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NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED MAY 11-13, 2013

What’s Current Here’s a sampling of the many upcoming opportunities to respond to God:

SEXUALITY AND PARENTING SEMINAR

Join Dr. Joel C. Hunter Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m. in the Longwood sanctuary and live ONLINE. Continue the discussion of sexuality in our culture and the challenges that parents face as they teach their children about this critical area. Access info and the seminar stream at northlandchurch.net.

ART OF MARRIAGE WEEKEND

Make Your Marriage a Thing of Beauty! May 31-June 1 at Longwood. Get help navigating marriage conflict and improving the quality of your relationship! $50 per couple. Get details and register at northlandchurch.net.

ADULT BAPTISMS

Come to the Water! Sunday, May 19, 2 p.m. at the Watkins’ home. At Northland, we think baptism is a wonderful expression of the lordship of Christ in your life. More importantly, it is obedience to Christ’s direct command in Matthew 28:19. If baptism is something you’ve never done before and would like to do, now’s the time! Learn more on page 8 in Respond or at northlandchurch.net.

New to Northland? Tell us a little about yourself! Just drop this card in an offering box or stop by The HUB or an Info Kiosk in the foyer on your way out — we want to get to know you … PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.

Name(s)_____________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Email_________________________________________________________________________________________

Participate & Connect:

Which site are you attending?  [ ] Longwood [ ] Mount Dora [ ] Oviedo [ ] Other__________________________

northlandchurch.net

Phone_______________________________________________________________________________________

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

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Address______________________________________________________________________________________

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

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

Tithes & Offerings 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.

generous.northlandchurch.net

Financial Report — April 30 to May 6, 2013 This Week

This Year to Date

Need. . . . . . . . . . 225,000 Need. . . . . . . . 4,050,000 Received. . . . . . . . 271,421 Received. . . . . . 4,000,071 Difference. . . . . . . . 46,421 Difference. . . . . . (49,929)

5/11-13/2013


NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED MAY 11-13, 2013

What’s Current Here’s a sampling of the many upcoming opportunities to respond to God:

SEXUALITY AND PARENTING SEMINAR

Join Dr. Joel C. Hunter Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m. in the Longwood sanctuary and live ONLINE. Continue the discussion of sexuality in our culture and the challenges that parents face as they teach their children about this critical area. Access info and the seminar stream at northlandchurch.net.

ART OF MARRIAGE WEEKEND

ADULT BAPTISMS

Make Your Marriage a Thing of Beauty! May 31-June 1 at Longwood. Get help navigating marriage conflict and improving the quality of your relationship! $50 per couple. Get details and register at northlandchurch.net.

Come to the Water! Sunday, May 19, 2 p.m. at the Watkins’ home. At Northland, we think baptism is a wonderful expression of the lordship of Christ in your life. More importantly, it is obedience to Christ’s direct command in Matthew 28:19. If baptism is something you’ve never done before and would like to do, now’s the time! Learn more on page 8 in Respond or at northlandchurch.net.

New to Northland? Tell us a little about yourself! Just drop this card in an offering box or stop by The HUB or an Info Kiosk in the foyer on your way out — we want to get to know you … PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.

Name(s)_____________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Email_________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Phone_______________________________________________________________________________________

northlandchurch.net

Which site are you attending?  [ ] Longwood [ ] Mount Dora [ ] Oviedo [ ] Other__________________________

Participate & Connect:

Address______________________________________________________________________________________

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

5/11-13/2013

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

Tithes & Offerings 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.

generous.northlandchurch.net

Financial Report — April 30 to May 6, 2013 This Week

This Year to Date

Need. . . . . . . . . . 225,000 Need. . . . . . . . 4,050,000 Received. . . . . . . . 271,421 Received. . . . . . 4,000,071 Difference. . . . . . . . 46,421 Difference. . . . . . (49,929)


A MESSAGE FROM DR. MARK D. FUTATO

DIG DEEPER

Be in Community:

(Read about Dr. Futato from Reformed Theological Seminary at rts.edu/seminary/faculty/bio.aspx?id=327.)

Want to spark conversation in your group this week? Use the week’s daily devotional content!

Wisdom From Above

Find the entire week’s devotionals online at

James 1:5; 3:13-18 (NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. … Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

worship.northlandchurch.net!

Devotional:

It is probably difficult for anyone to admit he or she lacks wisdom. In fact, if we do, do we really ever realize it? Do we ever know what we don’t know? According to James, when we lack wisdom, our actions give us away. We lack the traits that most wise people exhibit. If you read between the lines of James’ words, the behavior that reveals a lack of wisdom is pride. Perhaps nothing is more ignorant than thinking too highly of oneself. What are your usual sources of wisdom? Where do you turn when you need more understanding than your life experience has given you? Henry David Thoreau is quoted as saying that it is not what we look at that matters, but what we see. Perhaps it is both. When we know the source of true wisdom, and we see with the eyes of our hearts, which have been opened by Jesus, then we can find true understanding. Who are the people in your life whom you consider wise? What is it about them that gives you this impression? How are their lives different as a result of their insight? How does your life reflect your source of wisdom? What situations in your life could be changed by calling on Christ’s wisdom today?

PRAYER Eternal God, Shepherd of Your people, we feel the fleeting passage of life, and we know how fragile is our existence on this tiny planet amid the spinning galaxies. We confess with the prophet: “All flesh is grass, and all its glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall. . . .” Yet we also confess: “The word of our God stands forever.” “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” We look to You as frightened children look to their mother, for You alone can comfort us. Have mercy on us, O God. See our tears and hear our cries and lead us all, as pilgrims, through this valley of death’s shadow into the light of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen. —based on Psalm 90:12 (NIV); Isaiah 40:6-8

Worship focus

Worship Christ today as the Author of wisdom. His Word trains us in judgment, and His Spirit leads us in understanding. He does not keep His treasures of knowledge and insight to Himself, but gives freely to those who ask.

PRAYER. O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! … For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen. —Romans 11:33, 36 (NRSV)

Let Us Know! “If we could analyze the influences that build up a godly character to maturity, we might well find that the agencies which we call natural vastly outweighed those that we call supernatural. The book of Proverbs reassures us that this, if it is true, is no reflection on the efficiency of God’s grace; for the hard facts of life, which knock some of the nonsense out of us, are God’s facts and his appointed school of character; they are not alternatives to his grace, but means of it; for everything is of grace, from the power to know to the power to obey. ‘The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both’” (Proverbs 20:12). — Derek Kidner, Proverbs

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 The HUB or an Info Kiosk in the foyer on your way out! PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.

Name(s) ________________________________________________________________________________________ Email ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone __________________________________________________________________________________________ [ ] The above is an update. I am [ ] a child [ ] a middle school student [ ] a high school student [ ] an adult. Prayer request: _______________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________

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NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED MAY 11-13, 2013

What’s Current Here’s a sampling of the many upcoming opportunities to respond to God:

SEXUALITY AND PARENTING SEMINAR

Join Dr. Joel C. Hunter Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m. in the Longwood sanctuary and live ONLINE. Continue the discussion of sexuality in our culture and the challenges that parents face as they teach their children about this critical area. Access info and the seminar stream at northlandchurch.net.

ART OF MARRIAGE WEEKEND

ADULT BAPTISMS

Make Your Marriage a Thing of Beauty! May 31-June 1 at Longwood. Get help navigating marriage conflict and improving the quality of your relationship! $50 per couple. Get details and register at northlandchurch.net.

