North River Church Update September 18, 2020

 

​Every month in KidsZone we have a new memory verse. The children work hard all month long to memorize the verse, and on the last Sunday of the month, if they can recite the verse they are rewarded with chocolate.  We call it Chocolate Sunday and it’s one of my favorite things to do! I give out a lot of chocolate. But it doesn’t stop there. Every month they kids can recite the previous month’s verses to get bigger chocolate bars, and eventually they have taken to heart 12 verses of scripture. They may not realize that by memorizing and speaking those verses they have begun to build for themselves an arsenal. 

 The Bible is pretty clear about learning and knowing scripture. The first part of Deuteronomy 11:18 tells us to “fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds…” and verse 19 goes on and commands us to “teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” That leaves little room for misinterpretation, we are commanded to “place these words on our hearts and teach them to our children (Message)”.  

 ​But why is it so important? 2 Timothy 3:16 reminds us that scripture is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training”, and 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” And let us not forget to put on the Armor of God; the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, our feet ready with the gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. All of this prepares us to go out into the World and face whatever may come our way. 

 ​Do you have a verse or two (or more) prepared for when you face a challenge, or adversity? Are you armed with the belt of truth when deception lurks nearby? Did you grab your helmet of salvation before you left the house this morning? Because loss and destruction can come crashing down upon us.  Don’t forget the shield of faith when denial and doubt try to overwhelm you.  This is why it is so important to build a scriptural arsenal. 

 The children of course want the chocolate, but every month they get so much more. The sweetness of the chocolate only enhances the sweetness of the Word. The verses they memorize equip them for real life. When they are afraid, there’s a verse for that! When they are discouraged, there’s a verse for that! When they are joyful, hopeful, shameful or successful, there is a verse for that! 

 This month in KidsZone we worked on Proverbs 17:17, and next week is Chocolate Sunday, I can’t wait to hear the children recite the verse they have worked on for the month. And, if anyone else wants to memorize it, there just might be a piece of chocolate in it for you too! 

Peace, 

Amy Lynch for the Staff

 

Reopening North River

North River will be reopening for live, in-person services on September 20th. In order to attend these services, you MUST RSVP ahead of time. The sign-up for September 20th’s service is posted on the events page HERE. Each week’s sign-up will be posted on the North River Events page of our Website on the Monday morning preceding the Sunday service.

Small Groups that would like to begin meeting at the church may contact Sue Crossman HERE to reserve their meeting space. For more information about reopening, click HERE to be brought to North River’s Reopening information page.

 

 

Prayer Night on the Lawn

Please join us as we come together to pray for our church, our neighbors, our communities, and our nation on Monday, September 21 at 6:30pm. This prayer service will be held outdoors on the lawn at North River.  Please bring your own chair. Please also plan to sit 6 feet from other participants. Face masks will be required until you are seated and when leaving. 

 

 

 

The Big Event #heretoserve

Our 5th annual Big Event All-Church service day was this past Sunday. Thank you to the 90+ of you that served the south shore well! 

 

  

 

Men’s Bible Study 

The Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study will begin again on Sept 19th this fall.  The group meets at 7:30AM the 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month.  Given the challenges of the Covid Pandemic, the group will be meeting outdoors at North River.  Visit the events page HERE  for more info. If you would like someone to contact you with more information, please click HERE.

 

 

TLFA

The Leadership Formation Adventure is North River’s leadership development program.  The purpose of TLFA is to continue to develop, equip and encourage men and women in their leadership as modeled by Jesus Christ.  This fall we will be launching our 4th year of TLFA, and more than 50 people from at North River have gone through TLFA in that time!. We would love for you to consider TLFA this fall.   When we grow and develop as leaders, God’s work and mission on earth is enhanced.  Please prayerfully consider joining us for an impactful and exhilarating journey towards better leadership.  Visit our webpage HERE for more information.

 

 

KidsZone

We are excited to announce that starting September 21st, Amy Lynch will have supervised space open at the church for kids to use for remote learning twice a week for parents who are unable to be home with their children. This is open to children in grades 1-6. Space is limited. If you would like more information about this or would like to sign your child up, please email Amy Lynch HERE

 

 

Annual Business Meeting

Join us this Sunday, September 20th at 6PM to vote on incoming Overseers and church officers and to hear reports from our pastors and ministry leaders. Please make sure to read the email from the Overseers that went out last week regarding a proposal to update our Bylaws that we will be voting on as well.

The meeting will be held in the church parking lot. Face masks and social distancing will be required. The Rain-date is Sept. 27th.

 

Women’s Bible Study Small Group

A women’s small group studying “Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus” will begin on Thursday, October 1. This group will run on Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:30. Both in person and virtual options are available! If interested in signing up or getting more information, please fill out a form HERE and you will be contacted by Delilah Boidleau.

 

   

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Not ready to join us in person yet? You can still engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service! You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org.

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

 

Share Our Service!

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who will you invite?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 

Here are some important resources for you while North River is online:

 

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread is a daily devotional that many of our congregation picked up each month in our lobby. There is a digital version of the same daily devotional HERE

Encounter With God

Encounter With God is another daily devotional to help you GROW in your faith.  Check it out HERE.

Giving Online

Quickly and easily give by:

  • texting northrivercc to 77977 and following the prompts.
  • give through our website by clicking HERE.
  • use your bank’s online billpay.
  • And of course, you can always mail a check to North River Church, 334 Old Oak St, Pembroke, MA  02359

 


 

North River Church Update September 11, 2020

 

Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001 when you first received the news? I do. I was a college sophomore waiting in my dorm lobby to interview for a cleaning job with a member of the physical plant staff of the college. She was 20 minutes late and I was beginning to wonder if I had been forgotten.

When she finally arrived, she looked at me and said, “Can you believe it? Can you believe a plane could crash into a building like that?” I hadn’t heard yet. I didn’t know what had happened. I looked at her in confusion and said, “What?!”

At that point, we didn’t know much. One plane had crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. How could this happen? Was it an accident? How could it possibly be an accident? If it wasn’t an accident, who would do such a horrific thing? How could someone get a hold of a plane like that? So many questions…

We scrapped the interview and went up to the common room of my dorm together where the tv was located instead. There, on live television, we watched the second plane crash into the south tower. Next, the Pentagon. I remember thinking, “If a plane can crash into the Pentagon, a military stronghold of incredible importance, nothing in this country is safe.” Then, on live television we watched, horror struck, as first the south tower and then the north tower collapsed before our eyes. It seemed as if the whole dorm had poured into that room. More questions, disbelief, and grief filled the campus. 

Do you remember where you were when you first received the news?

When tragedy strikes, we are often tempted to ask the questions, “Where were you God? Why would you allow such a horrible thing to happen?” 

As we pause to remember the events of that day and all of the people who both lost their lives and gave their lives to serve others on that day, let us not forget that we serve a God who is as heartbroken over this tragedy as we are. 

It was never the will of God for his creation to suffer. It was never the will of God for his creation to become violent. It was never the will of God that his creation would distance themselves so far from what is good and right and just in his eyes. 

We did that. We moved away from the will of God when, in the garden, Eve and Adam committed the first sin. We continued to do it when Jesus, the perfect son of God, was crucified at the command of God’s creation, the very people he came to save. We continue it today when our actions show that we do not love God with all of our being and when we do not love our neighbors as Jesus commanded us. We rail against the will of God for his beloved creation, and then we ask why bad things happen…

God is as brokenhearted in these tragedies as we are, and he walks with us. He offers comfort, hope, and a better way of handling our conflict. 

We are not the only ones who have suffered. Jesus, as he faced the cross, suffered so greatly that “his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” (Luke 22:44) Jesus joins us in our suffering, not like a god who is distant and far away and untouched by tragedy, but as the God who has endured tragedy and suffering himself and understands our pain. And somehow in the evil and tragedy that was meant for our harm, God makes something beautiful if we let him. 

Romans 8:28 says this, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those that love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

I did a search online today. I searched “stories of hope from 9/11.” Do you have any guess as to how many results turned up in my search? There were 507,000,000 results in .40 seconds. 9/11 will forever be burned in our memories as a horrific tragedy, but today I also thank God that he can take this horror and turn it into 507,000,000 stories of hope. Take a moment today to continue to pray for those who were affected by this tragedy. Pray that God continues to work good out of our pain.

How has God taken the difficult things of your life and turned them for good?

Peace,

Kristie Peck for the staff

 

 

Reopening North River

North River will be reopening for live, in-person services on September 20th. In order to attend these services, you MUST RSVP ahead of time. The sign-up for September 20th’s service will be posted on the events page HERE on Monday September, 14th. 

Small Groups that would like to begin meeting at the church may contact Sue Crossman HERE to reserve their meeting space. For more information about reopening, click HERE to be brought to North River’s Reopening information page.

 

 

Food Drive

Lend a helping hand in the community! North River is hosting another food drive next week. Drop off donations in the lobby at North River Church on Sunday, Sept. 13th from  9AM – Noon, or on Monday & Tuesday Sept. 14th & 15th from 7am – 6pm.

 

 

Men’s Bible Study 

The Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study will begin again on Sept 19th this fall.  The group meets at 7:30AM the 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month.  Given the challenges of the Covid Pandemic, the group will be meeting outdoors at North River.  Visit the events page HERE  for more info. If you would like someone to contact you with more information, please click HERE.

 

 

ELEVATE

No Elevate this Sunday or Tuesday. Join us instead for an outdoor Campfire Kickoff Friday, September 18th from 7-9PM at North River. Get the details HERE on the student ministries page. 

 

 

 TLFA

The Leadership Formation Adventure is North River’s leadership development program.  The purpose of TLFA is to continue to develop, equip and encourage men and women in their leadership as modeled by Jesus Christ.  This fall we will be launching our 4th year of TLFA, and more than 50 people from at North River have gone through TLFA in that time!. We would love for you to consider TLFA this fall.   When we grow and develop as leaders, God’s work and mission on earth is enhanced.  Please prayerfully consider joining us for an impactful and exhilarating journey towards better leadership.  Visit our webpage HERE for more information.

 

 

KidsZone

There is no KidsZoom on Sunday September 13, but will be back on September 20th! 

We are excited to announce that starting September 21st, Amy Lynch will have supervised space open at the church for kids to use for remote learning twice a week for parents who are unable to be home with their children. This is open to children in grades 1-6. Space is limited. If you would like more information about this or would like to sign your child up, please email Amy Lynch HERE

 

 

Annual Business Meeting

Join us on Sunday, September 20th at 6PM to vote on incoming Overseers and church officers and to hear reports from our pastors and ministry leaders. Please make sure to read the email from the Overseers that went out last week regarding a proposal to update our Bylaws that we will be voting on as well.

The meeting will be held in the church parking lot. Face masks and social distancing will be required. The Rain-date is Sept. 27th.

 

 

The Big Event #heretoserve

Our 5th annual Big Event All-Church service day is THIS Sunday, September 13. North River will be serving all over the south shore by completing 12 projects. If you volunteered to help serve, THANK YOU for making a difference in our communities and being the hands and feet of Jesus!

 

  

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Not ready to join us in person yet? You can still engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service! You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org.

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

 

Share Our Service!

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who will you invite?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 

 Here are some important resources for you while North River is online:

 

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

 

Giving Online

Quickly and easily give by:

  • texting northrivercc to 77977 and following the prompts.
  • give through our website by clicking HERE.
  • use your bank’s online billpay.
  • And of course, you can always mail a check to North River Church, 334 Old Oak St, Pembroke, MA  02359

 


 

North River Church Update September 4, 2020

 

I very much hate to say it, but the seasons are changing. The hot sun and the warm breeze of summer is beginning to fade, and if I am honest, it makes me really sad. I LIVE for summer. The sound of ocean waves. The feel of sand beneath my feet. My kids laughing and playing and ducking in the waves. The fun of searching for sea glass and that perfect shell. The smell of the sea grass and primroses filling my nostrils. I’m not sure I can think of anything more ordinary that brings me so much joy. I don’t regret moving to the coast and spending my summers frolicking on the shore. 

But it’s all shifting… temperatures are dropping, the days are getting shorter, and my kids are going back to school in a few short days. Where did it go? I don’t know about you, but I hate to see it change.

Our lives can feel like that too, can’t they? One minute we are enjoying the simple joys of life, with everything going smoothly. Each moment feeling like a gift from God himself, until things change and shift and a new “normal” is thrust upon us.

I imagine that Jesus’ disciples, the Twelve,  might have felt this way. They had found the Messiah and he was AMAZING. He healed the sick, he cured the lame, he put the pharisees, and sadducees, and others in their rightful place. He taught with authority, and performed miracles. He even brought people back from the dead! This was what they had waited for. This is what they had hoped for. This was the best season of their lives. For three years they followed him everywhere. But, like the changing of the seasons, it didn’t last…

Little did they know that winter was coming. Little did they know that everything they believed would soon be turned on its head. Jesus had other plans. Plans to save the whole world both for the present and for the future, and this salvation didn’t look anything like what they expected. 

They didn’t expect that their Messiah would be taken without a fight. They didn’t expect their Messiah would be condemned by the people. They didn’t expect their Messiah would be tortured. They didn’t expect their Messiah would die on a cross, and they didn’t expect that he would rise again in three days. 

All of their hope was in this Jesus, and in the first few years of following Him, He exceeded their expectations. But things changed, the season changed. The disciples didn’t get it at first. They doubted and thought that Jesus was gone forever. But then they saw him, alive and with them, but they still didn’t fully understand. They didn’t know that things couldn’t go back to the way that they were. 

The seasons continued moving forward, and now, in hindsight, we know that the way things played out for Jesus and his disciples was meant to be. Broken dreams and unrealized expectations gave way to the best news the world has ever known — God is for us. As seasons change in your life, maybe you’ve had some expectations dashed, maybe you’ve had some promises unfilled, but just maybe these things happened so that God could lead you into something bigger. Maybe the changing of the seasons doesn’t have to be so bad after all.  

Peace,

Kristie Peck for the staff

 

 

Reopening North River

Click HERE to be brought to North River’s Reopening information page.

 

 

Communion This Sunday

We will celebrate Communion during our service this Sunday. If you would like to celebrate Communion, you will need to provide some Communion elements for yourself. This can be in the form of bread, crackers, grape juice or red wine.

