- Right Now Media – If you are looking for some video resources that are faithful to Christian beliefs one of the best resources available to you is Right Now Media. There are thousands of videos on this site, which is made available at no cost to any attender of Northgate. The resources include teachings on the Bible, marriage studies, things for children to watch and more. Perhaps you’d like to start a small group and are looking for studies to use. Right Now Media has plenty of those available! In order to access these resources you just need to contact our church at firstname.lastname@example.org to get a password.
- Celebrate Recovery is Now On-Line – If you’d like to join in on a CR meeting now you can through Zoom. The meetings are Thursday nights at 7pm and all you have to do is contact Pastor Dave in order to get the link. You can reach Dave at email@example.com.
- Memorial Day – Memorial Day is going to look a lot different for many of us this year. Parades and observances won’t be held in most places, but we should still stop and take time on Monday to remember those who died while serving in the United States military. We owe these brave men and women a debt of gratitude for the freedom we enjoy.
- Arbor House Study Group – Pastor Gloria is hosting a study on the Lord’s Prayer on Wednesday nights. Pastor Gloria is lead pastor at our Arbor House location, but this study is open to anyone whether or not you are a part of that congregation. For more information on how to get connected to this Zoom group contact Pastor Gloria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Young Adults Are Meeting – Pastor Daniel is meeting with a group of young adults (20-something) every week by Zoom. If you’d like to join them you can contact Pastor Daniel for more information at email@example.com.
- Thank You Landscapers! – We just want to say “thank you” to those who have been able to help us keep up with things at our church buildings, by painting, cleaning, cutting and trimming grass and landscaping around our grounds. We appreciate the help!
- Volunteer Opportunity – If you’re looking for a place to volunteer there is an opportunity to be a personal shopper for some residents of a local halfway house. These clients have monetary resources but are unable to go to stores themselves right now. If you’d like to learn more about what this would entail, you can contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Kid’s Facebook Page – We have a Facebook page dedicated to children. You can check it out on Facebook and if you have any needs or suggestions related to children we’d love to hear them – you can email our Children’s Ministry Director, Leah, at email@example.com.
- Opportunities to Give to Others – These opportunities to serve are continuing:
- Blood Drives! – We continue to support the American Red Cross efforts to collect much needed blood. The next blood drive will be Thursday June 4 from 2 to 6pm at the South Campus (350 Bank St.). Appointments are a must and can be scheduled through the Red Cross at redcrossblood.org. Thanks for helping save lives!
- Food Drives Continue As Well! – We’re also continuing to collect food for the Salvation Army Food Pantry, which has seen a greatly increased amount of traffic since all this began. You can drop food off at the North Campus (8160 Bank St. Rd.) on Mondays from 10-4pm. Volunteers will get the food from your trunk or back seat so you won’t have to get out of the car. Thanks for helping feed local people who are struggling because they’ve lost their job or hit financial hardship.
- Please note – donations can be made on Mondays except this next week – because of Memorial Day donations can be made on Tuesday, May 26.
- Art Supplies For Migrant Children – Arbor House (our service that meets at the South Campus – 350 Bank St.) is collecting art supplies for the children of migrant workers in our area. This is a need that was brought to the attention of the Arbor House staff and has come about as a result of the schools being closed and schooling being done at home. If you want to help you can drop off art supplies at the parsonage next to the church – just drop them at the front door and we’ll see that they get distributed to those who can use them.
- 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, Wednesday & Thursday nights (write firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on those).
- Our worship services are on Facebook (Northgate FMC) and our website (northgatefmc.com/media/livestream) at 6pm on Saturday and 9:30 on Sunday and are accessible after that on Facebook and our website (northgatefmc.com/media/sermons).
- 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!
One More Thing – I want you to know that we are proactively planning for the day when we will be able to regather as a church at our North and Arbor House locations. We want to be sure we are ready when that time comes, and that we are doing all we can to provide a safe and healthy environment. For example, we are installing touchless sinks and soap dispensers, buying hand sanitizer stations and thoroughly cleaning the building. Beyond that we are looking at how our services may need to change and what else we can do to act responsibly as a church. The surveys we sent out were a big help to us – thank you for responding to them! And please know that your staff takes this ministry seriously and we love you deeply and we are hard at work preparing for when we get the “green light” to welcome you back to the building. In the meantime, let’s continue to be the church wherever we are! Blessings!
And One More Thing! – I can’t not tell you this! We are celebrating that during our worship services this past weekend, three people indicated to us that they were entrusting their lives to Jesus Christ! Praise God and thank God for being able to reach people on-line and that people are hearing the gospel and responding to it! Please pray for these individuals – God knows their names – and ask God to strengthen and bless their new faith in Christ.
You Can Count on This – John 8:11 – “… Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (Read John 8:1-11)
You’ll notice that this passage of scripture is written in italics in the Bible, and/or has a note indicating that there is some question as to whether or not this was included in the original manuscripts of the Bible. It’s included here because there is enough evidence that it was original, even though that evidence is not conclusive. In any event, it’s an incident that is completely in character with who Jesus is! And it’s a beautiful account of forgiveness and love, while also a clear caution that we have to be careful not to ignore the fact of our own sinfulness in our rush to judge the sins of others. Jesus shows us what it looks like to not ignore or condone sin, but to do address it in a way that expresses love and offers forgiveness. We can learn a lot by meditating on this passage of scripture.
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.