Top Ten - January 11

1. Bible Reading Plans The start of a new year is always a good time to start a
Bible reading habit, if you don’t already have one. If you are looking for a Bible reading plan to follow you can find many on the internet. Here are a couple of trustworthy sites to check out that have a few available: or 

2. Valentine’s Date Night Enjoy an evening together with Northgate's help! We’ll provide the childcare. Pick up a date night kit at either the North or South Campus and enjoy a few hours together. The kit will include fun ways to connect to your spouse as well as discounts to local restaurants in the Batavia area, so make your reservations if you can! Childcare and dinner will be provided for infant - high school. Register at: 

3. Grief Share A new session of Grief Share is beginning on January 23. Grief Share is a 13-week video program/support group for those who have lost a loved one. It is held from 6-7:30 at 34 Williams St. in Batavia. If you have any questions or would like to register, please call Patti Chadwick at 585-297-3009 or email her at

4. Divorce Care The Divorce Care group resumed on January 6 from 5 to 6:15 on Saturday nights in Adult Room number 1 at North Campus. New people are always welcome at any time. For more information on this group, you can contact Patti (585-297-3009/

5. Gatherings for Moms…
  • MOPS meets on the 2nd/4th Tuesdays at 6pm at North
  • The Mommy and Me play group is now meeting every Friday at 9:30am at North

6. Sight and Sound Trip to See “Daniel” Angelique has been putting the final touches on a trip to see “Daniel” at Sight and Sound in Lancaster, PA next year. Originally, we planned to go in June, but due to problems at the hotel we stay at we need to move the date to July – July 9-11. If you’d like to get your name on the list for more information on the trip to see “Daniel” you can email Angelique at

7. New Year Reading Club With the start of the New Year the Northgate Book Club is going to read a devotional together, My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Many, many people have gained understanding and encouragement from this daily devotional over the years, and we think that reading this and sharing with each other what God is telling us will be a wonderful experience.

This devotional is available free online at  You can sign up to have the email sent to your inbox daily. If you prefer a hard copy, they are available for $6.99 on Amazon.  (If needed, we can order for those who do not have internet access.)

We will have discussions of the devotional on our Northgate Book Club Facebook Page and some small groups will be using this for their time together.  If you would like use this devotional with others and need any help with that, please let Angelique know at

8. “A Good Enough Lent” Believe it or not, Lent is just around the corner. Lent is the period of time in the church calendar that we use to prepare to recognize the death of Jesus on the cross on Good Friday and celebrate His resurrection on Easter. Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent marks the start of the 40-day Lenten time, and Ash Wednesday this year is February 14. We’d like to invite our church to participate in a Lenten devotional by Kate Bowler called “A Good Enough Lent.” It’s a free resource that you can download at This devotional is based on Kate’s book, Good Enough: 40 Devotionals For a Life of Imperfection. You can use the free resource with/without the book. If you’d like a copy of the book but resources might be an issue, we’ll have copies of it available here at the church.  

9. Flower City Work Camp 2024 Pastor DL is leading a group of youth to Rochester from April 1-5, 2024, for Flower City Work Camp. Currently, he still requires assistance in filling the required adult volunteer roles. These roles play a crucial part in supporting our students during the camp. For every 3 students Northgate sends to FCWC, we need to provide 1 required adult leader. Required adult leaders should be available to serve from Monday, April 1st, to Thursday, April 4th, approximately from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM each day. There are four different types of required leaders:

  • Worksite Teams: Performing home repairs, light construction, renovation, painting, and yardwork.
  • Sidewalk Clubs: Reaching out to neighborhood kids through music, drama, crafts, and sports.
  • Basketball and Soccer Camps: Teaching about teamwork and competing in tournament-style play.
  • Agency Support Teams: Conducting service projects for other local area non-profits.

If you are interested in serving in any of these roles or would like more information, please contact DL at

10. Justice Summit The Genesis Justice Network will be hosting a conference featuring Dr. Korie Little Edwards and addressing “the vital topic of creating multi-racial churches” and she’ll “guide us on our journey toward racial harmony as Christian communities.” This conference is in September (19-21) in Rochester and more information will be coming out as we approach that date.


You Can Count on This – Philemon 8-9a –Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. (Read Philemon 1-25)

When I read this remark from Paul to Philemon it makes me think of me and Jesus. As my King, Jesus could order me to do many things. He has that right and that authority and position. But that’s not His preference, I think. I believe that His preference is that I would do what I do for Him out of love, not because I’m ordered to. His love for me is so great, and I love Him for who He is and all He’s done for me. And I want to follow and obey Him from a place of love, not grudging obedience. Lord, help me to do all of what I do out of love. Help me to love you and others better day by day. Amen.

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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