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by an Info Kiosk in the foyer on your way out — we’d love to get to know you!

Welcome! Tell us a little about yourself. Just drop this card in an offering box or stop

New to Northland? Get “What’s Current”: northlandchurch.net/resources/newsletter/ facebook.com/northlandchurch twitter.com/northlandchurch Visit an Info Kiosk in the foyer. Call 407-949-4000. 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750

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

Want to know more about Northland? The mission and heartbeat 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 growing in Him. Join us!

Welcome!

We’re so glad you’re gathering in worship with us today!

NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED Gathering for worship at sites in Central Florida, online and around the world. LONGWOOD AND ONLINE: Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. , 5 p.m.; Monday at 7 p.m. MOUNT DORA: Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. | OVIEDO: Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

STUDENT MINISTRIES

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

Tithes & Offerings

generous.northlandchurch.net

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

• Kinect (Middle and High School) Sundays, 9 to 10 a.m.; and

• Children with Special Needs (Age 3 – Grade 5)

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

Electronic giving is available at the kiosks in the lobby, online at generous. northlandchurch.net or for your mobile at northlandchurch.net/mobilegive. Offering envelopes are at all giving boxes. Contact Twila Roberts at 407-949-4000 with questions.

• Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2)

short video and conversation starter to use with your student.

• Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten)

(Sermon Companion) at northlandchurch.net/middleschool. You’ll find a

• Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5)

• Connect with your middle school student: Check out Next Steps

Children’s Church during all worship services:

• LUGRox Saturdays, 6:30 p.m., The Rink, SMCC. (Off April 7)

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

northlandchurch.net/ministries/category/children/

MIDDLE SCHOOL — northlandchurch.net/middleschool

Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

Children’s Church during 9 and 11 a.m. worship services:

Received . . . . . . . . . 268,893

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

Need . . . . . . . . . . . . 255,731

• Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2)

• Axis Sundays, 6 to 8 p.m., RTS, Student Lounge.

THIS WEEK

• Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten)

• Evolve Sundays, during 11 a.m. service.

Financial Report — March 27 to April 2, 2012

• Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5)

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

• Early Childhood Classes (Age 2 – Kindergarten) during

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

• Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5) during 11 a.m. service

HIGH SCHOOL — northlandchurch.net/highschool • I Am Third Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., various locations (see

Difference . . . . . . . . . 13,162

9 and 11 a.m. services THIS YEAR TO DATE

• Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2) during 9 and

website for details) • Servant Leadership Ministry We offer servant leadership training and

Need . . . . . . . . . . 3,580,234

11 a.m. services

opportunities to serve for 9th-graders (setup crew), 10th- to 12thgraders (LUGRox captains) and college students (small group leaders and work crews).

Received . . . . . . . . 3,072,175 Difference . . . . . . .(508,059)

ADULT MINISTRIES

• Capernaum Last Friday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., SMCC

There are limitless opportunities to grow in

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

God and connect with others in and through

• Kinect (Middle and High School) Sundays, 9 to 10 a.m.; and

Northland. Find classes, service projects, studies and more in this month’s issue of

Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

Respond or at northlandchurch.net.

• Axis Sundays, 6 to 8 p.m., RTS, Student Lounge.


4/7-9/2012 APRIL 7-9, 2012

[ ] I would like to receive more information about Northland.

NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED

[ ] I am a new believer. I recently trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. [ ] Other ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Which site are you attending? Phone

[ ] Longwood [ ] Mount Dora [ ] Oviedo

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address __________________________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail____________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Name(s) _________________________________________________________________________________________________ PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.

by an Info Kiosk in the foyer on your way out — we’d love to get to know you!

Welcome! Tell us a little about yourself. Just drop this card in an offering box or stop

New to Northland? Get “What’s Current”: northlandchurch.net/resources/newsletter/ facebook.com/northlandchurch twitter.com/northlandchurch Visit an Info Kiosk in the foyer. Call 407-949-4000. 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750

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

Want to know more about Northland? The mission and heartbeat 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 growing in Him. Join us!

Welcome!

We’re so glad you’re gathering in worship with us today!

NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED Gathering for worship at sites in Central Florida, online and around the world. LONGWOOD AND ONLINE: Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. , 5 p.m.; Monday at 7 p.m. MOUNT DORA: Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. | OVIEDO: Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

STUDENT MINISTRIES

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

Tithes & Offerings

• Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2)

Electronic giving is available at the kiosks in the lobby, online at generous. northlandchurch.net or for your mobile at northlandchurch.net/mobilegive. Offering envelopes are at all giving boxes. Contact Twila Roberts at 407-949-4000 with questions.

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

• Children with Special Needs (Age 3 – Grade 5)

• Kinect (Middle and High School) Sundays, 9 to 10 a.m.; and

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

generous.northlandchurch.net

MIDDLE SCHOOL — northlandchurch.net/middleschool

northlandchurch.net/ministries/category/children/

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

• LUGRox Saturdays, 6:30 p.m., The Rink, SMCC. (Off April 7)

Children’s Church during all worship services:

• Connect with your middle school student: Check out Next Steps

• Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5)

(Sermon Companion) at northlandchurch.net/middleschool. You’ll find a

• Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten)

short video and conversation starter to use with your student.

Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

Children’s Church during 9 and 11 a.m. worship services:

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

• Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5)

Financial Report — March 27 to April 2, 2012

• Evolve Sundays, during 11 a.m. service.

• Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten)

THIS WEEK

• Axis Sundays, 6 to 8 p.m., RTS, Student Lounge.

• Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2)

Need . . . . . . . . . . . . 255,731

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

Received . . . . . . . . . 268,893

HIGH SCHOOL — northlandchurch.net/highschool LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • I Am Third Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., various locations (see website for details) • Servant Leadership Ministry We offer servant leadership training and

• Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5) during 11 a.m. service • Early Childhood Classes (Age 2 – Kindergarten) during 9 and 11 a.m. services • Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2) during 9 and 11 a.m. services

opportunities to serve for 9th-graders (setup crew), 10th- to 12thgraders (LUGRox captains) and college students (small group leaders and work crews).

ADULT MINISTRIES There are limitless opportunities to grow in

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

God and connect with others in and through

• Kinect (Middle and High School) Sundays, 9 to 10 a.m.; and

Northland. Find classes, service projects,

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • Axis Sundays, 6 to 8 p.m., RTS, Student Lounge.

THIS YEAR TO DATE Need . . . . . . . . . . 3,580,234 Received . . . . . . . . 3,072,175

• Capernaum Last Friday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., SMCC

Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

Difference . . . . . . . . . 13,162

studies and more in this month’s issue of Respond or at northlandchurch.net.

Difference . . . . . . .(508,059)


Share Your Story

NOTES

A MESSAGE FROM DR. JOEL C. HUNTER, SENIOR PASTOR (Read about Pastor Joel at northlandchurch.net/joelhunter.)

Scripture Focus: Matthew 28:1-10 (NASB) Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.” And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

Worship Focus:

Worship Christ today as the true Vine. He is our Source of life and our Connection to one another. We can share the stories of His goodness to us for the benefit of those around us.

Think About It!

The same Love that raised Jesus from the dead compels us and calls each of us by name today. How does that Love help you connect others to the true Vine? Share your story — God’s story — with someone this week!

What’s Current

New Sermon Series! Redeemed and gifted with a new life, you are growing — grace by grace — into the image of Christ. Our transformation is meant to impact earth with the power and purposes of Heaven …

What’s happening at Northland? Plenty! Here’s a sampling of the many upcoming opportunities to respond to God.

Your Story Matters!

So, what does it mean to live life redeemed … to bring “up there, down here”? Find out starting NEXT WEEK!

Encourage someone today.

SHARE YOUR STORY

We serve a resurrected Jesus — a God that is active and powerful in our past, present and future. Your story matters. You matter. Watch and share the stories of God at share.northlandchurch.net.

Register Today! Saturday, April 14 at 8 a.m.

LOCAL SERVE DAY

Join the Northland family for breakfast and worship before heading out to service projects in all corners of our local community! Projects are family-friendly and lots of fun. Pick a project TODAY at northlandchurch.net.

Nick Vujicic Is Returning to Northland!

LIFE WITHOUT LIMBS

Let Us Know! How can we help? Need to update your contact information, or want more information about a particular ministry or opportunity? Let us know — just drop this card in an offering box, or stop by an Info Kiosk in the foyer on your way out! PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.

Name(s) E-mail

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

April 21 to 23

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Nick, a young man born without arms or legs, travels the world to share the message of hope he’s found in Jesus Christ.

Phone _________________________________________________________________________________________________ [ ] The above is an update.

Meet Nick: lifewithoutlimbs.org.

Prayer request:

Learn more about his visit at northlandchurch.net.

