Folks, there are many exciting things happening this summer at church! It can be difficult to keep it all straight with out of town trips and long summer days, so I thought it would be good to share some upcoming events. If you find yourself needing a little beach without the ocean you do not want to miss The Hotwired Band playing in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, July 11th. Their specialty is Beach music and anything else that you can dance to on a warm summer night. We will begin serving hotdogs at 6:00 p.m., and they will start playing around 6:30 p.m. Since these summer days are longer, the music will conclude when they no longer have an audience or the sun goes down! Hope you can join us for a wonderful evening.
Looking toward the end of July, Vacation Bible School planning has already started and is well on the way of being a fantastic four days. The theme this year is “Shipwrecked: Rescued By Jesus” and dates are Sunday, July 29th through Wednesday August 1st, from 5:45-8:00 p.m. Dinner will be included, and each night we’ll not only meet a different island dwelling creature, but also learn a great story about Jesus. There will also be plenty of games and fun activities! Adults will have a study each of these evenings, and it will follow similar Bible stories that the kids will be learning so as a church we can all learn and grow together. If you or your child would like to attend VBS please register the following ways: By calling the office, picking up a registration form in the narthex and placing it in the offering plate, or going to our webpage nhpchurch.com to register online.
I should also mention you will see several “summer spruce ups” happening around the church. There will be another church clean up morning on Saturday July 14th starting at 9:00am, and extra hands are always welcome. Also, if you are curious what has been happening in the education wing behind the door saying, “Please Excuse Our Mess” the historical committee has been hard at work! They are making a Historical Room/Sunday school room where many of our treasured photographs and historical items can be shown proudly in one location just in time for our 225th celebrations in the Fall. So many things and much more so be sure to take a look at the various other summer events in the rest of the Newsletter. As always it is a joy being the church with you all!
Speaking of church, you might have heard General Assembly has just concluded meeting the last two weeks in St. Louis. If you are not up on your Presbyterian lingo “General Assembly” meets every two years and is the national gathering of the PCUSA. Each Presbytery sends delegates to worship, discuss church policy, and elect our leaders for the next two years. They also tackle difficult topics and steer the direction of our denomination, the PCUSA. If you are curious about their work this year, this link will tell you all the news.
The Mission & Outreach Committee reports the following amount of food delivered to Crisis Assistance Ministry for July: 3 bags.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Our next drive is July 3 (2:30-7:00pm). Please contact Rose Mary Smith (704-825-1419) if you would like to make an appointment to donate.
Vacation Bible School
Please Join us for Vacation Bible School “Shipwrecked Rescued by Jesus” on July 29th – August 1st from 5:45-8pm. To register call the Church Office. More details coming soon.
There is a basket in the Narthex to put pictures and News Paper clippings for the History Scrapbook. Please have them turned in by August 15th
If anyone would like to have an invitation for the 225th Celebration sent to someone, please get their name and address turned into the Office by August 15th.
Hot Dog Supper
Join us on Wednesday July 11th, for a concert and hotdog dinner featuring the Hotwired band! Their goal is to entertain, and if you enjoy Motown classics, Beach music, or any type of music that gets your foot tapping, this band is for you! The show is part of New Hope’s 225th year celebration as a church, so bring your dancing shoes and the event starts at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall!
Our Next Quarterly Quarters Sunday Collection will be this Sunday, July 1st. Money received for this program goes into a special fund that is set aside for any emergency and/or unexpected need we may experience. Our goal is to reach $15,000 which represents approximately one month’s operating expenses for the church. Thanks to everyone for participating in this endeavor.
Also, please plan to join the Finance Committee on Sunday, July 8th after the worship service for a covered dish lunch. Bring your favorite dishes to share with your church family. We will celebrate the progress we are making with our Quarterly Quarters program and enjoy spending time together.
Church Work Day
There will be a church work morning on Saturday July 14th from 9:00-12:00. We will continue cleaning closets, dusting, moving books, and fixing minor repairs. If you can come, the more hands the better.
A Minute for History
In 1793, only 10 years after the Revolutionary War ended and the birth of our Nation was celebrated, our Ancestors met to practice their faith here in this very location. I have to wonder, if they would have imagined that New Hope Presbyterian Church would still be worshiping in the same spot 225 years later?
It is hard to imagine the hardships and trials that our Forefathers must have endured to begin a new church at a time when there must have been so many obstacles to overcome. What an amazing legacy they left for us!
Twenty-five years ago, in 1993, on our 200th anniversary, a time capsule was buried outside at the corner of the church in order to preserve some of the history of our generation. It is to be opened in 2093 at our tricentennial anniversary. This capsule was made to celebrate our history but also with a vision of the future. With this vision, we were putting our faith and hope in God that we would still be worshiping here, in this same location for another 100 years.
Some of the artifacts included in the time capsule are: a copy of the church history, a copy of Brian Weger’s (our Pastor at that time) sermon, photographs made that year, a church directory, an invitation to the celebration, a calendar of that year and an audio tape. Do you wonder if anyone will know what an audio tape is in 2093?
My hope and prayer is that, as a congregation each one of us will work and strive to keep New Hope Presbyterian Church alive and strong so that our descendants might understand what has been left for them. My hope is that they will still be worshiping here long after the tricentennial celebration.