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Northland, A Church Distributed

DECEMBER 17-19, 2011

12/17-19/2011 [ ] I would like to receive more information about Northland. [ ] I am a new believer. I recently trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. [ ] Longwood

[ ] Mount Dora

[ ] Oviedo

[ ] Other______________________________

Which site are you attending?  Phone___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address__________________________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Name(s)_________________________________________________________________________________________________ Please print clearly.

or stop by an Info Kiosk in the foyer on your way out — we’d love to get to know you!

Welcome! Please tell us a little about yourself. Just drop this card in an offering box

New to Northland? Please join us. The heartbeat of Northland, A Church Distributed is to Respond to God for the Benefit of Others. Our Vision is to see people coming to Christ and growing in Him. Our Mission is to equip the church to worship and serve together.

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

Want to know more about Northland?

Thanks for gathering with us in worship today — we’re so glad you’re here!

THE CAST Jesus

The Totally Unprepared

Shepherds

Part of God’s family, uniquely designed to be cast in God’s eternal story.

A heavenly messenger of God’s. He arrives on earth on several occasions to give important announcements and tell of special events.

A prophet, son of Amoz. Living and speaking on behalf of God approximately 600 years before Christ’s birth, he foretold the arrival of the Messiah.

Despite being a descendent of King David’s, he lives an ordinary life as a local carpenter. Recently engaged to Mary, he is shocked to learn of her “improbable” pregnancy and God’s desire that he be the earthly father of Jesus.

A group of educated and respected religious leaders from foreign lands. Noting a sign in the sky (and at Herod’s behest), they embark on a journey to meet the baby Jesus.

A newly engaged teen. She is still a virgin when she is visited by an angel and told she will be giving birth to the Savior of the world.

A ragtag group of guys who live a simple life — out in the fields, protecting sheep and sleeping under the stars, one eye ever open. They are the men God chooses to first hear of the coming of Christ.

God with us. The Messiah, taking human form, entered our world as a Baby. He is the Son of God and a Son of faithful earthly parents.

Mary

Joseph

Gabriel

SHARE YOUR

STORY

The Wise Men

Isaiah

You

s You're in the cast.

Tell us about YOUR role in HIS story! Let's get to know one another this holiday season by sharing what God's done in our lives. Go to share.northlandchurch.net.

Tell us about a time when God interrupted your life with a message that was anything but what you expected to hear.

A MESSAGE FROM DR. JOEL C. HUNTER, SENIOR PASTOR

(Read about Pastor Joel at northlandchurch.net/joelhunter.)

SCRIPTURE FOCUS:

Luke 1:11-13 (NASB)

And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John.”

Luke 1:26-34 (NASB)

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”

WORSHIP FOCUS:

Worship Christ today for His indescribable love.

THINK ABOUT IT.

How do you accommodate those interruptions of God that have nothing to do with where you are headed and have everything to do with His plan for your life?

BE IN COMMUNITY. Spark conversation in your community this week:

• If you were to be cast in a Christmas play today, for which role would you audition? • Sometimes we are just not ready for anything big to happen in our lives. What role is God asking you to play for which you feel completely unprepared? • H  ow is God using you to live out the message of Christ?


Northland, A Church Distributed

DECEMBER 17-19, 2011

12/17-19/2011 [ ] I would like to receive more information about Northland. [ ] I am a new believer. I recently trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. [ ] Longwood

[ ] Mount Dora

[ ] Oviedo

[ ] Other______________________________

Which site are you attending?  Phone___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address__________________________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Name(s)_________________________________________________________________________________________________ Please print clearly.

or stop by an Info Kiosk in the foyer on your way out — we’d love to get to know you!

Welcome! Please tell us a little about yourself. Just drop this card in an offering box

New to Northland? Please join us. The heartbeat of Northland, A Church Distributed is to Respond to God for the Benefit of Others. Our Vision is to see people coming to Christ and growing in Him. Our Mission is to equip the church to worship and serve together.

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

Want to know more about Northland?

Thanks for gathering with us in worship today — we’re so glad you’re here!

THE CAST

The Totally Unprepared

Jesus

God with us. The Messiah, taking human form, entered our world as a Baby. He is the Son of God and a Son of faithful earthly parents.

Mary

A newly engaged teen. She is still a virgin when she is visited by an angel and told she will be giving birth to the Savior of the world.

Shepherds

A ragtag group of guys who live a simple life — out in the fields, protecting sheep and sleeping under the stars, one eye ever open. They are the men God chooses to first hear of the coming of Christ.

The Wise Men

A group of educated and respected religious leaders from foreign lands. Noting a sign in the sky (and at Herod’s behest), they embark on a journey to meet the baby Jesus.

Joseph

Isaiah

Gabriel

You

Despite being a descendent of King David’s, he lives an ordinary life as a local carpenter. Recently engaged to Mary, he is shocked to learn of her “improbable” pregnancy and God’s desire that he be the earthly father of Jesus.

A heavenly messenger of God’s. He arrives on earth on several occasions to give important announcements and tell of special events.

SHARE YOUR

STORY

A prophet, son of Amoz. Living and speaking on behalf of God approximately 600 years before Christ’s birth, he foretold the arrival of the Messiah.

A MESSAGE FROM DR. JOEL C. HUNTER, SENIOR PASTOR

(Read about Pastor Joel at northlandchurch.net/joelhunter.)

SCRIPTURE FOCUS:

Luke 1:11-13 (NASB)

And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John.”

Luke 1:26-34 (NASB)

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”

WORSHIP FOCUS:

Worship Christ today for His indescribable love.

Part of God’s family, uniquely designed to be cast in God’s eternal story.

s You're in the cast.

Tell us about YOUR role in HIS story! Let's get to know one another this holiday season by sharing what God's done in our lives. Go to share.northlandchurch.net.

Tell us about a time when God interrupted your life with a message that was anything but what you expected to hear.

THINK ABOUT IT.

How do you accommodate those interruptions of God that have nothing to do with where you are headed and have everything to do with His plan for your life?

BE IN COMMUNITY. Spark conversation in your community this week:

• If you were to be cast in a Christmas play today, for which role would you audition? • Sometimes we are just not ready for anything big to happen in our lives. What role is God asking you to play for which you feel completely unprepared? • How is God using you to live out the message of Christ?


NORTHLAND, A CHURCH DISTRIBUTED WORSHIP TIMES: Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Monday at 7 p.m. 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750 | 407-949-4000 | info@northlandchurch.net

STuDenT mInIStrieS

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • Kinect (Middle and High School) Sundays, 9 to 10 a.m.; and

CHECK tHE stuDENt WEBsItEs FOR CuRRENt

Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

sCHEDuLEs.

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 407-9494000 with questions.

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

MIDDLE SCHOOL — northlandchurch.net/

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

middleschool

chiLdren’S mInIStrieS

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • LUGRox Saturdays, 6:30 p.m., The Rink, SMCC. (Off December 24 and 31) • Connect with your middle school student: Check out Next Steps (Sermon Companion) at northlandchurch.net/ middleschool. You’ll find a short video and conversation starter to use with your student.

