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NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED

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JANUARY 9 - 16, 2010

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VOLUME 11, ISSUE 2

Our children need our presence more than our presents. - John Blanchard (preacher, teacher, apologist, author)


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What’s Happening This Week? LONGWOOD SITE Saturday, January 9

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

Prayer Meeting Prayer Room Worship (cc) Sanctuary Infant/Walker – K’s ECW Grades 1–5 CWW Battlecry for a Generation Group Study (cc) 4204 LUGRox The Rink/SMCC Membership/Belong Study (cc) 4209-10

SUNday, January 10

7:30 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 10:45 am 10:45 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 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 Mark Bible Study (cc) Peacemakers (cc) Ephesians (cc) Transformers Study (cc) Worship (cc)* Infant/Walker – K’s Grades 1–5 Special Needs Class Answers to Prayer Worship (cc) Infant/Walker – K’s Grades 1–5 O2 High School Ministry Fusion College Ministry

Monday, January 11

8:45 am 10:00 am 6:45 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:30 pm

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communion Prayer Room Sanctuary ECW CWW 4213,15,17 4209 4213,15,17 F.Hall/SMCC Sanctuary ECW CWW CWW 4204 Sanctuary ECW CWW The Rink/SMCC The Rink/SMCC

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

The Rink/SMCC 4213-15 The Rink/SMCC Sanctuary ECW CWW 4204-4208 F.Hall/SMCC

TUESday, January 12

6:45 am 6:45 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm

Men’s Bible Study 1118/SMCC Beth Moore Bible Study The Rink/SMCC Brazil Info Meeting 5106-7/CWW Conquering Fear, Anger & Anxiety 4128 DivorceCare 4204-05, 4208, 4217 AMEN 4206-7

WEDNEsday, January 13 NOW

9:00 am 1:30 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm

Joy of Living 4209-10 Third Verse 1116/SMCC Doulos (High School) The Rink/SMCC NOW. Theology: Doctrine of Christ (cc) Sanctuary NOW. Bible: Old Testament Survey (cc) 4213-15 NOW. Christian Living: The Crucible of Work (cc) 4206-7 NOW. WOW! (Grades 1–5) CWW NOW. Lot 9 (Middle School) Welcome Desk/Lobby

THURsday, January 14

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

Men’s Praise and Prayer Women’s Prayer His Way Crown Orientation Class (cc) Divine Reflections Art Group

Friday, JANUARY 15 5:00 pm

Celebrate Recovery

Saturday, JANUARY 16

4:00 pm 4:45 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 6:30 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm

1104/SMCC 1116/SMCC F.Hall/SMCC 4213-15 4209

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Prayer Meeting Prayer Room Growing Kids Gods Way 4206-7 Worship (cc) Sanctuary Infant/Walker – K’s ECW Grades 1–5 CWW Membership Opportunity/Belong Study 4209 Battlecry for a Generation Group Study 4204 LUGRox The Rink/SMCC Infant Baptism/Dedication Class 4213-15 Couples Café Nature’s Table Café

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

MOUNT DORA SITE SUNday, January 10

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

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

TUESday, January 12 6:30 am 7:00 pm

Men’s Bible Fellowship Celebrate Recovery (cc)

WEDNEsday, January 13 6:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm

CREW352 Women’s Bible Study “The Gift that God Gives” Bible Study

Sanctuary Rooms 2-3 Conference Room

4:00 pm Child care for infants - K’s

7:00 pm

Mount Dora Home Group

OVIEDO SITE

SUNday, January 10

9:00 am Worship (cc)* 9:00 am Infants 9:00 am Classes for 2’s - 3’s 9:00 am Classes for 4’s - K’s 9:00 am Grade School 11:00 am Worship (cc)* 11:00 am Infants 11:00 am Classes for 2’s - 3’s 11:00 am Classes for 4’s - K’s 11:00 am Grade School 11:00 am AXIS: Middle School Ministry 5:00 pm AXIS: High School Ministry

Monday, January 11 7:00 pm 7:00 pm

Experiencing God (Women) Believing God – Beth Moore Study

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communion Auditorium 9-109 9-107 9-105 8-107 Auditorium 9-109 9-107 9-105 8-107 Hallway NOCC

Harrington home Dewey home

Men’s Fraternity Groups Welday Couples Group

NOCC Welday home

What’s So Amazing About Grace (Women)

Saturday, January 16 7:15 am

The Quest for Authentic Manhood (Men)

WEST OAKS SITE SUNday, January 10 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

Monday, January 11 7:00 pm

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Friday, January 15 9:30 am

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Tuesday, January 12

6:30 am 6:30 pm

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Rooms 2-3 Calvary Chapel

THURsday, January 14 Friday, JANUARY 15

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

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

One Thing (Middle and High School students) Novak home

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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

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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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What’s Happening This Week?

