This Sunday:

Conversations with Jesus in Hometown Nazareth


Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 43:1; John 14:2; Psalm 122:1; Luke 2:41-52

Join us On Campus or Online | Sunday, June 16, 2024

VBS has spent the week learning how Jesus lived like us and knows what we go through. We now have to wonder how we respond to that truth. We talk about going out to serve, but who are we serving? Do we only serve those who need our help? Are we ever serving each other? Have we thought about how we respond to each other? God has made us a family, now we have to figure out what that means for us today.

A Note from the Pastor

I knew that stepping back into family ministry would include stepping back into VBS. I thought I was ready. Then, after taking on the role of Mary, Mother of Jesus, I had to answer questions about why Mary was wearing a smart watch.

I had forgotten how observant and quick children are!

We survived that time paradox and had a great day on Monday. It was such a joy to see all these people running around the building and learning about Jesus. The theme is “Hometown Nazareth,” and we are taking the week to learn about Jesus in the place he grew up. Students are divided up into groups named after the Tribes of Judah. We practiced saying Issachar and Benjamin let me know that they didn’t need “Benji” as a nickname. Our volunteers are absolute rock stars; they have made everything happen including a marketplace, games, craft time, snack time with snacks similar to what Jesus might have eaten growing up, and ALL OF THE SONGS. I do mean all, every time I went by the sanctuary, the kids were dancing around singing all the songs I knew from VBS and a bunch I hadn’t heard before.

The highlight for me though? Kids as young as four years old yelling their memory verse to me in the hallways for high fives. Day one included about 15 different students declaring, “For nothing is impossible with God!” We had to work a bit to remember that verse came from Luke, but a bit of practice meant we could all yell "Luuuuukkkkkeee” at the end of the verse.

Y’all really love these young people so well. It is such a gift to be a part of a faith family that takes seriously the call to teach the faith to our children. Thank you for your faithfulness and for letting me be a part of this work.

Rev. Chesna Riley

Minister to Children, Youth and Families

Summer Choir in June

Summer Choir Is for everyone and anyone of high school age and older, who would like to join in singing on one or more Sundays in June. We have 3 Sundays left:

June 16

June 23

June 30


We meet at 10:00 am in the sanctuary to rehearse a song together for 15 minutes to be sung in the service. No robes or extra rehearsals! If you enjoy singing, you should give this a try.

9:00 am - Sunday School

10:00 am - Fellowship

10:30 am - Worship Service

You may join us in the Sanctuary or online for Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 am. The service is also available on Facebook and YouTube. Below are some tips for worshiping with us online.

Announcements begin at 10:15 am, with the prelude to follow. Join us early! Prepare your own bread, cup and candle for communion. Turn on and adjust the sound to your computer.

Rise & Shine Breakfast

9:30 - 10:20 am in F-101 Join us for a continental style breakfast any time during the Sunday School hour - in celebration of Father's Day.

Intergenerational Sunday featuring VBS highlights

Sunday, June 16 at 10:30 am

Worship Rocks - Will Not Meet

The children who usually participate in Worship Rocks will join their families in the sanctuary on Intergenerational Sunday. Worship Rocks will resume next Sunday.

Solomon's Porch (Men's Group)

2nd and 4th Saturdays

7:45 am in the Music Suite.

Tai Chi

Mondays at 10:30 am

In F-101

Contact Donna for info


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Tuesday, June 11

1:00 pm in F-104

Seeds of Faith Garden

Compost Class

with Master Gardner

Saturday, June 29

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Greater Garth Chapel AME

Midweek Bible Study

Wednesdays at 12:00 pm

Parlor and Zoom

Serve Opportunities

Diaper Distribution

4th Saturdays

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Front lot of the church. 

Seeds of Faith Community Garden

Compost Class w/Master Gardner

Saturday June 29

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Greater Garth Chapel AME

Mobile Food Pantry

1st, 2nd, 3rd Tuesdays

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Front lot of the church.

Camp Season is Here!

Can you help support our young people going to camp? We need people to write notes and letters to send with our children and youth traveling to camps and mission trip this summer. If you are willing to write a short word of encouragement, let Pastor Chesna know so she can get you set up!

We are going to take some time to enjoy ourselves this summer and consider what we can learn from a few of our favorite Disney movies during our next worship series - Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust.  

Below is a quick survey you can take to help determine which movie themes will be included in the series. The last day to take the survey will be June 24.

Also, be sure to save the date of July 28 for an all-church movie event. We’ll stay after church on July 28, eat pizza and popcorn, and enjoy watching a movie together in Fellowship Hall. See you at the movies!

Take the Survey

Birthday Celebrations

Happy birthday to Kelly Durrett, Hunter Talbot, Juan Regalado,

Samantha Flowers, and Bailey Johnson.

Parent Connection

Hey Parents! If you'd like to keep up with Northway's activities for children and youth, you'll want to click here to check out our "Parent Connection"newsletter. If you're not receiving this weekly email, but would like to, send us a note.

Financial Update

Week of June 6 - June 12, 2024

Weekly Receipts: $3,848.

Year to Date Receipts: $189,714.

2024 Budgeted Receipts: $464,840.

Financial Update Note: Contributions will be reported at the time they are received, even if they are prepayments of annual pledges. If you have questions, please contact Laura Giffin or call the church office at 214-361-6641.

Giving Options for Northway Christian Church

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Gifts and offerings may also be mailed to the church office at

7202 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75225