Sport Camp Update – Plan B

The “Heart of a Champion” Sports Camp is on hold until next summer when we can safely meet in large groups again. 

*If you already signed up for sports camp, you will receive a refund soon.


Here is a fun, simple and free family alternative for the same week camp was planned for!
BOLT toward faith in Jesus


June 23-25

6:30 pm (or whatever dates/time works for your family)

Drive Thru ICE CREAM Treats on Friday, June 26 to celebrate
Check out the details below

What is it?

With minimal preparation and supplies, easy to follow instructions, and a video that leads you and your kids/family step-by-step through each of the 3 days, BOLT is designed to bring all of the fun and faith-formation of Vacation Bible School to the cozy confines of your home. It’s so simple!  It is designed for ages 5 and up but we added simpler crafts for younger kids and the games can easily be tweaked for younger kids.

How does it work?

Step 1: Sign up by emailing Jayne at  Put BOLT in the subject line.  Then I will send you the link and materials.  If the dates don’t work for you, no problem, do it anytime over the summer.  Tell your friends!

Step 2: Gather a few materials. During BOLT, kids will be playing games and doing origami (other crafts added for younger kids).  Everything has been designed to be performed with minimal materials—materials that you will most likely have around the house or can easily and inexpensively purchase at a local store.

Step 3: Press play. When you’re ready, gather the kids around and press play on the video. Each video will lead you and the kids through the entire experience. Occasionally, the video will ask you to pause and do something. When you’re finished doing it, press play again

 Step 4: Play the games. When the video prompts you to, press pause and lead the kids in playing the games. Each day has 3 games. One of the games each day is demonstrated in the video, the other two are not. There’s no rush to get through the games, so take your time and have fun. When you’re finished, give the kids a snack, open a Bible and have someone read the verses indicated on the screen, then press play again.  They are also some “no supplies needed” game options.

Step 5: It’s origami time. For the craft, kids will be doing origami. It’s so simple, yet fun! The video will show them exactly what to do. Just have some square pieces of paper ready to go. You can buy colored, square origami paper online or just cut a piece of white paper into a square yourself.

Younger Kids Craft Option:  (make the Origami for them and let them color it) and/or use the crafts we added.

Take some pictures and/or video clips, we would love to put something together and share it with all the families that participated and our church family.

On Friday, we will Celebrate with an Ice cream Drive-Thru from 6:30-7:30pm at North Sub




Ambition and Achievement Amidst Slowdowns and Setbacks

What if we could get a bunch of driven people into a “room” with a bunch of laid-back people to have a blunt conversation about ambition and achievement?
That’s what’s happening Thursday night!
We want you to join Thursday night’s conversation…


…If you’re driven

  • You nevertheless know people who don’t set goals, who live laid-back, who say they’re not trying to do anything… they’re just trying to be. Do you ever have a sneaking suspicion that maybe (at least to an extent) they are the ones getting it right?
  • Do you ever wonder if the level of your ambition is too excessive? Is it possible to be too ambitious? Or is any level of ambition acceptable as long as it is directed toward the “right” things? …But what are the “right” things, anyway?
  • Have you ever found yourself in a season – or are you in one now – when your drive and ambition seem to be suffering a setback? What do you do with your frustration when there is a roadblock in the path to achievement?


…If you’re laid back

  • Ever had anything you’ve wanted to say to the driven types who are always trying to get you to set goals? We want your perspective in the conversation during this interactive event!
  • But you might gain from this conversation, too. For example, have you ever considered that even the non-goal-setter may be chasing after goals, even in your non-goal-setting?
  • If you’ve found yourself bored during this quarantine, have you wondered whether there might be more? Whether something might exist worth becoming ambitious about?


…If you’re in school

  • Maybe you grew up being told you could do anything you want to be, that you’ll move mountains. But now that opportunity may have been removed by no fault of your own, how do you make sense of who you are and what your potential still is (or isn’t)?


If you’re a young professional

  • Have all your dreams led to you struggling through an uninspiring career, working longer hours than any generation in history yet unlikely to ever attain the standard of living you grew up with? What’s the meaning of it all?


…if you’re in “middlescence”

  • Are you still single? Or realizing that you’re probably never getting that promotion you’ve been sacrificing for? What’s left for you to dream about?


