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NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED

Welcome, First-Time Visitors

Learn about our vision, mission and core values.

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Local Service

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MARCH 14 - 21, 2009

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VOLUME 10, ISSUE 11

Worship

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Embrace your child’s God-given learning style.

Sin is not wrong doing, it is wrong being,

independence of God; God has undertaken the responsibility for its removal on the ground of the Redemption. – Oswald Chambers

NEXT WEEKEND:

Dr. Joel C. Hunter | Lenten Season - Week 4 | Elements of Salvation | Saved by Grace | Ephesians 2:8-9

www.northlandchurch.net


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What’s Happening This Week?

*Concurrent worship with other sites (cc) Child care provided (hi) Hearing-impaired interpretation

LONGWOOD SITE .............................................................................

MOUNT DORA SITE .............................................................................

Saturday, MARCH 14

SUNday, MARCH 15

4:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm

Prayer Meeting Worship (cc) Infant/Walker – K’s Grades 1–5 LUGRox Egypt Distributed Journey Meeting

SUNday, MARCH 15

7:30 am 8:30 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 10:45 am 10:45 am 10:45 am 10:45 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 2:30 pm 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 7:15 pm

Prayer Meeting (cc) Marriage Prep Class Worship (cc)* (hi) Infant/Walker – K’s Grades 1–5 Romans Study Transformers Study (cc) Connection Groups (cc) The Bible Relevant Now! Class (cc) Financial Peace University Worship (cc)* Infant/Walker – K’s Grades 1–5 Special Needs Class 24/7 The Gathering Infant Dedications Singles Small Group Worship (cc) Infant/Walker – K’s Grades 1–5 College Ministry

Monday, MARCH 16

9:45 am 10:00 am 10:00 am 6:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:30 pm

Beth Moore Study (cc) Near Him Home Educators Precepts Class (cc) Post Marriage 911 Study (cc) Worship (cc) Infant/Walker – K’s Grades 1–5 Connection Groups (cc) Faithful and True Men’s Group

TUESday, MARCH 17 10:00 am 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:15 pm

Grief Support Group GriefShare (cc) AMEN Divorce Care Hear Him Home Educators Praxis (cc)

WEDNEsday, MARCH 18

9:30 am 12:30 pm 6:30 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm

Joy of Living Study Helping Hearts O2 Rally Beth Moore Study (cc) LENTEN Worship Life Teachings of Jesus Care Minister Training Connection Groups

THURsday, MARCH 19

6:00 am 6:30 am 6:30 am 6:30 am 10:00 am 12:00 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm

Men’s Fraternity Men’s Bible Study Men’s Praise and Prayer Women’s Prayer Co-op Bible Study (cc) Connection Groups Beth Moore Study Precepts Men’s Fraternity His Way Blanket Ministry Divine Reflections

Friday, March 20

5:45 am 8:00 am

Doulos Project Homeless Connect

Saturday, MARCH 21

12:30 pm 4:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm

Beth Moore Study Prayer Meeting Worship (cc) Infant/Walker – K’s Grades 1–5 Connection Groups LUGRox Infant Dedication/Baptism Class Couples Cafe

Prayer Room Sanctuary ECW CWW SMCC 4128 Prayer Room The Rink/SMCC Sanctuary ECW CWW 4213 F.Hall/SMCC 4205,4210 4209 4206-7 Sanctuary ECW CWW CWW The Rink/SMCC Sanctuary 4206-8 Sanctuary ECW CWW The Rink/SMCC 4204-10 1116-1118/SMCC 4213-15 4210 Sanctuary ECW CWW 4206-7 1118/SMCC 1112/SMCC 1118/SMCC 4206-7 4205,8,9,10 1117/SMCC 4204 4209-10 F.Hall/SMCC SMCC 4204,6-7,8,15 Sanctuary 4213 4210 5202,3,4,5/CWW 1111/SMCC 1118/SMCC 1104/SMCC 1116/SMCC 4212-14 1111/SMCC 4206-7 4212-14 4128 F.Hall/SMCC 4204 4208 1101-1102/SMCC SMCC 4213-15 Prayer Room Sanctuary ECW CWW 4209,10,13,15 SMCC 4206-7 Nature’s Table Café

9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:30 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 6:00 pm

Worship (cc)* Infants/Walkers Classes for 2 year olds Classes for 3’s - K’s Grade School Ministry CREW352 Youth Bible Study Worship (cc)* Infants/Walkers Classes for 2 year olds Classes for 3’s - K’s Grade School Ministry Umatilla/Tavares Fellowship

TUESday, MARCH 17

6:30 am 6:30 pm 7:00 pm

Men’s Bible Fellowship Bowling League Celebrate Recovery (cc)

Sanctuary Room 15 Room 15 Room 1 Rooms 2, 3 Youth Room Sanctuary Room 15 Room 15 Room 1 Rooms 2, 3 see page 11

Women’s Bible Study Homeschool Play Group Gathering 2:42 CREW352

FRIday, MARCH 20 7:00 pm

Mount Dora Home Group

Rooms 2, 3 TBD F.Hall Sanctuary see page 11

OVIEDO SITE ............................................................................. SUNday, MARCH 15

9:00 am Worship (cc)* 9:00 am Infants 9:00 am Classes for 2’s - 3’s 9:00 am Classes for 4’s - K’s 11:00 am Worship (cc)* 11:00 am Infants - 2’s 11:00 am Classes for 3’s - 4’s 11:00 am K’s - Grade School 11:00 am AXIS: Middle School Small Groups 6:00 pm AXIS: High School Ministry 6:00 pm Lenten Study (Couples)

Monday, MARCH 16

7:00 pm Lenten Study (Couples) 7:00pm Lenten Study (Ladies) 7:30 pm Bible Study — 1 Corinthians

TUESday, MARCH 17 6:30 am

Lenten Study (Men)

WEDNEsday, MARCH 18 7:00 pm LENTEN Worship 7:45 pm Lenten Study (All)

Saturday, MARCH 21

6:30 pm

Crazy Cards (Adults only)

Auditorium 9-109 9-105 8-107 Auditorium 9-109 9-107 8-107 9-105 NOCC Cluxton home Wiest home Harrington home Welday home

9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am

Worship (cc)* Infant Care Crawler Care Class for 2’s – 3’s Class for 4’s – 5’s Class for K’s – 1st graders Class for 2nd – 5th graders

WEDNEsday, MARCH 18 7:00 pm

Lenten Study

Saturday, MARCH 21

7:00 am 7:00 pm

Men’s in the Word Lenten Study

Check out the interactive online Lenten study! Read the study online. Take notes and e-mail them to yourself for later viewing! ..........................................................................

Worship God Instant access to past sermons from Dr. Joel C. Hunter. PLUS, share sermons with friends and family. ..........................................................................

Serve Others Learn about Northland’s global partners and sign up for local service projects. ..........................................................................

Looking for job opportunities at Christian organizations? Go to jobs.northlandchurch.net. ..........................................................................

www . northlandchurch . net

Distributed Sites @ Home

NOCC

Are you interested in starting a distributed site in your home or another setting? If so, contact Dan Lacich (407367-9612 or dan.lacich@northlandchurch.net).

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JOIN any of these worship sites:

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WEST OAKS SITE ............................................................................. SUNday, MARCH 15

What’s on the Web?

Rooms 2, 3 Triangle Lanes, Mount Dora Calvary Chapel

WEDNEsday, MARCH 18

9:30 am 10:00 am 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

(ECW) Early Childhood Wing (CWW) Children’s Worship Wing (SMCC) Student Ministries and Care Center

Chapel 215 215 211 213 104/F.Hall 104/F.Hall Smith home see page 13 Szrom home

Kissimmee/St. Cloud First and third Sundays of each month, 11 a.m. 1000 Costa Mesa Lane, Kissimmee Located in the Lago Buendia subdivision, located off I-92 and Partin Settlement Road. Details: Kristen Dusseau (407-247-6030) or Michael Dusseau (407-761-8846) New Smyrna Beach Sundays, 5:45 p.m. 528 Oliver Drive, New Smyrna Beach Join Cynthia and Richard Hines in their home for worship. Details: Cynthia and Richard Hines (386-663-4370) North Carolina Saturdays, 4:30 p.m. Klaus home, 200 W. 14th St., Salisbury, NC Join Laurie and Tim Klaus in their home for worship. Details: Laurie and Tim Klaus (704-636-5966 or pianolauriek@yahoo.com)

PRAY for our concurrent prison worship: Seminole County John E. Polk Correctional Facility Sundays, 9 a.m. Serving the men’s dorms. Details: Jail ministry voicemail (407-949-4007) Orange County 33rd Street Correctional Facility Sundays, 9 a.m., DVD Serving the women’s Christian dorm. Details: Jail ministry voicemail (407-949-4007)


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ABOUT Northland ..............................................................................

a welcome to first-time visitors .............................................................................................................................................................

Our Vision To see people coming to Christ and growing in Him as we link local and global communities for ministry and worship everywhere, every day.

At Northland, we always open our worship services by saying, “Thank you for bringing the church into these rooms!” Why? Because Northland is a church distributed, gathering in Longwood, Mount Dora, Oviedo and West Oaks, and at more than 1,000 sites worldwide via the Web. In other words, it isn’t the physical structure or the many programs that make up the church ... it’s people like you. You are the church. And it’s our goal to help you to be the church ... everywhere, every day.

Our Mission To call people to know and follow Christ and equip them to worship and serve together.

Thank you for joining us today to worship God for who He is and what He has done. “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:2, NIV).

Our Core Values Worship, Spiritual Formation, Personal generational Leadership and Partnership.

Please pick up a visitor card from one of the ushers or at the Welcome Center so that we can learn more about you and help you to connect to the many classes, groups and opportunities to serve with others. Ministry,

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Worship Times Saturdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 p.m. Sundays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9*, 11 a.m.**; 6 p.m. Mondays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 p.m. *Concurrent among Longwood, Mount Dora, Oviedo and West Oaks sites **Concurrent among Longwood, Mount Dora and Oviedo sites

coming up .............................................................................................................................................................

Children’s Church (Grades 1 – 5) Saturdays, 5 p.m.; Sundays, 9 and 11 a.m., 6 p.m.; and Mondays, 7 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten) Saturdays, 5 p.m.; Sundays, 9 and 11 a.m., 6 p.m.; and Mondays, 7 p.m., Early Childhood Wing. Infant and Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2) Saturdays, 5 p.m.; Sundays, 9 and 11 a.m., 6 p.m.; and Mondays, 7 p.m., Early Childhood Wing. Sunday School for Children with Special Needs (Age 3 – Kindergarten) Sundays at 11 a.m., Early Childhood Wing. (Grades 1 – 5) Sundays at 11 a.m., Children’s Worship Wing.

THIS WEEK!

Join us for LIVE Webstream Worship at www.northlandchurch.net.

