Top Ten - September 9

September 9, 2022

*This weekend is “Kickoff Weekend” at the church! We’ll have some special treats, picnic food in the backyard after Sunday services, games and fellowship. Please consider sticking around a little bit after worship and enjoy some good time together as church. And consider inviting a friend or family member to join you!

1. New Small Group Starting This Sunday – 9/11 Rick Kent will be leading a small group designed to help people make the best use of the financial resources God has given to them. It’s called “Legacy Journey” and it’s based on the teaching of Dave Ramsey of Financial Peace University. This group is open to anyone and will begin this Sunday, 9/11 at 9:30 in Room #1 on the Adult Wing. For more information you can contact Angelique at

2. New Small Group Starting Sunday 9/18 at 9:30 Lisa and Jake Russell led a “Five Love Languages” group last year that couples really enjoyed. Starting Sunday 9/18, they will lead another small group for couples based on a Right Now series called “Love Talks.” We hope to see a number of Northgate couples take advantage of the Russell’s good leading and join them in Room 2/3 at 9:30 on the 18th. Contact Angelique ( for more information.

3. MOPS Could Use Your Assistance! MOPS is a wonderful ministry to young moms that will meet this Fall at Northgate North from 6-8pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays starting 9/27. One of the areas we could use some help with is in childcare. If you are available once a month or so to watch over some children, we’d love to talk with you. Contact Pastor Marsha at And thank you!

4. Prayer Shawl Ministry The Prayer Shawl ministry restarted this month and will meet the first Saturday of every month at 10am at Northgate North. This group makes prayer shawls which are given out to people going through difficult times in their lives. All are welcome to come and join in; if you don’t know how to knit a shawl this is a great place to learn!

5. Meet D.L.!  Our new Next Generation Pastor, DL Walter has a weekly newsletter for parents of middle school and high school students. If you have a child in that age group and/or would like to keep up to date with what’s going on in the youth ministry check out DL’s first newsletter by following this link. If you would like to be added to DL’s newsletter, please email him at

6. Case For Christ Book Study I (Pastor Vern) am starting another book study on Sundays at 12:15 (following second service). We’re going to be studying The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. If you are interested in joining us please let me know at We’ll get going on Sunday September 18.

7. Mothers & Grandmothers Moms In Prayer International group will begin on October 11, 2022 6-7 p.m. at North campus 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 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 ( or contact prayer leader Paula Neumann (585)201-0079.

8. Right Now Media As a church we subscribe to Right Now Media, a web-based video service which offers thousands of videos on all kinds of topics of interest to the Christian community. Included are many Bible studies of various kinds which make leading a family or small group discussion really easy. It’s free for you to use as a Northgate attender, but you do need a password. To get that contact Sherrie in the office at

9. Grief Share and Divorce Care If you or someone you know has experienced a loss and is walking through the feelings of grief or has experienced a divorce and is coming to terms with that and would like to know how to handle grief or divorce from a Christian perspective, we have a group for each here at Northgate. New sessions of Grief Share will begin on September 20 at 6pm, meeting at 34 Williams St. in Batavia.

And new sessions of Divorce Care will begin on September 24 at 6pm at our North campus building (8160 Bank St. Rd. Batavia). For more information contact Pastor Vern at
10. Women’s Conference with Carol McLeod Carol is a very popular women’s speaker and we’re looking forward to having her join us at Northgate on October 14 and 15 to lead a women’s conference. The conference is called, “Authentic Faith: Embracing Genuine Faith When Life is Upside Down.” We hope to see a lot of women attend this conference and it’s a wonderful opportunity to invite a friend to join you and see what Northgate is all about. Register at, under the tab “Register.”

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 15:3-5 – For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.  (Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-34)

This is the most wonderful, most amazing, most life-changing, world-shaking news ever recorded in history! Christ died for our sins. Christ was dead and buried. Christ rose from the dead! Christ was seen alive, after his execution, but numerous people!!

If you were to try to boil the Christian message down, you couldn’t do much better than this. Maybe you couldn’t do any better than this. The gospel tells us that we are all sinners, and as such separated from a holy God. But Jesus Christ died for our sins – He died to pay the penalty for our sins. That’s remarkable enough. But then Jesus didn’t “stay dead.” He was raised from the dead and people saw Him alive after His crucifixion – and gave their lives proclaiming that truth. Jesus’ resurrection was affirmation from God the Father that everything Jesus said about Himself was true, and everything He did was right, that His death did pay for our sins, and that death and sin were defeated on the cross. This is not our only life – there is life to come after death, and if we die trusting in Jesus, it will be glorious!

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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