Top Ten - March 21

1. Easter Week Services We are excited to celebrate Easter with you here at Northgate. We celebrate our risen Savior and all that that means for us as followers of Jesus. Join us for one of the following services!
  • Arbor House will have a time of reflection on Maundy Thursday from 6-8pm where you can explore the stations of the cross at your own pace.
  • Arbor House will also be holding a Good Friday service at 7pm on Friday the 29th.
  • Join us at North for one of our Easter weekend services! Saturday at 6pm, our Easter sunrise service in the pavilion at 6:45am, or either our 9:30 or 11am service.
  • Arbor House will also be having a service at 10am on Easter Sunday. Invite your friends, invite your family and celebrate with us.

2. Palm Sunday Concert at Pearce Church We are all invited to a special Lenten performance of Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living.” The Roberts Wesleyan Chorale and Pearce Church Choir are joining forces, in conjunction with a 20-piece chamber orchestra, to bring this gorgeous work to life. The performance is free, and all are warmly welcomed. Here are the details...
  • Sunday, March 24 at 3PM
  • Pearce Church, 4223 Buffalo Rd., N. Chili

3. Easter Basket Ministry to Migrant Families We will once again be putting together Easter food baskets for local migrant workers and their families. If you feel led to give, each basket is about $30. Please designate “Easter Baskets” on your donation or choose “EasterBaskets” in the online giving. We ask that you join us in prayer over this ministry, for those who receive as well as those who deliver!

4. Playground Work Week Progress continues to be made on the playground and right now we are looking at a completion sometime in May! But there is work to be done if we are going to make that timeframe. If you’d like to help and you are available next week a crew will be at work Monday through Friday from 9-12pm. Particular skills aren’t necessary – just heart and hands!

5. Sight and Sound Trip to See “Daniel” The details are set for the next Sight and Sound trip which is planned for Tuesday, July 9th through Thursday, July 11th. Angelique has arranged everything from bus to hotel reservations, show tickets and food. Last year’s group had a wonderful time and we look forward to seeing a terrific show and enjoying one another’s company again this year. If you’d like to be a part of it contact Angelique at She’d like to have deposits for this trip in by April 7.

6. “Tuesday’s Child” Article Our ICCM Coordinator in Rwanda, Ephaste, has written an article about Chanceline and her family and their new home in Gahanda. You can read the article here: Thank you, Northgate, for the difference you are making in the lives of our friends in Gahanda!

7. New Caregivers Group Warren and Nancy Savage will be leading a new session of the Caregivers group on Tuesday nights at North. The group will meet at 6:30pm. If you would like more information about it, please contact Angelique at

8. Play Games and Meet People Board Games are cool! There are so many to choose from! Join our new NG+ group where you can bring a game or learn to play a new game all while getting to know some fellow gamers! Everyone is welcome to join. This group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at North Campus from 6:00-8:00pm.

9. Collection for the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter During the season of Lent we are collecting items for the Domestic Violence Shelter at the YWCA. Each week of Lent we are collecting a different item, and the list can be found below. Items can be dropped off at the table in the lobby at either North or Arbor House. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Chris at
  • 3/23&24: Toothbrushes (Kids size only)

10. Gather to Pray 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.

You Can Count on This – Hebrews 9:26b-27 – But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. (Read Hebrews 9:1-28)

“Once for all.” That is an important phrase in these verses. These words refer to the fact that Jesus came and suffered one time, on the cross, to “do away with sin.” He will not come again to pay for our sins another time. He has done all that is necessary for sins to be forgiven. He paid a one-time price that covers the sins of all people for all time, if each one will acknowledged their sinfulness, and their need of God’s salvation and forgiveness, and accept by faith what Jesus has done for them, making Him their Lord and Savior. Jesus has done everything necessary in order for sin to be done away with in our lives. The response to what He’s done is up to us.

And our response matters. Because one day we will face our deaths, and after our deaths we will face God. We will either stand before Him pardoned and forgiven because we have trusted in Christ, or we will stand before Him condemned and sentenced to eternal darkness because we reject what God has done for us. The time to decide for or against Jesus is now, before that day of judgment comes for us.

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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