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DECEMBER 3-5, 2016

What’s Current Get info and sign up at northlandchurch.net, or visit the Connect Tent.

Help students who’s families are experiencing financial hardship.

Hundreds of volunteers are needed during Christmas Eve worship services.

Christmas Camp Scholarships

Volunteer at Christmas We need your help.

northlandchurch.net/christmas

Contribute by Friday, December 23. northlandchurch.net/christmascamp

Download your copy today.

Stop by the display, and pick up a gift list.

Advent Discussion Guide

Christmas House Is Here! Make your donations by Friday, December 9.

Let Us Know New to Northland? Need prayer? Want to get connected? Let us know — just drop this card in an offering box, or stop by The Tent on your way out! PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.

Name(s)_____________________________________________________________________________________ Email_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Participate & Connect northlandchurch.net

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

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.

I am [ ] a child [ ] a middle school student [ ] a high school student [ ] an adult. [ ] I am new to Northland.

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

Also available in the bookstore. northlandchurch.net/adventguide

The Nutcracker Audiences of all ages will marvel at the magic and wonderment of this stunning holiday presentation. Friday, December 16, 7 to 10 p.m., sanctuary. northlandchurch.net/nutcracker

God and Money Meet the author, John Cortines Thursday, December 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m., The Hub. calendar.northlandchurch.net

northlandchurch.net/christmashouse

Tithes & Offerings THROUGH MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

2016

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

Tipping Point Goal 2016-17 2016 2017 Tipping Point Goal 2016-17 Received to Date: $12,067,333* Received to Date: $12,067,333*

2017

$32M $32M

Expected to Date: $12,669,904* Expected to Date: $12,669,904*

Building Payoff Building Payoff

2004 $43M 2004 $43M

Prayer request _____________________________________________________________________________

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

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

DEBT REMAINING

INITIAL $20M OFFERING BY CONGREGATION DEBT PAID TO DATE

DEBT REMAINING

INITIAL $20M OFFERING BY CONGREGATION DEBT PAID TO DATE

Debt Remaining: $11,795,028 Debt Remaining: $11,795,028

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

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

TippingPoint $0 $0 Debt Debt Free Free

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

Principal Paid 2016: $1,729,250 Principal Paid 2016: $1,729,250

12/3-5/2016


The second week of Advent

PRAYER

How close are you willing to get? WORSHIP FOCUS

Worship Christ today for doing the hard things required to demonstrate His love to us. It was love that brought Him from heaven, making Him willing to suffer and die. It was love that moved Him to redeem the lost, leaving His Spirit to live in us. When we love others, hard things will be required. It is His love that moves us closer to others, that causes us to share His good news.

Joseph did

the hard thing.

Life would not get easier. His hope

for a normal life

— Traditional Advent prayer from “The Worship Sourcebook”

He died to his dreams

WEEK 50: December 10-12 | SERMON: 2017: The Prequel – How Much Are You Willing to Trust? | Advent | Luke 1:26-38, with Chad Turnbull.

was over.

for the sake of

a greater dream.

A Message from Dr. Joel C. Hunter, Senior Pastor Read about Pastor Joel at northlandchurch.net/joelhunter. Stay informed about his involvement with current events at pastorjoelhunter.com.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for [d]the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.

UPCOMING WEEKS

Joseph, without doubt,

WEEK 51: December 17-19 | SERMON: 2017: The Prequel – How Interruptible Are You Willing to Be? | Advent | Luke 2:8-20, with Dr. Joel C. Hunter.

and under-celebrated

POINSETTIAS ORDER FORM

is the most underrated SCRIPTURE FOCUS Matthew 1:18-25 (NASB)

Merciful God, always with us, always coming: We confess that we do not know how to prepare for your Advent. We have forgotten the love that brought you from heaven; we have ignored the promise of your kingdom; Forgive us, God. Grant us the simple wonder of the shepherds, the intelligent courage of the Magi, and the patient faith of Mary and Joseph, that we may journey with them to Bethlehem and find the good news of a child born for us. Now, in the quiet of our hearts, we ask you to make us ready. Amen.

member of the cast

of the story of Jesus.

He did the hard thing. – J.D. Walt, “Not Yet Christmas”

TO HONOR OR MEMORIALIZE YOUR LOVED ONES.