I’d like more information about:

______________________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________

[ ] I am a new believer. I recently trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.


4/7-9/2012 APRIL 7-9, 2012

[ ] I would like to receive more information about Northland.

NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED

[ ] I am a new believer. I recently trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. [ ] Other ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Which site are you attending? Phone

[ ] Longwood [ ] Mount Dora [ ] Oviedo

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address __________________________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail____________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Name(s) _________________________________________________________________________________________________ PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.

by an Info Kiosk in the foyer on your way out — we’d love to get to know you!

Welcome! Tell us a little about yourself. Just drop this card in an offering box or stop

New to Northland? Get “What’s Current”: northlandchurch.net/resources/newsletter/ facebook.com/northlandchurch twitter.com/northlandchurch Visit an Info Kiosk in the foyer. Call 407-949-4000. 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750

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

Want to know more about Northland? The mission and heartbeat 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 growing in Him. Join us!

Welcome!

We’re so glad you’re gathering in worship with us today!

NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED Gathering for worship at sites in Central Florida, online and around the world. LONGWOOD AND ONLINE: Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. , 5 p.m.; Monday at 7 p.m. MOUNT DORA: Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. | OVIEDO: Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

STUDENT MINISTRIES

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

Tithes & Offerings

generous.northlandchurch.net

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

• Kinect (Middle and High School) Sundays, 9 to 10 a.m.; and

• Children with Special Needs (Age 3 – Grade 5)

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

Electronic giving is available at the kiosks in the lobby, online at generous. northlandchurch.net or for your mobile at northlandchurch.net/mobilegive. Offering envelopes are at all giving boxes. Contact Twila Roberts at 407-949-4000 with questions.

• Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2)

short video and conversation starter to use with your student.

• Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten)

(Sermon Companion) at northlandchurch.net/middleschool. You’ll find a

• Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5)

• Connect with your middle school student: Check out Next Steps

Children’s Church during all worship services:

• LUGRox Saturdays, 6:30 p.m., The Rink, SMCC. (Off April 7)

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

northlandchurch.net/ministries/category/children/

MIDDLE SCHOOL — northlandchurch.net/middleschool

Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

Children’s Church during 9 and 11 a.m. worship services:

Received . . . . . . . . . 268,893

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

Need . . . . . . . . . . . . 255,731

• Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2)

• Axis Sundays, 6 to 8 p.m., RTS, Student Lounge.

THIS WEEK

• Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten)

• Evolve Sundays, during 11 a.m. service.

Financial Report — March 27 to April 2, 2012

• Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5)

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

• Early Childhood Classes (Age 2 – Kindergarten) during

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

• Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5) during 11 a.m. service

HIGH SCHOOL — northlandchurch.net/highschool • I Am Third Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., various locations (see

Difference . . . . . . . . . 13,162

9 and 11 a.m. services THIS YEAR TO DATE

• Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2) during 9 and

website for details) • Servant Leadership Ministry We offer servant leadership training and

Need . . . . . . . . . . 3,580,234

11 a.m. services

opportunities to serve for 9th-graders (setup crew), 10th- to 12thgraders (LUGRox captains) and college students (small group leaders and work crews).

Received . . . . . . . . 3,072,175 Difference . . . . . . .(508,059)

ADULT MINISTRIES

• Capernaum Last Friday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., SMCC

There are limitless opportunities to grow in

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

God and connect with others in and through

• Kinect (Middle and High School) Sundays, 9 to 10 a.m.; and

Northland. Find classes, service projects, studies and more in this month’s issue of

Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

Respond or at northlandchurch.net.

• Axis Sundays, 6 to 8 p.m., RTS, Student Lounge.


apRil 2012

www.northlandchurch.net

Respond. Be the ChuRCh.

BE tHE CHUrCH EVERyWHERE, EVErY DaY

EVERY WHERE. eveRY daY.

LIFE WItHoUt LIMBS

MOTIVaTIONaL GIFTS sEMINaR

april 21-23

We’re all uniquely designed by God. Discover how you’re wired and why it matters!

Worship is about responding to God with our daily lives BECaUSE of who He is and FOr the benefit of others.

Our friend Nick Vujicic is returning to Northland!

Find reasons and ways to respond inside (pages 3 and 7 to 9)!

Meet Nick: lifewithoutlimbs.org Learn more about his visit at northlandchurch.net

More info on page 7.


Respond to God

FostER ENVIRoNMENts FoR RELatIoNsHIP.

WoRsHIP God: GloRiFY God FoR who he is and what he has done. “A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.” – Jesus Christ (John 4:23, NIV) worship.northlandchurch.net

REaD tHE BiBle: studY God’s messaGe to You oFten. “I am watching over My word to perform it.” – God (Jeremiah 1:12, NASB) bible.northlandchurch.net

pRaY: enGaGe in a ConveRsation with God. “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer.” – Peter, an eyewitness (1 Peter 3:12, NIV) pray.northlandchurch.net

seRve otHERs: meet the needs oF the people aRound You. “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” – Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:40, NIV) serve.northlandchurch.net

LIVE GeneRouslY: Give what God’s Given You. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:21, NASB) generous.northlandchurch.net

BE IN CommunitY: FosteR enviRonments FoR Relationship.

How does your relationship with Jesus impact your other relationships?

“All men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – Jesus Christ (John 13:35, NIV) community.northlandchurch.net

sHaRE yoUR stoRY: tell otheRs what God is doinG in YouR liFe. “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” – Peter, an eyewitness (1 Peter 3:15, NIV) share.northlandchurch.net


Why Go to Church? BY PASTOR VERNON RAINWATER

H

ave you ever wondered why so many people are drawn to church on Easter and Christmas? Is it just a cultural phenomenon? First, I should probably clarify the term “church.” One does not (technically) “go” to church. According to the Bible, the word “church” comes from the Greek ekklesia, which means “gathering” or “assembly.” Therefore, the church is the gathering of the followers of Jesus who come together to participate in fellowship with one another as they worship God and hear from His Word, the Bible. But most of us use the expression “go to church” to mean going to the place where the people of God gather. So why do we go? Perhaps it is because the story of God is such a great story — the story of a God who came in the form of a child, a God who lived life on this earth, a God who literally sacrificed His life to pay the price for our sin. It is the story of a God even death could not contain. Wouldn’t you want to know more about a God like this? With stories this great, wouldn’t you like to see how it works in your life? Because it’s a story that includes you, whether or not you acknowledge it. That’s what we do every week at Northland. We look at the stories of God and worship Him for who He says He is and for what He has done. Try thinking about it this way: If you went to someone’s wedding and funeral, would you say that you had a relationship with that person? Obviously not, once the person is gone! Suppose you went to someone’s baptism and wedding. Would you say you have a relationship with that person? The answer would have to be no because that person would have lived a lot of life in between those events. This is a great comparison to our relationship with Christ. While it is good to celebrate with the rest of the world Jesus’ birth and Resurrection, have you ever been curious about what Jesus did in between His birth and Resurrection? He did a lot! In fact, as great as the story of His birth is, and as hopeful as the story of His death and Resurrection is, really the stuff we need for everyday life is found in between those two events in His life on earth. In fact, those two days are called holy days, or holidays, because we learn what it means not only to know about Jesus, but also to know Jesus. If I had a friend who didn’t go to church at all, the first thing I would suggest is that the person go on Easter or Christmas. I would start with just getting him to church. But if I have a friend who attends every Christmas and Easter, and I want to encourage him in his faith, I would affirm him for coming and challenge him to step it up. It’s a really big deal for someone to come and acknowledge those holy days. But if Jesus is a big enough deal that the whole world celebrates His birth and His Resurrection, then He’s got to be a big enough deal for us to check out what He taught, how He lived, how He formed relationships, and what that means for us in our lives. So one reason to attend more often is to learn more about Jesus.

Another important reason to find a church is to be a part of a community of people who believe in these same important things, a community of people who know and pursue Christ. If I really love the game of basketball, and can even play the game, but all I ever do is watch the games on TV during championships, then it’s a really different thing for me to go out to a basketball court and engage in a game. If I really love basketball, going and engaging in a game with other people who really love basketball is far more enjoyable than watching it on TV. So part of the invitation to church is to stop being just a spectator and really get into the game. There’s a whole lot we can get every time we come together as a community. We can spend a lifetime trying to understand who God is. But we see more of who He is as we interact with other believers. It’s something that we have to think about and look for every day of our lives. A whole lot of other people are on the same journey you are. Don’t miss the opportunity to travel with them and share life. If you really think you are going to come and go, and nobody is going to notice, we need your help with that. But God has always led His people as a group, from the beginning of our understanding until the present day. And it’s not all about what the church can do for you, but how you can respond to God for the benefit of others. Do you have to come to church to be a Christian? Of course not. But being a part of the church really matters. The Bible says the only thing that’s going to remain for eternity is the church itself — not the building, but the people who are the church, the body of Christ throughout all generations. So being a part of that is an assurance on which God places a whole lot of emphasis. We know from the Bible that heaven will be a gathering of the bride of Christ. So if it’s what we are to be a part of there, Jesus makes it clear that we are to be a part of it here on earth, too. The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. The ultimate reason we go to church is to worship and enjoy Him now. It’s also what we will do in heaven, but it will be different from what most people think. We will know one another. We’re going to eat, play, work — it’s not about sitting on clouds, playing harps. It will be a new earth. In the meantime, we are called to participate in the body of believers — to worship God for who He is and what He has done, and to respond to Him for the benefit of others. So, thank you for coming today. We hope to see you next week.

