Joy over circumstance

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If you know me at all you know that I am an emotional person and I think that is putting it lightly. When I asked Andrew, after 12 years of marriage, what surprised him most about me after we had gotten married his response was that I CRY so much. Yes, I am a woman and emotions are a thing, …

Livestream Scenes from March 22

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On Sunday, March 22, Northstar hosted its second livestream worship event in response to the COVID-19 crisis. We encouraged our church family and friends to post, share and send us pics of them enjoying “being the church” in various ways. Here are a few of the pictures that were sent to us or that were tagged #dontgobe on social media:

Faith Story: Erika Gresh

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On March 1, 2020, Erika Gresh shared her faith journey with us. It was a significant challenge for us to remember that we don’t share from a position of “having it all figured out” and to remain humble as we continue to pursue a love relationship with Jesus even in hard times. Erika gave us permission to publish her written …

Coronavirus Prayer Guide

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The following was shared with us by our friends over at NLCF. Coronavirus Prayer Guide Praying Through Uncertainty: We are all being impacted in ways that stretch us during this time.  We are however not without hope!  Now more than ever, our prayers matter.  Use this prayer sheet as a resource for you as you pray for the world suffering …

Live Stream Scenes

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On Sunday, March 15, Northstar learned “on the fly” and hosted its first livestream worship event in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Many thanks to our tech volunteers who made it possible: Ezra Richards, Ethan Smith and Joseph Hunter. Our worship team scaled down in size but made up for it in spirit and heart as Matt Simpson, Lissa Brown …

Stuff Kids Say: Baby Theology

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This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Stuff Kids Say

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus says “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” The innocence of childhood can reveal the type of heart that we are all supposed to have as we approach Jesus. In this new blog series, we will be noticing and celebrating how we see God working …

Tributes: Karly Vittetoe

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This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Tributes

When I moved to Virginia Tech in the fall of 2016, I did not know anyone or anything about the area. I spent the first two years trying to find my place in a large university but failed to get it right time and time again. In 2018, I began thinking that what needed to change for me to fit …

Urging Easter

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It’s March 1. I declare it’s time. Time to begin inviting people to Passion Week services at Northstar! People need “lead time,” so I’d urge you to sincerely invite people to attend Easter services with you this year. I wrote this post over on my blog back in 2018, and I hope it encourages you to think about invitational investment …