Pastor Mark’s Musings

April 7, 2021

Dear New Hope Family of God,

Well, spring is beginning, the daffodils have come, gone, and come back again and Eastertide has begun.  I use the word Eastertide simply because it is the best word to describe what happens during the 50 days following Easter Sunday.  It is literally fifty days of feasting and celebrating.  Easter, the high point of the Christian Year solidifies the fact that we should party for so long.  That we will do!

It only makes sense, 50 days following the 40 days of Lent.  Fasting will pass away and feasting will begin!  Why 50 days?  Well, after the resurrection Jesus spent forty days on earth before he ascended into heaven, then another ten days after that before the Day of Pentecost, thus 40 + 10 = 50.

During our upcoming fifty days, we will embark carefully on some of the journeys that we have already in place, and we will preach and worship on the element of “stewardship”, both of time, talent (gifts), and finances.  We will follow the Lectionary for the most part but as we wind down, ready for the summer to begin we will feast hardily on The Word of God.

Beginning on Wednesday, April 21st at 7:00pm we will resume our “in-person” Vespers service.  We will meet on the lawn in front of the church from 7:00-7:30pm for a time of prayer, reflection, and fellowship as we wind down the mid part of our week.  Then on Thursday, April 22nd at 7:00pm we will begin a six-week study using the book, Anxious For Nothing-Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado.  Both of these activities will run through May.  We will take a break during June and July, then begin a new study and a new prayer format in August.  I do hope you will join us for one or both of these weekly events as we continue to learn to love and be the church!

Just a reminder that we will continue with in-person worship as long as the county threat does not enter “Red” again.  I thank you all for being patient and safe during these early days of returning to God’s House.  I pray that this will continue and vaccines will continue to lessen the impact of this horrible virus.

So, during Eastertide, remember to celebrate largely for 50 days as we do “the work of Jesus”.  You have earned it through the love, suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

I look forward to seeing you at church if you feel comfortable and safe coming. If not, join us on ZOOM every Sunday at 11:00am.

May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you and bless you!

Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Mark

Coming Events

We will have
In-person & Online Worship 
Sunday, April 11 – 11 am
Reservations Required for In-person
Call Dedicated Line – 
336-462-8621
by Thursday, April 8 at 5 pm
(Leave message with name & number attending)

The following protocols will take place every Sunday:

          • Temperatures will be checked at the door.
          • Masks must be worn.  If you do not have one we will provide one for you.
          • Proper contact-tracing forms must be filled out every Sunday
          • No bulletins or congregational singing
          • Social Distancing will be required at all times

 

Wednesday Vespers – 7 pm
Will Resume Outside on April 21 (weather permitting)

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.

 

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Worship and Meeting Notification

WE WILL BE RESUMING IN-PERSON WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, APRIL 4TH AT 11:00AM

RESERVATIONS WILL BE REQUIRED!!!

Call the dedicated reservation line to leave your name and how many in your family will be attending.  This phone number is designated ONLY for RESERVATIONS: 336-462-8621.

We will be meeting in the Fellowship Center with 30% capacity as a maximum.  Social distanced seating by families will be set-up based on the reservations received. Ushers will seat you in assigned seats.

The following protocols will take place every Sunday:

  • Temperatures will be checked at the door.
  • Masks must be worn.  If you do not have one we will provide one for you.
  • Proper contact-tracing forms must be filled out every Sunday
  • No bulletins or congregational singing
  • Social Distancing will be required at all times

IF WE, AS A COUNTY GO BACK TO A RED STATUSIN-PERSON WORSHIP WILL BE CANCELLED.  A CALL AND EMAIL WILL BE SENT ON WEDNESDAY PRIOR TO SUNDAY. 

 
 
 
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 # 880 8778 4581
The Password is 552330

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 – He Chose the Nails – Max Lucado
Meeting ID: 750 2636 9024
Passcode: classy

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

Drive-thru Meal
Thursday, May 6 – 6 pm