“Thank you for coming today. We hope to see you next week.”

Northland worships in longwood, Oviedo, Mount Dora and Online!


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Make your someday, today! Go on a DISTRIBUTED JOURNEY! Browse trips and apply at somedayistoday.net.

Living a Life resurrected

DIStrIButED JOurNEYS 2012

By Diana Oxford

DOMEStIC DIStrIButED JOurNEYS

Visit SOMEDAYISTODAY.NET for complete information on each mission trip.

Alabama 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 15 to 22 Alabama 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mid-October Diana Oxford is a Northland-supported missionary serving in Bosnia with Ministry Essentials, providing spiritual nourishment and care to those sharing the gospel in crosscultural contexts. In addition, Diana started Give Them Back! Ministries, a passionate vision for the oppressed women of Bosnia and greater Europe. Recently, in a blog post focused on the coming Easter celebration, Diana reflected on how she is “a life resurrected.” It is this very truth, new life in the resurrected Jesus, that she is sharing with oppressed women in Bosnia and Eastern Europe, as well as all whom the Spirit leads across her path. As you read her thoughts below, pray for those God is speaking to through the witness of your own “life resurrected.”

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week or so ago, as I was puttering around at home one evening and reflecting on how much my life has changed and how very good it is, the thought that I am “a life resurrected” materialized in my mind and resonated in my heart. You have to know my story — where I have been, what I have come through in the last several years and where I am now — to truly get that. But suffice it to say that I was born, then born again, and then I died an agonizing death to myself and to things from the past and am now truly living “a life resurrected.” It occurs to me, even as I sit here and type, that I am much like Lazarus and that my story is similar to his in John 11. You see, I was dead; some things from the past had killed my heart, ravaged my soul, snuffed out my spirit and buried me lifelessly in a dark tomb. And like He did in Lazarus’ case, Jesus took a while to come and to heal and to call me back to life again. For me, he delayed coming for more like 40 years instead of just four days. I don’t know why, but I have learned that His timing is always perfect and that He has a vision and perspective far larger and broader than mine. Like Lazarus, I had brothers and sisters who sent word to Jesus that I was sick, who waited patiently and expectantly for Him to come, who were grieved over His delay but grateful when He came, and who believed unswervingly in His love and power. Like with Lazarus, Jesus wept over my wounds and the death they had

brought to my heart, soul and spirit. And like with Lazarus, He commanded others around me to “remove the stone,” and He called me out of the dark tomb that had held me captive and again commanded others “to unbind and let me go.” Like with Lazarus, Jesus did it all, but He called others to play a role in my freedom and healing. You see, it was a joint effort … among Him, me and them. That’s how “a life resurrected” happens. It’s not a solo act. And I dare to say, like in Lazarus’ story, that others have believed and been strengthened by their role in and through what they witnessed of my resurrection to life again. You see, that is how it works: We pray, we cry, we wait, we listen, we obey, we participate, we see, we believe, we rejoice, and we are strengthened and encouraged. “A life resurrected” is a marvelous and miraculous thing initiated by our Savior, and it involves and touches us all. It’s not a solo act. So I am living “a life resurrected,” and I am grateful for the One who came at the perfect time and orchestrated it all, and for those who shared in the ministry of my resurrection. And now I walk in the great adventure and the irrepressible joy of being a “cast member” in the story of others and their call to “a life resurrected” as well. Yes, indeed, I am “a life resurrected.” And it’s not a solo act. It’s never a solo act. To Him be the glory. You can follow Diana’s Diary at http://dianao.meintl.org.

Clarkston, Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 16 to 23 (Refugee Camp)

GlOBAl DIStrIButED JOurNEYS Brazil 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 9 to 16 Brazil 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 8 to 14 Brazil 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 14 to 24 (Soccer trip) Brazil 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 19 to 27 (Boat and fishing trip) Cuba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .September 15 to 22 Dominican republic 1 . .trIP . . . . .Full . . . . . . June 8 to 16 (Middle school trip) Dominican republic 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 8 to 16 (High school trip) Dominican republic 3 . . . . . . . . . . . August 11 to 18 (Family trip) Egypt 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . August 1 to 14 (Sports ministry) Egypt 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 13 to 23 (Mercy ministry) Haiti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 8 to 14 Jamaica 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 17 to 21 (High school trip) Jamaica 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 10 to 17 (College trip) Jamaica 3 . . . . .trIP . . . . .Full . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 14 to 21 (Family trip) Kenya . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 28 to August 10 Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 24 to August 4 South Africa 2 . . . . . . . . . . . August 9 to 17, 18 or 19 South Africa 3 . . . . . . . . September 29 to October 7 Sri lanka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 24 to August 4 Swaziland 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 15 to 24 ukraine 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 6 to 16 or July 17 to 27 (Youth trip) ukraine 2 . . . . . . July 29 to August 8 or August 9 to 19 (Orphan trip)

Diana teaches and ministers to a group of young Bosnian women and university students. 

Missions Fellowship Dinner This meeting is open to anyone interested in the missionary work that is being done with and through Northland and Northland partners. There will be fellowship, prayer time and a guest speaker related to missionary work. Come learn what God is doing around our world. Join us in rooms 4209-10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on April 14. Irene Williamson at irene6650@gmail.com

Diana (r) and her Bosnian neighbor, Sanela.

“Old Town” part of the city of Sarajevo.


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seRve loCallY 4 Ways to Start Serving Others Today Connect on Facebook!

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t Northland, service is not just something we do; it’s an essential part of who we are. Serving in the local community is a very tangible way of demonstrating God’s love for those around us. Are you looking for opportunities to serve others, but aren’t sure where or how to get started? We know that figuring out where, how and when to serve can be challenging. That’s why we have come up with a few easy ways to get involved. Here are four different ways you can get started serving others!

1. Sign up for local Serve Day. Local Serve Day is a quarterly event during which you can serve with your friends and family. Projects are available for all ages and skill levels! A group leader and all the materials needed to do the job are provided for you. All you have to do is sign up online at serve.northlandchurch.net and show up that morning from 8 a.m. until noon. It’s just that easy!

2. Sign up for one of our regular monthly service opportunities. Northland has various

3. Serve with one of our local partners. Northland partners with several local organizations in an effort to build relationships that provide the opportunity for a greater Kingdom impact. Our partners give us a better view of the needs within the local area, providing Northland’s staff and congregation with opportunities to share God’s love with others in tangible and practical ways. You can learn more about our local partners and find opportunities to serve with them at northlandchurch.net/serve/local-partners.

4. Check out the “Serve Others” page to find other opportunities to get involved. There are plenty of other ways you can be the church everywhere, every day through serving others! You can serve at Northland throughout the week, serve online, become a part of our disaster relief team or go on a Distributed Journey. Just visit serve. northlandchurch.net to view the “Serve Others” page on our website and find out about these other ways to get involved.

groups that serve throughout the month every month. Groups serve at places such as Give Kids the World and the Ronald McDonald House, as well as with the Downtown Homeless Ministry, among others. You can sign up online at serve.northlandchurch.net. Just click on “serve locally.” There you can find details about the projects as well.

Northland’s Serve projects are now on Facebook. View pictures from recent events, and find out about opportunities to serve locally and at Northland on our Facebook page! Just search for Northland Serve!

Northland serve is on twitter. Follow us, and get the latest on upcoming projects! twitter.com/#!/northlandserve

upCominG seRviCe oppoRtunities april 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . Harvest Time International Help sort, stack, pack and organize supplies for local families in need and for shipping packages internationally during times of need.

april 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Homeless Ministry Provide food, clothing and other items for the needy in Orlando. Participate in worship, devotion and ministering to the homeless.

april 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . red Bug Lake park project Help clean up Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry.

april 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lake Jesup project Clean up at Lake Jesup Park boat ramp.

april 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Beginnings Church Breakfast before serving.

