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Baptism Celebration


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Acts 10:46-48 (ESV)

Devotional Thought

Then Peter declared, “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.

This weekend as a church family we are celebrating the sacrament of baptism—an outward sign of the inward reality of what God has done in our lives. As we’ve seen in the Book of Acts, baptism has played an important role throughout the ages. In Acts 2, Peter instructed his hearers, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (v. 38). In Acts 8, Philip baptized the Ethiopian eunuch when he came to faith (v. 36-38). In Acts 10:47-48, Peter ordered that believing Gentiles be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Today, baptism continues to serve as a public proclamation of a person’s union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.

Romans 6:3-4 (ESV) Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Worship Focus

Worship God today for His Holy Spirit that lives in us as a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of His glory.

Baptism is a time of celebration. Theologian Wayne Grudem writes: “The amazing truths of passing through the waters of judgment safely, of dying and rising with Christ, and of having our sins washed away, are truths of momentous and eternal proportion and are to be an occasion for giving great glory and praise to God.” Have you been baptized? If so, reflect on its significance in your faith journey. If not, consider taking this important step. What does it mean to identify with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection? How does it shape your view of yourself—and your role as a disciple?

Prayer We thank you, O God, for our baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection. In the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters. … In the time of Noah, you destroyed evil in the water of the flood, and by your saving ark you gave a new beginning. In the night of trouble you led Israel through the sea. … In the water of the Jordan, our Lord was baptized. … In the baptism of Christ’s death and resurrection, you have set us free from sin and death and opened up the way to eternal life. May Christ, who sank deep into death and was raised Lord of life, keep us in the grip of his hand. May your Spirit separate us from sin and mark us with a faith that can stand the light of day and endure the dark of night. To you be all honor and glory, dominion and power, now and forever, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (The Worship Sourcebook)

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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)


— 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)


— 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.


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.


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

We believe that as we respond to God together we will be transformed into the image of Christ.

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

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¿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)

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In these very late days

We regularly say: “We proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” In our primitiveness, we do not doubt your coming, soon, powerfully, decisively. In our settledness, your coming is not too urgent or real, because we are venously entitled, privileged, protected, gated. In our rationality, the “until” of your coming makes little sense to us, so we mumble and hope no one notices. In these last days, In these latter days, In these final days, In these very late days, We draw closer to your promised “until.” we draw closer in fear, in hope, in gladness, in dread. So we do proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes, until he comes in peace against all our violence; until he comes in generosity midst all our parsimony; until he comes in food midst all our hunger; until he comes in community midst all our alienation We are your faithful hopers, distracted by despair, but hoping, distracted by affluence, but hoping, distracted by sophistication, but hoping. Come soon, come Lord Jesus, come soon while we face afresh your death, until you come soon and again ... again and soon.

– Excerpted from Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth, by Walter Brueggemann





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The Helped Become the Helpers Celebrate Recovery brings hope across the globe. BY LAURIE JEAN HARRINGTON


t’s been a long journey since 1999, when I first went on the mission trip to the northeast of Scotland. I still could not believe what I was about to do. God had transformed my life from a wreck whose life was dictated by alcohol addiction to a joyful, sober woman’s addiction facilitator. I was changed for a mission and given a purpose: to bring my message of hope to heroin addicts across the globe. Our first several trips to this area were 12-step outreachoriented trips, and we had established relationships with several churches in that region and worked with Sunnybrae, a Teen Challenge facility for heroin addicts. Then, in 2011, the helped became the helpers. Celebrate Recovery at Northland began taking its team of transformed lives to bring the message of hope to those with hurts, hang-ups and habits in that region. This is the third year that Sunnybrae has invited Celebrate Recovery at Northland to return with its message and to help Sunnybrae’s residents learn about the healing that comes from support groups. The message we brought in the form of our Celebrate Recovery curriculum was eagerly received and accepted with great hunger for more. We taught our Celebrate Recovery lessons each day and showed the men how to maintain their sobriety, with support groups, when they graduate from the program. Some of the men told us that they got more out of just one of our sessions than they had in months they had been in the TC program. All of our lessons are based on Scripture and teach practical application of the Bible to help others find freedom from their hurts, hang-ups and habits. The healing work of support groups was new to most of the people in that region, so we taught them how to start their own support groups when they graduate from the program.

