1. Let’s Build a Building!We’re almost there! Last weekend we shared with you our desire to help our Gahanda, Rwanda partnership church/school build a new Administrative/Teacher’s Building. The foundation of the current building is beginning to crumble and cracks are spreading.  The cost of replacing it is about $18,000 and we’ve already raised about $17,000, with over $6000 being given this past week!  So I know we’ll have no problem raising the rest, and anything we receive that is not needed for that project will go into our Missions fund, for future needs in Rwanda or Hungary – the two places we have identified as our international mission emphasis.  Thank you so much for your generosity!


  1. United Way Day of Caring is ComingEach May, Northgate assembles a team comprised of staff and attenders who go into our community and make a contribution of service through the United Way Day of Caring. This has been a lot of fun, a wonderful chance to get to know people better, and a great way to show we care about the community.  This year’s Day of Caring is on Wednesday, May 22.  If you’d like to join the Northgate Team, just let Pastor Vern know – you can reach me at vern@northgatefmc.com.


  1. Time to Think About Easter BasketsEvery year Rosalina leads a team in assembling and delivering baskets with the components of a complete Easter meal to 30 families of migrant workers living in our area. This is a tangible way for us to show the love of Jesus to these families. If you’d like to support this ministry you can give through one of the offering envelopes in the seats (designate the giving as “Easter baskets”) or through our on-line giving platform, Kindrid, using the designation “Easter Baskets.”  Thank you!


  1. Food Drive for Oakfield Food PantryNorthgate offers our support to the food pantry run by the Oakfield schools. This ministry serves children who might otherwise go hungry on the weekend.  We are highlighting the weekend of April 13/14for the collection of canned goods to help stock the pantry.  Items can be dropped off at the table in the lobby.


  1. Responding to the New Abortion LawsWe continue to be concerned about the new abortion laws in New York State. If you’d like to learn more about this new law, and learn ways you can respond, you can visit this website: https://www.newyorkersforlife.org


  1. The SummitEvery year we hold a meeting of the church that we call “The Summit”.  This is a time to hear reports from pastors and leaders about what’s happening at Northgate, elect leaders to our Administrative Team and fellowship together over a light meal.  Everyone, members, regular attenders and guests are welcome!  Childcare is provided as well.  This year the Summit will be held on Sunday, April 28 beginning at 12:30pmand we plan to wrap up by 2:30 or so.  For more information contact Pastor Vern at vern@northgatefmc.com


  1. Run (or Walk) for a Good Cause!It’s shaping up to be a great summer for 5Ks!Along with the All Babies Cherished run/walk on June 8 Young Life is holding a run/walk fundraiser on August 10 in Bergen.  You can learn more about these run/walks at https://www.bergen5k.com or https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Batavia/ABCrunbabyrun


  1. Marriage Conference – May 31We’re holding a video-based marriage conference here at North on Friday, May 31, beginning at 6:30pm. The conference features Francis & Lisa Chan, Les & Leslie Parrott and comedian Michael Jr.  The cost is $15 per person for the night.  (Scholarships are available for this.)  For more information contact Pastor Gloria at gloria@northgatefmc.com


  1. Celebrate Recovery DevotionalsOur Celebrate Recovery group has written a devotional! Copies of this are available on the Information Desk.  CR is available to anyone with a “hurt, habit or hang-up” for which they’d like to get some help and support from people who have been there and understand.  CR meets on Thursday nights at 6:30pm at North.


  1. Seder Meal at Arbor HouseEaster week is coming quickly and we have a number of worship experiences available to you to help you prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter morning. One of those experiences is a Seder meal that will be held at Arbor House (at the South Campus) on Thursday, April 18.  Everyone is invited, but to be sure we are prepared to serve all who attend please let us know you’re coming!  You can sign up at the Information Desk, or contact Pastor Chris at chris@northgatefmc.com.


You Can Count on This – Luke 6:13 – When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles.  (Read Luke 6:1-16)

It can be so affirming to be “chosen.”  But it can also be intimidating if the task we are chosen for seems too big for us, or there are many unknowns.  I wonder how the 12 felt about Jesus choosing them for a special role in his ministry?  I think it’s clear from the rest of scripture that they didn’t know exactly what they were in for. And one of them (Judas) ended up being very disillusioned about it all.  The other 11, however, learned what it means to follow Jesus and ended up being used by him to change the world.  And all of us who call ourselves Christians – we have been chosen too, adopted into God’s family, and appointed to be Jesus’ agents of change in the world.  It’s a big role, but we’re never alone in carrying it out.

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.