Top Ten - May 27

1. Women’s Night – Bouquet Arrangements A women’s night out is coming up on Friday June 17 at 6pm. Meet at the North Campus where someone from Sweet Acre Farms will walk through making flower arrangements. You’ll be able to take one home with you when the night is over. For more information see our website ( or contact the office (343-4011).

2. New 12:30pm Study – “The Case for Miracles” Pastor Vern is starting a new “The Case for…” book study on Sunday May 15 at 12:15pm. We studied The Case for Heaven last Fall, and this Spring we’re going to study The Case for Miracles. Everyone is welcome to attend and feel free to bring a lunch if you like.

3. A New Family Event: Aquaball We have a new family event coming up on Saturday June 25 called “Aquaball.” Aquaball is like kickball with kiddie pools and is for the whole family. Our Children’s Ministry Team is organizing an aquaball tournament for the 25th starting at 11am. Registration will be available soon on the website, and you can get more information from Leah at

4. Exodus Study We’ve just started a new Bible study on Monday nights at 6:30. Pastor Vern is teaching through the book of Exodus. If you’d like to join us, we meet both in person (North Campus) and by Zoom. To get on the email list to get the notes before the study, and the Zoom link if you need it, let Pastor Vern know at

5. ABC Run For Barb - June 4 The All Babies Cherished “Run Baby Run” event which launches from our South Campus is coming up on June 4. In addition to helping support this local ministry which aids women who are pregnant and moms, we would like to use this time to honor Barb Ettinger through participating in the 5K run/walk. Barb recently passed away and had served wonderfully for decades as our Nursery Coordinator. The plan is for everyone who wants to honor Barb to wear something red that morning. Barb loved birds and especially cardinals, so the red color will be to represent cardinals. We’ll call ourselves “Grandma Barb’s Red Birds.” To support All Babies Cherished (Barb’s favorite charity) and to participate in the day you can sign up at Be sure to join the “Grandma Barb’s Red Birds” sponsor to identify as part of this team.

6. Centered Night in June Our next night of Prayer and Worship is on Wednesday June 1 at 6pm. We invite everyone to join us for an hour set aside midweek to rest in the presence of the Lord through music and prayer.

7. Meeting for All Interested in Being Part of the “Set Free” Movement Inspired by recent presentations at our church by Free Methodist missionaries Gerry McNamara and Kevin Austin, Northgate is launching a Set Free Team! We are in the early stages of praying and considering how we can "Live in the direction of freedom" together. If you want to help end human trafficking in our time and in our region, please join us for an organizational meeting on Sunday, May 29th, at 12:30p.m. in Meeting Room 2/3, North Campus. For more information, visit and/or email Pastor Marsha

8. “This Changes Everything” Baptism Weekend If you are interested in baptism, please let one of the pastors know or go to the Information Desk and let them know there. We are planning to have baptisms on the weekend of June 11 and 12. We’d also be glad to discuss baby dedications and membership with anyone interested in those!

9. 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.

10. Men’s Bible Study On Wednesday nights at 7pm a group of guys from Northgate get together in Room #1 at North for a Bible study. Everyone is welcome. The group is currently in a study of the book of Haggai. For questions contact Pastor Vern 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 – 1 Corinthians 2:2 – For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (Read 1 Corinthians 2:1-16)

You might call Paul a man with a singular mind, or a man with one message that he just keeps sounding over and over and over. His message: “You need to know Jesus Christ, and that He was crucified for you.” I think that implied in this message is also the message of the resurrection of Jesus and the way to be saved from our sins by faith in Jesus. This was Paul’s message to the world, and he never tired of speaking about it.

There are so many things going on in our world and the opinions we have on those things can be quite varied among us. But as Christians we need to follow Paul in this: our main message is that people need to know about Jesus. “Jesus is the answer to the problems of this world.” I believe that. I sincerely believe that if more people knew who Jesus was and placed their faith in Him and chose, every day, to live their lives the way that He leads us to, that our world would be a better place. That may sound naïve to some, or incomplete to others, but I do believe it.

I also believe that it’s the place of the church to keep bringing this message to the world. We need to be people as bold as Paul when it comes to sharing our belief in Jesus. We might do so feeling weak, trembling, and in great fear… but then that’s exactly how Paul felt too. We may not feel very wise or persuasive; we don’t have all the answers; but we know where to begin to find those answers and it’s in a relationship with Jesus. Don’t be ashamed of the gospel. People need to hear about Christ. And if they ever say to us, “All you talk about is Jesus” maybe we’re on the right track.

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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