Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 6 p.m.
As you know we are in a series called, I Love My Church and in week 2 I shared with you my annual vision message. In other words where I believe God is leading us as a church. Well today I wanted to let you know what our plans will be for the coming months.
Now, if you remember, I said that we didn’t operate well under social distancing requirements and that it wouldn’t be the experience we were used to. While I still believe that to be true, we had no idea the coronavirus would be around for so many months. Therefore, I think it’s time for us to learn how to do church with social distancing. In fact, I feel like it’s more important for us to meet together and practice social distancing than it is to neglect meeting all together.
So, with that in mind, I am happy to announce we will start meeting together at all of our campuses beginning the weekend of Sept 12. Please know we will be following best practices when it comes to social distancing. So, for a while, we will wave instead of offering a hug or handshakes. We will social distance all of the seating in our auditoriums, and in order to demonstrate love and respect for others we will ask everyone to wear a face covering. You can find all the details about regathering on our website. We are so ready to meet together but I want to assure you that your safety is very important to us which is why we are taking precautions.
Now, if you are in a high-risk category, or you have an underlying health issue or maybe you just aren’t ready to gather again physically, we certainly understand that and would encourage you to continue engaging with us online or in a Watch Party with your friends or neighbors. But, for those of you who are able and ready to gather, we are looking forward to worshiping together once again.
You know this COVID season has been difficult for all of us, and yet I am so proud of you as a church. Instead of giving up you have risen to the occasion. You have demonstrated the love of Christ by serving your neighbors and caring for one another in so many different ways. You have fed over $15,000 families, you just gave almost $77,000 to help students and teachers with our back to school initiative, and during this pandemic you have given over $197,000 to help hurting families in our dollar club.
Jesus said in Matthew 16, “I will build my church and the powers of hell will not conquer it.” During this season we’ve had over 750 people text us to say they invited Christ into their life. Yay God! I’m telling you the COVID virus will not conquer the church! I believe what we will see God do in the next few years will be absolutely amazing!
I also wanted you to know that when we return on Sept. 12 I’m starting a new series called Miracles. Is God still performing miracles today? I believe that he is, and that’s why I’m so excited to share this series with you. I had originally planned to share these talks back in the months of March and April, but when we went online, I decided to put it on hold until we were back together again. Whether you gather with us in one of our auditoriums or watch online, if you have ever needed a miracle, you will want to watch this series.
The future of Northview is full of hope and excitement, and I believe God has placed you here for a time such as this. So, let’s keep our hearts united together and our eyes focused on Jesus. Guys, I love you, and I am so looking forward to gathering together with you the weekend of Sept. 12! See ya then!
Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 10 a.m.
I wanted to give you a quick update on the regathering plan for all of our campuses. As you know we have prepared and planned to regather on August 1. Yet the number of people contracting the virus is actually worse today than it was in March when we decided to take our service online only.
We have spent a lot of time praying about this, we’ve talked with healthcare workers, we’ve closely followed the updates in the news, we’ve surveyed our staff, as well as our congregation, and we’ve considered the health of our staff and those of you who attend our church. And we have decided at this time it would be best if we hit pause on regathering.
I know you have heard me say it many times before, but the church is not about the building, the church is about living out God’s word wherever you are. So, I encourage you to stay connected online. In fact, I would encourage you to gather a few of your friends or neighbors and host a watch party. A lot of your friends and neighbors who might not feel comfortable coming to a church would be willing to come to your home.
I also want you to know that we are looking at ways to increase the outdoor events at all of our campuses. And we are looking for more ways to serve our communities.
So be encouraged my friends, I believe this could actually be God’s finest hour, we just need to trust him and find ways to reach our friends and neighbors for Christ.
Thursday, July 2, 2020, 7 p.m.
Hope you are doing well. Even when times are tough, I’m glad we have each other to lean on. Seriously, our church family has come together so much in the last several months. If we can support you in any way, just reply to this email, so we can connect.
I have quite a few updates to share with you today!
4th of July
We have partnered with the City of Carmel for our Carmel Campus to be a host site for the fireworks on July 4. Fireworks begin at 9:45, so if you’re near the Carmel Campus, be sure to get there ahead of time in order to see the show.
Preparing to regather Aug. 1
We continue to monitor the information provided from health professionals about COVID-19. We believe your health and safety is so important, so here is a preview of some of the things you can expect when you come back to in-person services.
