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Heaven Is In Sight | January 24

 

1) In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. 2) The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.

3) Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4) They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, 5) both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.

Naomi and Ruth Return to Bethlehem
6) When Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, she and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there. 7) With her two daughters-in-law she left the place where she had been living and set out on the road that would take them back to the land of Judah.

8) Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me. 9) May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.”

Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept aloud 10) and said to her, “We will go back with you to your people.”

11) But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? 12) Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons— 13) would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me!”

14) At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.

15) “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”

16) But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17) Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” 18) When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.

19) So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?”

20) “Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. 21) I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”

22) So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.

Ruth 1:1-22 (NIV)

takeaways

1. Naomi loses everything.
2. Naomi finds a fellow traveler.
3. Naomi is an ultimate covenant keeper.

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IN-PERSON SERVICES

We are so thankful to be able to worship together again. Due to limited space to ensure we are abiding by the CDC guidelines, we are requiring you to pre-register your children for Worship Care & Family Groups. You can do that by clicking the links below:

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What’s Happening

Ladies join the women’s ministry for an evening to ‘reset and refresh’ for 2021. This will be a time to gather together to worship and hear from Our senior pastor’s wife Louise Stenner. This event will be on January 24 at the North Campus sanctuary at 6pm.

Pastor Rhys Stenner invites you to join him as he leads a special virtual WHO ME? Class. This 4 week course that begins January 25 will help you find your calling and purpose in the midst of these unique times. You can register at below:

At New Hope, we desire to elevate prayer. On January 31 at 7:00 PM we are hosting a corporate prayer opportunity on ZOOM and we’d love our church family to join us. For more information and for resources to help guide you, you can click on the “Prayer” tab below.

Please register by clicking the link below and you’ll be emailed the link for the Zoom call after completing your registration.

We are excited to announce a brand new opportunity for Family Discipleship on Wednesday nights in 2021 called “Family Huddle.”

Parents and kids ages 4 years old through 6 Grade, join us for a FUN, Hands-On Family Bible Study! We will provide a FREE copy of the book “Homegrown” by Josh and Christi Straub for each family. 
*Childcare will be provided for babies through 3 year-olds.

Register below to join us at the North or South Campus beginning on January 13!

LIFE Classes are a variety of Bible-study classes designed to equip you to continue to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ and others. These classes are a part of our Path of Discipleship. 

We offer virtual & in-person classes that meet throughout the week beginning the first few weeks of January and this includes our Family Huddle which is offered at both North & South campuses.

Community Outreach

bloom

Bloom strengthens children in foster care and empowers the families who care for them.

Their current needs include: 
– February: they need volunteers to help at the Bloom Closet (changing clothes from winter to spring)
– Making accessories bags, make up kits, bags for children
– Organizing Drives, for example: Sunday wear pjs and bring a new set of pjs to give to a foster child or collections of toiletries for ages infants – 19 year old

When pandemic is over, there will be opportunities to help with family shopping and reading nights to the children so foster parents can have a night out.

Contact: Bailey Towle b.towle@bloomouryouth.org | 770.461.7020 x 307

fayette pregnancy center

At the Fayette Pregnancy Center, everyone that walks in the door for either a pregnancy test or ultrasound, the gospel is presented and they are able to prayed and talked to about the Lord.

There current needs are:
– Volunteers (about 3 hours per week) for their clothes closet, administration and counseling
– Baby donations, toys, cribs, baby items, maternity clothes

Contact: 770.719.2288
Location: 360 E Lanier Ave | Fayetteville

Fayette Samaritans

It is their mission to walk with Christ and serve the needs of others. Food pantry is available for Fayette county residents.

The Top 10 needs for the food pantry are:

Canned Meats (Tuna. Chicken, Salmon, Beef Stew, Sloppy Joe), Pasta and Pasta Sauce, Jellies and Jams, Peanut Butter, Canned Fruits, Dried Beans, Boxed Potatoes, Rice, Canned Vegetables, and Soup

There are many opportunities to serve are available on their website.

Website: www.fayettesamaritans.org

Midwest Food Bank

They are looking for groups to come and serve and help package food items. They have all the Covid guidelines and protocols in place to be safe while serving.  Will Garner is the executive director of the foodbank and New Hope South member. To set up a time to come, contact Will first by email. He has opened the foodbank up for us on Sundays after church or you can pick another date/time during the week.

