Pastor Paul’s Ponderings – Kitchen Remodel Update!
Good Morning New Hope!
I know many of you are concerned and wondering if anything is ever going to get done with the kitchen. I understand your concern and frustration and apologize for the lenghty delay. I agreed to get someone to come give us an estimate. I shouldn’t have done so considering the health issues I was having. I then found out the person I knew would give us the best possile price was not available for almost two months. First thing I have learned is to never get involved in construction or remodeling projects at church. You didn’t call me to be your pastor to spend my time with those kinds of duties. I”ll be happy to give input on whether or not these kinds of projects will help us do ministry better, but I won’t be responsible for getting the work done or getting bids. So, please accept my apology.
The good news is that we now have a bid and it is a very good one. What any other contractor or professional remodeler would charge $15-20,000 for will have recieved a bid for just under $5000. This includes the purchase and installation of two stoves and vent hoods that will replace the current ovens and cook top. Reconfiguring the cabinets where the stoves will be installed, making use of the old cabinets as much as possible. Installig new countertops everywhere except the one between the kitchen and fellowship hall because that would require the removal of a lot of woodwork and significantly increase the cost. The new countertops will be a color and design that will go with the one that remains. Replacing the upper cabinet to the left of the sink that is bowed. And installing a new sink and faucet. The cabinets and walls will be painted by people at New Hope as well as putting new hardware on. Also, a new 50 gallon water heater will be installed to replace the 25 gallon heater we current have.
Several folks have said they would be making a contribution to the kitchen project. We are now ready to move forward and it would be very helpful to receive those contributions as soon as possible. You can make your gift on Sunday, just be sure you indicate it is for the kitchen. It would also help tremendously if you would contact our church treasurer, Karen Hayes, email@example.com or 615-812-9222, and let her know how much your gift will be. This will let us know how much if any we still need to cover the cost of this project.
Once this work is done the CPW will be having a Kitchen Shower to supply the kitchen again. So be watching for details about that. I am looking froward to how much better the kitchen will look and function when this is all complete. I know you are as well.
Grace and peace,
Good morning New Hope!
I’m a soccer fan. I have really enjoyed watching some of the World Cup games that have been played the past few weeks. I am amazed how these men can control the ball with their feet, chest, and head. The way they can make the ball curve and the accuracy they display in making shots into the upper corners of the goal is amazing. It takes tremendous skill to do what they do. While some of this skill comes naturally, to obtain the level of precision to compete at this level requires hours and hours of practice each week and a strong dedication to constantly learning and improving over many years. Performing at the level of they do requires ongoing physical conditioning, tremendous mental preparation, and a willingness to practice and play through pain at times. They don’t just show up the day of the soccer match and play the game.
Being a follower of Jesus calls for the same level of commitment. We can’t just show up on Sunday and expect to have the kind of spiritual maturity necessary for the journey of faith we have been called on. In order to successfully face the obstacles, temptations, and trials that come our way on this journey we need to be committed to continual leraning and growing in our relationship with God. Our salvation is not earned by the things we do to grow spiritually, this is a gift that comes only through faith in Jesus. But our ability to live according to the instructions given to us by Jesus is directly connected to our level of commitment to continue to learn and grow. Individual growth as a Christian and growth as a church are connected. If we are satisfied with “showing up” on Sunday for worship, we are not at the level of spiritual maturity necessary for growth. What we demonstrate in our own level of commitment will directly affect our ability to attract others to join us. Before we can expect to grow in numbers, we must first be committed to growing individually in our relationship with Jesus. Are you doing anything other than coming to church on Sunday (and this only occassionally)? Are you reading your Bible daily? Are you participating in any kind of Bible Study? Are you actively involved in a ministry on a regular basis? Are you praying for God’s will or just requesting God to answer your requests? Do you really care that there are people in our community that are lost and headed to hell? Do you look at what others should be doing to further the ministry of the Kingdom or are you looking for what you can do? How each of us answer these questions will speak loudly and clearly to our level of commitment to growing spiritually and thus growing as a church.
We can add projectors and screens, make improvements to our facilities, create beautiful displays in our Welcome Area, change our music, schedule special events, and market ourselves in the media and on social media, but if we are not committed to growing spiritually and committed to taking active part in ministry outside of Sunday morning worship WE WILL NOT GROW! Jesus came to earth to draw people to God. Jesus showed us what God desired by living it. Jesus taught us how to have a vibrant and strong relationship with God. He was God in the flesh revealing God’s desire for us. But Jesus did muuch more than just show up on Saturday in the syagogue. Jesus left the perfection of heaven to come to earth. Jesus lived on earth as one of us, experiencing joy and sorrow, acceptance and rejection, love and hate, wholeness and pain, nearness to God and separatoin from God. Then Jesus took commitment to the ultimate level and gave his life for us. We have life because he accepted death. We have salvation because he took our punishment as his own. This kind of love and sacrifice is worthy of much more than an hour or so of our time on Sunday morning!
What will you do to grow stronger in your walk with God? What will you give to demonstrate your great joy of receiving salvation? What are you willing to sacrifice so that you can do more for God’s Kingdom?
Please be giving prayerful, careful, thoughtful consideration to these questions. In the coming weeks there will be opportunities presented in which you can take a more active role in the ministry of the part of God’s Kingdom we call New Hope. For now, will you make a commitment to something other than Sunday morning worship? Sunday School is at 9:00 a.m every Sunday. Bible Study is at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Women’s Ministry meets the first Sunday of the month at 5:00 p.m. Men’s Ministry meets the first Saturday of every month at 8:00 a.m. Any of these would be a good place to start.
As we prepare to come together tomorrow at New Hope I ask everyone to think about two things. One, are you (am I) coming to worship truly seeking to CELEBRATE what God has done for me? Two, who can you (I) invite that is not currently attending church to come and join the CELEBRATION?
I look forward to CELEBRATING with you tomorrow?
Grace and peace,
P.S. Some Other Stuff
Hello again New Hope!
Please continue to pray for Mary Jo Haynes. She has been moved to Lebanon Health and Rehabilitation Center at 731 Castle Heights Court. She will continue her recovery there. Pray for her as well as for those caring for her.
Don’t forget we are collecting food for the Wilson County Community Help Center each week. Here is the list of items that they request we provide.
1. Cereal (most critical, doesn’t matter what kind)
2. Canned fruit, fruit cocktail
3. Soups (canned, any)
4. Pork & Beans (and Beanie Wienies)
5. Canned Meats (except tuna, which Publix provides)
Wish List – Dry Pasta, Canned or bottled sauces, rice, Hamburger Helper
Most needed items right now are: Cereal, canned fruit, and pork and beans.
The Second Annual Ice Cream Social and Gospel Singing is Sunday, July 15. We need people to bring ice cream (preferrably home made, but store bought is ok). You can also bring ice cream toppings, cookies, brownies, etc. A sign up will be available Sunday. Please invite your friends, family, neighbors, work associates and anybody else you know to join us. Especially think about those you know who are not in church anywhere and invite them. Ice Cream at 5:00 p.m. and Mercy Road in concert at 6:00 p.m.
Grace and peace,