Welcome Guests If you are a guest today, know that we are happy to meet you, and hope you will be blessed by the worship service and our fellowship time afterwards. It is our goal to show you the love and the hospitality of Christ. Welcome!
Children. All children ages 4 to 10 are invited to join the Sunday school class following the Object Lesson. The topic is “Jesus Heals Two Blind Men” Matthew 20:29-34. The lesson teaches us to be assured that Jesus hears our cries for help.
Pastor Karen's email is Pastor.firstname.lastname@example.org Her office hours are Monday - Wednesday 9:30 - 3 pm, and she wants to have lunch or coffee with you!
Camp Greenwood registration is now open! As a partnering church with the Greenwood Ministries Association, all campers from NKPC get $35 off their registration fee. Use coupon code: church17partner. (Note that there is even a family camp!)
LET’S DO IT – SEND OUR KIDS TO CAMP! We would again like to assist in sending all our children to Camp Greenwood this summer. You can help by contributing bottle/cans in the T-room, or take them in yourself and put the cash receipt in the collection plate or make a clearly marked cash donation. The tree in the Narthex is tracking our fundraising progress ($10 per leaf), help make it "leaf out" ($450 collected so far!) our support for kids!
Announcing: The Trouble Clefs! A Youth and Children's chorus who will be singing with the Chancel choir for Easter. Anyone is welcome to join us. Rehearsals today and April 2 at Noon. See Choir director Dennis Stovall for details.
Ringers Needed! For a ringing good time, join our Hand Bell choir, either on a substitute or regular basis. Talk to Dennis Stovall for details.
NKPC is now on Twitter and Instagram!!You can follow us, our username is @nkpchurch. If you would like to make an announcement through Twitter or post a photo through Instagram... you can e-mail them to email@example.com. The posts will be made as soon as possible. The tweets must be 140 characters or less. Thank you!
Forty Days-Forty Items! Your Mission Committee has a challenge for you: A Forty Day Closet Purge! Each day until Easter, we want you to remove one item from your closet or jewelry box and place it in the clear trash bag provided by your Mission Committee (table in Narthex). At the end of Lent, bring the bag to church. Women's items go to the Working Women’s Closet at the Women’s Resource Center and Men’s items to the North Kent Community Services. Clean up your life this Lent and help others as well!
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives and work together to strengthen their families and communities. The Presbyterian Hunger Program receives 36 percent of undesignated gifts, while Self Development of People and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance each receive 32 percent.
NKPC Mom-to-mom sale - As part of the inaugural Mom2Mom Sale on Saturday, March 25th, we are inviting interested moms, grandmothers, nieces, aunts (you get the idea) to donate gently used children’s' items to a NKPC table. All profits generated by this event will be used to further the work of PW. If you are interested in working a shift during the sale, please talk with Sally, Julie or Celina.
Please reserve 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 20 and join New City Kids for The Turnaround. Based on Isaiah 61:1-4, The Turnaround shows how God’s goodness stops us in our tracks, turns us around, and makes a way out of no way. Join us at the Wealthy Street Theatre for an evening of laughter, dance, video, drama, and amazing music. New City Kids is an inspiring youth leadership development program where 100% of alumni graduate high school and go to college. RSVP by visiting www.newcitykids.org
The Grand Rapids Islamic Center on East Paris will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday evening, March 22nd, at 6 PM. If you would like to attend and hear more about Islam, please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board. We will be doing ride sharing, meeting here at the church at 5:00 PM. Please indicate if you will be able to drive when you sign up.
Together in Action to End Human Trafficking The Presbyterian Women of Lake Michigan Presbytery are gathering to work on the issue of human trafficking. April 22nd 8:30 - 1 pm First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek. Cost $12. See: https://sites.google.com/view/pwsoc/lmpw
Easter Egg Hunt! NKPC will be hosting an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 8th at 1:30 pm. Please donate wrapped candy and empty egg cartons for this event!
SESSION MEETING MINUTES SUMMARY– March 13, 2017
The meeting opened with prayer and worship led by Pastor Fitz La Barge.
Treasurer’s Report – Cash balance of $44,370.80. Building Fund balance of $58,681.56. Furnaces and Air Conditioning will be paid out of Building Fund, as well as the new digital sign. Contributions to the Building Fund outpace the amount paid monthly on the mortgage for the parking lot.
