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A Holy Response
by Tom Dabasinskas


God grant me your wisdom and revelation that I might know you better and that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened to know the hope to which you are calling me and the riches of your  glorious inheritance in your holy people. 1

My heart breaks over how I see us responding to one another. Yes, that includes acts of racism and injustice as well as how we are responding to those events. Fear and pride seem to be having a heyday in our hearts and minds. And it is dividing our families, friends, churches and country. We are quick to speak divisive words and take polarizing actions. Constructive, edifying, redemptive, conversations about topics where that is badly needed are becoming rare. That breaks God's heart. Let's seek God for how we can respond differently. 2

When considering how to respond to all of this, I have benefited from remembering what I am learning through relationships with my Latino and Eastern European friends. These holy people truly are a glorious gift that God is using to help me better know Him and what it means to live faithfully. There is still much to learn, but our current unrest as a country is another crucial opportunity to learn from people different than us.  In relationships God's graciously works when we seek to: 

Understand how people's life experiences are different than ours . While we may not personally know people of different ethnicities, we can still use books and the internet to help educate us. (Genesis 1:27, John 3:16-17)

Empathize with how people's experiences have impacted them . Put yourself in their shoes. Ask God to hear His heart for these people. (John 11:35, Luke 19:41-42)

Lament with God over what you are learning. Bring your unfiltered thoughts and emotions before God. Don't hold back. Submit to God what is disturbing you. (Psalm 13:1-3) 

Reflect on how God wants you to respond. Read and pray through scripture. Let God reshape your thinking and desires. (Romans 12:1-2) 

Respond in thought, word or deed - Changing our thinking, believing and saying "you matter" and backing it up with our actions can be life changing for other people and us! (Micah 6:8)

May God help us individually and collectively commit to these holy responses. As we do, we will once again see God moving in the constructive, edifying, redemptive ways for which all of our hearts long to experience. 

1 Prayer based on Ephesians 1:17b-18 
2 Humble reflection and the repentance God leads us to is a crucial first step in responding to the needs and injustice around us. To read more about this please read last week's Enews article.





Join Us this Sunday for Worship

We will continue to worship together through a recorded worship service. Each Sunday morning, you will receive a communication before 9:30 am where you can view this. It will also be posted on our  website
   and on Youtube  . If possible, please set aside time on Sunday at 9:30 am to view this at the same as other church members. The comment section on Youtube will be open which will also enable us the opportunity to interact with others who are watching.

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Worship In Giving

Our needs continue through this time. Please help our church stay healthy by remaining faithful in praying and giving. You can mail your weekly tithe in, drop it off in our locked mailbox on campus, or  give online. Email treasurer@northpointpoulsbo.org if you have any questions.
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Small Group Announcements

Sunday Lunch Study Group Please join the Sunday Lunch Group from 11:15am to 12:30 on  Zoom. Contact Tom Curran business@northpointpoulsbo.org for more information. 

Tuesday Evening Study The Tuesday evening study with the Skellie's will meet on  Zoom  on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8pm. Please contact Joel Skellie at joelskellie@gmail.com with any questions. 

Contact office@northpointpoulsbo.org if you would like to schedule your small group meeting using Zoom. 

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Life of the Church


 

Church Outdoor Spaces Available  Need a quiet place to watch the sunset? Or a safe place for the kids to run and play? Please know that our church grounds are available to our church family and friends. Enjoy the seats in the garden in the shade or the open field beside the church building as an outdoor playspace for a game of kickball or soccer with your family.

 
Community News

Help Kitsap County Residents Count in the 2020 Census  Census data impacts decisions at the national, state, tribal and local levels -- from congressional representation to the annual allocation of more than $675 billion. Census data informs funding for programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; Section 8 Housing; Pell Grants; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; the Children's Health Insurance Program; and more.  These funds and programs are essential the well-being of our families, our faith community, and our neighbors. You can respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail. Responding is quick and easy, and you can complete the census on your mobile device. All responses are confidential, and by law they cannot be used against you in any way. Respond to the 2020 Census today. Visit 2020CENSUS.GOV  to learn more. 

Do you have "Life of the Church" or "Community News" that you would like us to share in our weekly newsletter? Let us know at office@northpointpoulsbo.org. 


