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NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED

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DECEMBER 19 - 26, 2009

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VOLUME 10, ISSUE 51


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What’s Happening This Week? LONGWOOD SITE

MOUNT DORA SITE

Saturday, December 19

4:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm

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

Prayer Room Sanctuary ECW CWW

SUNday, decEMBER 20

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

Prayer Meeting (cc) Worship (cc)* (hi) Infant/Walker – K’s Grades 1–5 Transformers Study (cc) Worship (cc)* Infant/Walker – K’s Grades 1–5 Special Needs Class Georgia Distributed Journey Meeting Worship (cc) Infant/Walker – K’s Grades 1–5 O2 High School Ministry Fusion College Ministry

Monday, decEMBER 21

7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:30 pm

Worship (cc) Infant/Walker – K’s Grades 1–5 Grief Share Common Ground-Young Adult Ministry Faithful and True Men’s Group

TUESday, December 22 7:00 pm 7:00 pm

AMEN Divorce Care

WEDNEsday, December 23

5:00 pm CHRISTMAS EVE Worship 5:00 pm Child care for ages 3 and under 7:00 pm CHRISTMAS EVE Worship 7:00 pm Child care for ages 3 and under

THURsday, December 24

12:00 pm 12:00 pm 2:00 pm 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm

CHRISTMAS EVE Worship Child care for ages 3 and under CHRISTMAS EVE Worship Child care for ages 3 and under CHRISTMAS EVE Worship* Child care for ages 3 and under CHRISTMAS EVE Worship (hi)* Child care for ages 3 and under CHRISTMAS EVE Worship* Child care for ages 3 and under

Friday, December 25 5:00 pm

Celebrate Recovery

Saturday, December 26

4:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm

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

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

Prayer Room Sanctuary ECW CWW F.Hall/SMCC Sanctuary ECW CWW CWW 4213-15 Sanctuary ECW CWW The Rink/SMCC The Rink/SMCC

Sanctuary ECW CWW 4204-4208 The Rink/SMCC F.Hall/SMCC

SUNday, decEMBER 20

9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:30 am 9:30 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 11:00 am

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

TUESday, December 22 6:30 am 7:00 pm

Men’s Bible Fellowship Celebrate Recovery (cc)

WEDNEsday, December 23 6:30 pm 7:00 pm

CREW352 Women’s Bible Study

THURsday, December 24

4:00 pm CHRISTMAS EVE Worship* 4:00 pm Child care for infants - K’s

Friday, December 25 7:00 pm

Mount Dora Home Group

Sanctuary Room 15 Room 15 Room 1 Rooms 2-3 Youth Room Conference Room Sanctuary Room 15 Room 15 Room 1 Rooms 2-3

Rooms 2-3 Calvary Chapel

Sanctuary Rooms 2-3

Sanctuary 9-109

Various locations

Sanctuary ECW Sanctuary ECW

Sanctuary ECW Sanctuary ECW Sanctuary ECW Sanctuary ECW Sanctuary ECW

9:00 am Worship (cc)* Auditorium 9:00 am Infants 9-109 9:00 am Classes for 2’s - 3’s 9-107 11:00 am Worship (cc)* Auditorium 11:00 am Infants 9-109 11:00 am Classes for 2’s - 3’s 9-107 1:00 pm Christmas In The City Oviedo Aquatic Center 6:00 pm Building Your Marriage (Couples) Cluxton home

7:00 pm

Experiencing God (Women)

Thursday, December 24

6:00 pm 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm

CHRISTMAS EVE Worship* Child care for infants - 2’s CHRISTMAS EVE Worship* Child care for infants - 2’s

Prayer Room Sanctuary ECW CWW

SUNday, decEMBER 20 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am

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

Auditorium 9-109 Auditorium 9-109

Chapel 215 215 211 213 104/F.Hall 104/F.Hall

Monday, decEMBER 21 7:00 pm

One Thing (Middle and High School students) Novak home

Thursday, December 24

6:00 pm CHRISTMAS EVE Worship* (no cc)

CHAPEL

Holiday Hours:

N O RT H L A N D AT L O N G W O O D

Thursday, December 24 . . . . . . . . . 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, December 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED Saturday, December 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, December 27 . . . . 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 29 to Friday, January 1 . . . CLOSED Normal hours resume Saturday, January 2

Wednesday, December 23 • Longwood and online 5 and 7 p.m. Child care for those age 3 and under.

Thursday, December 24 • Longwood and online noon, 2, 4, 6* and 8 p.m. Child care for those age 3 and under. *Hearing-impaired interpretation at Longwood

• Oviedo — 6 and 8 p.m. Child care for nursery only. • West Oaks — 6 p.m. Child care not available.

Harrington home

WEST OAKS SITE CWW

NO TICKETS NECESSARY. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to service start time. All child care is listed under each site listing below. All other children will worship with their families in the site sanctuary.

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SUNday, decEMBER 20

Monday, decEMBER 21

Christmas Eve Worship Schedule

• Mount Dora — 4 p.m. Child care for infants through

OVIEDO SITE 4206-7 4209-10,13-17

(CWW) Children’s Worship Wing (SMCC) Student Ministries and Care Center (F.Hall) Fellowship Hall (NOCC) Northland at Oviedo Community Center

Distributed Sites @ Home

Are you interested in starting a distributed site in your home or another setting? If so, contact Dan Lacich (407-367-9612 or dan.lacich@northlandchurch.net).

JOIN any of these worship sites:

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 Sundays, 5:30 p.m. Klaus home, 200 W. 14th St., Salisbury, NC Join Laurie and Tim Klaus in their home for worship. Details: Laurie and Tim Klaus (704-636-5966 or pianolauriek@yahoo.com)

PRAY FOR the prisoners with whom we worship concurrently: Seminole County John E. Polk Correctional Facility Sundays, 9 a.m.; Mondays, 7 p.m. Serving the men’s dorms. Details: Jail ministry voice mail (407-949-4007) Orange County 33rd Street Correctional Facility Sundays, 9 a.m., DVD Serving the women’s Christian dorm. Details: Jail ministry voice mail (407-949-4007)


ABOUT Northland

New to Northland?

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.

Welcome! We're so glad you decided to worship with us today, and we'd love to meet you ...

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

Please stop by the Welcome Center at any of our sites to connect with other newcomers, ask questions and familiarize yourself with what Northland's all about … “Bringing people to maturity in Christ.”

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

Again, we are so glad you came, and we invite you to become part of the Northland family! Help us get to know you by filling out the following form. Simply tear it out and drop it off at the Welcome Center or in any offering box after the worship service:

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 Join us for LIVE Webstream Worship at

Name______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Street_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City__________________________________________________________ State_________________ Zip__________________________________________ Home Phone___________________________________________________ Cell Phone__________________________________________________________ E-mail Address______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

www.northlandchurch.net

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during any of these worship times! 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.

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Inner State 80

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS OFFER! Now through December 25, save when you buy copies for friends and family! Available at Northland’s bookstore and InnerState80.com! 1 copy = $12 2 copies = $20 3 copies = $25 All proceeds benefit Northland’s facilities.

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Gr LE HANDS !

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BELONG

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BELIEVE

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BECOME

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BE SENT

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BEYOND

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NORTHLAND NEWS

Publish His glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things He does. (Psalm 96:3, NLT) Send newspaper correspondence to: newspaper@northlandchurch.net Newspaper Staff Dede Caruso, Coordinator/Production Artist, Media Design Melissa Bogdany, Copy Editor Robert Andrescik, Director of Print and Public Relations Connie Rainwater, Director of Content Development Barbara Olsen, Director of Adult Equipping Tracy Bardwell, Multimedia Designer, Media Design Newspaper Volunteers Becky Hunter, Editor-at-Large Bob Wegner, Photographer Sarah Hall, Photographer Rick Bradshaw, Photographer Robb Richardson, Photographer

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Poinsettias

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In honor of: Fred and Katie Barhill by Bill and Kaye Andree The Beumer children, Sarina, Chemona, Cathedra, Toni, Stedven and Steven, by Steve and Denise Beumer Gordon Clark by Bob, Ann, Nicole and Megan Clark Leonard Cox by Armand and Linda Dauplaise Chris and Garrett Farber by Todd and Kristina Farber Argie Godfrey by Ann Godfrey Pickering Don Hoskinson by Bob, Ann, Nicole and Megan Clark My brother Donald Lee by Gerry Brantley Ellen Loller by the Katauskas family Melba Lorah by Joe and Rita Divver Lynn Mazurak by Cindy Abeel George M. Sutherland by Corine M. Sutherland Jack and Arlene Terman by Rod and Edwina Terman Worship team by the Stram family

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In Memory Of: Robert G. Ahlers by the Garrison family Bob and Dot Andersen by Don, Chris and Kim Whitehead Nicole Apps by the Peters family Louise Ardine by her children Agnes E. Aronsen by Nancy Cameron Edith Ashton (Grandmom) by Margie Burden Our precious mother, Tullia Beckley, by Nancy Dangel Richard O. and Margaret B. Beitel by Richard and Peggy Straw Robert Bennett by Michelle and Chris Straub Mary Benson by Shawn, Rebecca, and Steffanie Alice and John Bernhardt by Alison, Krista, Amanda and kids Enrique Bouffard Jr. by Mina Bouffard Aldridge Maria Lourdes de Bouffard by Mina Bouffard Aldridge Ramon Cabanas by Scott, Tracy, Sam and Jonny Schrager Bill Capenhart by Fran Capenhart Joseph Caponegro by Elinda Caponegro-Kees Mr. and Mrs. Marion Cheek by Denver and Candy Cheek Christine, Joe and Mike Sr. by Tina Zevolo

In honor and memory of our loved ones.

