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Newsletter April 1, 2013New Beginnings at New HopeVOLUME 1, ISSUE 15

We do not suffer from a lack of meetings at New Hope. We had a PPRC meeting on Sunday, March 24 and others are scheduled for April 7 and April 14. The March 24 meeting was for the purpose of reviewing the parsonage situation and the results of the inspection and was attended by all three churches. Unfortunately, the inspection was cancelled because the tenant had children with the flu. Chair Joann Lightfoot reviewed the situation for us. February and March rents have not been paid. The certified letter giving notice of termination was rejected three times. The discussion turned to how best to have the tenant vacate the premises so that we could get in and make necessary repairs and improvements. During this discussion, it was mentioned that the parsonage may be needed for a new pastor. This brought up the subject of retention of the current pastor. Bethel and Cattle Creek are happy with Curtis and voted for his return at a meeting in December, 2012, as reported in a previous newsletter. At New Hope, we have not seen any members return to Sunday services since the Committee began its efforts in November, 2012. Based on contact with the members, the Committee is is left with the opinion that in order to survive as a church, we must offer something other than the status quo. The churches have all made their respective opinions known to the District Superintendent. Accordingly, he has set a meeting at New Hope for April 14 with all churches. He will explore and hopefully offer solutions so that all three churches can remain a vital part of God's community.

The meeting for April 7 is for further discussion of the parsonage situation and will be preceded by an inspection.

Don't Overlook the Obvious

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. In the middle of the night, Holmes woke Watson and said, "Watson, look up and tell me what you see." Watson said, "I see millions and millions of stars." Holmes asked, "And what does that tell you?" Watson replied, "Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Theologically, it tells me that God is great and that we are small and insignificant. What does it tell you, Holmes?" Holmes answered simply, "Someone stole our tent."

The obvious we can't overlook at New Hope is that we need people. Providing a beautiful church and an updated fellowship hall is a good start but it won't be enough. We need activities and programs to keep people coming back. So where do these programs come from? A Sunday school class doesn't appear out of thin air. It takes people working together, planning together, praying together. First and foremost, it takes people coming together. If we are going to make it, this much should be obvious. Elementary, my dear Watson.
But the Bible Says

Most people think of Christianity as a scale. All of the bad things you've ever done sit on one side, and all of your good deeds sit on the other. In this scenario, life's ultimate goal becomes working to load as many good things as possible on your scale so that by the time you draw your final breath, things lean in the right direction. Most people think they'll wind up sitting pretty in the next world - if they even believe in the 'next world' - as long as they can get the scales tilted again.

The Bible teaches that this is not what life's about at all! God basically says that we could never tilt the scales enough to be found acceptable by him. But because he loves us so much he didn't leave us without hope. God says that we can accept what his son did in dying on a cross for our sin, paying for every bad deed we have ever committed and will ever commit. Then, by the power of his love, we'll be accepted by him and will spend all of eterninty by his side.
  -- from Just Walk Across the Room - by Bill Hybels

Facilities Update

• Roof Replacement. The work is proceeding slower than anticipated. The fellowhip hall is complete but work on the church has been delayed due to rain and high winds and waiting on more metal.
• Fellowship Hall. After the roofing is done, painting will be completed. We will also be in a position to start getting the inside in shape for normal activities. We plan to remove unneeded furniture, clean the rooms, add cabinets in the kitchen and replace the water heater. The hall is now being used as storage for the roofers so this will commence as soon as they are finished.

Suggestion Box

The Suggestion Box is open. We would like to hear what members would like to see to get us going again. It has been a long time since New Hope has had activities other than the Sunday worship service. With the Fellowship Hall being made ready, there are more possibilities available. Please tell us what you'd like to see by calling one of the committee members or emailing me.
Church Calendar

•  Jim Arant Follow Up: Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 2 p.m., at the church
•  PPRC Meeting, Sunday, April 7, 2013, 5 p.m., at the church, preceded by a parsonage inspection
•  Trustees Meeting, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 6 p.m., at the church
•  Administrative Council, Sunday, April 10, 2013, 7 p.m., at the church
•  PPRC Meeting, Sunday, April 14, 2013, 5:00 p.m., at New Hope Church, with District Superintendent