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16 (NIV) In the afternoons, we went out in the Teen Challenge Outreach bus, and it would set up in various villages in that region, making itself available for the addicts to come in and seek help. You see, the drug trade is the modern-day slave trade – so many there are slaves to drugs and have lost all of their sense of freedom. Many end up on the streets. One day

we were prayer walking in Aberdeen. I had asked why the lighting in the public bathrooms was so strange. I was told it was ultraviolet light so when addicts go into the bathrooms, they can’t find their veins. The problem is so huge that the public bathrooms are operated to that extreme. Each year we return, we continue to build relationships. A church in Fraserburgh is forming its own leadership team to start the Celebrate Program ministry. I maintain friendships through Facebook with men who have graduated from the program. It is really cool to encourage them in

their recovery. The graduates are going on to get jobs and become responsible members of society, and are becoming the helped who are now helping others. Most of them go on mission trips, and some have gone to other Teen Challenge facilities to help change lives there, just as their lives have been changed.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) If you are struggling with any sort of hurt, hang-up or habit, you too can find freedom. Celebrate Recovery meets every Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the sanctuary. There is no charge to attend, and no need to sign up. Just come. What have you got to lose?



id you know that 50 percent of people in major cities live in apartments, that 95 percent of them don’t attend church, and that 50 percent don’t have any friends in their community? Apartment Life desires to be the change within apartment communities and exists to foster environments where apartment residents can build quality relationships with their neighbors through a renewed focus on community. Want to live a life that changes a community? Do you enjoy party planning? Has anyone ever told you that you are the life of the party?  Three Northland couples are currently serving in this ministry. Now, Apartment Life is looking to add to its CARES team, and is looking for a family, a married couple or two single adults who want to serve as urban missionaries in our local apartment communities. Build relationships, love your neighbors, and plan parties while impacting the Kingdom. Also, Local Serve teams are being formed to support the parties, events and activities at each of the complexes. Many folks are needed to bring the church to the people. FInd out more at the SERVE site. View all the opportunities at

To register for or find out more about this opportunity, visit Brittani Doss at brittani.doss@

Servant Leader of the Month Disaster Response


oug Wohr is an amazing servant leader and does anything we ask him to do. You can find him washing and waxing the Disaster Response vehicles, helping with the maintenance of the mobile kitchen, working with seniors and deploying on multiple disaster missions, and he’s trained to be one of our CPR instructors. Thank you, Doug!

Disaster Response


wenty-eight participants from Northland’s Disaster Response team attended a three-hour American Heart Association CPR with AED adult, child and infant training session July 13. Northland Disaster Response team members Greg Kerr, Mike Peoples, Vicki Whited, Jenny Brodnax, Doug Woehr and Judy Head were the trainers. In the future, they hope to train all Northland ministry members, staff members and congregation members in CPR. Want to know more about the Disaster Response team? Join the team for its monthly meetings; the next one is August 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Judy Head at or 407-388-5798

Help Students in Need W

e’re partnering with Seminole County Public Schools to provide school supplies to students who can’t afford them. What do you need to do? Simply drop off basic school supplies (listed below) at Northland the weekend of August 24 through 26. All donations will go toward A Gift for Teaching—Seminole, a free teacher store providing supplies for children in need. Thank you for living generously! Supplies Needed: Crayons (24-pack) Pencil packs Loose-leaf paper Colored pencils (12-pack) Pink block erasers

Pocket folders Glue sticks Rulers Markers (8- or 10-pack) Composition notebooks

Judy Head at or 407-388-5798

Local Serve Opportunities


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. August 3-5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Red Bag Collection August 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harvest Time International August 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . Downtown Homeless Ministry August 24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pathways to Care To register for or find out more about these serve projects, visit Judy Head at or 407-388-5798



VOLUNTEER at Northland Right Place, Right Time God uses bookstore ministry volunteers to touch lives. BY JAMES LI AND REBECCA LANG

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” – Acts 2:42 (NIV)


y friend John used to say to me, “If it’s free, it’s for me. If I have to pay, take it away!” All the food and prizes were donated for the Northland Volunteer Breakfast! Hundreds of volunteers were in attendance, having fun and listening to Pastor Joel encourage and thank them for being the “muscle” of this church. The hour-anda-half breakfast ended at 10 a.m. sharp, and after a quick request to put chairs and tables away, The Rink auditorium was clear in seven minutes! Wow! That’s volunteer muscle! An area where you might not think you need some muscle is in the Northland Bookstore. Let’s exercise the brain for a moment and meet Northland Bookstore Manager Donna Kees.