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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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STARTS THIS WEEKEND!

Faith& Disability Conference

January 22-23 Northland Church Longwood This free event is open to the community — people living with disabilities, families, friends, caregivers, ministry personnel across all denominations, community agencies and nonprofits, and faithbased organizations.

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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 Haley Mabrey, Photographer Robb Richardson, Photographer

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Vernon Rainwater: The Rest of the Story By ROBERT ANDRESCIK Director of Public Relations

Last weekend, many stopped by to pay tribute to our beloved worship leader. Here’s a look back at Pastor Vernon ... the early years.

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ernon and Connie Rainwater will never forget the first Bible study they attended at Northland. The year was 1985, and the couple had just moved to Orlando from Greenwood, Indiana, to serve with Youth for Christ. Joel and Becky Hunter, who had also moved to the area only recently, were leading the small group in The Rink when, suddenly ... a frantic children’s ministry worker interrupted the meeting with an unsettling announcement: “There’s a rat in child care!” “Someone caught the rat, and we went on with the study,” Connie Rainwater explains, laughing. “It was quite a place back in the day.” More than two decades later, Northland’s facilities are a far cry from the derelict rollerskating center that 200 faithful congregants transformed into a house of worship. Thankfully, though, some things have stayed the same. “Vernon is the same guy I met almost 25 years ago,” Dr. Hunter says. “He’s as loving and caring as he is talented. His heart is to build up others in the Lord.”

Sleepless in Indiana If you’ve been attending Northland for very long, then you’ve probably heard Dr. Hunter talk about his early days as a senior pastor in Greenwood, Indiana, and how God began “disturbing” his heart about his next phase of ministry. What many people don’t realize is that across town, at another church in that same city, God was also stirring the heart of a youth minister named Vernon Rainwater. “I had just met Vernon before leaving for Florida,” Pastor Joel remembers. “He was the youth pastor at a nearby church a few miles from us. We met at a high school graduation ceremony. A few months later, it was totally surprising to see him in the congregation at Northland.” “Surprising” is also a good way to describe the journey that ultimately brought Vernon to Northland’s doorstep. Born in 1953 in Wilmore, Kentucky, Vernon was the youngest of three brothers, and his father was local chief of police. While he grew up in the church, he didn’t dedicate his life to Christ until 1970, during his high school years. He taught himself to play guitar and sang with a group in high school called The Good News Quartet. He met Connie in the fall of 1971 on the campus of Wilmore’s Asbury College ... you might say it was a “moving” experience. “Vernon and his buddies had a tradition of coming over to campus when the freshmen girls arrived. They would meet girls by helping them to move into their dorm rooms. So I literally met him the minute I came on Asbury’s campus,” Connie remembers. “He was kind, he was funny, he was cute ... and he was dating the daughter of the president of the college. We were ‘just friends’ for about two months before we had our first date at a Blood, Sweat & Tears concert.” In December of 1972, Vernon and Connie went to New York to ring bells for the Salvation Army. He proposed at the top of the Empire State Building. The couple married in June 1973, spending their first two and half years of marriage in Germany, where Vernon served as a chaplain’s assistant in the Vernon and Connie with daughters, U.S. Army. When they returned Claire and Mandy in 1987.

to the States, Vernon earned a degree from the University of Kentucky in social work. For six years, he served as a juvenile probation officer but was discouraged because by the time he got to kids, there was little he could do to help them. Then one night, he went to a Keith Green memorial concert in Cincinnati. “God just got a hold of his heart at that concert,” Connie says. “He knew he was supposed to make a big change. So he started talking to people he respected, and a pastor in Greenwood invited Vernon to work at his church.”

