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Let Us Know New to Northland? Need prayer? Want to get connected? Let us know — just drop this card in an offering box, or hand it to an usher or connection team member on your way out! PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.

Name(s)_____________________________________________________________________________________ Email_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone________________________________________________________________________________________ I am [ ] a child [ ] a middle school student [ ] a high school student [ ] an adult. [ ] I am new to Northland. [ ] I am a new believer. I recently trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. [ ] I would like to know more about how to get connected.

JANUARY 14-16, 2017

What’s Current Get info and sign up at northlandchurch.net, or ask a connection team member for assistance.

‘Tis a chance to have a potluck family meal and worship together. Saturday, January 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Children’s Worship Wing, room 5100. Register at calendar.northlandchurch. net.

Pastor Joel has created a study with videos that you can use throughout the week to dig deeper with others. Visit northlandchurch.net for more info and to sign up for the materials.

Hear ye, hear ye! Attention noble grade school parents and thy gallant children!

Make 2017 a year of spiritual growth; learn to think like Jesus.

Royal Family Worship Night!

Seeing the Kingdom

When Helping Hurts Two-day Seminar What if poverty isn’t just about a lack of food, money or clothing? The seminar teaches how to effectively help people in need, moving beyond good intentions to lasting change. Attend January 27 and 28, rooms 4206-07. Register at calendar. northlandchurch.net.

News From Our Elders Our elders have asked Tom Starnes and Dr. Kirk Solberg to begin serving on Northland’s governing team. Our bylaws call for their names to be presented to the congregation for affirmation. If you would like to know more about Tom, his bio and contact information can be found on our website at northlandchurch.net/team/tom_starnes. If you would like to know more about Kirk, his bio and contact information can be found on our website at northlandchurch.net/team/kirk_solberg. If you have any input about either candidate serving as one of our governing elders, please contact any of our current team members. Contact information is also on our website at northlandchurch.net/team and the back page of the Respond newspaper.

Welcome Let’s worship God together! The mission of Northland, A Church Distributed is to Respond to God for the Benefit of Others. Our Vision is to see people coming to Christ and to be transformed together as we link locally and globally to worship and serve everywhere, every day. Join us!

Tithes & Offerings THROUGH MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2016

2016

How to Give There are three ways to give Tithes and Offerings:

Tipping Point Goal 2016-17 2016 2017 Tipping Point Goal 2016-17

Participate & Connect

2017

Received to Date: $13,915,769* 2016 final figures are still pending. Received to Date: $13,915,769*

Our website has hundreds of archived worship services, stories about the great work God is doing and ways for YOU to Be the Church Everywhere, Every Day.

northlandchurch.net

Expected to Date: $14,831,590* Expected to Date: $14,831,590*

$32M $32M

Building Payoff Building Payoff

2004 $43M 2004 $43M

Prayer request _____________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

2006 $23.9M 2009 2012 2006 $19.4M $15.7M 2015 $23.9M 2009 2012 $13.5M $19.4M $15.7M 2015 $13.5M

DEBT REMAINING

INITIAL $20M OFFERING BY CONGREGATION DEBT PAID TO DATE

DEBT REMAINING

INITIAL $20M OFFERING BY CONGREGATION DEBT PAID TO DATE

Debt Remaining: $11,662,437 Debt Remaining: $11,662,437

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Principal Paid 2017: $66,295 Principal Paid 2017: $66,295

• At the kiosks in the foyer. • Online at northlandchurch.net • Mobile via text. Text any amount, followed by the word “northland,” to 45777. (e.g. 50 northland)

TippingPoint $0 $0 Debt Debt Free Free

*All tithes and offerings go into one fund to resource ongoing ministry, eliminate our building debt and fund church network expansion. Learn more: tippingpoint.northlandchurch.net.

1/14-16/2017


Baptism Celebration Weekend WORSHIP FOCUS

Worship Christ today as the Giver of life. It is through Him that we are born anew, born of the Spirit. It is His Spirit that fills us and guides us as we follow Him into newness of life.

Beginning here we glimpse the Three-in-one; The river runs, the clouds are torn apart, The Father speaks, the Spirit and the Son Reveal to us the single loving heart

That beats behind the being of all things

And calls and keeps and kindles us to light.

The dove descends, the spirit soars and sings ‘You are belovèd, you are my delight!’

In that quick light and life, as water spills

And streams around the Man like quickening rain, The voice that made the universe reveals

The God in Man who makes it new again. He calls us too, to step into that river

To die and rise and live and love forever.

SCRIPTURE FOCUS John 3:4-6 (ESV)

Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

— The Baptism of Christ, by Malcolm Guite

New Series Starting Next Weekend

NOTES

Seeing the Kingdom

A Message From Pastor Vernon Rainwater

To learn more stop by The Hub or visit northlandchurch.net to sign up for the materials.

Read about Pastor Vernon at northlandchurch.net/team/ vernon_rainwater.

UPCOMING WEEKS WEEK 4 » January 21-23 | Seeing the Kingdom | Everyone Valued and Needed | Psalm 139:13-16; 2 Corinthians 12:20-22; Ephesians 3:8-10; Ezekiel 34:4 | Dr. Joel C. Hunter. WEEK 5 » January 28-30 | Seeing the Kingdom | Everyone Recruited and Recruiting | Luke 15:1-5; Mark 1:17; Romans 8:29; Matthew 28:16-20 | Dr. Joel C. Hunter.


JANUARY 14-16, 2017

What’s Current Get info and sign up at northlandchurch.net, or ask a connection team member for assistance.

Seeing the Kingdom

Royal Family Worship Night!

Make 2017 a year of spiritual growth; learn to think like Jesus.

Hear ye, hear ye! Attention noble grade school parents and thy gallant children!

Pastor Joel has created a study with videos that you can use throughout the week to dig deeper with others. Visit northlandchurch.net for more info and to sign up for the materials.

‘Tis a chance to have a potluck family meal and worship together. Saturday, January 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Children’s Worship Wing, room 5100. Register at calendar.northlandchurch. net.

When Helping Hurts Two-day Seminar What if poverty isn’t just about a lack of food, money or clothing? The seminar teaches how to effectively help people in need, moving beyond good intentions to lasting change. Attend January 27 and 28, rooms 4206-07. Register at calendar. northlandchurch.net.

News From Our Elders

Let Us Know New to Northland? Need prayer? Want to get connected? Let us know — just drop this card in an offering box, or hand it to an usher or connection team member on your way out! PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.

Name(s)_____________________________________________________________________________________ Email_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone________________________________________________________________________________________ I am [ ] a child [ ] a middle school student [ ] a high school student [ ] an adult. [ ] I am new to Northland. [ ] I am a new believer. I recently trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

Welcome Let’s worship God together! The mission of Northland, A Church Distributed is to Respond to God for the Benefit of Others. Our Vision is to see people coming to Christ and to be transformed together as we link locally and globally to worship and serve everywhere, every day. Join us!

Participate & Connect Our website has hundreds of archived worship services, stories about the great work God is doing and ways for YOU to Be the Church Everywhere, Every Day.

northlandchurch.net

[ ] I would like to know more about how to get connected.

Prayer request _____________________________________________________________________________

Our elders have asked Tom Starnes and Dr. Kirk Solberg to begin serving on Northland’s governing team. Our bylaws call for their names to be presented to the congregation for affirmation. If you would like to know more about Tom, his bio and contact information can be found on our website at northlandchurch.net/team/tom_starnes. If you would like to know more about Kirk, his bio and contact information can be found on our website at northlandchurch.net/team/kirk_solberg. If you have any input about either candidate serving as one of our governing elders, please contact any of our current team members. Contact information is also on our website at northlandchurch.net/team and the back page of the Respond newspaper.

Tithes & Offerings

How to Give

THROUGH MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2016

There are three ways to give Tithes and Offerings:

Tipping Point Goal 2016-17 2016 2017 Tipping Point Goal 2016-17 2016

2017

Received to Date: $13,915,769* 2016 final figures are still pending. Received to Date: $13,915,769* Expected to Date: $14,831,590* Expected to Date: $14,831,590*

Building Payoff Building Payoff

2004 $43M 2004 $43M

2006 $23.9M 2009 2006 $19.4M $23.9M 2009 $19.4M

_______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 1/14-16/2017

$32M $32M

TippingPoint

2012 2015 $15.7M $13.5M 2012 2015 $15.7M $13.5M

INITIAL $20M OFFERING BY CONGREGATION DEBT PAID TO DATE

DEBT REMAINING

INITIAL $20M OFFERING BY CONGREGATION DEBT PAID TO DATE

DEBT REMAINING

Debt Remaining: $11,662,437 Debt Remaining: $11,662,437

• At the kiosks in the foyer. • Online at northlandchurch.net • Mobile via text. Text any amount, followed by the word “northland,” to 45777. (e.g. 50 northland)

Principal Paid 2017: $66,295 Principal Paid 2017: $66,295

$0 $0 Debt Debt Free Free

*All tithes and offerings go into one fund to resource ongoing ministry, eliminate our building debt and fund church network expansion. Learn more: tippingpoint.northlandchurch.net.


JANUARY 14-16, 2017

What’s Current Get info and sign up at northlandchurch.net, or ask a connection team member for assistance.

Seeing the Kingdom

Royal Family Worship Night!

Make 2017 a year of spiritual growth; learn to think like Jesus.

Hear ye, hear ye! Attention noble grade school parents and thy gallant children!

Pastor Joel has created a study with videos that you can use throughout the week to dig deeper with others. Visit northlandchurch.net for more info and to sign up for the materials.

‘Tis a chance to have a potluck family meal and worship together. Saturday, January 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Children’s Worship Wing, room 5100. Register at calendar.northlandchurch. net.

When Helping Hurts Two-day Seminar What if poverty isn’t just about a lack of food, money or clothing? The seminar teaches how to effectively help people in need, moving beyond good intentions to lasting change. Attend January 27 and 28, rooms 4206-07. Register at calendar. northlandchurch.net.

News From Our Elders

Let Us Know New to Northland? Need prayer? Want to get connected? Let us know — just drop this card in an offering box, or hand it to an usher or connection team member on your way out! PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.

Name(s)_____________________________________________________________________________________ Email_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone________________________________________________________________________________________ I am [ ] a child [ ] a middle school student [ ] a high school student [ ] an adult. [ ] I am new to Northland. [ ] I am a new believer. I recently trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

Welcome Let’s worship God together! The mission of Northland, A Church Distributed is to Respond to God for the Benefit of Others. Our Vision is to see people coming to Christ and to be transformed together as we link locally and globally to worship and serve everywhere, every day. Join us!

Participate & Connect Our website has hundreds of archived worship services, stories about the great work God is doing and ways for YOU to Be the Church Everywhere, Every Day.

northlandchurch.net

[ ] I would like to know more about how to get connected.

Prayer request _____________________________________________________________________________

Our elders have asked Tom Starnes and Dr. Kirk Solberg to begin serving on Northland’s governing team. Our bylaws call for their names to be presented to the congregation for affirmation. If you would like to know more about Tom, his bio and contact information can be found on our website at northlandchurch.net/team/tom_starnes. If you would like to know more about Kirk, his bio and contact information can be found on our website at northlandchurch.net/team/kirk_solberg. If you have any input about either candidate serving as one of our governing elders, please contact any of our current team members. Contact information is also on our website at northlandchurch.net/team and the back page of the Respond newspaper.

Tithes & Offerings

How to Give

THROUGH MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2016

There are three ways to give Tithes and Offerings:

Tipping Point Goal 2016-17 2016 2017 Tipping Point Goal 2016-17 2016

2017

Received to Date: $13,915,769* 2016 final figures are still pending. Received to Date: $13,915,769* Expected to Date: $14,831,590* Expected to Date: $14,831,590*

Building Payoff Building Payoff

2004 $43M 2004 $43M

2006 $23.9M 2009 2006 $19.4M $23.9M 2009 $19.4M

_______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 1/14-16/2017

$32M $32M

TippingPoint

2012 2015 $15.7M $13.5M 2012 2015 $15.7M $13.5M

INITIAL $20M OFFERING BY CONGREGATION DEBT PAID TO DATE

DEBT REMAINING

INITIAL $20M OFFERING BY CONGREGATION DEBT PAID TO DATE

DEBT REMAINING

Debt Remaining: $11,662,437 Debt Remaining: $11,662,437

• At the kiosks in the foyer. • Online at northlandchurch.net • Mobile via text. Text any amount, followed by the word “northland,” to 45777. (e.g. 50 northland)

Principal Paid 2017: $66,295 Principal Paid 2017: $66,295

$0 $0 Debt Debt Free Free

*All tithes and offerings go into one fund to resource ongoing ministry, eliminate our building debt and fund church network expansion. Learn more: tippingpoint.northlandchurch.net.