Eleanor Clark by Bob, Ann, Nicole and Megan Clark Mr. and Mrs. Howard Clay by Denver and Candy Cheek Cliff and Della Mae by Debbie, Kimberly and Melissa Mrs. Jean Corey by the Quimby family Lois Crawford by Patricia Mannor Jimmy Crowson by Jeff and Marie Matthew and Janet Cummings by Katie and Ty Short Beloved husband and father John Dangel by Nancy and children Rene and Esther Dauplaise by Armand and Linda Dauplaise Beatrice Davis by Rod and Sunny Judy Louise Del Rocco by the Laney family Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Dershimer by Wilbur and Elizabeth Dershimer Paul and Clyde Divver by Joe and Rita Divver Maggie DuVall by Scott, Tracy, Sam and Jonny Schrager Daniel Edwards by your sister Ashley Daniel Edwards by your mother, Chris Daniel Edwards by your little sister Kristen Nanny and Granda Evans by Belinda Ewen, Margaret, Gil and Shirley Jose Fernandez by Lisette Gonzalez Mr. Norman Fletcher by Dean, Emma, Charlotte and Barbara Victoria Fletter by Aunt Lorenna and Uncle Bill Victoria Fletter by Grandma and Grandpa Fletter Debbie Fortenberry by Steffanie, Shawn and Becky Arthur Garrison by the Garrison family Karen Garrison by the Garrison family William and Helen Garrison by the Garrison family James Godfrey and Mark Godfrey by Ann Godfrey Pickering Norma Gonzalez by George Gonzalez Vance Gordon by Jan Gordon Wendell and David Gregory by Shirlee Snodgrass and family Camille Guarriello by Rich and Jana Hausmann Ken Gutterman Sr. and Carol Green by Ken Gutterman Jr. Hannah Hall by Roger and Wendy Hall Jack Hansen by Brock, Shari and Will Hansen

Todd Hansen by Brock, Shari and Will Hansen Mary Ann Harkins by her family Wilhemina Hewitt (Grandmom) by Margie Burden Karin M. Hilderbrand by Tina Weldman Jim Hirt (Jimbo) by Ray and Jean McWilliams Barbara Ann Hitzel by Ronnie, Debbie, Kimmy, Katie and Courtney Lewis Hochevar by Karen and Dolores Charles Hopkins by Bobby, Brandy, Shea, Bryce, Guge and Nan Eleanore Hoskinson by Bob, Ann, Nicole and Megan Clark Greg Husmann by Lisa and Larissa Evert and Esther Idema by Roger and Sandra Vick Merry Ann Johnson by Alysa Angel Lenora Jones by Jody and Deanna Pickens and family Ruth Katauskas by the Katauskas family Frank and Marie Kocsis by Marie Strickland Ken Krepfle by Rick and Marisa McIntyre and the Krepfle family Clarence and Florence Kressin by Rae and Mark Kressin Tim Lallathin by Pam, T.J. and Tiffany Lallathin Mitzie Lang, Marg Stram and Fred Stram by the Stram family Jim and Jane Langston by Richard and Linda Tubbs Lillie Bell Leffler by Jean Anderson Gilda Mae Lewis by Al McNally Warren Loller by the Katauskas family Mr. and Mrs. Arbie Lovejoy by Wilbur and Elizabeth Dershimer Luke by Pauline and Thomas Durrant Beulah Mackey by the Katauskas family Ruth Madison by Donna Coulantes Jean Magee by Margaret Siegrist Jean “Tootie” Magee by Brock, Shari and Will Hansen “Tootie” Magee by Lorenna, Billy, Lauren and Matthew William R. Martin by Perry and Pat Edward and Verna Mays by Joyce Mays Eugene and Suzanne McCarthy by the Peters family (Continued on page 14.)

The Best Gift You Can Give Bill Chapman Northland at Mount Dora Site Minister

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hat is the best gift you have ever given at Christmas? I am sure it was well-thoughtout and made a tremendous impact on the receiver. God designed us to be givers, and great pleasure comes when we give of our time, talent and treasure for the benefit of others. What is the greatest gift you can give this Christmas? You can give of yourself! The psalmist was inspired to write these words: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:13-14, NIV). Was this Scripture only for David? Did David write this because he was a really holy, perfect guy? The answers are no and no! These verses were inspired by the Holy Spirit with you and me in mind, too! And the “fearfully and wonderfully made” part comes not because we have it all together, but because He has set His affection upon us. Moses spoke to the Israelites: “Yet the Lord set his affection on your forefathers and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations, as it is today” (Deuteronomy 10:15, NIV). Wow! If God cherishes us so much, we must really have something to offer others – especially in your Northland at Mount Dora church family! What keeps you from moving toward your brothers and sisters in Christ? Do you feel too shy? Too busy? Too afraid to be known? If you are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” then you have something to

give. As a matter of fact, you have something that others in your church need! The Holy Spirit has invested all of us with spiritual gifts. Each gift (and talent and passion) is a reflection of the perfect nature of God, residing in you. Mercy, healing, leadership, administration, discernment, service … the list goes on and on. (I encourage you to review the Scriptures that mention spiritual gifts, including Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12 and 1 Peter 4). If God has manifested Himself in you by giving you a gift, you should use it to bless others! There are so many places you can plug in at Northland at Mount Dora. A partial list is located on this page. To help, I will be teaching a four-week Bible study on spiritual gifts. It is titled The Gifts That God Gives and will be held on Wednesday evenings at the Mount Dora worship site. Here are the details:

•Monthly Love Collection: Food and cash donations for the hungry. Details: Ann South (352-267-3388) •Debbie’s Doorstep: Ministry for abused women and their children. Details: Brad and Kelly Verkaik (407-310-5355) •The Carpenter’s House for Children: Ministry to a home of 16 orphans. Details: Ann South (352-267-3388) •CREW352 Youth Ministry: Sundays, 9:30 a.m., room 13 and Wednesdays, 6 p.m., sanctuary. Details: Lyndsey Coyle (352978-7004) •Men’s and women’s weekly Bible studies. Details: Bill Chapman (352-434-4116)

Who: All followers of Jesus Christ What: The Gifts That God Gives (understanding your spiritual gifts) When: Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20 and 27, 7 to 8:15 p.m. Where: Conference room, Mount Dora site (child care is not available) Why: So we can experience the pleasure of giving ourselves to our church family and beyond

We are collecting for Lake Care’s Food Pantry. Items needed: pasta, spaghetti sauce, pancake mix, syrup, macaroni and cheese, toilet paper, canned fruit, juice, rice, dish detergent, cereal, canned meats, sponsorship for eggs, bread and milk. Details: Ann South (352-267-3388 or south4@comcast.net) or Sharlee Hollingsworth (shollingsworth2@cfl.rr.com)

This Christmas and in the coming year, remember, you are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” You have Christ living in you. You have something to offer. Give the gift of yourself to your Mount Dora church family!

NORTHLAND at MOUNT DORA WORSHIP TEAM

Places you can give of yourself to your church family •Adult Bible study: Sundays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., conference room. Details: Jason Merritt (407-697-9803) •Mount Dora Children’s Ministries: Sundays, 9 and 11 a.m. Details: Tanya Carpenter (352-735-3832) •Mount Dora Servant Team: Sundays, 9 and 11 a.m. Details: Frances Merritt (407-554-0076)

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DECEMBER LOVE COLLECTION

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Sunday, January 10, 12:30 p.m., sanctuary. Has God gifted you in voice, instrument, lighting or audio? Consider putting your talents to work helping people experience Jesus. Come to the next Northland at Mount Dora worship team meeting. Details: Bill Chapman (352-434-4116 or bill. chapman@northlandchurch.net) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Opportunities for students on page 7.


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Merry Christmas to You … and to Your Congregation JEREMY JOBSON Northland at Oviedo Site Minister

The Gospel message is very simple. John 3:16 states it simply as, “Whoever believes in him shall not perish” (NIV), and in most of Romans and Hebrews, and more specifically in Ephesians 2:8-9, we are told that it is by grace through faith that we are saved, so none of us may boast. Jesus Christ did it all! We must believe, and then He will even do the work of transforming us into the likeness of Himself (2 Corinthians hat we see and hear today and in most 3:18). Now, we have a role in this, but it is responsive. sermons from Pastor Joel, what is at the Simple, but I hear and experience myself often how difficult heart of Northland’s very DNA and is the this really is. Why? essence of the Christmas story itself, is a very simple Let’s look at the Christmas story to see if we can get some message. But let me just say that too often people clarity. The plan was, well, simple: rescue all of creation from associate simple with easy, and the truth is they the effects of sin. It was declared as such in Genesis 3:15. See, have very little to do with each other. A bat hitting a it is that far back where the simple became complicated. Read ball is a simple concept, but Genesis 1 and 2, and For it is by grace you have been saved, it is far from easy. Another see how simple it really example of simple, but not was. Then read Genesis through faith – and this not from easy, would be reading a 3, and you can watch yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by speech to a large group of the easy disappear works, so that no one can boast. people. Oftentimes it is and be replaced with – Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) the surrounding context or complication, difficulty circumstances that make something simple, and and toil, as it says in Genesis 3:17). This is where the make it not easy at all, complicated and nearly juxtaposing of simple and easy originated. This is why we see impossible. The heart of Northland — the Christmas the simplicity of the Gospel and Pastor Joel’s sermon, but story and the Gospel itself — is just like that, simple, feel the challenge of living it out day by day, because things but not necessarily always easy. are not as they should be, as they were designed to be! Northland is, by definition, a church distributed. But God has been in the redemption business since that We have spent a long time listening to Pastor Hunter very time too. See, for God, it could have been simple, a snap share with us the simplicity of the reality that of the “fingers,” right? He spoke it into being; He could have we are the church; it’s not a building or a place, corrected it just as easily. It could have been simple, but He but God’s people. We have been reminded and chose to unfold that plan in a way that seems so complicated, encouraged to go and “be the church, everywhere, so not easy. He chose a people through whom He would every day.” My favorite line from Dr. Hunter is demonstrate to the world who He was and what He was doing. simply, “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, But it kept getting knotty. Now, I don’t mean because He where you are right now!” These are all simple, but couldn’t do it simply or was surprised or did not see all that I hear from congregants time and time again that coming. I mean He, in His divine wisdom, allowed it to appear this is not easy. Why? to us as not so simple, not so easily done. He was building

