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NOV. 27 - DEC. 4, 2010

NORTHLAND A C H U R C H DISTRIBUTED www.northlandchurch.net

Respond. Be the Church.

every where. every day.

local serve day

come to the water

christmas concert

order your poinsettias

Give the gift of serving.

Get baptized as a public profession of personal faith in Jesus Christ

With the Annie Moses Band

Honor or memorialize your loved ones.

Saturday, December 11, 8:15 a.m. to noon

Sunday, December 12, More info on page 6 or at serve.northlandchurch.net.

More info on page 5 or at northlandchurch.net/calendar.

Friday, December 17, 7:30 p.m. More info on page 7 or at northlandchurch.net/calendar.

Deadline: December 8

More info on page 7.


Respond to God …

ENGAGE IN A CONVERSATION WITH GOD.

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)

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Read the Bible: Study God’s message to you often. “I am watching over My word to perform it.”

– God (Jeremiah 1:12, NASB)

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PRAY

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)

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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.”

For whom could you serve as the advance team for faith and salvation this holiday season?

– Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:21, NASB)

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Be In Community: Foster environments for relationship. “All men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

– Jesus Christ (John 13:35, NIV)

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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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Call to prayer Volunteers are helping people respond to God ... one phone call at a time. Facebook, Twitter and other social media are changing the way we communicate. But an old-school technology is helping the church to care for people all around the world in a very meaningful way. In a narrow, windowless office suite on the second floor of The Rink, faithful volunteers spend hours on the phone, following up with first-time visitors and helping people to connect to the myriad classes and groups that Northland offers. So far this year, phone volunteers have made more than 1,500 calls to first-time visitors from 30 states and 15 countries—thanking them for visiting Northland and asking, “How can I pray for you?” It’s a simple question that often gets a dramatic response. “I was on the phone a few minutes ago praying with a lady. I asked her how I could pray for her, and she started crying,” says Brian King, one of the regular volunteers. He chuckles, “I honestly don’t try to make people cry when I talk to them, but I’ve had it happen more than once, that’s for sure.” A former Army helicopter pilot, Brian was injured in Vietnam, and in 1970, he was medically retired. In 1997, he developed an eye disease that has left him legally blind, but that didn’t stop him from looking for a place to serve. “There are things I can’t do, but I can talk, and I can pray with people,” he explains, smiling. “It’s a ministry. I’ve been greatly blessed, and I look forward to coming each day.” Sometimes, the phone volunteers help the church with special projects. Most recently, they’ve been following up with people who will host Financial Peace University in the coming year. Even those people are reaching out for help. Lynn Maloley has been attending Northland for about a year and recently started volunteering on the phones. Currently looking for work, she had been on her computer at home “nonstop all day every day and losing my mind” when her mother-in-law suggested that Lynn spend some time volunteering at the church. “I love it. I’m learning a lot. There is definitely a reason why I’m here,” she says. Recently, she called a woman to help her register her FPU group when,

unexpectedly, the woman asked Lynn to pray for her. “She said she has been working so hard, but was still struggling to make ends meet. It was really special to pray with her.” According to Bill Whitworth, who started volunteering last February, many people the volunteers contact are out of work, and many are single mothers in need. “Seeing so many people in need helps you to stop focusing on yourself and get on with helping others,” he says. “And during the holidays, I expect we’ll be talking to a lot more people in need.” Pastor Kevin Urichko agrees, saying, “The holidays have always been the best of times and the worst of times for people, especially this year, with the financial pressures.” But, he adds, there are huge opportunities to respond to God in these times: “One of the responses to God is to pray when you encounter any type of a struggle. Advent is all about when God came near. What most of us experience when we pray is that God is close. Prayer is the reinforcement that God has come near and He cares.” It may be old-school, he says, but it’s –Pastor Kevin Urichko amazing how much community is created by making phone calls. “It doesn’t replace Twitter or Facebook, but it is a universal type of a thing,” he explains. “The holidays are a lonely time for many people. You can be very lonely, even in a room full of people. So to get a call from someone and know you’re not alone is amazing.” Gloria Garcia, who volunteers on the phones and is helping Northland to connect with its burgeoning Spanish community, says she is specifically praying that in the coming year, people will find freedom from the struggles they’re facing. She concludes, “You look around the church and see people who look like they don’t need anything, but that’s not the case. God knows what is inside of our hearts, and He is going to help us break through.”

