A MESSAGE FROM BETSY
If you have a friend you've been meaning to invite to Northridge, this Sunday is the perfect chance to bring them along because Sunday is full of opportunities for meaningful fellowship:

On Sunday morning at 10 AM, everyone is invited to Quillin Hall for Reformation Jeopardy led by Mike Buchanan, Linda Hale, and Monty Watson.

On Sunday afternoon from 3-5 PM, everyone is invited to join us for a Fall Bash. There will be live music featuring our own Ali Barnard and plenty of games for all ages. And be sure to bring some $1 bills if you want to chance to dunk staff members at the dunking booth. All money raised will go toward mattresses so our mission committee can fund supplies to resettle a refugee family.

Y'all come . . . and bring your friends!

And, I have an invitation for Monday, too. Monday is All Saints Day, the day we remember those who have spurred us on to live and worship and serve more deeply. The organization Faith and Grief, founded by our own Rev. Wendy Fenn, currently has an art exhibit on display at the Crow Museum for Asian Art. The exhibit, River of Time, honors the faithful people in our lives who have gone before us and offers space for your own reflection on the saints in your life. Wendy and I will be hosting the exhibit on Monday afternoon from 1-3 PM. We'd love to see you there!
 
With great hope,
Betsy
MASKS REQUIRED INDOORS
Face Mask 2
Masks are required—regardless of vaccination status—for indoor worship and all other meetings and activities in the building. It is recommended that people practice social distancing when in the building.

However, masks are not required for our outdoor worship service, which takes place on the lower parking lot at 9:00 a.m.

Worship continues to be available via livestream on our YouTube channel. If you feel ill, have been exposed to COVID-19, or feel more comfortable worshiping from home, we encourage you to worship via livestream.
THIS WEEK IN WORSHIP
This fall, we're exploring what in our faith needs to be "reclaimed" by us.
Are there words that seem worn or void of meaning?
Have we forgotten the worth of some of the gifts of our faith?

Rev. Betsy Lyles Swetenburg will be preaching a sermon titled
Reclaimed: Grace

You're invited to read Matthew 5:13-20
in preparation for Sunday.
hearts&hands&ALLvoices
In September, we held our inaugural hearts&hands&ALLvoices at 9:00 a.m. outdoor worship, singing “Bring Forth the Kingdom” by Marty Haugen.

This Reformation Sunday, we offer another opportunity to lead at 9 a.m. outdoor worship, singing Dennis L. Jernigan’s communion hymn “You Are My Strength When I Am Weak” as our Gathering Song. Click here for a video tutorial.

The sacraments of baptism and communion are inextricable. Through baptism, we are marked as Christ’s new creation; at communion we participate in Christ’s final meal. In both celebrations, we enter as individuals, emerging as members of a community. Remembering our baptism, we acknowledge God’s grace flowing wild; covering us, seeping into every possible space in our lives; renewing us, redeeming us, reforming us.

If we are honest, most of us don’t “remember” our baptism. We rely on stories told by parents and grandparents, how we were baptized during worship and welcomed into a community of faith, just as Sam Masotta was two weeks ago. (No doubt he will hear his own baptismal story one day!)

What does all this have to do with singing at the 9:00 a.m. outdoor worship service on Reformation Sunday? Come and see—come and sing! Open yourself up to renewal, redemption, and reformation by the power of the Holy Spirit, as we lead God’s people in worship for Christ’s sake. Come, “remember” your baptism—sing, and prepare your hearts to celebrate communion next week for All Saints’ Sunday.

Peace be with you all,
Bryan Page, Director of Music
ADVENT SAVE THE DATES
ADVENT WREATH MAKING PARTY
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 10:00 A.M.

Everyone is invited to make an Advent wreath! This event will be held in Quillin Hall, and registration will be required, so look for the link in a future newsletter.
All ages welcome!

CHURCH DECORATING

Help decorate the church for the season! Contact Laurie Bret at Laurieb1@sbcglobal.net or 214-808-4197 to confirm your spot.

