Top Ten - February 1

Please be aware… The weekend coming up is a communion weekend at North (as well as at Arbor House). If you will be joining us online, please have your communion elements ready, and let’s all prepare our hearts to take communion in remembrance of the love and sacrifice of Jesus!

1. “This Changes Everything” Baptism Weekend We have a group of people planning to be baptized the weekend of 2/10-11. Baptism is one of the ways we demonstrate our commitment to follow Jesus wholeheartedly. If you would like to join these individuals in expressing your love for Christ that weekend through baptism, or if you would like a child baptized or dedicated, please let Pastor John know at
P.S. – If you have a “This Changes Everything” shirt – this is a great weekend to wear it!

2. Costa Rica Missions Trip Meeting There’s a meeting coming up for all of the people planning to go to Costa Rica on the mission trip this summer. This meeting will be on February 4 after the second service at North in the K-4 Room. For more information contact Pastor DL at

3. 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: 

4. Childcare Coordinator For MomCo. (Formerly MOPS) Northgate’s MOMCo. Group (formerly MOPS) is looking for a key volunteer to help with their kids programming! This position would coordinate with the Leadership Team to provide childcare and assemble a team of volunteers during their meetings which run September - May. This volunteer would utilize the MomCo. Curriculum to provide biblical lessons and activities for the kids. They will also coordinate to make sure all volunteers are We Care trained. If you feel called to help in such a way, please contact

5. Monday Night Group Starting Up Again 2/5 Pastor Vern’s Bible study is starting up again this coming Monday night. We begin at 6:30 with a time of prayer and then we work through a book of the Bible chapter by chapter. We’ll be going through the gospel of Mark this spring. All are welcome, and if you can’t make it to the church we do stream the study via Zoom. Just let Pastor Vern know if you need the link…

6. Gather to Pray We want to be a people of prayer. Here are some opportunities to pray together at Northgate…
  • Prayer meeting Wednesday at 1pm at North in Room #1
  • Centered: the first Wednesday of the month at North at 6pm (Sanctuary)
  • Sunday mornings at 9:30 at North in Room #4
  • Prayer rail: Before and after services on Saturday/Sunday and also while we are singing/praying during services
  • Anytime the church is open people are welcome to come and pray in any available room or in the sanctuary. The church is generally open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 to 4pm, Saturday from 4 to 7:30pm and Sunday from 8am to 1pm. Arrangements can be made to be open at other times too, if needed.

7. 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 later this year. The dates for this trip are 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

8. College Student Bible Study This Sunday morning group resumes on February 11 at 11am in Room #4 at North. The group will be studying the book of Matthew. For more information contact our Small Groups Director, Angelique, at

9. “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.  

10. Northgate Intergenerational Single Women’s Gathering On March 3, single women ages 20+, are invited to attend a meeting to plan for this fun new adventure.  During the meeting, we will discuss activities we can do together to share our faith, to fellowship and to have fun!  We will meet at 12:15 in Room #2/3.  There will be a light lunch provided!  Come and join in!  If you have any questions, please contact Angelique at

You Can Count on This – Hebrews 3:1 – Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. (Read Hebrews 3:1-19)

Pause. What are you thinking about right now? Or what were you thinking about just a few moments ago? Now, bring Jesus in on that. Are you worried about something? Take a moment and talk to Jesus about it. Are you happy about something? Thank Jesus for that. Are you struggling with something… fix your thoughts on Jesus. Think about how much He loves you, what He has done for you, what He has promised you, the fact that through the Holy Spirit He is with you right now wherever you are. In your living room, at your desk, in the waiting room, at your kitchen table… wherever you are He is too. He is our “apostle”, the One sent by God to us with good news. He is our “High Priest”, the One who intercedes for us with God and represents us to Him. Through Jesus we have access to the God who created all things, sustains all things, holds all things in His hands. So let your thoughts regularly return to Jesus, think about Him often, talk to Him regularly and trust Him always. Fix your thoughts on Him.

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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