Worship Service Schedule

April 27 May 11
John #45 What does the Holy Spirit do? John 16:5 - 15 John #47 Every Mother's nightmare John 18:1 - 14

PURPOSE
The purpose of Northwood church is to help people believe in Jesus Christ and become more like him.

VALUES
Northwood Church aspires to be a . . . . . . Loving Church where love for God and others influences everything we do. . . . Learning Church where people follow Jesus Christ and are becoming more like him. . . . Worshipping Church where we bow our heads, hearts and lives to God and exalt the name of Jesus Christ. . . . Outreaching Church where love for God is demonstrated in love for neighbors and people in need. Brian Doten Pastor brian.doten@northwoodcc.org

May 4
John #46 Questions and confusion John 16:16 - 33

May 18
John #48 When was the last time you denied Jesus? John 18:15 - 18, 25 - 27

NORTHWOOD news
April 13, 2008 John #43 John 15:1-17 Living a life that matters Everyone wants to live a life that matters and counts for something. Inside us is a drive and desire to make a difference to someone or something. It's called the search for significance and its God given. You see, God has a vision for every person's life and Jesus explained it. He said, "This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to by my disciples . . . I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit - fruit that will last." God wants us to bear fruit with our lives and Jesus tells us how to do that. So, be honest, is your life bearing fruit? Are you pursuing God's vision for your life? If not, learn Jesus' secrets to bearing fruit and pursuing God's vision for your life. Worship Service Elements: Music FaithStory: Sherwin and Nancy Vischer Message Prayer Point is available after the service for those who desire to join in prayer with others. Bring a praise or concern and meet by the Prayer Point Banner. Next Week: John #44 - Persecution because of Jesus John 15:18-16:4 Jesus said, "No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also." In so doing, Jesus told believers not to be surprised if they experience persecution for their commitment to him. Jesus was right. Today, there are between 200 and 250 million believers around the world being persecuted for their loyalty to Jesus. 400 million other people live in countries with limited religious freedom. What can Northwood Church do about persecution of believers? The first and best thing we can do is pray - pray for religious persecution to end so that people may worship God freely and openly. And, pray for those being persecuted that God will give them endurance, faith and help in their suffering and struggle. Finally, we can pray for those who persecute believers. Pray they will see the light of Jesus Christ and want to follow him.

Helping people believe in Jesus and become more like him

Do you want to make a difference this summer? Twin Cities Summer Team – July 7-12
Please note that the dates for this trip have been changed to July 7-12. Somali refugees have come here from cities, towns and villages a world away – leaving entire lifetimes behind. Many have survived terrible conditions and events. Upon arrival here they face the difficulties of having to learn a new language and accept new customs. Do you want to make a difference this summer? Join us in welcoming our new neighbors and helping them begin a new life here. We need a team of 5-8 individuals who are high school age or older. The cost is $170 per person. Space is still available! Contact Sarah Miller by April 27: 763-420-9155 or sarah.miller@iteams.org.

NORTHWOOD STAFF

Mark Collier Worship Arts & Outreach Pastor mark.collier@northwoodcc.org Luke Trouten Youth Pastor luke.trouten@northwoodcc.org Leslee Sherk Children’s Pastor mrssherk@msn.com

Julie Pipp Office Manager julie.pipp@northwoodcc.org Chris Nardini Administrative Assistant chris.nardini@northwoodcc.org Bret Deneson Northwood Intern bret.deneson@northwoodcc.org

Pray in May
The WELL is Northwood's quarterly all-church prayer event. Here at Northwood, prayer is not for a select few. Everyone can pray! The upcoming WELL provides a new opportunity the first weekend in May. The whole church will have a chance to commit to a 24 hour pray and fast. The 24 hours will begin at 6 am on Saturday, May 3 and conclude at 6 am on Sunday, May 4. During that 24 hour time period, Northwooders can pray through the 2008 Northwood Prayer Focus items. You will find the prayer focus items at the Northwood website or on a bookmark at the Welcome Table. As we break the fast on Sunday morning, we will come together in our worship services to celebrate the God who hears and answers our prayers. In the upcoming weeks, watch for a "Pray in May" bracelet at the Welcome Table. Join other Northwooders in wearing this bracelet to remind you to pray during the fast, signify unity in prayer, and as a reminder for several other prayer focus opportunities in May.

Meeting Each Sunday at: Maple Grove Community Center 12951 Weaver Lake Road Maple Grove, MN Service Times: 9:30 a.m. 10:50 a.m. Northwood Church Office 3650 Annapolis Lane, Suite 110 Plymouth, MN 55447 Tel. 763-557-0144 Email: peoplematter@northwoodcc.org Web site: www.northwoodcc.org

What’s Happening at Northwood?
Sherwin and Nancy Vischer share their FaithStory
Our FaithStory presenters today are Sherwin and Nancy Vischer. Sherwin is the Ministry Team Leader of Northwood’s Tech Miinisty. Nancy is involved with the Worship Team. Sherwin and Nancy are involved with the small group ministry and volunteer in the Children’s Ministry. They have a four year old son (Ethan) and live in Maple Grove.

Today is Compassion Sunday!
Make a difference in the life of a child who is trapped by poverty. Sponsor a child through Compassion International today for only $32 per month. Visit the sign-up table and select a child who needs your help. You can develop a relationship with him or her through letter writing and provide for the child’s spiritual, economic, social and physical needs. Best of all, each child will hear the gospel and have the opportunity to learn of God’s love.

