Pastor’s Paragraph 3-5-2013

Greetings NorthPointers!  I hope you are paying attention.  We are coming up on the dreaded Spring time-change weekend.  Remember, it’s “Spring Forward,” so set your clocks up an hour before you retire Saturday night or you will be late to Bible Study Sunday morning.

That’s right, Sunday morning we begin Daylight Savings Time.  That means Spring is upon us, and Spring speaks of new beginnings, new life, a fresh start.  Excitement should always be in the air in the springtime, and it certainly seems to be at NorthPointe.  We’ve had two great Sundays in our new arrangement, and it appears to be working well.  Little improvements will be evident each week for awhile as we continue to experiment with what works best and what needs to be slightly recalibrated.  Some of the men did an awesome job of enlarging the platform this week, and maybe by next Sunday we will have a different video system (if not then, soon), and things keep getting better.

Remember, we need everyone to be alert to the needs of newcomers and guests as they try to find us at the end of that long hallway, and don’t forget that on the 17th we will have a flood of Nueva Vida folk sharing the building with us.  They will need your kind consideration as they begin to get acquainted with their new home.  As you are directing traffic, remember our Preschoolers are on the left as you come down the hallway from the front door toward our Worship Center/Fellowship Hall.  All the rooms on the right will be used by Nueva Vida.  Our Elementary Children and Adults are upstairs.

I hope you will be with us this Sunday to share the experience of Christian fellowship, Bible study and worship with people who really want to “walk in the light” along side of you (to quote last Sunday’s text).  I have enjoyed preaching on some of the traditional (and ancient) Christian disciplines this Lenten Season.  We’ve looked at the disciplines of Solitude, Simplicity, Frugality and Confession so far and will probably consider the topics of Intercession, Fasting and Giving in the Sundays left to us before Easter.  Some of these topics seem off the beaten path for moderns and maybe for Baptists in general, but I have been struck with how relevant they actually are.  Bring a friend Sunday and see how God’s Spirit will speak into our lives as we join in study and worship.

May God bless you today, and may your participation bless us all Sunday!

Bro. Linn

Pastor’s Paragraph, 2-26-13

“My oh my what a wonderful day!”  That’s a line from an old Disney song, of course, but it’s what comes to mind when I try to describe the day we had Sunday.  You are such a great and special group!  We made a major, major change in how we do things Sunday, and you handled it beautifully!  You were there.  You worshipped.  You were kind and complementary about the new arrangement.  You took things in stride where we aren’t quite finished putting it all together.  All in all you helped us have a terrific first Sunday in our new worship center.  And Bible study classes went great in their new rooms too.

We will continue to “tweak” a few things in the worship area over the next week or two, but basically I think we have an excellent arrangement for our new look.  Many thanks to the many folk who worked so hard to get us to the point where we could have a terrific time together in “the other end of the building.”  We had 31 (at least) people present for our Work Day Saturday and we were incredibly productive.  What a blessing!

Take note that we are going to be distributing name tags every Sunday for awhile.  It will be good for us to see one another’s names, but it will also be a very good thing for us to be easily identified as NorthPointe people when the Nueva Vida congregation joins us in the building on the 17th and thereafter.  Remember, we will all be hosts to our new neighbors.

The two most common comments I heard after the service Sunday morning were, “It was so warm and cozy feeling!” and “I could actually hear people singing!”

So, come early (9:45) for Bible Study this week, and then bring a spirit of anticipation and enthusiasm into the new Worship Center with you at 11:00.  And remember, the coffee is always on in there.

Praise God for all His blessing!

Bro. Linn

Pastor’s Paragraph, 2-19-13

OK folks, this is the week of the “Big Move!” When you come Sunday morning you will find your Bible study class in a different room and our worship service moved to the Fellowship Hall!

New Life Fellowship will not be meeting in our building yet, but we wanted to get relocated before they needed to move in, so be alert — everything is moved!  You might want to practice entering under the blue awning this week.  It doesn’t really matter how you come into the building this week, but in a couple of weeks, when we are sharing the building with New Life, it will be less confusing if NorthPointe people use the “blue awning” entrance.

At the Bible Study time our adult classes and our elementary children are now meeting upstairs.  Preschoolers are still meeting downstairs in rooms 103 and 105.Many, many thanks to all who have worked so hard to make the physical adjustments that had to be made!

Our new neighbors will be New Life Fellowship.  They are not with us in the building now, but will be moving in over the next couple of weeks.  Watch for opportunities to welcome their members and get acquainted. It’s going to be different, but it’s going to be good, because God will still find us!  Come Sunday morning expecting a blessing and ready to share a great new experience with the same NorthPointe friends.

I, for one, am anticipating a blowout Sunday!

In His love,

Bro. Linn

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