Verses to Ponder

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?  Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?  Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.  Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,  and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

Isaiah 58:6‭-‬10 NIV

 I was struck this morning by how much is in these verses: there's sacrifice in serving the poor and oppressed; when we serve the poor and oppressed God is glorified (light shining from the darkness); and when we're trying to put off sinful behaviors such as malicious talk, we should put on serving others (a different angle to serving that I haven't thought of before). What stands out to you?



The Source of Joy

"Joy is the result of the perfect fulfillment of what a man is created for. It is continually necessary to revert to what the New Testament asks us to accept about ourselves. Our first accepted vocation is not to help men, but to obey God, and when we accept that vocation we enter into relationship with the despised and the neglected."

~Oswald Chambers, The Psychology of Redemption, 1915

Want to use your nursing or financial skills to reach souls and save lives?

CompassCare has two part-time paid positions available where you can use the expertise and training you've received for the kingdom. 


Are you an RN with a passion to serve "the least of these"?
CompassCare is looking for mature Christian nurses (RN license required) who wish to merge their medical degree and love for Christ in their job. Position includes serving women seriously considering abortion and helping them continue their pregnancies.
Position is flexible, 8-15 hours per week. All training will be provided. Please contact Kathy at kathy.mauer@compasscare.infofor more information.

Do you have a background in finance?
CompassCare needs a Finance Manager who wants to use their finance and accounting skills for the mission of saving preborn babies and their mothers from the horror of abortion. The position requires a passion for Christ, accounting acumen, and half-time availability.

Please contact Carolyn at Carolyn.marcuccio@compasscare.infofor a job description.


A Story of Healing

Janice came to CompassCare for an initial pregnancy appointment. She lives at home and is finishing up her senior year of high school. Janice came to the appointment with her friend’s mom.

The tears started during her ultrasound as she stared at her active nine week old baby on the screen. And the tears kept coming the rest of the appointment as Janice wrestled with the implications of her situation. She left this first appointment undecided about what to do.

The following week Janice came for a second appointment by herself. She shared in more depth why she can’t continue her pregnancy: school, plans for the future, financial difficulties, and her boyfriend wants her to get an abortion. Her nurse realizing how much Janice needed help sorting through her circumstances was encouraging her to come back as many times as she needed. Janice confessed to having an abortion appointment scheduled at Planned Parenthood the following week. Her nurse talked with her about cancelling so that she could have more time to figure out what she really wanted to do.

The Planned Parenthood appointment was cancelled and Janice came in for her third appointment with a close friend this time.  Her friend really engaged with the baby during the ultrasound, oohing and aahing over his movements and shape. Before leaving, Janice agreed to come back another visit and possibly bring her boyfriend.

Janice’s fourth appointment involved doing another ultrasound, thankfully the boyfriend present for this one. He was clearly overwhelmed by the whole situation and the room was thick with tension. Her nurse had the opportunity to go over the abortion risks and side-effects information again, with him present. Although he said very little during the appointment, it allowed for more time and conversation between him and Janice, who was still determined to get an abortion.

Janice and her boyfriend came in for a fifth appointment and went over in some details the tensions causing them to consider abortion.  Janice’s nurse took the opportunity to have a separate conversation with the boyfriend and hear what he was thinking. The fact that he came back was a good sign.

Janice, now over 13 weeks pregnant at this point, came in for her sixth and final appointment. She came with her boyfriend again and it was immediately obvious that their attitudes had changed. They were light-hearted and laughing together. Near the end of the appointment, Janice’s nurse asked them what their plans were for this pregnancy. Janice and her boyfriend looked at each other and excitedly announced they were planning to carry to term!


Northridge Partner Mission Share - Seasonal Needs

With winter upon us outreach programs face new challenges in helping those who are in need.  Mission Share is a gospel-centered ministry partner of Northridge Church's that provides food and clothing for those who qualify.  MS serves primarily the Greece and Charlotte areas, and it operates out of its facility at 10 Cedarfield Commons, Rochester, NY 14612  (near Long Pond and Latta Roads). 