“The holidays are a lonely time for many people. … To get a call from someone and know you’re not alone is amazing.”

RESPOND. Visit Northland’s online prayer wall, at pray.northlandchurch.net, and pray for the requests posted there. To learn more about volunteering on the phones, contact Donna Thornton at donna.thornton@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0567.


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Mark Your Calendar!

Student Ministries

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

Christmas Camp

(For High School Students) December 29 to January 1, Southwind, Young Life Camp. Visit www.northlandchurch.net/ministries/ high_school_ministries to register and for more info. Cost: $229, if registration and $100 deposit are received by December 13. $249, if registration and $100 deposit are received between December 14 and 22. SEE HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT A STUDENT IN THE ARTICLE TO THE RIGHT ON THIS PAGE, OR VISIT: northlandchurch.net/ministries/high_school_ministries. Shaylynn Stoner at 407-949-7194 or shaylynn. stoner@northlandchurch.net

Sponsor a student! Watch the video and see one students Christmas Camp story. northlandchurch.net/ministries/high_school_ministries/

Mark Your Calendar! God of Wonders Celebration Friday, December 3, 7 to 9 p.m. To register your first- through fifth-grade child to participate, contact Julie Meeker at 407-949-7513 or julie.meeker@northlandchurch.net.

2009 CELEBRATION

Middle School Ministry

Access Ministries for Students

To register for any of these activities and for more detailed information, visit www.northlandchurch.net/ ministries/middle_school_ministries. Shaylynn Stoner at 407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@ northlandchurch.net • LUGRox (Living Under Grace Rocks!) Youth Group (OFF 11/27) Saturdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. • Firm Foundations Class (OFF 11/28) Sundays, 10:45 a.m. to noon, fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. • ABS (Area Bible Studies) Date, time and costs vary by location.

Young Life Capernaum Last Friday of each month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Laura Lee Wright at 407-937-0549 or lauralee.wright@northlandchurch.net

High School Ministry To register for any of these activities and for more detailed information, visit www.northlandchurch.net/ ministries/high_school_ministries. Shaylynn Stoner at 407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@ northlandchurch.net • i-3 (I am third) Youth Group Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. • Lot 9 Outreach Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m., Lot 9 (or The Rink, depending on weather). • Noise Groups / Community Groups Date, time and costs vary by location. • Servant Leadership Ministry  www.northlandchurch.net/ministries/high_school_ ministries

Christmas Camp Sponsorship Ways to Get Involved Pray—Pray in December for what God will do in the lives of the students at Christmas Camp. Pray for safety as we travel, the counselors as they prepare for camp and build relationships with students there, the worship band as it prepares and leads students in worship, the speaker and the work crew as they serve the students. Fast—Fast and pray for the requests above. Sponsor—Enable a high school student to go to Christmas Camp. Each year more than 100 high school students attend, and God works in their lives in amazing ways. Our theme for camp last year was “Stories.” Both at camp and throughout this year, we have spoken to many students who, for the first time, were willing to give God the pen to write their story. They believe there is no one better to write their story than their Savior, Jesus Christ. Any sponsorship is welcome. Suggestions: • Sponsor one student: $199 • Sponsor five students: $995 • Sponsor 10 students: $1,990 Your generosity will help make it possible for a student to begin or grow in their relationship with Christ. (Make checks payable to Northland Church. Note “Christmas Camp Sponsorship” in the memo line and place it in one of the tithe boxes.) Shaylynn Stoner at 407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@ northlandchurch.net

