6 Things to Be Aware Of…
Please register! – The good news is that the attendance at our worship services has been increasing andwe’ve been seeing new people and visitors! The bad challenging news is that our 9:30 service on Sunday has been nearing capacity. It helps a lot if people can pre-register – we don’t ever want to turn someone away from worship, or need to have them use an overflow room, especially if they are new to Northgate. Also, please know that our Saturday 6pm service has plenty of room in it and the 11am service on Sunday has more room than the 9:30 service right now. If you want to preregister to attend any service just go to our Northgate website, northgatefmc.com, or call the church office Monday – Thursday from 9-4 (343-4011). And thanks!
“This Changes Everything” This Weekend – This coming Saturday night we will be celebrating a baptism in our service. This is a great time to wear your “This Changes Everything” T-Shirt if you have one, to show your support for the individual being baptized. Making the choice to show your faith through baptism is a big deal, so come ready to celebrate it! Thanks!
We Don’t Have to Just Endure Our Emotions – Anxiety, anger, sadness, depression… there are times that every one of us experience emotions like this to an extent that they threaten to overwhelm us. We can do something about that! Right Now Media has a whole section of video resources addressing emotions and our mental health. God wants us to be emotionally well, and if you’d like to check out some things that may help you with that, you can find them here: https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Library/52
- To get a free subscription to Right Now Media you can as an attender at Northgate by clicking here: Right Now Media
Let Us Know How We Can Minister to You – As your pastors and ministry leaders we want you to know that we always love to hear from you and we especially love to know how we can pray for you and with you! Please do not hesitate to contact us. Our pastors and ministry leaders contact information can be found at http://northgatefmc.com/about/ or send prayer concerns to email@example.com.
A New Bible Study on the End Times – Monday nights we are studying what the Bible says about the end times. You can come in person (North, Room 2/3) or join by Zoom at 6:30pm. Contact Pastor Vern for more information.
The Children’s Wing is Open – The Children’s Wing is open again – for both the 9:30 & 11am services. The infant through K-4 rooms are all staffed and ready to welcome your children in a safe and fun environment. For more information you can contact Children’s Ministry Director Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- And a huge thank you to those who have said “yes!” to ministering in the Children’s wing. We really appreciate it and so do the kids!
Ten Things To Do…
- Prepare for the Great Day of Giving Offering – Every year at Thanksgiving time we like to bless others through a special offering, which this year we will take on November 21 & 22. This offering is normally divided between a capital project here at Northgate, local human service organizations and world missions. This year, we want to forgo the capital project piece and give all of the offering away to local and world missions. We’ll announce the organizations that we’ll be blessing next week, but please begin to pray about how you’d like to give to this special act of love for our community and world missions pastors and leaders.
- Come and Pray, or Be Prayed Over – Speaking (and listening) to God through prayer is perhaps the most important thing we can do as followers of Christ. On Wednesdays there are two opportunities to join with others in prayer. At 1pm a small group meets to pray primarily over our church and for each other. At 7pm a group meets in the sanctuary where we spend a bit of time learning how to pray, and then pray together for personal, local, national and world concerns. We also would love to pray for anyone in need of healing, whether that is from physical or emotional issues.
- And even if you can’t make one of those meetings, we still want to know how we can pray for you. Send us an email or fill out the virtual prayer card on our Northgate app. If you haven’t downloaded it yet you can find it where you get your phone apps.
- Come to Base or Ember! – Middle School students are encouraged to check out Base which is meeting on Monday nights from 6-8pm at our South campus. And if you’ve aged out of high school you’re invited to Ember which meets on Wednesday mornings at 9:15 at Pub Hub Coffee and Monday Nights at 8:30pm at South Campus. This is a gathering of people in their 20s. For more information contact Pastor Daniel at email@example.com.
- Fill a Thanksgiving Bag – It’s time to pack some grocery bags with all the fixings for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal! Our goal is to fill 30 bags, at $30 a piece, with everything necessary for a family Thanksgiving meal, which we will then deliver to 30 families of migrant workers in our area. If you’d like to contribute to this outreach please note “Thanksgiving bags” on your check or you can give through our App.
