3 Things to Be Aware Of…
“Gather ’Round” This Friday at 7pm – Due to the escalation of positive COVID cases in our area we have decided that the “Gather ’Round‘ Christmas Concert” this Friday, December 4 will be livestreamed-only event. So gather your family and enjoy the concert with Brothers McClurg and several special guests. The concert begins at 7pm and you can see it in on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/Northgate FMC) or at northgatefmc.online.church.
Let Us Know How We Can Minister to You – As your pastors and ministry leaders we want you to know that we always love to hear from you and we especially love to know how we can pray for you and with you! Please do not hesitate to contact us. Our pastors and ministry leaders contact information can be found at http://northgatefmc.com/about/ or send prayer concerns to email@example.com.
There’s a Soup Kitchen in Batavia – No one should go hungry, and if or someone you know needs to know where to get a hot meal at lunchtime, Monday through Friday, please be aware of the soup kitchen operated out of the 1st Baptist Church on East Main St. in Batavia. The kitchen is open from 11am to 1pm and all are welcome.
Ten Things To Do…
- Praise God for the “Great Day of Giving Offering” – Every year at Thanksgiving time we like to bless others through a special offering. This offering is normally divided between a capital project here at Northgate, local human service organizations and world missions. This year, we want to forgo the capital project piece and give all of the offering away to local and world missions. So 1/3 of the offering will to Free Methodist world missions, and the remaining 2/3 will be distributed among four local agencies. Those four agencies are:
- Justice for Children – “Justice for Children was founded upon the belief that every child is entitled to a zealous advocate to fight for their safety. When the system fails to provide such advocacy, we will.”
- Lighthouse Station – A Christian maternity home in Warsaw meeting the “spiritual, physical, educational and emotional needs of pregnant and post-partum women.”
- Gateway Home – “An empathetic and loving comfort care home for the terminally ill” located in Attica.
- Project Stork – An organization in Oakfield that is “addressing the basic human needs of infants and toddlers, specifically in Orleans and Genesee Counties, while impacting maternal mental health and wellness within the household.”
The latest figures on the Great Day of Giving offering puts it at over $15,000! In light of all we are going through and the difficulties we’ve faced this year, that’s really incredible. Thank you, Northgate, for your generous giving and for blessing so many.
- Help With the Ministry at Crossroads House – The recent newsletter from Crossroads House (a comfort care home in Batavia) contains a list of items they could use. The list includes things like air freshener spray, applesauce & pudding cups, Murphy’s Oil Soap, Windex, copier paper, trash bags and more. To see the whole list and to talk with someone about how you can help with their wish list, go to this webpage: https://www.crossroadshouse.com/wishlist
- Come to Base or Ember! – Middle School students are encouraged to check out Base which is meeting on Monday nights from 6-8pm at our South campus. And if you’ve aged out of high school you’re invited to Ember which meets on Wednesday mornings at 9:15 at Pub Hub Coffee and Monday Nights at 8:30pm at South Campus. This is a gathering of people in their 20s. For more information contact Pastor Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Help the Salvation Army With Gift Distribution – Arbor House and Northgate are excited to offer assistance to the Salvation Army of Batavia with their Angel Tree gift distribution this year! We are in need of volunteers to assist with this program. Packing dates for gifts will take place on December 7-12 and 14-19. Gift distribution will take place on December 21-23. You can sign up for a three hour increment for any of the days. Signing up for multiple days is encouraged! All volunteering will take place at the South Campus. Sign up for a time slot at northgatefmc.com.
- Attend a Saturday Night Bible Study – On Saturday night after the 6pm service there’s a small group/Bible study meeting in Room 2/3. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether or not you attend the Saturday evening service It starts at 7:30 and ends at 8:30, and the current study is on the Minor Prophets. I love the Minor Prophets!