Come to the Water! Sunday, May 19, 2 p.m. at the Watkins’ home. At Northland, we think baptism is a wonderful expression of the lordship of Christ in your life. More importantly, it is obedience to Christ’s direct command in Matthew 28:19. If baptism is something you’ve never done before and would like to do, now’s the time! Learn more on page 8 in Respond or at northlandchurch.net.

New to Northland? Tell us a little about yourself! Just drop this card in an offering box or stop by The HUB or an Info Kiosk in the foyer on your way out — we want to get to know you … PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.

Name(s)_____________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Email_________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Phone_______________________________________________________________________________________

northlandchurch.net

Which site are you attending?  [ ] Longwood [ ] Mount Dora [ ] Oviedo [ ] Other__________________________

Participate & Connect:

Address______________________________________________________________________________________

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

5/11-13/2013

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

Tithes & Offerings 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.

generous.northlandchurch.net

Financial Report — April 30 to May 6, 2013 This Week

This Year to Date

Need. . . . . . . . . . 225,000 Need. . . . . . . . 4,050,000 Received. . . . . . . . 271,421 Received. . . . . . 4,000,071 Difference. . . . . . . . 46,421 Difference. . . . . . (49,929)


MAY 2013

www.northlandchurch.net

BE THE CHURCH EVERYWHERE, EVERY DAY

WORSHIP GOD Did you know you can expand weekend worship into the rest of your week? Sermon-related devotional thoughts and prayers are posted online daily! Find content for individual or group study at worship.northlandchurch.net.

DISTRIBUTED JOURNEYS 2013 Northlanders are globe-hopping in 2013! The list of trips is out — take a look and begin to pray about where God might be calling you in ministry! More info on page 4 and at somedayistoday.net

VISIT THE HUB Looking to get connected? Find more information? Grab some coffee and conversation? The Hub is a good place to start!

Learn more on page 3.


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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)

Man

— We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that he sinned, incurring not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God and which is inherited by every member of Adam’s race. We believe that man is subject to the power of the devil and has within himself no possible means of recovery or salvation. (Genesis 1:26; 1 John 1:8-10; Romans 6:23)

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.

LONGWOOD WORSHIP TIMES Saturdays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 p.m.

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

Sundays . . . . . 9 (hi)(sp), 11 a.m.(sp); 5 p.m. Mondays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 p.m. (hi) Hearing-impaired interpretation available (sp) Spanish interpretation available

NOT LOCAL? Join us for LIVE online worship at

northlandchurch.net

¿Habla español? 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.!

during any of our worship times!

The Church

— We believe that the true church is composed of all who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, that those who are members of the true church will be eligible for membership in the local church. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are to be observed by the church during the present age. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are acts of obedience to the Lord. Participation in them, though, is not to be regarded in any sense as a means of salvation. (Acts 2)

The Christian’s Walk

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

The Eternal State

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

Find out more at northlandchurch.net/about.

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NEW TO NORTHLAND? Do you have questions … about God, Northland or anything else? Look for this icon above our INFO KIOSKS located throughout the foyer during worship times! A host will be there to connect with you. Or visit northlandchurch.net/new.


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Creating Community at the Hub BY ALLISON HURTADO

Co-leaders Sean Cooper and Sarah Mattingly talk more about the unfolding purpose behind this new space. Spoiler alert: They’ve got big plans starting this month! For those who are new to Northland, or who’ve been away, what is the Hub? Sarah Mattingly: When you get right down to it, the Hub is about three things: conversation, information and connection. And now we have a cool new space to help facilitate all of that. It’s a space for newcomers and “old-timers,” a space to meet a new friend, shake a hand, ask questions, get information and brainstorm new ministry ideas. Northland is a big place. God has called us here together as a family, and we don’t want a single person to walk through these doors and feel lost, invisible or confused.

A little bird told me you have something special up your collective sleeves starting this May. Sean: Well, that little bird is right. We’ve started promoting a different profession or group each weekend. This weekend (April 27, 28 and 29) we are inviting anyone interested in the Art House to come after service to meet. The weekend after that (May 4, 5 and 6), we are focusing on medical professionals. Sarah: You can check Northland’s online calendar (northlandchurch.net/calendar) to see what we have planned! So, let me guess ... a soccer enthusiast weekend is in the works, since Sean is the world’s biggest “football” fan? Sean: Well, I love soccer (laughs). I grew up in Brazil, and I love soccer. So, we might do a weekend where we emphasize if you’re a soccer fan, if you love to watch or play, come to the Hub. These are ways to make a common interest bring Christians together. You never know when people will come up with a ministry idea, or how to use soccer to reach the community. What’s the biggest surprise you two have experienced so far? Sean: Some of the people who have volunteered to be Hub hosts are actually new to Northland! That’s so cool for us. They bring a fresh perspective, and we love that. Sarah: Hosting at the Hub doesn’t require a lot of training. We tell our volunteers if you don’t know the answer to a question someone asks, that’s OK. We will find an answer together.

Sean Cooper: I agree with Sarah. I think it’s a space we need in a church this size, for people who are looking for a relationship. I think it’s a room that helps a big church feel smaller.

I actually thought the Hub was originally designed for people who want to volunteer. Is that not true? Sean: That’s certainly part of it. When Pastor Joel preached six months ago about the first and future church, his emphasis was on how we need to get back to unleashing people for ministry. For Pastor Joel, that includes people’s listening to the Holy Spirit and responding as God evokes them. Ultimately, we want this to be a space where congregants can bring ideas and we can help connect the dots.

Can you explain where the name came from? Sarah: Well, the dictionary defines “hub” as a center of activity, a central device that connects multiple computers to a single network. Similarly, we want to be connected to a single network ... a single purpose.

Any parting thoughts? Sarah: Come check out the Hub after service! It’s not just about volunteering; it’s not just about a class or making people members. We want congregants to respond to God for the benefit of others. This is a place to figure that out.

Sean: Yeah, the name is just an easy word to symbolize a place where relationships intersect, where the Holy Spirit connects people. A hub on a bicycle is where the spokes meet; a lot can take place.

Allison Hurtado is a volunteer on the media design team. The first time she visited the Hub, she ran into an old friend she took Financial Peace University with. It was that reconnection with an old friend that inspired Allison to get involved.

What are some reasons someone would visit the Hub? Sean: We think any reason is a good reason! We don’t want the Hub to only be seen as a place for new people. Sarah and I see people who have been coming to Northland for years coming to the Hub. Whether it’s people who are new, people who heard something in service and have a question, or people who want to volunteer, the Hub is the place for connection. Sarah: Whatever the reason, our Hub hosts are there to help. They won’t always have all of the answers, but they are committed to helping people find them! Hub hosts are simply congregants with a passion for drawing us closer together. Oh, and they love to pray with people, too. So, I wouldn’t come just to take a look at those nice flat screens and iPads? Sean: (laughs) The way I view it is, there are handfuls of TVs to help display pictures and announcements. There are iPads to help us if a congregant wants to sign up for a class or register for a volunteer opportunity. We can help do that. Can parents bring their kids? Sean: Yes! Of course. My favorite part of the Hub is the kids area. We encourage people to pick up their kids from Children’s Church and bring them over here. It’s a great place where parents can connect while their kids are having a good time. Kids aren’t shoved to the side and made to be quiet; there are games for them to play while adults have conversations.