- The doors will be held open for you, and we encourage you to smile and wave to greet one another.
- Coffee stations won’t be set up, but you are welcome to bring your own!
- We won’t be passing anything down the rows, including handouts and offering, so download the Northview Church app so that you have access to the sermon notes.
- We will have offering buckets available at the back of the auditorium, but if you are able, I encourage you to give online through our website.
- Check-in will occur through the Northview Church app. Go ahead and download the app so you are ready!
- When kids enter a Northview Kids classroom, their temperature will be taken.
I am looking forward to being back together, and I want to say thank you for doing what you can to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We will have more details about what to expect coming in the next several weeks, but I wanted to get you a first look for our I Love My Church series.
I also want you to be aware of one more precaution we are taking. Anyone who comes to a Northview Church building in the month of July will have their temperature taken before entering. This will be important to remember as our 21 Days of Prayer begins this coming Monday.
21 Days of Prayer
We will be hosting a 21 Days of Prayer event at each of our campuses starting July 6. Campuses will be open from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. every day from July 6-July 25 for you to come and pray. Then, on July 26, we will end our 21 days with a prayer night beginning at 5 p.m. Please join us in praying for all that God has in store.
As always, I am thankful for your generosity. We’ve been able to come together in a really special way. The worship has been powerful, Life Groups have been there for one another and you have been resilient. So, can I ask you to continue to partner with us to move ministry forward through giving? You can do so at northviewchurch.us/give.
Guys, I’ve really enjoyed this series and I’m excited that we still have four more weeks left learning about how to support one another. This week I’ll share about admonishing one another. Please join us online at northviewchurch.us. I’m looking forward to it!
Thursday, June 18, 2020, 6 p.m.
This past week I did something I haven’t done in several years. I took a staycation. Guys when I take time off, we leave the city or go somewhere. But with everything so restricted right now we decided to just stay home. We played pickle ball every morning and spent some time with our grandkids, did dinner with some friends and just sat outside and read. It was really nice and very relaxing. Like many of you we had a lot of trips planned for this summer that all got canceled. We were supposed to take one of our granddaughters to New York City, which didn’t happen, and then our entire family was scheduled to go to Pasadena in Calif. to see my son, Ryan, graduate with his doctorate degree from fuller seminary. But like so many other things that ceremony was canceled because of the virus. So, we just gathered at his house as they did a virtual ceremony instead.
Now for those of you with kids we have an awesome opportunity to not only connect with them but with their friends as well. Many vacation Bible school programs had to be cancelled this summer, so we partnered with 31 other local churches to offer Family Night Live. Family Night Live is a 3-day online interactive family experience. They’ll be daily challenges, Bible stories, singing, dancing and bedtime stories. We know families are overwhelmed right now, so we want to provide something that is engaging and sets families up to win! You can easily be a part of this by signing up at familynightlive.com!
Listen as we prepare to regather at all of our campuses the first weekend of August. You will want to check out the outdoor events your campus is holding this summer. There are parking lot parties, tailgates and worship nights happening across our campuses. We’ve already had our first two events and there’s been a lot of energy and laughter. In fact just last night the Carmel Campus gathered for worship. So, guys, pack a picnic and a favorite outdoor game or two. Bring your family, invite some friends, or meet your life group. if you haven’t already marked your calendars, be sure to get those events on your schedule. Just go to your campus page at northviewchurch.us/locations to learn more!
And by the way let me highlight one event I’m excited about! The City of Carmel reached out to us about opening our grounds for people to come watch one of their three fireworks displays this 4th of July. Of course, we were excited about partnering with the community! So, this 4th of July, the City of Carmel will be shooting off fireworks at the Carmel Dad’s Club, right next to our Carmel Campus. So, I hope you will bring your family and possibly meet with friends to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July!
Of course, as you know this weekend is the most important holiday of the year… Father’s Day!! I’m kidding of course and yet it is important to celebrate our dads! This weekend we continue in our summer series called One Another. I will be talking about Accepting One Another! You might remember a few weeks ago, we collected for another Northview $1 Club and so this weekend we are going to show you what we used it for. Guys I have been blown away by your generosity. Seriously in the last three dollar clubs you guys have given over $180,000! Isn’t that incredible! Thank you… not only for your generosity to the $1 Club but for the way you have supported all the ministries of Northview. You guys really are the most generous people I know. If you would like to help us, all you need to do is go online to northviewchurch.us/give.