To place your order by Thursday, December 15, fill out this form (please print clearly) and place it, along with $8 for each plant, into a tithe envelope found at the offering boxes. Label the envelope “Poinsettias” and deposit it there. Checks should be made payable to Northland. Details: Barbara Gritter at barbara.gritter@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000

________________________________________________________________________________________________

In honor of

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In memory of

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Given by Purchased plants will be placed as decorations throughout all sites and will be available for pickup in the lobby at the Longwood site Monday, December 26. Any plants not picked up will be donated to local organizations.


DECEMBER 3-5, 2016

What’s Current Get info and sign up at northlandchurch.net, or visit the Connect Tent.

Volunteer at Christmas

Christmas Camp Scholarships

We need your help.

Help students who’s families are experiencing financial hardship.

Hundreds of volunteers are needed during Christmas Eve worship services.

Contribute by Friday, December 23.

northlandchurch.net/christmas

northlandchurch.net/christmascamp

Christmas House Is Here!

Advent Discussion Guide

Stop by the display, and pick up a gift list.

Download your copy today. Also available in the bookstore.

Make your donations by Friday, December 9.

Let Us Know New to Northland? Need prayer? Want to get connected? Let us know — just drop this card in an offering box, or stop by The Tent on your way out! PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.

Name(s)_____________________________________________________________________________________ Email_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Prayer request _____________________________________________________________________________

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

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

northlandchurch.net

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

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Audiences of all ages will marvel at the magic and wonderment of this stunning holiday presentation. Friday, December 16, 7 to 10 p.m., sanctuary. northlandchurch.net/nutcracker

God and Money Meet the author, John Cortines Thursday, December 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m., The Hub. calendar.northlandchurch.net

northlandchurch.net/christmashouse

Tithes & Offerings

How To Give

THROUGH MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

There are three ways to give Tithes and Offerings:

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

Received to Date: $12,067,333* Received to Date: $12,067,333*

2017

$32M $32M

Expected to Date: $12,669,904* Expected to Date: $12,669,904*

Building Payoff Building Payoff

2004 $43M 2004 $43M

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

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

northlandchurch.net/adventguide

The Nutcracker

TippingPoint

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

INITIAL $20M OFFERING BY CONGREGATION DEBT PAID TO DATE

DEBT REMAINING

INITIAL $20M OFFERING BY CONGREGATION DEBT PAID TO DATE

DEBT REMAINING

Debt Remaining: $11,795,028 Debt Remaining: $11,795,028

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

$0 $0 Debt Debt Free Free

Principal Paid 2016: $1,729,250 Principal Paid 2016: $1,729,250

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


DECEMBER 3-5, 2016

What’s Current Get info and sign up at northlandchurch.net, or visit the Connect Tent.

Volunteer at Christmas

Christmas Camp Scholarships

We need your help.

Help students who’s families are experiencing financial hardship.

Hundreds of volunteers are needed during Christmas Eve worship services.

Contribute by Friday, December 23.

northlandchurch.net/christmas

northlandchurch.net/christmascamp

Christmas House Is Here!

Advent Discussion Guide

Stop by the display, and pick up a gift list.

Download your copy today. Also available in the bookstore.

Make your donations by Friday, December 9.

Let Us Know New to Northland? Need prayer? Want to get connected? Let us know — just drop this card in an offering box, or stop by The Tent on your way out! PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.

Name(s)_____________________________________________________________________________________ Email_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Prayer request _____________________________________________________________________________

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

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

northlandchurch.net

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

12/3-5/2016

Audiences of all ages will marvel at the magic and wonderment of this stunning holiday presentation. Friday, December 16, 7 to 10 p.m., sanctuary. northlandchurch.net/nutcracker

God and Money Meet the author, John Cortines Thursday, December 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m., The Hub. calendar.northlandchurch.net

northlandchurch.net/christmashouse

Tithes & Offerings

How To Give

THROUGH MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

There are three ways to give Tithes and Offerings:

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

Received to Date: $12,067,333* Received to Date: $12,067,333*

2017

$32M $32M

Expected to Date: $12,669,904* Expected to Date: $12,669,904*

Building Payoff Building Payoff

2004 $43M 2004 $43M

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

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

northlandchurch.net/adventguide

The Nutcracker

TippingPoint

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

INITIAL $20M OFFERING BY CONGREGATION DEBT PAID TO DATE

DEBT REMAINING

INITIAL $20M OFFERING BY CONGREGATION DEBT PAID TO DATE

DEBT REMAINING

Debt Remaining: $11,795,028 Debt Remaining: $11,795,028

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

$0 $0 Debt Debt Free Free

Principal Paid 2016: $1,729,250 Principal Paid 2016: $1,729,250

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


December 2016

Middle School Students Want to go to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip? Bring your parent to the interest meeting December 3 after #LUGrox!

