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Newsletter March 19, 2013New Beginnings at New HopeVOLUME 1, ISSUE 14
New Beginnings Committee Meetings

Meetings were held on March 7 and March 11. Present were John Fairey, Glenn Simpson and Art Whetstone. Also present for the March 11 meeting were Steve Dubrosky and Barrie Shropshier of Mill Creek Roofing and Sidney Bowman. The main purpose of the meetings was to consider the contract bids for roofing of the church and fellowship hall. The bid was awarded to Mill Creek Roofing of Vance. Meeting notes:

• Roof Replacement. Work began on Monday, March 18, with the prep of the fellowhip hall. The metal should arrive on Tuesday, March 19. The color selected is Sierra Tan, several shades darker than the original light color considered. Depending on the weather, the project should be completed within two weeks.
•  Landscaping. The landscaping project is set to proceed after the roofing job is finished.
• Fellowship Hall. Painting of the fellowship hall is now underway.
• Cemetery. Art Whetstone volunteered to serve as a third member of the cemetery committee. A meeting will be held soon to set a plan in motion.
• Other. Glenn has repaired the humidifier so that it now empties automatically.

Humble Beginnings

In early 1980, a meeting of seven people was held in a little apartment in California. That same year, sixty strangers showed up in Laguna Hills High School for a dress service of Saddleback church a week before Easter. At this point, they had no church building, no fellowship hall, no parsonage. Nothing but a vision. Pastor Rick Warren shared what he believed was Godís vision for that fledgling church, which included:
•  a place where the hurting, the depressed, the frustrated and confused can find love, acceptance, health, hope, forgiveness, encouragement and guidance.
•  sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with hundreds of thousands of residents in South Orange County.
• welcoming 20,000 members into the fellowship of Godís family (Remember he said this in front of sixty people.) loving living, loving learning and living in harmony together.
• developing people to spiritual maturity through Bible studies, seminars, retreats, small groups, and a Bible school for our members.

Today, Saddleback Church serves the Southern California community through more than 200 ministries, eight worship venues, six campuses, weekend worship services, a variety of counseling and support programs, Bible studies and seminars, local and global outreach programs, and a broad network of small groups meeting in local homes.

There are many church success stories, perhaps none so dramatic as Saddelback. And few leaders had the vision of Pastor Rick. At New Hope, we are seeking a "new beginning" for an old church that once actively served the community. We have made progress on planning changes to the facilities and will soon see the fruits of our labor. We will have a "new look" at New Hope, when the roofing, landscaping and painting are done. Maybe it will stand as a beacon for those who want to serve the Lord, serve the community and deepen their faith in Christ through joining together with other believers.

  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.- Matthew 16:18
Upcoming Events

Another social event is planned for late April in Glenn and Marlene's marvelous back yard. The exact date is not set and we are working on a format, but there will probably be a lot of grilling going on. We will have the fellowship hall, roofing and landscaping completed so we can walk over and take a tour.

In early May, a yard sale will take place at the Community Center, in which the church will participate. We are planning to clear the fellowship hall of surplus furniture, so some of this would be available. Also, members who wish to contribute personal items are encouraged to do so.

Church Sign

Maybe you noticed that the church sign now lights up at night. It is perhaps fitting that this is the first visible "sign" that changes are taking place at New Hope. It is also worth noting that the sign was repaired by Newton Wannamaker, a member of Bethel Church. It took a while to drill the door open, get power to it and deal with an uncooperative light fixture. But Newton stayed with it while several of us cheered him on. Thanks, Newton.
Church Calendar

•  Palm Sunday, Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the church
•  PPRC Meeting, Sunday, March 24, 2013, 5 p.m., at the church
•  Parsonage Inspection, Sunday, March 24, 2013, 4:30 p.m., at the parsonage
•  Jim Arant Follow Up: Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 2 p.m., at the church