2020 Seasons of the Spirit
At Northbrook UMC we are celebrating a new year, a new decade, and new life in Christ! It is our year to make conscious and intentional decisions to grow personally so that the ministry and purpose of Northbrook UMC can grow as well. In order to get there, we defined four Seasons of the Spirit to facilitate a congregational focus.
1. A Season of Encountering – A Time for Spiritual Growth
January – Easter Sunday: We focus on prayer, how we encounter God in our daily life, and changes we can make to grow deeper in our encounters with the Holy.
2. A Season of Loving – A Time for Building Relationships
April—June: During these months our focus is on growing together as brothers and sisters in Christ. The way we know and care for one another is essential to the growth and vitality of Northbrook. We must go deeper with each other and learn what forgiveness and love really mean for a community of faith.
3. A Season of Serving – A Time to Help Others
July – September: We will have opportunities to serve within our community, care for those in need, and grow stronger in our commitment to the poor.
4. A Season of Expanding – A Time to Look Ahead
October – December: During this time we will make strategic efforts for growth both in making disciples and in sharing our own faith in the community.
I hope that by the end of 2020, you will have a stronger sense of God’s presence and purpose in your life, a deeper connection to others in the Northbrook family, and a compassionate desire to serve and care for those in need — out of which will come an unstoppable drive to play a vital role in growing the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Please join me for the 2020 Seasons of the Spirit - and give your own spirit the space and time to grow in God’s love.
Rev. Laurie Moeller, Senior Pastor
Season of Serving: July, August, September
In the Season of Serving we highlight the importance of service to our spiritual growth, and though some plans changed to avoid gathering large groups together, there are several meaningful places where you can serve.
MUST Ministries Summer Grocery Program Collection, Sunday, July 19, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Youth Ministry is excited to take leadership on the collection and delivery of donated items for this project. Please review this flyer for list of groceries MUST hands out to families each week this summer. Purchase a few items from the list and drop it off by the breezeway at the church on Sunday, July 19 from 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. The youth will take the donations to Roswell UMC, MUST Ministries' local collection site for sorting, packing, and distribution.
School Supply Drive, Now through August 2
Northbrook and Christ UMC are partnering to provide backpacks with school supplies to local families. This flyer has a list of items that both churches will be collecting until August 2 along with drop off locations for both churches.
Family Promise Overnight Hosting, Sunday, July 26 - Saturday, August 1
Family Promise continues their work to provide shelter for struggling families, plus job training, resume writing, credit rehabilitation, homework help, and much more. Northbrook is responsible for providing seven overnight hosts as well as covering cleaning fees and food costs for the families. If you would like to volunteer as an overnight host, check out the Sign Up Genius link. If you are uncomfortable spending a night away from home, we'd ask that you consider continuing to support our Emergency Assistance Fund to cover the fees and join us in praying for the families and staff of Family Promise.
September Household Essentials Drive
During the month of September, we want to bless people in our community by collecting and distributing household items that may be harder to come by right now: cleaning products, detergents, toilet paper, diapers, and formula. Plans for this are still being made, so look for updates as we draw closer.
In a time when division and animosity seem to be overwhelming, let's live into our call to love our neighbors as Christ first loved us. Love and grace are the only way forward. Help us model that to our community.