Serve by assisting with landscaping, painting and carpentry.

april 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Homeless Ministry Provide food, clothing and other items for the needy in Orlando. Participate in worship, devotion and ministering to the homeless.

april 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Give Kids the World Create magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families by serving breakfast to them.

to register for or to find out more about these and other serve projects, visit

serve.northlandchurch.net. Dana DeVries at 407-949-7156 or dana.devries@ northlandchurch.net Park beautification is just one of the many projects available.

Ready to serve.


Mark Your Calendar! Crossing thin Ice

Parenting Conference April 27 to 28

Join us to hear Jeff Schadt share about extending your influence, avoiding disaster and launching your students successfully. This conference is designed for parents of 8- to 18-year-olds. Visit crossingthinice. com for more information and northlandchurch.net/ highschool to register.

YS Palooza

Youth Workers’ Conference April 20 to 21

Visit youthspecialties.com/yspalooza for more information about this amazing conference for anyone who works with youths. E-mail shaylynn. stoner@northlandchurch.net to find out about Northland’s discounted rates.

Battle of the Bands Friday, May 4, 7 p.m., The Rink.

For high school bands. Sign up by e-mailing kailey.copeland@northlandchurch.net. Music demo and lyrics are due by April 4. More information is available at facebook.com/NorthlandRink.

Baccalaureate 2012

student ministRies

ACTIVATING STUDENTS TO MAKE KINGDOM NOISE. what is maKinG KinGdom noise? IT’S THE LOVE OF JESUS IN ACTION.

MIDDlE SCHOOl MINIStrY To register for any of these activities and for more detailed info, visit northlandchurch.net/middleschool. Shaylynn Stoner at 407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@northlandchurch.net luGrox Saturdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. (Off April 7 for Easter). LUGRox is an evening full of high energy, high impact and just plain fun! Students will find thrilling games, solid teaching, rockin’ worship and friend-connecting small groups. Optional dinner (two slices of pizza, chips and lemonade) is available for $3.

Wednesday, May 23, 7 p.m., The Rink.

In honor of the graduating class of 2012, Student Ministries will be hosting Baccalaureate for seniors and their families and friends. This is open to any graduating senior wanting to participate. Due by May 2 from each senior: One baby picture and one graduation picture, and any other pictures of graduating seniors you may have from any of our retreats or events. Details at northlandchurch.net/ highschool.

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MIDDlE SCHOOl DOulOS Do you take a class or volunteer during the 11 a.m. service? If so, there is a new class for your sixth- or seventhgrader in The Rink (meet the leaders in the foyer) during the 11 a.m. service. Middle School Doulos will help students connect what they experience in worship service to their daily lives. tAKE It HOME At Northland, we believe that parents are designed to be the primary spiritual leaders in their student’s life. We are

honored to serve alongside parents with some awesome supplemental programs. We are always looking for ways to encourage parents in their role. There are a couple of tools on our middle school website we would like to make parents aware of: LUGRox Companion Series Looking for a way to connect with your student regarding what was covered at LUGRox? Check out the parents conversation starter (designed for parents to help deepen their relationship with their student and encourage spiritual growth) and the full message shared at LUG. Next Steps (Sermon Companion Series) Looking for a way to connect with your middle school student regarding this weekend’s message? Check out the Next Steps weekly video and other tools to use with your student.

HIGH SCHOOl MINIStrY To register for any of these activities and for more detailed info, visit northlandchurch.net/highschool. Shaylynn Stoner at 407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@northlandchurch.net I AM tHIrD First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries

and Care Center. Subsequent Wednesdays, Distributed Home Groups (See website for locations). Servant leadership Ministry We offer servant leadership training and opportunities to serve for 9th-graders (setup crew), 10th- to 12th-graders (LUGRox captains) and college students (small group leaders and work crews). northlandchurch.net/highschool

ACCESS MINIStrIES FOr StuDENtS Young life Capernaum Last Friday of each month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. An evening for teens with special needs that includes worship, dinner, fun and an opportunity to grow in faith! TEENS, volunteer to serve at Capernaum. Laura Lee Wright at 407-937-0549 or lauralee. wright@northlandchurch.net

COllEGE MINIStrY Fusion (For students ages 18 to 25) Sundays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Dinner ($2 donation), Bible study and small group connection. Michael Walker at michael.walker@ northlandchurch.net

ChildRen’s ministRies

HOW CAN THEY CALL ON HIM TO SAVE THEM … how Can theY Believe … UNLESS SOMEONE TELLS THEM? —ROMANS 10:14 (NLT)

Mark Your Calendar! 5th-Grade JumpStart

Saturday, April 28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., pool party off-site Get to know other fifth-graders and some of our middle school leaders. You won’t want to miss out, so mark your calendar. and RSVP: Julie Meeker at julie.meeker@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7153

Steps for Young Believers (Grades 2 to 5) and their Parents

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. — Step 1: April 4 to 25; Step 2: May 2 to 30; Step 3: April 4 to May 9. Sundays, 3 p.m. — Step 1: April 15 to May 6. More details on page 7. and registration: Diane Jones at diane.jones@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7188

Worship in the Arts Camp June 25-29, for children grades 4-8.

The camp provides an encouraging environment for one week of instruction in the disciplines of singing, dance, visual arts and spiritual growth. Professional artists within the Northland community working alongside worship interns will provide instruction and mentoring. and registration visit northlandchurch.net/calendar/ details/worship_in_the_arts_camp_2012/

Children’s Church

Northland Early learning Center

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. Northland’s 5-day Bible study for children, The Daily Way, is available at northlandchurch.net or at Children’s Church. • 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. Heather Subbert at heather.subbert@northlandchurch.net net. or 407-937-1828

A weekday cooperative learning environment The Northland Early Learning Center will enroll children who have reached the age of 2, 3 or 4 by September 1 into the 2-, 3- or 4-year-olds class, respectively. As classes fill up, children will be placed on a waiting list and put in a class on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure your child’s spot in a class, there is a $65 nonrefundable registration fee. Pam Anderson at 407-949-7179 or pam.anderson@ northlandchurch.net

Volunteers of the Month: Isaac and Veronica Martinez Isaac and Veronica are a couple of people you’ll see as you check your children into church at the 11 a.m. service each weekend. Together they have served for the past year, whether teaching a class or greeting families at check-in. They are a dynamic duo, and give unselfishly and love the Lord. Thank you, Isaac and Veronica, for your faithfulness in serving each weekend!

Why did you make that? We learned that Peter’s friends came together to pray to God and God sent an angel to free Peter from prison! Prayer brings us closer to God and to one another.


Ways to Respond Baptisms

Adult Baptisms Sunday, April 15, 2 p.m., Ken and Diane Watkins’ home. Get baptized by immersion or sprinkling as a public profession of personal faith in Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19). Call to sign up. Sharon Ferreira at 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@ northlandchurch.net Child Baptisms Northland recommends the Steps for Young Believers course for grade schoolaged children prior to baptism, but it is not mandatory. Diane Jones at diane.jones@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7188 Infant Baptism/Dedication Class Saturday, May 19, 7 p.m., room 4206. Child care is available upon request. Diane Jones at 407-949-7188 or diane.jones@northlandchurch.net

Bible Studies adultS Discipleship Group Wednesdays, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Welcome Center. Study for new believers and those who want to grow in their faith using the book of John. Bob Ek at bobpatek30@aol.com Evening Prayer Group Thursdays, 6 to 7 p.m., prayer room. Elaine Harland at 407-949-4002 or elaine. harland@northlandchurch.net Genesis • Sundays, through August 26, 9 a.m., room 4206. • Wednesdays, through August 29, 7 p.m., room 2211, Admin Wing. This foundational book of the Bible sets the stage for all that comes after. Join us for an in-depth look at what the Bible says about our existence, our purpose, our relationship with God, the origin of sin, the first promise of a Messiah and much more. Jamila Millette at jamila.millette@northlandchurch. net or 407-937-1832 Gospel of John Bible Study Sundays, 10:45 a.m., rooms 4206-07. Discover more about the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and learn more about who God is. Come early for refreshments and fellowship. John and Carolyn Jones at 407-831-5822 Transformers — Young married couples (mid-20s to -40s) 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. Child care is available with a reservation; to Linda Campbell at linda. campbell@northlandchurch.net. Tim and Michelle Kutcher at tim.kutcher@gmail.com

MEN Hanging Out With Jesus Tuesdays, 6:45 to 8 a.m., room 1118, Student Ministries and Care Center. Stories from the Gospels, by Patrick Morley and Man in the Mirror. Bob Shoemaker at bobshoemaker@mindspring.com or 407599-3132

There are limitless opportunities to grow in God and connect with others in and through Northland. Here are some great places to start!

