Weekly Devotional – Kristie Peck, Next Generation Pastor

Psalm 16 'Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge. I said to the Lord , “You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you.” The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them! Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods. I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood or even speak the names of their gods. Lord , you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance! I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.' New Living Translation The advice and wisdom of this psalmist (attributed to King David) is as clear and true today as when this Psalm was written. "Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods," is wisdom we STILL need to hear today, thousands of years later. While many of us would say that we serve THE God and his son Jesus our savior, we are blind if we think that other "gods" don't try to creep into our lives and take over. The "gods" of lust, anger, power, addiction, jealousy, and money still fight for our attention and worship. King David warns what happens when we give in...

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North River Church News April 16, 2021

    Did You Know North River is on You Tube?  Check out recent services, worship music, and all of our NR Stories on You Tube! Click HERE to see and Subscribe!     Helping Our Neighbors in Need Drop off donations in the church lobby Sunday, April 18  9am - 1pm or Mon. & Tues. April 19 & 20  7am - 6pm. Suggested donations this month: cleaning supplies & laundry detergent.           Growth Path The Become-201 class is the second step in our Growth Path discipleship process.  Become-201 will provide you with foundational skills helpful in growing in your relationship with Jesus. In this class you will explore four healthy habits every Christian needs to grow in the process of becoming more like Jesus. Belong – 101 is a prerequisite  to taking this class.  The next Become-201 class is scheduled April 25th. You will be asked to view two online videos the week prior to the class.  The class itself will be held via a Zoom Meeting.  Click HERE to register for 201.     Help our Nominating Committee Each year a A Nominating Committee is created to fill open Officer and Overseer roles at North River. This year’s Nominating Committee will be working to fill (2) Overseer, Moderator and Secretary roles for the upcoming 2021-2022 Ministry Year. Role of Overseer: Helps to provide DIRECTION for the Church Helps to protect the TEACHING of the Church Involved in CONFLICT RESOLUTION in the Church Charged with PRAYING with and for the Church Role of Moderator:  The Moderator presides over the business meetings of the church. Role of Secretary:  The Secretary keeps record of the proceedings of the congregation in its business meetings. If you would like to nominate someone for Overseer, Moderator or Secretary, please contact the Nominating Committee: nominating@northriverchurch.org     Kidszone – Anchored  ANCHORED is looking for volunteers! If you are interested in helping out during the week please email Amy Lynch, amy@northriverchurch.org.        Blood Drives at North River North River will be hosting the American Red Cross for a blood drives from 1pm – 5:30pm on May 12, June 16, and August 18. Go to https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html to make an appointment. (Appointment Required.)     BACK TO NR NEWS...

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North River News April 9th, 2021

North River Church News April 9, 2021     Thank You North River! This weekend, with your help contributing food, monetary donations, and your time, we were able to provide Easter meals for 32 families in need. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus and living your faith out in our community.       Growth Path The Become-201 class is the second step in our Growth Path discipleship process.  Become-201 will provide you with foundational skills helpful in growing in your  relationship with Jesus. In this class you will explore four healthy habits every Christian needs to grow in the process of becoming more like Jesus. Belong – 101 is a prerequisite to taking this class.  The next Become-201 class is scheduled April 25th. You will be asked to view two online videos the week prior to the class.  The class itself will be held via a Zoom Meeting.  Click HERE to register for 201.       Help our Nominating Committee Each year a A Nominating Committee is created to fill open Officer and Overseer roles at North River. This year’s Nominating Committee will be working to fill (2) Overseer, Moderator and Secretary roles for the upcoming 2021-2022 Ministry Year. Role of Overseer: Helps to provide DIRECTION for the Church Helps to protect the TEACHING of the Church Involved in CONFLICT RESOLUTION in the Church Charged with PRAYING with and for the Church Role of Moderator:  The Moderator presides over the business meetings of the church. Role of Secretary:  The Secretary keeps record of the proceedings of the congregation in its business meetings. If you would like to nominate someone for Overseer, Moderator or Secretary, please contact the Nominating Committee: nominating@northriverchurch.org           Kidszone – Anchored  This April vacation we will dive into adventure with ANCHORED! The children will explore the depths of their faith through interactive games, Bible adventures, crafts, music and more! This 3 day Vacation Bible eXperience starts on April 20th and runs until April 22nd. To register click HERE. There is also an online option available, please email amy@northriverchurch.org to register your child for the ANCHORED online.  ANCHORED is looking for volunteers! If you are interested in helping out during the week please email Amy Lynch, amy@northriverchurch.org.          Blood Drives at North River North River will be hosting the American Red Cross for blood drives on Wednesdays, April 14 and May 12 from 1pm – 5:30pm. Go to https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html to make an appointment. (Appointment Required.)...