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THIS WEEKEND! Christmas in the city

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Sunday, December 20, 1 to 5 p.m., Oviedo Aquatic Center, 148 Oviedo Blvd. Brought to you by OneBody, a coalition of committed churches and individuals working together with The HOPE Foundation to make a direct impact on poverty, hunger and homelessness in our community. Join us as we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, and enjoy songs of the season, a shared meal, children playing, giving and receiving. Details: ChristmasintheCity@HelpfortheHomeless.net . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

THIS WEEK! Christmas Eve Services and Open House

Thursday, December 24, 6 and 8 p.m., Hagerty High School Auditorium. O come let us adore Him and celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ! Worship, fellowship and enjoy Christmas sweets with friends and family. Child care available for infants to 2-year-olds only. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Opportunities for students on page 7.

dependence into us. He was making us know we needed a Savior! A baby? That is the simple answer to the complicated problem? Why? That does not seem simple or easy. But God has been doing something else since the dawn of creation; it is His essence, His being, His purpose. First John 4:8 and 16 tell us what that is, simply: God is love! See, love is simple, yet so complicated. It is simple, but not easy. It is simple. He is love! And someday, forever the simple and the easy will be one again, and you and I have been invited, and it all began here, in a manger, with a baby. Merry Christmas from the One who loves you most, the One who has made it all so simple — Jesus Christ! >>> OVIEDO.NORTHLANDCHURCH.NET

news@westoaks We Never Know the Impact We Make TOMMY NOVAK Northland at West Oaks Site Minister

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read an article in the West Orange Times, written by Chris Silveira, about the Service Project at House Blend Café on Thanksgiving Day. Here is a portion of the article that I thought would be great to share: On Thanksgiving Day last week, lines began to form in the afternoon at two different locations less than a mile apart from each other in Ocoee. One line was at the Best Buy on West Colonial Drive, where people — many who had earlier in the day enjoyed a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal with their family — gathered with lawn chairs, mattresses and blankets, ready to camp out for the night in hopes of being one of the first to enter the store on Black Friday to get a deal on a laptop computer or bigscreen HDTV. The other line was at the House Blend Café, also on West Colonial, where a group of homeless men and women were treated to showers, haircuts, clothing and a candlelight turkey dinner before heading back to their campsites in the woods surrounding Ocoee and Winter Garden. “We had a guy here for dinner tonight who was blown away that we actually had real silverware and

china to serve the meal on,” said Josh Taylor, general manager of House Blend. “We wanted to do everything we could to make this a really special evening, to look somebody in the eyes and say, ‘You matter.’ We wanted to make it a special day for them.” While the number of volunteers serving meals and handing out clothes outnumbered those most in need, the positive impact of the day reverberated with both groups. If you would like to read the entire article, you can go to: http://wotimes.com/articles/2009/12/01/news/top_ stories/news01.prt. The amazing things about this event were the number of volunteers that showed up and served as well as the amount of clothing and other donations that blessed those in need. Some people weren’t even needed because they had too many volunteers. Thank you for your willingness and heart to serve. This is a great problem to have during a time when many of the needs are so great. I say this all the time, but I truly believe we have some of the most amazing followers of Christ I have ever known. When there has been a need, many of you in our West Oaks community have served and given in such a sacrificial way that it gives a clear picture of Jesus’ words in John 14:12 when He said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (NIV). As long as we continue to love Christ with all that is in us, and love others as we love ourselves (the two greatest commandments), we will be a part of the Kingdom of God

here as it is in heaven. Thank you for loving and serving our King in such a powerful way. As a reminder, please stick around after the service today (at West Oaks) for a brunch to celebrate Christmas together and also to celebrate with Alan and Tywonn their first year in Africa. Everyone is invited to stay, so please join us! >>> WESTOAKS.NORTHLANDCHURCH.NET

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” —Matthew 1:21 (NIV)

THIS WEEKEND! Christmas Brunch

Sunday, December 20, after service. Celebrate Christmas by sharing a meal with us after service. Details: Christie Freemeyer (ticitea@earthlink.net) or Jane Shugart (jshugart@hotmail.com) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

December Gift Giving Sundays

Impact our community by donating gifts each Sunday in December. December 20: underwear; December 27: grocery gift cards. Details: Tommy Novak (tommy.novak@northlandchurch.net) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Serving Others: A Lifestyle, not a Project BY vanessa puleo Local Projects and Partnerships

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t times I wonder if the word “project” makes us think that serving others is a one-time event or a “task” to check off the to-do list for the week. Oftentimes when I am preparing a Local Serve Day or many of our activities outside the walls of the church, I sit and really think about what God would want the focus to be. He is so clear that we are to serve. And I often am reminded that the word “project” is rarely, if ever, used in that sentence. Here you will find testimonials from others throughout the year on how serving others has become a part of their lives, and as this season is upon us, let’s consider the many ways we can make serving others part of our lifestyle, and not simply a project! “We are so blessed to have been given so many opportunities to serve the Lord! Going out to homes, churches, schools or wherever needed has been so incredibly rewarding. Northland gives us an endless variety to choose from. Some serve projects can include the kids, which has taught them how good it feels when you serve Christ by offering your time and talents to others in need. Preparing meals at the Ronald McDonald House or serving ice cream to families at Give Kids the World has been a couple of the kids’ favorites. In every one of the projects we have worked on, I can say without question that we are the ones who come out feeling blessed. God is amazing! Thank you, Northland, for extending these opportunities to serve!” — Rick and Mindy Geer

“When Northland started getting very involved in local serving projects, my family was excited because now it was so easy to be a part of a group serving others. We had been very involved inside the church walls, but didn’t know how to get involved in larger projects in the community. It’s not always easy to serve others. There are times when it truly feels joyful and times when it is tough to get going to a project. We are teaching our daughters that the Lord wants to see that our hearts are in the right place, and sometimes that means serving even when we are tired or busy. Our priorities have changed in what we decide to do as a family. Today, looking for ways to incorporate serving the Lord is not what we do, but who we are. Northland has been instrumental in this process because of the importance it has placed on serving, teaching us to do the same. The Lord is still teaching our family things about ourselves and about Him by weaving serving opportunities into the fabric of our lives.” — Rick, Lucee, Ciera and Ryanna Price “I love serving through Northland! There are so many different opportunities to further the Kingdom! This past year, I served on the cooking team at Southwind when it was made wheelchair-accessible, and I got to deliver Thanksgiving baskets to families. I can feel God’s smile when He uses me to bless others.” — Susie Davis “‘You get more than you give,’ as the saying goes … and how true it has been! My personal experience with Helping Hands and being a member of the Serve Team has grown me personally and spiritually. Seeing the community changing and transforming is great, and all of the folks that we are serving are so appreciative, it makes me want to do more!” — Joanne Puleo

UPCOMING Serving Opportunities

To register, visit Northland’s website (www. northlandchurch.net) and select the “Serve Others” tab. Then choose “Serve Locally” to find project times, age requirements, locations and other information. December 25 . . . . . . . . Pathways to Care, serve dinner December 26 . . . . . . . . . Pathways to Care, serve lunch January 9 . . . . . . Ronald McDonald House, serve dinner January 9 . . . . Coalition for the Homeless, serve dinner January 14 . . . . . . . . . Team leader meeting and dinner January 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Homeless Ministry Team January 23 . . . . . . . . . . . Pathways to Care, serve lunch January 23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Citrus Harvest January 30 . . . . . . . . . Give Kids the World, serve dinner January 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LOCAL SERVE DAY February 12-14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . “Serve in Love” Southwind weekend retreat February 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ronald McDonald House February 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coalition for the Homeless February 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Homeless Ministry Team February 20 . . . . . . . . . Night at the Park Special Event February 27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Give Kids the World February 27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LOCAL SERVE DAY February 27 . . . . . . . . . . Pathways to Care, serve lunch March 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ronald McDonald House March 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coalition for the Homeless March 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Homeless Ministry Team March 27 . . . . . . . . . . . . Pathways to Care, serve lunch March 27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Give Kids the World March 27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LOCAL SERVE DAY

Next Local Serve Day - January 30

WHAT IS A LOCAL SERVE DAY? That’s when we meet at Northland in parking lot 3 and distribute to one of the many projects in the community, or to help one of our local partners. Painting, landscaping, sorting food at a pantry … many projects are available. All the details are arranged for you to make it easy for you to serve others in the community that day. It’s a great opportunity to get the whole family involved.

BRAZIL Distributed JourneyS

informational meetingS TUESDAYS, 7 P.M., LONGWOOD SITE

• January 12, rooms 5106-7 • January 19, rooms 5106-7 The DISCUssion:

English Camp, Amazon Riverboat Trips and Soccer Ministry When you serve others, you serve Him.

Details: Patti Harshey (407-937-0573 or patti.harshey@northlandchurch.net)

SERVE TEAM Distributed Journey

There are many projects available for “little hands.” Pastor Joel C. Hunter kicked off the first December Local Serve Day with words of encouragement and prayer.

Construction Mission to Georgia March 6-13

Join the Citrus Harvest for the Hungry Saturday, January 23 • Amazing family serving opportunity! • Great project for little hands! • Great opportunity for teams, groups, small groups!

