New Hope Herald

“Hope Together, Grow in Faith”
June 2022

Minister’s Message

Folks we are jumping into June and here is hoping your “unofficial” start to summer is underway! The summer months usually have a slower pace in church life which makes for a great season to catch up on some improvements around the church. You’ll notice there are a few work mornings this month, and of a course several fellowship opportunities as well. Make sure to read on and mark your calendars accordingly

I wanted to highlight one significant summer change which is starting this coming Sunday, June 5, worship begins at 10:00 a.m. for June, July, and August. We made this shift for the summer last year, and while it might not seem like it makes that much of a time difference, the 10:00 a.m. start time allows folks to make the most of their Sunday Sabbath days. Worship will resume its normal time once we get to the Fall. 

Also for our summer worship, we are designating the 3rd Sunday month as “Outdoors for the Lord!” On June 19, July 17, August 21 worship will be outside under the trees. Not only does this give us a change of scenery, it gets us outside our walls into the community and our worship is a witness to those who drive by. Some of the mornings do get a little warm as we know, so feel free to bring a hand fan etc. and make sure to pack a folding chair if you have one available. For those who do not, we’ll have a few chairs from the fellowship hall. 

As we announced last Sunday during worship, our most faithful and talented piano player, Amy, will be out for June and July. Amy is having a series of radiation and chemo treatments every Monday for cancer which has been found on her vocal cords. The good news is this type of cancer is treatable and localized. As part of that treatment, Amy will need Sundays for rest and recoup. She very well might be at church some Sundays too, but given all she will need for rest and healing trying to play Sundays in June and July is too much. Please keep Amy in your prayers, and we will be excited for the day in the near future when Amy can lead us in music again.

In the meantime, our Sunday music will be led by a hodgepodge of substitutes and styles. For communion Sundays, we will try as best as possible to have a piano substitute those Sundays as that greatly aids our worship. For the rest of the Sundays in June, worship will be led by our various instrumentalists in our congregation. However it all unfolds the most important thing is we continue to make a “joyful noise” to the Lord as we praise God, and Amy gets feeling better with the rest she needs. 

Lastly, this Sunday is Pentecost Sunday! Don’t forget to wear red, orange, or yellow if you can as this Sunday we remember how the disciples received that fiery Holy Spirit! Clearly, whoever started the rumor Presbyterians don’t appreciate the Holy Spirit never spent much time in our congregation. I am continually amazed how the Holy Spirit inspires New Hope creatively, and ever increases the boldness of our congregation’s witness to the way, truth, and life of Jesus. 

Grace and Peace,
Chris 

Children and youth news

Yeah, its summer! During the month of June the children’s ministry of the church will continue their schedule of Time for Young Disciples each Sunday except for this Sunday due to the celebration of Holy Communion. We will not be having Sunday school during the month of June and please take note that we begin our summer worship schedule the first week of June. Worship will begin at 10:00 a.m. Please note that once a month we will be worshiping outdoors during the summer as well.

The Youth of the church will also be taking a break from Sunday morning Sunday school but will be meeting two Sunday evenings (TBA) for some fun and fellowship. Please let Ms. Jill know the best times and dates to meet and we will choose some fun activities to do together as a group. You can reach Ms. Jill on her cell phone via text 704-607-8949 or through the Remind App. Please make note of the Saturday work days scheduled in the month which I highly recommend you attend and participate. Also, Hot Dog Wednesdays are back for the summer the first being Wednesday, June 15th at 6:00 p.m. Hope you will be in attendance.

A Note from the Finance Committee

God’s people faithfully brought in the contributions, tithes and dedicated gifts. – 2 Chronicles 31:12 

Thank you for your faithful stewardship to the church. Your financial contributions, prayers and gifts of time continue to provide for us. And although our April expenses exceeded our income and year to date (January-April) our expenses exceeded our income, we know God will provide.

Quarterly Quarters:   
Reminder: Our next Quarterly Quarters collection is Sunday, July 3.

“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”  ~Max Lucado 

Thank you, 

Risa, Chair
Wanda
Harriett
Ray
Elaine

communion on June 5

We will celebrate Communion on Sunday, June 5, at the 10:00 a.m. service. For those who would like to partake at home, the service will also be on our Facebook page. Make sure to have a good wine/juice and bread option close by. It will still look a little different, but God meets us in the meal all the same!

Sunday School update

As worship now moves to the summer schedule of 10:00 a.m. for the months of June, July, and August, Sunday school also has changed meeting times. The adult Sunday school class will meet following worship at 11:00 a.m. The youth and children’s Sunday school classes are taking a break for the summer. However, there will be some other special youth and children’s gatherings so make sure to check the “Children and Youth News” section of the newsletter. Don’t forget if you arrive before 10:00 a.m. worship and need a place to gather and fellowship the coffee room “Bean Addiction” (across from the parlor) is back open! 

A note from the adult education committee

“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians 2:4 

Wednesday May 4th, our Muslim leader, Hossam Shoukry “Sam”, his wife and mother-in-law shared with us the Muslim holiday, Ramadan, and how that holiday is celebrated in the Muslim faith. It was very inspiring to learn about their commitment to Islam and this particular holiday. This was our second time to hear Sam and his wife speak and it has been a real privilege.

Having the opportunity to listen and ask questions about other faiths, from our Jewish and Muslim leaders this year has been a rewarding experience; and also to see how devoted they are to their religion. I think most of us that attended those Wednesday night meetings would say we should give great thought to how lightly most of us practice our Protestant faith in comparison.

Our Wednesday night Bible study on 1st Corinthians has concluded.

May 25th was our last Wednesday night meeting until September. This was a “Fellowship Night” beginning with a Taco dinner at 6pm and a fun time with games and fellowship with each other during the evening.