Youth for Christ Vernon served faithfully in the youth department at Community Church of Greenwood from 1983 to 1985, when he was offered the position of director of Youth for Christ in Central Florida. He and Connie moved to Orlando and started attending Northland ... just a few months after Joel and Becky Hunter’s arrival. Dick Wynn, former president of Youth for Christ, remembers the first time he met Vernon: “I immediately knew that he was a man of God. He was multitalented, and his heart for kids oozed out of the conversations that we had together. I also recognized Vernon as a leader and influencer, and for the next several years, he developed an extremely strong ministry in the Central Florida area.” Vernon also volunteered to help Northland develop its In 1990, Vernon received an student ministry program. His award from Youth for Christ for plan was simple: Focus on a his outstanding achievements, presented by Dick Wynn (r). small group of young people, helping them to grow in Christ and develop as leaders. That way, they would do the outreach, bringing other kids to church and ultimately, to faith in Jesus Christ. The results? “The first night we did youth group as volunteers in early 1986, there were 12 students. Soon, we were having hundreds— more than we could fit in the Fellowship Hall,” Connie says. In January of 1990, Vernon resigned from Youth for Christ to come on staff with Northland full time. Both then and now, Pastor Vernon wasn’t afraid to do things “a little different” each week—sometimes to the chagrin of the maintenance crew. “One time, we built a ramp and covered it with Crisco so that kids could do skiing indoors—to promote an outreach trip to Gatlinburg. Every kid wanted to try it. And, eventually, Crisco had been tracked all over The Rink,” Connie laughs. Sarah (Moss) Mattingly, who now serves on Northland’s staff, remembers with fondness her days as a high school student in Pastor Vernon’s youth group: “Vernon was such a great youth pastor because of his love for each and everyone of us individually. He had a way of making you feel like you were the only one in the room when he talked with you, which is really important to teenagers. He still makes you feel like that today.”

Lead Worshiper For many years, Vernon served both in student ministries and leading worship at the church. But as he continued to invest himself in the next generation, others began to take leadership in student ministries. “It became a gradual thing, shifting his focus from being the one who ministered to the students, to ministering to the ones who minister to the students,” Connie explains. In his current role, Connie says, the way Vernon likes to think of himself is not as the worship leader, but as the lead worshiper—willing to be transparent and worship in front of all of us. He lets us come alongside him and leads up us to the throne. “He is the person that people see up there,” she concludes. “That is who he is. And he lives what he challenges other people to live.”

Tell Vernon how he matters to you, and read about how all of us “heart” Vernon at …


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Step two is to open His Book and hear His voice. Conversation is two-way. Let Him speak into your life through the Bible. Many Christians forsake this critical step, but you can’t commune with God if you don’t listen to His voice. Step three is to open your mouth and speak to Him in prayer. He knows your thoughts, but wants to hear your voice anyway. And step four is to take Him with you into the rest of your you didn’t originate with me; it started with God. He created day! Please note: Daily communion with God takes intention your inmost being; He knit you together in your mother’s womb. and persistence (for that matter, daily intimacy with anyone He saw your unformed body and takes commitment!). The ordained all the days of your life. devil will certainly try to He created you to be His wonderful thwart you. Doubts, fears, He created your inmost being; He child (taken from Psalm 139:13bad habits and distractions knit you together in your mother’s 16), and He desires to commune will try and trip you up. But with you. if you really want to grasp womb. He saw your unformed How do you commune with God? how wide and long and high body and ordained all the days of The same way you have fellowship and deep His love is for with your spouse, connect with you, if you really want to your life. He created you to be His your kids, or convene a gathering bask in that love, then daily wonderful child ..., and He desires to of great friends. You establish a Communion with Him is the place and time to meet with Him. only place to begin. Though commune with you. Two men in the Mount Dora men’s we are now two weekends Bible study have resolved to make into the new year, why not that their highest priority this year. You’ve got to create that resolve to commune daily with God? Pick the time and place, space – on your porch, in your den, sitting in your cozy chair or and go for Him. You can do it! some other place that appeals to you. Early mornings in my back yard are the best for me. >>> MOUNTDORA.NORTHLANDCHURCH.NET

Resolved: I Will Commune With God Bill Chapman Northland at Mount Dora Site Minister

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his weekend we will engage in the sacrament of Holy Communion. What do you experience during the Lord’s Supper? Closeness to Christ? Connectedness to His people? I will tell you how I feel. As I preside at the table and you come, one by one, to take of the body and blood of Christ, I am keenly reminded of the love that God has for each of you. I often pray for you in my mind as you walk by and return to your seat. Paul prayed for fellow believers in this way: “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:17b-18). Though my prayers for you are not nearly as eloquent, I long for you to be washed over by the love of God – not just during Communion, and not just on Sundays. Every day. This desire for

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New Year’s Resolutions JEREMY JOBSON Northland at Oviedo Site Minister