Be the church everywhere, everyday.

More info on pages 7 and 9.

Respond to God

Inside CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES SCHEDULE SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS

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Visit somedayistoday.net for 2017 trips. BAPTISM Sunday, December 11 2 p.m. Watkins’ home

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2 NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED | northlandchurch.net/about

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

¿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.!

Not Local?

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

facebook.com/northlandchurch

twitter.com/northlandchurch

instagram.com/northlandchurch

youtube.com/user/northlandchurch

soundcloud.com/northlandchurch

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


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Christmas Worship Services

LONGWOOD & ONLINE Friday, December 23 . . . . . . . . 5 and 7 p.m. Childcare provided for age 3 and under. Saturday, December 24 . . . . . .1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Childcare provided for age 3 and under. Spanish interpretation offered at all Saturday service times. Sign language interpretation offered at 3 p.m. service. Sunday, December 25 . . . . . . . 11 a.m. Childcare provided for age 3 and under. LAKE COUNTY Saturday, December 24 . . . . . .5 p.m. Christmas Eve at the Farm RSVP at northlandchurch.net/christmas. Sunday, December 25 . . . . . . . 10 a.m. OVIEDO Saturday, December 24 . . . . . .5 p.m. Childcare provided for age 3 and under.


J O I N U S I N C ELEB R ATI N G

Advent Christmas is not a day or a season, but a condition of the heart and mind. If we love our neighbors as ourselves; if in our riches we are poor in spirit and in our poverty we are rich in grace; if our love of others isn’t for show, but suffers long and is kind; if when our brother asks for a loaf we give ourselves instead; if each day dawns in opportunity and sets in achievement, however small; then every day is Christ’s day and Christmas is always near. — James Wallingford, in “The 25 Days of Christmas”


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dvent, the season beginning four Sundays prior to Christmas and ending on Christmas Day, has been celebrated by the church for centuries. It is one of the most spiritually significant seasons of the year for believers. It is the already, but not yet. Christ has come, and we eagerly await His return, but in the meantime we have a mission as His church. We can participate with Him as He brings His Kingdom to earth as it is in Heaven. We can acknowledge and celebrate His coming as we prepare our hearts to realize His presence at work around and through us. Advent began as a season of confession, a time for discipline and repentance in the confident expectation of Christ’s return, and a celebration of baptism for new believers. The Council of Tours in 567 established the period of Advent as a time of fasting. The same council also proclaimed the 12 days from Christmas to Epiphany a sacred, festive season. Over the years, the Christmas season has become a time associated with great joy. Perhaps that is why it can be especially difficult for people going through personal hardship, loss or struggle. There is no other season that brings home in such a dramatic way the bittersweet journey of life. But regardless of our personal struggles, Christmas can be an opportunity to intentionally focus together on Christ’s presence and work in our lives. But it isn’t easy in today’s culture to keep the true meaning of this holiday season uppermost in our hearts and minds. There is so much pressure associated with this time of year. This year we are providing a study guide that will give a weekly framework for spiritual conversations with friends, family or small groups. Each week you can read together the stories of those who participated in the coming of Christ and consider how we can participate in bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to earth. The study is a companion to Northland’s Advent sermon series. Instructions will be included for using an Advent wreath as a focus for your time together. Believers have used the Advent wreath for centuries, as it holds great symbolism for the coming of Light and Life into the world. It is our hope that this study guide will help you keep Christ at the center of Christmas, and will help you make Christmas a condition of your heart. Please join us in this significant season. Free study guides will be available in the Northland Bookstore and at northlandchurch.net/ adventguide for download.


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

Northland Launches Community Resource Network N

orthland is helping to build a network of collaboration within the faith community to address homelessness across Central Florida. The Community Resource Network (CRN) is the faith community’s response to this very important issue. We believe the resources and relationships people need for transformative change are embedded within our community. Our goal is to empower families as they move toward this change. We’re not just about changing a situation; we’re about changing lives.

