- 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.
- Three Short Reads – If you’re looking for some short reads that address aspects of this Coronavirus situation from a Christian perspective, here are three that I’ve read in the last couple months. Where is God in a Coronavirus World? by John C. Lennox; Coronavirus and Christ by John Piper; and When the World Stops, by Michael L. Brown.
- New Study Starting on the Holy Spirit – I am starting a new study on the Holy Spirit tonight (Thursday, May 28) at 7pm. We’ll be using the book Jesus in Me by Ann Graham Lotz. Everyone is invited to this Zoom study, and if you want the link just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com to get a password.
- Need Some Good News? – For a number of weeks now we’ve been inundated with news that’s been difficult to hear. While there has been some better news lately, there’s still plenty that is bad. I came across a website that may help to encourage you – it’s called “Good News Network” and you can find it here: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com for more information on those).
- Prayer meetings are held on Monday morning (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Wednesdays at noon (email@example.com).
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com ). 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 8:12 – When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (Read John 8:12-30)
Can you think of a recent time when we were more in need of “light” than we are now? I’m not just talking about the Coronavirus, though we definitely need the light and wisdom of Jesus to help us as we navigate our way through this. We also need the light, wisdom and heart of Jesus to help us address other troubling issues which have been in the news lately, some new, some that stay with us, and some that have been present but are being exacerbated, perhaps, by the current circumstances. Things like the rise in suicide rates recently. The escalation of mental health issues in general as people struggle with isolation, stress and loneliness. The increase in unemployment and problems associated with that. Conflicts between people who wear masks and those who don’t. Battles over re-opening and how things are being done. The war of words that seems to take priority over cooperative, helpful action. Racism, poverty, domestic violence, hatred, apathy, greed, etc. etc. There’s plenty of stress and problems to go around. And sometimes it seems we’re not making much headway in addressing them.
Jesus invites us to follow him out of the darkness of anger, ignorance and despair. He promises to cast his light on our problems and to show us the way to life, if we will have it. But he won’t force it onto us. We have to be willing to follow him. Let’s do that.
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.