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e make them, break them, forget them and occasionally fulfill them. Well, maybe that is more of a confession than it is a statement. Maybe there is something we, the body of Christ at Northland at Oviedo, could do about it together? What if we had accountability with each other? What if we were in relationship with one another in such a way that we knew we were praying for each other, looking out for each other, encouraging, building up and making one another better and better? That is not easy. It requires something most of us don’t have, and it’s not time; it’s relationship. I think for some of us, this is a normal part of life. We are connected to lots of people, and intentionally, we are connected to some of them in an intimate and personal enough way that we are being held accountable by them, being called on the carpet, sharpened in our personhood by them, voluntarily. We

sought them out for that very reason. Proverbs 27:17 says it this way: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” However, my sneaking suspicion is that most of us do not have any such relationship with anyone, not a friend, family member or spouse. Most of us go through life with lots of acquaintances, but very few people who could be called friends in the sense that I am describing – the kind of friends that will tell you the tough stuff in love, that will push and sometimes pull you in the right direction, mostly by example by the life they are trying to live. I heard this in a movie called “single-serving friendships,” the kind where we say, “Hi,” or, “How’s work?” or we talk about the game or the weather, but never much past that. I’d love to say it is different ‘in the church,’ but I don’t think it is. I just think the small talk is different, but it is still small talk! What I am talking about I have experienced on several occasions in my life, and I thirst and hunger for it more and more, not only for me and my family, but for every single one of you. Maggie and I have been involved in a couple of different settings like this over the years, including various groups – recovery, couples, men’s, women’s and parenting – as well as some even more intimate accountability/discipleship relationships one on

one. What I want you to know is that these have been the only places I have ever truly grown in any measurable way. There is no mystery here as to why. This was the model we were given: Jesus taught hundreds, and had 12 close to Him and three even closer, and then He sent the Holy Spirit to be with us, even closer than that! We are destined for these connections, but most of us never experience them, and yet at the same time, we ask questions like, “Why am I not growing? Why do I feel so alone and yet surrounded by people? Where is the body of Christ, and how do I fit in?” Well, maybe it’s because you are not in an environment that will make you grow. Many of us have hundreds of Facebook friends, but we have no friends that truly know our hidden face, the real us, the sinner who needs a savior. They only know the saint we try to show the world, a practice that further isolates us from the growth we so desperately yearn for, even if we don’t know it! So here is the idea: Make a new year’s resolution this year that actually might have some lasting impact … get connected! We have lots of small groups, Bible studies, classes, Neighborhood Gatherings and service opportunities coming up in January and February, and they are all great ways to enter into the process of relationship. Smaller and smaller gatherings of believers focused on Christ, being transformed into His likeness – now that is a great new year’s resolution we can all make, and hold each other accountable for, together! >>> OVIEDO.NORTHLANDCHURCH.NET

westoaksnews Christmas Brunch with the West Oaks Family West Oaks darlings, Addie Weeks, Cecilia Fulmer, Kylie Weeks and Emma Sundermeyer were all smiles as they enjoyed cupcakes for brunch.

Site Minister Tommy Novak gets things started with prayer, words of encouragement and praise.

Dan Hacker shares a smile with his best bud.

Kimberly Fulmer with son Jacob, and Chad Sundermeyer with son Quin enjoyed the day and fellowship.


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BY vanessa puleo Director of LifeService

Citrus Harvest for the Hungry SERVE DAY! Help Feed the Hungry with Citrus Grown in Local Back Yards In partnership with Society of St. Andrews, we will be gleaning the yards and fields of Orlando on Saturday, January 23. Hundreds of people are needed to serve that day. Here are the details: What is the Citrus Harvest event?

It is a day when many churches gather and send individuals, teams and families to locations around the area to glean the yards and fields of fruit and food for the hungry.

What will I be doing?

Picking fruit and bringing it to a drop site (Northland is a site).

Steps of service for this day:

• Register to serve online (details below). • Come to Northland at 8 a.m. Saturday, January 23. • Receive a map and instructions for the project. • Go serve the community and the hungry. • Enjoy a lunch at Northland; project ends at 2 p.m.

What if I have a field to be picked?

Contact Barbara or Becky at Society of St. Andrews (407-650-1956).

This is a great serving opportunity for families, teams, students and small groups! Details: Vanessa Puleo (vanessa.puleo@northlandchurch.net)

