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God turns our “mess into a message.” Those were among the powerful words shared during a special moment in the worship services this past Sunday. Northwood had the pleasure of hearing Darrius, a student at Hope Academy in south Minneapolis, perform a spoken word piece entitled “The Lost Sheep.” The holy moment served as a reminder of just how great God is. You can enjoy the audio, and read the full text of the piece, below.
Reminiscing seems particularly popular this month as we long for days filled with sunshine, green grass, and plenty of fun-filled days that summer always seems to bring us. But, unlike many of us, Northwood’s younger attendees are looking ahead at a summer filled with a dose of Jesus-filled fun and learning.
Did you know that Northwooders sponsor 58 children (spanning 22 countries) through Compassion International? Jesus loves children and has called us to care for them, especially those who need us the most, children living in extreme poverty.
-by Kirsten Stillman
In comparison to other holidays, it seems like Easter often gets overlooked, or over-hyped, with tales of bunnies and the annual running about to find egg-shaped candy treats in grandma’s backyard. Compared to Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day, it seems to me like Easter’s beaming presence is shushed in preference to the louder, flashier holidays.
Phil Schaefer began working on the Set-up Team in 2008. The Set-up Team is responsible for putting Northwood Church together for Sunday morning. Without the Set-up Team it would be impossible to transform the banquet room and classrooms at the community center into worship and teaching spaces. All of Northwood’s equipment is stored in the basement at the community center and every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. the team, usually 2-3 guys, will fill the elevator several times with all of the equipment and then disburse the items to each individual room, hang signs up outside and then make coffee, all before 8 a.m.! When you arrive everything appears calm and in its place. Then, the team tears it all down and puts it back in storage for the next Sunday. This is one of the challenges a church faces without a permanent home and a challenge that the Set-up Team takes on every week with grace and a smile!
We need to add 5 or 6 new members to this team to assist the guys who have been faithful member for a long time. The commitment is only once every 5 weeks, and the other guys on the team are great about switching dates if you run into a scheduling conflict. To talk more about your possible involvement on the Setup Team, email Pastor Travis Scharn – firstname.lastname@example.org