JANUARY
2022

MESSAGE FROM THE PULPIT

Hello New Hope Family

Happy New Year!!!

Beloved,

As we begin a new year, we pray as the Apostle Paul prayed for the church in Rome, that “God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 NLT).

Our hope is in Jesus Christ, our creator, our redeemer, our deliverer, our Rock, our salvation, our healer, our strength, and our source of true peace in the midst of a tumultuous and chaotic world. As we learn to consistently put our trust in Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, each challenge that we face will strengthen our spirits and help us persevere until Christ returns. While we are waiting, let us view every challenge as an opportunity to praise our faithful God for what we know he will do to keep us until then.

Blessings,
Ministerial Staff

DEACONS' CORNER

NH Deacon Board Officers Elected for the Year 2022

New Hope Deacon leadership continues to work with the pastoral search committee. The application process (phase 5) is currently ongoing. New Hope Deacon leadership continues to sponsor/recommend visiting speakers on designated Sundays during the pastoral selection process. The dedication of Officers for the new year will be held on the first Sunday in February.

New Hope Deacons (Lumpkin, Harris, Woods, Caruthers) and Ministers continue to faithfully assist with in-person distribution of communion (drive thru) each Saturday before the first Sunday. Please know that distribution of communion cups is cancelled for Jan01,2022 given that it is a holiday. NHMBC Deacons Wells, Harris, Jude and others are working with the Food pantry ministry to get it set up in the BC house to feed the hungry.

New Hope Deacon leadership has resumed in-person bible study every Wednesday at noon. Review registration and COVID protocols information located on the New Hope website.

New Hope is open for in-house Worship Service, under the guidelines established by the re-opening committee and the CDC. Please attend the 11:00 A.M. service and fellowship with your Christian brothers and sisters.

A special thank you is extended to our New Hope Family. Through the diligent and collective efforts of our Officers, members, and staff we were able to provide disaster relief to Louisiana and Haiti in the amount of $1000 to each location. Thanks also to Rev. Valarie Crump for assisting with the appropriate contacts so our contributions were distributed appropriately to the areas affected by these unfortunate circumstances. May God continue to bless and keep New Hope in his loving arms of protection.

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.– Proverbs 16:19

In addition to the Bylaws – Article 7 Section 3 Duties of the Deacon Board (pgs. 15-16), New Hope Deacons provide a spiritual leadership presence in the following ministries:

Have a Safe & Blessed Holiday Season!

COMMUNION CUP DISTRIBUTION JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2022

Communion Cup distribution will resume the Saturday before first Sunday in February. There will not be Communion Distribution in January.

Cups will be distributed on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the New Hope Baptist Church parking lot.

For safety purposes please wear a mask and remain in your car, as you will be given a communion cup through your car window.

21 DAY FAST

Hello New Hope Members,

I bring you greetings in the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I look forward to you joining the New Hope MBC fast. Fasting is the voluntary denial of food and/or material items for the purpose of loosening the ties of the world on our lives. As followers of Christ, we fast to bring ourselves into a closer relationship with God through prayer.

Fasting is a deliberate act, where believers trust God for their needs to be met.

I encourage and challenge you to use this time for growing your relationship with God. Take the time you would normally eat a meal as an opportunity to pray. When you feel vulnerable or irritated, devote your attention toward seeking God’s presence. Allowing God to have a place in your spirit opens the door to the blessings that are waiting for you in service to Him. A renewed closeness with God and a greater sensitivity to spiritual things are usually the results of a fast.

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” (Isaiah 58:6, NIV)

Deacon Henderson Slaughter

BIBLICAL WEIGHT MANAGEMENT CLASSES

A NEW START

Starting Jan. 6, 2022 – 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Because we are not meeting in person, our focus is to give support to one another on this journey to healthy eating through scripture and prayer.

If you are interested in joining our group, please contact Pat Clark for meeting details.

