Three Ways to Connect

During this “No Spectators” series, we are aiming to grow in our connection to each other as family. Below are three ways to connect: to interact, to use your gifts, and to know and be known at North Sub.
1) Questions: First, we want your questions! There’s a phone number in the bulletin. At any point during the service, text us a question, and we’ll respond to it either in service or in the Thursday Highlights email.
2) Sharing: Second, you might have something you feel prompted to share with the whole congregation. That’s the purpose of the index card provided in the chair backs. At any time during the service, take that card to one of the elders. The elder will determine if this is something to be shared today and if so, will take it to Pastor Tim or that day’s preacher. You may be asked to come share that word or Pastor will read it aloud.  
3) Prayer Requests: Third, we want to pray for you! North Sub takes prayer seriously, and there are three ways to get prayed for.
(a) Each Sunday there are prayer partners available during the worship time starting just after announcements. Slip out the doors, and someone will pray for you in the lobby.
(b) The prayer request/visitor/change info card is inserted in the bulletin each week and is also in the chair backs and at Guest Services. If you fill that out and place it in the offering plate, it will be prayed for by the elders, staff, and deacons during the week. (c) There is a broader network of congregants who pray for needs in our church family. They are called the Prayer Network. If you check the box on the card, or email your request to Barb Elsesser, the Prayer Network will receive your request as well. 
Contact the office with questions.

Newcomers Lunch 2.23.2020

Sunday, Feb 23 after service in the Cafe
This luncheon is for those who are new to North Sub and want to learn more about us and the membership process. Childcare and a light lunch are provided. Contact Karen with questions or to register.

No Spectators: Body Life in the Local Church (New Sermon Series)

When Jesus Christ shed his blood on the cross, he purchased for Himself a church, not just an assortment of individuals (Acts 20:28).
That church bought by Jesus is manifested in local assemblies all over the world. Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer describes such a local assembly as follows:

“The local church is a place in which the gospel of Jesus Christ – the good news of new life in Christ – gets acted out by disciples who translate it into forms of life, worship, and works of love… We are an enacted parable of the kingdom of God.”

An enacted parable of the kingdom of God! In other words, God placed North Sub at the corner of Lake Cook and Waukegan in part so that we might show our community a lived, flesh-and-blood picture of what life looks like when King Jesus is on the throne. We’re an embassy of another kingdom, an outpost of another land – a nation our neighbors have never visited but where our true citizenship lies.

That makes the local church much more than a voluntary association of individuals. In reality, each local church has been assembled by God not for the comfort and enjoyment of its members, but rather for the carrying out of God’s purposes in a particular place at a particular time.
As a church on the North Shore at this moment in time, we believe God has gathered us to carry out a mission to bring people “from the Well to the Word to the World.”
That mission is so weighty and of such cosmic importance that we can’t afford to allow any family members to remain on the “sidelines.” All of us must play our roles. And as with any high-functioning team, family, or organization, it’s not enough for us to know our own individual roles; we need to have some level of understanding of the roles of others within the body so that we can optimally support and complement one another’s contributions.
This takes work. So in Winter-Spring 2020, we’re going to explore the basics of how the local church is meant to function when we are all playing our roles and pulling in the same direction. We will be unfolding a relentlessly biblical vision for church, one that may offend some of our sensibilities in its insistence on living out the gospel in the way God’s Word prescribes.
By the end of this series, we will have explored together:
  • What church is
  • What a worship service is meant to be
  • How church leadership is meant to function
  • The significance of church membership
  • How men and women can partner together in ministry
  • How church members can use their gifts for the good of all

…and several other “basics” of church life. Pray with us that this exploration – through our sermon series, our Life Group discussions, and our Life Courses – will bear fruit. Specifically, pray that we attain the following goals:

  • That each member of the North Sub family would gain clarity on the roles we are each meant to play in the body.
  • That people on the “sidelines” would be awakened and empowered to use their gifts to contribute to the mission.
  • That our Sunday morning services and all our other church activities would be invigorated by enhanced clarity of purpose.
  • That, as people find their proper “seats on the bus,” our future initiatives would be more fruitful.
We’ve been purchased by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We’re His now. Let’s endeavor together that He will call the shots in our corporate life, and that together we’ll grow into an increasingly clear “enacted parable” of the kingdom over which He reigns.
Want to Go Deeper this Series?
Here are some ideas to help you immerse yourself in our Winter/Spring 2020 series:
1. Join us for Life Courses at 9:15 AM each Sunday beginning January 5th.
2. Sign up for a Life Group where you can discuss these issues in community.
3. Reflect on the theme song we will be using in worship during our No Spectators sermon series.
4. Read or study one of the following supplemental resources:
– Center Church by Tim Keller
Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever
Hearers and Doers by Kevin Vanhoozer
Feels Like Home by Lee Eclov
The Gospel Driven Church by Jared C Wilson
Letters to the Church by Francis Chan
Deliberate Church by Mark Dever
Sojourners and Strangers by Greg Allison
Church Elders by Jeramie Rinne
Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch
Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman
Church Discipline by Jonathan Leeman
5. Join us for our  sermon series beginning January 26th, and listen online to any sermons you miss!
6. Email Karen with stories about how you’re seeing this series connect with your life.

