September 30, 2020

Paul encouraged the Philippian church to do all things without grumbling or disputing (Philippians 2:14–16). For most of us, this is easier read and said than done! It is easy to complain about lots of things that make little difference in the grand scheme of greater things, especially when we feel like our rights have been tampered with. This verse is sandwiched between the beautiful example of Christ’s attitude of humility—how with joy, Jesus willingly gave up His rights for our lives—and the dogs and evildoers in chapter 3 who see complaining and blaming as integral to practicing religion. It is not. Complaining as a lifestyle is antithetical to real faith and trust in Jesus. To be clear, speaking up for what is right and just is not complaining!

Please join me in praying for our nation rather than complaining about what’s going on. Consider using 1 Timothy 2:1–5 as a prayer guide. Let’s take positive action. One of the unique privileges we have as Americans is the right to vote. Not just on a national level but locally as well. It is important to understand the issues at all levels and exercise our freedom to vote. If you’ve not registered to vote, you can do so at vote.gov.

Let us choose joy and seek God’s direction through prayer, knowing that our Savior has made a way for us to experience real life today and always. Special thanks to our Student Minister Chris Frye who shared a staff devotion on Philippians 2 earlier this week.

Please join us on Sunday October 4 at 10:30 a.m. in person or online for our North Metro Connect Open House (details below). Whether you are new, seeking a church home, or want to get reconnected, this open house is for you!

In Christ,
Pastor James
Discovering Life Together


FunFest Trunk or Treat

This is a family-friendly, community event! Enjoy a fun and safe way to trick-or-treat in your car while maintaining social distancing. Dress up in your favorite costume, grab your candy bags, and come join us for a no-contact, drive-thru trunk-or-treat! Take a drive through a parking lot of festively decorated car trunks and collect candy along the way—a safe way to trick-or-treat during a pandemic.

Attendees are encouraged to dress up and bring a treat bag to collect candy from the window of their vehicle. Due to social distancing guidelines and to ensure the safety of all involved, the event is drive-thru only. Attendees must remain in their vehicles at all times. This is a free event.

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Donate bags of candy—this event requires a lot! Please drop off candy in the designated bin at the church by October 25.
  • Sign up to host a trunk. All parking spots will be physically distanced to keep participants safe. Everyone in your parking spot will be asked to follow COVID-19 precautions. Trunks can start arriving as early as 3:30 to start decorating. We ask that all trunks be in place and decorated by 5:30 p.m. and plan to stay in place through the end of the event. Candy will be provided for each trunk.

We hope you’ll join us in this safe way for our community to trick-or-treat and an opportunity for the whole congregation to be engaged in this outreach event. Sign up here to host a trunk, or contact Sheri at [email protected] with questions.

FALL SCHEDULE SEPT 30 – OCT 30

  • October 4: Introduction to North Metro connection event at 10:30 a.m. following the 9 a.m. service in the worship center plus livestream
  • October 6: Live chat and prayer with Pastor James & Cindy on Facebook Live, 7–7:30 p.m.
  • October 11: Communion Sunday, 9 a.m. service
  • October 20: Conversations on Genesis, Part 1 with Pastor James, 7–7:30 p.m.
  • October 30: FunFest Trunk or Treat Drive-Thru, 6–9 p.m.

HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 ON-CAMPUS WORSHIP AT 9 A.M.

Check the registration page to see if there are openings. The numbers fluctuate throughout the week. If the service fills up, please add your name to the waitlist. If you can’t attend on-campus services, join us live online at 9:00 a.m., or watch on-demand anytime after 11 a.m. on Sunday. To register to attend an on-campus service, go to northmetrochurch.org/register.

Health Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

It is very important that we protect the health of all those who attend our church! Here are some considerations during this period of the pandemic:

  • If you are exhibiting any symptoms of illness, please remain at home and enjoy our streaming service.
  • If you are in what is considered an “at-risk group,” please do not feel pressure to attend the on-campus service. We would much prefer that you remain healthy.

CONNECT AT NORTH METRO CHURCH

If you have been joining us online or in person over the past few months, we want to invite you to our upcoming Connect Open House this Sunday, October 4 right after the 9 a.m. service. If you are online, you can join us live as we livestream the event. If you are planning to attend the 9 a.m. service, you can stay in your seat as we will flow right into the open house a few minutes after the service. You will hear from some of our staff, learn about North Metro Church, and find out the next steps that will help you get connected. The atmosphere will be family-friendly—children and teens are welcome to participate.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Kids Ministry Phased Re-entry

During the next five weeks of this re-entry stage, we will have a rotating schedule of grades meeting together at 9 a.m. in the café. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Please check the North Metro Kids Facebook page in the upcoming weeks for a video on what to expect on Sunday mornings. Following is the kids rotation through the end of October. We can’t wait to see you!!

Rotation Schedule for 10/4–10/25
10/4 – Pre-K & K (4yrs–K’s)
10/11 – 1st–5th 
10/18 – Pre-K & K (4yrs–K’s)
10/25 – 1st–5th

SERVING NEEDS

While we are not allowed to have a full complement of guests on campus, it takes at least 45 people each Sunday to make the on-campus and online services happen. Can you join a team?

STUDENT MINISTRY

Student Ministry in-person activities continue!

Sunday, October 4 – Sunday Night Live HS on campus at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 7 – MS Impact on campus at 5:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stephen Wood at [email protected].