- Learn to Pray With More Confidence – On Wednesday nights at 7pm, in the Northgate North sanctuary, Pastor Marsha is leading a group in prayer. During the first part of the hour Pastor Marsha is teaching on some aspect of how to pray, and then the rest of the time is spent praying. If you’ve found it difficult to pray or want to learn how to pray more confidently, this is a wonderful place to do just that!
- Deal With a Hurt, Habit or Hang-up – Celebrate Recovery meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 (including any and all holidays that fall on a Thursday, unless there is a serious snow storm) at our North Campus. Our CR leaders guide and assist those of us who are gaining joy and freedom in Christ as we apply the 12 Steps of Celebrate Recovery to the hurts, habits and hang-ups we all struggle with. All are welcome! We believe anyone and everyone would benefit by attending this group, where we allow God to transform our lives. We are able to share openly and honestly about our struggles with people we come to trust, who will maintain confidentiality, and who will not judge us. For more info, go to: https://northgatecr.weebly.com/
- Make Someone’s Christmas a Lot Brighter – We love to support the work of the Salvation Army and at Christmas time we have some great opportunities to do that. We will again be putting up an Angel Tree in our lobby, and Arbor House is going to be a host site for the distribution of gifts for the Salvation Army. In addition we have reserved a day for Northgaters to ring the bells. There are some restrictions though: only one individual is allowed to ring the bell (no couples or families – sorry) and we only have 8 slots available. We’ll be ringing at Tops Market on December 12 from 11am – 7pm. You can sign up by calling the office (343-4011) or clicking on this link: https://northgatefmc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/610181
- “Gather ’Round” As We Head Into the Christmas Season – On Friday, December 4 you are invited to join us for a wonderful Christmas concert at Northgate. The concert will be a live worship event in our sanctuary, but seating will be limited. We will be livestreaming it, though, and encourage people to set up watch parties to view it together at home. Registration will be needed for those who want to attend in person and more information will be available soon.
- Get Your Blood Pressure Checked – Ann Cervone will be available to check blood pressures on Sunday (11/15) and every other Sunday following that in the main office during worship time. Please stop by if you’d like her to check your blood pressure.
- Virtual Christmas Box – Another way you can bring joy to some children at Christmastime this year is to give to the Virtual Christmas Box program. This program is an outreach of our Free Methodist Church in Bulgaria. We gather and send to them the funds needed to purchase hats, gloves, candy, a small gift and a presentation of the gospel. The missionary team in Bulgaria purchases the items locally (which helps their local economy) and creates tailor-made gift boxes for the children of their community. We will be setting up a table in the lobby soon to enable you to participate in this outreach. Thanks!
You Can Count on This – John 21:15 – When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” (Read John 21:15-25)
If they were spoken by anyone else these words of Jesus might seem inappropriate. “Do you love me?” That’s fine. “Do you love me more than these?” I imagine Jesus gesturing toward the other disciples as He says this to Simon, and Simon looking at his friends and the people with whom he’s spent three years learning from Jesus. Simon looks back at Jesus and tells Jesus that he does– he does love Jesus more than those men.
Which is not to say he doesn’t love them as well, of course. It’s just that the love we have for Jesus has to be a greater love than our love for anyone or anything else. Jesus told us that plainly. “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” (Matthew 10:37-38)
Does that seem wrong to you? I get how it might when you first hear the words. But look at what Jesus says to Simon Peter immediately after Simon affirms his love for Jesus: “Feed my lambs.” Jesus directs Simon to take care of Jesus’ people – including His other followers, and those who will become His followers. Jesus isn’t seeking to claim all of Simon’s love for Himself, as if He is insecure and needs to know how important He is to Simon. He’s saying something much deeper and more important. He’s saying to Simon, “Let me be of first importance to you – so that through me you can be of great importance to others.” I think Jesus is saying, “If you really love me, then love others and care for them.”
I believe this with all my heart: the best way to love others well is to love Jesus first. It’s through our love for Jesus, and learning from Him how to love, and being empowered by His Holy Spirit to be able to love, that we will love others well. Of course Jesus wants our love, because loving Him is good for us! And it’s good for others.
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.