Matthew 28:6 (nasb)
“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.”
by Becky Hunter
ou can actually walk right into the empty tomb of Jesus. Amazingly, you can stand in that carved out rock where Jesus conquered death. I know this is true because this past June, Joel and I stood there. That tomb remains unchanged, still as silent and stone cold as the day Jesus got out of there, but once He exited it, the world was changed forever. In unsealing His fate, He gave us the opportunity to seal ours! I’ve heard it said that the stone that sealed the tomb was not miraculously rolled away so Jesus could get out. He could have gotten out any way He wanted. It was rolled away so we could see in and know that He had risen just as He said (Matthew 28:6). I love that! And isn’t that just like God to consider our “need to know” even while He was in the throws of raising Jesus from the dead? I was raised in a Christian home, where Easter meant celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. Easter baskets and egg hunts weren’t off-limits, but neither were they the focus of Easter morning in my childhood home. On that special Sunday, my family was up by 5 a.m., and my two younger brothers and I would put on our Easter finest—I always enjoyed that part of the “ritual” more than they did. Then we would climb in the backseat of our car. Dad would get behind the wheel, and the four of us would wait briefly on my mom, who would eventually land in the passenger seat, nearly breathless from the chaos of getting us all out the door. While Dad drove down the dark back roads to get us to the city park in time for the annual Community Sunrise service, Mom would say things to us kids like, “Jesus died for us—the least we can do is get up early one day a year for Him,” and, “If you two boys don’t behave, I’m going to put Becky between you.” It was still dark and chilly when we arrived at the park. As we walked huddled together from our car toward the top of the biggest hill in town, we could hear Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”
growing louder. That was because we were closing in on the record player that had the longest extension cord my brothers and I had ever seen. We commented about that cord, to each other, every year. Promptly at 6 a.m. the pastor began to read loudly from the Bible. He read about the death of Jesus and the burial of Jesus in the tomb that Joseph of Arimathea was kind enough to provide. Then he would shut his Bible, and we’d sing hymns, a cappella, while we waited for the sun to light the sky. “Amazing Grace” was sung every Easter. I imagine that was because it was one that almost everyone knew by heart. Before long, the sun conquered the darkness, and the pastor would open his Bible and read from the Gospel of Mark: Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ” — Mark 16:2-7 As the pastor closed his Bible, everyone standing on that hill in Greenfield, Indiana would say, “Amen!” And then we’d head home to have breakfast and hunt for our Easter baskets before going to the Sunday morning service at our local church. There’s no doubt that such family traditions enrich our personal journeys of faith. When I grew up and married Joel, the tradition of sunrise Easter services was continued on in the churches where he served as pastor. And when we became parents, attending sunrise service on Easter morning was the norm for our three sons. Participating in those “o’dark thirty” services – whether they were held outside at Sea World overlooking the lake, or inside a sanctuary resounding with the “Hallelujah Chorus” performed by a live orchestra and choir – brought us together and pointed us toward our living Savior and toward a world that hasn’t been the same since He left that tomb in Jerusalem. It’s been nearly 2,000 years since that stone was rolled away to show us death had not defeated Jesus. He is alive today, and He continues to bless the world in myriad ways – not the least of which is through all of us who have chosen to acknowledge the reason for that empty tomb. You don’t have to stand in that silent, stone cold tomb to understand what He did, but I have to admit, it’s overwhelming to stand there and know He got out. And perhaps it’s even more overwhelming to know He got out because He thought you and I were worth it. Let’s live like we believe that, too.
Becky and Joel Hunter at Jesus’ empty tomb.
NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED
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APRIL 11 - 18, 2009
VOLUME 10, ISSUE 15
World-renowned vocalist Wynonna coming to Northland.
In honor or memory of our loved ones.
No Wonder They Call Him Savior : by Max Lucado Were it a war—this would be the aftermath Were it a symphony—this would be the second between the final note and the first applause Were it a journey —this would be the sight of home Were it a storm —this would be the sun piercing the clouds But it wasn’t. NEXT WEEKEND: Dr. Joel C. Hunter | Elements of Salvation | The Body of Christ | Matthew 16:16-19
(Continued on back cover.)
What’s Happening This Week?
*Concurrent worship with other sites (cc) Child care provided (hi) Hearing-impaired interpretation
LONGWOOD SITE .............................................................................
MOUNT DORA SITE .............................................................................
Saturday, april 11
SUNday, april 12
4:00 pm 5:00 pm 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Prayer Meeting EASTER Worship Infants/Walkers Classes for 2 year olds Classes for 3’s - K’s Grade School Ministry EASTER Worship Infant/Walker – 3’s
SUNday, april 12
7:30 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 10:45 am 10:45 am 10:45 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
Prayer Meeting (cc) EASTER Worship* (hi) Infant/Walker – 3’s Transformers Study (cc) Connection Groups (cc) Financial Peace University EASTER Worship* Infant/Walker – 3’s Special Needs Class Singles Small Group EASTER Worship Infant/Walker – 3’s
Monday, april 13
9:45 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) Precepts Post Marriage 911 Study (cc) EASTER Worship Infant/Walker – 3’s Connection Groups (cc) Step Forward Ministry Faithful and True Men’s Group
TUESday, april 14 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:15 pm
GriefShare (cc) AMEN Divorce Care Praxis (cc)
Prayer Room Sanctuary Room 15 Room 15 Room 1 Rooms 2, 3 Sanctuary ECW
Prayer Room Sanctuary ECW 1116-18/SMCC 4205,4210 4206-7 Sanctuary ECW CWW 4206-8 Sanctuary ECW
1118/SMCC 4206-7 4205,8,9,10 4204
Family Care Counsel 2211 Helping Hearts F.Hall/SMCC O2 Rally SMCC Beth Moore Study (cc) 4204,6-7,8,15 Care Minister Training 4210 Ephesians: Life in Christ and in His Church 4213-15 Connection Groups 4128,4205,9,14
THURsday, april 16
6:00 am 6:30 am 6:30 am 6:30 am 10:00 am 12:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 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 Basic Christian Concepts Beginning Steps in Faith Sharing Life Stories Access Parent Support Group Blanket Ministry Divine Reflections Precepts Men’s Fraternity His Way
Friday, april 17
5:45 am 7:00 pm
Doulos Battle of the Bands
Saturday, april 18
9:00 am 4:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm 6:30 pm
Buddy Break Prayer Meeting Worship (cc) Infant/Walker – K’s Grades 1–5 LUGRox
TUESday, april 14
6:30 am 6:30 pm 7:00 pm
Men’s Bible Fellowship Bowling League Celebrate Recovery (cc)
Sanctuary Room 15 Youth Room Sanctuary Room 15 Room 15 Room 1 Rooms 2, 3 Sanctuary
WEDNEsday, april 15
9:00 am 10:00 am 6:00 pm 7:00 pm
Women’s Bible Study Homeschool Play Group Gathering 2:42 CREW352
Friday, april 17
Mount Dora Home Group
1111/SMCC 1118/SMCC 1104/SMCC 1116/SMCC 4212-14 1111/SMCC 5202/CWW 5203/CWW 5204/CWW 5106-7/CWW 4204 4208 4212-14 4128 F.Hall/SMCC
1101-1102/SMCC The Rink/SMCC
CWW Prayer Room Sanctuary ECW CWW SMCC
Rooms 2, 3 TBD F.Hall Sanctuary
OVIEDO SITE ............................................................................. SUNday, april 12
9:00 am EASTER Worship* 9:00 am Infants 9:00 am Classes for 2’s - 3’s 11:00 am EASTER Worship* 11:00 am Infants - 2’s 11:00 am Classes for 3’s
Monday, april 13
Auditorium 9-109 9-105 Auditorium 9-109 9-107
Harrington home Welday home
TUESday, april 14
6:30 am 7:00 pm
Connection Group (Men) NOCC The Life of Joseph (Couples) Wiest home
Thursday, April 16 7:30 am
Middle School Ministry Beach Day
Meet at NOCC
Friday, April 17 9:30 am
Discerning the Voice of God (Women) NOCC
WEST OAKS SITE ............................................................................. SUNday, april 12 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am
EASTER Worship* Infant Care Crawler Care Classes for 2’s – 3’s
WEDNEsday, april 15 7:00 pm
Saturday, april 18
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Men in the Word (Men) Lenten Study
What’s on the Web?
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Rooms 2, 3 Triangle Lanes, Mount Dora Calvary Chapel
7:00pm Lenten Study (Women) 7:30 pm Bible Study — 1 Corinthians
WEDNEsday, april 15
10:00 am 12:30 pm 6:30 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
9:00 am EASTER Worship* 9:00 am Infants/Walkers - 3’s 9:30 am CREW352 Youth Bible Study 11:00 am EASTER Worship* 11:00 am Infants/Walkers 11:00 am Classes for 2 year olds 11:00 am Classes for 3’s - K’s 11:00 am Grade School Ministry 6:00 pm UNITY
7:00 pm 4204-10 4213-15 4210 Sanctuary ECW 4206-7 4213-15 1118/SMCC
(ECW) Early Childhood Wing (CWW) Children’s Worship Wing (SMCC) Student Ministries and Care Center
Chapel 215 215 211
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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 email@example.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)
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, Inter-generational Leadership, Personal Ministry and Partnership. 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
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.
