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.