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Weekly Devotional – Rich Peck, Online Producer

The beginning of the Sabbath was quickly approaching on the Friday evening of Good Friday. The Gospel of John tells us that Nicodemus (John 3) and Joseph of Arimathea, after receiving permission from Pilate, took Jesus' body down from the cross, prepared it with spices and lay it in an unused tomb. (John 19: 38-42) Both Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were waiting for the coming kingdom of God, and both were members of the Sanhedrin, the court that had condemned Jesus Christ to death. For a time, both men had lived as secret followers of Jesus, afraid to make a public profession of faith because of their prominent positions in the Jewish community. However, both were deeply affected by Christ's death. They boldly came out of hiding, risking their reputations and their lives because they had come to realize that Jesus was, indeed, the long-awaited Messiah. Together this unlikely duo cared for Jesus' body and prepared it for burial. While Jesus’ physical body lay in the tomb, did this unlikely duo know that Jesus promised to raise again in three days? (Matthew 27:63) What were they expecting when they lay Jesus in the tomb? Were they aware, as we are today, that Jesus Christ paid the penalty for sin by offering the perfect, spotless sacrifice. He conquered death, both spiritually and physically, securing our eternal salvation: "For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God." (1 Peter 1:18-19, NLT) What are you expecting as Good Friday gives way to Black Saturday and culminates in Resurrection Sunday? Peace, Rich Peck for the staff BACK TO NRNEWS...

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North River News April 2, 2021

  Good Friday, Palm Sunday, and Easter at North River To see all of the options to join us for these services, visit www.northriverchurch.org/easter  We are both happy and sad to say that at this time all of our in person Easter & Good Friday services are full. If you would like to be added to a waiting list for one of these services, please click HERE.  If you have a reservation for one of these services and are unable to attend, please let us know so we can allow someone else to attend. Click HERE to cancel or remove people from your registration.   Communion We will having communion at the Good Friday service. If you will be joining us online for that service and would like to participate, please prepare some communion elements at home - bread or crackers and wine or grape juice.    Growth Path The Become-201 class is the second step in our Growth Path discipleship process.  Become-201 will provide you with foundational skills helpful in growing in your relationship with Jesus. In this class you will explore four healthy habits every Christian needs to grow in the process of becoming more like Jesus. Belong - 101 is a prerequisite to taking this class.  The next Become-201 class is scheduled April 25th.  Click HERE to register for 201.       Help our Nominating Committee Each year a A Nominating Committee is created to fill open Officer and Overseer roles at North River. This year’s Nominating Committee will be working to fill (2) Overseer, Moderator and Secretary roles for the upcoming 2021-2022 Ministry Year. Role of Overseer: Helps to provide DIRECTION for the Church Helps to protect the TEACHING of the Church Involved in CONFLICT RESOLUTION in the Church Charged with PRAYING with and for the Church Role of Moderator:  The Moderator presides over the business meetings of the church. Role of Secretary:  The Secretary keeps record of the proceedings of the congregation in its business meetings. If you would like to nominate someone for Overseer, Moderator or Secretary, please contact the Nominating Committee: nominating@northriverchurch.org   Serving the Community Through the GO TEAM We will be providing Easter Dinner for 32 families at the Rehoboth House and Pembroke Council on Aging. Would you like to help pack & deliver these meals? We will be packing bins with 32 meals on Saturday morning, April 3rd at 9AM. We will be delivering the meals to the Rehoboth Shelter on Saturday afternoon, April 3rd Pembroke Council on Aging will be picking up their meals from the church on Saturday, April 3rd If you are interested in helping to pack the meal bins or deliver the bins, please contact Jim Mooney @ jamesmooney219@gmail.com        Kidszone – Anchored  This April vacation we will dive into adventure with ANCHORED! The children will explore the depths of their faith through interactive games, Bible adventures, crafts, music and more! This 3 day Vacation Bible eXperience starts on April 20th and runs until April 22nd. To register click HERE. There is also an online option available, please email amy@northriverchurch.org to register your child for the ANCHORED online.  ANCHORED is looking for volunteers! If you are interested in helping out during the week please email Amy Lynch, amy@northriverchurch.org.        Blood Drives at North River North River will be hosting the American Red Cross for blood drives on Wednesdays, April 14 and May 12 from 1pm – 5:30pm. Go to https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html to make an appointment. (Appointment Required.)   RETURN TO NRNEWS  ...