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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. Join us for LIVE Webstream Worship at www.northlandchurch.net.
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FOR ALL NORTHLAND WOMEN TO WORSHIP, BE ENCOURAGED AND CONNECT. Friday, May 8, 7 to 9 p.m. Student Ministries and Care Center, The Rink Special guest: Michelle Alexander
(from Northland’s Worship team)
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More info on page 11.
Cost: $5 per person. Purchase tickets online (www.northlandchurch.net) or at Northland’s bookstore.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Barbara Olsen, Director of Adult Equipping Newspaper Volunteers Becky Hunter, Editor-at-Large Jeff Hawkins, Photographer Sarah Hall, Photographer Bob Wegner, Photographer Rick Bradshaw, Photographer
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Registration deadline: April 29 Tuesdays, beginning May 5, 7-8:30 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing, room 5100
This Bible-based study will help strengthen your marriage, whether it is “running smoothly” or is “in need of repair.” More info on page 13.
Wynonna, William Paul Young Coming April 24-25 By Marc Mcmurrin Executive Director of Operations
any have asked, “How did you get Wynonna Judd to perform at Northland?” It is an interesting story. Northland strives to bring the best in a variety of genres for our arts series, which allows Northland to reach out to the entire community. Wynonna entered our radar last year when she was featured at GMA (Gospel Music Association), publicly talking about her faith and identifying her strength coming from the Lord throughout her successful career. Wynonna shared her desire to get back to her gospel roots, as she was becoming more of a crossover artist from country to gospel.
Bill Chapman Northland at Mount Dora Site Minister
Bread Received, Bread Given
ot long before He was to be crucified, Jesus referred to Himself as the “bread that came down from heaven.” He reminded His listeners of God’s supernatural provision of manna during four decades of desert wandering. The chosen people survived only by the gracious hand of God. And believers in Christ, celebrating Easter in 2009 A.D., survive solely on the one sacrifice of the Bread of heaven. Paul writes of the power of Jesus’ crucifixion: “Just as the result of one trespass [the sin of Adam] was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men” (Romans 5:18). Make no mistake; you and I are alive only because of Christ. The Bread from heaven was given, and we have received Him! How do we respond to such a great salvation? One way is to give bread back to people. There are many in our own community, both the chronically poor and the newly displaced poor, who have great physical needs, who need basic daily provisions. You and I can give back and make a difference in their lives. That is what the Mount Dora Love Collection is all about. Each week we bring an extra offering of
It came to our attention that William Paul Young, author of The Shack, had a strong connection with Wynonna last year when he spoke at Northland. Wynonna gave an endorsement on the back cover of his book, saying, “Reading The Shack during a very difficult transition in my life, this story has blown the door wide open to my soul.” Knowing these two were friends and William Paul Young Northland’s good relationship with William Paul Young, we felt we had an opportunity to bring them both the same weekend. Their agents were able to coordinate their busy calendars for a Wynonna performance on April 24 and a William Paul Young speaking engagement on April 25 – a real one-two punch! God truly orchestrated a number of circumstances in order to make this possible. Wynonna, a world-renowned vocalist and entertainer, has been awarded top female vocalist by the Academy of Country Music and has had 13 top 10 hits on the charts. Wynonna has been bringing her amazing voice, her inspirational stories, soul and good ol’ rock ’n’ roll to the masses for 25 years. Wynonna has made a career out of surprising her fans with music that transcends genres and touches the heart. She continues to surprise fans with her latest album, Sing: Chapter 1. If you are not a Wynonna fan yet, you certainly will become one after you hear this incredibly gifted artist live. Northland feels privileged to be the only church performance on her current tour. Wynonna’s management saw this concert at Northland as a welcomed opportunity to combine her music and faith in a performance setting. William Paul Young’s book, The Shack, was intended only as a Christmas gift for Young’s six children and a handful of close friends and initially printed just 15 copies of the book. Two of his close friends encouraged him to have it published and assisted with some editing and rewriting in order to prepare
food in keeping with the Love Collection theme for the month (April’s theme is fresh produce). Your offering is transported by caring volunteers to one of our local ministry partners. We currently support The Carpenter’s House for Children in Leesburg and Loaves and Fishes in Apopka. The “bread” you give will go to fill empty bellies, paving the way for empty spirits to be filled with the Good News of Christ. In Jesus’ earthly ministry, He met physical needs, and that opened the door to discuss the spiritual ones. We can do the same. This Easter season, give a little extra of your resources so the poor of our community can be well fed. Purchase a food item when you do your regular grocery shopping, and then bring it to the Mount Dora worship site on Sundays. The list of requested donations for April is included on this –John 6:51 page. Just as you have received the Bread from heaven, give back the bread of earth as a thank offering to Christ. What a great way to celebrate Resurrection Day!
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
Requested Donations – Fresh Fiesta Theme: Bananas Potatoes Beans Apples Lettuce Oranges Spinach Pears Bell peppers Grapes Tomatoes Melons Cucumbers Strawberries Celery stalks Corn on the cob Broccoli Carrots Cauliflower Onions >>> MOUNTDORA.NORTHLANDCHURCH.NET
the manuscript for publication. Rejected by 26 religious and secular publishers, Young and his friends published the book under the name of their newly created publishing company, Windblown media, in 2007. The company spent only $300 in advertising; word-of-mouth referrals eventually drove the book to number one on The New York Times trade paperback fiction best-seller list in June 2008 – where it has remained since. The Shack has taken the country by storm, with more than 6 million copies sold. Young states that The Shack is a metaphor for the places where you get stuck, you get hurt, you get damaged ... the thing where shame or hurt is centered. This Christian fiction story has reached the hearts of millions, which makes you search yourself and the Trinity throughout this riveting story. You do not want to miss this opportunity to see Wynonna and William Paul Young April 24 and 25. To get your tickets, go to our website (www.northlandchurch.net) and click “Events.” Additionally, I am pleased to announce that Northland has booked Steven Curtis Chapman for a concert on Saturday, November 21. Tickets are now available on our website. It has been more than two years since Steven Curtis Chapman has performed in Florida. He has had to be selective of performance opportunities since the tragic death of his adopted daughter last year. It is our hope that the Northland family will show a big outpouring of support for this incredible Christian artist, who humbly walks in faith before the Lord. Steven Curtis Chapman
“Let these children alone. Don’t get between them and me. These children are the kingdom’s pride and joy. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” — Luke 18:16 (The Message)
See page 14 for Mount Dora’s monthly
L VE COLLECTION Details: Ann South (email@example.com or 352-267-3388) or Sharlee Hollingsworth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gathering 2:42 WedNESDAY, april 15 6-8:30 p.m., FH/Sanctuary
An evening of food, fellowship, worship and prayer More info under BELONG on page 11. Details: Bill Chapman (bill.chapman@northlandchurch. net or 352-434-4116)
5 JEREMY JOBSON Northland at Oviedo Site Minister
he emotional experience of the disciples and other followers of Christ from the time of His arrest to His execution and then placement in the tomb must have been incredible. The pain, the fear, the loss, the confusion and the despair must have been overwhelming and crushing. What do we do now? Where do we go? What happened? We see a glimpse of the confusion and terror when Peter, who a short while earlier was proclaiming that he would “go both to prison and to death” for Christ, was now scrambling to deny any association with Christ at all, even to a servant girl. This rapid transformation is tragic and yet understandable if we are honest with ourselves. With grace and mercy, we can see our own frail faith and humanity in Peter, who was forced to confront his circumstances and their real implications on his safety and well-being now that his security, Christ, had been taken. Loss is a powerful change agent. Many of us have surrounding circumstances that seem too much to bear. We, too, are encircled by loss, of life, relationships, finances, employment, friends, power, security, safety, status and more. The result is often similar: We abandon our faith in the unseen, in those intangible core truths and
hopes that seem to be so far away from our present situation. We begin to trade them in for false assumptions, wavering realities and artificial predictions based on impending worstcase scenarios. As we do this, our responses become, as Peter displays for us, survival-based, self-preserving and protective. Herein lies one of the great errors I want to point out. We are called by Christ to die, as He did. There is no recipe for self-preservation here, no safety, no protection, only death! Complete death of self and flesh is the only pathway to the eternal life He offers. Let that sit on your heart and mind heavy for a moment. Is that what you signed up for? Did you think this was the end game of your Christian life? Are you aware of the destination of this path? See, Peter’s reaction, like our own, is false in its intention. Jesus calls us to pick up our cross and follow Him, to lay down our lives, leave everything behind, lose it all, to die (Matthew 10:39; 16:24)! There does not seem to be an option here. It is more of an imperative, a declaration about this new reality. Peter and the apostles tell us that we are to expect suffering in the name of Christ, but they also –John 11:25-26 (NASB) proclaim it as “a great joy to be counted worthy to do so” (Acts 5:41). They all died pretty rough deaths that included much suffering, but that somehow brought them greater joy? How did this change happen? Why were they so willing? Why did Christ tell them and us that? How is this the message of hope that changed the world forever? What are we missing? Please go and read all four Gospel accounts of the climax of this story (Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; and John 20, 21). Read them aloud to yourself or anyone you can. Listen to the words. Let them settle on your ears and your heart! Here is why: He is risen! What was lost was found; what was gone was returned; what was destroyed was rebuilt; what was killed was resurrected! The whole problem and dilemma of theirs and our existence changed! Peter’s fear and confusion had been met with something greater than he could comprehend. Everything was different now. It was there all along. Christ preached one
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
news@westoaks TOMMY NOVAK Northland at West Oaks Site Minister
A Beautiful Picture
Are there opportunities in your life when you can make a sacrifice for someone else that makes you more like the Person of Christ? Ask God to open your eyes to the needs of those around you, then be obedient when you see how you can help. The sacrifice Christ made for you on the cross came out of His love for you. If Christ said to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, and Christ showed us how, do you think God will use you in your neighbor’s life if you are willing to make a sacrifice? Remember, Easter is not the story of the end of Christ’s life, but the beginning of a new life in Him. The phrase “He is risen” means Christ is alive and at work in each one of you, if you invite Him in (Revelation 3:20). So how will you allow Christ to work in you? What sacrifices will you make because of Christ in you? Think of a person or situation that God has put in your heart, and begin to do whatever it is God’s leading you to do. If you need help finding a place to serve, our Fusion project is next weekend, April 18. Are you prepared to make a sacrifice if there is a need? There will be many opportunities to serve with others who are following Christ in our community, as more than 10 churches are involved. Go to the Serve Table to find out how to register and be a part of a team. Projects include construction, caring for and pampering young mothers at the Accept Pregnancy Center, feeding the homeless, prayer teams, car care, and even caring for children as their parents are serving. Because of so many opportunities, this would be a great weekend for everyone to plug in and serve. What a beautiful picture of the church being the church! Happy Easter to each one of you!