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Go on a DISTRIBUTED JOURNEY!

SERVE GLOBALLY The Mission Field Next Door BY DR. DAN LACICH

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iving in Orlando gives one an opportunity for being a missionary that is unlike anything that most people ever experience. You can be a representative for Jesus, i.e. be a missionary, without ever leaving your neighborhood. If you need evidence of this, I want you to try something the next time you are out in public at the mall or grocery store. Simply keep your ears open to the various languages you hear spoken around you. Chances are you will certainly hear some variation of Spanish, with a unique flavor, depending on the country of origin or the speaker. But don’t be surprised if you hear Chinese since there are 50,000 native Chinese in Florida. You will hear Hindi because there are 70,000 native Indians as well as 50,000 Filipinos, 45,000 Chinese, 30,000 Vietnamese, and on it goes. In fact, there are more than 3 million people living in Florida who have come from another country and speak another language as their heart language. Being a missionary is no longer only about crossing an ocean and taking the gospel to people who live in another culture. The fact is many of them have crossed an ocean and have moved onto your street. For many years, we have understood the Great Commission as requiring a special trip to another place. But when Jesus said “Go” in Matthew 28:18-20, what He literally said was, “Going therefor” or “As you go.” In other words, fulfilling the Great Commission of making disciples of all nations, all ethnic groups, is something that you do along the way in life. So how does this relate to the Chinese or Pakistani or Brazilian who has moved onto your street? In years past, Americans understood what it meant to love your neighbor. When a new person moved in, the people who already lived on the street went over to welcome him or her to the neighborhood. Often the greeting included bringing food and even helping move furniture in. The conversation would normally include an introduction to the community, where

the market was, the quality of schools and who else lived on the block. As Christians, we need to recapture that simple love of neighbor. So let me give you a few simple steps to begin the process of being a missionary to your neighborhood: 1) Introduce yourself, especially when new people move in. Take the risk. Step outside your comfort zone, and simply go knock on the door, or when they happen to be outside and you are driving by, get out of your car and say hello. If they moved in a long time ago, apologize for not introducing yourself earlier. 2) Invite them over. Next time you are throwing some burgers on the grill, throw on a few extra, and invite them over. Make use of holidays as times to invite them in. Thanksgiving is perfect for this since it is a uniquely American holiday. 3) Find out what their heart language is, and get a DVD of the Jesus film in that language as a gift for them. This is proving to be an amazingly fruitful way to open the door to talking about Jesus. 4) Learn about them and their culture, and respond to it. If they have a particular holiday that is part of their heritage, learn what you can about it, and help them celebrate it. Such a simple step of affirmation of their culture will go miles in opening doors to share about Jesus. The long-term goal is to introduce them to Christ and engage them with a group of other followers of Christ as a community. This may mean inviting them to your Northland location. It may mean starting a simple home church that they attend. It may mean connecting them with a church of people from their own culture and language. The point is to reach out to them with the love of Christ, introduce them to Jesus, and get them connected to a group of followers of Jesus so they can grow to maturity in Christ.

Apply today. Browse short-term trips and apply at somedayistoday.net.

Make Your Someday, Today! Distributed Journeys 2013

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ver thought or said, “Someday — when things slow down or the money is available — I’ll answer God’s call to GO …”? Well, make your “someday” TODAY! There are many opportunities this year to serve on a global scale by joining one of the short-term mission teams Northland has to offer. Listed here is a sampling of the trips available to you. More trips will be added to our calendar, so check our website regularly for updates. Visit our website, at somedayistoday.net, for trip descriptions, team leader contact information and application links.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. . . . . . . . . . . . . June 7 - 15 JAMAICA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 8 - 15 SCOTLAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 14 - 24 UKRAINE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 16 - 28 HAITI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 21 - 28 BRAZIL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 22 - 30 SOUTH AFRICA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 22 - July 6 SWAZILAND. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 27 - July 7 RUSSIA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 7 - 19 JAMAICA 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 13 - 20 MALAWI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 18 - 31 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2. . . . . . . . . . . July 19 - 27 UKRAINE 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 19 - 31 HAITI 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 25 - August 1 KENYA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 26 - August 5 SWAZILAND 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 30 - August 11 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 3. . . . . . . . . August 3 - 10 SCOTLAND 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 12 - 22 CUBA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 14 - 21 BRAZIL 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 12 - 20


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ooking to get connected in ministry with others passionate about serving the community? The focus of the Distributed Service team ranges from social justice issues to serving the congregants who find themselves in difficult places due to unforeseen circumstances. Many opportunities exist for deeper engagement. Over the past few months, there has been a move toward volunteering at and around the church site. Tasks ranging from parking to security to administrative work have opened doors to be a family and take care of the chores at home. Dr. Hunter continues to teach us that we should be serving our neighbors, the community and beyond. To that end, on the new Serve site, you can find servant leadership opportunities in the jails we serve, as an advocate for a homeless family, or even walking the new journey of how Northland can serve within the human trafficking movement. Several of the servant leadership roles require training. But no worries; the training classes have been scheduled, and you can sign up. We encourage everyone to complete the “Understanding Poverty” class taught by Emily Tallman. We also are looking for folks to come alongside Emily and train the trainers for this class and others. The ministry areas that the Distributed Service team facilitates include Disaster Response, Prison and Jail Transition, the Homeless Initiative, Family Advocacy Office, Resource Point, LifeHope, New Moves Housing program, Local Serve (behind the

scenes), Human Trafficking, Adoption and Foster Care, and Safe Families. If God is tugging at your heart to become involved in the lives of members of families or men and women who need to hear about the hope you have in Jesus, step up and reach out through the new Serve website, northlandchurch.net/ serve, where you can find all the opportunities available. You can sort by ministry area to narrow your search. Don’t wait; do it now! One of our servant leaders, Geneva, shared that she finds joy in serving her neighbors. In fact, she shared that she has received much more from those she works with than she has given. As James 1:27 states, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (NIV). The Distributed Service team is looking forward to walking with you as it serves the community in a powerful way.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” — James 1:27 (NIV)

Connect on Facebook! 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!

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ne of the most practical ways to “Be the Church” everywhere, every day is by serving locally in the community. Use your time, talents and gifts that God has given you by serving here at Northland, or with one of our local partners or outreach projects. Downtown Homeless Ministry. . . . . . . . . . Saturday, May 11 Harvest Time International. . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturday, May 11 Pathways to Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturday, May 18 Downtown Homeless Ministry. . . . . . . . . . Saturday, May 25 To register for or find out more about these serve projects, visit serve.northlandchurch.net. Judy Head at judy.head@northlandchurch.net or 407388-5798

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he monthly meetings are open to anyone interested in becoming involved in disaster response. The meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of every month in the fellowship hall. Join us May 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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y time as a Bachelor of Social Work intern at LifeHope has been an adventure, to say the least! God faithfully taught me, tested me and, ultimately, revealed more of His character to me during this internship. Coming from Northland at Oviedo to “big church” gave me a more complete picture of the mission of Northland and, ultimately, the church. One common theme Jesus revealed to me was His desire for His church, His bride, to be transparent and welcoming to the world. The church is a place for the broken and the sick. The moments ingrained in my heart are the times I came alongside someone [who was]

doubting [his or her] worthiness, [his or her] ability to be loved by Jesus, and fought those lies with [that person]. The people who make up LifeHope, while they are broken, are hungry for redemption and love. I do not think they realize how much they have impacted me, but if they are reading this now, I want them to know they have been used by God to change my heart. Needless to say, my time in this ministry has been used to refine my heart and grow my relationship with Christ. – Devon Lang

