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NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED — SEPTEMBER 15-17, 2012

NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED Gathering for worship at sites in Central Florida, online and around the world. LONGWOOD AND ONLINE: Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m.; Monday at 7 p.m. MOUNT DORA: Sunday at 10 a.m. | OVIEDO: Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

STUDENT MINISTRIES

WELCOME! We’re so glad you’re gathering to worship God today! 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 growing in Him. Join us!

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.

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Address______________________________________________________________________________________

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

northlandchurch.net/middleschool

northlandchurch.net/ministry/childrens_church/

MIDDLE SCHOOL

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • L  UGRox Saturdays, beginning August 25, 6:30 p.m., The Rink, SMCC.

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • K  inect (Middle and High School) Wednesdays, starting August 22, 6 to 8 p.m.

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • Evolve Sundays, during 11 a.m. service. • Axis Sundays, 6 to 8 p.m., RTS, Student Lounge.

HIGH SCHOOL northlandchurch.net/highschool

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

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

Name(s)_____________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

E-mail_______________________________________________________________________________________

Participate & Connect:

Which site are you attending?  [ ] Longwood [ ] Mount Dora [ ] Oviedo [ ] Other__________________________ 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 participate in God’s works.

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

• I Am Third Wednesdays, beginning August 29, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., various locations (see website for details). • Servant Leadership Ministry We offer servant leadership training and opportunities to serve for 9thgraders (setup crew), 10th- to 12th-graders (LUGRox captains) and college students (small group leaders and work crews). NOTE: Setup Crew, your first week of service is August 25 at 4:30 p.m. See the website for details.

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

Children’s Church during all worship services: • Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5) • Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten) • Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2) • Children with Special Needs (Age 3 – Grade 5)

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS Children’s Church during 10 a.m. worship services: • Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5) • Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten) • Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2)

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS Children’s Church during 9 and 11 a.m. worship services: • Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5) • Early Childhood Classes (Age 2 – Kindergarten) • Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2)

ADULT MINISTRIES There are limitless opportunities to grow in God and connect with others! Find current classes, service projects, studies and more in this month’s issue of Respond or at northlandchurch.net.

• K  inect (Middle and High School) Wednesdays, starting August 22, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

ACCESS MINISTRIES (SPECIAL NEEDS) northlandchurch.net/ministry/access-ministries

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • Student Ministries class Sundays, 11 a.m. Check-in is at the counter across from the bookstore. • Y  oung Life Capernaum Last Friday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., SMCC

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.

Financial Report — September 4 to 10, 2012 This Week

This Year to Date

Need. . . . . . . . . . . 255,731 Need. . . . . . . . . 9,462,047 Received. . . . . . . 220,391 Received. . . . . . 8,603,335 Difference. . . . . . (35,340) Difference. . . . . . (858,712)

generous.northlandchurch.net

9/15-17/2012


NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED — SEPTEMBER 15-17, 2012

NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED Gathering for worship at sites in Central Florida, online and around the world. LONGWOOD AND ONLINE: Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m.; Monday at 7 p.m. MOUNT DORA: Sunday at 10 a.m. | OVIEDO: Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

STUDENT MINISTRIES MIDDLE SCHOOL

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

Children’s Church during all worship services: • Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5) • Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten) • Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2) • Children with Special Needs (Age 3 – Grade 5)

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • K  inect (Middle and High School) Wednesdays, starting August 22, 6 to 8 p.m.

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • Evolve Sundays, during 11 a.m. service. • Axis Sundays, 6 to 8 p.m., RTS, Student Lounge.

HIGH SCHOOL northlandchurch.net/highschool

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

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

Name(s)_____________________________________________________________________________________

WELCOME! We’re so glad you’re gathering to worship God today! 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 growing in Him. Join us!

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

E-mail_______________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Address______________________________________________________________________________________

Which site are you attending?  [ ] Longwood [ ] Mount Dora [ ] Oviedo [ ] Other__________________________ 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 participate in God’s works.

9/15-17/2012

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

northlandchurch.net/ministry/childrens_church/

northlandchurch.net/middleschool • L  UGRox Saturdays, beginning August 25, 6:30 p.m., The Rink, SMCC.

New to Northland?

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

• I Am Third Wednesdays, beginning August 29, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., various locations (see website for details). • Servant Leadership Ministry We offer servant leadership training and opportunities to serve for 9thgraders (setup crew), 10th- to 12th-graders (LUGRox captains) and college students (small group leaders and work crews). NOTE: Setup Crew, your first week of service is August 25 at 4:30 p.m. See the website for details.

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS Children’s Church during 10 a.m. worship services: • Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5) • Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten) • Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2)

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS Children’s Church during 9 and 11 a.m. worship services: • Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5) • Early Childhood Classes (Age 2 – Kindergarten) • Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2)

ADULT MINISTRIES There are limitless opportunities to grow in God and connect with others! Find current classes, service projects, studies and more in this month’s issue of Respond or at northlandchurch.net.

• K  inect (Middle and High School) Wednesdays, starting August 22, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

ACCESS MINISTRIES (SPECIAL NEEDS) northlandchurch.net/ministry/access-ministries

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • S  tudent Ministries class Sundays, 11 a.m. Check-in is at the counter across from the bookstore. • Young Life Capernaum Last Friday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., SMCC

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 — September 4 to 10, 2012 This Week

This Year to Date

Need. . . . . . . . . . . 255,731 Need. . . . . . . . . 9,462,047 Received. . . . . . . 220,391 Received. . . . . . 8,603,335 Difference. . . . . . (35,340) Difference. . . . . . (858,712)


What’s Current

The First and Future Church II A MESSAGE FROM DR. JOEL C. HUNTER, SENIOR PASTOR

Here’s a sampling of the many upcoming opportunities to respond to God.

(Read about Pastor Joel at northlandchurch.net/joelhunter. Stay informed about his involvement with current events at pastorjoelhunter.com.)

Acts 15:4-11, 28-29 (NASB) When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them. But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses.” The apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter. After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.” “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.”

THE BELONG SEMINAR

One-day Membership Seminar Saturday, September 22, 8:30 a.m. at Longwood Join leadership and other Northlanders for a time of sharing what it means to belong to Christ and this body of believers! Child care is available.

Worship focus Worship God as a God of freedom. There is freedom in following the Spirit. We were created to follow Him together. He will lead us through all the twists and turns, and shifts of culture. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.

Register at northlandchurch.net.

LIVE GENEROUSLY: LIFEHOPE

SERVE IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

Help Meet a Need!

They Need YOU!

LifeHope, our benevolence ministry, assesses and works to help meet the needs of local families.

Calling all those with a heart for children!

If you’ve been looking for a way to help solve practical problems, you’re just one click away. Help LifeHope serve our local community; find a list of updated and confirmed needs at generous.northlandchurch.net.

We need friendly faces, crafty hands, willing teachers, storytellers and classroom buddies to help share the love of God with kids!

Ready to make an impact? Visit northlandchurch.net for info and application!

Notes Think about it:

Be in Community:

How would you describe the balance in your life between the freedom of following the Spirit and the boundaries created by God’s law?

Spark conversation in your group this week! Together read Acts 15:1-19. This passage describes a huge culture shift the believing Jews were

Let Us Know!

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

experiencing. They consulted together to solve their dilemma. What event made this council in Jerusalem necessary?

Name(s) ________________________________________________________________________________________

Look at the different groups involved. What was each group looking to for guidance?

