Top Ten - June 1

We will be taking communion together this weekend. If you are joining us on-line, please have your communion elements ready. And whether on-line or in person, let’s be sure our hearts are prepared for receiving communion!

Also, there is a “Centered Night of Prayer and Worship” next Wednesday at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. This is, for many of us, a wonderful midweek time of getting “re-centered” with the Lord.

If you’d like to help out in some area in the church contact Pastor John at

If you’re interested in a small group, contact Angelique at

1.  Prime Timers Luncheon Next Week This 55+ group is getting together Thursday June 8th at noon in the Northgate Cafe.  Hotdogs and hamburgers will be provided as will ice cream and toppings for sundaes.  Please bring table service and a dish to pass.  The program should be very interesting... a presentation of early Free Methodism in Batavia, including little known history.

2. FLN Youth Theater Housing Need The week of June 26-30 Family Life Network will be holding a youth theater workshop here at Northgate. There are already 35 youth signed up for this event! There will be three leaders coming into town to lead the workshop, and they are in need of housing for that week. If you are able to host one or more of the three, please let Becca, our Kids Ministry Director, know at Please note: due to allergies homes with cats won’t work for this group. Thanks! (And if you’d like to register a youth for the workshop you can do that at

3. Kids Game Night On Saturday June 10 our Northgate Kids Team will be hosting an “end of school celebration” fun night from 5-7pm at our North campus. There will be food and outdoor activities for kids in Kto4 and their potty-trained younger siblings. For more information you can contact Becca at

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. Linked Weekend Focusing on Our Kids We have a special weekend coming up June 17/18 when our Kids Ministry Team will be leading our worship services. Being an “Intergenerational” church is important to us and recognizing and valuing our kids is an important part of that, so on that weekend all Kto4 kids will be joining their families in the sanctuary for a fun-filled, kid focused weekend, which all ages will certainly enjoy!

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  
  • Report on the recent Rwanda missions trip – June 24/25
7. Youth Bureau Game Night Daniel and Deanna Calkins and their family are valued members of our congregation. Daniel is also the Executive Director of the Genesee-Orleans County Youth Bureau and he’d like you to know about a free family game night on Friday June 2nd at the ice arena on Evans Street. This goes from 5-7pm and afterwards there will be a free open skate opportunity. For more information you can call 344-3960.

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. Yarn for Prayer Shawl Ministry We have a wonderful prayer shawl ministry led by Rosalina in which people gather once a month to create prayer shawls which are prayed over and given to people who are going through various kinds of struggles. Right now this group and some additional people are in the process of making 1200 washcloths which will be given to the children of Gahanda, Rwanda. These washcloths are something the kids there really enjoy getting and it’s a joy for us to distribute them! The team is planning to have all 1200 done by the end of July, but they could use some more yarn to finish the project. Particularly, they are looking for “Peaches and Crème” yarn. If that makes sense to you (I’m lost!) and you’d like to donate some you can just bring to the church next time you are here. Thank you!

10. Disc Golf Course The nine-hole disc golf course is open and is getting used steadily! 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 2:13-14 – When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. – (Read Colossians 2:1-23)

These verses are so incredibly important for us to understand and own in our walk with Jesus. They describe exactly what has taken place when we give our lives to Him. First, we have to understand that we were “dead in our sins” and “in the uncircumcision of our flesh.” In other words, because of our sin, and the hardness of our hearts, we were destined for condemnation, without hope (dead). But! But God made us alive with Jesus! By faith in Christ our sins are all forgiven, our indebtedness to God is canceled, we are no longer condemned!! Hallelujah!! The charges against us (sinfulness, hard-heartedness, a debt to God we couldn’t pay) have been nailed to the cross that Jesus died on and they no longer have any hold on us. We are free! We are alive! We have hope! We are in Christ!

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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