On behalf of the Adult Education Committee we hope we have provided some educational and fun topics and meetings this Spring. Prior to meeting in September we will poll the congregation to find out what books of the Bible you are interested in studying as well as programs and musical events you would like to have presented going forward for 2023. We want to increase our Wednesday night attendance and hope by giving you an opportunity to give your input we can accomplish this. Help us to PRACTICE AND GROW, not only IN numbers, bur OUR FAITH as well.

Wednesday night Bible study will adjourn until September. Have a wonderful and safe summer!

A NOTE FROM THE SERVICE COMMITTEE

Blood Drive
On Tuesday May 10 we had our first blood drive with One Blood. Most of the contributions to One Blood are used in the local area. They accept donations in a bus, so there is no setting up, or breaking down. The people from One Blood are friendly, courteous, and efficient. It took less the twenty minutes to check in and give blood. The whole process was painless and quick. We look forward to a continuing relationship with One Blood. Our next blood drive will be Tuesday October 11. 

Crisis Assistance Ministries
You’re the best! On Sunday May 8, we collected 41 bags of groceries for CAM. Your generosity and compassion are reflected in your unwavering support of this fine ministry. This month we will collect on Sunday June 12th. With a recall on peanut butter, CAM is in great need of peanut butter and jelly. Let’s keep up the great work for providing for the hungry.

Work Day
On Saturday June 25, we will have a workday from 9:00 until noon. We will focus on carrying the wire racks in the kitchen outside and cleaning them with degreaser. While the floor is clear, we’ll also do a deep scrub, to get it thoroughly clean. Come a little early if you can, Biscuits and coffee will be available at 8:30.

The Samaritans Club
One of the best ways to express Chirstian love is helping each other. The Lord illustrated this in the parable of The Good Samaritan. Our church has a number of senior citizens, widows and single ladies who need help on occasion.This club will make itself available to help both church members and people outside the church. As Christians, one of our major purposes is to express our love through action. Would you like to help? Call or email Tom.

Session updates

Session met last month with its regularly scheduled meeting, and most of the meeting was committee reports on various on going projects as we conclude the spring and move into summer. One exciting development is after an unexpected parts and shipping delay, the new church marquee should be arriving soon! There will also be a few building improvements happening this summer like installing new lighting in the fellowship hall. 

crisis assistance ministry

Now that we have resumed regular indoor worship, we will also resume collecting items for CAM every second Sunday of the month as we did previously. Remember, we are trying to collect 30 bags a month each with six items! The need is still great, so let’s see if we can make our goal again of 30 bags on Sunday, June 12. If for any reason you cannot make it on the second Sunday morning, feel free to drop your CAM items by the church any weekday 8:30-1:30 and we will add them on Sunday. There is a container in front of the office window. 

Update: Along with the normal items, we have recently been informed CAM is in great need of the following specific items: Due to peanut butter recalls, the need for peanut butter is great. 


Items Needed:
Regular and Instant Grits
Regular and Instant Oatmeal
Pancake Mix and Syrup
Canned Fruit (Pineapple, Pears, Fruit cocktail &Peaches)
Cooking Oil
Canned Potatoes
Instant Potatoes
Small Bags of Sugar, Flour & Rice
Canned Meat (Tuna, Salmon, Chicken, Spam & Beef Stew)
Condiments (Mayonnaise, Mustard, Ketchup etc.)
Tomato and Progresso Soup (Only)
Small containers of Laundry Detergent
Tissue Paper
Deodorant
Shampoo and Bar Soap

hot dog dinner makes a comeback!

When:  Wednesday, June 15
Time:   6:00 p.m.
Where: Fellowship Hall

Please join us for an evening of food and fellowship. Food and drinks will be provided. You do not need to bring anything, just show up! We will enjoy a hot dog dinner together and visit with our church family. 

NEWS FROM PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

The New Hope Presbyterian Women sponsored two celebratory events during the month of May.  On the Monday following Mothers’ Day, the Women’s Event took place in the fellowship hall featuring a catered dinner followed by an inspirational presentation by Belmont resident Denise Price Thomas and her alter ego Gladys.  More than 75 guests attended, and the occasion was chronicled by our resident photographer John Clark.

The third Sunday in May was special time to celebrate New Hope’s 2022 graduating seniors.  After the 11:00 A.M. worship service church attendees were treated to light lunch items and a time of fellowship.  Special honorees were Anna Wilson, graduate of Highland School of Technology; Mitch Michaels (B.S., Appalachian State graduate); Max Michaels (M.Div., Union Theological Seminary); and Andrew Lathan (D. MV., North Carolina State University).  Congratulations abound for these special young adults!

NHPW collected a total of $362 for the 2022-2023 Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Offering.  Thank you for your faithful acknowledgment of the needs of those in difficult circumstances in our country and in areas affected by natural disasters.

Bluegrass Sunday July 3!

We will be worshiping in the style of Bluegrass with a Bluegrass hymn sing on Sunday, July 3. This Sunday was previously scheduled for June 26, but due to a scheduling conflict it had to be moved back a week. No worries, it’ll still be a joyous service of music and prayer! 

Cemetery Cleaning Schedule

In remembering and honoring our loved ones it is always appropriate to leave flowers, markers, and other meaningful graveside items on plots in our cemetery. In an effort to keep the cemetery clean and hallowed ground, the cemetery committee has scheduled three dates for cleaning graves and small maintenance throughout the year. This would also include removing dead or faded flowers that can accumulate throughout the year. The selected dates for cleaning and maintenance will be the last week of February, the second week of July, and the second week of October. Take note of these weeks, and if you have any questions please call the church office.