Vacation Bible School
NLPC Vacation Bible School will be June 15-19th from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. daily. This year’s theme is Mega Sports. Volunteers are needed. Questions can be directed to Chris Kao at (352)408-4539 or email@example.com.
The Pastor Nominating Committee of NLPC is proud and excited to announce that we have chosen a candidate for Senior Pastor to present for your vote. His name is Pastor Jeffrey Arthur Hosmer.
Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1981. He was ordained the same year. Jeff currently is in the final stages of completing his Doctor of Ministry degree.
Jeff has been a pastor for 34 years and he comes to us from Northminister Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati OH where he served as Senior Pastor for the past 21 years. This church, like ours, has 3 services; two traditional and one contemporary.
Jeff and his wife, Bobbi, have been married for 34 years and have 3 adult children. Son David, and his wife Kelly, live in Orlando and recently presented Jeff and Bobbi with their first grandchild, Cassidy Grace. Daughter Rachel, married last summer to Jeff Dollard, lives in Winchester, VA, and her twin brother, Jordan, lives in San Francisco, CA.
Bobbi has been active in their church as a Stephen Minister, a Deacon, hand bell ringer, in children/youth ministries and on many local mission teams. She will be leaving her business, Sweet Home Cincinnati, in the capable hands of her friend and business partner. Jeff's parents have lived in the Leesburg area for 27 years. Currently they reside at Lake Port Square and attend church at Lake Square Presbyterian Church. Jeff and Bobbi have made a difficult decision to leave a much loved congregation in Cincinnati to be closer to family.
The PNC saw God at work as Jeff submitted his desire to seek a new church at about the same moment we began to seek a new Senior Pastor! Jeff possesses 7 of the skills, or competencies, that were important to the PNC and the NLPC congregation, as indicated by the survey; Preaching, Spiritual Maturity, Organizational Agility, Strategy and Vision, Collaboration, Interpersonal Engagement and Motivator. From the very beginning, the PNC was impressed with Jeff's strong faith in God, his amazing preaching skills and his vision for the future of NLPC. We know that you will find Jeff and Bobbi to be spirit filled, compassionate and loving servants to the Lord.
The PNC thanks you for your support and prayers throughout the process. We recommend that you approve the call to Jeff Hosmer as Senior Pastor.
Blessings from the Pastor Nominating Committee:
Bob Hazlett, Sue Kirkpatrick, Rose Gorman, Judy Etheridge, Lyn Jensen,
Bill Johnston, Ron Kennedy and Bob Null; Berry Long, Presbytery COM liaison.
IN JEFF’S OWN WORDS: The Congregation to which I would be called is:
· Centered on Jesus Christ as the unique, sufficient embodiment of God’s love
· Rooted in the authority and instruction of scripture
· Engaged in prayer and other disciplines for spiritual formation
· Ardent about sharing Good News in a world desperate for hope
· Trying to live out Christian community in ways described in Romans 12
· Enthused about God’s mission locally and globally.
.......My wife and I are willing to leave a healthy, loving community in Cincinnati to undertake a new calling closer to the family generations that have shaped us
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follow us. ............
Statement of Faith prevailing culture that
flirts with spirituality but scorn religious commitment, distrusts the lessons of tradition,
trivializes and obscures truth,
values appearance over substance,
and pursues pleasure rather than virtue,
we profess Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
While the world exhibits the love of power, Jesus embodied the power of love, humbly, compassionately, sacrificially, redemptively. He answered the polemics and politics of his time with beatitudes, blessings and warnings. His weaponry included an arsenal of parables, sayings, forgiveness, and healing. He challenged Money, Position, and Privilege to do their utmost for those who had none. He proclaimed the Kingdom of God, but took his place on the cross not a throne. And when it seemed that darkness ruled, the tomb was opened and love emerged, animated and unvanquished. ................
The Holy Spirit infuses the Church with life, setting us apart to fulfill God’s loving purpose, as we pray for and live toward His Kingdom. ................
Overcoming evil with good: that was His way and truth and life. He persists today through us. God is good...all the time. All the time....God is good.
