July 8, 2021
"QUESTIONS"
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy
It is a pleasure to be in the pulpit at Northminster again on and off for a while. Like other ministers who have filled the pulpit at Northminster from time to time across the years, I find it exciting to preach here because people who worship here are good listeners. As I have said to you many times, good listeners inspire preachers and challenge them to provide sermons worth hearing.

Those who have known me for several years are aware of my love for questions. For the next two weeks, I am going to raise two questions in my sermons:

July 11 - "What Kind of Church Is It?"
July 18 - "Whose Church Is It?"

I will address those questions, but I would like for each of you to answer them as well. My hope is that all of you talk with each other about your answers. A church is usually at its best when its members are in agreement about the priorities of its ministries and the passion with which members contribute their gifts of ministry.

Join me in worship at Northminster Church!
The Prayers of the People
An opportunity to celebrate and pray alongside siblings in our community.
We pray alongside...


David Culp and his family in the loss of his sister.

Renee Decker (and Marilyn Decker), as Renee undergoes heart bypass surgery today in Shreveport.

Mike Cappel as he recovers from a shunt placement procedure. He is experiencing some complications. Also, please lift up Paulette as she navigates his recovery.

Janet Dawson recovering at home after being in the hospital with leg pain.


We celebrate alongside...

Bishop Nolan (9th), Robert Crawford (9th), Vickie Krutzer (9th), D.H. Clark (10th), Mary Sandow (10th), Tim Legan (10th), Milan Arpino (11th), Mackenzie Grassi (11th), Paula Thomas (11th), Nathaniel Shlosman (11th), Debi Chandler (12th), and
Hannah Clark (13th) as they celebrate their birthday.
If you have concerns or celebrations you would like us to add to the newsletter, please call the church office or email office@northmin.org.
Important Information


As of Wednesday, July 7 our Administrative Assistant will be out of the office for the next several weeks following heart bypass surgery. Our recent phone troubles have been resolved. The church email and phone messages will be checked frequently during the day while Renee is absent. If you are need immediate assistance, please contact Peggy Burns, Chair of the Coordinating Council at 318-366-4431 or any other member of the staff.

The Work of the People
How we are responding to the Spirit of Love
4th of July Celebration a "Splash"!
On Sunday, July 4 Northminster folks celebrated Independence day at the home of Craig Henry and DH Clark. Good food and fellowship was enjoyed by all and a few even ventured into the swimming pool!
July Mission's Trunk:
 School Supplies
Needs:  #2 pencils, blue pens, loose leaf paper, black 3" binders, backpacks, speckled notebooks, 24 pk. crayons, washable markers, scissors, plastic sheet protectors, colored pencils
Volunteers Needed to Help Immigrants in Detention
Volunteers are needed to sign up to answer phone calls for certain time slots, and convey needs to those responsible for specific functions (arranging penpals, transportation, and food delivery). If you are interested please contact the office and we'll forward your information on to the team.
Our Worship in Song
About the Hymns We Sing

OUR WORSHIP IN SONG
Sunday, July 11, 2021

OPENING HYMN: "Glorious Things of You are Spoken"
Filled with Old Testament scriptural allusions, this was one of few hymns of praise included among the many subjective, sometimes brooding hymns in Newton and Cooper's Olney Hymns. It has enjoyed great popularity in many English speaking countries. The test is set to the tune AUSTRIAN HYMN by the Austrian Classical composer Joseph Haydn.

THE PSALTER: PSALM 149: 1, 3
The choir will sing the psalm "Sing to the Lord a New Song" set to music by D.H. Clark for this service.

ANTHEM: "GLORY"
"Glory" is a song originally recorded by American rapper Common and American singer John Legend. Released on December 11, 2014 and used as the theme song for the movie Selma, which portrays the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches.

COMMUNION ANTHEM: "Precious, Lord, Take My Hand"
This well-known and loved hymn was written by Joyce Merman and set to this beautiful melody by George Allen. We will sing an arrangement composed by Roy Ringwald following the death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

CLOSING HYMN: "COMMUNITY OF CHRIST"
Shirley Erena Murray has grown up within the Ecumenical Movement and addresses related themes such as Christian unity and social justice in her hymnody. This test, written in 1985, was first sung at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. The hymn tune, LEONI, is from a traditional Hebrew Melody.

Grace and Pacem,
Debi
Around Town
Fun in Northeast Louisiana
Upcoming from
CA Studio for Kids

Midsummer "Mardi" Gras will run two Monday sessions, July 19 and 26 from 1-4 pm for children ages 5-7 Cost is $35 per child per session. Register at NELCM.org or call 318-361-9611
Floral Offering
To the Glory of God




July 4 floral offering was given to the Glory of God and was arranged by Marilyn Decker. The arrangement depicts the colors of America's Independence.

If you wish to give flowers in honor or in memory of someone, please contact the church office. Approximate cost is $100.
Giving to Northminster
Support Northminster's Work
If you have found a space of community, or healing, or hope at Northminster and believe in the work we are doing, please consider supporting us financially so that we will be able to continue creating spaces like this in all the days to come.

To support Northminster financially, you can click here, or scan the QR code with the camera on your phone.
Over the Coming Weeks
Worship This Week, July 11

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy wull preach this week's sermon, and a stream will be available using the link below.
Upcoming Events

Sunday 7/18
10am - Sunday School
10:45am - Preludes
11am - Sunday Morning Liturgy
??? - Business Meeting

Wednesday 7/21
Choir practice at 6:30 pm
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