Mission Share is able to keep its supplies of food and clothing stocked primarily through the generosity of individuals and organizations who donate these items as well as monetary donations.  MS can accept donations at the above address during normal business hours.  It would be good to call first (585-368-0744) to make sure someone will be there to accept your offering; they can also provide suggestions regarding what their greatest needs are and what items will be of most use. 

If you prefer, you can donate money to help MS with purchasing food supplies and operating its many quality programs, and you can even specify which program your money will be applied to.  Secure on-line donations can be made at 

Thanks for considering helping Mission Share as they continue to demonstrate God's love in practical ways.


Serving is typically not as hard as you might think.

Serving is typically not as hard as you might think.

Open Door Mission (ODM) serves many women, children and men, in many capacities, using multiple facilities.  The needs in this city are great, and keeping this system of serving going (in some cases on a 24/7/365 basis) takes a lot of effort by staff and volunteers.  But that doesn’t mean volunteering necessarily has to take a lot of individual effort. 

How To Talk About Poverty

We all love to be heroes. We love to know we are making a difference. And this, unfortunately, affects the way we talk about poverty.

When we talk about giving or serving to make a difference in the lives of the materially impoverished. We almost always talk about the negative -- starving children, slums, filthy water, lack of education... But we rarely talk about the potential for success and the skills/talents/ability that those people bring and we almost never let them speak for themselves.

Because of our need to be saviors from the first world swooping in to save the poor third-worlders, we speak for them when they are more than capable of speaking for themselves.

We might mean well, but the way we talk about the materially poor gives them very little dignity and robs them of the voice they have.

Craig Greenfield wrote a brief but powerful article about how we talk about poverty.

See the original article here:
How to talk about poverty without being a jerk

New City Cafe

One of Northridge Church’s 2016 Advent Conspiracy partners is 441 Ministries, a local Christian non-profit organization whose mission to “partner with local churches and other like-minded organizations to bring hope, healing, and holistic development through the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Beechwood neighborhood of Rochester.”

One of its new, exciting ministries is the development of a new coffee shop, the New City Café.   441’s vision for the café is “to see our neighborhood flourish, by promoting economic development and Christ-like business principles with a youth-centric approach.  As an employer, New City Cafe will focus on professional development, equipping teenagers with the necessary skills for careers later in life.  As a ministry, New City Cafe will focus on spiritual growth by mentoring teenagers to develop Christ-like values."

This is real “rubber-meets-the-road" ministry, and the gospel is central to everything 441 does.

The café is scheduled to have its Grand Opening on Friday June 9, and you can support their mission by simply stopping in soon to get a cup of coffee!  The café is located at 441 Parsells Avenue, right in the heart of the Beechwood neighborhood. You can also check out their Facebook page:

Summer Projects at Northridge

It's an exciting time at Northridge Church. This summer 9 interns will be joining our staff to gain ministry experience, be a part of what God is doing, and lend their talents and training to help make MORE and BETTER followers of Jesus!

With such a dramatic increase in staff size, we have a number of projects that need to be completed over the next few weeks to make room.

- We need people willing to paint some offices and inside some housing
- We have office chairs that need to be assembled
- If you have electrical experience, we have 28 hanging lights to install over our new office space

This is a great group serving project idea. If you are interested or want more information, you can contact Nate Logan at

The hidden reason for poverty

Collective compassion has meant an overall decrease in global poverty since the 1980s, says civil rights lawyer Gary Haugen. Yet for all the world's aid money, there's a pervasive hidden problem keeping poverty alive. In the following talk from the TED stage, Haugen reveals the dark underlying cause we must recognize and act on now.

CompassCare Walk for Life

The CompassCare Walk for Life is coming up on Saturday, May 6th. (Registration begins at 9am.)

The Walk for Life is a family friendly festival designed to raise the awareness and funds necessary for CompassCare to continue erasing the need for abortion in the Rochester region. By procuring sponsors and walking, you will give others the opportunity to protect preborn boys and girls and their mothers by providing CompassCare with the ability to continue reaching and serving women at-risk for abortion in our community.

For ways you can become involved by walking or to help raise money, please click on the link below: