03-03-19 @North Heartland: "Monsters" ... and more snow.

So, would it be unChristian of me to say that I think someone should shoot that stupid groundhog?

Seriously, this is starting to feel like Groundhog Day the movie, where Phil Collins has to relive the same day over and over. Once more time, we're going to be dealing with a wintry mess on a Sunday morning. In the almost 25 years of our history as a church, I can't remember ever having a stretch like this.

Be that as it may, as you know, we will be having services UNLESS a governmental agency issues a travel ban (which has never happened in 25 years).  

In those services, we'll be continuing our State of Mind series talking about the Monsters of anxiety, depression and suicide that sometimes show up when our mental and emotional health reaches a breaking point. As I said in the very first message of this series, not all of us deal with these issues but all of us know and love someone who does. That's why I believe it will be worth making the effort to attend or, at the very least, to tune in to our livestream on Sunday. What we do will be very helpful to everyone !

Since I'm mentioning our livestream, I want to give a bit more info. You can tune in via our app, website or, if you have a Roku, add the Sunday Streams app and tune it to NHCCKCMO. The sound quality isn't always the greatest as we do not (yet) have the ability to create a separate audio mix, and mixing for smartphone, TV, etc isn't the same as mixing for an auditorium.

Also, one of the things you miss in a livestream is the experience of worshiping and connecting with others. In addition, if you have kids or students, they, too, miss out on the excellent age-appropriate programming we provide in The Well and Adventureland.

Point being, livestream is a great option when you just can't be present because of weather or health or some other issue, but you really do get the most and the best experience for yourself and other family members by being onsite ... which is why we always encourage folks to do so as long as you aren't putting yourself in a dangerous situation, which is something everyone has to guage for themselves.

Finally - and it's almost hard to believe with the winter-that-never-ends still continuing - Lent begins next Wednesday.

For those who may not know, Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday (March 6th) and ends on Holy Saturday (April 20th), the day before Easter. Ironically (at least for this year), the word lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." Lent is 40 days because that's how long Jesus spent in the wilderness fasting and preparing to begin his ministry .

Following in His example, many Christians often choose to give up something, to serve others or to be especially disciplined about focusing on their relationship with and commitment to Jesus during this period.

To help you in that, Kitti Homan, one of our associate pastors, has created a special Facebook page called Lent 2019 at North Heartland. Beginning today, she'll post something each day until Easter Sunday. Kitti is an outstanding writer and spiritual director, so I hope you'll take advantage of her work.

That's all for today, folks. Stay warm and I'll see you one way or another on Sunday morning!


****** Stats from last Sunday ******

09:30    510
11:00    382
Total    892
LiveStream IPs    57
Ministry & Operations Fund
Offering    $41,672
Goal    $25,000
YTD    $169,233
Goal    $174,000
Status    -$4,767

Rick McGinniss