In partnership with Society of St. Andrew’s we will be gleaning the yards and fields of Orlando. Five churches are hosting as a drop site, and we are one of them! Simply register and come to the church that morning. You will receive directions, information and all the details to head out for the project between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. (lunch provided). Details: Vanessa Puleo (vanessa.puleo@ northlandchurch.net)

The Mission: The construction of a 12-bedroom retreat center at Breaking Free in Georgia. Breaking Free is a comprehensive long-term residential program for men recovering from addictions.

informational meeting:

THIS WEEKEND!

Sunday, December 20, 4:30 p.m. rooms 4213-15, Longwood site Key leaders from Breaking Free will speak about the program and the mission.


Lw = Northland at LONGWOOD

MD = Northland at Mount dora

WO = Northland at west oaks

CHRISTMAS CAMP ���� DECEMBER �� to JANUARY �

Pray: Commit to praying for the month for December for Christmas Camp. Pray for ... safety in traveling for everyone; the counselors as they prepare and build relationships with students; worship band as they prepare and lead students in worship; speakers as they prepare and deliver the messages God has for the camp; open hearts and minds of students; safety and community within the work crew. Fast: Choose a day (or multiple days) to fast and pray for the above requests. Sponsor: This year you have the opportunity to help a student go to Christmas Camp 2009. By sponsoring a seat, multiple seats or even a bus, you provide an opportunity for a student — or multiple students — to travel to SharpTop Cove Camp in Jasper, Georgia. Each year more than 150 high school students make the trek up to north Georgia to take a break from life and hear from God. Students make life-changing decisions over these four days, and many of them come back with a new or renewed passion to serve Jesus. We want to provide the opportunity to as many students as possible, and you can help!

SEAT: ���� STUDENT: ���� BUS: ��,���

Your generosity can help make it possible for students to have a great experience. If you are able, please sponsor one or more seats, or even a bus. Just make a check payable to Northland Church, and in the memo line, write "Christmas Camp Bus."

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

LAST WEEK TO REGISTER!

$310 if registration and $100 deposit are received before December 23 Pre-order your sweatshirt: $20 Pick up a green registration form from the Welcome Desk for details and to register. Details: Shaylynn Stoner (shaylynn.stoner@northlandchurch.net or

407-949-7194)

Middle & High School Students

Middle School Ministry

High School Ministry

LW Servant Leadership Ministry

LW LUGRox (Living Under Grace Rocks!)

Sundays, (no O2 December 27) 6 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 shaylynn.stoner@northlandchurch.net)

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

Saturdays, December 5, 12 (no LUGRox December 19 and 26), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center. LUGRox is an evening full of high energy, high impact and just plain fun! This is the place where you’ll find thrilling games, solid teaching, rockin’ worship and friend-connecting small groups. Dinner (two slices of pizza, chips and lemonade) is available for $3. Details: Shaylynn Stoner (407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@northlandchurch.net) ATTENTION: NEWLY ATTENDING PARENTS AND STUDENTS, CHECK IN AT THE LUGROX WELCOME DESK!

MD CREW352 (Christians Radically Encouraging Worship)

OV AXIS: Middle School MINISTRY

Sundays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., room 13; Wednesdays, 7 p.m., sanctuary. For 6th– to 12th-graders. Details: Bill Chapman (352-434-4116 or bill.chapman@northlandchurch.net)

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Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m., Novak home. Details: Tommy Novak (352-989-7378 or tommy.novak@northlandchurch.net)

College Ministry (For students ageS 18-25)

LW FUSION

Sundays, 7:15 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, The Rink. Come and spend time in worship, prayer and the Scriptures. Details: Mike Burke (mike.burke@northlandchurch.net)

Sundays, 11 a.m., hallway. Details: Erica Emler (407-687-8570 or erica.emler@northlandchurch.net)

LW O2 — Outreach, Worship, Teaching and Hangout Time

OV AXIS: High School Ministry

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CHRISTMAS CAMP SPONSORSHIP WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

OV = Northland at Oviedo

Sundays, 5 to 7 p.m., NOCC. Bring a friend! Youth group environment with interactive activities and fun. Details: Erica Emler (407-687-8570 or erica.emler@northlandchurch.net)


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My name is: __________________________________________________

We worship Jesus as the Son of God, who came to be with us. He came as a baby, who grew up to save us by giving His life for us. Isn’t it amazing the way He came?

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

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– “L” = C_ _ _ _ _M_ _

Christmas is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Bzzz. Bzzz.

Mary.

Who’s there?

Today’s buzzword is BABY!

I heard it _____________ times. I think it’s important to God because __________________________________________________

Mary who?

Mary Christmas Merry to you. Christmas to you, too!

Unscramble the letters to see the reason we celebrate Christmas.

SRICHT HET VRISOA SI RONB C_ _ _ _T _H_ SA_ _ _ _ _ _ B_R_

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Answer: Christ the Savior is born.

Christ the Savior is Born Isaiah 9:6; Luke 2:6-7, 11 Seven hundred years before Jesus was born, Isaiah told us about God’s promise to give us His own Son to be our Savior. He would come to us as a baby. Nine months before Jesus was born, the angel Gabriel told Mary she would be the mother of this promised Savior. Gabriel told Mary to name the baby Jesus. When the time came for Jesus to be born, Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem. Mary gave birth to a baby boy. She wrapped Him in large strips of cloth. Then she placed Him in a manger. There was no room for them in the inn. Mary and Joseph named the baby Jesus, just as the angel had told them. God came to be with us and to save us through His Son, Jesus – just as He had promised!

Thanks!

Draw a picture of baby Jesus lying in the manger as Mary and Joseph watch over Him.


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BZZZ! FIRST -TIMERS...

WE’RE GLAD YOU’RE HERE!

Make a family Advent wreath using greenery and four candles. On Christmas Eve, light all four candles. In the center, place a white candle. Light it and thank God for sending Jesus.

Draw a line leading the bees to the greatest gift of all.

Hey there, why did you draw that?

Search for and circle each word from Luke 1:28. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord.”

Bee sure to come visit us again. Check out Praise Time and Children’s Church, where kids have fun learning who God is and what He has done!

Decorate this tree with new words that you create from the letters in MERRY CHRISTMAS. In Children’s Church, the kids drew baby Jesus to remind us of the way God sent His Son.

! d n e k e e W h c Join Us Ea PRAISE TIME

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A K W T H I S G C H R I S T C D I C D A Y W A C I U V O T V H T N I U H I F Y T O F E D O B O R N L O R D R I N Word bank: FOR, UNTO, YOU, IS, BORN, THIS, DAY, IN, THE, CITY, OF, DAVID, A, SAVIOR, WHICH, CHRIST, LORD

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A Season of Peace

January 10 through February 14 9 a.m. Sundays, Northland at Longwood, room 4209

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his time of year, people around the world seem to be especially mindful of peace, but knowing how to approach conflict is difficult for all of us. Learning and applying the biblical principles of relationship not only make the process less stressful, but also give real meaning and purpose to those relationships. Here is one young woman’s story: While taking a weekly Bible study on biblical peacemaking, Kristen had a major “blowout” with one of her best friends. As a result, they weren’t talking. Hurtful things had been said, wrong assumptions were made, and there was serious damage to their relationship. After a painful and anxious couple of weeks, Kristen approached me and asked about “taking the log out” when the other side was really at fault. I told her that her part (confessing her own contributions to the conflict) was not conditioned in Scripture by the other side going first. We reviewed Matthew 7:1-5 and prayed about how to approach her friend.

The next week, Kristen came to the Bible study with a big grin on her face. “I did it,” she exclaimed. “I called my friend, and we met for a long drive, and then spent a couple of hours in her driveway, just talking. I told her how much I appreciated our long-term friendship and wanted to work it out. I told her I made some serious, mean-hearted comments, and that I was sorry for the damage it caused. Cindy responded with, “You weren’t the only one; I made some serious mistakes, too. Can you forgive me, as well?” They were quickly reconciled, rather than “winning” the battle. Two years later, Kristen was married, and one evening when we had a few moments to reflect on all the changes in her life, she thanked me for the Bible study on peacemaking. It had set the standard for how she and her husband handled their marital differences, and they had learned to honor God in how they handled conflict. Northland’s Peace Seeker Ministry team is offering a newly revised six-week class beginning January 10 at 9 a.m. Come and learn to approach others in a spirit of reconciliation, and steward conflict in a way that honors God and brings peace!

New Bible Studies for 2010 Gospel of Mark Bible Study

Sundays, beginning January 10 9 a.m., Northland at Longwood, rooms 4213-15 The message of the Gospel of Mark is to present Christ as a Servant. It focuses on the ministry years of Christ, beginning with His baptism. It may have been written in response to the fire that destroyed Rome in 64 AD. The Emperor Nero blamed that fire on the Christians, severe persecution ensued, and it was to these believers that Mark writes. He calls on his readers to take on the nature of Christ as they endure sufferings while continuing to be faithful servants. Come and join this yearlong study, taught by Pastor Dan Lacich. Details: Jamila Millette (jamila.millette@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1832)

answers to prayer

Sundays, beginning January 10 11 a.m., Northland at Longwood, room 4204 Do you want answers to prayer? Don’t miss the next session of this in-depth prayer study using the classic book by George Mueller. Mueller lived in England in the 1800s and is famous for the

orphanages he established. He determined from the beginning to trust in God alone to provide for every need and never tell a single person. This book is George Mueller’s written journal, in which he recorded his prayers, his thoughts and details of his faith journey. We will be using a new, updated, paraphrased version of the book. You will receive free weekly chapters; you do not need to purchase a book. This book will change your life! You will never again be able to pray as before. You will be challenged; you will challenge others. Class facilitators: Mickey and Cindy Mallin. Details: Mickey or Cindy (407-322-6101)

Ephesians

Sundays, starting January 10 10:45 a.m., Northland at Longwood, rooms 4213-15 The book of Ephesians, one of the letters written by the apostle Paul from prison, is unique among Paul’s letters. It appears to have been written to a group of predominantly Gentile churches in what is now western Turkey – quite possibly John’s “seven churches” (Revelation 1:1). Come and study the book, as the early believers did, to learn God’s purpose and plan for the body of Christ. Details: John and Carolyn Jones (407-831-5822)

now.

