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NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED DECEMBER 8-10, 2012

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

STUDENT MINISTRIES

northlandchurch.net/ministry/childrens_church/

MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

HIGH SCHOOL

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

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

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

• Kinect (Middle and High School) Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

• LUGRox Saturdays, 6:30 p.m., The Rink, SMCC.

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

WELCOME!

New to Northland?

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!

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

northlandchurch.net/middleschool

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

northlandchurch.net/highschool

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • I Am Third Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., various locations (see website for details). • Servant Leadership Ministry We offer servant leadership training and opportunities to serve for 9thgraders (setup crew), 10th- to 12th-graders (LUGRox captains) and college students (small group leaders and work crews).

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

Let’s worship God together!

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

Name(s)_____________________________________________________________________________________

• Kinect (Middle and High School) Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

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

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

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

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

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • Young Life Capernaum Last Friday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., SMCC

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Email_________________________________________________________________________________________

Participate & Connect:

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

northlandchurch.net

Phone_______________________________________________________________________________________

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

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Address______________________________________________________________________________________

I am [ ] a child [ ] a middle school student [ ] a high school student [ ] an adult. [ ] I am a new believer. I recently trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. [ ] I would like to know more about how to participate in God’s works.

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

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

Financial Report — November 27 to December 3, 2012 This Week

This Year to Date

Need. . . . . . . . . . . 255,731 Need. . . . . . . . 12,530,819 Received. . . . . . . . 227,537 Received. . . . . 11,345,106 Difference. . . . . . (28,194) Difference. . . . (1,185,713)

generous.northlandchurch.net

12/8-10/2012


NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED

NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED DECEMBER 8-10, 2012

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

STUDENT MINISTRIES MIDDLE SCHOOL

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

• Kinect (Middle and High School) Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

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

HIGH SCHOOL

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

northlandchurch.net/highschool

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

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

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

• I Am Third Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., various locations (see website for details). • Servant Leadership Ministry We offer servant leadership training and opportunities to serve for 9thgraders (setup crew), 10th- to 12th-graders (LUGRox captains) and college students (small group leaders and work crews).

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

WELCOME!

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

Let’s worship God together!

PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.

Name(s)_____________________________________________________________________________________

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!

northlandchurch.net/ministry/childrens_church/

northlandchurch.net/middleschool • LUGRox Saturdays, 6:30 p.m., The Rink, SMCC.

New to Northland?

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

• Kinect (Middle and High School) Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

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

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

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

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • Young Life Capernaum Last Friday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., SMCC

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Email_________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Phone_______________________________________________________________________________________

northlandchurch.net

Address______________________________________________________________________________________

Which site are you attending?  [ ] Longwood [ ] Mount Dora [ ] Oviedo [ ] Other__________________________ I am [ ] a child [ ] a middle school student [ ] a high school student [ ] an adult. [ ] I am a new believer. I recently trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. [ ] I would like to know more about how to participate in God’s works.

12/8-10/2012

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

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

generous.northlandchurch.net

Financial Report — November 27 to December 3, 2012 This Week

This Year to Date

Need. . . . . . . . . . . 255,731 Need. . . . . . . . 12,530,819 Received. . . . . . . . 227,537 Received. . . . . 11,345,106 Difference. . . . . . (28,194) Difference. . . . (1,185,713)


The Magi (common cause groups)

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

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR VERNON RAINWATER

(Read about Pastor Vernon at northlandchurch.net/team/vernon_rainwater/.)

Matthew 2:1-12 (ESV) Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

LIVE GENEROUSLY: CHRISTMAS CAMP

We gather in preparation for good news is about to be proclaimed. We gather in expectation for joy is about to explode in our midst. We gather in celebration for we are those people who have said yes to the manger, yes to love enfleshed, yes to the one incarnate for others, yes to the wholeness of God. With preparation and in expectation, let us celebrate! -The Worship Sourcebook

Notes

Sponsor a Student!

A Project from Pete!

Every year, Northland high school students get to attend Christmas Camp — traveling away from home to learn and grow in their relationship with Christ, ringing in the new year together with a new perspective. Your generosity will help make it possible for students to be part of an amazing experience.

Our own Pete Geiger has spent the past year or so working on a worship album. Reflecting on what God’s been teaching him about worship, both personally and as a community of faith, the songs are an honest look into the heart of one of our own. Learn more about Pete and the music your worship has helped inspire at petegeiger.com.

Any sponsorship is welcome — learn more at generous.northlandchurch.net

Worship focus Worship God today as the Author of joy. Broken people experience joy; happy people don’t. When we acknowledge our longings and give them to God, we find a joy deeper than any happiness.   Prayer

Speaking of causes … THE EYEGLASS PROJECT

Think about it: The Magi were eyewitnesses to the fulfillment of the prophecies when they visited the Christ-child. What eyewitness accounts of God’s fulfilled promises could you share with others?

WORSHIP GOD: HALLOWED GROUND

We’re still collecting eye glasses for those in need in the Dominican Republic! Donation boxes are in the foyer through December 17.

Be in Community:

Find the album in the Northland Bookstore and on iTunes!

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP AT NORTHLAND

Pick a Service, Invite a Friend! LONGWOOD and ONLINE Saturday, December 22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 p.m. Sunday, December 23. . . . . . . 9, 11 a.m., 5 p.m. Monday, December 24. . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 4, 7 p.m. OVIEDO Sunday, December 23. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 a.m. Monday, December 24. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 p.m. MOUNT DORA Sunday, December 23. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9, 11 a.m. All services are identical and child care is available for children ages 3 and under. Can you help care for the congregation during Christmas Eve services? Let us know — email christmas@ northlandchurch.net or stop by the Welcome Desk! For more info visit northlandchurch.net/ christmas.

Let Us Know!

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

Name(s) ________________________________________________________________________________________

Spark conversation in your group this week! Follow this reading schedule this week through the story of the Magi. When you gather, share your insights about how these men came together to seek Christ. Do you think any of them would have made this journey alone? Explain your answer. What are the implications of that answer for us in our own journeys? Consider the sense of wonder they must have had as they set out. For what journeys did you, or do you, have that same sense of possibility? These men were seekers. How did God uniquely draw these men to Himself and to one another? Knowing God should help us to connect with others, not divide us from them. How did He direct them, connecting them along the way? When we come to Christ, we are immediately connected to His family. How has God connected you and/or your group, individually or together? Monday — Matthew 1:1-17 Tuesday — Matthew 1:18-25 Wednesday — Matthew 2:1-12 Thursday — Matthew 2:13-23 Friday — Micah 5:2 and Jeremiah 31:10-14

Email ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________

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

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


NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED

NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED DECEMBER 8-10, 2012

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

STUDENT MINISTRIES MIDDLE SCHOOL

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

• Kinect (Middle and High School) Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

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

HIGH SCHOOL

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

northlandchurch.net/highschool

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

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

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

• I Am Third Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., various locations (see website for details). • Servant Leadership Ministry We offer servant leadership training and opportunities to serve for 9thgraders (setup crew), 10th- to 12th-graders (LUGRox captains) and college students (small group leaders and work crews).

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

WELCOME!

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

Let’s worship God together!

PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.

Name(s)_____________________________________________________________________________________

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!

northlandchurch.net/ministry/childrens_church/

northlandchurch.net/middleschool • LUGRox Saturdays, 6:30 p.m., The Rink, SMCC.

New to Northland?

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

• Kinect (Middle and High School) Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

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

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

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

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • Young Life Capernaum Last Friday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., SMCC

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Email_________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Phone_______________________________________________________________________________________

northlandchurch.net

Address______________________________________________________________________________________

Which site are you attending?  [ ] Longwood [ ] Mount Dora [ ] Oviedo [ ] Other__________________________ I am [ ] a child [ ] a middle school student [ ] a high school student [ ] an adult. [ ] I am a new believer. I recently trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. [ ] I would like to know more about how to participate in God’s works.

12/8-10/2012

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

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

generous.northlandchurch.net

Financial Report — November 27 to December 3, 2012 This Week

This Year to Date

Need. . . . . . . . . . . 255,731 Need. . . . . . . . 12,530,819 Received. . . . . . . . 227,537 Received. . . . . 11,345,106 Difference. . . . . . (28,194) Difference. . . . (1,185,713)


DECEMBER 2012

www.northlandchurch.net

Respond. BE THE CHURCH.