people. After moving, we have found that it’s now more intimate, and people can linger, read, talk and get to know people. In fact, the other day, one of our volunteers had just the right words from God to say to another lady, as she was going through a similar situation. The right volunteer was in the right place. Northland: What kinds of resources are available in the bookstore? Donna: Bibles. Primarily we want to get Scripture in people’s hands. We also have reference material, pamphlets on topics that are easy to understand, parenting books, teen books, and books on Christian living and how to live your daily life. Sometimes people just stop in and ask me, “What are you reading?” People are hungry for how to live this life. We also have a great kids section!

Northland: Supplying someone with a Bible must be a pretty big deal and quite encouraging. Do you have any interesting stories? Donna: A lady recently bought two Bibles Donna (r) and her daughter Katie. Northland: Donna how and when did and shared that she would love to give you become involved with the bookstore? these to the next people who need a Bible. She purchased Donna: I got involved about 15 years ago when my daughter them and left them with us. The next Sunday, Pastor Joel Katie was 2 or 3 years old. The bookstore manager at the had an altar call, and a couple in their 60s walked up who time, Steve Bruton, recruited me to help, and I volunteered hadn’t picked up a Bible since grade school. The man and even worked a little part time. Later I was employed picks one he likes and says, “Wow, what a great Bible.” The by the public school system as a teachers’ assistant in PE Bible he picked out was the very translation with special and in SLD for first through fifth grade, but still continued to large print that the lady had purchased. I told the couple, volunteer at the bookstore. I was not a big fan of the heat “Someone specifically purchased this Bible for you.” God with PE, so when an opportunity arose to be more involved connects the right things to the right people. in the bookstore again, I worked full time and eventually became the manager. Northland: You have some amazing congregants helping volunteer in the bookstore. What opportunities are Northland: The bookstore recently moved from the Hub available currently? area to the front Welcome Desk area. How has this Donna: We need help with social media and emails, a runner impacted your ministry? for LifeWay products, help with returns, [help managing] Donna: This is a ministry that is a resource center, [rather consignments and house charges, and normal daily duties to than] a retail storefront. We meet people, talk and pray with be fulfilled on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Volunteer Opportunities! Bookstore resource associate: Make resourcing the congregation part of your weekend service plans. We are in need of volunteers to help out before and after weekend services, especially Sunday and Monday nights. Donna Duckhorn at donna.duckhorn@ or 407-949-7199 Bookstore operations associate: We could use some help with our day-to-day operations. Volunteer opportunities include handling returns and restocking shelves, managing house charges, assisting with social media and email communication, and going to LifeWay for equipping materials. Donna Duckhorn at donna. or 407-949-7199 Discipleship group leader: We are seeking individuals with a desire to deepen their relationship with God while bringing high school students along. Serve as a small group leader for our high school students. Training and the curriculum are provided. Must commit for the school year. An application, references and a background check must be completed. Shaylynn Stoner at or 407949-7194, or stop by the Hub after service the weekend of August 3 through 5. College ministry mentors: Many of our college students have expressed an interest in having a mentor. We need your help in filling these mentor roles. If you are passionate about walking alongside a college student, mentoring him or her in this season of the student’s life, sign up today! Rebecca Lang at or 407-937-1807 College ministry small group leaders: Our college ministry is growing, and so is the need for small group leaders. If you have a heart for leading college students and helping them stay connected during this season of their lives, we need you! We will provide training and guidance. Rebecca Lang at volunteer@ or 407-937-1807 Teachers for 3-year-olds to 5th-graders: Help children discover who God is and what He has done. Training and materials will be provided. Debbie Blahnik at or 407949-7162 Children’s Church check-in kiosk workers: Greet and check in the children when they arrive for church. Debbie Blahnik at or 407-949-7162

“And the winner is …”

A full house of Volunteer muscle! •

STUDENT MINISTRIES MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRY To register for any of these activities and for more detailed info, visit Shaylynn Stoner at 407-949-7194 or LUGRox Middle School Youth Group Saturdays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., starting August 24. LUGrox is an evening full of high energy, high impact and just plain fun! You’ll find thrilling games, solid teaching, rockin’ worship and friendconnecting small groups. Optional dinner (two slices of pizza, chips and lemonade) is available for $3. Register by completing the profile, linked at the top of the middleschool. 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.

