Top Ten - September 22

1. Are you interested in leading better where you are? Would you like to hear and read voices that challenge your perspectives and help you grow? Our next cohort of the Northgate Leadership Academy is forming, and we are looking for a couple more members to round out the group. This is beginning on Tuesday, October 4 and will meet the first Tuesday of every month through April. There is no cost to participate in the group, but there is a substantial time and reading commitment. If you are interested in learning more, getting a syllabus, or an application please email Pastor John Thank you!

2. Small group for couples: Sundays at 9:30 Lisa and Jake Russell led a “Five Love Languages” group last year that couples really enjoyed. This Fall they are leading 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. Contact Angelique ( for more information.

3. “The Case for Christ” study - Sundays at 12:15 I am leading 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

4. This Small Group Will Start on Sunday October 2 at 8:30 Debbie Vick will be leading the popular “Parenting Adult Children” group that she led last year. We heard a lot of positive comments about this group. Parenting never stops, but it does change. If you have adult children, you might want to check out this small group.

To learn about all of the groups being offered by Northgate please check out this link: You can also view the list on the Northgate app.

5. 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!

6. 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!

Also, please know that you are invited to join others for prayer on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 during the first service in meeting room 4. During this time people pray for the services, needs of our congregation and other topics as God leads.  We would love to have you join this prayer team.

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
And please be aware that there is a need for hospice volunteers to serve in our area. If you are someone who can find a bit of extra time for a worthy organization, please consider this very important ministry. This service to others is very rewarding and patients and their families will appreciate the gift of your time. For further information visit To learn about applying and training please call Pat Meek at 585-343-7596 or 1-877-277-2615 or email her 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 16:13-14 – “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” (Read 1 Corinthians 16:1-24)

These are two verses that I would encourage everyone to memorize. I know, you may hear the word memorize and immediately you are talking back to me! “I can’t memorize the Bible!” you may say. Well, I’m not asking you to memorize “the Bible”, just two verses from it. And these are not that hard to memorize. Write them down on a card and carry it in your pocket or purse. Pull it out a few times a day and read the verses 5 times out loud. Close your eyes the last time and see how much of it you can recite. Look at it and identify what you missed. Repeat the process over a few days or a week and I’ll bet you’ll be pretty close to having it memorized!

The reason I encourage you to memorize this passage is because it’s a succinct summary of how we are to live in the world. 5 simple things that we are encouraged to follow.

1.“Be on your guard” – be aware that there are dangers in the world
2.“Stand firm in the faith” – don’t abandon what you know to be true about God, about Jesus
3.“Be courageous” – don’t give in to fear in your faith walk
4.“Be strong” – with Jesus you have more strength than you might realize; use it
5.“Do everything in love” – love has to be the reason and the way we do everything we do

Again, this is a succinct summary of the way we live out our life as Jesus followers. What if we started our days saying it this way…

“Lord, help me to be aware of the dangers I might face today – the things that could trip up my faith. Help me to stand firm in my faith, and to be courageous and, standing with you, to be strong. And help me to do everything I do in love. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

What do you think? Can you memorize 1 Corinthians 16:13-14? Better yet, can you ask God to help you live it?

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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