Children’s Ministries

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

Children’s Church

Northland Early Learning Center

Debbie Blahnik, director of Children’s Ministries, at 407-949-7162 or debbie.blahnik@northlandchurch.net• Grade School Classes (Grades 1 – 5) During all worship services in the Children’s Worship Wing. Northland’s 5-day Bible study for children, The Daily Way, is available at northlandchurch.net or at Children’s Church. • Early Childhood Classes (Age 3 – Kindergarten) During all worship services in the Early Childhood Wing. • Infant & Toddler Care (Infants – Age 2) During all worship services in the Early Childhood Wing. • Children with Special Needs (Age 3 – Grade 5) A variety of options are available. Laura Lee Wright at lauralee.wright@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0549

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

Volunteers of the Week: Bruce and Marya Pemberton

We learned God spoke to Moses through a burning bush, and Moses listened!

Serving in Children’s Church is one of the many areas you can find Bruce and Marya Pemberton. They are passionate, outgoing and creative as they teach a class full of thirdgrade children who God is and what He has done each week. Bruce and Marya, we love and thank you for your faithfulness to serving in Children’s Church, and being an encouragement to so many.

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Ways to Respond

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

Baptisms

Classes & Training

Adult Baptisms Sunday, December 12, 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

ADULTS

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 15, 7 p.m., room 4206. Child care is available upon request. Diane Jones at 407-949-7188 or diane.jones@northlandchurch.net

Bible Studies & Prayer Groups adult bible studies Corinthians Bible Study Sundays, 10:45 a.m., rooms 4206-7. Learn to follow God’s wisdom instead of man’s knowledge. John and Carolyn Jones at 407-831-5822 Sermon on the Mount Sundays, 9 a.m., rooms 4206-7; or Tuesdays, 7 p.m., rooms 5106-7. Join Pastor Dan Lacich as he leads us through one of the best collections of Jesus’ teachings. Jamila Millette at jamila.millette@ northlandchurch.net or 407-937-1832

MEN’S BIBLE STUDIES James, 1 and 2 Peter Tuesdays, 6:45 to 8 a.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, room 1118. Bob Shoemaker at bobshoemaker@ mindspring.com or 407-599-3132 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

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

Membership Seminar Saturday, January 15, 8:30 a.m. to noon, The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Participate in this Saturday morning membership seminar and hear Pastor Hunter and other senior leadership 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 Sharing Life Stories Thursday, December 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., rooms 4206-7. Pastor Gus Davies and Patty Sattler lead this seminar, which teaches you how to tell the stories of God through your own life story, focusing on your natural styles, gifts and abilities. To register, visit northlandchurch.net/calendar/2010/12/02/. Laura Young at 407-949-7165 or laura. young@northlandchurch.net

children Steps for Young Believers (Grades 2-5) and Their Parents These courses in basic discipleship include classroom sessions and daily at-home devotionals. Sundays, 4 to 5:45 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 9 to 30. Focus: Salvation and assurance. Includes Communion instruction. • STEP 2—THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: February 6 to March 6. 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 23 to February 27. Focus: to develop skills in exploring the Bible.

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

Care Groups adults Celebrate Recovery Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. Gain freedom from life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups over dinner, fellowship and share groups, which include Newcomers 101, Men’s and Women’s Chemical

Dependency, Women’s Co-Dependency, Laurie Jean and Parents of Prodigals. Harrington at lauriejean2@bellsouth.net or mmannen@cfl.rr.com Coping with Addictions/Codependency Thursdays, 7 p.m., Student Ministries and Care Center, fellowship hall. 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 at 407-599-9770 DivorceCare Tuesdays, call for location. 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 $16 for the book (available in the Northland Bookstore). Child care available. Donna Delzingaro at 407-937-1749 GriefShare Call for time and location. This healing ministry walks you through the steps of grief. Workbook is available at Northland’s bookstore for $16. GriefShare voiceline at 407-949-7152 or jansten2@bellsouth.net Parents of the Prodigals Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. A support group helping parents cope with kids in trouble, in jail, on drugs, etc., and with serious behavioral problems. Child care available. Laurie Jean Harrington at lauriejean2@bellsouth.net or 407-977-6742 PRAXIS (Conquering Fear, Anger, Anxiety) Tuesdays, 7:15 p.m., room 4204. Conquer fear, anger and anxiety through biblical principles. Child care is available. Skye Engel at 407-834-3158 Support for the Separated Tuesdays, call for location. Support group for those who are separated with court papers pending, for healing, hope and reconciliation in the Lord. Cost: $5, and $16 for the book (available in the Northland Bookstore). Child care available. Assessment required. Donna Delzingaro at 407-937-1749

