Top Ten - May 26

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1. Belated “Thank You” Thank you to our Early Birds small group, and all of the people who helped make the rummage sale for missions such a great success! I know a lot of work goes into it as well as a lot of heart, and the people of Gahanda are really going to be blessed by your efforts. And an equally heartfelt thank you to the photographers who took the pictures on Mother’s Day and the families who generously donated for those pictures. Your donations will make it possible for every one of the mom’s in Gahanda to receive a new dress! Blessings on you all!

2. Results of the Voting Last weekend we held voting for our Administrative Team and our Nominating Team. Charley Canon and Bill Hayes were elected as A-Team members and Delegates; Nate Blowers was elected to the A-Team. Jeremy McClellan was elected as a Reserve Delegate. And Mike Marsh and Steve Wells were elected to the Nominating Team. We’re blessed with good leaders, and any of the candidates would have been fine choices. Thank you to all who let their names be on the ballots, and to all who voted.

3. Red Cross Blood Drive A blood drive is being held at our South Campus building on Thursday, June 1. If you are able to give blood this is a good opportunity to support a worthy cause.

4. Father’s Day Weekend Father’s Day weekend is coming up and we’re going to once again have ice cream on Saturday night and an ice cream truck on hand on Sunday so you can share an ice cream with your dad. This would be a good weekend to invite someone to join you for one of our worship services!

5. Missions Report Some of you have been asking about when the team that went to Rwanda in March would be sharing about their experience there. Well, that’s coming up the weekend of June 24 and 25. We’re looking forward to seeing some pictures and video and hearing the testimonies of what God revealed to this team on their trip.

6. Save the Dates  There are some events coming up for which you may want to save the date.

  • Phyllis Sorter – a Free Methodist missionary who survived a kidnapping in Nigeria, will be with us June 21 at 6pm to share about her experience
    • Family Life Network Youth Theater Camp – At Northgate June 26-30
      • Kid’s Summer Camp at Northgate will take place from July 17 to July 21  
7. Grief Share Facebook Group Patti and John Chadwick are starting a Facebook group for those who are in the beginning stages of grieving. The group will have inspirational messages, links to articles on grief, and a place people who are grieving can connect with each other.  It’ll be a public group at the beginning but may become private. For more information you can email John and Patti at or check out the Facebook page at

8. Habitat for Humanity Workdays We are happy to support the work of Habitat for Humanity in our area - several of our Northgate people regularly work on houses or contribute things that are needed. On July 12 the staff will be taking some time to volunteer labor and on Saturday July 15 we invite members of our congregation to do the same. For more information contact Pastor Chris at

9. Midweek Group Will Be Discussing “The Chosen” On Wednesdays, Robin Woodam’s midweek Bible study is viewing and discussing episodes of “The Chosen.” Please note this is a women’s only group. If you’d like to join them, they meet at 2pm in Room 1 at North. And for more information you can contact Angelique at

10. Disc Golf Course Nice weather is coming and we’re going to be getting outside more! One of the things you can do in our church’s backyard is play a round of disc golf. The nine-hole disc golf course is open and ready to go! If you don’t have discs but want to give it a try, we do have some discs at the office and you’re welcome to borrow them any time the office is open. Have fun!
You Can Count on This – Colossians 1:9-10 – For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. The (Read Colossians 1:1-29)

You can’t read the letters of Paul in the New Testament and not be impressed by how prayerful he was. He prays for churches “continuously” and “constantly” and “night and day” and “at all times.” He encourages prayer and he asks for prayer for himself and his ministry partners. There’s no question but that Paul was a man of prayer.

And in this opening chapter of Colossians, we hear him speak to what his prayer is for the Colossian church. It’s a passage that can give us guidance in how we also might pray for others. As we think about family members and friends, and what they need from God, let’s remember to ask God to give them “the knowledge of his will” for them. Let’s pray that they would live lives “worthy of the Lord” that “please him in every way.” Petition God to help our friends and family to “bear fruit in every good work”, “grow in the knowledge of God” and be strengthened in endurance and patience. And let’s be sure to give “joyful thanks” to God for them.

What a wonderful prayer Paul offers on behalf of the Colossian church. May the heart of this passage become engrained in us so that we constantly remember to ask God to bless those we love in similar fashion.

Pastor Vern

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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