 

 

Food Drive

Lend a helping hand in the community! North River is hosting another food drive next week. Drop off donations in the lobby at North River Church on Sunday, Sept. 13th from  9AM – Noon, or on Monday & Tuesday Sept. 14th & 15th from 7am – 6pm.

 

 

Men’s Bible Study

The Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study will begin again on Sept 19ththis fall.  The group meets at 7:30AM the 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month.  Given the challenges of the Covid Pandemic, the group will be meeting outdoors at North River.  Visit the events page HERE  for more info. If you would like someone to contact you with more information, please click HERE.

 

 

TLFA

The Leadership Formation Adventure is North River’s leadership development program.  The purpose of TLFA is to continue to develop, equip and encourage men and women in their leadership as modeled by Jesus Christ.  This fall we will be launching our 4th year of TLFA, and more than 50 people from at North River have gone through TLFA in that time!. We would love for you to consider TLFA this fall.   When we grow and develop as leaders, God’s work and mission on earth is enhanced.  Please prayerfully consider joining us for an impactful and exhilarating journey towards better leadership.  Visit our webpage here for more information.

 

 

Annual Business Meeting

Join us on Sunday, September 20th at 6PM to vote on incoming Overseers and church officers and to hear reports from our pastors and ministry leaders. You will be receiving a separate email from the Overseers regarding a proposal to update our By-Laws this weekend.

The meeting will be held in the church parking lot. Face masks and social distancing will be required. The Rain-date is Sept. 27th.

 

 

The Big Event

Our 5th annual Big Event All-Church service day will be Sunday, September 13.

Currently we have 12 projects that need to be filled. These projects are in Pembroke, Marshfield, Scituate, Norwell and Hanover, and will last approximately 3-4hrs.  Jobs will range from painting to yard work and cleaning, to light carpentry work. All projects will be outside and organized to respect social distancing requirements. We will provide disposable masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.

Get involved! Help us change the South Shore!  Sign Up HERE.

 


 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service! You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org.

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

 

Share Our Service!

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who will you invite?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 

Ministries


 

Small Groups Online

At North River, we believe Small Groups are the best way for people to connect with God and others. For more information on Small Groups, click HERE.

KidsZone

KidsZone (grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.  Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Thursdat at 9 am For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please contact Amy Lynch HERE.

Elevate

Elevate, for students in grades 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM and Tuesdays at 7PM (middle school) and 8PM (high school). Parents and students should watch their inboxes for the link to sign on each week. 

Also be on the lookout for information about meeting in person again soon. There will be NO Elevate this coming week. Click HERE to check out the student ministries page and get more info.

 

 Here are some important resources for you while North River is online:

 

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

 

Giving Online

Quickly and easily give by:

  • texting northrivercc to 77977 and following the prompts.
  • give through our website by clicking HERE.
  • use your bank’s online billpay.
  • And of course, you can always mail a check to North River Church, 334 Old Oak St, Pembroke, MA  02359

 

 


North River Church Update August 28, 2020

Devotional Thoughts For This Week:

Forecasters are warning that 2020 could shape up to rival 2005 as one of the worst Atlantic hurricane seasons in the last nearly 170 years. Hurricane Laura, the twelfth storm this season, made landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of around 150 miles per hour earlier this week. Amidst the lingering uncertainty of this pandemic, hurricane season is now thrust upon us, and we are all tempted to worry, wonder and fret. What can be done? Where is God in the midst of this disaster? This pandemic? Where is he in the midst of the storms that threaten your own life?

Max Lucado reminds us that there is “one strong anchor that is hooked to at least four unbreakable lifelines.” God is a God of promises. From the first chapter of the Bible, Scripture makes a case for the dependability of God. Without exception, when He spoke something truly magnificent happened. Light. Land. Oceans. Creatures. We are left with one conclusion: God’s word is sure and his promises can be trusted. What he says happens. There is nothing more secure than the anchor of God’s promises. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19).

The aftermath of storms and other choppy seas you may be facing leave in us a longing for some hope. Perhaps the wind of change is pounding against your faith, your family, or your finances. Drop the anchor into the unshakable promises of God, and hold on tight to these four lifelines.

Hang tight. God gets you! If you ever wonder if God listens, he does. If you ever wonder if the God of the Universe can comprehend all that you are facing, then ponder long and hear the promise that Jesus is “able to understand our weaknesses” (Hebrews 4:15). This is lifeline #1.

Overcome Despair with Prayer. Will God do what you ask? Perhaps. Or perhaps he will do more than you imagine. Stand firmly on the promise that “when a believing person prays, great things happen” (James 5:16). When you find yourself in the midst of despair, ponder this truth: Jesus, right now, at this moment, in the midst of whatever trouble you are facing, is speaking on your behalf. He is calling out to the Heavenly Father. He is advocating for a special blessing to be sent your way. You do not fight the wind and waves alone. Every day he speaks up for you. (Romans 8:34). This is lifeline #2.

Pull together when life comes apart. There is strength in unity. In the extreme challenges we need to weather, we can divide or we can unite. Beautiful things can emerge when we do. Compassion. Care. Building bridges. Healing wounds. Our pain bears fruit when it reminds us that everyone has value, and we were created by God, in God’s image, for God’s glory (Genesis 1:26). This is lifeline #3.

Evil exists, but it does not win! Of course, we’d rather have a storm-free life, but we can count on the devil stirring up trouble and fear. However, in those moments when all that is good appears to lose, you do not need to worry. You can remind the evil one, “The God who brings peace will soon defeat Satan and give you power over him” (Romans 16:20). This is lifeline #4.

Hold fast to these lifelines. Storms will come. Sometimes it may be a calamity that thousands are facing together, or it may be a personal battle that no one else even knows you are dealing with. But when they do come, filter them through the promises of God. And since his promises are unbreakable, your hope will be unshakable.

 

Peace,

Rich Peck for the Staff

 

Reopening North River

Tune in this Sunday morning during our Services to hear an announcement from Pastor Paul and Pastor Todd about Reopening North River this fall.  

 

 

Annual Business Meeting

Join us on Sunday, September 20th at 6PM to vote on incoming Overseers and church officers and to hear reports from our pastors and ministry leaders. Be on the lookout early next week for a message from the Overseers regarding the proposal of ByLaws updates.

This will be held in the church parking lot. Face masks and social distancing will be required. The Rain-date is Sept. 27th.

 

 

The Big Event

Our 5th annual Big Event All-Church service day will be Sunday, September 13.

Currently we have 12 projects that need to be filled. These projects are in Pembroke, Marshfield, Scituate, Norwell and Hanover, and will last approximately 3-4hrs.  Jobs will range from painting to yard work and cleaning, to light carpentry work. All projects will be outside and organized to respect social distancing requirements. We will provide disposable masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.

Get involved! Help us change the South Shore!  Sign Up HERE.

 

 

Elevate Events This Week

Elevate, for 6th – 12th graders, will be hosting an outdoor movie night in place of the online Tuesday Night Hangout THIS Tuesday, September 1st at North River. Students and parents can get more info HERE about movie night.

 

 

KidsZone Playdate Sunday!

KidsZone is holding an outdoor playdate Sunday afternoon from 3:30 – 5:00 in the North River Parking Lot! This is open for preschoolers through 5th grade.  For more info, email Amy Lynch HERE.

 

Glory of God South Shore

The next Glory of God multi-church prayer service will take place in person on August 30th at 6PM. It will be held at Christ Community Church located at 41 Stevens Street in East Taunton. Masks and social distancing will be required. Please do not attend if you are not feeling well or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 14 days. For more information visit the Glory of God South Shore website HERE.

 

 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service! You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org.

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

 

Share Our Service!

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who will you invite?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 

#HereToServe

 

 

To see how our church cares please visit our Care Page HERE.

 

 Here are some important resources for you while North River is online:

 

Right Now Media

Right Now Media offers online video Bible studies, and children’s programming. If you would like to receive an invitation to Right Now Media, contact Sue Crossman HERE. For those of you who haven’t logged-in to Right Now Media for a while go to Rightnowmedia.org, click on login, type in your email address and password ( or click on Forgot Password to reset it).

 

Giving Online

Quickly and easily give by:

  • texting northrivercc to 77977 and following the prompts.
  • give through our website by clicking HERE.
  • use your bank’s online billpay.
  • And of course, you can always mail a check to North River Church, 334 Old Oak St, Pembroke, MA  02359

 

 


 

 

North River Church Update August 21, 2020

Devotional Thoughts For This Week:
My oldest son, Alec, just had his senior pictures done this week, and it suddenly occurred to me that this is our last year. I have no idea what the future holds for my boy after high school.  And that thought is enough to keep me awake all night and sobbing all day.  I really thought I was doing OK with his growing up and leaving the nest. I really thought that I would even embrace his departure, as I would finally get the chance to clean up his bedroom and find whatever is causing his room to have such an unpleasant odor!

My brain understands that this is a natural progression but it’s my heart that is having a little more trouble. And I am finding that I am thinking about all the “lasts” that this year is bringing in. His last first day of school. His last marching band/football game. His last orchestra concert, his last last day of school. This list doesn’t even take into consideration that we have no idea what the school year will even look like, will any of these events even occur? And of course, whenever I try to tell any of this to him, he just rolls his eyes at me. There’s been a lot of eye rolling lately. We all knew eventually this would come, but I swear just yesterday he was just a little guy that couldn’t sleep without Bear. I wonder if Bear will go with him if/when he leaves? 

On top of all these anxieties, is the greater fear of the unknown. Will he enlist as he has hoped to be able to do for months? Where will he go to college? Will he go to college? Maybe he’ll take a year off to figure it out, maybe he’ll do a trade school, maybe…maybe…maybe…And I know every parent of a high school senior that has gone before us has gone through this process. But I have never done this before! This boy is going to be 18 in a few weeks, legally a man, allowed to vote, and he can’t pick up his dirty socks off the floor, but he is an adult?  I’m not sure the world is ready for my boy, and if I am being completely honest, I am not sure my boy is ready for the world.

At this point, I just have to hope that all the little lessons I have tried to drill into his stubborn brain have stuck. The important stuff, like how to separate his colors when he does laundry; the right way to load the dishwasher; to always read the book before watching the movie; never be afraid to ask for help; and to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Start your children off in the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.”  I think this is one of the most hopeful verses in scripture!  The Message says, “Point your kids in the right direction-when they’re old they won’t be lost.”  As parents, as a family, as a church, we have all helped to raise up the next generation. We are helping one another point all of our kids in the right direction.  By teaching and praying, correcting and listening we are showing all of these kids the right direction. We are giving these kids the right foundation and allowing them to grow in the way they should go. And when they are grown, they won’t be lost because of what we have given to them.  

Alec may not always pick up his dirty clothes off the floor. And he may find another way to load the dishwasher. And I know he has questions about faith, and what God’s plans are for him. But what I can have hope in, is our church family at North River has pointed my kid in the right direction. And I believe that when he is old, he won’t be lost.  Now if only I could get him to change the toilet paper roll…anyone want to help with that?

~Amy Lynch, Children’s Ministry Director

For the Staff

 

 

Save the Date! Outdoor Movie Night.


This Wednesday, August 26th join us for our all church outdoor movie night! This event is for all ages.  While we can’t say the name of the movie, we can give you a hint: it rhymes with Kion Ling!!! Registration is required. Arrive at 7PM for the movie to begin at 7:30. To register, please click HERE

 

 

The Big Event

Our 5th annual Big Event All-Church service day will be Sunday, September 13.

Currently we have 12 projects that need to be filled. These projects are in Pembroke, Marshfield, Scituate, Norwell and Hanover, and will last approximately 3-4hrs.  Jobs will range from painting to yard work and cleaning, to light carpentry work. All projects will be outside and organized to respect social distancing requirements. We will provide disposable masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.

Get involved! Help us change the South Shore!  Sign Up HERE.

 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

 

Join us on Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org.

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

 

Share Our Service!

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Just recently we had someone attend our service who had not been in a church for over 15 years!  Who will you invite?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 

North River is (on) Social! (Media)

 

Did you know North River in on social media? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Vimeo to get all of the latest updates. Interact with us and each other and watch for posts that inform and encourage.

 

Here are some important resources for you while North River is online:

 

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread is a daily devotional that many of our congregation picked up each month in our lobby. There is a digital version of the same daily devotional HERE

Encounter With God

Encounter With God is another daily devotional to help you GROW in your faith.  Check it out here

Giving Online

Quickly and easily give by:

  • texting northrivercc to 77977 and following the prompts.
  • give through our website by clicking HERE.
  • use your bank’s online billpay.
  • And of course, you can always mail a check to North River Church, 334 Old Oak St, Pembroke, MA  02359

 

 


 

North River Church Update August 14, 2020

My kids caught me in a moment of weakness and frustration recently while driving. I seriously lost my temper with a car that cut me off and then slammed on their brakes on the highway.  If you know me at all, you know that I tend to be a rule follower (sometimes to a fault) and so driving in the Boston area tends to occasionally send me right over the edge into full blown anger. Is a blinker so hard to use? How about not blocking the intersection at a stoplight? Or the thing that drives me the most crazy, … how hard is it to be kind and let people merge? It should work like a zipper, people! (and then maybe traffic wouldn’t have to come to a screeching halt!) 

As I yelled about what an idiot I thought this person was, I felt the whole atmosphere in the car shift. My anger was contagious and all of us were now set on edge.. 

I was reminded that day that our words have great power. In my case they changed the whole atmosphere. The Bible has a lot to say about the power of our words. 

“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”  James‬ ‭1:26‬

“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs‬ ‭12:18‬

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.”‭‭ Proverbs‬ ‭15:1-2‬

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”‭‭ James‬ ‭3:9-10‬

“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭11:23‬ 

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”‭‭ Ephesians‬ ‭4:29‬

God calls us to use our words to build one another up, to bring healing, He tells us that our words have the power to “move mountains,” and, just like in my situation, they have the power to change and affect the whole environment around us.  In a time when our whole nation seems to struggle to agree on anything from politics to justice to sports to the best coronavirus practices what part have your words played? Do your words bring healing or more division? Do they build others up in the Kingdom of God, or do they tear them down? Do they inspire righteousness or rage?