January 2017

Middle School Fall Retreat See page 11 for more pictures. LUGrox and I Am Third resumes the second week

Be the church everywhere, everyday.

of January.

Respond to God

Inside POINSETTIA LIST

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SEEING THE KINGDOM

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TAKE THE NEXT STEP

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In honor and memory of our loved ones.


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IN HONOR OF: Dolly, Andrew, Eloise, Stuart, Vinnezza, Alex, Savanah, Rachel, Peter and Kayla, by Alan Daniell Tamara, Tom, Claudia and Elena Muller, by Terry and Tim Wenner Our children, by Jim and Ginnie Urichko Our grandchildren, by Jim and Ginnie Urichko IN MEMORY OF: A father’s wisdom, a mother’s love, by Figlio Mio Steve Akerson, by Linda Akerson Harley Billy “Bill” Anderson, by Bill’s family David Webb Bassick, by Christine LaForest George C. Bird, by Elinor Bird-Squires Troy David Bradford, by his mother, sisters and brother Georgia and Robert Brotsch, by the Brotsch-Harrison family Amanda Broughton, from her family Concetta Bruno, by Ralph and Sharon Spano Dorothy Margaret Cocke, by the Cocke and Bennett family Noreen and Ian Daniell, by Alan Daniell Mary Dobbs, by daughter Diane Bud and Helen Dyrland, by Laura and John Meyer Akela Edwards’ sweet mom, by the McGinnis family Wilday Eldert, by Wanda Eldert Mom and Nanny, Helen Ferrante, by Dennis, Denise and Macey Campbell Norman Fletcher, by Dean, Emma and Charlotte Biggs, and Barbara Fletcher Ken and Marilyn Franzen, from Gilbert and Chris Kingsley Mary Giles, by Amy Gabriel Anthony Gina, by his mother, Theresa Mantovani Helen and Buddy Graninger, by Wanda Eldert Nancy L. Hargis, by Alicia and Sheryl Ruth and John Harrison, by Susan Harrison and family Dan Harston, by Donna Harston Our loving daughter, Jennielyn Hodge, by the Muzzy family Tom Holstein, by Ann G. Holstein Evert and Esther Idema, by Roger and Sandra Vick Richard D. Ingle, by his wife, children and grandchildren Adam and Rita Januskiewicz, by Kathie Deisz Ernest and Esther Jividen, by Tonya and Ray Fullard Joey, by Kenny and Jeanne Wildes Patsy Keith, by Denver and Candy Cheek Paul Joseph King, by the King family Mitzie Lang, by the Stram family Allen Lee, by Debbie Lee-Pritchard Wes Louwsma, by Kay Visser and family Charlotte Lucie, by Mark and Cindy Losso

Cosmo Mantovani, by his daughter, Theresa Mantovani Martha, by Maura McKay Mildred Mathews, by Amy Gabriel Alfred McCabe, by the McCabe family Det. James J. McCabe Jr., by Kristin Costanzo James McCabe, by the McCabe family Tom McPherson, by Cindy, Kristie, Steve, Adam and Lily Carol Meholic, by Denver and Candy Cheek John and Lorena Meyer, by John and Laura Meyer Michael, by Maura McKay Our beloved mother and grandmother, Doris Muzzy, by the Muzzy family Rachel Pace, by Ralph and Sharon Spano Our parents, by Jim and Ginnie Urichko Lauryn Nycole Patterson, by her grandmother, Bobbi Russell Rano and Eda Pedrotti, and Rano Pedrotti and Susan Harrison Andrew Adams Petersen, by Christine LaForest Emily Price Peterson, by Christine LaForest Martha Pose, by Maura McKay John and Frances Riggs, by Jane Burgett and family Sandy, by Kenny and Jeanne Wildes Maury Schnell, by his parents Enoch Shackelford, by Wanda Eldert Frederick Shelar, by Wendy Bollinger Marie Connie Spano, by Ralph and Sharon Spano Michael Spano, by Ralph and Sharon Spano Robert W. Squires, by Elinor Bird-Squires Gaylord M. Staggers, by Judith M. Staggers Fred Stram, by the Stram family Marge Stram, by the Stram family Richard W. Straw and Richard and Margaret Beilel, from Peggy B. Straw Glen Stoyer, by Donna Harston Charles Thomas, by Carissa Curran and family Luke and Elizabeth Thompson, Hugh and Ophie Posey, Eugene and Goldie King, Luther and Martha Cox, Bud and Vera Cook, from Jerry and Martha Posey Mark Thorton, by Evelyn Milam Tony, by Kenny and Jeanne Wildes Joseph Ulanoski John and Doris Vick, by Roger and Sandra Vick Beloved son, Christian Reab Wagner, by Susan and Bob Carter Joyce Walsh, by Susan and Bob Carter Jeff Williams, by Phyllis Thodes Our nana, Dottie Winkler, by Rhodes and Forrest Wall James William Younger, by Mom, Dad and Kathy


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Living Life with the Mind of Christ Make 2017 a year of spiritual growth: Learn to Think Like Jesus Every day we’re bombarded with messages from the world around us. But how do we know what to listen to? How do we focus on what really matters? Pastor Joel is kicking off 2017 with a six-week series, Seeing the Kingdom, to help us live life with the mind of Christ. It’s a sermon series … but it’s not just sermons. Pastor Joel has also created a study with videos that you can use throughout the week to dig deeper with others.


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New Series: Starting January 21 Visit northlandchurch.net for more info and to signup for the materials.


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Take the Next Step BY THOMAS BLEVINS, MINISTER OF MOBILIZATION


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ast week I sat down to talk to a friend I’ve known for only seven months. He’s been fumbling toward faithfulness while dealing with depression. Since I have his permission, I’d like to share some of his story. We’ll call him John. John grew up in a pretty typical environment, with two parents, a sister and a dog. John’s dad and mom both worked in blue-collar settings and provided enough for the family. John was an athlete and a weight lifter throughout high school and college. He’s never been abused verbally or physically. If there is anything atypical about John, it’s that he’s desperately trying to follow Jesus Christ. John hasn’t always believed. He was actually a devoted atheist for roughly six years. During college John was in a fraternity, and he willingly joked about how Christians were weakminded and fake. His understanding of Christianity was a bunch of judgmental people banding together to do potlucks and talk about how much better they were than other people as they prayed to someone who doesn’t exist. Last year that all changed for John. Near the end of last year, one of John’s best friends died suddenly. It opened up a box of restlessness for John on a daily basis. So John reached out to a friend who happened to be a friend of mine, and John and I started grabbing coffee together. We didn’t talk about Jesus right away. Honestly, I don’t think that’s what he knew he was looking for. We just drank coffee and talked about life. I got to know John, and he was able to get to know me. John’s biggest question so far hasn’t been about how to stop being depressed or whether he can be fixed; it’s been, “Am I wasting my life?” Over a few months, I’ve had the opportunity to share with him that God chose to come into this world to have a relationship with imperfect people, that Christianity didn’t start with religious authorities or the wealthiest of society. It didn’t get funded by a specialist group in support of purity. Rather, it began with the Word becoming flesh on earth in the lowest of positions, a baby named Jesus. Jesus was born into poverty and later surrounded himself with fetid-smelling fishermen, prostitutes, tax collectors and liars. He was constantly around people

who needed Him to show them the way to live full and genuine. If you considered Jesus just another human being, you might say He wasted his life. But if Jesus is truly who He says He is, then what He chose to give His life to helps us see how to fully experience His Kingdom on earth. John’s response was, “Then I want to waste my life for Jesus.” Since then John and I have talked about how faith is trusting that God will take care of you during your most desperate moments. I’m talking about the moments when your heart breaks, when you lose the most important person in your life, when you’re hurt at the most intimate and deepest levels, or when the person you never thought would hurt you betrayed you.

If you considered Jesus just another human being, you might say He wasted his life. But if Jesus is truly who He says He is, then what He chose to give His life to helps us see how to fully experience His Kingdom on earth. John’s response was, “Then I want to waste my life for Jesus.” It’s because of this faith that John has been courageously and faithfully open to allowing God to be the forgiving, redeeming God that He wants to be for us. John took the risk of stepping into community, which he now calls family. He decided he no longer wanted to live in a shadow of what God really intended for him. He got tired of spending many of his days secretly thinking that if he worked harder he’d become satisfied and fulfilled. John is finding that by living this genuinely in community, he doesn’t have to consider if he is wasting his life at all. John is still learning what a relationship with Jesus looks like, but he’s discovering that a right relationship with God is like standing bare in front of our Creator and soaking in His love as He mends the wounds. In the meantime, John is taking next steps where he can explore faith and experience community with imperfect people while being pursued by a perfect God.

Are you looking to take a next step? Stop by our Connections area this weekend, or email me at thomas.blevins@northlandchurch.net.


8 COMPASSION AND RECONCILIATION (CARE) CENTER | northlandchurch.net

Christmas House Update T

hank you for participating in our second annual Christmas House event! It was a huge success because of your giving and serving this Christmas season. Through the generosity, Northlanders were able to serve over 80 families, who shopped for over 220 children. More important than gifts, Northland volunteers and staff members were able to spend time with each family member building relationships and share other wonderful opportunities of which they can take advantage. All shoppers from the Christmas House are invited back in January to participate in a financial study, career coaching or parenting classes. We look forward to working with our families beyond the Christmas season!

LifeHope Childcare Center Turns 1!

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t was a year ago that LifeHope Childcare Center welcomed its first baby, a 3-month-old girl named Samara. She is now a happy toddler, nearly 16 months old, with plenty of classmates to keep her company. LifeHope Childcare Center, housed in two “cozy cottages” next to The Rink, is a childcare program for single moms and their babies up to 24 months old. To qualify, moms must be able to meet weekly with an advocate, attend parenting and budgeting classes, worship each week, volunteer their time, and be open to other recommended opportunities. Over the last year, this ministry served 38 babies and 31 moms. While the babies spend their days in our cottages, their moms are working toward their spiritual, financial, professional and educational goals. It truly is a holistic approach to growth. Several moms are working toward their GEDs, while others are the first in their families to enroll in college. What a blessing to see the success stories come out of this ministry! If you are interested in being a volunteer, mark your calendar for a meeting Tuesday, January 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lifehope-childcare-volunteerorientation-tickets-29416688106. Volunteers provide the extra hands and hearts to help with our infants and toddlers during the weekdays. For more information, contact the director of LifeHope Childcare Center, Melissa Rivera, at 407-949-4017 or melissa. rivera@northlandchurch.net.

When Helping Hurts 2-Day Seminar

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Anti-Human Trafficking ‘Awareness Day’

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oin us for the free annual event presented in partnership with dozens of governmental and non-governmental organizations, fair trade businesses, abolitionists, advocates, artists and community leaders. The event takes place Saturday, January 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Calvary Orlando Church. This is a family-friendly event with several workshops open to the community, a film festival, a children’s area and much more! Stop by the 121Hope booth, and show your support! Invited guest: Carol Robles-Román, president and CEO of Legal Momentum, The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund. Since its inception on January 11, 2009, thousands of citizens have been educated about the crime of human trafficking in our own backyard. Join us and help spread the word! Details: Annie Seay at Annie.Seay@gohttf.org or 407-620-6516, Meg Johnson at meg. johnson@northlandchurch.net, or 121Hope at 407-949-7200

hat if poverty isn’t just about a lack of food, money or clothing? If you have ever asked yourself that question, join distributed elder Jim Dees and his team as they host a two-day DVD seminar taught by Dr. Brian Fikkert, coauthor of “When Helping Hurts.” The seminar teaches how to effectively help people in need, moving beyond good intentions to lasting change. The seminar will be held Friday, January 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. (dinner included), and Saturday, January 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (lunch included). Childcare will be provided. Register at northlandchurch. net/calendar. For more information, contact Jim Dess at jimdees@ vermeersoutheast.com.

CARE Center Ministries DISASTER RESPONSE For details, contact Judy Head at judy.head@ northlandchurch.net or 407-388-5798.

