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October 14, 2018

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A note from Stewardship & Finance

It might seem a bit intrusive for Stewardship & Finance to ask you to make known your financial commitment to the church by filling out a card. But making such a promise is a tradition that dates back to the earliest church. The members of the church in Corinth clearly made a commitment to the struggling church in Jerusalem, and Paul-in his second letter-reminds them of it. Please remember to return your commitment card, Sunday, November 4.

Great Things are happening at Northmont Church.
Come join us to be a part of it!
Worship this Sunday

October 14, 2018
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sermon: "Getting to Know You: Sheep & Goats"   Rev. Ben Robbins 

Liturgist: Kathy Wissner

Music: David Daugherty, Director of Music, Chancel Choir, Dianna Hollo, soloist

Chancel Flowers are given to the glory of God

Stephen Minister Gwen Spahr is available for prayer  near the front of the sanctuary after worship.

Fellowship Time immediately follows worship in Fellowship Hall , hosted by: NBC / Triangles

Need a ride to church? 
Call the church office (412) 364-0105 or email before noon, Thursday, and we will arrange for a church member to pick you up for Northmont's Sunday service.
This Sunday
Survivors of the USS Indianapolis float in shark-infested waters, awaiting rescue by Allied Forces.

Getting to Know You: Sheep & Goats
Rev. Ben Robbins

Malachi 1:1-5
Matthew 25:31-46

This week's preaching text was suggested by Bill English.  Here's what he has to say about it:

"Nearing the end of WWII, the US Heavy Cruiser, USS Indianapolis, was torpedoes by a Japanese submarine. About 300 men went down with the ship. The other 900 or so made it into the water. The ordeal these men suffered for the next five days is unbelievable. (Editor's note: This was the largest shark attack in recorded human history.) Only 316 were rescued. When all hope of rescue seemed to be gone, one of the men asked others in his group to pray. One of the men who was a doubter asked, 'If your God has the power to rescue us now, why did he allow this to happen in the first place?'

How would you have answered this man?"
Northmont October 7, 2018
In case you missed it ...
You can listen to audio from last Sunday's worship service by clicking the link to the right.

October 7, 2018
"Getting to Know You: Judging Others"
Rev. Ben Robbins

Audio from all of our Sunday services may be found on our Web site or by clicking  here .
Ear Candy & Inspiration for a Sunday Morning

This week, we offer Sir  Van Morrison , performing one of his many compositions steeped in his deep and abiding Christian faith. Here, Van the Man is joined by Sir Cliff Richard on "Whenever God Shines His Light," from Morrison's 1989 album, Avalon Sunset.
Click the link to the left and enjoy!

I f you have a musical selection you would like to have featured in this space, we'd love  to hear from you! Please send the title (and artist, if it's important to you that we find a  specific version of the music) to Bob Addleman.
From the Pastor

Hello all,

This week, I decided to provide you with an update on our class "Starting from Scratch". This past Sunday I distributed a sheet I created that gives some insight into how to choose a version of the Bible. It explains some of the challenges that biblical writers and interpreters face when creating a version of the bible, and some tips on how to choose the version that's right for you. Please click on the link below to learn more.

Have a good week,
New Small Groups Ministry up and running

The following  small groups have been meeting since the 2nd week of September and will continue the current session through the 3rd week of October. After this .initial six-week period, others will be started or current ones added to or revamped

To join, contact the following individual group members, Rev. Ben or Steph Martin.

Group 1

Meet time: Sundays at 6pm (Starting 9/9)
Place: Participants' homes (rotating hosts)
Topic: Faith and bible
Participants: Ron & Rashmee Gracyk, Ted Mills, Jack Swick, Karen Nootbar

Group 2

Meet time: Thursdays at 7pm (starting 9/13)
Place: Church
Topic: Bible
Participants: Julia Zurbach, Anne Linaberger, Frank Caputo, Marlene and Ken Yoest

Group 3

Meet time: Mondays at 12:30pm (Starting 9/10)
Place: North Park boat house (at least the first week)
Topic: TBD
Participants: Jill and Pat Kelly, Dianna Hollo, Bonnie Elphinstone, and Larry Anderson
Doc's Clef Note s
THE CHANCEL CHOIR rehearses Wednesdays at 7:15pm, and Sundays at 9:40am in the sanctuary.
THE BELLS   adult handbell choir  rehearses Wednesdays at 4:15p m , in the Bell Room in the Christian Education wing.
See you in church!
David (Doc)
Sunday School

Children gather in the sanctuary and then head to our classrooms after Time With the Children. Kids' worship bags are in the narthex stairwell.

