NLPC Church-Wide Retreat
“Living As God’s People”
Sponsored by NLPC Presbyterian Women.
Featuring Gaye Martin
In the North Lake Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Registration Begins at 9:00 a.m.
Event Starts at 9:45 a.m.
Includes a Light Breakfast & A Catered Lunch by Oakwood Smokehouse!
Reservation Deadline: Monday, October 20
Forms for signing up will be available at the Welcome Center between services.
Lady Lake Fall Festival
Donations of individually wrapped Halloween candies and pumpkins are being collected for the Lady Lake Fall Festival that will be held o Oct. 25 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Lady Lake ball field (next to the Library.
Candy and pumpkin donations should be placed in bins marked "Fall Festival" that are located in the Church Lobby(near the women's restroom) and at the rear of the Fellowship Hall. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, make your check out to NLPC with "Fall Festival" written on the memo line. All donations need to be received by October 22nd Volunteers are being recruited to help us with greeting families and also with leading the games and activities that NLPC is sponsoring during the event. This is a great local outreach program for our church since most years there have been 1500+ children in attendance. All children and families are invited to join the fun! If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Linda Brown or Chris Kao at (352) 753- 8484.
North Lake 101 Course
NLPC receives members at our 101 Class by profession of faith, transfer of membership or by reaffirmation of faith. The next 101 Seminar: Introduction to our Church Family will be on Sunday, October 26, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner will be provided. To receive more information or to register, please contact the church office (352-753-8484).
Christian Food Pantry
Hunger is year round, if you feel the calling, you can help in these ways:
- Bring in canned goods, pet food, or designate a few dollars for the food pantry each month
- Organize a food drive within your own neighborhood or social club once or twice a year and donate the items collected to the pantry
- Spread the word so others might also be inclined to support the pantry
The Food Pantry appreciates any food donations you make, but they are beginning to collect the following items for Thanksgiving and Christmas:
- Boxed or bagged stuffing mix
- Canned Yams/Sweet Potatoes
- Boxed Potatoes
- Cream of Mushroom, Celery or Chicken Soups
- Cranberry Sauce
- Canned Pumpkin
- Pancake Mix
- Dessert Mixes for the Holidays
- Gift Cards or Donations for Turkeys (Walmart, Target, Winn Dixie or Publix)
Please place items in the shopping cart located in the Church Lobby.
Please contact Carrol Neal at (352)259-0788 between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Holy Grounds Coffee Bar Needs Help
Holy Grounds needs help for about 1-2 hours on Sunday mornings to help with filling the coffee pot with water and moving it into place (weighs around 15 pounds when full). This is a great opportunity to meet your old friends and meet some new ones. Contact Toni Miller at 352-307-0774 or email@example.com.
We need more "Instructors". The program involves receiving Bible lessons completed by an inmate. We use the inmates’ work to launch a discussion and share our faith.
In most cases, basic Evangelism is appropriate as most inmates were not raised in Christian homes and are Biblically illiterate.
A second phase focuses on a Christian Walk. Interaction with the prisoner is through the mail.
Our identity is totally guarded. When the inmate is discharged, Crossroads will refer him to one of 1500 aftercare agencies to arrange housing, employment, rehab, etc.
More "instructors" are always needed.
Contact Ed Jones at (352) 430-1062 with any questions.
LOGOS Still Needs Volunteers
The foundation has been laid but there are still a few needs:
- 3-4 Grade Bible Study Teacher
- Teacher’s Helper
- Table Parents for dinner
If you have free time on Wednesday after- noons (hours vary between 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) and you would like to exchange them for hugs and smiles, contact Chris Kao at 352-408 -4539 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a large shipment of hugs and smiles arriving this Wednesday.
Sunday Morning Children's Bible Study
Pastor Mike is looking for two teachers to work with 5th - 6th graders on Sunday Mornings during the Contemporary Service (9:45 a.m.). Please consider what a blessing this could be in your life and in the life of these children of God. Please email Pastor Mike at (email@example.com) or call pastor Mike at the church office (753-8484).