Let’s be people who apply God’s wisdom. Remember that there is great power in your words. Do you want to be a life – bringer, or someone who allows the enemy to divide and conquer God’s people? I hope you will choose to honor those that God “has created in his likeness,” and use your words for good.

Peace,

Kristie Peck for the Staff

 

Save the Date!

Wednesday, August 26th Join us for an all church outdoor movie night! This event is for all ages. Registration is required. Arrive at 7PM for the movie to begin at 7:30. To register, please click HERE.

 

The Big Event

On Sunday, September 13, you are invited to join us in The Big Event. The Big Event is an all church event designed for us to go out into the communities surrounding North River to do small work projects.  There will be many different projects offered ranging from yard work, to clean up, to painting, to light construction work. This is a family-friendly event. Projects this year will be outdoors in order to keep everyone involved at safe social distances.  Sign-Up Here

 

 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org.

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

 

Share Our Service!

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who will you invite?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 

North River is (on) Social! (Media)

Did you know North River in on social media? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Vimeo to get all of the latest updates. Interact with us and each other and watch for posts that inform and encourage.

 

 

Here are some important resources for you while North River is online:

 

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread is a daily devotional that many of our congregation picked up each month in our lobby. There is a digital version of the same daily devotional HERE

 

Giving Online

Quickly and easily give by:

  • texting northrivercc to 77977 and following the prompts.
  • give through our website by clicking HERE.
  • use your bank’s online billpay.
  • And of course, you can always mail a check to North River Church, 334 Old Oak St, Pembroke, MA  02359

 


North River Church Update August 7, 2020

I have spent a lot of time thinking over Phillipians 4 recently. Not only did Pastor Paul preach much wisdom from this passage last Sunday, but our Young Adult Small Group was recently studying it as well. This New Testament book continues to speak to me even into this week. 

For many of us, Joy is not a natural disposition. Pastor Akshay Rajkumar posits that in times when we feel like we have little or no control in particular, anxiety is actually what we feel most of all. I don’t know about you, but throughout this pandemic uncertainty and lack of control have most certainly fought to be at the forefront for me and my family.

What will school look like in the fall? When will Rich find another job? How do these rising coronavirus numbers in other parts of the country affect what is happening here in massachusetts? Are my loved ones at risk? Are the students in my ministry actually ok through all of this? The anxiety of the unknown piles up as we search for answers to our questions.

The apostle Paul tells us this in Phillipians 4:4-7, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

There is something special happening here. Paul asks us not to be anxious in anything, “but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” His counter to anxiety is prayer and thanksgiving. Now, you’re initial response to this, like mine, may be something like, “What?! How does that even work?” 

Have you ever tried to be truly thankful and grateful about something while being anxious at the same time? It just doesn’t work. When we approach God with thanks and gratitude it is next to impossible for anxiety and fear to hold us in their grip, allowing God to replace it with peace.

Are you anxious today? Do something about it. We serve a God who keeps His promises! Go to Him in prayer. Go with a list of the things that you are genuinely grateful for and watch how the God of peace brings His peace to your heart and mind in a way that cannot be explained with human definition. 

With Peace and Gratitude,

Kristie Peck for the Staff

 

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 

 

Food collection for the Pembroke Food Pantry

Please consider bringing a donation for the Pembroke Food Pantry to the Parking Lot Prayer Night if you are able. Donations will also be accepted at the church on Tuesday from 9-11AM

Here are some suggested items:Tuna, Hash, Canned chicken, Kid’s juice boxes. Other items will also be accepted. 

 

 

Elevate Events This Week

Elevate, for 6th – 12th graders, will be hosting an outdoor movie night in place of the online Tuesday Night Hangout THIS Tuesday, August 11th at North River. Students and parents can get more info HERE about movie night and our other upcoming outdoor events!

 

Mark your calendars for these outdoor events this summer:

Monday, August 10 – Parking Lot Prayer Night 6:30PM

Join us for prayer and worship in the parking lot THIS monday night at 6:30PM. Sign-up HERE

Wednesday, August 26 – Movie Night

 

 

 Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org.

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

 

Share Our Service!

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who will you invite?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 

Here are some important resources for you while North River is online:

 

Right Now Media

Right Now Media offers online video Bible studies, and children’s programming. If you would like to receive an invitation to Right Now Media, contact Sue Crossman HERE. For those of you who haven’t logged-in to Right Now Media for a while go to Rightnowmedia.org, click on login, type in your email address and password ( or click on Forgot Password to reset it).

 

Giving Online

Quickly and easily give by:

  • texting northrivercc to 77977 and following the prompts.
  • give through our website by clicking HERE.
  • use your bank’s online billpay.
  • And of course, you can always mail a check to North River Church, 334 Old Oak St, Pembroke, MA  02359

 


 

North River Church Update July 31, 2020

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

Have you ever been in a dark room? My guess is that all of us have spent some time in the dark before. Remember when you were a child and suddenly found yourself in the dark? For most children (and even adults) the lack of sight in the dark can feel scary, disconnected from safety, and allow for our imaginations to conjure up “monsters” that are just waiting to jump out and get us at any time.

As a young child, I was terrified of the dark and insisted on having some sort of light growing up. In my case, the hall light right outside of my bedroom was left on and my bedroom door left cracked open. Light from the hall came flooding into my bedroom allowing my eyes to make out all the shapes in my bedroom and dispelling any of the monsters that may have been lying in wait to get me.

Light and darkness only work one way. When light is introduced to a dark room the light spills into that room, revealing what could not be seen previously. It is not the other way around. Darkness does not spill over into the lighted room and cause things to be unseen. Darkness did not spill out of my bedroom into the hall.

Darkness cannot overcome light. Darkness is simply the absence of light. It does not have the power to make a light become dark.  Light always overcomes darkness.

The Bible tells us this is true in the spiritual world also. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Jesus cannot be overcome by darkness or evil. Not ever. As Jesus’ followers, neither can we. We receive this light of life that Jesus refers to when we commit our lives to Jesus and receive his gift of salvation. Jesus tells us this in Matthew 5, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

The world has a lot of dark spots right now. Coronavirus, racial inequality, persecution and violence against Christians and others who don’t agree with one another, food and water shortages, human trafficking, loss of jobs, in the U.S., a nation that is divided politically and spews hatred instead of love at one another, corruption, the list could go on.

As Christians, we are called to SHINE our light in the darkness. Not to “hide it under a bowl.” When we actively do as Jesus commands in Matthew 5 the darkness in this world begins to dissipate. How are you shining the light you have been given in a world so desperately in need of the light of Christ?

Kristie Peck for the Staff

 

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 

Communion This Sunday

We will celebrate Communion during our service this Sunday. If you would like to celebrate Communion, you will need to provide some Communion elements for yourself. This can be in the form of bread, crackers, grape juice or red wine.

 

Elevate Events

Elevate, for 6th – 12th graders, will be hosting an outdoor movie night in place of the online Tuesday Night Hangout THIS Tuesday, August 4th at North River. Students and parents can get more info HERE about movie night and our other upcoming outdoor events!

 

KidsZone

KidsZone (grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games. We also have Kids Sermon Notes available so the  kids can follow along with the message on Sundays.  Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 9 am For the links to either KidsZone, Ollie’s Treehouse or the Kids Sermon Notes please contact Amy Lynch HERE.

 

North River is Going LIVE

North River has moved to a live stream from the church on Sunday mornings. This Sunday will be our fourth week in this format. Previously our services were pre-recorded. This will not change anything about how you log on and watch our service from home, but like with any transition, there may be a couple of unexpected bumps in the road.  We ask you to bear with us, as our teams work hard to bring us one step closer to regathering at the church in the future well!

 

Global Leadership Summit

The Global Leadership Summit is coming to you this year.  Join us for this 2 day, online event right from your favorite chair at home.

The Global Leadership Summit is your infusion of fresh ideas, actionable concepts, leadership principles and heartfelt inspiration. This is your opportunity to access a wealth of leadership insight from a world-class faculty ready to equip and inspire you in your leadership—no matter where you have influence.

Sign-up HERE.

 

Mark your calendars for these outdoor events this summer:

Monday, August 10 – Parking Lot Prayer Night

Sign-up HERE. We will be collecting items for the Pembroke Food Pantry. Please bring an item or two if you are able.

Wednesday, August 26 – Movie Night

 

 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org.

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

Share Our Service!

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who’s your one?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

Here are some important resources for you while North River is online:

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread is a daily devotional that many of our congregation picked up each month in our lobby. There is a digital version of the same daily devotional HERE.

Giving Online

Quickly and easily give by:

  • texting northrivercc to 77977 and following the prompts.
  • give through our website by clicking HERE.
  • use your bank’s online billpay.
  • And of course, you can always mail a check to North River Church, 334 Old Oak St, Pembroke, MA  02359

North River Church Update July 24, 2020

 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.

As the rain and the snow

come down from heaven,

and do not return to it

without watering the earth

and making it bud and flourish,

so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

so is my word that goes out from my mouth:

It will not return to me empty,

but will accomplish what I desire

and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:8-11

The dictionary defines perspective as a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view. We all have one, and sometimes they are as different as night and day. Perspectives can draw us together, or perspectives can tear us apart. They can cause nations to go to war or they can unite us in a common goal. They can sever the bonds of family or they can build the bonds of friendship. Our perspectives can make us happy or our perspectives can make us sad.

Perspective informs our lives in some pretty dramatic ways.

God has a perspective, too, and he reminds Israel of this in Isaiah 55. Most of us have heard parts of this passage before, as it contains the very familiar, “for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways…” We often use this passage to encourage a friend or family member when they are confused.

However, there is something bigger that Isaiah wants us to know. In verse 10, Isaiah uses a metaphor to describe God’s perspective. While we see snow falling upon the land, God sees the bread going into our bellies. Isaiah then summarizes the metaphor by stating that God’s word is similar as “It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (v11)” Do you see it?

God is always at His work. He is sovereign over all and will always complete exactly what He intends. While we are confused by what is going on around us, we can be certain that God’s purposes are never thwarted. He is still in control.

Do you need to change your perspective on something this week? Are you seeing the snow instead of the bread? Take a moment and ask God to share His perspective with you.

 

Peace,

Rich Peck for the Staff

 

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 

 

North River is Going LIVE

North River has moved to a live stream from the church on Sunday mornings. This Sunday will be our third week in this format. Previously our services were pre-recorded. This will not change anything about how you log on and watch our service from home, but like with any transition, there may be a couple of unexpected bumps in the road.  We ask you to bear with us, as our teams work hard to bring us one step closer to regathering at the church in the future well!

 

 

Global Leadership Summit

The Global Leadership Summit is coming to you this year.  Join us for this 2 day, online event right from your favorite chair at home. 

 

The Global Leadership Summit is your infusion of fresh ideas, actionable concepts, leadership principles and heartfelt inspiration. This is your opportunity to access a wealth of leadership insight from a world-class faculty ready to equip and inspire you in your leadership—no matter where you have influence

Sign-up HERE.

 

 

Mark your calendars for these outdoor events this summer:

Monday, August 10 – Prayer Night

Sign-up at northriverchurch.org/events. We will be collecting items for the Pembroke Food Pantry. Please bring an item or two if you are able.

Wednesday, August 26 – Movie Night

 

 

VBX

It’s VBX time again! Virtual Bible Experience! It might look a little different than what we’re used to, but it will still be an adventure! Join us this July 27-31 for Rocky Railway, an epic exploration that puts kid’s trust in Jesus on track! This year VBX is a virtual adventure, and once you register you will receive everything you need to do VBX from home! To register click HERE.

 

 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

Share Our Service!  

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who’s your one?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 

Here are some important resources for you while North River is online:

 

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check.

 


North River Church Update July 17, 2020

 

Dear friends,

How was your week? Our week was…well it was a week!  For starters, my 10 year old niece came to stay with us this week. With new restrictions on day camps and childcare, and family members getting back to work full time, we decided a week at our home would be a fun treat.  In a house with 3 teenage boys that sleep all day and game all night, our home is usually pretty quiet during the day. But my niece is a talker, and when the sun rises…So. Does. She.  Thus, our normally quiet house was suddenly filled with new life!  And non-stop chatter about nail polish and lipstick!  Topics that teenage boys aren’t too fluent in!

But by mid-week we had a new routine down, and all was well. Until the boys decided that they really could not discuss the merits of lipstick versus lip gloss any longer and they needed a boys’ night out!  They were going to take a drive because they were invited to enjoy some s’mores at a friend’s new fire pit. We were assured that they would be socially distant, and they would be home well before their curfew. As the mother of a somewhat new driver, I am learning to not monitor their whereabouts constantly on those wonderful tracker apps. An occasional peak here and there to just double check their safety, and I was back and fully engrossed in a Zoom meeting.  No problem, right?

All was well until I heard that my new driver was stuck in Hanover with a flat tire. And not just a flat tire, but a punctured in several places kind of flat tire that had left him completely immobile on the side of the road. At 9:30 at night.  As I was leaving my house to help him, I received a phone call from a friend telling me that Alec is OK, and that she had already dispatched help in the form of her husband and daughter to Alec’s rescue.  I jumped into the car and raced up to Hanover, and when I arrived on the scene, I saw that help had already arrived and they were in the process of trying to get the flat off and the spare put on.  It took a couple of hours and not 1, but 2 tow truck drivers to eventually get us situated and on our way home.  

During this whole ordeal, all I could think of is how blessed we are as a family; how blessed I am as a mom that I have people in my life that love and care for my sons. Without any hesitation another family ran to the aid of my kids and stayed there late into the night with us.  We’ve all heard that old adage that it takes a village to raise a child. This week reminded me of who my village is.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says; “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”  God created  us to be relational, and part of a family, and members of society. Together. In times of need, we should be able to rely on one another for comfort and encouragement.  

I think right now, we are all in need. These months of isolation, fear of disease, economic destruction, and in our case flat tires have made me needy for community.  But what really struck me this week, was that My Community, My Village was never separated from me. Even though as a collective our church can’t meet physically, we still “meet”. Despite the restrictions, we still come together online every week and worship the Lord! We were never alone! We are each other’s strands and we will not be broken!

