- Habitat for Humanity – Every year we volunteer with Habitat for Humanity by participating in a build day. Northgate’s build day this year is this Saturday, July 22nd. There is information available at the Information Desk. If you’re available, think about coming out to help – it’s for a good cause and it’s a lot of fun too!
- Bring and Build and Send (1) – Our mission as a church is to bring people to Jesus, build them up in that relationship and send them out to change the world. Stephen and Linny Emanuele are in the midst of discerning God’s will for them regarding being sent to serve as missionaries in Oostende, Belgium. They have spent time exploring this with Rev. Mitch Pierce, the FM Missions Area Director for Eastern Europe. Their next step is an exploratory trip to Belgium this July. Please keep them in prayer as they prepare, and if you’d like to help them with their expenses, please mark the donation accordingly. Thanks!
- Bring and Build and Send (2) – Another Northgater, Laurie Call, is heading out on a mission trip this summer also. Laurie is a student at Houghton and will be joining classmates on a trip to Nicaragua in August. You can read more about Laurie’s trip on our Facebook page at facebook.com/northgatefmc. Please keep her in prayer as she prepares to serve!
- Bring and Build and Send (3) – We love to celebrate the good things the people of Northgate are doing! Doug Forsythe is currently riding a bicycle cross country (Portland to NYC) to raise money for an organization that is helping those with Cystic Fibrosis. You can learn more about his ride and who he is supporting at facebook.com/cycling4cf.
- Volunteer Opportunities at the Nursing Home – Premier Genesee (formerly the Genesee County Nursing Home) is looking for people who can spend some time with their residents; especially those without family members. If you can spend an hour or so reading, playing cards, making crafts and brightening someone’s day, please call Michelle Wilkin at 344-0584.
- Help the Salvation Army Distribute School Supplies – The Salvation Army has a goal of providing 300 backpacks to area students in need, filled with all the school supplies necessary for the upcoming year. A filled backpack is $25 and donations can be made to the Salvation Army (529 East Main Street, Batavia) or you can bring supplies here and we’ll see that they get over to the S.A. A list of the things they need is available at the Information Desk, or call the S.A. at 343-6284.
- Save the Date for the Set Free Conference – Northgate will be holding a Set Free conference in partnership with Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church at our North Campus on September 23rd starting at 8:30am and going until noon. This conference will be focused on informing people about the reality of the human trafficking that occurs here in the U.S. and around the world, and in our own state. More information will be coming!
- Faith at the Fair – On July 18th, from 4-10pm you are invited to attend “An evening of spirit filled music.” Various worship bands from the area will be providing the music, and the admission is free to the fair and the concert (there is a $5 cost per car for parking though).
- The “Here and Now Festival” is Coming in August – August 25 and 26th to be exact. Anthony and Brothers McClurg will be performing along with other well-known worship bands. There will be food trucks, vendors, a kids stage and more. Karen VanWyngaarden is our Northgate representative to the planning team and if you want more information you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or get a flyer at the Information Desk.
- Thought You Might Like to Know – We are halfway through 2017 (can you believe it!) and I thought you might like to know that so far this year we have seen 42 people come to faith in Christ through the ministries and people of Northgate (many though Rosalina’s work at the Detention Center). We’ve also baptized 28 people on “This Changes Everything” weekends and brought into our membership 19 people. Thank you, Church, for all of your prayer, financial, verbal and volunteer encouragement and support!
You Can Count on This – When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Matthew 9:28 (Read Matthew 9:27-34)
Two things jump out at me in this passage. One is that before healing the blind men Jesus asked them to affirm their belief in him. I think this physical healing is meant to point us to the spiritual healing that Jesus offers everyone (he didn’t physically heal everyone, but he does offer everyone new life). To receive that healing we need to believe in him, and in his ability to give it to us. The second thing that jumps out at me is that some people just refuse to celebrate the good things Jesus does! They insist on being negative about them. (Read verse 34). Let’s be those who celebrate and not those who look for reasons to be negative!
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.