Well guys I love being your pastor! And I’m looking forward to another great weekend. Please help us reach your friends and co-workers by inviting them to tune in and watch the service. Love you guys!
Thursday, June 4, 2020, 6 p.m.
I hope you’re doing well. Last week was a difficult week of racial tension for our nation after the brutal killing of George Floyd. I found it ironic that last Sunday was the Christian holiday called Pentecost. Which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and other believers in the book of Acts. It marked a call for the church to reach out beyond their own kind, beyond Jewish Christians, and to accept and love people from other tribes, tongues and nations. Guys Pentecost is literally Gods’ call for every believer to reach other ethnic groups. I’m realizing I didn’t understand how big the problem was. Racism is a sin and God hates it and so should we. Because ultimately the answers to the problems plaquing America will not come from political parties. The answer will be found when each one of us as believers decide we are going to love one another and serve one another in the same way Christ loved us. Until that happens, we will not experience the unity that only Christ can bring.
Now let me give you some updates. I’ve been doing these updates every week for the past two months but starting in June and July I will do them every other week. But of course anytime you need access to current information just go to northviewchurch.us/next to find out any updated information.
We are slowly preparing for regathering together the first of August. This week we opened the church offices for our staff that are ready to return with the goal of getting everyone back after the 4th of July. We would also encourage you to think about regathering with your life group, maybe consider doing an outdoor cookout together. In July we are planning at least one outdoor event at each of our campuses. I will tell you more about what that will look like in my next update.
But guys as we prepare for regathering, we really do want to hear from you. So last week we sent out a survey and many of you have already filled it out. And I want you to know that we are reading every single comment, so thank you for taking the time to let us know how you feel about returning as well as how you are engaging with Northview in this season. But if you haven’t filled it out yet we would really appreciate it if you would. The survey will close Monday, June 8th at 5pm. So if you could take a few moments right now that would be great! Click here to complete the survey.
Guys this weekend we start an eight-week series called One Another. The Bible gives us over 59 different examples of things we should do to show our love for one another. The one another way… is the way of Jesus, and right now loving one another, accepting one another, serving one another is important. So let me encourage you to invite your friends and family to join us. Whether they live here in Indiana or somewhere else in the country invite them to join us for this series. We actually have a video promo that you can share on social media as well as downloadable sharables you can post. This week I will talk about serving one another and then next week Steve Carter will be back with us and he’s going to talk about honoring one another. And by the way if you haven’t heard Steve speak, I know you’re going to enjoy him.
Also, through the next few weeks, I will be sitting down to have some conversations around Diversity, Equality and Racism. This weekend our pastors from Brookside, David Cederquist, Charles Neal and Andrew Neal are joining me to talk about Equality. I have a lot of respect for all three of these men and for what they are doing right here in Indianapolis. So I hope you won’t miss it.
And then one more thing I want to share that I think is also pretty cool. Our family pastor, Kurt Brodbeck and 24 other churches have partnered together to bring an event to families in June. It’s called “Family Night Live”. And basically its a 3-day VBS for the family to experience online at home. There will be daily videos and activities, games, bible teachings, worship and more for you and your kids. So parents if you are looking for something for your kids to do that will also edify them spiritually, then you can sign them up today at familynightlive.com
Well guys as always, I would be amiss if I didn’t say thank you to those of you who have continued to be generous during this difficult COVID season we find ourselves in. It has allowed us to continue ministry to so many people who are hurting right now.
Friends, I look forward to being with you this weekend online.
Sunday, May 31, 2020, 6 p.m.
In the meantime get outside, go for a walk, enjoy this incredible weather.
I love you guys!
I just felt as your pastor I needed to speak up about what’s currently happening in our nation. You see, it was only 2 months ago that we were horrified as we watched a video of Ahmaud Arbery shot to death while he was out jogging in Brunswick, Georgia. And then this week, we watched the video of the senseless killing of George Floyd, by an officer of the law who put a knee on his throat for over 8 minutes and choked the life out of him. And yet please don’t misunderstand, the overwhelming majority of police officers in this country are good men and women who risk their lives every single day to protect and serve you and me. And for that I am so very grateful. But I’m talking about the few who are driven by their anger and hatred. And yet the problem is much bigger than a few bad cops, it’s a problem that still infects the heart of many Americans. It’s called racism, bigotry or injustice, and if there’s any doubt, I want to be clear that it is sin and it breaks the heart of God. And I believe it should break the heart of every Christian.
