Top Ten - March 10

1. Missions Night Tonight: Gerry McNamara, Worship & Dessert Tonight (Thursday, March 10) at 6pm 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. And I’m sure Gerry will want to share with us how the Free Methodist Church is helping the people of Ukraine during this time of war. 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!

2. Support the YWCA Domestic Violence Program Pastor Chris has arranged for us to help support the YWCA DV program. Throughout Lent, 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. This week we’re focusing on washcloths.

3. Women’s Night of Worship The women of Northgate are planning a Women’s Night of Worship for April 1. More detail will be coming soon, but we wanted to give you a chance to get this on your calendar.

4. Men’s Pancake Breakfast – The Men’s group has rescheduled the pancake breakfast outing that was snowed out in February. The new date is this Saturday, March 12. They’ll be going to Cartwrights Maple Tree Inn near Angelica NY. Meet at Northgate/North at 7:15am and carpool at 7:30am from there.

5. 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.

6. Divorce Care Also, a new Divorce Care group is forming. It will be held on Saturdays 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

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. Blood Drive Coming Up – There will be a blood drive at our South Campus building on March 31 from 1-6pm. If you donate blood that day you’ll also receive a $10 e-gift card and you can enter a chance to win a trip to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Los Angeles this year.

9. A Way to Help the People of Ukraine Please continue to be in prayer for the people of Ukraine and for a quick end to this war and for peace. If you’d like to do more, our Free Methodist Church has a “Bishops’ Crisis Relief Fund” that you can give to and designate the money for helping people in Ukraine. You can find the link to that site here:

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 10:11 – As scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame. (Read Romans 10:1-21)

I think sometimes that people who love Jesus and believe in Him feel a little embarrassed to admit that to non-believers or people they don’t know well. In a culture that is increasingly less religious and less Christian that’s somewhat understandable. The cultural climate can make us feel like it’s irrational or unscientific to believe in anything supernatural, and particularly to believe in a personal God named Jesus.

We don’t have to feel that way though. As I’ve stated numerous times in messages I’ve preached, many very qualified and capable and rational scientists, professors, doctors, and other professionals find it very reasonable to believe in God, and specifically to believe in Jesus as the Bible describes Him to us. We don’t have to be embarrassed about our faith! And we should not feel embarrassed to take and proclaim the name Christian.

The Bible tells us that if we put our faith in Jesus we will never be put to shame. Some people may attempt to make us feel that way, but Jesus will never make us feel that way. Jesus died on the cross in order to remove shame from our lives, to give us freedom from that. He will not let us down or embarrass us. His only desire is to welcome us to relationship with Himself and one day to welcome us to eternity. Let’s lift up the name of Jesus, without embarrassment, but with confidence and joy!

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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