E-mail __________________________________________________________________________________________

How much faith do you think it required for them to choose the

Address ________________________________________________________________________________________

freedom of the Spirit rather than the law? __________________________________________________________________________________________________

This was a movement of the Spirit. The Spirit was setting a course in this text. These seemingly random restrictions are symbolic. What does each of these guidelines represent? What guidelines do you use to keep your spiritual life on track?

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

Who are the people that you would gather for spiritual council?

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I’d like more information about: ____________________________________________________________ [ ] I am a new believer. I recently trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.


NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED — SEPTEMBER 15-17, 2012

NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED Gathering for worship at sites in Central Florida, online and around the world. LONGWOOD AND ONLINE: Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m.; Monday at 7 p.m. MOUNT DORA: Sunday at 10 a.m. | OVIEDO: Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

STUDENT MINISTRIES MIDDLE SCHOOL

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

Children’s Church during all worship services: • Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5) • Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten) • Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2) • Children with Special Needs (Age 3 – Grade 5)

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • K  inect (Middle and High School) Wednesdays, starting August 22, 6 to 8 p.m.

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • Evolve Sundays, during 11 a.m. service. • Axis Sundays, 6 to 8 p.m., RTS, Student Lounge.

HIGH SCHOOL northlandchurch.net/highschool

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

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

Name(s)_____________________________________________________________________________________

WELCOME! We’re so glad you’re gathering to worship God today! 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 growing in Him. Join us!

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

E-mail_______________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Address______________________________________________________________________________________

Which site are you attending?  [ ] Longwood [ ] Mount Dora [ ] Oviedo [ ] Other__________________________ 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 participate in God’s works.

9/15-17/2012

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

northlandchurch.net/ministry/childrens_church/

northlandchurch.net/middleschool • L  UGRox Saturdays, beginning August 25, 6:30 p.m., The Rink, SMCC.

New to Northland?

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

• I Am Third Wednesdays, beginning August 29, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., various locations (see website for details). • Servant Leadership Ministry We offer servant leadership training and opportunities to serve for 9thgraders (setup crew), 10th- to 12th-graders (LUGRox captains) and college students (small group leaders and work crews). NOTE: Setup Crew, your first week of service is August 25 at 4:30 p.m. See the website for details.

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS Children’s Church during 10 a.m. worship services: • Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5) • Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten) • Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2)

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS Children’s Church during 9 and 11 a.m. worship services: • Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5) • Early Childhood Classes (Age 2 – Kindergarten) • Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2)

ADULT MINISTRIES There are limitless opportunities to grow in God and connect with others! Find current classes, service projects, studies and more in this month’s issue of Respond or at northlandchurch.net.

• K  inect (Middle and High School) Wednesdays, starting August 22, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

ACCESS MINISTRIES (SPECIAL NEEDS) northlandchurch.net/ministry/access-ministries

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • S  tudent Ministries class Sundays, 11 a.m. Check-in is at the counter across from the bookstore. • Young Life Capernaum Last Friday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., SMCC

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 — September 4 to 10, 2012 This Week

This Year to Date

Need. . . . . . . . . . . 255,731 Need. . . . . . . . . 9,462,047 Received. . . . . . . 220,391 Received. . . . . . 8,603,335 Difference. . . . . . (35,340) Difference. . . . . . (858,712)


SEPTEMBER 2012

www.northlandchurch.net

Respond. BE THE CHURCH.

BE IN COMMUNITY You are a minister of the church! Connect with others and get equipped for ministry this Fall. Find classes, groups, service projects and inspiration inside!

LIVE GENEROUSLY: LIFEHOPE

You’re now just a page turn and one click away from directly helping to meet the practical needs of our local community! Learn more on page 10 or at generous.northlandchurch.net

EVERY WHERE. EVERY DAY.

SERVE OTHERS

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself! There are lots of ways to serve the people around you, look no further! Connect with various service projects and ministry partners on page 5.


RESPOND TO GOD

FOSTER ENVIRONMENTS FOR RELATIONSHIP.

WORSHIP GOD: GLORIFY GOD FOR WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE HAS DONE. “A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.”

– Jesus Christ (John 4:23, NIV)

worship.northlandchurch.net

READ THE BIBLE: STUDY GOD’S MESSAGE TO YOU OFTEN. “I am watching over My word to perform it.”

– God (Jeremiah 1:12, NASB)

bible.northlandchurch.net

PRAY: ENGAGE IN A CONVERSATION WITH GOD. “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer.”

– Peter, an eyewitness (1 Peter 3:12, NIV)

pray.northlandchurch.net

SERVE OTHERS: MEET THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU. “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

– Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:40, NIV)

serve.northlandchurch.net

LIVE GENEROUSLY: GIVE WHAT GOD’S GIVEN YOU. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

– Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:21, NASB)

generous.northlandchurch.net

BE IN COMMUNITY: FOSTER ENVIRONMENTS FOR RELATIONSHIP.

Who do you know that you could encourage toward spiritual growth and becoming a disciple of Jesus?

“All men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

– Jesus Christ (John 13:35, NIV)

community.northlandchurch.net

SHARE YOUR STORY: TELL OTHERS WHAT GOD IS DOING IN YOUR LIFE. “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” – Peter, an eyewitness (1 Peter 3:15, NIV) share.northlandchurch.net


YOU.

The Distributed Church = By Dr. Margi McCombs with Tracy Weiss

“Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in Love with God, stay in Love, and it will decide everything.” — Pedro Arrupe, SJ (1907-91)

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ure, the distributed church is a corporate vision, but it only holds weight and impact if it’s your personal vision as well. The question for each of us is one of identity and life mission. Going forward, each one of us must consider these simple and revealing questions: How am I the distributed church? Whom am I discipling? To whom am I being the church? With whom have I connected to be discipled? Have I fallen in Love? Let’s play with a metaphor. If each cell in the human body contains the entire DNA of that particular body, then we can postulate that each individual in the church body also must carry the entire DNA of that church body. That is, the full identity of the distributed church should be evident in each person who is part of it. So, what is our DNA?

AM learning more about who God is and what He has done through reading and studying the Bible, and so on. But you are not doing it alone. “I Am = Us” means that you are connected to others who share the same identity in Christ, who have a common passion for spiritual formation and who are pursuing spiritual growth. We were never meant to do life and ministry alone — remember, a cell of the body, even though it carries the full DNA of that body, cannot survive apart from the body. “I Am = Us” is a beautiful statement of the body of Christ, the corporate connection we have, sharing together the life-giving qualities of the same blood — that is, the blood of Jesus, which cleanses, heals and restores us to salvation. But there’s an even greater purpose in God’s desire for us to work together. “for Them, There” gives our connection in the body of Christ a missional impulse; it states the reason we’re still here on earth — for the benefit of others! Just as Christ didn’t stay in heaven, but came to us so that we can know Him, we are each called to go to where people are and, through building relationships and loving them well, help others become disciples of Christ. As we go, we’ll do a lot of good along the way. In Christ’s name and for His sake, we will help the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor teens, build houses, care for orphans and encourage single parents. Yet, the underlying, overarching reason we do all these things and more is so that people would know God and, ultimately, enter into a personal relationship with Him, becoming a lifelong follower and disciple.

We, the church, are designed for participation in the gospel in an “all in, all day” kind of way that reflects who God is and what He has done.

