Top Ten - April 7

1. Early Birds Rummage Sale is Coming Up Our Early Birds group is preparing for another rummage sale to support Northgate’s mission work in Gahanda, Rwanda. The sale will be held on May 6 and 7 at our South Campus (350 Bank St. Rd.) and volunteers, as well as items for the sale are needed. If you’d like to volunteer to help set up you can do so any time that week, May 2-5. If you’d like to donate items for the sale, please bring them to South May 2, 3 or 4. Thank you to the Early Birds, volunteers, donators and bargain-hunters for supporting the wonderful work going on in Gahanda!

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.

3. Easter Services Easter week services begin this Sunday with Palm Sunday and continue on Thursday with a Seder meal at the Salvation Army which all are invited to attend. On Friday there will be a Good Friday service at Arbor House (350 Bank St.) at 7pm. We will have our regular Saturday service at 6 and then on Sunday we will have the following Easter celebration services:

•Sunrise Service – 6:15am at the Pavilion at North
•9:30am at North
•10am at Arbor House
•11am at North

We look forward to seeing you at one of our Easter Celebration services!

4. New Group for Couples Starting A new group geared to dating, engaged or married couples is going to be starting up at North on May 1 at 9:30. The group will be studying The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. For more information visit the information table in the lobby or contact Pastor Marsha (
Register at

5. Kids Color Run Coming Up Our Children’s Ministry Team is organizing a Kids Color Run! This fun event will happen at the North Campus and is being planned for Saturday April 23 at 11am (rain date: Saturday April 30). Registrations have already started coming in and you can register at For more information contact our amazing Children’s Ministry Director, Leah Lennon, at

6. Easter Bag Ministry We will be delivering 30 Easter bags to migrant families in our area. We’ve been doing this for several years now and it’s something these local families really appreciate. The bags contain everything needed to make an Easter dinner, along with devotional literature. If you’d like to support this act of love, you can make an offering and put “Easter Bags” on the check or the envelope. Thank you!

7. Support Group for Women with Disordered Eating Issues Dr. Joyce Wagner, a friend of Northgate’s, is organizing a new support group for women dealing with things like binge eating, compulsive eating, emotional eating and food addiction. This group will take place virtually, meet for six weeks and costs $150.  For more information you can contact Dr. Wagner at 585-733-9465 or check out her website:

8. A Night With “Set Free” Director Kevin Austin Please mark your calendars for a vision-casting presentation by Kevin Austin, director of the Set Free Movement, the anti-human trafficking ministry of the Free Methodist Church. This will take place from 6-7:30pm on Monday, April 25th in Room 2/3 and is open to anyone interested in this ministry. For more information contact Pastor Marsha (

9. Seeking Peace in Ukraine Please continue to pray for peace in Ukraine. And 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:

And you can see a news clip about the amazing work Lydia Dominick has been doing to help the people of Ukraine on the WGRZ website. The Dominick family are one of our many wonderful Northgate families who give generously to others. Learn about Lydia’s efforts to love others here:

10. Prayer Groups – You are invited to join with others to pray for our church and community on Wednesdays at 1 and Sundays at 9:30. The Wednesday Prayer Group prays for one hour in Meeting Room 1 at North Campus and on Sunday people gather in Room 4 for an hour and pray for our services and congregational needs. Everyone is welcome to either or both of these prayer meetings.

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 13:11 – And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. (Read Romans 13:1-14)

Do what? Love others well. How? Treat others as you would like to be treated. Be faithful; rid yourself of murderous anger; don’t take from others what doesn’t belong to you; don’t let jealousy rule your heart. Why? Because the hour is late. Jesus is coming soon. It’s past time for us to be up and about the mission God has given to us: to love others with the love of Christ. Shake off your drowsiness and seek God’s help to share the love of Jesus with those you meet today. Make it your desire to be able to say at the end of this day, “I left no debt outstanding… I loved each person I met in the best way I knew how.”

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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