TIthes & oFfeRingS

northlandchurch.net/ministries/category/ children/

Financial Report — December 6 to 12, 2011 This Week

LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS Children’s Church during all worship services: • Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5) • Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten)

This year to Date

Need . . . . . . . . . . 250,505

Need . . . . . . . 12,525,250

Received . . . . . . . 222,553

Received . . . . 11,862,496

Difference . . . . . . (27,952)

Difference . . . . . (662,754)

• Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2)

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • Kinect (Middle and High School) Sundays, 9 to 10 a.m.; and Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

• Children with Special Needs (Age 3 – Grade 5)

MOUNT DORA WEEKLY HAPPENINGS Children’s Church during 9 and 11 a.m. worship services:

OVIEDO WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

• Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5)

• Evolve Sundays, during 11 a.m. service.

• Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten)

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

• Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2)

HIGH SCHOOL — northlandchurch.net/highschool LONGWOOD WEEKLY HAPPENINGS • I Am Third Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., The Rink, SMCC. (Off December 21, 28 and January 4) • 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

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

Live GeneRouslY: lesS iS more We have the opportunity to pay down the principal on our mortgage (between now and December 31) before refinancing in early 2012. By doing so, we’ll avoid paying excess interest and move toward financial freedom. The LESS debt we have, the MORE we can accomplish in ministry. Be a part of it! Received as of December 12: $365,708

generous.northlandchurch.net

11 a.m. services

students (small group leaders and work crews).

What’s Current Year-End Budget update

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP SCHEDuLE

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23 Longwood and online . . . . . . . . . . . .5 and 7 p.m. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 Longwood and online . . . . . . . .1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Lyman (tickets available)* . . . . . . . . 3 and 5 p.m. Mount Dora . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 p.m. oviedo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 and 5 p.m.

THE EYEGLASS PROJECT

Give the Gift of sight! Northland is partnering with TIME Ministries and Hunter Vision to give the gift of sight to people in the Dominican Republic. Simply drop off any eyewear you’re not using in the designated bins! Details at northlandchurch.net

Child care will be available for children age 3 and under at all sites except for Lyman. There will be no child care available at Lyman. *Tickets are free and guarantee seating at Lyman up to 10 minutes before service starts. Tickets are available at the Welcome Desk in Longwood.

Spanish interpretation will be available at Longwood on Friday, December 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 25 at 11 a.m.

PLEASE PRINT CLEARLy.

Name(s)

DISTRIBUTED JOURNEYS 2012

E-mail

Pray, Pick, Go! Make your someday, today!

No worship service. Details at northlandchurch.net/christmas

Find a list of trips at somedayistoday.net!

________________________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address

________________________________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone

Opportunities to serve globally in 2012 are vast and varied! Now is the time to prepare your heart and mind to serve!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 26

generous.northlandchurch.net

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!

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 Longwood and online . . . . . . . .11 a.m. No worship service offered at oviedo or Mount Dora. No evening worship service at Longwood or online.

Our church’s Less Is More initiative is an opportunity for our congregation to pay down our mortgage debt before we refinance in 2012. This is a significant initiative; however, the church’s first priority is to meet the ministry and practical needs of our congregation and others we serve through our general budget goals. Mortgage reduction is our second priority (Less Is More). Northland is not able to utilize Less Is More funds to offset any budget need, as they are designated to pay down the principal on the mortgage. Please consider these priorities when you are deciding how to give.

leT US know!

Access Ministries — Classes will be available at Longwood on Friday, December 23 at 5 p.m. and Saturday, December 24 at 5 p.m. (Please register with Debbie Grindstaff at 407-937-1828 or debbie. grindstaff@northlandchurch.net.) Hearing-impaired interpretation will be available at Longwood on Saturday, December 24 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 25 at 11 a.m.

LIVE GENEROUSLY

We are in the home stretch of Northland’s budget year, with December remaining. In order to make our budget, we need to bring in $1,163,765 by December 31. To put that in perspective, our generous congregation gave $1,265,739 the last two weeks of December 2010. As evidenced by recent history, this is a goal we can accomplish together.

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[ ] The above is an update. Prayer request:

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I’d like more information about:

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


Northland, A Church Distributed

DECEMBER 17-19, 2011

12/17-19/2011 [ ] I would like to receive more information about Northland. [ ] I am a new believer. I recently trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. [ ] Longwood

[ ] Mount Dora

[ ] Oviedo

[ ] Other______________________________

Which site are you attending?  Phone___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address__________________________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Name(s)_________________________________________________________________________________________________ Please print clearly.

or stop by an Info Kiosk in the foyer on your way out — we’d love to get to know you!

Welcome! Please tell us a little about yourself. Just drop this card in an offering box

New to Northland? Please join us. The heartbeat of Northland, A Church Distributed is to Respond to God for the Benefit of Others. Our Vision is to see people coming to Christ and growing in Him. Our Mission is to equip the church to worship and serve together.

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

Want to know more about Northland?

Thanks for gathering with us in worship today — we’re so glad you’re here!

THE CAST Jesus

The Totally Unprepared

Shepherds

Part of God’s family, uniquely designed to be cast in God’s eternal story.

A heavenly messenger of God’s. He arrives on earth on several occasions to give important announcements and tell of special events.

A prophet, son of Amoz. Living and speaking on behalf of God approximately 600 years before Christ’s birth, he foretold the arrival of the Messiah.

Despite being a descendent of King David’s, he lives an ordinary life as a local carpenter. Recently engaged to Mary, he is shocked to learn of her “improbable” pregnancy and God’s desire that he be the earthly father of Jesus.

A group of educated and respected religious leaders from foreign lands. Noting a sign in the sky (and at Herod’s behest), they embark on a journey to meet the baby Jesus.

A newly engaged teen. She is still a virgin when she is visited by an angel and told she will be giving birth to the Savior of the world.

A ragtag group of guys who live a simple life — out in the fields, protecting sheep and sleeping under the stars, one eye ever open. They are the men God chooses to first hear of the coming of Christ.

God with us. The Messiah, taking human form, entered our world as a Baby. He is the Son of God and a Son of faithful earthly parents.

Mary

Joseph

Gabriel

SHARE YOUR

STORY

The Wise Men

Isaiah

You

s You're in the cast.

Tell us about YOUR role in HIS story! Let's get to know one another this holiday season by sharing what God's done in our lives. Go to share.northlandchurch.net.

Tell us about a time when God interrupted your life with a message that was anything but what you expected to hear.

A MESSAGE FROM DR. JOEL C. HUNTER, SENIOR PASTOR

(Read about Pastor Joel at northlandchurch.net/joelhunter.)

SCRIPTURE FOCUS:

Luke 1:11-13 (NASB)

And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John.”

Luke 1:26-34 (NASB)

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”

WORSHIP FOCUS:

Worship Christ today for His indescribable love.

THINK ABOUT IT.

How do you accommodate those interruptions of God that have nothing to do with where you are headed and have everything to do with His plan for your life?

BE IN COMMUNITY. Spark conversation in your community this week:

• If you were to be cast in a Christmas play today, for which role would you audition? • Sometimes we are just not ready for anything big to happen in our lives. What role is God asking you to play for which you feel completely unprepared? • H  ow is God using you to live out the message of Christ?


DECEMBER 2011

www.northlandchurch.net

Respond. Be the Church.