Peace,

Amy Lynch for the staff

 

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 

North River is Going LIVE

North River has moved to a live stream from the church on Sunday mornings. Previously our services were pre-recorded. This will not change anything about how you log on and watch our service from home, but like with any transition, there may be a couple of unexpected bumps in the road.  We ask you to bear with us, as our teams work hard to bring us one step closer to regathering at the church in the future well!

 

 

Outdoor Trivia Night

Join us THIS Wednesday, July 22nd for an outdoor game of Trivia! Arrive at 7:30PM with your chairs, snacks, and drinks to play trivia designed for our youngest to our most experienced players.  Space is limited, so please register HERE for this event.

 

 

Global Leadership Summit

The Global Leadership Summit is coming to you this year.  Join us for this 2 day, online event right from your favorite chair at home. 

The Global Leadership Summit is your infusion of fresh ideas, actionable concepts, leadership principles and heartfelt inspiration. This is your opportunity to access a wealth of leadership insight from a world-class faculty ready to equip and inspire you in your leadership—no matter where you have influence

Register NOW before the price increases on July 21st. Sign-up HERE.

 

Mark your calendars for these outdoor events this summer:

Wednesday, July 22 – Trivia Night

Monday August 10 – Prayer Night

Wednesday August 26 – Movie Night

 

 

Elevate Events

Elevate, for 6th – 12th graders, will be hosting an outdoor movie night in place of the online Tuesday Night Hangout THIS Tuesday, July 21st at North River. Students and parents can get more info HERE about movie night and our other upcoming outdoor events!

 

 

VBX

It’s VBX time again! Virtual Bible Experience! It might look a little different than what we’re used to, but it will still be an adventure! Join us this July 27-31 for Rocky Railway, an epic exploration that puts kid’s trust in Jesus on track! This year VBX is a virtual adventure, and once you register you will receive everything you need to do VBX from home! To register click HERE.

 

 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

 

Share Our Service!  

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who’s your one?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 

Here are some important resources for you while North River is online:

 

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check.

Employment Opportunities

Bethesda House

A faith based home for young pregnant or parenting moms and their babies. (bethesdahousema.org)

We are seeking a reliable, flexible and friendly person to staff the house in the afternoons and early evenings.  This position will involve the coordination of volunteers, working with the moms and babies in our care, and jumping in on some special projects as they arise.

Commitment & Compensation: Between 18-30 hours/week,  2-8pm. Independent Contractor (1099) at $18/hourRequirements: Familiarity with our ministry and mission. Strong leadership, organizational, and people skills. Proficient in basic computer skills.Contact: Please call Bethesda House Director Missy Porter at 781-361-2418 if you are interested in this position.

First Baptist Christian School – Weymouth

 Teachers:

  • 4th grade full time
  • 5th grade maternity leave sub from September to mid-December

First Baptist Christian School is seeking believing, highly qualified individuals who are committed to the mission of teaching and transforming children’s lives in the Christian school setting. If you are interested in employment at FBCS, please familiarize yourself with our website (www.fbcsweymouth.org). Candidates who are in full agreement with the school’s mission statement, core values, and statement of faith will be considered. Applications may be submitted via email to elaineallshouse@gmail.com or standard mail to FBCS, 40 West Street, Weymouth MA 02190.

 


North River Church Update July 10, 2020

Twenty-five years ago, I had my first encounter with Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. It forever changed the way I look at my relationship with God.

During the summer of 1995, I was part of a mission team that spent three months in Kenya, experiencing the variety of ways that missionaries with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) worked within the country. I helped build a local school/church, visited missionary training schools, worked alongside life-long missionaries doing village outreach, and worked with “tentmaker” missionaries to Muslims.

The variety of my experiences were profound, but they were only magnified by the time I spent pouring over Experiencing God with my team. In his study, Blackaby lays out seven realities that identify ways God works to involve people in His activity. They are:

  1. God is always at work around you. (John 5:17)
  2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal. (1 John 4:9-10,19)
  3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work. (John 6:44-45, 65)
  4. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways. (Hebrews 1:1-2)
  5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action. (Hebrews 11:6)
  6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing. (Matthew 4:18-22)
  7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him, and He accomplishes His work through you. (Hebrews 10:25)

Here’s my take away from 25 years ago, which is still as relevant in my life today as it was then: God will always accomplish His work. He does not need me for that to happen, but He invites me on the journey to experience the fullness of His joy and have my breath taken away in wonder of the things He is doing in people’s lives. As I see this happen around me, my faith is deepened, and my desire to join Him explodes.

God is working among us, North River. Take a moment and ask God to open our eyes. Where do you see Him working? How are you going to join Him in His work? Praise Him for the joy He gives when you respond and clearly see that He is working through you.

Peace,

Rich Peck for the Staff

 

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 

 

North River is Going LIVE

This weekend, North River will be moving to a live stream from the church on Sunday morning. Previously our services were pre-recorded. This will not change anything about how you log on and watch our service from home, but like with any transition, there may be a couple of unexpected bumps in the road.  We ask you to bear with us, as our teams work hard to bring us one step closer to regathering at the church in the future well!

 

 

Outdoor Trivia Night

Join us Wednesday, July 22nd for an outdoor game of Trivia! Arrive at 7:30PM with your chairs, snacks, and drinks to play trivia designed for our youngest to our most experienced players.  Space is limited, so please register HERE for this event.

 

 

Mark your calendars for these outdoor events this summer:

Wednesday, July 22 – Trivia Night

Monday August 10 – Prayer Night

Wednesday August 26 – Movie Night

 

 

VBX

It’s VBX time again! Virtual Bible Experience! It might look a little different than what we’re used to, but it will still be an adventure! Join us this July 27-31 for Rocky Railway, an epic exploration that puts kid’s trust in Jesus on track! This year VBX is a virtual adventure, and once you register you will receive everything you need to do VBX from home! To register click HERE.

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

Share Our Service!  

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who’s your one?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 

Ministries

 

Small Groups Online

At North River, we believe Small Groups are the best way for people to connect with God and others. For more information on Small Groups, click HERE.

KidsZone

KidsZone (grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.  Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 9 am For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please contact Amy Lynch HERE.

Elevate

Elevate, for students in grades 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM. Hear a short message of hope and truth in this stressful time, then break into your small group to talk! Parents and students should watch their inboxes for the link to sign on. Click HERE to check out the student ministries page on the website.

Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts are a time for students to connect over video. Middle School is at 7 PM and High School is at 8 PM! Play games & chat with your Elevate friends! Check your email for the link.

 

Here are some important resources for you while North River is online:

 

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check. 

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:       

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information. 

If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.


North River Church Update July 3, 2020

 

I only have 2 rules in life. Ask my children or my KidsZone Kiddos and they will tell you what my rules are: “Don’t get hurt and don’t be on the news.”  Seems like a reasonable request. Inevitably I’ll have a child ask me why they can’t be on the news, and I jokingly tell them that nothing good ever happens on the news. I mean just look at the news cycle so far in 2020. Presidential Impeachment; COVID; Murder hornets; Racism, protest and riots. And then just this morning I actually read an article about flying snakes. I may never leave the house again. 

 

All we have to do is turn on our favorite sources of information and we are bombarded with the most depressing, gut-wrenching headlines ever! That’s why I tell kids I don’t want to be on the news. Until “the news” becomes happy, with stories of rainbows and family reunions, diseases are cured and there’s no more sadness and death. When that happens, then maybe I will watch the news.  When that happens, maybe I won’t fear being on the news.

But, wait a minute…didn’t God send a rainbow as a covenant between himself and every living creature, a covenant for all generations to come (Genesis 9:12-13)? 

Wasn’t there a family reunion when a wealthy father threw a large banquet and celebrated the return of his long lost son (Luke 15)?

Aren’t we promised, that “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).

Now those are the kind of headlines I want to read about! Those headlines offer peace and comfort instead of debilitating depression.  I know that if we put our trust in God, then all that bad news doesn’t seem quite so terrifying. And in fact, trusting in the Sovereignty of our God offers us a peace that surpasses all understanding!

The headlines of today are sensationalized and intended to get us to react and possibly even intended to cause fear and panic. But what if instead of focusing on the bad news, we instead focus on the Good News?

Peace,

Amy Lynch for the staff 

 

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 

 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

Share Our Service!  

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who’s your one?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 

 

Communion This Sunday

 We will celebrate Communion during our service this Sunday. If you would like to celebrate Communion, you will need to provide some Communion elements for yourself. This can be in the form of bread, crackers, grape juice or red wine. 

 

 

Outdoor Movie Night

Join us Monday, July 6th for an outdoor movie! Arrive at 7:30PM with your blankets and chairs to watch “I Still Believe.”  Movie will begin at dusk and Ellie’s Treats will be there with ice cream for purchase! Space is limited, so please register HERE for this event.

 

 

Mark your calendars for these outdoor events this summer:

Wednesday, July 22 – Trivia Night

Monday August 10 – Prayer Night

Wednesday August 26 – Movie Night

 

 

VBX

It’s VBX time again! Virtual Bible Experience! It might look a little different than what we’re used to, but it will still be an adventure! Join us this July 27-31 for Rocky Railway, an epic exploration that puts kid’s trust in Jesus on track! This year VBX is a virtual adventure, and once you register you will receive everything you need to do VBX from home! To register click HERE.

 

#HereToServe

 

To see how our church cares please visit our Care Page HERE.

 

 

Here are some important resources for you while North River online:

 

Right Now Media

Right Now Media offers online video Bible studies, and children’s programming. If you would like to receive an invitation to Right Now Media, contact Sue Crossman HERE. For those of you who haven’t logged-in to Right Now Media for a while go to Rightnowmedia.org, click on login, type in your email address and password ( or click on Forgot Password to reset it).

 

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check. 

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:       

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information. 

If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

 


North River Church Update June 26, 2020

 

Devotional Thoughts for This Week: 

“Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea – the Lord on high is mighty…” Psalm 93:4 

Do you view God as a big or small God? Some people consider God to be far off in the distance. Some people see and hear about catastrophes like floods, disasters, a Pandemic and wonder where God is, and wonder if He is doing anything about it.  

Psalm 93 tells us that God is not small but a big God! The Psalmist uses the word “mighty” to describe just how big he is. To be mighty means wide and vast. To be mighty suggests something compelling and massive in size. God is mighty. He is mightier than a disastrous nor’ easter, a hurricane, and Coronavirus. Our mighty God sits high above the ocean, and cannot be moved or shaken by the ocean’s massive power because God is bigger than the storm. He controls the storm. If God is bigger than an ocean storm, then that must mean that God is bigger than the storms in our life. Think about that for a few minutes:

Have you ever watched a major storm (hurricane, tropical storm), or have jumped in the waves at the beach? What was good about it? What was scary about it? 

What is your definition of mighty? Do you think that is a good description of God? Why or why not? 

What stories in the Bible show God’s power over storms and seas (a few hints: Noah, Moses, Jesus, Peter)? Think about it together and list as many as you can. 

Do you think God knows about the “storms” in your life? Do you think he is mightier than those storms? Why or why not?

What “storms” have you or your family gone through? How has God helped you get through it? How has he helped you specifically? Write those things down, and give a prayer of thanks to God for his help. 

What are some of the “storms” you or your family is going through right now? What comfort comes from knowing that God is bigger than those storms? 

There is an uncertainty in our world right now that is very unsettling. Take heart, the Lord on high is mighty!

Peace,

Todd Szymczak for the staff

 

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

 

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

 

Share Our Service!  

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who’s your one?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 

 

Outdoor Movie Night

Join us Monday, July 6th for an outdoor movie! Arrive at 7:30PM with your blankets and chairs to watch “I Still Believe.”  Movie will begin at dusk and Ellie’s Treats will be there with ice cream for purchase! Space is limited, so please register HERE for this event.

 

 

VBX

It’s VBX time again! Virtual Bible Experience! It might look a little different than what we’re used to, but it will still be an adventure! Join us this July 27-31 for Rocky Railway, an epic exploration that puts kid’s trust in Jesus on track! This year VBX is a virtual adventure, and once you register you will receive everything you need to do VBX from home! To register click HERE.

 

 

Calling All Creatives!

The North River production team is looking for individuals to join our team! Over these past few months, North River has expanded all of our online presence and ministry and that is thanks to all of our volunteers who saw the need and jumped in! We are looking to expand this team. If you have experience with graphic design, video editing, camera/filming, audio mixing, or are interested in learning any of these, let us know! Please click HERE if you are interested, and someone from our production team will be in touch.

 

North River is (on) Social! (Media)

 

Did you know North River in on social media? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Vimeo to get all of the latest updates. Interact with us and each other and watch for posts that inform and encourage.

 

Here are some important resources for you while North River is online:

 

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread is a daily devotional that many of our congregation picked up each month in our lobby. There is a digital version of the same daily devotional HERE

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check. 

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:       

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information. 

If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

 


North River Church Update June 19, 2020

 

We find the theme of God as father woven throughout scripture. In the Old Testament, God was the father of the Jewish nation of Israel. He set them apart as his own, guided and led them, loved and blessed them, provided for them, and when necessary He disciplined them by allowing them to go through the hardships that were brought on by their own poor choices.

In the New Testament, Jesus refers to God as his father over and over again. He even makes the connection of God’s loving kindness, forgiveness, and grace as father in one of his teachings known as the parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15:11-32). In this story, God is the loving father, who forgives his son’s selfish betrayal and welcomes him back with open arms after the son realizes what he has lost.

While no earthly father can adequately embody all that God the perfect Father reveals to us in scripture, earthly fathers, in their pursuit of Christlikeness, are to reflect to their children the character of their heavenly Father. While the responsibility can be daunting, dads play a critical role in painting a picture for their children of who their heavenly Father is. On this Father’s day, we honor that role, and encourage fathers to embrace the challenge to point their children towards a good God, who loves them dearly.

Happy Father’s Day!

Peace,
Rich & Kristie Peck for the staff

 

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

Share Our Service!  

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who’s your one?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 

 

North River Parking Lot Prayer Night 

Please join us at 6:30PM on Monday, June 22nd for a parking lot prayer night. Sign-ups for this service are REQUIRED, as we cautiously take steps to re-gather as a church community. People may participate in this time of worship and prayer in their vehicles. Space for this service is limited, so please sign-up HERE if you wish to attend. 

