this year.) We had a great turnout and everyone is looking forward to meeting again in the fall. 

I also wanted to share with you that we had 2 moms mark on their response cards:  “My heart has been moved and I have realized I’m in need of a relationship with Jesus Christ!!! My prayer each summer before we start a new mops year is for just one mom to come into relationship with Jesus. Praises for answered prayers! Even better, is that one of those moms answered no, that she did not have a relationship with Jesus last year. She has since expressed interest in leadership and helped to lead a discussion group this year. 

 

What a tremendous blessing MOPS is to so many. Thank you all for your great leadership.

 

  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 – When Jesus had finished saying these things, he crowds were amazed at his teaching. Matthew 7:28

Do you ever find yourself amazed by the teachings of Jesus? Puzzled? Challenged? Convicted? Moved? Humbled? I don’t think we can read the Bible, and especially the words of Jesus and not be affected, if we are reading it with an open heart and an open mind. Read the Bible, and let the words of Jesus amaze you.

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 25th

May 25, 2017Vern SaileBlog0

 

  1. Volunteer Spotlight Let me take a second to say “thank you” to some Northgaters who worked alongside our staff to “beautify” our North campus grounds this week. Thank you Dan and Brenda Miller, Rick Dunn and Matt Jolliff who helped rake, trim, shovel dirt, etc., and Shannon Domes, who supplied the mulch. You were all a huge help and we thank you!

 

  1. Jocelyn Rebisz is Coming to Arbor HouseWe want to welcome Jocelyn to Arbor House! She will be serving as the music director through the summer. The Rebisz family is well-loved by all of us who know them and we are excited to have Jocelyn serving Arbor House with the talents God has given to her. Welcome Jocelyn!

 

  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 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. May is Mental Health MonthPeople with mental problems are our neighbors. They are members of our congregations, members of our families… If we ignore their cries for help, we will be continuing to participate in the anguish from which those cries for help come…. Because it will not go away, and because of our spiritual commitments, we are compelled to take action. Rosalynn Carter

Let’s begin with prayer, and listen for direction on what we can do.

 

  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 you to come and watch from our parking lot, and bring a friend!

 

  1. Community Room Being RemodeledMike McGrath and crew have begun remodeling the Community Room at South. 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 – “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” – Matthew 7:24-25

Ironic that it’s raining today, causing some to be concerned about their basements, or, along the lake, their homes. Still, Jesus says we need not worry about that which matters most – our souls or our lives, if we are building on the rock that is Christ. Trust Jesus to take care of you, regardless of the rains or the storms that 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.

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