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Newsletter March 7, 2013New Beginnings at New HopeVOLUME 1, ISSUE 13
New Beginnings Committee Meeting

A meeting was held on February 28 at 2 p.m. at 214 River Drive. Present were Curtis Felkel, John Fairey, Glenn Simpson and Art Whetstone. Highlights are:

•  Roof Replacement. Several bids have been received and we are preparing to close the bidding. So we are getting close to a decision on both the contractor and roof type. After selecting a contractor, the work should begin in a few weeks.
•  Landscaping. The landscaping project is set but will be delayed until after the roofers have completed their work to avoid damage to the plants.
• Fellowship Hall. Glenn is all set to do the outside painting and is waiting for a break in the weather .
• Cemetery. A volunteer for the current Cemetery Committee is needed. John and Glenn are the present members. This person should be a church member. After the separation from the church is completed, a new Committee will be formed including members of the community. But before that takes place, we need to reactivate the current committee from the New Hope membership. Call John or Glenn if you're interested.

Gideon and Moses

On Sunday, March 3, a representative of Gideons International brought us the message. Gideons distributes bibles to hotels, schools, prisons and hospitals in 190 countries. They have many dedicated workers and numerous success stories. Georgia and James Peyton graciously shared some of those with us.

So who is this Gideon and where does he fit in biblical history? Gideon was selected by God to lead a charge against the Midianites, who were starving out the Israelites. But he didn't want to do it. He told the angel that he was from a poor, humble family, and couldn't possibly be the person God needed for this mission. God responded through the angel that Gideon would lead the country to victory. And so he did, with a just a few good men.

Those who watched the first episode in The Bible series last Sunday (Sunday nights, History Channel), were reminded of how Moses dallied at the Red Sea. Moses believed in the deliverance promise but told the people to take courage, be silent, do nothing and wait for salvation. But God told Moses it was time to go. Stop talking and go forward. And when they went forward in faith, God delivered them.

Sometimes we think we are waiting patiently for God, but we have actually become paralyzed by fear and insecurity. At these times, our prayer should be for courage to take action.

At New Hope, we are not fighting the Midianites or crossing the Red Sea, but we need to get moving. It hasn't happened yet, but it will. God is not going to stand by and see his church dark and boarded up. Keep praying. He will provide the answer.

  The Lord said to Moses, "Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward."- Exodus 14:15
Jim Arant Followup Meeting

Jim Arant met with us at the church on Wednesday, March 6. Present were Pastor Felkel, John Fairey, Glenn Simpson and Art Whetstone. We still have no members who have returned to church services on Sunday since the committee was formed. We do, however, have several who have been assisting with the improvements to the church facilities or have expressed a willingness to do so. Another social event is planned for late April or early May at Glenn's house. Hopefully, we will be able to slip over to the church and fellowship hall to check out the improvements.

Jim encouraged us to keep meeting -- and to keep praying.

Fellowship Dinner

It was good food and fellowship last Friday night. Clark's Restaurant provided the food and we provided the fellowship. We had an enjoyable time socializing and a few stories from the good old days kept us entertained. The return of Aunt Martha's bulldog and the 1948 road trip to a Clemson game topped the list, both courtesy of Vance Boone.
Church Calendar

•  New Beginnings Committee meeting, Thursday, March 14, 2 p.m. at 214 River Drive.
•  Fourth Sunday of Lent, Sunday, March 10, 2013, at the church
•  PPRC Meeting Wednesday, March 24, 2013, 5 p.m., at the church
•  Jim Arant Follow Up: Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 2 p.m., at the church