Pastor Mark’s Musings

Dear New Hope Family,

     We are eight months into our “pandemic lifestyle”, wow, how time flies!  That my friends is hardly the case.  This has, and is, a rough journey and it will continue to be a struggle for some time to come.

     As Christians, we are no strangers to struggle and yet this one is a bit different, it hits at the health of those whom we love.  Yet, at the same time the church must move forward at the best of its ability-being cautious, safe, understanding, and as Wesley reminds us to “do no harm”.  Over the past several weeks, the staff, some select individuals, the Church Council and the worship committee, along with myself, feel that it is time to re-start “In-Person” worship in the Fellowship Center.  Our first Sunday of “in-person” worship will be Sunday, November 29th at 11:00am.  On-line worship will continue just as it has for anyone who does not wish to join us in person, is compromised, feels sick, or has been exposed to someone with COVID.

     Starting on the 29th the following measures will be in place: reservations will be required if you plan to attend (more about that later in the letter), temperatures will be checked at the door, masks must be worn, social distancing seating will be set-up, there will be no congregational singing or bulletins; but we will be together, those who feel safe to return.

     The capacity in our Fellowship Center, per CDC and NC State guidelines is 100 people.  We will set our reservation cap at 80 people to allow for visitors.

     We have set up a dedicated reservation line # 336-462-8621 to be used ONLY for worship reservations.  When you call this number, you will leave your name and how many in your family will be attending.  We will set chairs accordingly and ushers will seat you in your assigned seats upon arrival on Sunday morning.

     We will only have worship in December.  We will evaluate in late December the possibility of starting Sunday School and Youth beginning sometime in January.

      Please, please, be patient with us as we navigate this process!  It did not happen overnight, and it will not be flawless overnight.  Remember, God is always moving in our midst, let us be observant as we move forward.

In the Name of Jesus Christ,

Pastor Mark

Kimberly Logan’s prayer:

Coming Events

Sunday Live Worship Time Change to 11 am

We will have Online & In-Person Worship November 29 

 

Reservation Line for In-Person Worship

We have set up a dedicated reservation line # 336-462-8621 to be used ONLY for worship reservations.  When you call this number, you will leave your name and how many in your family will be attending.  We will set chairs accordingly and ushers will seat you in your assigned seats upon arrival on Sunday morning.

 

Hi! I’m Mari Ed,
your new Director of Youth Ministries.
Click on the picture to learn more!

 


By Zoom

Thursday, November 19, December 3, 10 & 17 – 7:00 pm
Click on the link above to join the study

 

Vespers will Resume
Wednesday, January 6 – 7:00 pm

Join us for a short service of prayer and witness with a chance to gather in the fellowship hall in a safe social distance together. 
Please wear a face mask.

 

We need the following items:
Green beans, corn, sweet peas, carrots, mixed vegetables, canned tomatoes, canned pasta, pork & beans, tuna, canned chicken, any kind of beans, dry spaghetti and all kinds of pasta, spaghetti sauce, spam, mac & cheese, ramen noodles, cereal, and jiffy corn bread mix.  

 

Drive-thru Meal
Thursday, December 3 – 5 pm

 

December 24 – 5 pm

To join the Christmas Eve Service with Zoom, click on the icon above.
To call by phone, dial 1 (312) 626-6799   
The Webinar ID # 883 1867 2897
The Password is 479609

 

Worship and Meeting Notification

As The New Hope Congregation, we continue to keep the Coronavirus Pandemic in the forefront of our prayers.  As a global church, the safety and health of people around the world is imminently in front of us and in our prayers. As Christians, we step forward to lead in serving God and one another through safe means of worship and gatherings while keeping in mind the words of John Wesley, “do no harm”.

Here at New Hope UMC, we will attempt to start “indoor worship” again this coming Sunday, November 29, at 11 am in the Fellowship Center.  In order to best keep everyone safe, you must call and make a reservation for your family.  Please call (336) 462-8621.  Our capacity for worship will be 80 people.  IF IN-PERSON WORSHIP IS TO BE CANCELLED DUE TO COVID NUMBERS, AN ANNOUNCEMENT WILL GO OUT BY “ONE CALL” AT 7 PM ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

If you do not feel comfortable coming to worship, we certainly understand.  We will continue to live stream on Zoom.  Those links can be found here on the website.

 

Tithes and Offerings
 
You are invited to mail your tithes and offerings to the address below:
 

New Hope United Methodist Church
PO Box 110
Bethania, NC 27010

 

We will worship live on Sundays at 11:00am 

For use beginning November 29:
To call by phone, dial 1 (312) 626-6799   
The Webinar ID # 884 9093 2859
The Password is 746458

Mobile users may need to install the “ZOOM Cloud Meetings” App from App store or Google Play Store

 

 

 

Christian Living Class via Zoom
Sunday at 8:45 am – Mayberry Bible Study
Meeting ID: 750 2636 9024
Passcode: classy

 
 
 
Youth Sunday School via Zoom
Sunday at 9:25 am – The Story Bible Study
Meeting ID: 718 5330 0537
Passcode: classy
 
 
 

Drive-thru Meal
Thursday, January 7 – 5 pm