Christmas worship schedule

Mark your calendar! FRIday, December 23 Longwood/online: 5 and 7 p.m. SATURday, December 24 Longwood/online: 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Lyman: 3 and 5 p.m. Mount Dora: 5 p.m. Oviedo: 3 and 5 p.m.

Full details on page 10 or at northlandchurch.net/christmas.

every where. every day.

christmas camp Sponsor a high school student. Deadline: December 14

More info on page 3 or at northlandchurch.net/christmascamp2011.

NEW Classes! Start the year off right — there’s something for everyone in January. Explore your options — see pages 7-8 for details.


RESPOND TO GOD

TELL OTHERS WHAT GOD IS DOING IN YOUR LIFE.

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

SHARE Y STORY 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)

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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)

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Be In Community:

Foster environments for relationship.

What’s your spiritual bio? How did you come to be part of God’s family? Share your story at share.northlandchurch.net.

“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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SHARE YOUR STORY:

A Baby Changes Everything Share your story at share.northlandchurch.net. By Melinda Rutland

YOUR I

was never one of those girls who dreamt of being a mom. I didn’t do much babysitting and I really didn’t have much experience with kids. However, I do have an older brother who has special needs. Growing up with Mark was sometimes a challenge. Right now, he lives with my parents in Chicago, but I’ve always know that when my parents head to Heaven, I will be the one left to care for his needs. That prospect is daunting, especially since I’ve never felt confident in my future as a caretaker. In general, I have one of those micromanaging personalities that makes it difficult to trust God. I over-think and worry about almost everything. As a result, I was never certain that I would be a good mom or that I could handle a future in which I was responsible for the welfare of my brother and my own children. Years ago, when my husband and I began to talk about having children, I was immobilized by a fear that our baby would not be healthy. Overwhelmed by uncertainty, I agonized over whether or not to have a baby for years. It took a lot of time, prayer and supernatural intervention for me to trust God that everything — the good and the “bad” — would work according to His plan (Romans 8:28). We did eventually get pregnant and I had trouble from the start. I found out I was seven weeks pregnant after going to the doctor because of some bleeding issues. Then, at ten weeks, the severe vomiting began. It landed me in the emergency room on IV fluids more than once. There is no way I could have prepared for these troubles on my own. When the morning sickness finally started to subside and I thought things were finally going to get better, I started going into labor at 19 weeks. It seemed like my fears were all coming true and that my baby would be born too early — before her brain and her body were ready. I had an emergency surgery. Then, I was on horizontal bed rest and anti-contraction medications that caused uncontrollable shaking for more than three months. For more than 100 days, I could get out of bed only to use the bathroom, eat one meal a day and to shower once a week. It was a challenge every day to make it to the next day. During that time, I was alone a lot. In those solitary moments, God did some amazing things with my heart and my spirit. Literally stuck, I couldn’t

change anything. In hindsight, because I was forced to lean on God, I wouldn’t change anything about that time in my life. In the silence of my home, while I waited for my baby girl to grow, I could finally hear His voice and feel a peace that only comes from Him. He used all those days on bed rest to show me that, through Him, I do have the patience, diligence and love I need to be a mom and a caretaker for my brother. God truly used that time to prepare me for what was to come. Today, we have Claire. She is happy, healthy and beautiful — a blessed gift from God to us. Yes, my story has a happy ending and resulted in the wonderful beginning of a new life, but that wasn’t the entirety of God’s purposes in my struggles. I learned the important lessons of trusting God with my fears and the necessity of asking Him to trump my inadequacies and to help me find peace and joy in every circumstance. I pray that same joy and peace fills your hearts this Christmas season. May the Baby that entered the world so long ago, continue to revolutionize your world today. He is worthy of our trust.

“It was a challenge every day to make it to the next day.”

Help a student go to Christmas Camp 2011 More than 120 high school students will make the trek up to north Georgia to hear from God and experience Him in a different environment, without the distraction of daily life. Students make life-changing decisions over these four days, and many of them come back with a new or renewed passion to serve Jesus like Caroline did. With so many families struggling just to put food on the table this year, there is an even greater need for scholarships. We want to provide the opportunity to as many students as possible, and you can help! You can write a check payable to Northland Church, and in the memo line write “Christmas Camp Sponsorship.” Drop it in an offering box, or mail it to Northland, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750. Or give online at northlandchurch.net/christmascamp2011.


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Serve GLOBaLly ‘Sewing’ Christ’s Love Ministry Clothes Needy By Patti Harshey

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n Saturday, November 5, a group of six ladies gathered in room 4205 at Northland at Longwood to begin the new ministry called Sew and Serve. Led by Joan Siegel, the group, which included Kathy Mohler, Sally Lukens, Elisa Peng, Susie Davis and Leslie Schulte, learned how to make pillowcase dresses for little girls in need around the world.

Georganna from the Northland Bookstore also joined the group to introduce and discuss another crafty ministry project. She is spearheading an effort to knit and/or crochet hats, gloves and mittens for orphans and widows in Ukraine. A Distributed Journey, which Marc McMurrin is leading, is heading to Ukraine on January 2, and participants will take with them as many hats, gloves and mittens as they can carry! As you can imagine, Ukraine will be freezing in January and beyond, so the warmth these items will supply will be much appreciated and cherished. Some of the ladies in the ministry will be crocheting and knitting in between making dresses, shorts and shirts. If you are interested in serving in this capacity with either sewing or knitting/ crocheting, the ladies in the Sew and Serve ministry would love to have you join them! They work on their own at home and then come together the first Saturday of every month to sew, knit, crochet, share ideas, share lunch and enjoy one another’s company. The next meeting will be Saturday, December 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in room 4205. Bring your sewing machine, your crochet or knitting needles, lunch (if you wish) and your ideas! If you are unable to join in either of these projects but would like to donate pillowcases (of any size, color or pattern) or yarn (any color), we could use both! Please contact Patti Harshey at patti. harshey@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000, ext. 1124, for more information.

Distributed Journeys 2012

Visit somedayistoday.net for complete information on each trip.

Domestic Distributed Journeys Alabama 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mid-April Alabama 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mid-October

Global Distributed Journeys Argentina. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 to 12 days in June or July Brazil 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . One week in mid-June Brazil 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . One week in mid-July Cuba. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 15 to 22 Dominican Republic 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 8 to 16 (Middle school trip) Dominican Republic 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 8 to 16 (High school trip) Dominican Republic 3 . . . . . . . . . . . August 11 to 18 (Family trip) Egypt 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . August 1 to 14 (Sports ministry) Egypt 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 days in mid-October (Mercy ministry) Haiti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 8 to 14 Jamaica 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 16 to 23 (High school trip) Jamaica 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 23 to 30 (College trip) Jamaica 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 14 to 21 (Family trip) Kenya . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Early August South Africa 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 14 to 24 South Africa 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . August 9 to 17, 18 or 19 South Africa 3 . . . . . . . . . September 29 to October 7 Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . August 18 to 26 Sri Lanka . . . . 10 to 12 days in late July/early August Swaziland 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 10 to 19 Swaziland 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 17 to 26 Ukraine 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 6 to 27 (Youth trip) Ukraine 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 29 to August 19 Zambia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 30 to July 15

Missions Fellowship Dinner Joan Siegel shows Susie Davis, Leslie Schulte and Elisa Peng the finer points of making pillowcase dresses.

