Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
At NorthBridge Community Church, our mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
One of the ways we measure this is by celebrating stories of life change. This past weekend we heard two great stories at our service. Take a moment to watch these stories from Sunday and leave a comment encouraging Pete and Susan.
ps~if vid does not play properly, try moving the slider at the bottom of the image.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
It’s one of the reasons we created Starting Point, a conversational environment about the most important issues in life. Check out the video for more details.
(By the way, the next Starting Point Orientations at NorthBridge Community Church will be on October 25th & November 1st, immediately after the 10:30 service)
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Today, a good number of people left church with out their shoes.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
At NorthBridge Community Church, our mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
One of the ways we measure this is by celebrating stories of life change. This past weekend we got to hear Emily's story at our service. Take a moment to watch it and leave a comment encouraging Emily.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Maybe you stepped into your very first community group a month or so ago. Or, maybe you’ve been in many groups in the past or have been in your current group for a while now. In any case, it’s likely you’ve wondered WHAT a community group is all about. WHAT do you do? WHAT do you talk about? WHAT is the point?
You may have guessed that there are many answers to those questions. Each group can take on a life that looks different from the next, but we don’t want to leave you hanging. For a little inspiration on WHAT a community group is all about, here are two stories (from one of our partners, Buckhead Church. ) of groups who got creative and in turn had an incredible impact on the lives of their group members and those around them.
WHAT is Community? Community is SERVING.
Community group leader Tonia Hau and the Buckhead Church Ladies’ Daytime Community Groups organized a school supply drive for Woodson Elementary. All the donations were delivered and on display in the school auditorium on the Sunday before school began. Enough donations were collected to fill both sides of the stage with supplies and every donated backpack as well!
On the morning of the first day of school, an assembly took place to welcome the kids, and they were able to see the brand new supplies. After the assembly, children in need were allowed to go on stage and help themselves at the “School Supply Store.”
The principal of Woodson said the donations were such an answered prayer because they had more than one hundred students expected from a closed down housing development who would enter with absolutely nothing in hand. All leftover donations were distributed to the teachers for their classrooms.
WHAT is Community? Community is SHARING LIFE.
Community group leaders Courtney and Ron Defeo and their group have 12 adults and together will have 15 kids under the age of seven before the group concludes. In Courtney’s words, they all “desperately want some guidance and parenting advice for now and later stages.”
So, group member Anne Griffith suggested they invite older, wiser couples with grown kids to come speak to the group. During the month of June, the group had 5 different couples talk with them.
To wrap it all up, the group met to go over their key learnings and favorite tips from the couples.
Want to get involved with NorthBridge Groups? Click here!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
In Church world, summer can often be a deadzone. Not much happens. Now that's never really been our philosophy at NorthBridge (we have a line up this summer that we are excited about for adults and kids), but sometimes in the summer in ministry it feels like you are fighting gravity to get traction at church.
But last Sunday, as I looked out over the crowd, you couldn't tell it was summer. People are bringing their friends, filling seats and sharing the experience with each other. It's amazing. It's July, and we're growing.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
- This is what happened when people came into contact with Jesus.
- The early church.
- What will happen when we "Invest and Invite".
- How God want's to use me.
- How God wants to use NorthBridge Church.
Friday, May 1, 2009
I caught myself dreaming the other day after reading the fine print on the back of the Sunday bulletin that shows Northbridge's monthly giving and monthly expenses. Giving was $27,000 in March across the 150 of us (adults only) that come to worship each Sunday. How incredible that a church that didn't even exist a year ago is receiving that much money in contributions! Being a numbers guy, my mind started doing some math. $27,000 is about $180/person or $360/couple. What if everyone gave an extra $20 per month (i.e. $5 per week)? That's $3,000. All of a sudden Northbridge would be covering our full $30,000/month in expenses for the same price as a #1 combo meal at Chick-fil-a. Consider doubling that to an extra $10/person each week and Northbridge would cover it's full expenses and have an extra $3,000 leftover each month. That's $36,000 per year!! That's not chump change. How much good could we do for our community if we had $36,000 to spend? That's a fun question to answer! Dream with me for a minute...