Opportunities to Serve at Northland

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ith a new year, it is exciting not only to look at what we have done in the past, but more importantly to look ahead at the future and what God is calling us to do. While there are so many ways to serve others, both at Northland and in the community, I want to encourage you to consider how you and your family want to be involved. Here are some great opportunities to serve at Northland: • Amy Grant Concert, Thursday, January 21, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. — Help the teams to make this a great event. Register at www.northlandchurch.net/serve. Details: Vanessa Puleo (407-949-7156 or vanessa.puleo@northlandchurch.net) • F  aith & Disability Conference, Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23 — Join this wonderful opportunity to serve at a special conference. Registration: www. northlandchurhc.net/serve. Details: Vanessa Puleo (407949-7156 or vanessa.puleo@northlandchurch.net) • Pass  port to the Nations, Friday, January 29 — Help greet, assist and serve food. Registration: www.northlandchurhc. net/serve. Details: Vanessa Puleo (407-949-7156 or vanessa. puleo@northlandchurch.net) • Parkin  g Lot Attendants — Help with the needs in the parking lot during the weekend services. Details: James Li (407-949-4003 or james.li@northlandchurch.net) • U  shers and Greeters — Come greet and seat those who attend worship! Just 2.5 hours can make a huge difference to those you serve. Details: Susan Cholewa (407-937-0544 or susan.cholewa@northlandchurch.net)

Opportunities to serve locally

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. January 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grace and Grits January 14 . . . . . . . . . Team leader info meeting and dinner January 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Homeless Ministry Team January 23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pathways to Care January 23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Citrus Harvest January 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Give Kids the World 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 March 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ronald McDonald House March 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coalition for the Homeless March 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Homeless Ministry Team 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.

Team Leader Info Meeting & Dinner

Thursday, January 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m. room 4212, Longwood Site Serve others through leading teams. Learn how you can help run service projects, onsite events, conferences and more. Learn what it takes “behind the scenes” to make all these things happen. Details: Vanessa Puleo (407-949-7156 or vanessa.puleo@northlandchurch.net)

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


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LW Servant Leadership Ministry

LW LUGRox (Living Under Grace Rocks!)

Sundays, 6 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, The Rink. All 9th- through 12thgraders 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)

MD CREW352 (Christians Radically Encouraging Worship)

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

OV AXIS: Middle School MINISTRY

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

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)

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)

OV AXIS: BONFIRE!

Friday, January 22, 6 to 9 p.m., Niro home. Enjoy fun, food, friends and fellowship at the AXIS Bonfire for middle and high schoolers. Hot dogs and chips will be provided, but please bring the fixings for s’mores (graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars). RSVP, details and directions: Erica Emler (407-687-8570 or erica. emler@northlandchurch.net)

WO one thing

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)


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Sharing Life Stories

Real. Relational. Evangelism.

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Who could benefit: • Those who want to enhance their marriage. • Those in the first years of marriage. • Those in challenging stages in their marriage. • Those struggling with issues in their marriage.

oin Pastor Gus Davies and Patty Sattler at The Rink in the Student Ministries and Care Center in Longwood on Saturday, February 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Sharing Life Stories. This relational evangelism course will equip you to share Christ’s love through your own life stories as an act of worship. All believers are called to build relationships in which to actively listen, learn and ask questions. Only when we build trust and earn people’s respect will they be willing to listen as we, in turn, share our faith. This class will guide you in how to be a faithful witness for Christ. You will leave this class more confident ... ready to share His love with anyone! If you would like to learn how you can effectively share the Gospel with your family, friends and neighbors, this course is for you! Pastor Gus Davies

When: Thursdays, February 11 through March 2 (7 weeks), 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. Where: Student Ministries and Care Center in The Rink at Northland at Longwood. Child care: Available upon request. Cost: $20 ($10 registration per couple; $10 for two workbooks). Leaders: James and Cindy Price *Privacy as a couple is always respected.

“Each person I come into contact with is someone God loves, and I may be the –Patty Sattler one to share His love…”

Details and registration: Barb Olsen (407-949-7183 or barbara.olsen@northlandchurch.net)

HOW TO REGISTER Click “Join the Group” on Northland’s “Get Equipped” page to sign up for this class. Details: Patty Sattler (psattler@cfl. rr.com or 407-687-6265); child care registration details: Diane Jones (diane.jones@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7188)

Training for Care Ministers By elaine harland Associate, Pastoral Care

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long day of work had finally ended. The children were in bed, and I was just sitting down to put my feet up. The plan was to start reading the book I promised myself I would get to this evening. However, the quiet of the evening was disrupted when the phone rang. I picked up, and a friend who was in the midst of family problems simply started sobbing. She began to tell me the crisis she was in, and I promised I would meet her in the morning for coffee if she felt she would be okay until then. She assured me that she would, and I offered to pray with her before hanging up. I could tell she was relieved to have a friend she could turn to.

