• on November 25, 2022

NPWC Member’s & Regular Visitor’s Directory Update

Hello all,

It’s that time of year again where we need you to update your contact information with the church office. This update must be completed by December 16, 2022.

You can update your information by downloading this Contact Information form, and emailing it to info@northparkwc.org or drop it off to the church office.

Alternatively, you can also update your information by completing this google form here.
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Our festive favorites this year span from kids’ carols to heavy metal. It’s that time of year again—I’ve removed the decomposing pumpkin from my front porch, my family has watched The Polar Express several times, and my kids ask to walk through the “forest” of lit Christmas trees when we’re shopping at Target or Home Depot. It’s time to build our Christmas 2022 playlists. This year brings new albums from prominent artists like Joss Stone, the Backstreet Boys, Michael W. Smith, and Switchfoot. After listening through the latest holiday releases, I’ve put together a list of seasonal tunes that spans… [...]

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Evangelical Giving Goes Up, Despite Economic Woes

Report: Nonprofits saw a sizable increase in donations, while many megachurches struggled. Needs rose last year. But so did giving to evangelical ministries. The annual State of Giving report from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) found giving to ministries increased more in 2021 than it had any year out of the last 10. Inflation and the pandemic both raised real concerns for ministry leaders trying to make ends meet, but evangelicals responded to the crises with generosity. The ECFA survey of about 1,800 members found they received more than $19 billion in donations in 2021. Adjusting for inflation,… [...]

In England and Wales, Christianity Falls Below Half the Population

Analysis: The rise of the nonreligious raises questions for the faithful in a new era of pluralism and diversity. Remember those math puzzles you used to do as a kid? What’s the next number in this sequence: 2, 5, 11, 23, … ? Or maybe try this one: 2, 4, 10, 28, … ? Well, I’ve got another one for you: 71, 59, … ? I’ll admit this one is trickier as you’ve got only two numbers to get going, but if you said “47,” you’d be on the right track. The true answer is, in fact, 46—that being the… [...]

There Is No Such Thing as a ‘Safe Space’

Our culture values self-protection. But true love demands that we move toward each other. One particular argument will figure in our family lore for generations: the adults upstairs, lancing one another with loud accusations, while the children downstairs slowly realized the holiday movie, planned for the afternoon, would not be. Years later, I can’t remember the reasons for our conflict among extended family members. I only know the conditions were right. The “most wonderful time of the year” was upon us, and expectations were at a fever pitch. It’s a risky business, this thing we call love. Unfortunately, in our… [...]

“Can I call you Mom?” I never experienced the joy of having my own children. But one Christmas, I stared deep into the eyes of a young teenager I met at an orphanage in Russia as she asked this question. Her eyes pleaded with me to say, “Yes.” I had spent much of my adult life single with no children. I devoted my time to working in ministry and traveling overseas on mission trips, believing that motherhood would be something I would never experience. But God had other plans. The girl’s... [...]

For many years I admired C.S. Lewis, an author who changed my way of thinking in many areas. His conversion to Christianity was impressive; his analysis of pain and faith led me to deeply admire him. Even with everything I say about him, I assure you that I have not yet been able to imitate him. I do not necessarily want to be like him, and I am not interested in becoming a C.S. Lewis version 2.0. Why? Because I am only his admirer, not his disciple.  The word disciple comes from the Greek ... [...]

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