121HOPE (Northland’s anti-human trafficking ministry) For details, contact Meg Johnson at meg.johnson@ northlandchurch.net.

ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE For details, contact Mary Lou at marylou.couchois@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7165.

PRISON AND JAIL MINISTRY For details, contact Dale Cowart at dale.cowart@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7165.

LIFEHOPE (benevolence) For details, contact Dale Cowart at dale.cowart@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7165.

LIFEHOPE CHILDCARE For details, contact Melissa Rivera at melissa.rivera@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4017.

COMMUNITY RESOURCE NETWORK (CRN) For details, contact Evan Smith at evan.smith@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1807.

LOCAL PARTNERS For details, contact Angie Davies at angie.davies@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0554.


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Get Your Passport, and Join Northland on a Global Adventure! W

ith the start of a new year, we are filled with hope and thankfulness as we think about building on our current global relationships. Northland’s involvement around the world is extensive, more so than most congregants (and staff!) realize. We are partnered through relationship in such countries as Uganda, Haiti, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Brazil, South Africa, Swaziland, Japan, India ... the list goes on, and includes places we can’t name. People might be surprised by how much good is happening in these countries and around the world. Naturally the media covers what’s sensational, which is usually a lot of negative press, but the amount of good happening through churches and through our partners is overwhelming.

Short Term Trips and Informational Meetings Alaska (student trip) — July 9-16 Informational Meeting: Wednesday, January 18, 8:45 p.m., fellowship hall Brazil 1 — June 10-17 Brazil 2 — October 7-14 Informational Meeting: Wednesday, January 4, 7 p.m., room 4204 Camp Daniel, Wisconsin (dates TBD)

What’s truly amazing is how you, Northland, have invested in our global relationships throughout the years. You’ve gone on trips around the country and around the world to invest in our partners. You’ve welcomed visitors when they’ve come to Northland. You’ve prayed. You’ve given. Would you continue in this journey in 2017 as we join God as He distributes His church worldwide? Stay connected through our social media channels, through our articles online and by contacting us anytime!

Costa Rica — July 14-21 Informational Meeting: Sunday, January 15, 3 p.m., room 4204 Cuba — September 10-17 Dominican Republic (middle school students and a parent or guardian) — June 9-17 Informational Meeting: Saturday, January 14, 8:30 p.m., fellowship hall Jamaica 1 — (high school students) — June 24-July 1 Informational Meeting: Wednesday, January 25, 8:45 a.m., fellowship hall Jamaica 2 — (families) — July 1-8 Informational Meeting: Sunday, January 8, 12:30 p.m., room 4204 Ukraine – July 15-July 27

Visit somedayistoday.net for info!

Global Missions at Northland, A Church Distributed “For increasing God’s glory over all the earth.” READ NEW STORIES!

PARTNER CHURCH HIGHLIGHT

northlandchurch.net/globalstories

In years leading up to now, Northland has been gifted with relationship with many different churches across the globe. From South Africa to Sri Lanka to Haiti and beyond, we have developed friendship with God’s church on a global scale. Join us in praising God for blessing us with such dynamic and life-giving relationships! * There are partner churches not highlighted on this map for their safety. Pray for the persecuted church.

Follow us! Facebook: Northland Global Missions Twitter: @NorthlandGlobal

Contact us: globalmissions@northlandchurch.net Or Sarah Mattingly at sarah.mattingly@northlandchurch.net

Kyiv, Ukraine

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please pray: • For safe travels as teams begin visiting churches and partners across the globe. • For Japanese students who visit Orlando through Mission to Japan, that they would be embraced by their host families and church communities. • After giving thanks for a fruitful 2016, pray for continued growth in 2017!

Cap Haitien, Haiti

Cairo, Egypt

Colombo, Sri Lanka

San Jose, Costa Rica Kampala, Uganda

Cape Town, South Africa


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Children’s Ministries

Happenings! ATTENTION: GRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS AND PARENTS!

Children’s Church

Details: Debbie Blahnik, Director of Children’s Ministries, at 407-949-7162 or debbie.blahnik@northlandchurch.net • Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5) During all worship services in the Children’s Worship Wing. • Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten) During all worship services in the Early Childhood Wing. • Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2) During all worship services in the Early Childhood Wing. • Children with Special Needs (Age 3 – Grade 5) A variety of options are available. Details: Heather Subbert at heather.subbert@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1828

Cooperative School

A weekday cooperative learning environment. The Cooperative School at Northland is enrolling children who will reach the age of 2, 3 or 4 by September 1 into the weekday 2-, 3- or 4-year-old classes, respectively, for the 2016-17 school year. As classes fill up, children will be placed on a waiting list. Registration fees are collected to ensure your spot. Details: Pam Anderson at 407-949-7179 or pam. anderson@northlandchurch.net

Volunteer of the Month: Vanessa Rua- Barcia Vanessa Rua- Barcia has volunteered with Access Ministries for many years. She serves in our grade school classroom with our children with special needs. Vanessa helps to create a very loving, welcoming environment for our children. She is always willing to step in wherever and whenever needed. Vanessa is a wonderful asset to our Access team.

Why did you draw that?

This weekend we learned that God sent 12 spies into a new land. Only two spies, Joshua and Caleb, trusted God to keep them safe.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES? Have a heart for the little ones? We’ll train you. You can do this! Connect with Debbie Blahnik at 407-949-7162 or debbie.blahnik@ northlandchurch.net

God of Wonders Celebration Every December, our first through fifth graders join together to celebrate what they have learned in children’s church about who God is and what He has done. This year, at our God of Wonders celebration, the children shared Bible stories and scripture songs with family and friends.

Beginning the weekend of January 1, we’ll be doing things a little differently in Children’s Church. Children will connect with their teacher in the classroom before going to large group worship as a class. Parents, this means you will take your child directly to his or her classroom after check-in. We are excited about this opportunity! We look forward to children being able to build closer relationships with one another and with their teachers. Details: Debbie Blahnik at debbie.blahnik@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7162.

ROYAL FAMILY WORSHIP NIGHT Hear ye! Hear ye! Noble grade school parents and thy gallant children! Thou art invited to attend the Royal Family Worship Night! ’Tis a chance to have a family meal, worship together and be introduced to our special guests, Sir Praisealot and Squire Gus. Listen as they learn that “serving the King is the noblest thing!” When: Saturday, January 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Where: Children’s Worship Wing What to bring: It’s a potluck, so bring your favorite dish to share. Register: calendar.northlandchurch.net Details: Debbie Blahnik at debbie.blahnik@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7162

JUMPSTART! Do you have a fifth-grader in your home? If so, you are aware that middle school is right around the corner, and your “little kid” is beginning the journey into adolescence. Northland’s Student Ministries and Children’s Ministries together want to help you and your child navigate through this transition with a fun and relational program called JumpStart! Let’s face it, change can be scary at any age, but JumpStart is designed to help your student transition smoothly from elementary to middle school. During JumpStart, your soon-to-be middle school student will have a chance to connect with other fifth-graders who are also making the jump to middle school and meet his or her future leaders in Student Ministries, all while having a blast! Parents, this is your chance to get to know other families and an opportunity to receive great advice from Student Ministries leaders and other parents who have gone through the same transition, ask questions about Student Ministries programs, and ultimately become better equipped to continue to disciple your student. We want to help form relationships with you and your kids that continue through their middle and high school years so we can disciple them and support your discipleship efforts at home. JumpStart will meet the fourth Saturday of every month from January 28 through May 20 in the Children’s Worship Wing. Sign up at calendar.northlandchurch.net. Questions? Email Lindsay Johnson at lindsay.johnson@northlandchurch.net. Childcare is available for other kids in your family with a reservation; contact Pauline Hale at pauline.hale@northlandchurch.net.

GAME NIGHT Thursdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink. Add some active fun to your week. Come play board games, video games and sports with us. All ages are welcome. Details: gamenight@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4036

DOWNLOAD OUR CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES APP! Would you like to know what your children are learning in Children’s Church each weekend? Would you like some ideas on engaging your family in conversation about that weekend’s Bible lesson? Would you like to see a video of the weekly sketch that’s performed in grade school worship? Would you like Bible memory verse songs at your fingertips for your children? Would you like an easy way to access the calendar for Children’s Ministries at Northland? Then this app is for you, and the good news is, it’s free! Download it at northlandchurch.net/kidsapp.


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Student Ministries Middle School Ministry

To register for any of these activities and for more detailed info, visit northlandchurch.net/middleschool. Details: Jenna Blankespoor at 407-949-7194 or jenna.blankespoor@northlandchurch.net

LUGROX | LUGrox will resume January 14. Saturdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink. LUGrox is an evening full of high energy, high impact and just plain fun! You’ll find thrilling games, solid teaching, rockin’ worship and friendconnecting small groups. An optional cafe meal is available for $3. If you’ve never been to a Student Ministries program before, register at northlandchurch.net/middleschool.

High School Ministry

To register for any of these activities and for more detailed info, visit northlandchurch.net/highschool. Details: Jenna Blankespoor at 407-949-7194 or jenna.blankespoor@northlandchurch.net

I3 (I AM THIRD) | I Am Third will resume January 11. Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., The Rink. Ninth- to 12th-graders are invited to an evening of small and large group discipleship, worship and community. Chick-fil-A food is available for $3. If you’ve never attended a Student Ministries program before, sign up at northlandchurch.net/highschool. SENIOR LIFE PREP | Sundays, January 15 through March 12, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Gritter’s house. This gathering is for current high school seniors and meets weekly. It is intended to help current high school seniors prepare for the phase of life after high school, no matter what that looks like. Students will have an opportunity to spend time together, share a meal, and engage with a variety of topics.

Middle School Fall Retreat “Throughout the weekend, students had a chance to pause to spend time with strengthening their relationship with God, each other, and their leaders. On the final night, many students responded to believing in Jesus for the first time and to restart living new life in Christ. Thanks for all those who prayed for the students, leaders, and for an amazing retreat,” Middle School Minister Bryan Royals said.

Happenings! SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP INFO MEETING: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MIDDLE SCHOOL TRIP Saturday, January 14, 8:30 to 9 p.m., fellowship hall. It is an informational meeting for the middle school mission trip to the Dominican Republic. The meeting is for both the parents and the student(s). The trip is June 9 to 17. The purpose of this trip is to bring God’s love to the Dominican people by sharing God’s word, serving His people and building relationships. We want to change lives and bring hope. In addition, we desire for each middle school student and his/her parent to grow in their relationship with Christ and be confident of their God given gifts. We will partner with TIME Ministries to build and provide a chapel for a pastor and his congregation in a local village. We will serve one or two communities with an eyeglass clinic. In addition, we will partner with Quisqueyana Baptist Church and help run a children’s VBS program in an unreached community. Through the children, we hope to spark the community’s interest in the Truth of Jesus. For more information about the trip, please visit somedayistoday.net. Details: Lisa Shaw at shawfamily92@gmail.com or 407-212-1569

SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP INFO MEETING: ALASKA - HIGH SCHOOL TRIP Wednesday, January 18, 8:45 to 9:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall. Join us to learn more about the short-term mission trip to Anchorage, Alaska. The trip is open to high school (completed 9th grade by summer 2017) and college students. Parents are highly encouraged to attend the information meeting with their students. For more information about the trip, please visit somedayistoday.net. Details: Kailey Simpson at kailey.simpson@northlandchurch.net or 407-6200789

SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP INFO MEETING: JAMAICA - HIGH SCHOOL TRIP Wednesday, January 25, 8:45 to 9:30 p.m., fellowship hall. This trip is specifically for high school students who have completed 9th grade. The team will do construction work in the mornings, with the possibility of building a house. In the afternoon, our team will facilitate a Children’s Bible Time where stories, crafts, games and songs are shared with Jamaican children. We will also purchase and deliver food baskets to the most vulnerable and needy. For more information about the trip, please visit somedayistoday.net. Details Liz Gritter at liz.gritter@northlandchurch.net or 407-923-2424.

GAME NIGHT Thursdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink. Add some active fun to your week. Come play board games, video games and sports with us. All ages are welcome. Details: gamenight@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4036

THE UPPER ROOM Sundays, 11 a.m., room 4218. This weekly Bible study is designed for teens with intellectual disabilities. Join us to learn more about who God is and what He has done. Details: Marty Tracey at marty.tracey@northlandchurch.net

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING WITH STUDENT MINISTRIES? Just want to see what all the buzz is about? Come and check it out! Email Zach Young at zach.young@northlandchurch.net to get connected.

