Top Ten - June 15

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.  Playground Construction Logs are rolling in (pun intended) and work on the Adventure Playground at North will be getting underway. The plan is to work on Fridays and Saturdays from 9-12 and anyone interested in helping is welcome. To check on workdays or for more information contact Mark at

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. Father’s Day Weekend Father’s Day weekend is this weekend 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!

4. Linked Weekend Focusing on Our Kids We have a special weekend this week 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!

5. No Kto4 This Weekend Because of the special “Linked” service this weekend involving the kids in Kto4 there will not be a Kto4 class during the worship time. All Kto4 kids are invited to join their families in the worship center.

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

  • Phyllis Sortor – 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. Apple Tree Tags I know – we haven’t even finished this school year and we’re asking you to think ahead to the next one! The Apple Tree is a ministry that is led by the Salvation Army and with which we assist when we take tags from the tree, purchase the necessary school supplies and return them here for delivery to the Salvation Army, which will then distribute them before the next school year begins to children who are in need of some extra assistance. The tree should be up this weekend, so if you are able to help out, thank you!

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 And you can sign up at

9. New Bible Study on Monday Nights The “Digging Deeper” Bible study that meets at North on Monday nights at 6:30 has just begun a new study in the book of Ecclesiastes. This is an Old Testament book that has a lot to say about life in modern times. Everyone is welcome! For more information contact Pastor Vern at

10. Northgate 101 Classes This Summer Some people have been asking us about membership at Northgate, so we are scheduling some NG101 classes in July and August. This 3-session class is required for those who want to become members, and is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the Free Methodist church, even if not interested in membership. These classes will meet on Sunday morning at 9:30. Please contact the office to let us know if you plan to attend (, or call 343-4011. Thanks!
You Can Count on This – Colossians 4:17 – Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.” (Read Colossians 4:1-18)

I wish we knew more about Archippus. He is mentioned only here and in Philemon verse 2, where Paul calls him a “fellow soldier.” The way Paul uses the term “soldier” in this context indicates someone who has enlisted into serving Jesus Christ (see 2 Timothy 2:3, e.g.). So Archippus is someone who has accepted Jesus as his Savior, and has been given a specific ministry by God, and who Paul knows and wants to encourage. We know this much about Archippus.

I wonder if Paul fears that Archippus is beginning to wane in his enthusiasm for his ministry? Or maybe he thinks Archippus has become complacent or negligent in his ministry? Possibly Archippus is still hard at it, but it’s a difficult ministry and Paul wants to encourage him to stay faithful and not give up. Maybe Archippus has seen little fruit from his ministry and Paul doesn’t want him to begin to feel it’s hopeless. It’s impossible to know exactly what is going on, but these are perhaps some of the possibilities.

Which leads me ask, is your enthusiasm for Christ waning? Have you been taking whatever “ministry” He’s given you with complacency? Are you discouraged by the difficulty of remaining faithful to Jesus? Does a lack of fruit have you wondering if it’s worth it?

Finishing strong isn’t easy, but it’s what we are called to for Christ. Let’s ask God to give us the help we need to complete the ministry we have received from Him. Whether that’s a ministry in the church, or to our family and friends or in our workplace or wherever God has us. Let’s be faithful soldiers, and follow the orders of our Commander-in-Chief, Jesus Christ.

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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