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NLCC News - 03/08/2023

Set your clocks one hour ahead before you go to bed Saturday Eve

03-12-23 (3rd Sunday of Lent)


Title: “For the Sake of the Gospel”

Text: 1 Corinthians 9: 19-23


Easter Sunday, April 9th at 8:30.
Bring a dish to pass
Derrel and Sharon's Marriage Renewal at NLCC on April 16, 11:30am

Small Groups

Don’t just attend NLCC. Belong here.

Small groups at NLCC exist to meet your God-given need for community. Make lifelong friends and grow closer in your walk with Christ through the power of Biblical community.

Two corrections for your Church Directory
 Bev Adams Phone number:    231-492-6027
Gene Adams phone number:  231-492- 6028

Annie Jun phone number:       281-513-8412

Join your NLCC family one Tuesday evening a month to have fellowship, fun and a faith Tune Up!
   ❤️March 21 @ 5:30pm

April 18: 5:30
May 16: 5:30
June 20 (outside?):  5:30
July 18:  5:30
August 15:  5:30

What does this tune up mean exactly???

- Check your fluid levels - are you drinking of the cup enough?
- Change your filters - what do you take in - to grow your faith
- Rotating tires - faith in action - where does your faith take you?
- What are your habits to support your relationship with Jesus

The Plan….First, sign up if possible….by calling or Texting Julie Burton - 231-632-4042, so we can plan meals.  If you want to come and did not sign up come anyway!!!  Second, this is a great time to bring a friend.  Third…..…come! 

- Dinner
- Sing (our old songs) around the camp fire 
- Bible Study
- Bring a friend
We will be inside

Crafts & Conversation
Crafts & Conversation event is planned at Northern Lakes Community Church
for this Saturday morning from 9:00 until 11:00 on April 1st.
April 1 
May 6 
June 3 
July - SKIP
August 5 
Church Potluck Picnic. ☑️MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Sunday, July 16 outside, immediately following church

Hello Again Friends and Supporters of our Loving Neighbors Preschool Project!

February has been an exciting and encouraging month for our Loving Neighbors Preschool Steering Team and NLCC.  We are so happy to report on the progress we’ve made over the past month and our key steps needed to meet our planned September 2023 opening.

As always….let’s start with the financials...

Our current financial status is as follows:

  • Funds Needed - $170,014 (Start up funds needed for building updates to meet code, a playground, supplies, furniture, and staffing - This number is slightly lower than January’s summary, due to some cost updates.)
  • Donations/Grants/Trusts (in hand or promised):  $138,919
    •     ◦$50,000 - Presbytery of Mackinac Grant - tied to matching funds from our fundraising
    •     ◦$5000 - Elk Rapids Presbyterian Church grant
    •     ◦$4376 - Robert’s Trust
    •     ◦$10,000 - State of Michigan Pre-licensure Grant. 
    •     ◦$69,542 - Fundraising from our generous donors both near and far.  
  • Remaining funds needed:  $31,095!! - Getting so close!  We are very encouraged by and so thankful for your generous donations.  


  • Our architect has nearly completed our drawings.  We’ve had him add cubbies near our entrance to the preschool and a reading nook for our children, along with the other building updates already planned.  So exciting!!
  • We met with a contractor last week.  He has experience with schools, so it seems like he will be a great fit for us.  He is currently working on pricing for our project….so you will see another financial update in March.  Our contractor is anxious to begin work in March!  YAY!!
  • The Fire Variance requested in December will be reviewed (on site at NLCC) next week by the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (one month delayed).  Once we get that completed, we can begin construction.  
  • We now have 5 families on our wait list!   At this point, we are planning for a September 2023 opening.  If you know of families looking for daycare in the fall of 2023, please have them contact us.

Immediate Major Next Steps:

  • Finish building permit process, begin building updates.  
  • Finalize our business plan.  
  • Begin search for a director.  Hire date is June 1, 2023
  • Continue to fundraise and apply for grants (several in process) to raise remaining funds needed.

If you are considering giving an additional donation to Loving Neighbors Preschool to help us meet our new goal of $31,000, we’ve included the “how to donate” information below.

There are a couple ways to donate:

    • Send a check to "Northern Lakes Community Church - Loving Neighbors Preschool", 5444 Herkner Road, Traverse City, MI. 49685.  Please put “Loving Neighbors Preschool” in the memo area of your check!

    • Visit Northern Lakes Community Church website (  Our menu has a link to the Preschool Project and the donation link.  

    • Or use this link to donate - Give to "Loving Neighbors Preschool”

We are a little church on a big mission….  We would not be where we are today without you!  We can’t thank you enough for your support, your prayers and for encouraging us on this mission to serve our community.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions or suggestions for our Loving Neighbors Preschool project.

Julie Burton

Sue Fink, March 7th.
Annie Jun, March 10th.
Pastor Sam, March 18th.
Audrey Thompson,  March 22nd.


  • Prayers for Jean & Bill Scott for their move back to T.C.
  • May Cummings, prayers for health concerns.
  • Prayers for PEACE & COMFORT for MSU and families.
  • Prayers for Syria and Turkey for peace, their grief and help for the survivors.
  • Kathy Gauthier & Doug,  Prayers for relief from pain,  finding a successful "next step" treatment for her cancer.
  • Karen Fink and Sue & John, dealing with Karen's cancer diagnosis & treatment.
  • Bev & Gene's son, Chris & family - laid off recently and praying for peace during this transition.
  • ‘Bev & Gene’s daughter in-law for revolver from surgery
  • Rob Butryn lost his dad.  Prayers for his family.
  • Neal Horning’s Mom, Rosemary for recovery.
  • Tom and Diane Tatar for Tom’s health issue.
  • Anita Lewis’ children, Torreanno, Anisha and Plato
  • Bev’s, sister, Joyce, still struggling with medical and personal issues
  • Donna Nelson for medical challenge.
  • All the people of Ukraine.🇺🇦
  • Jenner family is need of prayers.  Many things happening.
If you want to make an announcement or add to the newsletter, please contact Pat before each Wednesday by noon.

We can give back to the Lord, our church, and others through our:  

-PRAYERS - for one another and others

-PRESENCE - being present for our church’s ministries and missions

-GIVING - faithfully and generously financially supporting Christ’s work in and through our church

-SERVING - our commitment to share our time and talents within and outside of our church

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Northern Lakes Community Church
5444 Herkner Rd
Traverse City, MI 49685
231 935 4556
Sunday Church Service at 10:00AM

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