Here's a letter I sent out to Northgaters mid-July. I'm back from my study break and I can't wait for Sunday. "Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34:3

I hope you’re enjoying July! Right now, I’m sitting on the shores of beautiful Flathead Lake in northwesternMontana, soaking in God’s beauty, enjoying time with my family, reading and dreaming, and getting ready for another season of ministry at Northgate Church. I’ll be back at Northgate on Sunday, August 7 for a great month of passion, people, and purpose. Here is what’s happening:

WEIRD: Because Normal Isn’t Working

In August, I’ll launch a one-month series called “WEIRD,” based on the book by author Craig Groeschel.

“Normal people are stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Many of their relationships are, at best, strained and, in most cases, just surviving. Even though we live in one of the most prosperous places on earth, normal is still living paycheck to paycheck and never getting ahead. In our oversexed world, lust, premarital sex, guilt, and shame are far more common than purity, virginity, and a healthy married sex life. And when it comes to God, the majority believes in him, but the teachings of scripture rarely make it into their everyday lives. Simply put, normal isn't working.”

“WEIRD” will help us break free from the “norm” to lead a radically abnormal and endlessly more fulfilling life.

NEW PASTORS! Well, they’re not so new. . .

On Sunday, August 7, we’ll be commissioning WAYNE SKAFF and LINNEA GREY as official PASTORS at Northgate at our10:00 a.m.service. Northgate’s governance and affiliation, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, allow us to commission our own pastors when approved unanimously by the Board of Directors. Wayne and Linnea serve God faithfully at Northgate and are already functioning as pastors. We’re just making it official. Congratulations, Wayne and Linnea, and thanks for your ministry! Well done, good and faithful servants!

BIRTHDAY BASH! Monday, August 8, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

On Monday, August 8, Northgate will be turning one year old! Can you believe it? Bring the kids and join us for one big birthday celebration you won’t want to miss! Worship, play, dream about the future, and EAT, EAT, EAT! You’ll hear about the exciting things coming this fall, including a vision for a future facility. Mark your calendars and plan to attend Monday, August 8,6:00 – 8:00 p.m.atCentral Parkin Ramsey.

Well, that’s it for now . . .  back to the lake. BRRR! Mountain water is FREEZING! Sarah, the kids, and I can’t wait to get back toMinnesotaand see all of you. God bless you, Northgaters!