HIGH SCHOOL MINISTRY To register for any of these activities and for more detailed info, visit Shaylynn Stoner at 407-949-7194 or I AM THIRD Wednesdays, starting August 28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink. 9th- to 12th-graders are invited to an evening of large group discipleship, worship and community. There is food available for purchase from 6:30 to 7 p.m., with the program kicking off at 7 p.m. First-time attendees are encouraged to complete the high school profile at before attending. 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).


Mark Your Calendar!

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.

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August 24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LUGRox Kick-Off Party

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@

August 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Family Food Truck Night August 16-18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doulos Retreat (High School Servant Leader Retreat) August 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Communion and Commissioning (High School Servant Leaders)

August 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IAMTHIRD Kick-Off Party September 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LUGRox Olympics


Northland Early Learning Center

Debbie Blahnik, director of Children’s Ministries, at 407-949-7162 or • 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 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 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@

Volunteers of the Month: Cutting Crew We have a group of volunteers who work behind the scenes and come faithfully twice a month to assist in cutting out the crafts for Children’s Ministries. We recognize them for the love they show to one another as well as their commitment in serving our children. We are so honored by their dedication to this ministry and their heart for serving. 

Why did you make that? We learned in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Then God said, “Let there be light,” God saw it was good and He was right. 

Mark Your Calendar! Baptism Weekend Celebration! At all worship services August 17-19, all children in grades 1-5 will be worshiping in the sanctuary with their families for a special worship service that includes baptisms for all ages. You won’t want to miss it! Regular classes will be offered for children 6 weeks old through Kindergarten only.

Family Fall Festival Friday, October 18. Volunteers are needed. Sign up today. Michelle Filippelli at michelle.filippelli@northlandchurch. net or 407-937-1770.

VOLUNTEER WITH THE CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES. You can do this! Learn more and find an application at ministry/childrens_church.



WAYS TO RESPOND Baptisms Adult Baptisms Sunday, September 8, 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@ Baptism Weekend Celebration Saturday, August 17 through Monday, August 19, during all worship services! The entire Northland family is coming together for a BIG, churchwide baptism service! If you’ve never been baptized before, or you’ve recommitted your life to following Christ and want to make a public statement of that through baptism ... now’s the time to take this step of obedience to Jesus’ command in Matthew 28. Sign up today, and invite your friends and family to celebrate with you! Register at Sarah Mattingly at sarah.mattingly@ 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@ or 407-949-7188 Infant Baptism/Dedication Class Saturday, September 21, 7 p.m., room 4206. Child care is available upon request. Diane Jones at 407-949-7188 or

Bible Studies ADULTS Belonging to a Family of Families — First Principle Series Sundays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Nature’s Table Café. Strengthen your discipleship as we study the first principles of community life. This study uses reading, personal reflection, group interaction and serving projects as we systematically learn biblical principles. The book is available at the Northland Bookstore for $6.99. Barbara Olsen at barbara. or 407-949-7183 Deep in Spirit, Shallow in the Word Sundays, October 27 to December 8, 9:40 to 10:45 a.m., rooms 4216-4218. Within seven weeks, this class will review the unfolding story of the entire Bible, so you’ll have a perspective for further study. The study is based on Max Anders’ book 30 Days to Understanding the Bible. Register at classes. The book is available for $10.25 at the Northland Bookstore. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@ David McLaughlin at or 407-7975463, or Paul DePalma at pdepalma01@ or 407-786-0687 Ephesians Sundays, starting August 11, 9 to 10:30 a.m., rooms 4206-07. Join us for a Bible study on the book of Ephesians led by Dr. Dan Lacich. Barb Olsen at barbara. or 407-949-7183