- Deal With a Hurt, Habit or Hang-up – Celebrate Recovery meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 (including any and all holidays that fall on a Thursday, unless there is a serious snow storm) at our North Campus. Our CR leaders guide and assist those of us who are gaining joy and freedom in Christ as we apply the 12 Steps of Celebrate Recovery to the hurts, habits and hang-ups we all struggle with. All are welcome! We believe anyone and everyone would benefit by attending this group, where we allow God to transform our lives. We are able to share openly and honestly about our struggles with people we come to trust, who will maintain confidentiality, and who will not judge us. For more info, go to: https://northgatecr.weebly.com/
- Make Someone’s Christmas a Lot Brighter – We love to support the work of the Salvation Army and at Christmas time we have some great opportunities to do that. We will again be putting up an Angel Tree in our lobby, and Arbor House is going to be a host site for the distribution of gifts for the Salvation Army. In addition, we have reserved a day for Northgaters to ring the bells. There are some restrictions though: only one individual is allowed to ring the bell (no couples or families – sorry) and we only have 8 slots available. We’ll be ringing at Tops Market on December 12 from 11am – 7pm. You can sign up by calling the office (343-4011) or clicking on this link: https://northgatefmc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/610181
- Find Out What’s Happening in Budapest, Hungary – From the latest letter from our FM Missionaries in Hungary: “The total lockdown (due to COVID) was lifted in June… but with the recent resurgence of the virus as of November 1 the lockdown has been reinstated. We are thankful for the faithfulness of our leaders during these challenging times. Pray that we would be able to find more ways to connect with people, especially retirees, who have been isolated at home for months and are experiencing loneliness and depression.” Thank you for your prayers for Larry and Katie Winckles in Budapest.
- Find Out What’s Happening in Gyor, Hungary – From a letter sent by FM missionary Gerry McNamara: The ministry highlight of the summer months was being allowed to go into the orphanage in Gyor and hold a vacation Bible school over five days. The kids were super excited to have visitors after the COVID restrictions were lifted. We held our program based around animals. Each day focused on an animals form the Bible and on the final day we brought all the kids to the zoo. It was great to hear about the serpent and then a day or two later see real serpents! Kathy (Gerry’s wife) organized lunch for the kids at the zoo and a kind donor paid for all the tickets! It was a week filled with great worship music, crafts, games and Bible lessons and I look forward to it in 2021.
I was on a team from Northgate that also held a VBS at that orphanage a few years ago. I can picture it, and some of the kids in my mind. It was a wonderful ministry experience and one we could do again, if we have some people who might like to make it happen! Is God calling you to a mission trip in 2021? If so, let’s talk! And if you’d like to hear more about what Gerry is doing in Gyor, you can read his blog at https://hungaryforchrist.com.
- Give a Virtual Christmas Box – Another way you can bring joy to some children at Christmastime this year is to give to the Virtual Christmas Box program. This program is an outreach of our Free Methodist Church in Bulgaria. We gather and send to them the funds needed to purchase hats, gloves, candy, a small gift and a presentation of the gospel. The missionary team in Bulgaria purchases the items locally (which helps their local economy) and creates tailor-made gift boxes for the children of their community. We will be setting up a table in the lobby soon to enable you to participate in this outreach. Thanks!
You Can Count on This – Acts 2:38-39 – Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Read Acts 2:1-41)
Peter had just finished delivering his first sermon, on the day of Pentecost. God helped him get started by doing some amazing things among the people! And then Peter helped his listeners understand that the time had come for everyone to put their faith in Jesus, the Son of God. The people asked, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter told them. First, repent. That is, acknowledge that you are a sinful person and that you know you haven’t been living the kind of life a holy and righteous God wants you to live. Set it firmly in your mind that you want to turn away from that kind of life and tell God that. Then, be baptized in the name of Jesus. It’s only through faith in Jesus that we are forgiven of our sins. So receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior and know that by faith in Him you are forgiven. And know this too: that with the forgiveness of Jesus you also receive the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide you and help you live a holy life.
But there’s more! This isn’t just a promise for you. It’s also a promise for your children if you have any. And for your friends. And other family members, co-workers, etc. It’s a promise for “all who are far off.” Parents – you can lead your children to know Jesus. Folks, we can share the message of the forgiveness, and new life Jesus offers to everyone we have relationship with. It’s a promise available to all. Let’s not keep it to ourselves. As the song says, “Go tell it on the mountain!”
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.