These past few weeks, our study in Genesis has highlighted Jacob’s lack of character. Jacob would stoop to any level to get what he wanted. He even took advantage of his aging father’s poor eyesight. Can you imagine that? Taking advantage of your own father’s failing health in his old age? How low is that? Yet God redeemed Jacob, working through him to continue the lineage of the nation of Israel.
But Jacob isn’t an isolated example. In the New Testament, God worked through Paul to further the church, even though, before he met Jesus, Paul executed and imprisoned Christians. In 1 Timothy 1:15, no wonder Paul wrote these words:
It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.
Aren’t you glad, God doesn’t give up on us, even when we sin badly? Whatever your past, God knows and He hasn’t given up on you. Let’s celebrate this God of immeasurable grace!
The construction work south of the church belongs to the 7 Day Furniture Store, which will soon be our new neighbor. Rod Kush, who owns 7 Day Furniture & Mattress Stores, will be relocating his Lincoln store at 5601 S. 59th St. to this new site. They plan to finish construction by December 31, 2019, and be open for business next January.
The new building will be about 100,000 square feet. It will have a 60,000 square foot show room with about 30,000 square feet of warehouse space. The remaining space will be available for lease by another commercial tenant along the south side. It will only be one story, or about 18 feet tall. It will be arranged lengthwise from north to south with the back of the building facing the ravine. The front faces the incoming street from Fletcher Ave. The show room will have furniture to look at only since they will not sell off the floor. Furniture will be ordered and delivered from the Omaha or Lincoln warehouse.
A welcome change will be some beautiful new landscaping out front as they complete their site development. There will be over 30 deciduous trees, many decorative bushes, and lawn areas. Since the city requirement for new buildings prohibits white rock for parking, the furniture store will remove all of the white rock on this parcel and will redesign the lot and create new paved parking stalls next to their building and install new sidewalks.
A huge benefit for the church is that their entire paved lot will be available for church parking whenever we need it. In addition, they have no plans to ever be open on Sunday mornings, which has been their mode of operation for 25 years. In fact, they told us that they would be surprised if they ever have more than 15–20 cars in their 150 parking stalls at any one time. In turn, we will give them permission to park in any of our 80 paved stalls if that would ever be needed. However, we don’t expect that will happen. We’re looking forward to working with them as valued neighbors and friends as we share a common landscaped street entrance and an extra 150 paved parking spaces.
Chances are that you’ve heard about our men’s ministry here at North Pointe. But if you’re like me, maybe you don’t know much about the study. I caught up with Jacob Shaffer to find out more.
Jacob’s been involved with the men’s ministry for the last three years, but many men here at North Pointe have been attending this weekly study for years. Every Saturday morning at 8:30, men of all ages join together at church. Many of the men arrive a little early for the chance to chat and catch up over breakfast before the study begins, although breakfast is available all morning. Once everyone is situated, the morning begins with announcements and prayer. Then they dive into the study.
Some of the studies have been video series where they’ll watch a 15–30 minute video and then break into small groups to discuss. Some other studies have been focused on going through a book together, studying different passages of Scripture that are highlighted through the study before splitting into smaller groups to discuss what they’ve read and their thoughts. Jacob said that no matter what they study, one of their goals is to open up God’s Word and read and discuss it together as men.
A New Study
Just last week the group started a new eight-week series called How to Read the Bible. This is a video series by Michael DeFazio that contains eight 15–20 minute sessions and discussion questions afterward. Through this study, they’ll look at how to read God’s Word more effectively. It will focus on having the right goals when reading, paying attention to details, being sensitive to genre, studying the cultures of the world behind the text, and living what they learn. This will be a great series that is free and open to men of all ages, whether someone is a grade school student, working adult, or retired. All men are welcome to join. There’s no sign-up necessary.
Along with the Saturday morning discussions, participants also have the opportunity to develop relationships by getting together outside of the church building. Dale Leffers has generously hosted men’s gatherings at his place by Malcolm where the men can enjoy a nice breakfast and lots of outdoor activities. Shooting guns and bows at targets, throwing knives, fishing, and more are included at these fun events that help the men get to know each other better. It’s great to have the chance to get to know a lot of different men that you might not cross paths with otherwise.
Jacob wanted to make sure that everyone knew that this group doesn’t require any sort of sign-up and you don’t even have to be a member of North Pointe to attend. He also said they know life is busy and not to worry if you can’t make it every week. They’d love to see any male attend whenever they’re able. So, if you’ve ever considered joining the study, now is the perfect time! They’re really looking forward to seeing you there!
Student Ministry—We are looking for a few more volunteers who are interested in leading a small group of middle schoolers or high schoolers. Youth group is on Wednesday nights from 6–8:30 p.m. Contact JHarms@northpointelincoln.org for more information.
Kids Ministry—As we start a new school year, more volunteers are needed for Sunday school during both services. All materials and the lesson are provided. Email Lharms@northpointelincoln.org if interested.
Building Ministry—Are you handy around your home? From time to time, we have some minor repairs around the church (dripping sink, paint touch-ups, drywall repair, etc.). We are looking for a team of volunteers to call on when those needs arise. Can you help keep our church in tip-top shape? Email JHarms@northpointelincoln.org.
Notes of Interest
On Monday, August 12, North Pointe will be starting a GriefShare support group. This friendly, caring group of people will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. The group will be hosted by Sue Barnes and will run from 6:30–8:30 p.m. To join, register on our app or at northpointelincoln.org/events.
Mark your calendars for the next Night Of Worship on Friday, September 6, from 7–8 p.m., as we kick-off the new school year.
Toddlers/Preschool: Throughout August, our toddlers and preschoolers will learn about something that’s better than gold—the Bible! They’ll learn that the Bible teaches us that God loves us all the time, that God loves us so much He gave us Jesus to be our friend forever, and how to live our best life. As the kids embark on this treasure hunt, they’ll discover that learning how God wants us to live is worth way more than anything money can buy.
K–5th Grade: This month, the K–5th graders will learn about the importance of obedience to God. They’ll see that when we obey God and His plan for our lives, we’re showing that we trust Him. Finally, they’ll learn how Jesus showed the ultimate act of obedience when He chose to obey His Father’s plan to die for our sins.
Student Ministry Update
What We’re Teaching
Lifelines: A Four-Week Series on Friendship
Do you have any friendships you can really count on—the kind of friendships you might call your “lifelines”? God designed us to have friendships we can trust, but God also knew we’d need some help figuring out how to build friendships that are lifelines for each other. In this four-week series, we’ll look at the kind of friendship Jesus models for us: friendship that lets us be real, gives us a chance to grow, gives us a group when we feel alone, and can even change the world.
August 11: Grill Out and Softball Game
Students (grades 6th–12th) and parents are invited to join us for our back-to-school softball game and grill out on Sunday, August 11th. A free hot dog supper starts at 5:30 p.m., and the softball game will go until 8:30 p.m. at Air Park Softball Fields. Parents are encouraged to come and participate. Extra gloves will be available. No registration needed.
To get the monthly parent email for the Student Ministry, sign up here.
Coming Up in August
5—DivorceCare, 6:30–8 p.m.
6—Women’s Bible Study Book Club, 7–8:30 p.m.
7, 14, 21, 28—Youth Group, 6–8:30 p.m.
10—Family Game Night, 5:30–9 p.m. All are invited, bring a game to share or try a new one!
11—Baptism class, 10:45 a.m. Sign up on the app or website.
12—GriefShare Support Group, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
17—Block Party, 5–7 p.m.