Operation Christmas Child 2014
It’s time to start thinking about Christmas Shoe boxes and the happiness they bring to so many children throughout the world.
We will begin signing up volunteers at the beginning of October for the following:
- Folding boxes on October 20
- Packing cartons the week of Nov. 17 - 21
- Truck loading on Nov. 22
Please think about volunteering this year! If you have any questions, please contact Bob & Chris Hayen (753-4955) or Bob & Andi Null (205-7972).
North Lake Presbyterian Church
Senior Pastor Search Process
Steps to completing the pastor nominating search.
At the June 17, 2014 meeting of the Session, Pastor Denny Dennison submitted a letter indicating his intent to retire as of June 30, 2015. Subsequently, the Session called a congregational for Sunday, July 27th at which time the membership of North Lake consented to dissolve Denny’s pastoral relationship effective with his retirement on June 30, 2015.
As we move forward, we want to keep you informed about our process and our progress. Below is an outline of the process that is required by Central Florida Presbytery in calling our next senior pastor. Be assured that we will take no steps without seeking God’s guidance. Each step has multiple elements which we have summarized so that everyone can follow our progress.
The Session has received permission from the Committee on Ministry (COM) of the Central Florida Presbytery to commence the search for a new senior pastor. The Session asked interested members to submit their names for consideration to serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). The Session hopes to call a congregational meeting for sometime in September for the purpose of electing members to the PNC.
The PNC will meet with our appointed Presbytery liaison who will assist the PNC throughout the search process. The committee will receive an orientation to the search processes as required by the Central Florida Presbytery Committee on Ministry. The members of the committee will elect a chairperson and secretary and begin regularly scheduled meetings of the PNC.
The committee will design and implement processes to collect input from the congregation, Session and staff. They will collect information to help identify who we are as a congregation, where we are being led and whom we should seek as our pastor to lead us into our next phase of ministry.
The committee will complete the PCUSA Ministry Information Form (MIF) that became effective April 1, 2013, which replaces the former Church Information Form used in previous searches. They will obtain approval of the MIF from the Session and the Central Florida Presbytery Committee on Ministry.
The PNC will post the approved MIF to the PCUSA Church Leadership Connection website in order to receive Personal Information Forms (PIF) from potential candidates. The committee may also publicize the position through all other appropriate methods to identify and reach potential candidates. They will also continue networking for recommendations and follow up on all referrals.Please note that this is where the “silent” phase of our search begins in order to protect the confidentiality of the candidates and the integrity of the process. During this phase it may seem that we are moving too slowly. However, please be mindful that discernment requires us to operate on God’s time, which can neither be slowed down nor be rushed.
The PNC will evaluate each submitted PIF carefully and prayerfully to identify suitable candidates for further consideration. They will study and evaluate available sermons and other obtainable resources for candidates of interest and conduct initial phone interviews. When the PNC has a list of finalists for the position, the PNC will contact the presbytery to request that background checks be performed.
The PNC will conduct in-depth interviews, visit top candidates in their own worship environment and consult references. When these reference checks are completed, the members will pray, confer with the Central Florida Presbytery Committee on Ministry and reach a consensus on a final candidate. The COM examines the final candidate as, to beliefs and to determine if the candidate would be a good fit for the congregation. It will also ensure that all documents are in order for our call to a pastor. It is important to note that the approval of the COM is required to call a new senior pastor. However, though approval is required, the congregation makes the final decision as to who will be the next senior pastor at North Lake and the Committee on Ministry for Central Florida Presbytery cannot tell the congregation who to hire.
The PNC will extend a call to that candidate contingent upon the vote of the congregation.
The PNC will report to the Session and the Session will schedule a congregational meeting for members to hear and vote upon the recommendation of thePNC and to approve the terms of call.
Once the candidate is called by a vote of the congregation, the Presbytery then formally examines and receives the new pastor into membership and approves the terms of call. Pastors are members of the Presbytery and not of their local church.
The PNC will host an installation service and reception for the new senior pastor giving thanks to God for this new and exciting ministry for the future of our church..
Childcare provided at all services.