Christmas Night at North Lake
Join us from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. NLPC Lobby & Fellowship Hall. A new twist this year will add to the family fun, fellowship, and food with something for everyone! Invite your friends & neighbors
Little Blessings Christmas Program
The Little Blessings children would like to extend an invitation to you to join them for their special presentation of “The Grinch Who Found the Perfect Gift.” Please join them on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. in the NLPC Fellowship Hall for a show you won’t want to miss! This is being held in conjunction with Christmas Night at North Lake. Join the fun!
Advent Service of Remembrance
There will be a Service of Remembrance on Thurs., December 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This service will offer the opportunity to honor the memory of those special people in our lives who have joined the Church Triumphant.
Please fill out a form and place it in the offering plate or the basket at the Welcome Center. These forms need to be submitted by December 7th.
For more information, please call the church office (352-753-8484).
NLPC Choir Christmas Concerts
“The Gift of Christmas”
A collection of favorite Christmas music
Sunday, December 14, 2014 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 15, 2014 6:00 p.m.
The Christmas Choir with full Orchestra & Handbells
Jean Butler, Director
Tickets Required for Admittance
Free Tickets Available in the Lobby Today
North Lake 101
NLPC receives members at our 101 Class by profession of faith, transfer of membership or by reaffirmation of faith. The next 101 Seminar: Introduction to our Church Family will be on Sunday, January 18, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner will be provided. To receive more information or to register, please contact the church office (352- 753-8484).
Operation Homebound Drivers Needed
You might be wondering...why are we asking for more drivers? The wonderful folks who responded a bit ago have either been assigned permanent routes or the days the are free don't correspond to program needs and they have agreed to be substitute drivers. So...we have Monday and Wednesday covered for the second route; just need Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
We need 2 people per day who can complete the program application and a background check.
Please search your hearts and also ask your neighbors and friends.
This route goes around and across 466 A. If you have been over there recently I'm sure you have seen the number of homes that have been built or will be built. This means OHB numbers will increase and that, of course, means the need for additional drivers.
Come and ride along on Route 10; our current #10 drivers would welcome you and answer any questions you may have.
Call me and a ride-along can be arranged.
Vickie Ruddell Operation Homebound Director 352-753-8484 Church 352-409-0562 Business Cell
Candle Lighters Needed
Christmas candle lighters and readers are needed for the following Advent Sundays: November 30, December 7, 14, 21 (8:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.) and December 24 (7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.)
If you are interested, please contact Loma Oliver at 753-8484 or email@example.com.
PowerPoint Operators Needed
We have additional opportunities for people to operate the PowerPoint slides for the projection screens during the 9:45 a.m. service. The hope is to set up a rotation of people to each do this once a month. Please call the church office (753-8484) and ask for Mike Snow or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Light Up North Lake
Saturday, November 22nd at 9:00 a.m.
Come help as we hang 1000’s of lights to brighten the season! Enjoy fun, fellowship, coffee, and donuts.
Call Jim Crutchfield (352-307-6113) to say “Sure! I’d like to help.” Or write “Light” on your communication card.
Sunday Morning Children's Bible Study
Teachers and helpers are always needed for Children’s Sunday School (ages 4 & 5 years, kindergarten through sixth grade). If you are interested, please call Judy Truscott (259-3371) or Jim Crutchfield (307-6113).
Operation Christmas Child 2014
￼Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. A small shoebox can teach a child about the love of God, lead him or her to faith in Christ, inspire pastors, and plant new churches. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out is eternal. Be a part of changing lives through the power of a simple gift.
We have the boxes available for you today in the Church Lobby. Please take ONE or MORE boxes as you leave church. Fill them with toys, school supplies, clothing and personal hygiene items for children that have never received a Christmas gift before. As you shop for items to fill the boxes, try to imagine the joy in the eyes and hearts of that boy or girl as they open this wonder filled gift. We then pray that he or she will accept the Love of God as the gift- filled boxes are passed out by volunteers of Samaritan’s Purse.
On November 16, our shoe boxes will be dedicated at all three worship services. We will be packing the shoe boxes in cartons on Nov. 17 - 21 and loading the truck on Nov. 21 & 22. If you are able to help, sign-up sheets are in the lobby. For more information, call the NLPC OCC Coordinators, Bob & Chris Hayen (753-4955) or Bob & Andi Null (205-7972).
Please think about volunteering this year! If you have any questions, please contact Bob & Chris Hayen (753-4955) or Bob & Andi Null (205-7972).
Christian Food Pantry
The Food Pantry Sunday is next week. Any food donation is appreciated, but they are especially in need of the following items:
- Boxed or bagged stuffing mix
- Canned Yams/Sweet Potatoes
- Boxed Potatoes
- Canned Cream Soups
- Cranberry Sauce
- Canned Pumpkin
- Dessert Mixes for the Holidays
- Gift Cards or Donations for Turkeys (Walmart, Target, Winn Dixie or Publix)
Please place items in the shopping cart located in the Church Lobby.