 
    Local and Global Opportunities to Serve

Consider one of the following Opportunities to Serve in our community: 

Coffee Oasis On Fridays we will be preparing lunches for distribution to teens in need at Coffee Oasis. Contact Ty at tybrillhart@gmail.com if you would like to make and donate a dessert. 

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Thinking of You The Volunteer Coordinator at Fishline mentioned that it would be very meaningful if our Sunday School kids could write encouragement cards to be given out to some of their clients: cards that would let them know that they are not alone and that we care about them. There are many who are feeling very lonely and worried about the future, and I think our kids could help bring God's love and kindness to some of them. The kids can make one card to mail to a friend that they would like to encourage, and then make a card to send to Fishline. Adults can participate too!

To get the cards to Fishline, drop them off in the mailbox at the office, and addressed to Fishline and we will deliver them in a batch. If you haven't ever seen the mailbox at the office it is in the driveway closest to the office, under the STOP sign.


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Poulsbo Cares The Poulsbo Cares initiative is looking for volunteers! 
The Housing, Health and Human Services Department of the City of Poulsbo is working with individuals, faith based institutions, and non-profits to coordinate volunteer efforts in Poulsbo. We know there are--and will be--many people experiencing hardship because of COVID 19. 

They are currently looking for volunteers to help with: meal delivery, mask and sanitizer deliveries to Poulsbo businesses, and occasional kitchen shifts at the Gateway community kitchen. Please contact Kim Hendrickson at kimberlyh@cityofpoulsbo.com. 
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Fishline is now accepting volunteers! Fishline is now accepting volunteers of all ages for food distribution . They are still asking that those with underlying health conditions refrain from volunteering for now. Please visit their volunteer page on their website for details and contact information. 
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Freedom Project News 

Here is the update for the day:

Meals delivered today : 1,560
*Meals delivered totally since 22/05/2020 : 20,935 (inclusive of breakfast + snacks)*
Amount Spend : 6,51,902
Amount Raised : 8,81,837

*20,000 meals and counting* Please take a moment to pat yourself on the back because you all are true examples of the power of a community coming together. Your generosity, both financially and volunteering activity-wise, has  brought us till here. Our collective positivity will take us much much further! ��

We will continue to accept donations to send to India. Please make sure to indicate "Freedom Project" or "India" in the memo line of your check when making a gift. These can be mailed to the North Point office at 1779 NE Hostmark St, Poulsbo, 98370 or dropped in our mailbox on campus. 

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South Africa Sister Churches We will be collecting funds to help support the community center run by volunteers from our sister churches in South Africa. The center normally provides meals for children 2-3 times a week but has been shut down due to the country's lockdown during this time. They have been given special permission to distribute care packages to 100 families that are most at risk in the community. The care package will include basic supplies, fruit, vegetables, and kitchen staples such as flour. This care package will be enough for a family of 5 for one month and can be assembled for $20 US Dollars. 

You can donate to South Africa Sister Churches by dropping off a check in our mailbox or mailing to our office. Please make sure to indicate "South Africa" in the memo line of your check when making a gift. 

We are continuously evaluating what our community needs during these uncertain times and will keep you posted. 

 
    NORTH POINT PRAYER MINISTRY
                                                                                        
In The Company of Friends offers prayer support through a weekly electronic newsletter sent to North Point prayer warriors.  To share prayers of concern or praise, please email Mark Lutzenhiser at familylutz97@comcast.net
 
To receive  the weekly prayer e-mail, contact the office at  office@northpointpoulsbo.org.

CHILDREN & YOUTH EDUCATION
  
The Pond 
(3 - 5 Years Old)

We miss you!

Discovery Point
- Grade 2

Did you submit a "Thinking of You" card yet? Please write an encouraging message for a Fishline client and drop it in the North Point mailbox!

Rip Tide
Grades 3 - 5

Did you submit a "Thinking of You" card yet? Please write an encouraging message for a Fishline client and drop it in the North Point mailbox. 

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SPLASH David Series
Youth Podcast
"Read the Ten Commandments, and pause at each one, and confess that ups have broken it either in thought, or word, or deed. Remember that by a glance we may commit adultery" - C. H. Spurgeon
6 week series on the life of King David.
This Episode: David and Bathsheba

Everybody sins, even a man after God's own heart. How do we view our sin? Does it grieve us? Does it bother us? This week we look at how David went about his most grievous sin, and how God responded.


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North Point Church
1779 Hostmark St.
Poulsbo, WA 98370 
360-779-0800                                                 
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