an you imagine the faces of the women, early that first Easter morning, as they saw the empty tomb of Jesus? What was the picture you woke up to this morning? Was it the kids sleeping soundly, or the sun coming up over the rooftops, or the early morning dew on the ground? Or was it the picture of the risen Christ alive in your thoughts? After experiencing all that Holy Week had to offer, Easter morning is the reality of the ultimate sacrifice that gives you power to live for Him every day of your life. “Sacrifice” is a word we use quite a bit, yet sometimes we say “sacrifice” when what we really mean is “offering.” Can you think of the last time you had to make a sacrifice? For some of you, it was this morning because of the situation you are in today. For others, sacrifice is a foreign concept. When Christ sacrificed Himself for you and me, He gave all He The resurrected Lord appears to Mary Magdalene could give! (Rembrandt, 1638, London, Buckingham Palace)
message the entire time He was here; it was one of the first things He spoke when He began His ministry (Matthew 4:17) and one of the last things He proclaimed when He ascended into heaven: “The kingdom of God is at hand!” In Acts 1, we see the description of Jesus’ last interactions with the disciples, the fuel for their fire. He tells them about the POWER that was coming, the Holy Spirit, and how by that power they were to go everywhere, as His witnesses, proclaiming this Good News that “the kingdom of God had arrived,” in Him. In Him, death was defeated, eternal life initiated. That sent them to the ends of the earth and, ultimately, to their deaths. They soon had tongues of fire fall on them, miraculous works performed by them and supernatural experiences happen to them. None of that was the focus, though. It was always Christ: crucified, resurrected and ascended! The same is true for us. All that surrounds us, all that consumes us, all that we focus on is nothing, good or bad, great or common, is rubbish, is trash, is crud (Philippians 3:8). “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). There is nothing that can compare to the eternal life in Christ, temporarily lived out here, regardless of circumstances, status or suffering. This is all but a vapor, here today, gone tomorrow (James 4:14). Eternity is not. He is not. The answer is not to try and change our circumstances, to pour all our time, money and resources into our effecting our situation. Want to fix your marriage, enjoy your work, be a better parent, live a more fulfilling life, or manage your finances well? Know Him! How do you do that? Study His Word, get in community and love more. The best part is we are supposed to do this together, reminding one another of His truth when it seems so far away. We need each other. The body of Christ is called to edify each other in the Word of God, spur one another on in love and good deeds, build each other up in the faith … and all the more as the day approaches. Paul sums it up this way in Philippians 4:11-12: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” We can do everything through Him who gives us strength – Christ! He is risen! Rejoice! >>> OVIEDO.NORTHLANDCHURCH.NET
Tools at Your Service!
Know someone (even if it’s you) who could use a hand with something?
More info on page 13. To make a request or join the team, contact Kip Conway (407-595-0008 or 321-460-2546).
Sunday School Classes For adults and middle schoolers sundays; info on pages 12 and 13. Dig into God’s Word while connecting with others. Topics will cover the Greatest Commandment, financial stewardship, and the book of John. Details: Derika Hacker (407-473-4537 or derika. email@example.com)
West Oaks FUSION PROJECT NEXT Saturday, April 18
Go to http://churchteams.com/ GroupFinder.asp to visit the website where you can find a group, or go to www. thechurchofwestorange.com and follow the link to the Fusion project, service project, April 18, and connect there. Details: Tommy Novak (352-989-7378 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Project Homeless Connect Provides Relief to Many BY SARAH MATTINGLY Northland Executive Assistant Service
ore than 300 clients. Nearly 230 volunteers. More than 40 providers. That’s what it took to make this year’s Project Homeless Connect an amazing and wonderful event! In the early morning, people started to line up outside, eagerly awaiting the opportunity to find relief from the practical and much-needed resources that were being offered on the other side of the doors to those in need. As the sun rose, The Rink was abuzz! Representatives from various organizations, agencies and ministries were busy setting up their tables and booths. Volunteers in red shirts were stationed at their various posts. There was a line outside the doors. We were ready to go! As clients filed into the fellowship hall, they were greeted with breakfast and hot coffee. Then each person met with one of our intake volunteers, who took down critical information and then got them connected to a “shepherd.” The shepherds were volunteers who became their “friends” for the event, showing them around the building, helping them navigate through all of the services so they could have their most pressing needs met. Government agencies and many local ministries were there to assist the homeless in meeting their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Services offered included IDs, birth certificates, Social Security cards, legal aid, medical triage, vision
Some of the volunteers helped check in the more than 300 clients.
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screening, vaccinations, information on pregnancy care, behavioral health, substance abuse assistance, clothing vouchers, long-distance phone calls, veterans assistance and more. Once they finished with those services, they headed down the hall to pick up a backpack and fill it with a plethora of donated items, including clothes, blankets, pillows and, most importantly, Bibles. After collecting all of the goodies, they made their way to the playground area for lunch. The weather was beautiful, and the clients and their shepherds enjoyed the time of fellowship, sitting out under the trees, partaking of a meal together. For an event that seems like it could be intimidating and humiliating, that was not at all the case. God was present from the moment people walked on site. People were smiling and encouraged. Walls between the homeless and others were broken down, and we all came together as one. We are grateful to Homeless Services Network of Central Florida for allowing us to host this event. Thanks be to God!
will attend and finally get his required ID. During Project Homeless Connect, I was constantly comparing his life to mine. I could easily obtain a new driver’s license or Social Security card by driving to the office, handing over the required fees, then walking out with my ID. He had neither the transportation nor the money. I remember when I had to get new cards after I got married and was annoyed at the time and effort that it took. For him, the effort would have been nothing compared to the relief of having a real ID. I was humbled as I thought about it. As we enjoyed our lunches, I ate at my normal, rather slow speed when I noticed that he had gobbled up twice as much food and was finished. When I sat with my husband for dinner that night, I wondered where and what my new friend was eating. He certainly was not at The Olive Garden like we were, savoring the delicious food. Later that evening, I snuggled beneath a soft blanket on clean sheets and speculated on where he was sleeping. I knew that he had gotten a blanket, sheets and a pillow, but were they on a bed in a safe environment? Did he have a roof over his head? He told me he was living in south Orlando, but did not share where that was. He had spent a couple of nights at The Coalition for the Homeless and the Orlando Rescue Mission, but was no longer there. He had only been in By Rebecca Carpenter Orlando for three weeks after coming from a northern state. Northland Member He had no job and had gotten some benefits in his previous state. Beyond that, he did not share much of his personal life, and I did not want to pry. It is easy to see a bedraggled soul by the side of the road with a cardboard sign begging for help and think that he should just get a job. However, when — Matthew 25:40 (NIV) you spend the day with someone, felt privileged to be able to serve and minister for the day. homelessness becomes very real and personal. When you The event brought the homeless into my life as I helped watch him go through a stuffed backpack of clothes, books, my first client maneuver through the system for over three and toiletries, your heart is touched. The backpack was old hours, which was rewarding. The man needed a new Social and dusty, but the contents were neatly placed inside with Security card, and while he ran into complications, it was many items in plastic bags. What would it be like to have all truly a humbling experience for me. of my material belongings compressed into one bag? The official birth certificate that he had was not enough His face continues to appear before me, and I pray that proof of ID, and without the Social Security card, he could the event made a difference in his life. I will never know not get a Florida ID, and without that, he could not get the what, if any, impact was made, but I do know that I was Social Security card, or apply for food stamps, get a job, rent changed. I will continue to pray for him and the others who an apartment, and other things. allowed us to get to know them. I will continue to find ways It was a vicious cycle as we collided with one barrier to help those who are hurting. In these difficult times that after another at place after place and back again. I tried to we are facing in our country and around the world, there are intervene on his behalf with each obstacle, but even though people everywhere who are homeless, facing homelessness, each person we encountered was kind and sympathetic, he or having financial difficulties. If each American looks around, or she could not change the rules. My client accepted the we will find many that we can assist in shelters or even in situation with quiet dignity, and one lady gave him hope our own neighbor-hoods. It may be by offering money, food, with information about an identity event the next week that clothing, or advice, but encouragement, a listening ear, and offers help to people with his complications. Hopefully, he prayer are also invaluable.