 

 

VBX

It’s VBX time again! Virtual Bible Experience! It might look a little different than what we’re used to, but it will still be an adventure! Join us this July 27-31 for Rocky Railway, an epic exploration that puts kid’s trust in Jesus on track! This year VBX is a virtual adventure, and once you register you will receive everything you need to do VBX from home! To register click HERE.

 

 

Calling All Creatives!

The North River production team is looking for individuals to join our team! Over these past few months, North River has expanded all of our online presence and ministry and that is thanks to all of our volunteers who saw the need and jumped in! We are looking to expand this team. If you have experience with graphic design, video editing, camera/filming, audio mixing, or are interested in learning any of these, let us know! Please click HERE if you are interested, and someone from our production team will be in touch.

 

 

Guywire

Guywire’s New 40 Day Study “Understanding” started Monday, June 6th, but you can still join! To receive these free daily email encouragements signup at HERE

Guywire will be hosting a 5 Week Men’s Group study via Zoom meeting starting Monday, June 6th. You can sign-up and receive your study guide HERE.

Both studies are centered on the new theme “Understanding” which unpacks understanding God’s Word and His will for our lives. These studies will explore the Value of God’s Word, how we are able to Understand His Word, and explore the deep life impacting truths found in The Bible. These studies are centered around the Parable of The Sower as well as others.

 

Here are some important resources for you while North River is online:

 

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread is a daily devotional that many of our congregation picked up each month in our lobby. There is a digital version of the same daily devotional HERE

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check. 

 

 


North River Church Update June 12, 2020

Devotional Thoughts for the Week:

As schools all across the South Shore have found creative ways to celebrate and encourage their graduating seniors, who have been shorted their normal rites of passage, I am reminded of my time as a senior in high school. Specifically, I’m reminded about those moments when I had to make my final decisions about school, career and what the future might hold for me. 

I prayed, and I prayed for a giant, well-lit, neon sign to point me down the correct path that God had established for my life. I was terrified to make a wrong decision, and I was worried that I might completely ruin the future God had for me. 

During this time, I remember making my way through the book of Romans again. I read Paul’s words in Romans 12:2 in a brand new light. 

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” (NIV)

This verse has spoken wisdom and life into every big decision I have made ever since. Sometimes God does give us that very clear sign that we ask for, but more times than not we are called to test and understand what God’s will for us is. This testing, and subsequent decisions, cannot happen, however, if transformation doesn’t happen first. Transformation first happens when we come to the cross and we confess our sins and we ask for God’s forgiveness. Transformation continues to happen when we renew our minds by intentionally pursuing Christ’s abiding presence in our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us. 

Renewing our minds is a daily work. It happens when we daily read God’s word, reflect, and pray. It happens when we daily live out God’s word, too. Every time we are slow to anger, help our neighbor, or seek justice, instead of conforming to the sin pattern of our world, we renew our minds and allow Christ to transform us. When we have become like-minded with God, the way forward in our lives becomes much clearer and easier to discern. 

Peace,

Kristie Peck for the staff

 

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

Share Our Service!  

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who’s your one?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 

North River Parking Lot Prayer Night 

Please join us at 6:30PM on June 22nd for a parking lot prayer night. Sign-ups for this service are REQUIRED, as we cautiously take steps to re-gather as a church community. People may participate in this time of worship and prayer in their vehicles. Space for this service is limited, so please sign-up HERE if you wish to attend. 

 

#HereToServe

 

Click HERE to learn about all the ways North River offers care for support for our congregation. 

 

 

Ministries

Small Groups Online

At North River we place a high value on community. Small Groups are the best way to foster this community by connecting with God and others. For more information on Small Groups, click HERE.

KidsZone

Kidszone offers The opportunity for the kids to chat with each other, learn about God, and play some games even while we are online.  Please contact Amy Lynch HERE to get all the info for your preschooler – 5th grader.

Elevate

Elevate is for students in grades 6 – 12. Click HERE to check out the student ministries page on the website for how your student can get involved.

 

Guywire

Guywire’s New 40 Day Study “Understanding” started monday June 6th, but you can still join! To receive these free daily email encouragements signup at HERE

Guywire will be hosting a 5 Week Men’s Group study via Zoom meeting starting Monday June 6th. You can sign-up and receive your study guide at HERE.

Both studies are centered on the new theme “Understanding” which unpacks understanding God’s Word and His will for our lives. These studies will explore the Value of God’s Word, how we are able to Understand His Word, and explore the deep life impacting truths found in The Bible. These studies are centered around the Parable of The Sower as well as others.

 

Here are some important resources for you while North River is online:

 

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread is a daily devotional that many of our congregation picked up each month in our lobby. There is a digital version of the same daily devotional HERE

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check. 

 

 


North River Church Update June 5, 2020

Devotional Thoughts For This Week 

From Galatians 3:28

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

These are some of the most breath-taking words in all of Scripture.  When the Apostle Paul wrote these words, Roman dominated the world, and Roman culture was separated by class boundaries that created a dividing wall between groups of people.  Understanding the central promise of Jesus, that people from every tribe and tongue can become children of God through faith in Jesus, Paul here declares the new reality of the gospel.  Everyone who is united to Christ is a new creature and we are part of the same family.  We equally belong.  We equally have standing.  We equally matter to God.

Why were these words breath-taking?  Society at large saw women, slaves, and people of other cultures as “less than.”  But the new, fast-growing church was the one place where everyone is on the same level when we stand before Jesus.  Boundaries that formerly separated are crossed.  Walls of hostility come down.  Unity, brotherhood and partnership emerge.  This is why Paul writes about both men and women who were highly valued church leaders in those early Christian communities.  This is why we see Jews and non-Jews working side by side to present the gospel in cities that had not yet heard the good news of Jesus.

In the midst of the upheaval of these days, we can take heart in this, knowing that God is still at work breaking down walls that divide.  And the church has a great opportunity to practice and demonstrate how the gospel of Christ unites people of all colors and from all cultures.  Theologians sometimes describe the kingdom of God as “already, but not yet.”  In other words, Jesus announced the arrival of God’s kingdom on earth.  Yet, that kingdom and its influence is still growing and spreading little by little.  We do not see the kingdom in all of its fullness.  But Paul paints a picture of what we are becoming and what God has already blessed.  And the church is the place where we work this out and bring this into reality;  a reality that ultimately affects the whole world.  God’s kingdom is a place where men and women equally matter to God, where people from all races and cultures equally matter to God. 

The world is watching with eager eyes.  And the world is crying out for the very thing that the Apostle Paul envisioned nearly 2000 years ago.  Let’s work together to make this even more of a reality at North River — and around the world too.

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 


Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

Share Our Service!  

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who’s your one?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 


Communion This Sunday

We will celebrate Communion during our service this Sunday. If you would like to celebrate Communion, you will need to provide some Communion elements for yourself. This can be in the form of bread, crackers, grape juice or red wine. 

 

North River is (on) Social! (Media)


Did you know North River in on social media? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Vimeo to get all of the latest updates. Interact with us and each other and watch for posts that inform and encourage. watch for posts that inform and encourage.

 

#HereToServe

Caring Connections

If you are sick, elderly or disabled, and need help with some errands (i.e. picking up groceries, prescriptions, etc.) please contact our Caring Connection Ministry HERE. We have a team of people ready to assist.

Prayer

If you would like to have someone pray with you, please contact our Deacons Team HERE.

Deacon’s Fund 

If you are experiencing financial hardship and need assistance, please contact the Deacons HERE. They may be able to assist you through our Deacons Fund.

 

Ministries

Small Groups Online

One of the biggest needs during this Pandemic crisis is for people to remain connected to God and to each other. Small Groups are the best way for people to connect with God and others. For more information on Small Groups, click HERE.

KidsZone

KidsZone (grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.  Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 9 am For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please contact Amy Lynch HERE.

Elevate

Elevate, for students in grades 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM. Hear a short message of hope and truth in this stressful time, then break into your small group to talk! Parents and students should watch their inboxes for the link to sign on. Click HERE to check out the student ministries page on the website.

Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts are a time for students to connect over video. Middle School is at 7 PM and High School is at 8 PM! Play games & chat with your Elevate friends! Check your email for the link.

Guywire CONNECT

Guywire’s CONNECT Experience 2020 is now a FREE interactive online men’s event on Saturday, June 6th from 9am-11am. This event includes speakers, worship and breakout sessions. Register HERE. A Zoom meeting invite link will be sent after registration.

 

Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

 

Zoom Meeting Rooms

Please contact Sue Crossman HERE if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account HERE.

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Right Now Media

Right Now Media offers online video Bible studies, and children’s programming. If you would like to receive an invitation to Right Now Media, contact Sue Crossman HERE. For those of you who haven’t logged-in to Right Now Media for a while go to Rightnowmedia.org, click on login, type in your email address and password ( or click on Forgot Password to reset it).

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread is a daily devotional that many of our congregation picked up each month in our lobby. There is a digital version of the same daily devotional HERE

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check. 

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:       

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information. 
  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

Peace,

Paul Atwater for the Staff

 


 

North River  Church Update May 29th, 2020

 

“Dear brother and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” (emphasis added.) James 1:2

I don’t know about you, but COVID-19 has been a “trouble” in our house, and I’m not sure I have considered it a “great joy” in our house of eight people. 

We are STUCK together. We are WORKING together. We are SCHOOLING together, and to top it off, Rich lost his full-time job the third week of March. (Don’t worry, he is still your Middle School Director!) 

We don’t leave the house unless we have to. Rich and I go to stores twice a week. Mondays, I go grocery shopping for the week and Fridays we both go to Wal-mart or Target, depending on what we need. The six kids… well, they haven’t been anywhere but the cranberry bog near our home since March. Needless to say, we all get a little grumpy occasionally.

“Consider it an opportunity for GREAT JOY,” James tells us. But why? How?

“For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:3-4)

Endurance is certainly not easy, North River, but it sure sounds like it is worth it during this time.  Let your endurance grow… let it become fully developed in this very difficult time. You will become “PERFECT” and “COMPLETE”, and “need nothing”.

We are not the first in history to go through great trials and to have our faith tested over time, and I doubt that we will be the last. Look to this time as an opportunity to build your endurance and your faith and to become more complete in your walk with Christ. Will the trouble go away? Maybe not, but you will feel better and more equipped to deal with whatever comes your way.

We are praying for you, church. Stay strong, and continue to lean in on Jesus’ grace to build your faith and endurance. This is a time to grow (even (especially) when you are feeling ALL the feels!).

 

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 

 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

Share Our Service!  

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who’s your one?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 Reopening the Church

If you haven’t heard how North River is approaching re-opening the church, please watch the update from Pastors Paul and Todd at the top of this page. Stay tuned here for some opportunities to gather as we slowly and cautiously begin to reopen the church.

 

North River is (on) Social! (Media)

 

Did you know North River in on social media? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Vimeo to get all of the latest updates. Interact with us and each other and watch for posts that inform and encourage.

 

#HereToServe


 

Many of you know that we partner with several missionaries and ministries all over the world. We recently heard this from one of our partners, Luke Schreifer who works with Inca Link, a ministry organization located in several countries in South America.“The Covid-19 pandemic has really changed the look of our ministries and the work we are doing.  Most of the people we minister to have no way of feeding their families.  The governments are not allowing people to work.  Without work, families cannot eat.” 

While we may not be able to physically go on the mission trip we had planned to Peru this summer, we are happy to report that through the GO Team, we were able to provide assistance to feed 300 families for one week!  

 

Ministries

 

Small Groups Online

One of the biggest needs during this Pandemic crisis is for people to remain connected to God and to each other. Small Groups are the best way for people to connect with God and others. For more information on Small Groups, click HERE.

KidsZone

KidsZone (grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.  Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 9 am For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please contact Amy Lynch HERE.

Elevate

Elevate, for students in grade 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM. Kickoff with a couple of games, (Yes, games are possible AND awesome online!) and hear a short message of hope and truth in this stressful time. Parents and students should watch their inboxes for the link to sign on. Click HERE to check out the student ministries page on the website.

Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts are a time for students to connect over video. Middle School is at 7 PM and High School is at 8 PM. Check your email for the link.

Check out Elevate’s Worship Puzzle Challenge on instagram or the website for your chance to win a prize this week.

Guywire CONNECT

Guywire’s CONNECT Experience 2020 is now a FREE interactive online men’s event on Saturday, June 6th from 9am-11am. This event includes speakers, worship and breakout sessions. Register HERE. A Zoom meeting invite link will be sent after registration.

 

Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

 

Zoom Meeting Rooms

Please contact Sue Crossman HERE if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account HERE.

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Right Now Media

Right Now Media offers online video Bible studies, and children’s programming. If you would like to receive an invitation to Right Now Media, contact Sue Crossman HERE. For those of you who haven’t logged-in to Right Now Media for a while go to Rightnowmedia.org, click on login, type in your email address and password ( or click on Forgot Password to reset it).

Our Daily Bread 

Our Daily Bread is a daily devotional that many of our congregation picked up each month in our lobby. There is a digital version of the same daily devotional HERE

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check. 

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:       

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information. 
  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

Peace,

Kristie Peck for the Staff

 


 

North River Church Update May 22, 2020

“A mature disciple is one who effortlessly does what Jesus would do if Jesus were him.”  ~ Dallas Willard

It’s a very real dilemma that the Christian faces every day: do I live my life today the way I would choose or the way that Christ would choose? In fact, it is the very  essence of Christian’s life. Every day, every waking moment, the Christian is faced with this choice–even in the midst of our quarantine. How do I treat my family? How do I treat the person walking the wrong way down the aisle at the grocery store? 

God’s salvation, through Jesus, is not an escape from this world, it is an invitation to engage in this world, to participate in God’s kingdom work in exactly the same way that Jesus showed us. It’s hard, and I often feel like I fail more than I succeed, but it’s the reality to which we are called as disciples of Jesus. 

Paul says in his letter to the Philippians that we are to “keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing.” (4:9) A Christians responsibility does not end with salvation, it begins there. It’s not a one time decision. It’s a continual choice–keep putting into practice. Maybe this is why Paul told the Thessalonians to “pray continually”? Could it be that this is the secret to living life as Jesus’ disciple?