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

Evening Prayer Group Thursdays, 6 to 7 p.m., prayer room. Elaine Harland at 407-949-4002 or Firm Foundations Sundays, starting September 22, 10:45 a.m., room 4209. Study the Bible chronologically for one year to understand God’s overarching plan from creation to Christ. This class is 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. The study guide is available in the Northland Bookstore. Register at For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@ Mike Sheffey at Letters of Paul Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 2211, Administration Wing. Study the teachings of Paul chronologically, with an eye from history. The group study will approach this topic from the 40,000-foot level, with contextual history in mind, delving deep into the Word. Robert Johnson at 407-937-1765 or robert. Luke (The Life and Times of Jesus) Sundays, 10:45 a.m., rooms 4206-07. Come early for refreshments, and make new friends. Investigate Luke’s historical documentation of events that surround the life and teaching of Jesus. Hosted by John and Carolyn Jones. Taught by Dr. Wayne Lukens. Wayne Lukens at or 407-3654735 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@ Tim and Michelle Kutcher at

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@

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

WOMEN The Inheritance, by Beth Moore Summer Bible study begins soon! Join us for five life-changing weeks with dynamic videos and no homework. Workbook available in the Northland bookstore for $7. Choose one of two times: • Mondays, through August 12, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Limited space. Child care is available with reservations; contact Laura Pinckard at Cherrie Rowe at 407-322-6850, or Anne Sullivan at 407-332-8318 or • Tuesdays, through August 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Limited space. Child care is available with reservations; contact Laura Pinckard at Cherrie Rowe at 407-322-6850, or Marlene Ross at 407-833-0094 or The Patriarchs, by Beth Moore Ever wonder what Old Testament people have in common with us? The answer is, everything! Join them in this 11-week study as they encounter the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Workbooks are available in the Northland Bookstore for $16.95. Choose from two times: • Mondays, September 9 through November 18, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Space is limited. Child care is available with a reservation; contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@ Cherrie Rowe at 407-322-6850, or Anne Sullivan at 407332-8318 or • Tuesdays, September 10 through November 19, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Space is limited. Child care is available with a reservation; contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@ Cherrie Rowe at 407-322-6850, or Marlene Ross at 407833-0094 or

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@ or 407-599-3132

Classes & Training

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 or 407923-5115


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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. Judy Tillman at 407 760 8666 or judytillmann@cfl.

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@ or 407-949-4039 • Online: Anytime at 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 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 or 407-620-5454 Financial Peace University  Sundays, August 25 to October 27, 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Join us for this awesome 13-week study by Dave Ramsey, which, in a biblical and entertaining way everyone can understand, will provide you with the nuts and bolts of how to manage money, eliminate debt, and live on a budget! The Participant’s Kit is in the Northland bookstore for $49 while supplies last. Val Brown at Love and Respect Wednesdays, October 9 through November 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in rooms 4213-15. This six-week “Building Blocks” DVD series features five key principles of Emerson Eggerichs’ Love and Respect conference. Each session provides an opportunity for couples to go deeper into life-changing principles: Pink and Blue – Not Wrong, Just Different; Hollywood or Holy Word?; Not Communication, but Mutual Understanding; and My Response Is My Responsibility. The cost: $20 per couple for the Love and Respect class, which includes the workbooks. Register at northlandchurch. net/classes. Rick and Jolene Burns at 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 Marriage_Prep_Course. A paper application is available at the Northland Bookstore. Chris Kingsley at 407-949-7193 Sacred Marriage  Wednesdays, August 14 through 28, 7-8:45 p.m., rooms 4206-07. What if God’s primary intent for your marriage isn’t to make you happy, but holy? Your marriage is more than

a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust Him more fully and love Him more deeply. Whether your marriage is delightful or difficult, it can become a doorway to a closer walk with God. This three-week study may very well alter profoundly the contours of your marriage. It most certainly will change you. The workbook is available at the Northland Bookstore for $7.50. Register at Rick and Jolene Burns at or 407-462-5130 Stephen Ministry Training Thursdays, starting August 15, call for time and location. Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation and other difficulties.If you’re a mature leader and are called to walk alongside, one to one in this Pastoral Care ministry, contact Elaine Harland-Colter at or 407949-4002 for an application and interview. The Truth Project, by Focus on the Family Sundays, August 18 through November 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., room 4204. Join us for 13 one-hour life-changing sessions taught by Dr. Del Tackett as we learn together to look at various aspects of living life from a biblical perspective. Learn ways God continues to call ordinary people like us to make an eternal difference in our world! Register at Chris and Teri Toadvine at toadvines@

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 • STEP 1—BECOMING A PART OF GOD’S FAMILY: TBD Focus: Salvation and assurance. Includes Communion instruction. • STEP 2—THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: Sundays, through 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.