Youth  meet Sundays at 9am in the Youth Lounge .

Adult Bible Studies
Impact Bible Study has joined "Starting from Scratch," Sundays at 9am in Fellowship Hall.
Adult Bible Study meets Sundays at 9am in the Mangochi Room.

Starting from Scratch  meets Sundays at 9am in Fellowship Hall.
Nursery Worship time childcare will be available in the nursery.Worship time childcare will be available in the nurser
Children up to age three are welcome in our staffed Nursery. Should you choose to stay with your child, you can listen to the worship service through the speaker in the ro om.
Wednesday Club Kids! It's almost time! The first "official" Wednesday Club wi ll Make sure to join us this Wednesday from 5-7pm for our weekly gathering where we eat food, play music, learn Bible stories, and have fun! Remember that you are invited to wear your Halloween costume to Wednesday Club October 24 for our Halloween party!

Youth Group Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday from 6-8pm as we enjoy dinner together, play some games
Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday from 6-8pm as we enjoy dinner together, play some games, and talk through a Biblical story. We will have a Halloween movie party on Wednesday October 24th so invite a friend, bring a treat, and wear a costume if you'd like! 
FALL PIE AUCTION Do you like to eat pie? Make sure to join us Sunday, October Do you like to eat pie? Make sure to join us Sunday, October 21 after worship for the Youth Pie Auction Fundraiser! All money will go toward their summer mission trip to do hurricane relief work in NC. Come sample pies and bid to take one home! If you'd like to help by baking a pie, see Steph Martin for more information.
Throughout October our youth are selling boxes of 30 greeting cards for $30 a box. For each box sold our youth get $15 toward their mission trip funds. You can choose between four different boxes of handmade cards! Make sure to see the youth at the table in the narthex after worship or contact Steph Martin if you'd like to buy cards.
Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry is a system of caring ministry we have here at Northmont.   In it, Stephen Ministers, specially trained congregation members, provide Christian care to people who are experiencing a life challenge. If you would like to know more, contact Stephen leader Nancy Garver, at 724-935-2194, or nancylgarver@aol.com.

Contact Stephen Leader Nancy Garver
at 724-935-2194 or nancylgarver@aol.com for more information.  

S tephen Minister Alick Kennedy
is making hospital calls this week. H e can be reached at
Tuesday mornings at 8:30 in  Fellowship Hall

This Week:
Craig Garver
Anchorpoint (formerly North Hills Youth Ministry)
Tell your friends & neighbors

Northmont Child Development Center is hiring! 

The Center is hiring two full-time child care workers. Contact Amy Beiber at 412-364-0102 or email ncdc@northmontchurch.org for more information. 

Please pray for our Center, the staff, and the many children it lovingly cares for.
News from your Mission Ministry Team
by Jim Nicola
 Northside Common Ministries Food Drive
The food drive for this fall runs from October 7-21 . There is a request for personal hygiene items and household cleaning supplies. These items cannot be purchased with food stamps and clients will go without them because of more pressing needs if cash is low. There is also a request for hearty soups and any non-perishable food item is always appreciated.
Monetary contributions are also welcome because they enable the food pantry to purchase needed items from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at a reduced cost. Thank you for your support
Operation Christmas Child "Shoebox Project" Final turn in November 11
The mission ministry team is staring this drive now in order to give everyone more time to purchase items. Shoeboxes and suggestions of needed items will be passed out October 14. More information will be coming.
Honduras Hope Mission OTC Drug Drive
by Ken Yoest