Do you often find yourself in situations like this one? Is this type of conversation commonplace in your life? Do you ever think to yourself, I would be more effective if I were equipped for these situations? If so, this might be your calling. A new session of training for Care Ministers begins on February 7. The focus of the training will be a biblical approach to the various circumstances encountered when helping others. Northland is looking for mature believers, willing to help others walk through times of pain, struggles and loss. A three-month training is provided, held on Sunday afternoons. An application, interview and background check are required. The deadline for application: January 29. Details and application: Elaine Harland (elaine.harland@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4002)

Bible

Christian Living

OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY

The crucible of work

Led by Sean Cooper, rooms 4213-15

Led by Dr. Sanford Shugart, rooms 4206-7

Participants work through challenging questions each week.

Marriage 911 for Troubled Marriages Wednesdays, beginning February 10 7 p.m., rooms 4206-07, Northland at Longwood Is your marriage in crisis? Are you separated? Marriage 911 might help. Attend this 14week program with or without your spouse, as men and women participate separately. It’s led by Linda Rooks, author of Broken Heart on Hold: Surviving Separation, and her husband, Marv. To prepare your heart, pick up a copy of Linda’s book from the Northland Bookstore (cost: $10.99, tell them you are taking the course, and receive a discount). Details and registration: Linda Rooks (407-6448619); child care details and registration: Morgan Perun (407-937-1757 or morgan.perun@northlandchurch.net)

Theology The Doctrine of christ

Led by Dr. Reggie Kidd, sanctuary

If you see marriage problems escalating, if you are looking for hope, if your heart is crying out to God to save your marriage, this course is for you.


Lw = Northland at LONGWOOD

MD = Northland at Mount dora

OV = Northland at Oviedo

Details: Laurie Jean Harrington (lauriejean2@ bellsouth.net or mmannen@cfl.rr.com)

LW CONQUERING FEAR, ANGER, ANXIETY

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 Battlecry for a Generation Saturdays, January 9 through March 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., room 4204. Discover the battle raging for the youth of our nation, and learn how to reclaim our youth for Christ. Details: Traci Moyer (tracilee4jc@aol.com or 407-393-8487) 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.

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

LW COPING WITH ADDICTIONS/CODEPENDENCY

Thursdays, 7 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. A Christcentered, 12-step program dealing with issues such as alcohol, drugs, relationships, food, sexual addictions, codependency and issues affecting adult children of addiction. Child care is available. Details: His Way (407-599-9770)

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) LW

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 Life’s Healing Choices (Women) Fridays, starting February 5, 7 to 9 p.m., Lake Mary area. This study offers freedom from life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits through eight healing choices that promise true happiness and life transformation. The book Life’s Healing Choices, by John Baker, is available in the Northland Bookstore for $15. Details and registration: Susan Cholewa (susan.cholewa@ northlandchurch.net) 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.

WO = Northland at west oaks

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 (407-256-5576 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 dealing with unhealthy habits in the present or painful experiences from the past. Child care is available. Details: Laura Martin (352-4082640 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) LW 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) LW Covering Care Blanket Ministry

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 Divine Reflection Art Group

Second Thursday of each month, through May, 7 to 9 p.m., room 4209. Join other artists

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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 EARLY LEARNING CENTER 2010-11 KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT Tuesday, January 26, 7 p.m., Praise Time room, Early Childhood Wing. Find out about the unique kindergarten program offered by the Northland Early Learning Center. Child care is not provided. Details: Pam Anderson (407-949-7179 or pam.anderson@ northlandchurch.net) 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 • Saturday, January 16, 7:45 a.m., Eastwood Golf Club, cost $32 • Friday, January 22, 7:45 a.m., Alaqua Country Club, cost $43 • Friday, February 12, 11 a.m., Rock Springs Ridge Golf Club, cost $35 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 (407880-9932 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. No sign-up is necessary for this class and child care will be available. 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 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) LW SOCCER – ACHE 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.,


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Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. Details: www.wordweaversonline.com

OV couples group

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 407-227-0970)

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 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)

PRAYER LW CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES PRAYER TEAM Pray weekly from your home for needs in Children’s Ministries. Details: Carol Moss (carol.moss@northlandchurch.net or 407949-7180) LW MEN’S PRAISE AND PRAYER

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

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LW PRAYER GROUP

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? 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. Also available via e-learning (www.northlandchurch.net) with an online pastor/advocate at 11 a.m. 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 407-937-1832)

LW Ephesians

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)

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) LW Matthew, Part 2 — Precepts Thursdays, January 21 through March 25, 7 to 9 p.m., room 4213-15. Gain a deeper understanding of the resurrection and its power in your life. Then take up the challenge to share the gospel with others. Homework required every week. Workbook cost: $19, provided the first night of class. Child care available upon request. Details: Geri Anderson (407-331-6760 or 2geri@cfl.rr.com) 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 MD The Gifts that God Gives

Wednesdays, starting January 6, 7 to 8:15 p.m., conference room. Learn to understand your spiritual gifts and experience the pleasure of giving ourselves to others.