A Humbling Experience
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”
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)
(Check the website for more listings) May 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15th Street home repairs May 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meals Ministry, cooking team May 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meals Ministry, serving team May 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Local serving day, Sanford May 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Landscaping project, Deltona May 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harvest Time International May 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cooking, Coalition for the Homeless May 9 . . . . . . . Little Hands project, Northland at Longwood May 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15th Street home repairs May 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Minister to homeless, Orlando May 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Give Kids the World May 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cooking, Ronald McDonald House
Brazil 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 6-14 Indiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 14-20 Dominican Republic 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 21-29 Egypt 1/Spain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 23-July 5 Italy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 25-July 6 Mississippi 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 28-July 5 Ukraine 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 29-July 10 Swaziland 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 30-July 18 Egypt 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 1-16 Swaziland 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 2-July 14
BROWSE ALL PROJECTS AND TO REGISTER:
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. Details: Vanessa Puleo (407-949-7256 or vanessa.puleo@ northlandchurch.net)
Jamaica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 13–20 Germany/Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 28–August 9 Cuba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 11–18 Brazil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 10–17 Details: Corinne or Dusty Cooper (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-687-8543)
Swaziland 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 9-18 Sri Lanka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 10-20 Mississippi 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 11-18 Ukraine 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 16-27 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
Send Missionaries Birthday Blessings April 29 Alan Schutz 1320 Manchester Road Maitland, FL 32751 email@example.com
May 1 Kim Koi 1022 S. Lee Ave. Orlando, FL 32805 Kim.firstname.lastname@example.org
Lw = Northland at LONGWOOD
MD = Northland at Mount dora
OV = Northland at Oviedo
LW 24/7: THE GATHERING NO 24/7 APRIL 12 — HAPPY EASTER!
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 email@example.com)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
middle school ministry
high school ministry
LW Outreach, Worship, Teaching and Hangout Time
Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, The Rink. 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 email@example.com)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 email@example.com)
LW LUGRox (Living Under Grace Rocks!) NO LUGROX APRIL 11 — HAPPY EASTER!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com)
OV MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS’ SLEEPOVER
Friday, April 24, 7 p.m. to Saturday, April 25, 3 p.m. Call for location and other details: Erica Emler (407-687-8570 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
college ministry (For students age 18-25)
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LW College Gathering NO GATHERING APRIL 12 — HAPPY EASTER!
Sundays, 7:15 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, The Rink. Come and spend time in worship, prayer and the Scriptures.
LW Short Film Series
Sundays, beginning April 19, 7:30 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, The Rink. For six weeks, they will be watching short films after sharing dinner. Then they’ll break up into discussion groups to look at the different spiritual themes at work in each film.
middle & high school students
WO = Northland at west oaks
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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!
Today, we celebrate that Jesus rose from the dead. We thank Him for making a way for all who believe in Him to rise one day to a life in Heaven forever with God.
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Jesus’ resurrection happened when God raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus lives forever, and so will all who believe in Him! Bzzz. Bzzz.
Toad. Who’s there?
Today’s Buzzword is RESURRECTION! I heard it _____________ times. I think it’s important to God because
Toad-day is Easter!
Unscramble these letters to discover the reason we celebrate Easter.
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THE SECRET SYMBOLS OF EASTER Colossians 2:13-15; Mark 15:37-39; John 19:40-42; Matthew 28:1-7; 1 John 5:1 CROSS: Jesus died on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven and erased forever! PIECE OF TEMPLE CURTAIN: The purple-red temple curtain showed our separation from God. When Jesus died, it tore from top to bottom, showing we can now be with God. PIECE OF WHITE CLOTH: Jesus’ body was wrapped in a burial cloth sprinkled with spices. Smell the frankincense and myrrh on your cloth. STONE: The angel rolled the stone away from the tomb and said, “He has risen, just as He said He would.” EGG: The egg stands for new life. Anyone who believes in Jesus has a new life forever with Him.
Draw a picture of the empty tomb. Write JESUS IS RISEN above it.
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 11 VOLUNTEERS
for Saturday evenings!
Open your Easter egg! The meanings of the secret symbols inside your egg are in the honey on the opposite page. Use those symbols to tell others the Good News about Easter!
on Sundays at 6 p.m. Jennifer has a strong faith in God and a heart to share God’s Word with the children. This makes her a valuable part of our volunteer team. We love and appreciate you, Jennifer!
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Draw a line to lead the bees through the streets of Jerusalem to reach the empty tomb.
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We made heart necklaces to help us remember how God changed Saul’s heart to follow Him!
Hey there, why did you make that?
Search and circle each word you find that is a part of the Easter story.
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C B M A R Y S WORD BANK: GOD, CROSS, STONE, ANGELS, MARY, EMPTY, TOMB, JESUS, IS, RISEN
Just as Barnabas encouraged Saul, Ambassador Nofutu encourages Lieutenant Dan Sonicloud in Children’s Church.
Spring Equipping options Since the beginning of the year, many of you have participated in the new church-wide studies that have been launched: “Belong” and “In Me. In You.” While these studies will continue to be available at Northland’s website, there are many classes being offered during April and May in the areas of marriage and family, financial stewardship, foundations and general electives.
(CWW) Children’s Worship Wing (F.Hall) Fellowship Hall (SMCC) Student Ministries and Care Center
Name of the Class
Duration Start Date
Day Time Site
Called to Greater Things
Men at War
Live, Learn and Earn
Financial Peace University Personal Finances
Financial Peace University Personal Finances
Basic Christian Concepts
Eleana Gregory, Bob Ek
Beginning Steps in Faith
Sharing Life Stories
Marriage and Family
Marriage and Family
Marriage and Family
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Lesson Objective: • To cause participants to reflect on what they have gained through the exercise of discipline during this study. • To challenge participants to consider the importance of submission and obedience in their lives.
Optional Icebreaker: (5 minutes) When you were growing up, who cleaned the bathrooms in your house? Who took out the trash? Was there a hierarchy when it came to chores? How about in your home now?
Transition: This week’s focus is on submission and obedience. Submission involves other Christlike traits, like humility and honesty. Jesus Christ is our supreme example of submission. Though He was God incarnate, He was the ultimate model of humility. Of course, He is also the perfect example of obedience.
Interactive Learning: First let’s define our terms: • Submission is being willing to do God’s will. • Obedience is actually doing it. Richard Foster outlines several important areas of submission. Here are three of them: 1. Submission to the Trinity: Thomas à Kempis’ morning prayer summarizes this perfectly: “As thou wilt; what thou wilt; when thou wilt.” 2. Submission to Scripture: In order to submit to Scripture, we first have to engage with it in a personal way. 3. Submission to family: …in honor, preferring one another. How does each of these affect the other?
Bible Application: Divide your group into three teams. Assign one of the following passages to each group. Ask them to summarize their verses in their own words. When you bring the groups back together, have them share with the group. Then discuss the questions below.
1. Philippians 2:1-11 – submission to God How would you define submission to God? What makes submission to God’s will harder than it looks? What makes it desirable or attractive? 2. Psalm 119:9-16 – submission to Scripture What is the tone of this passage? How does the writer feel about God and His goodness? What are the most common roadblocks to submission to Scripture? 3. Ephesians 5:21-25; 6:2; Romans 12:10 – submission to family How does mutual submission work in a family? How do the attitudes described in these passages affect family dynamics? How do these passages allow or not allow for various perspectives on the roles of husbands and wives? Once we know God’s will, and are willing to do it, what things can hinder obedience to it? In a family setting, what are the distinctions between submission and obedience? What are the boundaries on submission in a fallen world?
Challenge: Give group members the opportunity to share what they have learned or experienced during this Lenten study. If you served together as a group, give group members time to share what they learned from that opportunity. Challenge group members to look for ways that God will teach them about submission and obedience in the coming week — in their personal lives, in their families, in their jobs, in their churches, etc.
Closing: Close with prayer, asking God to continue to keep discipline a priority in the life of each group member. Jesus, You are our shining example of submission, as You were obedient to the Father’s will, even to death. Teach us the meaning of obedience. Remove our weakness and shape us. Take our will and form it into Your own as You guide us in the path of righteousness. Amen.
Leader Connection Covered Dish Dinner Wednesday, April 22, 6 p.m. Northland at Longwood, Student Ministries and Care Center, Fellowship Hall
Current Connection Group leaders: Come share a meal with other leaders for an evening of inspiration and encouragement. Dr. Margi McCombs, Northland’s Executive Director of Equipping, will speak, and there will be plenty of opportunity for conversation. Bring food to share; beverages will be provided. Details and RSVP by April 18: Jennifer Raymond (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lw = Northland at LONGWOOD
MD = Northland at Mount dora
OV = Northland at Oviedo
LW STRUGGLING WITH HOMOSEXUALITY? (MEN) 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 (407-9497193, ext. 1788) LW SUPPORT FOR THE SEPARATED
Join others for ongoing encouragement and connection.
