Top Ten - September 28

Next Wednesday, October 4, is the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s a “Centered” night. We meet at 6pm in the North sanctuary for a time of prayer and worship.

If you’d like to help out in some area in the church contact Pastor John at (Right now we would really benefit from having more help in the Children's wing. If you can help even one hour every other month that would be huge!)

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

1. Carol McLeod Conference Ladies, it’s time to register for this year’s Carol McLeod Conference happening 10/13-14. There was a lot of really positive feedback on last year’s conference, and we expect the same this year. Carol is a wonderful teacher and conference leader. Registration is open for this on the Northgate website, Or click here…

2. Primetimers October Meeting Thursday October 12 is the next Primetimers meeting. Mark Snyder will be present to share about beekeeping. Please bring a dish to pass – lunch starts at noon.

3. Veteran’s Dinner We’d like to show our love and appreciation for Veterans and their guest, and for those who currently serve our country in one of the Armed Forces and their guest: Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard or National Guard. We’ll be hosting a dinner to honor these individuals on November 16. For planning purposes we’d appreciate knowing how many might attend so please contact Angelique at with that information or to ask questions. Thanks!

4. Diaper Collection For All Babies Cherished All Babies Cherished goes through quite a few diapers as they seek to help moms with newborns. We can help also but donating diapers to them. If you’d like to be part of that, just drop the diapers off here at Northgate and we’ll pass them along to ABC. Thanks!

5. 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

6. 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.

The MOPS/ Moms Next first official meeting is October 10 - but you can join anytime!

7. New DivorceCare and GriefShare Groups Are Starting Up A new Divorce Care group started September 16 at 5pm at North Campus and GriefShare began September 12 and meets from 6-7:30 at 34 William St.  Even those the groups just began new members are welcome any time. For more information contact Patti Chadwick at 585-297-3009.  Thanks.

8. 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!

9. 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.”

10. Opportunities to Bless Others Two situations were presented to me this week which offer each of us an opportunity to help out some people who are or have been a part of our church family. One of those situations involves a family that attended Northgate but moved to another state. Recently this family’s home was destroyed by a hurricane. The other situation involves a family here at the church. A husband/father was involved in a motorcycle accident and consequently is dealing with a long recovery and medical bills. If you’d like to know more about these situations, please contact Pastor Vern at

Some of the Small Groups Meeting This Fall:

Listening to the Language of the Bible Rick and Sara Kent are leading another semester of this small group on Sundays at 9:30 in Room 2/3. This is from the Amazon description of the book… By examining the Hebraic, Jewish cultural context of some of the Bible's seemingly odd phrases, it shares insights that clarify reading and deepen Bible study. Readers will discover the deeper meaning of the Scriptures in light of its heart-language, Hebrew. All are welcome!

Parenting Adult Children Group The Parenting Adult Children is being held on Sundays at 9:30 in room #1!  Debbie Vick leads 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

Women’s Journey This is a study for women who want to examine God’s Word together.  We will discuss how the whole of scripture ties together and how it personally connects to each of us.  As a group of women on a journey, we desire to know the heart of Jesus and live our purpose revealed through His Word.  We meet on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in Room 2/3.

Embers: An Intergenerational Bible study For All Ages This study is about looking into God’s Word and learning simple ways to apply it to your life.  We examine earthly stories from the Bible that have 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 meets at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings in Room #6.

Young Adults (18-29) Bible Study Brandon Northrup is leading this study at 11 AM in room #4 (next to Cafe).  This group looks 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 to be held at Camp LeTourneau. Registration is open for this on the website: Or use this link…

Northgate Book Club The book we are reading together is 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 (

You Can Count on This – 1 Timothy 1:15-16 - Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. – (Read 1 Timothy 1:1-20)

Do you ever feel like “the worst of sinners”? If so, know this… Paul would tell you he was a worse sinner than you. He arrested Christians, stood by while they were murdered, and felt in it all that he was acting righteously. He had no guilt or remorse about doing any of it. Until he met Jesus. And by the mercy Jesus extended to him, his life was changed. Instead of trying to stop Christianity in its tracks, he became the leading missionary for the Christian church. Why? Because Jesus showed him mercy, forgave his sins and called him to follow Him.

Paul rejoiced in his salvation, and he rejoiced in sharing the good news of Jesus. His influence extends right down to us through the scriptures, in which Paul is transparent about who he was, and what happened to him, and why. If you ever feel like the “worst of sinners” hear Paul telling you that actually he was, and that through his life Jesus has shown just how patient and loving He is. Jesus uses the salvation of Paul to help all of us know that any of us can be saved from our sins and receive eternal life. All that is needed is for us to believe in Jesus.

So don’t sit and wallow in feeling like a horrible sinner. Instead, embrace the love of Jesus, put your faith in Him and you can, like Paul, rejoice in your salvation.

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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