1. “This Changes Everything”! – Our baptism service is coming next weekend, and we are really excited about this! We have a lot of people who have made it known that they’d like to be baptized, and we’ll be reaffirming baptisms as well. One thing to note is that the South Campus service will be joining in at North for that weekend, so no service at South on October 25th. Instead, we’ll all come together at North to celebrate what Jesus is doing among us! I can’t wait!
2. We’re still looking for some men – Specifically some guys who love God and love young people and can help out in our Youth Ministry area. One of our Core Values is “Intergenerational” which means we want to intentionally pass on our faith to younger people. Please consider helping us accomplish that with our youth. For more information contact our Youth Director, Sean, at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Bees – This past weekend Pastor Greg shared a story about how he was being tormented by a bee while turning in a car at a ray ban sunglasses scrap metal place. He said he thought to pray that God would get that bee away from him, and after he prayed, the bee disappeared! Could God have removed Cheap Jerseys that bee? Of course! It’s a great reminder to not be shy about asking God for what we need. Nothing is too small, or too big.
4. Great Day of Giving – Every year at Thanksgiving time we receive a special offering that we call “Great Day of Giving.” This is an extra offering that we use steel to bless agencies and organizations around our area who are in the business of helping others. We use half of the offering to address special needs around here, and the other half gets divided among these organizations. This year we are going to receive this offering the weekend of November 21st & 22nd. Please pray about how God might like you to participate this year.
5. “The Peacemaker” – As a staff we read a book and discuss it in our weekly meeting. Right now we are reading a wonderful book on conflict resolution called The Peacemaker. We are all called to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9) and Ken Sande’s book can really help us to live that out. You might want to read it yourself! (By the way, Pastor Greg wanted me to be sure to mention that Wyatt Earp called his six-shooter “The peacemaker.” This is simply a bone thrown to Tombstone fans!)
6. Core Value #1 – “Biblical” – While our core values are not “rank-ordered”, this is the first one listed on our Café chalkboard, and it’s a good place to begin talking about them. We desire as a church to be biblical, which means that for us the Bible is authoritative and sufficient. Authoritative in that we should read and do what we read, and sufficient in that all we need to know about God and how to live in the ways God desires us to can be found in the Bible. Are you reading your Bible regularly? I hope so. And pray that we, as a church, will always remain Biblical.
7. The Dropbox – Are cheap jerseys you familiar with this movie? It’s the story of a South Korean pastor, Lee Jong-rak, who created a way for people to drop off, at his home, the babies they could not care for. It’s a powerful documentary which we’ll be showing here at Northgate on November 8th look at this now. We’d love to have a crowd here to see it!
8. All Babies Cherished – Next week I’ll be attending a dinner being put on by All Babies Cherished, a pregnancy assistance center here in Batavia. Tammy Arneth is the Executive Director and is doing a super job. Their mission is to provide emotional support, encouragement, Fake Ray Bans guidance, and practical assistance to women and fathers, as well as on-going family support as needed during pregnancy and the first three years of the child’s life. If you’d like to know how you can help them out, you can email Tammy at email@example.com
9. Operation Christmas Child – We are now down to 70 days until Christmas (as of the day I am writing this.) But it’s only 9 days until we start collecting for Operation Christmas Child. This is a great way to bless children in various parts of the world, and help them to know the love of Jesus. I’ve talked with one of our Northgaters who has had the awesome privilege of traveling to Africa as part of a team that delivered Operation Christmas Child boxes to children and he considers that one of the great experiences of his life. Maybe you can’t do that, but you can fill a box or two. Look for the table in the lobby and pray about being a part of this very cool ministry.
10. Counseling Services – If you are in need of counseling we’d like you to know that there is Christian counseling available close by! Agape Counseling Associates sees clients at our South Campus, and now one of our Northgaters, Rachel Fisher, a Licensed Master Social Worker, is available to see people here at Northgate. Times and fees are arranged directly with Rachel. If you’d like to speak with her you can leave a message at our church office at (343-4011).