For information, visit northlandchurch.net/ministries/ disaster_response or attend one of our monthly meetings. Judy Head at judy.head@northlandchurch.net or 407388-5798

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VOLUNTEER at Northland Volunteer With Public Safety, Security and Parking Northland has a variety of ways for people to volunteer on the Security and Public Safety teams. James Li, who had a vision for our security teams to be formed, shares about the beginnings of these teams, as well as ways you can get involved.   Please share with the congregation the early beginnings of the Northland Security and Public Safety teams. James: Northland is very intentional on stewarding God’s money and the property. In earlier Northland Rink days, Pastor Joel’s son Josh Hunter was very proactive in hiring Seminole sheriff’s deputies to handle the tithes and offerings pickup as well as hire our first “night watchman,” Rick Bradshaw, to oversee lock-up of the Rink facility at night. Shortly after this time, beginning in 2007, I started having dreams in the middle of the night that God wanted us to build a security team in anticipation of the new Worship Center with the primary directive of child safety. At this time, I was director of Student Ministries, going to high school events and middle school campouts, wearing jeans and flipflops, so running a security team was not first on my mind. I started to share these dreams with our elders and Pastor Joel, and they gave me a glimpse of the size and scope of the Worship Center as we know it today.  

How big is the Worship Center? James: Northland’s Worship Center is approximately 176,000 square feet, with the sanctuary being able to seat more than 3,000 people. It has three children’s wings, a bookstore, classrooms, a café and the new Hub. We also have nine parking lots and, as I mentioned earlier, the Rink building next door.   With the facility being so large, it can be difficult to get plugged in. What is your suggestion for someone to get involved? James: I like to encourage people to volunteer as one of their next steps. One of the best things someone did for me after helping me recommit my life to Christ and read the Bible was encourage me to volunteer and get involved. To a guy who grew up in a church of about 150 people, Northland seemed really big, but by volunteering, it made a big church “small” for me. More importantly, I felt like I was part of a community, playing my part, using the gifts God had given to me to fulfill His purposes.   What volunteer opportunities are available on the Northland Security and Public Safety teams? James: There are a variety of ways for people to volunteer, including as first responders, law enforcement and security [volunteers], and directing traffic in the parking lot for weekend worship and special events. Sign up to get involved as it is a good way to contribute and to meet some really great people! Check out opportunities at northlandchurch.net/volunteer, and visit the HUB.

James Li is ready to sign you up.

Did you know … … we have a special interest group for active and retired law enforcement officers? If you’d like to connect with others in this professional field, come by the Hub after service during the weekend of May 18 to 20. Paul Griffith at paulgfl02@aol.com or 407-557-7678

Volunteer Opportunities! Public Safety Associate Help keep our kids, guests and congregants safe during worship services, classes and special events. Rebecca Lang at rebecca.lang@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1807 Parking Are you a backseat driver? This might be the perfect role for you! Direct traffic during one of our weekend services. Rebecca Lang at rebecca.lang@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1807

Parking lot attendants needed.

Rebecca Lang at rebecca.lang@northla ndchurch.net or 407-937-1807

Student Ministries Public Safety Ensure the safety of our students and teachers during Student Ministries’ activities. Close down the building after meetings and special events. Shaylynn Stoner at shaylynn.stoner@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7194 Medical First Responder Emergencies come up occasionally, and we need help to care for our congregants when those situations arise. Some certifications are required. Rebecca Lang at rebecca. lang@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1807

PARKING LOT DESIGNATIONS DURING WORSHIP SERVICES • For Disabled & Special Needs — #1, #4, #8 • General Parking — #2, #3, #5, #9 • Single parent with children — #6, #7

Mount Dora Safety Response Team Help keep our guests and congregants safe during worship services. If you are a professional trained in law enforcement, emergency response, health care or security, please consider this opportunity. Tom McKane at tom. mckane@gmail.com, or Anna Neri at 407-949-4028.


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STUDENT MINISTRIES MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRY To register for any of these activities and for more detailed info, visit northlandchurch.net/middleschool. Shaylynn Stoner at 407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@northlandchurch.net MIDDLE SCHOOL DOULOS Sundays, 11 a.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Middle School Doulos will help students connect what they experience in worship service to their daily lives and was designed for parents who are serving during the 11 a.m. service. LUGRox Saturdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. 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. The last LUGRox of the school year is May 11.

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 Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Subsequent Wednesdays, Distributed Home Groups (See website for locations.) The last IAMTHIRD of the school year is May 15. 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. Heather Subbert at 407-937-1828 or heather. subbert@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

Mark Your Calendar! Battle of the Bands Friday, May 3, 7 to 9 p.m., the Rink. For high school bands. Come out and enjoy the high school band competition! LUGRox Lock-in Saturday, May 18, check-in is at 9 p.m. in the Rink. Cost is $20. Register at northlandchurch.net/middleschool. Baccalaureate Wednesday, May 22 In honor of the graduating class of 2013, 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, as well as any other pictures of graduating seniors you may have from any of our retreats or events. northlandchurch.net/highschool Summer Family Event Saturday, June 8, 6:30 p.m., the Rink Come out and connect with other families of middle and high school students. Meet the Student Ministries summer interns, and hear about the amazing summer planned for your students! and registration: northlandchurch.net/ middleschool and northlandchurch.net/highschool

Mentor Ministry Looking for Mentees: The Mentor Ministry matches trained male volunteers with male middle and high school students who do not have a father in the picture. Parents/guardians interested in getting a student involved can visit northlandchurch.net/middleschool and complete the Mentee Application.

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CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES 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 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

Volunteer of the Month: Lauren Mabe We are so thankful to Lauren for sharing her gifts and talents with our Access Ministries team! Lauren has served as a classroom teacher and volunteered at our Buddy Break program, and currently serves as a Buddy on Sunday mornings. She always has a kind word and a smile to share, and our children love her fun spirit! Thank you, Lauren, for showing Jesus’ love to the children we teach. You are a blessing to our ministry!

Why did you make that? We learned Jesus rose to life after He died on the cross for us. He is risen and lives forever! 

Mark Your Calendar! Steps for Young Believers (Grades 2-5) and Their Parents Step 1 - Wednesdays, June 5 to 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Step 2 - Sundays, June 9 to July 21, 3 to 4:30 p.m. $5 class fee is requested. More info on page 7. and registration: Gale Watzel at rgjace@earthlink.net 5th-Grade JumpStart Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., off-site pool party 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 to Julie Meeker at julie.meeker@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7153. 1st-Grade Orientation Sunday, May 26, 3 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing Come to the first-grade orientation for parents and children, where you and your child will get a tour of the classrooms and worship room, and meet the first-grade teachers and leaders. You will also get an overview of what your child can expect at Children’s Church, followed by a time for questions and answers. Michelle Filippelli at 407-937-1770 or michelle.filippelli@northlandchurch.net Promotion Weekend — June 1-3 All children move up to the next age group and grade level. 5th-Grade Induction Ceremony Saturday, June 1, 6:45 p.m., Longwood sanctuary To register your fifth-grade, soon to be sixth-grade, child, contact Julie Meeker at julie.meeker@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7153.

