1. Kickoff Weekend is Coming Up Fast! – September 7-8 is our “Kickoff Weekend”, which is the “official” start to our new year of ministry. Small groups get going again; we begin a new sermon series; and people return to a regular pattern of church attendance.  We hope to see you and a friend join us for Kickoff Weekend!  In addition to what I mentioned here…


  1. The Children’s Wing Remodel Will Be Revealed!This summer we have been investing time, money and energy into creating a new and exciting place for our children to be cared for and learn about the love Jesus has for them. The remodel is coming together really well and we’ll be excited to show it off on our Kickoff Weekend, September 7-8.  We believe this new wing is going to be a place where kids will want to come and will want to bring their friends.  To learn more about this project visit our Northgate Kids Facebook Page or contact our Director of Operations, Mark Logan, at mark@northgatefmc.com.


  1. Thank You Pastor Gloria!Pastor Gloria has served Northgate faithfully and well for 12 years. Many of you have been the happy beneficiaries of her good ministry and gifts.  Gloria is now moving into semi-retirement, which means she will continue as the Lead Pastor at Arbor House, but will hand other responsibilities over to other staff.  We want to celebrate and thank Gloria for her good service and are planning to do that with cake and fellowship on Sunday, September 15 after the second service in the North Café.  Hope to see you there!


  1. Israel TourWe now have almost 20 people committed to take the tour of Israel next February (15-25). There is time for more to sign up, but time is running out.  If you’d like to get more information on this trip, you can do so by contacting Pastor Vern at vern@northgatefmc.com.  If you have any interest in going, please contact me soon!


  1. “Not So Newlywed Night”Our first sermon series of the fall is called “It’s Complicated” and will focus on relationships of all kinds, including marriage.  Just for fun on Friday, September 27 at 6:30pm at North we’re going to have a “Not So Newlywed” game night and put some staff couples “on the spot”! This is a great opportunity to invite some friends to a fun night at Northgate and we hope you’ll do just that!


  1. Moms in Prayer/Prayer for SchoolsAs the new school year gets underway we want to take a moment to pray for students and teachers and other school personnel – that God will protect, lead and speak into their lives this year. We are going to do that in our services on the weekend of September 14 and 15.  Also, please know that throughout the school year we have a group that meets on the 2ndand 4th Tuesdays at 6:30pm to pray for the schools.   Moms in Prayer meets at North in Room #6 and you are welcome to join them.


  1. Wednesday Prayer GroupsEvery Wednesday a group of people meet at our North Campus to pray in the evening. Often, weather permitting, they will head out to our new prayer walk – complete with benches and a path that is gradually being beautifully covered with mulch.  It is a wonderful place to pray and hold our church, our friends and family and community before the Lord.  If you’d like to join them, come to North at 6pm on Wednesday.


  1. Monday Night Discipleship Group is Studying RomansThe Monday night group led by Pastor Vern is going to start meeting again on September 9 at 6:30pm. This year we are going to read and discuss the book of Romans.  This has been a fun and lively group and our discussions of the Bible have been very rewarding.  We now have more space available to meet in, so if you’d like to join in you are most welcome!  We will meet in Room #2 at North.  For more information you can contact Pastor Vern at vern@northgatefmc.com.


  1. Connect With Others Through a Small Group This Fall– Getting to know other people through a small group is an important value in our church. Many of our small groups take a break for the summer, but will start again in September.  If you have ideas, questions, hopes or requests for bringing together like-minded believers to develop friendships and deepen their faith in Jesus, please contact Pastor Marsha –  marsha@northgatefmc.com.


  1. BASE & Young Adult EventsMiddle School BASE begins next Wednesday at 6pm and High School BASE meets on Sunday the 1st at 6:30pm. The College & Careers group meets Sundays at 8pm. All of these are at South.  Also, a Young Adult Book Club meets on Wednesdays at 11am, but the location varies.  And – there is going to be a BASE Camping event the weekend of 9/27.  For more information on any of these contact Pastor Daniel at daniel@northgatefmc.com.


You Can Count on This – Luke 14:33 – “In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” – (Read Luke 14:15-35)

Why Jesus?  It would be so much easier to be your disciple if you didn’t ask so much of us. If we could just give up someof what we have.  If we could keep ownership over our personal desires and wants. If we could follow you when it’s convenient but do our own thing the rest of the time.  If we didn’t have to surrender the control of our lives over to you. Why do you ask that we give up everything!  That seems so unreasonable.  Who would give up everythingin service to another? Who would make such a great sacrifice of themselves?

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.