Prayer for the North Shore

When I was in college, I went on the first of several short-term mission trips. As is often the case in short-term trips, my impact on the country I served was rather limited…but its impact on me was profound. One of my biggest take-aways was on the power of prayer. We prayed for our time—constantly,…

Why I Became a Church Member

Membership can be a pretty good deal. Whether at a health club, professional society, or warehouse club, membership status provides access to special discounts, exclusive events, and many other perks. Membership is enticing and rewarding. Earlier this year I became a member of NSCBC. Another gainful membership, right? Well, yes, but no. This membership is…

Facing Conflict Within Community

A couple weeks ago I was invited by Pastor Bobby to share some principles with the Elders about facing conflict in healthy, biblical ways. I welcomed this opportunity because for a long time I have been really interested in biblical peacemaking and its important role in maintaining – and yes, even fostering – genuine community among…

Faithful In Prayer: Part 2

As the body of Christ, we have a high calling to community, prayer, and mutual service. We desire as a church family to bear each others burdens and kneel with one another in prayer for ourselves, our church, and our world. Some in our church body have been facing particularly difficult circumstances and stages of life. In October…

Unexpected Hospitality

The typical picture of American hospitality looks something like this: you clean your house, your kids, yourself, you prepare some refreshments, and then you invite people into your world. Perhaps your house doesn’t look quite like Pinterest and you don’t look quite ready for a TV debut, but you make an effort to create an…

Confessions of a (soon-to-be) Former Deacon

In two weeks I’ll complete my term* as deacon-at-large. In the summer of 2014 as the church recruited its first cohort of deacons, I felt a distinct call to serve in this way. I somewhat like starting new things. I get excited imaging something that doesn’t yet exist and seeing it take shape. The last…

Is NSCBC Changing? An Elder’s Reflections

Have you been noticing a difference at NSCBC lately? You might answer, “Sure, there are more new people and it’s getting harder to find a parking place.” Yes, you’re right, but there is something more fundamental happening. You may remember the sermon series about three years ago on The Sermon on the Mount, when Interim Pastor…

Connect Ministry: Who we are and what we’re about

Today’s post is by Marcia Kercher, coordinator of the new Connect Team.   My heart is full of gratitude when I think about the area of ministry I have been asked to launch and participate in. Pastor Bobby and Julie have heard my family’s faith story that has taken place over the past five year….