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A Holy Unrest
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.*

It has been very unsettling and overwhelming to process all that is going on around us. We are experiencing a global pandemic while also encountering  instances of horrible injustice. Polarizing politics and angry reactions are making a disturbing situation even worse. It has taken me time to sort through feelings of disorientation, grief and concern in order to discern what is happening and discover what faithful responses are needed. 

Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd's tragic deaths have surfaced fears that have been slowly suffocating us. We fear failure and not having enough or being enough. We fear people who are different than us and disagree with us. We fear not being in control and that there is no way forward amidst that which is so disturbing.  

So, what does it look like to respond with faith versus fear? It will begin with breaking free of fear's grip by humbly returning to the God whose perfect love casts out fear (I John 4:18a). And then we can experience the heart of God who declares, " I am the  Lord  who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight." Jeremiah 9:24b

Who does God call us to be in the face of injustice, hurt and fear? We hear God's heart through scripture which calls us to: 
  • keep in step with His Spirit (Gal. 5:16-24)
  • not hate those made in the image of God 1 Jn. 3:11-15
  • not mistreat people with the justice system (Prov. 17:15, 23:10)
  • not ignore the cries of those being mistreated (Deut. 23:14-16; Jas. 5:4).
And the Scripture tells us that without repentance there are consequences (Rom. 6:21-23). That is true not only for those who personally rebel against God's holiness and justice but also those who "give approval to those who practice them" (Rom. 1:32). Those of us in Christ are called to serve as ambassadors pleading, as though Christ were pleading through us, "be reconciled to God" (2 Cor. 5:20).**

I invite you to join me in identifying your fears and areas of repentance. This too will take time to process. But it is a life-giving process that is worth the work. There we will find the grace filled air that enables us to live redemptively with other people who have also been slowly suffocating.   


* Prayer based on Ephesians 1:17b-18
**My reflections here are from an article by Russel Moore entitled, "What George Floyd's Death Should Remind Us About Justice and the Gospel" written on May 28, 2020.




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


Meal Train for Pam Caudle  Pam had knee replacement surgery 
May 18. We have put together a schedule to provide meals for Dick and Pam a few times a week. Cheri Fahlsing has graciously offered her home to be the drop off point for meals. Please call firs and then Dick will come pick up the meals from Cheri. Thanks to all of you for helping! Click here for the schedule and contact information: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/9lw65o

Prayer Group for Anita Kanaiya and the Freedom Project 
Greetings Praying Friends,  Following up on the messages from Anita and as we enter a new phase - I want to re-open the gathering of the saints in Knowles Studio for the purpose of supporting Anita Kanaiya and the Freedom Project.  I'll be serving Chai/coffee, quiche, gluten-free muffins, yogurt with honey and nuts - and in honor of TFPI - bananas and samosas. 

Please let me know if you are able to attend, (and would like to bring a friend) with and email to leigh@knowlesstudio.com.  Meanwhile - please continue to take Anita's praises and requests to prayer.  THANK YOU CHURCH! Leigh

 

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. 


 
    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. 





Freedom Project News 
A few weeks ago we had sent a total of about $3,660.00. With these funds,  The Freedom Project India has provided rations (rice, dahl, sugar, oil and some milk and fresh produce) to nearly 2000 families (minimum of 4 to a house but often more family members ). Another 150 families will be served this week.
Currently there is a new and urgent crisis in India: w ith Prime Minister Modi's complete lockdown, thousands of migrant workers have been trying to get home all across India.  Many come from North India in Bihar or Orissa, some of the poorest parts of the country.  
In Anita's words "Joy, there's are hundreds upon hundreds.  All men, carrying all their worldly possessions on their heads, some on bicycles but most on foot.  And Joy, most are in their 4O's and 50's.  They have walked from Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu ( per my google search it's about 65 miles) and its the hottest time of the year- upper 90's or more.  They are trying to get home to Bihar and Orissa which is another 900 to 1300 miles!! They have no food.  So we brought food,  but they had no water so we went to buy bottles of water.  

Yet there is great news in her report.  Anita and other NGO's are cooperating and middle class IT employees in Bangalore have assisted in procuring rations.   Also incredibly, 5 star hotels are providing some free meals.  And Hindus and Muslims and Christians are working together!  

Anita says there is no harassment about their faith.  In fact the local police have asked for food as well, and have received the meals gratefully.

Each meal which Anita's team purchases along with one bottle of water comes to about Rs 40.00. That's about 50 cents at the current exchange rate!!  

So if you even have a dollar you will help 2 starving men.

Finally, Anita said  what they cherish most is our PRAYERS.

 
Pray for the safety of Anita's staff of 20 young men. (she calls them her boys). they are mostly from the slums themselves. Oh and of course there is the  language barrier. The migrants speak Hindi as they are from the north.  The South Indian languages have little in common with Hindi.  Mathan, one of her delightful young staff "boys" told Anita he wished he spoke Hindi to convey the love Jesus with words.  But of  course they know their actions are acts of love.
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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