Groups CARE GROUPS ADULTS Alcoholics Anonymous Tuesdays, 7 to 8 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. Frank Turner at 407-599-9770

Al-Anon Support Group Tuesdays, 7 to 8 p.m., room 5209. Alcoholism affects families, and can affect our emotional well-being, for better or worse. Problem drinking can make life extremely difficult for the 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 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. Jeff Reinking at 407-790-4099 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. Laurie Jean Harrington at celebraterecovery@ or 407-927-4393 Children of Elderly Parents Support Group First Thursday of every month starting, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Longwood Health Care Center, 5120 S. Grant St., Longwood. This support group is to encourage children who are or will be providing care for elderly parents. Bob Keiderling at bob.keiderling@northlandchurch. net or 407-937-1789 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. His Way, Frank Turner at 407-599-9770 GriefShare Call for time and location. New session to begin August 12. 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 GriefShare voiceline at 407-949-7152 or Divorce Recovery Tuesdays, call for time and location. New session to begin September 3. 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. 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@ 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 available. Rich Arndt at 407-221-8955 or Support for the Separated Tuesdays, call for time and location. New session to begin September 3. 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

MEN Faithful and True Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. Join a fellowship of men pursuing sexual integrity. Workbook cost: $17 at Northland’s bookstore. Bryce Hagedorn at 407227-3072 or; or Kevin Urichko at 407-949-7166 or kevin.

WOMEN BCAUSE—Breast Cancer Survival Any woman touched by breast cancer desiring prayer, fellowship, information and/or encouragement, contact Susan Diener-Blando at 407-488-5941 or 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 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

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 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

PRAYER GROUPS Children’s Ministries Prayer Team Pray weekly from your home for needs in Children’s Ministries. Carol Moss at carol. or 407-949-7180


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 Adoption/Foster Care Ministry Meeting Third Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m., room 4213. Are you interested or experienced in adoption or foster care? This group provides information, community and enrichment. Also, meet the ministry leaders in The HUB July 6 to 8 after worship services. Child care is available; contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@northlandchurch. net. Shaylynn Stoner at 407-949-7194 or Arabic-speaking Community Sundays, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., room 4213. Join in for worship, prayer, fellowship and a cup of coffee. Mamdouh Nasr at 407385-5772 or 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 Susan Lapp at commonground@ 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., Foyer by Information Desk. This group is for those who knit (or crochet) or want to learn how to knit. Knit and Chat is intended for fellowship while sharing the joy of knitting. Contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@ for child care for children 10 and under. Nitza at milliesnow009@ 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. Alexis Krogman at Moms4Moms: The Next Chapter Last Sunday of the month, 6 to 8 p.m., room 1117, Student Ministries and Care Center. Join in and discuss many books that will help navigate the winding road of parenthood. Book list: August 25, Age of Opportunity, by Paul David Tripp; September 29, Forgotten God, by Francis Chan; October 27, Unglued, by Lysa Terkeurst; November 24, The Circle Maker, by Mark Batterson. Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@

10 Motorcycle Group Saturday, August 24, 9:30 a.m., call for start location. Join us for this fun, fellowship and scenic ride through the rolling hills of Lake County. 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 or Peter Grace at 407575-1360 or Single Purpose (Singles age 30 and up) Second and fourth Sunday of each month, 3 p.m., rooms 4206-07. Join the Single Purpose ministry for a covered dish dinner and activity August 11. Bring a food dish of your choice, and join them for fellowship and fun. Also, join them August 25 as they review evangelism and how to reach those who do not know Jesus and His love., Sue at 407-314-5817 or, or Teri at or 407-4703431 Spanish Ministry - Monthly Gathering Third Friday of each month, 7 p.m., Fellowship Hall. Bring a dish to share and any Spanish-speaking family and friends. Child care is available. Dr. Laura Capizzano at laura.capizzano@ or 407-937-1824 Ministerio Hispano - Reunion Mensual Nos reunimos el tercer viernes de cada mes, 7 p.m., Fellowhip Hall. Traiga un plato para compartir y traiga su familia y amigos que hablan español. Cuidado de niños está disponible. Dr. Laura Capizzano at laura. 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. Dr. Laura Capizzano at laura.capizzano@ 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 northlandespanol. Dr. Laura Capizzano at 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.