Philippians Thursdays, 6:30 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1118. Join this open-forum discussion on the book of Philippians: 45 minutes of study and 15 Leo Carrier at minutes of prayer. leo@carrierinsurance.com

and nutritious diet for great health. Register by April 15. The Workbook and Small Group Study Guide are $8 (available in class), and the fee for class is $5. Child care is available by contacting Linda Campbell at linda. Jerry campbell@northlandchurch.net. Corey at 407-332-7452 orruthjerr@hotmail. com

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Marriage Oneness (FamilyLife) Wednesdays, May 9 through June 27, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 4206-07. Learn and practice practical ways to love better, connect better and be better—together in your marriage. Cost: $50 for two workbooks in the Northland Bookstore. Register at northlandchurch.net/ classes. Child care is available by contacting Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@ northlandchurch.net. Rick and Jolene Burns at jburns@mycbfl.com or 407-4625130

Book of Daniel, by Beth Moore This 12-week Bible study provides words of prophecy and encouragement as we face life’s difficult challenges and live lives of integrity. Workbook is available in the Northland Bookstore for $16.95. • Mondays, March 5 through May 21, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Cherrie Rowe at 407-322-6850, or Anne Sullivan at 407-332-8318 or annesullivan@cfl.rr.com • Tuesdays, March 6 through May 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Cherrie Rowe at 407-322-6850, or Marlene Ross at 407-833-0094 or rossduo@cfl.rr.com

Classes & Training Check the Northland website (northlandchurch.net/classes/) for the most up to date information on all classes.

ADULTS The Art of Marriage Weekend Friday, May 25, 7 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 26, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Understand the beauty of God’s design for your marriage. Cost for two workbooks: $50 at the Northland Bookstore. Registration fee: $10 per couple. Register at northlandchurch.net/classes. Child care is not available. Rick and Jolene Burns at jburns@mycbfl.com or 407-462-5130 Belong/Membership Opportunities • One-day seminar: Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The Rink. Hear Pastor Joel and other senior leaders describe what it means to belong to Christ and to Northland. Child care is available. Ruth Sapp at ruth.sapp@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4039 • Online: Anytime at northlandchurch.net/ series/belong_study/ Buddy Break Training Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., room 5104. Training of volunteers for our Buddy Break once-a-month respite program for children with special needs. Debbie Grindstaff at debbie.grindstaff@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1828 Courageous Study for Couples Thursdays, May 10 to 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m., rooms 4206-07. Explore principles of responsively, priorities, legacy, and faith from the film Courageous. Workbook available at the Northland Bookstore for $6.99. Child care: Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@ northlandchurch.net. Tom DeWitt at thomashdewitt@gmail.com Healthy 100 Sundays, April 29 through June 24, 9 to 10:30 a.m., rooms 4209-10. Learn to trust God, learn the benefits of faith, and strengthen your interpersonal relationships while developing a positive, energetic outlook

Motivational Gifts Seminar Taught by Teresa McCaskill Friday, May 4, 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to noon, rooms 4213-17. Do you know that God created you with a special connection to His very nature? Your identity is in Him, and He has created you with a unique motivation that defines how you connect to Him and others. If you would like to discover how God has uniquely wired you, join us for this seminar. Cost for the class: $5. Child care is not available. Space is limited! To sign up, go to northlandchurch. net/classes/ and join the group! Barbara Olsen at barbara.olsen@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7183

children Steps for Young Believers (Grades 2-5) and Their Parents These courses in basic discipleship include classroom sessions and daily at-home devotionals. Materials cost: $5. Registration is required. Diane Jones at 407-949-7188 or diane.jones@northlandchurch.net • STEP 1—BECOMING A PART OF GOD’S FAMILY: Wednesdays, April 4 to 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m., or Sundays, April 15 to May 6, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Focus: Salvation and assurance. Includes Communion instruction. • STEP 2—THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: Wednesdays, May 2 to 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m., or Sundays, May 20 to June 17, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Focus: Jesus’ Life A-Z, a basic discipleship theme and learning about the life of Christ. Baptism offered at end of course. • STEP 3—LIVING BY THE BOOK, “C-ING” MY WAY THROUGH THE BIBLE: Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., April 4 to May 9. Focus: to develop skills in exploring the Bible.

MEN Courageous Group Study Wednesdays, May 9 to 30, 7 p.m., rooms 4213-15. This is a four-week study based on the bold fatherhood and family principles in the film Courageous. Areas of focus are responsibility, priorities, legacy and faith. Workbook available at the Northland Bookstore for $6.99. Bob Keiderling at bob.keiderling@northlandchurch.net Men’s Fraternity: The Quest for Authentic Manhood Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 a.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. What does it take to be a real man? This

course answers your questions, offers a clear definition of manhood and challenges you to develop your own personalized manhood plan. The workbook is available in Northland’s bookstore or in class for $12. and registration: Robert Diacheysn at robert. diacheysn@northlandchurch.net or 407-9209655, or Rich Gailey at gaileyr@bellsouth.net or 407-595-7447

woMEN New Believers Class for Women Sundays, May 6 through May 27, 5 to 6:15 p.m., room 4205. This class is for all women who want to grow in intimacy with Christ and become empowered in their walk. For child care reservations, contact Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@northlandchurch.net. Registration fee for materials: $5. Kari Maggard at 407-359-2799 or karimaggard@ gmail.com

Groups CARE GROUPS adults Celebrate Recovery Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. Gain freedom from life’s hurts, hangups and habits over dinner, fellowship and share groups, which include CR 101, Men’s and Women’s Addiction, Men’s and Women’s Co-dependency, Mom’s of Addicts, Men’s Anger, Men’s Sexual Addiction, Women’s Relationship Addiction, Women’s Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders for Women. Laurie Jean Harrington at celebraterecovery@ northlandchurch.net or 407-927-4393 Coping with Addictions/Codependency His Way Thursdays, 7 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. A Christcentered, 12-step program dealing with issues such as alcohol, drugs, relationships, food, sexual addictions, codependency and issues affecting adult children of addiction. Child care is available. His Way, Frank Turner at 407-599-9770 DivorceCare Tuesdays, call for time and location. New session begins May 8. This support group walks alongside individuals who have been through a divorce and helps them to experience personal growth and healing. Registration and assessment are required. Cost: $5, and $19 for the book (available in the Bookstore). Child care available. Donna Delzingaro at 407-937-1749 or divorcecare@ northlandchurch.net GriefShare Call for time and location. This healing ministry walks you through the steps of grief. Workbook is available at Northland’s bookstore for $19. GriefShare voiceline at 407-949-7152 or griefshare@ northlandchurch.net PRAXIS (Conquering Fear, Anger, Anxiety) Tuesdays, 7:15 p.m., rooms 5106-07. Conquer fear, anger and anxiety through biblical principles. Child care is available. Skye Engel at 407-834-3158

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PeaceSeekers This ministry takes the biblical approach to handling all levels and types of conflict and making a difference in relationships. Mediation and biblical conflict coaching are available. Rich Arndt at 407-221-8955 or volvoom@gmail.com Support for the Separated Tuesdays, call for location. New session begins May 1. Support group for those who are separated with court papers pending, for healing, hope and reconciliation in the Lord. Cost: $5, and $19 for the book (available in the Northland Bookstore). Child care available. Assessment required. Donna Delzingaro at 407-937-1749

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: $17 at Northland’s bookstore. Bryce Hagedorn at 407227-3072 or brycehagedorn@yahoo.com; or Kevin Urichko at 407-949-7166 or kevin. urichko@northlandchurch.net Struggling with Same-sex Attraction? Thursdays, 8 to 10 p.m., call for confidential location. Among Friends is a weekly support group that provides a safe and caring environment for Christian men who are struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction. Jim at 407-949-4000, ext. 1754

woMEN Bcause—Breast Cancer Survival Any woman touched by breast cancer desiring prayer, fellowship, information and/or encouragement, contact Susan Diener-Blando at 407-488-5941 or susandb@yahoo.com. Single Parent Ministry Wednesday, May 16, 7 to 9 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Space is limited, so registration is required. For child care contact Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@northlandchurch.net. and registration: Elaine Harland at 407-949-4002 or elaine.harland@northlandchurch.net Women Facing Love, Sex and Relationship Addiction Group Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 5106-7, Children’s Worship Wing. This group support provides confidential care and recovery from fantasy, romance, love and sex/pornography addiction. For child care reservations contact Linda Campbell at 407937-1757. Suzanne Rucker at 407-9679313 or LifeCounselingSolutions@gmail.com Women’s Healing Ministry Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 1115. 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. Vicki M. Wotring at 520-631-0886 or celebratelife3@aol.com

COMMUNITY GROUPS What is a community group? It’s a small group — a gathering of you and your Christian community hinged on a mission of responding to God TOGETHER for the benefit of others! Find or form a group of your own at community.northlandchurch.net.

