A NOTE FROM BETSY
For theologian Karl Barth, participating in congregational life is a core tenant of our faith and an essential expression of faith. In one of his teachings, he explained:

"I believe that the congregation to which I belong,
in which I have been called to faith and am responsible for faith,
in which I have my service, is the one, holy, universal church.
If I do not believe this, I do not have it all.
No lack of beauty, no 'wrinkles and spots' in this congregation may lead me astray.
The thing involved here is an article of faith.
There is no sense, when seeking after the 'true' congregation,
in abandoning one's concrete congregation."

I agree with Barth! And, as we plan for for the end of our program year with three big Sundays ahead, I am reminded of why congregational life is so essential. The rhythms of our life together ground us in a way that nothing else can. In corporate worship and fellowship and learning and service, we have the opportunity to practice becoming the beloved community we read about in the scriptures. Addressing hard topics gives us the chance to bear with one another in love. Sharing life's heartaches and joys gives us the chance to nurture one another. Beginning our week with worship, even when it feels like an inconvenience, grounds us in a rhythm greater than ourselves. I'm not convinced that there are any suitable alternatives for congregational life, no other expressions that could substitute for this essential commitment of our faith. Our lives and our faith are meant to be shared in community. And you'll see that on full display in worship these next few weeks.

We will be celebrating our life together in various ways. We'll welcome new members and baptize children this Sunday, we'll be led in worship by our high school seniors next Sunday, and on May 22, we will celebrate the life we've shared together over the last year, recognizing outgoing leaders and ordaining and installing incoming elders and deacons. I hope you'll join us and give thanks for the ways that members of this community have committed to living out their faith through congregational life. And, I hope we all find renewed commitment for our life together as a result.

With great anticipation,
Betsy

PS - Many of you met our new Facilities Manager, Mark Burns, on Sunday. If you haven't yet, please introduce yourself to him when you're in the building next. Watch the video below for a brief introduction!
THIS SUNDAY: WORSHIP
Worship at 9:00 a.m. outdoors or 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. Rev. Betsy Lyles Swetenburg will preach a sermon entitled "Family of God." In preparation for Sunday, you may wish to read Ephesians 1:3-14
Mother's Day at 9:00 a.m.

The kids will be invited to join Bryan and Emily in the Community Room during the Sermon at 9:00 a.m. They will be learning a very simple song that they will sing to the congregation after the sermon as a special Mother's Day celebration.
THIS SUNDAY: CONNECT
Adults

At 10:00 a.m., author Jim Schutze will lead the discussion on his book, The Accommodation: The Politics of Race in an American City, in Quillin Hall.

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!
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.
THIS WEEK
The Day Circle of PWIN will meet Tuesday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m. This will be a hybrid meeting—join us at the church in room 135 (masks optional) or on Zoom.

Mary Marcotte will lead us as we study our final lesson of the year, a summary of the grandmothers of our faith found in Matthew’s genealogy. She is an excellent teacher! Email Helen Stevenson to receive the Zoom link. 
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:
"Russian Church-State Partnership Divides the Faithful"

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...
Senior Sunday is May 15

Senior Sunday will be on May 15 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.

We would love notes of encouragement for the seniors! We will have a basket in the narthex on Sunday to collect notes. We will also have a place in each of their senior books for you to sign on May 15. 

The seniors this year are: Bobby Bye, Meghan McCutchan, Ellie Nicholson, Zoe Scurria, and Avery Schaub. 
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.
GO OUT INTO GOD'S WORLD
On Saturday, April 30, members of our mission committee as well as our youth helped move a recent Honduran refugee into his new apartment.

If you would like to be part of this ministry going forward, mark your calendars for June 4-5, when we'll be doing our next move-in.

We need donations as well as volunteers to help transport furniture. Contact MerriLee Anderson or Clare Stein for more.
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.