These enthusiastic ladies dove right in, making adorable dresses and enjoying wonderful fellowship together. Over coffee, tea and some yummy breakfast breads, they sewed, chatted and brainstormed ways to make the dresses with and without sleeves. They also thought through how they could incorporate making shorts and shirts for boys. Our Distributed Journeys teams will take the simple, yet practical, functional and needed clothes these ladies make to girls and boys in orphanages, hospitals, villages and schools in places like Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Swaziland, Kenya, Brazil and Sri Lanka.

Two of the hats that will soon bring warmth to Ukrainian orphans and widows!

Missions Fellowship Potluck Dinners are back! This monthly meeting is open to anyone interested in the missionary work that is being done with and through Northland and Northland partners. There will be fellowship, prayer time and a guest speaker related to missionary work. Come learn what God is doing around our world. Mark your calendar for these dates, and join us in rooms 4209-10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.: January 14 February 11 March 10 April 14 For more information, contact Irene Williamson at irene6650@gmail.com.


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Serve LocaLly Tons of Food Collected, Distributed to Needy By Dana Kobosky

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

uring the November 12 through 14 weekend, Northland held its church-wide food drive. We collected a few tons — yes, tons — of food! Also, more than 45 volunteers signed up to help out over the weekend, collecting donations and loading them into trucks to be distributed to those in need. As always, it was such a great demonstration of what can be accomplished when everyone takes part. The food was distributed to some of our local partners, including Christian HELP, The Sharing Center and Harvest Time International. In addition, some of the food was sent to help homeless kids and Families in Transition (FIT) at Idyllwilde and Hamilton elementary schools. It was truly amazing to see that amount of food in one place and to know that God had provided enough for all of the places where it was distributed. Thank you, Northland, for responding to God and serving others! Thank you for giving out of the abundance of what He has provided for you. Are you looking for more opportunities to respond by serving locally? Did you know that there are projects and opportunities to get involved throughout each month? Visit serve.northlandchurch.net, and click on “serve locally” to find out the details and sign up online.

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Upcoming Service Opportunities December 3 . . . . . . . . . Ronald McDonald House Prepare dinner and serve it to families of sick children staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

December 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Story Tour Volunteers will be helping us with everything from greeting, ticket taking, ushering, crowd control, merchandise, clean up after the concert and more!

December 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Homeless Ministry Provide food, clothing and other items to the needy in Orlando. Participate in worship, devotion and ministering to the homeless.

December 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pathways to Care Prepare lunch and serve it to recovering residents. Minister and pray with the residents.

December 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Give Kids the World Create magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families by serving breakfast to them.

December 17 . . . . . . Harvest Time International Help sort, stack, pack and organize supplies for local families in need and for shipping packages internationally during times of need.

December 17 . . . . . . . . Ronald McDonald House Prepare lunch and serve it to families of sick children staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

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

serve.northlandchurch.net. Volunteers picked up the donations you placed behind your car before service.

Dana Kobosky at 407-949-7156 or dana.kobosky@ northlandchurch.net


Mark Your Calendar! Christmas Camp

Student Ministries

Activating Students to Make Kingdom Noise. What is Making Kingdom Noise? It’s the Love of Jesus in Action.

December 29 through January 1 All high school students (9th to 12th grade) Where: SharpTop Cove, Young Life Camp (Jasper, Georgia) Cost: See registration online. (northlandchurch.net/highschool) Deadline: December 14 Balance: Due at check-in if it is not paid beforehand Refunds: Until December 7 Check-in: 6:30 a.m. Thursday, December 29, The Rink Departure: 7 a.m. Thursday, December 29, via Coach Buses Return: 10 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, January 1, The Rink Register at northlandchurch.net/highschool

Group Mentoring

Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. The Mentoring Ministry has started a group that supports high school guys who do not have an adult male in their life, or who struggle with their relationship with their father. Activities and discussions revolve around sharing, healing and building proper relationships. To register, complete the mentee application at northlandchurch.net/ highschool. nlmentoring@gmail.com

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 LUGRox Saturdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (off December 24 and 31), The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. LUGRox is an evening full of high energy, high impact and just plain fun! Students will find thrilling games, solid teaching, rockin’ worship and friendconnecting small groups. Optional dinner (two slices of pizza, chips and lemonade) is available for $3. MIDDLE SCHOOL DOULOS Do you take a class or volunteer during the 11 a.m. service? If so, there is a new class for your sixth- or seventhgrader in The Rink (meet the leaders in the foyer) during the 11 a.m. service. Middle School Doulos will help students connect what they experience in worship service to their daily lives. TAKE IT HOME At Northland, we believe that parents are designed to be the primary spiritual leaders in their student’s life. We are

honored to serve alongside parents with some awesome supplemental programs. We are always looking for ways to encourage parents in their role. There are a couple of tools on our middle school website we would like to make parents aware of: LUGRox Companion Series Looking for a way to connect with your student regarding what was covered at LUGRox? Check out the parents conversation starter (designed for parents to help deepen their relationship with their student and encourage spiritual growth) and the full message shared at LUG. Next Steps (Sermon Companion Series) Looking for a way to connect with your middle school student regarding this weekend’s message? Check out the Next Steps weekly video and other tools to use with your student.

High School Ministry To register for any of these activities and for more detailed info, visit northlandchurch.net/highschool. Shaylynn Stoner at 407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@northlandchurch.net I am third Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. (off December 21, 28 and January 4), The

Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. An evening of worship and teaching for high school students. 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. (Contact Laura Lee for holiday schedule). 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 18-25) 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

Children’s Ministries

how can they call on him to save them … how can they believe … unless someone tells them? —Romans 10:14 (NLT)

Mark Your Calendar! Kings & Kingdoms Celebration

Friday, December 2, 7 p.m., Sanctuary Join the first- through fifth-grade children for a celebration of what they’ve learned this year in Children’s Church: who God is and what He has done! A brief reception will follow in the foyer. and registration: Julie Meeker at 407-949-7153 or julie.meeker@ northlandchurch.net

Steps for Young Believers (Grades 2-5) and Their Parents Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Step 1: January 11 through February 1 Step 2: February 8 through March 7 Step 3: January 11 through February 15 and registration: Diane Jones at diane.jones@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7188

Volunteer with the Children’s Ministries. You can do this! Debbie Blahnik, director of Children’s Ministries, at 407-949-7162 or debbie.blahnik@northlandchurch.net

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. Debbie Grindstaff at debbie.grindstaff@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: Sara Schanbacher A thank you goes to Sara Schanbacher, our Access Ministries Volunteer of the Month! Sara’s heart for and dedication to working with our children with disabilities each Sunday are so special to us! She touches lives and shares the love of Christ with our children each and every week. We are blessed to have her serving our families.

Why did you draw that? Zacchaeus climbed up into a tree to be able to see Jesus above the crowd. Jesus saw Zacchaeus and told him that He was coming to his house today. Jesus seeks and saves the lost.


