- Drive-in Services This Weekend and In-Building Services Next Weekend – We had such a wonderful time last weekend with our first drive-in service! (Thank you to all the volunteers that helped to make it happen and to everyone who came! And what a treat to meet all the dogs that came with you! That was a surprise!). We’re going to do it again this weekend at the North campus and at Arbor House. The following weekend, as long as the guidelines remain what they are right now, we will be meeting back inside our buildings for the first time in months!
- Please remember that you will need to register for all services you plan to attend, by going to our website (northgatefmc.com) or through our APP, or by calling or emailing the church office (344-4011; firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Also please remember that for the in-building services masks will be required for everyone over the age of 2 unless a medical condition prevents the wearing of the mask. Here’s the schedule for the services:
- Saturday, July 4, 6pm at North
- Sunday, July 5, 10am at North
- Sunday, July 5, 10am at Arbor House
- Saturday, July 11, 6pm in the building at North
- Sunday, July 12, 9:30 & 11am in the building at North
- Sunday, July 12, 10am in the building at Arbor House
We’ll still have the services on-line those weekends (and all upcoming weekends) at the usual times. Hope to see you soon!
- Volunteers Are Needed in Anticipation of Our Regathering – In order to regather in our buildings we do need extra help from some volunteers. Mark Logan is looking for 15-20 people to help out with…
- Providing direction to people when they arrive for the services
- Ushering people to their seats (needed because we want to practice the safe social distancing guidelines)
- Sanitizing between services
If you can help with any of these tasks, please contact Mark soon at email@example.com. And thank you for doing that!
- Masks – How do you feel about wearing a mask in public? At first I felt weird about it. Now I’m getting used to it. I’m glad to wear one, but I know some people have struggled with it. When we begin attending services in-house (July 11/12, God-willing) masks will be required (except for those 2 and under or those for whom it is medically unsafe). In a post called, “Why I am wearing a mask to church next Sunday” Ken Braddy Jr. offered 8 reasons for wearing one. Some of those include being willing to lay aside personal preference for the sake of others (as Jesus did for us); doing so as an act of love; recognizing it’s not a life-time commitment, just a temporary need; adhering to the governing authorities (Romans 13:1-5).
To read the whole post go to: https://kenbraddy.com/2020/05/25/why-im-wearing-a-mask-to-church-next-sunday/
- In Production: A “What to Expect” Video Starring People You Will Know – Be watching for information on a video that is currently in production, which is meant to help you know what to expect when you return to the church building. And if you have any questions about that return please let us know! We want to be as helpful as possible to you as you make your decisions about returning and when.
- More on “What to Expect” – Here’s some things we’d like you to know regarding the return to the building (in case you can’t wait for the video!):
- The only entrance will be via the front doors
- Exiting will be via the side doors
- We ask everyone to respect the “social distancing” guidelines
- There will not be any children’s programming to begin with; we’ll let you know when that is going to begin again
- Masks are required (see #3 above)
- Restrooms will be usable but there’s a limit to how many people can be in the main restrooms at one time
- Hand sanitizer stations are at all doors
- Bathroom fixtures (faucets/soap dispensers) are all hands-free
- Seating in the sanctuary will be spread out to meet the six-foot guidelines and ushers will help everyone find seats
- We will be singing, but, recognizing that some may be uncomfortable with being in the sanctuary with singing, this will be at the end of the service so people may leave if they like. The worship team will be starting our service with worship music.
- We’ll be dismissing people in an orderly fashion to keep the distancing guidelines
- All used seats, handles, etc. will be cleaned after/between services
If there’s something that you’d like to know which I haven’t answered here, please email me so that I can! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- “Thank You” to Our Church Congregation – Throughout this COVID Crisis our church has been absolutely wonderful. Your faithfulness to Christ has been demonstrated by the time and energy you’ve given to praying with people, dropping off food for the Salvation Army Food Pantry, helping out with the food distributions, giving blood, reaching out to people through social media, sharing your Christian beliefs and positions on the issues of the day and seeking God’s heart and mind in your private devotional times as well as tuning into the church services. On top of all of that you have continued to give faithfully of your finances.
I feel so blessed to be part of this incredible congregation, and it was so good to see some of you face to face last weekend at the drive-in service. I am eagerly looking forward to seeing more of you face to face in the coming weeks! This thing isn’t over yet, but God is blessing us. We need to keep praying and seeking God’s heart and doing the wise things and following His lead – He is walking with us through it all.
- Kudos to Our Kids Ministry Team and to Our Youth – Recently we started offering a new program of on-line worship for children – separating it from our regular church services. Already we are hearing some really good feedback from people on this. Thank you so much for that and thank you to Leah and our team for continuing to figure out ways to speak to the kids during this time. You can find it here: Northgate Kids YouTube Channel
- Pastor Daniel is leading a group of our teens on service projects through our Sent Likewise program. If you know of a need someone has that our teens can help with please let Pastor Daniel know at email@example.com.
- Northgate Kids Summer in a Bag – Leah and her Children’s Ministry Team have been brainstorming about some ways to bless our kids this summer and are now preparing some things to distribute to them as we approach summer. The “Northgate Kids Summer in a Bag” will contain some fun things as well as devotional items and we hope they’re a big hit with the kids. We’ll let you know more about them when we’re ready to get them to you.
- Pastor Daniel is also preparing something similar for our youth and we’ll get that information to you as well.
- New Member of Our Northgate Team – I want to introduce Katrina Wilkins to you. Katrina is joining our staff as a Conference Ministerial Candidate. CMCs are people who are preparing for the pastorate and every CMC is appointed to a church for the purposes of helping them to grow and become ready for church leadership. This is an unpaid position, but, interestingly, Katrina has a paying position with our Free Methodist Church Conference. I say “interestingly” because she is in the position that opened up when our own Judy Cornman retired from that position this past year! Welcome Katrina – we’re looking forward to having you serve with us!
- Stay Connected! – There are many ways to stay connected as a church until we can regather. Here are some…
- Bible study groups are held on Monday & Thursday nights (write firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on those).
- Prayer meetings are held on Monday morning (email@example.com) and Wednesdays at noon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Our worship services are on Facebook (Northgate FMC) and our website (northgatefmc.online.church) at 6pm on Saturday and 9:30 on Sunday and are accessible after that on Facebook and our website (northgatefmc.com/media).
- Our Northgate Care Team is working very hard to make sure people are cared for and if you have a need or concern that you want some help with you can contact them through Pastor Marsha (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org ). We may be physically separated, but we do not have to be relationally separated! Let us know how we can minister to you!
You Can Count on This – John 11:40 – Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (Read John 11:1-44)
If you want to see, you need to believe. I was speaking with a friend about this just last night. We were talking about some of the things God is doing in the world right now and reflecting on the sad fact that so many do not see God doing anything! Why not? Sometimes it has to do with unbelief. If we don’t believe there is a God, or we don’t believe God is actively at work, we will dismiss or overlook or simply fail to notice what God is doing. If we want to see, we need to believe. If we deny the reality or the workings of God, then we’ll never see the things God is about: we’ll miss them. But if we make room in our beliefs for God, we just may begin to see His hand at work. Wherever you are with God right now, I’d encourage you to approach this day this way: as things occur around you, consider the possibility that God has a hand in it and see what connections you make.
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.