To: The Members and Friends of Northminster
Re: Weekly Update
September 21, 2022
 
FIRST WORDS …
Bob Jordan, Sr. Pastor

Elizabeth and Fiona filled the news over the weekend, one for her 70 years of service to her country and the other for her widespread, destructive impact on the people of Puerto Rico. The former story included over a million onlookers mourning the loss of a monarch, while the latter story resulted in the loss of power for over a million citizens of our country. As I caught the top of the news on a couple of different channels, there seemed to be a consistent strategy on covering the two stories: start with the Queen’s funeral, giving it ample coverage, and then switch to a much quicker account of the hurricane sweeping through the unincorporated island territory of the United States.  I found myself being convicted by the contrast in the two stories and in the way they were being covered. True, both are legitimately newsworthy stories. Yet, one was about the rich and powerful and the other about many who were and are mostly powerless and who have limited resources.

 

When Jesus came into the world, he came to the latter. He could have gone straight to Rome or other centers of power in the world, but he chose not to. From his birth, his was a life lived among the people, especially among many who were outcasts and impoverished. People who were nobodies to the world were somebodies to him.

 

I have nothing against Queen Elizabeth. The truth is just the opposite; I admire the way she conducted herself over the seven decades of her reign. Hers was a remarkable life, one that by all indications was full of service toward others. My issue is with me and with the culture in which I live. I want to be attracted to those in need more than to the more fanciful, entertaining, and distracting things in our world. I want the story of those in need to be further up my list of those things I pay attention to.

 

My cynical self tells me that news channels will continue to prioritize stories they believe will grab the most viewers so they can sell more commercials. My hopeful self encourages me that I, on the other hand, do not need to remain the same. I will authentically mourn the loss of someone like Queen Elizabeth II, but through the work of the Holy Spirit my heart will prioritize and gravitate to those in greater need, resulting in real world, action-oriented love. This is my prayer.

SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR BOB

Pastor Bob will be switching his day off from Mondays to Fridays beginning September 26. The change will allow Bob to get ahead on communications and reading for the week.

SUNDAY GATHERING PLACE GATHERING

During the 10:10 hour on Sundays, a collection of younger singles, marrieds without children, and marrieds with children gather to connect and to encourage. This week, we’ll begin using The New City Catechism Devotional to anchor our conversations. Come join the fun!

ELDERS HELD RETREAT ON SATURDAY MORNING

Northminster’s current elders gathered for a retreat this past Saturday morning. While the meeting included time for reflection and prayer, it also provided the elders the opportunity to continue preparing for our “What’s Next?” journey. This journey, which we have been talking about for most of the year, is a season of seeking what God would have for us as we move forward. On Saturday, the elders spent the first portion of their time together reflecting on Psalm 100 by using the Lectio Divina approach. They also worked on defining a covenant, which will help them function less like a committee and more like a discerning community. The remaining portion of the time was given to processing demographic and attendance data for Peoria and Northminster. The elders will continue their conversation when they meet for another special time of reflection on Tuesday evening, October 4.

 

The portion of our "What’s Next?" journey that involves the entire congregation will begin on October 16. On that Sunday, we will begin a sermon series entitled Yes, We’re Open!. During the series, we will examine stories from the early church found in Acts 1-15, stories which reveal God speaking to the early church in several different ways as he provided vision for what was next for them. Each week throughout the series, all of us will have the chance to spend devoted time with God, seeking to hear whatever God might reveal to us. More information on the why’s, what’s, when’s, and how’s of this journey coming soon.

YOUR HELP NEEDED

Please be sure to sign one of the Connection Cards whenever you attend a Sunday worship service. These cards help us to care for the entire congregation. If you happen to participate through our live stream—either live or later in the week via the recording of the livestream—please let us know by sending an email to Jill Tanner (jillt@northminster.us).

SESSION HOLDS MONTHLY MEETING

The Northminster Session (Board of Elders) met for its monthly meeting last night. The elders gathered around Matthew 28:18-20 as they began their time together. Their work included not approving a request for BSA Troop 88 to have a table for conducting their fundraiser on a Sunday morning; approving the change in Nursery policy, making masks optional for Nursery workers while Covid transmissions remain below the State’s “High” level; approving four transfers of members; receiving updates from the HR Team; approving the shift in Pastor Bob’s sabbatical from 2023 to 2024; and taking time to share with one another what they are hearing directly from the congregation. The elders will meet again on October 4 to continue their work on our “What’s Next?” journey, and then again on October 18 for the next monthly meeting of Session.

WAYS TO SUPPORT NORTHMINSTER FINANCIALLY

We recognize and value that giving to God’s work in the world is first and foremost a conversation between each of us and God. Giving is a form of worshipping God and representing the love of Christ in the world.

