December 13, 2012 Newsletter
New Beginnings at New Hope
VOLUME 1, ISSUE 3

Preparation

The second Sunday of Advent is about Preparation. John the Baptist is preparing the way for the Lord by calling on sinners to repent.

New Hope is also entering into a period of preparation. We are seeking to rebuild our church family and to restore our status as a vital part of the community. We have entered into a period of prayer, listening and discussion on how God will lead us in the journey. We know that we must be patient but we also know that God will issue a call to action at some point.

Nehemiah faced a challenge in rebuilding the walls and gates of Jerusalem. Perhaps we can learn from his experience.
Last Meeting

A meeting was held on Wednesday, December 12, with four members in attendance. Discussions on the following matters took place:
  • moving cemetery ownership and operation to a separate corporation. Preliminary discussions with an attorney are underway.
  • the possibility of paying full apportionment assessment to the conference.
  • posting weekly collection and attendance numbers on the board in the church.
  • publish monthly collections and financial condition in the newsletter.
  • mail church bulletin to members.
  • mail Upper Room to members.
  • updates on contacts with various members.
  • need for a comprehensive review for maintenance and upgrades of church and rec hall facilities.
  • Special music possibilities for piano and organ.

Community. There was considerable discussion on addressing needs in the community. Note that there is currently a Coat Drive and Food Drive being conducted by the Town of Rowesville. Donations may be delivered to the Community Center. There is also a reception being hosted by town officials next Tuesday, December 18, at 7 p.m.

The meeting adjourned at 4:30.



Nehemiah

The Bible is a source of wisdom, comfort and inspiration and also a mystery in many ways. How did Nehemiah, a cup bearer for the king of Persia (modern day Iran), find his way into the pages of the Old Testament? Nehemiah learned from his countrymen that the walls in the Jerusalem had been torn down. City walls were important in those days and although Nehemiah had probably never been to Jerusalem, he was terribly distressed and felt a calling to respond. What he did and more importantly how he went about it has become a standard not just for Christians in rebuilding churches but for management and business as well. No less than seven leadership principles have been identified in Nehemiah and are being taught today. Leaders (1) have a clear vision of Godís purpose and plan (Neh 2:11-12a),(2) have genuine love for their people (Neh. 5:7), (3) organize and delegate (Neh 2:6-8; 3:3), (4) know how to motivate in a Godly manner (Neh. 2:17-18), (5) are determined to persevere (Neh. 4:1-10), (6) discover ways to resolve conflict (Neh. 5:1-8) and (7) have God-given convictions and commitments that they will not compromise no matter what (Neh. 13:8-24).
Lessons from Nehemiah

Like New Hope, Nehemiah's quest began with prayer and deliberation. God was with him in every step of this remarkable journey. But it didn't happen overnight. He waited four months to gain audience with the king in which time he prayed daily for God to give him the right words to say. For the journey to Jerusalem, he needed letters from the king and a military escort, all of which he had planned for. When he arrived he needed help of all manner and description. It came together through prayer and guidance from God and he was able to anticipate and prepare for his needs.

Nehemiah teaches us that rebuilding a life, a relationship or a church takes prayer, patience and preparation. But it also takes action.



Mailings

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Upcoming Meetings

PPRC Meeting: Sunday, December 16 4:30 p.m., at the church

New Beginnings: Thursday, December 20, 2 p.m., at church recreation hall.

Jim Adair Follow Up: Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 2 p.m. at the church.
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. -- C. S. Lewis