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The Art of Serving

A message from
Pastor Gus Davies
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Luke 10:38-42, John 11:1-45, John 12:1-3 (NIV)

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Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

John 11:1-45 (NIV)

Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”

9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”

11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”

12 His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.

14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

John 12:1-3 (NIV)

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

Prayer Focus

Lord, remove any trepidation our current pastors and staff might feel about “what might change” or “where will I fit” when our new pastor arrives. We pray the chemistry will be just right, and that we would be servant-minded and humble toward the person God brings. May You form a strong and healthy team made up of people with open minds and hearts and excitement and hope for all that is ahead. As for the inevitable challenges that go along with most transitions, may we be a team who rallies around our new pastor, showing grace as he grows into his role, our culture, and finds his footing.
-Rebecca Lang, Succession Planning Committee Member

And his affection for you is all the greater when he remembers that you were all obedient, receiving him with fear and trembling. I am glad I can have complete confidence in you.
- 2 Corinthians 7:15-16

Worship Focus

Worship Jesus as Lord. He has the authority to set the agenda for all who serve Him. As good disciples, we are to sit at His feet and listen to His words to us. When He calls us to action, we are to obey.

Digging Deeper

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About This Sermon Series

What do you think of when you hear the word bless? Home decor? A response to a sneeze? This word may seem a bit old-fashioned to contemporary ears, but the concept of blessing has a long and rich history. In ancient cultures, people blessed one another with material and social benefits, but there was more to it. Blessings, both bestowed and received, played a crucial part in how the world operated. Blessings helped create and sustain healthy relationships that were marked by gratitude and promise-keeping. It was a privilege to bless. 

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What do you think of when you hear the word bless? Home decor? A response to a sneeze? This word may seem a bit old-fashioned to contemporary ears, but the concept of blessing has a long and rich history. In ancient cultures, people blessed one another with material and social benefits, but there was more to it. Blessings, both bestowed and received, played a crucial part in how the world operated. Blessings helped create and sustain healthy relationships that were marked by gratitude and promise-keeping. It was a privilege to bless. 

Bless is a verb. This means that blessing should be active. 

Bless is a command. The Bible tells us to bless God and bless other people.

Blessing is reciprocal. As we bless God and other people, we are promised a blessing in return!

God is the Source of blessing. Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father, who bestows abundant blessings on all that He has created. Jesus Christ gave the ultimate blessing, His precious life. The Holy Spirit blesses from within with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

In this new series, we’ll learn what the Bible teaches about blessing others through our generosity and service. Designated as ambassadors of God’s generosity, Christians learn to give God’s way. When Christians serve others as Christ did, blessings overflow in practical ways. As we follow God’s example, we too will bless. 

Upcoming Weekends

» OCTOBER 30-31
BELONG | Big C and Little c | Interim Senior Pastor Gus Davies

»NOVEMBER 6-7
BELONG | Better Together | Students' Pastor Rob Hemphill


Upcoming Worship Services

» OCTOBER 30-31
BELONG | Big C and Little c | Interim Senior Pastor Gus Davies

»NOVEMBER 6-7
BELONG | Better Together | Students' Pastor Rob Hemphill


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What's Current

Belong & Grow

Sundays, October 31 through November 21 at 12:30 p.m.

Belong & Grow is a 4-week class that introduces you to Northland Church and helps you find your place in our community. Pastors and ministry leaders will unpack Northland’s unique vision, mission, and beliefs about God and the role of the Church in the world. Group discussion is also built into every class so that we can get to know you and hear your story.

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Tauren Wells: Citizens of Heaven Tour

Friday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Join Eight-time GRAMMY nominee Tauren Wells on his nationwide Citizen of Heaven Tour hitting the road Fall 2021 featuring special guests Riley Clemmons & Andrew Ripp!

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#GivingTuesday

Tuesday, November 30

Save the date for the global generosity movement! Join us on November 30 where we will be raising money for our benevolence fund to help those in need in our community!

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Stewardship Update

Budget for Fiscal (7/1/21-6/30/22) : $7.5M
As of 10/20/2021
If you'd like to learn more or have questions related to finances at Northland, contact our finance team at FinanceTeam@NorthlandChurch.net.
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Financial Update for 1st quarter of Fiscal Year, 2021-22

The audited financial statements for the fiscal year 2020-21 are complete and are available to you upon request. 



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Financial Update for 1st quarter of Fiscal Year, 2021-22

The audited financial statements for the fiscal year 2020-21 are complete and are available to you upon request. 

Summary at the end of 1st quarter (2021-22)

Giving:

We reached 94.6% of our budget for Q1 of the fiscal year with a shortfall of $91,182.  October giving is at 59% of the budget with 12 days to go indicating that the entire month could be 97% of budget by the end of the month.

Spending:

We spent $65,551 or 3.9% less than budget during the first quarter mainly due to payroll adjustments (i.e., federal tax credits for employees out due to COVID-19; and open staff positions). FFCRA credits have expired. We are running below budget in other expenses due to reduced levels of operation during the three months.

Spending forecast:

Major repair work on the Rink roof is expected in the next few months (est. cost is $20,000). This repair will extend the life of the current roof for several years. It is an operating expense and not a capital outlay. Estimated cost to fully replace the roof is close to $300,000 and will be needed in a few years. See Reserves.

Reserves:

Our reserves cash balance is forecast to be at $250,000 at the end of October. The 2021-22 budget has us adding $320,000 to our reserves this year. Our building and related equipment are close to 14 years old and we have a capital spending forecast that identifies all building, IT, and technical items that will need replacing over the next 5 to 7 years. We anticipate having to increase the annual reserve budget in future years.

We replaced a 50-ton A/C unit a few years back and are replacing one of the four 40-ton A/C units for the sanctuary that is in very bad shape. These custom A/C units cost close to $100,000 each and have a very long lead time. We also updated our A/C and lighting control system recently which will improve efficiency and reduce electric consumption. We air condition over 200,000 sq ft of space, so A/C repair and replacement represent a significant portion of our operating and capital budget.

Debt:

As of October 1st, 2021 our mortgage balance is at $7,883,998. We continue to pay down the principle at the budgeted amount of $66,295 per month. This is higher than the amortization amount and will accelerate the repayment and lower our interest costs. 

In short, God has provided and our financial condition is good. However, giving needs to increase to at least the budgeted levels between now and the end of the calendar year to ensure we do not spend at a rate higher than our income. My desire is to first communicate the need to you. I am actively praying that God will provide for you so that through your giving, we will have the means to fully fund our church. This principle of generosity is explained in 2 Corinthians 9:11.

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

Thank you for supporting Northland Church. If you have any questions, please drop me an email at Glenn.Garton@NorthlandChurch.net.

Stewarship report by:

Glenn Garton

Finance Director

Stewardship Update

Northland Tithes & Offerings
Need for Fiscal (7/1/20-6/30/21) $9.5M
As of 10/20/2021
If you'd like to learn more or have questions related to finances at Northland, contact our finance team at FinanceTeam@NorthlandChurch.net.
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