 

We are grateful for each household’s choice to give to God’s work through Northminster. The generosity of our congregation enables incredible ministry to take place with children, youth and adults, and beyond our church walls to the work of God through our mission partners.

 

We have tried to make access to giving as easy as possible. There are the blue buckets on Sundays in the sanctuary, access to online giving through our app and our website, and the old school method of sending a check via the US mail into the church office. Our Financial Assistant, Donna Cady, is available to speak with anyone wishing to set up a recurring direct payment or to discuss stock contributions.

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY COORDINATOR

The Children’s Ministry Coordinator is guided by NPC’s mission, vision and values and works in partnership with the Faith Formation Pastor. This person will be responsible for implementing, managing, facilitating and equipping teams and volunteers who run kids programs that are focused on the spiritual formation of children, ages preschool through fifth grade. This is a part-time position (20 hours/week). Send questions or resumes to applyNPC@northminster.us.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
We are looking for an energetic people person who enjoys working on projects in support of ministry programs and events. Additionally, this person will serve as the front office face and voice for the congregation, interacting with members, guests, and vendors over the phone and in person. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software and social media applications desirable. If you are a positive team player and would find joy in helping us pursue the mission and vision of our church (www.northminster.us), please email your resume with a cover letter to applynpc@northminster.us. This is a 15-20 hour per week position.
OPEN POSITION IN THE LEARNING CENTER

We are trying to get the word out.  We have a lead teacher position open for the fall.  We are looking for a teacher to join our ministry as we provide Early Childhood education to 2-5 year olds as well as share God's word through Godly Play.  If you know of someone in the educational field that would like to apply, email michellel@northminster.us  You could also help by sharing our Facebook request.  Thanks for your support of the Learning Center.

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FIRST WEDNESDAY FELLOWSHIP NIGHT - OCTOBER 5
 
Make plans to join us for our First Wednesday Fellowship Night on October 5th. 
 
"Prayers, Pumpkins and Pie"
5:30 - 7:00 PM
 
Dinner will be served  from 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm.    
(Reservations would be appreciated and will start on 9/25/2022)
 
A fun facts quiz, games, prizes, songs and some laughs will follow dinner.  
Interested in helping to set up, serve, or clean up? We would love to have you!
Call or text Tina Vandermyde at 309-696-3852.
THURSDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITY

 

Thursday Night Bible Study

The Temple and the Presence of God

7pm – Room 118

 

Join us for an eight-week study on Thursday nights where will dig into the topic of the Temple.  In Scripture, the Temple is where the presence of God dwells and where his people go to meet him. Journeying through the Biblical story, God’s presence will be contrasted with the idolatry of false temples, and we will learn how we can be true temples of the Holy Spirit, abiding in Christ and living on mission for his kingdom.

 

You can always join us by Zoom at:


 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83972292700

SAVE THE DATE - FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL
More details to come, but we are looking for volunteers! This will be a neighborhood outreach event and all members of the church are invited as well.  Please contact Lisa Lewis at (309) 253-1916 with any questions.
BREAKFAST MISSION OPPORTUNITY

Imagine coming to school without eating breakfast.  Not an ideal way to start your school day.  Now imagine you didn’t eat dinner the night before.  Most of us can’t even fathom going without this basic need.  But this is what dozens of students experience every day at Wilder Waite Grade School.  Due to the pandemic and the economy, the demographics of Dunlap School District are changing.  The school district does not serve breakfast, so the teachers at Wilder Waite now distribute over 400 breakfast items or snacks each week throughout the school year. 

 

The Missions Team has identified the need for breakfast & snacks as an opportunity to partner with Wilder Waite to provide assistance.  We will be collecting items from the following list from Sunday, September 18 thru Sunday, September 25.  A collection bin will be in the lobby all week and items will be delivered the week of September 26.

 

Acceptable donation items:

Granola bars - crunchy or chewy

Pop Tarts

Belvita Breakfast Cookies

Nutri-grain Bars

Special K Bars

Squeezable Applesauce Pouches

Fruit Snacks

Cheez-Its Crackers

Goldfish Crackers

Pretzel Sticks with Cheese

Cheese Crackers with Cheese Filling

 

Please Note:  All items should be commercially made & individually packaged.  No refrigerated or fresh foods.  Items need to be shelf stable with a lengthy expiration date.  Due to food allergies please do not buy items with peanut butter.  

GOLF TO DEFEAT ALS EVENT UPDATES
Although the registration for the golf outing has been closed, there are still some great ways to participate. The online silent auction items are now online and can be viewed here: http://tiny.cc/x2ezuz. The online auction items will also be on display at Weaver Ridge on Thursday, September 29 from 10:30 am to closing bids at 6:00 pm. To sign up for the post pizza party or to make a donation to ALS, visit http://bit.ly/golftodefeatals, or you may contact Kathy Sullivan at (309) 370-5350. Your participation will help raise awareness and funds for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
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