For Paul, and all Christians, the daily task before us is to put our belief into action.

“We can become like Christ by doing one thing—by following him in the overall style of life he chose for himself.” ~ Dallas Willard

Discipleship, every day, is our calling, and it’s the proof of our faith: “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.” ~ John 15:8

We are praying for all of you who remember your loved ones who have fallen protecting their country this weekend. Have a safe Memorial Day everyone.

 

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

Share Our Service! 

We have a great opportunity to invite people who may never take the risk to step foot in our building to check out our service from the comfort of their own home.  Who’s your one?  A family member? Friend? Coworker?  Facebook Friends?  Take a step this week and invite someone to North River online.

 

North River is (on) Social! (Media)

 

Did you know North River in on social media? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Vimeo to get all of the latest updates. Interact with us and each other and watch for posts that inform and encourage.

 

Ministries

 

Small Groups Online

One of the biggest needs during this Pandemic crisis is for people to remain connected to God and to each other.  This is an innate human need!  Small Groups are the best way for people to connect with God and others. Our small groups range from young adults to men’s, to women’s, and a variety of topics. With small groups meeting nearly every day of the week and at several different times of day,  there is a group right for you!  For more information on Small Groups, click HERE.

KidsZone

KidsZone (grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.  Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 9 am For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please contact Amy Lynch HERE.

Elevate

Elevate, for students in grade 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM. Kickoff with a couple of games, (Yes, games are possible AND awesome online!) and hear a short message of hope and truth in this stressful time. Parents and students should watch their inboxes for the link to sign on. Click HERE to check out the student ministries page on the website.

Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts are a time for students to connect over video. Middle School is at 7 PM and High School is at 8 PM! Check your email for the link.

 Elevate has a new facebook page! Click HERE to “Like,” watch this page for updates, and don’t forget to follow @north_river_elevate on instagram.

Guywire CONNECT

Guywire’s CONNECT Experience 2020 is now a FREE interactive online men’s event on Saturday, June 6th from 9am-11am. This event includes speakers, worship and breakout sessions. Register HERE. A Zoom meeting invite link will be sent after registration.

 

Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

 

Zoom Meeting Rooms

Please contact Sue Crossman HERE if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account HERE.

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Right Now Media

Right Now Media offers online video Bible studies, and children’s programming. New invitations to Right Now Media were sent out a week ago to everyone who has never logged in to it previously. If you did not receive an invitation and would like one, contact Sue Crossman HERE. For those of you who haven’t logged-in to Right Now Media for a while go to Rightnowmedia.org, click on login, type in your email address and password ( or click on Forgot Password to reset it).

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check. 

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:       

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information. 
  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

Peace,

Rich Peck for the Staff

 


 

North River Church Update May 15, 2020

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” — 1 Corinthians 13:13

Faith, hope and love form a tightly knit circle in the Christian’s life.

Faith links us to our past. God is faithful. When we look back on our lives we can see how God worked for us in the past, and our faith is strengthened. Remembering inspires us towards faithful action when God asks us to obey in the present. (Deuteronomy 15:15)

Hope presses us to contemplate our future. Our past obedience to God’s direction, and his subsequent work on our behalf, builds our confidence that God will continue to do so in our lives. Hope looks forward to God’s fulfilled promises in our lives. Looking forward with hope, grants us courage to take next steps in the present. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Love grounds us in our actions of the present. This is why love is the greatest. Faith and hope serve love by equipping the Christian with confidence and courage to act in the present moment. Loving actions are the proofs of a Christian’s faith and hope. (James 2:20-24)

Remember. He is faithful.

Dream. Hold tight to his promises.

Act. Love demonstrates that God is real.

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” — John 13:35

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:


Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

Reopening The Church Update

We have been hearing from some of you as you are eager to know when we are going to reopen church?  Pastor Paul and Pastor Todd will be giving an important update during the service this Sunday.  

Feedback Needed

North River is considering adding a 3rd online Worship Service. The purpose of adding a third service would be to provide an additional option for people who find it difficult to attend a service on Sunday morning.  We would love your feedback.  Please click HERE to complete a quick one question survey.

#HereToServe

Caring Connections

If you are sick, elderly or disabled, and need help with some errands (i.e. picking up groceries, prescriptions, etc.) please contact our Caring Connection Ministry HERE. We have a team of people ready to assist.

Prayer

If you would like to have someone pray with you, please contact our Deacons Team HERE.

Deacon’s Fund 

If you are experiencing financial hardship and need assistance, please contact the Deacons HERE. They may be able to assist you through our Deacons Fund.

Ministries

Small Groups Online

One of the biggest needs during this Pandemic crisis is for people to remain connected to God and to each other.  This is an innate human need!  Small Groups are the best way for people to connect with God and others. Our small groups range from young adults to men’s, to women’s, and a variety of topics. With small groups meeting nearly every day of the week and at several different times of day,  there is a group right for you!  For more information on Small Groups, click HERE.

KidsZone

KidsZone (grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.  Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 9 am For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please contact Amy Lynch HERE.

Elevate

Elevate, for students in grade 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM. Kickoff with a couple of games, (Yes, games are possible AND awesome online!) and hear a short message of hope and truth in this stressful time. Parents and students should watch their inboxes for the link to sign on. Click HERE to check out the student ministries page on the website.

Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts are a time for students to connect over video. Middle School is at 7 PM and High School is at 8 PM! Check your email for the link.

 Elevate has a new facebook page! Click HERE to “Like,” watch this page for updates, and don’t forget to follow @north_river_elevate on instagram.

Guywire CONNECT

Guywire’s CONNECT Experience 2020 is now a FREE interactive online men’s event on Saturday, June 6th from 9am-11am. This event includes speakers, worship and breakout sessions. Register HERE. A Zoom meeting invite link will be sent after registration.

 

Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

 

Zoom Meeting Rooms

Please contact Sue Crossman HERE if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account HERE.

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Right Now Media

Right Now Media offers online video Bible studies, and children’s programming. New invitations to Right Now Media were sent out on Thursday to everyone who has never logged in to it previously. If you did not receive an invitation and would like one, contact Sue Crossman HERE. For those of you who haven’t logged-in to Right Now Media for a while go to Rightnowmedia.org, click on login, type in your email address and password ( or click on Forgot Password to reset it).

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check. 

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:       

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information. 
  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

Peace,
Rich Peck for the Staff


North River Church Update May 8th, 2020

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, so we would like to wish a very happy Mother’s Day to all of the women who have played the role of mom in some way! Proverbs 31 concludes with this verse (31), “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” We honor the mother figures in our lives who have worked and loved so hard and hope that you will join us in doing the same. 

This week, we continue with our series, Living In Exile. The “stay at home” order here in Massachusetts and many other states can feel a lot like being exiled. Explore with us what the Bible teaches about times of exile, difficulty, and struggle and be encouraged as we worship together (from home!). 

Even as we are socially distant, there’s still a lot going on at North River! Read on to find out more.

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

 

Communion This Sunday, May 10th

We will celebrate Communion during our service this Sunday. If you would like to celebrate Communion, you will need to provide some Communion elements for yourself. This can be in the form of bread, crackers, grape juice or red wine.  

 

Deacon’s Fund 

If you are experiencing financial hardship and need assistance, please contact the Deacons HERE. They may be able to assist you through our Deacons Fund.

 

Guywire CONNECT

Guywire’s CONNECT Experience 2020 is now a FREE interactive online men’s event on Saturday, June 6th from 9am-11am. This event includes speakers, worship and breakout sessions. Register HERE. A Zoom meeting invite link will be sent after registration.

 

Caring Connections

If you are sick, elderly or disabled, and need help with some errands (i.e. picking up groceries, prescriptions, etc.) please contact our Caring Connection Ministry HERE. We have a team of people ready to assist.

 

Prayer

If you would like to have someone pray with you, please contact our Deacons Team HERE.

 

Small Groups Online

One of the biggest needs during this Pandemic crisis is for people to remain connected to God and to each other.  This is an innate human need!  Small Groups are the best way for people to connect with God and others. With small groups meeting nearly every day of the week and at several different times of day,  there is a group right for you!  For more information on Small Groups, click HERE.

 

Elevate

NO ELEVATE Sunday, May 10th. Celebrate Mother’s Day with your family.

Elevate, for students in grade 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM. Kickoff with a couple of games, (Yes, games are possible AND awesome online!) experience some worship music from our own Elevate community, and hear a short message of hope and truth in this stressful time. Parents and students should watch their inboxes for the link to sign on. 

Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts are a time for students to connect over video. Middle School is at 7 PM and High School is at 8 PM. This week we will be playing some games for prizes! Check your email for the link.

Elevate has a new facebook page! Click HERE to “Like,” watch this page for updates, and don’t forget to follow @north_river_elevate on instagram.

 

KidsZone

KidsZone (grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.  Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 9 am For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please contact Amy Lynch HERE.

Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

 

Zoom Meeting Rooms

Please contact Sue Crossman HERE if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account HERE.

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Right Now Media

North River is always providing ways to serve you as you live out your faith throughout the week. We are inviting you to have a free account to an exciting video library called RightNow Media. It’s essentially the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” because you will have instant access to thousands of great videos for kids, youth, parents, married couples and more.  Contact Sue Crossman HERE to receive your free account.

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check. 

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:       

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information. 
  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

Peace,
Kristie Peck for the Staff


 

Update: May 1, 2020

Dear Friends,

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts to us in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world” — C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

It seems that God is shouting.

Only, right now, He is not shouting to you or me individually. He is shouting to our entire world.

In the midst of our chaotic, upturned lives, God is shouting, “Here I am! I can help you with this. I’ve been in this business a LONG time.”

People go about their lives often blinded by the routines they’ve established, and it takes something huge coming straight at them for them to notice that they are surrounded by people, who they don’t know. Pain is an eye-opener, a reset button. It is a reminder that life is not solely about the individual.

At a time like this, pain is shared. It is a unifying force, albeit one that we’d all like to avoid, and one that God might even celebrate, not because God enjoys watching us in our pain, but rather because God sees the end result of our pain while we are in the midst of it. We like to think that anything that makes us uncomfortable should be eliminated from life, but this is not the case. Pain drives us towards each other and towards God. It serves a valuable role—it brings qualities like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, and self-control to the forefront of our lives, and reminds us that we are called to something bigger than our self-pursuits. Pain develops in us, the believers, the qualities that God desires in his children. In those without God, pain develops a longing for answers that ultimately drives them to God. These are both good things.

While pain certainly hurts, it also helps us heal. While pain raises questions, it also helps us find the real answers. While pain upsets our lives, it also resets our lives. While pain makes it feel like we’re alone, it also helps us realize that we are not alone.

While we see pain as useless and unnecessary, through the lens of perfect love, God uses pain purposefully to develop his children and draw people to Himself.

As you reflect on the pain we are all currently experiencing, be encouraged by Paul’s words to the church in Rome: “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5 NIV)

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11:00AM

Engage with the North River community online every Sunday morning at 9 & 11AM. Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service!

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org.

Miss the service?  You can watch on Demand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.

Way to go North River! 

With your help we were able to provide two SUVs stuffed full with groceries. These items will be distributed to Pembroke families through the Pembroke Food Pantry and the Council on Aging.


Calling All Creatives!

The North River production team is looking for individuals to join our team! Over the past six weeks we have moved all of our services online. We hope you have enjoyed watching with us! If you have experience with graphic design, video editing, camera/filming, audio mixing, or are interested to learn any of these, let us know! Please click HERE if you are interested, and someone from our production team will be in touch.

Small Groups Online

One of the biggest needs during this Pandemic crisis is for people to remain connected to God and to each other.  This is in innate human need!  Small Groups are the best way for people to connect with God and others. With small groups meeting nearly every day of the week and at several different times of day,  there is a group right for you!  For more information on Small Groups, click HERE.

 

Elevate

Elevate, for students in grade 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM. Kickoff with a couple of games, (Yes, games are possible AND awesome online!) experience some worship music from our own Elevate community, and hear a short message of hope and truth in this stressful time. Parents and students should watch their inboxes for the link to sign on.

Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts are a time for students to connect over video. Middle School is at 7 PM and High School is at 8 PM. This week we will be playing some games for prizes! Check your email for the link.

Elevate has a new facebook page! Click HERE to “Like,” watch this page for updates, and don’t forget to follow @north_river_elevate on instagram.

KidsZone

KidsZone (grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.  Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 9 am For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please contact Amy Lynch HERE.

Here are some important resources for you as we move North River Online:

Zoom Meeting Rooms

Please contact Sue Crossman HERE if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account HERE.

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Right Now Media

North River is always providing ways to serve you as you live out your faith throughout the week. We are inviting you to have a free account to an exciting video library called RightNow Media. It’s essentially the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” because you will have instant access to thousands of great videos for kids, youth, parents, married couples and more.  Contact Sue Crossman HERE to receive your free account.

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check.

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information.

  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

Peace,
Rich Peck for the Staff


Update: April 24, 2020

Dear friends,

I recently read an article about Biblical Rest. At a time like this where it seems that the “Pause Button”  has been pressed for most of the world, one would think that rest should come naturally, that it should be easily attained. If you are anything like me, rest in this time of working from home and changed schedules has not been as easy as I thought it would be.

We wrestle with working from home and separating the work / family schedule. Keeping kids on task, learning, and occupied. Learning new skills (very quickly!). Navigating worry… Am I going to keep my job? How long will unemployment last? How long can my company stay afloat? Will I get sick? Will my family get sick? Navigating loss… My graduation was just canceled. My vacation has to be postponed. A family member has passed and I have no real way to mourn or support my other family members.

All of these things have a way of piling up and preventing us from rest. Sure, we stop and we sit. We watch a few shows or a movie, (Netflix has never had more views in my house than right now!)  maybe we even read a book.  But oftentimes these things don’t leave us feeling rested. Why?

The answer comes when we look at Biblical rest. In an article in Relevant Magazine, Bonnie Gray puts forth that real, true, soul – refreshing rest is found only in authentic relational time spent with God.