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP AT NORTHLAND Mark your calendar to attend or serve! Service times on page 10.

EVERY WHERE. EVERY DAY.

BE IN COMMUNITY

Foster environments for relationship. Let’s be intentional in ministering to one another this Advent season! Learn how: community.northlandchurch.net

northlandchurch.net/christmas

THE EYEGLASS PROJECT

Give the Gift of Sight! Got old glasses? Donate them to those in need in the Dominican Republic! Collection is December 1-17. Learn more on page 4.


RESPOND TO GOD

FOSTER ENVIRONMENTS FOR RELATIONSHIP.

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

– Jesus Christ (John 4:23, NIV)

worship.northlandchurch.net

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

– God (Jeremiah 1:12, NASB)

bible.northlandchurch.net

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

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

pray.northlandchurch.net

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

– Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:40, NIV)

serve.northlandchurch.net

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

– Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:21, NASB)

generous.northlandchurch.net

BE IN COMMUNITY: FOSTER ENVIRONMENTS FOR RELATIONSHIP.

How can you get together with others to celebrate Christ this Advent season?

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

– Jesus Christ (John 13:35, NIV)

community.northlandchurch.net

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


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Art House Orlando: Building God’s Kingdom Through the Arts BY MELODY OLSON

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hen I moved to Orlando a year ago, my emotions swirled as I left behind my beloved Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) and a new movement of creative community I was involved in called Art House North (AHN). I spent six years traveling as the background vocalist for singer/songwriter Sara Groves, who, along with her husband, Troy, founded AHN. After dreaming with them for a couple of years about beginning AHN, Troy and Sara took the plunge and bought a 100-year-old church in St. Paul. They were working on transforming it into a gathering place for artists when I felt God calling me to move away. God’s timing perplexed me. The vision of AHN was so near to my heart. I loved the Groves dearly, and had several Art House plans of my own to connect AHN artists with local homeless ministries, prison ministries and low-income school programs. However, shortly after I moved, as God always does, He answered my questions in His timing when I was informed by some close friends that the True North Foundation (www.truenorthfoundation.org) had been discussing launching an Art House Orlando (AHO) for quite some time, and that the launch would take place in the next year! Immediately, I sensed, very gratefully, that God had directed my path to assist in beginning yet another Art House. History of Art House Orlando True North Foundation (TNF) founder and Northland Pastor Vernon Rainwater, along with a few friends and TNF affiliates, traveled to St. Paul to witness the launch of AHN in February. They thought, If they can do it, so can we! Soon after, they formed the AHO committee (of which I am a part), rented some office/performance space (shared with Orlando Ballet Co. and Central Florida Community Arts) in the Dr. Phillips Center on Lake Ivanhoe, a beautiful building strategically located in the heart of the Downtown Arts District, and began planning the inaugural event, which will take place in the Dr. Phillips building November 30. Art House North, Art House Orlando and 2-yearold Art House Dallas are all inspired by Art House America. Charlie Peacock, a Grammy Award-winning

artist/producer in Nashville, started Art House America when he and his wife, Andi Ashworth, purchased an old church and transformed it into a recording studio, their home and a place of mentorship for artists. Many great musicians, such as Sara Groves and The Civil Wars, have benefited from connecting with Art House America. Charlie has helped these and many more artists find their voice. While AHO functions independent of the Art House America network, AHO is pleased to operate with the blessing and encouragement of Art House America and is born of the same DNA, with a heart for inspiring a movement of creative communities that enable stories of recreation and advance the good of people and planet. So, how will AHO benefit people and planet? It will inspire creativity in people’s lives by holding monthly, and eventually weekly, events that will bring the artistic community together. As people experience fresh creative undertakings, they, too, will be inspired to create. After all, God, the ultimate Creator, has designed us all in His image to create. A key strategic factor of AHO must be mentioned: While AHO is very connected with the mission of Jesus—we want to mirror Him in every way possible— we are intentionally not connected with one church community. We exist to unite the church in Central Florida. While uniting the church, the hope is that we will reach out to the entire city. (We already have begun strategic partnerships with the city of Orlando, the Downtown Arts District, Downtown Credo, CityArts Factory, Food Truck Wars and many more.) We believe that the church is called to be salt and light in the world, so AHO is working to build those relationships, not necessarily for evangelism’s sake, but because we believe that as we inspire as many people as we can to live fully creative lives, eventually the broader community will see glimpses of the beauty of our God and the purposeful life He has designed every human being to live.

We already have events in the works. There will be concerts—local band Civil Parish (December 22), Pete Geiger CD release of Hallowed Ground (January 18), Sara Groves (February 8)—at various venues in the city. We also are starting a series of monthly citywide interactive art/worship nights titled “Downtown Church.” The first installment will be Pete Geiger’s CD release. Also, we are sponsoring a traveling CIVA (www.civa.org) art exhibit that will be held in Northland’s lobby in April. At our launch event November 30, we are showing art by several local artists and premiering an interactive piece by local dance company Canvas (www.canvascoalition.com). We also will hear from renowned and nationally beloved singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis that evening. Many key city officials, community organizers, church leaders and artists will be in attendance. Is your heart stirred, like mine is, to encourage artists in their endeavors? Do you believe that all creation, when made by God’s people for His glory, can bring the church together and reach out to the world around us? If so, and you’d like to get involved, here’s how: • Attend an AHO event, and get plugged in to the community. Sign up on our email list at www.arthouseorlando.com. • Help build AHO and make a donation. You even can become a member and receive the benefits that membership can bring. Again, all of that information is at www.arthouseorlando. com. • And pray. Pray for us as we reach out to the surrounding artistic community. “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1, NIV). It is our deep desire to be led by the Holy Spirit in this endeavor. We can’t wait for God to build His Kingdom through AHO, and to become more like Him as we work to inspire everyone to do the same.


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Go on a DISTRIBUTED JOURNEY!

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Distributed Journeys 2012: A year of new beginnings BY PATTI HARSHEY

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hen 15 team members returned from Pisgah, Alabama’s Camp ToknowHim in October, the 2012 Distributed Journeys came to another successful close. This year 362 Northlanders and others served on 22 different short-term mission teams. In addition to our annually recurring trips, such as those to Brazil, Swaziland, Ukraine, Scotland and Jamaica, four of the teams were first-time journeys: two to the Dominican Republic, and two to Africa! Partnering with Summit Church, Hunter Vision and New Missions, the Dominican Republic Eyeglass Project took flight in May. Armed with hundreds of pairs of glasses, the team set out with the goal of helping to fit as many

Augusto Lopez-Torres conducts an eye examination.

people as possible with the proper prescription for clearer vision and their own eyeglasses. The team accomplished its goal and returned home having given the gift of sight to many thankful Dominicans. We’re actually already gathering glasses for next year’s trip — The Eyeglass Project collection boxes will be in foyer at all sites from December 1-17. Partnering with TIME Ministries, a team of high school students set out to build a chapel and conduct Vacation Bible School in the Dominican Republic, following the lead of the middle school students who for several years have traveled to this country to accomplish this goal. Hopefully, this was the first year of many that high school students will take up the worthwhile cause of providing a community with a “house” of worship. Another partnership, with Christ’s Hope International, had a team of nine traveling to Kisumu, Kenya, to help set up a Care Point for preschool and elementary school children in the rural village of Ombeyi. This is a community greatly affected by the AIDS pandemic, poverty and malnutrition. With the help of sponsorships for about 25 to 30 children, the Care Point will provide three meals a week, school uniforms and tuition, and proper medical treatment. Finally, working with Kuyasa Empowerment, a student-leadership Children in Ombeyi in need of development program sponsors. in South Africa, a team

Ladies in the township learn to knit.

went to a township called Kayamandi, serving in various capacities. The team helped plant a garden of fruits and vegetables that would feed children at the Kuyasa School. The team also taught the women in the community to knit so they could provide their own blankets and clothing. Also, the team coached soccer, cleaned and organized classrooms, and participated in a tutoring program. Next year we are excited to continue these kinds of partnerships by broadening our scope of Distributed Journeys. We will be including many more trips on our Someday Is Today website (www.somedayistoday.net) that will be facilitated and led by sending organizations other than Northland, giving our congregation a wide variety of opportunities to serve globally! In next month’s Respond, look for information on our 2013 Distributed Journeys. Our Passport to the Nations event is scheduled for Friday, January 18. We would love for you to come and explore the numerous opportunities available to serve on a short-term mission trip, making your someday today!

