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Newsletter November 1, 2018 New Beginnings at New Hope VOLUME 5, ISSUE 5
A Restless Spirit

When we’re too preoccupied to hear God’s voice, He will often get our attention by giving us a restless spirit. Pastor Charles Stanley provides the following explanation. The book of Esther gives us an example of this restless spirit. In the sixth chapter, we see that King Ahasuerus “could not sleep so he gave an order to bring the book of records, the chronicles, and they were read before the king” (Esther 6:1). As a result, the king became aware of an assassination plot against him that had been foiled by a man named Mordecai. Filled with gratitude for this act of service and loyalty, the ruler made plans to honor him.

Best selling author Debbie Macomber relates an experience for us in Guideposts. Following foot surgery, she was forced into a long period of recovery. For someone used to constant travel, she soon became bored, miserable and feeling sorry for herself. She'd been advised to slow down and smell the roses, but it wasn't happening. "I don't know that I could have gotten through this time except for God. Despite the physical limitations, these were rich spiritual weeks. I read my Bible, studied his Word, and felt his presence in a profound way while my heart and mind quieted. While I felt hidden from the world, buried in the deeper part of the sea, God was there. His hand was upon me. He held me close to his heart, comforted me, saw me through those dark days. It didn't take long for me to smell the roses, the sweet scent of God's love and care for me."

Stanley suggests we go about our careers and activities, but restlessness seems to hang over us, often causing sleepless nights. In such moments, dare to bow and pray, “Lord, what is it that You want to tell me?” You’ll discover that God can and will speak in your unrest.

All Saints Day

All Saints Day is November 1 which is celebrated by us on the following Sunday. United Methodists set aside this day to honor our everyday saints, those who have lived and died in the faith and now rest in the arms of Jesus. We recognize and celebrate all our everyday saints who from their labors rest. We remember Christians of every time and place who lived faithfully and shared their faith with others.

New Hope Cemetery is the final resting place for many of our saints. There are over 400 interments on the property. The cemetery is included in findagrave.com where interments are detailed, along with links and photographs, where applicable. The orginal church building was located just east of the cemetery. The cemetery is owned and maintained by the church and has recently been adorned with an entrance marker. The lettering has now been painted to enhance visibility.

The Scales Fell From His Eyes

Kevin preached a wonderful sermon on Sunday about Jesus healing the blind beggar, Bartimaeus. He reminded us that many have a blindness that is not physical. A blindness of the truth that Jesus brings, that we must open our eyes to see.

On the road to Damascus, Paul experienced physical blindness inflicted by the Lord. Then the scales fell from his eyes, and he saw that Jesus was what his followers declared him to be. That led to a drastic reversal of his life orientation. Understanding the meaning of what he had seen took him several days and during that entire time he was physically blind. There would probably be no Christian church today apart from the conclusions to which Paul came during those days. God could have used other means to get Paul's attention, but perhaps none so effective as going from blindness to sight, from darkness to light.

Church Calendar

•  Sunday, November 4. Bible and Biscuits. 10:45 Fellowship Hall. Come and enjoy fellowship before the service. This is a new activity on first Sundays now being enjoyed by members and friends.

•  Sunday, November 4. All Saints Day. Worship serivce 11:15 a.m.

•  Thursdays. Bible Study 6 p.m. Current study is Paul's Letter to the Ephesians.