This is a 2-part Top Ten! In the first part I’ll share some “announcements” and then in the second part some of the testimonies I’ve received. If you have a testimony you’d like to share, send it to me! Thanks!
- Blood Drives Continue! – We continue to support the American Red Cross efforts to collect much needed blood. The next blood drive will be Thursday May 7 from 2 to 6pm at the South Campus (350 Bank St.). Appointments are a must and can be scheduled through the Red Cross at redcrossblood.org. Thanks for helping save lives!
- Food Drives Continue As Well! – We’re also continuing to collect food for the Salvation Army Food Pantry, which has seen a greatly increased amount of traffic since all this began. You can drop food off at the North Campus (8160 Bank St. Rd.) on Mondays from 10-4pm. Volunteers will get the food from your trunk or back seat so you won’t have to get out of the car. Thanks for helping feed local people who are struggling because they’ve lost their job or hit financial hardship.
- A New Opportunity to Help Others – Arbor House (our service that meets at the South Campus – 350 Bank St.) is collecting art supplies for the children of migrant workers in our area. This is a need that was brought to the attention of the Arbor House staff and has come about as a result of the schools being closed and schooling being done at home. If you want to help you can drop off art supplies at the parsonage next to the church – just drop them at the front door and we’ll see that they get distributed to those who can use them.
- Calling Team – Our Northgate Calling Team is working its way through our large database of people who have been/are part of Northgate Church. This is just a way for us to touch base with people to find out how they are and how we can pray for them or meet a need they may have. If you’d like to help with this we have a few spots available and you can contact Pastor Marsha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Need Prayer? – If you have a prayer request that you’d like to pass on to the Northgate pastoral staff or the Northgate community, but don’t remember how to do that, here’s an easy and memorable solution. Use our new email address designed for exactly that purpose. Send prayer requests to email@example.com. Of course you can use all the other methods you’ve used in the past as well – they’ll still work. The main thing is, let us know how we can pray for you! Thanks!
- From “Anonymous” – I would like to share a story about the good things God is doing in us and among us. On April 9th, my husband decided he wanted to do something to show the correctional employees at Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica that they are appreciated during this difficult time. Many don’t think of them being on the front lines, but they are.
Using a Facebook site set up for retired correction officers, he reached out to retired workers and asked if they would like to contribute money to feed approximately 300 employees at Wyoming Correctional, covering all three shifts. The response he received was overwhelming. Just over 50 retired employees from Wyoming Correctional donated approximately $2800, and there is still money coming in. Some of the retired employees even donated in memory of others who have passed.
Not only wanting to help the employees at Wyoming Correctional, he also wanted to help local restaurants that are suffering during this time. The Prospector in Attica was contacted and they will be making food for two of the shifts. Twilight Meadows in Attica was also contacted and they will be making food for the other shift.
- From Karen – I’ve seen God do many things during this time of the COVID virus but the greatest thing was right in the beginning when things were ramping up and my 20 year old grand-daughter called me late one night and said “Nana, I’m scared”. This is something that she has struggled with for years but it was very clear to me this time, that this was different. Without thinking, I immediately said to her “How’s your relationship with God?” With which she immediately responded “I need to recommit my life!” Needless to say, she recommitted her life and we are now doing long distance devotionals through You Version. The point is, church, it is a new day and the harvest is ripe. My prayer is we do not miss opportunities that God is laying before us. I pray we have eyes to see and ears to hear. Thank you for letting me give God all the glory. He blew that door wide open!
- From “Anonymous” – I have been struggling with forgiving family members and possibly ending our relationship. COVID-19 has physically separated us for weeks, but as all the beautiful flowers bloomed a calmness came over me. I think I needed to forgive myself, not them. Stop believing I was a failure and stop trying to make it work at any cost. I am worthy of being loved, God loves me with all my imperfections, I need to thank him for the goodness in my life, surround myself with his positive energy, and blessings at this time, just like all those flowers came up again. It seems at odds, when family and friends are scared and sick or hurt, but I feel stronger, not a failure, and yes, I am still a work in progress.
- From Traci – I am praising God that my medication (Migraine shots) has been approved a day earlier than the review date. I am praising God that a friend’s home inspection has passed with no problems! (1 hour earlier than scheduled). I am praising God that I’ve been able to bless multiple families by delivering food and medication to them. God has truly blessed us and I am thankful. Also, my husband is loving this paid time off and thank God for all that has been provided for us.
- From Katherine – Last week, our 3 year old son was having a really rough time going to bed. He was up well past his bedtime shouting out and acting completely out of control. However, it became clear to me that he was actually fighting with something in his own spirit and that this was different. I laid my hand on his chest and prayed in the name of Jesus for whatever had overcome him to leave. Immediately, he become calm and quiet and breathed a sigh of relief. He was no longer shaking, crying or screaming. I know the Holy Spirit was working in this moment to calm his spirit. The next day I felt a prompting to talk to him about inviting Jesus into his heart. He said he would like to pray for Jesus to come live in his heart. We did so that night at bedtime. It was such a powerful moment. I thank God for His Holy Spirit living and breathing in us during this time. We are seeing Him at work each day.
- From Suzy – One positive thing that has happened is that people who I never thought would ask for prayer have asked me to pray and to have the church pray! I pray that more people will turn to God during this time and to continue to seek him.
Amen Suzy, and thank you to everyone who submitted a testimony. I know there are more out there, and I know you’re busy and might struggle to find the time to write them up and send them to me, but if you get the chance I’d love to share them!
Can I share one? I am praising God that after watching their church service at home last Sunday, my grandson talked with his mom about accepting Jesus and then she led him through the prayer of salvation! Thank you Jesus! People are getting saved! God is at work!
You Can Count on This – John 6:35 – Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (Read John 6:25-59)
Would you believe that at this exact moment I am suffering from the aroma of fresh, home-baked bread wafting through my house? Oh, why am I suffering? Well, because I asked if I could have a slice and I was told no, that it had to cool first. I’m impatiently waiting for it to cool so I can slap some butter and homemade strawberry jam on it! It’s true, though. I am smelling that wonderful aroma, and then I open my Bible to prepare this devotion and what do I read? I read about Jesus being the bread of life! As much as I can’t wait to let my taste buds enjoy a slice of Deb’s bread, I know that it’ll only satisfy me temporarily. But my relationship with Jesus… well, that’s a relationship that satisfies me always and for eternity. I have come to realize that Jesus is the bread of life for me, and when I’m close to him, I am satisfied. Have you discovered that yet? If not and you want to know how to have a relationship with Jesus, write me and let’s talk about it.
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.