Top Ten - February 24

1. Support the YWCA Domestic Violence Program  Pastor Chris has arranged for us to help support the YWCA DV program. Throughout Lent, which begins on Wednesday, March 2, we will be collecting new linens for them to use at their safe house. They are in need of sheets, pillowcases, towels and washcloths. They are also accepting donations of detergent. Items will be collected at both North and South. Thank you for helping with this local mission project.

2. Gahanda Sanctuary Update We are excited to announce that all the funds needed to build a new sanctuary for our Free Methodist Church in Gahanda, Rwanda have been secured and the money has been forwarded through International Child Care Ministries! This means work on that sanctuary can begin! It won’t be long before that congregation will be worshiping in new, larger space, which they need due to the growth of the church there. Thank you so much for your generous giving to this project, and if you are interested in going to Rwanda for the dedication of that building when it’s completed, let me know!

3. Centered Night of Prayer and Worship/Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday is coming up next week. This marks the beginning of the Lenten period, when we spend time preparing our hearts and minds for the recognition of the death and resurrection of our Savior Jesus. Our regular, first Wednesday night of prayer and worship will be focused on Ash Wednesday. The service begins at 6pm at the North Campus.

4. Grief Share A new Grief Share group has begun, but it’s not too late to join. The group meets on Tuesdays and runs from 6-7:30 at 34 Williams Street in Batavia. Contact John Chadwick at 585-297-3009 or Patti Chadwick at for more information.

5. Divorce Care Also, a new Divorce Care group is forming. It will be held on Saturdays beginning March 5, from 6-7:30. The group meets in Room #1 at our North Campus. If you are interested and need more information you can contact John Chadwick at 585-297-3009 or Patti Chadwick at

6. Missions Night to Include Gerry McNamara, a time of worship and dessert On Thursday, March 10 at 7pm we will have the opportunity to hear from one of our Free Methodist missionaries who serves in Hungary. Gerry McNamara will be here to tell us what God has been doing there and to let us know how we can pray for the work of sharing Jesus in Hungary. We’ll also spend some time in worship and enjoy dessert. We’d love to have a large group to encourage Gerry and hear what he has to say, so if you can make it, great!

7. Two “Women’s Night Out” Opportunities Coming Up There’s a women’s night out with Jennie Allen (founder of “IF:Gathering”) coming up on March 25; also a separate women’s night out with Carol McLeod on the same date. For more information these contact the church office or Pastor Marsha at

8. Right Now Media Resources We like to remind people that as a church we subscribe to Right Now Media, and as an attender at Northgate, this means you have access to thousands of videos on every subject of interest to a follower of Jesus! There are resources for Bible studies and for couples and families. You can find things specifically for children, youth, men and women. It’s all free to Northgate attenders but you do need a password, so if you haven’t gotten one yet, just contact the church office: or 344-4011 and Sherrie will be glad to help you.

9. Women’s group/Men’s group If you are looking to meet other people and learn and grow together, we have a women’s group and a men’s group meeting on Wednesday nights at 7.

10. Care Team  Would you like to be part of a group that ministers to people through prayer and meeting practical needs? This really terrific group of people make sure that every prayer request that comes in is prayed over, cards are sent out to people who can’t get out or who need encouragement and practical needs are addressed whenever possible. If you’d like to be a part of this vital ministry please contact Pastor Marsha at

To learn more about these opportunities, or to suggest an idea for a group or a gathering, or to inquire about reserving space at the church or the pavilion you can always email the office ( or call 343-4011. You can check out our website too (

You Can Count on This – Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Read Romans 8:18-39)

This is one of those verses that is well worth memorizing. Why? Because we are bound to run into times when it seems nothing is working out right for us. We are surely going to go through things that make us question where God is, or if God is looking out for us. Hardships come to everybody, and Christians are not immune to them. When those hardships come, we may find our faith under attack. A verse like this one can remind us that God is still at work, regardless of what the circumstances look like, and that He is using everything for our good, even if it doesn’t feel like it right now.

I encourage you to memorize this verse for a couple of reasons. For one thing, when you are in the midst of the hardship and you’re looking for encouragement from scripture it can be hard to remember, “Where was that verse that helped me?” Also, when you memorize you have to spend some time meditating on the verse and that helps us to think it through and set it deeper into our hearts. Plus, I believe that God speaks to us by using the verses we have memorized; He brings them to our awareness when we need them.

Memorizing scripture has a lot of benefits to us spiritually, and despite our protests that we can’t memorize, most of us can if we put the time and effort into it. Take it a “chunk” at a time, go over it repeatedly, think about it, and see what God enables you to do! And remember, He is working for your good, always, if you are a child of His, which you are if you belong to Jesus!

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.
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