Join us for the first of our FAB evenings with family and friends. Dinner served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. followed by “The ‘Jesus’ Film.” Details here.
The Parish Nurses invite you to get your annual flu shot on September 23 from 4:00 p.m.—5:30 p.m. (location TBD). Contact Beverly Helfferich (352-259-2699) with questions.
Are your students ready for the LOGOS Kick-Off on September 24th? Registration Forms are available at the Welcome Center Desk or here.
LOGOS Team Meeting: We are reaching out for more Church Angels. Assistance is needed in several areas: Snack Prep, Shepherding, Teacher’s Assistant and Decorating. Come on Sept. 10th at 6:00 p.m. in Room Mercy and see what it’s all about.
Stephen Ministry Training
Your Stephen Ministry Team is offering a training session beginning Sept. 27. If you feel the Lord leading you to this ministry, please contact Tom Miller (352-751-5136) or Pastor Stull in the church office (753-8484). Learn more about Stephen Ministry here.
The Session has scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 28th at 10:45 a.m. (immediately following the 9:45 a.m. service) a special meeting of the congregation for the purpose of electing a Pastor Nominating Committee. The meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall. A list of proposed candidates will be available prior to the 28th.
Women of Faith Tour
October 10-11, 2014 is "WOMEN OF FAITH" TIME. Tickets are purchased, rooms are reserved, and we are ready for a wonderful "REVIVAL TOUR". The fee is $123.00 for your 2 day pass to the Amway Center and your hotel room at the Hampton Inn Universal. This year we will be car pooling and plans are to stop for dinner along the way. Tickets are still available but going quickly. Registration forms are available at the information center. If you have any questions, contact Lynn Miller at 751-5136.
Christian Food Pantry Needs Help
Thank you for your support of the Christian Food Pantry. In July we helped 469 families representing about 1300 individuals. It is unfortunate so many in our area are in need but wonderful that people like you are willing to give a helping hand. We are still in need of the following: People to transport the food collected at NLPC the first Sunday of each month from church to the pantry. Volunteer teams would work together every other month. We have three individuals or couples already signed on but would like three more couples if possible. In the past the food is loaded and transported following the beginning of the tird service but could be done following the third service if necessary. Please respond to this email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Carrol Neal at the pantry: 352-259-0788. Thank you for your continued support. May God bless you and yours.
Please contact Carrol Neal at 259-0788 between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Holy Grounds Coffee Bar
Holy Grounds needs help for about 1-2 hours on Sunday mornings to help with getting the cookies out and coffee made. This is a great opportunity to meet your old friends and meet some new ones. It is great fun! Contact Toni Miller at 352-307-0774 or email@example.com.
Operation Homebound Volunteers Needed
Due to many of our members going north and some medical situations that have arisen we are in need of substitute drivers on al days (Monday - Friday). In addition, route 17 on Monday and route 9 on Friday each need 2 permanent drivers.
As many of you know those who drive get more from the clients than they give; it's a very rewarding way to spend a couple of hours each week to help those who are unable to cook for themselves.
A caregiver said to me a couple of weeks ago that he felt like receiving meals cut 25% from his daily caregiving duties. That's amazing...and reinforced how important OBH is to those who are shut in.
If you would like to help please contact Vickie Ruddell in the kitchen at 352-753-8484 or 352-409-0562 or come by and we can chat.
Love INC Volunteers Needed
With the snowbirds going north for the summer, we are in need of men and women volunteers in all areas, Centsible Furnishings, Clearing House and Warehouse. For more informationplease contact Betty Lint at 751-7185 or Char Zientara at 750-9864.
North Lake Presbyterian Church
Senior Pastor Search Process
Steps to completing the pastor nominating search.
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 for Sunday, July 27th at which time the membership of North Lake consented to dissolve Denny’s pastoral relationship effective with his retirement on June 30, 2015.
As we move forward, we want to keep you informed about our process and our progress. Below is an outline of the process that is required by Central Florida Presbytery in calling our next senior pastor. Be assured that we will take no steps without seeking God’s guidance. Each step has multiple elements which we have summarized so that everyone can follow our 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 hopes to call a congregational meeting for sometime in September for the purpose of electing members to the PNC.
The PNC will meet with our appointed Presbytery liaison who will assist the PNC throughout the search process. The committee will receive an orientation to the search processes as required by the Central Florida Presbytery Committee on Ministry. 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 April 1, 2013, which replaces the former Church Information Form used in previous searches. 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 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 our search begins in order to protect the confidentiality of the candidates and the integrity of the process. During this phase it may seem that we are moving too slowly. However, please be mindful that discernment requires us 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 members will pray, confer with the Central Florida Presbytery Committee on Ministry and reach a consensus on a final candidate. The COM examines the final candidate as, to beliefs and to determine if the candidate would be a good fit for the congregation. It will also ensure that all documents are in order for our call to a pastor. It is important to note that the approval of the COM is required to call a new senior pastor. However, though approval is required, the congregation makes the final decision as to who will be the next senior pastor at North Lake and the Committee on Ministry for Central Florida Presbytery cannot tell the congregation who to hire.
The PNC will extend a call to that candidate contingent upon the vote of the congregation.
The PNC will report to the Session and the Session will schedule a congregational meeting for members to hear and vote upon the recommendation of thePNC and to approve the terms of call.
Once the candidate is called by a vote of the congregation, 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 of their local church.
The PNC 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 our church..
Childcare provided at all services.