I AM = US FOR THEM, THERE We, the church, are designed for participation in the gospel in an “all in, all day” kind of way that reflects who God is and what He has done. God, who identified Himself as the great “I AM” and is a triune God as Father, Son and Spirit and so refers to Himself as “US,” didn’t stay in heaven apart from His creation. Instead, the great “I AM US” came to earth, where people lived, to bring salvation and restoration to a broken world. So, the odd sentence, “I Am = Us for Them, There” becomes a succinct statement of who God is and what He has done for us. We, His church, can use this same odd sentence to describe who we are and what we should be about every day. It’s a statement of identity, one that requires present and personal participation. That’s the “I AM” part — YOU, with the indwelling of Christ. I AM making disciples and helping others grow in their faith and knowledge of God, I AM growing in my own faith, I

GET EQUIPPED How can I fulfill the mission of the distributed church? Whom do I know that I could encourage toward spiritual growth and who could becoming a disciple of Jesus’? How can I grow in my own faith and knowledge of God? No doubt, these questions and others pepper your mind and can seem daunting. Immobilization is not an option. Personal participation is the answer. There are lots of opportunities at and beyond Northland to learn about God, to study the Bible, and to be encouraged in your marriage, parenting and other relationships. Training in how to meet the needs of others, manage your money, improve your health, and enhance the well-being of your family and friends is literally a page flip away! The back of this paper is chock-full of ways to grow as a disciple and as one who disciples. Those opportunities, the corporate worship and teaching you participate in each week, and the special events that sprinkle the calendar throughout the year all are offered for a single purpose: to equip you to be the distributed church — proclaiming Christ and making Him known in every relationship you have, everywhere, every day.


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Go on a DISTRIBUTED JOURNEY!

SERVE GLOBALLY

Take a trip this fall! Apply today. Browse short-term trips and apply at somedayistoday.net.

Northland + Ombeyi = Urafiki (Friendship) BY PATTI HARSHEY, Distributed Journeys Administrator

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orthland + Ombeyi = Urafiki. That’s what was printed on the T-shirts we took with us to give to the children we served while in Kenya on a 12-day mission. And while we certainly did form friendships in Ombeyi, Kenya, our experience was so much deeper and wider than that. When asked to pen this article about my mission trip to Kenya, I was at a loss for what to write. How would I, an inept, uncreative writer, describe this “mountaintop” experience with God, this journey that was like nothing I have ever witnessed, this mission that brought me to my knees in prayer and in despair? As I type this, it has been less than a week since my team of nine returned from Kisumu, Kenya. Trying to process all that happened to us and through us there and put it on paper at this juncture is like trying to push a hippo through a porthole. Trust me on this one. We saw hippos up close and personal on Lake Victoria; they are humongous. I guess my best shot at beginning to describe the experience is through pictures. Take a look at the faces of the beautiful children on this page. Our team worked with Christ’s Hope to begin to set up a Care Point in Ombeyi, a rural village north of Kisumu. Children in Ombeyi are very poor. We hear all the time about children living in poverty. The word has lost its meaning for many of us, as we have never been close to it, and seeing it depicted on TV or in magazines is a far cry from being present in the day-to-day unforgiving reality of it. Until you see it with your own eyes, and touch and smell it — children with bloated bellies and skeletal frames from malnutrition, children with no shoes, clothes, beds or toilets — you just can’t grasp the inhumanity of it. Many of them

either are orphaned, having lost both parents to the AIDS pandemic in Africa, or are living with one parent, who may or may not be sick with the disease. Many of the children have AIDS themselves or tuberculosis or both. Their guardians cannot afford to provide enough food to feed the children, let alone send them to school. That’s where the Care Point comes in. The Care Point at Ombeyi hopes to “adopt” 25 children (hopefully 50 in the near future) to give them the opportunity to go to school, get three meals a week and receive medical care. We registered 38 children during our time in Ombeyi, but unless sponsors come forward for them, 13 of the 38 will be cut from the program. Yet humbly, in the face of their deplorable circumstances, they praise God joyfully and freely with raised-up voices and carefree dancing, pray to Him fervently, trust Him with everything, and thank Him for His love, His provision, His goodness and His gift of salvation through Christ Jesus. It is a wonder to behold, and I felt extremely small in my devotion in comparison, but so grateful that I was given the chance to affirm and strengthen my relationship with God as a result of these precious Kenyan children’s abiding faith. They were delightful — so easy to love, so willing to please. Laughter, smiles, games, singing and frequent hugs were our means of communication. They live and breathe by 2 Corinthians 12:9: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (NIV). I have meditated on that verse every day since I left Ombeyi, and I pray that God will burn it in my heart. I urge you to find a child on this page, and pray hard for him or her. Pray that God will bless the child with a sponsor. In the coming months, you may have the opportunity to become directly involved in the Care Point in Ombeyi, either going to Kenya yourself on a Distributed Journey (which you would never regret) or becoming involved in sponsoring a child. Look for more information in the coming months, or

contact me directly at 407-949-4000, ext. 1124, or patti. harshey@northlandchurch.net. So, Northland + Ombeyi = Urafiki. Having lived it, I think I would now have the T-shirt read “Northland + Ombeyi = Abundant Love” — and a life-changing, faith-building, Godinfused journey that will live on in me and through me for all the days of my life. His grace is sufficient for me.

Lunchtime!

Sweet little Faith and I play and giggle.

Kayla Wainscott and her boy, Samwell, loving each other.

Our kids at Ombeyi are proud of their pictures of Daniel in the lions’ den.

Christopher and team member Catherine Hauck share a laugh.


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SERVE LOCALLY Local Service in September BY DANA DEVRIES

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ne of the most practical ways to “be the church” everywhere, every day is by serving in the local community. At Northland, service is not just something we do; it’s an essential part of who we are. Serving in the local community is a very tangible way of demonstrating God’s love for those around us. We know that figuring out where, how and when to serve can be challenging, so here are a few specific opportunities to serve in September and beyond: Harmony House — Along with Habitat for Humanity and several other houses of worship, we are helping to build a home in the Altamonte Springs community through an interfaith build initiative, appropriately named Harmony House. The house will bring together Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths for the purpose of building a simple, decent, affordable home in partnership with a family in need. These family members already have gone through budgeting classes to prepare them for meeting the demands of their new mortgage and have put in “sweat equity” helping to build their home as well as other Habitat houses. We are looking forward to welcoming them into their new home in November! Construction will resume in early September, and we need plenty of volunteers to help out. There will be needs for both skilled construction volunteers as well as unskilled volunteers every Saturday and Sunday through November. Come work alongside friends of different faiths to serve those in need! Look for details on days and times volunteers are needed on our Serve Beyond Northland blog page at northlandchurch.net/blogs/category/serve_beyond_ northland.

LifeHope — You may have seen the opportunity to meet the financial needs of those people walking through the doors of LifeHope on our Live Generously page at generous.northlandchurch.net. Did you know that you also can volunteer your time with LifeHope? LifeHope needs volunteers to assist with greeting and meeting guests, data entry and answering phones, as well as volunteer case managers and more! Interested in volunteering with LifeHope? Just visit northlandchurch.net/ministry/lifehope, and register for an orientation session that fits in your schedule.

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

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

UPCOMING SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES September 8 . . . . Downtown Homeless Ministry There are lots of ways to help at LifeHope.

