1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (NIV)
19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone,to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
I am excited to share news with you on a dream the Lord gave me several years ago. As many of you know, I love to use drama, comedy, creative writing, and music to bring God’s Word clearly into focus on Sunday mornings. I am a strong advocate of the creative arts, and even more, I believe God gives each us these gifts so they would be developed and used for His Glory!
When we closed the daycare a few years ago it was because there was an idea to bring a new community focused ministry to New Hope. What simply began as a vision has now been given a name, Create Hope Studios. This new ministry outreach will begin in the Fall, but we have already begun decorating so I wanted you to know about it now.
Create Hope Studios will partner with faith-based creative organizations to provide space for children and families to develop their creative gifts in the areas of music, dance, art, creative writing, and production. New Hope’s facility will be active Monday – Saturday with children and students who will see the church as a place where their God-given abilities are given room to grow. Even more, from time to time we will have groups participate in our worship services to show what they have created for God’s Kingdom. We will use the ministry as an outreach to encourage children and families who may not have a church home to get involved in the life of the church!
Our desire is to follow the teachings of Paul and become all things to all people so that by all possible means we may save some, and all for the sake of the gospel so we can share in its blessings. We are currently in the process of creating promotional items for Create Hope and have plans to be fully up and running by this Fall. If your children and/or their friends have an interest in music, dancing, writing, and art, New Hope will have new opportunities for them to participate in during the week. In the days and weeks to come we will be announcing the groups we will partner with to bring Create Hope Studios into reality.
Mission Statement: Create Hope Studios exists to bring forth the creative gifts in all of us by providing a comfortable, inspiring, hope-filled space for ‘creators to create’ in the areas of visual art, dramatic theater, dance, music, audio engineering, and video production.
A NEW ROOF ON THE SANCTUARY
There I was on the Saturday before Easter Sunday, standing on a ladder at the top of our sanctuary drop ceiling. David Young was helping me change out several ceiling tiles that had been drenched by the rain. Yes, our sanctuary roof was leaking again…bad.
So the decision was made to have the entire roof replaced. The Lord has blessed us and financially provided a way to do this by using the church’s Maintenance Reserve. There will be no leaks in the years ahead, Praise God! As I type this there are workers hammering away, tearing out the old and putting on the new shingles. Amen and Amen.
ALL-IN BAPTISM SUNDAY
This Sunday we will be filling the baptismal for all who would like to be baptized. All-In baptisms will take place at the end of the worship service. If you have recently confessed Jesus as your Savior, or if you have never been baptized, this is a wonderful opportunity to proclaim your belief in Jesus through water baptism. We even have the shorts and a t-shirt for you to wear. If you would like to be baptized this Sunday click here.
Get Excited New Hope!!!