Top Ten - September 7

With the start of a new church calendar year there is a lot going on. So, the “Top Ten” this week is more like a “Top Fifteen”! If you need more information on any of what follows, please let us know. Thanks!

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 Our Prime Timers group is going to begin gathering again, this next Thursday (9/14) at noon. This will be a “bring a dish to pass” meal in the North Café, and the program will feature Becca and Angelique and some fun games. We’ll also be packing gift bags for local first responders. Hope to see you there!

2. First Responder Appreciation Picnic We respect and appreciate all of the men and women who serve others by responding to emergencies, including law enforcement situations, fires and medical emergencies. We want to show our appreciation for the good work that these individuals do, and so we are planning a picnic for them on Saturday, September 16 from 1-4pm at our North Campus pavilion. This will be a come as you can, leave as you need to event, and take out options will be available. Please pass the word to all first responders that you know, and if you’d like to help make this happen contact Angelique at

3. MOPs is Planning For This Year MOPS is not just Mothers of Preschoolers – it is for all Moms! We’re kicking off another great year of fellowship and fun on Tuesday September 26 from 6-8pm. MOPS is also including Moms of school aged kids (thru age 18) and Mentor Moms for mothers that have grown kids, who are wanting to offer support through prayer, insight, and holding babies during meetings. MOPs meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the Month during the school year and meetings always include something delicious, and a relatable discussion topic. We’ll do crafts, hear from speakers and plan a few events for MOPS families, as well as look to partner with a community group to support women or families in some way.

The group is hoping to offer childcare and we’re looking for volunteers, who will need to be “We Care” certified. We’d like to cover the biweekly meeting times to eliminate that barrier but would be happy to have help with childcare at least a few nights during the school year so that people can enjoy a couples night or a retreat (we’re considering a non-weeknight for this, depending on volunteer availability).

Flyers and handouts will be by the Northgate Kids sign in tablets and will include website info and QR codes to register. MOPS would also like to thank past and current supporters of the group. MOPs has a rich history in this church and we are so appreciative of the church community involvement that makes it a success.

If you can’t make it on Sept 26th, the MOPS/ Moms Next first official meeting is October 10 - but you can join anytime!

4. Mommy and Me Play Group The purpose of the Mommy and Me play group is to create friendships and connection for moms who are in the early years of motherhood, while allowing little ones to play together and socialize in a fun laid-back setting. This playgroup is designed for children, preschool age and younger. It will take place on Tuesdays starting in October from 9:30 to 10:30 in the preschool room. For more information contact Tara at

5. Old Testament Survey Class Pastor Chris will be teaching an Old Testament Survey class this Fall on three Saturdays (9/16, 10/21, 12/2) from 10am-4pm at North. There is no cost for a Northgate attender to take this class. If you’re interested in a college level class on the Old Testament, talk to Chris –

6. Parenting Adult Children Group Kick Off Group Life weekend is coming!!  The Parenting Adult Children will be held again, beginning on September 10 at 9:30 in room #1!  Debbie Vick will lead this 10-week study of the book Finding Joy in the Empty Nest: Discover Purpose and Passion in the Next Phase of Life, written by Jim Burns. Spread the word!  If you have any questions, please contact Angelique at

7. Embers: An Intergenerational Bible study For All Ages This study will look into God’s Word and learn simple ways to apply it to your life.  It will start with earthly stories with Heavenly meaning and check our understanding through a window and a mirror.  This group will also explore ways to reach into the community sharing God’s love with others in need.  Come as an individual or as a whole family and share real life together. This group will meet at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings in Room #6.

8. New Bible Study for our Young Adults (18-29) Brandon Northrup is leading this study at 11 AM in room #4 (next to Cafe).  This group will look at topics relevant to this phase of life and what the Bible says about this season of life.  Hope to see you there!

•And Base parents… please save 11/17-19 as the dates for the Base Fall Retreat.

9. Northgate Book Club Is COMING BACK SOON! – The next book we will be reading together will be Jesus In Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion by Anne Graham Lotz. Here is what to expect from this book:

The Holy Spirit is not a magic genie, a flame of fire, or a vague feeling; he is our constant companion! Lotz draws on biblical knowledge and personal stories---including her recent cancer diagnosis---to help us understand and appreciate the meaning behind seven of the titles given to this Third Person: Helper, Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor, Strengthener, and Standby.

For more information contact Angelique (

10. New DivorceCare and GriefShare Groups Are Starting Up Divorce Care starts September 16 from 5-6:15 at North Campus and GriefShare begins September 12 from 6-7:30 at 34 William St.  For more information contact Patti Chadwick at 585-297-3009.  Thanks.

Bonus #1 – Knitters and CrochetersThank you for all the washcloths you’ve made, but you can stop making them now! We’ve gathered over 1700 and have enough for the children of Gahanda! If you’d like to continue to knit/crochet for a good cause, the Salvation Army would appreciate homemade hats and scarves to give out this winter. Thank you!

Bonus #2 – Save the Date for the Carol McLeod Conference Ladies, save the date of 10/13-14 for this year’s Carol McLeod Conference. More information on that will be forthcoming.

Bonus #3 - Volleyball Fundraiser The Society for the Protection and Care of Children in Rochester focuses on “meeting the needs of children and families facing a variety of hardships and trauma.” One of our Northgate families has been involved with the SPCC and wanted us to know about a volleyball fundraiser they are holding on 10/14. For more information you can visit their webpage:

Bonus #4 - Salvation Army Collection The Salvation Army food pantry could use some restocking. There are cards on the Information Table with a list of specific items that are needed. You can bring them here and leave them in the entryway to North or South and we’ll make sure they get delivered to the Salvation Army. Thanks!

Bonus #5 – Thinking About Christmas From the Salvation Army: “The Christmas season can be a challenging time of year for many families. Each year Northgate partners with the Salvation Army to make sure that each child gets to experience the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning. Families that are in need of assistance can apply at the link below. The application will be available from 9/11 to 10/31. You will be able to find the link to the application on the Salvation Army website ( and through the Northgate social media pages when it becomes available.”


You Can Count on This – 2 Thessalonians 1:11 – With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. (Read 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12)

The sermon series we just finished focused on being a praying church. As we begin to read Second Thessalonians, here’s a brief, but really good, suggestion for how to prayer for others in the congregation. Pray that God would help all of us live up to the calling He has invited us to, and that by His power He would make our desires for goodness a reality and bless all that we do by faith. May God do just this.

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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