Minnesota Army National Guard Chaplain speaks at Men’s Grind (Note: LOCATION CHANGE!!)
Lt. Colonel John Morris, Chaplain for the Minnesota Army National Guard, is the guest speaker for the next Men’s Grind set for Saturday, April 26 at MAPLE GROVE COVENANT CHURCH off Hwy 94 and Cty Rd. 30. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. and concludes shortly after 9 a.m. and includes a hearty breakfast for a $5 donation. Lt. Colonel Morris will share his story of belief in Jesus Christ and the challenges of military service in Iraq. Morris has served two deployments to the Middle East and returns in January 2009 for a third. Write “Men’s Grind” on the back of your Information Card if you plan on coming.

Northwood Office Manager position opening up June 1 Popular FaithSearch Seminar tonight Don’t Miss It!
Northwood Church is looking to hire an Office Manager beginning June 1 due to the planned departure of current Office Manager, Julie Pipp. Julie is moving to Salina, Kansas, with husband, Dan and family, Zach and Hannah, at the end of school. The Office Manager position is 35 hours a week and candidates should have experience and skills in office management. They should also be able to manage projects independently while working on a collaborative staff team. Job responsibilities include general office management, membership services, financial records and reports and assisting pastoral staff. A job description, application and information packet is available at the Welcome Table and the church office.

“Six Secrets to a Lasting Love” Seminar on April 19
Dr. Gary and Barb Rosberg will present their nationally acclaimed seminar, Six Secrets to a Lasting Love at the Maple Grove Junior High on Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The Rosberg's are authors of several books including, The 5 Sex Needs of Men and Women and have produced The Great Marriage Experience Video Series. The Rosberg’s also produce a nationally syndicated radio program as “America’s Marriage Coaches” heard daily in the Twin Cities on KTIS FM, 98.5 at 4 p.m. The seminar will teach couples how to make a spiritual and heart-to-heart connection essential to a healthy marriage. Using a fun, engaging and humorous approach, the Rosberg's will talk about forgiving love, serving love, guarding love, celebrating love and renewing love. While the seminar is geared for married couples it also is applicable to dating and engaged couples and singles who want to learn what the Bible teaches about marriage. Cost for the seminar is $90 per couple and registrations can be made by calling 1-800-254-2022. There is no registration deadline, however, seating for the seminar is limited so early registration is encouraged. The seminar is sponsored by LifeWay Resources and endorsed by Northwood Church. Scholarships are available by contacting the church office.

(Over 100 Northwooder’s and freinds already registered!)
Former skeptic Don Bierle will be sharing evidence that changed his mind from doubt to confidence about the Christian faith in his revealing presentation, FaithSearch, on Sunday, April 13, 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center. Bierle, a Ph.D biologist, said FaithSearch reflects the life - changing discoveries he had in his own spiritual journey. "Though I attended church in my youth, God never seemed real or personal. My success in athletics won me a college scholarship, and I soon became enthralled with academics - convinced that science held all the answers to life." A big turn - around in his life occurred when science colleagues challenged him to examine the evidence for the historical reliability of the New Testament writings about Jesus. "I was astounded," said Bierle, "to learn that the New Testament manuscripts are more numerous and far more certain to be eyewitness accounts than any other ancient writings." Dr. Bierle has presented FaithSearch for over 25 years to thousands of people throughout the United States and overseas. He commented, "My hope is that when people understand the intellectual integrity of the Christian faith, they will be set free to embrace Jesus Christ, who will transform their lives - just as he did mine!" FaithSearch is free and childcare is provided for $2 per child. Register online at www.northwoodcc.org , writing "FaithSearch" on the back of the information card or by calling the church office.

CROSS Food and Clothing Drive
It's time once again for our annual CROSS food and clothing drive. On Sunday April 27 and May 4 Northwood will be collecting clothing and non-perishable food items for CROSS, (Christians Reaching Out in Social Service) our local food shelf serving West Champlin, Corcoran, Dayton, Hassan Township, Maple Grove, Osseo, and Rogers. Please drop off your donated items at the Welcome Table. CROSS is in special need of the following: flour, sugar, macaroni and cheese, instant potatoes, spaghetti, pasta, sauces, soda crackers and baby diapers (sizes 3, 4 and 5).

New to Northwood? Come to the April 20 Newcomers Dessert
If you are new to Northwood Church you are invited to a Newcomers Dessert at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 20 at the home of Dan and Becky Koller. The Newcomers Dessert is a fun, casual way to meet other Northwooders, the Northwood Staff and ask questions about Northwood. If interested in attending please write “Newcomers Dessert” on the back of your Information Card. Directions to the dessert are available at the Welcome Table.

Next Membership Seminar set for May 3
Want to learn more about Northwood Church? Make plans to attend the Membership Seminar on Saturday, May 3, at the Maple Grove Community Center, 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Free childcare is provided. This seminar will give you an opportunity to learn more about the purpose, vision, values and ministries of Northwood Church. While the seminar is a prerequisite to membership at Northwood, it does not commit you to membership. Please write “Membership Seminar” on the back of your Information Card or call the church office.

Northwood Weekly Prayer Prompt
Pray the Lord's Prayer each day this week. Matthew 6:9-13