This Sunday:

"Stewardship Sees the Humanity in All - Trusting Points"

Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11

Join us On Campus or Online | Sunday, November 19 at 10:30 am

Are you making plans for the holidays? Where you’ll travel, or whom you will host? What you will prepare, and what food you will enjoy of other’s labors? If you’re like the folks in my family, there’s a yellow legal pad (or several!) with lists – shopping, cooking, schedules, sleeping arrangements, reservations, and so on. Lots of PLANS. I think PLAN can stand for “Prepare Lovingly All Necessities”. Details y’all! We need the details. That’s how most of us think about plans. And even Strategic Plans and Master Plans, which we’ve been discussing around here, start big picture but eventually have to get very granular or they’re of no value to us. “Yeah, but what are we going to do?!?!?!” Well, this Sunday’s key scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, which typically gets translated as God telling us about God’s plans. You are invited to reflect on how big picture or granular, how micro or macro you experience God’s plans for your life and the world to be. Let’s talk about it. See you Sunday on campus or online. And till then, may you have many reasons to be grateful.

A Note from the Pastor:

Beloved, this past Sunday we celebrated our Commitment Sunday intertwined with the journey of Jonah. As I shared with you all, Jonah is an unlikely text to reflect on when it comes to stewardship, and it’s an even more odd text to hold as we prepare for the season of Thanksgiving. 

Jonah was prepared, and yet he was unprepared at the same time. Jonah’s assumptions about other people got in the way of him being able to embrace the love and salvation that God offers to all.  


As we prepare for the season of Thanksgiving by changing the sheets in the spare bedroom, digging out the holiday plates from the basement, or even making our grocery list, may we be prepared to be unprepared. 


May we be prepared to be unprepared when grief shows up at our tables noticing a chair that is now empty.  

May we be prepared to be unprepared when that conversation that we really didn’t want to bring up, gets brought up. 


May we be prepared to be unprepared when God’s abundance shows up in the breaking of the bread. 


May we trust that just like God was always with Jonah, even when he was unprepared, that God is with us too, in this season in our homes, our relationships, and our community. 


This upcoming Sunday we will close out our commitment to the 40 days of prayer that we have faithfully journeyed together. Just ask the staff about their Monday prayer partners!  


I wonder how this idea of being prepared to be unprepared may have shown up for you in the various prayer practices. 


What prayer practice did you read, and feel like Jonah – ready to hop on a boat in the opposite direction instead of practice? What prayer practice swallowed you up like a whale, put you on new ground?  


How ever the end of this prayer journey finds you; we cannot wait to hear from you how God showed up in your prayer life over these past forty days. 


Now in terms of being prepared to be unprepared, let’s commit to TEN MORE DAYS OF PRAYER from November 20 - November 30, so that we can honor our past, embrace the present, and imagine our future in 2024 and beyond. 


Shown below are our next prayer prompts, as God continues to lead us into the season of anticipation and preparation for the Christ child. 

Pray for someone who:

11/20 Mentored you in your profession.

11/21 Founded an institution or movement that is important to you.

11/22 Led a group that was significant in your formation.

11/23 Wrote something that deeply moved you.

11/24 Reminded you how to see the world like a child.

11/25 Gave you a tangible object that continues to inspire you.

11/26 Governed in a way that fostered trust and cooperation.

11/27 Prayed for you.

11/28 Trusted you with difficult but important knowledge.

11/29 Pointed out your gifts.

11/30 Embodied the values you aspire to.


Rev. Virzola Law

Senior Minister

40 Days of Prayer

Wondering: Where is there joy for Northway?

Today is Day 37: Embodied Prayer

Today we will be focusing on our entire body in prayer. Settle into a comfortable position, and imagine you are in a full body scanner. Bring to your heart Northway's future. As you hold this vision in prayer, scan your body from head to toe. Where do you notice excitement? Tension? Invite God into your entire being as you tap into God's vision for Northway.

View the complete 40 Days of Prayer guide here.

This Sunday


  • 9:00 am - Sunday School
  • 10:00 am - Fellowship
  • 10:30 am - Worship Service

You may join us in the Sanctuary or online for Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 am.

The worship service is also available

on Facebook and YouTube.

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

(K-5th Grade)

9:00 am in F-202

Children will be escorted to

Sunday School classes

following their music time.

Youth Music & Sunday School

(6th-12th Grade)

Music time begins at 9:15 am in Youth Hall, with a Sunday School lesson to follow.

Worship Rocks!

(ages 3 - 5th Grade)

Following the Children's Moment

in the worship service, children will be escorted to F-103 for their own worship experience.

Fellowship Potluck Lunch

11:45 am in F-101

(following the worship service)

After-Church Youth & JYF Group

(6th - 12th Grade)

Will not meet this Sunday. Join us

in F-101 for Fellowship Lunch

After-Church Choir Rehearsal

11:45 am in the Music Suite

Growth Opportunities

Solomon's Porch (Men's Group)

2nd and 4th Saturdays

7:45 am in the Music Suite

Merry Mourning Grief Support

Saturday, November 18

10:00 am in the Parlor

Sign up here

Diaper Distribution

Volunteers welcome!

