At the end of March, we will be commemorating the week of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. All are welcome at the following events:
PALM SUNDAY/DOMINGO DE RAMOS.... On March 25, all the congregations will gather in front of the church at 10:00 am (weather permitting) to sing and wave palm branches as we mark Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We will then process into our spaces of worship.
GOOD FRIDAY...We will gather to recall the suffering of Christ and lift up the suffering of our world at the Good Friday service on March 30 at 7:30 pm. The Karen/English service will be in the sanctuary, and Spanish service will be in Howel Hall.
SÁBADO DE GLORIA...On Holy Saturday, March 31, the Hispanic congregation will have a prayer vigil/retreat. It will be a day of music, games and activities, prayer, and reflections. Simple meals will be provided.
EASTER BAPTISMS...We will be having a baptismal service this Easter, which will take place on Sunday, April 1 at 10:00 am.
NSBC will serve as a Launching Congregation for the Young Adult Initiative, sponsored by Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary’s Innovation Hub. The purpose of the Initiative is to develop new ministries aimed at adults between 18 and 35. During the spring, Sam Hartman-Pickerill and Pastor Kathryn will participate in a “Religious and Spiritual Lives of Young Adults” course, in which we will be guided through a process to design new young adult ministries. In July, we will be eligible to receive a grant from the Lilly Endowment to fund a new ministry initiative. Over the next two years, we will then participate in a monthly peer coaching group to support that ministry initiative.
To begin this process, we are conducting an all-church survey. The purpose of the survey is learn more about the passions, visions, and frustrations of our church participants. This will help us identify the strengths and resources we have for new ministries, as well as existing obstacles. This information will help us not only develop new ministries, but also achieve deeper understanding of our existing programs and relationships.
By Saw Solomon Opehtoo
In Luke 12, Jesus gives us a valuable “Parable about the Rich Fool” that teaches us the danger of attachment to worldly wealth. Jesus invites us to search for the right thing, which is heavenly wealth that cannot be destroyed. Jesus was exposing the multitude to vital truths pertaining to the kingdom of God and teaching about the danger of rejecting the gospel and the promptings of the Holy Spirit. In verse 31, Jesus concludes his teaching about the search for the Kingdom of God by reminding us that God will surely fulfill whatever we need in this world.
By Rev. Kathryn Ray
At NSBC in this Lenten season, the question before us is “Why Did Jesus Die?” It’s a vexing question, not in the least because it’s widely considered a very central part of the Christian narrative. Why would so many different stripes of Christianity place so much emphasis on the violent execution of the leading figure in their faith?
I know a very devout evangelical woman in Nicaragua who is very against the practice of displaying crosses and crucifixes. “If your son was killed by gun violence, would you go around wearing a gun on a necklace?” is her logic.
Where is the grace in crucifixion?
As part of our Lenten exploration of the question "Why did Jesus die?", Pastor Kathryn will lead a 5-week study on liberationist (Black, womanist, feminist, and Latino/a) reflections on the meaning of Jesus' suffering in light of the suffering of marginalized peoples. Sources for reflection will range from James Cone, the father of Black liberation theology, to the feminicide in Ciudad Juárez, to Beyoncé's Lemonade.
Download course readings.
We have produced a daily devotional booklet so that we all might accompany one another on a shared spiritual journey for Lent. It includes drawing and artistic reflections, Scriptures, suggested acts of generosity, and passages from liberation theologians, which we will also be discussing during the English-language adult Adventures in Learning class after worship.
Download a pdf of the NSBC Lenten Devotional booklet.
The youth group will have its annual winter retreat to Camp Tamarack in Wisconsin over President's Day Weekend, February 16-18. We will leave at 6 pm on Friday and return around 6 pm on Sunday. Cost is $15/youth.
The theme for this year is "Tearing Down Walls." How do we build walls between ourselves? How does God help us tear down those walls?
For more information, contact Pastor Kathryn.
We are putting together a pictorial directory of members and friends of North Shore. We want everyone included! Appointments are being taken now for February 22nd through the 25th. Please see Sherry Nelson to reserve your time slot. There is no charge to be included in the directory. You will have the opportunity, if you wish, to purchase photo packages. A pictorial directory is a great way for us to get to know each other better and to put a name with a face. Arrangements can be made if you are unable to attend one of the sittings here.
By Rev. Kathryn Ray
About 10 years ago, I was reflecting on the story of the potter’s house in Jeremiah, and I wrote the following prayer in a journal:
“You are not the potter, and I am not the clay. Clay can only be molded for a time, and then it hardens, never again to change form and evolve, until it ultimately breaks into shards to be thrown away. If I am to be sculpted by a divine hand, let it be as Play-Doh in the hands of a child. Bright and soft, morphing and transforming, from rocks to pizza to dinosaurs. May the limits of my being be the limits of an imagination at play, made into something new with each passing day.”
We will have our annual Healing Service on Sunday, February 11, at 10:30 am. The service will take place in Howel Hall. The Healing Service is a combined worship with all of the congregations, in which we pray for healing of all kinds and perform the ritual of anointing with oil.