TABLE OF CONTENTS .............................................................................. 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What’s Happening This Week? 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Welcome / Coming Up 4-5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spotlight News / Site News 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Serve News 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Student Ministries 8-9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The BeeHive Worship Guide for Kids 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Equipping News 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

BELONG

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BELIEVE

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BECOME

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BE SENT

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NORTHLAND NEWS .............................................................................. Publish His glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things He does. (Psalm 96:3, NLT) Send newspaper correspondence to: newspaper@northlandchurch.net Newspaper Staff Dede Caruso, Coordinator/Production Artist Melissa Bogdany, Copy Editor Robert Andrescik, Director of Public Relations Connie Rainwater, Contributing Writer Tracy Bardwell, Production Artist Newspaper Volunteers Becky Hunter, Editor-at-Large Jeff Hawkins (www.jeffhawkins.com), Photographer Sarah Hall, Photographer Bob Wegner, Photographer Rick Bradshaw, Photographer

EasterLilies O R D E R

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Purchase an Easter lily in the name of a loved one and help decorate Northland, A Church Distributed for this holy season. A list of those honored and memorialized will appear in the Easter edition of the Northland News. Purchased lilies will be available for pick-up Tuesday, April 14 through Thursday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Any lilies not picked up will be donated to local nursing homes. To order, fill out this form and place it, along with $7 per lily, in an offering box. Or, you may mail your payment to Northland, A Church Distributed, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750. All orders must be received by Monday, March 30.

Honor or memorialize someone you love. Northland worship site: [ ] Longwood [ ] Mount Dora [ ] Oviedo [ ] West Oaks In honor of:__________________________________________ In memory of:_ _______________________________________ Given by:_ ___________________________________________


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daddy-Daughter Dance: A waltz in the park By Debbie Blahnik Director of Children’s Ministries

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ore than 1,210 dads and daughters attended this year’s daddy-daughter dance, “A Waltz in the Park.” The foyer was transformed into a park, with benches, flowers and trees everywhere. There were face painters and strolling balloon artists, and popcorn, hot dog and cotton candy vendors. The DJ played a variety of music to keep the dads and daughters dancing. I have had teary-eyed dads, granddads and even some moms tell me that this night will be something they will never forget. I believe, without a doubt, that God smiles when He sees dads loving on their children as He loves on us. It’s something I hope these dads will feel encouraged to continue throughout the year.

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More pictures on page 9.

Bill Chapman Northland at Mount Dora Site Minister

Stand, He Will Deliver

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id you ever catch the 1988 flick Stand and Deliver? Edward James Olmos played Jaime Escalante, a teacher who was determined to challenge failing students in a failed system to a higher level of excellence. He took even the most troublesome teens at his East Los Angeles high school and turned them into dedicated students, ready to learn. He stood his ground and delivered inspiration to those who needed it the most. Jesus does the same for us. Things in our world are not as secure as we are accustomed to. We know that recessions, wars, diseases and natural disasters will come, but when they do, we are tempted to lose heart. But we can strike back against anxiety and temptation. We can stand firm in our faith and watch our strong Lord deliver us through. The Holy Spirit reminds us to do this. Jesus speaks of tough times in Matthew 7:24-27: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Well, it is raining, the streams are rising, and the winds are beating on your house of faith. Stand firm upon the rock of Jesus, and watch Him deliver you through trials and disappointments. We will be hurt; we will be confused. We may have to scramble, and we might have to do without. But no bad economy, no layoff, no sickness or failed relationship can ever take away our relationship with God and the certainty of fellowship with Him forever. Stand firm on your faith in Christ. Commune with Him continually in the Word and in prayer. Serve the people He places in your path. Give back of the time, talent and treasure He has given you. And Paul’s confidence in the Lord’s deliverance will be yours, too: “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (2 Timothy 4:18, NIV).

Brian and Tina Domigan help serve the Mount Adorables at Gathering 2:42. Attend the next gathering on Wednesday.

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Gathering 2:42 An evening of GOOD Food, Fellowship, Worship and Prayer

THIS WEEK!

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” –Acts 2:42

WedNESDAY, march 18 6-8:30 p.m., FH/Sanctuary Join your church family for a powerful time of fellowship, worship and prayer. Potluck dinner: 6 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Worship and prayer: 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Details: Bill Chapman (bill.chapman@northlandchurch. net or 352-434-4116)

See page 14 for Mount Dora’s monthly

L VE COLLECTION Details: Ann South (south4@comcast.net or 352-267-3388) or Sharlee Hollingsworth (shollingsworth2@cfl.rr.com)

Counseling Offered at Mount Dora

Northland’s partner Discovery Counseling offers counseling services in Mount Dora. Sheryl Chapman is a Discovery counselor. Discovery’s current rates apply. Details: Counseling referral line (407-949-7204)


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Lights On!

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his week Pastor Joel is discussing sin in our lives. This is not a single act or motive or decision; this is a state of being – our condition. We are sinful creatures who need Christ, and in Christ we are a new creation: off with the old, on with the new. Saying that and living in it are two very different things though. I get it, like I get the idea of light, but I don’t get it, like I don’t get what light actually is. I mean, is light the invisible thing that gives reality to the things that are not light? Can you hold, touch or smell light? When you turn on a light, what is it that you actually see – the light or the things apparent now that the light is on? Similarly, sin is a state of being that we are in before Christ, and then after Christ comes into our lives and “turns on” the light, we are changed forever. It is His light that resets our state, our condition, and casts a new reality all around us, like light does in a room. The darkness of our sinful state was our reality in Adam, then our reality changed forever, only because of Christ, not by anything we did. It is like the moon. When we see the moon, it is not because of anything the moon has to offer or give off, but because of the light that is reflected off of the moon from the sun. We see the light, but we don’t actually see the light, only as it is reflected by the moon. We are to be the light of the world, to bring a different reality to the dark room, to bring Christ in and let His light shine on us and then be reflected to the rest of the world. Then, who we

really are in Him is visible as it reflects the light of Christ. So keep as close to the light as you can, that it may reflect all the brighter for others to see! One way to ensure we do that is to be in community together. See, when many little lights get together and shine as one, the effect is multiplied. Think of Christmas lights or candles. When only one is lit, it’s true it pierces the darkness, but when many are grouped together, the darkness recedes and subsides. Be a part of it with us in Oviedo and get “plugged in.” Whether it is to a small group, a service team or one of the many social events, these are all great ways to let your light shine. I am reminded of that song my kids, Zoe and Matt, often sing, “This Little Light of Mine.” Let your light shine! >>> OVIEDO.NORTHLANDCHURCH.NET

Crazy Cards

(Adults only, please)

Saturday, March 21, 6:30-9:30 p.m., NOCC

NEXT WEEKEND!

Join us for a night of fun, fellowship and friendly competition! If you’ve never played crazy cards, don’t worry, you’ll catch on quick and be hooked. Details and RSVP: Tim Brown (timbrown@cfl.rr.com or 407-466-8868)

Cowboy Bowl

Volunteer Appreciation Party Saturday, March 28, 3-5 p.m., Boardwalk Bowl (10749 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando)

Hang up your boots and grab some bowling shoes as we celebrate YOU! All new and current volunteers and their families are invited to join us. RSVP by Wednesday, March 25. Details and RSVP: Amanda Hartley (amanda.hartley@ northlandchurch.net or 407-222-7374)

2nd- to 5th-grade Bible Study “What Is Sin?”

Wednesday, march 25 6:30-8 p.m., Cox home On February 25, second- to fifth-graders gathered to learn about “Who God Is” and the special relationship we have with Him as His children. Students participated in a scavenger hunt to discover “The Bible Is Our Guide,” then enjoyed an evening of teaching that included a visit from Moses and a game of Pictionary to recap the seven characteristics they learned about God. Mark your calendar for the next study, Wednesday, March 25.

This is the second of a four-part study series for students to learn more about the four core truths of the Christian faith. Details and RSVP at the children’s check-in desk or Michelle Smith (michelle.smith@ northlandchurch.net or 407-718-5510)

news@westoaks TOMMY NOVAK Northland at West Oaks Site Minister

Little Cabin in the Woods

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ctually, a beautiful cabin in the mountains is where Patti and I had a chance to get away and relax and soak in what God is doing in our lives, in our family, and in the church we absolutely love being a part of. In my effort to give away a little of what I experienced, while I sat on the back deck every morning, I got a picture of what God has entrusted us with. As I read, and prayed, one morning specifically, I remember looking over the valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains and seeing an incredible picture. In the valley were many other cabins and homes, with lights on, fires going with smoke coming out of the chimneys, and just the smell of fresh air. It was beautiful! But the picture I had for myself was this: I felt like God was saying, “This is what I have entrusted to you.” Even though I know there is so much more beyond what I could see, what I saw was something I could wrap my arms around and see how God wanted to use me. My thought was I have been given the privilege of being a part of the community of West Oaks, and even though I know the whole world is out there waiting for someone to go out to it, my responsibilities are right here, and it is absolutely beautiful! And then I started thinking about you. What is your valley, or area, God has given you to be a part of and give your life to? In my sermon two weeks ago, I talked about

Wanna Share?

what it means to “work out your salvation,” as Paul wrote in Philippians 2:12-13, and I believe this is part of the process. What is your life about, and why did God gift you in the ways He did? Sitting on the back porch, overlooking that valley, I had a tremendous peace come over me about my role as the minister of the West Oaks community. And so often, we don’t have peace in our lives when it comes to what God has called us to, or gifted us for. We worry and fret because we just don’t understand how or why God wants to use us. Some of that is right to feel, and some of it is very unhealthy to feel. Deep inside we know what we are like, and we don’t understand why, or how, God would use us. But the truth is, He does want to use you, and He does believe you can do whatever it is He calls you to do. It starts when you are able to take some time for yourself and hear from God. Use the Lenten study to help you prepare yourself for the plans God has for you, His perfect plan. In that valley, I woke up to every morning; I saw life. I saw the tremendous potential of what God wanted that area to be like. I saw how the people in that town understood the role they were given and went about working that out in their lives every day. It was a very quaint little town in northern Georgia, but the people there used what God had blessed them with and made those of us who were there for only a short time feel like we belonged there. As I work this picture out in my own life every day, I encourage you to do the same. Are you working out your own salvation, not working for your salvation, in such a way that those who are here for only a short time experience Christ because of who you are and because you have figured out your purpose and God’s plan for your life? What a beautiful picture! What a privilege God has given me to be a part of each of your lives! Thank you! >>> WESTOAKS.NORTHLANDCHURCH.NET

Have news or highlights concerning ministries that the Northland congregation and community at West Oaks would like to hear about through the Northland News or the West Oaks blog site (westoaks.northlandchurch.net)? Details: Derika Hacker (407-473-4537 or derika. hacker@northlandchurch.net)

Sunday School Classes For adults and middle schoolers sundays, beginning march 22 Dig into God’s Word while connecting with others from West Oaks. Topics will cover the book of John, parenting and more. Info on pages 12 and 13. Details: Derika Hacker (407-473-4537 or derika. hacker@northlandchurch.net)

Tools at Your Service!