CRN will create collective impact within the faith community and complement the work of local government and nonprofit agencies that serve those experiencing housing instability. The launch of CRN at Northland in November was an enormous success. Over one weekend, 400 people signed up to volunteer for the network. This amazing response will ensure CRN is equipped to help homeless families across the region.

Northland Welcomes Evan Smith as CRN Director

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lease welcome Evan Smith, Community Resource Network (CRN) director with Northland. Born and raised in Sanford, Evan graduated from Seminole High School, then went on to attend Seminole State College before receiving his bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of North Florida. After a few years working in public relations and branding, Evan made the decision to pursue his passion for helping others. Since then he has worked with the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness before filling his current role.

L to r: Dr. Joel C. Hunter, Jeremy Jobson, Evan Smith, Greg Kerr, Ruth Sapp, Dr. Gretchen Kerr, Rebecca Lang and Angela Davies.

CARE Center Ministries DISASTER RESPONSE

Thank You for Giving to Christmas House!

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hank you for participating in Christmas House this year! Through your giving and serving throughout the Christmas season, we are able to serve a multitude of families. More important than the gifts, Northland volunteers and staff members are able to spend time with all family members and share other wonderful opportunities of which they can take advantage. Christmas House is an event that uses the When Helping Hurts model and provides participants an empowerment in providing gifts for their children. All participants from the Christmas House are invited back to join in our Faith and Finance class, career coaching or parenting classes. This event also allows us to build relationships that we hope to work with beyond the Christmas season!

Stuff the Bus Update

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ecently Northland received a wonderful packet of handcrafted thank-you cards from the children who received school supplies from your generosity. Stuff the Bus is an amazing program that puts school supplies in the hands of teachers, who pass them out directly when there is a need. Thank you, Northland congregation, for your support of this program! Please enjoy this beautifully crafted thank-you card!

For details, contact Judy Head at judy.head@ northlandchurch.net or 407-388-5798.

121HOPE (Northland’s anti-human trafficking ministry) For details, contact Megan Ginn at megan.ginn@ northlandchurch.net

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

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

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

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

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

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


7 SERVE GLOBALLY | somedayistoday.net

More Than a Trip

Short-term missions make long-lasting impact.

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or over two decades, Northland has sent hundreds of short-term mission teams all around the country and world, from Alaska to Wisconsin to Ukraine to Kenya. Long flights, strange foods, construction bruises and photo albums full of memories captured are just the tip of the iceberg of these adventures. Those who have gone on a trip know that the lasting relationships formed are what make the weeklong trips lifelong influencers. The Psalmist’s words “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” hit home as people from Orlando form tight bonds with brothers and sisters from all over the world (Psalm 133:1, NIV). Short-term trips offer incredible ways for new relationships to form between Northland and other Christians around the world. As teams are representatives of Northland, church-tochurch partnerships are created. From Northland’s partner churches in Uganda — Miracle Destiny Centre — to New Life in Ukraine to Brazil’s Igreja Presbiteriana de Manaus, a heritage of deep relationship has formed over the years. One way Northland grows as a church is through the perspective and insights offered through our partners. World events take on new meaning when seen through their lenses. We also learn a great deal about how others do evangelism, disciplemaking and training of new church leaders. In addition, countless

short-term teams have returned from international trips with a newfound passion for serving our Central Florida community. A short-term trip is not just a multi-day experience; it’s a lifelong impact both on those who are being served and on those who go to serve. As friendships are formed and worldviews are shaped, Northland and partner churches strive to sharpen each other to reflect the glory of the God we serve.

Want to join a short-term trip? Visit somedayistoday.net for more information! Alaska (student trip) — July 9-16 Brazil 1 — June 10-17 Brazil 2 — October 7-14 Camp Daniel, Wisconsin (dates TBD) Costa Rica — July 14-21 Cuba — September 10-17 Dominican Republic (middle school students and a parent or guardian) — June 9-17 Jamaica 1 — (high school students) — June 24-July 1 Jamaica 2 — (families) — July 1-8

High school students spent a week working in a low-income neighborhood in Anchorage, Alaska.

