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BAPTISM SUNDAY was an incredible experience as we witnessed 6 people die to self, be buried with Christ, and raised to live a new life! (Romans 6:1-4) Congratulations to Grayson Gortney, Charlie Anthony, Landon Gortney, Lilly-Grace Henderson, Zach McCallister, and Kristen Gortney and their families. Let’s be sure to welcome and pray for these precious souls as they seek to grow in faith and obedience.

This Sunday, November 22nd, we have two special things schedule for our church family. Sunday morning Pastor Justin will be preaching on the key beliefs of the Church of God (Anderson, IN) which NorthPark is associated with. After spending the last 6 weeks talking about the needed paradigm shift churches need to make in their methodology and programs, we thought it important to restate and emphasize our core beliefs which are Bible based and do not change with the passing of time or changing of culture. Remember,…“Methods are many, principles are few; methods always change, principles never do.”

Then on Sunday evening, we have scheduled a Night of Conversation & Prayer for our entire church family to ask questions and pray about the Church Assessment we received from our Consultant, Lonnie Bullock, on Wednesday, November 11th. If you were unable to attend the presentation you can access the full video recording on Vimeo at or through the Messages link on the front page of our church website at There is also a copy of the full written report available digitally or in print for you to read and digest. Contact the church office to request your preferred copy.

One of the questions posed in the Paradigm Shift series was how do we release God’s people to community involvement? And one of the 8 quality characteristics of a healthy church from our assessment is need-oriented evangelism. We are currently partnering with several local churches to serve the 3 area schools (Northeast Elementary, Middle, & High Schools) through the Backpack program which provides food for the weekend to a number of students and their families. In a recent conversation Linda Weir and I had with Anita Wansley, the Principal at Northeast Elementary, we brainstormed about other ways to deepen this vital relationship. We discovered two exciting opportunities: One involves handiwork and woodworking to construct picnic tables and benches to enhance their outdoor teaching spaces. The other would involve weekly volunteers to help teachers cut out, copy, collate, staple, and laminate papers for their daily lessons. If either of these ideas interest you, please contact me or Linda Weir for more details. Remember,….”We are blessed to be a blessing!”

UPCOMING DATES & HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS: The Church Office will be CLOSED Thursday & Friday, November 26th & 27th for Thanksgiving. The church staff wishes you and your family a blessed and joy filled Thanksgiving, however you are able to celebrate it. On Sunday, November 29th we will be hosting a Family Worship as we kickoff the season of Advent and start a new sermon series. Our NorthPark Kids will be singing and one of our families will be leading us in the lighting of the first advent candle. On Saturday, December 5th we will be hosting our annual Jingle Jam which is a Christmas experience big enough for the whole family! The doors will open at 5:30 PM for a prompt 6:00 start.

ADVENT: A Season of Expectation: Each year we are bombarded by the sights and sounds of Christmas as early as the first week of November with radio stations, advertising, special activities, and programs. This may seem harmless and enjoyable,…but often lost in the merriment is the true meaning of Christmas. For many, Advent is a foreign concept lost in the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Many churches do not recognize this sacred Christian tradition while those who do, fail to explain it in a meaningful way. Join with us each Sunday during this season of Advent, November 29th – December 20th, as we celebrate the first coming of Jesus. And invite your friends, neighbors, and coworkers!!

Blest to bless, Greg

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