HEART FOR SOUTH AFRICA Is God calling you to a startup ministry? Do you want to know how you can impact the nation of South Africa from the comfort of your own home? These are exciting times, as South Africa is in a time of transition and is open to hearing the gospel. Learn how God can use you to impact the nation of South Africa for generations. Join us as we help build the emerging leaders in the impoverished areas of this country in the name of Jesus. Attend the informational meeting, Thursday, December 6 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. in room 4205.

A young Dominican man is exuberant with the gift of sight, thanks to The Eyeglass Project!

Marianne Testa at mbrookstesta@hotmail.com or 407-748-6124


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SERVE LOCALLY Hurricane Sandy Disaster Response

A Journey to Advocacy

BY JUDY HEAD

BY BEV AND JIM SULLIVAN

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orthland’s Disaster Response Team was invited to serve those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The team deployed to The Community Church of the Nazarene in Far Rockaway, N.Y., for 11 days. The team wants to thank you for your prayers and financial support that allowed us to accomplish the mission.

Team info: • 11 days of deployment • 13 team members • 20,000 meals cooked and served Distributed: • 1 ½ semitrailers loaded with cases of water distributed • 1 semitrailer of Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) distributed • 1 semitrailer of diapers, baby wipes and baby supplies distributed • 22,500 blankets distributed • 20,000 individual bags of nonperishable food distributed • Warehouse full of used and new clothes distributed Food and goods that were distributed came from FEMA, churches, businesses, restaurants and individuals from every corner of the United States.

Stacks of Meals Ready to Eat were handed out.

The Yankees stopped by to help serve.

Meals were created in Northland’s mobile kitchen.

Local Serve Opportunities

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ne of the most practical ways to “Be the Church” everywhere, every day is by serving locally in the community. Use your time, talents and gifts that God has given you by serving here at Northland, or with one of our local partners or outreach projects. Downtown Homeless Ministry. . . . . . . . . . . December 8 Ronald McDonald House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 8 Harvest Time International. . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 8 Pathways to Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .December 15 Downtown Homeless Ministry. . . . . . . . . . December 25 To register for or find out more about these serve projects, visit serve.northlandchurch.net. Judy Head at judy.head@northlandchurch.net or 407-388-5798

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e were watching a “60 Minutes” story on homelessness when, wait ... Seminole County, Florida? Homelessness? Families living in their cars, trying to keep together, so Bev and Jim Sullivan. close to home? We were saddened and shocked. Our hearts ached. Then we heard Beth Davolos explain the school district’s Families in Transition program, which helps with temporary shelter and basic needs. Children need their basic needs met so they are capable of learning while at school. Lines of children at local motels were getting on school buses. Wow, 1,800 homeless children? That’s a lot of kids. Later, Pastor Joel discussed Northland’s helping the school district with volunteers. There aren’t enough social workers. Could we really help? Doubts raced through our minds. Then we thought of our loved ones, our 10 grandchildren. Pastor Joel said, “All you need is a willing heart.” Well, we have willing hearts. When we joined the first class of Advocates, we were overwhelmed. The classes were very informative. We prayed we had learned enough. Then we were given a family! We were nervous. We started with a mom with three middle school boys. She was so hopeful and appreciative. The training started paying off. We taught her to “fish” online for information from www. resourcepoint.org. (This is an awesome tool; look it over). We helped her fax, find job training, and get help with bills, the basics and services for her sons. When we had questions, we had folks at Northland and the FIT program to consult. We never felt alone. Advocates meet monthly to learn and share experiences. Every meeting we learned about a new critical resource. During every hurdle the mother faced, we walked beside her. The stress faded from her face as together we overcame the obstacles. The mom was empowered, and had resources and a plan. After three months, she moved forward with the tools she gained. Our next family was a disabled dad with three little girls living in a motel. They needed housing. We helped get the various deposits. The dad found housing but needed furniture and household items. My friend’s cousin donated most of the household items. Then, a Northland member and his son donated their time and truck. The adorable three little girls hugged and kissed us all. The past six months, we have watched in awe and amazement as miraculous events have unfolded. God orchestrated all the things the family needed — things we take for granted. We saw so many caring people all working together to help and doing their best. We witnessed the families turn the corner and transition to a better place. When you are pondering whether to become an “Advocate,” remember our journey. If you are interested in advocacy for families with school-aged children, details can be found at the FAO Northland website, www. FamilyAdvocacyOffice.com, or contact Maria Penzes at maria.penzes@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0554.

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Mark Your Calendar! Christmas Camp 2012 December 28 through January 1

Who: All high school students (9th through 12th grade) Where: S  harp Top Cove, Young Life Camp Cost: $345 Deadline: December 12 (Contact shaylynn.stoner@ northlandchurch.net for details after this date.) Balance: Due at check-in if it is not paid beforehand Register at northlandchurch.net/highschool

Christmas Camp Sponsorship Ways to Get Involved:

PRAY—Pray for what God will do in the lives of the students at Christmas Camp. Pray for safety as we travel, the counselors as they prepare for camp and build relationships with students there, the worship band as it prepares and leads students in worship, and the speaker and the work crew as they serve the students. FAST—Fast as well as pray for the requests above. SPONSOR—Enable a high school student to go to Christmas Camp. Each year more than 100 high school students attend, and God works in their lives in amazing ways. Any sponsorship is welcome. Suggestions: • Sponsor one student: $321 • Sponsor five students: $1,605 • Sponsor 10 students: $3,210 Your generosity will help make it possible for a student to begin or grow in their relationship with Christ. (Make checks payable to Northland Church. Note “Christmas Camp Sponsorship” in the memo line, and place it in one of the tithe boxes. Or go to northlandchurch.net/ generous/christmascamp.

Mark Your Calendar! Steps for Young Believers (Grades 2-5) and Their Parents Sundays at 3 p.m.

Step 1: Sundays, January 13 to February 3 Step 2: Sundays, February 10 to March 17 Step 3: Sundays, January 13 to February 1 More info on page 7. and registration: Gale Watzel at 407-621-1131 or rgjace@earthlink.net

Healthy 100 for Kids and Adults

Wednesdays, January 16 to March 13, 6 to 8 p.m. Experience a creative, fun-filled adventure while learning new ways to live happier and healthier! and registration: northlandchurch.net

5th-Grade JumpStart

Saturdays, January 19, February 16, March 16 and April 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Get to know other fifth-graders and some of our middle school leaders. You won’t want to miss out, so mark your calendars! RSVP to Julie Meeker at julie.meeker@northlandchurch. net or 407-949-7153

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

STUDENT MINISTRIES

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

MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRY To register for any of these activities and for more detailed info, visit northlandchurch.net/middleschool. Shaylynn Stoner at 407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@northlandchurch.net MIDDLE SCHOOL DOULOS Sundays, 11 a.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Middle School Doulos will help students connect what they experience in worship service to their daily lives and was designed for parents who are serving during the 11 a.m. service. LUGRox Saturdays, through December 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. (Resuming January 12) LUGRox is an evening full of high energy, high impact and just plain fun! Students will find thrilling games, solid teaching, rockin’ worship and friend-connecting small groups. Optional dinner (two slices of pizza, chips and lemonade) is available for $3.

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

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

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

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

Children’s Church

Northland Early Learning Center

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

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

Volunteer of the Month: Tara Sloan Tara Sloan is an integral part of the Children’s Ministries Access Team! Tara teaches the 9 a.m. class for grade school children with disabilities every Sunday, where she is beloved by the kids that know her as Ms. Tara! She also volunteers for the Buddy Break program, which gives parents of special needs children a respite once a month. Tara’s grace and love are evident to everyone around her, and we are blessed by her dedication and service! Thank you, Tara, for demonstrating Christ’s love to our families and children!

Why did you make that? We learned that God healed Naaman when he obeyed and washed in the Jordan River. This teaches us to know we should always obey God!