Sign Up for a Service Project — We have opportunities throughout every month for you to serve! These include opportunities to serve with the Downtown Homeless Ministry, at the Ronald McDonald House, with our partners at Harvest Time International and more. Just visit our local service page at serve. northlandchurch.net, Families take time to serve at and click on the name of the Ronald McDonald House. a project to find out more about it and to sign up online. New projects are added every couple of weeks, so check back often!

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

September 8 . . . . . . . . . Ronald McDonald House Prepare dinner and serve it to families of sick children staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

September 15 . . . . . . Harvest Time International Help sort, stack, pack and organize supplies for local families in need and for shipping packages internationally during times of need.

September 22 . . Downtown Homeless Ministry Provide food, clothing and other items for the needy in Orlando. Participate in worship, devotion and ministering to the homeless.

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

serve.northlandchurch.net. Dana DeVries at 407-949-7156 or dana.devries@ northlandchurch.net

Harmony House, still under construction, needs your help.

The Downtown Homeless Ministry meets twice a month to help those in need.


Mark Your Calendar! LUGrox Overnighter September 7 to 8

The cost: $20 if paid by September 5, or $25 if paid after September 5. Register at northlandchurch.net/ middleschool.

High School Worship Workshop

On Wednesdays, September 12 and 19, Student Ministries will be having auditions (it’ll be easy; don’t stress!) for a worship workshop for students in grades 8 through 12. On Wednesdays, October 10 through November 14, Northland worship staff and others will be working alongside students to help them gain a better understanding of worship, develop their skills as musicians, singers and artists, and learn how that all integrates into personal and corporate worship. If you or your student is interested, contact Kyle Mattingly (kmmattingly@ gmail.com) or Shaylynn Stoner (shaylynn.stoner@ northlandchurch.net) for more information.

Middle School Fall Retreat Who: All middle school students (6th to 8th grade) When: October 12 to 14 Where: Southwind, Young Life Camp Registration: northlandchurch.net/middleschool Check-in: Friday, October 12, 4:30 p.m., The Rink  Departure: Friday, October 12, 5:30 p.m. Return: Sunday, October 14, 2 p.m., The Rink

Phil Wickham in Concert Wednesday, October 10, 7 to 9 p.m., The Rink. Standing room only! See info on page 8.

STUDENT MINISTRIES

ACTIVATING STUDENTS TO MAKE KINGDOM NOISE. WHAT IS MAKING KINGDOM NOISE? IT’S THE LOVE OF JESUS IN ACTION.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRY

HIGH 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, through December 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. (Off September 8, October 13 and November 24) LUGRox is an evening full of high

To register for any of these activities and for more detailed info, visit northlandchurch.net/highschool. Shaylynn Stoner at 407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@northlandchurch.net I AM THIRD First Wednesday of the month, through December 12, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. (Off October 10 and November 21) Subsequent Wednesdays, Distributed Home Groups (See website for locations). Servant Leadership Ministry We offer servant leadership training and opportunities to serve for 9th-graders (setup crew), 10th- to 12th-graders (LUGRox captains) and college students (small group leaders and work crews). northlandchurch.net/highschool

energy, high impact and just plain fun! Students will find thrilling games, solid teaching, rockin’ worship and friendconnecting small groups. Optional dinner (two slices of pizza, chips and lemonade) is available for $3.

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ACCESS MINISTRIES FOR STUDENTS Sundays, 11 a.m. Class for high school and middle school students with disabilities and/or special needs. Check-in is at the counter across from the bookstore. Laura Lee Wright at 407-937-0549 or lauralee.wright@ northlandchurch.net Young Life Capernaum Last Friday of each month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. An evening for teens with special needs that includes worship, dinner, fun and an opportunity to grow in faith! TEENS, volunteer to serve at Capernaum. Laura Lee Wright at 407-937-0549 or lauralee. wright@northlandchurch.net

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

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Mark Your Calendar! Young Believers Classes  Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Step 1: August 29 to September 19 Step 2: September 26 to October 24 Step 3: September 5 to October 10 More info on page 7. To register, contact Diane Jones at diane.jones@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7188

Teacher Training Monday, September 24, 6 to 9 p.m. Help teach this next generation who God is and what He has done by joining the Children’s Ministries team this fall. We need more teachers and helpers. All the materials are provided, and no experience is needed. To sign up or for more info, contact Debbie Blahnik at 407-949-7162 or debbie.blahnik@northlandchurch.net.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

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

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-old’s 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

Family Fall Festival

Volunteer of the Month: Nicole DeArmas

Friday, October 19, 6 to 9 p.m., Northland at Longwood

Serving in Children’s Church on Monday evenings is where you’ll find Nicole DeArmas. Not only has Nicole taught multiple grades, but she also assists with greeting and checking in families as they arrive. Nicole is a wonderful addition to our Children’s Ministries team, bringing energy, along with a great love for teaching the children God’s Word. We love and thank you, Nicole, for serving faithfully each weekend!

Western Night

The cost: $5 per person (age 2 and under free) in advance. Tickets are available at Northland’s bookstore. The price is $6 at the door. games, snow cones, bounce houses, a petting zoo, cotton candy, pony rides, entertainment and popcorn will be available. Food (burgers, hot dogs and drinks) may be purchased for an additional minimal fee. We are taking donations of children’s bike helmets for the Seminole County Sheriff’s department for children who ride bikes to school that can’t afford helmets. Debbie Blahnik at 407-949-7162 or debbie.blahnik@northlandchurch.net

Why did you make that? We made prayer buddies to remind us not to worry about anything. Instead, we can pray to God about everything!


WAYS TO RESPOND Baptisms Adult Baptisms Sunday, October 14, 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, September 15, 7 p.m., room 4206. Child care is available upon request. Diane Jones at 407-949-7188 or diane.jones@northlandchurch.net

Bible Studies ADULTS Discipleship Group Wednesdays, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Welcome Center. Study for new believers and those who want to grow in their faith using the book of John. Bob Ek at bobpatek30@aol.com Evening Prayer Group Thursdays, 6 to 7 p.m., prayer room. Elaine Harland at 407-949-4002 or elaine. harland@northlandchurch.net Firm Foundations Sundays, September 9 through August 26, 2013, 11 a.m., rooms 4209-10. For seekers and new believers. Study the Bible chronologically for one year to understand God’s overarching plan from creation to Christ. For new adult believers and those that 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 Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@ northlandchurch.net. Mike Sheffey at msheffey@cfl.rr.com John • Sundays, starting September 9, 9 a.m., room 4206-07 • Wednesdays, starting September 12, 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. Jamila Millette at jamila.millette@northlandchurch. net or 407-937-1832 Romans Sundays, September 16 through December 16, 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 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

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

our marriages by studying God’s Word and applying it to our lives. Child care is available with a reservation; to Linda Campbell at linda. campbell@northlandchurch.net. Tim and Michelle Kutcher at tim.kutcher@gmail.com

MEN The Man Who Became Himself – Realize The God-Given Potential of Your Manhood Tuesdays, 6:45 to 8 a.m., room 1118, Student Ministries and Care Center. Stories from the Gospels, by Patrick Morley and Man in the Mirror. Bob Shoemaker at bobshoemaker@mindspring.com or 407599-3132 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 When Godly People Do Ungodly Things, by Beth Moore This seven-week Bible study provides biblical ways to challenge us to wise up to Satan’s seductive schemes and fortify our lives before we get trapped into doing something that is ungodly. The workbook is available in the Northland Bookstore for $14.95. • Mondays, September 10 through October 22, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Cherrie Rowe at 407-3226850, or Anne Sullivan at 407-332-8318 or annesullivan@cfl.rr.com • Tuesdays, September 11 through October 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Cherrie Rowe at 407-322-6850, or Marlene Ross at 407-833-0094 or rossduo@cfl. rr.com