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WAYS TO RESPOND Baptisms Adult Baptisms Sunday, May 19, 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 18, 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 Evening Prayer Group Thursdays, 6 to 7 p.m., prayer room. Elaine Harland at 407-949-4002 or elaine.harland@northlandchurch.net Firm Foundations Sundays, 11 a.m., room 4209. Study the Bible chronologically for one year to understand God’s overarching plan from creation to Christ. For new adult believers and those who are seeking to gain a clear understanding of God, our relationship with Him, and the grace He has made freely available through the death of His Son. Register at northlandchurch.net/classes. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura. pinckard@northlandchurch.net. Mike Sheffey at msheffey@cfl.rr.com John • Sundays, 9 a.m., room 4206-07 • Wednesdays, 7 p.m., room 2211, Admin Wing. Study some of the most powerful sayings and actions in all of the ministry of Jesus. From the I AM sayings of Jesus to the raising of Lazarus from the dead, this study will bring greater clarity to your understanding of who Jesus is and what He has done. Barb Olsen at barbara.olsen@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7183 Romans Sundays, 10:45 a.m., rooms 4206-07. Come early for refreshments and fellowship. Study Romans, the constitution of the Bible, and how this important book explains how to be right with God, ourselves and others. John and Carolyn Jones at 407-831-5822 Spanish Ministry Bible Study Every Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m., room 5209, Children’s Worship Wing. Dr. Laura Capizzano at laura.capizzano@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1824. Ministerio Hispano de Northland: Estudio Biblico semanal en espanol. Todos los miercoles de 7pm.a 9pm. (termina 8.30pm y luego tiempo de oracion). Comienza el Miercoles 9 de Enero. Las clases seran en el aula 5209 en la seccion de adoracion del ministerio de ninios. Bendiciones Dr. Laura Capizzano at laura.capizzano@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1824.

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

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. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@ northlandchurch.net. Tim and Michelle Kutcher at tim.kutcher@gmail.com

MEN 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 Man in the Mirror Men’s Bible Study, by Pat Morley Tuesdays, 6:45 to 8 a.m., room 1118, Student Ministries and Care Center. Bob Shoemaker at bshoemaker@ compass1.org or 407-599-3132 Men’s Fraternity: The Quest for Authentic Manhood Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., room 5100, CWW. This is an intensive, captivating journey that helps men: Resolve wounds from their past; embrace a biblical definition of manhood; and develop their own personal manhood plan. The required workbook can be ordered through the Northland Bookstore. Vito Fera at vito@networksoundinc.com or 407923-5115 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 minutes of prayer. Leo Carrier at leo@carrierinsurance.com

WOMEN Believing God, by Beth Moore This new, 11-week Bible study provides biblical guidelines and practical life lessons as we learn that there is a huge difference between believing in God and believing God as we study the lives of Abraham, Moses and others as examples of people who believed God. The workbook is at the Northland Bookstore for $16.95. Choose one of two times: •  Mondays, through June 24, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Child care is available with reservations; contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@ northlandchurch.net.  Cherrie Rowe at 407-322-6850, or Anne Sullivan at 407332-8318 or annesullivan@cfl.rr.com •  Tuesdays, through June 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Child care is available with reservations; contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@northlandchurch.net.  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 Art of Marriage Event — FamilyLife Friday, May 31, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. and Saturday, June 1, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Marriage can be tough; merging two lives, beliefs and dreams can cause a lot of conflict. If you would like to make your marriage better, attend the Art of Marriage Event, a special weekend that includes expert teaching, engaging stories and humorous vignettes to help strengthen your relationship. No matter what shape your marriage is in, this honest look at the challenges every marriage faces will offer hope that your marriage can become a work of art! The cost: $50 per couple. Register at cfl-aom.eventbrite.com. Rick and Jolene Burns at rickandjolene@outlook.com or 407462-5130 Becoming a Disciple Wednesdays, 7 p.m., room 5100. Join participants as they study Becoming a Disciple and other studies in the “First Principles” series together. This study uses readings, personal reflection, group interaction and serving projects as they systematically learn biblical principles. The book is $6.99 in the Northland Bookstore. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura. pinckard@northlandchurch.net. Bob and Donna Keiderling at bob.keiderling@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1789 Belong/Membership Opportunities • One-day seminar: Saturday, September 14, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The Rink. Hear Dr. Joel C. Hunter and other senior leaders describe what it means to belong to Christ and to Northland. Child care is available. Ruth Sapp at belong@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4039 • Online: Anytime at northlandchurch.net/ series/belong_study/ • DVD: Anytime and sold in the Northland bookstore at Longwood. Blended Family Class Wednesdays, May 22 through July 17, 7 to 8:45 p.m., room 4209. If you have a blended family, join this class as participants study Ron Deal’s book The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family. Child care is not available. The book is $13.99 in the Northland Bookstore.  Jeff Reinking at Jeffery.Reinking@ucf.edu Digging Even Deeper Saturdays, 6:45 to 8 p.m., room 4128 (cry room.) This is a time to examine the evening’s message through the Bible and how to apply it to our lives. Join in the opportunity to dig a little deeper and strengthen your walk with Jesus. It’s a great way to discover your gifts and passion for the ministry for which God has equipped you. Child care is unavailable. Tom and Brenda Pete at petes121@cfl.rr.com or 407-620-5454 Sexuality and Parenting Seminar with Dr. Hunter Wednesday, May 15, 7 to 8:30 p.m., sanctuary. Join us for a seminar with Dr. Hunter that will continue the discussion of sexuality in our culture and the challenges that parents face as they teach their children about this critical area. Child care is available with a reservation; contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@northlandchurch. net.  Barb Olsen at barbara.olsen@ northlandchurch.net

Marriage Oneness — FamilyLife Wednesdays, June 5 through July 17, 7 to 8:45 p.m., rooms 4206-07. Join participants in this life-changing class that equips couples to grow in true intimacy, connection and purpose. They will learn valuable and practical skills, watch instructional videos, hear real-life success stories and inspirational statements, and learn helpful ways to strengthen their marriages. No matter what shape your marriage is in, this class will help you achieve oneness and grow in your love for each other! The cost: $50 for two workbooks/online assessment in the Northland Bookstore. Child care is not available. and registration: Rick and Jolene Burns at rickandjolene@outlook.com or 407-462-5130 Marriage Preparation Class Sundays, August 11 through November 10, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. This 13week class is for any couple engaged, not engaged (but seriously considering engagement) or married without the benefit of premarital counseling. The cost: $120 per couple. Registration is required by August 1 at northlandchurch.net/calendar/details/ Marriage_Prep_Course. A paper application is available at the Northland Bookstore. Chris Kingsley at 407-949-7193

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. Gale Watzel at 407-621-1131 or rgjace@earthlink.net • STEP 1—BECOMING A PART OF GOD’S FAMILY: Wednesdays, June 5 to 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Focus: Salvation and assurance. Includes Communion instruction. • STEP 2—THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: Sundays, June 9 to July 21, 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: TBD Focus: to develop skills in exploring the Bible.