Know someone (even if it’s you) who could use a hand with something? No job is too big or too small. Our team of volunteers will fix, repair, paint, move furniture, or do other tasks. To make a request or join the team, contact Kip Conway (407-595-0008 or 321-460-2546).


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The Evolution of Pen Pals By Sean Cooper Director of Student Ministries

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tudents are serving around the globe in the most spectacular ways. For many years, young people have boarded planes across the country and served in various cultures worldwide. But there is a new wave of students who are adding a twist to building relationships and expanding the Kingdom. The Emergence of Social Networking For the last five years, Northland has sent more than 100 students to places such as Egypt, Ukraine, Jamaica, Germany, Poland, South Africa, Swaziland, the Dominican Republic, New Orleans and Mississippi. In the next 12 months, more students will join others in Brazil and Sri Lanka, but the difference between trips now and 20 years ago is incredibly significant. For some of us, the weeks following a foreign trip involved the difficult task of building relationships through snail mail. Letters often took weeks to arrive, and many would get lost in the long journey. With the arrival of platforms such as Facebook, text messaging, and iChat, students are literally talking face to face with new friends the day they arrive back home.

that focus on intergenerational leadership. In a variety of places, high school students mentor middle school students just like the model Northland uses. Even though there are oceans that separate students once they arrive back in their own communities, many of them follow up with one another in sharing challenges, and praying for and encouraging each other. A new global network is leading the church. Second, students are practicing a new form of hospitality. Some of America’s best ambassadors are now found through young Christians who are making family-to-family connections cross-culturally. Not only are students making new friends, but their parents and siblings are also interacting with young people as a result of a Distributed Journey. A number of families have traveled overseas, both from America as well as from other countries, to spend time with this newly formed body of Christ. Friends and families are staying in each other’s homes, attending worship together and serving in their communities. Lastly, new technology is allowing students to learn from each other year round. An example of this is in the weekly gathering of students who have made a commitment to read chosen topics together, discuss Scriptures from their cultural perspective, and spend time praying for each other. Rather than limiting themselves to the input of a Western American perspective, this body of believers is discovering who God is and what He is doing through the eyes of others.

“New technology is allowing students to learn from each other year round.”

What This Has Done for the Church There are many great results from this new technology. First of all, students have a new network of encouragement and accountability. On many of these trips, Northland’s young people are meeting others who serve in their culture in very similar ways. One of the greatest examples of this includes youth ministries across the cultural divides

So What’s Next? • Join a trip! It’s not too late to get on board and serve overseas or locally. Learn the stories of others and discover what God is doing in other places and cultures. • Sponsor a student! Maybe you are unable to serve on a Distributed Journey this year. Instead, help financially to send a student on your behalf. Keep up with him or her through one of these new technological platforms! • Join a social network! If you are intimidated by this step, ask someone younger to help you, which will give you a great new connection to them and others.

Please pray for the Alabama 1 Distributed Journey!

To get information on these trips, visit Northland’s website (www. northlandchurch.net) and select “Serve Others” from the menu. Details: Patti Harshey (patti.harshey@northlandchurch. net or 407-937-0573) Alabama 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 31-April 9 South Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 17-28 Lake Charles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 1-4 Brazil 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 6-14 Indiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 14-20 Ukraine 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 20-30 Dominican Republic 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 21-29 Egypt 1/Spain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 23-July 5 Swaziland 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 23-July 12 Swaziland 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 25-July 5 Italy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 25-July 6 Mississippi 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 28-July 5 Ukraine 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 1-10 Egypt 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 1-16 Swaziland 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 2-12 Sri Lanka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 10-20 Mississippi 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 11-18 Dominican Republic 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 20-27 Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . August 8-16 Brazil 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . August 23-31 Egypt 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 18-October 4 Egypt 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 17-23

IsleGo Missions

Jamaica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 20–27 Germany/Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 28–August 9 Cuba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 11–18 Brazil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 10–17 Details: Corinne or Dusty Cooper (corinne@islego.com, dusty@islego.com or 407-687-8543)

Swaziland Meeting - All Teams If you are joining any of the Swaziland Distributed Journeys this year, please attend the planning meeting, Tuesday, March 31, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Northland at Longwood administrative wing conference room 2211. Details: Dan Lacich (dan.lacich@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1815)

Send Missionaries Birthday Blessings March 30 Jos Holtzhausen P.O. Box 1203 Okahandja, Namibia jos@christshope.org

vanessa puleo Northland Local Service Projects Coordinator

Serving Project and Retreat at southwind April 24, 25, 26

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ould you be interested in bringing your family (age 8 and above) to experience a wonderful weekend of serving and spiritual retreat? Join a Local Serve Team as team members travel less than an hour away to Southwind, A Young Life Camp, to help a great cause. Southwind needs help painting, building ramps, securing bunk beds, and doing concrete and tile work as we help the camp become handicappedaccessible. On Friday, April 24, more than 100 people will join in this great serving weekend. Team leaders will work with the younger participants (ages 8 to 12) and do landscaping. A food team is needed to help in the kitchen areas, and others will paint the cabins and lead everyone in this project. Friday and Saturday nights will feature dinner, fellowship and a time to grow closer to God with great speakers and programs. Supplies will be provided. All you need are your toiletries and sleeping bag. Sunday, worship in the morning, pack up and head out. This event will help the camp so much, and we are thrilled to go and be a part of serving them. To register, visit the website and sign up for the April 24-26 Southwind Project and Retreat. (Register each member of the family separately.) Details: Vanessa Puleo (407-949-7256 or vanessa. puleo@northlandchurch.net).

Upcoming Serving Opportunities

This team will be traveling to Alabama from March 17 to 22 to do construction on a youth camp. Team members are: Dale Colter, Meredith Colter, Mackenzie Colter, David McCoy, Bud Abt, Shawn Robles, Richard Arndt, Tim Suber, Lairs Suber and Dudley Bell. Please pray for safe travel, safety on the work site, and that the team members will understand the value of what they are building and how it will affect the youth who attend the camp.

Distributed Journeys

Local Service Projects

April 2 Barbara Beck 1753 Demetree Drive Winter Park, FL 32789

March 18 . . . . . . . . . Minister to homeless (downtown) March 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Project Homeless Connect (Northland at Longwood) March 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ronald McDonald House March 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15th Street home repairs March 28 . . . . . . . . . . . Pathways to Care, serve lunch March 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15th Street home repairs April 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15th Street home repairs April 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harvest Time International April 11 . . . . . . . . . . . Cook dinner and serve homeless April 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Little Hands project April 11 . The Carpenter’s House for Children, yard work April 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Minister to homeless April 18 . . . . . . . . . . . Give Kids the World, serve lunch April 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15th Street home repairs April 24-26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Southwind Serve Retreat April 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . Pathways to Care, serve lunch

Prayerfully consider…

Team leaders are needed. Interested? Contact Vanessa Puleo (vanessa.puleo@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7156).

To register to serve at any local service project:

1) Visit www.northlandchurch.net. 2) Select “Serve Others” on the top menu bar. 3) Select the “Be Sent to Serve Locally” icon. 4) Select the “Click Here & Sign Up” icon. 5) Then just browse the list and join a project.


Lw = Northland at LONGWOOD

MD = Northland at Mount dora

OV = Northland at Oviedo

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LW 24/7: THE GATHERING

Sundays, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, The Rink. “The Gathering” is an environment designed for middle and high school students to belong, believe, become and be sent. This environment will be loaded with dynamic teaching, engaging discussions and relevant application. Parents, you are welcome to attend with your students! Led by Mark Nation. Details: Shaylynn Stoner (407-9497194 or shaylynn.stoner@northlandchurch.net)

MD CREW352 (Christians Radically Encouraging Worship)

Sundays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., room 13; Wednesdays, 7 p.m., sanctuary. For 6th– to 12th-graders. Details: Brent Williams (407-754-4428 or bwilliams@sdccfl.com)

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LW LUGRox (Living Under Grace Rocks!)

Saturdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center. LUGRox is an evening full of high energy, high impact and just plain fun! This is the place where you’ll find thrilling games, solid teaching, rockin’ worship and friend-connecting small groups. Dinner (two slices of pizza, chips and lemonade) is available for $3. Details: Shaylynn Stoner (407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@northlandchurch.net) ATTENTION: NEWLY ATTENDING PARENTS AND STUDENTS, CHECK IN AT THE LUGROX WELCOME DESK!

LW ABS (Area Bible Studies)

Brochures with times and locations are available at the welcome desks at all Northland sites. These small groups are for middle school students and meet in living rooms across the Central Florida area one night during the week. The time involves hanging out with other students, Bible study led by high school leaders and lifechanging accountability. Details: Shaylynn Stoner (407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@ northlandchurch.net)

OV AXIS: Middle School Bible Study

Sundays, 11 a.m., room 9-105. Girls and guys breakout sessions. Details: Erica Emler (407-687-8570 or erica.emler@northlandchurch.net)

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LW College Gathering (For students age 18-25)

Sundays, 7:15 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, The Rink. Come and spend time in worship, prayer and the Scriptures. All college students (age 18 to 25) are welcome. Details: Jenny DeGeus (jenny.degeus@northlandchurch.net)

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LW Outreach, Worship, Teaching and Hangout Time Student Ministries and Care Center, The Rink

O2 Schedule during Lenten study Wednesdays, through April 8 6:30 p.m. — 7 p.m. — 7:50 p.m. —

Check-in and hangout (The Rink) Lenten Service (main building, sanctuary) Activities (The Rink/auditorium) Hangout (lounges) Lenten study Connection Groups (fellowship hall)

All 9th- through 12th-graders are invited to join us for an evening of fun, fellowship, awesome worship and amazing teaching from our youth pastors. Food and snacks will be offered for a few dollars. Details: Shaylynn Stoner (407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@ northlandchurch.net)

LW Servant Leadership Ministry

A primary goal of Northland Student Ministries is to lead students to a deeper understanding of their God-given, unique strengths and spiritual gifting so that they might use those gifts and strengths to serve others. All 9th- through 12th-graders are welcome and encouraged to participate in our Servant Leadership Ministry. For freshmen, we have LUGRox Setup Crew, and for sophomores, juniors and seniors, we have middle school Area Bible Study trainer and LUGRox captain positions. Details: Shaylynn Stoner (407-949-7194 or shaylynn. stoner@northlandchurch.net)

OV AXIS: High School Ministry

Sundays, 6 to 8 p.m., NOCC. Youth group environment with interactive activities and fun. Details: Erica Emler (407-687-8570 or erica.emler@northlandchurch.net)

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My name is: __________________________________________________

Today we worship God for His mercy. God forgives us even though we don’t deserve it. That’s mercy! Let’s worship!

Hello, boys and girls. Welcome to the Beehive! I’m Buzz. Stick with me during our family worship service, and we’ll learn more about who God is and what He has done!

