eNews - April 30, 2021

Happy Friday Friends!


What a wonderful weekend we have ahead of us! Not only are we receiving communion this Sunday, May 2, but we're also welcoming our newest Confirmation Class into our church family! This dedicated group of 4th and 5th graders have been working hard since December of 2020 to learn, memorize and write a personal faith statement articulating their faith in Christ. The group shared their faith statements with Session last Tuesday evening and were accepted into church membership. 

The group will be presented at both services on Sunday and you can find out more about each of them by clicking here. Many thanks to Tabitha Dillehay and Debbie Norris for leading these wonderful students through the Bible and Confirmation over the last months. What a blessing to shepherd another generation and see their growing faith!


Here's our latest update for our Bible Reading Plan! You can jump in and join at anytime, the monthly readings are listed HERE and a monthly summary/preview is provided in the Enews. 


Are you or a group you're involved with looking for ways to serve and help our local or international mission partners? We're excited to tell you that our current opportunities are updated regularly and offered on our website. If you'll scroll to the bottom on the Enews each week, you'll see a blue, square button titled MISSIONS that you may click for the most up to date info. Take a peek right now by CLICKING HERE as we continue to live out the gospel together!


The first Thursday of the month is approaching, don't forget to drop off those PB&J sandwiches on May 6 by noon!


We welcomed seven new members to our church family in April and we'd love for you to take a moment to get to meet them! You can read more about each of them by clicking here and be sure to welcome them when you see them here on campus!!!!


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

PRAYER PLAN

 

Day 1 Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 33:3
Prayer Prompts: Pray that a burden for deep and urgent prayer permeates the church not only as you seek God's will for a pastor, but also as you seek God's vision for the church.

Day 2 Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:14-22
Prayer Prompts: Pray for the church to fight against lukewarm spirituality. Pray church members repent of a lukewarm spirituality and become filled with a zeal for Jesus and His Kingdom work.

Day 3 Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:1-2
Prayer Prompts: Pray for your future pastor and his family to be strengthened by the grace of Jesus Christ. Pray that your future pastor will be a faithful disciple maker.

Day 4 Scripture Reading: Acts 2:41-42
Prayer Prompts: Pray for the church to reflect the six elements of a healthy church both in the interim period and when the new pastor is called to serve(worship, discipleship, ministry, fellowship, evangelism and prayer).

Day 5 Scripture Reading: James 1: 5-8
Prayer Prompts: Pray for the search committee to seek God's wisdom as they review resumes and prepare to contact potential pastoral candidates. Pray for church leaders to seek God's wisdom in the interim period.

Day 6 Scripture Reading: Joshua 1:9
Prayer Prompts: Pray for each member of the search committee to have an overwhelming sense of God's presence and guidance as they work through the steps of the pastor search process.

Day 7 Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:15
Prayer Prompts: Pray for a pastor who is able to rightly divide the Word of God. Pray for the search committee as they listen to sermons of potential pastoral candidates.


Common Ground, our ministry for 6th-12th grade, meets every Wednesday night and spends time building relationships and learning more about Christ together! We're grateful for the many adult volunteers who make each week a success! If you're interested in helping with the youth, be sure to get in touch with our Asst. Dir. of Student Ministry, Zack Unkenholz!


HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNION

IF YOU ARE PART OF THE ONLINE NEW HOPE FAMILY.

1. Purchase grape juice or wine 
2. Purchase Bread or Baked Crackers
- Unleavened bread is the best expression of the "bread" element. Unleavened bread simply is bread baked without a rising agent (most large grocery stores stock unleavened bread), but you can select any bread of your choice. 
3. Be Ready at Home with Your Elements
- Pastor Mike will direct you along with those who are gathered at the church through properly receiving communion. All you need to do is follow along online individually, as a family or with your group.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES FOR PERSONAL USE
Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29


We urge you to stay spiritually connected with your church family and join us for weekly Sunday worship on campus at 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