WOMEN Women of Faith Sundays Two Sunday evenings a month, 4:30 to 6 p.m., room 4217. Fun, fellowship, fabulous friendships, precious prayer and meaningful Bible study! or RSVP: Stephanie Marks at stepha.marks@gmail.com or 407-227-7964

Groups CARE GROUPS ADULTS Alcoholics Anonymous Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 5207-8. This is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with one another, that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. AA’s primary purpose is to stay sober and help


other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Turner at 407-599-9770

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available. Rich Arndt at 407-221-8955 or volvoom@gmail.com

Al-Anon Support Group Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., room 5209. Alcoholism affects families, and can affect our emotional well-being, for better or worse. Problem drinking can make life extremely difficult for the non-drinking family member. Al‑Anon members share their experience, strength and hope in coping with an intimate relationship that is affected by alcoholism or drug abuse. Frank Turner at 407-599-9770

Support for the Separated Tuesdays, call for time and location. New session begins May 7. Support group for those who are separated with court papers pending, for healing, hope and reconciliation in the Lord. Cost: $5, and $19 for required book (available in the Northland Bookstore). Child care is available. Donna Delzingaro at 407-937-1749

Blessings and Challenges of Blended Families Mondays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 4216. An ongoing care group for those age 18 and up facilitates discussion on the challenges unique to blended families and offers a time of mutual encouragement as the group takes this journey together. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@ northlandchurch.net. Bob Keiderling at bob.keiderling@northlandchurch.net or 407937-1789

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Celebrate Recovery Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m., Sanctuary. Gain freedom from life’s hurts, hang-ups 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. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura. pinckard@northlandchurch.net. Laurie Jean Harrington at celebraterecovery@ northlandchurch.net or 407-927-4393

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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. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura. pinckard@northlandchurch.net. His Way, Frank Turner at 407-599-9770 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. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@ northlandchurch.net. GriefShare voiceline at 407-949-7152 or griefshare@ northlandchurch.net Divorce Recovery Tuesdays, call for time and location. New session begins May 7. 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 required book (available in the Bookstore). Child care is available. Donna Delzingaro at 407-937-1749 PRAXIS (Conquering Fear, Anger, Anxiety) Tuesdays, 7:15 to 9 p.m., rooms 5106-07, CWW. Conquer fear, anger and anxiety through biblical principles. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@ northlandchurch.net. Skye Engel at 407834-3158 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

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

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. 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, contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@northlandchurch. net. Suzanne Rucker at 407-967-9313 or LifeCounselingSolutions@gmail.com Women’s Healing Ministry Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 4218. This group will provide hope and a safe place to heal if you have experienced sexual betrayal, deception and lies of secrecy that keep you in bondage. 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. Dwell Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., connect for location, as it will change every week. This small group of creative and artistic young professionals ranging from age 20 to 30 years old seeks to dwell in community, both with one another and with Christ, through building authentic relationships, serving the local community, and engaging in worship and Scripture. twitter @northland_dwell or dwell.northland@gmail.com

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 Commit to Pray Choose and day and time to pray. Northland’s leadership is sensing the Holy Spirit moving us as a congregation to be intentionally involved in ministry … at Northland and in the world, everywhere,

every day. Join your prayers to ours as the church is being transformed by the increasingly effective ministries of congregation members, Sign up: northlandchurch.net and type in the search window: prayer about the future of northland

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS Active and Retired Law Enforcement Officers Third Thursday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., room 5100, Children’s Worship Wing. Currently studying John Eldredge’s Beautiful Outlaw. Paul Griffith at 407-557-7678 or paulgfl02@aol.com Common Ground Adult Ministry (Ages 25-45) 1st and 3rd Mondays, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Come make some friends and grow in Christ with us through fellowship, worship, and scripture. Child care is available with registration by contacting Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@northlandchurch.net. Susan Lapp at commonground@ northlandchurch.net 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 Knit and Chat Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., room 4219. This group is for those who knit (or crochet) or want to learn how to knit. Knit and Chat is intended for fellowship while sharing the joy of knitting. Contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@northlandchurch.net for child care for children 10 and under. Nitza at milliesnow009@yahoo.com Men’s Racquetball Group Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs. After game time, the group members sit on benches and fellowship by telling life’s stories and praying for one another’s needs. This is great for exercise and fellowship. No experience is required. Alex Crane at alexmcrane@live. com or 321-303-0831 Moms4Moms Get connected with other moms for friendship and encouragement through meetings and playgroup activities. Registration required. Michelle Smith at 407-718-5510 or michellesmith8203@yahoo. com Moms4Moms: The Next Chapter One Sunday each month, 6 to 8 p.m., room 1115, The Rink. Power of a Praying Parent, by Stormie Omartian (May 19). Tara L. Fisher at taralopezfisher@gmail.com Motorcycle Group Saturday, May 4, 9:30 a.m., call for start location. Join us for this fun, fellowship and scenic ride to Yalaha. Lori Landers at 352-729-6912 Northland Veterans for Christ Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 5110, CWW. Christian brothers and sisters who are veterans of the Armed Forces gathering to grow in Christ, share common experiences, support each other and eventually reach out to the greater community of veterans in the Orlando area. Randy Mixon at 808-343-4391 or rmixon75@gmail.com or Peter Grace at 407575-1360 or petergrace73@yahoo.com.

Party of 8 If you’re a married 30- or 40-something, we’d love for you to be involved in this first iteration of dinner groups! If you are interested in getting together with other couples in your area once a month for four months, sign up at northlandchurch.net/dinner. dinner@ northlandchurch.net Single Purpose (Singles age 35 and up) Second and fourth Sunday of each month, 3 p.m., rooms 4206-07. Join us for the study of Not a Fan, by Karl Idleman. Learn ways to become a completely committed follower of Christ. Dan Olson at Singlepurpose7@ gmail.com, or meetup.com/oacs08/ Spanish Ministry - Monthly Gathering Third Friday of each month, 7 p.m., 5109, CWW. Bring a dish to share and any Spanish-speaking family and friends. Child care is available. Dr. Laura Capizzano at laura.capizzano@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1824 Ministerio Hispano - Reunion Mensual Nos reunimos el tercer viernes de cada mes, 7 p.m., 5109, CWW. Traiga un plato para compartir y traiga su familia y amigos que hablan español. Cuidado de niños está disponible. Dr. Laura Capizzano at laura. capizzano@northlandchurch.net or 407-9371824 Spanish Ministry - Spanish Interpretation Sundays, 9 and 11 a.m. services. Spanish interpretation is available online and listening devices are available at the Welcome Desk. Join the Facebook page at www. facebook.com/northlandespanol. Dr. Laura Capizzano at laura.capizzano@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1824 Ministerio Hispano - Interpretacion en Espanol  Domingos, en los servicios de las 9 y 11 a.m. Interpretación en español esta disponible en línea y los aparatos de escucha buscarlos en el Welcome Desk. Busque en la página de Facebook enwww.facebook.com/ northlandespanol. Dr. Laura Capizzano at laura.capizzano@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1824 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

Serve at Northland For additional ways to serve at Northland, visit northlandchurch.net/ volunteer. Call and Connect Believers are needed to make phone calls, welcoming first-time visitors and connecting with interested attendees regarding various ministry projects. Training provided, flexible hours. Brian King at brian.king@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0567 Children’s Ministries There are plenty of ways to serve in Children’s Ministries. Whether it is through preparing the weekly take-home resources, teaching or helping in a classroom on the weekends, or manning the children’s library during the week, volunteers make a difference. Debbie Blahnik at debbie.blahnik@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7162