Church it’s NOT okay. As a believer, we have an obligation to speak up and bring an end to this type of injustice.
Proverbs 31 says "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed." Guys, racism is ugly, it divides, it isolates and ostracizes people. I can remember several years ago Billy Graham appeared on Prime-Time Live and was asked by Diane Sawyer, "If you could wave your hand and make one problem in this world go away, what would it be?" Without even pausing for a breath he replied, "Racial division and strife". Listen church we have a responsibility to care about one another, even those that are different than us or those who might disagree with us. God has given us the ministry, or should I say the responsibility, of reconciliation. And our silence on this matter is a missed opportunity to help bring about that reconciliation.
One black pastor was asked why he talked so much about race issues in his sermons. He said "Well if white pastors would talk about it more black pastors wouldn't have to talk about it so much". I think he’s right. Dr. Martin Luther King once said, "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Listen racism is not about the color of our skin, it’s about hatred and sin, and it is a direct affront to the Gospel message. The Bible mandates, in other words it requires, that we love one another regardless of our differences. Jesus actually modeled it when he walked the earth and he expects us to follow His example. You can’t say that you love God and then hate another believer.
So church, each one of us must decide if we’re going to be racists or reconcilers. If we’re going to be bigots or bridge builders. If we’re going to obey the Lord and love our neighbors. Jesus says in John 13, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." Paul said in Romans 12, "weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
Listen church, this is a serious problem. And to be honest, I don’t feel qualified to speak on this topic because I’ve never experienced the pain of prejudice, the hurt of racism, or the sting of being treated as if I were somehow less of a person. So next week as you know, I’m starting a new series called One Another. And while this series will focus on all the ways we can love one another, I thought it might also be good to interview a couple of friends on some steps we can all take as Christians to pursue racial unity. Dr. King also said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
So while I don’t have all of the answers, I know I can do more, I know we can do more, I know together we MUST do more.
Thanks for listening, I love ya.
Thursday, May 28, 2020, 5 p.m.
I hope you all are doing well! Hasn’t the weather been incredible this week! Hopefully you’ve been able to get outside and enjoy some long-awaited sunshine!
Join Indianapolis Colts Coach Frank Reich this WEEKEND!
I am so excited for this weekend. I will be interviewing Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Frank Reich at his home here in Indianapolis. Frank has an incredible story! He has been a quarterback in the NFL, he’s been a college president, a pastor and is now the head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts! But more than that he is a family man and loves God! Seriously you do not want to miss this interview. So be sure and Invite your friends, your family, your coworkers, and every Colts fan you know. And like always, you can join in on our website or on Facebook!
I want to respond to some questions that you might have about our president’s remarks a few days ago. First of all, I love it when the president of the United States says houses of worship are essential and that they should be open because they are foundational to our society. I couldn’t agree more!
Yet his comments really don’t affect our timeline at all. You see what the president actually said was that churches should reopen according to the CDC’s regulations and timelines. What does that mean? That means no children’s ministry, everyone must wear a mask, we have to sanitize the room after each service at all of our campuses, signs must be posted at all of our doors, no one over 65 with medical issues and no one with pre-existing conditions is allowed, and every other row should be left open with everyone seated six feet apart, so that leaves us with about 25% capacity.
We already do 27 services a weekend so in order to accommodate our folks we would need to do over 100 services each weekend! Guys, that’s just not realistic, and what we are hearing from churches in Texas that have already regathered is that it’s just not been a good experience. Everyone sitting with masks on, everyone is apart, no one hugging, everyone hesitant to sing – it just doesn’t feel like church. I love that we live in a country that still has leaders that say churches are essential, but how we open and when we open is something we are taking very seriously.
So, here is a reminder of some of our latest regathering plans. We are considering June our transition month. Staff will start to come back to the offices this month and Life Groups are encouraged to meet in homes or for an outdoor cookout. In July we are actually planning for an outdoor event at each of our campuses. I don’t have all the details yet, but I will let you know as soon as we work it all out. Then on Sunday, July 26, we are planning a soft launch service for all of our volunteers. This service is to help get us ready for our first weekend back in August.
COVID-19 Response Survey
In order to prepare for all of this, we need your help. Will you fill out the short 10 question survey linked to this email? It won’t take you long and your feedback is so important to us.
Click here to complete the survey
Also, as we prepare for our regathering plans, it would be amiss if I didn’t tell you how much I appreciate your generosity during this pandemic. Seriously your financial gifts are why ministry has continued at Northview. So, thank you!
Guys thanks for being the coolest congregation in the country; you are amazing, I love you, and I love being your pastor. I’ll see you this weekend.
Thursday, May 21, 2020, 6 p.m.
When I think about the church, I think about a community of people who wants to live like Jesus did, putting others first and loving their neighbors.
Here are some of the ways you, as the church, have made an impact on your local community:
- 225,000 N95 masks have been provided to healthcare professionals across Indiana.
- Food drop-offs have provided countless items for 11 different food pantries, which serve 14,945 people.
- $11,000 has been used for formula, diapers and baby supplies.
- $26,500 has gone to aid single moms who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus.
- 100 families have been provided Walmart and Chick-fil-A gift cards.
- 40 tablets were provided to elementary students in Indianapolis so that they could continue their education at home.
I could go on about the impact, you, as the church have made. I continue to be moved by the Dollar Club. We feel strongly about the work that God is doing and certainly don’t want to get in His way! So, we are going to do another Dollar Club collection this weekend. You can get a jump start on donating at northviewchurch.us/dollarclub.
This weekend I’ll be sharing a message about how it is never too late to make things right. The following weekend, I’ll be interviewing Indianapolis Colts Coach Frank Reich in his home. I’m so thankful to be able to continue worshiping with you each weekend!
Thursday, May 14, 2020, 5 p.m.
I hope you guys are doing well! I know for some of you it’s been a really difficult season. I’m so sorry that it’s been hard, and I want you to know that I’ve been praying for you.
Without a doubt this is a unique period in history, and I think one of the biggest tests we’ll ever face when it comes to trusting God. It has reminded me just how little control we really have over the things in our life and how important it is that we daily trust Him. So, please don’t worry. Worry is always your first clue that you are not trusting God with that specific area of your life. 1 Peter 5 says, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you."
So, let me give you a few updates!
As I mentioned last week, I’m really anxious to gather back together as a church. Don’t get me wrong, going digital has been great! I don’t like not gathering together, not being able to lay a hand on someone’s shoulder and pray for them. I certainly don’t like preaching to an empty auditorium, and yet at the same time we want to be wise about all of this.
We don’t want to put anyone at risk, and with the social distancing requirements we would not be able to have any childcare or children’s programming if began meeting today. Everyone would have to wear a mask, and we would have to sanitize between each service at all of our campuses.
So, we’ve decided to remain online with our services for the next several weeks. We will continue to monitor the recommendations of the CDC and state and local officials. But, for now, if schools start the first of August, then we would gather at our campuses at the beginning of August. We might even have a couple of "soft gatherings" in July for our volunteers.
Now, this could all change, but this what we are thinking right now. I will keep you updated as we go along.
Life Groups Update
As we move forward, I want to give you some guidance about Life Groups. Since Life Groups are smaller gatherings, if your group is comfortable with it, we would recommend you consider meeting in homes starting in June. Of course when you do gather, we would suggest that you practice social distancing as appropriate. Wash your hands when you arrive and when you leave, don’t shake hands or hug any necks, and if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, then we would recommend you do so. And, of course follow any other guidelines that may be recommended by the CDC and health professionals.
New Job Board Available
We are very much aware that some of you have found yourself without work. While on the other hand there may be some of you that own or manage a business, and you are looking for employees. So, for this season, we decided to create a job board so employees can post jobs, and then those of you seeking employment can find open positions. It’s easy to use. Just go to northviewchurch.us/jobboard and post your open positions or apply to an open position. We know things are really difficult for a lot of people right now, and we wanted to do what we could to bring the two together.
So, let me share just another way of how the church has stepped in to help. For the last several weeks, volunteers at our Anderson Campus have come together to make and deliver lunches for the Christian Center, which is an organization that provides meals for the vulnerable in Anderson. Because of COVID-19 they have lost many of their volunteers who help serve lunch and dinner to about 300 people each day.