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Weekly Devotional – Kristie Peck, Next Generation Pastor

  "As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’ ” They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna! ” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”  Mark 11:1-10 On Sunday we celebrate what we in the church have now come to call, "Palm Sunday." It is the day that we remember Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem as a king, - honored, revered, and blessed by the Jewish people. We remember the the waving of palm branches and the shouts of praise and we join in ourselves with the celebration of Jesus, our king, on this day. The gospels (the books Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the Bible) tell us that this day of celebration and hope doesn't last, though. The people who shouted praise and worshipped Jesus as a king turned on him just as quickly when just days later Jesus was arrested and the people cried out for the criminal, Barabbas, to be freed instead of Jesus. It is hard to imagine this quick a betrayal from those who so openly celebrated Jesus. "King" one day and the next utterly betrayed by the same people. But when we think about it, aren't we guilty of the same thing in our lives sometimes, too? Praising Jesus one day and betraying him with our words or actions the next? Take some time today to reflect on Jesus the King and pray that God would help you to keep him in that place of honor in your life. Grace & Peace, Kristie Peck Next Generation Pastor Back to NR NEWS  ...

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NR News March 26th, 2021

  Good Friday, Palm Sunday, and Easter at North River To see all of the options to join us for these services, visit www.northriverchurch.org/easter    Growth Path The Become-201 class is the second step in our Growth Path discipleship process.  Become-201 will provide you with foundational skills helpful in growing inyour relationship with Jesus. In this class you will explore four healthy habits every Christian needs to grow in the process of becoming more like Jesus. Belong- 101 is a prerequisite to taking this class.  The next Become-201 class is scheduled April 25th.  Click HERE to register for 201.       Help our Nominating Committee   Each year a A Nominating Committee is created to fill open Officer and Overseer roles at North River. This year’s Nominating Committee will be working to fill (2) Overseer, Moderator and Secretary roles for the upcoming 2021-2022 Ministry Year. Role of Overseer: Helps to provide DIRECTION for the Church Helps to protect the TEACHING of the Church Involved in CONFLICT RESOLUTION in the Church Charged with PRAYING with and for the Church Role of Moderator:  The Moderator presides over the business meetings of the church. Role of Secretary:  The Secretary keeps record of the proceedings of the congregation in its business meetings. If you would like to nominate someone for Overseer, Moderator or Secretary, please contact the Nominating Committee: nominating@northriverchurch.org   Serving the Community Through the GO TEAM We will be providing Easter Dinner for 32 families at the Rehoboth House and Pembroke Council on Aging. How can you help? Food donations - Drop them off to the church lobby.  Canned corn, canned green beans, and canned potatoes - 64 cans each Rolls (i.e. a pack of 1 dozen) - 32 packs Dessert Pies - 32 pies Please have donations in NO LATER than Sunday, March 28th. Would you like to help packing & delivering these meals? We will be packing bins with 32 meals on Saturday morning, April 3rd at 9AM. We will be delivering the meals to the Rehoboth Shelter on Saturday afternoon, April 3rd Pembroke Council on Aging will be picking up their meals from the church on Saturday, April 3rd If you are interested in helping to pack the meal bins or deliver the bins, please contact Jim Mooney @ jamesmooney219@gmail.com     KIDSZONE volunteers know how to have fun! What’s so great about serving in KIDSZONE? Well, besides unlimited goldfish crackers and free crayons, it’s about making a solid investment in the lives of the children and families of North River! It’s not just teaching kids about the awesome love of Jesus, it’s about spending time with a child and learning together what it means to follow Jesus.  It’s about having fun and getting messy (yes there is almost always glitter!!) and partnering with families to make an impact.  And sometimes we get to wear our jammies too! If you are interested in serving in Kidszone, click HERE.           Kidszone – Anchored  This April vacation we will dive into adventure with ANCHORED! The children will explore the depths of their faith through interactive games, Bible adventures, crafts, music and more! This 3 day Vacation Bible eXperience starts on April 20th and runs until April 22nd. To register click HERE. There is also an online option available, please email amy@northriverchurch.org to register your child for the ANCHORED online.  ANCHORED is looking for volunteers! If you are interested in helping out during the week please email Amy Lynch, amy@northriverchurch.org.    Blood Drives at North River North River will be hosting the American Red Cross for blood drives on Wednesdays, April 14 and May 12 from 1pm – 5:30pm. Go to https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html to make an appointment. (Appointment Required.)           RETURN TO NRNEWS...