WAYS TO RESPOND Baptisms Adult Baptisms Sunday, December 9, 2 p.m., Ken and Diane Watkins’ home. Get baptized by immersion or sprinkling as a public profession of personal faith in Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19). Call to sign up. Sharon Ferreira at 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@ northlandchurch.net Child Baptisms Northland recommends the Steps for Young Believers course for grade schoolaged children prior to baptism, but it is not mandatory. Diane Jones at diane.jones@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7188 Infant Baptism/Dedication Class Saturday, January 19, 7 p.m., room 4206. Child care is available upon request. Diane Jones at 407-949-7188 or diane.jones@northlandchurch.net

Bible Studies ADULTS Discipleship Group Wednesdays, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Prayer room. Study for new believers and those who want to grow in their faith using the book of John. Bob Ek at bobpatek30@aol.com Evening Prayer Group Thursdays, 6 to 7 p.m., prayer room. Elaine Harland at 407-949-4002 or elaine.harland@northlandchurch.net Firm Foundations Sundays, 11 a.m., rooms 4209-10. Study the Bible chronologically for one year to understand God’s overarching plan from creation to Christ. For new adult believers and those who are seeking to gain a clear understanding of God, our relationship with Him, and the grace He has made freely available through the death of His Son. Register at northlandchurch.net/classes. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura. pinckard@northlandchurch.net. Mike Sheffey at msheffey@cfl.rr.com John • Sundays, 9 a.m., room 4206-07 • Wednesdays, 7 p.m., room 2211, Admin Wing. Study some of the most powerful sayings and actions in all of the ministry of Jesus. From the I AM sayings of Jesus to the raising of Lazarus from the dead, this study will bring greater clarity to your understanding of who Jesus is and what He has done. Barb Olsen at barbara.olsen@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7183 Romans Sundays, starting January 6, 10:45 a.m., rooms 4206-07. Come early for refreshments and fellowship. Study Romans, the constitution of the Bible, and how this important book explains how to be right with God, ourselves and others. John and Carolyn Jones at 407-831-5822 Spanish Ministry - Wednesday Bible Study Every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Northland foyer. Dr. Laura Capizzano at laura.capizzano@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1824. Ministerio Hispano - Estudio Biblico de los Miercoles

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

Todos los miercoles de 7 a 9 p.m. en el vestíbulo de Northland. Dr. Laura Capizzano at laura.capizzano@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1824. Transformers — Young married couples (mid-20s to -40s) Sundays, 10:45 a.m. to noon, Fellowship Hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Our goal is to build relationships and grow in our marriages by studying God’s Word and applying it to our lives. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@ northlandchurch.net. Tim and Michelle Kutcher at tim.kutcher@gmail.com

MEN AMEN (A Meeting of Men) Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 5108-9, Children’s Worship Wing. Learn to apply God’s Word to real-life situations. Dan Bogdan at 407-702-5358 or danbogdan@ trubromance.com The Man Who Became Himself – Realize The God-Given Potential of Your Manhood Tuesdays, 6:45 to 8 a.m., room 1118, Student Ministries and Care Center. Stories from the Gospels, by Patrick Morley and Man in the Mirror. Bob Shoemaker at bobshoemaker@mindspring.com or 407599-3132 Men’s Fraternity: The Quest for Authentic Manhood Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., room 5100, CWW. This is an intensive, captivating journey that helps men: Resolve wounds from their past; embrace a biblical definition of manhood; and develop their own personal manhood plan. The required workbook can be ordered through the Northland Bookstore. Vito Fera at vito@networksoundinc.com or 407923-5115 Philippians Thursdays, 6:30 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1118. Join this open-forum discussion on the book of Philippians: 45 minutes of study and 15 minutes of prayer. Leo Carrier at leo@carrierinsurance.com

WOMEN Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman, by Beth Moore This 10-week Bible study provides biblical guidelines and practical life lessons from the book of Esther. The workbook is available in the Northland Bookstore for $16.95. Choose one of two times: •  Mondays, January 7 through March 11, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Cherrie Rowe at 407-322-6850, or Anne Sullivan at 407-332-8318 or annesullivan@ cfl.rr.com • Tuesdays, January 8 through March 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Cherrie Rowe at 407-322-6850, or Marlene Ross at 407-833-0094 or rossduo@cfl.rr.com

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

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Belong/Membership Opportunities • One-day seminar: Saturday, January 26, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The Rink. Hear Dr. Joel C. Hunter and other senior leaders describe what it means to belong to Christ and to Northland. Child care is available. Ruth Sapp at belong@northlandchurch. net or 407-949-4039 • Online: Anytime at northlandchurch.net/ series/belong_study/

Steps for Young Believers (Grades 2-5) and Their Parents These courses in basic discipleship include classroom sessions and daily at-home devotionals. Materials cost: $5. Registration is required. Gale Watzel at 407-621-1131 or rgjace@earthlink.net • STEP 1—BECOMING A PART OF GOD’S FAMILY: Sundays, January 13 through February 3, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Focus: Salvation and assurance. Includes Communion instruction. • STEP 2—THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: Sundays, February 10 through March10, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Focus: Jesus’ Life A-Z, a basic discipleship theme and learning about the life of Christ. Baptism offered at end of course. • STEP 3—LIVING BY THE BOOK, “C-ING” MY WAY THROUGH THE BIBLE: Sundays, January 13 through February 17, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Focus: to develop skills in exploring the Bible.

Digging Deeper Wednesdays, 7 p.m., room 4128. Discussion revolves around the current series being preached by Dr. Hunter. Great group for those who want to know more about applying God’s Word to their lives. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura. pinckard@northlandchurch.net. Bob and Donna Keiderling at bob.keiderling@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1789 Healthy 100 for Parents and Children Wednesdays, January 16 through March 13, 6 to 8 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. This innovative class will start with a family study and then have separate activities for children and parents. Registration and more details at www.northlandchurch.net/classes. Debbie Blahnik at debbie.blahnik@ northlandchurch.net Marriage 911 Wednesdays, February 6 through May 1, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 4206-7. Attend this 13-week class to rescue your marriage. Men and women participate separately. Books and materials are available in the Northland Bookstore (Broken Heart on Hold: $9.75; Marriage 911 workbook: $30). To register, contact Linda Rooks at lindarooks@ embarqmail.com or 407-644-8619; for child care registration, contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@northlandchurch.net. Marriage Preparation Class Sundays, January 20 through April 21, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. This 13-week class is for any couple engaged, not engaged (but seriously considering engagement) or married without the benefit of premarital counseling. The cost: $120 per couple. Registration is required by January 15 at http://www. northlandchurch.net/calendar/details/ Marriage_Prep_Course/. A paper application is available in the Northland Bookstore. Chris Kingsley at 407-949-7193 Simple Trust, Simple Prayers Sundays, January 13 through April 7, 10:45 a.m. to noon, room 1104, The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Study an updated, paraphrased version of George Mueller’s written journals in which he recorded his prayers, his thoughts, and details of his faith journey. This book will change your life! Books are available at the Northland Bookstore, at Amazon.com, or directly from Mickey and Cindy Mallin. Cindy and Mickey Mallin at 407-330-6261 The Truth Project by Focus on the Family Sundays, January 13 through April 7, 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., room 4204. Join them for 13 hour-long life-changing sessions taught by Dr. Del Tackett as they learn together to look at various aspects of living life from a biblical perspective. Learn ways God continues to call ordinary people like us to make an eternal difference in our world! No cost for materials. Chris and Teri Toadvine at toadvines@gmail.com

WOMEN New Believers Class Mondays, January 14 through February 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m., room 1104, Student Ministries and Care Center. This class is for all women who are new believers or have recommitted their lives to Christ and who want to grow in intimacy with Christ and become empowered in their walk. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura. pinckard@northlandchurch.net. Registration fee for materials: $5. Kari Maggard at 407-592-3001 or karimaggard@gmail.com Women of Faith Sundays Two Sunday evenings a month, 4:30 to 6 p.m., room 4217. Fun, fellowship, fabulous friendships, precious prayer and meaningful Bible study! or RSVP: Stephanie Marks at stepha.marks@gmail.com or 407-227-7964

Groups CARE GROUPS ADULTS Celebrate Recovery Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m., Sanctuary. Gain freedom from life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits over dinner, fellowship and share groups, which include CR 101, Men’s and Women’s Addiction, Men’s and Women’s Co-dependency, Mom’s of Addicts, Men’s Anger, Men’s Sexual Addiction, Women’s Relationship Addiction, Women’s Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders for Women. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura. pinckard@northlandchurch.net. Laurie Jean Harrington at celebraterecovery@ northlandchurch.net or 407-927-4393 Coping with Addictions/Codependency His Way Thursdays, 7 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. A Christcentered, 12-step program dealing with issues such as alcohol, drugs, relationships, food, sexual addictions, codependency and issues affecting adult children of addiction. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura. pinckard@northlandchurch.net. His Way, Frank Turner at 407-599-9770

