Dear Followers of Christ at
On Sunday, September 13th we will celebrate our 80th Anniversary as a church family. From our beginning in the Grove Street community of Gainesville to our current location, this church has focused on penetrating the lostness of the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. In honor of this milestone, we will have a church-wide Covered Dish Luncheon in the main worship center following the 10am Morning Worship Service on September 13th. We will not be meeting in our Life Groups (Sunday School classes) on this day. Our folks will be bringing the “best of North Central” to share with the entire church family. Please sign up in your Life Group to bring your favorite, tastiest dish. This church-wide luncheon will also serve as our 4th lunch for college students sponsored by our church. We have always had a passion to encourage Gainesville’s college students to follow Christ and it’s a privilege to make them feel at home at NCBC during our 80th Celebration.
Beginning on September 20th, our Sunday morning schedule will change. Our Life Groups will begin at 9:30am and our Worship Service will begin at 10:45am. We are excited about the opportunity to have a little more time allotted to our spiritual work on Sunday mornings. Life Groups are a new name for what many of us know as “Sunday School”. We are using the name change to emphasize what all groups – regardless of the name – should be doing. Life Groups are defined as “small groups within the larger church in which people connect and do life together, build friendships, learn God’s Word, serve and participate in missions”. In our busy lives, community and fellowship are so important. We want to draw tremendous attention to the importance of everyone being in a Life Group. This is where you get to know people. This 9:30 hour will enable every member of the family to have a place to belong. Meeting at the same hour will promote this fellowship. Encourage those you know to be here on the 20th – High Attendance Day – at the new time and bring someone who is unchurched so that they can hear the gospel and find a group where they can grow.
Here is our Sunday schedule leading up to the 20th of September:
No change—Our current schedule
Worship at 10am followed by our 80th Anniversary Celebration Covered Dish Luncheon for the entire church! We will celebrate our past, look to the vision of our future, and welcome our UF and Santa Fe students back for the semester with this wonderful “Best of North Central” Luncheon.
We begin our new schedule: 9:30am Sunday School, 10:45 worship! You don’t want to miss this day! New classes! New Bible Studies! New Involvement! New Beginnings!
Parents, make sure you get your children plugged in to all that is offered to them. I highly recommend the Children’s Choir program on Sunday nights. I am starting a new Sunday night sermon series entitled, “The Greatest Story Ever Told” which will give them an Old and New Testament Survey. Don’t forget their Sunday morning Life Groups and our Wednesday night AWANA program! The Wednesday night activities are busting at the seams! Don’t miss any of these chances to invest in your children.
God is on the move among us! It’s busy. Change is good! But not always easy. The Lord Jesus is never satisfied with the Status Quo! Christianity is a movement! We are all on a journey. May I tell you, “I’m glad I’m on the journey with you!”