This Sunday: "Open Invitation"

Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13

Join us On Campus or Online | Sunday, June 9, 2024

A good storyteller doesn’t just entertain. They can help you see yourself in different kinds of characters, sometimes even as the antagonist of our own stories! There is wisdom for us to find when we slow down and consider how we fit in with different characters and roles within the sacred stories in our Bible. There is even new wisdom in old stories, something for us to learn that is different than what we learned before. And practicing this with stories helps us understand how we can also learn from different people. There is so much wisdom available to us, I wonder what we can learn this week.

A Note from the Pastor

I love people watching. Especially in the summer. Last week I had the opportunity to do a lot of people watching next to one of my favorite parts of God’s creation, the beach.

People-watching is the art of observing others, noticing their behaviors, and interpreting their stories. It’s a way to connect with humanity, appreciate diversity, and recognize our shared experiences. As you observe people, consider their emotions, body language, and interactions. Each person carries a unique story, and by paying attention, you can cultivate empathy and compassion.

Summer symbolizes growth, light, and maturation. It’s a season of abundance and warmth. In a spiritual context, summer represents a time for self-reflection, self-discovery, and realization of life’s purpose. The long days and bright sunlight symbolize divine light and enlightenment.

Summer holds deep spiritual significance across cultures and traditions. Let’s explore its meaning:

Celebration of Light: The summer solstice, which falls around June 21, marks the first day of summer. It’s when the sun is at its highest peak in the sky, and it’s also the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Ancient cultures celebrated this cosmic event with rituals and festivals. For instance, Stonehenge was designed to align with the sun during the solstice. Symbolically, the solstice represents the triumph of light over darkness, awakening, and enlightenment.

Reflection and Compassion: Summer invites inner reflection. As the days grow longer, we reflect on our past mistakes and look forward with compassion for ourselves. It’s a time to build a stronger spiritual foundation, deepen our relationship with ourselves, and connect with our inner light.

Nature’s Beauty: Summer is a toast to nature. It’s a season of abundance, growth, and connection to the natural world. Take time to appreciate everything our planet has given us—whether it’s watching the sunrise, enjoying fresh air, or celebrating the beauty of flowers and fertility.

Use the leisure time that summer brings to deepen your spiritual life. Engage in Bible study, devotions, reflection, and quiet moments. Let the warmth of the sun remind you of the inner light within you.

Remember, whether you’re people-watching or exploring spirituality, both offer opportunities for connection, growth, and understanding.

Remember, summer isn’t just about warmth; it’s also about nurturing our spiritual growth and celebrating the light within us. This summer we will spend time slowing down. Will you join us in taking some time each week to do nothing? Enjoy what you have and who is around you. Take some time to deepen the relationships with friends and family and perhaps a new friend. Slow down. For real. Drink more water and soak in the energy of the sun.. wear sunblock.

The church will slow down a bit in July to prepare for the last four months of the year. We also will bring a little levity to our life with the Gospel according to Disney. You are invited to participate in a congregational vote - find the survey link shown below.

Rev. Virzola Law

Senior Minister

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

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.

Worship Rocks

Following the children's moment during the worship service, children (ages 3-5th grade) will be escorted to F-103 for their own kid-friendly worship experience.

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

EquiTea: Centering Voices

of Women in Ministry

with Rev. Courtney Pace,

Rev. Vahisha Hasan, and

Rev. Virzola Law

Tuesday, June 11 6:30 pm on Zoom

Email to request Zoom details.

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

Saturday June 22

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.

All Things VBS...

VBS Set Up and Work Day

Friday, June 7, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Week of VBS

Monday, June 10 - Friday, June 14

9:15 am - 11:45 am


VBS Family Night and Dinner

Thursday, June 13 at 6:00 pm


VBS Highlights during Worship

Sunday, June 16 at 10:30 am

A Note of Thanks...

Thank you Northway family for the great send off last month. Your words and notes were so gracious. The love offering will be a blessing as we take some trips this summer to the Pacific Northwest and to NYC. I know VBS is next week and I’ll definitely be missing all that fun. Bless you as you continue to pursue What’s Next for Northway.

Ken Crawford

Birthday Celebrations

Happy birthday to Sean Cockrell, Rob Brown, Aldo Rey, Savannah Noble, Chuck Britain, Paul Schmidt, Roger Hohnstein, Ethan Corbitt, Jill McSorley.

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 May 30 - June 5, 2024

Weekly Receipts: $11,119.

Year to Date Receipts: $185,866.

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.

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