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BOOKS AND BEYOND MID-YEAR HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCE

Baptisms BAPTISM CELEBRATION WEEKEND Saturday, January 14 through Monday, January 16, during all worship services. The entire Northland family is coming together for a BIG churchwide baptism service! If you’ve never been baptized, or you’ve recommitted your life to following Christ and want to make a public statement of that through baptism, now’s the time to take this step of obedience to Jesus’ command in Matthew 28. Sign up today, and invite your friends and family to celebrate with you! All ages are welcome to be baptized. Please register so we can plan accordingly. Register at northlandchurch.net/baptismweekend or talk to any of the Connect team members in the foyer. Details: Sarah Mattingly at sarah.mattingly@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7170.

CHILD BAPTISMS Northland recommends the Young Disciples course for grade school-aged children prior to baptism, but it is not mandatory. Details: Debbie Blahnik at debbie.blahnik@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7162

INFANT BAPTISM/DEDICATION CLASS Saturday, January 14, 7 p.m., room 4206. Child care is available upon request. Details: Diane Jones at 407-949-7188 or diane.jones@ northlandchurch.net

Bible Studies & Training ADULTS BELONG/MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITIY One-day seminar: Saturday, March 11, 9 a.m. to noon, The Hub. Hear Dr. Joel C. Hunter and other senior leaders describe what it means to belong to Christ and to Northland. For child care, contact Pauline Hale at pauline.hale@ northlandchurch.net. Register at calendar. northlandchurch.net or email belong@ northlandchurch.net. Details: Barbara Gritter at 407-937-0557 or barbara.gritter@ northlandchurch.net

BIBLE BOOT CAMP Tuesdays starting January 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., room 5206. This is a co-ed, 40-week overview of the entire Bible from Genesis through Revelation, designed to help Christians explore the Word of God and grow in their understanding of who God is and what he has done. Details: John Small at smalljhsd@ embarqmail.com or 352-875-5254

BIBLE BOOT CAMP II: DEEPENING OUR UNDERSTANDING Thursdays starting January 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., rooms 1115-17. This is an existing group of committed believers who finished the 40-week Bible Boot Camp overview of the entire Bible last year with room for up to 20 additional people who are more mature in their understanding (Hebrews 6:1). Details: John Small at smalljhsd@ embarqmail.com or 352-875-5254

BLENDED FAMILIES 8-WEEK EDUCATIONAL SERIES Sundays starting February 19 through April 30, 9 to 10:30 a.m., room 4204. Become a ‘Smart’ Step-family through practical and realistic solutions to the common issues faced by step-families. This biblically based studies are suitable for pre-marrieds, re-marriages, or individuals involved in any of the multitude of ways step-families are brought together. The Smart Stepfamily 8 week educational series based on the seven fundamental steps to blended family success provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily. The Smart Step-Family (2nd edition) workbook is required $10.99 and the book $15.99 (optional) are both available in the Northland Bookstore. Childcare is available with reservation to Pauline Hale at pauline.hale@ northlandchurch.net. Details: Jeff Reinking at jfreinking@cfl.rr.com or 407-616-6658

Friday, February 3, 6:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, February 4, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rink. Davis and Rachael Carman, owners of Apologia, will head up our list of nationally known speakers! Together they will bring Friday night attendees a double dose of refreshment, speaking on trust in the Lord while we enjoy tasty desserts. Rachael will be our keynote presenter on Saturday, speaking on “How to Have a Heart for Your Child.” Davis will present multiple workshops on Saturday geared toward husbands that they won’t want to miss. Speakers include Sherri Seligson, Delia Poythress, Cheryl Bastian, Tina Farewell, Holly Giles, Connie Albers, Rich and Mary Lou Graham and more. For more information, including a schedule of workshops, and to register, visit the website for NearHim Home Educators, nearhim.com. The cost: Friday night, $8, which covers desserts, plus childcare, $6 per child up to fifth grade; and Saturday, early registration before midnight January 7, $30 per person or $45 per couple; or after January 7, NHE members pay $35 per person or $50 per couple, and non-NHE members pay $45 per person or $60 per couple. Details: Lucee Price at gobewith@gmail.com or 407-921-6835

BUSINESS GOD’S WAY Orientation: Thursday, January 12, 7 to 8 p.m. Class: Thursdays starting January 26 through March 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., room 5107. This six-week small group study teaches individuals God’s perspective of operating a business and handling money. Business God’s Way is for everyone in business leadership, the CEO or manager of a department, small business or large, whether the business is a startup or well established. Details: Bob Shoemaker at bshoemaker@compass1.org or 407-599-3132

COMMUNITY LIFE – ROMANS Sundays, 9 to 10:30 a.m., rooms 4213-15. Community Life class is focused on studying God’s Word and building stronger relationships by prayer, encouragement, outreach and service together. Details: Jim Patrick at jpatrick77.j@ gmail.com or 321-356-5944, or Linda Patrick at gingerlkp@gmail.com or 321-439-3148

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY (FPU) Wednesdays starting January 18, 7 to 8:45 p.m., rooms 5108-09. We all need a plan for our money. FPU is that plan! Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! Details: Rich Haussmann at rhaussmann@cfl.rr.com or 407-468-3493

LIFEHOPE CHILDCARE VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Thursday, January 12, 2 to 3 p.m., room 1118. After attending this class, you’ll be eligible to volunteer with our LifeHope Childcare babies. Come learn the do’s and don’ts of being a volunteer for our infants and toddlers. Details: Melissa Rivera at melissa.rivera@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4017

LOVE DEFINED Wednesdays starting January 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 4204; Sundays starting February 12, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., rooms 1115-17. The purpose of the Love Defined class is not to bring clarity to the subject of love, but to shine a light on the clarity God has already given us. Together, we will engage the pages of the Bible; the collective stories, experiences and wisdom of a group; and the voice of culture to awaken our hearts and minds to relationship-transforming love. The workbook is available in the Northland Bookstore for $20. Details: Tim Kutcher at timk@ lovedefined.org or 321-277-8675

MARRIAGE 911 Wednesdays starting February 1, 7 to 8:50 p.m., rooms 4206-07. Is your marriage in crisis? Are you separated? Are problems in your marriage escalating? Marriage 911 provides answers that can heal and mend your marriage. Since men and women participate separately, you are welcome to attend this 13-week program with or without your spouse. Linda Rooks, author of “Broken Heart on Hold,” and her husband, Marv, lead this course, along with other leaders who have victoriously walked through difficult valleys in their own marriages. Pick up a copy of “Broken Heart on Hold” ($12.99), and begin reading now to prepare your heart. Participants will use Marriage 911 workbooks ($35) in class. Both books are available in the Northland Bookstore. Details and registration: Linda at 407644-8619 or lindarooks@embarqmail.com

MARRIAGE PREP CLASS Sundays starting January 8, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., The Rink. Are you getting married or considering marriage? Don’t miss Northland’s Marriage Prep Class! See why more than 1,800 couples have gone through this comprehensive course covering marriage intimacy, roles and responsibilities, finance, family dynamics, love languages, communication, conflict resolution, forgiveness and much more. The cost: $130. Details: Olga Hagedorn at olgahagedorn@yahoo. com

SHIELDING INNOCENCE Friday, February 10 to Saturday, February 11, The Hub. Parenting in the 21st century brings some unique challenges... Learn how to build a relationship with your children that will shield them in the midst of this highly sexualized era. This seminar includes an in-depth look at the process, the predators, and your preparedness to protect your child from sexual abuse. More info at shieldinginnocence.com. Cost is $50. Details: Sharon Ferreira at sharon.ferreira@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7189


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SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP INFORMATIONAL MEETING: JAMAICA FAMILY TRIP Sunday, January 8, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., room 4204. This is a trip designed specifically for families. The team will build 1 – 2 small houses for a Jamaican family in the mornings. Construction includes sawing, nailing, hammering, and painting. Children are able to participate in the construction and play with the Jamaican children in the community. In the afternoon, our team will facilitate a Children’s Bible Time where stories, crafts, games and songs are shared with Jamaican children. We will also purchase and deliver food baskets to the most vulnerable and needy. For more information about the trip, please visit somedayistoday.net. Details: Margie Morris at margie@guignardcompany.com or 407-234-8689

SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP INFORMATIONAL MEETING: JAMAICA - HIGH SCHOOL TRIP Wednesday, January 25, 8:45 to 9:30 p.m., fellowship hall. This trip is specifically for high school students who have completed 9th grade. The team will do construction work in the mornings, with the possibility of building a house. In the afternoon, our team will facilitate a Children’s Bible Time where stories, crafts, games and songs are shared with Jamaican children. We will also purchase and deliver food baskets to the most vulnerable and needy. For more information about the trip, please visit somedayistoday.net. Details Liz Gritter at liz. gritter@northlandchurch.net or 407-923-2424.

SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP INFORMATIONAL MEETING: ALASKA - HIGH SCHOOL TRIP Wednesday, January 18, 8:45 to 9:30 p.m., fellowship hall. Join us to learn more about the short-term mission trip to Anchorage, Alaska. The trip is open to high school (completed 9th grade by summer 2017) and college students. Parents are highly encouraged to attend the information meeting with their students. For more information about the trip, please visit somedayistoday.net. Details: Kailey Simpson at kailey.simpson@northlandchurch.net or 407620-0789

SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP INFORMATIONAL MEETING: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MIDDLE SCHOOL TRIP Saturday, January 14, 8:30 to 9 p.m., Fellowship Hall. It is an informational meeting for the middle school mission trip to the Dominican Republic. The meeting is for both the parents and the student(s). The trip is June 9 to 17. The purpose of this trip is to bring God’s love to the Dominican people by sharing God’s word, serving His people and building relationships. We want to change lives and bring hope. In addition, we desire for each middle school student and his/ her parent to grow in their relationship with Christ and be confident of their God given gifts. We will partner with TIME Ministries to build and provide a chapel for a pastor and his congregation in a local village. We will serve one or two communities with an eyeglass clinic. In addition, we will partner with Quisqueyana Baptist Church and help run a children’s VBS program in an unreached community. Through the children, we hope to spark the community’s interest in the Truth of Jesus. For more information about the trip, please visit somedayistoday.net. Details: Lisa Shaw at shawfamily92@gmail.com or 407212-1569

SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP INFORMATIONAL MEETING: COSTA RICA FAMILY TRIP Sunday, January 15, 3 to 4:30 p.m., room 4204. This family trip for ages 5 and up is scheduled for July 14 through 21. This beautiful area is home to many people from other Central American countries who are in search of a better life for their families. Many are fleeing from poverty, oppression and violence. This a wonderful opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus as we serve poor families living in the river communities of Jaco’, Costa Rica. As directed by our ministry partner, Radical Life Church (“Iglesia Radical”), we will work on construction projects at the river and the church and lead VBS lessons with the children. Come join us as we cast the vision and see how you can be a part of it! For more information about the trip, please visit somedayistoday.net. Details: Mary Lee Carter at mulls499@yahoo.com or 407-923-9395

SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP INFORMATIONAL MEETING: BRAZIL TRIP Wednesday, January 4, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 4204. Imagine five nights sailing on the Amazon or Rio Negro River. Our boat is a medical boat, reaching out to the villagers with medical and dental needs. If you are in the medical field, this is a wonderful way to serve. We are also a Helping Hands team, so many of us will go into the villages offering VBS for the children, visit homes building relationships and sharing Jesus Christ, and participating in men, women and teen ministries. A bonus is the beauty parlor ministry. There is something for every age! We will discuss this in more detail so come with an open heart and lots of questions. Details: Joanne JensenAman at waman@cfl.rr.com or 497-766-1624

STEPHEN MINISTER TRAINING Thursdays, February 2 through May 11, 2017 (skip May 4), 6:30 to 8 p.m., rooms 4216-18. Do you have a compassionate heart? Do you want to serve the Lord by walking alongside a hurting heart experiencing loss? You may be the perfect candidate to become a Stephen Minister. The cost: $65 for books, available at the Northland Bookstore. Learn more at The Hub January 12 at 7p.m. The registration and application process applies. Details: Lynda D.W. Mason at lynda. mason@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4013