MEN Struggling with Homosexuality? Thursdays, 8 to 10 p.m., call for confidential location. Among Friends is a weekly support group for men who struggle with same-sex attraction and/or same-sex attraction feelings who want to live a life pleasing to God. David at 407-937-1793

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 Vicki M. Wotring at keep you in bondage. 520-631-0886 or celebratelife3@aol.com

Special Interest Groups Access Ministries for Adults First Sunday each month, 4:30 p.m., room 4204. A weekly devotion and welcoming social connection opportunity for adults living with disabilities, their friends and family or caregivers. Heather Subbert at 321-4422028 or hsubbert@gmail.com 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@ landscapeorlando.com, or Buzz Vincent at 407-463-9398 or blv292@cfl.rr.com Buddy Break Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Children’s Worship Wing. Three hours of free respite for parents and caregivers of special needs children. Drop off your child with our trained volunteers. Laura Lee Wright at 407-937-0549 or buddybreak@ northlandchurch.net Common Ground Adult Ministry (Ages 25-45) Mondays, 7 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 407-401-8960 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 Fusion College Ministry (For students ages 18-25) Sundays, 7:15 p.m., The Rink, Student Ministries and Care Center. Spend time in worship, prayer and the Scriptures. Shaylynn Stoner at 407-949-7194 or shaylynn.stoner@northlandchurch.net Kingdom Advisors Third 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


6 Moms4Moms Get connected with other moms for friendship and encouragement through meetings and playgroup activities. Registration required. and specific dates: www.northlandmoms4moms.com Motorcycle Group Sunday, December 12, 9 a.m., call for start location. This ride is to celebrate Christmas for children. At the end of the event there will be food, vendors and music. Please bring money for lunch. All styles welcome. Must own a motorcycle and have a valid motorcycle license to participate. Lori Landers at 407-333-2612 Seniors Group (Age 60 and up) Third Wednesday of each month, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Bring nonperishable food items for the Pastoral Care pantry. Cassie Small at 407-834-5203 Single Purpose (Singles age 35 and up) Fourth Sunday of each month, 4 p.m., rooms 4209-10. Attend, or e-mail to find out more about weekly small groups. Liza Johnson or Dave Mullen at singlepurpose35andup@gmail.com 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. Ivan facebook.com/northlandespanol. 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

Serve at Northland Questions about serving at Northland? serve@northlandchurch.net or 407-9494000 or serve.northlandchurch.net Communion Servers Communion servers are needed the first weekend of each month. Training provided. Lori Holton at communion@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000 Medical First Responders During worship services and special events. BLS-trained or medical professionals, especially EMTs, are needed. Ruth Sapp at ruth.sapp@northlandchurch.net or 407937-0544

Phone Assistance Weekday volunteers are needed to answer phones and greet visitors. Flexible hours. Ruth Sapp at ruth.sapp@northlandchurch. net or 407-937-0544

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

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

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

Ushers and Greeters Greet and seat those attending worship services. Serve for 2 1/2 hours every other weekend. No experience necessary. Ruth Sapp at ruth.sapp@northlandchurch.net or 407-937-0544

Christmas: Serve at Northland Advent Readers During services November 27 through Christmas Eve. Lori Holton at lori. holton@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000 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 Ushers and Greeters During Christmas Eve services. Lori Holton at lori.holton@ northlandchurch.net or 407-949-4000