Winter session: January 6 to 27 This midweek experience offers in-depth, interactive classes for adults and a fun, exciting learning environment for children called Now.Wow! First- through third-graders will take a deeper look at what they’ve been learning during weekend worship in Children’s Church. Because this age group learns best through repetition, they will revisit the weekly Bible story, but with new worship songs, interactive games, and crafts that will bring the stories to life. Fourth- and fifth-graders will engage in a hunt to discover God’s Truth. As a team, they’ll put on their detective hats, decode secret messages, solve puzzles and play games that will lead them straight to the Truth! (Individual workbooks for the children will be available for a suggested donation of $8.) Adult courses available this session:

Bible Old Testament Survey —

Rooms 4213-15, Longwood site. Taught by Sean Cooper. Sean is a minister of Northland in the areas of service and equipping. If you have taken his Bible Basics course, this is the perfect follow-up. What could events that happened thousands of years ago to people from completely different continents and cultures possibly have to say to you? This course will give an overview of the contents, teaching and message of the Old Testament.

Christian Living

The Crucible of Work — Rooms 4206-7, Longwood site. Taught by Dr. Sanford Shugart. Dr. Shugart is the president of Valencia Community College and a member of the Northland family. This class will be based on Dr. Shugart’s recent book by the same name. Does your work shape you, or do you shape your work? Come and get a preview of his thoughts on making your work your worship.

Theology The Doctrine of Christ — Sanctuary, Longwood site. Taught by Dr. Reggie Kidd. Dr. Kidd is a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary. He and his family have been a part of the Northland family for 20 years. He frequently serves as the online pastor during weekend worship services. What we believe about Jesus Christ is what sets Christianity apart from all other religions. What does the Bible teach about Him? Was He fully God? Was He fully human? What could that all possibly mean?

• Child care is available for children age 5 and under. • Get more information and access class archives at now.northlandchurch.net.

Family Advent-ure

Make this a meaningful Advent season by celebrating in new ways with your family. Make an Advent wreath (together!) for your home.

Week 4

Christmas Eve

1. Choose a time when your family can gather. Dinner makes a great time. 2. Light the fourth Advent candle. 3. This candle represents “peace,” the peace of Christ, who is the Prince of Peace. In scripture, peace does not mean merely the absence of conflict, but would best be defined as bringing all things to completion. 4. Read together Luke 2:8-12, or read the story of the angel’s visit to the shepherds from your favorite Bible storybook. 5. Talk about the ways that Christ has brought peace into your lives. 6. Think of some things you could do as a family to bring peace to those around you. 7. Pray together, thanking Jesus for the peace He brings. Ask for His help as you become peacemakers.

1. Choose a time when your family can gather around the Advent wreath. 2. Light the fifth and last Advent candle. 3. This candle represents Christ, the Light of the world. 4. Read together Luke 2:13-20 and John 1:1-14, or read the story of the shepherds visit to the manger from your favorite Bible storybook. 5. Talk about the ways that Christ has brought His light into your lives. 6. Think of some things you could do as a family to bring that light to those around you, even in your neighborhood this Christmas. 7. Pray together, thanking Jesus for coming as our Savior.


Lw = Northland at LONGWOOD

MD = Northland at Mount dora

OV = Northland at Oviedo

Engel (407-834-3158)

LW COPING WITH ADDICTIONS/CODEPENDENCY

Join others for ongoing encouragement and connection. CONNECTION GROUPS

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 Barbara Olsen (barbara.olsen@northlandchurch.net or 407 949 7183).

LW MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITY BELONG STUDY

Participate in the Belong study and have an opportunity to explore and become a member at Northland. For Northland membership, Here’s what you need to do: 1) Receive God’s gift of salvation, made possible through Jesus Christ. 2) Complete the Belong study in one of the following ways: • Attend a four-week Belong study (Saturdays, January 9 to February 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m., room 4209). • Take the online Belong study at www.northlandchurch.net. • Purchase the Belong DVD and study booklets in the Northland Bookstore. 3) Those who complete the online membership process will be contacted by a membership coach by phone. Online membership requires current personal contact information. Details: Jamila Millette (jamila.millette@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1832)

CARE GROUPS

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 (407-488-5941 or susandb@yahoo.com).

LW Celebrate Recovery

Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. Gain freedom from life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups over dinner, fellowship and share groups, which include Newcomers 101, Men and Women’s Chemical Dependency, Women’s Co-Dependency, and Parents of Prodigals. Details: Laurie Jean Harrington (lauriejean2@ bellsouth.net or mmannen@cfl.rr.com)

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

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)

LW DIVORCECARE

Tuesdays, beginning January 5, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 4209-10. A 13-week session in which individuals who have been through a divorce can experience personal growth and healing. Workbook is available at Northland’s bookstore for $16. Registration is required; child care is available. Details and registration: Donna Delzingaro (407-937-1749)

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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 godsgirl0202@yahoo.com)

LW GriefShare

Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 4206-7. If you are experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one, this healing ministry walks you through the steps of grief. Workbook is available at Northland’s bookstore for $16. Details and registration: GriefShare voiceline (407-949-7152)

LW HOPE — Support For Those Struggling

with Fertility issues Last Friday of the month, 7 p.m., Fire Station 21, 681 Seminola Blvd, Casselberry. Support group helping women, men or couples struggling with fertility issues. Share prayer, fellowship, encouragement and discussion as you walk this journey. Space is limited. Registration and details: Debbie (mikedeb540@yahoo.com)

LW Parents of the Prodigals

Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. A support group helping parents cope with kids in trouble, in jail, on drugs, etc., and with serious behavioral problems. Child care available. Details: Laurie Jean Harrington (lauriejean2@bellsouth.net or 407 977 6742)

LW STRUGGLING WITH HOMOSEXUALITY? (MEN) Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 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: Zach (407-937-1793) LW SUPPORT FOR THE SEPARATED

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

LW UNEMPLOYED MEN SUPPORT GROUP

Tuesdays, 8 to 9 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1112. Discuss job searching and tools available while supporting each other and strengthening our spiritual walk on this emotional journey. Details: David Keys (407256-5576 or davidalankeys@gmail.com)

MD Celebrate Recovery Local Chapter

Tuesdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Calvary Chapel of the Lakes, 351 Plaza Drive, Tavares. For those

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dealing with unhealthy habits in the present or painful experiences from the past. Child care is available. Details: Laura Martin (352-408-2640 or lauramartin32778@gmail.com)

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 blv292@cfl.rr.com)

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, January 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. Northland joins with Nathaniel’s Hope monthly 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 (407-9370549 or buddybreak@northlandchurch.net)

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COMMON GROUND — YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY (Age 25-39) Mondays, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, The Rink. Join this fellowship of young adults seeking to build authentic Christian community, to grow spiritually mature and to affect the surrounding community with Christ’s love, reflected by serving God. Child care available upon request. Details: Carissa Curran (commonground@northlandchurch.net or 407-221-1241)

LW COUPLES CAFÉ

Saturday, January 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m, Nature’s Table Café. Speakers address a variety of topics designed to encourage married couples. Child care by reservation: Diane Jones (407-949-7188 or diane.jones@northlandchurch.net); details: James Price (james.price@northlandchurch.net)

Linking golfers throughout the world in Christ. Golf, prizes, guest speakers (food optional — costs extra). Golfers of all skill levels are welcome. Details and reservations: Parks Reinhardt (407-880-9932 or linksfellowship@ cfl.rr.com)

LW Membership OPPORTUNITY — Belong Study Saturdays, January 9 to February 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m., room 4209. Participate in the four week long Belong study with Pastor Kevin Urichko and also have an opportunity to explore and become a member at Northland. Details: Jamila Millette (jamila.millette@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1832) LW Moms4moms

Get connected with other moms for friendship and encouragement through meetings and playgroup activities. • Once a month, Mondays, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. Child care provided with registration for infants to 5-year-olds. • Once a month, Sundays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. No child care provided. Registration required. Details and specific dates: www.northlandmoms4moms.com

LW MOTORCYCLE GROUP

All styles welcome. Must own a motorcycle and have a valid motorcycle license to participate. Details: Lori Cooper (407-249-0435) • Edgewood Children’s Home Event Sunday, January 10, 9 a.m. Enjoy a church service where Lori will deliver the message. Then the group will share biker stories and display their motorcycles for the children (www.edgewoodranch.org). After the event, the group will ride to Yalaha Bakery and then to Mount Dora. Call for meeting location. Details: Lori Cooper (407-249-0435)

LW SENIORS GROUP

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

Third Thursday of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; or first Saturday of each month, 3 to 4:30 p.m., room 4217. For those who can knit or sew, this group makes blankets for local hospitals and people in need in the community. Details and donations: Nicole Roberts (407-699-8575)

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 (lyvonne316@ yahoo.com), Liza Johnson (lizajohnson@landam. com), Dave Mullen (dmull77@yahoo.com). Leave questions on the singles info line (407-949-7172). Learn more: christiansocial.meetup.com/189/.

