Parent Connection | March 20, 2024

Pastor's Class Information

Greetings Parents! I hope all is well and Spring is springing for each of you. As Lent ends and Easter approaches, we are looking to Pentecost, the birthday of the church. We are hoping to have a Pastor’s Class before then so we might have some baptisms as part of our celebration.

We like to consider the Pastor’s Class starting around 4th grade. This is not a hard requirement, so please reach out if your student is ready to start considering baptism, even if they are a little older or younger.

Taking the Pastor’s Class does not mean the student has to choose baptism, only that they will be given information and the chance to ask questions and consider how they want to participate in our church life. This also means that taking the class as a review is appropriate. We will try to partner each student with an elder as a mentor, so they are not just hearing from the pastors. I’m hopeful to have as many voices from our church family as possible involved in the conversations with our students.

If you know your student is interested in joining the Pastor’s Class, please reach out to me. How we schedule the class will depend on the availability of participants.

I’m excited as we continue to journey together to share this special moment with our families.

Peace and Grace to y’all,

Pastor Chesna

We Need You!

We are still in need of a few good Sunday School teachers for our children and youth. No experience is required. You are enough! We usually work on a month on and month off rotation, but if you are available on different timing, we will work with you.

We also need volunteers for VBS! There are so many ways you can serve before and during this week. We need set-up helpers the week before, small group leaders, game leaders, craft and marketplace helpers...and more. If you are available, we will find the right job for you! If you are interested in helping with any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Pastor Chesna or Dawn Ziesmer.

Here's what's up for Sunday, March 24


9:00 am

Godly Play

(ages 3-5) | Rm. E-202

Children's Music

Children's music will meet in F202

Live Big

(K - 2nd grade) | Rm. E-209

Live Big and JYF will combine for Sunday School in F209.


(3rd - 5th grade) | Rm. E-209


(6th - 12th grade) | 9:30 am in Youth Hall

Following Sunday School, the youth will move to the front lot to pass out palms for the processional.

After Church Youth and JYF Groups

After church Youth and JYF groups will meet this Sunday in Youth Hall for food and fellowship until 1:30.

Following the Children's Moment during the 10:30 am worship service, children ages 3—Grade 5 will be escorted to F-102 for their own kid-friendly worship experience, Worship Rocks!


After the worship service is over, your children will be waiting for you in the hallway outside of the Sanctuary.  

This week's Bible Story

Palm Sunday

Matthew 21:1-11

Jesus came to be our Savior.

Memory Verse

“If possible, live in peace with everyone. Do that as much as you can.” Romans 12:18, NIrV

Beyond Sunday

Ask and Tell

At a meal or in the car this week, have everyone answer this question: “As we look forward to Easter, how can we take time to remember what Jesus did for us?”


“Jesus, thank You for coming to be our Savior. It’s the best gift we have ever been given, and because of what You did, we have forgiveness, friendship, and peace.”

Youth Cultural Outing

Attention Youth Parents:

On March 23rd, the youth will be attending the Holi Mela Festival (an Indian Color Festival).The event is from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm in McKinney and costs $15 plus any lunch/snacks your child may want to eat, please let Noelle know if your child is able to attend. We will be carpooling to the event. 

Northway youth (grades 6-12) and sponsors will travel to Albuquerque, NM for our Be The Neighbor Mission Experience, which is July 7-13. Please fill out the interest/registration form here. Cost to participate is $400/person. We will do fundraising where youth can earn credits toward their participation in the fundraising. The week will include both service and educational experiences. Group trip leaders include Chesna Riley and Rachel Schawler. Contact the church office with any questions.

Early Bird Registration ends Sunday, March 24. We will have computers set up Sunday if you would like to sign up!

Disciples Crossing Summer Camp Dates

May 24 - May 26: Family Camp

May 31 - June 2: Grand Camp

June 16 - June 22: Imago Dei

June 17 - June 22: CYF

June 24 - June 28: Junior Camp

June 24 - June 29: Chi Rho

June 30 - July 3: Genesis

If you have questions about an event, a prayer request you'd like to share, or you'd like to volunteer to help, please contact Northway's Minister to Children, Youth, and Families - Rev. Chesna Riley