- Volunteer Spotlight – Every weekend, on the southeast side of our building, an amazing team of people get ready to lead what is one of our very important ministries. I’m talking about our Early Childcare leaders and volunteers. Last weekend I was not preaching, so I had the chance to walk around and observe what was going on in the Nursery, Toddler and Pre-school rooms. I have to tell you that we have a GREAT group of leaders/volunteers who care deeply for your children, do a wonderful job of making their hour safe and fun and therefore help these young children to enjoy church and come to know Jesus. I am incredibly grateful to each and every one of you. Thank you!
- Primetimers Lunch – The next Primetimers lunch will be on Thursday April 13th at noon in the North Campus Café. Everyone 50 years old or older is welcome to join in. People are invited to bring a dish to pass and the program will be by Mark Logan who is going to show pictures of the Mission Team trip to Rwanda. Mark is very passionate about our ministry there and took some incredible pictures – this will be very inspiring!
- Seder at Arbor House – Everyone is welcome to come to Arbor House (at our South Campus site) for a Seder meal on Thursday, April 13th at 6:30 p.m. The Seder remembers the night of the Passover and reminds us of Jesus at the Last Supper and how his journey to the cross delivers us. If you’ve never attended a Seder, this would be a wonderful experience for you. Please sign up at the Information Desk at North or South.
- Holy Week Schedule – A special “Journey to the Cross” event will take place at the North Campus starting at 6:00 p.m. on Maundy Thursday (April 13th). This is a “come and go at your pace” event. Easter weekend, we’ll have our regular Saturday night service (6 p.m.), and on Easter Sunday we’ll have a Sunrise service in the Pavilion at North (6:15 a.m.), Daybreak service at Arbor House (7:30 a.m.) followed by breakfast, and 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services at North. Please plan to join us in celebrating Jesus’ resurrection!
- Volunteers Needed to Help With Easter Breakfast – We could use some volunteers to help prepare and serve Easter breakfast (April 16th). Prep work is going to be done on Saturday, April 15th at 10am and servers are needed Easter morning. If you can help please sign up at the Information Desk (North or South Campuses). Thank you!
- Gathering Worship Night – All High School age through Adult people are encouraged to attend a Wednesday night Gathering Event on April 19th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the North Campus. This worship time will include singing, fellowship and a message by Pastor John. We hope you’ll plan to join in!
- Summit II – The 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 on 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. Last year’s Summit was a wonderful experience and we’re looking forward to another great event this year.
- Gahanda Mission Update – Our mission team is getting ready to tell us more about Gahanda the weekend of April 22/23. Please try to be with us that weekend – it’s going to be a wonderful time of worship. And if you were unable to sponsor a child previously because we ran out of packets, there are more packets available at the Information Desk.
- What I’m Reading – I have a friend, Jon, a great guy who is also a pastor in the Free Methodist Church. Jon, like me, is a reader and he suggested that we read The Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge for Lent and in preparation for Easter. It’s a LARGE book – over 600 pages long, but about 1/3 to 1/2 of each page is comprised of notes, so it’s really not that bad. Anyway, the book is wonderful. It’s a close look at what the crucifixion of Jesus was all about. I am really enjoying it. Here’s a line from the Introduction: “The unique feature of the Christian proclamation is the shocking claim that God is fully acting, not only in Jesus’ resurrected life, but especially in Jesus’ death on the cross.”
- Sermon Series Coming Up – After our Mission Team presents on April 22/23 we will start a new sermon series. If you want to prepare, begin reading the gospel of Mark.
You Can Count on This – But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:17-18
Fasting as a spiritual discipline tends to be overlooked today, but it’s a good
practice for many of us to reengage in! Fasting, going without a normal meal or two,
combined with a recognition that we are doing this as a sign of our dependence of
God and his presence, more than his provision, can deepen our spiritual life. If you
do decide to fast a meal or two, use the time to pray and let your hunger remind you
of your hunger for God, and also of those who are regularly hungry. Pray for them.
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.