Elder Nomination Information
Two positions open, reaffirm a third position.
Nomination deadline is November 30, 2020
The board of elders will have two open seats at the end of this calendar year. Phil Hostetter and Stu Landis will be stepping down after completing their terms and we will always be grateful for their years of service.
The nominating process will be different this year as we will not be using traditional paper ballots. Due to the fact that a large percentage of the congregation does not yet meet in person, we are asking you to submit up to two nominations to any of the current elders via a phone call, text, email, letter in the mail, or an in-person conversation. This nomination is for a four-year term of service. We are also asking that you identify yourself when making a nomination so that we don’t count the same nomination more than once. The elders will tabulate your nominations, determine the nominee’s eligibility based on church membership requirements, ability, and willingness to serve.
After a successful interview, we will recommend the candidates to the congregation for final approval. At that time, we will also be asking for your approval of Zach King for a second four-year term. In order to complete this process by the end of the year, we will close the nomination period at the end of November.
We sincerely thank you for your participation in this important part of our congregational life and we eagerly await your nominations.
The document containing contact information for our Elders may be found in the NMC Notes email or on the back of the bulletin emailed to the congregation Sunday morning.
Platform Lighting in the Sanctuary has long been a topic of conversation and has recently been approved by the Elders, Strategic Planning Team, and the Finance & Facilities Team. This addition will not only allow you to see better when worshiping in person, it will also provide a much better viewing experience for our on-line family. The lights, to be installed by Stray Productions, Lititz, will illuminate the platform from the drums and piano area to the organ, and from the bottom of the screens down to the floor in front of the platform. We look forward to the installation within the next 2 months. If you would like to donate towards that expense designate “Lighting” on your gift.
Update - Nov. 3: Thank you! We are just over 90% financed. The lights have been ordered and should be installed by early December. A final schedule has not been determined yet.
Update - Nov. 11: Electrical power is being installed for the lights and for the live-streaming cameras in the coming weeks. Installation is tentatively set for between Thanksgiving and the second week of December.
Update - Nov. 18: A schedule has been set. The platform lighting is scheduled to be installed Wednesday, December 2, by Stray Production Services, Lititz.
Livestreaming Equipment Update:
Update - Nov. 11: It has been a long wait, and it is almost over. Equipment ordered back in June is finally coming in and being installed. Over the next few weeks additional training will be taking place as we transition over to a new camera and audio system for the live-stream.
Wednesday Night Out(side) Meals (WNO):
A huge thank you to the WNO team who planned and managed the WNO meals through the Fall. Rick Barnett, Nate Campbell, Diana Heist, Phil Hostetter, Starla Landis, Mike & Deb Steller, NanaSue Walker, and James Weaver worked together to create an event that allowed us to enjoy a meal together despite the pressures of a global pandemic. Tentative and creative plans are currently being put together to resume meals on January 6, 2021. More details will be released as they are finalized. Meanwhile, see a few pictures from one of the meals here.
Wednesday Prayer Group
Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m., Room 103
The Prayer Group meets in person for a time of prayer for personal, local, national, and international concerns.
Men's Prayer Group
Thursday mornings, 6:00 a.m., Fellowship Hall
We will hold our Men's Prayer Time in the Fellowship Hall, socially distant and with masks or via Zoom (see invitation bewlow) We look forward to you joining us!
Have your Bible ready, as we will be continuing our study of Acts.
Topic: Thursday Morning Prayer Breakfast
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Topic: Men's Prayer Group
Time: Nov 5, 2020 06:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Sermon Series - The Story
September 27, 2020 through May 2, 2021
We have begun the 31-week sermon series based on the book The Story. Thank you for joining the journey through the Bible in this series. We'll begin with creation and the fall into sin and end with the great revelation 31 weeks later. Our prayer is that you will discover anew the love of God as expressed through his word to us.
The Story Discussion Groups: There are two discussion group options available to you in addition to the Sunday School class discussions.
- Prior to the sermon: On Sunday mornings a discussion group led by Pastor Hunter and others will meet in the Fellowship Hall. The introductory video will play at 9:00 a.m., followed by a discussion of the chapter to be the topic during the service that Sunday.
- After the sermon: Join a Zoom chat this evening at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the most recent chapter in the "The Story" book and sermon. The invitation will be part of the Wednesday email.
Note: If you would like to purchase a book, study guide, or some of the youth or children's curriculum for yourself you may find it here for direct purchase: https://churchsource.com/pages/the-story
Parents of Kindergarten through grade 5 children, this is an update on the Jr. Church option for your children during the worship service. Each Sunday we have a children's time during the worship service. Immediately after that they are dismissed to the foyer to the care of a dedicated group of volunteers who will watch over your children and provide them with input geared for their age level. We have been providing this service since mid-August, and it had been going quite well. Take a moment and read this document from mid-August if you have any further questions.
Staffing Changes at NMC:
Caring for our children remains a priority, and the Elders are discerning the next steps in caring for the spiritual needs of the youngest members of our congregation. The position of Dir. of Children's Faith Formation is open and progress is being made.
Applications are now being accepted for this position. Go here for more information.
Update - Aug. 26: A team comprised of Hunter Hess, Phil Hostetter, Jana' Peachey, Ally Weaver, and possibly one other member has been formed to interview candidates. Several applications have been received and interviews are being scheduled.
Update - Oct. 7: Continue to remember this process in prayer. The interview process is underway with two candidates at the present time.
Update - Aug. 26: Plans, material selections, and a myriad of other details are being finalized. A construction timeline is anticipated soon. Your support has been incredible. If you would like to contribute to the renovations please note "Kitchen" in the comments or memo line.
Update - Oct. 7: We are excited to move forward on the kitchen renovations. We are projected to start the week of November 9 and hope to be completed by the end of the year or early in January.
Your support in both prayer and financial gifts has been amazing. Currently, the donations received to this point cover over 80% of the total project. Please prayerfully consider helping us reach the goal of seeing the project be fully funded before the end of the year. We are close! Thank you! --Kitchen Renovation Team
Update - Oct. 20: Beginning next week the team will begin removing all the items in the kitchen in preparation for renovations to begin. Thanks for your prayers for Deb Steller and the Kitchen Renovation Team
Update - Nov. 3: A firm start date has indeed been set for November 9, with the goal of completing the project by the end of the year. The Kitchen Renovation Team has made good progress in cleaning out the kitchen in preparation for this project.
Update - Nov. 11: Demolition of the kitchen has been finished, and asbestos floor tile mitigation is taking place. We are now close to 85% funded. Thank you!
Update Nov. 18: Floor tiles have been removed. One of the doors has been replaced with a wall, and the roughing-in of electrical, plumbing, and HVAC is taking place.
You are invited and encouraged to worship in the location, home or sanctuary, that works best for you. The important part is that you worship! So, set your mind at ease, pick up your remote control or your car keys, and join us for worship. God will meet you where you are.
Sunday, at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary, we will gather together for worship. Here is a brief summary:
- Children's Church: After the Children's Time during the worship service, children in Kindergarten through Grade 5 will be invited outside to a time of teaching and activities geared especially for them.
- Masks are still strongly encouraged while in the facility. We do have masks available if you forgot yours. Unfortunately, this seems to be something we will need to practice for some time yet.
- Social Distancing is still a thing! Or, let's call it physical distancing, as you can still be social from 6'-0 away.
- The bulletin is now availabel in paper form, and will continue to be available via this email or church website.
- Planning to bring a financial gift? An offering plate will be located at the back of the sanctuary.
- Every other row of pews will be closed.
- The lower level (except for the nursery) and the second floor will be closed.
- the coffee station and water fountains will be closed.