Connection Groups are ongoing groups that meet for friendship, worship, equipping and service. Some of these groups meet at a worship site, but most meet in homes across the community. While their locations, times and topics of study vary, the groups and their facilitators remain basically unchanged. Join a Connection Group online (www. northlandchurch.net), or contact Jennifer Raymond (407-937-1832 or jennifer. email@example.com).
These groups are a vital part of the health of the church, as they provide ongoing support through difficult times for specific life issues, such as addiction, divorce, illness or loss. LW BCAUSE—BREAST CANCER SURVIVAL Any woman touched by breast cancer desiring prayer, fellowship, information and/or encouragement, contact Susan Diener-Blando (321-972-4541 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
COPING WITH ADDICTIONS AND CODEPENDENCY Thursdays, 7 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. A Christcentered, 12-step program dealing 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 (407-599-9770)
DIVORCED AND WIDOWED WOMEN’S 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)
LW DIVORCED WOMEN’S SMALL GROUP
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 email@example.com)
Tuesdays, 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. Details and registration: Dorie Anderson (407-949-7152)
LW 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)
Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. Learn practical steps for healing, hope and reconciliation in the Lord following the painful journey of divorce. Details on qualification and assessment: Donna Delzingaro (407-937-1749)
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
Coming together around a single activity or shared trait, these groups meet for specific events, ongoing study or ministry to the community.
LW AMEN (A MEETING OF MEN)
Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., room 4206. Learn to apply God’s Word to real-life situations. Details: Dan Bogdan (407-702-5358 or danbogdan@ landscapeorlando.com) or Buzz Vincent (407463-9398 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
LW ART GROUP, DIVINE REFLECTION
Third Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., room 4208. Produce artwork based on a theme from God’s Word. This includes all the visual arts media. Details: Laura Bates (carpearte@aol. com or 407-622-6873)
LW BUSINESSMEN’S FRIDAY LUNCH
Fridays, noon to 1 p.m., e-mail for location. Learn how to apply scriptural principles to business through personal discipleship. Details: James Price (james.price@northlandchurch. net)
LW BUDDY BREAK
Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. Northland joins 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. Details and registration: Laura Lee Wright (407-937-0549 or email@example.com)
CENTRAL FLORIDA TRES DIAS MONTHLY SECUELA Saturday, May 30, 6:30 p.m., Northland at Longwood, Fellowship Hall. Join us for dinner if you’ve attended a fourth-day retreat, such as Via de Cristo, Cursillo, Walk to Emmaus, Kairos, Tres Dias, Crysalis or the Great Banquet. Bring a covered dish, and enjoy fellowship and worship. Details: Maria Penzes (407-937-0554 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
LW CONVERSATIONS (WOMEN)
Friday, May 8, 7 to 9 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, The Rink. Join other Northland women in worship, for encouragement and making connections. Guest speaker: Michelle Alexander (from Northland’s worship team). Cost $5. Child care not provided. Tickets can be purchased online (www.northlandchurch. net) or at the Northland Bookstore. Details: email@example.com
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WO = Northland at west oaks
LW EMPLOYMENT NETWORK
Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing, rooms 5106-7. Details: Christian HELP, 450 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry, (407-834-4022) Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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. email@example.com)
LW FLAG FOOTBALL
Saturdays, 10 a.m., Lyman High School practice fields. Coed. Details: Nathan Naversen (407-701-7577 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Friday, May 8, 11 a.m., Rock Springs Ridge Golf Club. Links Fellowship connects believing golfers throughout the world. Meet the second Friday of each month. Guest speaker is Beth Pry, president of MindLinks Golf, a mental performance coaching business in Orlando. Cost: $35 per person; food costs extra. RSVP by Tuesday, May 5. Details and reservations: Parks Reinhardt (407-880-9932 or linksfellowship@ cfl.rr.com)
LW LUNCHTIME STUDY GROUP (WOMEN)
Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m., First Watch restaurant on State Road 434, Longwood. Cindy Price leads this study, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, by Joanna Weaver. Details: Cindy Price (407-221-3981 or cindy@ cindyprice.com)
LW MOMS’ MORNING OUT
Pick one day a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Northland Early Learning Center. Drop off your 18- to 24-month-old for Moms’ Morning Out. Fee: $50 per month, includes registration and supplies. Details and registration: Pam Anderson (407-949-7179 or pam.anderson@ northlandchurch.net)
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 meetings and playgroup activities. Registration required. Child care provided during monthly meetings for infants to 5-yearolds. Details: www.northlandmoms4moms.com
LW MOTORCYCLE GROUP
All styles welcome. Must own a motorcycle and have a valid motorcycle license to participate. Details: Lori Cooper-Keith (407-381-2051) • Feed the Firefighters Run Saturday, April 18, 9:30 a.m., call for meet location. Departure: 10 a.m. The group will fellowship with the firefighters before making and serving them lunch. Ride donation is $5 per person. Register by Sunday, April 12. Details: Lori Cooper-Keith (407-381-2051)
LW ORPHAN CARE GROUP
First and third Thursdays each month, 7 p.m., room 4205. Connecting God’s Children Ministries is designed to connect the needs of God’s foster and orphaned children with people who want to help them. Details: Greg and Sheri Bell (407-617-1911 or email@example.com)
LW PAGE TURNERS
Third Tuesday of each month, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Special Needs/Cry room. Discuss a variety of classic and contemporary Christian books. Details: Sue Newman (407-830-5776)
LW SENIORS GROUP
Third Wednesday of each month, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. The April 17 meeting will feature Northland’s worship team. Bring nonperishable food items for the Pastoral Care pantry. Details and RSVP: Marilyn Casey (407273-2857)
LW SINGLE ADULT MINISTRIES Fourth Sunday of each month, 4 to 6 p.m., room 4206. Join for worship, prayer, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Liza Johnson (email@example.com), Dave Mullen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or general information (NorthlandSAM@yahoo.com). Leave questions on the singles info line (407-949-7172). Learn more: christiansocial.meetup.com/189/. LW SINGLES SUNDAY MORNING CLASS Sundays, 10:45 a.m., room 4210. Study: The Holiness of God, by R.C. Sproul. Details: Lisa Edwards (GodsGirl0202@yahoo.com) LW SOCCER
Fridays, 8:15 p.m., Red Bug Lake Park. No teams, no positions and no practices — just fun for ages 18 and up! A $2 donation requested. Details: Mike Cannavo (407-359-0191)
Saturdays, 8 a.m., Red Bug Lake Park. Details: Jeff Rossmeissl (407-489-6096)
LW THIRD VERSE (AGE 60 AND UP) (WOMEN)
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)
LW WHAT IF
Mondays, beginning April 20, 7 p.m., room 4209. Join this four-week group, which will inspire us to be the community God calls us to become. Details: Mark Neujahr (407-463-4443 or email@example.com)
LW WORD WEAVERS
Second Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. Details: www.wordweaversonline.com
MD BOWLING LEAGUE Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Triangle Lanes, Mount Dora. Join us for Moonlight bowling. All ages are welcome. Details: Jeff Young (205-3329931 or firstname.lastname@example.org) 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) 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. email@example.com) MD SMALL CHILDREN/HOMESCHOOL PLAY GROUP Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, location alternates; call for details. Details: Michele Pruitt (352-408-3909) OV BREAKFAST IN THE COURTYARD Sunday, April 26 following the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services, in the Courtyard. Join them for fellowship and tour the Children’s Ministries
Lw = Northland at LONGWOOD
classrooms. Meet those who teach and find out what’s new in the Children’s Ministries and Student Ministries. Details: Amanda Hartley (407-222-7374 or amanda.hartley@ northlandchurch.net)
OV DISCOVERING GOD’S WILL (WOMEN) Mondays, beginning April 13, 7 p.m., home of Laurie Jean Harrington. Join in this group study by Andy Stanley as they learn to determine God’s vision and purpose for their lives. Details: Laurie Jean Harrington (lauriejean2@bellsouth. net or 407-977-6742) WO WEST OAKS PLAY GROUP Join us for fellowship and fun. Details: Sara Sundermeyer (407-575-6178 or scostantini@ hotmail.com) or Kimberly Fulmer (407-6563008 or firstname.lastname@example.org) 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)
MD = Northland at Mount dora
LW 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 (407-756-9060 or email@example.com)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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)
ADULT BIBLE STUDIES LW JAMES
Sundays, 10:45 a.m., room 4209. Study: book of James. Learn to be patient, to make peace instead of trouble and to practice what Scripture teaches. Details: Sharon Ferreira (email@example.com)
Bible studies and opportunities to help you explore your faith and know God.
BAPTISM LW ADULT BAPTISMS Sunday, May 17, 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 in Jesus Christ (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. firstname.lastname@example.org) LW CHILD BAPTISMS
Northland recommends the Steps for Young Believers course for children prior to baptism, but it is not mandatory. For information about grade-school student baptisms, contact Diane Jones (diane. email@example.com or 407-9497188).
