NORTHWAY WEEKLY UPDATE | Week of May 12
"Extreme Makeover"
Scripture: Acts 11:1-18
Join us On Campus or Online | Sunday, May 15, at 10:30 am
“When one rejoices, all rejoice.” (1 Corinthians 12:26) It has been said that the only person we can change is ourselves, and even that is difficult. Yet it is also true that as we change, the systems around us respond (change) also. Initially that response may be resistance. As we stay the course, eventually the positive impacts flow throughout the organism (organization). That may be what’s happening in the text from Acts 10, where the whole house is being saved. Cornelius was already considered a righteous and Godfearing man. Which likely means his family was positively influenced in a similar direction. When Cornelius experiences this new, fuller revelation of God’s love for him, his household is impacted. Like when you nudge one part of a mobile, such as the giant Alexander Calder installation at the National Gallery in DC. It does not take much of a force to put the entire system into motion. In the face of the challenges and obstacles in the world and in our personal lives we may feel powerless. Yet this story might suggest that as we allow God to work in us, even in small ways, everything and everyone around us will be impacted. Let your “little light shine” and then notice how the Holy Spirit shows up and shows off to reveal God’s glory and saving love for all creation. Let’s talk about it when we meet again on Sunday.
Join us at one or all of the service opportunities available this Saturday, May 14.
A Note from the Ministry Team...
When I arrived at Northway Christian Church, just shy of four years ago, I received a Christmas ornament from the 2006 celebration of Northway's 100th Anniversary as a congregation.

The images on the ornament represent the cross given to commemorate the cross located in our entry way, which is dedicated in memory of the Caruth Chapel that was located on the land in which we occupy. More images of our history can be found in our hallways - from the pictures on the pastoral wall, the golden cross, to the wall of children's musical posters. So many images connecting us to our past, showing where we have been in our century of ministry.
 In board meeting notes, I also have discovered other notions of our history from décor to worship times to budget to mission. There are even records of where specific furniture is to be kept! From ornaments to board meeting notes, we have records of our past. Including our own “news.” Recently, our church historian, Lyn Robinette, shared an article from “Northway News” in 1995, which you can read here. It includes “Northway's Top 10.”
 
There are so many images and notes from our past that we will continue to encounter on this bridge from our past to our future. As we have been chronicling the history these past few weeks, I have been wondering – what will be the image on the ornament at our 150 or 200 year anniversary? What will be the marks of the church we are becoming?
 
In her 2007 talk at the National Youth Workers Convention, Phyllis Tickle, American author and lecturer named and explored “the rummage sale that the church undergoes every 500 years.” Friends, we are living in a time of a massive re-organizing – and we are the ones who have the power, with God’s grace, to sort through the Church of the past 500 years to discern what we will carry with us in the next 500, and what we will leave behind.
 
Obviously, the pandemic was not a part of the bridge we had planned…for a while, it really felt like we had done one of those bungie jumps off the bridge – can I get an Amen? But, now, we are finding our footing yet again, together. Together, we have, and continue to make changes for how to be Church on the bridge to our future.
 
The Innovation Lab has been a powerful discernment tool as we meet weekly to delve into the deep questions – how do we, like clay in the potters hands, live, lead and love our community now? How do we engage in the depths of spirituality to build a bridge of grace and hope?
 
These big questions, and others like it, must and will undergird the details we will sort out together – details regarding online worship, emerging technology, projects rooted in empowerment, support for our children, and pastoral care that uplifts and honors our beloved elder saints.

Let us stay, like clay, open to where we are being shaped for the next ornament and beyond.

See you Sunday!

Rev. Virzola Law
Senior Minister
Click here to reserve your designated time to #GiveForLife at Northway on May 14.
Walk-ins are also welcome, between 2:00 - 4:30 pm.
God Sighting: We Are Family
During the worship service on Sunday, May 8, one of the ways Northway celebrated Mother's Day was with a memorable music presentation sung by the Children's Choir. An especially heartfelt moment took place when the mothers were invited to join their children at the altar, in the singing of Joseph M. Martin's "We Are Family".

Do you have a God Sighting? We'd love to hear about it! Share your God Sighting story or photo with us at mail@northwaychristian.org
Northway's Youth Mission Trip is scheduled for May 29-June 4 in Ft. Worth, Texas. We will be partnering with Connect Ministries again this year. Our project theme will be Food Security and Food Justice, which is a great tie in with the new Seeds of Faith Community Garden. We will be staying at Ridglea Christian Church in West Ft. Worth and working with mission partners around the city.
 
Our hope is that you will join us on this trip and invite your friends to come as well. Lead adult sponsors are Megan Rahn and Paul Schmidt.
 