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

ADULTS Alpha Course: Is There More to Life Than This? Tuesdays, September 11 through October 30, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing, room 5100. Alpha is a way to explore the meaning of life and many of the basic questions we often ask about God and Christianity. Join anytime. Course expenses include the Alpha course manual for participants, available in the Northland Bookstore, and a $5 per-person registration fee payable at the course. Register

at northlandchurch.net/classes.  Laura Young at 407-949-7165 or laura.young@ northlandchurch.net   Belong/Membership Opportunities • One-day seminar: Saturday, September 22, 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 ruth.sapp@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4039 • Online: Anytime at northlandchurch.net/ series/belong_study/ Digging Deeper Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Welcome Center. Discussion revolves around the current series being preached by Dr. Hunter. Great group for those who want to know more about applying God’s Word to their lives. Child care is available by contacting Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@northlandchurch.net. Bob and Donna Keiderling at bob. keiderling@northlandchurch.net or 407-9371789 Discovering God’s Vision for Your Marriage Wednesday, September 26, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 4206-07. Whether you are newly married, veterans of the marriage relationship, remarried or seeking reconciliation, this seminar, by Clint and Penny Bragg, will provide you with handson, practical applications and tools to help you discover God’s perspective and destiny for your marriage. Register at northlandchurch.net/classes. For child care, contact Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@ northlandchurch.net. Barb Olsen at barbara.olsen@northlandchurch.net Financial Peace University Sundays, September 9 through November 4, 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. In an entertaining way everyone can understand, this nine-week study provides you with the “nuts and bolts” of how to manage money, eliminate debt and live on a budget. For child care, contact Linda Campbell at linda. campbell@northlandchurch.net. Cost for materials, while current supply lasts: $49 at the Northland Bookstore. and registration: Valerie or Paul Brown at val.brown@ northlandchurch.net Forever Free: 4 Keys to Living Without Unwanted Weight Tuesdays, October 2 through 23, 6:30 to 7 p.m., Nature’s Table Cafe. Join us for inspiration and insight as we explore different perspectives when it comes to achieving freedom from unwanted weight. Feel free to come early and order food to eat during class. Come any week. One-time class fee: $5. For child care, contact Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@northlandchurch.net. Mary Lou Caskey at maryloucaskey@gmail. com Growing Kids God’s Way Tuesdays, September 11 through October 30, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Learn to speak to the heart and mind of your child through biblical and practical teaching for parents. The book is available in the Northland Bookstore for $22. Registration fee: $5. For child care, contact Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@ northlandchurch.net. Registration is required at northlandchurch.net/classes.  Kim or Rob Andrescik at kimandrescik@gmail.com

Healthy 100 Thursdays, September 6 through November 8, 7 to 9 p.m., room 4204. Live healthier, happier and less stressed! This life-changing course will challenge you to think beyond nutrition and exercise for ways to live to be a healthy 100! Workbooks for the class: a Small Group Discussion Guide for $8 (required) and a Personal Study Guide for $25 (recommended). Books are available in the Northland Bookstore. Register at northlandchurch.net/classes. The $5 registration fee will be collected in class. For child care, contact Linda Campbell at linda. campbell@northlandchurch.net. Jerry Corey at 407-332-7452 or ruthjerr@hotmail. com, healthy100.org or creationhealth.tv Making Disciples by Mentoring Thursdays, September 6 through 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m., rooms 4209-10. In this class, led by Pastor Gus Davies, explore how to build spiritual mentoring relationships to develop faithful followers of Jesus Christ. Discover ways of connecting resources to equip and empower each believer to multiply his or her life. Register at northlandchurch.net/classes.  Laura Young at 407-949-7165 or laura. young@northlandchurch.net Marriage Oneness Wednesdays, October 3 through November 21, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 4206-07. Cost: $50 for two workbooks in the Northland Bookstore. Register at northlandchurch.net/classes. For child care contact Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@ northlandchurch.net. Rick and Jolene Burns at jburns@mycbfl.com or 407-4625130 Money and Marriage God’s Way (Compass) Orientation: Sunday, September 9, 10:30 a.m., room 4204; Study: Sundays, September 23 through October 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., room 4204. This sixweek small group study will show you how to discover God’s approach to managing your finances and strengthening your marital relationship. Cost for materials, available at the Northland Bookstore: $39. Register at northlandchurch.net/classes. For child care, contact Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@ northlandchurch.net.  Chris and Teri Toadvine at toadvines@gmail.com Resolving Everyday Conflicts, by Peacemakers Ministries Thursdays, September 27 through November 15, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 421315. Learn what the Bible has to say about conflict and relationships, and understand how to biblically solve issues that create conflict in your life. The workbook is available in the Northland Bookstore for $12.75. Registration fee: $5. Registration is required at northlandchurch.net/classes. For child care, contact Linda Campbell at linda. campbell@northlandchurch.net. Gary Wright at lanaharrison@cfl.rr.com or 386-7530280 Stephen Minister Training Tuesdays, beginning September 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., room 2211. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister? For 12 weeks, Northland will conduct training that will prepare you to care for and minister to people needing biblical support. Class size is limited. You must fill out an application and interview. Cost for materials $60 in the Northland Bookstore. Find more info on

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Stephen Ministries at stephenministries. org.  Bob Keiderling at bob.keiderling@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1789

CHILDREN Steps for Young Believers (Grades 2-5) and Their Parents These courses in basic discipleship include classroom sessions and daily at-home devotionals. Materials cost: $5. Registration is required. Diane Jones at 407-949-7188 or diane.jones@northlandchurch.net • STEP 1—BECOMING A PART OF GOD’S FAMILY: Wednesdays, August 29 through September 19 , 6:30 to 8 p.m. Focus: Salvation and assurance. Includes Communion instruction. • STEP 2—THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: Wednesdays, September 26 through October 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Focus: Jesus’ Life A-Z, a basic discipleship theme and learning about the life of Christ. Baptism offered at end of course. • STEP 3—LIVING BY THE BOOK, “C-ING” MY WAY THROUGH THE BIBLE: Wednesdays, September 5 through October 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Focus: to develop skills in exploring the Bible.