Jesus healed many people with a lot of ailments, followed by the apostles and now us. I get to witness the scenes similar to Jesus's when we drive into a poor village and see the line of villagers normally more than 200 deep, waiting in line since the night before.  So, if you are in Target looking at your shopping list and notice a 25% off sign for pain pills or vitamins in front of you, perhaps Jesus is reminding you that Ken Yoest is going to Honduras the first week of February and needs medicines to serve some of the poorest people on this earth. If you don't have the following list to buy from, then trust that Jesus just guided you to a certain product.  I am often asked, "What do you really need the most from the list?" The donations come from several other churches in the North Hills so that it is hard to predict. We will let Jesus control that as well.
Needed: Tylenol (all ages, adult, children, infant), Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen, Tums, Calcium, Lomotil, Imodium, Vitamins (adult and children), Prenatal vitamins (really need these), Iron, Antibiotic ointment, Anti-fungal cream/lotion, Hydro-cortisone cream, canes, first aid supplies such as sterile dressings, bandaids, ace bandages, tape, eyeglasses and dental items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes and floss.

The collection box will be in the coat rack area across from the church offices. Collection will start Sunday October 21 and end November 11 .  You may donate as well to: Honduras Hope Mission, Inc.; P.O. Box 463; Mars, PA 16046
Thank you for your past generous support.  
PW Harvest Dinner November 10
by Jane Nicola

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, homemade pies - Northmont's HARVEST DINNER will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018 between the hours of 4:30 and 6:30pm. Invite your friends and neighbors! Take-outs are available. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $4.00 for children age 4-12, and children under 3 years of age are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be sold in the narthex before and after worship Sunday, October 28 and November 4. Proceeds benefit the missions and ministries of Northmont's Presbyterian Women.
Please remember in your prayers:
Our pastor, elders, deacons, committee members and all of the Northmont community
Our neighbors
Our students, near and far
Our Child Development Center, its staff and the kids they lovingly care for
All those affected by war
All those affected by natural disasters
All those affected by school shootings, violent crimes and other senseless acts of violence
All those who must, literally, today pray for their daily bread
All those who must meet secretly in order to worship God
All those who suffer persecution for loving the Lord
All those in need of healing
All those who are bereaved
Our sister church, Mangochi CCAP, in Mangochi, Malawi
Our sister church, Second Presbyterian Church, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
Our global mission partners, the Ludwig family, the Weller family, and Kay Day
Members of the congregation who are seeking employment
The leaders of our federal, state, and local governments
All the men and women of our Armed Forces and our Veterans
Our enemies, as God has called us to pray also for them, even as we may not understand why
As The Piper is posted to the World Wide Web, privacy concerns dictate that we no longer publish the entire weekly Prayer Chain. If you would like to receive the Prayer Chain by email, please contact Jane Nicola or the church office.
Upcoming Communion Schedule
      Sunday, November 25
     Sunday, December 23

am Sunday School
am Chancel Choir rehearsal Sanctuary
am Worship Sanctuary
11:00 am Fellowship Time Fellowship Hall
pm Alcoholics Anonymous Fellowship Hall

7:00 pm Scouts Fellowship Hall

8:30 am NBC Fellowship Hall
5:00 pm Pittsburgh Boy Choir CWG, Fellowship Hall, Sanctuary
7:00 pm Session Mangochi Room
7:00 pm Scout Committee Fellowship Hall
Wednesd ay

am Knitters Mangochi Room
pm Bells Bell Room
pm Wednesday Club
Fellowship Hall
pm Youth Group Fellowship Hall
7:00 pm Scouts PLC Mangochi Room
7:15 pm Chancel Choir Sanctuary

11:00 am AARP Fellowship Hall
Friday October 19
am Stretch 'n' Grow Fellowship Hall
am Project Linus Mangochi Room


9:00 am Sunday School
 9:40 am Chancel Choir rehearsal Sanctuary
10:00 am Worship Sanctuary
11:00 am Fellowship Time Fellowship Hall
8:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous Fellowship Hall

We'd love to hear from you!

Rev. Ben Robbins, Pastor

Steph Martin, Spiritual Formation Associate

David Daugherty, Organist & Director of Music

Northmont Child Development Center
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