To truly experience rest, we must first look to and acknowledge our true identity. That of “son” or “daughter” of the most High God whom He loves deeply! When we are able to see ourselves in that perspective, the worries and the busyness seems less significant in light of the God of the universe knowing and caring for us.

Second, we must come to Him in “emotional honesty.” Don’t hold back, there is nothing you can come to God with that will surprise Him!

Third, make time to commune with God daily. Relationships are built with consistent conversations and time spent together. All relationships are grown this way.  How much more so your relationship with God?

This may be a difficult time, with many real burdens and worries, but we can still find rest during this time. Rest in the one who has promised to give it to you when you come to Him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” – Jesus, Matthew 11:28.

To read the full article on Biblical Rest click HERE.

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11AM

Did you know we have interactive services online at 9 & 11AM every Sunday morning? Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service.

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org.

Miss the service?  You can watch onDemand from our website, and on our App (myNorthRiver) beginning right after the 11AM service.


Connecting Point

Are you new to North River? We invite you to join us on Sunday, April 26th from 12:30 – 1:30PM over zoom for a time to meet our pastors and staff, and learn more about what North River is all about. This is a great time to ask your questions about our ministries and practices and get to know others who are new to North River as well. Whether you are local to the area, or joining us online from across the country, we would love to meet you! To join us, please sign up HERE and a link will be sent to you.


Looking for a Way to Help the Community?

With local food pantries closed, the Pembroke council on aging is stepping up to help local senior citizens get the food they need during this time.  North River is partnering with the council on aging to support this much needed resource in the community by hosting a food drive this week. Please drop off your donations on Tuesday, April 28th from 3:00 – 5:00PM or on Wednesday, April 29th from 10:00AM – 12:00PM. Just pull up to the curb and someone will meet you to accept your donation.

Family Trivia Night: ONLINE EDITION

This Thursday at 6PM grab your families and hop online to compete in a family trivia game night! This evening of fun is designed for families of ALL ages and stages. Compete for prizes and see other families playing along! Click HERE to sign up and get your instructions to join.

Small Groups Online

One of the biggest needs during this Pandemic crisis is for people to remain connected to God and to each other.  This is in innate human need!  Small Groups are the best way for people to connect with God and others.  A new Small Group was launched this week.  There is a group for you!  For more information on Small Groups, click HERE.

Elevate

Elevate, for students in grade 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM. Kickoff with a couple of games, (Yes, games are possible AND awesome online!) experience some worship music from our own Elevate community, and hear a short message of hope and truth in this stressful time. Parents and students should watch their inboxes for the link to sign on.

Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts are a time for students to connect over video. Middle School is at 7 PM and High School is at 8 PM. This week we will be playing some games for prizes! Check your email for the link.

Elevate has a new facebook page! Click HERE to “Like,” watch this page for updates, and don’t forget to follow @north_river_elevate on instagram.

KidsZone

KidsZone (grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.  Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 2:30. For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please contact Amy Lynch HERE.

Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

Zoom Meeting Rooms

Please contact Sue Crossman here if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account HERE.

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App, and Reading Plans for Children, Students, and Adults.  You can access YouVersion HERE.

Right Now Media

North River is always providing ways to serve you as you live out your faith throughout the week. We are inviting you to have a free account to an exciting video library called RightNow Media. It’s essentially the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” because you will have instant access to thousands of great videos for kids, youth, parents, married couples and more.  Contact Sue Crossman HERE to receive your free account.

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through on our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check.

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information.

  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

    Peace,
    Kristie Peck for the Staff


 

Update: April 17, 2020

Dear Friends,

I read this quote earlier this week, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.

“Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment. But new creation has already begun. The sun has begun to rise. Christians are called to leave behind, in the tomb of Jesus Christ, all that belongs to the brokenness and incompleteness of the present world.”—NT Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense

So often we settle for mediocre instead of extraordinary, but the cross calls us into something deeper, into the extraordinary. To embrace the reality that the “New creation has already begun,” and we were made for so much more.

Now.

Here.

In the middle of a pandemic that has wreaked havoc on the nations and ended the lives of thousands.

It can be hard to imagine something new and extraordinary happening, but that is exactly what we celebrated together last weekend at Easter. When Jesus conquered death and walked out of that tomb, God’s plan was fulfilled and that birthed the beginning of all things being renewed. That renewal starts with you and I, as God transforms our hearts from old to new when we acknowledge what Jesus did for us on the cross.

The risen Christ gives us the courage to face each day during these uncertain times. The risen Christ gives us hope for the future. The risen Christ give us the ability to stop settling for lesser, mediocre things in our lives. We can choose to leave those things behind in the tomb, and embrace the new creation we are all becoming when acknowledging Jesus is the Lord and the Savior of our lives.


Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

Sunday Morning Services Online at 9:00AM & 11AM

Did you know we have interactive services online at 9 & 11AM every Sunday morning? Chat with your friends and ask your questions about the message live as you hear it. You can even request prayer during the service.

You can connect to these online services by going directly to the church’s website: www.northriverchurch.org.

Connecting Point

Are you new to North River? We invite you to join us on Sunday, April 26th from 12:30 – 1:30PM over zoom for a time to meet our pastors and staff, and learn more about what North River is all about. This is a great time to ask your questions about our ministries and practices and get to know others who are new to North River as well. Whether you are local to the area, or joining us online from across the country, we would love to meet you! To join us, please sign up HERE and a link will be sent to you.

Want To Get Outside?

Des Glynn is looking for a few people to help with some landscaping/spring clean-up projects around our campus. If you have some time and want to get outside for some fresh air, contact Des at HERE

Small Groups Online

Tired of being part of Zoom meetings that are all about tasks and business? How about joining a Zoom Meeting provides that an opportunity for you to experience community with others? Small Groups are a great way connection, community, and spiritual growth. We have 25 groups meeting throughout the week. There is a group for you! Click HERE to find out about joining a Small Group today.

Elevate

Elevate, for students in grade 6 – 12, meets online on Sunday nights at 6PM. Kickoff with a couple of games, (Yes, games are possible AND awesome online!) experience some worship music from our own Elevate community, and hear a message of hope and truth in this stressful time. Parents and students should watch their in-boxes for the link to sign on.

Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts are a time for students to connect over video. Middle School is at 7 PM and High School is at 8 PM. This week we will be playing some games for prizes! Check your email for the link.

Elevate has a new facebook page! Click HERE to “Like,” watch this page for updates, and don’t forget to follow @north_river_elevate on instagram.

KidsZone

KidsZone (Grades 1-5) is meeting every Sunday between online services from 10:15-10:45 on Zoom. KidsZone also has a Zoom check-in every Thursday at 3:30. This is an opportunity for the kids to chat with each other and play some games.

Ollie’s Treehouse, for preschool children, is meeting on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 2:30. For the links to either KidsZone or Ollie’s Treehouse please email Amy Lynch at Amy@northriverchurch.org

30 Days of Hope Study

Guywire has just relaunched its original email study for men and women called 30 Days of Hope. The passages, and the encouragement written with them, have never been more relevant than in these days. This is a FREE daily email study for each of you that runs now through April. Signup by emailing Derek Churchill HERE.


Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

Our Phone System Has Been Updated

Our phone system has been updated this week. Although we are not at the church to answer your calls we do receive your voicemail messages soon after you leave them. Please don’t hesitate to leave a private message for any one of the staff and we will get back to you. The church number is 781-826-0722.

Zoom Meeting Rooms

Please contact Sue Crossman here if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account HERE.

YouVersion

Free online Bible, App and Reading Plans for Children, Students and Adults. You can access YouVersion HERE.

Right Now Media

North River is always providing ways to serve you as you live out your faith throughout the week. We are inviting you to have a free account to an exciting video library called RightNow Media. It’s essentially the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” because you will have instant access to thousands of great videos for kids, youth, parents, married couples and more. Contact Sue Crossman HERE to receive your free account.

Giving Online

We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through on our website by clicking HERE, through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check.

MyNorthRiver

MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:

If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account HERE and update your contact information.
If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman HERE and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

_______________

Update: April 9, 2020

I went for a walk the other day. It wasn’t a walk that I wanted to go on. It was one of those walks that I “needed” to go on. I found myself angry at everything—myself, my family, this stupid pandemic. You name it, and I was mad at the world. It just welled up inside of me, so I put Planetshakers on my playlist, and powered out the door.

At first, my mind was racing, overwhelmed with absolutely everything that was going on in my life, and each step felt like I was going to break the pavement.

 Something shifted about two miles in. I found myself being swept up by the lyrics of the songs, and the anger I had started with was beginning to subside. I found myself being comforted, and God’s grace enveloped me in a way that it hadn’t in quite some time. I was reminded of God’s words spoken through Isaiah:

 “Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”?

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” ~ ??Isaiah? ?40:27-31? ?NIV

By the beginning of mile five, I was in a completely different headspace. I found myself grateful for the things in my life that were frustrating me? just an hour earlier. I found comfort as I put my hope in God, and my strength to continue through the day was renewed.

GO FOR A WALK! It could change everything in a matter of moments.

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Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

Good Friday & Easter At North River: Join us for our Good Friday and Easter services online:

  Good Friday Service: 7 PM
Easter Services: 9AM & 11AM

You can connect to our services by going directly to the home page of our website: www.northriverchurch.org. Who is your One? Who will you invite to Easter at North River?

Communion: We will celebrate Communion at our Good Friday Service. If you would like to celebrate Communion, you will need to provide some Communion elements for yourself. This can be in the form of bread, crackers, grape juice or red wine. We will celebrate communion near the end of the service.

GO Team Update: Thank you for your support in the Easter Meals mission! Money was raised, food was purchased, and a small team will be packing and delivering 15 Easter meals to the Rehoboth House in Norwell, and 1 meal to the Pembroke Council on Aging this weekend. In addition, 60 plants were donated and delivered to the Marshfield Council on Aging, and 45 storage bins were donated to the Rehoboth House as well. Special thanks to the GO Team, with special assistance from Dave Lynch, Bob Maffeo, Jan Goodman and Pembroke Lowe’s for their efforts!

Want To Get Outside?: Des Glynn is looking for a few people to help with some landscaping/spring clean-up projects around our campus. If you have some time and want to get outside for some fresh air, contact Des here.

Small Groups Online: Tired of being part of Zoom meetings that are all about tasks and business? How about joining a Zoom Meeting provides an opportunity for you to be in community with others? Small Groups are a great way for connection, community, and spiritual growth. We have 25 groups that are meeting throughout the week. There is a group for you! Click here to find out about joining a Small Group today.

Elevate: Elevate will not be meeting online this Sunday, April 12th, so that families can enjoy Easter together. Parents and students should watch their inboxes for a family Easter Experience that they can participate in together. Tuesday night Zoom Hangouts will happen as scheduled. Middle School at 7 PM and High School at 8 PM. Check your email for the link.

Elevate has a new facebook page! Click here to “Like,” and watch this page for updates and don’t forget to follow @north_river_elevate on instagram.

_________________________________________________________________________________

Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

Zoom Meeting Rooms: Please contact Sue Crossman here if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. You can sign-up for a free Zoom account here.

30 Days of Hope Study: Guywire has just relaunched its original email study for men and women called 30 Days of Hope. The passages, and the encouragements written with them, have never been more relevant than in these days. This is a FREE daily email study for each of you that runs now through April. Signup by emailing Derek Churchill here.

Give Online: We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check.

MyNorthRiver: MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account here and update your contact information.

  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman here and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

Wishing you and your family a great Easter.  He is risen!

___________________

Update: April 3, 2020

I read this quote on a Facebook post this morning: “Mountain tops inspire us, but valleys mature us.” It reminded me of Psalm 84. Originally, Psalm 84 was a song for the worship leaders who would travel once a year to serve in the temple. This 40-mile journey on foot would take them through deep, low valleys to the temple, which was located at one of the highest points in Jerusalem. Here is a portion of the song that was often sung while on the journey:

 “How enriched are they who find their strength in the Lord;within their hearts are the highways of holiness! Even when their paths wind through the dark valley of tears, they dig deep to find a pleasant pool where others find only pain. He gives to them a brook of blessing filled from the rain of an outpouring. They grow stronger and stronger with every step forward, and the God of all gods will appear before them in Zion.” Psalm 84:5-7

 The metaphor of the valley in this Psalm is a powerful one. Valleys can be dark, dangerous and difficult to navigate. The Psalm reminds us that there is strength and blessing in the valleys because God is with us! This has been a very discouraging month (ok, discouraging year!) for all of us. It is similar to walking through a valley. The hope we have in the valley is God is with us, filling the valley with a brook of blessing. The ultimate blessing for us is God using this time to draw us closer to Him and to mature our faith. Our God is with us!

 Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

 Good Friday & Easter At North River: Join us for our Good Friday and Easter services online:

Good Friday Service: 7 PM
Easter Services: 9AM & 11AM

You can connect to our services by going directly to the home page of our website: www.northriverchurch.org. Who is your One? Who will you invite to Easter at North River?

 Communion: We will celebrate Communion at our Good Friday Service. If you would like to participate in Communion, you will need to get some Communion elements. This can be in the form of bread, crackers, grape juice or red wine. We have  individual prepackaged communion elements (a wafer & cup) available for those who need them. You can get them one of two ways:

  • Curbside Pick Up At North River: Please email deacons@northriverchurch.org and indicate how many packs you will                         need. You can pick them up at North River on Tuesday, April 7 between 2:30 PM-4 PM.
  •  Home Delivery: If you are elderly, sick or shut-in, we will deliver Communion elements to you. Please email deacons@northriverchurch.orgto arrange delivery.

 Faith Stories: We are working to compile a list of people who would be willing to share their faith story during one of our upcoming services. If you are interested in sharing your story, please contact us here.

GO Team Easter Meals:  The GO Team is currently working with our local Missions Partners on the South Shore to identify needs that North River can serve and support. One immediate need is 15 families at Rehoboth House (Norwell) who need a meal for Easter. To ensure a safe process, the GO TEAM will purchase a canned Ham dinner with potatoes, vegetables and a dessert. Each family also needs a plastic storage bin to store items during a regular disinfecting process of their rooms during this crisis. If you would like to contribute to this need, please earmark your giving to “GO FUND”.

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Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

 Zoom Meeting Rooms: Please contact Sue Crossman here if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. We have three Zoom Meeting Rooms available. 

