November 20, 2019 | Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
A Relationship of Solidarity
Northminster Family,

If we haven’t had a chance to tell you in person already, let me go ahead and share with you now that the trip to visit with our partner church in Ciego de Avila, Cuba was wonderful. The people of Enmanuel were so incredibly hospitable and kind, despite the language barrier between us, listening with patience while we tried to recall our high school Spanish and responding with more hugs and “air kisses” than we’ve received in a lifetime. What a privilege it was to be able to make this trip and meet these people whose story is so intricately interwoven with the story of Northminster after twenty-five years of this relationship of solidarity.

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to look over the display in the narthex with pictures from the trip but there are (of course) many more – and plenty of good stories to go along with them. We look forward to the chance to share those stories with you on the evening of December 1 at 5pm in the sanctuary. We are eager for the relationship between our congregations to extend far beyond those who are able to visit in person, so we hope you’ll join us and help us to deepen the connections between us by allowing us to share with you what we’ve learned from our brothers and sisters in Ciego de Avila.

Gracia y paz,
Claire
Prayers of the People
An opportunity to celebrate or pray alongside siblings in our community.
We celebrate alongside...
Damon Mayfield (22nd), Claire Helton (22nd), Hal Mayfield (25th), and Ella Mayfield (26th),
as they celebrate their birthdays.
If you have concerns and celebrations you would like us to add to the newsletter, please call the church office or email office@northmin.org.
The Work of the People
How we are responding to the Spirit of Love
Mission Trunk: CASA Children's Christmas Project
Each November Northminster supports the CASA Christmas Project by sponsoring a group of children from which you can choose to donate to for Christmas. The gifts and clothing will provide hope and joy to a child this Christmas.

All the children have been spoken for! The gifts must be brought to the Monroe office of CASA at 622 Riverside Drive no later than Monday, December 2. Please do not bring items to the church. You must deliver them yourself. For questions or concerns call Jessica Bryant or Liz Gaught at 318-398-0945.


Agape Meal:
Celebrating 30 Years of Stories
In order to celebrate thirty years of ministry, on Sunday, November 24th at 6pm , the Northminster community will gather over a meal to hear ten community members each tell a five-minute story about an experience they’ve had with or at Northminster. The theme, “What makes us who we are,” is meant to draw out stories that embody the values we have held and currently hold as most important in this time and place.

We hope you'll plan to join us as we practice gratitude for all that has been and all that will be in this place.

PLEASE SEE THE SIGN-UP SHEET FOR THE AGAPE MEAL. The cost is $7 per person with a limit of $25 for a family. Payment is due when you sign up in c ash or make checks payable to “Northminster Church” and memo note the check is for the “Agape Meal”. Leave in offering plate or place on Renee’s desk or give to Renee during office hours. Envelopes are provided near the sign-up sheet for cash payments. Be sure and put your name on the envelope so we will know you paid! Thanks!
Northminster Book Club
Start reading now so you'll be able to join us for the first meeting of the newly formed Northminster Book Club - a place to build community by reading good books together with no other agenda.

The first meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6pm. All are welcome! The first book will be Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and everyone will need to find their own copy. We hope you'll come join us for good conversation and a potluck supper at Debi Chandler's house, 205 Stuart. Happy reading!

Holy Ideas
How might we respond to the Spirit of Love?
The following are currently on the Holy Ideas board in the hallway. If you'd like to support an idea and help it become reality, be sure to stop by and sign your name to it. If you have questions, email the sponsor of the idea.

If the idea gets the support it needs (3 signatures) by the expiration date, the supporters will meet with the appropriate commission to clarify and refine the idea into a specific, time-limited plan.

For more opportunities to get involved, check the hallway table and bulletin boards.

If you'd like information on getting involved in leadership commissions or Sunday School groups, you can click here .
To support Northminster financially, you can click here.
Around Town
Annual Holiday Concert at ULM
On Tuesday, November 26 at 7:30pm the ULM Wind Ensemble, ULM Choirs, ULM Dance Students, and ULM Art Students will be featured in this 2019 Holiday Concert. The concert is free and open to the public and will be held at Brown Auditorium on the campus. Information: 342-1414

Tonight: Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil
Wednesday, November 20, 6pm
Around the world today communities are observing Transgender Day of Remembrance. A vigil tonight at 6pm will be held at GO CARE and is organized by Louisiana Trans Advocates. They write:

"Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses our community faces due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. The vigil to commemorate the lives we've lost will be held at GO CARE in West Monroe. We hope to see you there."
Over the Coming Week
Sunday 11/24
9am - Choir rehearsal
10am - Sunday School
10:45am - Musical Preludes
11am - Call to Worship
5pm - Youth

Wednesday 11/27

6:30pm - Choir rehearsal; Messiah rehearsal at 7pm
Worship This Week
The texts for this week are:
  • Jeremiah 231-6
  • Luke 1:69-79

Sunday's sermon will be preached by
Zachary Helton
Upcoming
November
24th Agape Meal and Celebration of Northminster's Thirtieth Anniversary at 6pm
30th Serve Breakfast at DeSiard Street Shelter
December
1st Advent Begins
6th Parent Dinner at 5:30pm
8th Coordinating Council
12th Northminster Book Club and Potluck at Debi Chandler's 6pm.
16th Choir Dress Rehearsal for Messiah
17th Northminster Choir presents Handel's Messiah at 7pm
24th Christmas Eve
25th Christmas Day
29th 5th Sunday Lunch at Catfish Charlies
31st New Year's Eve
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