Serve at Northland For additional ways to serve at Northland, visit 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@ 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@ or 407-949-7162 Communion Servers Communion servers are needed the first weekend of each month. Training provided. Karen Hayes at communion@ 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 Medical First Responders During worship services and special events. BLS-trained or medical professionals, especially EMTs, are needed. Lori Holton at 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 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@ or 407-272-9111 Phone Assistance Weekday volunteers are needed to answer phones and greet visitors. Flexible hours. Lori Holton at lori.holton@ or 407-949-4000 Special Needs Children and Teens Sundays, assist during the 11 a.m. worship service. Heather Subbert at 407-9371828 or Ushers and Greeters Greet and seat those attending worship services. No experience necessary. Lori Holton at or 407-949-4000

Serve With Northland Blood Drive Sunday, August 4, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.; Monday, August 5, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Northland at Longwood. In July, 51 people donated 38 units, and as a result 113 lives were saved. To reduce your waiting time, you may schedule a time slot at www. Ruth Sapp at ruth. or 407-949-4039 Celebrate Recovery – Inside Co-facilitate weekly classes in the Seminole County jail. A workbook, a DVD and materials are available. Must have one or more years of recovery. Minimum commitment: twice

a month. Paula Gillon at paula.gillon@ 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 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@ or 407-388-5798 Co-facilitate Classes in the Jail Men, women or couples are needed to share their faith and knowledge with Seminole County inmates who desire a change in their lives. Training and workbooks are provided. Thisis a twice-a-month commitment. Susan Lumb at 321-297-2416 or susan.lumb@ 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. 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@ 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 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. Maria Penzes at 407937-0554 or Live Worship With Inmates Servant leaders are needed to attend worship in the jail and connect with the inmates. Opportunities exist at all worship service times. No experience is necessary. Paula Gillon at 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

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@ 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 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 PetPals Saturdays, except the fifth Saturday of the month. Share your pets with people in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, etc. Becky Yeager at 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 or go to the website: 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 or 407-327-1474 Reading and Math Buddies Mondays through Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Goldsboro Elementary School. Help make a difference for a child struggling with reading or math by volunteering one hour a week. Rebekah_richey@scps.k12. or 407-252-7009 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@ 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@

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 Find other ways to serve in your community at 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@, or Robert Ray at 407415-8528 or • 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 Central Florida’s Job Fair ( Wednesday, July 10, noon to 4 p.m., Central Florida Fairgrounds & Exposition Park, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Visit 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 Community Bible Study Wednesdays, 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 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 Seeking men and women who can walk alongside men and women in the process of changing and building a Christ-centered life. No experience is needed. We will train; just bring your heart for serving others. Servant leaders are needed inside and outside the jail. Susan Lumb at 321-297-2416, susan. or susan.lumb@

Holy Land Pilgrimage Visit to Israel Informational meeting: August 7, 6:30 to 9 p.m., rooms 4206-7. 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 407421-3213 or; Gus Davies at 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 or 407-4625130 Study of Matthew through Bible Study Fellowship International (BSF) BSF begins September 9 and is providing an interdenominational, in-depth Bible study of the book of Matthew. 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. For class details and/ or registration information: Orlando Evening Women’s Class - Gina Horton at; Southwest Orlando Day Women’s Class - Edie Chambers at; Northwest  Orlando Day Women’s Class - Mimi Certo at Mimi@; Oviedo Day Women’s Class - Jill Read at; Orlando Evening Men’s Class - Gary Klein at

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 ( that meets for fellowship, prayer and discussion of God’s principles for business. Armand Dauplaise at 407221-3114 or, or Larrie Kitchen at 407-462-4828, or Steve Doerr at 321-274-7072 Faithful and True Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m., Reformed Theological Seminary, Oviedo. Join a fellowship of men pursuing sexual integrity. Josh Bales at 407-949-4000, xt. 1703 The Larger Story Boot Camp Thursday, October 3, 8 p.m. to Sunday, October 6, Young Life’s Southwind camp. Join this four-day quest to recover your masculine soul and discover your role in The Larger Story, based on John Eldredge’s book Wild at Heart. The cost is $185. You

can find more information, as well as register, at Kirk Solberg at or 321-2776801