Ways to Respond Baptisms Adult Baptisms Sunday, December 11, 2 p.m., Ken and Diane Watkins’ home. Get baptized by immersion or sprinkling as a public profession of personal faith in Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19). 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 21, 7 p.m., room 4206. Child care is available upon request. Diane Jones at 407-949-7188 or diane.jones@northlandchurch.net

Bible Studies & Prayer Groups adult bible studies Apostles’ Creed Sundays, January 8 through March 25, 11 a.m., room 4213. What is the basic core of what all Christians believe? How are we different from and similar to other religions? How does what we believe impact everyday life? Join in the discussion of those and other questions as we look at the Apostles’ Creed in light of the Bible. Jamila Millette at jamila.millette@northlandchurch.net or 407937-1832 Daniel Precepts Bible Study, Part 2 Thursdays, January 19 through March 22, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 4209-10. Join us as we study God’s prophecies. Child care is provided upon request. To order a workbook, call Precept Ministries at 800-763-8280 and ask for Daniel workbook Part 2. Cost of book: $22.50 plus shipping. Geri Anderson at 407-331-6760 or 2geri@cfl.rr.com Discipleship Group Wednesdays, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Welcome Center. Study for new believers and those who want to grow in their faith using the book of John. Bob Ek at bobpatek30@aol.com Evening Prayer Group Thursdays, 6 to 7 p.m., prayer room. Elaine Harland at 407-949-4002 or elaine. harland@northlandchurch.net Genesis • Sundays, January 8 through August 26, 9 a.m., room 4206. • Wednesdays, January 11 through August 29, 7 p.m., room 2211, Admin Wing. This foundational book of the Bible sets the stage for all that comes after. Join us for an in-depth look at what the Bible says about our existence, our purpose, our relationship with God, the origin of sin, the first promise of a Messiah and much more. Jamila Millette at jamila.millette@northlandchurch. net or 407-937-1832

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

Gospel of John Bible Study Sundays, 10:45 a.m., rooms 4206-07. Discover more about the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and learn more about who God is. Come early for refreshments and fellowship. John and Carolyn Jones at 407-831-5822 Hebrews Sundays, through December 18, 9 to 10:30 a.m., rooms 4206-07. Join Pastor Dan as you take a verse-by-verse look at one of the most theologically rich books in the Bible. Jamila.millette@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1832

MEN’S BIBLE STUDIES Hanging Out With Jesus Tuesdays, 6:45 to 8 a.m., room 1118, Student Ministries and Care Center. Men’s Bible study on Man in the Mirror, by Patrick Morley. Bob Shoemaker at bobshoemaker@mindspring.com or 407599-3132 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’S BIBLE STUDIES Isaiah Precepts Bible Study, Part 1 Mondays, January 9 to May 7, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., rooms 4209-10. Meet God, the holy One of Israel, and discover the destiny of nations, the future of all mankind ... including ours. Workbook cost: about $33. Child care provided with advanced registration. and registration: Melody Ringenberg at rringenberg@cfl.rr.com Mercy Triumphs, by Beth Moore An eight-week in-depth exploration through the book of James. Child care is available with registration. Workbook is available in the Northland Bookstore for $16.95. • Mondays, January 9 through February 27, 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 10 through February 28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Returning members, contact your table leader. Cherrie Rowe at 407-322-6850, or Marlene Ross at 407-833-0094 or rossduo@ cfl.rr.com

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

Prayer Group Thursdays, 6:30 a.m., room 1116, Student Ministries and Care Center. Jean Sherwood at 407-796-4705

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

ADULTS Belong/Membership Opportunities • One-day seminar: Saturday, January 28, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The Rink. Hear Pastor Joel and other senior leaders describe what it means to belong to Christ and to Northland. Child care is available. Ruth Sapp at ruth.sapp@northlandchurch. net or 407-949-4039 • Six-week class: Sundays, February 26 to April 1, 11 a.m., room 4209. Hear Pastor Kevin Urichko and other Northland leaders describe what it means to belong to Christ and to Northland. Child care is available. Jamila Millette at jamila. millette@northlandchurch.net or 407-9371832 • Online: Anytime at northlandchurch.net/ series/belong_study/ Financial Peace University Wednesdays, February 1 through April 25, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. In an entertaining way everyone can understand, this 13-week study provides you with the “nuts and bolts” of how to manage money, eliminate debt and live on a budget. Child care is available by contacting Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@ northlandchurch.net. Cost for materials: $99. and registration: Valerie and Paul Brown at paul.brown@northlandchurch.net or val. brown@northlandchurch.net Healthy 100 Mondays, January 9 through March 12, 7 to 9 p.m., room 4209-10. Live to be a Healthy 100. Live healthier, happier and less stressed! Don’t miss this life-changing “Creation Healthy” 10-week series. Registration is required by Wednesday, January 4. Workbook costs: Small Group Discussion Guide, $8 (required); Personal Study Guide, $25 (recommended). They are available in class. Child care is available by contacting linda.campbell@northlandchurch. net. Jerry Corey at 407-332-7452 or ruthjerr@hotmail.com, www.healthy100.org or www.creationhealth.tv Marriage 911 Wednesdays, starting February 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 for class contact Linda Rooks at lindarooks@ embarqmail.com or 407-644-8619; child care registration: Linda Campbell at linda. campbell@northlandchurch.net

Marriage Oneness — Class for Struggling Marriages (FamilyLife) Wednesdays, November 2 through December 28, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 421315. Learn and practice practical ways to love better, connect better and be better— together in your marriage. Cost for two workbooks: $48 in the Northland Bookstore. Child care is available by emailing linda. campbell@northlandchurch.net. and registration, Rick and Jolene Burns at jburns@mycbfl.com or 407-462-5130 Marriage Preparation Class Sundays, starting January 22, 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. Cost: $120 per couple. Registration is required by January 15 at northlandchurch.wufoo. com/forms/marriage-preparation-classapplication/. A paper application is available in the Northland Bookstore. Chris Kingsley at 407-949-7193 Money and Marriage God’s Way (Compass) • Sundays, January 29 through March 4, 10:30 a.m., room 4204. Chris and Teri Toadvine at toadvines@gmail.com • Tuesdays, January 31 through March 6, 6:30 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. Sandy and Dave McLaughlin at snmclaughlin@cfl.rr.com This six-week small group study will show you how to discover God’s approach to managing your finances and strengthening your marital relationship. Cost for materials, available at the Northland Bookstore: $39. Resolving Everyday Conflicts, by Peacemakers Ministries Thursdays, January 19 through March 8, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 4213-15. Workbook ($12.75) is available in the Northland Bookstore. Registration fee is $5. Registration is required at northlandchurch.net/calendar/ details/Resolving_Everyday_Conflictsby_ Peacemakers/. Child care is available by contacting linda.campbell@northlandchurch. net. Gary Wright at lanaharrison@cfl. rr.com or 386-753-0280

children Steps for Young Believers (Grades 2-5) and Their Parents These courses in basic discipleship include classroom sessions and daily at-home devotionals. Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Materials cost: $5. Registration is required. Diane Jones at 407-949-7188 or diane. jones@northlandchurch.net • STEP 1—BECOMING A PART OF GOD’S FAMILY: January 11 to February 1. Focus: Salvation and assurance. Includes Communion instruction. • STEP 2—THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: February 8 to March 7. 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: January

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8 11 to February 15. Focus: to develop skills in exploring the Bible.