Life Service To register for or to find out more about these and other serve projects, visit serve.northlandchurch.net DEC 9 . . . . . . . Downtown Homeless Ministry DEC 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Local Serve Day DEC 11 . . . . . . . . . . Ronald McDonald House DEC 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christmas Concert DEC 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Give Kids the World Dana Kobosky at 407-949-7156 or dana. kobosky@northlandchurch.net Longwood Health Care Center Sundays, 9 a.m., sanctuary. Give hugs and show love to the residents of the facility behind Northland on Grant Street. People are needed to bring the residents to the Sunday 9 a.m. service at Northland at Longwood. Patsy Grannan at 407-538-5209 or pgrannan@yahoo.com Mission to Japan Hosts Needed December 18 through January 5. House and befriend a Japanese high school or college student coming to Orlando over the Christmas holiday. Warren Griffith at 407243-8867 or info@MissionToJapan.org

Serve with Northland

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

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

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

Blood Drive Saturday, December 4, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, December 5, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Monday, December 6, 6:15 to 9:15 p.m., Northland at Longwood. In November, 73 people donated 62 units, and as a result 178 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 407-937-0544

Find other ways to serve in your community at www.northlandchurch. net/blogs/serve_beyond/

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

Abortion Recovery Bible study for post-abortive men or women that meets in a confidential, supportive setting. Reveille Ministries at 407-333-0404

Beyond Northland ADULTS

Exchange Ministries Mondays, 7:15 to 9:15 p.m., First Baptist Orlando, E-2 building, third floor, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando. A Christcentered ministry for men and women

John struggling with homosexuality. Westcott at www.exchangeministries.org or 407-514-4356 • Support Group First Monday of each month, 7 p.m., First Baptist Orlando, E-2 building, third floor, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando. For parents, friends and family members who have loved ones struggling with sexual identity. Inquiries are confidential. Cherrie Rowe at 407-3226850 or cherbear100@aol.com Faith And Science Group Wednesday, December 1, 7 p.m., David McCoy’s home, 5035 Bruce Lane, Oviedo. Discuss modern science discovery in light of God’s Word. For both scientists and nonscientists. Study: DVD series, Technology and the Bible. Kent Cofoid at kent. cofoid@gmail.com 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 Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., TLC Women’s Center, 4804 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. This post-abortion ministry shares the healing grace of Jesus without judgment. Coorie Moore at 407-292-7628 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 Visit Israel with Pastor Gus Davies February 17 to 27, 2011. Join this spiritual pilgrimage to Israel to see where many of the Bible events took place. • Attend study meetings on Friday, December 10, 6 to 9 p.m., Fellowship Hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. We will begin with a Mediterranean dinner ($10 at the door). and registration information and to RSVP for the dinner (by Thursday, December 9), contact Felipe Santos at Universal Travel 407-831-0062 or acts1.8@earthlink.net. Wounded Heart Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 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. Mindy Bales at MindyBales@gmail.com or 407-949-4000, ext. 1702

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


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women Community Bible Study Wednesdays, through May 4, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Community United Methodist Church, Casselberry. Study: 1 and 2 Peter, Daniel and Colossians. Children’s program available. Sandi McLaughlin at 407-3424765 or www.OrlandoCBS.org

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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

Purchased plants will be placed as decorations throughout all distributed sites and will be available for pickup in the main lobby at each site beginning Sunday, December 26. Any plants not picked up by Thursday, December 30 will be donated to local organizations.

Backpacks, blankets, tennis shoes, hygienic supplies, and men’s and women’s casual clothes 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

Other Services

Counseling: Scotty Alderman at 407-949-7204 or scotty.alderman@northlandchurch.net

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

Special Events Annie Moses Band Christmas Concert Friday, December 17, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary. Tickets may be purchased at northlandchurch.net/calendar or call 1-888200-7952. Sarah Mattingly at 407-9497170 or sarah.mattingly@northlandchurch.net

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

Looking for local job listings? You can find them at www. northlandchurch.net/blogs/jobs/

Festival of Orchestras JAN 14. . . . . . . Toronto Symphony Orchestra FEB 4. . . . . . . . . . German State Philharmonic MAR 18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boston Pops and to purchase tickets: Festival of Orchestras box office at 407-539-0245 or festivaloforchestras.org