WOMEN After You’ve Said, “I Do” Thursday, October 4, 7 to 9 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Join Dr. Ann Park as she explores ways to discover God’s master plan for marriage and why God’s plan for marriages works so well. Learn practical steps to activate and apply God’s wonderful plan in your marriage! Register at northlandchurch.net/classes. For child care, contact Linda Campbell at linda. campbell@northlandchurch.net. Ann Park at doctorannsguide@gmail.com Being Good to Your Husband on Purpose, by Becky Hunter Thursdays, September 6 through 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Join Becky (Pastor Joel’s wife) as she shares ways you can be a blessing to your husband and be a wife with no regrets! Bring a Bible and the book Being Good to Your Husband on Purpose, available in the Northland Bookstore. (Tell the cashier you are buying it for this class, and your cost will be $2.) Registration is available at northlandchurch.net/classes. For child care reservations (for children 10 and under), contact Linda Campbell at linda. campbell@northlandchurch.net. Barb Olsen at 407-949-7183 or barbara.olsen@ northlandchurch.net New Believers Class Mondays, September 10 through October 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., room 1104, Student Ministries and Care Center. This class is for all women who are new believers or who have recommitted their lives to Christ and who want to grow in intimacy with Christ and become empowered in their walk. For child care, contact Linda Campbell at linda. campbell@northlandchurch.net. Registration fee for materials: $5. Kari Maggard at 407-592-3001 or karimaggard@gmail.com

Groups CARE GROUPS ADULTS Celebrate Recovery Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. Gain freedom from life’s hurts,

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 Linda Campbell at linda. campbell@northlandchurch.net. Laurie Jean Harrington at celebraterecovery@ northlandchurch.net or 407-927-4393

MEN

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 Linda Campbell at linda. campbell@northlandchurch.net. His Way, Frank Turner at 407-599-9770

WOMEN

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 Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@ northlandchurch.net. GriefShare voiceline at 407-949-7152 or griefshare@ northlandchurch.net DivorceCare Tuesdays, call for time and location. New session starting September 11. This support group walks alongside individuals who have been through a divorce and helps them to experience personal growth and healing. Registration and assessment are required. Cost: $5, and $19 for the book (available in the Bookstore). For child care, contact Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@ northlandchurch.net. DivorceCare voiceline 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 Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@ 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 available. Rich Arndt at 407-221-8955 or volvoom@gmail.com Single and Parenting Support Group  Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., room 4215. This is a special weekly group that will provide the support needed for those who deal with the unique challenges that single parents face. Registration is required. For child care, contact Linda Campbell at linda. campbell@northlandchurch.net. Elaine Harland at 407-949-4002 or elaine.harland@ northlandchurch.net Support for the Separated Tuesdays, call for location. New session starting September 11. Support group for those who are separated with court papers pending, for healing, hope and reconciliation in the Lord. Cost: $5, and $19 for the book (available in the Northland Bookstore). For child care, contact Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@northlandchurch.net. Assessment required. Voiceline 407-9371749

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 reservations contact Linda Campbell at 407937-1757. Suzanne Rucker at 407-9679313 or LifeCounselingSolutions@gmail.com Women’s Healing Ministry Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 1115. This group will provide hope and a safe place to heal if you have experienced sexual betrayal, deception and lies of secrecy that keep you in bondage. Vicki M. Wotring at 520-631-0886 or celebratelife3@aol.com

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

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

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS AMEN (A Meeting of Men) Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 5108-9, Children’s Worship Wing. Learn to apply God’s Word to real-life situations. Dan Bogdan at 407-702-5358 or danbogdan@ trubromance.com Common Ground Adult Ministry (Ages 25-45) Mondays, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Build authentic Christian community, grow spiritually mature and affect the surrounding community with Christ’s love, reflected by serving God. Child care is available upon request. 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

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. Books we will share are Crazy Love, by Francis Chan (September 9); One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp (October 7); and He Came Back for Me, by Andrea Krazeise (November 11), a local author who will speak at the meeting. Tara L. Fisher at taralopezfisher@gmail. com Motorcycle Group Sunday, September 16, 9:30 a.m., call for location. The ride will be for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Due to the serious shortages of available food, many families are going hungry. Lori Landers at 386668-9077 Single Purpose (Singles age 35 and up) Second and fourth Sunday of each month, 3 p.m., rooms 4206-07. Join us for the new study of Beyond Boundaries, by Dr. John Townsend. Learn ways to trust and experience freedom and love after dealing with difficult relationships. Dave Mullen or Dan Olson at Singlepurpose7@gmail. com, or meetup.com/oacs08/ Northland en Español Monthly Gathering Third Friday of each month, 7 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Bring a dish to share and any Spanish-speaking family and friends. Child care is available by contacting ivan.portillo@ northlandchurch.net or by calling Ivan at 407949-4000 Northland en Español Reunión Mensual Nos reunimos el tercer viernes de cada mes, 7 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Traiga un plato para compartir y traiga su familia y amigos que hablan español. Cuidado de niños está disponible contactando ivan.portillo@ northlandchurch.net o llamando Ivan al 407949-4000 Softball Join other Christian men and women on this adult coed team or the men’s team to compete in local leagues. www.nlsoftball. com or northlandsoftball@gmail.com Spanish Ministry Sundays, 9 and 11 a.m. services. Spanish interpretation is avaliable online and listening devices are available at the Welcome Center. Join the Facebook page at www. facebook.com/northlandespanol. Ivan Portillo at 407-937-0549 or ivan.portillo@ northlandchurch.net Tennis Saturdays, 8 a.m., Red Bug Lake Park. Jeff Rossmeissl at 407-489-6096 Word Weavers Second Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. www.wordweaversonline.com

Special Events Father’s Blessing Ceremony  Sunday, October 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m., The Rink. Fathers are encouraged to bring their


sons age 13 an above to join Pastor Joel for this important ceremony. Do not miss this opportunity to establish an anchor point for your son as he transitions into manhood. To sign up, go to northlandchurch.net/highschool or northlandchurch.net/middleschool. David Keys at 407-256-5576 The Marriage Show Friday, September 14, 7 to 9 p.m., sanctuary. The Marriage Show is a late-night show-inspired event performed at churches across Central Florida. The show brings just the right amount of humor, entertainment and wisdom to you and your spouse. The show’s host is James Raffenaud, with special guests best-selling authors Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. Tickets are $15 per person. Limited Child care is available. The cost is $5 per child or $15 max per family. Note: child care will not be available at the door. It must be purchased and reserved online ahead of time at northland church.net/calendar. Sarah Mattingly at sarah.mattingly@northlandchurch.net or 407949-7170 Missionary Reception Wednesday, September 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., room 4210. If you are involved with global ministries or have a heart for people with disabilities, you are invited to come hear what is going on in the lives of Northlandsupported missionary Tammy (Arrowsmith) Brown and her husband as they share their ministry with Handi*vangelism.  Laura Lee Wright at 407-937-0549 or lauralee.wright@ northlandchurch.net Phil Wickham in Concert Wednesday, October 10, 7 to 9 p.m., The Rink. Join us for a great night of worship with Christian artist Phil Wickham. Joining him will be newcomers The Royal Royal. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available. Sarah Mattingly at sarah.mattingly@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7170 “Titanic: The Musical” Friday, September 7, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., sanctuary. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, members of the Central Florida Community Choir will present a concert version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show “Titanic: The Musical” as its 2012 Summer Broadway Series performance. Tickets are $10 for general seating (plus a $2 per ticket processing fee). Children age 3 and under will be admitted for free. Sarah Mattingly at sarah.mattingly@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7170

