eNews - April 16, 2021

Happy Friday Friends!

We're going strong with many marvelous opportunities this Spring as we head towards Summer! There are ways to serve, prayer experiences and even a new worship opportunity! Be sure to scroll down for all the details so you won't miss a thing!

WE NEED YOU! The most FUN week of the year is coming soon and we need our fabulous volunteers to make it a success! From leading groups of kids to helping with snacks, from decorating to room prep, there's something for EVERYONE and we'd love to have your help in making this an out of this world experience for hundreds of children this year! CLICK HERE to find out more and be sure to scroll down the web page to sign up as a volunteer!

New Hope has a wonderful ministry in our Prayer Partner Network. This group prays for our New Hope children and families on an ongoing, regular basis. Families are assigned a prayer partner and that partner has the exciting opportunity to watch the children in a particular family grow up and pray for them throughout the various stages of life.

We believe God is faithful and hears the prayers of His people.  We trust that prayer on behalf of our children here at New Hope is valuable and effective in raising future generations to know and love the Lord.  If you would like to learn more about how you can bless our children’s lives and be personally rewarded by a few minutes of prayer time, done at your convenience, please contact Cheri Karkalits or Diane Lake. We currently have more families than prayer partners so we'd love to have some additional partners join us. There are no meetings or events a partner needs to attend and this can be an effective, lovely way to serve from anywhere in the world, including your home!

Our prayer gathering for April is tomorrow, the 17th, from 10am-11:30am. This is a valuable, meaningful time to intentionally seek the Lord and all are invited.

Make plans to join us for our FIRST EVER Night of Worship on Sunday, April 25 from 6pm-8pm. Night of Worship is an event that sets aside time dedicated specifically to worship through contemporary music, a time to corporately gather together and have an extended time of singing, prayer, and praise. 

Sometimes, you just have to spend intentional, focused time worshiping and praying to refocus your mind and heart on the things that really matter, to gain a clearer perspective, or to hear a word from God. Proverbs 8:17 says "...those who diligently seek me will find me. " 

Our contemporary worship band will lead this night and all are welcome to attend. Childcare is available for infants-PreK.

Our last 8am worship service for this season will be on Sunday, April 25. We'll continue with our two Sunday services online and in person at 9:30am and 11am.

Your Pastor Search Committee is continuing to prayerfully follow the  EPC Process of Pastoral Search and Call, and we are making good progress. In our meetings we always pray for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide our discussions. We believe that individual, group and congregational prayers are essential and we ask that you all continue to lift us up in prayer as we seek to know God's will.

Respectfully Submitted,
The Search Team



Day 1 Scripture Reading: Revelation 2:1-7
Prayer Prompts: Pray for the church to return to her first love, Jesus Christ. Pray for the search committee and church to hear the Spirit clearly throughout the pastor search process.

Day 2 Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:24-26
Prayer Prompts: Pray for the search committee to discern if potential pastoral candidates possess the biblical qualities of a servant of the Lord. Pray for the church to affirm these qualities in their future pastor.

Day 3 Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:10-12
Prayer Prompts: Pray for each member of the search committee to stay close to the Lord through hearts that are continually cleansed by Him. Pray for your next pastor to keep a clean heart before the Lord.

Day 4 Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:1-6
Prayer Prompts: Pray for unity and peace in the church while searching for a pastor. Pray for a strong sense of unity among the search committee as they review and discuss potential pastoral candidates.

Day 5 Scripture Reading: John 15:16-17
Prayer Prompts: Pray for a season of fruitful ministry as the church prepares for her next pastor. Pray for the search committee to be blessed with answered prayers.

Day 6 Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23
Prayer Prompts: Pray for your future pastor to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of Christ. Pray for the church to look to Christ as the Head of the body.

Day 7 Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:20-21
Prayer Prompts: Pray the power of Christ would be known in and through the church and that all glory would be given to Him throughout the pastor search process.

The Seder that was held on March 24 was a HUGE success! Tremendous thanks to the New Community Sunday School class for all their hard work and vision in making this event happen. With a sold out crowd, amazing volunteers, and lots of prayer, this was an impactful night for all! From the teens who served and waited tables to the folks who worked for days in the kitchen to the educational, engaging teaching with our special speaker, the Seder was a time of celebration and joy as we prepared to enter Holy Week. You can see more photos of the Seder as well as other New Hope recent events each Wednesday night and Sunday morning on our new monitor in the Education Building.

We urge you to stay spiritually connected with your church family and join us for weekly Sunday worship on campus at 8am, 9:30am and 11am or online, as well as checking out the videos from our staff and pastors on the Experience New Hope channel. We’re continuing to pray and if you have concerns about our plans to meet in person or have a prayer need, please do not hesitate to reach out to Pastor Mike at mike@newhopefortmyers.org or 813.368.1680.

With Love,
Your New Hope Team