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Generational Strongholds & Blessings Generational Workshop 1: Wednesday, January 9, 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, January 10, 1 to 3 p.m. Diseases get passed down family lines, including diabetes, heart disease and alcoholism. But what about anger, anxiety, abuse, addictions, control, depression, divorce, envy, fear, greed, jealousy, low self-worth, mental illness, molestation, poverty, pornography and worry? Don’t let these continue to go down your family and destroy! We will break these strongholds and turn your strongholds into blessings! Suggested donation: $20. Portia at 407-687-1550 or portia@restorationministry.com GriefShare Call for time and location. New session begins Monday, January 14. This healing ministry walks you through the steps of grief. Workbook is available at Northland’s bookstore for $19. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@ northlandchurch.net. GriefShare voiceline at 407-949-7152 or griefshare@ northlandchurch.net Divorce Recovery Tuesdays, call for time and location. New session begins January 8. This support group walks alongside individuals who have been through a divorce and helps them to experience personal growth and healing. Registration and assessment are required. Cost: $5, and $19 for the book (available in the Bookstore). Child care is available. Donna Delzingaro at 407-937-1749 PRAXIS (Conquering Fear, Anger, Anxiety) Tuesdays, 7:15 to 9 p.m., rooms 5106-07, CWW. Conquer fear, anger and anxiety through biblical principles. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@ northlandchurch.net. Skye Engel at 407834-3158 PeaceSeekers This ministry takes the biblical approach to handling all levels and types of conflict and making a difference in relationships. Mediation and biblical conflict coaching are available. Rich Arndt at 407-221-8955 or volvoom@gmail.com Support for the Separated Tuesdays, call for location. New session begins January 8. Support group for those who are separated with court papers pending, for healing, hope and reconciliation in the Lord. Cost: $5, and $19 for the book (available in the Northland Bookstore). Child care is available. Donna Delzingaro at 407-937-1749 Transformation Series 1 Healing Hearts — Transforming Lives Starting Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon groups in January. One-hour DVD teaching and one-hour small group inner healing. Help break strongholds (negative patterns) in your life. Get to the root of the issue, and get it healed instead of just coping.Get rid of the blocks that prevent you from being all that God made you to be! Portia at 407-687-1550 or portia@ restoration-ministry.com

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

WOMEN BCAUSE—Breast Cancer Survival Any woman touched by breast cancer desiring prayer, fellowship, information and/or encouragement, contact Susan Diener-Blando at 407-488-5941 or susandb@yahoo.com. Women Facing Love, Sex and Relationship Addiction Group Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 5106-7, Children’s Worship Wing. This group support provides confidential care and recovery from fantasy, romance, love and sex/pornography addiction. For child care, contact Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@ northlandchurch.net. Suzanne Rucker at 407-967-9313 or LifeCounselingSolutions@ gmail.com Women’s Healing Ministry Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 5100. This group will provide hope and a safe place to heal if you have experienced sexual betrayal, deception and lies of secrecy that keep you in bondage. Vicki M. Wotring at 520-631-0886 or celebratelife3@aol.com

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

PRAYER GROUPS Children’s Ministries Prayer Team Pray weekly from your home for needs in Children’s Ministries. Carol Moss at carol. moss@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7180 Commit to Pray Choose and day and time to pray. As Pastor Joel has mentioned in his recent sermon series, The First and Future Church, Northland’s leadership is sensing the Holy Spirit moving us as a congregation to be intentionally involved in ministry … at Northland and in the world, everywhere, every day. Join your prayers to ours as the church is being transformed by the increasingly effective ministries of congregation members, Sign up: northlandchurch.net and type in the search window: prayer about the future of northland

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS Active and Retired Law Enforcement Officers Third Thursday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., room 5100, Children’s Worship Wing. Currently studying John Eldredge’s Beautiful Outlaw. Paul Griffith at 407-557-7678 or paulgfl02@aol.com Common Ground Adult Ministry (Ages 25-45) Mondays, starting January 28, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. (No meetings December 3 through January 21.) Build authentic Christian community, grow spiritually mature and affect the surrounding community with Christ’s love, reflected by serving God. Child care is available upon request. Susan Lapp at commonground@northlandchurch.net Kingdom Advisors Fourth Thursday of each month, noon to 1:15 p.m., room 4209. Financial professionals,

join this lunch study group to learn how to build your practice on biblical principles. Philip van Staden at 407-339-9090 Moms4Moms Get connected with other moms for friendship and encouragement through meetings and playgroup activities. Registration required. Michelle Smith at 407-718-5510 or michellesmith8203@yahoo. com Moms4Moms: The Next Chapter One Sunday each month, 6 to 8 p.m., room 1115, The Rink. No book for December, instead there will be a book drive. Heaven is For Real, by Todd Burpo (January 13). The Vow, by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter (February 10). Tara L. Fisher at taralopezfisher@ gmail.com Motorcycle Group Saturday December 1, 10 a.m., call for start location. Toys for tots ride to help children receive toys that may not have any this Christmas. The group will be meeting at 10 a.m. and will depart at 10:30 to the main location where the event will start. Event is rain or shine. Lori Landers at 386-668-9077 Northland Veterans for Christ Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 5110, CWW. Christian brothers and sisters who are veterans of the Armed Forces gathering to grow in Christ, share common experiences, support each other and eventually reach out to the greater community of veterans in the Orlando area. Randy Mixon at 808-343-4391 or rmixon75@gmail.com or Peter Grace at 407575-1360 or petergrace73@yahoo.com. Party of 8 If you’re a married 30- or 40-something, we’d love for you to be involved in this first iteration of dinner groups! If you are interested in getting together with other couples in your area once a month for four months, sign up at northlandchurch.net/dinner. dinner@ northlandchurch.net Single Purpose (Singles age 35 and up) Second and fourth Sunday of each month, 3 p.m., rooms 4206-07. Join us for the new study of Beyond Boundaries, by Dr. John Townsend. Learn ways to trust and experience freedom and love after dealing with difficult relationships. Dan Olson at Singlepurpose7@gmail.com, or meetup. com/oacs08/ Softball Join other Christian men and women on this adult coed team or the men’s team to compete in local leagues. www.nlsoftball. com or northlandsoftball@gmail.com Spanish Ministry - Monthly Gathering Third Friday of each month, 7 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Bring a dish to share and any Spanish-speaking family and friends. Child care is available. Dr. Laura Capizzano at laura.capizzano@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1824 Ministerio Hispano - Reunion Mensual Nos reunimos el tercer viernes de cada mes, 7 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Traiga un plato para compartir y traiga su familia y amigos que hablan español. Cuidado de niños está disponible. Dr. Laura Capizzano at laura. capizzano@northlandchurch.net or 407-9371824 Spanish Ministry - Spanish Interpretation Sundays, 9 and 11 a.m. services. Spanish interpretation is available online and listening devices are available at the Welcome Desk. Join the Facebook page at www.

facebook.com/northlandespanol. Dr. Laura Capizzano at laura.capizzano@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1824 Ministerio Hispano - Interpretacion en Espanol Domingos, en los servicios de las 9 y 11 a.m. Interpretación en español esta disponible en línea y los aparatos de escucha buscarlos en el Welcome Desk. Busque en la página de Facebook enwww.facebook.com/ northlandespanol. Dr. Laura Capizzano at laura.capizzano@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1824 Tennis Saturdays, 8 a.m., Red Bug Lake Park. Jeff Rossmeissl at 407-489-6096 Word Weavers Second Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. www.wordweaversonline.com

Special Events Christmas at the Movies Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7, 7:30 to 9 p.m., sanctuary. Join the Central Florida Community Choir, more than 220 voices strong, as it presents a family-friendly concert of songs from holidaythemed movies and TV specials from the early 1900s onward ... from White Christmas to The Polar Express to A Charlie Brown Christmas, they’re all there! Cost: $10 general admission. Visit northlandchurch.net/calendar for tickets. Sarah Mattingly at sarah. mattingly@northlandchurch.net Food Trucks and Fellowship Saturday, December 8, 5 to 9 p.m., Parking Lot 3. Bring your family and friends, and a lawn chair or two, and come out to Lot 3 at Longwood! Grab food at one of a dozen food trucks (food prices start around $3), find a spot, and settle in for an evening of conversation, music and a Christmas movie! Sarah Mattingly at sarah.mattingly@ northlandchurch.net

