Northside United Methodist Church
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Interim Pastor: Rev. Dr. Clinton E. Parker
He’s back! Rev. Clinton and Debbie Parker have returned to Northside UMC. He is serving as a part-time interim pastor through June, 2017. In July a new pastor will be appointed and become full time pastor.
Clint was pastor 1985 – 1996 when the church held service in the Dennis Senior Center. Eventually the first phase of the present church building was constructed. From Northside he went on to serve the denomination and become a church consultant. Along the way he has taught in seminaries and travelled extensively. Finally before retiring in 2011 he pastored the First UMC in Chatham, MA.
“Returning to Northside has allowed me to reconnect with folks who have been in the congregation for years. And, I am meeting new friends too, says Rev. Parker. “This is still a very exciting, caring church family where there is a place for everyone. It’s great to be home again.”
Born in Indiana, Dr. Fred Yarger was educated at The University of Evansville and received his Masters of Divinity Degree from Boston University School of Theology and a Doctrate from Andover-Newton Theological School. He retired from Northside UMC in 2000 after 45 years of Ministry in the New England Annual Conference. He serves as coordinator of Helping Hands and the Katrina Mission Team. He also teaches and preaches occasionally. Pastor Fred's passion is traveling with his lovely wife Barbara, who worked as a
Registered Nurse for 20 years. They have been to 65 countries all across the world! Pastor Fred and Barbara reside in South Dennis.
Director of Children and Youth Ministries
Born and raised on Cape Cod, Evy Nickerson graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in 2004 with her Associates in Lay Ministries and in 2006 with her Bachelors majoring in Religion with a minor in Youth Ministry. Evy was hired in 2007 to coordinate our Sunday School, Youth, and family events and activities. Her favorite color is purple, she loves photography & mermaids and also loves to make cupcakes! One of her favorite parts of her job is to watch the children of Northside grow up! Our children and youth programs continue to grow and flourish with all of our wonderful events, activities and adventures!
Kathleen joined us in February 2015. She was born in England and moved to the States when she was a teenager. Kathleen has been married to Scott Johnson for the past 15 years, they have 2 rescue dogs and she is a volunteer for the Animal Rescue League - Brewster branch and The Boxer Rescue out of Grafton Massachusetts. She enjoys to travel, kayaking, researching genealogy, knitting and sewing. She makes dog accessories and sells them at craft fairs and helping other crafters with social media and networking.
Ann Berg serves as our financial secretary. She grew up in the suburbs of Boston where she married her sweetheart, Ken. Together they moved to Beverly and then to Peabody, Massachusetts where they had their 5 beautiful daughters. While living in Peabody, they opened a bakery, The Teahouse Floreal. They often vacationed on the Cape and fell in love with it. When they decided to retire in 2001, they came to Cape Cod! Together, Ken and Ann enjoy playing golf, listening to the Symphony and enjoying the local performing arts. Over the years they have been blessed with 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Soon after Ann arrived to the Cape, she started her position here at Northside. She loves coming here and seeing all the wonderful people living the word of the Lord. Ann says, "This is my piece of heaven on earth" and she will be celebrating 55 years of marriage this September with her husband Ken.
Janet Golden has been the Organist for Northside for the past 23 years and is an active member of our church family. She plans and coordinates the music program for the worship services, including soloists and instrumentalists. Janet has two lovely roommates who are of the feline fashion named Abilene and Bruce. She loves to read and each time you see her, she has a smile on her face! Her favorite hobby is knitting, where she makes wonderful creations. She also serves as a volunteer for Northside’s Nursing Home Ministry, bringing the joy of music to the monthly communion services.
Craig Dimock, a church member, is the man behind the scenes who works diligently and effectively at maintaining the appearance and cleanliness of our church. Craig also plays the guitar and sometimes performs for us in worship, he is very talented! Craig also has two children, a little girl named Carly who is very active in our Sunday School Program and a son who is in his first year of college. Sometimes they even come help Dad clean and beautify the church!
Meet our fabulous Nursery Attendant, Alysa Iafrate Grundy! She joined us in March of 2015. Alysa is an original Cape Codder from Orleans, Mass. She currently lives in Dennis Port with her lovely husband, Aaron. Alysa started a baby sitting service when she was 12 years old and grew up to pursue a career in child care. She has worked as a full time Nanny for the past three years to two young children, and acts as a part time personal care assistant to a lovely older woman. She loves horseshoe crabs, bull dogs and the color green! She is passionate about early childhood education and sometimes, sings what she is doing!