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God’s mercy is His goodness to those in need or in danger.

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Today’s Buzzword is Mercy! I heard it _____________ times. I think it’s important to God because __________________________________________________

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Hum-many weeks ’til Easter?

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Answer: FORGIVENESS

Adam and Eve Romans 5:8, 12 God has made a wonderful world for us. Have you ever wondered why death has to be part of it? The Bible says that death came because of the sin of Adam and Eve. Sin is doing wrong in God’s eyes. Romans 5:12 says, “Sin entered the world because one man sinned. And death came because of sin. Everyone sinned, so death came to all people.” That’s the bad news; here’s the good news. Romans 5:8 says, “Here is how God has shown His love for us. While we were still sinners, Jesus died for us.” Jesus gave His life to save us from death. All who believe in Jesus can have life forever close to God, right now on earth and later in Heaven!

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Northland’s 5-day Bible study for children, The Daily Way, is available at www.northlandchurch.net or at Children’s Church.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES NEEDS 14 VOLUNTEERS! 11 for Saturdays and 3 for Mondays

This week, make a list of things God has given to you, especially during hard times. Include things that God has forgiven you for. Who can you forgive this week?

START HERE Draw a line to help the lost bees find their way to the honey pot.

Daddy-Daughter Dance! The word bank shows 12 words that are included in the story of Adam and Eve. Search for and circle any words that you find in the puzzle below: WORD BANK: SIN, ENTER, THE, WORLD, BECAUSE, ONE, MAN, DEATH, AND, CAME, ALL, PEOPLE

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Family WorshiP: Engaging the Senses BY BECKY WELDON Children’s Curriculum Team

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t is story time, and Daddy is reading. Bobby is sitting in his lap and staring intently at the pictures. “Look, Daddy,” he says, pointing at one of the pictures. “The turtle is happy because he has a friend.” Sarah is lying down with her eyes closed. She cheers when the turtle saves the raccoon from the waterfall. Michael picks up a ball and tosses it into the air. Daddy asks him to sit, but he can only be still for a moment. As soon as the story is over, Michael insists the family act out the story. God designed each person with the ability to learn differently. Three of the ways human beings learn is by seeing, hearing and touching. Most people prefer one way of learning over the others. What styles do your children prefer? Use the following guide to help your children engage in worship using their learning styles. Embrace your children’s God-given learning styles, and you will find that they, and you, are better able to gain from worshiping together as a family.

Visual Learner Are your children like Bobby, needing to see pictures or video to connect with a story? • Ask your children to watch carefully and draw pictures in their worship folders of what they see. Suggest they answer these questions with drawings: —What do the worship leaders and musicians do to worship God? —What’s happening on the video screen? —How are the people all around you worshiping God? • Search online or in Bible picture books for a picture of the Bible story and discuss what is happening in the picture. Auditory Learner Do your children like to listen to a story and then talk about it like Sarah? • Ask your children to take notes or draw in their worship folders about the sounds, lyrics and teachings they hear in the service. • After the service, ask them to share what they wrote and discuss any questions. • Ask them to retell the Bible story. Tactile Learner Are your children like Michael, needing to move in order to learn? Acting out a story or touching related objects can aid

lenten connection group lesson plan

Week 3

Lesson Objective:

Transition: (2 minutes)

To challenge participants to engage with God; to open up their hearts to Him each day.

Here is what Richard Foster says about the discipline of prayer in Celebration of the Disciplines: “Do you know why the mighty God of the universe chooses to answer prayer? It is because His children ask. God delights in our asking. He is pleased at our asking. His heart is warmed by our asking… “To pray is to change. Prayer is the central avenue God uses to transform us. If we are unwilling to change, we will abandon prayer as a noticeable characteristic of our lives. The closer we come to the heartbeat of God, the more we see our need and the more we desire to be transformed.”

Bible Truths: • God hears and answers our prayers. • God speaks to His children.

Optional Opener: (10 minutes) Optional icebreaker #1: Take a poll of your group. What is your favorite form of correspondence? Phone calls E-mails Facebook messages Text messages Personal letter Face-to-face conversation Tie it in: God communicates with us very personally. And while He uses everything in our lives to point us to Him, we can have quality time with God through prayer. Optional icebreaker #2: What is the most embarrassing place you have ever fallen asleep? (You may want to use this opener if you are going to plan a prayer vigil with your group, or challenge them to “watch and pray.”) Tie it in: In this week’s reader, we have been following Jesus’ path to the cross, focusing on His prayer in Gethsemane. It is such a beautiful passage, as we not only see His agony, but we see aspects of both His human and divine nature. While He had the divine perspective of what He had come to earth to accomplish, He also had the very human needs of comfort and companionship. He just wanted His disciples to watch with Him, to be with Him, to support Him through this unbelievably difficult part of His journey. But they could not.

Introduction: Prayer is not complicated. Sometimes we make it more complicated than it was ever intended to be. But it is not necessarily easy. Prayer, simply stated, is engaging our hearts with God. Prayer consists of both speaking to God (a discipline of engagement) and listening to God (a discipline of abstinence).

understanding and keep children engaged. • Help your children experience the service. When worshiping with song, encourage your children to sway or clap to the beat. • Your children may listen best while moving. Let your children fidget productively and quietly with a toy that can be twisted or turned (such as a Rubik’s Cube). • After you return home, ask your children to act out the Bible story or make up and perform a skit that teaches the lesson.

Interactive Learning: (15 minutes) Read the following passages together, or divide your group into pairs and assign one passage per couple. Some passages are examples from Christ’s life. Others are His instructions to us. Matthew 6:5-9 Matthew 14:23 Matthew 19:13 Matthew 24:20 • What can we learn from Christ’s habits of prayer? • What kinds of things are we to pray about? Now read Mark 14:32-42, the passage from this week’s reader: • Why did Jesus go to the Garden to pray? • Why do you think He took Peter, James and John with Him? • Do you think the disciples were not able to watch with Jesus? Bible Application: • Why should we pray? (For what situations or things?) • How should you pray? • What struggles do you encounter as you pray? “It would of course be a rather low-voltage spiritual life in which prayer was chiefly undertaken as a discipline, rather than as a way of co-laboring with God to accomplish good things and advance His kingdom purposes. Yet prayer can be a discipline, and a highly effective one, as we see from our Lord’s advice to those with him in the Garden of Gethsemane: ‘Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation.’ “Indeed, the indirect effects of prayer upon the conduct of our lives is so obvious and striking that they have been mistakenly treated at times as the only point of prayer… “That conversation, when it is truly a conversation, makes an indelible impression on our minds, and our consciousness of Him remains vivid as we go our way.” (The Spirit of the Disciplines, by Dallas Willard)

Transition: Give group members an opportunity to share their experiences with fellowship and solitude from last week. Be prepared to share your own thoughts, in case others are hesitant.

Challenge: (3 minutes) In order to change our patterns during Lent, it can be helpful to change our prayer habits as well. One great way to do that is to change the times we pray. Early morning and late night can be wonderful times to be alone with God. There is an old practice of a prayer vigil, which just means being vigilant, wakeful, or watchful. If you have not experienced this, try it this week. You may want to do this together by choosing a 24-hour period to pray around the clock, assigning all the hours of that day to group members. Closing: (2 minutes) Join hands or kneel for closing prayer. Thank God for giving us the “dignity of causality.” You may want to use The Evening Prayer by St. Augustine. Watch thou, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give thine angels charge over those who sleep. Tend thy sick ones, Lord Christ. Rest thy weary ones. Bless thy dying ones. Soothe thy suffering ones. Pity thine afflicted ones. Shield thy joyous ones. And all for thy love’s sake. Amen.

how to join a lenten study group connection register Online: 1. Visit www.northlandchurch. net. 2. Click on the orange BELONG link. 3. Select “Join a BELONG Connection Group.” 4. Browse the list to choose a group. Then just click “join the group.” 5. Add your name and contact info when the pop-up window appears. Details: Jennifer Raymond (407-937-1832 or jennifer. raymond@northlandchurch.net)


Lw = Northland at LONGWOOD

MD = Northland at Mount dora

OV = Northland at Oviedo

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WO = Northland at west oaks

Join others for ongoing encouragement and connection.

CONNECTION GROUPS Join a study Connection Group, online at www.northlandchurch. net, or contact Jennifer Raymond (jennifer.raymond@northlandchurch. net or 407-937-1832).

ADULTS ............................... Lw Art Group, Divine Reflection

Third Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., room 4208. Produce artwork based on a subject of focus from God’s Word. This includes all the visual arts medias. Details: Laura Bates (carpearte@aol.com or 407-622-6873)

Lw Buddy Break

Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. Northland partners with Nathaniel’s Hope to provide three hours of free respite for parents and caregivers of special needs children. Drop off your child with our trained volunteers and go and do something for yourself. Details and registration: Laura Lee Wright (407-937-0549 or buddybreak@ northlandchurch.net)

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Coping with Addictions AND Codependency Thursdays, 7 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. A Christcentered, 12-step program that deals with issues such as alcohol, drugs, relationships, food, sexual addictions, codependency, and issues affecting adult children of addiction. Child care is available. Details: His Way (407599-9770)

LW DIVORCECARE

Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., room 4209-10. A 13week session in which individuals who are divorced will gain spiritual growth and personal healing. Pre-registration is required; child care is available. Details and registration: Donna Delzingaro (407-937-1749) • DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. This group is for children whose parent is attending DivorceCare. Preregistration and application are required. Books cost $15. Details and registration: Elaine Harland (407-949-4002 or elaine.harland@ northlandchurch.net)

LW Employment Network

Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., rooms 5106-7. You may also visit the Christian HELP ministry at 450 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry, Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details: Christian HELP (407-834-4022)

LW Faith and Science Group

Last Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing, room 5106-7. Meet to discuss modern science in light of God’s Word. Study: Why the Universe Is the Way That It Is, by Hugh Ross. Details: Kent Cofoid (kent. cofoid@gmail.com)

LW FLAG FOOTBALL

Saturdays, 10 a.m., Lyman High School practice fields. Coed. Details: Nathan Naversen (407-701-7577 or nate@magicwebhosting.com)

LW GriefShare

Tuesdays, beginning January 20, 7 to 9 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1118. If you are experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one, this healing ministry

walks you through the steps of grief during this 13-week session. Details and registration: Dorie Anderson (407-949-7152)

LW TENNIS

LW Grief Support Group

LW Word Weavers

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1112. Support for people grieving the death of a loved one. Limited to 10 people. Details and registration: Bob Kemp (321-205-6482)

LW Golf Ministry

Friday, April 10, 11 a.m., Rock Springs Ridge Golf Club. Links Fellowship connects golfers throughout the world in Christ. It meets the second Friday of each month. Guest speaker is Jay Davis, the Head Golf Professional at the Country Club of Orlando. The cost is $35 per person; food costs extra. RSVP by Tuesday, April 7. Details and reservations: Parks Reinhardt (407-880-9932 or linksfellowship@cfl.rr.com)

LW LOVING JUSTICE

Thursdays, 7 p.m., 914 Canton St., Orlando. A study on Bob and Carol Hunter’s book, Loving Justice. Details: Arun Sarvotham (407-719-7865 or aroonisbc@gmail.com)

LW MOTORCYCLE MINISTRY

All styles are welcome. Must own a motorcycle and have a valid motorcycle license to participate. Details: Lori Cooper-Keith (407381-2051) Motorcycle Ministry 7 year Anniversary Ride Saturday, March 21, 9:30 a.m., departure 10 a.m. We are celebrating 7 years as a ministry and group. Bring money for lunch stop. Destination is Cocoa Beach. Experienced riders only, will reach highway speeds. Call a week early to confirm. Details: Lori Cooper-Keith (407-381-2051)

LW Orphan Care Group

First and third Thursdays each month, 7 p.m., room 4205. CGC Ministries (Connecting God’s Children Ministries) is designed to connect the needs of God’s foster and orphaned children with the people who want to help them. Details: Greg and Sheri Bell (407-617-1911 or bellfamily@cfl.rr.com)

LW Page Turners

Third Tuesday of each month, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Special Needs/Cry room. For the list of books currently on the calendar, and for other details, contact Sue Newman (407-830-5776).