SUICIDE PREVENTION FAMILY WORKSHOP Wednesday, January 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Hub. This training is a two-hour interactive skillsbased workshop that provides families with the opportunity to learn how to identify suicide risk factors, warning signs and protective factors; how to interact and communicate with youths who may be thinking about suicide; and how to build a safety net around youths to keep them safe. A $30 stipend will be provided for childcare and transportation to each family. At the end of the training, participants will be asked to take part in a three-month follow-up survey. USF will contact participants and will pay them for their time ($25). This is a free training to all members. Each member who attends the training will receive a workbook, a listing of community resources, a family guide and other educational resources. Details: Lindsay Brown at lindsay@ fccmh.org

TRANSFORMING SPACES: A GUIDE TO FORMING KINGDOM-SHAPED COMMUNITIES Sundays, 1 to 3 p.m., Jeremy Penn’s home. The goal of this course is to guide young adults (18- to 35-year-olds) into Kingdom-shaped communities. We will explore what it means to follow Jesus as the church together in a post-Christian world. We will dialogue each week about what God has done to prepare us for this moment, what He is doing in our world, and where we think He is taking us next. The course is free and includes dinner. Details: Jeremy Penn at jeremy.penn@ northlandchurch.net

UNDERSTANDING SPIRITUAL GIFTS Sundays starting January 15, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., room 4204. The purpose of this study is to inspire believers in Jesus Christ to connect with God on a deeper level of insight, wisdom and revelation according to biblical truths on spiritual gifts. The study provides a foundational understanding of the giftings that God has given you to enable a stronger commitment to the body of Christ. As a result of the equipping, others will be motivated and involved in serving and strengthening the global church. Ultimately, God’s purpose, plan and individual calling for you will become more evident through the redemptive love of Jesus Christ. The workbook is available at the Northland Bookstore for $7.99. Details: Rhonda Mixon at rraa4mix@gmail.com

WHEN HELPING HURTS TWO-DAY SEMINAR January 27 and 28, rooms 4206-07. What if poverty isn’t just about a lack of food, money or clothing? If you have ever asked yourself that question, join distributed elder Jim Dees and his team as they host a two-day DVD seminar taught by Dr. Brian Fikkert, coauthor of “When Helping Hurts.” The seminar teaches how to effectively help people in need, moving beyond good intentions to lasting change. Details: Jim Dees at jimdees@vermeersoutheast.com or 407-937-1754

CHILDREN YOUNG DISCIPLES STEP 1 Sundays starting January 22, 3 to 4:30 p.m., rooms 5108-09, Children’s Worship Wing. Is your child ready to be baptized? Young Disciples Step 1 guides children in navigating the foundational teachings of Jesus and the apostles in a child-friendly environment. It is designed to help children in grades two through five understand more about salvation, baptism and other tenets of the faith. This study concludes with the celebration of baptism February 26 at 2 p.m. in the Children’s Worship Wing. A parent or adult must attend classes with the child. The one-time fee to participate is $5 per child, which you may pay at the first class. Details: Debbie Blahnik at debbie.blahnik@ northlandchurch.net

YOUNG DISCIPLES STEP 2 Sundays starting March 26, 3 to 4:30 p.m., rooms 5108-09, Children’s Worship Wing. Is your child ready to take First Communion? Young Disciples Step 2 teaches children in grades two through five what it means to live as disciples of Christ. Children, alongside their parent or mentor, will explore the seven ways we respond to God for the benefit of others: by worshiping, reading the Bible, sharing our story, being in community, praying, serving and living generously. The study concludes with the celebration of Communion. A parent or adult must attend classes with the child. The one-time fee to participate is $5 per child, which you may pay at the first class. Details: Debbie Blahnik at debbie.blahnik@ northlandchurch.net

MEN ACT LIKE MEN BOOT CAMP Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 5205. This 40day study uses James MacDonald’s book “Act Like Men: 40 Days to Biblical Manhood,” and is for regular guys who believe it’s time for things to be different in their lives, for guys who are looking to get some traction in a better direction, for guys who are seeking a path forward to becoming the men God created them to be. Details: John Small at smalljhsd@embarqmail.com or 352-875-5254

AMEN (A MEETING OF MEN) Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 5108-9, Children’s Worship Wing. Learn to apply God’s Word to real-life situations. Details: Mike Long at 407-6253015 or mlong@brewerlong.com


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AUTHENTIC MANHOOD – A MAN AND HIS WORK

WOMEN’S COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY AT NORTHLAND

Saturdays, 9 to 10:30 a.m., room 4209. In these six sessions, explore and learn what God’s plan is for the work we do as men. Details: Tom Horvath at tom@tomhorvath.com or 407-557-8903

Mondays starting January 9, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., The Rink; or Tuesdays starting January 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink. Get connected with a great bunch of ladies who love God and love one another! This class has a wonderful mix of ages, and we encourage you to join whether or not you’ve participated in other Bible studies. No prior knowledge of the Bible is required. Just come with an open heart. Sign up now for Beth Moore’s new study “Entrusted,” a study of 2 Timothy. Together we’ll discover what it means to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives! The workbook, available at the Northland Bookstore, costs $14.99 and includes Scripture memory cards if you purchase it by December 24 (while supplies last). Details: Barbara Montgomery at Biblestudy777@cfl.rr.com

MEN OF HONOR Thursdays, 7:15 to 9 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing, room 5102. This weekly meeting of men consists of fun and watching a DVD, followed by a group discussion, family and business topics, prayer and praise reports. All topics revolve around the biblical definition of “manhood,” raising men as family leaders and being disciples of Christ. Details: Vito Fera at vito@ networksoundinc.com or 407-923-5115

MAN IN THE MIRROR MEN’S GROUP: “DISCIPLESHIP LIFE” Tuesdays, 6:45 to 8 a.m., room 1118. Following Christ leads us to the discipleship lifestyle: disciples who are making disciples ... who are making disciples. Details: Paul Heyd at theheydout@att.net or 407-830-8110

MEN’S LIFE IN COMMUNITY Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., room 4128. Most of us live in a shadow of what God intended for us. Life in Community calls us into the light. Reclaiming Scripture’s stunning vision of gospel-centered community, it inspires us to live in love unbounded. Held during the Women’s Community Bible study, this is an opportunity for men to study and work out the scriptural implications for life. Details: JT Almon II at jalmon18@cfl.rr.com or 321-277-4505

DIVORCE RECOVERY

Healing & Recovery ADULTS ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 5207-8. This is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with one another, that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Details: Frank at 407-599-9770 or Carol at 407-617-0449 or Doug at idougs@aol.com

AL-ANON SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, 7 to 8 p.m., room 5209. Alcoholism affects families, and can affect our emotional well-being, for better or worse. Problem drinking can make life extremely difficult for the nondrinking family member. Al‑Anon members share their experience, strength and hope in coping with an intimate relationship that is affected by alcoholism or drug abuse. Details: Nancy Cook 407-484-3069

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

WOMEN FOUNDATIONS BIBLE STUDY (FOR WOMEN) Wednesdays starting January 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m., room 4216. Want to be confident and empowered, and grow closer to the Lord? Are you tired of living a roller coaster Christian experience? Or have you recently made a commitment to Christ? Then this Bible study is perfect for you! Plus, it’s a nice way to get to know other women from Northland. For childcare, contact Pauline Hale at pauline.hale@ northlandchurch.net. Details: Kari Maggard at Karimaggard@gmail.com or 407-592-3001

FOUNDATIONS 2 BIBLE STUDY (FOR WOMEN) Mondays starting January 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m., rooms 4216. Would you like your Christian life to be lived out moment by moment, every day? We have been learning from Pastors Joel and Matt how crucial it is to live and grow in community. Foundations 2 is all about how to live in victory, how to walk consistently and how to be the church outside the walls of the church building. If you have been through Foundations 1 and desire to keep growing, or if you are simply looking for practical steps to integrating your faith in every area of your life, Foundations 2 is for you. For child care, contact Pauline Hale at pauline.hale@ northlandchurch.net. Details: Kari Maggard at Karimaggard@gmail.com or 407-592-3001

Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m., The Rink. Gain freedom from life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Join them each week for teachings, testimonies, praise and worship, and share groups, which include CR 101; men’s chemical addiction, codependency, anger and sexual addiction; and women’s chemical addiction, codependency, love and relationship addiction, eating disorders, codependent moms, anxiety and depression, and physical, emotional and sexual abuse. They also offer programs for children and teens. This is recovery for the entire family. Dinner is available from 5:45 to 6:30 for $3; children eat free. Details: Laurie Jean Harrington or John Williams at celebraterecovery@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1799

COSA Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., room 4213. Cosa is a recovery program for men and women whose lives have been affected by someone else’s compulsive sexual behavior. Child care available. Details: Dixie at LongwoodCOSA@aol. com or 407-312-3494, or cosa-recovery.org

Tuesday evenings starting January 3; call for time and location. A divorce is a devastating, traumatic event for which even the strongest individuals find themselves unprepared. This group offers a series of programs designed to address those aspects of your life that are most impacted by ending your marriage relationship: your physical self, emotional self and spiritual self. Registration ($5) and orientation are required before attending this 15-week group; the registration deadline is December 27. The workbook costs $22. Childcare will be provided. DC4K is being offered for elementary-age children. Details: Donna Delzingaro at 407-9371749 or donnadd@cfl.rr.com

GRIEFSHARE Mondays through December 5, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., room 4206. GriefShare is a ministry to walk alongside those who are grieving due to the death of a loved one. The cost: $22 for the GriefShare journal, available at the Northland Bookstore. Details: griefshare@northlandchurch.net

THE LANDING Fridays, 7 to 9:10 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. Do you know of a hurting or struggling teen? Are you a teen who feels like life is out of control? This ongoing 52-week program, based on the beatitudes, is geared specifically toward teens in grades 6 through 12, is student-driven and runs concurrently with Celebrate Recovery. The Landing is a safe place where struggling teens can acquire tools to live a Christ-centered life. Details: Suzanne Long at slong27@gmail.com

PRAXIS (CONQUERING FEAR, ANGER, ANXIETY) Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 5106-07, CWW. Conquer fear, anger and anxiety through biblical principles. For child care, contact Pauline Hale at pauline.hale@northlandchurch.net. Details: Skye Engel at 407-834-3158

RCA – RECOVERING COUPLES ANONYMOUS Thursdays, 7:45 to 9 p.m., room 4215. RCA is a 12-step program and fellowship of recovering couples. They suffer from many different addictions, and they share their experience, strength and hope with one another, that they may solve their common problems and help other recovering couples restore their relationships. The primary purpose is to stay committed in loving and intimate relationships, and to help other couples achieve freedom from addictive and destructive relationships. Child care is available. Details: David at dbt197@gmail. com or 407-687-5390, Dixie at RecoveryHealing@ aol.com, or recovering-couples.org

SHOULDER TO SHOULDER First and Third Sundays, 2 p.m., Winter Springs This is a Christian support and social group for divorced women who have already completed at least one Divorce Recovery session at Northland or another church. Details: Lynn Evans 407-7215114, levans7532@gmail.comor Fenella Padrino 407-308-9186, fenellapadrino@gmail.com


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STEPHEN MINISTERS Need a Stephen Minister? If you are in our congregation and are going through a difficult time and need a Stephen Minister, who can walk alongside you for a season, contact Lynda Mason at 407-949-4013.