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Weekly Devotional – Kristie Peck, Next Generation Pastor

  Read Luke 17:11-19 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner? "Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”   It's easy to read this passage and pass judgement on the 9 whom Jesus healed, but never stopped to thank him. How could they not thank him? He had just CHANGED their lives COMPLETELY. They were as good as dead before that healing. They couldn't live in society anymore, they couldn't see their families, they couldn't make a living, and they were left as outcasts to suffer as their bodies decayed slowly over time. How could they NOT at least thank him?   Then you have the one, who we were told was the Samaritan foreigner. That's the nice way of saying that this person was a "despised cultural and religious outcast" who was perceived by the Jewish people as "less than," "unworthy," and not having the "right religious belief."  But this unworthy outcast was the only one who went back to Jesus, who saw, at least in part, who he was, and thanked and worshipped him. Yeah...

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North River News March 19, 2021

 Good Friday, Palm Sunday, and Easter at North River To see all of the options to join us for these services, visit www.northriverchurch.org/easter      Help our Nominating Committee   Each year a A Nominating Committee is created to fill open Officer and Overseer roles at North River.   This year’s Nominating Committee will be working to fill (2) Overseer, Moderator and Secretary roles for the upcoming 2021-2022 Ministry Year. Role of Overseer: Helps to provide DIRECTION for the Church Helps to protect the TEACHING of the Church Involved in CONFLICT RESOLUTION in the Church Charged with PRAYING with and for the Church Role of Moderator:  The Moderator presides over the business meetings of the church. Role of Secretary:  The Secretary keeps record of the proceedings of the congregation in its business meetings. If you would like to nominate someone for Overseer, Moderator or Secretary, please contact the Nominating Committee: nominating@northriverchurch.org     The Production Team has a place for you! Are you creative? Do you have any experience in sound, lighting, video editing, camera work, graphic design, media presentation, or set design or are you interested in learning any of these things? If so, the production team needs your help! Our production team is responsible for making our live and online services happen through camera and audio mixing, lights, media, and set design. They also work hard to record and edit high quality video that is used throughout the church for other areas such as TLFA, and the Growth path classes. If you think this team could be the right fit for you and would like to learn more about the Production Team and how you can serve in this capacity at North River, click HERE to let us know you are interested and get your questions answered. We are happy to train and walk beside you as you learn!         ELEVATE - Parent Check In Parents of 6th - 12th graders are invited to hop online on Thursday, March 25th at 7PM to catch up with other parents. At this check-in Pastor Kristie will be hearing and answering your questions about parenting, teen trends, and all things social media / online, as well as sharing some of the latest research about what matters most to our teens. For the link to join, check your weekly e-mails for the link or request the link from Kristie HERE.    Kidszone - Anchored  This April vacation we will dive into adventure with ANCHORED! The children will explore the depths of their faith through interactive games, Bible adventures, crafts, music and more! This 3 day Vacation Bible eXperience starts on April 20th and runs until April 22nd. To register click HERE. There is also an online option available, please email Amy@northriverchurch.org to register your child for the ANCHORED online.  ANCHORED is looking for volunteers! If you are interested in helping out during the week please email Amy Lynch. ANCHORED needs resources!!  A donation sign-up is being held this week outside on the patio. If you are joining us in person, please stop by and take a donation slip. There is also a sign-up that has been generated online. Click HERE to make an online donation.      Blood Drives at North River North River will be hosting the American Red Cross for blood drives on Wednesdays, April 14 and May 12 from 1pm – 5:30pm. Go to https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html to make an appointment. (Appointment Required.)  ...

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