What a brazen, indispensable axiom. In spite of shrill deadlines – eruptions of violence and mayhem, viral epidemics, furious storms, scams and scandals, torched church buildings, missing and downed airliners, leaders out-of-bounds or out-of-touch, children used as pawns or soldiers or worse, injustice taunting its victims, moral indifference, and spiritual dementia – our Creator is still devising good and enlisting us to co-author the good with him. So our living with Christ is not naïve or bleak or meager, but a brilliant, unending Hallelujah!
See our website for Jeff’s complete statement of faith; statement of the church to which he is called; what areas of growth he has identified in himself; description of a time in which he led a change.
PNC Committee Update
After approval, the MIF was posted for prospective applicants on the PCUSA Church Leadership Connection website in order to receive Personal Information Forms (“PIF”) from potential Head of Staff Pastor candidates
- PIFs “matched” by the Executive Presbyter
- Pastor submitted self-referral PIFs
- The PNC reviewed and discussed all submitted PIFs
- After prayerful consideration, the PNC contacted approximately 10 pastors to obtain additional information
Based on the additional information, the PNC had Skype interviews with 6 pastoral candidates
The PNC and the Executive Presbyter have made background checks and reference calls on the top pastoral candidates
The PNC continues to ask for your prayers as the committee continues to listen as God leads the PNC to the person He has called for North Lake.
January / February 2015
PNC Committee Update
- The Session approved Ministry Information Form (MIF) was submitted to the Committee on Ministry (“COM”) acting on behalf of Central Florida Presbytery and was approved at the January 8, 2015 meeting of the COM
- After approval, the MIF was posted for prospective applicants on the PCUSA Church Leadership Connection website in order to receive Personal Information Forms (“PIF”) from potential Head of Staff Pastor candidates
- As of the end of January, the PNC has received approximately 40 PIFs from one of the following sources:
- PIFs “matched” by the Executive Presbyter
- Pastor submitted PIFs via the COM system
- Pastor submitted PIFs/resumes via our confidential email
- The PNC began to review the received PIF's and is seeking to garner information on the candidates that most meet our requirements.
In February the PNC will:
- continue to review submitted PIFs;
- begin initial inquiries to pastors regarding PIFs, where appropriate;
- consider whether to publicize the position through other appropriate methods to identify and reach additional potential candidates.
The PNC resumed weekly meetings and continues to ask for your prayers as the committee continues to listen as God leads the PNC to the person He has called for North Lake.
November / December 2014
PNC Committee Update
- The PNC developed and released a survey; 374 members responded to the survey, with the majority responding on-line. There were more than 300 additional comments provided by members to the survey. The results of the survey and the additional comments were incorporated in the Ministry Information Form (“MIF”) and will be considered during the entire process by the PNC
- The PNC held two Open Forum meetings (informational meetings) for the members and a total of approximately 90 - 100 members attended. A verbal status was provided by Chairperson, Bob Hazlett; questions were then asked by the attendees and answered by the PNC and Berry Long, the Central Florida Presbytery Committee on Ministry liaison, at the December 9 Open Forum.
- The PNC completed the Ministry Information Form and submitted the MIF to the Session for Approval. The Session approved the MIF on December 16, 2014.
- The Session approved MIF will be submitted to the Committee on Ministry (“COM”) acting on behalf of Central Florida Presbytery for approval at the January scheduled meeting of the Committee on Ministry.
The primary goals for January/February 2015:
- Upon the approval of the MIF, publish the MIF for prospective applicants on the PCUSA Church Leadership Connection website in order to receive Personal Information Forms (“PIF”) from potential Head of Staff Pastor candidates;
- Publicize the position through all other appropriate methods to identify and reach potential candidates;
- Network for recommendations from North Lake members and other referrals,
- Begin to review Pastor Information Forms (“PIF”) as they are submitted.
After a short break for Christmas and the New Year week, the PNC plans to meet weekly, or as needed, starting in January once the MIF is approved by the Central Florida Presbytery.
The PNC wishes to thank the members for their submission of the survey with comments, for their support and prayers. The committee hopes you had a special Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the committee asks for your continued prayers.
September / October 2014
PNC Committee 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 for November are:
- develop a survey in order to gather information from the congregation;
- plan two informational meetings for the congregation for early December;
- work on the Ministry Information Form (the "MIF" is used to describe the church and minstry to the potential Sr. Pastor candidates, and
- continue to work with the Presbytery.
The PNC plans to meet weekly and the committee asks for your continuing prayers.