OV Believing God — Beth Moore Study Mondays, 7 p.m., starting January 11. Based

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on Isaiah 43:10, this 10-week study explores what it means to believe God. Through studying the lives of Abraham, Moses and others from Hebrews 11, it encourages women (though spouses are welcome) to deepen their own trust in God and receive a fresh word from Him. Workbooks are available at the Northland Bookstore or Lifeway Christian Books. Details: Karin Dewey (407-243-9482)

MEN’S BIBLE STUDIES 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 (bobshoemaker@mindspring.com or 407-599-3132) LW 1 SAMUEL Thursdays, 6:30 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1118. Join this open-forum discussion on the book of 1 Samuel: 45 minutes of study, and 15 minutes of prayer. Details: Ron Morris (ron@creativele.com) MD MEN’S BIBLE FELLOWSHIP

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

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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)

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES LW 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) LW Third Verse 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 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)

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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 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 (407-330-6261)

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 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 FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY LIVING DEBT-FREE Financial Peace University (FPU), developed by Dave Ramsey, is a 13-week biblically based video course that teaches management of money, and explains how money really works in a simple, easy-to-understand style. Cost for materials (available at Northland’s bookstore): $99 paid by cash or debit card, $110 by credit card. • Preview classes for all sessions: — Sunday, January 24, 10:30 a.m., room 1118, Student Ministries and Care Center — Tuesday, January 26, 7 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center • FPU classes: — Sundays, January 31 through May 2, 10:30 a.m., room 1118, Student Ministries and Care Center — Tuesdays, February 9 through May 4, 7 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Details and registration: Rich or Jana Haussmann (407-688-2182 or rhaussmann@cfl.rr.com) 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


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Linan An (lan@mail.ucf.edu)

LW MARRIAGE 911 Wednesdays, February 10 through May 12, 7 p.m., room 4206-07. Is your marriage in crisis? Are you separated? Marriage 911 can help. Attend this 14-week program with or without your spouse, as men and women participate separately. Linda Rooks, author of Broken Heart on Hold: Surviving Separation, and husband, Marv, lead the class. Read Linda’s book available, in the Northland bookstore, (cost: $10.99, tell them you are taking the course, and receive a discount) to prepare your heart. Additional workbook cost: $25. Child care reservations: Morgan Perun (407937-1757 or morgan.perun@northlandchurch. net). Details and registration: Linda Rooks (407-644-8619) LW THE MARRIAGE COURSE

Thursdays, February 11 through March 29, 6:15 to 9 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Bring dinner and develop practical tools to apply to build a strong and healthy marriage that lasts a lifetime. For couples who want to enhance their marriage, are struggling with their marriage or are in challenging stages of marriage. Cost: $10 registration per couple and $10 for two workbooks. Child care available with registration. Details and registration: Barb Olsen (407-949-7183 or barbara.olsen@ northlandchurch.net)

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 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 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 February 14, 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)

LW Strategies for Planned Purity Mondays, starting February 8, 7 p.m., room 1104, Student Ministries and Care Center. For parents and adults teaching lifetime training in purity of heart. Details: Jennie Bishop (407-792-8144 or jennie@jenniebishop. com); child care available by reservation: Morgan Perun (407-937-1757 or morgan. perun@northlandchurch.net)

CHILDREN LW STEPS FOR YOUNG BELIEVERS (GRADES 2 – 5) AND THEIR PARENTS These courses in basic discipleship include

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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.

MEN 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) OV The Quest for Authentic Manhood

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

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

OV Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God Mondays, 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,

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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).

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)

Opportunities to serve. volunteer

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

Longwood: VANESSA PULEO

vanessa.puleo@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7156 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: Vanessa Puleo (vanessa.puleo@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7156)

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: Vanessa Puleo (vanessa. puleo@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7156)

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) MD

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)

LW BLOOD DRIVE

Saturday, February 6, 4:30 to to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 7, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Monday, February 8, 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 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) 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)


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LW RECOVERY MINISTRY

ADULTS

MD VOLUNTEER AT THE CARPENTER’S HOUSE

ABORTION RECOVERY Bible study for post-abortive men or women that meets in a confidential, supportive setting. Details: Reveille Ministries (407-3330404)

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)

FOR CHILDREN This center in Lake County is home to 16 abandoned, displaced and medically needy children, ranging in age from 2 to 19 years. There are many opportunities for involvement. Details: Ann South (south4@comcast.net or 352-267-3388) or www.thecarpentershouseoflakecounty.com

OV GOOD SAMARITAN

Serve someone in need in your community through meal deliveries. Details: Maggie Jobson (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.