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

PARTNER CHURCH HIGHLIGHT

northlandchurch.net/globalstories

Vredelust, Cape Town, South Africa — Vredelust is known as a church willing to think outside the box in reaching its community. From training pastors across the country to supporting single mothers with impoverished backgrounds, Vredelust seeks to reach various demographics of its country. This year the church will be starting a church plant to reach an unengaged area of the city.

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

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

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please pray: • For our missionaries as the holiday season approaches. Pray that those far from home and family would enjoy the season in their respective locations. • For the health of church planters in Dubai, some of Northland’s supported missionaries. • For partner church Vredelust in South Africa as it establishes a new church plant.

South Africa


8 CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES | northlandchurch.net/children

Children’s Ministries Children’s Church

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

Cooperative School

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

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

GOD OF WONDERS CELEBRATION Come celebrate with us what Northland’s grade school children have learned this year in Children’s Church! The God of Wonders celebration is our children’s opportunity to share the Bible stories and Scripture songs with family and friends. All first- through fifth-graders are welcome to participate. Please join us for this celebration Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m. in Northland’s Worship Center.

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

Volunteer of the Month: Carol Ruth Cerar

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

Happenings!

Why did you make that?

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

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

Carol Ruth has been volunteering with Children’s Ministries since 2009. She faithfully serves every week in our resource room preparing supplies for our weekend services. Carol Ruth also serves on the Cut-Ups Team, which cuts out all the crafts for Children’s Church. We thoroughly enjoy the fellowship she brings to all who know her. Thank you, Carol Ruth, for your service and the love you bring to our team!

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

DOWNLOAD OUR CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES APP!

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


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Student Ministries Middle School Ministry

Happenings! DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MISSION TRIP Saturday, December 3, 8:30 p.m., The Rink. Hey, Middle School students! Bring your parent to this informational meeting after LUGrox!

GAME NIGHT

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

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

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

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

THE UPPER ROOM

Rescheduled!

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING WITH STUDENT MINISTRIES?

Register at northlandchurch.net/middleschool.

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

MIDDLE SCHOOL FALL RETREAT | New dates: December 9 through 11 at Southwind, A Young Life Camp, in Ocklawaha, Fla.

High School Ministry

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

I3 (I AM THIRD) | Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., The Rink. Ninth- to 12th-graders are invited to an evening of small and large group discipleship, worship and community. Chick-fil-A food is available for $3. If you’ve never attended a Student Ministries program before, sign up at northlandchurch.net/highschool. The last I Am Third gathering for the year will be December 14. I Am Third will resume January 11.

Save The Date:

CHRISTMAS CAMP | December 28 through January 1 at SharpTop Cove, A Young Life Camp, in Jasper, Ga. Sign up at northlandchurch.net/highschool.

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Baptisms ADULT BAPTISMS Sunday, December 11, 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). To sign up, visit calendar.northlandchurch.net. Details: Sharon Ferreira at 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@ northlandchurch.net

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

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

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

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

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY (FPU)

MARRIAGE PREP CLASS

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

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY LIFE – ROMANS

MARRIAGE ONENESS

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

Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., rooms 4209-10. God’s goal for marriage is for two to become one. This eight-week class is designed to help you and your mate work toward greater oneness of heart, soul and mind. This entertaining video series and discussion make a perfect date night! The cost is $35 for books and assessment. Child care is available with registration at calendar. northlandchurch.net. Details: Melelani Frumer at smoothieteam@yahoo.com or 407-590-9885

NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY: 27 DOCUMENTS ABOUT JESUS Sundays, 10:45 a.m. to noon, rooms 420607. The New Testament is a collection of 27 documents that talk about Jesus: who He is, and what He said and did, and why knowing that is so important. In this yearlong adventure, we’ll talk about why each of these writings was selected to be in the New Testament and why others were left out. Each book has its own author, theme, historical environment and purpose, and combined, the books provide one of history’s most rewarding, diverse and fascinating texts. Learn, make new friends, and deepen relationships with old friends. Details: Wayne Lukens at wlukens@cfl.rr.com or 407-365-4735