LW Divine Reflection Art Group

LW SOCCER – ACHE

LW Covering Care Blanket Ministry

Second Thursday of each month, through May, 7 to 9 p.m., room 4209. Join other artists to reflect God’s glory and truth through the visual arts. This year’s focus: being Light. Book: Refractions, by Makoto Fujimura, available in Northland’s bookstore. Details: Laura Bates (carpearte@aol.com or 407-622-6873)

LW FLAG FOOTBALL

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

LW GOLF — links fellowship

• Friday, January 8, 11 a.m., Rock Springs Ridge Golf Club, cost $35 • Saturday, January 16, 7:45 a.m., Eastwood Golf Club, cost $32 • Friday, January 22, 7:45 a.m., Alaqua Country Club, cost $43

Fridays, 8:15 p.m., Red Bug Lake Park. No practices, no teams, no rules, just fun and fellowship. A $2 donation is requested. Details: Mike Cannavo (407-359-0191)

LW softball

Join other Christian men and women on this adult coed team or the men’s team to compete in local leagues. Details: www.nlsoftball.com or northlandsoftball@gmail.com

LW TENNIS

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

LW WORD WEAVERS

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


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OV Building Your Marriage (Couples) Sundays, 6 p.m., Cluxton home, Champman Lakes subdivision, Oviedo. Details: Brad Cluxton (bcluxton@gmail.com or 407-474-0034) OV Building Your Marriage (Couples) Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Welday home, Oviedo. Work together to have a stronger, more loving and vibrant relationship with your spouse. Details: Ruth Linares (ruthalinares@gmail.com or 407-2270970) 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 kfulmer@earthlink.net) WO LADIES NIGHT OUT

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

Bible studies and opportunities to help you explore your faith and know God. BAPTISMS LW ADULT BAPTISMS

Sunday, February 21, 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. ferreira@northlandchurch.net)

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. jones@northlandchurch.net or 407-9497188).

LW INFANT BAPTISM/DEDICATION CLASS

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Details: Dave McGregor (407-774-2952 or mcgregor449@hotmail.com)

(bobshoemaker@mindspring.com or 407-5993132)

LW PRAYER GROUP

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

Thursdays, 6:30 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1116. Details: Jean Sherwood (407-796-4705)

OV Prayer Team Receive weekly prayer requests via e-mail for our Oviedo congregation and community. Details: Rebecca Sheahan (rebecca.sheahan@northlandchurch.net or 407-683-3566)

ADULT BIBLE STUDIES LW Alpha Course

- Is There More to Life than This? Sundays, January 17 and 24, 4 to 5:45 p.m., rooms 4206-7. Topics: January 17 — Does God Heal Today? Why and How Should I tell others? January 24 — What about the Church? How Can I make the most of the rest of my life? This is for future reference Ask and discover answers to essential questions of life and get a practical introduction to the Christian faith. Registration $10 per individual or $15 for two! Child care by reservation. Details: Jamila Millette (jamila.millette@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1832)

LW Gospel of Mark

Sundays, beginning January 10, 9 a.m., rooms 4213-15. The message of the Gospel of Mark is to present Christ as a servant. This yearlong study focuses on the ministry years of Christ, beginning with His baptism. Taught by Pastor Dan Lacich. Details: Jamila Millette (jamila.millette@northlandchurch.net or 407937-1832)

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BREAKING FREE — NEW 2009 Revised Beth Moore Study Discover true spiritual freedom and the abundant life God intends for you. Learn to remove obstacles that hinder you from enjoying the benefits of an intimate relationship with God, in spite of troubled circumstances and challenges. • Mondays, January 11 to March 29, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. • Tuesdays, January 12 through March 30, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Child care available. Workbook available in the Northland Bookstore. Details: Cherrie Rowe (cherbear100@aol.com or 407-322-6850)

LW The Joy of Living Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., rooms 4209-10. A 27-week interdenominational study of the book of Genesis, with daily study questions, group discussion and a lecture time. Study guide: $30 for the year. Details: Carolyn Robinson (407-260-9653 or crobins@cfl.rr.com)

MD Search for Significance Wednesdays, 7 to 8:15 p.m., rooms 2,3. A Robert McGee study to build your self-worth on God’s truth. Child care is not available. Details: Marilyn Faber (352-357-0983) or Christina Ferrito-Dugan (352-735-1974)

Second and fourth Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3 p.m., room 1116, Student Ministries and Care Center. For women 55 and over. Study the book of Esther, pray and have fellowship. Details: Jean Sherwood (407-796-4705)

MD Adult Bible Fellowship Sundays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., conference room. Join this ongoing Bible study on the Gospel of John. Child care is available. Details: Jason Merritt (407-697-9803

PRAYER

Thursdays, 6:30 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1104.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES

LW Revelation Part 3 Mondays, January 11 to April 26, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., rooms 4213-15. Through careful observation of the text, discover exactly what God says in this book of the Bible. Prerequisite: completed previous Revelation classes. Child care is available with advanced registration. Details: Melody Ringenberg (rringenberg@cfl.rr.com)

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 (ron@creativele.com)

LW MEN’S PRAISE AND PRAYER

The Quest for Authentic Manhood Saturdays, 7:15 a.m., NOCC. Study focuses on a man’s core identity and helps men embrace a biblical definition of manhood. Details: Lawrence Wachter (407-430-2835 or lawrence. wachter@gmail.com)

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MEN’S BIBLE STUDIES

Pray weekly from your home for needs in Children’s Ministries. Details: Carol Moss (carol.moss@northlandchurch.net or 407949-7180)

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Sundays, starting January 10, 10:45 a.m., rooms 4213, 15. Learn that the church is the body of Christ and how we are equipped, empowered and matured to express Christ’s fullness on earth. Details: John and Carolyn Jones (407-831-5822)

Saturday, January 16, 7 p.m., rooms 4206-7. Child care is available upon request. Details: Diane Jones (407-9497188 or diane.jones@northlandchurch.net)

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LW Psalms

Tuesdays, starting January 5, 6:45 to 8 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1118. Chronological study of some of the Psalms written by King David in association with historical events that contributed to their composition. Details: Bob Shoemaker

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classic writings of George Mueller in modern language, which teach trusting in God alone to provide for every need in every circumstance of life. This is an ongoing class, join any time. Details: Mickey and Cindy Mallin (407-322-6101)

LW Crown Financial Ministries Thursday, January 14, 7 to 8:30 p.m., rooms 4213-15. Orientation meeting to investigate and sign up for 10-week Crown biblical financial study, which helps people handle money according to principles in the Bible, including the topics of getting out of debt, investing, giving and budgeting. Details: Jo-anne Holleran (jo-anne.holleran@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1772) LW Crown Leadership Training Tuesday, January 5, 7 to 9 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1111. Training for Crown leaders to facilitate Crown biblical financial study classes starting soon. Details: Bob Shoemaker (bobshoemaker@ mindspring.com or 407-599-3132) LW DC4K Training DivorceCare for Kids is training leadership for the fall season. Do you feel called to work with children ages 6 to 12 who are experiencing the pain of divorce? Details: Elaine Harland (elaine. harland@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4002) 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. Details: Elaine Harland (407-9494002 or elaine.harland@northlandchurch.net)

LW LEARN TO SPEAK CHINESE

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 (gui_jin66@yahoo.com) or Linan An (lan@mail.ucf.edu)

LW Marriage Preparation Class

Sundays, starting January 17, 8:30 to 10:45 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, The Rink. A 13-week class for any couple engaged, not engaged (but seriously considering engagement) or married without the benefit of premarital counseling. Class is required for any couple seeking to be married by a Northland minister or at a Northland facility. Cost: $120 per couple. Registration required by January 10. Class application available at www.northlandchurch.net, “Get Equipped” tab, “Marriage Ministries” link, “Marriage Preparation Class.” A paper application is also available at Northland’s bookstore in the Marriage and Wedding Preparation Guide. Details: Chris Kingsley (407-949-7193)

LW PeaceMakers

Classes and training to help you mature in your faith and equip you to serve. ADULTS LW Answers to Prayer

Sundays, starting January 10, 11 a.m., room 4204. Learn to pray and be challenged by the

Sundays, January 10 through February 14, 9 a.m., room 4209. Six-week class to learn practical and effective biblical methods to approach someone with whom you are in conflict with a purpose of honoring God and restoring relationships. Details: Gary Wright (lanaharrison@cfl.rr.com)

LW Stepfamilies Class

Sundays, starting January 10, 9 a.m., room 4210. Discover biblical methods and practical tools for nurturing stepfamilies and providing hope and skills for conquering the challenges of stepfamily life and interaction. Details and registration: Doug Hubbard (407-695-5100 or doughubbard@gmail.com)


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CHILDREN LW 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: Diane Jones (407-9497188 or diane.jones@northlandchurch.net) • STEP 1—BECOMING A PART OF GOD’S FAMILY: January 24 to February 14. Focus: Salvation and assurance. Includes Communion instruction. • STEP 2—THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: January 24 to February 28. 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 11 to May 23. Focus: To develop skills in exploring the Bible.

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Details and registration: Vicki M. Wotring (520631-0886 or celebratelife3@aol.com)

OV Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God Mondays, starting December 14, 7 p.m., home of Laurie Jean Harrington. An updated version of the modern classic, this study will help you experience the height, depth and breadth of God’s love while being remade, reoriented and restored from the frustration of what you may have known as stale religion. Captured not by a concept, but by your Creator, reborn in relationship. Details: Laurie Jean Harrington (lauriejean2@bellsouth.net or 407-977-6742) OV What’s So Amazing About Grace

Fridays, 9:30 a.m., NOCC. An insightful exploration of grace, the most powerful force in the universe and our only hope for love and forgiveness. Details: Linda McGrath (lmcgr2033@ cfl.rr.com or 407-497-6540).

