Spirited Singles Thanksgiving Feast
Join Spirited Singles as they observe Thanksgiving on Sat., Nov. 1st, at 5:00 p.m. The Feast will be prepared by Cracker Barrel and will include all the traditional dishes.
The cost will be $12.00/person and your check must be to Barb Kolch and mailed to: 1650 Plumb Branch Terrace, The Villages, FL 32162 by Wed., Oct. 29th.
Your reservation will be made when Barb receives your check. Call Jean 430-1931 or Sandi at 259-2279 with any questions.
Dinner and fellowship. More information here.
Basic Christian Beliefs Class
There are many different Bible beliefs being shared in our world today. Our class, "Basic Christians Beliefs" will help each of us visit or revisit what we believe. This six week class will visit the doctrines (Salvation, Christology, Predestination, Trinity, Holy Spirit, Church). Hope you can join us! Class begins November 4th at 7:00 pm in the "Faith" room. You can sign up in church lobby or email Pastor Mike, Revmike3@gmail.com.
We have another great opportunity to "Feed the Hungry" and fill the Pantries and Soup Kitchens on November 6 at Long & Scott Farm in Zellwood.
We will plan to meet at New Covenant at 7:00 AM and be ready to board the church bus by 7:15 AM.
Please call or email me to let me know if you can join us. Coordinator - Jim Tinkey - cell 863-224-0403; cell phone 352-209-4091
Centsible Furnishings Fall Tent Sale
Centsible Furnishings is having a Fall Tent Sale on Thursday & Friday, November 6 & 7 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Warehouse Overflow Items Discounted Behind Love Inc./ Centsible Furnishings 15797 South Highway 441, Summerfield, 34491 352.245.8774 Furniture, tool, collectibles, electronics, fixtures, bikes and more.
Operation Shoebox Concert
Enjoy the music as sung by Billie Thatcher, John Rogerson, Mary Jo Vitale and Norman Lee on Friday, November 7th, at 5:30 p.m. in the NLPC Sanctuary.
Tickets are $10.00/person and will be sold after each service in the NLPC Lobby today and November 2.
Proceeds will go to Operation Shoebox.
Blues Brothers Tribute Show
This show, featuring John & Robwood Skoluchi Blues, will be held at NLPC on Saturday, November 15, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets ($15.00) will be on sale in the NLPC Lobby on Sundays (8:00 a.m. - Noon)and Monday thru Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. until Nov. 13th.
Tickets at the door will be $20.00.
Proceeds support the children of the Ocala Forest.
Christmas Night at North Lake
Join us from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. NLPC Lobby & Fellowship Hall. A new twist this year will add to the family fun, fellowship, and food with something for everyone! Invite your friends & neighbors
Little Blessings Christmas Program
The Little Blessings children would like to extend an invitation to you to join them for their special presentation of “The Grinch Who Found the Perfect Gift.” Please join them on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. in the NLPC Fellowship Hall for a show you won’t want to miss! This is being held in conjunction with Christmas Night at North Lake. Join the fun!
NLPC Choir Christmas Concerts
North Lake 101
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, January 18, 2015, 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).
Operation Homebound Drivers Needed
You might be wondering...why are we asking for more drivers? The wonderful folks who responded a bit ago have either been assigned permanent routes or the days the are free don't correspond to program needs and they have agreed to be substitute drivers. So...we have Monday and Wednesday covered for the second route; just need Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
We need 2 people per day who can complete the program application and a background check.
Please search your hearts and also ask your neighbors and friends.
This route goes around and across 466 A. If you have been over there recently I'm sure you have seen the number of homes that have been built or will be built. This means OHB numbers will increase and that, of course, means the need for additional drivers.
Come and ride along on Route 10; our current #10 drivers would welcome you and answer any questions you may have.
Call me and a ride-along can be arranged.
Vickie Ruddell Operation Homebound Director 352-753-8484 Church 352-409-0562 Business Cell
Candle Lighters Needed
Christmas candle lighters and readers are needed for the following Advent Sundays: November 30, December 7, 14, 21 (8:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.) and December 24 (7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.)
If you are interested, please contact Loma Oliver at 753-8484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PowerPoint Operators Needed
We have additional opportunities for people to operate the PowerPoint slides for the projection screens during the 9:45 a.m. service. The hope is to set up a rotation of people to each do this once a month. Please call the church office (753-8484) and ask for Mike Snow or e-mail him at email@example.com.
Help Light Up North Lake
Saturday, November 22nd at 9:00 a.m.
Come help as we hang 1000’s of lights to brighten the season! Enjoy fun, fellowship, coffee, and donuts.
Call Jim Crutchfield (352-307-6113) to say “Sure! I’d like to help.” Or write “Light” on your communication card.
Sunday Morning Children's Bible Study
Teachers and helpers are always needed for Children’s Sunday School (ages 4 & 5 years, kindergarten through sixth grade). If you are interested, please call Judy Truscott (259-3371) or Jim Crutchfield (307-6113).
Operation Christmas Child 2014
￼Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. A small shoebox can teach a child about the love of God, lead him or her to faith in Christ, inspire pastors, and plant new churches. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out is eternal. Be a part of changing lives through the power of a simple gift.
We have the boxes available for you today in the Church Lobby. Please take ONE or MORE boxes as you leave church. Fill them with toys, school supplies, clothing and personal hygiene items for children that have never received a Christmas gift before. As you shop for items to fill the boxes, try to imagine the joy in the eyes and hearts of that boy or girl as they open this wonder filled gift. We then pray that he or she will accept the Love of God as the gift- filled boxes are passed out by volunteers of Samaritan’s Purse.
On November 16, our shoe boxes will be dedicated at all three worship services. We will be packing the shoe boxes in cartons on Nov. 17 - 21 and loading the truck on Nov. 21 & 22. If you are able to help, sign-up sheets are in the lobby. For more information, call the NLPC OCC Coordinators, Bob & Chris Hayen (753-4955) or Bob & Andi Null (205-7972).
Please think about volunteering this year! If you have any questions, please contact Bob & Chris Hayen (753-4955) or Bob & Andi Null (205-7972).
Christian Food Pantry
The Food Pantry Sunday is next week. Any food donation is appreciated, but they are especially in need of the following items:
- Boxed or bagged stuffing mix
- Canned Yams/Sweet Potatoes
- Boxed Potatoes
- Canned Cream Soups
- Cranberry Sauce
- Canned Pumpkin
- 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.
If you have any questions, please contact Carrol Neal at (352)259-0788 between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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.