Stories

By Katie Goldsmith In January of 2011, my beloved husband lost his battle with a rare liver disease and I found myself a thirty-eight-year-old widow with two young girls to raise. While I have been a Christ-follower since childhood and even work in vocational ministry, Jesus became more real to me in...

By Amber Bobst A couple of years ago I was forced to experience a lot of change in a short amount of time. One of those changes was finally listening to God's voice and leave my beloved church of eight years due to some critical theological reasons. This church had been home...

By Craig Hawkins When I was two years old, I had a dream that my mother was in the house and I was outside their bedroom window, standing in between the shrubs. My father was very angry, yelling and screaming at my mom, and all of a sudden, a TV went crashing...

By Tom Regan In April of 2015 I transitioned from being Northshore’s pastor of young adults to Imprint Church, which was launched out of Northshore in October 2012. I was hired to eventually start a new church out of Imprint. On Father’s Day in 2015, after just two months with Imprint,...

By Paul and TC Hagen We’ve all heard the old adage, "timing is everything." Cliché, yes, but in our lives we’ve found that God’s timing, although not always immediately apparent, is truly everything. We can look back over our lives together as a couple and marvel at how God has directed us. Whether...

By Todd Fredrickson The rain was relentless and blew in sideways before a gale-force wind. Water dripped through a seam in the canvas awning and onto our table, our dishes, and, for some of us, our laps. And while the feast was indeed sumptuous, with lamb chops as one of the featured...

By Susan Spencer After deciding I needed to turn my life around, I broke off my relationship with my boyfriend of ten years. We were not married, and I knew our relationship wasn't pleasing to God. I had stepped away from the Lord and was now wanting to move toward God again. There...

By Pam Mullen I have been part of Northshore for more than thirty years. For some of the last several years I had been in a leadership position and was part of a long-running prayer group. But years of heartbreak and discouragement about unanswered prayer had unnerved me, and I felt as...

By Gloria Califf My husband and I had been married for almost thirty-three years, and together had raised our three children. We were beginning to look forward to the retirement years, enjoying a bit of traveling and diving further into ministry. But twelve years ago, my husband suddenly passed away. The loss...

By Sheryl Madden, Volunteer Storyteller Four years ago, Natalie and her family walked through the doors of Northshore to participate in Toy Shop. She didn’t know what to expect, but she was referred to Toy Shop through her children’s school and they were thankful to be there. The volunteers who greeted...

By Annie Symons My experiences in Bohol changed my life. God revealed so many things to me and ignited a passion in my heart to serve people from different cultures. Even though I couldn't speak the language of the communities my team was serving, I met such joyful children who told me...

Written by Brandon Shuman, Pastor of Worship Years ago I was leading worship at a youth camp. I was rehearsing with the band on stage when I felt God telling me to put my guitar down, walk through a specific exit door (there were three doors to choose from), and then turn to...

Written by Sarah Ena, Director of Elementary The time I spent in India this past summer forever changed my life. In August, I traveled to Central India and stayed at a safe haven for over one hundred Banchada girls and thirty boys, called House of Palms. For three and a half weeks...

Written by Tobin Burgess, volunteer storyteller A little over two years ago, Jackie and Joe Giardino walked through the front doors of Northshore to see what it was all about. Swarms of people were entering the building at the same time, and they were quickly routed to the Northshore Kids Check-In...

By Tobin Burgess When I was eleven years old, I attended a summer camp and found myself overlooking a majestic view of sunlight sparkling off the rippling waves of this camp’s lake. For the first time, I was in awe of God’s creation, and I felt an overwhelming presence of God...

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