LW INFANT BAPTISM/DEDICATION CLASS
Saturday, May 16, 7 p.m., rooms 42067. Child care is available upon request. Details: Diane Jones (407-949-7188 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
PRAYER LW CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES PRAYER TEAM
Pray weekly from your home for needs in Children’s Ministries. Details: Carol Moss (email@example.com or 407949-7180)
LW JOHN, PART 2 — PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT
Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 4212-14. This (14-week) Precept study uses a workbook and requires five hours of homework a week. Details or to order a workbook: Geri Anderson (407-331-6760 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
OV 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 lives. Details: Dave Welday (407-366-1886 or dwelday@ nextgeninstitute.com)
WO THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT: LOVE Sundays, 10:30 a.m., conference room. Join us as we look at the greatest commandment from God’s perspective. Details: John Hammerstein (email@example.com or 407-877-8896)
OV = Northland at Oviedo
bookstore. • Mondays, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., rooms 4206-7. Child care available. Details and registration for child care: Renee Shoemaker (firstname.lastname@example.org or 407628-7068) • Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., rooms 42067. Child care available. Details: Cherrie Rowe (email@example.com or 407-322-6850) • Thursdays, beginning April 16, 6:30 to 9 p.m., home of Robin Kendall. Details and reservations: Robin Kendall (321-662-5039 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
LW DANIEL, A BETH MOORE STUDY
Thursdays, 10 a.m., Casselberry. Details: Millie Barnes (407-388- 1429 or milliebarnes@ hotmail.com)
ESTHER: IT’S TOUGH BEING A WOMAN, A BETH MOORE STUDY Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 617 Woodridge Road, Fern Park. Details and reservations: Dorie Anderson (407-949-7152)
Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Longwood. Details: Sharon Fussell (407-830-7740)
LW REVELATION — PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT
Mondays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., rooms 4213-15. Study: Revelation, Part 1. Child care is available upon request. Workbook, $23.50. Details and registration: Melody Ringenberg (email@example.com or 407-884-9794)
MD LIVING BEYOND YOURSELF, A BETH MOORE STUDY Wednesdays, 9 to 11 a.m., rooms 2, 3. A study that explores the fruit of the Spirit. Child care is available. Child care is available. Details: Deborah Balic (407-832-9171) or Frances Merritt (407-554-0076)
CHILDREN’s bible studies OV WHO IS JESUS-SECOND TO FIFTH GRADE
Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Cox home. Third of a four-part study designed to teach children more about the core truths of the Christian faith, taught by the Grade School teachers. Details and RSVP: Michelle Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org, 407718-5510 or children’s check-in desk)
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES LW ANOINTED, TRANSFORMED, REDEEMED
A study by Beth Moore, Kay Arthur and Priscilla Shirer. Workbook available at the Northland
LW Beginning Steps in Faith Thursdays, April 16 through May 21, 7 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing, room 5203. A six-week study for anyone who has accepted Christ but wants to explore ways to grow in his or her faith and spiritual journey. Details: Edwina Terman (email@example.com or 407-461-6980) 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)
Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 4209-10. A 13week session in which individuals who have been through a divorce can experience spiritual growth and personal healing. Preregistration 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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
LW DIVORCECARE FACILITATORS TRAINING
Facilitators are needed to work alongside the DivorceCare ministry. Learn to help those who are currently experiencing the pain of divorce find healing. Contact Elaine for an application and more information on training. Details: Elaine Harland (407-949-4002 or elaine. email@example.com)
LW ephesians — Called to Greater Things: Life in Christ and in His Church Wednesdays, April 15 through June 30, 7 p.m., room 4215. Study of Ephesians. Details: Diana Oxford (firstname.lastname@example.org) LW Financial Peace University
• Sunday, April 26, 9 a.m., room 4209. Preview class for Dave Ramsey’s biblically based program to manage money. • Thursdays, beginning May 7, 7 p.m., room 4210. A 13-week class. Cost for materials: $99. Registration required. Details and registration: Rich or Jana Haussmann (407333-0960 or email@example.com)
Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 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.” Choose “Service group” from the drop-down menu and “Jail Ministry Training” will be listed in the search. Then just join the group. Details: Jail Ministry voice mail (407-949-4007)
LW LEARN TO SPEAK CHINESE
MEN’S BIBLE STUDIES Thursdays, 6:30 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1118. Join this open-forum discussion on the book of Isaiah: 45 minutes of study, and 15 minutes of prayer. Details: Ron Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org)
explanations of basic Christian teachings. Details: Bob Ek (email@example.com)
LW JAIL MINISTRY ORIENTATION/TRAINING
WO JOHN Sundays, 10:30 a.m., Northland at West Oaks sanctuary. Join others in studying “John: Theology in the Real World.” Details: Derika Hacker (407-473-4537 or derika.hacker@ northlandchurch.net)
WO = Northland at west oaks
Classes and training to help you mature in your faith and equip you to serve.
ADULTS LW Basic Christian Concepts
Thursdays, April 16 through May 21, 7 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing, room 5202. A sixweek study for anyone seeking a relationship with God and wanting to discover biblical
Sundays, 1:30 to 3:15 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing, rooms 5202-9. Beginner and mid-level classes available. Cost: $100 for textbooks and activity fees for one semester. Details: Jin Guiying (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Linan An (email@example.com)
LW Live, Learn and Earn Sundays, April 19 through April 26, 11 a.m., room 4204. Learn to respond to financial crises and to connect with others for encouragement and resources. Details: Althea Pemsel (firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-929-1592)
Lw = Northland at LONGWOOD
MD = Northland at Mount dora
LW MARRIAGE 911
Mondays, 7 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. Marv and Linda Rooks lead this 12-week course for troubled marriages. Child care is available. Child care registration: Morgan Perun (morgan.perun@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1757); details and registration: Linda Rooks (407-644-8619)
LW MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT
Tuesdays, beginning May 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing, room 5100. A 14week, Bible-based study to help strengthen or repair your marriage. Registration deadline: April 29. Handbook cost: $15 per couple. Child care is available. Details and registration: 407-9494000, ext. 1761, or northlandmarriageministry@ hotmail.com
LW Peacemaker Class
LW SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN AND TEENS
Serve your local community
Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 4128. Study: Men’s Fraternity: The Quest for Authentic Manhood, developed by Dr. Robert Lewis. Details: Tom Horvath (email@example.com) or Gerald Jones (Gwjones01@aol.com)
Men at War: Addressing the Battles Men Face Sundays, beginning April 19, 11 a.m., room 4213. Workbook required — $10 in Northland’s bookstore. Details and registration: Kevin Hooper (firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-2772362)
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 email@example.com)
LW Sharing Life Stories
LW WOMEN’S STUDY
Every other Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Riverbend Boulevard area, Longwood. Study: Conversation Peace: The Power of Transformed Speech, by Mary Kassian. Details: Dana Bates (407-5746386) or Stephanie Wattles (407-880-8446)
Sundays, April 19 through May 31, 9 a.m., room 4210. This class will explore the methods and myths of being a stepparent. Details: Doug Hubbard (firstname.lastname@example.org or 407695-5100)
WO Discover God’s Way of Handling Money
Sundays, through May 24, 10:30 a.m., fellowship hall. Learn the profound impact managing your money has on your relationship with God. Details: Zack Fulmer (zack.fulmer@ ronblue.com)
STEPS FOR YOUNG BELIEVERS (GRADES 2 – 5) AND THEIR PARENTS These courses in basic discipleship include classroom sessions and daily at-home devotionals. Sundays, 4 to 5:45 p.m. Materials cost for each class: $5. Registration is required. Details and registration: Teri Grayson (407-9497148 or email@example.com • STEP 1—BECOMING A PART OF GOD’S FAMILY: April 19 to May 10. Focus: Salvation and assurance. Includes Communion instruction. • STEP 2—THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: April 26 to May 24. Focus: Jesus’ Life A-Z, a basic discipleship theme and learning about the life of Christ. Baptism offered at end of course. • STEP 3—LIVING BY THE BOOK, “C-ING” MY WAY THROUGH THE BIBLE: April 26 to May 31. Focus: To develop skills in exploring the Bible.
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 pursuing sexual integrity. Workbooks are available at Northland’s bookstore for $17. Details and registration: Bryce Hagedorn (407227-3072 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kevin Urichko (407-949-7166 or kevin.urichko@ northlandchurch.net)
Sundays, assist during the 11 a.m. worship service. Details: Laura Lee Wright (407-9370549 or email@example.com)
LOCAL SERVICE PROJECTS Connect to serve! For a project list and registration, visit www.northlandchurch.net. More info on page 6. Details: Vanessa Puleo (firstname.lastname@example.org or 407949-7156)
LW BLOOD DRIVE
Saturday, May 2, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 3, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Monday, May 4, 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. Give blood and save lives! Details: Susan Cholewa (email@example.com)
LW COVERING CARE BLANKET
First Saturday of each month, 3 to 4:30 p.m. or 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 JAIL MINISTRY
Opportunities to serve.
Ushers, greeters, child care workers and more are needed at all worship sites. Longwood: Volunteer Central Calvie Hughson firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-937-1831 Mount Dora: Bill Chapman email@example.com or 352-434-4116 Oviedo: Amanda Hartley firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-222-7374 West Oaks: Derika Hacker email@example.com or 407-949-7191
LW EASTER WEEKEND VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are needed during Easter services to meet and greet congregants or hand out newspapers. No experience necessary. Training will be provided. Details: Susan Cholewa (407-9370544 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
LW MEDICAL FIRST RESPONDERS
During worship services and special events. BLS trained or medical professionals, especially EMTs, are needed. Details: Susan Cholewa (407-9370544 or email@example.com)
LW SINGLE MOTHERS OPPORTUNITY
Help create a single mothers’ group—lead or be part of a core team. Call for an application and interview. Details: Elaine Harland (407-9494002 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Find other ways to serve in your community at servebeyond.northlandchurch.net.