PRAYER groups Children’s Ministries Prayer Team Pray weekly from your home for needs in Children’s Ministries. Carol Moss at carol. moss@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7180 Prayer Group Thursdays, 6:30 a.m., room 1116, Student Ministries and Care Center. Jean Sherwood at 407-796-4705

Special Interest Groups 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. Dan Bogdan at 407-702-5358 or danbogdan@ trubromance.com Buddy Break Friday, April 13, 6 to 9 p.m., Early Childhood Wing. Three hours of free respite for parents and caregivers of special needs children. Drop off your child with our trained Heather Subbert at 407-937volunteers. 1828 or heather.subbert@northlandchurch. net net. Children of Elderly Parents Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m., room 4204. Join us for an introductory meeting for those who are caring for elderly parents. The purpose of this meeting is to encourage one another and explore future options for meeting together! Bob Keiderling at bob.keiderling@ northlandchurch.net Common Ground Adult Ministry (Ages 25-45) Mondays, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Build authentic Christian community, grow spiritually mature and affect the surrounding community with Christ’s love, reflected by serving God. Child care available upon request. Susan Perry at commonground@ northlandchurch.net or 407-878-5599 Divine Reflection Art Group Second Thursday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 5108-9, Children’s Worship Wing. Join other artists to reflect God’s truth and beauty through the visual arts. Laura Bates at carpearte@aol.com or 407-622-6873 Kingdom Advisors Fourth Thursday of each month, noon to 1:15 p.m., room 4209. Financial professionals, join this lunch study group to learn how to build your practice on biblical principles. Philip van Staden at 407-339-9090 Moms4Moms Get connected with other moms for friendship and encouragement through meetings and playgroup activities. Registration required. Tiana Bouley at tiana.bouley@gmail.com or visit northlandmoms4moms.com • Moms4Moms Book Club Sunday, April 8, 6 p.m., Fellowship Hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. This month’s book: Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller. Laura Pinckard at laura. pinckard@northlandchurch.net or 407-9371831 Motorcycle Group Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m., call for location. The group will meet at 9 a.m. and depart at 9:30 for the Leesburg Bikefest event (leesburgbikefest.com). Bikers will travel

through the country roads of Seminole and Lake counties. When they arrive in Leesburg, they will be on their own to enjoy the bikes, food, music and vendors. The ride is weather Lori Landers at 386-668-9077 permitting. Single Purpose (Singles age 35 and up) Fourth Sunday of each month, 3 p.m., rooms 4206-07. Join us for fellowship and new and exciting monthly studies to help us grow in our faith! Current study is Balancing Life’s Demands, by Chip Ingram. Attend, or e-mail to find out more about weekly small groups. Dave Mullen at Singlepurpose7@ gmail.com Northland en Español Monthly Gathering Third Friday of each month, 7 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Bring a dish to share and any Spanish-speaking family and friends. Child care is available by contacting ivan.portillo@ northlandchurch.net or by calling Ivan at 407949-4000 Northland en Español Reunión Mensual Nos reunimos el tercer viernes de cada mes, 7 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Traiga un plato para compartir y traiga su familia y amigos que hablan español. Cuidado de niños está disponible contactando ivan.portillo@ northlandchurch.net o llamando Ivan al 407949-4000 Softball Join other Christian men and women on this adult coed team or the men’s team to compete in local leagues. www.nlsoftball. com or northlandsoftball@gmail.com Spanish Ministry Sundays, 9 and 11 a.m. services. Spanish interpretation is avaliable online and listening devices are available at the Welcome Center. Join the Facebook page at www. facebook.com/northlandespanol. Ivan Portillo at 407-937-0549 or ivan.portillo@ northlandchurch.net Tennis Saturdays, 8 a.m., Red Bug Lake Park. Jeff Rossmeissl at 407-489-6096 Word Weavers Second Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. www.wordweaversonline.com

on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. The faint of heart should be prepared for the brutal, barbaric beatings Christ endures. Ruth Sapp at ruth.sapp@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000

Serve at Northland Questions about serving at Northland? serve@northlandchurch.net or 407-9494000 or serve.northlandchurch.net 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. Debbie Blahnik at debbie. blahnik@northlandchurch.net or 407-9497162 Congregational Care Call Center Weekday volunteers are needed for this teleministry. No prior phone experience necessary, just a passion to connect with God’s people. You will be trained. Flexible hours. Donna Thornton at donna.thornton@northlandchurch. net or 407-937-0567 Communion Servers Communion servers are needed the first weekend of each month. Training provided. Lori Holton at communion@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000 Finance Team Volunteer to serve on Tuesdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. as cash counters or data entry team members. Do you have any banking or accounting knowledge and feel the call to share those gifts by serving with us? Donna Gagnon at 407-937-0565 or donna.gagnon@northlandchurch.net. Medical First Responders During worship services and special events. BLS-trained or medical professionals, especially EMTs, are needed. Lori Holton at lori.holton@northlandchurch.net or 407949-4000

Special Events

Minister to Teens Do you have a heart for hurting teens? We are looking for people to help with an exciting new ministry for students 6th- to 12th-graders. All training and materials will be provided. Laurie Jean Harrington at celebraterecovery@northlandchurch.net

Courageous Movie (Free Showing) Saturday, May 5, 6:45 p.m., sanctuary. Experience this movie, and see how four courageous men live their lives and raise their children in a God-honoring way. Child care is not available. Bob Keiderling at bob. keiderling@northlandchurch.net

Parking and Traffic Attendants Weekend volunteers are needed to help control traffic on Northland property before and after services. Help out as often or as little as you want. Jeff Hess at jeff.hess@ northlandchurch.net or 407-272-9111

The heART of Theater: An Evening of Broadway! Thursday, May 10, 7:30 to 9 p.m.; and Friday, May 11, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Sanctuary. Tickets are just $10 (plus a $2 processing fee per ticket.) Children ages 3 and under are free. All are invited to this family event! The show features a 200-plus voice choir, 50-piece orchestra, along with children and youth choirs. (?) Sarah Mattingly at sarah. mattingly@northlandchurch.net The Passion of the Christ (Free Showing) Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m., sanctuary. This movie is rated “R”. It is a depiction of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth,

Phone Assistance Weekday volunteers are needed to answer phones and greet visitors. Flexible hours. Lori Holton at lori.holton@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000 Special Needs Children and Teens Sundays, assist during the 11 a.m. worship service. Laura Lee Wright at 407-9370549 or lauralee.wright@northlandchurch.net Ushers and Greeters Greet and seat those attending worship services. No experience necessary. Lori Holton at lori.holton@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000


Serve with Northland Access Ministries Steering Committee Seeking community professionals and stakeholders who have a heart for addressing community-based options for affordable housing and care for people with disabilities in Central Florida to serve on a steering committee. Laura Lee Wright at 407-9370549 or lauralee.wright@northlandchurch.net Blood Drive Sunday, April 15, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 8 p.m.; Monday, April 16, 5:30 to 9:15 p.m., Northland at Longwood. In February, 42 people donated 40 units, and as a result 114 lives were saved. To reduce your waiting time, you may schedule a time slot at www.floridasbloodcenters.org. Ruth Sapp at ruth.sapp@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4039 Disaster Response Teams Medical professionals, licensed CDL drivers, culinary professionals, veterinarians or vet techs, licensed mental health counselors and those interested in providing mental health services needed. Training provided. Visit northlandchurch.net/ministries/disaster_ response. Gretchen Kerr at 407-949-7190 or gretchen.kerr@northlandchurch.net Free Clinic Volunteers Needed Harvest Time International’s Medical Care Center will open this fall. It is currently looking for volunteers who would like to commit to serve at least once a month. It needs doctors, nurses and other medical staff as well as clerical volunteers to qualify the families (does require one-time training). The clinic will serve needy families without health insurance in our community. The hours are Monday through Saturday. lena@ harvesttime.org or 407-328-9900, ext. 135 Good News Clubs in Public Schools Child Evangelism Fellowship in the Central Florida area needs helpers to serve in outreach to elementary schools in the Winter Springs area. The clubs are run on Wednesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Orientation and resources to serve the children and make a difference are provided. More helpers are needed in other area schools. Jim at the CEF office at 407-896-7288 or cefcenfl@ earthlink.net Help Incarcerated Men Men needed to come alongside incarcerated men. No experience necessary. Minimum commitment: one hour per week. Greg Kerr at 407-770-8503 or gpkerr@cfl.rr.com Jail Ministry Minister to inmates in Seminole and Orange County jails during the Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. or Monday 7 p.m. worship service, help with Celebrate Recovery inside for men and women, or become a mentor/coach for men and women recently released from incarceration. Pen pals and people to type prayer request cards are needed. Training is provided.  More info is at northlandchurch.net/ministries/prison_and_ jail_transition. Jail Ministry voice mail at 407-949-4007 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. Patsy Grannan at 407-538-5209 or pjgrannan@yahoo.com