LW FAITHFUL AND TRUE Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. Join a fellowship of men pursuing sexual integrity. Workbooks are available at Northland’s bookstore for $17. Details and registration: Bryce Hagedorn (407-227-3072 or brycehagedorn@ yahoo.com) or Kevin Urichko (407-949-7166 or kevin.urichko@northlandchurch.net) LW Winning at Work and Home Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, Fellowship Hall. This 8-week study by Dr. Robert Lewis of Men’s Fraternity explores how men can enjoy and engage in work and relate at home. Details: Tom Horvath (Tom@ tomhorvath.com) OV Men’s Fraternity Group (Years 1, 2, 3) Tuesdays, 6:30 a.m., NOCC. Includes three one-year-long studies beginning with The Quest for Authentic Manhood, followed by Winning at Work and Home and ending with The Great Adventure. Studies provide men with an encouraging process that teaches them how to live lives of authentic manhood as modeled by Jesus Christ and directed by the Word of God. Details: Jeremy Jobson (jeremy.jobson@ northlandchurch.net or 407-929-3053) WO MEN IN THE WORD Saturdays, 8 a.m., House Blend Cafe. Read through Frances Chan’s book Crazy Love. Details: Jerry Murphy (407-522-1672 or jerry.murphy@ ieee.org)

WOMEN LW Keeping Your Focus on Christ in the Middle of Marriage Crisis Mondays, 7 p.m., room 4217. A support group for women with biblical truths, prayer and Bible study using Linda Rooks’ book Broken Hearts on Hold (available at Northland’s bookstore). Child care available with registration by contacting Morgan Perun (morgan.perun@ northlandchurch.net). Class details: Gayle Montiel (407-493-4106 or gaylemontiel@cfl. rr.com)

LW Women’s Healing Ministry

Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 1111. If you have a desire to live authentically, honestly, and intimately in your relationships, this group will provide hope and a safe place to heal if you have experienced sexual betrayal, deception, and lies of secrecy which keep you in bondage.

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NORTHLAND AT MOUNT DORA WORSHIP TEAM Sunday, January 10, 12:30 p.m., Mount Dora sanctuary. Has God gifted you in voice, instrument, lighting or audio? Consider putting your talents to work helping people experience Jesus. Come to the next Northland at Mount Dora worship team meeting. Details: Bill Chapman (352-434-4116 or bill.chapman@ northlandchurch.net)

Serve your local community

Come together for a single service project or an ongoing cause. LOCAL SERVICE PROJECTS For a project list and registration, visit www. northlandchurch.net. More info on page 6. Details: Vanessa Puleo (vanessa.puleo@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7156)

LW ACCESS MINISTRIES STEERING COMMITTEE

Seeking community professionals and stakeholders who have a heart for addressing community-based options for affordable housing and care for people with disabilities in Central Florida to serve on a steering committee. Details: Laura Lee Wright (407-937-0549 or lauralee.wright@northlandchurch.net)

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Opportunities to serve. volunteer

Ushers, greeters, child care workers and more are needed at all worship sites.

Longwood: Volunteer Central

Calvie Hughson 407-937-1831 or calvie.hughson@northlandchurch.net Mount Dora: Bill Chapman bill.chapman@northlandchurch.net or 352-434-4116 Oviedo: Rebecca Sheahan rebecca.sheahan@northlandchurch.net or 407-683-3566 West Oaks: Derika Hacker derika.hacker@northlandchurch.net or 407-473-4537

LW communion servers

Communion servers are needed the first weekend of each month. Several are needed for the Christmas services. Training provided. Details: Jan Stenstrom (407-937-0567 or communion@northlandchurch.net)

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 susan.cholewa@northlandchurch.net)

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 kevin.donaghy@northlandchurch.net)

LW SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN AND TEENS

Sundays, assist during the 11 a.m. worship service. Details: Laura Lee Wright (407-9370549 or lauralee.wright@northlandchurch.net)

LW Ushers and greeters

Greet and seat those attending worship services. Serve for two and a half hours every other weekend. No experience necessary. Details: Susan Cholewa (susan.cholewa@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0544)

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LW BLOOD DRIVE

Saturday, January 2, 4:30 to to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, January 3, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Monday, January 4, 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. Give blood and save lives! Details: Susan Cholewa (susan.cholewa@ northlandchurch.net)

LW CELEBRATE RECOVERY MUSICIANS

Vocalists and musicians needed for the newly forming Celebrate Recovery Band. Details: Celebrate Recovery Ministry leader Mary Ann Mannen (407-913-4777 or mmannen@cfl.rr.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 4217. Work on baby caps and blankets for distribution in local communities. Details: Nicole Roberts (407-699-8575 or mamaquad@earthlink.net)

LW LONGWOOD HEALTH CARE CENTER

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

LW PETPALS

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

LW RECOVERY MINISTRY

Volunteers with a heart for the hurting, and recovery or 12-step experience needed to help with a ministry. Details: Laurie Jean Harrington (407-977-6742 or lauriejean2@bellsouth.net)

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 Christmas in the City Sunday, December 20. Serve Oviedo families in need this Christmas. Opportunities available preparing for the event and day of event. Details: www.helpforthehomeless.net. OV GOOD SAMARITAN Serve someone in need in your community through meal deliveries. Details: Maggie Jobson (mjobson@cfl.rr.com) OV International Friendship Ministries Serving locally with global impact through outreach opportunities to international students at UCF, including social activities, Bible studies, conversational English language practice and more. Details: Michele Moresi (407-694-7196 or sailingfan2@hotmail.com)

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

LW DISASTER RESPONSE TEAMS

Medical professionals, licensed CDL drivers, culinary professionals, veterinarians or vet techs, licensed mental health counselors and those interested in providing mental health services needed for the Northland Disaster Response Teams. Training provided. Details: Gretchen Kerr (407-949-7190 or gretchen. kerr@northlandchurch.net)

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HELP WOMEN TRANSITIONING FROM JAIL to Community Christian women are needed to befriend and support other Christian women who have decided to follow Christ and start a new life. Various opportunities to minister are available. Details: Linda Moedinger (jhvolunteer@gmail.com)

LW HELP INCARCERATED MAN

Man needed to come alongside an incarcerated man. No experience necessary. Minimum commitment: one hour per week. Details: Greg Kerr (407-770-8503 or gpkerr@mindspring.com)

LW JAIL MINISTRY

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)

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) 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 (407-5144356 or www.exchangeministries.org). A support


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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 sexual identity. Details: Cherrie Rowe (407-322-6850 or cherbear100@aol.com); inquiries are confidential. 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) 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) READERS MINISTRY Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Goldsboro Elementary School in Sanford. Everyone from high school students to senior citizens is invited to read to kindergarteners and first-graders. Come alone or with friends; experience is not necessary. Additional opportunities through this multigenerational ministry – Nanas, Papas and Reading Buddies – include tutoring Goldsboro’s second- and third-graders. Details: Elaine Gritter (egritter@bellsouth.net or 407327-1474) or Candy Guernsey (cwgrfg@aol.com or 407-323-9433)

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.com) or www.cbmc.com; Thursday details: Steve Doerr (321-274-7072) or Jay Stauf (407-506-6737)

MD = Northland at Mount dora

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 Wednesdays, through May 5, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Community United Methodist on 1792, Casselberry. Study: The Divided Kingdom (1 & 2 Kings and Minor Prophets). Child care available. Details: Sandi McLaughlin (407-3424765 or sandimclaughlin@yahoo.com) 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 sandylisaacs@yahoo.com) MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS) First and third Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m., east/central Orlando. Meet other moms and get refreshed. Details: Jackie Howe (407281-9276 or congagirl@earthlink.net) ON THE THRESHOLD OF HOPE Wednesdays, 5:50 p.m. to 7 p.m., The Parlor at Reformed Theological Seminary. Study this book by Diane Mandt Langberg, Ph. D., on opening the door to healing for survivors of sexual abuse. Details: Olivia Litwiller or Becky Valentine (407-949-4000, ext. 1789 or 1740) 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

Looking for local job listings? You can find them at northlandchurch.net/blogs.

FINANCIAL REPORT

............................................................................................................... As of DECEMBER 14, 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 $237,553 $2,613,083 $11,941,272 Received $241,242 $2,435,835 $11,118,766 Surplus / (Deficit) $3,689 ($177,248) ($822,506)* *Shortfall is currently being covered by reserve fund. ............................................................................................................... BUILDING FUND This Week This Quarter This Year Need $35,298 $388,278 $1,839,585 Received $27,255 $284,604 $1,479,805 Surplus / (Deficit) ($8,043) ($103,674) ($359,780) LOAN BALANCE is currently $19,438,333 ............................................................................................................... ATTENDANCE for weekend of December 12 to 14, 2009 Northland at Longwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,326 Northland at Mount Dora . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295 Northland at Oviedo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345 Northland at West Oaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Northland Webstream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,701 at 1,000 sites Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,795 at 1,004 sites

OV = Northland at Oviedo

WO = Northland at west oaks

another to succeed with a biblical worldview. Details and reservations: sschultz2@cfl.rr.com or 407-522-4797

the lobby of the Worship Center and in the Student Ministries and Care Center. Details: Vanessa Puleo (407-949-7156 or vanessa. puleo@northlandchurch.net)

stewardship

MD LOVE COLLECTION New collection each month. Visit the information table for list. Details: Ann South (south4@ comcast.net or 352-267-3388) or Sharlee Hollingsworth (shollingsworth2@cfl.rr.com)

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

Non-perishable food items can be brought to Northland. Please take clean, usable clothing, toys and supplies to The Sharing Center, Fairmont Plaza, 600 N. Highway 1792, Longwood (407-260-9155).

LW

AUTOMOBILE NEEDED by Northland’s Service Department to provide transportation for visiting guests and missionaries. Details: Sarah Mattingly (sarah.mattingly@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7170)

LW

Christian and classic children’s books as well as parenting and marriage books are needed for the Northland Children’s and Family library. Books may be dropped off in the Children’s Ministry Office. Details: Bethany Durys (bethany.durys@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0541)

LW Nonperishable food items can be placed into the designated wooden boxes in

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 407-415-7678) OV Christmas in the City Donate socks, underwear, toys and turkey certificates for the Christmas in the City event on December 20 to benefit local families in need. Details: Rebecca Sheahan (rebecca. sheahan@northlandchurch.net) OV

Hope Foundation & Sonshine Thrift has donation buckets in the foyer as well as current needs lists and service opportunities. Details: Rebecca Sheahan (rebecca.sheahan@ northlandchurch.net or 407-683-3566)

WO

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 (dmull77@yahoo.com)

Poinsettias Continued from page 4.