If you have any questions, please contact Carrol Neal at (352)259-0788 between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
North Lake Presbyterian Church
Senior Pastor Search Process
September/October 2014 Update
As we move forward, we want to keep you informed about our process and our progress. Our goal is to provide a monthly update on the North Lake web site and the monthly newsletter and/or church bulletin.
On October 8, 2014, the PNC had their first meeting with the Presbytery Liaison, Berry Long, and the Executive Presbyter, Rev Dr. Daniel Williams. The members of the committee elected the following officers: Dr. Bob Hazlett, Chairperson, Sue Kirkpatrick, Vice Chairperson, and Rose Gorman, Corresponding Secretary. The PNC met two additional times in October and the discussions centered around qualifications desired for a new Senior Pastor and the development of a survey to be sent to the membership for their input. The committee is meeting weekly at the present.
The primary goals in November are: 1) develop a survey in order to gather information from the congregation; 2) plan two informational meetings for the congregation for early December; 3) work on the Ministry Information Form (the “MIF” is used to describe the church and ministry to potential Sr. Pastor candidates; and, 4) continue to work with the Presbytery.
The PNC plans to meet weekly and the committee asks for your continuing prayers.
At the June 17, 2014 meeting of the Session, Pastor Denny Dennison submitted a letter indicating his intent to retire as of June 30, 2015. Subsequently, the Session called a congregational meeting for Sunday, July 27th at which time the membership of North Lake consented to dissolve Pastor Denny’s pastoral relationship with North Lake effective with his retirement on June 30, 2015.
Overview of the pastor nominating search
Below is an outline of the process that is required by Central Florida Presbytery in calling our next senior pastor. Be assured that the committee (PNC) will take no steps without seeking God’s guidance. Each step has multiple elements which have been summarized so that the congregation can follow the progress.
The Session has received permission from the Committee on Ministry (COM) of the Central Florida Presbytery to commence the search for a new senior pastor. The Session asked interested members to submit their names for consideration to serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). The Session discussed the applicants and nominated nine members for the PNC. The Session then called a congregational meeting for September 28, 2014 for the purpose of electing members to the PNC. The Congregation approved the slate of nine nominees for the PNC.
The PNC will meet with the appointed Presbytery liaison who will assist the PNC throughout the search process. The members of the committee will elect a chairperson and secretary and begin regularly scheduled meetings of the PNC.
The committee will design and implement processes to collect input from the congregation, Session and staff. They will collect information to help identify who we are as a congregation, where we are being led and whom we should seek as our pastor to lead us into our next phase of ministry.
The committee will complete the PCUSA Ministry Information Form (MIF) that became effective March 28, 2014. They will obtain approval of the MIF from the Session and the Central Florida Presbytery Committee on Ministry.
The PNC will post the approved MIF to the PCUSA Church Leadership Connection website in order to receive Personal Information Forms (PIF) from potential Sr. Pastor candidates. The committee may also publicize the position through all other appropriate methods to identify and reach potential candidates. They will also continue networking for recommendations and follow up on all referrals. Please note that this is where the “silent” phase of the search begins in order to protect the confidentiality of the candidates and the integrity of the process. During this phase it may seem that the committee is moving too slowly. However, please be mindful that discernment requires the committee to operate on God’s time, which can neither be slowed down nor be rushed.
The PNC will evaluate each submitted PIF carefully and prayerfully to identify suitable candidates for further consideration. They will study and evaluate available sermons and other obtainable resources for candidates of interest and conduct initial phone interviews. When the PNC has a list of finalists for the position, the PNC will contact the presbytery to request that background checks be performed.
The PNC will conduct in-depth interviews, visit top candidates in their own worship environment, and consult references. When these reference checks are completed, the PNC members will pray, confer with the Central Florida Presbytery COM, and reach a consensus on a final candidate. After the selection of the final candidate is made by the PNC, there will be an examination by the COM for theology and fit, and assuming the candidate passes that examination, the next step will be congregational action to vote on the PNC's recommendation to call the candidate. If the congregation votes to call the candidate, the candidate will appear at the next meeting of the Presbytery. The Presbytery then formally examines and receives the new pastor into membership and approves the terms of call. Pastors are members of the Presbytery and not members of the local church. This collaborative process requires approval from all three parties - the candidate, the congregation, and the Presbytery. This three party agreement is one of the extremely important parts of our polity.
After these actions, North Lake will host an installation service and reception for the new senior pastor giving thanks to God for this new and exciting ministry for the future of North Lake Presbyterian Church.
Childcare provided at all services.