- That's enough money to buy all the groceries a family would need for a full year for 10 families.
- or enough to give seven $5,000 cars to people who don't have a car so they could drive themselves to a higher paying job in Pittsburgh.
- or enough to buy 360 bikes for kids of needy families at Christmas.
- or enough to pay 200-300 monthly electric or gas bills for families who don't have enough income to cover their utility bills.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
First off: a huge "Thank You" to all of our volunteers for helping make this Easter Sunday so amazing. You're the best!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
We have arrived safely back in the USA and wanted to thank everyone from NorthBridge who made this trip possible. God taught us many valuable lessons over the course of the week that we will be sharing with you at church next week.
One of the things that we all learned was that we should not take clean water for granted. As you can see in the pictures above the money we collected from the Advent Conspiracy is being used to dig a water well on the IDADEE property. While we were out at the site drilling was stopped because of the weather but we are confident that fresh water will be flowing from that well soon.
Besides the well being dug at the IDADEE orphanage we were excited to learn that a small part of the main building should be completed soon. With the completion of this part of the project it means that the first children can begin to move into this new haven within the year!!! It is our prayer that during our trip next year we will be able to meet some new friends that have found a home there.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
The hard part of the day came after all the church services when the group had to say goodbye to the kids at EBAC. After spending an entire week with these kids and building relationships with them, it's hard to say goodbye. I know that after 11 years of visiting them for Jayson, it never gets easier leaving them to come back to the states. Luckily with all the new technology it's getting better being able to keep in touch with them. We've even been lucky enough to have some of them visit us in Pittsburgh!
Tomorrow is going to be another long day for them - lots of traveling. They have to leave the dorm at around 6:30am, and well... I'm not really sure what time they get to Florida. There is a slight chance that they might be able to catch an earlier flight into the states, and if that happens they will try to get on stand-by on a 11am flight out of Ft. Lauderdale. Everyone that has a family member on this trip - keep your cell phones with you to find out the latest!
Thanks for all of your prayers for this trip - God has blessed all of them through this experience!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
The original plan for yesterday was to take the children from the EBAC orphanage to the beach for the day. This has been a big event in the past and something that the kids always look forward to. It's too expensive for them to do on their own, so when they can get it planned when a group comes to visit it's huge. Sadly, because of the weather and the conditions of the roads, they were unable to make it to the beach. They ended up having a great time though, spending the day just playing and making the most of their time together. Our group funded a rather large "feast" for dinner and that was a great way to end the day.
Today the group went to the market and did some shopping. I know from Jayson's past trips that it is really hard for them not to spend a ton of money there because one, most of the items that you can buy are really cheap... and two, the Haitians selling in the market are just so needy it's hard to turn them down. Anyway, be prepared for lots of Haitian items to make there way back to the 'burgh. One great note is that the sun finally came out today, and they were excited to report that most of them got sunburned. Only Pittsburghers would say that... They finished their day spending time with the kids at the EBAC orphanage again, and even though it didn't follow through as planned, they had a great day.
Please be praying for their last full day in Haiti tomorrow and that they would have some energy for the long travel home on Monday!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Talked to Jayson again and got the news for the day. Like I said before, the weather has changed their plans... who would have ever thought it would be rainy and chilly in Haiti in April?! Even though the weather didn't cooperate, they still had a wonderful day.
In the morning the team traveled to a school to pass out Christmas gifts to about 200 students. The bags contained a hygiene kit and a small Christmas present for each student as well as many coloring books - the kids obviously loved them. Jayson had the chance to tell the gospel while at the school, he said it went well, but no-one laughed at his jokes... I guess some things never change... hahahaha!
