Worship September 12, 2021
Scripture: Galatians 5:1, 13-14 NRSV
Message: True Freedom
To experience true freedom in this world Jesus must be the One to set you free from all your sins. What comes from this true freedom is the ability to truly love others.
It’s hard to believe that the worst attack on American soil was 20 years ago. The events that took place in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania shook the very fabric and foundation of our freedom like never before. It was definitely one of those times that people will always remember where they were when it happened. September 11, 2001 is a day most of us will never forget, and yet as Christians, we are called to forgive. Without true forgiveness we will never enjoy true freedom. The Apostle Paul wrote several times about freedom in his letters to the churches he helped start and we see that in this Sunday’s scripture from Galatians 5:1, 13-14. Paul reminds us that Christ is the One who gives true freedom and we are to stand firm in that promise AND we are to love our neighbor. When we hold on to past hurts and wrongs done to us, then we are not living full and joyful lives; the abundant life Jesus gives to us. True freedom through Christ means we CAN love our neighbor and we CAN forgive those who have hurt us. It’s not easy, but with God all things are possible.
Remember that God loves you and so do I.
Pastor Eddie
CHURCHWIDE WORKDAY - TOMORROW
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

All are welcome to join us for outside work on September 11 from 8am until 12noon. 
We will be doing general cleanup all around the church campus, as well as adding pine straw to the bank, pulling weeds and much more! 
Bring your work gloves and water bottle! 
Any questions, contact Rick Baird, rick_baird73@yahoo.com
Safe Sanctuary Training

Sept 19 and 26 | 12:15pm (right after worship)
Safe Sanctuary Training is required every two years for ALL who work with children and/or youth in our church!
Pick the session that works for your schedule and contact Robert Viera at robert@norcrossfirst.org to register!
Adult Bible Studies- Fall 2021
Pastor Eddie | online 10 week study | Sept 15 - Nov 17 | Wednesdays at 7pm
Book of Hebrews. We will be going chapter by chapter (combining a few). This study is open to anyone looking to get deeper into scripture and wishing to learn and grow with others. Join us!
Mickey Stanfield | online 6 week study | Sept 15 - Oct 20 | Wednesdays at 7pm
"David the King." Long after Adam, David emerged as the definitive king who would restore order in the Garden and bring the world under the lordship of God. But like Adam, David fell. God promised a son of David who would realize the fullness of Israelite kingship...but whose actual reign defied expectation. Come see how King David causes us to look back toward Adam’s kingship and forward toward Christ the King, seeing Christ as the fulfillment of the Davidic line and the realization of the Kingdom of God on earth.

Please contact Robert Viera (robert@norcrossfirst.org) Family Ministries Director, to sign up
CREATION KIDS PRESCHOOL IS ENROLLING STUDENTS AND HIRING TEACHERS!

We are hiring teachers for the fall!
We are enrolling kiddos for the fall!
Our hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 - 1:30.
We generally follow the Gwinnett County School calendar, Sept-May.

For more information call: 678-533-1321 or email Beth@norcrossfirst.org
All women of the church are welcome to join the Circle of Love as we hear from our new Director of Music Ministries, Scott Keesey, on Monday, September 13 at 10am in Room 210-212. We will go to lunch together as a group following the meeting. Contact Diane Walker at 770 361-1024 or dianemariewalker@msn.com for more information.
The Circle of Peace will meet at the church on Tuesday, September 14 at 10:00am in Room 214. Contact Mary Shiels – 770-447-1120 - for more details.
JetSet
September 15 | 11am | Fellowship Hall
GREAT NEWS! The JetSet Club will finally begin meeting together again in-person on September 15th at 11am. Come join us for our meeting, program, and meal. This will be a celebratory event, so we will have BINGO as our premiere program. Please bring your pennies as markers for your BINGO card; additional pennies will be available. We will have some fun and intriguing prizes available to win. Due to lingering pandemic concerns, we ask members to bring your own “sack” lunch; beverages will be provided. We hope to reintroduce our infamous covered dish lunches in the near future. While this is a senior oriented group, you do not need to be of retirement age to join in our meetings and activities. We look forward to seeing all of you back in this setting and put the pandemic in the rearview mirror. Invite a friend as a guest to experience the fun and fellowship.
NBTween and Students
Dear Students and Parents,
 
Just a reminder that NBTween and Student ministry Sunday School are continuing to meet in person, and NBTween is still doing Zoom as well. On Sunday mornings, all grades (5-12) meet downstairs in the Youth Gathering Area (The Brick) at 9:30. 
Update for in-person meeting: In cooperation with Pastor Eddie’s email regarding the rise in COVID cases, all attendees (even if vaccinated) are to wear masks the entire time we are in the building.
 
NBTween students:
This Sunday the NB Tweens will be talking about Gossip. Gossip is something that everyone struggles with. But Gossip hurts others and never brings honor to God. Instead, we need to use our words to build up and encourage others. We will be using Ephesians 4:29.
 
NBTween students who are not comfortable being in-person at this time, please use the link below to access the NBTween Zoom session starting at 10 AM on Sunday (after games).
Join NBTween Zoom:
 
8th-12th grade students:
Our 8th-12th grade students will remain downstairs in the Youth Gathering area following the fellowship/game time with the NBTween students. This week we will continue our 4-week series “This is the Day” with Tim Tebow.

WEEKDAY DAYTIME BIBLE STUDY GROUPS

JOY Bible Study meets "in person" weekly on Wednesdays at 10:00AM in the church Fellowship Hall.
The group is studying Philippians using the Bible and The Seedbed Daily Text FIRST LOVE by J.D. Walt.
 
Interested ladies may contact Bobbye Raye Kennison for more information.
The Men's Bible Study group meets at Berkeley Hills Country Club weekly on Thursdays at 11:45am. 
The study is in Romans using the Knowing the Bible, 12 week study series by Crossway Books.
 
Any men interested in joining the group are encouraged to come over to Berkeley Hills CC for prayer, fellowship and Bible study each Thursday at 11:45am.
Contact Tom Waits – waitsengrg@charter.net - for more information.
We have resumed offering Fellowship Time with coffee only weekly on Sundays from 10:30 – 10:55am
in the Gathering Area outside the Family Life Center.

Still being COVID-minded, we will not be offering snacks, only coffee.
Enjoy this time to catch up with those you haven’t seen for a while over a cup of
fresh brewed coffee!

Please finish your coffee before entering the Sanctuary for Worship.
There is Power in Prayer!
We want to pray for you and your concerns and needs, and invite you to pray as well! If you would like to receive a weekly prayer list, or be included in the prayer email chain, please email prayers@norcrossfirst.org 
These requests can be private, shared only with the Pastor/staff, or public, shared with pray-ers within our congregation.

Believers Praying
At this time the group is not meeting, but continues
to faithfully pray.
Articles and Announcements
Submission of articles and announcements for the weekly newsletter and bulletin must be received by Noon Monday weekly. Email Andie Ashe: communications@norcrossfirst.org

*Other ministry areas have their own individual newsletters, which are accessible through our website, or by signing up with the ministry area.*
Contact Nancy Garrison in the Church Office with financial inquiries– 
nancy@norcrossfirst.org or 770-448-4142 x114