Sunday Nov. 21 immediately after the 11:00 service
Monday Nov. 29, 9:00–1:00
Tuesday Nov. 30, 9:00–1:00
Wednesday Dec. 1, 9:00–1:00 
FORWARD BY FAITH
This is your friendly reminder regarding the Forward by Faith Capital Campaign: If you have not yet paid the 2021 installment on your campaign pledge, please do so as soon as possible!

Thank you,

Co-chairs Cory Barnard and Rob Taylor
FALL BASH FOR ALL AGES: OCTOBER 31
FUN FOR ALL AGES!
Join us for our Fall Bash
THIS SUNDAY, October 31
from 3-5 p.m.

This event is for everyone -- not just families with young children. There will be fun for all ages! We'll have live music, pumpkin decorating, a dunking tank, games, treats, and more!
REFORMATION JEOPARDY: OCTOBER 31


Join us for Reformation Jeopardy on Sunday, October 31!

Monty Watson, Linda Hale, and Mike Buchanan will lead us in this fun game during the connection hour.

Come test your knowledge and celebrate Reformation Sunday!
HAPPENING NOW: TWO ADULT CLASSES
ADULT EDUCATION WILL JOIN THE REFORMATION JEOPARDY CLASS THIS SUNDAY IN QUILLIN HALL AT
10 A.M.

We will continue with this class on Nov. 7th.
Flawed Family of God: Stories About the Imperfect Families of Genesis
"Living the Questions" continues next Sunday,
November 7th after a break for
Reformation Jeopardy in Quillin Hall.
Join us in Quillin Hall at 10 a.m.

This class will be using a video-based curriculum that features acclaimed scholars, theologians, and other experts as they seek to study in a new way. On their website, this study is described as "an open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give participants all the answers and instead strives to create an environment where participants can interact with one another in exploring what’s next for Christianity."
ADULT EDUCATION
Bible Study: Tuesdays - 7:30 a.m.
Join us!
Meeting ID: 954 9571 6184
Passcode: 027540
WIRED WORD - Wednesday, Sept. 29 via ZOOM


Meeting ID: 837 1620 1906
Passcode: 681172

Each week, The Wired Word provides resources on a current event.
This week's topic is: "Gen. Colin Powell Dies, Leaves Complicated Legacy"

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 at marcottem@prodigy.net.
A NOTE FROM CINDY GEORGE, CHAIR, NCDC BOARD
Babysitters Needed
It came to my attention while planning an evening function for NCDC moms that they need babysitters. I know several of our Northridge members would be willing and able to help them by working as a babysitter —we just need to prepare a list and share it with the NCDC families. With this in mind, please email cindyjgeorge@gmail.com with your name, age (12 and up), and preferable contact information and I will compile the list. If you are restricting yourself to certain age groups, number of kids, times of day etc., please let me know that, as well as whether you can provide your own transportation. If you could respond by November 15th, that would be great.
Thanks for your participation! Cindy George, NCDC Chair
GUEST ARTIST AT NORTHRIDGE, NOV. 16th
The Engagement & Connection Committee is pleased to announce a complimentary art lecture and demonstration for interested church members. Associated Creative Artists (ACA), the longest running fine arts group in Dallas, will be meeting at Northridge on Nov. 16th at noon. Guest Artist in November is the acclaimed Clinton Broyles. And all of Northridge is invited to the demonstration.

The ACA invites well known professional artists to do a demonstration painting during their monthly meetings. All interested Northridge members are extended a complimentary guest invitation to enjoy these lectures and demonstrations from some of the best painters in America today. No sign-up is required. During November, the ACA has scheduled an amazing artist, Clinton Broyles to paint at their November 16th, 12:00 noon - 2:30 p.m. meeting in Quillin Hall.
E&C: JOIN A SMALL GROUP!
Looking for ways to plug in at Northridge? There are many small groups that meet regularly with a variety of focuses including thoughtful discussions, an afternoon or morning of pickleball, or an evening of purely social connection.

If you're interested in joining an existing small group or forming a totally new one, please contact Kim Shuler with the Engagement & Connection Committee to see how you can connect on a whole new level at Northridge. (214) 534-0169 or email kimshuler630@gmail.com