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

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


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

LIFE LAB: TRUST-BASED RELATIONAL INTERVENTION (TBRI) — BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE Thursday, December 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m., rooms 4209-10. Learn about the developing brain, and practical advice and tips for leading children of all ages, including teens. This class helps caregivers and parents understand a child’s brain chemistry and discuss interventions for at-risk children. Details: Jamila Millette at jamila. millette@northlandchurch.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAN IN THE MIRROR MEN’S GROUP: “DISCIPLESHIP LIFE” Tuesdays, 6:45 to 8 a.m., room 1118. Following Christ leads us to the discipleship lifestyle: disciples who are making disciples ... who are making disciples. Details: Bob Shoemaker at bshoemaker@compass1.org or 407-599-3132

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

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

FOUNDATIONS 2 BIBLE STUDY (FOR WOMEN) Mondays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., rooms 4209-10. Would you like your Christian life to be lived out moment by moment, every day? We have been learning from Pastors Joel and Matt how crucial it is to live and grow in community. Foundations 2 is all about how to live in victory, how to walk consistently and how to be the church outside the walls of the church building. If you have been through Foundations 1 and desire to keep growing, or if you are simply looking for practical steps to integrating your faith in every area of your life, Foundations 2 is for you. For child care, contact Pauline Hale at pauline.hale@ northlandchurch.net. Details: Kari Maggard at Karimaggard@gmail.com or 407-592-3001

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

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

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

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

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


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DIVORCE RECOVERY

STEPHEN MINISTERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOLF MINISTRY — LINKS FELLOWSHIP OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

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

MEN FAITHFUL AND TRUE

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

ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING MINISTRY MEETING

Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. Join a fellowship of men pursuing sexual integrity. Workbook cost: $19.95 at Northland’s bookstore. Details: Bryan at 816-206-4167, Jim at 407-7017796, or Kevin Urichko at 407-949-7166 or kevin. urichko@northlandchurch.net

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

SAA FOR MEN

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

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

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

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

ARABIC DISTRIBUTED CHURCH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REUNIÓN DOMINICAL HISPANA DOMINGOS

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

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

EL MINISTERIO HISPANO CELEBRACIÓN DE LA NAVIDAD

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


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JOY (JUST OLDER YOUTHS) CONNECTION (AGE 55 AND ABOVE) The second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 10:30 a.m. to noon, fellowship hall, Student Ministries and CARE Center. Come join our group as we fellowship and encourage one another. Our first meeting will be an introduction of friends and a view of where we will start our friendship. Our theme will be “finishing strong.” With this in mind, we will spend our first nine meetings learning about our spiritual gifts. We will discover our own personal spiritual gifts and how these gifts benefit others and the church as a whole. Details: Brian King at brian. king@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0567

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

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

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

MOTORCYCLE MINISTRY LIGHT-UP CHRISTMAS AND TOYS FOR TOTS

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

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

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

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

MINISTERIO HISPANO - TRADUCCIÓN A ESPAÑOL

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

WANT TO SERVE GOD WITH YOUR MUSIC?

Serve at Northland FOR ADDITIONAL WAYS TO SERVE AT NORTHLAND, VISIT NORTHLANDCHURCH.NET/VOLUNTEER. BUDDY BREAK NEEDS BUDDIES Buddy Break is a three-hour monthly respite event for families with special needs. Parents drop off their children for a special program planned just for them. Parents are able to enjoy their morning knowing their children are well cared for and are having a blast! We always have activities planned to help make each month a special experience for the VIP and the Buddy. Be a Buddy to one of our VIPs, and join in the fun! Details: Holly Christian at holly.christian@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0577

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

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

LIFEHOPE CHILDCARE VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Saturday, December 3, 4 p.m.; call for meetup location. We encourage you to bring your family to this event because it is fun and for a great cause. Please bring at least one unwrapped toy to this event. The group will meet at 4 p.m., and the festivities are from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will include food, Santa, Christmas lights and fireworks. Wear walking shoes so you can walk through the Christmas lights around the lake. We went to this event two years ago, and it was awesome. Details: Lori Landers at 352-589-1011

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

SEW AND SERVE

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

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

SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN AND TEENS

USHERS AND GREETERS Greet and seat those attending worship services. No experience necessary. Details: Barbara Gritter at barbara.gritter@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000

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

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

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


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CO-FACILITATE CLASSES IN THE JAIL