PARENTS NearHim Home Educators Supports and encourages families that God has called to teach their children at home. 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 or 407-322-6850

WOMEN 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@ or 386-753-9376 Workplace Ministry First Tuesday of each month, 5:30 p.m., Orlando. J4 Leaders (, an interdenominational ministry for women to help encourage one another to succeed with a biblical worldview. Pam Oldham at or 407-522-4797


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. 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. Rita Divver at 407-920-3907 or 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. or 407-937-0541 Vehicles Needed at LifeHope. Many families working with the LifeHope ministry are able to obtain a job and begin the process of getting back on their feet, but transportation becomes a barrier. Vehicles must be safe and in good working condition. Bud Abt at 407-415-0036 or bud.abt@northlandchurch. net to donate your vehicle Men’s casual clothes, backpacks, blankets, tennis shoes and hygienic supplies, are needed by Downtown Homeless ministry at St. George’s Orthodox Church, a ministry to the homeless in Orlando. Dave Mullen at 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

Bed sheets, pillowcases and other items are needed at Safehouse of Seminole for battered women and their children. Complete needs list at or 407302-5220 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 Bibles are needed for the Downtown Homeless Ministry. Donate new or used Bibles at the Northland Bookstore. Dave Mullen at Looking for ministry-related jobs in Central Florida? Need to hire at your ministry?

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

GOVERNING ELDERS Thom Willis, Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Owusu Amaning, Vice Chairman. . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1797 Marcus Mennenga, Secretary-Treasurer. . . . . . . 407-949-7169 Dale Burket. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1809 Fred Franz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1766 Danny Gordon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1763 Dan Hardaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Felipe Santos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7168 Tim Wright. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1804

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 Stay informed about his involvement with current events at

ACCESS MINISTRIES We have programs and services for individuals with disabilities. Find out more at access_ministries/. Heather Subbert at or 407-937-1828



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 . . . . General Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Jeff Bell, Site Minister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7184 or

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. . . . . . . . . . . Facebook. . . . . . . . . . . . . General Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Jeremy Jobson, Site Minister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-929-3053 or

I am interested in a Care Ministry? Elaine Harland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4002 or

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

I want to become a member? Ruth Sapp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4039 or I have accepted Christ into my heart and wish to be baptized? Sharon Ferreira (adult/student) . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or Diane Jones (infants–grade school). . . . . 407-949-7188 or I need information on Student Ministries? Shaylynn Stoner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .407-949-7194 or

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 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.

Crystal River, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturdays, 5 p.m. Tom and Alice Austin: or 352-270-8764 DeLand, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 11 a.m. Jeff and Cindy Reinertsen: or 386-736-9746 Naples, FL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sam Lewis: or 407-310-1719 Marco Island, FL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sam Lewis: or 407-310-1719 Ocoee, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 9 a.m. Marty McCoy: or 407-733-5989 Ponce Inlet, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 9 a.m. Joe and Donna Leonardo: or 386-236-8871 Salisbury, NC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 4:30 p.m. Laurie and Tim Klaus: or 704-636-5966 Tyngsboro, MA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 11 a.m. Debbie Miller: or 978-649-6115 Utica, NY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 11 a.m. Terri McDowell: or 845-332-6762 Venice, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 5 p.m. Ron and Marcy Burth: or 941-493-6965

I need information about Children’s Ministries? Debbie Blahnik. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .407-949-7162 or I am interested in Distributed Journeys? Patti Harshey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-0573 or; or visit I want to help at Northland? Rebecca Lang. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1807 I want to get involved in a serve project? Judy Head. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-388-5798 or; or visit I am getting married? Sharon Ferreira . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or I need to plan a funeral? Sharon Ferreira . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or I want to learn more about your Spanish Ministry? Quiero aprender más acerca de su Ministerio en Español. Ivan Portillo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 or Lider Dr. Laura Capizzano. . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1824 or Ministro Mike Fernandez. . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1753 I have a special needs child or if I have special needs? Heather Subbert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1828 or 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: 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 I need the Resource Advocate or FAO (Family Advocacy Office)? Maria Penzes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-0554 or

Worship Guide-Respond 33, 2013  
Worship Guide-Respond 33, 2013