LW Seniors Group (ages 55 and up)

Third Wednesday of each month, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. Bring nonperishable food items for the Pastoral Care pantry. Details and RSVP: Marilyn Casey (407-273-2857)

LW SOCCER

Fridays, 8:15 p.m., Red Bug Lake Park. There are no teams, no positions and no practices, just fun for ages 18 and up. A $2 donation is requested. Details: Mike Cannavo (407-359-0191)

LW SUPPORT FOR THE SEPARATED

Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. Learn practical steps for healing, hope and reconciliation in the Lord through the painful journey of the divorce process. Details on qualification and assessment: Donna Delzingaro (407-937-1749)

Saturdays, 8 a.m., Red Bug Lake Park. Details: Jeff Rossmeissl (407-489-6096)

Second Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. Details: www.wordweaversonline.com

MD CELEBRATE RECOVERY LOCAL CHAPTER Tuesdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Calvary Chapel of the Lakes, 351 Plaza Drive, Tavares. For those dealing with unhealthy habits in the present or painful experiences from the past. Child care is available. Details: Marilyn Faber (352-357-0983 or marilynfaber@comcast.net) MD Bowling league

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Triangle Lanes, Mount Dora. Join them for “Moonlight Bowling.” All ages are welcome. Details: Jeff Young (205332-9931 or sbiltd@yahoo.com)

MD Gathering 2:42

Third Wednesday of each month 6 to 8:30 p.m., fellowship hall and sanctuary. An evening of food, fellowship, worship and prayer. Potluck dinner: 6 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Worship and prayer: 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Details: Bill Chapman (bill.chapman@northlandchurch.net or 352434-4116)

MD Mount Dora Home Group

First and third Friday each month, 7 to 9 p.m., call for location. Study: True Spirituality, by Francis Schaeffer. Children are welcome. Details: Brent and Melanie (352-383-6415 or melanie@sdccfl.com)

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Small Children/Homeschool Play Group Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, location alternates; call for details. Details: Michele Pruitt (352-408-3909)

MD Umatilla/Tavares fellowship First and third Sunday each month, 6 to 8 p.m., call for location. Study: select sermons by Pastor Joel C. Hunter. Child care is not available. Details: Hugh and Carole (352-4836561 or hughandcarole@embarqmail.com)

com) or Buzz Vincent (407-463-9398 or blv292@ cfl.rr.com)

LW BUSINESSMEN’S FRIDAY LUNCH

Fridays, noon to 1 p.m., email for location. Learn how to apply scriptural principles to business and personal discipleship. Details: James Price (james.price@northlandchurch.net)

LW Men’s Praise and Prayer

Thursdays, 6:30 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1104. Details: Dave McGregor (407-774-2952 or mcgregor449@ hotmail.com)

LW Struggling With Homosexuality?

Wednesdays, 7:15 to 9:15 p.m., call for confidential location. Among Friends is a weekly support group for men who struggle with same sex attraction and/or same sex attraction feelings that want to live a life pleasing to God. Details: Jay or Joe (407-949-7193, ext. 1788)

PARENTS ............................... LW Mom’s Morning Out

Pick one day a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Northland Early Learning Center. Drop off your child for Mom’s Morning Out for moms of 18- to 24-month-olds. The fee: $50 a month with registration and supply fees. Details and registration: Pam Anderson (407-949-7179 or pam.anderson@northlandchurch.net)

SINGLES ............................... LW Single Adult Ministries (20s and up) Fourth Sunday of each month, 4 to 6 p.m., room 4206. Join for live worship music and praise, prayer time, classes and fellowship. Sundays, gather at Nature’s Table Café before the 6 p.m. worship service. Singles meet weekly in small groups throughout Central Florida. Details: Yvonne Lutz (lyvonne316@yahoo. com), Liza Johnson (lizajohnson@landam. com), Dave Mullen (dmull77@yahoo.com) or general information (NorthlandSAM@yahoo. com). Leave questions on the singles info line (407-949-7172). Learn more: christiansocial. meetup.com/189/

wo west oaks Play Group Join West Oaks parents and their children for some fellowship and fun. Details: Sara Sundermeyer (407-575-6178 or scostantini@ hotmail.com) or Kimberly Fulmer (407-6563008 or kfulmer@earthlink.net)

LW SINGLES SUNDAY MORNING CLASS

MARRIED COUPLES ...............................

LW BCAUSE—BREAST CANCER SURVIVAL

LW Couples Café

Third Saturday of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m, Nature’s Table Café. Speakers address a variety of topics designed to encourage married couples. Child care by reservation: Diane Jones (407-949-7188 or diane.jones@ northlandchurch.net); Details: James Price (james.price@northlandchurch.net)

MEN ............................... LW AMEN (A Meeting of Men)

Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., room 4206. Look at real-life issues, through God’s Word and apply lessons to real life. Details: Dan Bogdan (407702-5358 or danbogdan@landscapeorlando.

Sundays, 10:45 a.m., room 4210. They will be studying the holiness of God. Details: Lisa (GodsGirl0202@yahoo.com)

WOMEN ............................... Anyone touched by breast cancer who desires prayer, fellowship, information and/or encouragement, contact Susan Diener-Blando (321-972-4541 or susandb@yahoo.com).

LW DIVORCED AND WIDOWED FELLOWSHIP

Second and fourth Sundays of each month, 3 p.m., Nancy Petitto’s home, Casselberry. Join other women for prayer and discussion at this potluck fellowship. Children are welcome. Details and directions: Nancy Petitto (407-699-9181) HEALING GRACE Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., TLC Women’s Center, 4804 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. This post-abortion ministry, shares the healing grace of Jesus without judgment. Details: Coorie Moore (407-292-7628)


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LUNCH AND PRAY Last Wednesday of each month, 11:30 a.m., Denny’s, State Road 436 and Cranes Roost Boulevard, Altamonte Springs. Join for fellowship, friendship and prayer in small groups. Details: Irene Williamson (407-7569060 or frankirenewill@embarqmail.com)

LW MOMS4MOMS Ministry

Third Monday of each month, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. Get connected with other moms for friendship and encouragement through

MD = Northland at Mount dora

meetings and separate playgroup activities. Registration is required. Child care is provided during monthly meetings for infants to 5 year olds. Details: www.northlandmoms4moms.com

LW LUNCHTIME STUDY GROUP

Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m., First Watch restaurant on State Road 434, Longwood. Cindy Price leads this study of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna, Weaver. Details: Cindy Price (407-221-3981 or cindy@ cindyprice.com)

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LW SMALL GROUP FOR DIVORCED WOMEN

MD Ladies Night Out Fourth Thursday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m., Chili’s, Mount Dora. Bring a friend. Details: Deborah Balic (407-832-9171) or Frances Merritt (407-554-0076)

LW THIRD VERSE (AGE 60 AND UP)

WO Ladies Night Out Connect with West Oaks women each month. Activities and locations vary. Details: Derika Hacker (407-473-4537 or derika.hacker@ northlandchurch.net)

Sundays, 3:30 p.m., Winter Springs. Study The Power of a Woman’s Word, by Sharon Jaynes. Details: Lisa Edwards (407-222-9639 or godsgirl0202@yahoo.com)

Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1116. Meet for Bible study, prayer and fellowship. Details: Jean Sherwood (407-323-7869)

Bible studies to help you explore your faith and know God.

BAPTISM

An outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace...

ADULTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LW ADULT BAPTISMS

Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m., Ken and Diane Watkins’ home. Adults and teens may be baptized by immersion or sprinkling as a public profession of personal faith if the individual trusts in Jesus Christ as Lord of his or her life (Matthew 28:19). Maps are available at the information desk in the church foyer. Call to sign up. Details: Sharon Ferreira (407-949-7189 or sharon. ferreira@northlandchurch.net)

PARENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LW CHILD BAPTISMS

Although Northland recommends the Steps for Young Believers course before baptism, it is not mandatory. For information about grade school students’ baptisms, contact Diane Jones (diane.jones@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7188)

LW INFANT BAPTISM/DEDICATION CLASS

Saturday, March 21, 7 p.m., rooms 42067. Child care is available upon request. Details: Diane Jones (407-949-7188 or diane.jones@northlandchurch.net)

ADULTS ............................... LW THE BIBLE RELEVANT NOW!

Sundays, 10:45 a.m., room 4209. Study the book of James and learn to be patient, to make peace instead of trouble, and practice what the Bible teaches. Details: Sharon Ferreira (sharon. ferreira@northlandchurch.net)

LW THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, PART 2

Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 4212-14. This (14-week) Precept study uses workbook and requires five hours of homework a week.

