I trust everyone had a good Easter. It was such a joy to worship with many of you on Good Friday, and then to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday!
The Good Friday worship service was one that I will not soon forget. The hour was filled with readings from Scripture and some wonderful dramatic presentations from David Taylor (Simon of Cyrene), Scot Whitaker (John the Disciple), and Miranda Tamaskas (Mary Magdalene). We were then able to sing worship songs that best reflected the work of Jesus on the cross. It was a powerful time.
We were also blessed to baptize three people during the service. My daily prayer over New Hope Community Church has been that we would become a church that sees more people come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, and as a result, would see more people baptized. Our mission is to Reach, Connect, Grow, and Go!
Preparing the Way for More Baptisms
In light of that, if we are praying for more salvations and baptisms to take place in the church, why not take a step of faith and have the baptismal ready to go? On the last Sunday of every month we are going to have the baptismal filled up and ready for whoever would like to be baptized. We’ll call it our ALL IN Sundays! Again, this is a step of faith so would you please join me in prayer that God would ignite a flame in the hearts of people to know Him. Also, that He would ignite a flame in each of our hearts to Reach out and share Christ with those in our circle of friends who don’t know Jesus.
The Break Between Groups
This past Sunday we began our 6-week break between Connect Groups. We do this to give everyone a time of rest, and to switch gears and look to what group they would like to join in our next offerings. In the meanwhile, we have a few special offerings that will be taking place.
During the Sunday Connect Hour (9:00 AM – 9:45 AM)
Sunday, April 8: Church Wide Breakfast
Sunday, April 15: New Hope Bible College India Testimony
Sunday, April 22: No Activities, Just 10:00 AM Worship Service
Sunday, April 29: Special Guest Speaker, All Adults in the Sanctuary
Sunday, May 6: No Connect Hour Activities, Just 10:00 AM Worship Service
Wednesday Nights During the Break (6:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
All Children and Student Meetings will continue each Wednesday night!
Wed, April 4: No Adult Activities, only Children and Students Meet
Wed, April 11: Special Presentation: Living Letters: The Book of Ephesians Brought to Life by Broadway Actor, Stephen Trafton. (Love Offering will be taken)
Wed, April 18: Pasta Dinner and Dessert Auction ($5.00 per person), Dessert Auction to support Children and Youth Summer Trips. (desserts prepared by students and their parents)
Wed, April 25: The Lift, a time of Worship and Study in the sanctuary.
Wed, May 2: The Lift, a time of Worship and Study in the sanctuary.
Wed, May 9: Church-Wide Grill Out and Fun Evening in the back field of New Hope.
New Connect Groups Begin on Sunday, May 13 (Mother’s Day). You can sign up for your next Connect Group on our website right now!
I know I just threw a lot of information at you, but we’ll be communicating this information more in the coming weeks.