Opportunities and classes in the greater Orlando community.

Central Florida’s Job Fair (CFEC.org) Wednesday, January 27, noon to 4 p.m., Central Florida Fairgrounds & Exposition Park, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Admission and parking are free. Dress professionally and bring plenty of resume copies. No children. Visit www.CFEC.org to preregister, get job fair tips, research the companies listed, get directions or search Central Florida’s Online Job Board. Details: Christian HELP (407-834-4022) EXCHANGE MINISTRIES Mondays, 7:15 to 9:15 p.m., First Baptist Orlando, E-2 building, third floor, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando. A Christ-centered ministry for men and women struggling with homosexuality. Details: John Westcott (407514-4356 or www.exchangeministries.org). A support group takes place the first Monday of each month at 7:15 p.m to encourage parents, friends and family who have loved ones struggling with 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)

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Join faith leaders from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and other religious communities in reaffirming Martin Luther King’s vision of equal opportunity and equal justice for all. Rev. Derrick Williams will give the keynote address. For a full schedule, visit www.MLKOrlando.com. Details: Pastor Gus Davies (gus.davies@northlandchurch.net) 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 407-3271474) 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 (407506-6737)

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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)

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

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY COMMEMORATION • Sunday, January 17, 6 p.m., Orlando City Hall, 400 S. Orange Ave., candlelight vigil and march • Sunday, January 17, 6:45 p.m., Shiloh Baptist Church, 604 W. Jackson Ave., Orlando — interfaith celebration

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 (407342-4765 or sandimclaughlin@yahoo.com)

FINANCIAL REPORT As of january 4, 2010 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. Details: Twila Roberts (407-949-4000) .............................................................................................................. TITHES and OFFERINGS This Week This Quarter This Year Need $225,101 $225,101 $225,101 Received $132,192 $132,192 $132,192 Surplus / (Deficit) ($92,909) ($92,909) (92,909)* *Shortfall is currently being covered by reserve fund. .............................................................................................................. BUILDING FUND This Week This Quarter This Year Need $34,890 $34,890 $34,890 Received $12,904 $12,904 $12,904 Surplus / (Deficit) ($21,986) ($21,986) ($21,986) LOAN BALANCE is currently $19,438,333 .............................................................................................................. ATTENDANCE: Weekend of January 2 to 4 7,540 Northland at Longwood Northland at Mount Dora 228 Northland at Oviedo 319 Northland at West Oaks 84 Evangelical Council for Northland Webstream 2,078 at 1,248 sites Financial Accountability Total 10,249 at 1,252 sites

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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 (407-272-7522 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 another to succeed with a biblical worldview. Details and reservations: sschultz2@cfl.rr.com or 407-522-4797

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

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

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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 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)

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)

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

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)

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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)

bed sheets and pillowcases and other items are needed at Safehouse of Seminole for battered women and their children. Complete needs list (www.safehouseofseminole.org). Details: admin@safehouseofseminole.org or 407-302-5220 vehicles are needed at Recovery House of Central Florida (www.recoveryhouseinc.org). It also needs pressure-washing equipment, power tools, and hand tools. Details: Erik Robinson (407-323-5857 or erikrhcf@yahoo. com)


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Whom do I contact if:

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: Vanessa Puleo . . . . . . . 407-949-7156 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teri Grayson, Early Childhood Administrator . . . . . . Julie Meeker, Grade School Administrator . . . . . . . . Pam Anderson, Co-op Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

407-949-7162 407-949-4014 407-949-7153 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

directory

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:

Building Heaven-Like “Families” “Draw Near…” Scripture focus:

James 4:8 (NASB)

Worship focus:

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Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Worship God today for His goodness to us, for every good gift and every perfect gift comes from Him. He is, the author of, the definition of, and the standard for, all that is good. (James 1:17)

Summary prayer: .......................................................................

Father, thank You for Your goodness. Out of Your goodness You drew near to us, sending Your Son to save us. Out of the same overflowing goodness, draw near to me again today. Impute Your nature to me, so that while I have the opportunity, I might do good to all people. (Galatians 6:10) Help me to make my family a reflection of Your goodness. Accomplish Your purposes in the world, using Your children as ambassadors of Your goodness everywhere, everyday.

NEXT WEEKEND: Dr. Joel C. Hunter | Building Heaven-like “Families” | A Sense of Belonging | Ephesians 2:17-22

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Northland News Vol 11/Iss 2  

January 9 to 16, 2010

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