This is a church sponsored trip with no cost to participants.
Please contact Pastor Ken if you'd like to register,
or if you have any questions.
This Sunday
SUNDAY START TIMES

  • 9:00 am - Children's Music
  • 9:00 am - Innovation Lab
  • 10:30 am - Worship Service

Meet us in the Sanctuary or
join us for Online Worship
at 10:30 am this Sunday.

The worship service is also
available on Facebook
and YouTube)

Covid Update: Northway is currently following the recommended CDC Guidelines. Masks will no longer be a requirement on district property, however, they will be recommended. We will continue to mask when working with our children as many of them still are unable to be vaccinated. 

Tips for worshiping with us online:

  1. Announcements start at 10:15 am, with the prelude to follow, just prior to the 10:30 am service start time. Join us early!
  2. The Google Chrome browser is recommended for the best viewing experience.
  3. Prepare your own bread, cup and candle for communion.
  4. Turn on and adjust the sound to your computer.

Children's Music Class (K-5th)
9:00 am in F-202
Children will be escorted to Innovation Lab following their music time.

Innovation Lab
9:00 am in F-101
An intergenerational time for grades
K-12, and adults, taking place
during the Sunday School hour
on Sundays through June 5.

 
Growth Opportunities
Classes and Small Groups
Find a group that's right for you.

Tai Chi
Mondays at 10:30 am
in F-102
Contact Donna
(972-271-3949) for info.

Transformation Prayer Call
Wednesdays at 12:00 pm
(Conference Call)

Brown Bag Bible Study
Wednesdays at 12:15 pm
(Parlor & Facebook)

Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
in the Sanctuary
Contact Leanne for info.

MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers)
1st & 3rd Thursdays
9:00 am in F-103

Faith & Justice Book Club
Thursdays at 12:00 pm
on Zoom

Faith @ Work
Thursdays at 7:00 am

Wine & Word
Thursday, June 9
7:15 pm @ Vector Brewing
9850 Walnut Hill Ln., Dallas

Solomon's Porch (Men's Group)
1st, 3rd and 5th Saturdays
7:30 am in the Music Suite
If you have any questions about Northway's children and youth
programming, please contact Pastor Ken.

Click on the links below to connect with this week's cues.



Music Class (in person) at 9:00 am for children (K-5th) in F-202
Parents: Children will be escorted to Innovation Lab following Music Class.
Note: The children will be singing during the Worship Service on Mother's Day.

Innovation Lab this Sunday @ 9:00 am in F-101
An intergenerational time for grades K-12 and adults, which will take place
during the Sunday School hour on Sundays through June 5.
Garden Work Day: Planting Seeds of Faith
Our next scheduled Seeds of Faith Community Garden work day is this Saturday, May 14 from
 9:00 am – 11:30 am. Grab your hat and sunscreen, and meet us at Greater Garth Chapel AME (2828 Carpenter Ave, Dallas, TX 75215) for a day of digging in the dirt.

Can't make the work day? There are other ways you can help out! We are raising funds for the purchase of a 20′ x 8′ on-site shipping container, which will be used as storage for the community garden. If you'd like to contribute, visit the Seeds of Faith GoFundMe page here.
You Pick Series!
Do you have an idea you believe would make a good sermon topic? If so, we want to hear about it! On June 26, Northway will begin a new "You Pick" worship series. The series will be based on suggestions that are received directly from the congregation.

This Sunday, you'll notice a "You Pick Series" blue box in the Narthex area. Please share your ideas by writing them on the cards provided, and simply drop your card in the box. Do you have more than one idea? That's great!
We're looking forward to hearing all of your ideas.

In order for our worship leaders to prepare the series, sermon topic ideas will need to be received by Pentecost Sunday, June 5.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. We're looking for adult volunteers to assist with all of the fun during the week of VBS. Are you interested in participating in this way?
Do you know a graduating Senior?
Do you have a graduating high school or college senior in your family? We'd love the opportunity to recognize them by sharing a congratulations during an upcoming Sunday worship service. If you'd like to share the name of your graduate, along with the name of the school they will be graduating from, please contact the church office (214-361-6641) or send us an email at mail@northwaychristian.org.
May 2022 Update - To learn more about Ministry Architects and what Northway's Design Team has been working on, click on the button below.
 Please contact the church office if you have any questions.
Other Notes
Happy Birthday to You!

Pat Darwin
Everly Gilger
Noah Koo
Forest Lucy


Financial Update
Week of May 5 - May 11, 2022

Weekly Receipts
$7,339

YTD Receipts
$204,196

2022 Budget
$507,541
FINANCIAL UPDATE NOTE:
Contributions will be reported at the time they are received, even if they are prepayments of annual pledges. If you have questions, please contact Laura Giffin or call 214-361-6641.
GIVING OPTIONS for Northway Christian Church
Give via text message by texting NORTHWAY to 73256
Gifts and offerings may also be mailed to the church office at
7202 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75225