1. Youth SummitBASE is having a special “Summit” night on Friday, January 11th. The fun begins at6pm with time for worship and then an information meeting with students and parents.  That wraps up about 7:15pm and then it’s time for food, games and some fun.  For more information on this contact Pastor Daniel at daniel@northgatefmc.com.

 

  1. Bible Quiz Tournament HereOn February 2ndNorthgate will host a Conference Bible Quizzing Tournament. We now have two teams (!) participating in Bible quizzing under the leadership of Pastor Daniel and Pastor Marsha.  The Tournament will feature teams from all over our Conference and is a lot of fun to watch.  If you’d like to volunteer to help with this or want more information contact either Pastor Daniel (daniel@northgatefmc.com) or Pastor Marsha (marsha@northgatefmc.com) or the church office (343-4011).

 

  1. Financial Peace UniversityThe next FPU course starts on Wednesday, February 6th. A lot of Northgaters have found financial peace by attending the course and following through on the teaching.  If you’d like more information about FPU look for FPU on our website (northgatefmc.com) under the “Build” section or contact Pastor John at john@northgatefmc.com.

 

  1. Group Life: 40 Days of CommunityThere’s still time to sign up for to be part of a new small group as we kick off 2019 with a series called “Woven.” These are newgroups – so it’s a great opportunity to meet new people!  Groups start the week of January 5th/6thand run for six weeks.  Sign up for one of these NEWGroups at the Information Desk or see Pastor Marsha. (Did I mention that these groups are new?)
  • Mondays @ 6:30pm at the home of Rick & Sara Kent in LeRoy
  • Tuesdays @ 6:30pm at Northgate/North, Meeting Room 2, hosted by Judi Piscitello
  • Wednesdays @ 12noon – online – Pastor Marsha hosting via ZOOM (link will be provided)
  • Thursdays @ 6:30pm with Pastor Vern & Deb Saile
  • Fridays @ 6:30pm at the home of Pastor Dan & Deanna Calkins in Attica

 

  1. Next Prime Timers LunchThe next luncheon gathering for our Prime Timers group is on Thursday, January 10that noon, in the North Campus café. This group is made up of people primarily 55 years old and up, but is open to everyone.  Lunch is potluck and there is a short program, but the emphasis is on conversation and connection.  Even if you’ve not attended before, I think you’d quickly feel very comfortable with this great group of people.  So if it fits, think about coming out next Thursday!

 

  1. Bible Reading PlanThe start of a new year often means the start of a new Bible reading plan. If you’re looking for one, I found a website with several good options; one may be just right for you.  Check them out athttps://www.backtothebible.org/one-year-reading-plans

 

  1. Community Life: Wednesday Prayer GroupsYou are invited to join with others to pray for our church and community on Wednesdays at 1 and 6 p.m. The 1 p.m. Prayer Group prays for one hour in Meeting Room 3 at North Campus. The 6 p.m. Prayer Group meets at North Campus also.  If weather allows, this group often goes on a prayer walk as well.  We’d love to include you in either of these prayer opportunities!

 

  1. Community Life: Mens/Womens GroupsOn Wednesday nights Mike Marsh leads a small group in a Men’s study, and at the same time Cricket Seward leads a small group for women. Both meet at 7pm at North (the men in Room #3 and the women in Room #2).

 

  1. Mission Life: Puerto Rico TeamA group of Northgaters are scheduled to leave for Puerto Rico on January 22ndfor a week of mission work. Please pray for Rosalina, Angelo, Rich, Dan, Brian, Chip, Sierra and Michelle as they finish up their planning and go down to help with reconstruction made necessary by the damage done when hurricane Maria swept through in September of 2017.

 

  1. Community Life: Women’s Night of WorshipLadies – mark the date of January 30thon your calendars. This will be the next women’s night of worship at Northgate (North Campus).

 

You Can Count on This – Luke 2:29 – Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.  (Read Luke 2:1-40)

 

I love Simeon (the one who voiced the words above).  I love that he was “righteous and devout”.  I love that was waiting for (and, I’m sure, praying for) the salvation of his nation. I love that was so closely connected with God’s Spirit.  And I love that when he saw with his own eyes the baby Jesus and knew that God was providing the longed-for salvation for all people, he was completely at peace and ready to die whenever God called him home. All he needed to see and know, he saw and knew when he looked into the face of Jesus.

 

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.

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