Service appreciation Sunday

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Pastors Anthony and John stand with Wendy McDermott and Mike and Mary Garrett who were honored for their special service to N3C.

The N3C leadership takes the day to show appreciation to all the members, calling them out by name, who give so freely of their time and energy to serve and advance the ministry of Christ’s kingdom. Two couples were especially singled out for their energetic participation over the years: Dave and Wendy McDermott and Mike and Mary Garrett.

Our worship music is on this YouTube playlist.

Winterblast youth retreat testimonies

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Youth pastor Anthony Palandro shares his impressions of the previous weekend’s youth retreat — Winterblast 2020 — by emphasizing two questions that the keynote speaker had posed:

  • What if the best possible picture you can paint for your future falls short of what you are meant to experience?
  • What if the story you are writing in your mind, what your life is going to look like, is less than what you are ultimately going to experience?

Then several of the youth who participated shared: Joey Garrett, Caleb Messenger, Emma Young, Rick Ciccone, Belle Rossiter and Byron Jones.

Worship songs, led by the youth, are on this YouTube playlist.

Growth in prayer

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The core element of prayer, Pastor John teaches, is faith. Not some theory that if we say certain things maybe there will be a reaction. It is praying in faith, in response to what God is doing in us. Message delivered 1/12/20

At the end of the message, Jason Boyer shares his testimony of how, by God’s faithfulness and the prayers of many people, he has been sober and clean from addiction for two years.

Pastor John’s sermon notes are available at this link on Bible.com.

Here’s the YouTube playlist of our worship songs.

#Growth2020

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Pastor John shares that the word on his heart as 2020 starts is “growth.” Growth in prayer, growth in our obedience to Christ, and most of all, growth in our discipleship and discipleship-making. Also during the service, fellowship members and Pastor Anthony shared about Discipleship Training, the Emotionally Healthy series, and youth ministries.

Here’s a YouTube playlist of our worship songs.

Seize the day

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Kevin Harvey speaks to encourage us as we move into the 2020 decade to look at our faith in bite-sized pieces. Sometimes our problems and the business of life can get overwhelming. But he shares with the hope the Lord is going to encourage us today to look at each day as an opportunity to walk with him.

He highlights three steps to doing that: Stay connected to the vine, stay humble and thankful, and keep saying “yes” to Jesus each day.

Before getting into the message, Kevin took time to playfully poke fun at Pastor John Young by showing this picture of “Ralphie” Young …

After Kevin’s message, Amy Minnich shares a word of encouragement and prayer for those who have been feeling disconnected.

Worship music for the morning is on this YouTube playlist.

The forgotten gift — 3

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The physical gifts we give and receive can be pleasing or disappointing. But no matter what they are, Pastor Anthony shares, they are temporary. The best, and most important gift we can receive, is salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Click here to view the video that Pastor Anthony shared early in his message.

Songs we sang in worship are on this YouTube playlist.

Here’s “‘Twas the Night After Shopping”, the dramatic presentation written by our own John C. Moyer:

’Twas the night before Christmas and no one was napping.
We were all overwhelmed with our holiday wrapping.
The stockings were buried under ribbons and bows.
Would we finish wrapping in time? Only God knows.

The children stacked boxes both this way and that.
At one point, our mom bubble-wrapped the cat.
While Dad with his tape gun secured things with ease,
the piles grew higher under the tree.

“We need more gifts!” Dad cried, “We need more stuff!”
“Surely,” says Mom, “isn’t this stuff enough?
“You shopped all the sales. You shopped late. You shopped early.”
“Never enough!” Dad said, “And don’t call me Shirley.”

“You’re addicted to shopping,” Mom says, disappointed.
“Not addicted,” says he, “I’m shopping anointed!
“Now, go get the car and we’ll make one more round.
“There must be toys left at the new mall in town.

“There’s no more time,” Mom says, “Shops are shutting their doors!”
“That’s just the first closing. There will be two or three more!”

When outside the house, a truck stopped with a squeal
Mom ran to the window shouting, “Hey! What’s the deal?”
The driver grunted and groaned, not moving so quick.
It was our UPS favorite, good old St. Nick.

No longer jolly, St. Nick looked haggard and sore
as he exited his truck with boxes galore.
“So many deliveries,” he said, “for so late in the game.”
He threw all the boxes, calling each one by name:

“Here’s Macy’s and Amazon! And more from that place!
“Sears, Walmart, Home Depot and hardware from Ace!
“I could build you a tower, way up to the sky!
“What is all this mess?” he asked. “How much did you buy?”

“I’ve got fifteen more boxes—It’s never ending!
“Did you give any thought to the message you’re sending?”
Dad says, “I bought cards showing a church and a steeple!
“And lots of good stuff for my favorite people.

“I bought new sneakers for Kevin and a new bass for Dan;
“Six different horns for Bob because he is the man;
“Table cloths for Connie, a jigsaw puzzle for Rick;
“There’s a whole bunch of gift cards—please take your pick.

“There’s a couch for Scott, Uber Eats for the new guy,
“A laptop for Jill and a scooter for old Guy;
“New lights for the kids’ room, if they didn’t break;
“Plane tickets to Italy? That must be a mistake.”

At this point, Nick moves to the wall of presents and dismantles it.

“You’ve got it all wrong!” says Nick. “The real gift is love
“Sent as a baby from our Father above.
“It’s not about stuff and going into debt.
“We celebrate Jesus! We must never forget!”

“It’s not all these presents that we should be craving.
“His presence is priceless and His grace is lifesaving.
“Share Jesus’ love,” he said, “With whomever you meet.”
And he sang “Silent Night” as he drove down the street.

The forgotten gift — 2

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When the Magi, Persian scientists and astrologers, saw the sign in the stars that indicated a king was being born in Israel, they followed the star, found Jesus, worshiped him, and presented gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh: a model of how we should worship him. Gold recognized his kinship. Frankincense recognized his priesthood and position as head of the Church. Myrrh, an ingredient those days in embalming the dead, acknowledged his sacrificial death for us. Message delivered 12/15/19.

Songs we sang in worship are on this YouTube playlist.