So, I just wanted to say thank you. It’s because of your generosity this type of ministry continues to happen at all of our campuses. If you would like to help us with all that God is doing just go to northviewchurch.us/give. During this pandemic it would really be appreciated.
Guys, I really do miss you. Seriously, one of the greatest honors of my life is to be your pastor. If we can support you in any way, please just reply to this email.
I love you guys!
Monday, May 4, 2020, 6 p.m.
By now I’m sure you’ve heard Governor Holcomb’s announcement to slowly reopen the state; part of that announcement came with recommendations for churches. It recommends that places of worship continue remote activities if possible.
So, please know we are in no rush to open our buildings for physical gatherings.
You know that is really hard for me. I never want to close our doors, yet at the same time, I think there are some guiding principles of which we need to mindful.
When will we meet in person again?
- I’m so glad we have been able to hold church online the past eight weeks. We’ve seen 681 people invite Christ into their life, 400 people have joined Life Groups and over $72,000 has been given to the Dollar Club! The people may have left the building, but church has most certainly not stopped!
- I really do miss seeing you guys, but God is up to something during this season. I don’t want to do anything to get in the way of what the Holy Spirit is doing!
We operate best without social distancing requirements.
We don’t want to gather until we can offer a good experience for everyone.
We want to continue strong relationships with the city.
I believe the community is watching how Northview will respond, and I don’t want to do anything to hurt our goodwill with the leaders of the different cities where our campuses are located. And I do not want to put any of our people at risk with this virus.
Stay engaged with the services online!
I think America 2.0 is going to look very different than what we have ever experienced, and I think church 2.0 is going to look a little different as well. As we work to navigate our way through all of this, I will give you updates on our plans. For the month of May, we will continue to meet online. In the next few weeks I will give an update on our plans for June.
I love you guys, and I am honored to be your pastor. Stay safe!
Thursday, April 30, 2020, 6 p.m.
How are you guys this week? I’ve been so encouraged to hear stories coming in from when you make the most out of our current realities; we don’t have to look very far to find opportunities for good.
Let me share two stories about people making a difference – both from students!
We have one Northview student who teaches cookie baking classes. Since she hasn’t been able to do that, she sold cookie making kits. With the money she raised doing that, she purchased enough food to pack her entire trunk; she donated the food at the Northview food drop-off last week!
Another student knows the impact relationship can make – he suggested that the student leadership team call all of the students who have come to a service over the past year. The team at his campus called over 330 students! A simple call or text can go a long way.
Hope for Indy
As we think about making a difference in our community, I’m excited to share about a new initiative called Hope for Indy. I’ll share more about this during the weekend service but Hope for Indy is a digital awareness campaign to bring hope and encouragement to people throughout Central Indiana. If you have a story about someone making a difference, will you share it with #hopeforindy? We’d love to spread the good news.
And as always, thanks for your continued generosity. Ministry is happening because of all of you! If you have not signed up for online giving, you can do so right now by going to northviewchurch.us/give. When you give, you are making a difference!
Remember that social distancing doesn’t mean spiritual distancing. If there was ever a time we needed to hear the truth of God’s word, it is now! Every week we have had people text in and tell us they prayed with me to invite Christ into their life! Is that cool or what! That’s why I would encourage you to invite all your friends and family to join in, even if they live in other states!
I will see you this weekend online as we wrap up the series on the Holy Spirit!
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 6 p.m.
As I was working from my home office this week, I realized it’s been six weeks of working from home. Some days I think, “Wow, this isn’t bad. I can do this.” But other days it’s been hard. I feel like Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day. Every day is just a repeat of the day before.
I’ve found myself praying the serenity prayer, an old prayer that people have been reciting for decades.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
We may not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future…and that’s God.
An opportunity for your kids to engage
Northview Kids has put together an awesome online experience for your whole family! This will take place live tomorrow night, April 24, at 7 p.m. You’ll play interactive games, learn about determination and even have a chance to win pizza for your whole family! Join in at northviewchurch.us/watchonline.
You were a part of something big
Because of your continued generosity, we collected more than $45,000 in this past weekend’s Dollar Club! Is that amazing or what! That is the most we have ever collected! Thank you for jumping in to help your neighbors. I also want to thank you for your continued support of Northview. Because of your generosity we are still able to be on the front lines of ministry. If you would like to help us financially, just go to northviewchurch.us/give.