$1320 has been set aside for Unified Mission Giving in the budget. Presbytery asked for our 2017 pledge. Discussion followed. It was decided to send $660 to Presbytery, to be divided as follows: 38% to General Assembly, 1% to Synod of the Covenant, and 61% to Presbytery of Lake Michigan. Pastor Karen will compose a letter explaining we will match that amount at the end of the year if we get feedback from them showing they will be raising the per capita amount to better meet Presbytery administrative expenses, and that they are beginning some strategic planning. Approved
Pastor's Report: Maundy Thursday service is scheduled at NKPC at 7 PM on Thursday, April 13. The Rockford Area Ministerial Association Good Friday service will be held at Bella Vista Church with little input from the association. Pastor Karen will approach the pastor at our neighboring Christian Reformed Church to explore the possibility of inviting them to our Maundy Thursday service, and that we would attend their Good Friday service. More information to come.
Members of NKPC have been invited to an Open House at the Islamic Center on East Paris Avenue on March 22. Approved Members wishing to go can meet at the church at 5 PM to carpool.
Family camp at Camp Greenwood is the week of July 4.
Pastor Karen, besides attending regular events like choir practice, committee meetings, men’s and women’s breakfasts, Joy Bible study, etc., also helped decorate the front of the church, made many phone calls, met with Greenwood Ministries Association Board in Mason, conducted worship (and planned for it), met with a prospective bride and groom, and met with the Rockford Area Ministerial Association. Plus other activities.
Clerk of Session Report: Letter received from Genesis United Methodist transferring Dorthy Haworth’s membership (#177) back to NKPC. Approved.
The Clerk’s Annual Questionnaire for 2017 was submitted.
Missions – The date for the Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 8. Donations of candy and egg cartons are needed.
Mission right now is the 40 day closet purge. The committee has met with THRIVE, a program working especially with Middle East refugees. They have also attended at meeting with the Micah Center, where they learned about Rapid Response, Advocacy, and Offering Sanctuary. Discussion followed concerning NKPC’s level of involvement.
Christian Ed. - Children & Youth – Summer Sunday School will center around a DVD program called Veggie Tales. Plans are being made for a dedication for the Children’s Worship Center being constructed in the Sunday School room.
Christian Ed. - Adults - It was decided by consensus to manage Adult Christian Ed with the Session acting as a task force should problems arise in this area. Adult Ed at present includes the Sunday morning discussion, the Tuesday afternoon J.O.Y Bible study, and the J.O.Y Bicycle group. Question was raised about where the Saturday morning Men’s Fellowship belongs.
Membership – Plans are underway for a Spring Fling on Sunday, April 30.
Worship – Maundy Thursday service will be in the evening at 7 PM.
Facilities and Stewardship – We are waiting for suitable weather to patch the holes the birds are making in the stucco. Lawn contract is approved. More cleanup for the mess in the storage room is scheduled for March 25 after the Mom to Mom sale. Building use requests - One for the Mom to Mom sale Friday evening and Saturday the 25th of March, and for the Minutes Review for Presbytery on May 6.
Marketing Committee – A logo for NKPC was presented and approved by Session. Quotes are being pursued for the digital sign.
Old Business – There were several amendments to the Book of Order from General Assembly to be voted on. Most of them passed. The Presbytery of the Redwoods shared a resolution they sent to President Trump opposing the executive orders limiting refugees from six majority Muslim countries from entering the United States. They are opposed to any resolution used for the purpose of discrimination by nationality, color, or religion. The Presbytery is sending a letter supporting this position, and is suggesting churches may want to do the same. Action has been tabled.
Adjournment at 9:20 PM with prayer led by Pastor Karen.
This Week of March 19, 2017 through March 26, 2017
Sunday March 19, 2017
9:30 am: Discussion Group “Living Questions”
10:00 am: Choir Rehearsal
10:45 am: Worship Service
12:00 pm: Trouble Clef Rehearsal
After Worship: Deacons Meeting
Monday March 20, 2017
10:30 am: Moms & Munchkins (Free Play Group)
7:00 pm: Boy Scouts
Tuesday March 21, 2017
7:30 am: Men’s Breakfast (Mr. Burger, 5181 Northland Dr.)
1:15 pm: JOY Bible Study
6:30 pm: Handbell Choir
7:00 pm: Women’s AA
7:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday March 22, 2017
8:00 am: Women’s Breakfast (Russ's 3966 Plainfield Ave. NE)
7:00 pm: AA
Thursday March 23, 2017
Friday March 24, 2017
9:00 am: Morning AA
Saturday March 25, 2017
8:00 am: Mom2Mom Sale
Next Sunday March 26, 2017
9:30 am: Discussion Group “Living Questions”
10:00 am: Choir Rehearsal
10:45 am: Worship Service