Details or to order a workbook: Geri Anderson (407-331-6760 or geri.anderson@att.net)

LW LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF JESUS

Wednesdays, 7 p.m., rooms 4206-07. In this study of the Gospels, learn who God is and what He has done by looking at what Jesus said and did. Details: Sharon Ferreira (407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net)

LW ROMANS, BIBLE STUDY

Sundays, 9 a.m., rooms 4213. Doug Moorhead leads this study of faith, grace, justification, sanctification, redemption, atonement and salvation. Details: Sharon Ferreira (sharon. ferreira@northlandchurch.net)

OV Bible Study – 1 Corinthians Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Welday home, Oviedo. This short, New Testament book is filled with wisdom and insight on living relevant, Spirit-empowered Christian lives amidst a secular culture. Details: Dave Welday (407-366-1886 or dwelday@nextgeninstitute. com) WO John: Theology in the Real World

Sundays, 10:30 a.m., Northland at West Oaks sanctuary. Join others in studying this intensely personal and practical book of the Gospels. Details: Derika Hacker (407-473-4537 or derika.hacker@northlandchurch.net)

CHILDREN ............................... LW STEPS FOR YOUNG BELIEVERS (GRADES 2 –

5) AND THEIR PARENTS The “steps” in basic Christian discipleship include classroom sessions and daily at-home devotionals. Materials cost for each class: $5. Registration is required. Details and registration: Teri Grayson (407-949-7148 or teri.grayson@northlandchurch.net). Step 1: Becoming a Part of God’s Family; Sundays, April 19 to May 10, 4 to 5:45 p.m. Focus: Salvation and assurance. Includes Communion instruction. Step 2: The Most Important Thing; Sundays, April 26 to May 24, 4 to 5:45 p.m. Focus: Jesus’ Life A-Z, a basic discipleship

theme and learning about the life of Christ. (Students must be present at least four weeks and make up any missed weeks.) Baptism offered on May 31 at 2 p.m. Step 3: LIVING BY THE BOOK: “C-ING” My Way through the Bible; Sundays, April 26 to May 31, 4 to 5:45 p.m. Focus: To develop skills in exploring the Bible. (Students must be present at least four weeks and make up any missed weeks.)

MEN ............................... LW MORNING BIBLE STUDY

Thursdays, 6:30 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1118. Join this open-forum discussion on the book of Isaiah: 45-minute time of study and 15-minute prayer time. Details: Ron Morris (ron@creativele.com)

MD Men’s Bible Fellowship

Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:45 a.m., rooms 2, 3. Motto: Men with a Mission. Details: Richie Kluesener (407-221-4517 or rk@goldinart. com) or Bill Chapman (352-434-4116 or bill. chapman@northlandchurch.net)

WOMEN ............................... LW BETH MOORE STUDY — DANIEL

Every other Saturday, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., room 4212-14. Study: Daniel, by Beth Moore (available at Northland’s Bookstore). Details: Michele Wiseman (407-619-7336)

LW Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed

• Mondays, beginning March 30, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., room 4206-07 (child care available). Details and registration for child care: Renee Shoemaker (reneeshoemaker@ mindspring.com or 407-628-7068). • Wednesdays, beginning March 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., room 4206-07 (no child care). Details: Cherrie cherbear100@aol.com or 407322-6850). Study: Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed, by Beth Moore, Kay Arthur and Priscilla Shirer. Workbook available in the Northland bookstore for $14.95.

LW BETH MOORE STUDY — ESTHER

Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., rooms 4206-7 (bring your dinner). Study: Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman, by Beth Moore. Details: Robin Kendall (321-662-5039 or northland.ladies.bible. studies@gmail.com)

LW BETH MOORE STUDY — ESTHER

Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 617 Woodridge Rd., Fern Park. Study: Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman, by Beth Moore. Details and reservations: Dorie Anderson (407 949 7152)

LW BOOK OF DANIEL

Thursdays, 10 a.m., in Casselberry. Details: Millie Barnes (407-388- 1429 or milliebarnes@ hotmail.com)

LW PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT BIBLE STUDY

Mondays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., room 4213-15. Study: Revelation, Part 1. Child care is available upon request. Workbook cost is $23.50. Details and registration: Melody Ringenberg (rringenberg@cfl.rr.com or 407884-9794)

LW STUDY OF PHILIPPIANS

Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Longwood. Details: Sharon Fussell (407-830-7740)

LW The Joy of Living — 2 Corinthians

Wednesdays, beginning January 14, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., rooms 4216-18. Join this 13-week study of 2 Corinthians. Study guide price: $14. Details: Carolyn Robinson (407-260-9653 or crobins@cfl.rr.com)

MD BETH MOORE STUDY — a heart like his Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., rooms 2, 3. Study: A Heart Like His, by Beth Moore. Child care is available. Details: Deborah Balic (407832-9171) or Frances Merritt (407-554-0076) OV BETH MOORE STUDY — Living beyond yourself Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., Southeast Orlando. Study: Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit Of The Spirit, by Beth Moore. Details: Karin Dewey (407-243-9482 or dewey@jkdewey.com)

Classes to help you mature in your faith and equip you to serve.

ADULTS ............................... LW Conquering Fear, Anger & Anxiety

Tuesdays, 7:15 p.m., room 4204. Conquer fear, anger and anxiety through biblical principles. Child care is available. Details: Skye Engel (407-834-3158)

LW Learn to speak Chinese

Sundays, 1:30 to 3:15 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing, rooms 5202-5209. Beginner and mid-level classes available. Cost: $100 for textbooks and activity fees for one semester. Details: Jin Guiying (gui_jin66@yahoo.com) or Linan An (lan@mail.ucf.edu)

LW FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY

Sundays, 10:45 a.m., rooms 4206-07. Class is full. Contact the Haussmann’s for details on the next new class. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University is a 13-week, life-changing, biblically based program that teaches you to manage God’s money and resources in a godly

way. Cost for class materials: $99. Registration required. Course details and registration: Rich or Jana Haussmann (407-333-0960 or rhaussmann@cfl.rr.com) Child care is available. Child care registration: Morgan Perun (407-9371757 or morgan.perun@northlandchurch.net)


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LW Marriage 911 for Troubled Marriages

Mondays, beginning April 6, 7 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. Marv and Linda Rooks lead this 12-week course. You may attend with or without your spouse, as men and women participate separately. Attend if your marriage is in crisis or if you are separated. Linda is the author of Broken Heart on Hold, Surviving Separation (Cook, 2006), available at the Northland Bookstore to help you prepare your heart. Details and registration: Linda Rooks (407-644-8619). Child care is available. Child care registration: Morgan Perun (407-937-1757 or morgan.perun@ northlandchurch.net)

LW Marriage ENRICHMENT

Tuesdays, beginning May 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. A 14-week Biblebased study that will help strengthen or repair your marriage. Registration deadline is April 29. Handbook cost: $15 per couple. Child care is available. Register: 407-949-4000 ext. 1761 or northlandmarriageministry@hotmail.com.

OV = Northland at Oviedo

WO Parenting Study Sundays, 10:30 a.m., Northland at West Oaks fellowship hall. Looking to corroborate with other parents? Join others from West Oaks as we discuss parenting God’s Way. Details: Derika Hacker (407-473-4537 or derika.hacker@ northlandchurch.net)

MEN ............................... LW FAITHFUL AND TRUE

Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1118. Join a fellowship of men seeking sexual integrity. Workbooks are available at Northland’s bookstore for $17. Details and registration: Bryce Hagedorn (407227-3072 or brycehagedorn@yahoo.com) or Kevin Urichko (407-949-7166 or kevin.urichko@ northlandchurch.net)

LW Men’s study

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Manhood, developed by Dr. Robert Lewis. Details: Tom Horvath (tom@tomhorvath.com) or Gerald Jones (Gwjones01@aol.com)

Details: Dave Keys (407-256-5576 or pilotdak1@ embarqmail.com) or Rudy Tamez (407-949-7203 or rudy.tamez@northlandchurch.net)

LW Mentoring Workshop

WO MEN IN THE WORD Saturdays, 7 to 8:30 a.m. Location alternates; call for details. Study: The Truth Project, a DVD based curriculum taught by Dr. Del Tackett, president of the Focus on the Family Institute. Details: Jerry Murphy (407- 522-1672 or jerry. murphy@ieee.org)

Join us in establishing a mentoring ministry this year. America is reaching a crisis regarding teenage crime, suicide, drug and alcohol use, prison population and sexual abuse as result of fatherlessness. The church needs to be the leader in this social crisis, or we face losing a generation of boys. • Information sessions: Friday, March 27, 7 to 8 p.m. or Saturday, March 28, 8 to 9 a.m., Northland at Longwood, Children’s Worship Wing, rooms 5106-7. • Training class: Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Northland at Longwood, Student Ministries and Care Center, The Rink. Led by Wade Trimmer of The Mentoring Project. Cost: $25 (early registration, which includes training manual, lunch and refreshments).

WOMEN ............................... STUDY GROUP Every other Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Riverbend Boulevard area, Longwood. Study: Conversation Peace: The Power of Transformed Speech, by Mary Kassian. Details: Dana Bates (407-574-6386) and Stephanie Wattles (407880-8446)

Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 4128. Study: Men’s Fraternity: The Quest for Authentic

Serve others both locally and globally.

ADULTS ............................... LW ASSIST SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN & TEENS

Sundays, during the 11 a.m. worship service. Details: Laura Lee Wright (407-937-0549 or lauralee.wright@northlandchurch.net)

LW

Assist with Northland’s Million Distributed Sites Initiative Volunteers needed with strong Excel skills to pull data and collate. Details: Calvie Hughson (407-937-1831 or calvie.hughson@ northlandchurch.net)

LW BLOOD DRIVE

Saturday, April 4, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 5, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Monday, April 6, 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. During the March drive, there were 102 donors, and 97 units were collected. As a result, 279 lives were saved!

LW CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES PRAYER TEAM

Pray weekly, from your own home, for needs in Children’s Ministries. Details: Carol Moss (carol. moss@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7180)

LW COVERING CARE BLANKET MINISTRY

First Saturday of each month, 3 to 4:30 p.m. or the third Thursday of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 4212. Work on baby caps and blankets for distribution in local communities. Details: Nicole Roberts (407-699-8575)

LW DivorceCare Facilitators

Facilitators are needed to work alongside the DivorceCare ministry. Training is included. Help those who are currently experiencing the pain of divorce and help them through the healing process. They meet Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Details: Elaine Harland (407-949-4002 or elaine.harland@northlandchurch.net)

LW DivorceCare for kids Facilitators

Work with children who are struggling with the pain of divorce. Commitment of 13 weeks

and background check are essential. Training is included. They meet Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Details: Elaine Harland (407-949-4002 or elaine.harland@northlandchurch.net)

LW Jail Ministry

Minister to inmates either in Seminole County or Orange County jails during Sunday morning 9 a.m. worship, Celebrate Recovery for women on Thursday afternoons or assisting them with longer-term planning (several dates). Training provided. Prayer team members needed as well as pen pals. Details: Jail Ministry voice mail (407-949-4007)

LW Jail Ministry orientation/Training

Saturday April 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Northland at Longwood Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. Receive part 1 of the advocate training and a DVD for continued training on your own. Register at www.northlandchurch. net. Select “Get Equipped,” then “Join a Belong Connection Group.” Scroll down to “Jail Ministry Training” and click “Join the group.” Details: Jail Ministry voice mail (407-949-4007)

LW Local Service Projects Serve the community locally. To view project list and to register, visit www.northlandchurch. net. More info on page 6. Details: Vanessa Puleo (vanessa.puleo@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7156) LW MEDICAL FIRST RESPONDERS

During worships services and special events. BLS trained or medical professionals, especially EMTs are needed. Details: Susan Cholewa (407-937-0544 or susan.cholewa@ northlandchurch.net)