Serve at Northland Questions about serving at Northland? serve@northlandchurch.net or 407-9494000 or serve.northlandchurch.net Serve this Christmas More than 500 volunteers are needed to help care for the congregation during Christmas Eve services! Can you help? christmas@ northlandchurch.net or stop by the Welcome Desk! Buddies Needed Access Student Ministries needs buddies during the 11 a.m. Sunday service for preteens and teenagers who have disabilities. As a volunteer “buddy” you will get the training and support needed to assist with the class attendees. No experience is needed. Laura Lee Wright at 407-9370549 or lauralee.wright@northlandchurch.net Call and Connect Believers are needed to make phone calls, welcoming first-time visitors and connecting with interested attendees regarding various ministry projects. Training provided, flexible hours. Brian King at brian.king@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0567


Children’s Ministries There are plenty of ways to serve in Children’s Ministries. Whether it is through preparing the weekly take-home resources, teaching or helping in a classroom on the weekends, or manning the children’s library during the week, volunteers make a difference. Debbie Blahnik at debbie.blahnik@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7162 Communion Servers Communion servers are needed the first weekend of each month. Training provided. Jasmine Morgan at communion@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0575 Data Entry Needed Life CrossRoads needs data entry volunteers one day a week for two to three hours. Knowledge of office products is a plus, but will train with basic computer knowledge. Maria Penzes at 407-937-0554 or maria. penzes@northlandchurch.net Finance Team Volunteer to serve on Tuesdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. as cash counters or data entry team members. Do you have any banking or accounting knowledge and feel the call to share those gifts by serving with us? Donna Gagnon at 407-937-0565 or donna.gagnon@northlandchurch.net. Info Desk Hosts Needed Answer questions and direct newcomers before and after the worship services. Five service choices each weekend. Stop by the Info Kiosk (with the big question mark) and find out how you can get started or contact Marie Price at marie.price@northlandchurch.net. Medical First Responders During worship services and special events. BLS-trained or medical professionals, especially EMTs, are needed. Lori Holton at lori.holton@northlandchurch.net or 407949-4000 Minister to Teens Do you have a heart for hurting teens? We are looking for people to help with an exciting new ministry for students 6th- to 12th-graders. All training and materials will be provided. Laurie Jean Harrington at celebraterecovery@northlandchurch.net Parking and Traffic Attendants Weekend volunteers are needed to help control traffic on Northland property before and after services. Help out as often or as little as you want. Jeff Hess at jeff.hess@ northlandchurch.net or 407-272-9111 Phone Assistance Weekday volunteers are needed to answer phones and greet visitors. Flexible hours. Lori Holton at lori.holton@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000 Special Needs Children and Teens Sundays, assist during the 11 a.m. worship service. Laura Lee Wright at 407-9370549 or lauralee.wright@northlandchurch.net Ushers and Greeters Greet and seat those attending worship services. No experience necessary. Lori Holton at lori.holton@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000 Welcome Hosts Needed Welcome guests before the weekend worship services as part of the Welcome Host Team. No experience necessary. Find out how you can get started. Todd Mazenko at tjmazenko@gmail.com or 352-630-7868

Serve With Northland Access Ministries Steering Committee Seeking community professionals and stakeholders who have a heart for addressing community-based options for affordable housing and care for people with disabilities in Central Florida to serve on a steering committee. Laura Lee Wright at 407-9370549 or lauralee.wright@northlandchurch.net Blood Drive Sunday, December 2, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.; Monday, December 3, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Northland at Longwood. In November, 61 people donated 57 units, and as a result 167 lives were saved. To reduce your waiting time, you may schedule a time slot at www.floridasbloodcenters.org. Ruth Sapp at ruth.sapp@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4039 Celebrate Recovery – Inside Facilitate CR–Inside, a Christian 12-step recovery program. Men and women facilitators are needed. Minimum commitment: twice a month. Susan Lumb at 321-297-2416 or susan.lumb@hatprogram.org Child Advocates Become a Guardian ad Litem. In an ideal situation, a child has a parent or caregiver paying attention, but for many children, there is no one. Will you give some of your time and compassion to such a child? As a GAL volunteer, a Court-Appointed Special Advocate, you would be there to speak in the child’s best interest. Patricia Williams at 407-665-5370 or evenings at 321-961-1280 or patricia.williams@gal.fl.gov. Disaster Response Teams Train and prepare for serving during times of disaster and local outreach field exercises. All levels of experience are needed, from professionals to those who want to be trained. Judy Head at judy.head@ northlandchurch.net or 407-388-5798 Facilitators for Classes With Incarcerated Men Men are needed to share their faith and experience with incarcerated men. Curriculum will be provided. No experience is necessary. Training is provided. Minimum commitment, one day per week (alternating weeks). Emily Tallman at 407-949-4017 or emily. tallman@northlandchurch.net Family Advocacy Office Couples or individuals interested in making a difference in the lives of more than 900 homeless families with school-aged children in Seminole County are needed. Commitment: about 10 hours a month to help one family for a 90-day window to connect to resources within SCPS and other community resources. Training is provided. Maria Penzes at maria. penzes@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0554 Free Clinic Volunteers Needed Harvest Time International’s Medical Care Center is currently looking for volunteers who would like to commit to serve at least once a month. It needs doctors, nurses and other medical staff as well as clerical volunteers to qualify the families (does require one-time training). The clinic will serve needy families without health insurance in our community. The hours are Monday through Saturday. lena@ harvesttime.org or 407-328-9900, ext. 135 Host a Dinner for a Japanese Student Could your family have a Japanese student over for dinner one evening in December? If so, you could have a big impact on a Japanese

student for Christ. Few international students studying in the United States ever get to step inside an American’s home. Mission to Japan, a Northland-supported ministry, will provide you with guidance and support for this outreach. Warren Griffith at 407-243-8867 or info@MissionToJapan.org

as “Nanas,” “Papas” or “Buddies” to kindergarteners, and/or tutor second-graders in reading or math for one, two or three hours. Tutoring may be done on alternate days. Mary Weeks at Marykweeks@gmail. com or 407-977-0724, or Elaine Gritter at egritter@bellsouth.net or 407-327-1474

Host Families Needed Seventy-five international university students will arrive in Orlando for the IFM Christmas Conference from December 20 to 28. They need host homes. Would you make room in your home so that these university students will experience the love of Christ for the glory of God? The students have activities during the day (except for Christmas Day and Sunday). International Friendship Ministries’ Dave Hedberg at dave@ifmusa.org or 407-719-3572

Reading and Math Buddies Mondays through Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Goldsboro Elementary School. Help make a difference for a child struggling with reading or math by volunteering one hour a week. Rebekah_richey@scps.k12. fl.us or 407-252-7009

Jail Ministry Worship Hosts Serve during the live worship services inside the jail. Men and women are needed. No experience is necessary, and training is provided. Minimum commitment: twice a month. Emily Tallman at 407-949-4017 or emily.tallman@northlandchurch.net Longwood Health Care Center Sundays, 9 a.m., sanctuary. Give hugs and show love to the residents of the facility behind Northland on Grant Street. People are needed to bring the residents to the Sunday 9 a.m. service at Northland at Longwood. Patsy Grannan at 407-538-5209 or pjgrannan@yahoo.com Men Mentoring Fatherless Boys No age limit or experience required. Must be able to devote at least one hour per week. Take the challenge, and build a life-changing relationship. David Keys at nlmentoring@ gmail.com The Mercy Drive Achievers Club This is an after-school program of 51 children who gather weekdays from 3:30 to 5:30 for homework help, Bible lessons, interactive learning, fellowship and fun. The club needs more volunteers to ensure that its achievers get the individual attention they need to be successful students in a community where this is desperately needed. Would you like to share in the vision of a transformed community to the greater glory of God? Check out Mercy Drive Ministries on Facebook. 407-293-7784 Pen Pals for Inmates Looking for men and women interested in corresponding with inmates in Seminole County jail. Additionally, some move on to prison and request a penpal. Must follow established guidelines. Emily Tallman at 407-949-4017 or emily.tallman@ northlandchurch.net PetPals Saturdays, except the fifth Saturday of the month. Share your pets with people in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, etc. Becky Yeager at leahyeager@aol.com or 407-699-4903 Public Elementary School Bible Clubs Held on a weekly basis in a number of Seminole and Orange County schools (30 clubs last school year). Across the USA, 4,385 Good News Clubs were held by churches. YOU can volunteer in a school! Training and visual literature is available. See children and families come to Christ! 407896-7288 or cefcenfl@earthlink.net or go to the website: www.cefcenfl.org. Reading/Tutoring Ministry Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Goldsboro Elementary & Magnet School, Sanford. Teens through people in their 80s, read