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10 Communion Servers Communion servers are needed the first weekend of each month. Training provided. Jasmine Morgan at communion@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0575 Info Desk Hosts Needed Answer questions and direct newcomers before and after the worship services. Five service choices each weekend. Stop by the Info Kiosk (with the big question mark) and find out how you can get started or contact Marie Price at marie.price@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 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 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 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. Heather Subbert at 407-9371828 or heather.subbert@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 Welcome Hosts Needed Welcome guests before the weekend worship services as part of the Welcome Host Team. No experience necessary. Find out how you can get started. Todd Mazenko at tjmazenko@gmail.com or 352-630-7868

Serve With Northland Blood Drive Sunday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.; Monday, May 6, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Northland at Longwood. In March, 53 people donated 46 units, and as a result 136 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 Celebrate Recovery – Inside Facilitate CR–Inside, a Christian 12-step recovery program. Men and women facilitators are needed. Minimum commitment: twice a month. Susan Lumb at 321-297-2416 or susan.lumb@hatprogram.org Child Advocates Become a Guardian ad Litem. In an ideal situation, a child has a parent or caregiver paying attention, but for many children, there is no one. Will you give some of your time and compassion to such a child? As a GAL volunteer, a Court-Appointed Special

Advocate, you would be there to speak in the child’s best interest. Melissa Fernandez at 407-665-5386 or melissa.fernandez@gal.fl.gov Disaster Response Teams Train and prepare for serving during times of disaster and local outreach field exercises. All levels of experience are needed, from professionals to those who want to be trained. Judy Head at judy.head@ northlandchurch.net or 407-388-5798 Facilitators for Classes With Incarcerated Men Men are needed to share their faith and experience with incarcerated men. Curriculum will be provided. No experience is necessary. Training is provided. Minimum commitment, one day per week (alternating weeks). Emily Tallman at 407-949-4017 or emily. tallman@northlandchurch.net Family Advocacy Office Couples or individuals interested in making a difference in the lives of more than 900 homeless families with school-aged children in Seminole County are needed. Commitment: about 10 hours a month to help one family for a 90-day window to connect to resources within SCPS and other community resources. Training is provided. Maria Penzes at maria. penzes@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0554 Free Clinic Volunteers Needed Harvest Time International’s Medical Care Center 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 Help at Bethany Christian Services Volunteers are needed to assist with clerical and office duties and to support the exchange of pictures/letters between birth families and adoptive families. Christina at Bethany Christian Services at 407-8774006 or cmcgee@bethany.org

Mentors and Classroom Assistants Needed Mentors and classroom assistants are needed for Milwee Middle School students in Longwood. Need to be 18 years old or older and available at least one hour per week until the end of the school year. Must complete SCPS Dividend process. Buzz Vincent, Milwee Middle School at 407-746-3802 or buzz_vincent@scps.k12.fl.us The Mercy Drive Achievers Club This is an after-school program of 51 children who gather weekdays from 3:30 to 5:30 for homework help, Bible lessons, interactive learning, fellowship and fun. The club needs more volunteers to ensure that its achievers get the individual attention they need to be successful students in a community where this is desperately needed. Would you like to share in the vision of a transformed community to the greater glory of God? Check out Mercy Drive Ministries on Facebook. 407-293-7784 Pen Pals for Inmates Looking for men and women interested in corresponding with inmates in Seminole County jail. Additionally some move to prison and request a pen pal. Must follow established guidelines. Call the Jail Ministry Line for more information: 407-949-4007 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 Public Elementary School Bible Clubs Held on a weekly basis in a number of Seminole and Orange County schools (30 clubs last school year). Across the USA, 4,385 Good News Clubs were held by churches. YOU can volunteer in a school! Training and visual literature is available. See children and families come to Christ! 407896-7288 or cefcenfl@earthlink.net or go to the website: www.cefcenfl.org.

Host Families Needed for Child in Crisis Loving Christian mentors and volunteer host homes are needed to temporarily house children through our Safe Families for Children ministry. Training is provided. Background checks are required. Christina at Bethany Christian Services at 407-877-4006 or cmcgee@bethany.org

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

Jail Ministry Worship Hosts Serve during the live worship services inside the jail. Men and women are needed. No experience is necessary and training is provided. MInimum commitment: twice a month. Paula Gillon at paula.gillon@ northlandchurch.net

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 407-252-7009

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

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

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

Serve as a Worship Facilitator at the Orlando Bridge We are looking for a few good men! This position is responsible for greeting the inmates for service, handing out prayer cards and worship guides, and hosting the live feed for the Northland worship service through a ROKU box. Training is provided, and most serve one or two times per month. Paula Gillon at 904-610-5492 or paula.gillon@ northlandchurch.net

Temporarily House Children Loving Christian mentors and volunteer host homes are needed to temporarily house children through Bethany Christian Services’ Safe Families for Children ministry. Training is provided, and background checks are required. Jamie at Bethany Christian Services at 407-877-4006 or jerpenbach@ bethany.org 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 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 Be a Bridge – Connect With People of Diverse Faith Traditions See below for upcoming ways you can engage and serve with people of many faiths in our Central Florida community. Pastor Gus Davies at 407-949-4008 or gus.davies@ northlandchurch.net, or Robert Ray at 407415-8528 or Robert.Ray@nrmafla.com or Gus Davies at 407-949-4008 • Religion 101 Series — Join us for an overview of some of the major religions in Central Florida’s interfaith community. Presentations are at 7 p.m. at the Holocaust Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland.  – Tuesday, May 7 — A panel with presenters of Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Sikhism, Hinduism, Baha’i and Unitarian Universalism. info@holocaustedu.org  • Harmony House – Work with other faith traditions to build a better community.  This is Northland’s partnership with the Interfaith Council of Central Florida and Habitat for Humanity’s second “Harmony House” build. Work side by side with other faith traditions. Skills? No Skills? It makes no difference. You can make a difference in someone’s life. Robert Ray at 407-4158528 or Robert.Ray@nrmafla.com Central Florida’s Job Fair (CFEC.org) Wednesday, May 15, 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 Community Bible Study Wednesdays, starting September 4, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Community United Methodist on 17-92. Please join women from all backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge to study the books of Amos & Isaiah. Children’s program is available. New Spanish group. Fall registration is now open. Olga Lizardo at 407-415-9578 or visit Orlando. CBSclass.org


FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember May 3 to 5 in Orlando or June 7 to 9 in Lake Mary. The speakers will show you exactly how to pursue a marriage that really works through stories of their own breakthroughs and blunders. The goal is for you to leave the weekend with encouragement, hope, and practical tools to build and grow your relationship. Book through the Northland group, NORTHLANDFL, for special group rates!  Rick and Jolene Burns at rickandjolene@ outlook.com or 407-462-5130 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. Susan Lumb at 321-297-2416 or susan.lumb@ hatprogram.org Holy Land Pilgrimage Visit to Israel November 2013 – Information Meeting Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in rooms 4205. Explore the opportunity to journey to the Holy Land with Pastor’s Gus Davies and Kevin Urichko November 29 to December 12, 2013 where we will see the people, places and Bible events of our Lord’s home, come alive before our eyes. We will be inspired as we worship and partake of the Lord’s Supper together in the Garden Tomb, pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, sail across the Sea of Galilee, and visit many other holy sites. We also will visit Nazareth Baptist Church and School on a Serve Day. This is a fantastic occasion to celebrate our spiritual heritage with your family or friends. Donna Snyder at 407-421-3213 or donnaflamm@hotmail.com Love Like You Mean It Marriage Cruise February 10 to 14, 2014. Go on the only fully chartered Christian marriage cruise! This is a retreat for married couples looking for romance and rejuvenation. The cruise, hosted by FamilyLife, sails from Miami to Grand Turk Island and features Dennis and Barbara Rainey, along with fantastic speakers and Christian entertainment. Guests can look forward to refreshing words on marriage, great concerts, fun with fellow couples, and quality time with their spouses while sailing on the gorgeous Caribbean Sea. Use NORTHLAND as your group code to get the best rates! ? Rick and Jolene Burns at rickandjolene@outlook.com or 407-4625130 A Place at the Table Documentary May 10, 7 p.m., Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando. How is it possible that people in this country continue to go hungry, despite our abundance of food? A Place at the Table answers that through the lives of Americans across the country for whom putting food on the table is a daily struggle. The documentary will be shown free of charge. ? Leonard Jackson at 407-921-4420 or lwjackson@ gmail.com. Study of Genesis through Bible Study Fellowship International (BSF) BSF began in September and is providing an interdenominational, in-depth Bible study of the book of Genesis. Day and evening classes are available for women, evenings for men and there are age-appropriate

