eNews - September 3, 2021

Happy Friday, Church Family!

Wednesday Family Nights begin on September 8 and we couldn't be more excited! With programming for children in preschool, elementary, middle and high school, as well as dynamic classes for moms, dads, and adults in any season of life, our campus will be bustling with laughter and learning as we come together for some midweek encouragement! 

You can find out more information by clicking here. Our Fall semester will run from September 8 through November 17 each week at 6:30pm.

Ladies, make plans to join us for one of our wonderful women's groups! There are groups that meet during the daytime as well as evenings and we want YOU to participate! Whether you prefer book studies, discussion based groups, video teachings or focusing on topical questions, we've got a place for YOU! Click here to discover all the options, times, and gathering spots.

Whether you've been attending New Hope for a long or short while, we want to invite you to our next Connections Class! This is an opportunity for you to learn more about what we believe, our mission and values, your unique role in our church, and much more! This six week class is designed to be relational and also gives you a chance to meet our staff, Pastor Mike, and others in our church family. This is part of our membership process, but joining the church is not a requirement at the conclusion of the class. Registration not required. Please contact Michelle Myers for more information.

The Session is pleased to announce the engagement of Dr. Ben Borsay to fill the position of part time Transitional Pastor at New Hope! The decision to hire a part time, transitional pastor was recommended by our denomination, the EPC, and agreed upon by the New Hope Session.
Please read the following to better understand the important work that Ben will be doing with us.

Q: What is a Transitional Pastor and what role will he have at New Hope?
A: Transitional Pastors are specifically trained and uniquely skilled. The Transitional Pastor role is temporary and acts as a support for a church experiencing significant change. Additionally, their vast experience in pastoring enables them to support the current pastoral staff with preaching, congregational care, and counseling.  Finally, they are skilled at preparing the church to form, at the appropriate time, a new pastoral search committee and support that effort in the process of pursuing of a new Lead Pastor.
Q:  Does the Presbytery have to “approve”, like they did for Pastor Mike?
A:  The EPC defines several pastoral roles that are different from the of Senior or Lead Pastor. Engaging an Associate Pastor uses a traditional Pastoral Nomination search committee (PNC) that presents a candidate that the congregation must then vote on to extend a call.  That call is then endorsed by the Presbytery. This is the process used to call Pastor Mike.  This is different from filling the role of Assistant Pastor. In this role an individual is hired directly by the Session to fulfill a specific role for the church.  The role of Transitional Pastor is one of an Assistant Pastor and is therefore vetted, interviewed, and directly hired by the Session. The Transitional Pastor’s role is to execute a process with a beginning and an end. This means that their time here will be finite. He will be here for as long as we need him in the defined role. The EPC rules state that a Transitional Pastor is ineligible to be selected as the Lead Pastor.
Q: What will this look like at New Hope?
A: The Transitional Pastor will work about 25 hours each week and preach a minimum of one Sunday each month. He is part of our staff and will have an office at the church. He will be a part of our hospital visitations, meet and engage with our members and regular attenders and support our church with his expertise and heart for people. He has been specially trained to help a church define and execute identifying exactly they’re looking for in a new Lead Pastor. While he is not a member of the next Pastoral Nominating Committee, he will function as a resource and coach to the committee.

Q:  So, who is Dr. Ben Borsay?
A: Ben is the Founding Pastor of Gateway Community Church in Findlay, Ohio, an EPC congregation. Ben led the church as they left their previous denomination and became an EPC congregation in 2002. He remained with Gateway until he retired from the full time pastorate in May 2019.  Ben has been married to his wife, Kathy, for 44 years, is the father of 3, grandfather of 9 and honored to be offered the position of Transitional Pastor at New Hope. We’ll be sharing more details about Ben in upcoming editions of the E-News so be sure to check in each week!

Q: When is Ben arriving?
A: Ben will be here to preach on Sunday, September 19, and will officially begin his tenure with us on Sunday, October 31.
Q:  What is Pastor Mike’s reaction to all of this?
A:  Mike is thrilled!  He is so grateful to work with Ben who he sees as a wonderful resource to support New Hope as it continues strengthen itself in pursuit of our mission
If you have additional questions about the role of Transitional Pastor, please feel free to speak with any of our Elders or Pastor Mike. New Hope is moving forward in ministry and continuing to impact God’s Kingdom What an exciting time to be a part of our church!

We have a wonderful new way for you to connect with us! The QR code you see pictured above is your simple way to sign the friendship pad each week, register for upcoming events, find out more about Connect Groups or online giving and more! You'll see this QR code on the seat backs in the sanctuary as well as around our lobby. If you're worshipping from home, it will appear on your screen so you can connect wherever you are! You can even try it now (if you're not using your phone to read the eNews) to familiarize yourself. Having trouble? Please see one of our Hospitality Team members throughout the lobby on Sundays or stop by the office during the week, we'd be more than happy to help!

  • Are you someone interested in impacting a person's life in a meaningful way?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to serve God by extending compassion and empathy to others?
  • Would you like to be part of caring and supporting someone with the love of Christ through a challenging season of life?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, please make plans to join us for an informational meeting about our Stephen Ministry program. On Monday, September 13 at 7pm, delicious desserts will be served and you can learn more about what it means to care for one another with the Stephen Ministry program. If you have any questions, please reach out to Meg LaRue at 239.826.2508.

Watch this month's Bible Plan Update from Pastor Mike!

The Student Ministry Search Team has been quite diligent over the Summer and continue to interview and prayerfully search for our next Director. However, it is evident that a candidate will not be in place in time for an effective Fall program schedule. In light of that, Jackie Elliot has been reassigned to serve as Interim Director of Student Ministry. She has been in this role over the Summer and is uniquely gifted, positioned, and passionate to have great impact in this role.  Dena Campbell is also stepping up to serve as part time administrator as well as "Assistant Director" through this season. The youth council and volunteers are also coming alongside them with extra time and energy during this transitional period.   

Jackie’s duties in Family Ministries have been reassigned to Michelle Myers, who previously held that position, and her Connect Group role to Angel Dobson. This gives Jackie the ability to devote herself to this new, albeit temporary, position.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Pastor Mike. We're excited to see all the Lord has planned in our Student Ministry program this Fall and looking to our Wednesday night kickoff on September 8 at 6:30pm!

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

Generosity Updates:

Income through 07.31.21: $1,035,157
Expenses through 07.31.21: $1,045,431
Campus Mortgage Balance through 07.31.21: $66,678