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Newsletter September 1, 2018 New Beginnings at New Hope VOLUME 6, ISSUE 3
The Book of Enoch

"But with the righteous He will make peace, And will protect the elect, And mercy shall be upon them. And they shall all belong to God, And they shall all be prospered, And they shall all be blessed. And He will help them all, And light shall appear unto them, And He will make peace with them." (1 Enoch i. 8).

The above verses are from the Book of Enoch, an apocryphal writing probably dating to the period 200 BC. It is not found in the Christian Bible or in the Torah. Fragments of the book were among the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 1947, thought to be a part of the Essenes library. So who was this Enoch?

He was the seventh from Adam and the great grandfather of Noah. His ancestor was Adam's son, Seth, not Cain, who also had a descendant named Enoch. The Bible cryptically states that this second Enoch "walked with God, and was not, for God took him" - Genesis 5:24), thus suggesting that Enoch avoided death at the age of 365. Therefore, some consider Enoch to be one of the *Two Witnesses" in the Book of Revelation due to the fact that he did not die. God "took him" after he had completed a mission, which The Book of Enoch tells us about. Genesis 6:4 reads as follows: "The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown." They were from the fallen angels and were opposed to God, as were many others in those days. Enoch, however, was true to his Creator and it was for this reason he was chosen to lead the fight against this frightful race.

The book has several themes, concerned with the apostasy of his generation. But it is perhaps more about prophecy. "It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, "Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." - Jude 1:14-15

The Book of Enoch is an invaluable resource for all those who are interested in learning about Christian origins. It sheds light on the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and the reader can gain a clearer understanding of many concepts found in the New Testament, such as demonology, future judgment, the Messiah, the Messianic kingdom, the title “Son of Man” and the resurrection.

Cemetery Sign

An archway entrance sign has been put in place at the cemetery. This sign is located on the north - south border of the cemetery property, parallel to Highway 21. It functions mainly to identify the cemetery rather than to serve as an entrance. Due to the distance from the highway to the property, it is difficult to see the sign. This can hopefully be remedied by painting the lettering with an industrial paint for metal surfaces. This painting will be done in the next few weeks.

The cemetery is owned and maintained by New Hope UMC. There are over 400 interments with birth dates back to the 18th century. It is included in findagrave.com where interments are detailed, along with links and photographs, where applicable. It is located at 141 Bay Road, about 1/2 mile east of the church.

Buncombe UMC

For the third consecutive year, the choir from Buncombe UMC in Greenville will bring their musical gifts to New Hope with another Great Day of Singing and Worship on September 30. Make plans now to join us for this event followed by a dinner at the Community Center. You can help us by letting us know if you plan to come. Do so by calling Linda Heape at 803-533-0557; or emailing her at: lgcurlyqtwo@gmail.com. See you there!

Church Calendar

•  Thursday, September 6. Bible Study 6 p.m. Begin study of Ephesians.
•  Sunday, September 30. Buncomebe UMC Choir singing service. Fellowship dinner at Community Center. 11:15 a.m.
•  First Sundays. Breakfast and devotional, Fellowship Hall, 10:45 a.m.