Pastor Mark’s Musings

Pastor Marks New Year Reflections 2021

     The pandemic and COVID-19 are still among us. We have been challenged to do church in a way none of us ever thought we would do. We have been challenged to interact with people; your pastor and your congregation namely, but life still continues on for us that are reading this letter.

Here, at the beginning of a new year, 2021, I call your attention to starting with the utmost desire to fulfill your Christian commitment.  In John Wesley’s Covenant Service the first two lines require our concentration in getting out of the starting block for 2021, Commit yourselves to Christ as his servants. Give yourselves to him, that you may belong to him.   With these words we embark on yet another journey to remind ourselves and those around us that we are servants of the living Christ and what we do follows those deeds.

We have begun this journey already here at New Hope by praying for those around us who are in need, who are sick, poor, hungry, and disenfranchised.  We will continue with these prayers but also with action.  Your 2021 Church Council will be meeting on January 16th to begin to map out the strategy, objectives, and goals as we examine the nuisance of the pandemic but also look at the positive areas that we can continue to be the Church.  We will spend three hours planning, goal setting, and implementing what God leads us to do as a church in the new and uncertain times.  We will evaluate where we have been and where we see God leading us.  As part of the connectional church, I want to encourage you to speak to your leadership for 2021 if God is speaking to you about an area of ministry we might engage in, ways to enhance the ones we are already engaged in, and what God has on your heart.  Your Church Council is not here just for themselves and their ideas, but to help facilitate what “you” as the church need to be.  So, please reach out to your leadership, to me as your pastor and pick our brains before January 16.

As we embark on 2021, I ask for your prayers as your pastoral leader.  This is not just a two way street between God and me, but an inclusion of all of God’s people and how we interact together.  Undoubtedly, 2021 will present many challenges so it will take all of us to address those challenges.  Therefore, it is exciting to be in ministry with all of you as we begin 2021 together and Commit ourselves to Christ as his servants

Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Mark

Coming Events

Sunday Live Worship Time Change to 11 am

We will have Online Worship Only
January 24 – 11 am
due to Current Covid Conditions


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.


Drive-thru Meal
Thursday, February 4 – 5 pm


Wednesday Vespers on Hold
Due to Covid Restrictions

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.  


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 

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, March 4 – 5 pm