Top Ten - October 13

Your help is appreciated! As things have gotten started again this Fall, we’d like to remind everyone that only parents/guardians with a child tag, on their way to retrieve a child with a matching tag, should be going down the Children’s Wing Hall. This is in an effort to make our Children’s program as safe as possible for the kids. We really appreciate your help with this! Thank you!

1. 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 tomorrow, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 to lead a women’s conference. The conference is called, “Authentic Faith: Embracing Genuine Faith When Life is Upside Down.” It’s not too late to plan to come!  Register at, under the tab “Register.”

2. Two October Fun Events for Kids On 10/22 from 5-7pm K-4 kids and their potty-trained younger siblings are invited to come “Rake in the Fun”. There will be games, prizes and pumpkin painting (please bring a pumpkin to carve if you are able and would like your child to carve one). Appropriate costumes are welcome!

And on 10/30 Base will hold a Pumpkin fest for people in grades 5-12 from 5-7pm. Pizza will be provided and there will be pumpkin painting, carving and activities of various kinds.

4. Leadership Academy 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, November 8. 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!

5. Suicide Prevention Fundraiser On Tuesday November 8 we are hosting a drive-through dinner in support of programs to reduce the risk of suicide among young people. All proceeds from the dinner will go to the Mental Health Association for that purpose. Tickets are needed and will be available this week in the office and at the Information desk.

6. Monday Night Bible Study Starting Up Again This discipleship group is starting up again next Monday (10/17) at 6:30pm. We’ll be studying the book of Hebrews together. Everyone is welcome to this study, and you don’t have to be a Bible scholar to come! We’ll grow together, chapter by chapter! For more information contact Pastor Vern at

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.

7. 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. 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!

Coat Drive Next Weekend – Help MOPS collect coats next weekend (10/22-23) at North and South campuses. New or gently used coats will be donated to families in need and also to the Salvation Army for their clothing program.

8. Mothers & Grandmothers Moms in Prayer International group will begin on October 11 at 6 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.

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.

9. Vintage Christmas Planning has begun for our Vintage Christmas celebrations this December, and we’d like to invite you to be part of the team that makes this happen. If you are interested in volunteering for one of the many tasks that need to be done, please contact the church office at and let us know. We would love to have you!

10. 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 have begun, but it’s not too late to join. Meetings are held at 6pm at 34 Williams St. in Batavia.

And new sessions of Divorce Care have begun as well. These meetings are on Saturdays 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

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 – 2 Corinthians 3:5 – Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. (Read 2 Corinthians 3:1-18)

This is one of the things I love about Paul. He is always so quick to deflect any idea that any competence he might seem to have comes not from him but from God. This is humility and comes from someone who was very intelligent, a very powerful speaker and writer and one who was handpicked by Jesus to spread the message of the gospel, which he was doing very effectively. Paul easily could have pointed people to himself, but he wouldn’t. His desire was that Jesus Christ always get the credit for whatever he, Paul, was able to do. Paul would be the first to say that apart from Christ he could do nothing.

It reminds me of what Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist said about Jesus: “He must become greater; I must become less.” We never seek to put ourselves on a pedestal. It’s always Jesus we want to point people to whenever they try to give us the glory.

Yesterday I watched a video of an NBA player who spoke to this. He was talking about taking positions that others didn’t understand or would ridicule him for. He had such a winsome and joyful attitude, and it was so clear that he loved Jesus and didn’t mind putting up with whatever he needed to if Jesus was asking him to do so. Here’s a man who could garner a lot of glory for himself in his position. But he was quick to turn it all to Jesus. He spoke like Paul.

Let us who call Jesus our Savior seek to have the same kind of attitude. “He must become greater; we must become less.”

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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