eNews - October 30, 2020

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CHANGE THE WORLD!

Hey Church Family!

 

This weekend is full of Fall fun! Many families will celebrate Halloween on Saturday, our time change happens Saturday night {Don't forget to set those clocks back by an hour!} and we'll celebrate communion and All Saint's Day on Sunday, November 1. If you're not able to join us on campus for communion, you'll find instructions for participating at home further down in this message.

The holidays are right around the corner and we have a special way for you to support missions around the world! Operation Christmas Child is returning and it is a wonderful opportunity for all ages to continue the global Gospel mission. You can pick up your box at worship on Sunday or stop by anytime during the week. Then, fill your box with items a child might enjoy: a ball, doll, stuffed animal, markers, yo-yo, etc. Then add some practical items as well like a pair of socks, a bar of soap or a hairbrush and a pack of ponytails.

 

Bring your filled box back to New Hope by Sunday, 11/15

and we'll take it from there!

 

Don't want to shop in stores this year? You can CLICK HERE and select items for the boxes and OCC will pack your box for you! This is a wonderful way to safely participate in our annual Operation Christmas Child collection without leaving home. Simply follow the link and you'll be able to bless a child from across the world with a few clicks of your mouse.

Our next PB&J collection date is Thursday, 11/5. Please bring individually packaged sandwiches to the church by noon and we'll transport to We Care. Thanks for continuing to rally around this food distribution and feed the hungry right here in Fort Myers.

We need your help! Please take some time to prayerfully consider who you might nominate to fill the role of elder or deacon for our church. You can read more about these offices, what they entail and view the people presently serving right here. If you would like to nominate an individual for elder or deacon, please CLICK HERE to fill out the form. Because of C-19, we will not be distributing paper nomination forms this year so be sure to submit your candidates using the online form. The deadline for submitting nominees is Sunday, November 8. The slate of proposed elders and deacons will be presented in a congregational meeting on December 6 between the worship services.

THE BAKE SALE IS HAPPENING!!!!!

 

We know many things have changed this year but our innovative bake sale leaders have created an opportunity to continue the annual bake sale so we can bless our mission partners in Syria.  While we won’t have the traditional shopping experience we’ve had in the past, we’ve created a bake sale menu based on the most popular items that the New Hope family looks forward to purchasing each year. Orders will be taken through an online order form and there will be drive-by pick up times where a masked volunteer will deliver your order to your vehicle.

 

CLICK HERE to order baked goods for your family!

 

BAKERS STILL NEEDED!


To make this event a success, we need bakers! If you're interested in being a baker for this year's event, please contact Stephanie Goldberg at mrsgoldberg5000@gmail.com or Signe Pagel at signepagel@gmail.com.

On Sunday, November 1, we'll have a congregational meeting immediately following the 9am worship service to provide information about our future pastoral leadership process. For those unable to join us in person for the meeting, here is a link for the Zoom meeting access. The meeting id# is 849 0430 1845 and the password is 796258. A note regarding Zoom: please visit this link and create a Zoom account prior to the meeting if you do not already have one. This is KEY. Once you have an account, you may CLICK THIS LINK or enter the meeting id# and password. We will be monitoring this online and admit you to the meeting via Zoom after the 9am worship service concludes and we set up for the meeting.

The Well, a Bible study for women of all ages, is beginning a new series on 11/11, meeting from 10a-12p, in preparation for Advent. This 4 week study will run until 12/9 with a break on 11/25 for Thanksgiving. The study, Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado, will focus on the enduring promises of Christmas and the hope we have in Christ, a beautiful opportunity to keep your focus on the true meaning of the Christmas season this year. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own study guide by clicking here. In addition, you may also pre register for the study here so we can plan safe seating arrangements for all. Please contact Shannon if you have additional questions.

We are welcoming some familiar faces and a brand new one to our full time staff and we couldn't be happier about it!!!
 

Angel Dobson, who worked as our receptionist in 2018-2019, is back in an expanded administrative role. She'll work closely with Pastor Mike and the staff to provide support with various things around the office, ELI and volunteer coordination.


Jackie Elliot is a charter member of New Hope and an active part of our church family. She will fill the Family Ministry Director position that opened up when Michelle Myers moved to Communications & Connections. Jackie will be a huge encouragement to our families raising children and small group ministry in the future.


Our new technology and production guru is Austin Wunderlich. He's responsible for video creation, livestreaming our worship services and helping all our on campus groups out with anything A/V related. He's also our on site go to for anything IT related.


These three new employees are much needed additions to the New Hope team as we move forward with joyful expectation for the future. Be sure to say hello and welcome them aboard!

We know many people are looking forward to returning to "normal" in many areas of their lives, including coming to Sunday morning programming. As we continue to navigate safety protocols and best practices, we are beginning to phase in some of our Sunday morning experiences. Beginning Sunday, November 8, full children's ministry and Common Ground for 6th-12th graders resumes each Sunday morning at 9:30am! At 9:30am, we'll offer the Parent Network and Restoration Sunday School classes for adults. The Bereans class will meet immediately following the 9am service in Room 206.

We are also continuing to offer overflow seating for both Sunday services in Room 210.

Session and staff have worked hard to balance out the space and time the many thriving ministries at New Hope are given on campus each week. They've taken into consideration CDC guidelines, the measures being taken by the Lee County School District and created a plan so all age groups can enjoy time on campus each week. As time progresses and conditions are more favorable, we will seek to add more in person activities back to our schedule. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact one of the elders or Pastor Mike.

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 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(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 above!

With Love,

Your New Hope Team