Pastor Mark’s Musings

Dear New Hope Family of God,

The Sun is shining, the weather is beginning to cool and life is good! At least from the perspective of a midwest boy who loves the fall and truly loves the winter! Just because I love it, doesn’t mean that I wish it upon those around me who despise the snow, the ice, the or cold temperatures, for surely someday they will learn.

But with the newness of fall, the colorful leaves, and eventually the bare branches comes the joyful thought that maybe, just maybe 2020 will come to an end. Yet even with that type of certainty we don’t have any idea what 2021 will bring our way. But as people of faith, we will remain strong in all that we say, in all that we do, and all that we don’t do. We hope and pray we don’t see another virus, we will strive to do what Wesley reminded us, “do no harm”, and seek the light of Jesus in everything we do. We have our work “cut out for us”. But I believe here at New Hope we have the vision to do great things in the remainder of 2020 and 2021.

Over the next several months, the Church Council will be examining some long-term goals for New Hope with some exciting projects at the helm and I will be featuring some of them beginning in late December. One of the steps we have taken in 2020, is to hire Mari Ed Vickers as our Director of Youth Ministries. Besides being my wonderful wife, Mari Ed is trained in Psychology and Human resources from Elon University, she holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling from NC A & T University, and is Certified in Christian Education and Youth Ministry from Pfeiffer University. She joins us after 6 years of experience in youth ministry in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference. Mari Ed will be posting a video here on the website in the next few days introducing herself and some of the vision she has for the youth at New Hope.

Communication is critical in these days of “distance worship” and “distance gathering” so please read through the website for upcoming events and happenings this fall and winter.

Let us continue to support one another in our prayers as we move through this time of transition and quickly approach the end of what has been a year like no other.

In the mercy of Jesus I bid you a great day and week!

Pastor Mark

In the Name of Jesus Christ,

Pastor Mark

Kimberly Logan’s prayer:

Coming Events

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


Each Thursday – 10:00-11:30 am  – or –  7:00-8:30 pm
We will be studying the book of Romans.


Vespers On the Lawn
Each Wednesday – 6:30-7:00 pm

Bring your own lawn chair and join us for a short service of prayer and witness with a chance to gather outside on the front lawn in a safe social distance together. 
Please wear a face mask.


Drive-thru Chicken Stew & Treat Night
Saturday, October 31 at 5 pm


Food Pantry
Collection Dates
Saturday, October 24 – 8-10 am
Please bring your donations to the side kitchen door.
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.  


Candy Needed
for Treat Night
We need donations of candy for our Drive-thru Chicken Stew and Treat Night on October 31. 
You may drop off your candy in the church office during office hours or bring it to the Food Pantry Collection dates listed above.


District Laity Award Service
Click below to view on YouTube



Drive-thru Covid Testing – Saturday, October 31 – 9 am-12 noon

Testing is open to everyone in the community including those with or without symptoms.  If someone has insurance, the insurance company will be billed but there is no copay.  The federal government is billed for the uninsured.  There is no out of pocket cost to anyone tested.  



Drive-thru Meal
Thursday, November 5 – 6 pm


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 society, the safety and health of people around the globe is imminently upon us. As Christians, we step forward to lead in serving God and one another through safe means of worship and gatherings.

At New Hope UMC, we will worship via videos and live streaming on this website on Sunday mornings at 10 am.

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 10:00am 

To call by phone, dial 1 (312) 626-6799   
The Webinar ID # 865-7577-5371
The Password is 194022

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 – The Names of God 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, December 3 – 6 pm