Lent is a season that offers perspective. There's a reason we begin with Ash Wednesday's reminder that to be human is to be limited and finite. And yet, we still want control. In the Lenten season, we are reminded time and time again of our limited agency.

In light of the one-year anniversary of this pandemic, we're reminded in an even more poignant way of our limited agency. A year ago, none of us expected that this could go on this long. The illusion of control quickly evaporated as our world shut down. And, the finite nature of human life has been inescapable as Covid-19 infections and deaths have impacted each of us.

Maybe in the wake of the uncertainty of the last year you've found yourself wanting even more control. I certainly have! It's natural to grasp for control when the ground feels shaky beneath our feet. I offer this prayer which has been of comfort to me and a reminder that not everything is in our control, not everything can be finished, nor is everything meant to be in our control or left to us to finish. This is excerpted from a prayer titled "Prophets of a Future Not Our Own" by Cardinal Dearden.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master
builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

See you on Sunday,
The invitation of Lent is to be honest about the dust and ashes of our own lives, asking questions of what it means to be ourselves. Who am I? Who do I want to be? How am I living into that? How am I failing to live into that?

In the spirit of asking hard questions of ourselves, we're going to spend Lent studying some of Jesus's hardest teachings with a series titled That's What He Said: The Hard Sayings of Jesus.

This Sunday's sermon is titled,
That's What He Said: Love Your Enemy

You're invited to read Luke 6:27-36 in preparation for Sunday.

Daylight saving time begins this weekend, so make sure to reset your clocks and watches before you go to sleep on Saturday night.
Sunday Worship Thru Lent (Feb. 21-March 28)

Each Sunday at 10 AM during the Season of Lent we will offer an in-person outdoor worship service, including special activities for children. This is the same time as our livestreamed virtual service from the sanctuary, which we will continue to offer. You can register for this Sunday, March 14th, using the link below.

Registration is necessary for all Sunday morning, in-person worship opportunities.
Masks and social distancing required.
Northridge Kids at Outdoor Worship - A Pray-ground

The kids of Northridge are in for a treat, throughout Lent there will be a developmentally appropriate, fun, and meaningful area to quietly play outside while simultaneously experiencing the worship service. In some faith formation circles, this is called a "pray-ground". This will consist of coloring stations, playdoh, sand, puzzles and more that will help keep little hands busy while they listen and learn about our rituals and worship. Parents are encouraged to sit near the Northridge Kids area to keep an eye on their child and to allow for a natural flow in the worship service. Our childcare staff will be busy keeping things sanitized between kid usage to help prevent the spread of COVID, and are asked to keep a distance of six feet from the children to protect themselves and others. We are so excited to see and worship alongside our beloved and delightful Northridge Kids!
Story Walk

Our Story Walk series will begin the first Sunday of Lent as well. Each week, instead of our curriculum packets, we’ll feature a book related to Lent, laminated into cards and spread out along the grounds of the church. We’ll pair these with a prayer or activity station.
The Story Walk will be set up every day of the week, but the prayer/activity stations will only be up on Sundays. Please get with your Faith Family Friend to start planning your visit to the story walk – and when you do, begin your story on the playground. 
Save the Date for our
Family Easter Egg Hunt!

March 28 11:00-11:30AM
on the field & playground

Come join the fun!

Masks, distancing,
and registration required.

Hello Everyone -- Please join our Northridge Mission Committee in a Lenten project benefitting the early childhood program at Literacy Achieves (formerly ELM). We are collecting small items for a Spring Egg hunt for 65 toddler and preschool children, to be held at all three of our Literacy Achieves campuses. Collecting them from March 14th through March 21st - see link to list below. Feel free to call, text or email Colleen Taylor with questions.

Click the link below for all the information you'll need to help with this project!

Northridge Mission Dollars help our mission partner Literacy Achieves in so many ways!
Sunday, March 14, at 11:00 AM

Be sure to join the Fellowship Committee for a Zoom Coffee Hour, on Sunday after worship, from 11:00 to 11:45. This will be a good chance to visit with your Northridge friends and catch up on what is happening. So grab a cup of cocoa or coffee and visit with us for awhile. This week, those who want to fellowship will stay on this Zoom after the congregational meeting.
Meeting ID: 822 2442 4192
Passcode: 377319
The newly formed Engagement and Connection (E&C) committee is currently coordinating the formation of small groups (no more than 10 people) for outdoor gatherings - socially distanced, of course!

This can be a great way to ENGAGE in great conversation, CONNECT with friends (old and new), support one another, and just have FUN!

If you’re interested in being a part of a small group or if you have other ideas for small groups (in person or online), please email Kim Shuler.
Easter lilies will still be available this year! Each lily is $9 and congregants can pick them up after the Easter Sunday Service. Click here to order an Easter lily. You will see Easter lilies available as an option under the "Donations" section. Dedication information should be sent to Lynn Ward. The deadline to order will be March 15th.
Enjoy your journey through the Lent Garden each week. Start by clicking the picture above. Once the webpage loads, click on the bible on the park bench. With one click you will open up a collection of daily bible readings, children’s bible story readings, prayers, and questions to think about throughout the week. Once you’ve got these devotions at hand, go ahead and click around the rest of the garden to discover so much more!

Reach Across the Aisle 
Continuing March 14th
In-Person Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
in the lower parking lot

This is a three-part discussion seminar, exploring the art of talking with those who we perceive as adversaries. It will be facilitated by Stewart Ball, spouse of NPC member Kim Shuler. Spots are limited. Register at www.northridgepc.org/connect/registration/
The Wired Word: Wednesdays at 7 PM - Click on the link below.

Current Events & Christianity - this week's topic is:
Six Dr. Seuss Titles Retired By Author's Estate; Critics Cry Foul

Meeting ID: 837 1620 1906
Passcode: 681172
Bible Study: Tuesdays at 7:30 AM
Studying the Scripture for each coming Sunday. Join us!
Meeting ID: 954 9571 6184
Passcode: 027540

Exciting news for our church! We are hosting Camp Northridge, summer day camp for church members and neighborhood children ages 4-10. Camp will be held July 5-23. This will be an awesome opportunity for our church to welcome young children and families. Please help spread the word to young families. Click here for a list of weekly camp offerings and be on the lookout for registration opening the last week of March! Follow us @CampNorthridge on Facebook and Instagram. If you have questions you can email us at:  CampNorthridge@gmail.com.

Laurie Bret, Director of Camp Northridge
Carter Blood Care (who used to do our Blood Drives at Northridge) has informed us that blood supplies are at a critical level because of the pandemic and because winter weather hampered donations. If you are able to donate a pint of blood, please contact your nearest Carter Blood Center. Click this link to find out how to donate: