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NorthRidge Church & Christian Academy NorthRidge Church & Christian Academy July 2012 Volume 4, Issue
NorthRidge Church & Christian Academy
NorthRidge Church & Christian
Academy
July 2012
Volume 4, Issue 6
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Our News Reaching You; Reaching Out to You

In This Issue

A Message From Pastor David Page 2 (or click here)

A Message From Pastor David

Page 2 (or click here)

From The Desk of Pastor Harold Page 6 (or click here)

From The Desk of Pastor Harold

Page 6 (or click here)

Upcoming Events, Birthdays and Information Page 10 (or click here)

Upcoming Events, Birthdays and Information

Page 10 (or click here)

Expressions of Worship Page 4 (or click here)

Expressions of Worship

Page 4 (or click here)

Youth Happenings Page 8 (or click here)

Youth Happenings

Page 8 (or click here)

A Message From Pastor David “ As you come to Him, the living Stone –

A Message From Pastor David

As you come to Him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house.” ~ 1 Peter 2:4-5a What if God visited our church; would He be pleased with it? With us? Since it is not a building that

God choses to dwell within. I realize that God is not looking for a place to visit. He is looking for a place to dwell. The pages of history are littered with the sobering fact that God is no longer present in places He once frequented. Go to the landmarks of past revivals, and you’ll quickly discover that the crowds have di- minished. The joy is gone. The life has evaporated. In many cases, those places are but hollow shells today. For me the intriguing question is: Why does the Lord leave? The answer is telling: Because He was not completely welcomed. He was allowed to visit, but He was not permitted to be head. That is, He was not granted the right to make the decisions. Visitations bless us for a short season. But a dwelling place for God is something for His interest and His desire. Blessing is merely a byproduct. It’s not the prime product. Contemplate this thought: If God “visits” a church, it betrays the fact that it doesn’t belong to Him. A homeowner doesn’t visit his own home. He lives in it. In a divine visitation, God will bless His people. But He will eventually move on and search for a home that He can call His own. Thus if the headship of Jesus Christ is not fully yielded to in a

given place, the best the Lord can do is visit. He cannot take up residency. Our Lord is in a quest for a place to lay His head, a place where His headship is operative, a place where He does what He wishes, a place where He can feel comfortable and find rest. This is the indelible mark that a particular church is in fact God’s house. Anything else is but a layover for Him. Like any homeowner, God builds His house in His own way. If the home is His, He arranges the furniture the way He wishes, for He is the master of His own home.

in His own way. If the home is His, He arranges the furniture the way He

I want you to imagine countless living stones scattered all over the earth. I want you to see innumera- ble living stones living their own individual Christian lives. I want you to see scores of living stones who love God, but who are isolated and independent of other living stones. Many attend religious services, but are they meeting in God’s House? That is precisely the situation we find ourselves in today. And what is the net effect? God is still home- less. The burning intent of your God is that all of His living stones be built together with other living stones to form His house. Not for themselves, but for their Lord; becoming the house of God, by God, and for God. “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1) “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:16) Jesus Christ did not die and rise again just to forgive you of your sins. He died in order that His Father could obtain a home. The Lord saved you and me for this high and holy purpose. Without people who are being assembled together, God is a wandering, homeless God. And we are wandering, homeless Christians. Your Lord wishes to build Himself into a people, and He wishes to build a people into Himself. He is after a building, not a rock quarry. He wants a house, not a heap of stones nor a group of scattered rocks. The Lord Jesus Christ is looking for willing vessels that will abandon their individualism and live a shared life with others under His exclusive headship. This is our high calling. Make a home for the Lord in your life today. Each day, give Him complete headship to arrange your life as He wishes. Then connect with other “living stones” who too are fully committed to allow God be Lord to fulfill His eternal purpose, living out the plans He has and not our own. If we ever could grasp this truth, Revival would be present – because God would be at home.

He has and not our own. If we ever could grasp this truth, Revival would be
Expressions of Worship: Honduras Missions Trip: (July 22 - 28) Jim Reeves and I will

Expressions of Worship:

Honduras Missions Trip: (July 22-28)

Jim Reeves and I will be flying to Tegicigalpa, Honduras in just a few short weeks. We have the oppor- tunity to build outhouses in a remote village just outside of Victoria. We spent some time there over the last couple of years and discovered that there were still people in this area that had never heard the Gospel. In addition, we also found out that these people had great physical needs as well as spiritu- al needs. These outhouses provide a needed service to these families, but also offer a gateway for us to share God’s love and His amazing plan of salvation. While we are there, we will also have the oppor- tunity to encourage new believers and motivate them to continue to grow in the knowledge of God. I trust that you will join us in this journey through your prayer support. These are just a few things that we would ask prayer for:

Safe travels (back and forth to Honduras and while in country) Our families Ricardo (our translator and guide) and his family Opportunities to share the Gospel God’s direction in preaching at churches Our physical wellness (that we would stay healthy until the trip and remain healthy while we are away) Discovery of future opportunities in this country for NorthRidge Financial Support

and remain healthy while we are away) Discovery of future opportunities in this country for NorthRidge
Our Vacation Bible School children have been working hard all week to raise money to
Our Vacation Bible School children have been
working hard all week to raise money to help pur-
chase one of the two outhouses we will be con-
structing (each outhouse costs $300 to build). The-
se kids have been amazing in their dedication to
supporting this trip and working hard to pay for
one of these outhouses on their own. If you are
interested in donating toward this trip, we would
also welcome your contribution to the Missions
Fund at NorthRidge. If you have questions about
donating, please feel free to call the church office
and speak to one of our office personnel. They
would be glad to assist you. Thanks so much for
your support!
-Terrill
TG’s July Playlist: July 2012 https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:user:tjgilley79:playlist:7zqLwpUBzkOrW8CsgdfrDx
TG’s July Playlist: July 2012
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This month, I decided to mix up my playlist with some artists that many of you may have never heard
of. I pray that as you listen, you might draw a little closer to God’s throne and be motivated to worship
in private before gathering to worship in public. By the way, if there are any Tampa Bay Rays fans out
there, there is a special surprise artist I think you’ll find interesting. You’ll definitely be seeing more of
her in days to come. Have a great time listening!
From the Desk of Pastor Harold Thursday, July 5th at 12:00 noon. Bring a covered

From the Desk of Pastor Harold

Thursday, July 5th at 12:00 noon. Bring a covered dish, bring a friend, bring a
Thursday, July 5th at 12:00 noon.
Bring a covered dish, bring a friend, bring a
story to tell, bring your love of the Lord, but
most of all bring yourself.

All men all invited and encouraged to attend breakfast each Saturday morning at 7:00.

to attend breakfast each Saturday morning at 7:00. Starting soon we will be studying together differ-

Starting soon we will be studying together differ- ent books of the Bible. We plan to start in James chapter one and continue there until we com- plete the book.

differ- ent books of the Bible. We plan to start in James chapter one and continue

Home-bound Ministry

Thanks for all who give their time and re- sources to this ministry. If you are consider- ing where you might serve, please pray about getting involved with the Home-bound Minis- try. This is the current group of Home-bound with addresses that are being ministered to at this time. If you know of others that would bene- fit from this ministry, please contact Rowena Daley or call the church office @

863.422.4488

Ms. Irma Swain Spring Haven Retirement LLC 1225 Havendale NW Winter Haven, Florida 33881 (863)-293-0072

Havendale NW Winter Haven, Florida 33881 (863) - 293 - 0072 Ms. Lucille Tiner Savannah Court

Ms. Lucille Tiner Savannah Court assisted living. 301 Peninsular Drive. Haines City, FL 33844-5046 (863) 422-5204

Ms. Vera Cook Brandywyne Health Care Center. 1801 Lake Mariam Drive. Winter Haven, FL 33884 (863) 293-1989

Not home bound, but limited in some way and could use a word or two of encouragement with a visit, call or card.

Mr Russ Vincent @ home

Ms. Dorothy Burgess @ home

Ms. Regena Lyle Savannah Court. 301 Peninsular Drive. Haines City, FL 33844-5046 Phone 863-422-4157

Mr. George Price Spring Haven Retirement LLC. 1225 Havendale NW Apt. 154. Winter Haven, Fl. 33881

Joyce Dillon

Spring Haven Retirement LLC. 1225 Havendale NW Apt. 163. Winter Haven, Fl. 33881

Home phone: 875-7070

Joyce Cell 419-6794

Youth Happenings As a member of Northridge Youth, I am looking forward to going to

Youth

Happenings

As a member of Northridge Youth, I am looking forward to going to Fuge Camp in North Carolina next week. After I heard all about this camp, I thought it would be a great experience. I also thought, instead of doing nothing all summer, I could actually do something fun- Being surrounded with all of my friends at a Christian camp. I am looking forward to the mountain hikes, these famous Cheer- wine Slushie that I am always hearing about, the praise band (Rush of Fools) , worship time, and spending time with my friends. Unlike a normal Camp, we get to learn about God and advance in our relationships with Him. So if you have volunteered as a chaperone, donated to a camper, or just prayed alongside us, I think the Youth would like to give you a BIG thank you and request that you keep us in your prayers while we are at camp.