…if you’re retired

  • You worked so hard to be able to relax in retirement. Now retirement is turning out to be more stressful than your working years! What do you do with that disappointment and uncertainty?



Pastor Tim will be asking questions and responding to yours throughout this event. Topics to be discussed will include:

  • How we attempt to meet our felt needs for accomplishment
  • What we are chasing
  • Why there are goals we perceive to be valuable… yet we don’t end up putting the effort into going after them
  • What to do with frustrated dreams
  • The dangers of success
  • The relationship between ambition and humility
  • The drive for approval

…and more! Put Netflix on hold for a night; get your Zoom calls done early… and join us at 8pm CDT here:


COVID-19 Update 3/16/20

Church Family,
Thank you so much for your participation in yesterday’s sermon and Town Hall meeting (if you missed joining us live, use those links to get caught up!). We were overwhelmed by the level of participation and engagement we were able to experience though miles apart.
The CDC’s recommendation yesterday means it’s likely that we will be holding Sunday worship services online for at least the next eight weeks. This is not what any of us envisioned for this spring – or for Pastor Craig’s last few weeks on staff! But we are determined to seek God’s face regarding how He may want to use this to do a new thing in our midst. As such, any and all possibilities are on the table regarding how we might leverage technology to create connection. We believe there are untapped “Well,” “Word,” and “World” opportunities that this lockdown will force us to discover through innovation.
Would you innovate with us? Let’s dream up ways we can reach our neighbors, serve our communities, minister to the anxious, and build community while in quarantine.
This is a season of unique challenge and unique opportunity. Thank you for leaning in to your church family instead of pulling away!


1) Following government and public health recommendations, we are now discouraging all meetings of any size until further notice. This includes Life Groups.


2) The office staff will only be in briefly on Monday to set up what they need to work from home this week. We are working on forwarding the office phones to our cell phones. If you get the office voicemail, please listen to the voicemail instructions regarding how to contact church staff.
3) We are suspending our “No Spectators” sermon series indefinitely, as it doesn’t really lend itself to what we can accomplish in the online format. Expect future livestreamed sermons to follow yesterday’s interactive pattern.
4) The sendoff party for Pastor Craig and Marsha has been postponed indefinitely, probably until the summer. We want to send them off well, with hugs and kisses.
5) As announced in the sermon, we will be holding prayer meetings at noon every day this week (M-F). To join the prayer meeting:

–           Call the dial-in number, 425-436-6337, a few minutes before the scheduled time.

–           When prompted, enter the access code 490727 followed by pound or hash (#).
The teleconference will be in “Q&A” mode which means that all callers are muted to prevent noise disturbances and allow only one caller to be speaking at one time. If you want to share a request, press *6. The facilitator will selectively unmute participants one at a time for them to pray. Once unmuted, please state your name and pray, keeping to a maximum of 90 seconds to allow other callers time to participate. If you want to pray again, please press *6 to be re-added and follow the voice instructions.

Conference call etiquette:

– Call in a few minutes early so that everyone will be on the line at the planned starting time.

– If you are having problems connecting during the call, call 847-945-4630 and we will try to resolve the problem.

– Keep background noise and interruptions such as pets, children and household appliances to a minimum when you do speak.
6) Listen here for the song of the week (credit to Lisa Anderson).

COVID-19 Update 3/14/20

Dear Church Family,

By now, you’ve heard from everybody from your financial advisor to your alma mater to your internet provider about how they are all responding to COVID-19. We are living in a moment of profound uncertainty – and as a result, one of rare opportunity. For many Americans, our frantic pace is involuntarily grinding to a halt. For Christians in particular, the genuineness of our faith is being tested. For our neighbors, questions are coming to mind that they might not otherwise consider.
The elders at North Sub have been reading, praying, and monitoring the news. On Friday, we came to agreement about a course of action that we believe to be most wise for this weekend. As government recommendations continue to evolve, we expect to modify our actions to reflect the fluidity of the situation. Please visit to make sure you have access to the latest updates to our response plan.
As for this weekend (3/14-15):


This Saturday’s Men’s Connection has been cancelled.


This Sunday’s Life Course has been postponed indefinitely.