 Give Online: We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through your myNorthRiver profile, online billpay, or mail a check. 

 MyNorthRiver: MyNorthRiver is our online communication database. MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in. If you have a moment, please update your profile:

  • If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account here and update your contact information.
  • If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman here and she will set you up with an account so you can update your contact information.

 We love you!  We are in the valley with you.

______________________

Update: March 27, 2020 (4PM)

It’s hard to believe how fast our world has changed over the last week. These are certainly unprecedented times for all of us. Our hope and prayer is during this time, despite all the noise and chaos around us, that you continue to trust in these words from God: “Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God. I am the God above all the nations,and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth” (Psalm 46:10). May these words give you great comfort as you continue to adjust to new daily rhythms.

Here are some important updates about North River to keep you connected this week:

Good Friday & Easter Online: The Staff and Overseers made the decision this week to focus on providing the best Good Friday and Easter online experience possible. We believe this decision is vital in our role in helping and serving our neighbor by slowing the spread of the virus, AND is a tremendous outreach opportunity to invite people to experience Easter at North River from the safety of their own home. Who is your One? Who will you invite to Easter at North River?

Worship Services Online: Please join us online this Sunday for worship. Services will be at 9 AM & 11 AM. You can connect to our services by going directly to the home page of our website: www.northriverchurch.org. You will have an opportunity to view the service, as well as interact with the staff through comments, questions, and prayer requests.

Care Calls: This week the Care Call Team began calling over 860 people who are part of North River.  As we navigate through this unprecedented time, we are committed to finding ways to help remain connected together.

Deacons Fund: If you need financial assistance, please contact the Deacons here. They may be able to assist you through our Deacons Fund. If you would like to contribute to the Deacons Fund to help others during this time, please select the Deacons fund in our giving app, or contact the Finance Team here, and they can assist you.

Caring Connection: If you are sick, elderly or disabled, and need help with some errands (i.e. picking up groceries, prescriptions, etc.) please contact our Caring Connection Ministry here. We have a team of people ready to assist.

Prayer: If you would like to have someone pray with you, please contact our Deacons Team here.

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For Children, Students & Adults

Children’s Ministry Online: Amy and her team have been working this week to provide fun and creative activities for children and families. There are also daily devotionals, and updates as well. If you are a parent and are not receiving Amy’s daily update, please contact Amy here, and she will be happy to add you to the list. Check out our Facebook Page to see Children’s Ministry updates.

Student Ministries Online: Kristie and Rich are providing many ways for students to stay connected. Every Tuesday students can join an online “hangout” to spend some time together. 7PM for Middle School and 8PM for High School. Students can also join us for Elevate Online again this Sunday at 6:00 PM. Students and parents will receive a link in their e-mails for these online meeting times. Please contact Kristie here for more information. Check out the Elevate social media channels for more updates, devotions, and activities throughout the week. Facebook Middle School Parents, Facebook High School Parents, Elevate Instagram.

Small Groups Online: All of our Small Groups have moved online and are meeting together for study, prayer, and connection. Small Groups online is an opportunity to increase care for each other. Several of our Small Groups are following our “Journey With Jesus” Sermon Series. If you are not connected to a Small Group, now is a great opportunity to do so. Please click here to sign up for a Small Group today!

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Here are some important resources for you:

Zoom Meeting Rooms: Please contact Sue Crossman here if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room. We have three Zoom Meeting Rooms available.

Give Online: We have moved our giving online. You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts. You can also give through your myNorthRiver profile or your online billpay.

MyNorthRiver:  MyNorthRiver is our online communication database.  MyNorthRiver helps you to remain connected with a MyNorthRiver profile, and connects you to the ministries that you are involved in.  If you have a moment, please update your profile:

1.   If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account here and update your own contact information.

2. If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman here and she will set you up with an account so you can update your own contact information.

We are here for you.  We are praying for you.  We love you.

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Update March 20, 2020 4PM

We hope you have remained safe and healthy this week.  Despite the obstacle of closing down the building, the staff has been hard at work moving as many of our services, groups, and ministries online.  The church is people, not a building. We have quickly learned to adapt and learn new strategies for how we help North River Church (that’s you!) remain connected to God, and connected to each other during this unprecedented time.

Here are some of the ways to connect at North River:

Worship Services Online:  Please join us online this Sunday for worship.  Services will be at 9AM & 11AM. You can connect to our services by going directly to the home page of our website: www.northriverchurch.org.  You will have an opportunity to view the service, as well as interact with the staff through comments, questions, and prayer requests.  Who is your One? Who will you invite to check out North River Online this Sunday?

Children’s Ministry Online:  Amy and her team have been working this week to provide fun and creative activities for children and families.  There are also daily devotionals, and updates as well. If you are a parent, and are not receiving Amy’s daily update, please contact Amy here, and she will be happy to add you to the list.  Check out our Facebook Page to see Children’s Ministry updates.

Student Ministries Online:  Kristie and Rich are providing daily devotionals, weekly online hangout meetings for students, and will also be hosting Elevate Online this Sunday at 6:00PM. Your son or daughter’s Small Group leader will also be reaching out to them soon if they have provided their contact info to them. Please contact Kristie here for more information.  Check out the Elevate social media channels for updates.  Facebook Middle School Parents, Facebook High School Parents, Elevate Instagram.

Small Groups Online:  Most of our Small Groups have moved online and are already meeting together for study, prayer and connection.  Small Groups online is an opportunity to increase care for each other.  Several of our Small Groups are following our “Journey With Jesus” Sermon Series.  If you are not connected to a Small Group, now is a great opportunity to do so. Please click here to sign up for a Small Group today!

Care Calling:  Beginning next week we’ll be making Care Calls to everyone at North River Church.  Our plan is to make sure no one falls through the cracks during this time. To help ensure that you get a call, please help us with the following:

  1.  If you already have a MyNorthRiver account (CCB), please sign in to your account here and update your own contact information.

  2. If you do not have a MYNorthRiver account (CCB), please contact Sue Crossman here and she will set you up with an account so you can update your own contact information.

  3. If you would like to help with making phone calls, we would love your help!  Please email Pastor Paul here and let him know you want to help.

Here are some important resources for you as we move North River online:

Zoom Meeting Rooms: Please contact Sue Crossman here if your group or ministry needs an online meeting room.  We have two Zoom Meeting Rooms available.

Prayer:  If you would like to have someone pray with you, please contact our Deacons Team, Deb Clapp here.

Help:  If you are sick, elderly or disabled, and need help with some errands (i.e. picking up groceries, prescriptions, etc.) please contact our Caring Connection Ministry here.

Give Online:  We have moved our giving online.  You can give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts.  You can also give through your myNorthRiver profile, or through your own online billpay.

We love you.  We are praying for you.  We trust in the hope we have that God is at work in this crisis, and through this crisis.  Be mindful of the words of Paul to the church in Rome, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12).

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Update March 16, 2020 7PM

We continue to navigate and address all of the challenges, changes, and ordinances to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus. We also continue to remain faithful in the hope and promises we have in God. We are trusting the words of the Apostle Paul, that in all things (and in this crisis in particular), God is working for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

In light of the latest developments, and our continued support of decisions by our state and federal officials, there are two short-term changes to our ministry that you need to know:

Sunday Worship Services: We will not physically meet this Sunday for Worship.  We will be providing an online,
pre-recorded service you will have access to at our regular service times, 9 AM and 11 AM.  We realize that some of you experienced dropped-connection and poor sound issues last week, so this modified approach will rectify those issues. You will be able to view our services either on our website (www.northriverchurch.org/livestream) or on our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/Northrivercc/).

Ministries & Programs: To help avoid the further spread of the virus, and to ensure that we are doing our part in keeping everyone safe and healthy as possible, we will be closing the building to all ministries, groups, and programs beginning today, March 13 until Monday, April 6. No ministries, groups or programs will be able to meet at North River Church during this time. This was not an easy decision, but we feel it is best given the circumstances to ensure safety for our congregation, and maintain alignment with the current recommendations from the state.

We are working to provide online resources and support for groups to continue meeting (Online Meeting Rooms). If you are a Ministry Leader or Small Group Leader, we will be communicating with you directly over the next couple of days about some best options for your group. We want to encourage groups to use the resources provided, or feel free to innovate on your own.

Parents and Families, you will be hearing from our Children’s Ministry and Student Ministries Teams about some creative ideas to promote faith-filled moments at home.

Here are a couple of resources for you:

Right Now Media:  Right Now Media is online Bible Study resources for children, families, and adults.  If you already have an account, you can access Right Now Media here.  If you need an account, please contact Sue Crossman and she will set up an account for you.  You can email Sue here.

Text Updates:  We will be adding Text updates to our communication plan.  If you would like to receive Text Updates, please text the word CONNECT to 781.227.8765.

Please remember our value of Stewardship.  Though we are not physically meeting, our ministry to you and to the South Shore will continue as we develop innovative ways to fulfill our mission.  You can give through our App (myNorthRiver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts.

As a staff, we are here for you.  If you need prayer, have a specific need, or just want to connect, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.  Though not what we planned, this is a unique opportunity for the church to love, care and support each other, and our neighbors around us.  We are committed to leading the way.

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Update March 15, 2020 (9PM)

By now you have received word of the most recent update from our Governor, Charlie Baker, banning all gatherings over 25 people for the foreseeable future. As Christians, we are called to obey the authority of our government. Therefore, North River Church will suspend Sunday morning services during this time.

The staff is currently working on a plan to provide a worship resource for everyone during this time. You will hear more about these plans later this week.

North River Church will be officially closed tomorrow, March 16. All ministries and programs have been canceled.

Please continue to pray for North River, the region, and the world. This crisis is certainly affecting all of us. Thankfully, our God is greater! We can take comfort in the words from Psalm 46: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

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Update March 13, 2020 (5PM)

Here is an update regarding North River Church and our approach to this weekend.

  • We will have services at 9:00 am and 11:00 am this Sunday, March 15th.
  • If you are at risk, sick or feel unsafe, please stay home this Sunday.
  • We are providing a LIVE STREAM link so that you can view North River’s service at home. That link is: northriverchurch.org/livestream
  • Please use your on-line banking or the MyNorthRiver app to give financially.
  • ELEVATE has been canceled for this weekend.

Why will we have services?
We respect the decisions other churches have made to meet or to cancel services. Governor Baker has asked churches to suspend any gatherings larger than 250 people. With the exception of major holidays, we are below the 200 level in each service.

Our Overseers and Staff have prayed and we have considered the options. In the end, we believe that Christians are called to face difficult times with prayer and worship. We wish to avoid the polar extremes of this crisis: we refuse to ignore it and we refuse to panic. So we are planning to worship on Sunday morning – The Lord’s Day.

If the Governor bans all religious services for the next few weeks, we will comply for the sake of respecting authority and for the welfare of others.

What should we expect?

  • For those who choose to worship with us on Sunday, we will have offering buckets available instead of passing the offering bags. On days when we have Communion, we have ordered pre-packaged communion kits to reduce the items we all touch or pass down the rows.
  • Bring your own coffee! We will not be serving coffee or food for the next two Sundays in order to reduce the number of items touched by the hands of others.
  • We will spend some time praying for our church members, for our neighbors, for our nation and its elected officials.

What can we do?

  • Jesus tells us in Mark 5:36, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” He also tells us in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” So the message from Jesus is to expect trouble, but to avoid being overtaken by fear.
  • In Matthew 22:39 Jesus tells us to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Find a way to be a blessing to someone else who is struggling during this time.
  • Check our web site for updates: NorthRiverChurch.org/Coronavirus
  • Check our social media channels for updates as well.

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Update March 12, 2020 (10AM)

Like many of you, we have been closely monitoring the news and developments of the Coronavirus. Some of you have been disappointed as trips, classes, and plans have been postponed or canceled. Some of you are nervous about how to stay healthy, and not get infected with the virus. Some of you are rightfully scared, wondering what is going to happen around the world in the days and weeks to come. Thankfully, we have a God who brings us comfort, hope, and peace in times of confusion and uncertainty. Jesus said, “Don’t worry or surrender to your fear. For you’ve believed in God, now trust and believe in me also (John 14:1).” Jesus is greater than our fears, and our future with him gives us eternal hope. While we certainly need to be careful and take appropriate precautions, our greatest remedy during this time is to trust God with our lives and circumstances, and not live in fear.

Here is some important information and updates about our services and ministries at North River:

 

What are we doing to ensure a safe and healthy environment at North River?

We have increased cleaning and disinfecting around the building, including regularly disinfecting all of the door handles.

You will also notice:

  •  Extra Hand Sanitizer pumps around the building.
  •  Lysol wipes/spray/towel stations around the building.
  •  All hard surfaces in the Nursery and Toddler room have been disinfected.
  •  Welcome Center and Food Stations are cleaned before and after each use.


What can I do to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus?

Please help us by doing your part:

  • Please use discretion and stay home if you are sick.
  • Take extra care when washing hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • During the greeting, we are encouraging everyone to smile, wave and give an “elbow bump” instead of handshaking and/or hugs.

Are you planning to cancel Sunday services?

We are not planning to cancel our services at this time. We will continue to monitor the recommendations of state and local government officials.

Should I stop going to church while the Coronavirus is spreading?

Please use discretion and stay home if you are sick. You can listen to the message online via our website, iTunes or Spotify.


Is the process for collecting the offering going to change?

Instead of passing the collection bags, we will have two ushers with plastic buckets at each exit of the Worship Center at the end of the service. Please put your tithes and offerings into the bucket as you leave. You can also give through our app (myNorthriver), or Text northrivercc to 77977 and follow the prompts.


Will we still have Communion?

We will still have communion and will provide individually packaged bread and juice cups for the foreseeable future.


Are the Summer Mission Trips canceled?

Sadly, the Zambia trip has been canceled. As of now, we are still moving forward with the Peru trip and will continue to monitor developments closely.


Helpful Resource Links

Center For Disease Control

Mass.gov

World Health Organization

We will continue to send out regular communication and updates via email, and will update our website and social media channels.

As always, we are here to serve. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask. If you need assistance, please reach out to one another, or to the staff. It is times like these where the church must be the church and support each other as a community.

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