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Newsletter September 1, 2015 New Beginnings at New Hope VOLUME 3, ISSUE 14

"If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth; only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair." C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity. Looking, seeking, searching, all action words. Discovering truth is not a passive activity. The Bible states clearly that Truth is there for those who would seek it. But it is not going to hunt you down.

We hear a lot about how the West, aka America, is responsible for much of the trouble in the world today including global warming and war. Even the violence associated with the Crusades is attributed to us militant, bloodthirsty Christians. Never mind that American was yet to be discovered at that time in history. In our country, anyone can say anything about someone else and get away with it. You can be called homophobic, Islamophobic, right wing, left wing, racist, communist, capitalist and other endearing terms. We call it freedom of speech.

Christianity can be criticized in this country without fear of retribution. Try criticizing Islam in Saudi or Iran and you might not escape with your head still attached to your shoulders. This goes for Muslims as well as Western journalists. Being caught with a Bible in parts of the Middle East is a capital crime. There is no First Amendment in the world of Islam; hence, very little criticism of the state religion. Even Westerners are reluctant to test the long arm of Islamic retribution. To the uninformed, it might appear that no criticism means no problem. Not so fast. The word, Islam, does not stand for peace as some would have you believe, It means submission - submission to the will of Allah.

So if 1.6 billion Muslims can't speak out and all we get from our news is soft soap and wishful thinking, how would we know if Islam is a dangerous, corrupt religion bent on our destruction? Is Allah the one, true God? And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13. And from John 8:32: And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

This month marks the 14th anniversary of 9/11. On the Sunday following that Tuesday, churches were filled with worshippers. People turn to God in times of trouble. God does not use the Church to prevent tragedy. He uses tragedy to strengthen the Church. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18. Do not despair. In the end, the Truth shall set us free.
From the Pastor

Hello, Church Family and Friends of New Hope!

We experienced and participated in a worship service at our 5th Sunday Singing/Scripture Service on August 30th, that would rival any homecoming or revival service you may have ever attended. Mrs. Mardelle Nasshan led our singing/scripture part of the service with the theme of "I want to be a Rock Star!" And, Rock Stars we were!

We welcomed 75 people to our worship service and Fellowship Dinner. We were not sure how we were going to accommodate 75 people in our Fellowship Hall, but we did with no discomfort. We enjoyed the fellowship and the delicious food – and even the rain did not deter us. I want to express sincere appreciation to the New Hope Church Family for all the preparation work: Vance & Terry Boone;. Melissa Camp; Mark Fairey; Justine Halls; Linda Heape; Glen Houser; David & Kathy Hutto; Bill Metts; Goldie O’Cain; Art Whetstone. You are truly "Rock Stars at New Hope!"

As we enter into the Fall-Winter months, please remember these dates: September 20: Charge Conference; October 4: World Wide Communion Sunday; November 1: All Saints Day Sunday; November 25: Thanksgiving Eve Service; November 29: 5th Sunday/1st Sunday in Advent Singing/Hanging of the Greens/Scripture Service; December 24: Christmas Eve Communion/Candle Lighting Service.

New Hope UMC has been and still is a vital part of the Rowesville community. We welcome you to any and all of our services: Sunday School: 10:30 am; Worship Service: 11:15 am; Thursday evening Bible Study: 6:30 pm.

May God Bless you
Pastor Sandra

Rocking the House

In a rousing celebration on August 30, Mardell Nasshan encouraged New Hopians to become rock stars for Jesus. At the end of the service, we received a rock symbolic or our renewed commitment. We sang hymns (including Rock of Ages), read scripture and prayed. We enjoyed special numbers from guest soloist, Andrew Fogle. A great day for New Hope. This was our second 5th Sunday celebration of hymn singing and it seems to have struck a chord with everyone. Next one is November 29, so save that date and make plans to join us.
Church Calendar

•  Sunday, September 20. Charge Conference, 4 p.m. in Sanctuary
•  Sunday, October 4. Worldwide Communion Sunday
•  September birthdays. Maralene Simpson (1st), Rev. Boyd Chewning (5th), Denise Metts (5th), Celeste Metts (10th), Newton Wannamaker (15th)