-Caitlin Fetes

Youth Member

give you a BIG thank you and request that you keep us in your prayers while
give you a BIG thank you and request that you keep us in your prayers while
give you a BIG thank you and request that you keep us in your prayers while
give you a BIG thank you and request that you keep us in your prayers while
give you a BIG thank you and request that you keep us in your prayers while
Events and Announcements
Events and Announcements
Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed Want to change a child’s life through the Gospel of

Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed

Want to change a child’s life through the Gospel of Christ in an hour and a half a week? AWANA is in need of the following volunteers for the 2012-2013 year (beginning in August):

Sparks Director*

Cubbies Director *

TNT Leader**(Need 6)

AWANA Secretary (Provides administrative support by maintaining attendance and achievement records, tracking inventory and placing orders. May support one or more clubs.)

Store Night Helpers (4 leaders needed to assist only 4 times per year.)

Sparks Leader**

Challengers Leader** (one male, one female)

Cubbies Leaders**

*Director position responsibilities include communicating vision, shepherding leaders, managing administrative duties and communicating to church leadership, parents, children and leaders.)

**Leader position responsibilities include building relationships with a small group of children or youth to help them learn and understand handbook sections and Bible lessons. Actively participates in all club segments.

Cubbies: Preschool; Sparks: Grades K5-2; TNT: Grades 3 &4; TNT Challengers: Grade 5. Our AWANA Clubs meet Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM.

If you have been at NorthRidge for more than 6 months, consider joining us in one of these positions! You may pick up a Volunteer Application form from Kourtney Lopez in the Church Office, or call 863-422-4488.

VBS was a huge success !

Here are some of the highlights of the fun we had:

VBS was a huge success ! Here are some of the highlights of the fun we

July Birthdays

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

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7

Mathew Dillon

Jakelyn Bowman

John Burnell

Suzanne Hanrahan

Tiffanie Novoa

Marrillyn Chandler

Debbie Schumacher

Joseph Schutte

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10

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14

Jeremy Fowler

Antonio Heverly

Richard Buker

Jessica Couch

Cindy Beasley

Mary Meigs

Tammy Congdon

Laurie Heverly

Breckon Hatley

Shirley Rahn

Ryan Lopez

Iris Mendez

David Southworth

Sybil Utterback

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Richard Brown

Branson Hatley

Nayda Clement

Hannah Francisco

Steele Buker

Haleigh Heverly

Sharon Bertsche

Joseph Grasso

Amanda Macumber

Jessica Kachmarik

Carl Wagner

Johnathan Rector

John Schatz

Crystal Williams

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Ross Bryan

Alexander Jones

Angela Cheshire

Janie Cowart

Jevaughn Harris

Maximillian Jones

Steven Clement

Jennifer Dunnahoe

Darlene Byrd

Kevin Nunez

Estefan Figareau

William Hinkle

Lisa Stockton

Katie Mixon

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31

       

Amber Cameron

Bill Idom

Robert O'Donnell

Katie Mixon 29 30 31         Amber Cameron Bill Idom Robert O'Donnell
Wednesday services 5:45-6:45 -Prayer in Sanctuary 6:45-7:45 -Coffee and Bible study in Fellow- ship Hall
Wednesday services
5:45-6:45 -Prayer in Sanctuary
6:45-7:45 -Coffee and Bible study in Fellow-
ship Hall
Sunday services Sunday Morning Café -8:45am Sunday School -9:20 Worship Service -10:30am (also Kids' Church
Sunday services
Sunday Morning Café -8:45am
Sunday School -9:20
Worship Service -10:30am
(also Kids' Church K5-3rd)
Church Office Hours - Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm. If you need to contact

Church Office

Church Office Hours - Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm. If you need to contact the
Hours - Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm. If you need to contact the Pastor

Hours-Monday -Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm. If you need to contact the Pastor On Call you can at any time by calling the Church Office 863-422-4488 and leaving a message in the “On Call” mail- box (ext. 2104) The Pastor that is on call for the week will return your call ASAP.

a message in the “On Call” mail- box (ext. 2104) The Pastor that is on call
a message in the “On Call” mail- box (ext. 2104) The Pastor that is on call
a message in the “On Call” mail- box (ext. 2104) The Pastor that is on call