December 3, 2012 Newsletter
New Beginnings at New Hope
Last Meeting

Four members met on Wednesday, November 28 on improving church attendance and participation. This was our second meeting following the decision to enter into a period of prayer, listening and discussion. Attending both meetings were Curtis Felkel, John Fairey, Glenn Simpson and Art Whetstone. Highlights of the meeting are as follows:
  • Bible school will be held at New Hope next year. It has been rotating between Bethel and Cattle Creek for the last five years with good attendance. It was felt that the New Hope session should be open to all regardless of church affliation.
  • A meeting of community church leaders will be pursued. Crosland Baptist and Central United Methodist are having problems as are we. It is in the best interests of all who serve the Lord to find ways to work together for the good of the community.
  • A special newsletter will be sent after each meeting updating activities and progress and to inspire others to join us. This is the second newsletter. The current mailing list will be updated and email will be used wherever possible.
  • A District Leadership Conference will be held in January at Claflin. Several plan to attend.
Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 12 at 2 p.m. at the home of Art Whetstone, 214 River Drive.

John Sherrill was traveling back roads America on assignment from Guideposts magazine when he stopped at a restaurant with a sign "All Foods Grown Locally". When John commented "That must take a lot of planning", the owner replied "No, I don't do a lot of planning. I listen. When I spend my time listening for guidance instead of planning, I'm more relaxed, have more fun, and in the end achieve more than I would otherwise."

God has a plan for us. "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". - Jeremiah 29:11. So how do we discover God's plan? "Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." - Jer. 29:12-13.

So we Pray, Listen and Seek. Then we can expect Joy and Peace. The Bible doesn't have much to say about having fun or about happiness. Those are emotions that can come and go. Joy, Peace and Contentment come from seeking God's will and finding His plan for you.

Jesus tells us to "Seek ye first the kingdom of God". Again seek is the action word here. Note that he did not say the kingdom would be handed to you. You may receive salvation through his amazing grace and even make it to heaven, but Jesus is talking about receiving the kingdom here on earth right now. Consider also the beatitude, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteouness". He did not bless the righteous or promise righteousness outright as he well could have. He tells us to hunger and thirst for it. Seek, Hunger, Thirst. God will make sure you find His kingdom on earth and with it Joy, Peace and Contentment.

Somewhere Out There

Somewhere out there is a five-year old boy who doesn't know that right now plans are beign made by a congregation he's never heard of to offer a neighborhood vacation Bible school that will change the direction of his life. The songs he will sing will stick in his mind, the stories of Jesus will enliven his imagination. The puppet show will make him laugh, the teacher will make him feel loved and welcomed, and the hospitality of those followers of Christ will so touch his mom and dad that they will take a small, unexpected step toward faith.

   - from Remember the Future, by Bishop Robert Schnase, 2012

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Members 18
Friends   4
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You have made known to me the path of life. You will give me joy in your presence and eternal pleasures at your right hand. -- Psalms 16:11