Come together for a single service project or an ongoing cause.
• Minister to inmates in Seminole County or Orange County jails during Sunday 9 a.m. worship. • Celebrate Recovery for women, Thursday afternoons. • Assist women with long-term planning. • Prayer team. • Pen pals. Training provided. Details: Jail Ministry voice mail (407-949-4007)
WO = Northland at west oaks
LW MEN’S STUDY
Sundays, April 19 through May 24, 9 a.m., rooms 4206-7. Study Ken Sande’s book The Peacemaker and become more effective in your life and Christian service. Details: Nita Zelenak (Nita_Zelenak@ntm.org or 407-547-2403)
Thursdays, April 16 through May 21, 7 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing, room 5204. A sixweek study to enable you to learn to tell the stories of God as you share your own life stories in all of your relationships. Details: Patty Sattler (email@example.com or 407-687-6265)
OV = Northland at Oviedo
Saturdays, except the fifth Saturday of the month. Share your pets with people in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, etc. Details: Becky Yeager (firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-699-4903)
LW phone VolunteerS
Weekday volunteers are needed at Northland at Longwood to answer phones and greet visitors. Flexible hours. Details: Kevin Donaghy (407-9371831 or email@example.com)
LONGWOOD HEALTH CARE CENTER OPPORTUNITY 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)
MD VOLUNTEER AT THE CARPENTER’S HOUSE FOR CHILDREN This center in Lake County is home to 16 abandoned, displaced and medically needy children, ranging in age from 2 to 19 years. There are many opportunities for involvement. Details: Ann South (south4@ comcast.net or 352-267-3388) or www. thecarpentershouseoflakecounty.com OV GOOD SAMARITAN Serve someone in need in your community through meal deliveries. Details: Maggie Jobson (firstname.lastname@example.org) WO TOOLS AT YOUR SERVICE
Know someone (even if it’s you) who could use a hand with household chores? No job is too big or too small. This team of volunteers will fix, repair, paint, move furniture and do other tasks. To make a request or join the team, call Kip Conway (407-595-0008 or 321-460-2546).
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) Adoption Information Meeting Tuesday, April 21, 7 to 9 p.m., Adoption by Shepherd Care, 2911 Lakeview Drive, Fern Park. Details and registration: Dee Robertson (407-265-9599) BIBLE STUDY FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL (BSF) September 8, 2008, to 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) 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 email@example.com) 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. FITNESS MINISTERS CERTIFICATION CLASS May 8 to 9, Life Christian University, Tampa. Use your passion for exercise and/or skills as a trainer to help people in the church. Details: Michael Echevarria (407-529-4512) 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 Florida for the most current info on resources. Details: HSN (407-893-0133 or www.hsncfl.org)
Lw = Northland at LONGWOOD
lecture — is america a christian nation? Thursday, April 16, 5 p.m., Rollins College, Bush Auditorium. Lecture by nationally recognized author Mark Pinsky. Details: John Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org) mayor’s Job Fair (CFEC.org) Wednesday, May 20, 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 preregister, get job fair tips, research the companies listed, get directions or search Central Florida’s Online Job Board. Details: Christian HELP (407-834-4022) revival — JUST GIVE ME JESUS Friday, April 24, 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 25, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville. Speakers include Anne Graham Lotz and Jill Briscoe. More information: www.annegrahamlotz.com/events/just-giveme-jesus/jacksonville-florida/ or 904-379-2084. WORLDVIEW SEMINAR Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Killarney Baptist Church, just off I-4 at the Fairbanks exit in Orlando. Program for age 8 to adult. Cost before April 24 is $10, or pay $15 at the door.Scholarships available. Details: Denise Carr (email@example.com or www. worldview101.com)
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, 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.
MD = Northland at Mount dora
com) or www.cbmc.com; Thursday details: Steve Doerr (321-274-7072) or Jay Stauf (407506-6737)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 crisis with separation and/or divorce. Offering encouragement through prayer, discussion and general upliftment. Details: Sandy Isaacs (407272-7522 or email@example.com) Luncheon Thursday, April 30, noon to 1 p.m., Home Builders Association headquarters, 544 Mayo Ave., Maitland. Becky Hunter, wife of Pastor Joel Hunter, will address the theme of “Celebrating the Power of a Woman Within Her Family.” The event is sponsored by Common Threads, a community of interfaith women. There is no charge. RSVP to CommonThreads09@aol.com. MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS) First and third Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m., east/central Orlando. Meet other moms
OV = Northland at Oviedo
WO = Northland at west oaks
and get refreshed. Details: Jackie Howe (407281-9276 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Care Center. Details: Gretchen Kerr (407-9497190 or email@example.com)
Women of Prayer Removing Mountains Conference Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., First Baptist Church, Winter Park. Vonette Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, will be featured, along with the well-known group Avalon. Tickets are $45 and include lunch. Details and registration: 407-644-3061, ext. 216, or www.fbcwp.org
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-267-3388) or Sharlee Hollingsworth (email@example.com)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-522-4797
stewardship Ways for you to give of your treasure (Matthew 6:19-21).
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 1792, Longwood (407-260-9155).
Christian and classic children’s books as well as parenting and marriage books are needed for Northland’s library. Details: Bethany Durys (Bethany.Durys@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0541)
LW Nonperishable food items can be placed into the designated wooden boxes in the lobby and in the Student Ministries and
OV BOYS TOWN has donation buckets 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 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). 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 (email@example.com) or Mary Lo Pall (mpall@ universalengineering.com) bed sheets and pillowcases 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). It also needs pressure-washing equipment, power tools, and hand tools. Details: Erik Robinson (407-323-5857 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Looking for the job listings? You can find them at jobs.northlandchurch.net.
Joel C. Hunter Scholarship Award Offered
he Joel C. Hunter Scholarship, in an amount up to $5,000, was created in 1998 to honor Dr. Hunter’s teaching and leadership. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist those training in the arts, theology or any other discipline that could be dedicated to ministry consistent with the distributed church model. Northland’s Foundation for the Arts and Education is now accepting applications for the 2009 award. Completed application packets must be received by Friday, May 15 for consideration. Recipients will be notified by Friday, June 19. Northland News will provide bios of this year’s scholarship recipients in an upcoming issue. At your request, an application will be mailed to you that will provide you with all the details. To receive your application, call the church office. Details: Stephen Thomas (407-949-7185 or email@example.com) “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” — 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
............................................................................................................... As of april 6, 2009 Electronic giving is available at the kiosks located in the foyer or online at www.northlandchurch.net. Offering envelopes are available at all giving boxes and can also be mailed to your home for convenience. Evangelical Council for Details: Twila Roberts (407-949-4000) Financial Accountability ............................................................................................................... TITHES and OFFERINGS This Week This Quarter This Year Need $240,000 $240,000 $3,360,000 Received $214,882 $214,882 $2,984,420 Surplus / (Deficit) ($25,118) ($25,118) ($375,580) * *Shortfall is currently being covered by reserve fund. ............................................................................................................... BUILDING FUND This Week This Quarter This Year Need $41,200 $41,200 $576,800 Received $29,199 $29,199 $399,833 Surplus / (Deficit) ($12,001) ($12,001) ($176,967) LOAN BALANCE is currently $20,240,833 ............................................................................................................... ATTENDANCE for weekend of April 4 to 6, 2009 Northland at Longwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,903 Northland at Mount Dora . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227 Northland at Oviedo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 380 Northland at West Oaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Northland Webstream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,684 at 971 sites Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,381 at 975 sites
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 / email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Frances Merritt, Site Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-554-0076 Cell: 352-409-7777 or email@example.com John Tucker, Setup/Takedown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321-438-9961 firstname.lastname@example.org Ann South, Carpenter’s House for Children . . . . . . 352-267-3388 email@example.com Kitty Merritt, Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352-589-1770 Tanya Carpenter, Children’s Ministries . . . . . . . . . 352-735-3832 firstname.lastname@example.org Marilyn Faber, Celebrate Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . 352-357-0983 email@example.com Brent Williams, Youth Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . 407-754-4428 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com Amanda Hartley, Site Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-222-7374 firstname.lastname@example.org Erica Emler, Student Ministries Coordinator . . . . . 407-687-8570 email@example.com Michelle Smith, Children’s Ministries . . . . . . . . . . 407-718-5510 firstname.lastname@example.org Kathy Franz, Boys Town Liaison . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-415-7678 Prayer — For prayer requests or to join the Oviedo prayer team contact Amanda Hartley (email@example.com) Good Samaritan Ministry — Help someone who really needs it, right now! Sign-up and details: Maggie Jobson (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com Derika Hacker, Children’s Coordinator . . . . . . . . . 407-473-4537 firstname.lastname@example.org Lou Amadori, Setup/Teardown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-493-7343 email@example.com John & Maxine Hammerstein, Prayer Coordinators . 407-877-8896 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
governing elders ...........................................................................
