Northfield Church, Gering, NE
Coach: Linda Parker, 1st time coaching a team at Nationals but has been involved with Bible Quiz for 36 years. She married a fellow Bible Quiz team member, Phil Parker, who quizzed at Nationals in 1979.
Luke Hamilton, 2nd year quizzer, 1st time quizzing at Nationals. In January 2011, earned the MMA in 64 mins. with only 3 mistakes.
Melissa Parker, former JBQer, 5th year TBQer, 1st time at Nationals.
Nathaniel Converse, 3rd year TBQ, 1st time at Nationals. Jennifer and Jacob Lowery, just joined the team in January 2011 but helped the team win 3rd place at Regionals. They will not be able to attend Nationals this time.
Northfield Church has had a TBQ team for the past 6 years. They won Districts last year, but were not able to attend Regionals. This year, 2010-11, they were undefeated by Nebraska teams and went on to place 3rd at Regionals.
Most exciting match this season
Sioux Falls, South Dakota was the only team to beat Northfield in the monthly meets in Nebraska. When they faced them again at Regionals, South Dakota called a time out and the three starters all ran out of the room, but came back just as time was called. This might have been a ploy to throw Northfield off track, but they went on to win the match and edged S.D. in total points at Regionals by only 5 points.
At the end of a round at District Finals, the coach from the opposing team contested that the entire round should be redone because of hindrance from two of Northfields quizzers who are dating and obviously fond of each other.
Favorite Quiz Question
At Regionals, one of the questions in set 5 caught us a little off-guard:
Question number 3 for 30 points. Statement and Two-part Quotation Question. Four-part Answer. The Assemblies of God ninth statement of faith declares sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God.
Quote, and give the complete references for the verses in which sanctification is mentioned.
Favorite Verse of the Quizzers
In a serious manner, the quizzers appreciate the vulnerable humanity of Jesus, and yet the strength of resolve, found in John 12:27: Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? Father save me from this hour? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.
In a lighthearted way, every time one of the team buzzes in and answers with a guess, we ask, How did this man get such learning without having studied? (based on John 7:15)
Favorite Non-Quiz Related Moment
To save money at Regionals, Cedar Rapids Assembly of God graciously allowed Gering Northfield and Hastings Northshore to stay two nights camping inside the church. For their group devotions on the last night, there was a spontaneous time of worship led by one of the adults who had brought his guitar. The eclectic group of worshippers was made up of various ages from four denominations representing six different churches, yet the worship went on for almost two hours. They were actually living out John 4:23, Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
What opportunities has your team had to use Bible Quiz outside of the church?
The community of Bridgeport, Nebraska has been positively commenting on the Northfield team testimony published in their local newspaper. Even non-Christians have congratulated the team members; saying how awesome it is that teenagers of today are memorizing entire books of the Bible.