LW MINISTER TO OUR NEIGHBORS: RESIDENTS

OF LONGWOOD HEALTH CARE Sundays, 9 a.m., Sanctuary. Give hugs and show love to the residents of the facility behind Northland on Grant Street. Details: Patsy Grannan (407-538-5209 or Pjg327@ embarqmail.com)

LW MINISTER TO SINGLE MOTHERS

Help create a single mothers’ group: lead or be part of a core team. Call for a ministry application and interview. Details: Elaine Harland (407-949-4002 or elaine.harland@ northlandchurch.net)

LW PetPals Ministry

Saturdays, except the fifth Saturday of the month. Share your pets with people in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, etc. Details: Becky Yeager (leahyeager@aol.com or 407-699-4903)

LW Prayer Group

Thursdays, 6:30 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1116. Details: Jean Sherwood (407-323-7869)

Lw Pre-worship Prayer Meetings

Saturdays, 4 to 4:45 p.m. and Sundays, 8 to 8:45 a.m., prayer room. Meet to pray for our worship services and the needs of those in our church family and the community. Details: Saturday, Jean Sherwood (407-323-7869), or Sunday, Jean Sherwood or Amy Dunn (407-463-6161)

LW Project Homeless Connect Friday, March 20, all day event, Northland at Longwood. Attend one of two training sessions: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 7 to 9 p.m. in The Rink at Northland’s Student Ministries and Care Center. To register to serve, visit www.northlandchurch.net; select “Serve Others” on the top menu bar; select the “Be Sent to Serve Locally” icon; select the “Click Here & Sign Up” icon; then browse the list for the Project Homeless Connect teams and join the one that interests you. Details: Vanessa Puleo (vanessa.puleo@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7156) LW Volunteer at Northland — longwood Get connected to serve through Northland’s Volunteer Central. Needed: master chef, cheerleading teacher, helpers for the 33rd Street Jail Ministry, literacy volunteers and much more. Details: Calvie Hughson (407-9371831 or calvie.hughson@northlandchurch.net)

MD Volunteer at Northland — Mt. Dora Ushers, greeters, child care workers and more are needed. Details: Bill Chapman (bill.chapman@ northlandchurch.net or 352-434-4116) MD Volunteer at The Carpenters House

for Children This home in Lake County for 16 abandoned, displaced and medically needy children, ranging in age from 2 to 19 years, has many volunteer opportunities. More info available at www.thecarpentershouseoflakecounty. com. Details: Ann South (south4@comcast. net or 352-267-3388)

OV Good Samaritan Ministry Serve someone in need in your community through meal deliveries for new parents, hospital recovery, illness, etc. Details: Maggie Jobson (mjobson@cfl.rr.com) OV Local Service Projects — oviedo Help meet real needs in our community through local service projects. Details: Jeremy Jobson (jeremy.jobson@northlandchurch.net or 407929-3053) OV Volunteer at Northland — oviedo Ushers, greeters, child care workers and more are needed. Details: Amanda Hartley (amanda. hartley@northlandchurch.net or 407-222-7374) WO TOOLS AT YOUR SERVICE Know someone (even if it’s you) who could use a hand with something? No job is too big or too small. This team of volunteers will fix, repair, paint, move furniture or do other tasks. To make a request or join the team, call Kip Conway (407-595-0008 or 321-460-2546). WO Volunteer at Northland — West Oaks Ushers, greeters, child care workers and more are needed. Details: Derika Hacker (derika. hacker@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7191)

Find other ways to serve in your community at servebeyond.northlandchurch.net


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Opportunities and classes in the greater Orlando community.

ADULTS ............................... ABORTION RECOVERY Bible study for post-abortive men or women that meets in a confidential, supportive setting. Details: Reveille Ministries (407-333-0404) ALPHA COURSE Tuesdays, through April 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Markham Woods Presbyterian Church, Lake Mary. Explore spirituality and the Christian faith’s perspective of the meaning of life. The course is free. Child care available. Details and registration: Chris Leinenkugel (407-333-2030) BIBLE STUDY FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL (BSF) September 8, 2008 to mid-May, 2009. Attend introduction class the first week of any month. Day women’s classes meet at First Baptist Sweetwater in Longwood (407-8333886), First Baptist Oviedo (407-628-1787) and St. Luke’s Methodist in Windermere (407-8943914). Evening women’s class meets at Delaney Street Baptist Church (321-299-5036). Evening men’s class meets at First Baptist Church Winter Park (407-644-3061). Details: (877-2733228 or www.bsfinternational.org) central florida’s Job Fair (CFEC.org) Wednesday, March 25, noon to 4 p.m. at the Central Florida Fairgrounds & Exposition Park, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Admission and parking are free. Dress professionally and bring plenty of resume copies. No children. Visit www.CFEC.org to pre-register, get job fair tips,

research the companies listed, get directions or search Central Florida’s Online Job Board. Details: Christian HELP (407-834-4022) EXCHANGE MINISTRIES Mondays, 7:15 to 9:15 p.m., First Baptist Orlando, E-2 building, third floor, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando. A Christ-centered ministry for men and women struggling with homosexuality. Details: John Westcott (407514-4356 or www.exchangeministries.org). A support group takes place the first Monday of each month at 7:15 p.m to encourage parents, friends and family who have loved ones struggling with their sexual identity. Details: Cherrie Rowe (407-322-6850 or cherbear100@ aol.com); inquiries are confidential. HOMELESS MINISTRY To assist the homeless or if you are in need of assistance due to being homeless, connect with Homeless Services Network of Central for the most current info on resources. Details: HSN Receptionist (407-893-0133 or www.hsncfl.org). Role of Women in Different Faith Traditions Tuesday, March 31, 7 p.m., Winter Park Public Library, Community Room. Panel discussion sponsored by Interfaith Community of Central Florida. Women from the Sikh, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist and Spiritualist traditions will sit on the panel, sharing their experience, insight, stories and perspective on the role of women within their particular social, family and religious structures. Details and registration: Linda Hayes Gallegos (407-623-3314)

men ............................... CHRISTIAN BUSINESSMEN’S CONNECTION (CBMC) Tuesdays, 7 to 8 a.m., Denny’s, Lee Road exit off Interstate 4 or Thursdays, 7 to 8 a.m., Perkin’s, corner of University and Forsyth. Meet for fellowship, prayer and discussion of God’s principles for business. Tuesday Details: Armand Dauplaise (407-221-3114 or adauplaise@aol.com) or www.cbmc.com. Thursday Details: Steve Doerr (321-274-7072) or Jay Stauf (407-506-6737)

parentS ............................... NEARHIM HOME EDUCATORS Supports and encourages families whom God has called to teach their children at home. Details: www.nearhim.com

women ............................... COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY (CBS) Wednesdays, through May 6, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Community Methodist Church on U.S. Highway 17-92. Study: Acts of the Apostles. Details: Sandi McLaughlin (407-342-4765 or sandimclaughlin@yahoo.com)

crisis with separation and/or divorce. Offering encouragement through prayer, discussion and general upliftment. Details: Sandy Isaacs (407272-7522 or sandylisaacs@yahoo.com) MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS) First and third Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m., east/central Orlando. Meet other moms and get refreshed. Details: Jackie Howe (407281-9276 or congagirl@earthlink.net) Redeeming Femininity Thursdays, beginning April 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Reformed Theological Seminary, Oviedo. For women who struggle with sexual and relational brokenness, emotional dependency, same sex attraction, gender identity and other genderrelated struggles. Details: Lisa Phillips (407949-7193, ext. 1796) or Rachael Butler (407949-7193, ext. 1781) WORKPLACE MINISTRY First Tuesday of each month, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Orlando. J4 Leaders, an interdenominational ministry for women to help encourage one another to succeed with a biblical worldview. Details and reservations: sschultz2@cfl.rr.com or 407-522-4797

Confidence In Crisis Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Panera Bread in Winter Springs (in the Publix plaza at Tuskawilla and Red Bug Lake roads). Designed for women experiencing marital

Looking for the job listings? You can find them at jobs.northlandchurch.net.

Stewardship

Ways for you to give of your treasure (Matthew 6:19-21).

donations ............................... Non-perishable food items can be brought to Northland. Please take clean, usable clothing, toys and supplies to The Christian Sharing Center, Fairmont Plaza, 600 N. Highway 17-92, Longwood (407-260-9155).

MD LOVE COLLECTION New collection each month for The Carpenter’s House for Children and for Loaves and Fishes of Apopka. Visit the information table for list. Details: Ann South (south4@comcast.net or 352-267-3388) or Sharlee Hollingsworth (shollingsworth2@cfl.rr.com)

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Backpacks, blankets, tennis shoes, hygienic supplies, and men’s and women’s casual clothes are needed by Distributed Ministry at History Park Center, a ministry to the homeless in Orlando. Details Dave Mullen (dmull77@yahoo.com) or Mary Lo Pall (mpall@ universalengineering.com)

as well as parenting and marriage books are needed for Northland’s library. Details: Bethany Durys (Bethany.Durys@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0541)

Non-perishable food items can be placed into the designated wooden boxes in the lobby and in the Student Ministries and Care Center. Details: Gretchen Kerr (407-9497190 or gretchen.kerr@northlandchurch.net)

OV BOYS TOWN has donation buckets available

in the foyer as well as current needs lists and service opportunities. Details: Kathy Franz (klfranz@aol.com or 407-951-5691)

OV Hope Foundation & Sonshine Thrift has donation buckets available in the foyer as well as current needs lists and service opportunities. Details: Amanda Hartley (amanda.hartley@ northlandchurch.net or 407-222-7374)

Work with Faith Neighborhood Center of Clermont in the coming year. If your small group, ministry, or Bible study would like to do so, contact Patti Novak (NOVAKgirls4@aol.com).

bed sheets and pillow cases are needed by The Seminole Safehouse for battered women and their children. Details: Steve Celentano (407-399-8173) vehicles are needed at Recovery House of Central Florida (www.recoveryhouseinc.org). They also need pressure washing equipment, power tool, and hand tools. Details: Erik Robinson (407-323-5857 or erikrhcf@yahoo. com)

FINANCIAL Report

............................................................................................................... As of March 9, 2009 Electronic giving is available at the kiosks located in the foyer or online at www.northlandchurch.net. Offering envelopes are Evangelical Council for available at all giving boxes and can also be mailed to your home for Financial Accountability convenience. Details: Twila Roberts (407-949-4000) ............................................................................................................... TITHES and OFFERINGS This Week This Quarter This Year Need $240,000 $2,400,000 $2,400,000 Received $226,288 $2,142,003 $2,142,003 Surplus / (Deficit) ($13,712) ($257,997) ($257,997) * *Shortfall is currently being covered by reserve fund. ............................................................................................................... BUILDING FUND This Week This Quarter This Year Need $41,200 $412,000 $412,000 Received $22,817 $288,164 $288,164 Surplus / (Deficit) ($18,329) ($123,836) ($123,836) LOAN BALANCE is currently $20,240,833 ............................................................................................................... ATTENDANCE for weekend of March 7 to 9, 2009 Northland at Longwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,855 Northland at Mount Dora . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247 Northland at Oviedo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317 Northland at West Oaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Northland Webstream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,836 at 1,035 sites Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,357 at 1,039 sites


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Whom do I contact if… ............................................................

