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Summer Update


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    Summer has always been a time of renewal. We seem to set aside our normal ways and make way for relaxation and vacation. And we should, we don't work sabbath into our normal daily routines enough, but sadly one thing that we tend to sacrifice during summer is our church community. It makes sense, it's one more thing you have to worry about besides the travel and kids activities, but if your church community is a place of renewal and healing then it should be a must.

    That is why our series for the next three weeks is called This is Us. We will be exploring our mission statement Find a Home, Build a Life, and Make a Difference. There has been alot of changes in the past three years and we all feel it. We need a time of renewal, a time to remember what drew us to this faith community in the first place. Why do we value church? Why is it important? Is it not important anymore? We want to help our faith community rediscover the joy and the renewal that is offered here.

Here are a couple things to look forward to in this time of re-discovery!

  1. Go see Won't You Be My Neighbor? with your life group! We will be starting a series in the fall on this very topic!
  2. Put your picture on Realm! If you don't know how we will have stations to get your picture taken at church starting July 29th. If we can put a picture to a name we will be able to serve you better!
  3. Hands of Hope, this is a great event for our church to go out and serve our community on August 19th. We will have sign ups ready to go on July 29th. If you have a project that you think would fit into this Sunday, please contact Pastor Jordan!

Voices of Hope Podcast


What is a podcast?

A podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. 

That definition comes from the it's legit.

What do we use a podcast for at New Hope?

Well, each week we post our sermons from Sunday on the podcast so if you want to re-listen or if you missed out on Sunday you could listen to it in your car on your way to work, or while at work, or when you are trying to tune out the crying and arguing of your children. Whatever works for you!

Is there anything else on the podcast besides sermons?

I'm so glad you asked! Yes, we have started a series called Voices of Hope, where we interview people from New Hope and beyond about how their faith has influenced their journey. The conversations range from what it is like to be an FBI swat agent with a christian faith to how someone created an online ethical clothing store! Everyone has a unique journey and when we share those stories people get to know more about New Hope!

Where can I listen to it?

iPhone users can search Voices of Hope on the Podcast app which looks like this:  Ios9-podcasts-app-tile

Android users can download the Podomatic app in the google play store and search for Voices of Hope.

If you don't want to listen on your phone you can just click here.


Can I share this podcast with friends?

Yes! You can share this on your facebook page, via email, just copy the link to the podcast site and send it to friends so they can get to know New Hope also!


Why a podcast?

Podcasts are becoming more popular, with the ease of access many people listen to podcasts in their car on their way to work. This is a way to "reach out" into our community and have people experience New Hope even before stepping through our doors! And it's just plain fun!

Could we use it for Life Groups?

Yes! Use these conversations to start your own at your life group!



Fear Factor



Remember that show, Fear Factor? When contestants went on this game show to win money by facing fears of heights, fast driving cars, and eating gross foods? The whole show surrounded itself around facing your fears and the one to conquer all of the fears one the money! What a rush. I remember seeing an episode when they had to roll a dice, on each side of this dice were different food items that were to be blended together for them to drink. This was not just regular food items but a menu of: pig intestine, animal fat, cow eyes, veal brain, spleen, cod liver oil, bile and fish sauce.



Gross. These fears only seem to touch the surface of what we really fear. Our fears run much deeper and deeply affect how we view and treat others. This past Sunday we talked about fear in our wilderness (which you can listen to here). The Bible and Jesus have alot to say about fear, so why is it still so powerful in our lives and our culture? 

Life Group Questions:

  1. Why is the #1 command in the Bible, "Fear Not?" Where would it apply to you today?
  2. How does fear distort reality for us?
  3. What was a great fear as a kid? What did it feel like? How did you overcome it? How did it feel to overcome it?
  4. What are some fears that hold you back?
  5. Who inspires you to overcome fear? How did they do it?
  6. What is the cost of your fear? What is the cost of overcoming it?
  7. Who or What discourages you or makes you more fearful?