woMEN Being Good to Your Husband on Purpose, by Becky Hunter (Pastor Joel’s wife) Thursdays, January 5 to 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Join Becky as she shares ways you can be a blessing to your husband and be a wife with no regrets! Bring a Bible and the book Being Good to Your Husband on Purpose, available in the Northland Bookstore. (Tell the cashier you are buying it for this class, and your cost will be $2.) Registration is available at northlandchurch.net/classes. For child care reservations (for children 10 and under), contact Linda Campbell at linda. campbell@northlandchurch.net. Barb Olsen at 407-949-7183 or barbara.olsen@ northlandchurch.net

Care Groups adults Celebrate Recovery Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. Gain freedom from life’s hurts, hangups 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. Laurie Jean Harrington at celebraterecovery@ northlandchurch.net. 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. Child care is available. His Way, Frank Turner at 407-599-9770 DivorceCare Tuesdays, call for time and location. A new session will begin January 10 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 available. Donna Delzingaro at 407-937-1749 or divorcecare@ northlandchurch.net GriefShare Call for time and location. New session begins January 9. This healing ministry walks you through the steps of grief. Workbook is available at Northland’s bookstore for $19. GriefShare voiceline at 407-949-7152 or griefshare@northlandchurch.net PRAXIS (Conquering Fear, Anger, Anxiety) Tuesdays, 7:15 p.m., call for room location. Conquer fear, anger and anxiety through biblical principles. Child care is available. Skye Engel at 407-834-3158

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 Rich Arndt at 407-221-8955 or available. volvoom@gmail.com Support for the Separated Tuesdays, call for location. A new session will begin January 10. 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 available. Assessment required. Donna Delzingaro at 407-937-1749

MEN Faithful and True Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. Join a fellowship of men pursuing sexual integrity. Workbook cost: $17 at Northland’s bookstore. Bryce Hagedorn at 407227-3072 or brycehagedorn@yahoo.com; or Kevin Urichko at 407-949-7166 or kevin. urichko@northlandchurch.net Struggling with Same-sex Attraction? Thursdays, 8 to 10 p.m., call for confidential location. Among Friends is a weekly support group that provides a safe and caring environment for Christian men who are struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction. Jim at 407-949-4000, ext. 1754

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’s Healing Ministry Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., room 1111. 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

Special Interest Groups AMEN (A Meeting of Men) Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 5108-9, Children’s Worship Wing. Learn to apply God’s Word to real-life situations. Dan Bogdan at 407-702-5358 or danbogdan@ trubromance.com Bicycling for Christ (Women) First and third Saturday of each month. Registration for fall for beginners and intermediate riders. Naomi James at BicyclingforChrist@gmail.com Common Ground Adult Ministry (Ages 25-45) Mondays, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Build authentic Christian community, grow

spiritually mature and affect the surrounding community with Christ’s love, reflected by serving God. Child care available upon request. Susan Perry at commonground@ northlandchurch.net or 407-878-5599 Divine Reflection Art Group Second Thursday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m., rooms 5108-9, Children’s Worship Wing. Join other artists to reflect God’s truth and beauty through the visual arts. Laura Bates at carpearte@aol.com or 407-622-6873 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. Tiana Bouley at tiana.bouley@gmail.com or visit northlandmoms4moms.com • Moms4Moms Book Club Sunday, January 8, 6 p.m., Fellowship Hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. This month’s book: Why Her?, by Becky, Rhonda, Lisa and Elizabeth Hunter. Laura Pinckard at laura.pinckard@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1831 Motorcycle Group • Walk through Bethlehem, Saturday, December 3. The group will meet at 4:30 p.m. for worship together at 5 p.m., with dinner to follow on site. After dinner, they will go to the main event, where they will enjoy Christmas carols and walk through a living interpretation of the city of Bethlehem as it was when Christ was born. There will be Roman guards and live animals. Dress warm, as this event is partially outside. • Toys for Tots Ride — Please call for date and details. The group will join many other bikers to participate in the motorcycle Toys for Tots event. Lori Landers at 407-333-2612 Single Purpose (Singles age 35 and up) Fourth Sunday of each month, 3 p.m., rooms 4206-07. Join us for fellowship and new and exciting monthly studies to help us grow in our faith! Attend, or e-mail to find out more about weekly small groups. Dave Mullen at Singlepurpose7@gmail.com Northland en Español Monthly Gathering Third Friday of each month, 7 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Bring a dish to share and any Spanish-speaking family and friends. Child care is available by contacting ivan.portillo@ northlandchurch.net or by calling Ivan at 407949-4000 Northland en Español Reunión Mensual Nos reunimos el tercer viernes de cada mes, 7 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Traiga un plato para compartir y traiga su familia y amigos que hablan español. Cuidado de niños está disponible contactando ivan.portillo@ northlandchurch.net o llamando Ivan al 407949-4000

En Español Christmas Celebration Friday, December 16, 7 to 9 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Come celebrate with us the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ! Music, fellowship and food. Invite your friends and family. Ivan Portillo at 407-937-0559 En Español Celebración de Navidad Viernes, 16 de diciembre 7 a 9 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Venga a celebrar con nosotros el nacimiento de nuestro Señor Jesucristo! Música, compañerismo y comida. Invita a tus amigos y familiares. Ivan Portillo a 407-937-0559

Softball Join other Christian men and women on this adult coed team or the men’s team to compete in local leagues. www.nlsoftball. com or northlandsoftball@gmail.com Spanish Ministry Sundays, 9 and 11 a.m. services. Spanish interpretation is avaliable online and listening devices are available at the Welcome Center. Join the Facebook page at www. facebook.com/northlandespanol. Ivan Portillo at 407-937-0549 or ivan.portillo@ northlandchurch.net Tennis Saturdays, 8 a.m., Red Bug Lake Park. Jeff Rossmeissl at 407-489-6096 Word Weavers Second Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. www.wordweaversonline.com

Special Events Joy to the World Christmas Concert Two showings: Thursday, December 15 and Friday, December 16. Both 7:30 to 9 p.m., Sanctuary. Tickets are $10 and are general admission, available at northlandchurch.net. No child care. The 170-voice Central Florida Community Choir and 35-piece Central Florida Community Orchestra will join forces to perform “Joy To The World”, an event that will explore the music of Christmas as it is celebrated all around the world. Sarah Mattingly at sarah.mattingly@northlandchurch. net or 407-949-7170 The Story Tour: A Christmas Production Wednesday, December 7, 7 to 10:30 p.m., Sanctuary. Ticket prices range from $20 to $60 plus $3.50 ticketing fee per ticket. Tickets are available at northlandchurch.net or by calling 888-200-7952. The tour will feature Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys, Francesca Battistelli, Natalie Grant, Selah and Anthem Lights with Max Lucado and Randy Frazee. This tour showcases 18 of the biggest stories from the Bible presented through original music and video and sung by the top artists in our industry. This is an event that will appeal to the entire family. Sarah Mattingly at sarah.mattingly@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7170


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Christmas Serve at Northland Parking During Christmas Eve services. Jeff Hess at jeff.hess@northlandchurch. net or 407-949-4000 Security During Christmas Eve services. Rick Bradshaw at rick.bradshaw@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7157

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 Laurie Jean Harrington at be provided. 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

Ushers and Greeters During Christmas Eve services. Lori Holton at lori.holton@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000

