Two Things to Be Aware Of…
Check Periodically for Northgate Church Updates – We are no longer doing the updates every week on Tuesday and Thursday. The views have diminished on those and there hasn’t been as great a need to do updates twice a week. So to stay updated now please visit the Northgate Facebook page periodically or go to northgatefmc.com/news/ to check for updates. And of course, we’ll continue to post updated news/information about the church in this Top Ten. Thank you!
Also… We’re Taking Communion Together Next Week – Next weekend (August 8/9) we will take communion together. If you attend a service in the building we will have individual communion packets available for you. If you’re watching on-line please be sure to have some juice and bread available for that part of the service! Thanks!
Ten Things To Do…
- Get Your Base Camp Bags – This year for Base Camp, we’re going to be doing something a little bit different! In order to keep everybody safe and healthy, Base Camp will be provided as a take home bag filled with a week’s worth of camp. Inside you will find a Base Camp 2020 T-Shirt and stickers, craft supplies, memory verse challenge instructions, a week’s worth of Base Camp devotional video links, social media challenges, mind-bending challenges with the opportunity to win prizes and more! Each bag will be $15 and $10 for any subsequent bags for children within a single family. Bag pickup will be at Northgate on August 17thfrom 10:00am-12:00pm. Please sign up via our website,Northgatefmc.com or request an application from Pastor Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a safe and happy summer!
- Attend a Worship Service This Weekend – There are several ways you can take in a Northgate worship service this weekend. You can…
- View a service on-line. 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).
- Take in the live service from the parking lot. Last weekend several people did just that, by pulling into the parking lot at 8160 Bank St. Rd. and tuning into 107.9 FM. Services are at 6pm Saturday and 9:30/11 on Sunday.
- Attend the live service in the building. Both Arbor House and Northgate North are holding in-house services now. Arbor House meets at 10am on Sunday at our South Campus location. To get ready for the services check out this video: https://www.facebook.com/northgatefmc/videos/296691225019725. Please remember to pre-register to attend by going to our website, APP or by calling or emailing the church office (email@example.com). If you are unable to pre-register, no problem! We can take care of that when you arrive.
- Volunteer to Help With the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. And thank you for doing that!
- Attend a Bible Study on the Book of Jonah – The Monday night Bible study group will be studying the book of Jonah beginning on July 27 at 6:30pm. This is a Zoom study, so if you’d like to join in please contact Pastor Vern to get the link. You can reach me at email@example.com.
- Help Out Some People – Pastor Daniel is leading a group of our teens on service projects through our Sent Likewise program. If you are a teenager looking for something to do that would help someone out, or if you know of a need someone has that our teens can help with please let Pastor Daniel know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Things that they can help with include yard cleanup, painting, small projects, etc.
- Join a Study on the Holy Spirit – Beginning Thursday July 30 at 7pm Pastor Vern and Pastor Marsha will be leading a study on the Holy Spirit. We’ll be reading a book by Jack Deere called Why I Am Still Surprised by the Power of the Spirit. If you’d like to join in you can via Zoom. Contact Pastor Vern or Pastor Marsha (email@example.com) for the link.
- Watch the New Northgate Kids Worship Service – 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
- Attend a Celebrate Recovery Meeting – Pastor Dave leads our CR group and they are now meeting in the building. This group meets on Thursday nights at 6:30 and is for anyone who wants to deal with a “hurt, habit or hang-up.” To get more information contact Pastor Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sponsor a Food Basket for a Migrant Family – On August 29 a team of Northgate people will be delivering food baskets to migrant families in our community. This is a way we express the love of Jesus to others and you can be a part of it. The food baskets cost about $30 for each family and if you’d like to donate to support this mission project please indicate “Food Baskets” on your check or giving envelope. And thank you for being a generous church!
- Share a Prayer Concern or Get Involved Caring for Others – 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 12:27-28a – “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour?’ No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” (Read John 12:12-50)
These verses really spoke to me today. There are times, and I’ve had some recently, when I’ve wondered if I’m up to the task that God seems to have put in front of me. I’ll be very open with you. This COVID thing, and its impact on the church and ministry and the challenge to adapt to that impact sometimes have caused me to ask if I’m able to lead the way leading is needed now. My concern for our congregation, our staff, our community… there have been some days and nights when I’ve felt troubled in my soul. Nothing, let me be clear, like the trouble Jesus felt as he neared his death on the cross, carrying my sins and the sins of the whole world on his back. Nothing like that. But on a human, personal level, troubled none-the-less.
And it’s tempting, isn’t it, when our souls are troubled, to ask God to release us from the responsibility He’s given us? It’s tempting to ask Him if there might be some other way – some other course that could be taken. Something that would be easier, less troubling.
I suppose there is some legitimacy to asking those questions. But what if God has brought us to this place and these circumstances for His purposes? We ought to be careful not to seek a way out too quickly. We may be soul-troubled and we may feel overwhelmed and lost in the moment, and we may doubt ourselves… but if God hasn’t clearly released us, it may be because He wants us to carry on and to trust Him in the midst of the trial and to trust Him to see us through it. For His glory. Not so we can pat ourselves on the back but so He gets glorified and His good gets done. And if God’s good gets done, that’s good for all of us. So when our souls are troubled by the task in front of us, if God doesn’t clearly release us, let’s press on in faith, and with His help do what He’s asked us to do, and seek His glory in it.
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.