As we enter the Thanksgiving season, let’s remember that Thanksgiving was God’s idea long before America’s idea. The author of Hebrews gives us these thoughts about Thanksgiving:
Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. (Heb. 13:15, emphasis added)
The first word that jumps out at me is “continually.” Our praise to God should be ongoing, not once in a while. Giving thanks to His name should be typical of our life, not an every now and then occurrence. The second word that jumps out at me is “sacrifice.” Sometimes praising God and giving thanks to His name will be a sacrifice because we don’t feel like doing it. Even though our circumstances may not be great, God calls us to praise Him and give Him thanks. Why?
These past few weeks, we have seen the sovereign power of God at work in the life of Joseph. The account of Joseph’s life reminds us that God is at work, redeeming every circumstance in our life for His purposes. This means that God redeems whatever we are facing. Nothing about our life is pointless. That is a reason to give Him thanks. Don’t let this Thanksgiving season pass without giving thanks to God.
Chances are you’ve seen Tyler Heins around North Pointe, either running the sound for the worship team, helping out as a high school youth leader, or maybe you were able to witness him being baptized just a few weeks ago.
Tyler was born and raised in Central City, Nebraska. Growing up, he and his three siblings were raised going to their local church where their parents were the youth leaders and very involved with the community. It’s fun to think that he witnessed his parents leading the youth of Christ, and now he feels called to do the same at North Pointe. After he graduated high school in Central City, he moved to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Soon after, he got a job at Union Bank and Trust and has quickly risen through the ranks to become a Personal Banker.
Growing up in a Christian household and with his parents who were youth leaders, Tyler always knew that there was a God. But when he moved to Lincoln, he started straying away from that knowledge. “During my freshman year and after I didn’t attend a church and was straying away from it. I then was invited to attend the North Pointe college group and that was where I found Christ.”
At age 19, going into his sophomore year of college, Tyler fully committed his life to Christ. Since then, he’s been building his faith and relationships with God and the people at North Pointe. He’s formed a lot of friendships with the other youth leaders and so many others in the church through the activities offered by North Pointe, as well as going hunting, attending game nights, and playing disc golf.
It was this fall when Tyler felt called to be baptized, knowing that God’s Word asks that of all of us. He felt it was the right time in his life to declare his faith to the church body at North Pointe, surrounded by so many friends and his family who were able to travel to Lincoln for the special day.
Several M2M moms and their kids made the trip out to Cortney Girmus’ farm by Ithaca Thursday, October 24, for a fun morning of socializing and play for both moms and kids. Cortney provided donuts, cookies, apples with caramel and grapes along with coffee for the moms and juice for the children. Inside and outside the children and moms so enjoyed themselves!
You can follow allow with our team on the Spain Mission Trip, who left November 1 and will return November 10, at northpointelincoln.org/spain. There will be updates as often as possible.
Do you love to sing Christmas songs? We are putting together a Christmas Sing Team (choir) for our Christmas Eve services. All are welcome—any age or experience! Contact Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Since the Women’s Ministry doesn’t have another Bible study planned until January, they will be holding three movie nights starting Tuesday, November 12th through November 26th from 7 p.m. to around 9 p.m. Each night will feature fellowship, popcorn, pop (50 cents each!), and entertainment that will feed our spiritual life! Childcare and popcorn will be provided. Sign up at church. There’s no charge, but we do need to know how many trucks of popcorn to order.
Toddlers/Preschool: Throughout November, preschoolers will learn to be thankful for their family, friends, and food. They’ll learn that saying, “Thank you” is just as important as being thankful. And they’ll learn to give thanks to God with their whole heart.
K–5th Grade: This month, our K–5th graders will be learning about honor. They’ll discover that honor is letting someone know you see how valuable they really are. All people have value because they were created in God’s image. God values each of us so much that He sent Jesus to make it possible for us to have a forever relationship with Him. We follow God’s example when we show others that they have value, too.
The Kids Ministry Christmas Program will be on Sunday, December 15, between our two services, from 10–10:30 a.m. We will be practicing all throughout November and December during both Sunday school hours in the Kids Ministry. Save the date, and make sure to attend as many Sunday mornings as possible to be ready for the program.
Coming Up in November
1–10—Spain Mission Trip
9—Andy MacFarlane’s birthday
11—Lindsey Harm’s birthday
12, 19, 26—Women’s Bible Study Movie Nights
19—Deadline to RSVP for the Thanksgiving Lunch
20—Ladies’ Lunch, 11:30 a.m. at North Pointe. Bring your own lunch.
24—Thanksgiving Lunch (please buy tickets or RSVP in advance)