Top Ten - July 6

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1. Northgate 101 Classes This Summer The first three Sundays of July and August we are holding our 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. 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. Men of Northgate, Save the Date Our second annual “Man Camp” will be September 1-2 (with some guys staying through the 3rd). Bring your camper, tent, or hammocks and enjoy the beauty of Northgate’s big backyard! Plan on joining us for a great time of fellowship, food, and relaxation. There is no age minimum or maximum. Cost is $20 per person with an immediate family max of $60 and covers all of your food. Registration will be available soon on our website or app. Questions - email

7. Bible Study on Monday Nights The “Digging Deeper” Bible study that meets at North on Monday nights at 6:30 is in a  study of 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

8. New Study on Sundays at 12:15 Pastor Vern is leading a summer book study on Sundays at 12:15 in Room 1 at North. We’re going to be studying the book The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel. We’ll start our study on Sunday July 23 and run through July and August. All are welcome to join in!

9. 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 sponsorships are making a huge difference in the lives of the children there!

10. Support for Community Action Community Action of Orleans and Genesee offers help to people in need in these counties and during the month of July they are collecting personal care items for people who have experienced a crisis, such as fire, Domestic Violence, loss of employment and others. Specifically, they are collecting deodorant, shaving cream, can openers, shampoo laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products and toiletries. If you’d like to help them out you can call 343-7798.

You Can Count on This – 1 Thessalonians 3:5a – For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. (Read 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13)

I love this about Paul. He’s not someone who comes into town, gathers a group of people, shares the gospel, and then moves on to another town to do the same, again and again, forgetting about those he previously met with. He has to circle back, to know how those he’s once spent time with are doing. Specifically, how they are doing with their faith. Are they remaining strong in their relationship with Jesus? Have they started to weaken under the pressure of persecution? Has Satan gotten to them and thrown them off course in their race of faith?

Paul was a leader who really cared about the people he brought to Christ. No one was just “another notch on his belt.” Every individual he shared with was someone who mattered to him personally. To check that out, just look at the list of names of people he mentions at the end of Romans, e.g. In other letters of his he does the same thing: mentioning people by name and asking how they are or passing along his greetings.

When Paul learns that the Thessalonian believers are staying strong in their faith, he is overjoyed. It brings him incredible joy, even though he is going through his own trials of persecution (v.7). Again, these new believers matter to Paul. They aren’t just numbers to him, but they are people he wants to see in eternity someday. Paul is a great example of the importance of relationships, and offers us a model to follow.

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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