Three Things to Be Aware Of…
Night of Worship – Our first fall night of worship happens this Friday night (September 18) at 6pm. This particular night of worship is full but we are planning to hold another one. The date for that is yet to be decided, but it will be this fall, so stay tuned! If you are registered and planning to be here this Friday, please bring a lawn chair and a coat! The high temperature for Friday is in the 50s. There will be a coffee truck here as well so you can get a hot drink!
The Children’s Wing is Open – The Children’s Wing is open again – though only for the 11am service only, this weekend. 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 email@example.com.
- Update: We are planning to have a full Children’s Wing for both services beginning 9/27. Nursery through K-4 will be staffed for the Sunday services.
30 Days of Fasting and Prayer – We are halfway through our 30 days of fasting and prayer, and we are wondering how you are doing with this endeavor? Have you found it easier or harder than you thought it would be? What are you learning about yourself as you make your way through the month? What are you learning about depending on God? Do you feel this has been beneficial to your spiritual life? Do you think you’d make it a regular part of your journey with God? What take-aways do you have?
We would really love to hear from you if you have participated in this fast, or if you’ve fasted in the past. Please email Pastor Marsha or me with anything you’d like to share! You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Ten Things To Do…
- Fill a Box/Feed a Family – One of the wonderful things our church has been able to do since COVID hit is to assist with getting food to hungry people in our community. The need continues to be there, and we want to continue to help. So this weekend and next we’ll have boxes available at the church that you can pick up and return full of groceries the weekend of October 2/3. Then those boxes will be distributed at the food distribution day following that. Thank you for being a blessing to our community!
- Meet with Other Moms and Grandmothers to Pray – The next “Moms In Prayer International” group will begin meeting on October 13 at 7pm. Meetings will be on-line this year through a Google Meet invite and will occur on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month while school is in session. We meet to pray for our school and/or college aged children, their educational successes and needs while they are enrolled in school and facing the typical challenges that students meet on a daily basis. Moms in Prayer guides, written by founder Fern Nichols, can be ordered and purchased if desired, however prayer outlines are provided each week. The hour is spent praising God using scripture, silent confession, thanksgiving for answered prayer and praying for specific needs. You can check out the website for more information (www.MomsinPrayer.org) or contact prayer leader Paula Neumann (585) 201-0079. If you want to join in, Paula will need an email address in order to send you an invite.
- Join “Life’s Healing Choices” – There’s a new women’s group being planned for this Fall that will use the workbook by that name. This program offers “God’s pathway to wholeness, growth, spiritual maturity, happiness, and healing” for women. If you are interested or want more information call or text Sue Bobo at 585-479-2020. Meetings will be on Tuesdays at 6:30pm at Sue’s home and they begin September 29.
- Meet With Other Moms of Young Children – Mothers of Preschoolers or “MOPS” are women who gather together twice a month to share and support each other in the remarkable journey that is motherhood. Meetings consist of relevant speakers, fun crafts, supportive conversations and fellowship. Moms can choose a 9 am morning group or a 6:30pm evening group. MOPS is open to all moms with children from birth until their youngest child finishes kindergarten. Groups will be meeting online through the end of the year, with hopes to meet in person in 2021. Membership is currently $32, and scholarships are available. Register at our Popsicles at the Pavilion event on September 19, 11:00am at 8160 Bank Street Road, Batavia, or visit https://northgatefmc.churchcenter.com/groups/
- Volunteer in Our Children’s Ministry – Thank you so much to all of you who have shown up and volunteered to help with cleaning and other tasks, which has allowed us to open our building to services again. Now we need to ask for volunteers in another area: Children’s Ministry. If you’d be willing to serve in this area and help us to open these rooms, we would very much appreciate it. Please contact Leah, our Children’s Ministry Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org to offer your help. And thank you!
- 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/
- Get Support Through Grief Share and Divorce Care – A Grief Share group began September 15 from 6 to 7:30 and runs for 13 weeks. And Divorce Care will begin on September 19, also from 6-7:30, and run for 13 weeks. If you would like to sign up for one of these, or need more information, please contact Pastor Marsha at email@example.com.
- Join a Study on the Holy Spirit – This ongoing study is held at 7pm on Thursday nights and is led by Pastor Vern and Pastor Marsha. We’re currently reading a book by Jack Deere called Why I Am Still Surprised by the Power of the Spirit. If you’d like to join in you can via Zoom. Contact Pastor Vern or Pastor Marsha (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the link.
- Participate in the New Room Conference – Northgate will be participating in a virtual event called A Night with New Roomon Friday evening, September 25, 2020. It will be a two-hour, live-streamed meeting with God around our collective need, as the Body of Christ, for a great spiritual awakening. We will host a viewing of the event at our North Campus sanctuary, and it can also be watched in your home. Thanks to the generosity of many who support the host organization, Seedbed, it will be a FREE EVENT, but participants must register. Please join us for an inspiring, sobering, and deeply encouraging time together – either in-person or online. Contact Pastor Marsha (email@example.com) to learn more about New Room.
- Share a Celebration – What are you celebrating these days? One way we encourage one another is by sharing our celebrations, and I’d love to share yours! Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text me (585-993-1506) and let me know what you are celebrating. I’ll compile what I receive and share them. Thanks!
You Can Count on This – John 18:1 – When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it. (Read John 18:1-40)
As I read this today I am visualizing the Garden of Gethsemane, which lies on the other side of the Kidron Valley across from Jerusalem. I’ve been there twice now and both times I have been moved by the experience. It’s not a large garden, like Sonnenberg, for example. It’s a small grove of olive trees. There’s also a church, the Church of All Nations, which is built over the rock where Jesus is believed to have prayed to the Father before being arrested and crucified.
So much happened in that garden. In a way it was a battlefield. A place where Jesus battled his human emotions as he prepared to die for our sins. A place where His followers would see their leader arrested and they would begin to do battle with what was happening and their understanding of it all. It was a place where Satan may have believed he was getting a victory over God, but in fact the events that happened there were leading to God’s greatest victory over sin and death and Satan. A lot happened in that little garden, and when I have visited there the thought of it all has been very humbling and moving. Thank you, Jesus, for going from the garden to the cross, from the cross to the tomb, and from the tomb to resurrection glory! We love you!
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.