Men Mentoring Fatherless Boys No age limit or experience required. Must be able to devote at least one hour per week. Take the challenge, and build a life-changing relationship. David Keys at nlmentoring@ gmail.com Pen Pals for Inmates Looking for men and women interested in corresponding with inmates in Seminole County jail. Additionally, some move on to prison and request a penpal. Must follow established guidelines. Gretchen Kerr at 407-949-7910 or gretchen.kerr@ northlandchurch.net PetPals Saturdays, except the fifth Saturday of the month. Share your pets with people in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, etc. Becky Yeager at leahyeager@aol.com or 407-699-4903 Reading/Tutoring Ministry Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Goldsboro Elementary & Magnet School, Sanford. Teens through people in their 80s, read as “Nanas,” “Papas” or “Buddies” to kindergarteners, and/or tutor second-graders in reading or math for one, two or three hours. Tutoring may be done on alternate days. Mary Weeks at Marykweeks@gmail. com or 407-977-0724, or Elaine Gritter at egritter@bellsouth.net or 407-327-1474 Reading and Math Buddies Mondays through Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Goldsboro Elementary School. Help make a difference for a child struggling with reading or math by volunteering one hour a week. Rebekah_richey@scps.k12. fl.us or 407-320-5847 Recovery Ministry Volunteers with a heart for the hurting, and recovery or 12-step experience needed to help with a ministry. Laurie Jean Harrington at 407-977-6742 or lauriejean2@ bellsouth.net The Sharing Center Volunteers are needed at the Longwood and Sanford sites. Some positions include working at the client services offices or the thrift store, and picking up food from businesses. Volunteers also are needed in the Center’s Oasis, where homeless kids and adults can take a shower, get clothes washed, and use computers for homework and job searches. 407-260-9155 or www.thesharingcenter.org/volunteer Find other ways to serve in your community at www.northlandchurch. net/blogs/serve_beyond/

Beyond Northland ADULTS Abortion Recovery Bible study for post-abortive men or women that meets in a confidential, supportive setting. Reveille Ministries at 407-333-0404 Central Florida’s Job Fair (CFEC.org) Wednesday, May 16, 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. Christian HELP at 407-834-4022 or christianhelp.org

Desire Street Northland’s ministry partner Desire Street is transforming impoverished neighborhoods throughout the United States. Learn more at desirestreet.org. Gripped by the Greatness of God Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., Rodriguez home, Lake Mary. Rediscover the wonder of God’s attributes and spur your spiritual walk into a consistent life pattern of worship and service to God! Luis Rodriguez at 407-687-7173 Healing Grace Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., TLC Women’s Center, 2992 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. This post-abortion ministry shares the healing grace of Jesus without judgment. Coorie Moore at 407-244-5527 Healing and Transition (HAT) Program Serving men and women recently released from incarceration, and their families. Mentors/coaches needed; training is provided. Jobs, housing and other basic needs. Grant writer is needed. Gretchen Kerr at 407-712-4566

men Christian Businessmen’s Connection Tuesdays, 7 to 8 a.m., Denny’s, Lee Road exit off Interstate 4. A worldwide men’s ministry for 78 years (www.cbmc.com) that meets for fellowship, prayer and discussion of God’s principles for business. Armand Dauplaise at 407-221-3114 or adauplaise@ aol.com, or Larrie Kitchen at 407-290-5642 Faithful and True Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., room 3-215, Reformed Theological Seminary, Oviedo. Join a fellowship of men pursuing sexual integrity. Matt Casada at Mattcasada@ gmail.com or 407-949-4000, ext. 1770

parentS NearHim Home Educators Supports and encourages families that God has called to teach their children at home. www.nearhim.com Parents Group for Moms and Dads Impacted by Homosexuality Second Monday each month, 7 p.m., Altamonte Springs ministry location. Join this group where you can share your feelings, and learn how to respond to your gay loved one in a Godly way. For confidential information Cherrie at cherrierowe@aol.com or 407-322-6850

women Amazing Women Saturdays, April 21, May 19, June 9, July 14, August 18, September 22, October 20, November 17, December 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Hilton, 350 North Lake Blvd., Altamonte Springs. This is a community of women who are followers of Christ and open to hear His message. Each meeting includes awesome music, special guests, and a timely and transforming Bible teaching from founder, Angela Courte. Register at: www. amazingwomen.com. Community Bible Study Wednesdays, through May 2, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., hosted at Community United Methodist on 17-92. Registration is open for our fall class. Please join women from all backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge to study Genesis. A children’s program is

9 Karen available from nursery to primary. Cunningham at 407-679-7072 or Orlando. CBSclass.org Divorced/Widowed Women’s Fellowship Second and fourth Sundays of each month, 3 p.m., Nancy Petitto’s home, Casselberry. Join other women for prayer and discussion at this potluck fellowship. Children welcome. Nancy Petitto at 321972-2255 Women’s Connection Luncheon Third Wednesday 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. 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. Pam Oldham at info@J4Leaders.org or 407-522-4797 Wounded Heart Tuesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., chapel, Reformed Theological Seminary, Oviedo. Join other sexual abuse survivors as they embark on an honest, hopeful and healing exploration using the book The Wounded Heart and its workbook, by Dan Allender. Belinda Thrift at belindathrift@yahoo. com or 407-949-4000, ext. 1799

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. 407-260-9155 or www. 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. 407949-4000 or serve@northlandchurch.net Christian and classic children’s books as well as parenting and marriage books are needed for the Northland Children’s and Family library. Bethany Durys at bethany. durys@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0541 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. Dave Mullen at dmull77@yahoo.com Vehicles are needed at Recovery House of Central Florida (www.recoveryhouseinc. org). It also needs pressure-washing equipment, power tools and hand tools. Erik Robinson at 407-323-5857 or erikrhcf@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. admin@safehouseofseminole.org or 407302-5220

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About Northland, A Church Distributed 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 1:67; 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, God-pleasing life. (John 10:2729; Romans 8:19-39; 1 John 5:13; Hebrews 12:6; Matthew 7:20; James 2:20)

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: Worshiping God — John 4:21 Glorify God for who He is and what He has done. Reading the Bible — Jeremiah 1:12 Study God’s message to you often. Sharing our stories — 1 Peter 3:15 Tell others what God is doing in your life. Being in community — John 13:35 Foster environments for relationship. Praying — 1 Peter 3:12 Engage in conversation with God. Serving others — Matthew 25:40 Meet the needs of the people around you. Living 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 Saturdays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 p.m. Sundays . . . . . 9 (hi)(sp), 11 a.m.(sp); 5 p.m. Mondays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 p.m. (hi) Hearing-impaired interpretation available (sp) Spanish interpretation available

Live Concurrent Worship Northland at Oviedo and Northland at Mount Dora worship with us concurrently at the 9 and 11 a.m. worship times.

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— 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)

Join us for LIVE online worship at during any of our worship times!

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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— 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)

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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.

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contact info

530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750 www.northlandchurch.net | info@northlandchurch.net Main Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Main Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4020 Northland Bookstore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7199 Send newspaper correspondence to: newspaper@northlandchurch.net.

GOVERNING ELDERS Thom Willis, Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 thom.willis@northlandchurch.net Owusu Amaning, Vice Chairman. . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1797 owusu.amaning@northlandchurch.net Marcus Mennenga, Secretary-Treasurer. . . . . . . 407-949-7169 marcus.mennenga@northlandchurch.net Fred Franz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1766 fred.franz@northlandchurch.net Danny Gordon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1763 danny.gordon@northlandchurch.net Dan Hardaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 dan.hardaway@northlandchurch.net Peter Katauskas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1809 peter.katauskas@northlandchurch.net Dr. Don Pederson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1804 don.pederson@northlandchurch.net Felipe Santos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7168 felipe@travel2brazil.com

PASTOR’S BIO Dr. Joel C. Hunter has served as Northland’s senior pastor since 1985. During Pastor Hunter’s tenure, Northland has grown from 200 faithful souls to a community of 15,000 that worships around the globe. An internationally respected evangelical leader, Dr. Hunter approaches today’s issues in a biblical and balanced manner, and has championed the cause of “Compassion Issues” found in Scripture, including pro-life concerns, justice, poverty and creation care. He serves on the boards of the World Evangelical Alliance (with 420 million constituents) and the National Association of Evangelicals (with 30 million members), and is regularly featured on local and national media outlets. A longtime bridge-builder who seeks common ground for the common good, he is a frequent consultant to U.S. agencies and served during the inaugural year on the U.S. president’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He has been married to his best friend and ministry partner, Becky, since 1972. They have three married sons and six grandchildren, including one in heaven. Learn more about Pastor Hunter’s life in ministry at northlandchurch.net/joelhunter.