classes for children of all ages. For additional information about BSF International www. bsfinternational.org. For class details and/ or registration information: Orlando Evening Women’s Class - Gina Horton at vhorton827@aol.com; Southwest Orlando Day Women’s Class - Edie Chambers at ebie948@gmail.com; Northwest  Orlando Day Women’s Class - Mimi Certo at Mimi@ websolvers.com; Oviedo Day Women’s Class - JillRead at jillread@aol.com; Orlando Evening Men’s Class - Gary Klein at garykleinbsf@gmail.com

MEN Christian Businessmen’s Connection 7 to 8 a.m.: Tuesdays, Denny’s, Lee Road exit off Interstate 4; Wednesdays, First Watch, 249 West 436, Altamonte Springs; Thursdays, Perkins, University & Forsyth. A worldwide men’s ministry for 81 years (www.cbmc.com) that meets for fellowship, prayer and discussion of God’s principles for business. Armand Dauplaise at 407221-3114 or adauplaise@aol.com, or Larrie Kitchen at 407-462-4828, or Steve Doerr at 321-274-7072 Faithful and True Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Reformed Theological Seminary, Oviedo. Join a fellowship of men pursuing sexual integrity. Kevin Sipp at klsipp@sbcglobal. net or 407-949-4000, xt. 1862

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 Beth Moore Living Proof Event November 8 and November 9, Daytona Beach Ocean Center. Spread the word; call your girlfriends; reserve your seats now to sit with other women from Northland! The event ticket cost is $69. (Payment is required now to get this discount.) and registration: Jane Gibbons at gibbonsjane@bellsouth.net, 407-637-5443 or 828-318-5056 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 Women of Faith 2013 in Orlando Friday, September 20, 7 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, September 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Amway Center. Interested in joining other

women from our church for Women of Faith 2013 in Orlando? Join us! We have tickets so we can sit together as a group! Registration and payment due April 1. The lineup Includes: Third Day, Max Lucado, Sheila Walsh, Lisa Harper, CeCe Winans, Angie Smith and Mark Lowry. Check out the website for more information: womenoffaith.com/events/ believe-god-can-do-anything-orlando-fl/. Stephanie Marks at 407-227-7964 or stepha. marks@gmail.com 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

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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Men’s neckties and dress shirts are needed to support the dress code for participants in the Healing and Transition (HAT) Program. HAT is a program for men and women looking for life transformation following incarceration. Donated cars assist with transportation to work. Susan Lumb at 321-297-2416 or susan.lumb@hatprogram.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

Bibles are needed for the Downtown Homeless Ministry. Donate new or used Bibles at the Northland Bookstore. Dave Mullen at dmull77@yahoo.com

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

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

Looking for ministry-related jobs in Central Florida? Need to hire at your ministry?

Find and post paid positions at jobs.northlandchurch.net.

Joel C. Hunter Scholarship Offered 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 2013 award. Completed application packets must be received by Friday, May 24 for consideration. Recipients will be notified by Friday, June 21. The Respond newspaper will provide bios of this year’s scholarship recipients in an upcoming issue. At your request, an application will be emailed to you that will provide you with all the details. To receive your application, email or call the church office. Stephen Thomas at stephen.thomas@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7185 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

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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 Dale Burket. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1809 dale.burket@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 Felipe Santos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7168 felipe.santos@northlandchurch.net Tim Wright. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1804 tim.wright@northlandchurch.net

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. Stay informed about his involvement with current events at www.pastorjoelhunter.com.

ACCESS MINISTRIES We have programs and services for individuals with disabilities. Find out more at northlandchurch.net/blogs/category/ access_ministries/. Heather Subbert at heather.subbert@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1828

DISTRIBUTED SITES

WHOM DO I CONTACT IF:

MOUNT DORA SITE The Seventh-Day Adventist Church. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 a.m. 18440 Highway 441, Mount Dora, FL 32757 The church is on the south side of Highway 441. Look for the “Northland” sign. Northland at Mount Dora HUB 17943 U.S. Highway 441, Mount Dora, FL 32757 Facebook.com . . . . www.facebook.com/northlandmountdora General Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Jeff Bell, Site Minister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7184 or jeff.bell@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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4002 or elaine.harland@northlandchurch.net

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

HOUSE CHURCHES Even though Northland is what could be called a “megachurch,” we are committed to helping others do church on as small a scale as a few people in a home. That means we want to bring resources and encouragement, and training for ministry to people where they live, and work and play. The house church allows that to happen anywhere in the world. Visit northlandchurch.net/housechurch for an introductory video from Dr. Hunter which will help you learn more about starting a house church. For more videos on how to build a simple church, so that you can effectively gather with others to transform your community, visit www. doingchurchsimply.com.

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 Ocoee, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 9 a.m. Marty McCoy: mmccoy@kostoandrotella.com or 407-733-5989 Ponce Inlet, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 9 a.m. Joe and Donna Leonardo: josephleonardo@sprintmail.com or 386-236-8871 Salisbury, NC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 4:30 p.m. Laurie and Tim Klaus: pianolauriek@yahoo.com or 704-636-5966 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 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? Rebecca Lang. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1807 volunteer@northlandchurch.net I want to get involved in a serve project? Judy Head. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-388-5798 or judy.head@northlandchurch.net; or visit northlandchurch.net/serve I am getting married? Sharon Ferreira . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net I need to plan a funeral? Sharon Ferreira . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net I want to learn more about your Spanish Ministry? Quiero aprender más acerca de su Ministerio en Español. Ivan Portillo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 or ivan.portillo@northlandchurch.net Lider Dr. Laura Capizzano. . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1824 or laura.capizzano@northlandchurch.net Ministro Mike Fernandez. . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1753 I have a special needs child or if I have special needs? Heather Subbert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1828 or heather.subbert@northlandchurch.net I am facing an unforeseen/unexpected financial crisis and need guidance and resources? LifeHope Info Line. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7151 Visit us online to submit an application: northlandchurch.net/lifehope Computer’s available in care center Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. I need information on jail/prison transition ministries? Paula Gillon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 904-610-5492 or paula.gillon@northlandchurch.net I need the Resource Advocate or FAO (Family Advocacy Office)? Maria Penzes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-0554 or maria.penzes@northlandchurch.net


Worship Guide-Respond 19, 2013