Blessings, Loved Ones!
Maybe because it’s Reformation, I’ve been taking inventory this week. You know, how we’re doing, what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.
First, I really appreciate how we are doing worship. Everyone is respecting the ground rules we established at the beginning of moving back into the worship space. Temp taking, hand sanitizing, masking and distancing seem like a small price to pay to worship together, and everyone seems to be respecting the rules and one another. At the same time, we need to remember to respect those who have made the decision to not come back to in-person worship. Each of us has had to make decisions we perceive as best for our own safety and the safety of our families. As I’ve said before, many times, no matter what decision you come to you, you’re not wrong, and neither is your neighbor. It was also nice to get back outside this past Sunday as we worshiped outdoors, commissioning three new Stephen Ministers. It was a blessing to see so many people worshiping together and celebrating the growth of this very important ministry.
Second, I’m encouraged by some of the new things we’re doing to maintain and increase our service to, and presence in, our community. Always safely, but still reaching out to bring the love of Christ to a hungry and thirsty world. By all accounts the Women’s Ministry basket fundraiser was a great success, raising awareness of New Hope Lutheran Church within our congregation, school and even our community as we had a booth at the local Farmer’s Market. The funds raised will benefit several charitable organizations in our community. On Halloween we will host a Community Trunk or Treat event in our parking lot from 1:00 – 3:00, and I’ve even heard talk of a church picnic in November. Details to follow.
What this means to me is that, despite the restrictions imposed by COVID, we are finding ways to be church and to be faithful to our mission, “Boldly Sharing God’s Word”. Each time we extend the love and presence of Christ into our community, through worship, service and fellowship, we do just that. We’re not pretending COVID is over, but we’re also not letting it keep us from the mission to which God has called us.
+Peace and Joy!
WELCOMING YOU HOME
New Hope Lutheran Church, began in Watauga, TX on March 20, 1994
with a commitment to offer refreshing expression of God's Love for you.
In July of 1997, we began worshiping in our present facility located in Keller, TX.
Come and join us, make New Hope your home and let's worship together.
HELP US TO SPREAD JESUS'
LOVE AND THE FAITH IN HIM
Boldly Sharing God's Word!