NORTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
Thursday, April 20, 2017
RUMMAGE SALE
Is this Saturday, April 22
7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

$5.00 Bag Sale
from 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Sunday, April 23, at 9:30 AM
HUNGER WALK MEETING in the Parlor
(This is in lieu of  Adult Sunday School on that day.)
There will be NO Adult Sunday School this Sunday, April 23.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sunday, April 30

Pastor Rich will
begin a three-part series on

"The Resurrection"
THIS WEEK'S SCRIPTURE READING
OLD TESTAMENT READING:
Psalm 150
GOSPEL READING:
John 20:19-31
THIS SUNDAY

"Who Was Thomas?"

by Dr. Rich Holmes


Last Week's Sermon:

"The Beginning
of Hope"


QUARTERLY STATEMENTS

Quarterly Statements that had not been picked up were mailed on Monday.  Please notify the office if you did not receive your statement.
In the coming days here at Northminster, you will notice a change to the interior of our building. When you come through the front entrance, you will notice that above the second floor railing, where there was a blank wall, there will now be a beautiful "tree" which contains gold leaves with names of loved ones who have gone to be with the Lord. This "Tree of Life" once decorated the interior of Calvary Pres-byterian Church and their Session has asked ours to display it and in return allowing those of us at Northminster to purchase gold leaves in honor of our loved ones who are living, or in memory of those who have passed from this life to eternal life. The Session of Northminster has unanimously agreed to this arrangement.

If you are interested in purchasing a gold leaf in the name of someone you love, the cost for such a leaf will be $50. The leaf itself is only $7, and the remaining $43 will be used for the ministry and mission of Northminster at the Session's discretion.

I know I speak for everyone on the Session when I say I sincerely hope you like this new Tree of Life. I hope you will also consider purchasing a leaf in someone's honor or memory, and that every time you see their name on the Tree of Life it will remind you of everything you love about that person.

Blessings in Christ,
       Pastor Rich
MINISTRY LEADERS

Liturgists are needed for the following dates:

Next Sunday,  April 30
and June 4 & 25


SHAWL MINISTRY
A big THANK YOU goes to those women of Northminster who have made prayer shawls for our shut-ins and given out 41 shawls.

I still have many balls of yarn which have been donated over the years. As of May 1, the container of yarn will be in the back room of the church office. If you need yarn to knit a prayer shawl, please come and take whatever you need.

Thank you for making this a meaningful mission of our church.
                                                    Jayne Kidder


YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
meets this Sunday
April 23 at 9:15


FOOD & FELLOWSHIP NIGHT
Tuesday, April 25
We will be serving dinner at Reedurban Presbyterian
(1145 Perry Dr. NW, Canton 44708)
4:00 to 6:30 PM

Coming Soon...ALL-NIGHTER - Friday, May 5

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

WELCOME BAGS
Hartville Migrant Ministry
 
Thanks to all who have already signed up to bring items for the Welcome Bags.  We have promised 20 of each item, but they can use much more if we are able to provide them.  Sunday will be the final day to get signed up!

All items are due by Sunday, April 30.
ITEMS CAN BE LEFT IN THE CHURCH OFFICE or WORKROOM
IT'S HELPFUL IF YOU PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR BAG
APRIL FELLOWSHIP HOUR
Sunday, April 30
In addition to our fellowship time we will be celebrating the upcoming marriage of

Emily Reels and
James McKelvey Jr.
with a 
CO-ED WEDDING SHOWER!
( Emily and James are registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond )

SUNDAY, MAY 7
AKRON AREA & STARK COUNTY  HUNGER WALK
Sign up at the Welcome Desk


APRIL
BIRTHDAY'S &
ANNIVERSARIES

26 - Susan Ridgway
27 - Geraldine Course
29 - Dayid Oyer

No April Anniversaries



NORTHMINSTER HOMEBOUND

This Week's Featured Member

JOYCE RAKE
309 Abby Lane
Hartville, OH  44632

PRAYER REQUESTS
PLEASE CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE TO UPDATE OR REMOVE REQUESTS
  • Nancy Curtis upcoming knee replacement. No date scheduled.
  • Doris (grandmother of Courtney York) is recovering from back surgery.
  • Denise Geiger (friend of Joanne Sogan) - Brain Surgery
  • Bill Griffin - Cancer
  • Barb Laney (Debra Pierpont's sister) - Cancer
  • Yoichi Matsumoto - Prostate Cancer
  • David Moore (Steven Brunt's uncle) is recovering from a heart attack.
  • Betty Vincent (friend of Joanne Sogan) is in treatment for breast cancer.
  • Courtney York is recovering from her C-section.

ON the CALENDAR 

Tuesday, April 25
Bible Study at 10:00 AM in the Parlor

Sunday, April 30
Pregnancy Choices
                                   Baby Bottle Campaign Begins

Tuesday, May 2 - Women's Circle at 12:30 PM

Sunday, May 7
Northminster / Calvary Birthday Celebration at 9:30 AM
Hunger Walk - 3:00 PM
Registration for Hunger Walk - 2:00 PM
DEVOTION OF THE WEEK
by Bruce Swaffield in Memoriam


Enough Trust

Saying that God is in control and accepting that he is are not the same. When something does not go as planned, the temptation is to get upset or angry. We try to fight for what we believe is right or we run away.

The proper term for our reaction to difficult circumstances is known as the "fight or flight" instinct. Either we engage in all-out war to get our way, or we run away and try to forget the situation all together. God does not want us to choose one path or the other. He wants us to put it in his hands; to remain where we are and allow him to handle the matter.

I have to confess that I am my own worst enemy at times. I have never been one to simply walk away from a problem. Instead, my stubbornness takes hold of me and I battle to get my way, regardless of what I have to say or do. Perhaps you are the opposite: you might flee an encounter, hoping it will somehow disappear forever.

God wants both of us to stop and let him take over. As lord of our life, he is the ruler. What he says goes, whether we agree or not. We do not need to get mad or run off. We must learn to give God the time and authority to work. His way is the so-called Rule of 8:28: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). If we love him, we should be able to trust him.

Bruce's birthday is upcoming on  Monday,  April 24.
We miss you, Bruce, and your Devotions for Life continue to bless us.

Swaffield, Bruce C. Devotions for Life: New Ideas from Old Ways. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2013 p. 299.