|Newsletter July 3, 2013||New Beginnings at New Hope||VOLUME 2, ISSUE 1|
On Sunday, June 30, New Hope celebrated a significant event in its history. Pastor Sandra Whetsell took to the pulpit and a new era began. This is certainly not the first time for a pastoral change, but it is the first time in many years that we've had a pastor appointed to serve only New Hope. This remarkable turn of events over the last year shows the extent of God's goodness and generosity. We have a new beginning and there is an air of excitement about it.
Thirty members and guests including our District Superintendent joined together in welcoming the new pastor. She was confirmed in a Celebration of Appointment service in which the congregation participated. The church service was followed by a luncheon at Grady's at the Elk's club, attended by 26.
This is an important milestone for New Hope and it is fitting to celebrate God's blessings. There is much work to be done, but there's no denying that this a big step in the right direction.
The Committee would like to thank the guests and returning members for your prayers and support during this difficult time. We look forward to a year in which we can direct our attention to to rebuilding our congregation with a focus on doing God's work.
From the Pastor
Greetings! Our first Sunday Worship Service and Fellowship Dinner which followed are the foundation for putting New Life into New Beginnings for New Hope! We have the opportunity to be the catalyst for Christian worship, Christian activities and community involvement in Rowesville just by saying "yes!"
Yes means that you want to build New Hope into a change agent for Rowesville. Yes means planning and participating in community activities, sponsored by New Hope. Yes means working together to restore our parsonage. Yes means working together to upgrade our Fellowship Hall. Yes means that you want to be involved. Yes means that you want to support New Hope in these endeavors and others. Yes means that you will attend Sunday Worship Services. Yes means New Life for New Beginnings for New Hope.
We are going to schedule a "brainstorming" planning session soon after the Administrative Council meets in July. Everyone is invited to attend Ė members or even people in the community who may be interested in what New Hope plans. We cannot be a change agent for Rowesville unless we have active participation and "buy-in" from people. We want to build disciples for Christ, not just members on a membership roll at New Hope.
Yes, I have a few ideas, which we will discuss at our "brainstorming" session. So, begin to think about what it is that you want from and for New Hope.
It was raining as we were coming out of Walmart, and it wasn't a shower that was going to be over in a few minutes. I had a small umbrella and was trying to figure out how to keep Sue dry while getting a wobbly cart to the car. A lady standing next to me saw my dilemma and said, "I'll stay here with her while you go to the car." She had this kind face and I knew it would be allright. Just as I finished loading the groceries, a car pulled up in the lane and they had brought Sue to the car. Earlier inside the store, I had been jerked around by a clerk who told me she was off duty and couldn't answer my question. As I drove home soaking wet,
I thought about these two people: the clerk who is paid to help customers and didn't and the stranger who saw someone in need and did. God made both of them in his image. That included kindness which can sometimes get misplaced.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. - Galatians 5:23"
Paul thought it important for his followers to understand the fruit of the spirit and make it a part of their daily lives.
Perhaps it is Sunday School or Bible Study or Evening Services or Sunday Fellowship Dinner once a month (or however often) or Community Picnic before school starts, or none of the above. I would like for New Hope to have a Special Service for All Saints Day, Thanksgiving celebration of some kind, Hanging of the Greens Service, Advent Worship, and more. So, letís say "Yes!"
God Delights in Us
In her sermon, Sandra talked about how God not only created us in his image but wants to have a relationship with us. In fact, he delights in his children. This is not an easy concept to grasp, as God may seem distant and we may seem unworthy. When I hear the word delight used in a Christian setting, I think about my Daddy. He delighted in his children. We kids felt this and I think responded in a way that would insure that we could continue to enjoy that relationship. I see it in my son and his kids. It is something special to observe. It is reassuring and comforting to know that God delights in us, no matter what. How we respond is up to us, but it might mean that a joyful experience is right there within our reach.
Editor: Art Whetstone, Lay Leader