I pray the Lord will give you perseverance and endurance as we take one day at a time on this journey. The Bible says in Matthew 6, "Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
I will see you this weekend! Love ya!
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 6 p.m.
All around the world, people are searching for hope
What an amazing Easter weekend we just had! It certainly looked different than anything we had ever experienced. I didn’t like not being together, but there is no question that we are experiencing a season of great spiritual awakening. On Easter 388 people texted in to let us know that they prayed to accept Christ! While God didn’t cause this pandemic, I believe he is using it to open people’s hearts to spiritual things. Please pray for God to bring revival to America.
One dollar makes a HUGE impact
We normally only do the Dollar Club about four times a year, but like many of you, I want to do more to help people that are hurting right now. This weekend we will again collect one dollar from each person to go towards COVID-19 relief efforts! If you want you can get a jump start on donating a dollar, go to northviewchurch.us/dollarclub.
Looking for ways to connect? Take a break from your Netflix binge
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been looking for ways to connect. You know Netflix only offers so much! So, take a break from binging and check out our Starting Point class. You can register to take this class with your campus on April 26 at northviewchurch.us/connect. You’ll learn how you can participate beyond the weekend service.
Two easy ways to make a difference right now
Thank you for your continued support and generosity during this time. If you want to know how to make a difference right now – I have two easy ways that come to mind. You can continue to give online at northviewchurch.us/give. And you can also purchase food for your local community and drop it off at your campus on Monday or Thursday next week. Some of our food pantries are running low! Find all the drop off details here: northviewchurch.us/next
I’m so thankful for you! You matter, and we are for you! If we can help in any way, we would be honored to serve you.
Thanks guys! I Love ya.
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 6 p.m.
A growing outbreak of faith
This pandemic is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced, and yet, during this time, we’ve seen a growing number of people turning to God. According to a new Pew poll, more than 55% of our population say they have been praying for this virus to end, and 15% who seldom or never pray are looking to God for answers. Now that’s awesome!
The staff is praying for you
I know some of you are going through some really tough times right now. You may have been laid off from work or have a sick family member or some other struggle. Just know the Northview staff has been praying for you, and you can trust God to be there for you.
A different kind of Easter
This Easter will certainly be different because we won’t be meeting in buildings, but we are still the church, and we will still celebrate the resurrection of our King together! I hope you will join me for our weekend of Easter events, starting tomorrow with a Good Friday service. Easter services for adults and kids will commence on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The weekend will round out with a Northview Students Easter service Sunday night. Find details here: northviewchurch.us/easter.
Invite your friends to watch
Don’t forget to invite all your friends and family from around the country to join us online for Easter at Northview. It couldn’t be easier right now for them to catch a service from their own homes. Share this link: northviewchurch.us/easter.
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 6 p.m.
It’s certainly a unique season we find ourselves in. While I hoped it would be a sprint, it now seems to be more of a marathon. Just like all of you, I’m trying to find my new normal. I miss going in the office and seeing coworkers. I miss my drive time while listening to audio books, but I think most of all I miss seeing our congregation at the weekend services. Yet I believe that God is using this time in some incredible ways.
Happy Anniversary Kokomo Campus
This week I want to give a very special shout out to all of you who attend our Kokomo Campus. This is the Kokomo Campus two-year anniversary! Yay God! It’s so hard to believe that it has already been two years! I believe God has big plans for that community so thank you for the work you are doing.
Make sure you join your campus Facebook group. You can talk with one another, be part of live worship and be inspired by devotionals.
THANK YOU for giving!
Also, a big thank you to those of you who have continued to be so generous. Because of your generosity, we are able to continue ministry to a lot of people who are in need right now. Will you join with us through giving at www.northviewchurch.us/give?
Good Friday and Easter Service
I am really excited about is the Good Friday service! I think it will really help prepare our hearts for Easter Sunday. Learn more about our Easter service times at www.northviewchurch.us/easter.
- Good Friday Service | Friday, April 10, 8 p.m.
- Easter Service | Saturday, April 11, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 12, at 9 & 11 a.m.
- Northview Students Easter Service | Sunday, April 12, at 5 p.m.
Love you guys! See you online this weekend!
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 6 p.m.