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

SERVE WITH NANAS, PAPAS AND FRIENDS

DO YOU SPEAK SPANISH? WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Mission to Japan, a Northland-supported ministry, is bringing several Japanese college students to Orlando to experience American culture and practice English. The program helps Mission to Japan spread the gospel in Japan, where less than 1 percent are Christian. Mission to Japan takes care of the students during the day with English and Bible classes at Northland, as well as sightseeing trips. From December 16 through January 4, host families are needed to receive students in the evenings, and provide meals, a room and Christian friendship. This is a great way for the whole family to share the love of Christ and the true meaning of Christmas. Details: Warren Griffith at 407-243-8867 or info@ MissionToJapan.org

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

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

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

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

Serve with Northland BLOOD DRIVE Sunday, December 4, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Northland at Longwood. To reduce your waiting time, you may schedule a time slot at www. floridasbloodcenters.org. Details: Ruth Sapp at ruth.sapp@northlandchurch.net or 407-9494039

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

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

¿HABLA ESPAÑOL? ¡NECESITAMOS SU AYUDA!

LIVE WORSHIP WITH INMATES

LONGWOOD HEALTH CARE CENTER

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

Sundays, 9 a.m., sanctuary. Give hugs and show love to the residents of the facility behind Northland on Grant Street. People are needed to bring the residents to the Sunday 9 a.m. service at Northland at Longwood. Details: Patsy Grannan at 407-538-5209 or pjgrannan@yahoo. com

CELEBRATE RECOVERY – INSIDE

FINANCIAL ALLIES NEEDED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEN MENTORING FATHERLESS BOYS

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

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

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

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

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


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offer effective teaching, small group discussion, genuine fellowship and a children’s program. Women from all backgrounds and with all levels of Bible knowledge are welcome. Registration is always open. Details: Paula Porter at 407-3253154 or communitybiblestudy.org

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

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

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

CENTRAL FLORIDA’S JOB FAIR (CFEC.ORG) Wednesday, January 25, noon to 4 p.m., Central Florida Fairgrounds & Exposition Park, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Visit www.CFEC.org to preregister, get job fair tips, research the companies listed, get directions or search Central Florida’s Online Job Board. Details: Christian HELP at 407-834-4022 or christianhelp.org

COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Community United Methodist Church, 4921 S. U.S. Highway 17-92, Casselberry. Join them in studying the Gospel of Matthew. They are an interdenominational women’s Bible study serving Orlando and the surrounding area, and they

INTERFAITH OPPORTUNITIES • Interfaith Discussion Wednesday, December 14, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Adventist University of Health Sciences, Florida Hospital, 671 Winyah Drive, Orlando. Topic: “Faith-Based Rituals”: What are the prime rituals in your faith tradition? Are the rituals primarily religious or cultural in nature? Or a blend of both? Are they done primarily to satisfy God or to benefit those who engage? What do the rituals mean to you as an adherent? Come prepared to discuss these questions and more. Join the respectful, open and candid discussion, sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. The participants represent a variety of faith traditions as well as those who question the validity of faith altogether. Admission is free. Everyone is invited. • “Friends Talking Faith” Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7 p.m., 90.7-FM radio. The “Three Wise Guys” (Rabbi Steven Engel, Rev. Bryan Fulwider and Imam Muhammad Musri) come together to discuss topics from the perspective of the different religions they represent. December continues our five-show series on the Pulse nightclub tragedy. Our guests include those who were in the club that night, friends and family members of victims, religious and civic leaders, physicians and more. As we begin the healing process, these voices of pain, sadness, hope and strength will help us thoughtfully and sensitively begin to deal with the trauma and find our way forward as community. Join us for this amazing and inspiring journey focused on peace, hope and love, titled “Pulse: Conversations From the Heart,” December 5 and 12. Details: Robert Ray at 407-415-8528 or Robert. Ray@nrmafla.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Send newspaper correspondence to: newspaper@northlandchurch.net.

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

Governing Elders Owusu Amaning, Chairman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1797 owusu.amaning@northlandchurch.net Tim Wright, Vice Chairman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1804 tim.wright@northlandchurch.net Dale Burket, Secretary-Treasurer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1809 dale.burket@northlandchurch.net JT Almon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7169 jt.almon@northlandchurch.net Sam Certo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7168 sam.certo@northlandchurch.net Gilbert Kingsley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-0540 gilbert.kingsley@northlandchurch.net Bill Wolfe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1803 bill.wolfe@northlandchurch.net Jim Dees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1827 jim.dees@northlandchurch.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Worship Guide-Respond 49, 2016  

December 3 to 10, 2016

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