Our mothers, Lela Mae McIntosh and Vivian Giovinetti, by Steve and Denise Beumer Richard McIntyre Sr. by Rick and Marisa McIntyre and the Krepfle family Jim McLaughlin by his sisters, Bunnye and Carole Josebell McMiller by Marilyn Smith Carol Meholic by Denver and Candy Cheek Bill and Elaine Menucci by Rae and Mark Kressin William Menucci Jr. by Rae and Mark Kressin Courtney Michelle Miller by Jonathan, Ashley, Addison Michelle and Benjamin Poe Glenn Miller by Jonathan, Ashley, Addison Michelle and Benjamin Poe Alfons and Mary Minko by the Garrison family Mrs. Mabel Monroe by the Crew Maxine Moore by Tim Steuber Mother and Father by Irene Martin Kathy Nims by the Laney family Katherine Angelina Nomicou by Rose Vigilante-Nomikos Lloyd Nordbeck by Bruce and Karen Nordbeck Myona Joy O’Neil by Molly and Bob Bevenger, Erin, Megan and Tim, and husband, Tim O’Neil JoAnn Padilla by Paula and Brandon Bauer Ethel and Frank Perricone by Marie Strickland David and Margaret Post by Scot Post LeRoy C. Robb by the Laney family David Roy by Pam, T.J. and Tiffany Lallathin Atha Sanders by her cousins Derrin Shaw by the Daniel family Cleo Sheppard by Jodi and Bob Emrick Russ Sheppard by Jodi and Bob Emrick Bill Siegrist Sr. by Margaret Siegrist Jacob Siegrist by Grandma and Grandpa Fletter Jacob Siegrist by Mommy, Daddy, Lauren and Matthew Jacob Siegrist by Uncle Brock, Aunti and Will Hansen

Jacob William Siegrist by Grammy Siegrist William Siegrist Sr. by Lorenna, Bill, Lauren and Matthew William H. Siegrist by Brock, Shari and Will Hansen Bertha Skinner by Teresa Terry and family Marie Smith by Leslie and Donald Smith James Stephen Snodgrass by Irene and Susan Snodgrass Michael Anthony Spano by Ralph and Sharon Spano Sam, Joyce and Mike Spector by Tad, Sue, Sam and Ben Nelson Rita Straub by Chris and Michelle Straub Lloyd W. and Norine K. Straw by Richard and Peggy Straw Maryann Strickland by Marie Strickland Larry Sylvester by your loving family Michele Sylvester by your loving family Uncle Billy by the Crew Lola Van Zandt by Richard and Linda Tubbs John and Doris Vick by Roger and Sandra Vick Patty Walker by Bill and Kaye Andree Conrad F. Walko by sons, Conrad and Tyler Walko Vergie and Clyde Warner by Marilyn Warner McKenzie Edith and Art Whitehead from Don, Chris and Kim Whitehead Bettye Wicker by Rod and Edwina Terman James H. Williams by your daughters Lauren Williams by the Laney family Lauren Williams by your sisters Lynne Gail Wright by her sister, Sheri Wright, and mother, Rachel Annie Young by Donna Coulantes Arthur Zang by Bruce and Karen Nordbeck Mildred Zang by Bruce and Karen Nordbeck Terri Zeman by Rae and Mark Kressin


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OVIEDO SITE

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? Elaine Harland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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? Shaylynn Stoner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7194 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: Rebecca Sheahan . . . . . . . . 407-683-3566 West Oaks: Derika Hacker . . . . . . . 407-473-4537 I want to get involved in a local serving project Vanessa Puleo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7156 or visit www.northlandchurch.net I am getting married? Sharon Ferreira . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 I need to plan a funeral? Sharon Ferreira . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 I would like to order CDs, DVDs, Tapes and/or newspapers? Network Sound Inc . . . . . . . . . . . 407-834-8555 or northlandorders@networksoundinc.com

Northland at Oviedo Community Center (NOCC) 561 E. Mitchell Hammock Road, #300 Oviedo, FL 32765 Oviedo Blog Website . . . . . . . . . . . . oviedo.northlandchurch.net Facebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Northland Church at Oviedo

LONGWOOD SITE 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750 www.northlandchurch.net / info@northlandchurch.net Main Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Main Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-830-9840 Longwood Blog Website . . . . . . . . . . . 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 Teri Grayson, Early Childhood Administrator . . . . . . 407-949-4014 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

General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Jeremy Jobson, Site Minister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-929-3053 jeremy.jobson@northlandchurch.net Rebecca Sheahan, Site Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . 407-683-3566 rebecca.sheahan@northlandchurch.net Erica Emler, Student Ministries Coordinator . . . . . 407-687-8570 erica.emler@northlandchurch.net Michelle Smith, Children’s Ministries . . . . . . . . . . 407-718-5510 michelle.smith@northlandchurch.net Mike Grindstaff, Small Group and Bible Study Connections Lay Leader . . . . . . . . . 917-716-1362 or mgrindstaff@topps.com Josh Smith, Set Up/Tear down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-739-8602 JoshuaMSmith1@yahoo.com Kathy Franz, Boys Town Liaison . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-415-7678 Prayer — For prayer requests or to join the Oviedo prayer team contact Rebecca Sheahan (rebecca.sheahan@northlandchurch. net or 407-683-3566) Good Samaritan Ministry — Help someone who really needs it, right now! Sign-up and details: Maggie Jobson (mjobson@cfl.rr.com) Be in the Know — Get on the e-mail list for ongoing events and information. Details: Rebecca Sheahan (rebecca.sheahan@ northlandchurch.net or 407-683-3566)

WEST OAKS SITE 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

MOUNT DORA SITE 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 Website . . . . . . mountdora.northlandchurch.net General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7184 Bill Chapman, Site Minister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352-434-4116 bill.chapman@northlandchurch.net Frances Merritt, Site Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-554-0076 Cell: 352-409-7777 or jasonandfrances@comcast.net John Tucker, Setup/Takedown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321-438-9961 wyoming01@earthlink.net Tanya Carpenter, Children’s Ministries . . . . . . . . . 352-735-3832 tcarpenter@cfl.rr.com Prayer Kitty Merritt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352-589-1770 Christina Ferrito-Dugan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352-735-1974 Marilyn Faber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352-357-0983 Ann South, Carpenter’s House for Children . . . . . . 352-267-3388 south4@comcast.net Laura Martin, Celebrate Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . 352-408-2640 lauramartin32778@gmail.com Kelly Verkaik, Debbie’s Doorstep . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-310-5355 debbiesdoorstep@mac.com

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

General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1747 Tommy Novak, Site Minister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352-989-7378 tommy.novak@northlandchurch.net Derika Hacker, Children’s Coordinator . . . . . . . . . 407-473-4537 derika.hacker@northlandchurch.net Lou Amadori, Setup/Teardown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-493-7343 lamadori@cfl.rr.com John & Maxine Hammerstein, Prayer Coordinators . 407-877-8896 maxinehammerstein@mac.com Patti Novak, F.A.I.T.H. Neighboorhood Center . . . . 352-989-7478 LEADERSHIP TEAM Stephen Arnold . . . . 407-358-9603 or stephenarnold4@cfl.rr.com Jerry Murphy . . . . . . . . . 407-522-1672 or jerry.murphy@ieee.org Zack Fulmer . . . . . . 407-656-3008 or zack.fulmer@ronblue.com

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.

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.

Special Needs Seating: People with wheelchairs, walkers or other special needs have designated seating areas throughout the sanctuary if needed. Lyrics for Visually Impaired: Printed lyrics are located at the Welcome Center. Sunday School: Classes for children through fifth grade with special needs is on Sundays at 11 a.m. Buddy Breaks: With Nathaniel’s Hope, we offer respite for parents of kids with special needs. Check the Belong section in the Northland News for details. Assistance for Those With Hearing Loss: Signed worship service is Sundays, 9 a.m. Sound amplification aids are available at the Welcome Center.

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GOVERNING ELDERS


BELIEVE 16

Preaching the message this weekend: Dr. Joel C. Hunter, Senior Pastor

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

THIS WEEKEND’S MESSAGE:

The Gift of Presence — Advent Week 4 Personal Congregations Scripture focus:

Exodus 4:10, 14-15; Luke 1:39-45 (NASB)

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Worship focus: ........................................................................

Worship Christ today as the Prince of Peace.

Exodus 4:10

Then Moses said to the LORD, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” Exodus 4:14-15

Then the anger of the LORD burned against Moses, and He said, “Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that he speaks fluently. And moreover, behold, he is coming out to meet you; when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. “You are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I, even I, will be with your mouth and his mouth, and I will teach you what you are to do. Luke 1:39-45

Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! “And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? “For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.”

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Heavenly Father, we worship You during this Advent season as the Prince of Peace. Since ancient times, no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for You. We wait for You … as we celebrate the Word that became flesh. We wait for You … as Your Kingdom comes on earth as it is in Heaven. We wait for you … for Your final return, when we will be with You in Heaven forever. Until then, expand our vision of Your nature, expand our understanding of Your grace, and let us know the power of Your presence. Don’t let us remember You as a baby in a manger. Reveal Yourself again to us, as You act on our behalf and we act on Yours, everywhere, every day.

NEXT WEEKEND: Dr. Joel C. Hunter

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Building Heaven-like “Families”

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“…from whom every family in heaven and on earth…”

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Ephesians 3:15

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Northland News Vol 10/Iss 51  

December 19 to 26, 2009

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