The past two weekends online have had an impact that I would have never imagined. When we made the decision to go to service online only, I was bummed. But we have seen some amazing God stories come out of this time!
A woman at our Anderson Campus shared the Weekend Service on Facebook. Her neighbor, for whom she had been praying for a long time, saw the service, and accepted Christ this past weekend! Marty, who attends our Carmel Campus, created a virtual 5k and used the funds raised to donate to our ministry partner, Brookside Church! God is doing something very special and it is powerful!
One way you can make an impact is by donating to the Northview Dollar Club this weekend. When we put all our dollars together, we can make a significant difference! We have a generous donor at Northview who will match every dollar given up to $20,000! Please make sure you jump on www.northviewchurch.us/dollarclub and participate in the Dollar Club this weekend!
Again, several of you went online to set up online giving this week. You have decided to automate the important. Thank you so much! You can set up giving at www.northviewchurch.us/give.
Be encouraged! In the midst of this uncertainty, let’s choose hope over fear and calm over chaos.
Love you guys! See you online this weekend!
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5 p.m.
It’s certainly been another crazy week! Just two months ago we had never even heard of the coronavirus, social distancing or self-quarantine. But we know this didn’t take Jesus by surprise, and He has not lost sight of you!
We want to make sure community at Northview continues, so we have developed several opportunities for you to connect online.
Make sure you join your campus Facebook group. You can talk with one another, be part of live worship and be inspired by devotionals.
My Next Move
Along with ways to serve your community, you will find resources for kids, students and groups at www.northviewchurch.us/next!
We are beginning food drop off at our campuses this Monday. If you prefer, you’ll be able to order food online and have it delivered to a campus. You’ll also find recommendations for DIY projects you can do for others in the local community.
Last week I asked you if you’d set up online giving. Several of you did that, and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it. Would you continue to join with us as ministry moves online? You can give one time or set up recurring giving at www.northviewchurch.us/give.
See you this weekend online!
Monday, March 16, 2020, 5 p.m.
Social distancing does not mean spiritual distancing. If there was ever a time we needed to hear the truth of God’s word, it is now! Make plans to watch the service online at www.northviewchurch.us/watchonline, and invite a friend to join you!
Hello, Northview Family,
Wow – what an amazing weekend coming together as a church. We were so thankful to be able to celebrate together. As information about the coronavirus continues to surface, we are monitoring news from the CDC, World Health Organization and Indiana State Health Department. Following the recommendations of the president that no groups larger than ten should gather, we are asking that all Northview groups suspend meeting at this time.
We have asked our staff to work from home and we will continue to answer phones and emails during normal business hours. If you need anything during this time, please reach out.
We look forward to worshiping with you online again this weekend. Join us during one of our services with live chat – 5 p.m. on Saturday or 9 and 11 a.m. on Sunday.
- Steve Poe
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 4 p.m.
We are looking forward to worshiping with you this weekend! Join us at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15 at 9 and 11 a.m. The service will also be available at 1 p.m. on Sunday and every two hours after that time.
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
A message from Lead Pastor Steve Poe:
As you are aware there are a lot of things happening in our world concerning the Coronavirus. I knew you would want to know how we at Northview Church are going to respond to these concerns. After continually monitoring advice from the CDC, World Health Organization and the Indiana State Health Department, we have decided to host our Weekend Services online only for the next four weeks.
We will have Campus Pastors and Northview staff available to chat online at our 5 p.m. Saturday night services as well as our 9 and 11 a.m. services on Sunday morning. We will also broadcast our service every two hours starting at 1 p.m on Sunday.
Even though we will not be meeting together for weekend worship service, ministry is still happening. Not meeting for services will create a financial hardship for our church. Will you help us by giving online? Thank you for being so generous.
Students and Kids:
Our Northview Students Life Groups will continue to meet as normal. But, since we won’t have Northview Kids or Northview Students large group on the weekend, we have resources available for you to have spiritual conversations with your kids and your students. Recourse can be found here.
We believe that God is in control of every situation and He does not give us a spirit of fear, but one of power and love and of sound mind. We know that the Coronavirus doesn’t just impact Northview Church, it impacts our city, our nation and our world. We know that some of you may be feeling the impact from all of this, from being out of work to not being able to follow through on certain commitments. I want you to know the church is here for you. Please reach out to us – we want to help.