A MESSAGE FROM BETSY
This Sunday is World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with brothers and sisters the world over. World Communion Sunday was started at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA in 1933. The pastor of this church noticed divisions in the congregation and decided to respond by intentionally inviting a group of churches to join them in a communion service of Christian unity as a reminder that they are connected to communities beyond their own congregation. A few years later, our denomination adopted this Sunday and invited all congregations to participate by serving communion on the first Sunday in October. In 1940, the Federal Council of Churches promoted the invitation to other denominations. Now Christians all over the world join in this celebration to remember that the body of Christ is not bound by creed, geography, language, or denomination.

Paul says that we are to "discern the body" when we take communion. On World Communion Sunday in particular we're reminded of how big the body of Christ is, and I hope you'll reflect on your relationships beyond Northridge this Sunday. On World Communion Sunday, we're reminded that when the world is polarized and unstable, we come to the table to hold things together in a spiritual sense. We come to the table to be reminded that we are one in spirit and our community goes far beyond the walls of our church.

I'm grateful to Wendy Fenn, who will lead worship this Sunday. I am headed to NC to officiate a wedding for a friend. This is another wedding that was significantly delayed because of the pandemic. I am grateful to be able to honor this commitment and I look forward to worshipping with you next week.
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.

Worship continues to be available via livestream on our YouTube channel. If you are feeling ill, have been exposed to COVID-19, or simply feel more comfortable worshiping from home, then 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. Wendy Fenn will be preaching a sermon titled
Reclaimed: Intimacy

You're invited to read Matthew 26:26-30
in preparation for Sunday.
SUNDAY MORNING GREETERS
Whether we are visiting a new place or returning home, we all LOVE a warm greeting! Please volunteer to be the smiling face of Northridge (albeit masked for now) to greet folks as they arrive for the 11:00 am worship service. Just use the sign-up button below to choose the date(s) in November and/or December that work for you! Thanks in advance from your Engagement & Connection Committee! Questions: Kim Shuler,
 214-534-0169.
THIS SUNDAY: TWO NEW ADULT CLASSES
NEW CLASSES FOR ADULTS BEGIN OCT. 3

A discussion group will begin October 3rd on the book Flawed Family of God: Stories About the Imperfect Families of Genesis. This week, Darren Nicholson will tackle the chapter on Sibling Rivalry and Violence. If you don't have time to read, please still plan to come! The facilitator will give a summary of the chapter at the beginning of each class. If you would like to dig in deeper and read this fascinating book, click the button below. Click here to buy the book.

An Additional Class Choice: Living the Questions Study will begin on October 3rd as well. This week, Lee Jones will open the study with An Invitation to Journey.

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." Click here to learn more.
BLOOD DRIVE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 18
Northridge members and our immediate community have graciously supported Carter BloodCare during past blood drives by generously sharing donations of blood and plasma. Please SAVE THE DATE - Monday, October 18th from 3PM - 7PM in Quillin Hall and schedule a time to donate blood. A sign-up link to secure a time to donate is provided below and/or use the QR code for easy access to the appointment schedule.

Also, if you're interested in greeting fellow Northridge donors and community friends for an hour or two, please contact Ray Chavez or Kathy Watson!
NEW: SINGLE-SESSION GRIEF WORKSHOP
NEW: SINGLE-SESSION GRIEF WORKSHOP ON OCTOBER 13th
 
As we start this new fall season, there is much to enjoy and be grateful for in our personal lives, as a church, as a nation and as a world. However, 2020 was bathed in many forms of anxiety and grief. For some there was a death of a loved one in isolation, for others it may have been a struggling marriage, the loss of a job, the stress of home-schooling children or maybe even the loss of a beloved family pet. 

Suffering comes in many forms and in many different waves. And even though our lives are returning to some form of normalcy, the stress and suffering did not all magically go away with a vaccination. But it is in great suffering and great love that transformation and healing occur. Communal lament reminds us that we are not alone and makes us mindful of the sufferings of our neighbors. 

Northridge wants to try something new by providing an intimate setting and safe place to name and share in our suffering. If these words resonate with you, please consider joining us for an evening of comfort as we gather to share our laments and be guided through ways to recognize and find hope in the midst of our suffering. 
 
Wednesday, October 13th
6:00 — 8:00 p.m. Room 131
Childcare provided - please contact Emily Cox at
emilyc@northridgepc.org 
 
Wendy Fenn - Barbara Rader - Betsy Swetenburg
WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS!
Katie and Andrew Masotta, along with their son Samuel, joined Northridge on Sunday, September 26 by letter of transfer. They moved to Dallas from Houston, where they first met in a small group. Welcome to the Masotta family!
Peyton and Jordan Meyer joined Northridge on Sunday, September 26 by reaffirmation of faith. The couple, both graduates of Rhodes College, are soon to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. Welcome to the Meyer family!
NORTHRIDGE HEROES
NORTHRIDGE HEROES: DEBI ELLIS

Each week, we will lift up a member of Northridge who works behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. Click below to nominate a hero of your own!

Did you catch our first edition of "Northridge Heroes" in a recent newsletter? Our second honoree is Debi Ellis, who works to beautify a number of our church spaces. This Sunday, when you admire the World Communion table, know that Debi was behind it! She also has helped with Advent decor, VBS decorations, organizing the CE closet, and keeping the courtyard garden beautiful (alongside her "teammates" Candy Haynes and Dennis Delaune). "I love to garden personally, and I was working on the VBS closet when I saw Candy out here by herself," she says of her involvement. "And, it's always better to volunteer with a friend!" Thank you, Debi, for keeping Northridge beautiful!
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: "Crime Victim Forgives Man Who Tried to Kill Him".