We will be holding church this Sunday (3/15). The mission we have been called to cannot be quarantined! However, following recommendations of government officials and public health experts, we are not going to gather together in a large group at the church. Instead, we are going to worship together in the following way:


  • At 10:00 on Sunday morning, we want to encourage you to gather for worship in a home, either with your family, with your Life Group, or with some other small group of friends or neighbors.
    • If you do choose to gather for worship in a small group, please take the following precautions:
      • Disinfect shared surfaces before and after the meeting.
      • Establish a single point of entry to the home through which everyone will pass and immediately wash their hands.
      • Anyone who is sick in any way should stay home.
      • Avoid personal touch; provide ample space between seats.
      • Do not share food or drink.
    • Robbie has provided a home worship guide for this Sunday (PDF here). We encourage you to make use of it to guide your first half hour of worship.
    • At 10:30, we will be live-streaming a sermon from Pastor Tim. We invite you to watch the sermon together with those gathered for worship.
      • The sermon will be able to be accessed via North Sub’s YouTube page. Refresh the page at 10:30 to access the live feed.
      • While we will make every effort to ensure this sermon is available to watch after Sunday morning, we encourage you to please watch live if at all possible. This is for two reasons:
        • We don’t want to miss out on truly gathering as one, despite our geographic distance.
        • This sermon will be more interactive than a normal sermon in order to cultivate a sense of oneness. Text in questions or comments during the sermon (224-300-0240), and Pastor Tim will stop along the way to interact with them.
      • We expect to close in prayer by 11:05.
Thank you for making every effort to join us in worship in homes around the North Shore. We made the decision to forego large-group worship not out of fear, but rather out of love. Our hope is that, by joining with our communities in following the directives of authorities, we will do our part in giving healthcare workers and hospitals a fighting chance to contain this virus.



It is unclear how long we will be kept from large-group corporate worship. With that in mind, and with the new church year just weeks away, we have chosen to hold the scheduled Town Hall Meeting on Sunday via livestream rather than postponing it.

  • The sermon livestream will close upon completion around 11:05. At that time, we will take a ten minute break, then begin a new livestream on the same page at 11:15. Refresh the page at 11:15 to find the new link.
  • This is a very important Town Hall Meeting in the life of our church. We will be providing major updates regarding the next chapter in church life. Please plan to join us for this livestream.
  • There will be two ways to participate in the dialogue at the Town Hall Meeting.
    • Text questions or comments to 224-300-0240, and they will be read aloud and responded to by the elders.
    • Call 224-300-0240 during a Q&R time, and the elders will take your call and respond live on the air.
  • While we will make every effort to ensure this Town Hall meeting is available to watch after Sunday morning, we encourage you to please participate live if at all possible. The meeting will be more fruitful the more participation we have via text and phone.


Throughout the week and weekend, various Life Groups, prayer groups, and affinity groups meet under the umbrella of North Sub’s ministries. At this time, we are leaving it up to the discretion of each group whether they will continue meeting together. Please consider risks related to the age of group participants, and if you do meet, follow the precautions listed above.



There will be no Life Class or Sunday school. RUSH and RALLY will be meeting virtually this weekend at two times:

  • Saturday night’s Student Town Hall is ON as scheduled, but via livestream. Students are asked to participate from home. See details in an email from Alex coming today.
  • Sunday night RUSH and RALLY are ON as scheduled, but via livestream. Students are asked to participate from home. See details in an email from Alex coming today.


Due to shortages at grocery stores, we don’t expect much food this weekend. If you are involved in that ministry, expect an email from Paul Bialek to determine the way forward. If you depend on this food, please contact the church office so that we can work to arrange a way to help you.


If you haven’t tried giving online yet, this is a great time to experiment. Click here, and then follow the directions to make a contribution. Thank you for helping us end this fiscal year on a positive note financially.


If you find yourself anxious, sick, or in need of prayer for any other reason, please do not hesitate to contact the church office or the elders (


Office staff expects to keep normal hours on Monday. Look for further updates early in the week.



Please join us today in praying:

  • That the sick would be made well
  • That medical professionals would have the resources and stamina to press on
  • That the virus’s spread would be contained
  • That Christians would be seen to be distinct in their fearless, loving response to this pandemic
  • That we at North Sub would find opportunities to minister the gospel to our friends and neighbors in this time of soul-searching
  • That our church family would still make meaningful connection as a community despite social distance
– Pastor Tim, on behalf of the elders