SUPPORT FOR THE SEPARATED Tuesday evenings starting January 3; call for time and location. A separation leading to a divorce is a devastating, traumatic event for which even the strongest individuals find themselves unprepared. This group offers a series of programs designed to address those aspects of your life that are most impacted by ending your marriage relationship: your physical self, mental self, emotional self and spiritual self. Registration ($5) and orientation is required before attending this 15-week group; the registration deadline is December 27. The workbook costs $22. Childcare will be provided. DC4K is being offered for elementary-age children. Details: Donna Delzingaro at 407-9371749 or donnadd@cfl.rr.com

MEN 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. Workbook cost: $19.95 at Northland’s bookstore. Details: Bryan at 816-206-4167, Jim at 407-7017796, or Kevin Urichko at 407-949-7166 or kevin. urichko@northlandchurch.net

SAA FOR MEN Mondays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., room 1115, Student Ministries and Care Center and Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., room 5104. As a fellowship of recovering addicts, Sex Addicts Anonymous offers a message of hope to anyone who suffers from sex addiction. The basic principles of recovery practiced by SAA are found in the Twelve Steps, and they can apply the Steps and Traditions to sex addiction, making recovery possible. Child care is provided. Details: David at dbt197@gmail.com or 407-687-5390, or saarecovery.org

SEXUAL INTEGRITY PROCESS GROUP Mondays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., parlor, Reformed Theological Seminary, Oviedo. Join a fellowship of men pursuing sexual integrity. This group is for any man who wishes to grow in sexual integrity and wholeness. It is designed to help those who struggle with any form of compulsive sexual behavior. The group provides the opportunity to engage in a more deeply relational process of growth. We welcome all men who seek to grow in sexual integrity and to live in greater freedom. Details: Nathan Bennett at nathan.bennett@northlandchurch.net or 407949-4000

WOMEN WOMEN’S HEALING MINISTRY Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 4218. This group will provide hope and a safe place to heal if you have experienced sexual betrayal, deception and lies of secrecy that keep you in bondage. Details: Vicki M. Wotring at 520-631-0886 or celebratelife3@aol.com

Ministries ADOPTION/FOSTER CARE MINISTRY Third Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall. Are you interested or experienced in adoption or foster care? This group provides information, community and enrichment. Child care is available; contact Pauline Hale at pauline.hale@northlandchurch. net. Details: Dale.Cowart at dale.cowart@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7165

ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING MINISTRY MEETING Second Thursday of each month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall. If you have a passion for anti-trafficking, join other Northland members to take action through specific roles needed to end trafficking in our community. Details: Gretchen Kerr at gretchen.kerr@northlandchurch.net

ARABIC DISTRIBUTED CHURCH Sundays, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the Rink. This group meets for Bible study, fellowship, prayer and praise in the Arabic language. The class targets those who need to worship in Arabic. Child care is available. Details: 407-949-4018, ext. 1712 or arabic@northlandchurch.net

CO-ED FLAG FOOTBALL Saturdays, 9:30 a.m., Sunnytown Park, Casselberry. Join us for adult coed flag football for 6 on 6 with halftime devotionals. No skills required. Just looking for fun and fellowship. Details: Dan Brown at 269-599-6537 or Chris Curran at 407-687-6537 or tbbuc40@netzero. com

GAME NIGHT Thursdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink. Add some active fun to your week. Come play board games, video games and sports with us. All ages are welcome. Details: gamenight@northlandchurch. net or 407-949-4036

THE GATHERING (YOUNG ADULTS MINISTRY) Third Thursday every month, 7 p.m., The Rink. A gathering of young adults (whether or not students, married or professionals) who desire to be in community with one another. There will be worship and discussion, and they will discover ways to be the church together. Details: youngadults@northlandchurch.net

GOLF MINISTRY — LINKS FELLOWSHIP OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

JOY (JUST OLDER YOUTHS) CONNECTION (AGE 55 AND ABOVE)

Second Friday of each month, various locations. Links is a nondenominational Christian ministry whose mission is to link golfers around the world with other Christian golfers. Each month they have a different speaker and golf format. The cost is reasonable and includes golf, a cart, range balls, tax and prizes. Details: and reservations: Parks Reinhardt at 407-3354223 or linksfellowship@cfl.rr.com

The second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 10:30 a.m. to noon, fellowship hall, Student Ministries and CARE Center. Come join our group as we fellowship and encourage one another. Our first meeting will be an introduction of friends and a view of where we will start our friendship. Our theme will be “finishing strong.” With this in mind, we will spend our first nine meetings learning about our spiritual gifts. We will discover our own personal spiritual gifts and how these gifts benefit others and the church as a whole. Details: Brian King at brian. king@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0567

FAITHABILITY Sundays, 9 a.m., room 4218. This is a weekly Bible study for adults with intellectual disabilities. Join them as they learn about who God is and what He has done according to His Word. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the group at faithability@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1828.

TRANSFORMERS — YOUNG MARRIED COUPLES (MID-20S TO -50S) Sundays, 10:45 a.m. to noon, Fellowship Hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Our goal is to build relationships and grow in our marriages by studying God’s Word and applying it to our lives. For child care, contact Pauline Hale at pauline.hale@northlandchurch.net. Details: Alex and Brani Crane at Alex Crane at Transformers.northland@gmail.com or 321-3030831

HISPANIC GATHERING Sundays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., room 1102. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1, KJV). Join them for a joyful time of worship and going deeper in studying God’s Word in Spanish. Details: Leonardo Mateus at leonardo.mateus@ northlandchurch.net or 407-459-3650

REUNIÓN DOMINICAL HISPANA DOMINGOS

Domingos, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., room 1102. “Mirad cuan Bueno y cuan delicioso es habitar los hermanos juntos en armonía!” (Sal. 133:1). Únete a ellos para un hermoso tiempo de alabanza y adoración profundizando en el estudio de la palabra de Dios en español. Details: Leonardo Mateus a leonardo.mateus@ northlandchurch.net or 407-459-3650

THE HISPANIC MINISTRY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Saturday, December 17, 6:30 p.m., The Rink. Come and enjoy a special time of music, teaching and Christmas dinner. You may bring a delicious dish to share. Invite your family and friends. Details: Leonardo Mateus at leonardo.mateus@ northlandchurch.net or 407-459-3650

EL MINISTERIO HISPANO CELEBRACIÓN DE LA NAVIDAD

Sabado 17 de Diciembre, 6:30 p.m., The Rink. Ven y disfruta de un especial tiempo de música, enseñanza y cena navideña. Puedes traer un delicioso plato para compartir, invita a tu familia y amigos. Para mas información leonardo. mateus@northlandchurch.net or 407-459-3650

KNIT AND CHAT Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Foyer by Information Desk. This group is for those who knit (or crochet) or want to learn how to knit. Knit and Chat is intended for fellowship while sharing the joy of knitting. Contact Pauline Hale at pauline.hale@northlandchurch.net for child care for children 10 and under. www.facebook. com/knitandchat. Details: Cassie Small at cassandra.543@juno.com or 407-834-5203

MEN’S RACQUETBALL GROUP Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs. After game time, the group members sit on benches and fellowship by telling life’s stories and praying for one another’s needs. No experience is required. Details: Alex Crane at alexmcrane@live.com or 321-303-0831

MOMS4MOMS Monthly on Mondays (dates may vary), 9:30 a.m., The Rink. Moms of newborns and children through 6 years old, join us for fellowship and encouragement as we journey through motherhood together. Childcare is provided for kids 6 months old and up. Registration is required. The cost: $30 per semester. Details: Katie Justice at katiejustice5@gmail.com or Stephanie Ball at stephanieball1@yahoo.com

MOTORCYCLE MINISTRY TEEN CHALLENGE WE CARE RIDE Saturday, January 7, 9:30 a.m., meet near Teen Challenge and depart at 10. We will drop the items off and then go for a nice ride near the Volusia coast with a lunch stop and back. Teen Challenge is a Christian-based program with a great group of men trying to get there lives back on track. We want to help them and show that we care about them and no one at Teen Challenge has been forgotten. What we are doing is bringing care items, such as hygiene essentials like soap, shaving cream, disposable razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, antiperspirant, combs, brushes, shampoo and men’s clothing in good condition (as long as it doesn’t have a major logo or writing on it). You can even donate a new or used bible or Christian book. Details: Lori Landers at 352-589-1011


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NORTH SPORTS AND GAMES Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15 to 6:15 p.m., room 5100 and The Rink. After school program providing an encouraging environment for spiritual growth thru organized play in physical sports, board games, and video games. Small group instruction and mentoring are provided by young adults and high school students with the goal of encouraging middle school students to improve their skills in a variety of sports and games while being discipled with spiritual lessons from “Ready, Set, Go”. Space is limited so register quickly at nland.ch/ northsportssignup. Details: Alicia Cash at alicia. cash@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0559.

SEW AND SERVE First Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m., room 1117, the Rink. They sew various easy-to-make items for charitable donation. Bring your portable machine (if you have one), basic sewing tools, ideas for projects and a giving heart! Details: Joan Siegel at siegeljk@aol.com

SIGNING CHOIR Sundays, 1 to 2:30 p.m., room 5100, Children’s Worship Wing. Using American Sign Language and physical movement, the choir’s goal is to lead members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in worship in an environment where they can express the lyrics and “see the beat.” Adults and teens are welcome; participants must attend, but they do not need experience. Details: northlandchurch.net/signingchoir or Eleanor Tracey at eleanor.tracey@northlandchurch.net

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

THURSDAY EVENING PRAYER MEETING Thursdays, 6 to 7 p.m., room 4128. You are invited to join us for the intercessory prayer time. We intercede for the weekly prayer requests submitted online. We also pray for the elders, pastors, staff, congregations and communities. We pray for the distributed churches, local and global partners, missionaries, ministries and much more. Details: Gus Davies at gus.davies@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4008

HISPANIC MINISTRY - SPANISH TRANSLATION Sundays, 9 and 11 a.m. services. Spanish translation is available online and listening devices are available at the Welcome Desk. Join the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ northlandhispano. Details: Leonardo Mateus at leonardo.mateus@northlandchurch.net or 407-459-3650

MINISTERIO HISPANO - TRADUCCIÓN A ESPAÑOL

Domingos, en los servicios de las 9 y 11 a.m. Traducción a español esta disponible en línea. Los auriculares para escuchar el servicio estan disponibles en el Mostrador de Bienvenida o “Welcome Desk”. Información en nuestra página de Facebook en www.facebook.com/ northlandhispano. Details: Leonardo Mateus at leonardo.mateus@northlandchurch.net or 407-459-3650

services. No experience necessary. Details: Barbara Gritter at barbara.gritter@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000

WEEKDAY WELCOME DESK

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Weekday volunteers are needed to answer phones and greet visitors. Flexible hours. Details: Barbara Gritter at barbara.gritter@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000

WANT TO SERVE GOD WITH YOUR MUSIC? Do you have a musical talent that you would like to use to glorify God? Do you play an instrument? Celebrate Recovery is looking for talented musicians who are willing to make a commitment to our worship band, Broken. Details: Reed Banjanin at banjo333@hotmail.com or 407-4562092

BUDDY BREAK NEEDS BUDDIES

WELCOME TEAM

Buddy Break is a three-hour monthly respite event for families with special needs. Parents drop off their children for a special program planned just for them. Parents are able to enjoy their morning knowing their children are well cared for and are having a blast! We always have activities planned to help make each month a special experience for the VIP and the Buddy. Be a Buddy to one of our VIPs, and join in the fun! Details: Holly Christian at holly.christian@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0577

Believers are needed to make phone calls, welcoming first-time visitors and connecting with interested attendees regarding various ministry projects. Training provided, flexible hours. Details: Brian King at brian.king@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0567

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES There are plenty of ways to serve in Children’s Ministries. Whether it is through preparing the weekly take-home resources, teaching or helping in a classroom on the weekends, or manning the children’s library during the week, volunteers make a difference. Details: Debbie Blahnik at debbie.blahnik@northlandchurch.net or 407949-7162

COMMUNION SERVERS Communion servers are needed the first weekend of each month. Training provided. Details: Lauren Travers at communion@ northlandchurch.net

LIFEHOPE CHILDCARE VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Thursday, January 12, 2 to 3 p.m., room 1118. After attending this class, you’ll be eligible to volunteer with our LifeHope Childcare babies. Come learn the do’s and don’ts of being a volunteer for our infants and toddlers. Details: Melissa Rivera at melissa.rivera@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4017

SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN AND TEENS Classroom assistant during worship services. Details: Heather Subbert at 407-9371828 or heather.subbert@northlandchurch.net

USHERS AND GREETERS Greet and seat those attending worship

Serve with Northland BLOOD DRIVE Sunday, January 8, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Northland at Longwood. To reduce your waiting time, you may schedule a time slot at www. floridasbloodcenters.org. Details: Ruth Sapp at ruth.sapp@northlandchurch.net or 407-9494039

CEF NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR CHRISTMAS OUTREACH Saturday, December 10, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Harvest Time International, 225 Kennel Road, Sanford. Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) of Central Florida needs volunteers to serve with it so it can share the Christmas story with boys and girls in its neighborhood. If your family, friends and/or small group can help, contact Jeneba E. Davies at 407-435-4673 or Jenebad@cefcenfl. com.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY – INSIDE Co-facilitate weekly classes in the Seminole County jail. A workbook, a DVD and materials are available. Must have one or more years of recovery. Minimum commitment: twice a month. Details: Dale Cowart at dale.cowart@ northlandchurch.net

