4 Things to Be Aware Of…
Northgate’s Christmas Eve Service to be On-line Only – It will be different, not being able to see your faces this Christmas Eve. Please know I will be praying for you – asking God to bless your Christmas, keep you and the people you love safe and to help us remember the joy of the birth of Christ. And you can watch our Christmas Eve service beginning at 5pm on our website or Facebook page. God bless you!
On-line Services Only The First Two Weekends After Christmas – Also be aware that our services will be on-line only 12/26 & 27 and 1/2 & 3 and small groups will not meet at the church those weeks. We hope to be back in the building after that, but we will need to determine that based on where things stand in the next few weeks. We’ll do our best to communicate with you on all of that. Please be sure to check our website and Facebook page to stay up to date on the news.
The Office Will be Closed Starting 12/24 and Will Re-Open 1/4 – But a pastor is always available for emergencies. The emergency phone number is available by calling our church office (343-4011) and listening to the message you’ll find there.
Finally, Don’t Look for the Top Ten Next Week – I’ll be taking next Thursday off. See you again on 1/14, God willing!
A Word of Thanks
I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas and to tell how much I enjoy being one of your Northgate pastors. I know that there are other churches that treat their pastors well; who are encouraging and affirming; who really listen to messages and seek to grow in their knowledge of and obedience to Christ; who have hearts full of kindness, compassion and generosity. I’m sure there are many churches like that, but I don’t think any of them could surpass Northgate in those qualities. You, the congregation of Northgate, make being a pastor here a truly blessed experience. Thank you for that and may God bless you for being such committed followers of Christ!
Because of who you are we have not only survived the last 10 months but we have risen to the challenge and come through these months in fine shape. Some churches have experienced turmoil and tension as people have taken their positions on dealing with COVID guidelines, or the election, or racial justice, etc. Having an opinion and sharing it and being able to listen to those with different positions, and at the end of the day being able to keep the worship of Christ at the center and not divide over differences in these areas is a remarkable work of the Holy Spirit among a group of people who listen to the Spirit. Not all churches have done well in this, but it’s my perception that we have and may God be praised for that.
We are healthy spiritually and relationally and financially. Because of your faithful giving along with a staff that has “tightened the belt” and kept expenses to a minimum we have been able to meet all of our financial obligations this year and be generous toward others. Your recent giving to the “Great Day of Giving” offering and to the Virtual Christmas Box program run by our Bulgaria missionaries was truly inspiring. On Christmas morning 175 families in our area will have a more joy-filled celebration because of your giving to the Angel Tree. Yesterday (Tuesday) I had the privilege of helping the Salvation Army distribute your gifts to people and it was a blessing to know, as car after car pulled into our South campus parking lot, that this was made possible because of your love for Jesus. Thank you for all you’ve done.
I also need to thank our Board – our A-Team members. Northgate, you have a wonderful leadership Board that cares deeply about this church and its ministry and about the Lord. They take their role seriously and I am grateful to them for the time they put in giving oversight to our church and sharing their wisdom and counsel with me.
And of course, I need to thank our staff for being the people they are. Someone commented to me recently about what a good team we have here, and I couldn’t agree more. Each and every one does what they do because they love Jesus and love Northgate. We all want to do our best for the kingdom. That doesn’t mean we’ll always get it right, but we’re committed to our growth and we’ll keep working together to carry out the ministry that God has entrusted to us here.
Please allow me to finish by thanking God for sending me/us our Savior Jesus. When I think about how Jesus has brought about such a significant change in my life, I am deeply humbled. Jesus’ love for me, and His constant companionship, guidance, correction, forgiveness, mercy and more have completely changed my life. Reflecting on this is what will bring me joy this Christmas, even if our celebration looks different from what it’s been in the past. I hope that you know the joy of knowing Jesus this Christmas also. I hope you are able to rejoice in what Jesus is accomplishing in your life. Like me, you may not be a finished product just yet, but like me you can rest assured that Jesus won’t stop His work until He is done. God bless you. Merry Christmas and I hope to see you in the New Year.