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

Serve at Northland

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

Questions about serving at Northland? serve@northlandchurch.net or 407-9494000 or serve.northlandchurch.net

Ushers and Greeters Greet and seat those attending worship services. Serve for 2 1/2 hours every other weekend. No experience necessary. Lori Holton at lori.holton@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000

Bookstore Volunteers Needed Volunteer a few hours a week to help price merchandise, stock shelves, connect with and assist customers, assist with minor inventory, clean, run the register and perform other light duties. It’s fun and easy, and no experience is necessary. Inquire within, or contact Donna Duckhorn at donna.duckhorn@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7199 Children’s Ministries There are plenty of ways to serve in Children’s Ministries. Whether it is through preparing the weekly take-home resources, teaching or helping in a classroom on the weekends, or manning the children’s library during the week, volunteers make a difference. Debbie Blahnik at debbie. blahnik@northlandchurch.net or 407-9497162 Congregational Care Call Center Weekday volunteers are needed for this teleministry. No prior phone experience necessary, just a passion to connect with God’s people. You will be trained. Flexible hours. Donna Thornton at donna.thornton@northlandchurch. net or 407-937-0567 Communion Servers Communion servers are needed the first weekend of each month. Training provided. Lori Holton at communion@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000 Musicians Needed Celebrate Recovery is looking for a keyboard player, guitarist and bass player to join its worship team. Must be willing to join groups and studies as required by leaders, which is approximately two hours a week, every Friday night. Trina at 407-808-4586 or trinakoehler@gmail.com 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

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 4, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 8 p.m.; Monday, December 5, 5:30 to 9:15 p.m., Northland at Longwood. In October, 69 people donated 62 units, and as a result 182 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 Disaster Response Teams Medical professionals, licensed CDL drivers, culinary professionals, veterinarians or vet techs, licensed mental health counselors and those interested in providing mental health services needed. Training provided. Gretchen Kerr at 407-949-7190 or gretchen.kerr@northlandchurch.net Free Clinic Volunteers Needed Harvest Time International’s Medical Care Center will open this fall. It is currently looking for volunteers who would like to commit to serve at least once a month. It needs doctors, nurses and other medical staff as well as clerical volunteers to qualify the families (does require one-time training). The clinic will serve needy families without health insurance in our community. The hours are Monday through Saturday. lena@ harvesttime.org or 407-328-9900, ext. 135

Help Incarcerated Men Men needed to come alongside incarcerated men. No experience necessary. Minimum Greg Kerr commitment: one hour per week. at 407-770-8503 or gpkerr@mindspring.com Host a Japanese Student Over the Christmas Holidays Mission To Japan is looking for volunteer families to each host a Japanese high school or college student over the Christmas holidays. It’s part of Mission To Japan’s mission to share the gospel with students from Japan. The students are coming to Orlando for about two weeks (December 20 to January 4). Warren Griffith at 407-4466942 or info@MissionToJapan.org Jail Ministry Minister to inmates in Seminole County or Orange County jails during the Sunday 9 a.m. worship; Celebrate Recovery for women, Thursday afternoons; assist women with long-term planning; prayer team; pen pals. Training provided. Jail Ministry voice mail at 407-949-4007 Longwood Health Care Center Sundays, 9 a.m., sanctuary. Give hugs and show love to the residents of the facility behind Northland on Grant Street. People are needed to bring the residents to the Sunday 9 a.m. service at Northland at Longwood. Patsy Grannan at 407-538-5209 or pgrannan@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 PetPals Saturdays, except the fifth Saturday of the month. Share your pets with people in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, etc. Becky Yeager at leahyeager@aol.com or 407-699-4903 Reading/Tutoring Ministry Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Goldsboro Elementary & Magnet School, Sanford. Teens through people in their 80s, read as “Nanas,” “Papas” or “Buddies” to kindergarteners, and/or tutor second-graders in reading or math for one, two or three hours. Tutoring may be done on alternate days. Mary Weeks at Marykweeks@gmail. com or 407-977-1724, or Elaine Gritter at egritter@bellsouth.net or 407-977-0724 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 407-320-5847 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 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, January 25, noon to 4 p.m., Central Florida Fairgrounds & Exposition Park, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Visit www.CFEC.org to preregister, get job fair tips, research the companies listed, get directions or search Central Florida’s Online Job Board. Christian HELP at 407-834-4022 or christianhelp.org Desire Street Northland’s ministry partner Desire Street is transforming impoverished neighborhoods throughout the United States. Learn more at desirestreet.org. Gripped by the Greatness of God Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., Rodriguez home, Lake Mary. Rediscover the wonder of God’s attributes and spur your spiritual walk into a consistent life pattern of worship and service to God! Luis Rodriguez at 407-687-7173 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 The “Not-So-Newlywed” Game Friday December 2, 7 p.m., Summit Church, 735 Herndon Ave., Orlando. Tickets may be purchased at themarriageshow.com/newlywed. Guests include Summit Church Executive Pastor John Parker and his wife, Brandy; Grace Orlando Senior Pastor Mike Adkins and his wife, Kelly; Northland Executive Pastor Kevin Urichko and his wife, Linda. Child care will not be available. Info@marriageshow.com Readers Ministry Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Goldsboro Elementary School in Sanford. Read to kindergarteners and first-graders. Elaine Gritter at egritter@bellsouth.net or 407-3271474, or Candy Guernsey at cwgrfg@aol.com or 407-323-9433 Reading Buddies Needed Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Goldsboro Elementary in Sanford. Volunteers are needed to spend one to two hours a week helping kids struggling with reading. Background checks are required. Rebekah Richey at 407-3205848 or rebekah_richey@scps.k12.fl.us Visit Israel with Pastor Gus Davies March 22 to April 1, 2012. Join this spiritual pilgrimage to Israel to see where many of the Bible events took place. Felipe Santos of Universal Travel at 407-831-0062 or info@ universaltravelisrael.com


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men Christian Businessmen’s Connection Tuesdays, 7 to 8 a.m., Denny’s, Lee Road exit off Interstate 4. A worldwide men’s ministry for 78 years (www.cbmc.com) that meets for fellowship, prayer and discussion of God’s principles for business. Armand Dauplaise at 407-221-3114 or adauplaise@ aol.com, or Larrie Kitchen at 407-290-5642 Faithful and True Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., room 3-215, Reformed Theological Seminary, Oviedo. Join a fellowship of men pursuing sexual integrity. Matt Casada at Mattcasada@ gmail.com or 407-949-4000, ext. 1770

parentS NearHim Home Educators Supports and encourages families that God has called to teach their children at home. www.nearhim.com

women Community Bible Study Wednesdays, through May 2, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., hosted at Community United Methodist on 17-92. Registration is open for our fall class. Please join women from all backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge to study Genesis. A children’s program is available from nursery to primary. Karen Cunningham at 407-679-7072 or Orlando. CBSclass.org Divorced/Widowed Women’s Fellowship Second and fourth Sundays of each month, 3 p.m., Nancy Petitto’s home, Casselberry. Join other women for prayer and discussion at this potluck fellowship. Children welcome. Nancy Petitto at 321972-2255 Women’s Connection Luncheon Third Wednesday of each month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., DeBary Golf & Country Club, 300 Plantation Drive. All women are invited to the monthly luncheon, designed to connect women with God, their community, and each other. Judy Ann Mumford at jamumford@ gmail.com or 386-753-9376 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