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:
EASTER A Grave Error
John 20:11-17 (NASB)
But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’”
Northland’s bookstore recommends these books that relate to this week’s foci: SERMON RESOURCES • Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in Everyday Life, by Eugene H. Peterson • The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection, by Lee Strobel • Evidence for the Resurrection: What It Means for Your Relationship With God, by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell • Jesus: Dead or Alive?: Evidence for the Resurrection Teen Edition, by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell • Jesus Is Alive!: Evidence for the Resurrection for Kids, by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell • Evidence for the Resurrection, a pamphlet by Rose Publishing For children: • Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs, by Melody Carlson • Bible for Me: Easter, by Andy Holmes
Worship focus: ................................................................................................................................................
Worship Christ today as our risen Lord. The cross is the ultimate symbol of God’s love. The empty tomb is the ultimate symbol of His power. Through Christ’s death He defeated sin; through His resurrection He defeated death and hell. Because He lives, we have the hope of eternity.
Bibles are 25% off every day at Northland’s bookstore.
Summary prayer: ................................................................................................................................................
“O God, by the passion of Your blessed Son You made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of Your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” (Book of Common Prayer, 200)
REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR BIBLE TO WORSHIP SERVICE
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Easter Lilies In honor or memory of our loved ones.
Those who have purchased lilies may pick them up at the Welcome Center, 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.
In Honor of:
Amber and Autumn by Barb Petschel Edna Bennett by Chris and Michelle Straub Bea Buoni by Rachel Sandy Duda, our mom and grandma, by Christy, Michelle, Andrea and our families Kayla Grace Hall by Mommy and Daddy Barbara Jean Hansen by April and Rodney Hedrick Our parents, Betty and Wendell Hirt and Vve and Jim Galloway, by Mark and Wendy Nation The Marions by Amy and Martin Barrett Ruby Marks by Rachel Eleanor Mischuck by the Rick Baxley family Grandma and Grandpa Moose, Happy 70th wedding anniversary, by Matthew, Kristen and Skylar Osteen The Stockbridges by Amy and Martin Barrett Robin Tinsley by Katelyn Tinsley Lola Van Zandt by Chip and Rich Tubbs Shirley Veon by Kathy Veon Norbert and Phyllis Wacker by John Wacker
In Memory of:
Anne-Lise by the Tinsley family Robert Ahlers by the Garrison family Harry L. Barbay by Chad, Kathy, Lauren, Brad and Morgan Barbay Richard and Margaret Beitel by Richard W. and Peggy B. Straw Kirk A. Bennett by Aunt DeAnna and Anthony Robert Bennett by Chris and Michelle Straub David Bosco by Mom and family Carolyn Brancart by Debbie Durham, Terri Rein and Steve Jim Britton by his wife and sons Shane Britton by his mom and brothers Nick Casiello by Dede Caruso Robert Chick by the Chicks and McLennans Jenn Collins by her mother, Barb Perkins Marie Corneliusen by Ron and Sue Lawton
Edna Cox by Armand and Linda Dauplaise Beverly and Bob D’Agostino by their daughter Donna Dishman Rene and Esther Dauplaise by Armand and Linda Dauplaise Barbara Davis by Debbie Durham, Terri Rein and Steve Louise Del Rocco by the Laney family Alice S. Desabrais by Doug and Gail Desabrais Mr. and Mrs. Carmen DeStout Jr. by Donna Delzingaro Paul and Clyde Divver by Joe and Rita Divver Richard Divver by Joe and Rita Divver Don Doebler by Laura and Terry Saalmann Chad Dumont by Anne-Marie Ferraro Mildred R. Eastwood, mom, by Carolyn and Barbara Eugene Field by the Field and Mitchell families Jean Ferrini by the Field and Mitchell families Jean Field by the Field and Mitchell families Victoria Fletter by Aunt Lorenna, Uncle Bill, Lauren and Matthew Leah Folker by Irvin and Susan Snodgrass Arthur Garrison by the Garrison family Helen and William Garrison by the Garrison family Karen Garrison by the Garrison family Preston and Lorene Gaston by Mandy Fies Vance Gordon by Jan Gordon Nicky Guerrera by the Field and Mitchell families Eric Guy, daddy, by Amy, Selena, Kylie and Caden J.C. Hansen by April and Rodney Hedrick George Harms by Dee, Nicole, Lisa, Alex and Kayla John and Hermena Lovelace by Doug and Gail Desabrais Brunilda Hernandez by Alma, Bruno, Maria, Nydia, Omar and Aubrey Ruth Hewitt by Margie Burden Clara Hicks by Mike, Pam, Lindsey and Ty Schreffler Tyrus Hicks by Mike, Pam, Lindsey and Ty Schreffler Gene Hinton by Dana, Gary and Jade Hinton Greg Husmann by Lisa and Larissa Evert and Esther Idema by John and Sandra Vick Sue Janeski by Dana, Gary and Jade Hinton My father, Ronald H. Johnson, by Christine Johnson My mother, Vera Ruth Johnson, by Christine Johnson Ruth Katauskas by the Katauskas family Stanley and Skip Kellogg by Ami Colee Perry Kemp, grandpa, by Chad and Seow Moody Frank and Marie Kocsis by Marie Strickland Tim Lallathin by Pam, TJ and Tiffany Lallathin Mitzie Lang by the Stram family Jim Langston by Chip and Rich Tubbs Warren Loller by the Katauskas family Terry Lorah by Joe and Rita Divver Travis Lovelace by Doug and Gail Desabrais Beulah Mackey by the Katauskas family Ruth Madison by Donna Coulantes Clara and Wayne Martz by Tammy Barnes Donnie Meadows by Laura and Terry Saalmann
Mary and Alfons Minko by the Garrison family Ted E. Mischuck by the Rick Baxley family Mom, Dad and Greg by Dave, Cindy, Jessica and Sean My mom, Couranna, by her loving daughter Anne-Marie Ferraro Maebelle Iris Nall by Suzette, Keith and Macy Elizabeth Nordbeck by Karen and Bruce Nordbeck Lloyd Nordbeck by Karen and Bruce Nordbeck Delores Odishoo by Kim Odishoo Ethel Perricone by Marie Strickland Myrna Reiter by Dee, Nicole, Lisa, Alex and Kayla Bill and Pat Richardson by Lynn Richardon My loving sister, Andrea Ridley, by Al Mackay My precious son, James Richardson, and Kelley Reagan by Julie Beasley James Richardson by Katelyn Tinsley LeRoy C. Robb by the Laney family Mrs. Eileen Schmitz by Greg Schmitz Jacob Siegrist by Mommy, Daddy, Lauren and Matthew William Siegrist Sr. by Bill, Lorenna, Lauren and Matthew Josephine Slencak by Kathy Veon James Stephen Snodgrass by Irvin and Susan Snodgrass Wendell and Greggory Snodgrass by Shirlee Snodgrass and family Michael A. Spano by Ralph and Sharon Spano Jeanne Squires by Jolene Burns John Stephenson by Kathy Veon Jean Stillinger by Heather Squires Fred Stram by the Stram family Marge Stram by the Stram family Rita Straub by Chris and Michelle Straub Lloyd W. and Norine K. Straw by Richard W. and Peggy B. Straw Maryann Strickland by Marie Strickland Michael Sunner by his children and grandchildren Barry Switzer by Chad, Kathy, Lauren, Brad and Morgan Barbay Marguerite VanTassel by Kathy Veon John and Doris Vick by John and Sandra Vick Vergie and Clyde Warner by Marilyn W. McKenzie William (Bill) by Barb Petschel Lauren Williams by the Laney family Dottie “Nana” Winkler by the Roger Wall family Billy Yaeger by the Field and Mitchell families Annie Young by Donna Coulantes Arthur Zang by Karen and Bruce Nordbeck Mildred Zang by Karen and Bruce Nordbeck John Zimmerman by his daughter, Beth Zimmerman
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any were baptized during the Lenten season, with Pastor Kevin Urichko officiating. You, too, may be baptized by immersion or sprinkling as a public profession of your personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of your life (Matthew 28:19). The next baptism is Sunday, May 17. See page 12 for details. Diane Ackley Sheila Alexander Claudene Averill Melissa Belair Stephanie Birriel Cierra Burkett Angela Cabrera Christopher Chew Erin Chew
Giselle Cortez Amanda Duemmel Ceara Duncan Michael Dyer CJ Fouts Ezekiel Garcia Sandy Hayes Claudette Ketcham Debby Keller
Heather King William Knox Martine Nelson Lizette Olson Dylan Pixton Craig Robertson Suzanne Teague Austin Winslow
It was a MESSIAH And this was a sigh of joy “Father!” (The voice is hoarse) The voice that called forth the dead the voice that taught the willing the voice that screamed at GOD now says “Father! Father!” The two are again one The abandoned is now found The schism is now bridged “Father,” He smiles weakly. “It’s over” Satan’s vultures have been scattered Hell’s demons have been jailed Death has been damned The sun is out THE SON IS OUT It’s over “Take me home” Yes, take him home Take this prince to his king Take this son to his father Take this pilgrim to his home “Take me home” Come ten thousand angels! Come and take this wounded troubadour to the cradle of his Father’s arms! Farewell manger’s infant Bless You holy ambassador Go Home death slayer Rest well sweet soldier The battle is over — you have won.