Newsletter for September 2020
While the pandemic is nowhere near over, we are going to proceed with in-person worship this Sunday. In order to try and protect those who choose to gather with us, there are certain measures we are going to take to hopefully minimize the likelihood of someone contracting the virus here. Masks will be required at all times inside the building. We will be using three doors to enter the building. The available doors include: the double glass doors near the front parking lot, the double glass doors on the mall side near the mailbox, and the double glass doors at the Welcome Center. These doors will be open beginning at 10:40 a.m. A deacon will be stationed at each door to open the door for you and your family. An offering plate will be nearby for you to place your tithes and offerings as you leave the building if you choose not to give online. We ask you to come straight to the sanctuary and be seated as a family on a designated pew. If more than one family uses the same pew, make sure to keep at least six feet of space between families. If at all possible, use the restroom before you leave home. The two restrooms nearest the sanctuary will both be designated for women and girls. The two nearest the preschool area will be designated for men and boys. The doors for the bathrooms will remain open in order to prevent anyone from having to touch a door handle. The water fountains are not available at this present time. No one should have to get up and leave the sanctuary during worship. We will only be here for an hour at the most. Parents, please help us with this. There will be no nursery, no Kingdom Kids, no bulletins, and no offering plates passed. We will dismiss back to front and no congregating will be allowed inside the building. You can fellowship outside the building if you so choose. Please adhere to these measures so we don’t have an outbreak of the virus in our congregation. If we do have an outbreak, it will necessitate an online experience only.
Hopefully, we can have meaningful and safe worship experiences for the Northside family of faith from here on out. Remember, there is no judging for those who choose to stay safe at home at this time. Some of our folks are in too high a risk category to return, and they should stay home. I fully support them and encourage them to remain at home for now.
Bro. David email@example.com
Music & Outreach
Hi! My name is Shawn Stinson. I'm the minister of music and outreach here at Northside. Have we met? I kid, of course, but it sure has been a long time since I've seen many of you. I am excited to see some of you in person this Sunday. Due to all of our health precautions in place, our worship experience this Sunday will be different, but we're not going to let that stop our praise. I'm sure it will be uncomfortable for some people wearing a required mask. It was probably uncomfortable for the crippled man to be lowered through the roof to meet Jesus. I'm sure it will feel odd to not be able to move around the sanctuary and speak to your friends before and after the service. I'm sure Paul felt odd sitting in a prison praising the Lord and writing letters to his friends at the churches. Whether here in our building or at home watching on a device, we are going to worship together and not let anything stop us. Over the past six months many people have said, "I sure am ready to get back to normal." I'd like to challenge you not to make this Sunday a step back into what was "normal." Let's make it a step into a new normal. As we begin to meet together again, and as more people return as they feel safe in the coming months, let's make our new normal something different. Could we come back more excited about loving our neighbors, more excited about sharing the Gospel, more excited about making disciples? I sure hope so.
One other note, we'll be installing camera equipment soon in our sanctuary to improve our online worship experience.
I'm looking for volunteers who might be willing to join our tech team running sound, or switching cameras, or being a social media moderator during our live-stream during services. If you'd like to learn more about one of these positions, please contact me.
-Bro. Shawn firstname.lastname@example.org
I write to you today with anticipation and excitement. It has been such a very long time since we have had the opportunity to come together for in-person worship. It is something I have yearned for, but truth be told, something I have been a little anxious about. I know a lot of the congregation feels exactly as I do. I, and everyone on the staff, would want to express that in returning to in-person worship, there is no right or wrong answer. We want every one of our families from our senior adults all the way down to our youngest babies to feel safe when they are worshiping God. I certainly don’t want any of my young friends to be scared. That being said, we will not be having any children’s classes on campus for the near future. We are, however, having a twice weekly video devotional. The daily devotional focuses on a verse from the Bible and a myriad of questions that children have about God, church, salvation, prayer and living life in a fallen world. I have found it to be simple, but very insightful. The videos are available on Wednesday and Sunday of each week, giving parents the opportunity to work though this devotional with their children throughout the rest of the week. The devotionals have already been purchased and are available in the church office. Stay safe and see you all soon.
Bro. Wes email@example.com
Here is this past Sunday's video devotional in case you missed it.
We still have a few GA crafts kits that need to be picked up. Mrs. Stormie is so creative!! To pick up this item, call the office (205-384-3214) five minutes before you plan to arrive, and we will get it ready for pickup.
NBC Student Ministry
With everything going on in our world, there is a bit of normalcy between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Having Base with our students, whether in person or on Zoom, has been great even with the warm temperatures while meeting outside. Just seeing them drive up or being dropped off with their camping chair in hand, really makes us proud to be part of a faithful and encouraging youth group. Our attendance has been good considering all that’s happened over the past months.
For the past few weeks we’ve looked at who we are as the church body and the role we are tasked with. This study led us to Jesus being the true and good Shepherd. Now that school has started back, we’re looking at the spiritual warfare we find ourselves in and the armor God has equipped us with as believers to withstand Satan’s attacks.
If you’re in 7th through 12th grade, we would love for you to join us Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. either in person or on zoom! Either contact me or Bro. Shawn for zoom information. May God bless each of you!
In Christ, Bro. Justin firstname.lastname@example.org
It seems we have had an unusually large number of people asking for the monthly magazines (Stand Firm, Journey, Mature Living, Home Life). I ordered the usual amount but we have run out of Mature Living, Stand Firm and Journey. I have ordered more and hope they will be here this week. I do have Home Life for September and Open Windows for the Sept/Oct/Nov quarter.
Sunday School Literature
I have ordered SS literature as it has been requested, usually by teachers who are doing Zoom classes or who prepare material for mailing to class members. At this time I have a few extra Sr. Adult Sunday School books that are not spoken for. If you would like one, call the office and I will set it aside for you to pick up. When we are able to assemble again I will order whatever else is needed.
Thanks for your understanding.
Opportunities To Serve
Our church ministerial staff and deacons are asking all church members who were in a serving or leadership capacity in church year 2019-2020, to serve in that same position again this new church year. If you taught a class, were on a committee, or were in any other serving position, we’d like for you to do it again. If you are willing to serve again, there is no need to reply. If you do not wish to or are unable to serve in your same position, please let us know as soon as possible.
The proposed budget for 2020-2021 will be identical to the budget for 2019-2020 except for the fact that Bro. John’s salary was removed and salary for Justin Robinson ,who is filling in during this interim time, has been added. This results in a lower amount needed weekly to meet full budget requirements. You will see that reflected as further publications are sent out. The new weekly budget requirement will be $11,541.10. Thanks to those of you who have been so faithful in your giving during these last months. May God bless all of you for your faithfulness to Him and our church.
2019-2020 Giving Totals
Weekly Budget Needs: $ 11,982.92
Budget Need YTD: $635,094.76
Received as of 08/31/20: $657,819.32
Our church family gave $22,724.56 OVER budget during a church year that included a pandemic!
To that we say TO GOD BE THE GLORY GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE!!