Serve at Northland Questions about serving at Northland? serve@northlandchurch.net or 407-9494000 or serve.northlandchurch.net Buddies Needed Access Student Ministries needs buddies during the 11 a.m. Sunday service for preteens and teenagers who have disabilities. As a volunteer “buddy” you will get the training and support needed to assist with the class attendees. No experience is needed. Laura Lee Wright at 407-9370549 or lauralee.wright@northlandchurch.net Children’s Ministries There are plenty of ways to serve in Children’s Ministries. Whether it is through preparing the weekly take-home resources, teaching or helping in a classroom on the weekends, or manning the children’s

library during the week, volunteers make a difference. Debbie Blahnik at debbie. blahnik@northlandchurch.net or 407-9497162 Congregational Care Call Center Weekday volunteers are needed for this teleministry. No prior phone experience necessary, just a passion to connect with God’s people. You will be trained. Flexible hours. Donna Thornton at donna.thornton@northlandchurch. net or 407-937-0567 Communion Servers Communion servers are needed the first weekend of each month. Training provided. Jasmine Morgan at communion@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0575 Finance Team Volunteer to serve on Tuesdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. as cash counters or data entry team members. Do you have any banking or accounting knowledge and feel the call to share those gifts by serving with us? Donna Gagnon at 407-937-0565 or donna.gagnon@northlandchurch.net. Medical First Responders During worship services and special events. BLS-trained or medical professionals, especially EMTs, are needed. Lori Holton at lori.holton@northlandchurch.net or 407949-4000 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. Laura Lee Wright at 407-9370549 or lauralee.wright@northlandchurch.net Ushers and Greeters Greet and seat those attending worship services. No experience necessary. Lori Holton at lori.holton@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000

Serve with Northland Access Ministries Steering Committee Seeking community professionals and stakeholders who have a heart for addressing community-based options for affordable housing and care for people with disabilities in Central Florida to serve on a steering committee. Laura Lee Wright at 407-9370549 or lauralee.wright@northlandchurch.net Blood Drive Sunday, September 9, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.; Monday, September 10, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Northland at Longwood. In August, 73 people donated 65 units, and as a result 185 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 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. Patricia Williams at 407-665-5370 or evenings at 321-961-1280 or patricia.williams@gal.fl.gov. Disaster Response Teams Medical professionals, licensed CDL drivers, culinary professionals, veterinarians or vet techs, licensed mental health counselors and those interested in providing mental health services needed. Training provided. Visit northlandchurch.net/ministries/disaster_ response. Gretchen Kerr at 407-949-7190 or gretchen.kerr@northlandchurch.net Free Clinic Volunteers Needed Harvest Time International’s Medical Care Center will open this fall. It is currently looking for volunteers who would like to commit to serve at least once a month. It needs doctors, nurses and other medical staff as well as clerical volunteers to qualify the families (does require one-time training). The clinic will serve needy families without health insurance in our community. The hours are Monday through Saturday. lena@ harvesttime.org or 407-328-9900, ext. 135 Good News Clubs in Public Schools Child Evangelism Fellowship in the Central Florida area needs helpers to serve in outreach to elementary schools in the Winter Springs area. The clubs are run on Wednesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Orientation and resources to serve the children and make a difference are provided. More helpers are needed in other area schools. Jim at the CEF office at 407-896-7288 or cefcenfl@ earthlink.net Help Incarcerated Men Men needed to come alongside incarcerated men. No experience necessary. Minimum commitment: one hour per week. Greg Kerr at 407-770-8503 or gpkerr@cfl.rr.com Jail Ministry Minister to inmates in Seminole and Orange County jails during the Saturday 6:30 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. or Monday 7 p.m. worship service, help with Celebrate Recovery inside for men and women, or become a mentor/coach for men and women recently released from incarceration. Pen pals and people to type prayer request cards are needed. Training is provided.  More info is at northlandchurch.net/ministries/prison_and_ jail_transition. Jail Ministry voice mail at 407-949-4007 Longwood Health Care Center Sundays, 9 a.m., sanctuary. Give hugs and show love to the residents of the facility behind Northland on Grant Street. People are needed to bring the residents to the Sunday 9 a.m. service at Northland at Longwood. Patsy Grannan at 407-538-5209 or pjgrannan@yahoo.com Men Mentoring Fatherless Boys No age limit or experience required. Must be able to devote at least one hour per week. Take the challenge, and build a life-changing relationship. David Keys at nlmentoring@ gmail.com

Pen Pals for Inmates Looking for men and women interested in corresponding with inmates in Seminole County jail. Additionally, some move on to prison and request a penpal. Must follow established guidelines. Gretchen Kerr at 407-949-7910 or gretchen.kerr@ northlandchurch.net PetPals Saturdays, except the fifth Saturday of the month. Share your pets with people in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, etc. Becky Yeager at leahyeager@aol.com or 407-699-4903 Reading/Tutoring Ministry Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Goldsboro Elementary & Magnet School, Sanford. Teens through people in their 80s, read as “Nanas,” “Papas” or “Buddies” to kindergarteners, and/or tutor second-graders in reading or math for one, two or three hours. Tutoring may be done on alternate days. Mary Weeks at Marykweeks@gmail. com or 407-977-0724, or Elaine Gritter at egritter@bellsouth.net or 407-327-1474 Reading and Math Buddies Mondays through Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Goldsboro Elementary School. Help make a difference for a child struggling with reading or math by volunteering one hour a week. Rebekah_richey@scps.k12. fl.us or 407-252-7009 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@ bellsouth.net The Sharing Center Volunteers are needed at the Longwood and Sanford sites. Some positions include working at the client services offices or the thrift store, and picking up food from businesses. Volunteers also are needed in the Center’s Oasis, where homeless kids and adults can take a shower, get clothes washed, and use computers for homework and job searches. 407-260-9155 or www.thesharingcenter.org/volunteer Find other ways to serve in your community at www.northlandchurch. net/blogs/serve_beyond/

Beyond Northland ADULTS 5K Run in Appreciation of Central Florida Pastors Saturday, October 6, 6:30 a.m. for a 7:30 start. Start and finish at Northland at Longwood. Sponsored by Man in the Mirror. Register at fleetfeetorlando.com/pastor Abortion Recovery Bible study for post-abortive men or women that meets in a confidential, supportive setting. Reveille Ministries at 407-333-0404 Christians in Public Education (CIPE) 2012 Prayer Breakfast Saturday, September 29, 8:30 to 11 a.m.,  Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary. The cost is $25 per person, or $200 per table of eight. Teachers, administrators, staff and volunteers in our public schools are invited to this time of encouragement and inspiration! and registration: christiansinpubliceducation.org

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10 Community Bible Study Wednesdays, September 5 through May 8, 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 Deuteronomy and Hebrews. Children’s program is available. Registration is now open. Paula Porter at 407-325-3154, Eunice Hopkins at 407-3396112 (en Español), or visit Orlando.CBSclass. org Central Florida’s Job Fair (CFEC.org) Wednesday, September 5, noon to 4 p.m., Central Florida Fairgrounds & Exposition Park, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Visit www.CFEC.org to preregister, get job fair tips, research the companies listed, get directions or search Central Florida’s Online Job Board. Christian HELP at 407-834-4022 or christianhelp.org Desire Street Northland’s ministry partner Desire Street is transforming impoverished neighborhoods throughout the United States. Learn more at desirestreet.org. Divine Reflection Art Group Exhibit Friday, October 5, 6 to 8 p.m., Casselberry Art House, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry. Free opening reception. The exhibit will run through October 26. Art can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Healing Grace Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., TLC Women’s Center, 2992 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. This post-abortion ministry shares the healing grace of Jesus without judgment. Coorie Moore at 407-244-5527 Healing and Transition (HAT) Program Serving men and women recently released from incarceration, and their families. Mentors/coaches needed; training is provided. Jobs, housing and other basic needs. Grant writer is needed. Gretchen Kerr at 407-712-4566 Love Like You Mean It Marriage Cruise Monday, February 11 through Friday, February 15, 2013. Sail with other Northland couples on a five-day, four-night FamilyLife cruise on the Carnival Imagination to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico, and enjoy Christian fun and fellowship. Great guest speakers will include Dennis and Barb Rainey, and Voddie Baucham. Musical guests will include Sara Groves, Anthony Evans and the Mile High Orchestra. Learn biblical and practical ways to enrich your marriage.

