04-18-19 @North Heartland: Easter Sunday & The "Do Over"

So, last year on Easter Sunday it snowed. Do you remember?

Fortunately, nothing like that is going to happen this year - just a beautiful sunny day to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus of Nazareth. I'm very much looking forward to our service because of the amazing music and multimedia we have planned as well as the message (The "Do-Over") I am going to deliver. I hope you are planning to be here!

To help with the larger than usual number of folks who will be here at both services, it would really help if we all could do the following:

  • Arrive a few minutes earlier than normal so that there isn't a traffic jam getting into the parking lots and auditorium.

  • Park further away from the building than normal so that first-timers have the best spots.

  • Sit further to the front than normal so that first-timers can have the upper-level seats (and I and our musicians can see friendly faces!)

  • Pray for the folks who are hearing for the first time what it means that Jesus rose from the grave on the Sunday following His crucifixion.

On that last point, I was reminded again this week that as simple as the message may be, without the Holy Spirit's intervention and help, people cannot grasp it. As the Apostle Paul writes:

Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.      2 Corinthians 4:4

Two more things to mention before I let you go ...

First, kudos to our music and tech teams for producing such an outstanding "Night of Worship" this past Wednesday. I was pleased that so many NHCCers showed up but even more pleased with how great the experience was. I personally needed to be reminded of some things and I believe the Lord used several of those songs to speak to me. I left here greatly encouraged.

If you missed it, I hope you'll make plans to come to the next one which will be sometime in July.

Finally, as you can see from the stats below, we're starting to fall behind in our giving. Our goal is to always have a minimum of six weeks of cash reserve which, at this time, is would be $180K. According to our financial team, our reserve is at 6.1 weeks.  We're not stressed about it but I know that a lot of times, people want to know that their contributions really are needed. So, I'm taking this opportunity to let you know that. 🙂

If you are currently not giving to NHCC and would like to set up an automated contribution or make a one-time gift, you can email Lynda Starkey at lynda@northheartland.org and she will give you instructions. Or, you can just make a contribution when we receive the offering on Sunday, or stop by one of the giving kiosks in the commons area.

Have a great weekend and I will see you Sunday!

Rick

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

Attendance
09:30    384
11:00    305
Total    689
    
LiveStream IPs    37
    
Ministry & Operations Fund
Offering    $19,306
Goal    $30,000
YTD    $326,131
Goal    $364,000
Status    -$37,869


Rick McGinniss