A little later in the afternoon the team traveled to the new orphanage to spend some time with the kids in the community. The original plan was for it to be a special "kids day", but because of the rain they really didn't know what to expect. To their surprise about 350 kids showed up to hang out and play in the pouring down rain. The team had the chance to play lots of games with the kids, pass out candy and prizes, and most importantly build relationships with the kids. They also had the exciting chance to see the rig set up for building the well that we at Northbridge make happen! I'm sure that you all remember the money that we raised through the Advent Conspiracy Project at Christmas time... well it's working! Because of the rain, no one was working today - but it was still exciting to see the work that had been done and what an impact it will make on the neighborhood.
As I said yesterday, the change of plans has been a little nerve racking, but God is so good and faithful! This trip has been such a blessing to both the team and the people that they are spending time with in Haiti. Please continue to pray for safety for the team!
More tomorrow - Katy
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The weather continues to be a little frustrating for them - still rainy and for the first time ever, even a little chilly. This has made most of the roads around the area pretty impassable, so it's changed their plans a bit. There is still a ton of work and play to be done, so not to fear - they just have to be a bit flexible.
Tomorrow they are hosting a large (and I mean LARGE) event for all of the children in the area, so please be praying for that. As you can imagine, kids in Haiti don't get a ton of "events" just for them, so this is a pretty big deal. I'm sure that everyone will have a blast!
Thanks again for all of your prayers... keep them up!
I was lucky enough to talk to Jayson tonight all the way in Haiti! Things seem to be going smoothly, which is awesome! They left very, very early this morning (around 6:30am) from Ft. Pierce, FL. The plane stopped in the Bahamas to refuel - then off to Haiti.
They were surprised when they arrived that the weather was actually rainy and a little cool for Haiti, and that made the drive from the airport back to the orphanage not so wonderful, but they made it safely none the less.
Please continue to pray for safety and for smooth planning for this next week. The not so normal weather may impact some of their plans, so hopefully things will go well anyway.
Thanks for all of you that helped support this trip and made it happen - I know they are all loving their time there! I hope to hear from Jayson again tomorrow or Thursday, so please keep checking for updates on this blog!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
This year NorthBridge will be posting a reading plan for the season of Lent. If you did not make it to church this week please go to www.northbridge.org and download your schedule to follow along.
In part of today's reading the prophet Jonah is instructed to go to the city of Nineveh and proclaim that they repent so the Lord will not destroy the city. He eventually goes and when they do repent Jonah is angry because the people that lived there are his enemies. This short book of the Bible then concludes in a very peculiar way -- with a question. God says to Jonah, "But Neneveh has more the 120,000 people who do not know their right from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned with about that great city?"
Are you concerned with the people in our city who do not know God?
Friday, February 13, 2009
Many people know that Jesus died on a cross nearly 2000 years ago and that the cross has eternal significance in the future when we die. But what does the cross mean for us today? During this series we will explore some new ways to look at what God may be telling us through the cross and its significance for our every day lives.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Andy prayed for the President today. Looks like he also bought a new suit. In his own words, "I pray for the President. I ask others to pray for the President. I was asked to pray for the President in front of the President."
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Risk. Life is full of it. Managing risk is something we do everyday. We decide how fast to drive on the ice or if we can make it across the street without being hit by a truck. Life is risky. But you must risk if you want to gain.
At NorthBridge, we try to make your step into a community group as risk- free as possible. But it is never risk-free. Nothing worth doing is risk-free. But the benefits are many. Community group is your place to connect, your place to grow and learn, your place to be cared for.
8 week starter groups are forming on January 31. Stay tuned for more…..
Are you in a group yet???
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Today was one of those days to remember at Buckhead Church.
Over 500 children were on UpStreet. Another record.
Over 1,700 small group guides for the Balanced series were purchased.
We celebrated some amazing baptism stories as well.
Incredible! Just Incredible!