- Drive-in Services This Weekend and Next – We’re getting ready to hold drive-in services at our North and Arbor House campuses. Finally we will be “together” although we will have to practice all of the safe social distancing protocols. Parking for these services will be limited, and attendees will need to sign up ahead of time on our website, or through the Northgate APP (“Register”) or by calling the church office. Registration for the drive-in services begins on Monday of each week. Here’s the schedule for the services:
- Saturday, June 27, 6pm at North
- Sunday, June 28, 10am at North
- Saturday, July 4, 6pm at North
- Sunday, July 5, 10am at North
- Sunday, July 5, 10am at Arbor House
We’ll still have the services on-line those weekends (and all upcoming weekends) at the usual times.
- A Big “Thank You” to Traci Wells – After 13 years of dedicated service to Jesus and the local church Traci has made the decision to resign from her position as our South Campus Coordinator. As Coordinator Traci was responsible for managing a very full schedule of events at South, overseeing the cleaning and upkeep of the building and various other responsibilities, including providing funeral meals, serving with MOPS, helping to put on blood drives and other things. Traci is a true servant of the Lord with a big heart and a lot of energy and a willing spirit. She will be missed. Thank you for all you have done to make us a better church Traci!
- Volunteers Are Needed in Anticipation of Our Regathering – We are just a few weeks away from being able to regather in our buildings. But to do that we need some help. Mark Logan is looking for 15-20 people to help out with providing direction to people when they arrive for the services, to usher people to their seats (needed because we want to practice the safe social distancing guidelines) and to sanitize between services. If you can help with any of these tasks, please contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 don’t have a problem with it, 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 years old 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/
- Learn About the Church and Racism – If you want to dive in deeper to learn more about issues of race and Christianity, Houghton College is offering a free course on the topic this summer, beginning on June 29. Pastor Marsha has signed up and is offering to lead a discussion group with anyone who is interested. Here’s the link for more information: https://www.houghton.edu/blog/houghton-offers-free-class-race-and-american-christianity/
- Another Big “Thank You” to Our Church Congregation – The ministry that I just mentioned could not happen without you, our faithful church member/attender. You have given your time to making calls and connecting with people. You have given your time and energy 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. We have been incredibly humbled by your generosity and faithfulness and I hope you know how much we love you and appreciate you. God bless you!
- 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.
- Also, Pastor Daniel led a group of our teens on a service project through our Sent Likewise program this past week, and there are plans to do two more Sent Likewise projects this week. If you know of a need someone has that our teens can help with please let Pastor Daniel know at email@example.com.
- Summer Fun Bags Are Coming – Leah and her Children’s Ministry Team have been brainstorming about some ways to bless our kids this summer and are now preparing some bags to distribute to them as we approach summer. These bags 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 10:11 – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (Read John 10:1-42)
Being compared to a sheep isn’t necessarily flattering to me, but then Jesus isn’t trying to flatter me when he says he is the good shepherd who lays down his life for me, a sheep. He’s trying to paint a picture for me (and you) about who he is and what he came to do. Sheep won’t survive long without a shepherd to watch over them, take them to places where they can eat and drink, protect them from predators, etc. Jesus is saying a good shepherd will do everything he can to care for his sheep, and he is the good shepherd – there are none that compare to him. He’ll do whatever is necessary to save us, including give his life, which of course, he did do. Are you willing to be the sheep cared for by the Good Shepherd?
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.