SPOTLIGHT ON: INTERCESSORY PRAYER MINISTRY

President - Minister Latonya Crawford • Vice President - Sister Loretha Roberson

Over the last two years it has been such a blessing to lead the Intercessory Prayer Ministry while having Sis. Loretha Roberson right by my side and the entire team of Intercessors serving in unity and devotion . The Ministry of Intercession is one of God’s great vessels to usher in His healing and delivering power. The New Hope Intercessory Prayer Ministry is committed to covering the congregation in Prayer by way of Interces-sion, along with the concerns of our world, government elected officials, world leaders, sick and shut in, the lost, backsliding and homeless. The ministry goes before the throne of grace and obtain mercy on behalf of those that are in need of prayer and healing. We consider it a privilege to yield ourselves and stand in the gap of those who desire to be healed, saved and or set free from the yoke of bondage. The Ministry has been anointed and appointed for this level of Ministry. We are a surrendered Ministry to the use of God's Holy Spirit to bring forth miracles, signs and wonders by way of Intercession ( Hebrews 2:4). The Ministry under-stands that it is not my might, not by power that these things will take place, but by the power of God's Holy Spirit ( Zechariah 4:6).

We are a Ministry that will walk closely with the future pastor to care for the spiritual needs of the church membership by way of prayer and Intercession. Our Ministry also walks alongside and works well with the Evangelism Ministry and all the other ministries of the church. The basis of successful praying is knowing that our Ministry is praying according to the will of God. Our members are instruments of righteousness yielded to God for His service and His glory. We are called to stand as Intercessors between God and those for whom we are praying. We hold on to John 15:7 which states " if you abide in me and my word abides in you, ask whatever you wish and, it will be done for you.

In the past two years we have provided many opportunities to engage the congregation in prayer. We've pre-sented three "Prayer in the Park " Services held at Inglenook Park. We lead two "Prayer in the Parking Lot" Services. We lead the church in 30 Days of Prayer where we rose up at 6:00am, took a pulse at 12:00pm. And bowed down at 6:00 pm. We just completed 30 Days of Thankful Prayer at 5:00am. We have received weekly praise Reports as we continue to meet every Tuesday on the church Prayer-line. It is our desire to continue to serve our Great God in the Ministry of Intercession. We are yet waiting to see what all God has in store for our Ministry in the new year 2022.

If you would like to join this ministry, please contact Min. Latonya Crawford through the church's office.

God Bless New Hope MBC, Min. Tonya Crawford

We welcome all of New Hope to join us every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm on the Prayer-Line. (605) 313-4802 • Access code: 839510# • Alternate number (to avoid fee charges) (716) 293-9709

JANUARY IS GLAUCOMA PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH

WHAT IS GLAUCOMA?

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can cause vision loss and blindness by damaging a nerve in the back of your eye called the optic nerve.

The symptoms can start so slowly that you may not notice them. The only way to find out if you have glaucoma is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

Early Symptoms: Often none

Later Symptoms: Loss of side (peripheral) vision, blind spots, blindness There’s no cure for glaucoma, but early treatment can often stop the damage and protect your vision.

What are the symptoms of glaucoma?

At first, glaucoma doesn’t usually have any symptoms. That’s why half of people with glaucoma don’t even know they have it. Over time, you may slowly lose vision, usually starting with your side (peripheral) vision — especially the part of your vision that’s closest to your nose.

Am I at risk for glaucoma?

Anyone can get glaucoma, but some people are at higher risk. You’re at higher risk if you:

What’s the treatment for glaucoma?

Medicines; Prescription eye drops are the most common treatment. They lower the pressure in your eye and prevent damage to your optic nerve.

Laser treatment; See your doctor for regular check-ups.

Source: (NIH) National Institutes of Health, The (NEI) National Eye Institute, www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma Health & Healing Ministry of NHMBC

NEW HOPE, PLEASE SAVE THESE DATES!

Saturday, January 8, 2022: Providing Hope Food Pantry 10 am - 12pm and SOH Rededication - 1:00 pm - 2:30pm -Virtual

Saturday, January 15, 2022: WOH – Consecration Service 11am - Virtual

Monday, January 17, 2022: Martin Luther King Jr.- MLK Walk (Hope United)

Saturday, January 22, 2022: Annual Church Meeting, 6:00pm (virtual), All members are asked to be present.

Sunday, February 6, 2022: during Sunday service Installation of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church 2022 officers. Ministry officers are asked to be present.

LOOKING AHEAD TO FEBRUARY 2022

Wednesday, February 2nd: Bible Study 12n (in person) 7pm (virtual)

Saturday, February 5: Providing Hope Food Pantry 10am

Real Talk - SOH: 7pm Sunday, February 6th

Installation of Officers: 11am Wednesday, February 9th

Bible Study: 12n (in person) 7pm (virtual)

Friday, February 11th - Sunday, February 13: Married Couples Valentine Weekend (TBD)

Wednesday, February 16th: Bible Study 12n (in person) 7pm (virtual)

Saturday, February 19th: Youth Family Fun Night (offsite) - TBD

Wednesday, February 23rd: Bible Study 12n (in person) 7pm (virtual)

Saturday, February 26th: Bible Institute - Workshop 8:30am - Virtual

Sunday, February 27th: Recognition of Black History Contest Winners (during Service)

CHRISTIAN HUMOR

Ashes to Ashes Dust to Dust

Johnny and his mother were coming home from church one Sunday morning. His mother noticed a serious look on his face. She asked him, “What’s on your mind Johnny?” “Is it true what the preacher said about everyone coming from dust and then turning us back into dust when we die?” ”Yes that is true.” she answered. “Why do you ask?” "Well, when we get home," he answered, "You better look under my bed, because someone's either comin' or goin!"

STATEMENT REGARDING UPDATED COVID RESTRICTIONS

PROTOCOLS FOR CHURCH

There are some protocols that are intended to keep us all safe. All who enter must wear a mask, have their temperature checked, and use hand sanitizer before entering the sanctuary. The ushers will escort members to their seats, 6’ feet apart (families can be seated together), service will be limited to 1 hour, initially music will be pre-recorded, offering baskets will be kept at the rear of the church so that members can place their tithes and offerings upon entering or leaving. Congregants will remain in their seats during the welcome, with no handshaking, hugging, or walking around. Service will be approximately one hour to limit any potential spread, and new CDC approved filters will be fitted on the ventilation system. Sunday School, Bible Study and Children’s church will continue to be zoomed until the occupancy issues can be managed safely.

ALL WHO ENTER MUST ANSWER “NO” TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS

  1. Do you have two or more new symptoms of the Covid 19 virus within the last 3 days?
    • Fever and chills?
    • Sore throat?
    • Cough?
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
    • Fatigue?
    • Muscle or body aches?
    • Headaches?
    • Congestion or runny nose?
    • Nausea or vomiting?
    • Diarrhea?
  2. Do you have a loss of taste or smell?
  3. Have you taken care of or been in the company of someone with Covid 19 in the last 14 days?
  4. Have you traveled out of the country or to an area in the state or country that has spiking numbers of Covid 19 cases in the last 14 days?

STEPS TO KEEP MEMBERS SAFE

HELP WANTED – WEB DESIGNER

Summary of Responsibilities:

New Hope's webmaster is looking for a New Hope church member that is interested in volunteering to assist in the maintenance of the church's website. You must have website designer skills and experience. 

Please make contact via the church's online contact form or call the church.

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
23455 W. Nine Mile Road • Southfield MI 48033
(248) 353-0675

JANITOR JOB OPENING

Summary of Responsibilities:

Responsible for maintenance of building and surrounding properties. Ensures cleanliness of building including all seminar rooms, sanctuary, restrooms, fellowship hall, banquet hall and other properties.

Primary Responsibilities:

If you are interested or know anyone who is interested, please have them contact Griff Snodgrass at (248) 353-0675.

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: 11:00am - 12:00pm
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.