Sunday, December 10, 10:00 am Second Sunday of Advent Scripture – Mark 1:1-8 Message – “Beginning” The ministry of John the Baptist, with which Mark’s gospel begins, was also characterized by a call to purification in light of the coming end. The baptism of John marked a decision to turn away from sin (repentance) and the washing away of past sins (forgiveness). But, John warns, this is only the beginning. Another baptism and another baptizer is coming, a baptism in the Holy Spirit offered by “one mightier than he.” (verses 7-8). Our own decisions to repent can only do so much to free us from sin’s power. Only the Holy Spirit can set us free, indeed. Today’s call is to get ready. Again, we do so with solemn joy. Everyone is invited to join us back at church at 4:00 for Christmas caroling. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday at...
Christmas caroling is a holiday tradition at New Hope. We invite everyone (whether you can sing a note or not) to join us Sunday evening, December 10 at 4:00. Please meet at the church and be ready to leave by 4:15. The church van will be available and we will take extra cars if needed. Stops will include several homes of members and shut-ins and a group-home and nursing home. We will be delivering fruit baskets and other goodies to those we visit. Our plan is to try to get back to the church around 6:30. Don’t miss the blessing of caroling. If you have never gone with us before, come give it a try this year!
The next regular meeting of the New Hope Men’s Ministry is Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:00 in the church kitchen. There will be a devotional with a lite breakfast (sausage/ham biscuits, donuts and such), time for prayer, and as always friendly and casual conversation in a relaxed atmosphere. All men in the church and in the community are invited to join us for faith, food and fellowship!
Happy Friday New Hope! Wow! That is my response to how you served our community at the Community Thanksgiving Celebration. I am still receiving compliments on how New Hope made everyone feel welcome, the delicious meal that was provided, and the wonderful worship service that we all experienced.
REMINDER: We are on hiatus Wednesday evenings through December due to the busy holiday season, but will resume our dinners and Bible study in January, 2018. The choir, however, is continuing to meet on Wednesday evenings through the end of the year at 6:30 (Except for 11/22, since it is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and there are no activities).
The cold days of fall and winter will soon be here and with them come New Hope’s Compassionate Hands Homeless ministry. For 2017/2018, the CPW is doing a “Warmth for Winter” program that will help us to begin collecting items that the men we host in the Compassionate Hands ministry will need.