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Newsletter November 6, 2013New Beginnings at New HopeVOLUME 2, ISSUE 6


Laity Month

October was Laity Month for New Hope and October 27 was Laity Sunday. We heard from the pastor on the value of the laity (that's us), from the Treasurer on the financial status of the church and from Rev. Boyd Chewning on how the church is, or should be, organized. A discussion on "The Local Church" is included as an insert for those receiving the newsletter by regular mail and may be viewed at local church organization rules, for those receiving it by email. Financial information is summarized below.

January to September 2013
 
Thru
September
2013
Budget
Expenses:
 
  Ministerial support
8,241
10,224
 Apportionment
3,626
1,000
 Church expenses
9,521
10,152
   Total
21,389
21,376
Giving
13,251
 
Deficit
-8,138
 

Giving for the months of July, August and September totalled $6,107, an increase of 71% over the previous six months.

During the nine months, $11,802 was spent on improvements, as follows:

Church
2,071
Fellowship hall
3,335
Landscaping
919
Roofing
5,477


Cash balances at September 30 totalled $17,566, including $7,997 in the parsonage account.


Thanksgiving

The history of Thanksgiving in the United States begins with the pilgrims who came over from England and landed on Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts in 1621. The pilgrims shared a feast in the fall time, probably October, of that year with the Wampanoag Indians. Although this was the first Thanksgiving, it did not become a holiday until 1941.

Thanksgiving has a religious cast to it, but its religious character is broad enough to include not only Christians and Jews, but other religions as well. The widespread custom of family Thanksgiving dinner, which may bring together a family reunion and be for many persons their biggest meal of the year, is often marked by a table blessing or other expressions of thanks to God for the blessings of the year.

We at New Hope UMC will celebrate our church family Thanksgiving Dinner after Worship Services on Sunday, November 24. We will also have an opportunity to offer our thanks to God for His blessings at our Thanksgiving Eve Service, Wednesday, November 27 at 6 pm. This will be a brief service of thanks to God.

Sunday, December 1st marks the beginning of Advent. We will decorate our sanctuary during The Hanging of the Greens Service and lighting of the 1st Advent candle during Worship Service. We have planned several holiday activities, with the intent of remembering why we celebrate this glorious time of year the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Grace and Peace, Pastor Sandra
All Saints Day

We went from haints on Thursday night to saints on Sunday morning. To all who cared for us and labored for all people, we paid tribute. We lit candles for 27 of these departed that we wished to remember on this special day. All Saints Day was another first in our New Beginning at New Hope. We also reached a new high in attendance with 32 members and visitors. .
Ghosts and Goblins

Church Calendar
November
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
          1 2
Bible Study 10:15;
Hanging of Greens Svc
 
3
All Saints Day
 
4 5 6 7 8 9
Bible Study 10:15
10 11 12 13
Bible Study
 
 
 
14 15 16
Bible Study 10:15;
Pastor Sandra Drop In
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
After Church Dinner
24
After Church Dinner
25 26 27
Thanksgiving Eve Service
28
Thanksgiving Day
29 30
December
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1
Bible Study 10:15;
Hanging of Greens Svc
2 3 4 5 6 7
Christmas Parade
8
Bible Study 10:15
9 10 11 12 13 14
15
Bible Study 10:15;
Pastor Sandra Drop In
16 17 18 19 20 21
22
Bible Study 10:15
23 24
Christmas Eve Service 6 p.m.
25
Christmas Day
26 27 27
29
30
Thanksgiving Eve Service
31