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.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN
OCTOBER NOW IS COMING UP AND...Dinner is Back (outside dining)!
 
Join us virtually or in person for Night Owl Women on Tuesday, October 5 at 7 pm. Our study book this year is What My Grandmothers Taught Me, based on Matthew's Genealogy of Jesus (which Betsy recently preached on). We'll be on Lesson Two about Tamar, and our great study leader, Lee Jones, will be there to enlighten us and guide us through it. Never been to NOW? It's always a perfect time to start and get to know (or reconnect with) great women of Northridge - and for any other women wanting to join us. Each lesson is largely self-contained. And we have study books for you! The link to participate virtually is at the end of this article.
 
DINNER - Outdoor Dining on our new east porch.
AND...for those interested, dinner before NOW is back!! Join us at 6:15 pm on the covered porch where the rockers are, overlooking the playground. The weather looks promising, but we are covered anyway, rain or shine! We'll have spaced chairs and individual tray tables for your dining convenience, and we'll Yard Guard it before you arrive. Let our fearless leader, Laura Coomber (lcoomber@sbcglobal.net), know you are coming so we have a chair and table for you!
 
What to bring? 
Drink: BYO
Food: A choice! You can bring whatever you'd like to eat, OR place your order by noon on Monday, October 4 (and pay in advance - $11.95 + tax) for a tasty box dinner from Two Sisters Catering and we'll pick it up and have it for you when you arrive.
https://twosisterscatering.com/corporate-lunches (scroll down to click on the green "Corporate Lunch Menu" box).  Pick a sandwich/salad choice and then 2 of the 3 (fruit, pasta salad, cookie). Pay for your order by phone and tell them Linda Hale will pick it up by 2:30 pm on Tuesday, October 5. (And let Linda know you have an order to be picked up! - hale.buchanan@gmail.com)
 
Questions? Need a ride? Contact Laura Coomber (lcoomber@sbcglobal.net). We are excited to see you!
 
Zoom info for 7 pm October 5 - click on this link:
Meeting ID: 846 3371 1600
Passcode: 093104
 

WOMEN OF NORTHRIDGE! HOPE SUPPLY SERVICE PROJECT OCTOBER 9
We are excited about our first service project of the year! We'll be going to Hope Supply on Saturday, October 9. - (http://hopesupplyco.org/ - meeting critical needs of homeless children, and more)/ We'll meet at the church back porch (overlooking the playground) at 8:15 am for coffee (or bring your own if you want fancy). Our shift is from 9-11 am and we'll head out from the church at 8:30 am. We'll be sorting and packing items (diapers, feminine protection products, school supplies) etc. for delivery to requesting charities. It's an open-air warehouse - plenty of air flow and room to distance. Must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask, and at least 12 years old. 20 women/girls can go and we have slots left! Let Linda Hale Buchanan know if you would like to participate! (hale.buchanan@gmail.com). 
 
If you can't go on the 9th, you can still help Hope Supply! We hope everyone will bring diapers and/or feminine protection products to donate. There will be a collection box in the Narthex this Sunday.
KID CONNECTION

We've resumed Sunday School with a new twist! We are providing space for many different learning levels and styles through a Montessori-like learning environment where we will continue to offer substantive and meaningful opportunities for faith development.

Children will begin with a combined gathering with music and a Bible story on the children's wing south porch. They will then divide into two groups (preschool and elementary) where they will rotate through various stations at their own pace, learning in various ways about the story for the week.

We will be using the new PC(USA) curriculum, Follow Me. This curriculum helps kids learn about what following Jesus looks like in daily life. We will begin with a series on Welcoming and head into a series on Following Jesus.

YOUTH CONNECTION

Youth Connection begins Sunday,
September 19 at 10:00 a.m.
in the Youth Suite.

Teachers Monty Watson, Mike Buchanan, and
Linda Hale Buchanan will be leading the youth. Come join us!
MISSION COMMITTEE: HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Northridge Without Borders is looking for volunteers to help with the coming influx of Afghani refugees:
1.     Become a Welcome Team member via Refugee Service of Texas (RST):  Our welcome team will assist with airport pickup, provide a culturally appropriate welcome meal, set up an apartment, and provide groceries for arriving families. The first step is to complete a volunteer orientation and background check through Refugee Services of Texas. Click here to sign up via the RST website. For more information, contact Clare Stein (clare1234@sbcglobal.net) or MerriLee Anderson (mlandersonphd@gmail.com).
 
2. Participate in our Toiletry Drive by donating any of the following items for families in need: (box in the narthex for your donations)
·        Toothpaste
·        Toothbrushes
·        Deodorant
·        Razors
·        Soap/body wash
·        Shampoo
·        Combs/brushes
·        Feminine products
 
3.   Support RST's Amazon List — click here to purchase other needed items for families.
 
Many thanks from The Mission Committee!
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
OFFICER NOMINATING COMMITTEE
THE OFFICER NOMINATING COMMITTEE WOULD LIKE
TO HEAR FROM THE CONGREGATION

The ONC would like suggestions from the congregation as to who you think would be a good choice for Elder or Deacon. The nominating committee will begin their work this month to put together a slate of officers for the coming term. Please email Anne Raymond with your suggestions. Thank you.