DISTRIBUTED SITES

Whom do I contact if:

MOUNT DORA SITE The Seventh-Day Adventist Church. . . . . . . . . 9 and 11 a.m. 18440 Highway 441, Mount Dora, FL 32757 The church is on the south side of Highway 441. Look for the “Northland” sign. Facebook.com . . . . www.facebook.com/northlandmountdora General Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7184 Robert Johnson, Site Minister. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-792-1146 or robert.johnson@northlandchurch.net

I am in crisis? Northland’s main line. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000

OVIEDO SITE Reformed Theological Seminary. . . . . . . . . . . 9 and 11 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 Jeremy Jobson, Site Minister. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-929-3053 or jeremy.jobson@northlandchurch.net

I am interested in a Care Ministry? Elaine Harland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7149 or elaine.harland@northlandchurch.net

HOME CHURCHES Crystal River, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturdays, 5 p.m. Tom and Alice Austin: aaustin@qahomes.com or 352-270-8764 DeLand, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 11 a.m. Jeff and Cindy Reinertsen: jsrein1@gmail.com or 386-736-9746 Naples, FL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sam Lewis: samllewis@aol.com or 407-310-1719 Marco Island, FL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sam Lewis: samllewis@aol.com or 407-310-1719

I want to seek counseling? Counseling referral line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7204 I have a prayer request? Prayer request line. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4025 or pray.northlandchurch.net I need the Hospital Ministry to pay a visit? Bob Keiderling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1789 or bob.keiderling@northlandchurch.net

I want to become a member? Ruth Sapp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4039 or ruth.sapp@northlandchurch.net I have accepted Christ into my heart and wish to be baptized? Sharon Ferreira (adult/student) . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net Diane Jones (infants–grade school). . . . . 407-949-7188 or diane.jones@northlandchurch.net I need information on Student Ministries? Shaylynn Stoner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@northlandchurch.net I need information about Children’s Ministries? Debbie Blahnik. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .407-949-7162 or debbie.blahnik@northlandchurch.net I am interested in Distributed Journeys? Patti Harshey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-0573 or patti.harshey@northlandchurch.net; or visit SomedayIsToday.net I want to help at Northland? Lori Holton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 lori.holton@northlandchurch.net I want to get involved in a serve project? Dana DeVries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7156 or serve@northlandchurch.net; or visit northlandchurch.net/serve

Ocoee, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 9 a.m. Marty McCoy: mmccoy@kostoandrotella.com or 407-733-5989

I am getting married? Sharon Ferreira . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net

Ponce Inlet, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 9 a.m. Joe and Donna Leonardo: josephleonardo@sprintmail.com or 386-236-8871

I need to plan a funeral? Sharon Ferreira . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net

Salisbury, NC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 4:30 p.m. Laurie and Tim Klaus: pianolauriek@yahoo.com or 704-636-5966

I want to learn more about your Spanish Ministry? Quiero aprender más acerca de su Ministerio en Español. Ivan Portillo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 or ivan.portillo@northlandchurch.net

Tyngsboro, MA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 11 a.m. Debbie Miller: NorthlandTyngsboro@gmail.com or 978-649-6115 Utica, NY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 11 a.m. Terri McDowell: terrilee.mcdowell@gmail.com or 845-332-6762 Venice, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 5 p.m. Ron and Marcy Burth: marciabedford@yahoo.com or 941-493-6965

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? Visit LifeHope in the Care Center . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Walk-in hours are 9 to 1 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday. I need information on jail/prison transition ministries? Gretchen Kerr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7190 or gretchen.kerr@northlandchurch.net I need the Resource Advocate Office for Families in Transition? Gretchen Kerr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7190 or gretchen.kerr@northlandchurch.net

Access Ministries

Joel C. Hunter Scholarship Award Offered

We have programs and services for individuals with disabilities. These efforts are being led by Laura Lee Wright, Northland’s Access Ministries team leader who can be reached at 407-9370549 or lauralee.wright@northlandchurch.net. Find out more at northlandchurch.net/blogs/category/ access_ministries/.

The Joel C. Hunter Scholarship, in an amount up to $5,000, was created in 1998 to honor Dr. Hunter’s teaching and leadership. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist those training in the arts, theology or any other discipline that could be dedicated to ministry consistent with the distributed church model. Northland’s True North Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2012 award. Completed application packets must be received by Friday, May 25 for consideration. Recipients will be notified by Friday, June 22. The Respond newspaper will provide bios of this year’s scholarship recipients in an upcoming issue. At your request, an application will be e-mailed to you that will provide you with all the details. To receive your application, e-mail or call the church office. Stephen Thomas at stephen.thomas@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7185


Easter Lilies In honor of:

IN HONOR OR MEMORY OF OUR LOVED ONES

Howard and Frances Clay by Denver and Candy Cheek Leonard and Edna Cox by Armand and Linda Dauplaise

Dolly Daniell by Alan Daniell

Mr. and Mrs. Carmen DeStout Jr. by Donna Delzingaro

Peter Daniell by Alan Daniell

Paula DiBari by Dawn and Ralph DiBari

Stuart and Vinetta Daniell by Alan Daniell

Joseph R. Divver Jr. by Joe and Rita Divver

Dr. Laura by Alan Daniell

Paul and Clyde Divver by Joe and Rita Divver

Ally Ellwenger by Alan Daniell

Edgar Fontaine by Jeff, Karen, Ethan and Faith

Rita Januszkiewicz by Kathie Deisz

Antonio Giarratana by the Bales family

Jane and Jim Langston by Linda and Richard Tubbs

Maria Giarratana by the Bales family

Lola VanZandt by Linda and Rich Tubbs

M. Lewis Hamilton by Phyllis Hamilton, and Shannon and Matt McCloud

Our children, Kevin, Linda, Brian, Janene, Jimmy and Bonnie,

Dan Harston by Donna Harston

by Jim and Ginnie Urichko

Jeff Heard by Risma Saragih

Our grandchildren, Kristen, Isaac, Laura, Aiden, Ethan and Jack,

Ava Hunter by Dawn and Ralph DiBari

by Jim and Ginnie Urichko

Paul Hunter by Stephen and Rose Stankiewicz Marjorie Hussey by Jeff, Karen, Ethan and Faith Adam Januszkiewicz by Kathie Deisz

In memory of:

Mitzi Lang by the Stram family Melba Lorah by Joe and Rita Divver

Denny M. Ashcraft by Martha K. Ashcraft-Poppe

Anna Marinello by Dawn and Ralph DiBari

Wanetta and Virgil Baldwin by Jim and Ginnie Urichko

Kayandi McKinnon by Christina DaCosta

Robert Bales by the Bales family

Madonna McLean by her granddaughter, Renee Corp

Pam Bradshaw, my dearest friend, by Sue H.

Carol Meholic by Denver and Candy Cheek

Concetta Bruno by Ralph and Sharon Spano

Vernon Meredith by Phyllis Hamilton, and Shannon and Matt McCloud

Marion and Gladys Cheek by Denver and Candy Cheek

Nanny and Papa by Emily Norman Paulsen by Roxann and Bob Paulsen Ann Perry by Cassandra and Jim Tubbs Tracy Chandler Peterson by Kelly Leonard Pieski by his son, David Pieski Lester L. Poppe by Martha K. Poppe George and Kathleen Snyder by Martha Poppe and the Klein family Maria C. Spano by Ralph and Sharon Spano Michael A. Spano by Bob and Debbie Cordenas Michael A. Spano by Ralph and Sharon Spano Jeanne Squires by Jolene Burns John Stankiewicz by Stephen and Rose Stankiewicz C.O. and Carrie Stevens by Fred and Abby Klein and family William B. Stevens IV by Fred and Abby Klein and family Glen Stoyer by Donna Harston Fred Stram by the Stram family Marge Stram by the Stram family Terry Howard Swartz by Maria and Terry Lloyd Todd by Roxann and Bob Paulsen George, Evelyn and Kenneth Urichko by Jim and Ginnie Urichko Heidi Marie Walbridge by Sharon Webb for Marilyn Smith Ann Warner by Pete, Corinna and Alexis Cruz Babette Weitz by Maria and Leon Sarah Wilson by Dick Wilson “Nana” Dottie Winkler by Rhodes and Forrest Wall


Worship Guide-Respond 15, 2012