A NOTE FROM BETSY
Theologian Walter Brueggemann says there is a formula for the psalms, which is pretty simple: Orientation. Disorientation. Re-orientation.

Orientation is the place where everything makes sense in our lives. It's the familiar, day-to-day life we're accustomed. Life marked by comfortability, reliability, and predictability. Disorientation is when the world collapses around us and we sink into the pit. Life as we know it changes due to to loss, death, changes in circumstances, finances, or health. It's not an enjoyable place. Re-orientation is the wisdom which can only come when you realize that God has lifted you out of the pit and there is a new gratitude and awareness about our lives and our God.

Many scholars have said that this is the formula for more than the psalms. It's the formula for faithful living. I would argue that one of the best signs of a healthy faith community is one that walks with people through seasons of disorientation as they navigate into a new orientation.

For a long time, many churches tried to create children's and youth programs that shielded young people from disorientation or instability. The hope was that young people would come to associate church as the familiar, comfortable, unchanging place in their lives. The unfortunate side effect of that approach was that when instability arose, those young people didn't necessarily see the church as a place that could help them navigate the challenges. Instead, they felt like church was the place where they needed to have it all together and show their best, most manicured selves.

I love that Northridge walks with young people through the difficult seasons. The goal is not to shield them from the hard things or pretend like a faithful life is spent avoiding hardship. The goal is for every young person to know without a doubt that "nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

On Sunday morning, our high school seniors will lead us in worship at both 9:00 and 11:00 AM. You'll hear from them directly regarding how you have put flesh on this scriptural promise in their lives. They have so thoughtfully reflected and prepared, and I know it will be a moving service for our community.

On a personal note, I will be worshipping with you virtually on Sunday. I will be out of town for my best friend's wedding this weekend.

With great anticipation,
Betsy
THIS SUNDAY: WORSHIP
Worship at 9:00 a.m. outdoors or 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary.
In preparation for Sunday, you may wish to read Romans 8:31-39
Today, we are celebrating our high school seniors at both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services. There will be a reception following the 11:00 a.m. service in Quillin Hall.

The seniors this year are: Bobby Bye, Meghan McCutchan, Ellie Nicholson, Zöe Scurria, and Avery Schaub.

THIS SUNDAY: CONNECT
Kids' Connection

Kids' Connection will meet Sundays at 10:00 a.m. through May 15.

This month, children are learning about the sacrament of baptism.
Youth Connection

The Youth Connection class will continue their series on Islam this Sunday in the Youth Suite at 10:00 a.m. As always, there will be donuts and sausage rolls!
Adults

Join us this week for the final conversation around The Accommodation and the history of civil rights in Dallas. This Sunday's conversation will be led by Brenna Buchanan and held in room #130-131.

LAST WEEK IN WORSHIP
BAPTISMS

Last week in worship, we welcomed Caroline Alexis Nelson and Catherine Savannah Nelson, daughters of Melinda and Jack Nelson; and Milla Alexandra Spell and Sophie Katharina Spell, daughters of Suzy and Charles Spell into the family of faith
by way of baptism.
NEW MEMBERS

In addition, we also welcomed the Nelson family into the Northridge congregation as new members. Melinda and Jack Nelson, along with their children Chris (16), Anthony (13), Caroline (9), and Catherine (8),are joining by letter of transfer from Lakepointe Church in Rockwall. They first became familiar with the church through Camp Northridge, where Jack has previously taught a robotics camp. Together, Melinda and Jack are passionate about foster care and adoption advocacy. Please give them a warm welcome when you see them in the halls!
THIS WEEK
Tuesday Morning Bible Study
7:30 a.m. via ZOOM
Join us!
WIRED WORD - Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. via ZOOM

Christianity and a current event - a group discussion.

Each week, The Wired Word provides resources on a current event. This week's topic is:
"Supreme Court May Overturn Roe v. Wade, Leaked Draft Reveals"


An email is sent to those interested. Previous participants don't need to sign up again — they're on the list. Those who would like to join or who would like more information are invited to contact Mike Marcotte.
COMING UP...
SIGN UP TO BE A LAY READER!

Lay readers are needed for our summer schedule, which takes place at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
WOMEN'S SERVICE PROJECT MAY 21 AT HOPE SUPPLY!

Calling all women and young women 12 or older! Please join us for a great chance to give back, by volunteering with us on Saturday, May 21, from 9-11 am at Hope Supply. Hope Supply is a terrific hub and spoke charity, providing desperately needed diapers and other supplies to charities who use them in servicing the needs of their clients in family violence shelters, homeless shelters, and many others. (See hopesupplyco.org.) We'll work in an open-sided warehouse, sorting and packing supplies. It's not air conditioned, but there are fans—so dress appropriately! You need to be able to stand for an extended period of time. 

We did this last fall, and it was fun—we were able to spend time with other Northridge women and definitely had a sense of accomplishment at the end of our shift! We'll meet at church at 8:30 am to carpool over, and lunch afterward is optional. 

We can take up to 20. Please let Linda Hale Buchanan know if you will participate! And look for a flyer soon about what we can contribute toward the supplies needed.
Friday Night Faith

Are you interested in helping with Friday Night Faith this summer? Please email Emily Cox at emilyc@northridgepc.org. We need helpers who can come June 24, July 29, and August 26 from 5:30-8:30 PM.
JOIN NORTHRIDGE WITHOUT BORDERS ON JUNE 11

Last month, this community helped Mr. Jose Pineda, a recent Honduran refugee, move into his new apartment in Vickery Meadow. Within the last six months, we have also helped to settle the Kahn family and Mr. Hakimi into their new lives in the same area. In addition to praying for these families, we invite you to take part in our next refugee move-in, which will take place June 11. Contact MerriLee Anderson or Clare Stein for more. Thanks!
NCDC: TEACHERS NEEDED
preschool teacher wanted adv

We are looking for teachers to join our team! Northridge Child Development Center is an accredited preschool serving children age 2 to 5 years. We are a play-based school focusing on the whole child. For more information, please email Director Heather Kolodziej at ncdcoffice@northridgepc.org
THIS SUMMER
There are still spots available for Camp Northridge! Click here for camp brochure. We have four weeks of camp to choose from:

  • June 13-17
  • June 20-24
  • June 27-July 1
  • July 18-22

Full (9:00-4:00) and half-day (9:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:00) available. Registration is available here.

After last year's modified VBS on Friday evenings was such a huge success, the Faith Formation Committee decided to rename the event and keep the times the same. 

This summer, we will meet the last Friday of the month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for fun, dinner, music, bible stories, mission projects, and more! Set your calendars for June 24, July 29, and August 26! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.