CHILD ADVOCATES Become a Guardian ad Litem. In an ideal situation, a child has a parent or caregiver paying attention, but for many children, there is no one. Will you give some of your time and compassion to such a child? As a GAL volunteer, a Court-Appointed Special Advocate, you would be there to speak in the child’s best interest. Details: Diane Klebanow at 407-665-5386 or GALSeminoleInfo@seminolecountyfl.gov

CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP OF CENTRAL FLORIDA NEEDS VOLUNTEERS Serve in Good News Clubs in public elementary schools after school. They provide orientation and training. Details: Jeneba Davies at 407-4354673 or jenesthe1@bellsouth.net

CHRISTIANS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION CIPE inspires Christians to embrace their God-ordained role as missionaries in public education, whether as teachers, custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria workers or administrators, helping them to recognize how their walk as Christians impacts everyone around them. Details: Nan Parker at 352-602-9200 or nancparker@gmail.com, Gracia Miller at 407-415-1461 or millergracia@gmail.com, christiansinpubliceducation.org or ceai.org


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CO-FACILITATE CLASSES IN THE JAIL Men, women or couples are needed to share their faith and knowledge with Seminole County inmates who desire a change in their lives. Training and workbooks are provided. This is a twice-a-month commitment. Details: Dale Cowart at dale.cowart@northlandchurch.net

DISASTER RESPONSE TEAMS Train and prepare for serving during times of disaster and local outreach field exercises. All levels of experience are needed, from professionals to those who want to be trained. Details: Judy Head at judy.head@ northlandchurch.net or 407-388-5798

DO YOU SPEAK SPANISH? WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are looking for volunteers to help with the translation of English texts into Spanish. We do not need professional translators, but bilingual people who have a basic knowledge of Office. If you are interested in serving in this area, contact Ivonne Schatte at ivonne.schatte@ northlandchurch.net.

¿HABLA ESPAÑOL? ¡NECESITAMOS SU AYUDA!

Se buscan voluntarios de habla hispana para ayudar con la traducción de textos en inglés al español. No necesitan ser traductores profesionales, sino personas bilingües que sepan manejar Office Word. Si está interesado y le gustaría servir en esta área, por favor contacte a Ivonne Schatte ivonne.schatte@ northlandchurch.net

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED: GREAT FAMILY MISSIONS PROJECT

SERVE WITH NANAS, PAPAS AND FRIENDS

Mission To Japan, a Northland supported ministry, is bringing several Japanese college students to Orlando March 3 ~ 31, so they can experience American culture and practice their English. The program is Mission To Japan’s primary way of sharing the gospel with Japanese people (only 1% of Japanese are Christian). Mission To Japan takes care of the students during the day with English and Bible classes at Northland as well as sightseeing trips. Host families are needed to receive students in the evenings and provide meals, a room, and Christian friendship. This is a great way for the whole family to learn about a foreign culture, share God’s love, and make a new friend for life. Details: Warren Griffith at 407-243-8867 or info@ MissionToJapan.org or MissionToJapan.org

Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Kindergarten children; 11 to 11:45 a.m., Special needs or Pre-K children, Goldsboro Elementary Magnet School, Sanford. Join us in bringing fun, excitement, and the joy of reading to a kindergarten, prek or special needs child! Students develop a love of reading, teachers appreciate having additional help, and Nanas, Papas and Friends know that they make a difference. This program is part of the Seminole County School District’s Dividends Program and Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP). Details: Rebekah Richey at handr527@aol.com or 407-252-7009

LIVE WORSHIP WITH INMATES Servant leaders are needed to attend worship in the jail and connect with the inmates. Opportunities exist at all worship service times. No experience is necessary. Details: Dale Cowart at dale.cowart@northlandchurch.net

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. People are needed to bring the residents to the Sunday 9 a.m. service at Northland at Longwood. Details: Patsy Grannan at 407-538-5209 or pjgrannan@yahoo. com

FINANCIAL ALLIES NEEDED

MEN MENTORING FATHERLESS BOYS

Financial Allies are needed for Faith and Finances, a biblically integrated financial curriculum designed for low-income people. Allies provide encouragement, advocacy and supportive friendship as a class participant strives to become economically self-sufficient. Details: Dale Cowart at dale.cowart@ Northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7165

No age limit or experience required. Must be able to devote at least one hour per week. Details: David Keys at nlmentoring@gmail.com

HARVEST TIME INTERNATIONAL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. This mission ministry needs volunteers to check in clients; help with office work, fundraising and social media; stock shelves; and sort relief products Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ministry also accepts community service volunteers. Learn more at harvesttime. org. Details: 407-878-5526 or volunteer@ harvesttime.org

HOSPICE OF THE COMFORTER Volunteers provide patient and family support, as well as crucial administrative assistance, community outreach, fundraising and help with special projects. Free training is provided. Details: Volunteer Services Department at 407-379-2254, or hospiceofthecomforter.org/ volunteers

MENTORS AND CLASSROOM ASSISTANTS Mentors and classroom assistants are needed for Milwee Middle School students in Longwood. Need to be 18 years old or older and available at least one hour per week until the end of the school year. Must complete SCPS Dividend process. Details: Buzz Vincent, Milwee Middle School at 407-463-9398 or blv292@cfl.rr.com

SUMMER MISSION TRIP TO JAPAN (COLLEGE STUDENTS) Mission to Japan, a Northland-supported ministry, is planning a four-week mission trip to Japan for college students (ages 18 through 22) May 3 through 29. Details: Warren Griffith at 407243-8867 or info@MissionToJapan.org

PETPALS Saturdays, except the fifth Saturday of the month. Share your pets with people in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and more. Details: Ann Clark at ann@clarkmail.us or 407-808-7892

Special Events BAPTISM CELEBRATION WEEKEND Saturday, January 14 through Monday, January 16, during all worship services. The entire Northland family is coming together for a BIG churchwide baptism service! If you’ve never been baptized, or you’ve recommitted your life to following Christ and want to make a public statement of that through baptism, now’s the time to take this step of obedience to Jesus’ command in Matthew 28. Sign up today, and invite your friends and family to celebrate with you! All ages are welcome to be baptized. Please register so we can plan accordingly. Register at northlandchurch.net/baptismweekend or talk to any of the Connect team members in the foyer. Details: Sarah Mattingly at sarah.mattingly@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7170.

HANDS OF PRAISE CONCERT Sunday, January 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink. Join the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in an evening of worship through music, movement and sign language. Let us worship Him together in both English and American Sign Language! Leading us in worship will be the Northland Signing Choir and other signing choirs from churches in our community. Everyone is welcome to attend! Admission is free. Details: Eleanor Tracey at eleanor.tracey@northlandchurch.net

PASSION CONFERENCE 2017 The Passion Conference is a gathering of college students and young adults ages 18 through 25 from across the nation, and around the world, to worship God with artists such as Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Christy Nockels, Hillsong Unite, and Kristian Stanfill, as well as hear from such speakers as Louie Giglio, Francis Chan, John Piper, Christine Caine and others. This threeday event is in Atlanta, and Northland is taking a group. We only have 75 spots, so register ASAP. The cost: $280 through December 1, or $310 from December 2 through January 1. Details: Jordan Gritter at passion@northlandchurch.net or 407937-0440


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INTERFAITH OPPORTUNITIES

Donations PLEASE TAKE CLEAN, USABLE CLOTHING, TOYS, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, NONPERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS AND SUPPLIES TO THE SHARING CENTER, FAIRMONT PLAZA, 600 N. HIGHWAY 1792, LONGWOOD. DETAILS: 407-260-9155 OR THESHARINGCENTER.ORG 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: Judy Head at judy.head@ northlandchurch.net Vehicles Needed at LifeHope. Many families working with the LifeHope ministry are able to obtain a job and begin the process of getting back on their feet, but transportation becomes a barrier. Vehicles must be safe and in good working condition. Details: Bud Abt at 407-4150036 or bud.abt@northlandchurch.net to donate your vehicle Men’s casual clothes, backpacks, blankets, tennis shoes and hygienic supplies, are needed by Downtown Homeless ministry at St. George’s Orthodox Church, a ministry to the homeless in Orlando. Details: Dave Mullen at dmull77@yahoo.com Christian and classic children’s books as well as parenting and marriage books are needed for the Northland Children’s and Family library. Details: Bethany Durys at bethany.durys@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0541 Bibles are needed for the Downtown Homeless Ministry. Donate new or used Bibles at the Northland Bookstore. Details: Dave Mullen at dmull77@yahoo.com Bed sheets, pillowcases and other items are needed at Safehouse of Seminole for battered women and their children. Complete needs list at www.safehouseofseminole.org. Details: admin@ safehouseofseminole.org or 407-302-5220 Recovery House of Central Florida needs donations to help support its men’s residential peer-run and peer-driven nine-month program dealing with drug addiction and alcoholism. The house needs donations of vehicles to transport the men to church, items for 12-step meetings and work, lawn equipment, tools and appliances. Details: 407-323-5857

Beyond Northland LOOKING FOR MINISTRY-RELATED JOBS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA? NEED TO HIRE AT YOUR MINISTRY? FIND AND POST PAID POSITIONS AT JOBS.NORTHLANDCHURCH.NET.

ADULTS ABORTION RECOVERY Bible study for post-abortive men or women that meets in a confidential, supportive setting. Details: Reveille Ministries at 407-333-0404

CENTRAL FLORIDA’S JOB FAIR (CFEC.ORG) Wednesday, January 25, noon to 4 p.m., Central Florida Fairgrounds & Exposition Park, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. 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 at 407-834-4022 or christianhelp.org

COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Community United Methodist Church, 4921 S. U.S. Highway 17-92, Casselberry. Join them in studying the Gospel of Matthew. They are an interdenominational women’s Bible study serving Orlando and the surrounding area, and they offer effective teaching, small group discussion, genuine fellowship and a children’s program. Women from all backgrounds and with all levels of Bible knowledge are welcome. Registration is always open. Details: Carol at 505-620-5568 or www.communitybiblestudy.org

• Interfaith Discussion Wednesday, January 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Adventist University of Health Sciences, Florida Hospital, 671 Winyah Drive, Orlando. Topic: “Prayer and Religion in Public Schools.” According to your faith tradition’s teaching, what role should religion play in tax-funded education? Do you feel the curriculum should include prayers and devotional readings from sacred writings? If so, should it be from the scriptures and prayers of the majority religion(s)? Would your answer stay the same if a religion different from yours was the majority? What about those students who aren’t members of the majority religion(s)? Should they be forced to participate, or be sent from the classroom? Come prepared to discuss these questions and more. Join the respectful, open and candid discussion, sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. The participants represent a variety of faith traditions as well as those who question the validity of faith altogether. Admission is free. Everyone is invited. • “Friends Talking Faith” Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7 p.m., 90.7-FM radio. The “Three Wise Guys” (Rabbi Steven Engel, Rev. Bryan Fulwider and Imam Muhammad Musri) come together to discuss topics from the perspective of the different religions they represent. This month guests will include a variety of religious leaders and others sharing their thoughts and ideas regarding the meaning of, freedoms gained from, progress made since, and the ongoing challenges and goals represented by Martin Luther King Day. Also, we’ll be discussing the presidential inauguration and the expectations of this decidedly different kind of presidency. What does this mean for the United States and other nations? How does religion enter into the political climate of 2017? We’ll dive into these and other important issues for the new year. Details: Robert Ray at 407-4158528 or Robert.Ray@nrmafla.com

MEALS ON WHEELS, ETC. Meals on Wheels, Etc. provides home-delivered meals, transportation services and other services to vulnerable seniors in Seminole County. Details: Marci Carter at 407-333-8877, ext.103, or mcarter@mealsetc.org.

MONTHLY COMMUNITY PRAYER TIME Second Friday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m., Community United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 17-92, Casselberry. Details: Kay Johnson at 321-277-8358 or Nancy Allen at 407-327-5077

MEN CHRISTIAN BUSINESSMEN’S CONNECTION 7 to 8 a.m.: Tuesdays, IHOP Restaurant, 1345 Lee Road, Orlando; Thursdays, Perkins, University & Forsyth, Winter Park. A worldwide men’s ministry for 85 years (www.cbmc.com) that meets for fellowship, prayer, and discussion of God’s principles for business. Details: Armand Dauplaise at 407-221-3114 or adauplaise@ aol.com; Pat Leupold at 407-538-6026 or huskerball1956@gmail.com.

