July 1, 2021
Pastor Search Committee Nominations
Northminster Family,

With the departure of our former pastors, we now are called into a season of dedicated prayer for our church and its leaders, an intentional commitment to a pastor search process and compassionate care and support of each other. In difficult times this family knows how to stay focused and faithful to our mission of representing the presence of God in our community and the world. So, we must move forward, apply ourselves to the task at hand and continue our journey.

The Coordinating Council has recommended that we immediately begin the process of forming a Pastor Search Committee which will consist of five persons elected by the church, the Coordinating Council Chair and one council member selected by the Council. Our Bylaws call for active members of the congregation to submit names to the Coordinating Council as possible nominees for this committee.  We are now accepting name submissions through Thursday, July 8. You may submit names by email to the church office (office@northmin.org), or phone call to the church (318-388-3717). The Coordinating Council will meet on Sunday, July 11 and review all the names submitted and choose a slate of 10 nominees to be presented to the church at our regular business meeting on Sunday, July 18. Election will be accomplished by secret ballot with the five nominees receiving a majority of the votes cast elected. The Pastor Search Committee consisting of these 7 people will then select a chair and begin the search process for our next pastor(s).

Our Administrative Assistant, Renee Decker, will be out of the Church office for 3-4 weeks for heart surgery beginning Wednesday, July 7. I will be checking the Church email and phone messages daily for any questions or concerns. You may also contact me directly at any time by email (peggygburns@yahoo.com) or phone call and text (318-366-4431).

We pray for God’s blessing and guidance for the days ahead.

Sincerely,
 
Peggy Burns,
Coordinating Council Chair
The Prayers of the People
An opportunity to celebrate and pray alongside siblings in our community.
We pray alongside...


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.

Renee Decker (and Marilyn Decker), whose heart by-pass surgery has been scheduled for next Thursday, July 8 in Shreveport.


We celebrate alongside...


Patti Morris (1st), Connie Smallwood (1st), Lola Wheeler (1st), Mark McCleery (1st), and Zach Helton (2nd),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.
Upcoming Worship Leaders
Who will fill their shoes?
Northminster's Pastor Emeritus to Preach July 4, 11, and 17

On Sunday, July 4 as well as the two following Sundays, Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy will be filling our pulpit. Gaddy, Northminster's long time pastor, retired in October, 2016 and was since named Pastor Emeritus. He has preached several times in the last 5 years.

We are looking forward to hearing from Welton again and welcome him back to the pulpit in July!
The Work of the People
How we are responding to the Spirit of Love
Reception held for Claire and Zach
On Sunday, June 27 a reception was held following worship services to honor Claire and Zach as they exit Northminster and continue their journey of ministry. Many thanks to the Hospitality Commission for a beautiful and delicious affair!


Lets Celebrate the 4th of July!
On Sunday, July 4, from 5-7pm, Hospitality and Family Ministry commissions will host a church-wide get together to celebrate a return to almost-normal as well as Independence Day (assuming weather cooperates). It will be at the home of Craig Henry and D H Clark, 2401 Point Drive, 5th house on right after entering Point Place from Loop Road.

Chicken will be provided and attendees are asked to bring side dishes and bring your own beverage of choice. Water, plates, napkins, cups, and tableware will be provided. There is minimum refrigerator storage, but the plan is to keep food indoors, so as to avoid the likely heat.

The pool will be available for those wanting to swim. A changing tent will be set up. Bring towels and swim gear and sunscreen. The yard has been treated for mosquitos. For those not swimming and wishing to do so, the house with its A/C will be available.

*Fireworks not included :)
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
Sunday, July 4, 2021

The Preludes are an important part of our service at Northminster. They bring us together in mind and spirit and prepare us for this time worship. This July 4th Sunday, Justin Havard and DH Clark will play a piano and organ duet of Battle Hymn of The Republic. In 1944 Carl Fischer published the choral anthem arranged by Peter J. Wilhousky with text by Julia Ward Howe and music by William Steffe. Our choir will join
the prelude on the final chorus,
Glory ! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on!
 
Opening Hymn   God of the Ages, Who with Sure Command
              Text by Episcopal priest, Daniel Crane Roberts in 1876 and set to music by George William Warren in 1892. Crane wrote this hymn for a July 4, 1876 centennial celebration at Brandon, Vermont. George W. Warren, composer of the tune, was organist at St. Thomas' church in New York for thirty years. This hymn opens with a fanfare that also resounds throughout before each phrase. The hymn tune is NATIONAL HYMN.
 
Second Hymn   This Is My Song
             The hymn text is taken from Psalms 82:8. The two stanzas were published in 1934 between the two world wars by Lloyd Stone. Written to express a hope for lasting peace among the nations, races, and cultures. FINLANDIA, the hymn tune, is derived from a "tone poem" of the same name composed in 1899 by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. DH CLARK wrote a third verse for the choir to sing as a prayer response before the congregation sings the hymn.
 
Closing Hymn  How Beautiful, Our Spacious Skies
              On her first trip west in the summer of 1893, the distinguished New England educator Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write " O Beautiful for Spacious Skies." One hundred years later Miriam Therese Winter wrote new stanzas to clearly include all of the Americas. This text was set to music in 1882 by composer Samuel Ward and the tune was named MATERNA.
 
This Sunday the choir will sing two anthems. Following the sermon, we will sing Always Love Your Homeland. DH CLARK wrote this anthem for July 4, 2017 after reading Mark 12:17 with the theme of Biblical Citizenship.

Following the Benediction given by Dr. Gaddy, we will sing one of his favorite anthems, God of Grace and God of Glory. The text was written by Harry Emerson Fosdick in 1930 and the tune, CWM RHONDDA, was written earlier in 1907 by John Hughes. Paul T. Langston arranged this anthem for choir and published in 1957. This powerful song sends us forth with the words "grant us wisdom and courage for the living of these days."
 
The sung communion meditation is Lord of the Small. The text was written by Johanna Anderson and set to music for SATB choir by American composer Dan Forrest. He also arranged it as a duet sung today by Debi Chandler and choral scholar Naomi Kilpatrick.
 
I hope all of you will join us this Sunday for this wonderful hour of worship.
 
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
June 27th floral offering was given to the Glory of God and was arranged by Robert Crawford. The arrangement depicts the colors of the rainbow in recognition of the Pride Month of June.

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
Monday 7/5
Church office closed for holiday.

Beginning Wednesday, July 7 our Administrative Assistant, Renee Decker will be out of the office for approximately 4 weeks after surgery.

We have also been experiencing some problems with our telephone system. If you need immediate assistance and cannot reach anyone at the office, please call Peggy Burns, Chair of the Coordinating Council at 318-366-4431 or any other member of the staff.

Sunday 7/11
10am - Sunday School
10:45am - Preludes
11am - Sunday Morning Liturgy with Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy in the pulpit

Wednesday 7/14
Choir practice at 6:30 pm
Worship This Week

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