4th Saturdays

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Front lot at Northway

Tai Chi

Mondays at 10:30 am

in F-101

Contact Donna

(972-271-3949) for info.

Mobile Food Pantry

1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Front lot at Northway

Midweek Bible Study

Wednesdays @ 12:00 pm

(Parlor & Zoom)

Learn more here.

Choir Rehearsal

Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

in the Music Suite

NCC Board Meeting

Monday, November 27

6:30 pm in F-102

and on Zoom

Retirement Reception

for Carla Ivey

Sunday, December 3

11:45 am in F-101

Transformation Prayer Call

Wednesday, December 6

12:00 pm (conference call)

Dial 605-313-4281

Access: 2667616#

Learn more here

Visit our Website

Serve Opportunities

Calendar & Events

Job Openings

Community Garden Workday

Saturday, November 18 at 9:00 am

All volunteers are welcome! We will be working at the Seeds of Faith Community Garden between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm on Saturday, November 18. Join us whenever you can! We'll be preparing garden beds for the winter, planting trees, and working on several other projects around the garden area.

The garden is located at Greater Garth Chapel AMEC at 2828 Carpenter Ave., Dallas, TX 75215.

Fellowship Potluck Luncheon

Sunday, November 19 at 11:45 am


In celebration of our stewardship season, we will gather in Fellowship Hall for an all-church Potluck Lunch which will take place following the worship service on Sunday, November 19. The church will provide the meat for the meal. Please plan to bring a side dish, salad, veggie, or dessert to share.


There is still time to turn in your commitment card for 2024! An electronic pledge card is available here.

Advent Decorating

Sunday, November 26 at 11:45 am

Does the sight of shiny ornaments and arranging nativity sets make your day? Come join us in decorating the church for the Advent season! We'll have trees and decorations pulled out of storage and ready to go following the worship service on Sunday, November 26. Stick around after worship and join us in decking the halls! All ages are welcome.

NCC Board Meeting

Monday, November 27 at 6:30 pm

In F-102 and on Zoom

All Northway Board Meetings are open to congregants, unless otherwise noted. This meeting is hybrid, meeting in person (F-102) and also online. Details available at

Copies of minutes from the prior Board Meeting will be available at the Welcome Center once they are approved.

Breakfast with Santa and a

Conversation with St. Nicholas

Saturday, December 2 at 9:00 am

Mark your calendar for some holiday fun in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, December 2, 9:00 - 11:00 am. Please let us know if you’re planning to attend this event by signing up here. Your RSVP will help us know how much breakfast to prepare.


There will be a photo opportunity with Santa, so be sure to dress festive!

Retirement Reception for Carla Ivey

Sunday, December 3 at 11:45 am

Please join us for a retirement reception honoring Carla Ivey and her faithful service and commitment to the children and families of Northway through the years. The reception will take place in Fellowship Hall following the worship service on Sunday,

December 3.

All-Church Congregational Meeting

Sunday, December 10 @ 11:45 am

in the Sanctuary and on Zoom

(following the worship service)

Details at

Mike's Kids Clothing & Toy Drive

Now through December 10

Mike’s Kid’s supports children and adults who have been abandoned or forced out of their homeland to a new country for political or religious reasons. As Christmas season approaches, it is time to begin filling boxes with gently used or new clothing (appropriate for South Texas) and new or gently used toys for Southwest Good Samaritans Ministries in Los Fresnos, Texas area.

Please drop off your unwrapped clothing and toy donations in the Narthex by Sunday, December 10, which is the final day for collection.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events

Watch for details at

11/26 Advent Decorating @ 11:45 am

12/03 Retirement Reception - Carla Ivey @ 11:45 am

12/10 Readings & Carols Service @ 10:30 am

12/10 Annual Congregational Meeting @ 11:45 am

12/10 Final drop off day for Mike's Kids

12/13 Blue Christmas Service @ 6:30 pm

12/15 Texas Boys Choir Concert @ 7:00 pm

Christmas Eve Events

Sunday, December 24, 2023

10:30 am

Sunday Worship Service, in the Sanctuary

(no Sunday School on Christmas Eve)

2:00 pm

Worship Service @ Juliette Fowler Communities

4:00 pm

Family Worship Service, with nativity animals

In the Circle Drive. (if inclement weather, event will move indoors)

6:00 pm

Candlelight, Carols, and Communion Service, in the Sanctuary.

Parent Connection

Hey Parents! If you'd like to keep up with Northway's activities for children and youth, you'll want to click here to check out our "Parent Connection" newsletter.

If you're not receiving this weekly email, but would like to, send us a note.

Other Notes

Happy Birthday to You!

Laura Fleetwood

James Carrell

Linda Newman

Leanne Seabright

Catherine Rawdon

David Whitten

Curran Kelley

Cameron Everitt

Jim Wallace Morgan

Rev. Michael Richter

Financial Update

Week of Nov 9 - Nov 15, 2023

Weekly Receipts


YTD Receipts


2023 Budget


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.
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Gifts and offerings may also be mailed to the church office at
7202 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75225
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