Wounded Heart Tuesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., chapel, Reformed Theological Seminary, Oviedo. Join other sexual abuse survivors as they embark on an honest, hopeful and healing exploration using the book The Wounded Heart and its workbook, by Dan Allender. Belinda Thrift at belindathrift@yahoo.com or 407-949-4000, ext. 1799

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 • The Sharing Center expects to provide food for 1,000 families at Christmas. Items needed for holiday food bags include boxed mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy and broth, cake and cookie mixes, and $10 supermarket gift cards. Can you plan a drive at your office, group, school or neighborhood? Call The Sharing Center Pantry at 407691-3134, or visit www.thesharingcenter. org for a list of needs for the holidays. 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

Christmas worship schedule Friday, December 23 . . . . . . . . . . . Christmas Eve Service Longwood and online . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday, December 24. . . . . . . . Christmas Eve Service Longwood and online . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Lyman (tickets available 11/26*). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 and 5 p.m. Mount Dora. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 p.m. Oviedo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 and 5 p.m. Child care will be available for children age 3 and under at all sites except Lyman. There will be no child care available at Lyman. Hearing-impaired interpretation will be available in Longwood Saturday, December 24 at 5 p.m. and December 25 at 11 a.m. Spanish interpretation will be available Friday, December 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 25 at 11 a.m. at Longwood. Access Ministries — ­ Classes will be available Friday, December 23 at 5 p.m. and Saturday, December 24 at 5 p.m. at Longwood. (Please register with Debbie Grindstaff at 407-9371828 or debbie.grindstaff@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

*Tickets are free and guarantee seating at Lyman up to 10 minutes before service starts. Tickets are available at the Welcome Desk in Longwood.

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

Sunday, December 25. . . . . . . . . Christmas day Service Longwood and online . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 a.m. No worship service offered at Oviedo or Mount Dora. No evening worship service at Longwood or online. Monday, December 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No worship service

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

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

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

Details at northlandchurch.net/christmas.

What is a “church distributed”? Put simply: It means that church isn’t a building ... it’s people “being the church,” everywhere, every day — responding to God for who He is and what He has done. It also means that, in recognition of how God distributes different gifts among people (1 Corinthians 12:11), we connect with individuals and organizations outside our four walls for long-term support and effectiveness — without blurring distinctions. Pastor Hunter puts it this way: “Both spiritual and intellectual maturity grow from differences. A distributed church uses contrasts to accomplish kingdom purposes.” “There are many parts, yet one body,” the Bible says (1 Corinthians 12:20, ESV). Parts of Northland meet as distributed churches in Central Florida (Longwood, Mount Dora and Oviedo) and online throughout the world for worship, fellowship and to be regularly distributed in service to their local communities. If you wish to learn more about the church distributed, you may purchase the book Church Distributed, by Dr. Joel C. Hunter, at the Northland Bookstore or Amazon.com. All proceeds go to Northland.


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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 Peter Katauskas, Chairman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1809 peter.katauskas@northlandchurch.net Thom Willis, Vice Chairman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 thom.willis@northlandchurch.net Marcus Mennenga, Secretary-Treasurer. . . . . . . 407-949-7169 marcus.mennenga@northlandchurch.net Owusu Amaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1797 owusu.amaning@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 Dr. Don Pederson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1804 don.pederson@northlandchurch.net Felipe Santos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7168 felipe@travel2brazil.com

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

Access Ministries 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 407-9370549 or lauralee.wright@northlandchurch.net. Find out more at northlandchurch.net/blogs/category/ access_ministries/.

DISTRIBUTED SITES

Whom do I contact if:

MOUNT DORA SITE The Seventh-Day Adventist Church. . . . . . . . . 9 and 11 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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7184 Bill Chapman, Site Minister. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352-434-4116 or bill.chapman@northlandchurch.net OVIEDO SITE Reformed Theological Seminary. . . . . . . . . . . 9 and 11 a.m. 1231 Reformation Drive, Oviedo, FL 32765 The Seminary is located at the corner of Mitchell Hammock Road and Alafaya Woods Boulevard, just east of State Road 434 (Alafaya Trail). Northland at Oviedo Community Center (NOCC) 561 E. Mitchell Hammock Road, #300, Oviedo, FL 32765 Oviedo Blog Website. . . . . . . . . . . northlandchurch.net/oviedo Facebook. . . . . . . . . . . . . www.facebook.com/northlandoviedo General Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Jeremy Jobson, Site Minister. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-929-3053 or jeremy.jobson@northlandchurch.net

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

HOME CHURCHES Bridgewater, NJ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 9 a.m. Jorge De La Rosa: j_master18@hotmail.com or 407-748-2421 Cape Canaveral, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mondays, 7 p.m. David Heck: corso64@gmail.com or 407-385-0108 Crystal River, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturdays, 5 p.m. Tom and Alice Austin: aaustin@qahomes.com or 352-270-8764 DeLand, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 11 a.m. Jeff and Cindy Reinertsen: jsrein1@gmail.com or 386-736-9746 Naples, FL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sam Lewis: samllewis@aol.com or 407-310-1719 Marco Island, FL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sam Lewis: samllewis@aol.com or 407-310-1719 Ocoee, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 9 a.m. Marty McCoy: mmccoy@kostoandrotella.com or 407-733-5989 Ponce Inlet, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 9 a.m. Joe and Donna Leonardo: josephleonardo@sprintmail.com or 386-236-8871 Salisbury, NC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 4:30 p.m. Laurie and Tim Klaus: pianolauriek@yahoo.com or 704-636-5966 Tyngsboro, MA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 11 a.m. Debbie Miller: NorthlandTyngsboro@gmail.com or 978-649-6115 Utica, NY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 11 a.m. Terri McDowell: terrilee.mcdowell@gmail.com or 845-332-6762 Venice, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sundays, 5 p.m. Ron and Marcy Burth: marciabedford@yahoo.com or 941-493-6965

I want to seek counseling? Counseling referral line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7204 I have a prayer request? Prayer request line. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4025 or pray.northlandchurch.net I need the Hospital Ministry to pay a visit? Elaine Harland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7149 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? Lori Holton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 lori.holton@northlandchurch.net I want to get involved in a serve project? Dana Kobosky. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7156 or serve@northlandchurch.net; or visit northlandchurch.net/serve I am getting married? Sharon Ferreira . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net I need to plan a funeral? Sharon Ferreira . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net I want to learn more about your Spanish Ministry? Quiero aprender más acerca de su Ministerio en Español. Ivan Portillo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-949-4000 or ivan.portillo@northlandchurch.net I have a special needs child or if I have special needs? Debbie Grindstaff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-937-1828 or debbie.grindstaff@northlandchurch.net I am facing an unforeseen/unexpected financial crisis and need guidance and resources? Visit LifeHope in the Care Center . . . . . . 407-949-4000 Walk-in hours are 9 to 1 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.

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Help Northland pay down the building debt. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. — Ephesians 3:20 (NASB)


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)

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.

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

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

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— 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)

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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.!

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Man

— 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)

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

Worship Guide-Respond 51  

December 17 to 24, 2011

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