Recovery Ministry Volunteers with a heart for the hurting, and recovery or 12-step experience needed to help with a ministry. Laurie Jean Harrington at 407-977-6742 or lauriejean2@ bellsouth.net Serve as a Worship Facilitator at the Orlando Bridge We are looking for a few good men! This position is responsible for greeting the inmates for service, handing out prayer cards and worship guides, and hosting the live feed for the Northland worship service through a ROKU box. Training is provided, and most serve one or two times per month. Emily Tallman at 407-949-4017 or emily.tallman@ northlandchurch.net The Sharing Center Volunteers are needed at the Longwood and Sanford sites. Some positions include working at the client services offices or the thrift store, and picking up food from businesses. Volunteers also are needed in the Center’s Oasis, where homeless kids and adults can take a shower, get clothes washed, and use computers for homework and job searches. 407-260-9155 or www.thesharingcenter.org/volunteer Find other ways to serve in your community at www.northlandchurch. net/blogs/serve_beyond/

Beyond Northland ADULTS Abortion Recovery Bible study for post-abortive men or women that meets in a confidential, supportive setting. Reveille Ministries at 407-333-0404 Central Florida’s Job Fair (CFEC.org) Wednesday, November 14, noon to 4 p.m., Central Florida Fairgrounds & Exposition Park, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Visit www.CFEC.org to preregister, get job fair tips, research the companies listed, get directions or search Central Florida’s Online Job Board. Christian HELP at 407-834-4022 or christianhelp.org Community Bible Study Wednesdays, through May 8, 2013, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Community United Methodist on 17-92. Please join women from all backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge to study Deuteronomy and Hebrews. Children’s program is available. Registration is now open. Paula Porter at 407-3253154, Eunice Hopkins at 407-339-6112 (en Español), or visit Orlando.CBSclass.org Feed Children Fridays Fridays, December 7, 14 and 21, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Package nutritionally balanced meals. Join Change This World as we pack food for starving children on Fridays in December! We

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10 are also hosting a packing event Christmas Day from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and registration: Daphne at daphne@changethisworld.com Healing Grace Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., TLC Women’s Center, 2992 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. This post-abortion ministry shares the healing grace of Jesus without judgment. Coorie Moore at 407-244-5527 Healing and Transition (HAT) Program Serving men and women recently released from incarceration, and their families. Mentors/coaches needed; training is provided. Jobs, housing and other basic needs. Grant writer is needed. Susan Lumb at 321-297-2416 or susan.lumb@ hatprogram.org Holy Land Pilgrimage Visit to Israel November 2013 – Information Meeting Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in rooms 4209-10. Explore the opportunity to journey to the Holy Land with Pastor’s Gus Davies and Kevin Urichko November 29 to December 12, 2013 where we will see the people, places and Bible events of our Lord’s home, come alive before our eyes. We will be inspired as we worship and partake of the Lord’s Supper together in the Garden Tomb, pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, sail across the Sea of Galilee, and visit many other holy sites. We also will visit Nazareth Baptist Church and School on a Serve Day. This is a fantastic occasion to celebrate our spiritual heritage with your family or friends. Donna Snyder at 407-421-3213 or donnaflamm@hotmail.com Love Like You Mean It Marriage Cruise Monday, February 11 through Friday, February 15, 2013. Sail with other Northland couples on a five-day, four-night FamilyLife cruise on the Carnival Imagination to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico, and enjoy Christian fun and fellowship. Great guest speakers will include Dennis and Barb Rainey, and Voddie Baucham. Musical guests will include Sara Groves, Anthony Evans and the Mile High Orchestra. Learn biblical and practical ways to enrich your marriage. Convenient payment plans are available. Jolene Burns at 407-462-5130 or jburns@ mycbfl.com

an interdenominational, in-depth Bible study of the book of Genesis. Day and evening classes are available for women, evenings for men and there are age-appropriate classes for children of all ages. For additional information about BSF International www. bsfinternational.org. For class details and/ or registration information: Orlando Evening Women’s Class - Gina Horton at vhorton827@aol.com; Southwest Orlando Day Women’s Class - Edie Chambers at ebie948@gmail.com; Northwest  Orlando Day Women’s Class - Mimi Certo at Mimi@ websolvers.com; Oviedo Day Women’s Class - JillRead at jillread@aol.com; Orlando Evening Men’s Class - Gary Klein at garykleinbsf@gmail.com

Amazing Women Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Hilton, 350 North Lake Blvd., Altamonte Springs. This is a community of women who are followers of Christ and open to hear His message. Each meeting includes awesome music, special guests, and a timely and transforming Bible teaching from founder, Angela Courte. Register at: www. amazingwomen.com.

MEN

Divorced/Widowed Women’s Fellowship Second and fourth Sundays of each month, 3 p.m., Nancy Petitto’s home, Casselberry. Join other women for prayer and discussion at this potluck fellowship. Children welcome. Nancy Petitto at 321972-2255

Christian Businessmen’s Connection Tuesdays, 7 to 8 a.m., Denny’s, Lee Road exit off Interstate 4. A worldwide men’s ministry for 78 years (www.cbmc.com) that meets for fellowship, prayer and discussion of God’s principles for business. Armand Dauplaise at 407-221-3114 or adauplaise@ aol.com, or Larrie Kitchen at 407-290-5642

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

Faithful and True Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Reformed Theological Seminary, Oviedo. Join a fellowship of men pursuing sexual integrity. Kevin Sipp at klsipp@sbcglobal. net or 407-949-4000, xt. 1862

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

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

Study of Genesis through Bible Study Fellowship International (BSF) BSF began in September and is providing Looking for ministry-related jobs in Central Florida? Need to hire at your ministry?

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP AT NORTHLAND LONGWOOD and ONLINE

Saturday, December 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 p.m. Sunday, December 23 . . . . . . . . . . . 9 a.m.hi, sp, 11 a.m. sp, 5 p.m. Monday, December 24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. (hi) Hearing-impaired interpretation available

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(sp) Spanish interpretation available

OVIEDO Sunday, December 23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 a.m. Monday, December 24 . . . . . . (online with Longwood) 7 p.m.

MOUNT DORA Sunday, December 23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 a.m., 11 a.m. (both online with Longwood) Child care for age 3 and under only at all services at all sites. There will be no other children’s programming.

Donations

Please take clean, usable clothing, toys, household items, nonperishable food items and supplies to The Sharing Center, Fairmont Plaza, 600 N. Highway 1792, Longwood. 407-260-9155 or www. thesharingcenter.org 5 Ways to Share Happiness at the Holidays Help The Sharing Center help people in need: (1) Give $10-plus supermarket gift cards; (2) have a food drive for Thanksgiving or Christmas; (3) give $20 for news shoes for a child; (4) Adopt-a-Family, and provide Christmas groceries for a family of four and shoe gift cards for two children; (5) get your office or group involved! Claudine at The Sharing Center at 407-691-3138 or volunteer@thesharingcenter.org

Nonperishable food items can be placed into the designated wooden boxes in the lobby of the Worship Center and in the Student Ministries and Care Center. 407949-4000 or serve@northlandchurch.net Christian and classic children’s books as well as parenting and marriage books are needed for the Northland Children’s and Family library. Bethany Durys at bethany. durys@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0541 Men’s casual clothes, backpacks, blankets, tennis shoes and hygienic supplies, are needed by Downtown Homeless ministry at St. George’s Orthodox Church, a ministry to the homeless in Orlando. Dave Mullen at dmull77@yahoo.com Vehicles are needed at Recovery House of Central Florida (www.recoveryhouseinc. org). It also needs pressure-washing equipment, power tools and hand tools. Erik Robinson at 407-323-5857 or erikrhcf@yahoo.com Bed sheets, pillowcases and other items are needed at Safehouse of Seminole for battered women and their children. Complete needs list at www.safehouseofseminole.org. admin@safehouseofseminole.org or 407302-5220 Nonperishable Christmas dinner food items; $15 Target, Walmart and Publix gift cards; new toys, gifts, socks and underwear for infants through 18-year-olds; blankets; wrapping paper; new or gently used jeans and books (Spanish also) are needed for Christmas in the City, hosted by HOPE Helps and One Body (coalition of local churches, including Northland). Drop items off at United Stor-All, 1007 Willa Springs Dr., Winter Springs, or Stor-All, 1931 W. S.R. 426, Oviedo. Items needed by December 10. More information at www.hopehelps.org. Janis Williams at Janis@hopehelps.org for food list. Men’s neckties and dress shirts are needed to support the dress code for participants in the Healing and Transition (HAT) Program. HAT is a program for men and women looking for life transformation following incarceration. Donated cars assist with transportation to work. Susan Lumb at 321-297-2416 or susan.lumb@hatprogram. org