Convenient payment plans are available. Jolene Burns at 407-462-5130 or jburns@ mycbfl.com Seminole County YMCA Prayer Breakfast Friday, September 14, 7 to 8:15 a.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. You’re invited to a community breakfast offering a time to come together, give thanks, and unite as we strengthen our community through prayer. Suggested donation of $10 for general seating or tables of eight available with secured donation. and reservations: Karen Smith at  407-359-3606 ext 243 or KSmith@cfymca.org. Study of Genesis through Bible Study Fellowship International (BSF) Beginning in September BSF 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 Tuesdays, 7 to 8 a.m., Denny’s, Lee Road exit off Interstate 4. A worldwide men’s ministry for 78 years (www.cbmc.com) that meets for fellowship, prayer and discussion of God’s principles for business. Armand Dauplaise at 407-221-3114 or adauplaise@ aol.com, or Larrie Kitchen at 407-290-5642 Faithful and True Wednesdays, 6 to 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 Wild at Heart Boot Camp October 4 to 7. This weekend boot camp is based on John Eldredge’s book Wild at Heart. The event is for men 18 years and older and is hosted by The Larger Story, a small group of men trying to be very

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intentional about passing on the life we have received from Jesus. Visit TheLargerStory. com to view a short video and read more about the weekend. You also will find links to register and pay for the event. The cost is $200. Kirk Solberg at kirksolberg@ smileartists.com or 321-277-6801

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

WOMEN Amazing Women Saturdays, September 22, October 20, November 17, December 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Hilton, 350 North Lake Blvd., Altamonte Springs. This is a community of women who are followers of Christ and open to hear His message. Each meeting includes awesome music, special guests, and a timely and transforming Bible teaching from founder, Angela Courte. Register at: www. amazingwomen.com. 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 of Faith 2012 in Orlando Friday, October 12, 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Amway Arena. We have a section of seats on hold so we can sit together as a church group! Tickets: $91 for both Friday and Saturday. The line up includes: Amy Grant, Mandisa, Sandi Patty, Andy Andrews, Patsy Clairmont, Marilyn Meberg, Brenda Warner, Elisa Morgan and Ballet Magnificat. Stephanie Marks at 407-227-7964 or stepha.marks@ gmail.com or Amy Boni at 407-466-2059 or aheart4god2@gmail.com. Contact Amy or Stephanie or sign up directly at gps.

womenoffaith.com/. Group name: Northland M4M’s. Optional box lunches and hotel registration online. Women’s Connection Luncheon Third Wednesday of each month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., DeBary Golf & Country Club, 300 Plantation Drive. All women are invited to the monthly luncheon, designed to connect women with God, their community, and each other. Judy Ann Mumford at jamumford@ gmail.com or 386-753-9376 Workplace Ministry First Tuesday of each month, 5:30 p.m., Orlando. J4 Leaders (www.J4Leaders.org), an interdenominational ministry for women to help encourage one another to succeed with a biblical worldview. Pam Oldham at info@J4Leaders.org or 407-522-4797

Donations

Please take clean, usable clothing, toys, household items, nonperishable food items and supplies to The Sharing Center, Fairmont Plaza, 600 N. Highway 1792, Longwood. 407-260-9155 or www. thesharingcenter.org Nonperishable food items can be placed into the designated wooden boxes in the lobby of the Worship Center and in the Student Ministries and Care Center. 407949-4000 or serve@northlandchurch.net Christian and classic children’s books as well as parenting and marriage books are needed for the Northland Children’s and Family library. Bethany Durys at bethany. durys@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0541 Men’s casual clothes, backpacks, blankets, tennis shoes and hygienic supplies, are needed by Downtown Homeless ministry at St. George’s Orthodox Church, a ministry to the homeless in Orlando. Dave Mullen at dmull77@yahoo.com Vehicles are needed at Recovery House of Central Florida (www.recoveryhouseinc. org). It also needs pressure-washing equipment, power tools and hand tools. Erik Robinson at 407-323-5857 or erikrhcf@yahoo.com Bed sheets, pillowcases and other items are needed at Safehouse of Seminole for battered women and their children. Complete needs list at www.safehouseofseminole.org. admin@safehouseofseminole.org or 407302-5220

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

LIFEHOPE

Hours and Location: Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Northland at Longwood’s Student Ministries and Care Center (SMCC) Serving people in need from our church family and community, LifeHope helps meet practical needs while working to connect all beneficiaries to a relationship with God and Christian community. Logistically, LifeHope ministers meet with guests to listen, pray, and to assess an individual’s priority needs and eligibility for assistance. Staff and volunteers then come alongside to help guide guests toward living the life God has for them. YOU can SERVE OTHERS by helping to meet the needs at LifeHope! Find out more at generous.northlandchurch.net.


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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.

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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. 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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7149 or elaine.harland@northlandchurch.net

HOME CHURCHES Crystal River, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturdays, 5 p.m. Tom and Alice Austin: aaustin@qahomes.com or 352-270-8764 DeLand, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 11 a.m. Jeff and Cindy Reinertsen: jsrein1@gmail.com or 386-736-9746 Naples, FL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sam Lewis: samllewis@aol.com or 407-310-1719 Marco Island, FL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sam Lewis: samllewis@aol.com or 407-310-1719 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 want to seek counseling? Counseling referral line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7204 I have a prayer request? Prayer request line. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4025 or pray.northlandchurch.net I need the Hospital Ministry to pay a visit? Bob Keiderling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1789 or bob.keiderling@northlandchurch.net

I want to become a member? Ruth Sapp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4039 or ruth.sapp@northlandchurch.net I have accepted Christ into my heart and wish to be baptized? Sharon Ferreira (adult/student) . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net Diane Jones (infants–grade school). . . . . 407-949-7188 or diane.jones@northlandchurch.net I need information on Student Ministries? Shaylynn Stoner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@northlandchurch.net I need information about Children’s Ministries? Debbie Blahnik. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .407-949-7162 or debbie.blahnik@northlandchurch.net I am interested in Distributed Journeys? Patti Harshey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-0573 or patti.harshey@northlandchurch.net; or visit SomedayIsToday.net I want to help at Northland? Lori Holton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 lori.holton@northlandchurch.net I want to get involved in a serve project? Dana DeVries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7156 or serve@ northlandchurch.net; or visit northlandchurch.net/serve 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 I have a special needs child or if I have special needs? Heather Subbert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1828 or heather.subbert@northlandchurch.net I am facing an unforeseen/unexpected financial crisis and need guidance and resources? Visit LifeHope in the Care Center . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Walk-in hours are Tuesday through Thursday. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., guests are served on a first come first served basis beginning at 9 a.m. I need information on jail/prison transition ministries? Gretchen Kerr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7190 or gretchen.kerr@northlandchurch.net I need the Resource Advocate Office for Families in Transition? Gretchen Kerr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7190 or gretchen.kerr@northlandchurch.net

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Catch up on sermons, revisit your favorite songs, hear inspirational stories … it’s all there!


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. Sundays . . . . . 9 (hi)(sp), 11 a.m.(sp); 5 p.m.

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

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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Worship Guide-Respond 38, 2012