eNews - July 17, 2020

When we are weak...



Hey Church Family!

We know the last four months have been difficult for everyone. God has been gracious to us and we’ve been able to continue ministry here at New Hope, fully funding our missionaries locally & abroad, mobilizing folks in practical ministry opportunities like our PB&J drives, homemade masks donations, blood drives and many more opportunities our people have been carrying out. For example, Candy Engelman has led a team of women who visited the juvenile jail with homemade cookies, prayer & Bible study with the young women each week in the pre-COVID days. Although the team cannot see the girls or fully enter the facility, Candy & the volunteers continue to visit the facility each week to drop off discipleship lessons and spend time praying for the girls.

Galatians 6:9 reminds us, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Candy Engelman

Let us not grow weary. We will reap. Don't give up.

Regardless of how you may feel, there is more in you. God has more to do through you and our church. When the world gets darker, our light shines brighter! Keep leading strong and reflect the love of Jesus to this lost and broken world. We are blessed to have each of you as part of our New Hope family!

Because we’ve been able to safely stay within the guidelines of having 112 people in the sanctuary at our in-person services, we've discontinued both Thursday services after July 16. Going forward, you’ll have two services each week to choose from – on Sundays, we’ll have a traditional service at 9am and a contemporary service at 11am. This is close to our regular schedule and we’ll be live-streaming the services for those who wish to continue worshipping at home!

If you enjoy the bi-monthly devotional The Upper Room, we’re excited to let you know that you can now have a digital copy for July and August by clicking here. This devotional is a great way to grow spiritually and gives you an opportunity to spend daily time in God’s word. Be sure to check it out!

Don Fosselman would also like to express his sincere thanks for all of the cards, notes and prayers received during Joann’s illness and passing. He wishes he could personally thank each person and is grateful for the outpouring of support from New Hope.

Session and staff have researched the best and safest ways we can begin to meet together and all the details can be found by clicking the SITUATION UPDATE button below. With respect to guidelines from the CDC, we are monitoring our local COVID-19 numbers and if changes to our re-opening plan are necessary, we’ll adjust. Updates will be posted on Facebook and our website should any of our plans change. Initially, we are only restarting on campus worship services with no separate programming for early childhood, elementary or student ministry. Families are encouraged to worship with their children in our sanctuary that has been set up with physical distancing protocols.


We urge you to stay spiritually connected with your church family and join us for weekly Sunday worship 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 a prayer need, please do not hesitate to reach out to Pastor Eddie (239.450.3331) or Pastor Mike (813.368.1680). Don’t forget to check out our safety measures and plans for gathering again on campus, along with the service time details by clicking the SITUATION UPDATE button below!

With Love,
Your New Hope Team