Top Ten - June 29

We’ll be observing communion this weekend in all of our services. If you are worshiping online please have your communion elements ready, and whether online or in person, let’s be sure to prepare our hearts to receive communion in the right spirit.

Please note that the church office will be closed this coming Monday and Tuesday in light of the July 4th holiday. If you need to reach someone the office phone will direct you to our emergency number and a member of the pastoral staff will answer.

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. Northgate 101 Classes This Summer This weekend we are holding the first of three membership classes. We’ll meet in Room 1 on Sunday morning at 9:30. Everyone is welcome to come and learn about the Free Methodist Church!

2. Playground Construction The logs are here and work on the Adventure Playground at North is 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

3. Family Life Network Youth Theater Camp FLN is holding its Youth Theater Camp here at Northgate this week. There are about 40 kids preparing all week for a program which will be held on Friday at noon. All are invited to the show! We’re so glad to be hosting this event and pray that everyone involved has a wonderful time!

4. Kid’s Summer Camp This will take place at Northgate from July 17 to July 21. This is for kids from the age of 3 on up to those entering 4th grade in September. There is a registration cost, but scholarships are available – just let us know if that would be of interest to you. Please contact Becca for more information at

4. Apple Tree Tags Thank you to all who have taken a tag from the Apple Tree. There are just a few left. 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.

5. Volunteer Opportunities at Lydia’s Kitchen Looking for something to do this summer? Looking to serve others in need? Fun and fulfilling.  Calling all volunteers! High School Youth included! Lydia’s Soup Kitchen (Batavia) is in need of help over the summer. Give a little time in a 3-hour shift, different positions such as the kitchen, set up, prep food, cook, serve at the window or dishes. Contact for info Lydia- (585) 300-7995 or Robin Woodams- (585) 297-9676.

6. Celebrate 5 Years of El Shaddai/Buffalo El Shaddai is a Free Methodist Congregation in Buffalo. On Saturday August 26 and Sunday August 27 they will be celebrating their five-year anniversary and seeking to raise funds so that they can get into their own building. On Saturday they will share African food and have a giving opportunity from 4:00 pm to 7:00pm. On Sunday they will celebrate their 5-year anniversary. Pastor Alexis Nkurunziza invites all interested people to come – 62 Virginia Street, Buffalo, 14201. For more information you can text Pastor Alexis at (973) 517-2576.

7. 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

8. 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. Thank You For Sponsoring Rwandan Children! This past weekend we heard a report from the last team to visit Rwanda (a couple of months ago). After the presentation there was an opportunity for congregants to sponsor children from Rwanda through International Child Care Ministries. We had 15 children available for sponsorship, and 14 were sponsored before the second service on Sunday! The fifteenth was quickly sponsored after that service! Thank you so much to everyone who is sponsoring a child from Gahanda – your sponsorship are making a huge difference in the lives of the children there!
You Can Count on This – 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 – For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. (Read 1 Thessalonians 2:1-20)

When I first read these verses this morning I thought about my role as a father (and now a grandfather) and how Paul is laying out for me and all dads/granddads what we are to be doing for our children and grandchildren. Like a father who loves and wants the best for his children, we are to encourage them in their faith in Christ, comfort them when things are hard, and urge them to live their lives in a way that brings glory to God. Encourage, comfort, urge. That’s part of the role of a father.

But it’s also the role of each of us in the church. Not just dads, but all of us should be thinking about how we can encourage one another in our faith, comfort each other when we are hurting, and urge one another to glorify God with our lives. Doesn’t sound too complicated, does it? Encourage, comfort and urge. That’s the role of a Christian.

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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