Dr. Don Pederson, Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1804 Ed Wood, Vice Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1794 Peter Katauskas, Secretary/Treasurer . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1809 Fred Franz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1766 Dan Hardaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Marcus Mennenga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7169 Paul Rahill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1798 Felipe Santos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7168 Thom Willis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000

Hagerty High School 3225 Lockwood Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765 Hagerty High School is located on Lockwood Blvd., between E. Mitchell Hammock and E. McCulloch roads.

I am in crisis? Northland’s main line . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 I want to seek counseling? Counseling referral line . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7204 I have a prayer request? Prayer request line . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4025 I need the Hospital Ministry to pay a visit? Linda McCulloch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7149 I want to become a member? Ruth Sapp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4039 I have accepted Christ into my heart and wish to be baptized? Sharon Ferreira (adult/student) . . . . 407-949-7189 Diane Jones (infants–grade school) . . 407-949-7188 I need information on Student Ministries? Student Ministries office . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4007 I need information about Children’s Ministries? Longwood: Debbie Blahnik . . . . . . . 407-949-7162 Mount Dora: Tanya Carpenter . . . . . 352-735-3832 Oviedo: Michelle Smith . . . . . . . . . 407-718-5510 West Oaks: Derika Hacker . . . . . . . 407-473-4537 I am interested in Distributed Journeys? Patti Harshey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-0573 I want to help at Northland? Longwood: Calvie Hughson . . . . . . . 407-937-1831 Mount Dora: Bill Chapman . . . . . . . 352-434-4116 Oviedo: Amanda Hartley . . . . . . . . 407-222-7374 West Oaks: Derika Hacker . . . . . . . 407-949-7191 I want to get involved in a local serving project Vanessa Puleo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7156 or visit www.northlandchurch.net I am getting married? Sharon Ferreira . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 I need to plan a funeral? Sharon Ferreira . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 I would like to order CDs, DVDs, Tapes and/or newspapers? Network Sound Inc . . . . . . . . . . . 407-834-8555 or northlandorders@networksoundinc.com

Northland at Oviedo Community Center (NOCC) 561 E. Mitchell Hammock Road, #300 Oviedo, FL 32765 Oviedo blog website . . . . . . . . . . oviedo.northlandchurch.net

longwood ........................................................................... 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750 www.northlandchurch.net / info@northlandchurch.net Main Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Main Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-830-9840 longwood blog site . . . . . . . . . . . blogs.northlandchurch.net Bookstore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7199 Steve Bruton, Manager Donna Duckhorn, Assistant Manager Patricia McManus, Assistant Manager Bookstore Hours: Monday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:15 to 7 p.m. Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 5:15 to 8 p.m. Children’s Ministries Debbie Blahnik, Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7162 Lori Gagnon, Early Childhood Administrator . . . . . 407-949-4010 Julie Meeker, Grade School Administrator . . . . . . 407-949-7153 Pam Anderson, Co-op Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7179 Pastoral Care Scotty Alderman, Pastoral Care Coordinator . . . . . 407-949-4035 Elaine Harland, Care Ministries Coordinator . . . . . 407-949-4402 Worship Services Ruth Sapp, Congregational Services Director . . . . . 407-949-4039 Susan Cholewa, Site Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-0544 Kathy Campbell, Deaf Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-328-4785

mount dora ........................................................................... The Seventh-Day Adventist Church 18440 Highway 441, Mount Dora, FL 32757 The Seventh-Day Adventist Church is on the left side of the highway. Look for the “Northland” sign. Mount Dora blog site . . . . . . mountdora.northlandchurch.net General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7184 Bill Chapman, Site Minister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352-434-4116 bill.chapman@northlandchurch.net Frances Merritt, Site Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-554-0076 Cell: 352-409-7777 or jasonandfrances@comcast.net John Tucker, Setup/Takedown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321-438-9961 wyoming01@earthlink.net Ann South, Carpenter’s House for Children . . . . . . 352-267-3388 south4@comcast.net Kitty Merritt, Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352-589-1770 Tanya Carpenter, Children’s Ministries . . . . . . . . . 352-735-3832 tcarpenter@cfl.rr.com Marilyn Faber, Celebrate Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . 352-357-0983 marilynfaber@comcast.net Brent Williams, Youth Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . 407-754-4428 bwilliams@sdccfl.com

Counseling Northland partner, nonprofit counseling ministries. Discovery Counseling Dennis Gowin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-376-3773 Oviedo Counseling Clinic Sarah Baker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (407-366-9493, ext. 256)

General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Dr. Dan Lacich, Pastor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-367-9612 Jeremy Jobson, Site Minister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-929-3053 jeremy.jobson@northlandchurch.net Amanda Hartley, Site Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-222-7374 amanda.hartley@northlandchurch.net Erica Emler, Student Ministries Coordinator . . . . . 407-687-8570 erica.emler@northlandchurch.net Michelle Smith, Children’s Ministries . . . . . . . . . . 407-718-5510 michelle.smith@northlandchurch.net Kathy Franz, Boys Town Liaison . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-415-7678 Prayer — For prayer requests or to join the Oviedo prayer team contact Amanda Hartley (amanda.hartley@northlandchurch.net) Good Samaritan Ministry — Help someone who really needs it, right now! Sign-up and details: Maggie Jobson (mjobson@cfl.rr.com) Be in the Know — Get on the e-mail list for ongoing events and information. Details: Amanda Hartley (amanda.hartley@ northlandchurch.net)

west oaks ........................................................................... St. Pauls Presbyterian Church 9600 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee, FL 34761 St. Pauls Presbyterian Church is located across from the West Oaks mall. The entrance is off Citrus Oaks Avenue. West Oaks blog website . . . . . . westoaks.northlandchurch.net General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1747 Tommy Novak, Site Minister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352-989-7378 tommy.novak@northlandchurch.net Derika Hacker, Children’s Coordinator . . . . . . . . . 407-473-4537 derika.hacker@northlandchurch.net Lou Amadori, Setup/Teardown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-493-7343 lamadori@cfl.rr.com John & Maxine Hammerstein, Prayer Coordinators . 407-877-8896 maxinehammerstein@mac.com Kip Conway, Tools at Your Service . . . . . . . . . . . . 321-460-2546 Patti Novak, F.A.I.T.H. Neighboorhood Center . . . . 352-989-7478 Prayer — For prayer requests or to join the West Oaks prayer team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John and Maxine Hammerstein 407-877-8896 or maxinehammerstein@mac.com

LifeHope LifeHope is a benevolence ministry that serves people in need in our church family and community for the purpose of connecting them to a relationship with God and Christian community through worship, equipping and service. It is the privilege of our ministers to love, listen, pray with and serve you during your first visit. They will help assess your priority needs and eligibility to be considered for assistance. Our LifeHope staff will then guide you toward your next steps. This may require an additional visit. Our strongest desire is to empower and equip you to live the life God has for you. Details: Laura Young (407-949-7151) LifeHope Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, at Northland’s Student Ministries and Care Center.

Access Ministries While meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities has always been important to our church, we are working on expanding the programs and services offered. These efforts are being led by Laura Lee Wright, Northland’s Access Ministries team leader (407-937-0549 or lauralee.wright@ northlandchurch.net). We can best accommodate your needs if you arrive early for service. Details: Congregational Services (407-949-4000 or congregational.services@ northlandchurch.net) Special Needs/Cry Room: It is located at the west end of the main foyer in room 4128. Parking: The front parking lot is reserved for those with special needs. Special Needs Seating: People with wheelchairs, walkers or other special needs have designated seating areas throughout the sanctuary if needed. Lyrics for Visually Impaired: Printed lyrics are located at the Welcome Center. Sunday School: Classes for children through fifth grade with special needs is on Sundays at 11 a.m. Buddy Breaks: With Nathaniel’s Hope, we offer respite for parents of kids with special needs. Check the Belong section in the Northland News for details. Assistance for Those With Hearing Loss: Signed worship service is Sundays, 9 a.m. Sound amplification aids are available at the Welcome Center.

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BELIEVE 16

preaching the message this weekend dr. joel c. hunter, senior pastor

........................................................................................................................................................................................... Dr. Hunter believes we can accomplish more because of our differences than we would on our own—without giving up our unique identities. He says, “Both spiritual and intellectual maturity grow from differences. A distributed church uses contrasts to accomplish Kingdom purposes.” Since June 1985, Dr. Hunter has served as senior pastor of Northland. Before bringing his family to Northland, Dr. Hunter served as a United Methodist pastor for 15 years in Indiana. He and his wife, Becky, have been partners in the ministry since their marriage in 1972. A longtime bridge builder who seeks common ground for the common good, Dr. Hunter approaches today’s issues in a biblical and balanced manner. He serves as a national and international leader both in compassion issues and on boards of agencies such as the National Association of Evangelicals and the World Evangelical Alliance. >>> TO READ MORE ABOUT DR. HUNTER, VISIT WWW.NORTHLANDCHURCH.NET.

THIS WEEKEND’S MESSAGE:

RELEVANT READS:

THE ESSENTIALS OF CHRISTIANITY Sin – our condition

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scripture focus:

Romans 5:12 (NASB)

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Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— Worship focus: ................................................................................................................................................

Worship God today for His mercy. His mercy means His goodness to those in misery and distress. (Wayne Grudem) Summary prayer: ................................................................................................................................................

“Almighty God, we Your people have constantly rebelled against You, constantly grumbled, constantly turned within ourselves seeking our own salvation. But You, in Your great mercy, constantly pursue us, constantly forgive us, and constantly work great wonders to bring about our salvation. Continue to transform us into true children of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord and the sanctifying Spirit. Amen.” (In Me. In You., produced by Asbury Theological Seminary, pg. 45) NOTES:

Northland’s bookstore recommends these books that relate to this week’s foci: SERMON RESOURCES • The Smell of Sin and the Fresh Air of Grace, by Don Everts • Why Sin Matters: The Surprising Relationship Between Our Sin and God’s Grace, by Mark R. McMinn • Battling Unbelief: Defeating Sin with Superior Pleasure, by John Piper • Systematic Theology: Sin, Salvation, by Norman L. Geisler • The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness, by Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington • The Last Sin Eater (fiction), by Francine Rivers (also available on DVD) LENTEN RESOURCES • Contemplative Prayer, by Thomas Merton • Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation, by Ruth Haley Barton • The Deeper Journey: The Spirituality of Discovering Your True Self, by M. Robert Mulholland Jr. • The Life You’ve Always Wanted, by John Ortberg Bibles are 25% off every day at Northland’s bookstore.

REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR BIBLE TO WORSHIP SERVICE

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Northland News Vol 10/Iss 11  

March 14 to 21, 2009