Feb 16, 2020
No Spectators: Elders in the Church
Pastor Tim
1 Peter 5:1-5, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9
  • Feb 16, 2020No Spectators: Elders in the Church
    Feb 16, 2020
    No Spectators: Elders in the Church
    Pastor Tim
    1 Peter 5:1-5, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9
  • Feb 9, 2020No Spectators: No Sunday Morning Spectators
    Feb 9, 2020
    No Spectators: No Sunday Morning Spectators
    Pastor Tim
    1 Corinthians 14:26-33 and various other texts
  • Feb 2, 2020No Spectators: Equipped for Ministry
    Feb 2, 2020
    No Spectators: Equipped for Ministry
    Dr. Te-Li Lau
    Ephesians 4:1-16
  • Jan 26, 2020No Spectators: The Church Family
    Jan 26, 2020
    No Spectators: The Church Family
    Pastor Tim
    Various Texts

Parents Night Out – Kids Night In

An early Valentines Day gift for PARENTS and a night of fun for KIDS full of games, activities, crafts, a movie and pizza for dinner!  Don’t miss out, Click here to register by Feb 2.

Kids will be cared for by screened and caring leaders.  This event is open to kids Infant – grade 5


Theme/Activities:  Our activities and fun will center around some football fun and the heart of who God created us to be. 

Grades K – 5 will be watching either the Peanuts Movie (rated G) or Airbud Golden Retriever (rated G)
Age 2 – K TBA


Dinner & Snacks: (If your child cannot eat this, please bring a bag dinner for them, marked with their name)

Dinner:  Pizza, Veggies/Dip & Lettuce Salad (applesauce for kids Kindergarten and under).

Snack for Age 2-K:  Bananas & Pretzels

Snack for Grades 1-5:  Popcorn


December Compassion Project 2019

Caris Diaper Drive
Caris Pregnancy Counseling and Resources helps women and children thrive during and after an unplanned pregnancy. Please bring in diapers, especially sizes 4-6 and all sizes of pull ups, during the month of December.

Advent 2019: Make Ready

For centuries, the church has taken the opportunity during Advent to anticipate not only the celebration of the first coming of Christ at Christmas, but also the second coming of Christ at an hour we do not know.
The scriptures repeatedly encourage us to make ready for Christ’s return, to live now in light of the truth that He will one day come again. It will be just “a little while,” as we heard in 1 Peter 5:10, before He returns to make all things right. Until then, the words of Jesus ring in our ears: “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Lk. 18:8).
During this year’s Advent series, we will explore several texts to help us “make ready.” As we preach through three passages from the gospels and two from the epistles, we will call each other to readiness using multiple genres, including parables, exhortations, and apocalyptic literature.
We also will sing Christmas songs new and old, many of which contain layers of anticipation for the coming return of Christ. “Joy to the World” is a perfect example:


Joy to the world, the Lord has come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing

That’s who we aspire to be: a church whose hearts are prepared to receive our King. May the Lord bless our Sunday morning worship gatherings, our December Life Group meetings, and our Christmas Café conversations to that end.
Six Opportunities for Advent Participation
Read and meditate on the scripture passage in advance of each Sunday’s sermon.
  • 12/1: Matthew 25:1-13
  • 12/8: Luke 12:35-48
  • 12/15: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
  • 12/22: 2 Peter 3:1-13
  • 12/24: Matthew 1:18-25
Support Student Ministries by joining us at the Pancake Breakfast before service on 12/8.
Join us for fellowship at the Christmas Café after service on 12/8, 12/15, and 12/22.
Join us in a one-day fast on Wednesday 12/18 to earnestly pursue readiness for Christ’s return.
Join us for a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 5pm on 12/24.
Invite someone who doesn’t have a church home to come to service with you!

Project Share 11.23.19

Join us on Saturday, November 23 from 8:30-11:30am as we pack 1200 baskets of food for the under-resourced for the Chicago-land area.  We will end our time together in celebration by worshiping and eating pie!  Questions?  Contact Karen.

Parents Night Out; Kids Night In

The next Parents Night Out event is just around the corner, on Friday November 8th, from 5:30-8:30 pm. Kids will experience a “Road Trip” themed night full of fun games and activities with screened and caring leaders. This event is open to kids infant-grade 5. It is completely free, but pre-registration is required.  Enjoy a night out!
Dinner & Snacks: (If your child cannot eat this, please bring a bag dinner for them, marked with their name)
Older Kids:  All beef hot dogs, chips, applesauce, cookies, popcorn (during the movie),
Younger Kids:  Macaroni & Cheese, applesauce, bread, snack mix of pretzels, goldfish & animal crackers (during the movie).
If your child cannot eat this, please bring a bagged dinner for them.
Movies: Grades 1-5 will watch the movie Toy Story and preschool will watch a shorter video (TBA).