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

WOMEN POST ABORTIVE COUNSELING These post-abortion ministries share the healing grace of Jesus without judgment. • Choices Women’s Clinic 2992 Edgewater Dr., Orlando. Details: Stella King at truelifechoice.org, 407-244-5529 or SKing@truelifechoice.org • Sanford & Oviedo Crisis Pregnancy Center 1002 S. French Ave., Sanford. Details: Andrea Krazeise at sanfordcpc.com or 407-323-3384 • Cornerstone Pregnancy Center 2025 Culver Rd., Orlando. Details: Michelle Lewis at 407-208-9058 or directorofcpc@ gmail.com

WOMEN’S CONNECTION LUNCHEON Third Thursday of each month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., DeBary Golf & Country Club, 300 Plantation Drive. All women are invited to the monthly luncheon, designed to connect women with God, their community, and each other. Details: Judy Ann Mumford at jamumford@gmail. com or 386-753-9376

WORKPLACE MINISTRY First Tuesday of each month, 5:30 p.m., Orlando. J4 Leaders (www.J4Leaders.org), an interdenominational ministry for women to help encourage one another to succeed with a biblical worldview. Details: Pam Oldham at info@ J4Leaders.org or 407-522-4797


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What We Believe THE BIBLE — We believe the Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, is verbally inspired of God, is inerrant in the original writings, and is the Christian’s final authority in faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16) GOD —

The Trinity — We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 6:8) Jesus Christ — We believe by miracle of the virgin birth that the Lord Jesus Christ, eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God in order to reveal God and to redeem man. He is the substitutionary sacrifice for our sins and arose bodily from the dead for our justification. He is now exalted at the right hand of God, Head of the Church and Lord of the individual believer, fulfilling His ministry as our Great High Priest and Advocate. (Matthew 1:18-23; John 1:1-3) Holy Spirit — We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of sin, regenerates and converts sinners, and baptizes them into the church, which is the body of Christ. We believe that He indwells, guides, instructs and empowers the believer for godly living and service, and that He seals and keeps him until the Lord comes. We believe that He bestows spiritual gifts upon each one. We believe that the believer has received one or more spiritual gifts so that he might exercise them for the strengthening and outreach of the body of Christ. The practice of any gift in any gathered body shall be in keeping with the Scripture. (John 14:16-17; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 12:7)

THE MEANS OF SALVATION — We believe that salvation from the guilt and condemnation of sin is possible only as the gift of God’s grace. It cannot be gained by good resolutions, sincere efforts, or submission to the rules, regulations or ordinances of any church, but is freely bestowed on all who put their faith in Christ and trust in the work that Christ accomplished on the cross of Calvary. All who so trust the Savior pass from death unto life, and are forgiven of their sins, accepted by the Father, and born into His family by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God. (John 5:24; Ephesians 1:6-7; 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:23) SECURITY, ASSURANCE AND RESPONSIBILITY — We believe that all the saved,

those in whom God has accomplished His transforming work of grace, are kept by His power and are thus secure in Christ forever. It is their privilege to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation. However, this assurance must not be the occasion for sin, for God in His holiness cannot tolerate persistent sin in His children, and in infinite love He corrects them. True faith in Christ is expressed by a fruitful, Godpleasing life. (John 10:27-29; Romans 8:19-39; 1 John 5:13; Hebrews 12:6; Matthew 7:20; James 2:20)

MAN — We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that he sinned, incurring not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God and which is inherited by every member of Adam’s race. We believe that man is subject to the power of the devil and has within himself no possible means of recovery or salvation. (Genesis 1:26; 1 John 1:8-10; Romans 6:23) THE CHURCH — We believe that the true church is composed of all who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, that those

who are members of the true church will be eligible for membership in the local church. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are to be observed by the church during the present age. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are acts of obedience to the Lord. Participation in them, though, is not to be regarded in any sense as a means of salvation. (Acts 2)

THE CHRISTIAN’S WALK — We believe that we are called with a holy calling to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit of God. The flesh (our natural desire), which in this life is never fully eradicated, must be kept by the Spirit (through our walk of faith), constantly in subjection to Christ, or it will surely manifest its presence in our lives, to the dishonor of our Lord. (Ephesians 2:10; Galatians 5:16) THE ETERNAL STATE — We believe that the souls

of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do, at death, immediately pass into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming for the church, when soul and glorified body, reunited, will be associated with Him forever in glory. We believe that unbelievers will be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord and the glory of His power. (John 3:15-16; Hebrews 9:28; Matthew 25:41-46) Find out more at northlandchurch.net/about.

Our Purpose: Why we are here. From its inception in 1972, Northland has been unwavering in its purpose: To bring people to maturity in Christ.

Our Vision: What we see. A vision is a clear mental picture of a preferable future. It sees the future through the eyes of faith. It shares the perspective of the biblical writer when he wrote the following words: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1, NASB). Northland’s vision is to see people coming to Christ, and to be transformed together as we link locally and globally to worship and serve everywhere, every day.

Our Mission: What we do. At Northland, we believe God’s call to us as a body of believers is to respond to Him for the benefit of others. There are countless ways that one can respond to God’s grace and goodness. We have identified the following ways that we, as a church, regularly want to respond together: Worship God — John 4:21 Glorify God for who He is and what He has done. Read the Bible — Jeremiah 1:12 Study God’s message to you often. Share your story — 1 Peter 3:15 Tell others what God is doing in your life. Be in community — John 13:35 Foster environments for relationship. Pray — 1 Peter 3:12 Engage in conversation with God. Serve others — Matthew 25:40 Meet the needs of the people around you. Live generously — Matthew 6:21 Give what God’s given you. We believe that as we respond to God together we will be transformed into the image of Christ.

Worship Times LONGWOOD Saturdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 p.m. Sundays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 (sp), 11 a.m. (di) (sp); 5 p.m. Mondays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 p.m. (di) Deaf/hard of hearing interpretation available (sp) Spanish interpretation available

LAKE COUNTY Northland, A Church Distributed: Lake County 2828 S. Bay St., Eustis. In Lake Hills Plaza behind RaceTrac Service times. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 9:30 and 11 a.m. OVIEDO Reformed Theological Seminary 1231 Reformation Drive, Oviedo, FL 32765 Service time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 10 a.m.

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Traducción simultánea al español en nuestra sede en Longwood y en linea durante los servicios de adoracion los domingos a las 9 y 11 a.m.!

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New to Northland? Do you have questions … about God, Northland or anything else? Visit the tent to meet with a member of our Connect Team. Look for the team members in the blue shirts. They are there to answer questions, help get you involved, invite you to next steps, sign you up to volunteer or just to give you a hug. Or visit northlandchurch.net/new.


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Contact Info

Whom Do I Contact If:

530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750 www.northlandchurch.net | hello@northlandchurch.net Main Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Main Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4020 Northland Bookstore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7199

I am in crisis? Northland’s main line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 I would like to talk to a minister? Minister on Duty (MOD). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 I want to seek counseling? Counseling referral line. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7204

Send newspaper correspondence to: newspaper@northlandchurch.net.

I have a prayer request? Prayer request line. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4025 or pray.northlandchurch.net I need the Hospital Ministry to pay a visit? Chris Nielsen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7149 or hospitalvisits@northlandchurch.net

Governing Elders Gilbert Kingsley, Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-0540 gilbert.kingsley@northlandchurch.net Tim Wright, Vice Chairman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1804 tim.wright@northlandchurch.net Dale Burket, Secretary-Treasurer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1809 dale.burket@northlandchurch.net JT Almon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7169 jt.almon@northlandchurch.net Sam Certo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7168 sam.certo@northlandchurch.net Bill Wolfe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1803 bill.wolfe@northlandchurch.net Jim Dees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1827 jim.dees@northlandchurch.net

Pastor’s Bio During Dr. Hunter’s tenure, which began in 1985, Northland has grown from 200 faithful souls to a Florida-based congregation of 20,000 that worships worldwide via the web. Before accepting the pastorate at Northland, he served as a United Methodist minister for 15 years in Indiana. He and his wife, Becky, have been partners in the ministry since their marriage in 1972. Becky is the former president of the Global Pastors Wives Network and is the author of “Being Good to Your Husband On Purpose” (Creation House). The Hunters raised three sons and have seven grandchildren. Learn more about Pastor Hunter’s life in ministry at northlandchurch.net/joelhunter. Stay informed about his involvement with current events at www.pastorjoelhunter.com.

Northland is becoming a church of distributed churches, a family of spiritual families. More and more, the larger congregation of Northland is also comprised of smaller, distributed churches – spiritual families that form outside the walls of the building as they follow Jesus together and live out the mission of Jesus in their everyday lives. All of Northland will continue to gather together for weekend worship services, whether in person or online, but being the church isn’t limited to the worship service. The distributed churches also form the church right where people live, as they get together in homes, in offices, on campuses or in coffee shops for meals, fellowship, the study of Scripture, prayer, service and reaching out to those not yet included (Acts 2:42-47).

I am interested in a Care Ministry? Barbara Olsen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7183 or barbara.olsen@northlandchurch.net I want to become a member? Barbara Gritter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-0557 or barbara.gritter@northlandchurch.net I have accepted Christ into my heart and wish to be baptized? Diane Jones (infants–grade school) . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7188 or diane.jones@northlandchurch.net Sharon Ferreira (adult/student). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net I need information on Student Ministries? Jenna Blankespoor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7194 or jenna.blankespoor@northlandchurch.net

Are you interested in learning more? We would love to help you. Together we can form the church outside the walls of a building and bring God’s love to the world.

I need information about Children’s Ministries? Debbie Blahnik . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7162 or debbie.blahnik@northlandchurch.net

Start the journey toward being the church at one of the Intro to Distributing the Church sessions. Sign up for a session at The Hub or at distributedchurch.com.

I am interested in Short-term Mission Trips? Patti Harshey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-0573 or patti.harshey@northlandchurch.net; or visit SomedayIsToday.net

Distributed Hubs LAKE COUNTY Northland, A Church Distributed: Lake County Service times. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 9:30 and 11 a.m. 2828 S. Bay St., Eustis In Lake Hills Plaza behind RaceTrac Facebook.com. . . . . . . . . . . . www.facebook.com/northlandlakecounty Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . twitter.com/northlandlc General Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Jeremy Bell, Site Pastor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7184 or jeremy.bell@northlandchurch.net OVIEDO Reformed Theological Seminary Service time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 10 a.m. 1231 Reformation Drive, Oviedo, FL 32765 The Seminary is located at the corner of Mitchell Hammock Road and Alafaya Woods Boulevard, just east of State Road 434 (Alafaya Trail). Northland at Oviedo Community Center (NOCC) 561 E. Mitchell Hammock Road, #300, Oviedo, FL 32765 Oviedo Blog Website. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . northlandchurch.net/oviedo Facebook. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.facebook.com/northlandoviedo General Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Dr. Dan Lacich, Site Pastor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1815 or dan.lacich@northlandchurch.net

Access Ministries We have programs and services for individuals with disabilities. Find out more at northlandchurch.net/access Details: Heather Subbert at heather.subbert@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1828

I want to help at Northland? The Hub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7178 or hub@northlandchurch.net I want to get involved in a serve project? Judy Head. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .407-388-5798 or judy.head@northlandchurch.net; or visit northlandchurch.net/serve I am getting married? Sharon Ferreira. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net I need to plan a funeral? Sharon Ferreira. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net I want to learn more about your Hispanic Ministry? Quiero aprender más acerca de su Ministerio Hispano. Leonardo Mateus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-459-3650 or leonardo.mateus@northlandchurch.net I have a special needs child or if I have special needs? Heather Subbert. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1828 or heather.subbert@northlandchurch.net I am facing an unforeseen/unexpected financial crisis and need guidance and resources? LifeHope Info Line. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7151 Visit us online to submit an application: northlandchurch.net/lifehope Computer’s available in care center Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. I need information on jail/prison transition ministries? Dale Cowart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7165 or dale.cowart@northlandchurch.net I need information on 121Hope Anti-Trafficking Ministry? Gretchen Kerr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7190 or gretchen.kerr@northlandchurch.net

Worship Guide-Respond 3, 2017  

January 14 to 21, 2017

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