Pastor Paul’s Ponderings

Happy Thursday New Hope!

As followers of Jesus we are called to “do ministry”.  Our commitment to the one who died for our sins is so much more than attending a worship service occassionally or even every week.  We are to feed the hungry, clothe those who need clothing, care for those who are sick, provide shelter to those who have no shelter, and in every way we can pass the love of God we have received on to as many as we can in as many ways as we can.  Here are a few ways that you can be a part of passing on God’s love.

The Wilson County Community Help Center is in need of volunteers all day tomorrow to help reset their food pantry.  On very short notice the pantry had to be cleared out so that the floor could be redone.  That process is complete and everything needs to be put back in place.  The center will be closed tomorrow so that we may accomplish that.  If you can donate a few hours or maybe even all day, just show up at the center and your help will be tremedously appreciated.  We can help anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

You still have an opportunity to help fund the education of a Herncy Polica, a young man in one of our churches in Haiti who is desiring to fulfill his call to become a minister.  We are getting things arranged so that he may begin attending classes in November.  If you would like to help please let me know by this Sunday.

Our annual Fall Fest is coming up on October 29.  This is an opportunity to invite the community to come enjoy an evening of fun, food, and fellowship.  We will have a jump house for the kids, many games for both children and adults, a chili/hot dog supper, a children’s costume contest and trunk or treat.  Several of you have already volunteered to help in some way with this community ministry.  We need several more.  Set-up will begin immediatley after worship.  The acitivities will be 5-8 pm.  We still need people to set-up, decorate their vehicles for trunk or treat, assist with the games, work in the kitchen, and help clean up.  One of the keys to church growth is connecting with your community.  Our Fall Fest is one of the major events in which we do that.  Please be sure to sign up this Sunday to help in some way.

Another ministry need is people who will be part of our visitor follow-up ministry.  We are putting together a process of making those who visit New Hope feel even more welcome here.  A ‘Welcome Basket” including information about New Hope as well as a gift will be delivered to new visitors who provide us their contact information.  We need 2 or 3 people who will put these baskets together and then 4 or 5 people who will volunteer to deliver them.  If you have an interest in this ministry, please see me or call me right away.

As we anticipate growth we also need to anticipate the ministries needed to be prepared for that growth.  Teachers and leaders for chidlren and youth ministries are vital.  Individuals who would be willing to be prepared to lead new Sunday School classes or small groups as the need arises is also important.  Some volunteers to be at our Welcome Booth on Sunday mornings and additional people to serve as greeters and ushers.  The time to start thinking about these things is in advance.

Please be praying about where God is calling you to serve.  If you have qusestions be sure to ask me or one of the elders.  We can either be satisfied with how things are and experience the death of the ministry of New Hope or we can be committed to what Jesus has called us to do with everyone finding the place where they can “do ministry” and see the growth God desires for us.  My prayer is that we will never be content with where we are but will always be striving to be better servants for Jesus!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Paul