Generous November

THIS WEEK

Surplus/ Need Received (Deficit)

generous.northlandchurch.net

Attendance

THIS YEAR Need Received

November 13 to 15, 2010 Surplus/ (Deficit)

Ministry Operations

225,101

182,595

(42,506)

10,579,747

10,230,239

(349,508)

Mortgage Payment

34,736

19,959

(14,777)

1,638,364

1,099,995

(538,369)

259,837

202,554

(57,283)

12,218,111

11,330,234

*(887,877)

Total Budget

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Northland’s Student Ministries and Care Center. LifeHope is a benevolence ministry that serves people in need in our church family and community for the purpose of connecting them to a relationship with God and Christian community through worship, equipping and service. It is the privilege of our ministers to love, listen to, pray with and serve you during your first visit. They will help assess your priority needs and eligibility to be considered for assistance. Our LifeHope staff will then guide you toward your next steps. This may require an additional visit. Our strongest desire is to empower and equip you to live the life God has for you. Rachel Ballantyne at 407-949-7196 or lifehope@northlandchurch.net Find out more at northlandchurch.net/ ministries/financial_help/

International Justice Mission is an agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of oppression. You can help fund operations of a global IJM team for one week:

LIVE GENEROUSLY GIVE TO IJM

LIFEHOPE

Marriage Ceremonies and Funeral Arrangements: Sharon Ferreira at 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net

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

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

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability

Site you attend: __________________________________________________

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

Divorced Women’s Small Group Sundays, 3:30 p.m., Winter Springs. Study: The Power of a Woman’s Word, by Sharon Jaynes. Lisa Edwards at 407-222-9639 or godsgirl0202@yahoo.com

Electronic giving is available at the kiosks located in the foyer or online at www.northlandchurch.net. Offering envelopes are available at all giving boxes. Twila Roberts at 407-949-4000

To place your order by Wednesday, December 8, fill out this form (please print clearly) and place it, along with $7 for each plant, into a tithe envelope found at the offering boxes. Label the envelope “Poinsettias” and deposit it there. Checks should be made payable to Northland. Sarah Mattingly at sarah.mattingly@northlandchurch.net or 407-949-7170

Please take clean, usable clothing, toys, household items and supplies to The Sharing Center, Fairmont Plaza, 600 N. Highway 17-92, Longwood. 407-260-9155

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

As of November 22, 2010

to honor or memorialize your loved ones.

Donations

Confidence in Crisis Thursdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Panera Bread, Winter Springs. Designed for women experiencing marital crisis with separation and/or divorce. Sandy Isaacs at 407-2727522 or sandylisaacs@yahoo.com

Financial Report

Poinsettias…

Rapha House Barbecue Sunday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., fellowship hall, Student Ministries and Care Center. Hosted by Northland’s High School Ministry. Tickets are $10 per person or $40 for family of four or more. All proceeds benefit Rapha House. and to purchase tickets: Sara Hall at sarahallph@gmail.com

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

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LOAN BALANCE is currently $18,457,500 *Deficit currently being covered by operating reserve.

Northland at Longwood . . . . . . . 7,008 Northland at Oviedo . . . . . . . . . . . 309 Northland at Mount Dora . . . . . . . . 217 Northland at West Oaks . . . . . . . . . 29 Seminole County Jail . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Orange County Jail . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Online Live (1,872 sites) . . . . . . 2,655 Online Archived (800 sites) . . . . . . 800 Total (2,678 sites) . . . . . . . . . . 11,141


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About Northland, A Church Distributed What We Believe The Bible

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

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)

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 Send newspaper correspondence to: newspaper@northlandchurch.net

Vision Statement

To see people coming to Christ and growing in Him as we link local and global communities for ministry and worship everywhere, every day.

Mission Statement

To call people to know and follow Christ and equip them to worship and serve together.

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.

Worship Times Saturdays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 p.m. Sundays . . . . . 9 (hi)(sp), 11 a.m.(sp); 6 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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during any of our worship times!

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)

Find out more at northlandchurch.net/about.

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.


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