A MESSAGE FROM BETSY
On Sunday at 11 AM, we'll have a congregational meeting for the purpose of electing one deacon to serve a two year term. The Officer Nominating Committee has nominated Easy Ezell to serve in this role. If you'd like to nominate someone, please email me no later than 12 PM on Saturday.

The Zoom information is below and it will be included in Sunday's worship email as well.

If you plan to attend outdoor worship, we hope you'll stick around for the meeting. We'll share the audio of the meeting and you'll be able to vote.


See you on Sunday,
Betsy
THIS WEEK IN WORSHIP
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.

We'll begin our series this Sunday with a sermon titled,
That's What He Said: Not Peace But A Sward

You're invited to read Matthew 10:34-39 in preparation.
REGISTER FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP
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 7th, using the link below.

At 9:15 AM on Sundays during Lent, you will be able to reserve a slot for Sacred Moments in the Sanctuary, a time of meditation and prayer prior to worship services. Use the link below to register.

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.

DEVOTIONAL
CLERK'S CORNER
Session met last week on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Highlights of the meeting include:
  • Ordaining and installing Brenna Buchanan as a ruling elder
  • Approving a proposal from the new Engagement and Connection committee for Camp Northridge, a summer day camp outreach program which will be led by Laurie Bret and Lynn Granello (see Camp Northridge article below)
FELLOWSHIP
VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR
Sunday, March 7, 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
SMALL GROUPS AT NORTHRIDGE!
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.
FAITH FORMATION
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FAITH FORMATION
WE'RE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THE FAITH FORMATION COMMITTEE AT NORTHRIDGE!

You’ve known us in the past as Christian Education, and that remains our focus. But we are changing our name to reflect the lifelong process of Faith Formation. 
 
Faith Formation begins in our families and continues through a lifetime of experiences in a community and in the church. We aim to help everyone from babies in our nursery through our most senior members to all who encounter Northridge in their lives to grow in their faith. 

The Faith Formation Committee strives to provide engaging, educational opportunities to build faith through Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, our youth programming and service projects – as well as through the Northridge Child Development Center and outreach in the community, that we all might learn and grow.
INTERACTIVE LENT GARDEN
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!
ADULT EDUCATION

Reach Across the Aisle 
Continuing March 7th
In-Person Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
in the lower parking lot
OR via Zoom on Thursdays at 7:30pm

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:
"Law Professor Joins Local Police Force to Better
Understand the Challenges of Policing"

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
CAMP NORTHRIDGE - COMING JULY 5th
CAMP NORTHRIDGE
JULY 5-JULY 23

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. 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
EASTER LILIES
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.
CARTER BLOOD BANK NEEDS YOU!
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: