APRIL 2021

MESSAGE FROM THE PULPIT

Hello New Hope Family,

I pray the love and grace of God has continued to bring hope and strength to you and your family. It is hard to believe more than a year has passed since we first began the COVID 19 quarantine. The last twelve months have been marked with a number of challenges but God has never left us or forsaken us. His blessings continue to rain down upon New Hope and its members. The month of April brings us the ultimate reminder of God’s love for those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. On Good Friday Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose from the grave on Resurrection Sunday with all power and glory in His hand. Jesus left us with the Holy Spirit which provides direction and comfort for His church. Never forget the price Christ paid for our salvation. 

As the COVID 19 virus continues to be part of our lives it is important to remember the trials we face help to build us into the person God planned us to become.

 James 1: 2-4:
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

May God Bless You and Keep You,

Rev. Rodney Kemp


Communion will be held on Resurrection Sunday

"DEACON'S CORNER"

Greetings New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Family

Deacon Harris, Deacon Davison, and Deacon Caruthers received completion certificates for the Deacons Ministry Seminar presented during the 2020 SSPB Annual Conference.

Deacons Lumpkin, Harris, Woods, and others continue to assist with in-person distribution of communion elements to members (drive thru) on each Saturday before first Sunday.

Deacons-in-training Rodney Harris, Tracy Woods, Charles Jude, and Quantral Williams completed the New Hope Servant Models/Pre-Ordination training facilitated by Rev. Valerie Crump.

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalm 118:24

Each day on earth is precious because it is a gift from God. This Bible verse will help you remember the true reason why we celebrate Easter. Easter is a time of joy, rejuvenation, and connection with God and Jesus.

We pray for everyone’s health and safety as we continue to work hard to make sure that all who wants the vaccine can receive it. Members can find addition information under our church website, which provides covid vaccination locations and Michigan covid-19 information upon different gatherings.

The Deacons continue to contact their church members from A-F. In the month of April, Deacon Bonnie Davison, Deacon Mitchell Pickett, Deacon Roger Rodgers, and Deacon Albert Wells will contact their members from G-M.

God bless and be safe.

DEACONESS MINISTRY

"I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea”. Romans 16:1 KJV

The Deaconess Ministry consist of Christian women who are Servants at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. They perform various duties in the church to support their husband who is or was a deacon. Some of the duties include

The ministry recognizes and welcomes its new deaconess.

Deaconess Andrea Harris

Deaconess April Williams

Deaconess Crystal Jude

Deaconess Melody Woods

HOW ARE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE HANDLING THE PANDEMIC?

A CONVERSATION WITH GABRIELLE CAIRGLE

Gabrielle Cairgle graduated from Southfield Christian in the summer of 2020. In August 2020, she was packed and headed to Hampton University when she got that dreaded e-mail, all in-person classes had been cancelled. Now she is doing all of her studies on-line, at her family home.

This is what Gabrielle has to say about the pandemic:

The pandemic has affected me in many ways. I realized how much I needed in person classes to help me learn and retain information. I think a lot of us don’t realize what we have until it’s taken away from us. This pandemic has prevented me from being on campus for my first year of college. I also am not able to make/see friends. I use to be able to go to the mall and movies with groups of people, but now we can’t do that anymore.

I would describe 2020 as a mess we were not expecting. Each month seemed to be a new disaster. I thought 2020 would be “my year”, but it certainly was not, and I think a lot of seniors felt that way too. But even though it was not an overall outstanding year, I think each person had a little bit of good that did come out of it. Gabrielle was a part of the liturgical dancing at New Hope and she says she really misses that.

 

April is Alcohol Awareness Month (NADD.ORG)

How Aware are you?

While you may not know, April is Alcohol Awareness Month. This is a tradition that started as a way to increase awareness about a disease many Americans suffer from. The idea is to spread information locally, statewide, and overall nationwide. Alchol has touched almost all of our lives in one way or another.

The three creeds of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence are:

  1. Alcoholism is a disease, and the alcoholic is a sick person;
  2. The alcoholic can be helped, and is worth helping;
  3. Alcoholism is a public health problem, and therefore a public responsibility.

Alcohol Use Disorder

The true term for alcohol abuse is Alcohol Use Disorder. This can still include alcoholism but is not limited to only that.

Alcohol Use Disorder is an affliction that can be observed if you use alcohol to the point where it becomes an issue. If you cannot control your urges and continue to use it even though it causes problems. You may also start to notice withdrawal symptoms if you stop drinking and and increase in your tolerance.

;Binge drinking is another type of Alcohol Use Disorder. This is the consumption of excessive alcohol in a short period of time. For women this means consuming 4 drinks within 2 hours, for men, 5 drinks. This can occur as little as once a week. However, this is the most common form of Alcohol Use Disorder.

If you are not aware of what one “drink” means it could be any of the following:

What signs to look for:

Nausea, Shakiness, Sweating and Trouble sleeping. Many people try to fight off these symptoms by drinking more.

With the threat of COVID-19, a person with problematic drinking behaviors may face:

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

We are working with stakeholder groups to get their input on ways we can best provide this assistance, and to enlist their help with outreach to families and communities.

FEMA will begin to implement COVID-19 funeral assistance in April. Additional guidance is being finalized and will be released to potential applicants and community partners as soon as possible. In the meantime, people who have COVID-19 funeral expenses are encouraged

TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN MUCH IS REQUIRED

Have you ever wondered why certain people are expected to do things a little faster or better than everyone else? The simple answer is because they can.

Have you ever wondered why you are expected to do the impossible, achieve the unattainable or overcome the insurmountable? Very simply, because you can.

You know how you can just look at somebody and know they can do it? Well, the exact same thing is true about you. Unfortunately, we are not always aware of just how magnificent we are. The same light others are shining can often blind us about ourselves. We become content being like everyone else when something inside of us tells us we are not. But we plod along while being angry or bitter when others expect us to do what they cannot. The key is not to do what others do and say; it is to know we can, believe we can and do what we can to the best of our ability. If we know what to expect from ourselves, we will always live up to our greatest expectation.

CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL MINISTRY

We would like to take this time to welcome back those students and parents who have been a part of New Hope's Children and Youth Sunday School Ministry. We are also happy and eager to have new students, grades K-12, and their parents. Our ministry introduces and/or re-enforces those foundations and teachings about the Word of God. It is our hope that at the end of each Sunday School year, August, your child will have gained a stronger relationship with God. Our lesson texts are from the Sunday School Publishing Board, which are designed to engage students in helping them relate God's Word to their daily life. We have planned activities for participation along with prizes.

We hope your child can join us, virtually, each Sunday morning from 9-10 am. Reach us through link noted below. Give your name and student grade level as of Fall 2020, and you will then be placed into the correct classroom. Since we want to SEE your face, dress for class (at least from the waist up).

CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL

Sincerely,

The New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Children & Youth Sunday School Ministry

Questions Contact: Sis. Linella Stewart or Sis Patricia Ware

FIRST SUNDAY COMMUNION

Communion Cups will be available for pickup every FIRST Saturday from 11am to 1pm  at New Hope. Drive-Up Guidelines: Please drive up, wear a mask and remain in your car. You will be given a communion cup through your car window. God Bless!!!

CHURCH DONATIONS

New Hope Church Leadership would like to express the importance of church members’ diligence in financially supporting the church during these trying times we are currently going through. If you have not done so in the past, consider using one of the various ways available through our ONLINE GIVING portal to the left of the screen. Also for those who want to mail in their financial support; there are self addressed church envelopes in a container at the front of the church. Just drive up and pick up what you need.

Please use church's "PO Box" address for all mailed donations.

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
P.O. Box 386
Southfield, MI 48037-0386

INTERCESSORS PRAYER LINE &
DIAL-IN PRAYER LINE

New Hope Members and Friends
Please Note the "Intercessors Prayer Line" Extended Hours

SUNDAY: 11:30am - 12:30pm
MONDAY: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
TUESDAY: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

DIAL-IN PRAYER LINE: 1 605-313-4802
ENTER ACCESS CODE: 839510#

Prayers go forth to heal, deliver and set free from sickness and disease, loss of loved ones, finances and etc. In the Mighty Name of Jesus.