Four Things to Be Aware Of…
The Return – This weekend there is a large event happening called “The Return.” This event is focused on “coming before (God’s) presence in humility, in sincerity in prayer and repentance, that there be intercession for America, for each other, and for oneself, for God’s mercy, for salvation, for healing, for revival, for restoration, and for the fulfillment of God’s purposes for America and all who dwell within it.” You can watch this event at https://thereturn.org/live-stream/ or view it with others at Batavia Assembly of God.
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. You can reach any pastor or ministry leader at first firstname.lastname@example.org or send prayer concerns to email@example.com.
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.
30 Days of Fasting and Prayer – Our 30 days of fasting and prayer will be coming to an end in just under a week, though I hope you’ll continue to fast as God leads and pray always! I am 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ten Things To Do…
- Participate in the New Room Conference – Northgate will be participating in a virtual event called A Night with New Roomthis Friday evening, September 25, 2020. It will be a two-hour, live-streamed meeting, starting at 7pm, and focuses on our collective need, as the Body of Christ, for a great spiritual awakening. Join us at our North Campus, or watch the livestream 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.
- 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 we will 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.
- 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/
- Watch an Informative Series on Right Now Media – A pastor I have learned a lot from, Kyle Idleman, has a series on Right Now Media called “Redeem the Screen.” It’s a three-part series on the way we use social media, for good or bad. Each part is only about 15” long so you can watch the whole thing in under 45”. I haven’t seen it yet, but a friend recommends it so I am planning to see it and I’m passing it on to you!
- Take Communion – The weekend of October 3 & 4 we will be observing communion together in our worship services at North (Arbor House observes communion every week). We’ll take communion in a safe manner through the use of individual communion packets. Please plan to join us for this special time of worship.
- Begin a New Sermon Series With Us – Also the weekend of October 3/4 we will begin a new sermon series focusing on our Northgate Core Values. These are the beliefs we share that unite us here at Northgate. Through this series we hope that people will understand who we are, what we stand for and what we consider of greatest value. You can join us in person by registering or watch the services on-line if that is your preference right now.
- 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 (email@example.com) 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 19:41-42 – At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there. (Read John 19:1-42)
We talked about a garden last week, and this week we come to another garden, the garden where Jesus’ body was laid in a tomb after He died on the cross. Funerals are very sobering events because they bring home to us the reality of death. And even though we know that in a few days Jesus would rise from the dead (hallelujah!) we still grieve over the death Jesus experienced, because we acknowledge that He went through that death for us. The penalty for our sins was paid on the cross by His death. That He had to suffer that for us in humbling. That He did suffer that for us is an expression of the depth of His love for us. And all Jesus asks in return for His sacrifice is that we would trust him for our salvation, love Him, and honor Him in the way we love God and others. It doesn’t seem too much to ask.
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.