Register Here

Exiles: Flourishing on the Margins (Fall 2019 Sermon Series)

It’s a helpful formula:
E + R = O
…which means:
Event + Response = Outcome.
Here’s the significance: we can’t control the events that happen to us, but once an event happens, the outcome will be influenced by our response… which happens to be the one thing we can control.
Our Event (E): Exile
An “event” for Christians on the North Shore at the moment is that we’re increasingly being pushed to the margins. More and more, our experience is that of exiles. We don’t have favored status anymore. Christendom is over. We’re not being persecuted yet, but it may be trending that direction. We’re a strange minority in a land not our home. Some of our neighbors who used to be annoyed by the morality they believed we were trying to impose on them now increasingly resent us because of our perceived immorality (i.e. intolerance, bigotry, hate).
Our Desired Outcome (O): Flourishing on the Margins
At North Sub, our hope is that we’d follow in the footsteps of 2000 years of Christians who found themselves on the margins in various cultures around the world. Often, these situations are precisely when the church has most thrived. In summary: if we must be on the margins, we aim to flourish there.
Our Response (R): Stand Firm
If we are to flourish in response to an exile event, there are two tendencies we must fight against. The tendency to respond by forming an isolated enclave is tempting, but we’re called to be in the world. The tendency to respond by capitulating to what our neighbors say is tempting, but we’re called not to be of the world. The third way we’re called to is “in” but not “of” – sojourners stopping through. Aliens and strangers, invested in our community despite having our minds and hearts firmly fixed elsewhere.
These are some of the themes covered in 1 Peter, which is written to Christians experiencing the beginning stages of ostracism, exclusion, and derision. This letter, which we’ll preach through this Fall, is a five-chapter-long answer to the question of how to respond in the face of exile.
Peter’s final summary of how to respond? “Stand firm” (1 Pet. 5:12).
Want to Go Deeper This Fall?
Here are some ideas to help you immerse yourself in our Exile theme:
1. Join us for Life Courses at 9:15 AM each Sunday beginning September 8th.
2. Sign up for a Life Group where you can discuss these issues in community.
3. Reflect on the theme song we will be using in worship during our Exiles sermon series.
4. Read or study one of the following supplemental resources:
Evangelism as Exiles by Elliot Clark (sign up for this Life Course to study it in community)
Take Heart by Matt Chandler (some Life Groups are using this resource) 
1 Peter for You by Juan R. Sanchez (discussion questions included)
1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ by Jen Wilkin (video-based series)
1&2 Peter and Jude by N.T. Wright (discussion questions included)
Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (classic dealing with the themes of this series; movie coming out soon)
Our Secular Age ed. Collin Hansen (a shorter book analyzing a 900-page classic)
5. Join us for our Fall sermon series beginning September 1st, and listen online to any sermons you miss!
6. Email Karen with stories about how you’re seeing this series connect with your life.

Summer Series: Psalms of Zion

In this series, we are looking at several so-called “Psalms of Zion.” Zion is sometimes used in scripture to refer to a special place, sometimes to a special people in a special place – always with the presence of God dwelling with them in a special way.
The word “Zion” is first used to refer to a stronghold David took from the Jebusites (2 Sam 5:7); later the term can be used for the site of the City of David (2 Sam 5:7) or for the site of the temple (Ps 132:13) or perhaps even for Jerusalem as a whole (Is 40:9). God’s people are so identified with that place that they themselves can be referred to as Zion (Is 60:14). But in all these referents, what makes one place or one people special is the presence of God dwelling there with them.
That’s why it’s natural for the writers of the New Testament to see Christ as the cornerstone of Zion (1 Pet 2:6). After all, in that “place” called Christ’s body dwelled the fullness of deity (Col 2:9). As such, Christ is the ultimate Zion. But astoundingly, in the same passage that calls Christ the cornerstone of Zion (2:4-8), Peter can talk about Christians as living stones in that same Zionic house, since God dwells in us through Jesus. For that reason, you’ll hear the preachers in this series talk about Zion by pointing both to Jesus and to the church that is in Him!
But that’s not all. In the end, we have a hope for one final fulfillment of this Zion motif in scripture: when a new Zion – a new Jerusalem – comes down out of heaven from God (Rev 21:2). There, we will dwell with God’s people in God’s place sustained by His glorious, personal presence.
You’ll hear this biblical trajectory of Zion over and over again in our sermons as we explore the intent of the authors of these Psalms, explore what these Psalms say about Christ, and what they say to us today as we experience tastes of Zion while looking ahead to the fullest Zion to come.
If you were at church on Sunday, you heard Robbie Kellogg and Maggie Fensler unveil their retooled version of the hymn “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken,” originally written by John Newton. What a rich song! And what a great job by Robbie and Maggie refreshing it for our benefit.
Click here for lyrics, an explanation of the song, and a paraphrase for enhanced understanding.
Press play below to listen to a recording of the song.