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

LIFEHOPE

at Northland at Longwood’s Student Ministries and Care Center Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests must be signed in by noon. LifeHope Info Line: 407-949-7151 LifeHope Offices will be closed: November 20 through 22; December 18 through 20; and December 26 and 27

Serving people in need from our church family and community, LifeHope helps meet practical needs while working to connect all beneficiaries to a relationship with God and Christian community. Logistically, LifeHope ministers meet with guests to listen, pray, and assess their priority needs and eligibility for assistance. Staff and volunteers then come alongside the guests to help guide them toward living the life God has for them.

YOU can SERVE OTHERS by helping to meet the needs at LifeHope! Find out more at generous.northlandchurch.net.


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CONTACT INFO

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

GOVERNING ELDERS Thom Willis, Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 thom.willis@northlandchurch.net Owusu Amaning, Vice Chairman. . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1797 owusu.amaning@northlandchurch.net Marcus Mennenga, Secretary-Treasurer. . . . . . . 407-949-7169 marcus.mennenga@northlandchurch.net Dale Burket. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1809 dale.burket@northlandchurch.net Fred Franz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1766 fred.franz@northlandchurch.net Danny Gordon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1763 danny.gordon@northlandchurch.net Dan Hardaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 dan.hardaway@northlandchurch.net Felipe Santos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7168 felipe.santos@northlandchurch.net Tim Wright. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1804 tim.wright@northlandchurch.net

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

DISTRIBUTED SITES

WHOM DO I CONTACT IF:

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

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

OVIEDO SITE Reformed Theological Seminary. . . . . . . . . . . 9 and 11 a.m. 1231 Reformation Drive, Oviedo, FL 32765 The Seminary is located at the corner of Mitchell Hammock Road and Alafaya Woods Boulevard, just east of State Road 434 (Alafaya Trail). Northland at Oviedo Community Center (NOCC) 561 E. Mitchell Hammock Road, #300, Oviedo, FL 32765 Oviedo Blog Website. . . . . . . . . . . northlandchurch.net/oviedo Facebook. . . . . . . . . . . . . www.facebook.com/northlandoviedo General Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Jeremy Jobson, Site Minister. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-929-3053 or jeremy.jobson@northlandchurch.net

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

Crystal River, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturdays, 5 p.m. Tom and Alice Austin: aaustin@qahomes.com or 352-270-8764 DeLand, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 11 a.m. Jeff and Cindy Reinertsen: jsrein1@gmail.com or 386-736-9746 Naples, FL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sam Lewis: samllewis@aol.com or 407-310-1719 Marco Island, FL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sam Lewis: samllewis@aol.com or 407-310-1719 Ocoee, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 9 a.m. Marty McCoy: mmccoy@kostoandrotella.com or 407-733-5989 Ponce Inlet, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 9 a.m. Joe and Donna Leonardo: josephleonardo@sprintmail.com or 386-236-8871

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.

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

ACCESS MINISTRIES

Utica, NY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 11 a.m. Terri McDowell: terrilee.mcdowell@gmail.com or 845-332-6762

We have programs and services for individuals with disabilities. These efforts are being led by Laura Lee Wright, Northland’s Access Ministries team leader, who can be reached at 407937-0549 or lauralee.wright@northlandchurch.net. Find out more at northlandchurch.net/blogs/category/ access_ministries/.

Tyngsboro, MA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 11 a.m. Debbie Miller: NorthlandTyngsboro@gmail.com or 978-649-6115

Venice, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 5 p.m. Ron and Marcy Burth: marciabedford@yahoo.com or 941-493-6965

I want to seek counseling? Counseling referral line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7204 I have a prayer request? Prayer request line. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4025 or pray.northlandchurch.net I need the Hospital Ministry to pay a visit? Bob Keiderling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1789 or bob.keiderling@northlandchurch.net I am interested in a Care Ministry? Elaine Harland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4002 or elaine.harland@northlandchurch.net I want to become a member? Ruth Sapp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4039 or ruth.sapp@northlandchurch.net I have accepted Christ into my heart and wish to be baptized? Sharon Ferreira (adult/student) . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net Diane Jones (infants–grade school). . . . . 407-949-7188 or diane.jones@northlandchurch.net I need information on Student Ministries? Shaylynn Stoner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@northlandchurch.net I need information about Children’s Ministries? Debbie Blahnik. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .407-949-7162 or debbie.blahnik@northlandchurch.net I am interested in Distributed Journeys? Patti Harshey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-0573 or patti.harshey@northlandchurch.net; or visit SomedayIsToday.net I want to help at Northland? Rebecca Lang. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1807 volunteer@northlandchurch.net I want to get involved in a serve project? Judy Head. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-388-5798 or judy.head@northlandchurch.net; or visit northlandchurch.net/serve I am getting married? Sharon Ferreira . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net I need to plan a funeral? Sharon Ferreira . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net I want to learn more about your Spanish Ministry? Quiero aprender más acerca de su Ministerio en Español. Ivan Portillo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 or ivan.portillo@northlandchurch.net Lider Dr. Laura Capizzano. . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1824 or laura.capizzano@northlandchurch.net Ministro Mike Fernandez. . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1753 I have a special needs child or if I have special needs? Heather Subbert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1828 or heather.subbert@northlandchurch.net I am facing an unforeseen/unexpected financial crisis and need guidance and resources? Visit LifeHope in the Care Center . . . . . . 407-949-7151 Walk-in hours are Tuesday through Thursday. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., guests are served on a first come first served basis beginning at 9 a.m. Guests must be signed in by noon. I need information on jail/prison transition ministries? Emily Tallman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4017 or emily.tallman@northlandchurch.net I need the Resource Advocate or FAO (Family Advocacy Office)? Maria Penzes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-0554 or maria.penzes@northlandchurch.net


About Northland, A Church Distributed WHAT WE BELIEVE The Bible

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

God

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

The Means of Salvation

— We believe that salvation from the guilt and condemnation of sin is possible only as the gift of God’s grace. It cannot be gained by good resolutions, sincere efforts, or submission to the rules, regulations or ordinances of any church, but is freely bestowed on all who put their faith in Christ and trust in the work that Christ accomplished on the cross of Calvary. All who so trust the Savior pass from death unto life, and are forgiven of their sins, accepted by the Father, and born into His family by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God. (John 5:24; Ephesians 1:67; 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:23)

Security, Assurance and Responsibility

— We believe that all the saved, those in whom God has accomplished His transforming work of grace, are kept by His power and are thus secure in Christ forever. It is their privilege to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation. However, this assurance must not be the occasion for sin, for God in His holiness cannot tolerate persistent sin in His children, and in infinite love He corrects them. True faith in Christ is expressed by a fruitful, God-pleasing life. (John 10:2729; Romans 8:19-39; 1 John 5:13; Hebrews 12:6; Matthew 7:20; James 2:20)

Man

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

OUR PURPOSE: WHY WE ARE HERE From its inception in 1972, Northland has been unwavering in its purpose: To bring people to maturity in Christ.

OUR VISION: WHAT WE SEE

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

OUR MISSION: WHAT WE DO

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

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

LONGWOOD WORSHIP TIMES Saturdays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 p.m. Sundays . . . . . 9 (hi)(sp), 11 a.m.(sp); 5 p.m.

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

Mondays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 p.m. (hi) Hearing-impaired interpretation available (sp) Spanish interpretation available

Christmas weekend schedule on page 10.

NOT LOCAL? Join us for LIVE online worship at

¿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.!

northlandchurch.net

during any of our worship times!

The Church

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

The Christian’s Walk

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

The Eternal State

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

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Worship Guide-Respond 50, 2012  

December 8 to 15, 2012