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Newsletter October 1, 2016 New Beginnings at New Hope VOLUME 4, ISSUE 3
The Nicene Creed

"We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of all things visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down and was incarnate and was made man; He suffered and the third day he rose again, and ascended into heaven; from thence he shall come again to judge the quick and the dead. And in the Holy Ghost."

In 325 AD, Emperor Constantine called a conference at Nicaea, to be attended by all bishops in the empire. Nicaea was a suburb of Constantinople (now known as Istanbul) to which Constantine had moved his headquarters from Rome. As many as 300 bishops attended the conference. They came from all parts of the empire from far away places like Spain, Gaul, North Africa and India.

Constantine was the first Christian emperor and followed a long line of brutal rulers. Though his Christianity is questioned by some, he put an end to the persecution of Christians which has spanned almost 300 years. Now churches were full, pagan temples were closed, and sacrifices to idols were banned. But he became disturbed by reports of a theological rift in the church and sought to end it.

It was known as the Arian controversy and sprang from the city of Alexandria. Arius held that Jesus Christ was not co-eternal with the Father, that there was a point in time in which he had not existed. This undercut centuries of trinitarian doctrine embedded in the New Testament. The Arianists were stubborn even resorting to bloodshed but in the end the conference approved the above creed. The original creed has been modified but is still recited in most Christian churches today as The Apostle's Creed.

From the Pastor

Hello Church Family & Friends!

The joy and beauty of the Autumn Season brings the anticipation of special worship services. Just a few reminders for those who may choose to worship with us: October 30 – 5th Sunday Singing/Scripture Service, which will be led by Mr. Ed Hinshaw (Orangeburg First Baptist) with solo by Mrs. Lynda Gardner, followed by Fellowship Sunday Dinner (Fried turkey, dressing & gravy & veggies + homemade desserts); November 6 – All Saint’s Sunday, a service in which candles are lit for those who have gone before us – the saints in our lives; November 23 – Thanksgiving Eve Service (6 pm); November 27 – 1st Sunday in Advent: Hanging of the Greens Service, in which we all participate; December 24 – 5 pm Christmas Eve Service; December 25: Christmas Day.

An important aspect in our spiritual development is that our weekly Bible Study. A review of our studies in the last 18 months includes An Overview of the Bible, Philippians, David, A Journey to the Cross, Crucifixion and Resurrection and currently, Abraham. These are serious studies, yet interspersed with humor and research on the part of our participants. The lessons are presented with visual components and lively questions and discussions take place. All are welcome to attend on Thursday evenings at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall. You will learn and be engaged in discussions!

Our Charge Conference Meeting with District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Frederick Yebuah is Nov. 6th, - 4 pm (Sanctuary) at which time we will report the progress at New Hope UMC for the past year. We have much to report: our JLH (Justine Lee Halls) Food Pantry in which we supply non-perishable food items to six elderly families in the Rowesville area every month; our 5th Sunday Singing/Scripture Services; the marvelous July 31st Service at which Buncombe UMC, Greenville, led the Singing / Scripture Service; the Bible Study once a week with participation of one-half + of our congregation; the complete reconditioning of the stained glass windows in the sanctuary, with donations from family and friends of New Hope – just to name a few of the missions/projects that this small congregation has committed to as "the fruit of the spirit" engages each of us in ministry.

South Carolina Bishop Rev. Jonathon Holston addressed a group of pastors stating that we are not about numbers and attendance; we are about making Disciples of Christ. We at New Hope are Disciples of Christ! Small in numbers, but large in hearts, giving, caring and loving!

May God Bless You!

Fifth Sunday Singing Service

On October 30, we will welcome Ed Hinshaw and Lynda Gardner to lead our praise and worship service. Ed's music career spans multiple Judeo and Christian churches as Minister of Music, Choir Director, Cantor and Soloist. He is currently Interim Director of 1st Baptist Orangeburg Family Life Center and substitute Choir Director.

Lynda will be bringing her considerable musical talents to New Hope as well. She joined the Chancel Choir at First Baptist as a teenager and has employed her singing gifts in solo performances, in duets, quartets, and in the Sextet, as well as other venues including weddings, funerals, orchestras and bands.

Please join us in another special service as we are led in celebration and praise by these gifted musicians. If you plan to attend, please contact Sandra at: swhetsellbowman@aol.com, 803-829-3252 or 803-664-3624 by Sunday, October 23rd in order to provide an accurate count for our caterer.

Church Calendar

•  Sunday, October 2. Meeting, Cemetery Committee, 3 p.m.
•  Sunday, October 30. Singing / Sripture Service, led by Ed Hinshaw, First Baptist Church, 11:15 a.m., Fellowship dinner following service.
•  October birthday. Glenn Houser (7th)