NORTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
Thursday, May 25, 2017


MEMORIAL DAY
Monday, May 29

The church office  will be closed.
In the past five years, if you have walked around Northminster and noticed a clean restroom, a shiny tile floor, a vacuumed carpet, a mowed lawn, or a shoveled walkway on a snowy day, in fact, if you have noticed anything at all about the beauty and organization of our church, you have Rich Hirschman to thank.
Since I have been at Northminster, I have watched Rich work long, hard hours to make our building and grounds beautiful, and he always does it with a smile on his face. Rich is a humble and dedicated servant of God, and I know him well enough to know that for him, the greatest reward for his work has always been to see us have a beautiful, clean and safe place to worship God.

It's with mixed emotions that I now share the news with you that Rich is going to be leaving us on June 2nd in order to enjoy his retirement and his life together with Sue. Together, the two of them will also be spending time focusing on their ministry at The Church of the Lakes in Canton. I know we will all be sad to see Rich leave us and we will miss him, but we also celebrate this new chapter in his life.

Rich, as you leave us, you carry our prayers with you, and we wish you and Sue many years of health, happiness, and fond memories of your time at Northminster!

In Christ,
    Pastor Rich
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

This Sunday I will be teaching the last of a three part series of classes on the topic of the Resurrection. Since this class will be the last Sunday school class before we break for the summer, I am hoping to end the year with a "grand finale".

Even if you have not attended my other two classes on the Resurrection, I feel certain that many of you will find this class quite interesting. While the Resurrection is something we accept on faith I am going to be talking about how it is nonetheless a doctrine which is compatible with modern science.

As a reminder, this Sunday we will be meeting in my office at 9:15 AM (or what I like to call "my study") and not the Parlor.  I hope to see you there!

Blessings, 
    Pastor Rich
THIS SUNDAY

"Balancing Heaven and Earth "
by Dr. Rich Holmes



Last Week's Sermon:

" Evidence of God "
by Liam Hill



THIS WEEK'S SCRIPTURE READING

NEW TESTAMENT READING:
Acts 1:6-14
Pregnancy Choices
BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN
is finished.

However, there are still 12 bottles
that have not been returned.
Please bring your bottle by the office
or turn it in this Sunday.  Thank you!

You can leave them in the box on the Welcome Desk

MINISTRY LEADERS

One More to Go....
Liturgist is needed for June 18.


Marshall and Janice Folts
Memorial Service

Saturday, June 3,  11:00 AM
at Northminster

MEMORIAL SERVICE ONLY
THERE WILL BE NO RECEPTION
WOMEN'S CIRCLE
Tuesday, June 6 
12:30 PM
The June meeting of the Women's Circle will take place at Hartville Kitchen.  
This meeting is open to all the women of Northminster!

We will meet at 12:30 PM at the Hartville Kitchen for good food and fellowship. This is BYOM (Buy Your Own Meal) but you will be able to choose from the great Hartville Kitchen menu.

There is a sign up sheet on the Welcome Desk. We must let Hartville Kitchen know how many will be attending.  Sign-ups should be done by Sunday, June 4.  We hope you will join us.


YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
Youth will not meet for Sunday School
on May 28 or June 4.

FOOD & FELLOWSHIP NIGHT
REEDURBAN DINNER
Tuesday, May 30
Youth will participate 4:30 to 6:30 PM.

  CONTACT NICK IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING YOUTH ACTIVITIES
nick.zaccone@northminsterlife.org

This Week's
Birthdays

27 - Brett Jacobsen
29 - Kyle Marcus
30 - Rich Holmes

June Birthdays

6/5 - Betty Marcus
6/6 - Martie Koteff
6/14 - Nancy Marcus
6/16 - Rich Hirschman
6/19 - Larry Marcus
6/21 - Babe Strebel
6/28 - Steven Brunt
6/28 - Grant Dowell
6/29 - Jeff Weltman


This Week's
Anniversaries

30 - Greg & Karen Moore


June
Anniversaries

10 - Barry & Diane Lowry
12 -Charlie & Marsha Mossgrove
27 - Lloyd & Sally Groves
28 - Jim & Courtney York
29 - Roy & Susan Yoder

NORTHMINSTER HOMEBOUND

This Week's
Featured Member

SUZIE BURNETT
Danbury - Room 122 / 181 Applegrove St. NE
North Canton, OH  44720
PRAYER REQUESTS
PLEASE CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE TO UPDATE OR REMOVE REQUESTS
  • Nancy Curtis had a fall off her deck stairway into some shrubbery. She is bruised, in pain and having some difficulty breathing.  She's recovering at home.
  • Doris (grandmother of Courtney York) is recovering from back surgery.
  • Denise Geiger (friend of Joanne Sogan) - Brain Surgery
  • Bill Griffin - Cancer
  • Travis King (Downerd's 11-year-old grandson) needs continued prayer for proper healing following his recent surgery.
  • Barb Laney (Debra Pierpont's sister) - Cancer
  • Ron Mann (brother of Nancy Curtis) is having problems with his esophagus.
  • Yoichi Matsumoto - Prostate Cancer
  • Kevin and Diane Schlub (friends of Terry Tannehill). Kevin has suffered a stroke.
  • Betty Vincent (friend of Joanne Sogan) is in treatment for breast cancer.
  • Courtney York is recovering from her C-section.

ON the CALENDAR 

Sunday, May 28 & June 4
Pentecost Offering

Tuesday, May 23
Bible Study at 10:00 AM in  the Parlor

Monday, May 29
Memorial Day - Church Office is Closed

Sunday, June 4
June Birthday Celebration with Calvary at 9:30 AM
Graduate Sunday with Reception Following
DEVOTION OF THE WEEK
by Bruce Swaffield in Memoriam

Ever-Present

God is a constant guide and protector. During times of confusion, God is there. In sickness, God is there. In loneliness, God is there. In the midst of decision, God is there. In uncertainty, God is there. Even in days without hope, God is there.

Jesus is the proof and example of God's ever-present nature in the world. At all times and in all situations, Jesus was there to comfort the lost, the bereaved, and the lame. Most of all he was there to help those who were full of sin. Rather than hating them, Jesus was there to love them. There is never a time when Jesus leave us or deserts us, no matter where we go or what we do.

Despite long periods of quiet waiting and silent preparation, we are never forgotten. Though we may feel as though we have been abandoned, we need to be able to trust the truth of God more than our own unpredictable and changeable emotions. We can always count on God when there is nothing else to count on.

Swaffield, Bruce C. Devotions for Life: New Ideas from Old Ways. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2013 p. 175.