Golf tournament fundraiser for Midwest Foodbank is Wednesday, April 28 at Braelinn Golf Course. Click here to get involved: Golf Tournament Info

Contact: Will Garner wgarner@midwestfoodbank.org | 678.621.3450
Website: www.midwestfoodbank.org 
Location: 220 Parkade Court | Peachtree City, GA 30269 | 770.486.1103

Real Life Center

Their current needs are:

– Breakfast items for their food pantry (cereals, breakfast bars and oatmeal)
– Individual or group serving, career transition, help look for jobs, sorting through food items for distribution, help with distribution when cars arrive

Contact: Cathy Berggren cberggren@reallifecenter.org | 770.631.9334
Volunteer Coordinator: Matt Lowe mlowe@reallifecenter.org
Location: Dogwood Church in Tyrone

Square Foot Ministry

Helping in building homes in low income areas in Griffin. This will be starting in Spring to late Fall and funding is provided.  Needs are building, sheetrocking, painting, landscaping and minor home repairs. There are service projects for all ages.

Contact: Jeff Williams jeffwilliams@squarefootministry.org | 404.386.3779
Website: www.squarefootminitry.org

Wellspring

A world where every victim of sexual exploitation has access to transformative care.

Their current needs are helping at their stores, deep cleaning homes, lawn care, stocking and cleaning and organizing the food pantry.

Contact: volunteers@wellspringliving.org
Website: www.wellspringliving.org

Prayer

Prayer for REVIVAL Prayer Guide 

January 31, 20217:00 P.M. 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6) 

We believe in the power of prayer and want to be obedient to pray as the Lord commanded His people throughout scripture. We also want to encourage our church family by offering opportunities for collective, unified prayer.  We believe it is helpful and necessary to emphasize the importance of prayer by modeling and providing opportunities for our people to engage in it.  At New Hope, we desire to ELEVATE prayer. 

Our mission as a church is to see God “Transforming lives, families, and communities through the revived people of Jesus Christ.” For God to transform others through us, we must be transformed by God. This transformation is the work of the Holy Spirit to revive us. We need to be renewed and empowered by the Spirit of Jesus Christ every day. This daily, transformational, Holy Spirit revival begins with the prayer, “Lord, revive me and revive my church.” When we pray like this, our Father can then work to help us get rid of the planks that are in our own eyes. Not until the planks are removed can we see clearly to help our neighbors remove any specks that may be in their eyes (Matthew 7.3-5) 

Please plan to join us on Zoom on January 31st at 7:00 PM for a time of corporate prayer.  We ask that you please register in advance so that we may send you a secure link to our Zoom meeting.  You can register by clicking the button below.

Below is a Prayer Guide complete with Scriptures that can help us pray for revival in our own lives and in our church. Let these pleas for individual and group revival guide you as you ask the Spirit of Jesus to revive you and New Hope so that we would return to following His word wholeheartedly and with conviction. 

Revive me.  

Pray that God will use His Word, prayer, wise counsel and accountability from His people to show you areas in your life in which you need to be challenged, corrected, encouraged and revived. 

 Psalm 119:149, Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; Revive me, O Lord, according to  Your ordinances.  

Revive us (our church)

Ask God to revive the members of New Hope in every area of our lives so that we will be a transformed people who walk according to His truth in all things.  Ask God to revive our love, care and concern for one another. 

Psalm 85:4–7, Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause Your indignation toward us to cease. Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations? Will You not Yourself revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your lovingkindness, O Lord, and grant us Your salvation.   

Close by thanking God that He has heard your prayers.  

Ending your prayers for revival with thanksgiving is an expression of faith that He is an Awesome God who is concerned and is doing something in you and in our church to revive us! 

Psalm 69:29-33 “Let your saving power protect me, O God. I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. For I know, Lord, that my praises mean more to you than all my gifts and sacrifices. All who seek You will see God do this for them, and they’ll overflow with gladness. Let this revive your hearts, all you lovers of God! For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His who are prisoners.”   

 Amen! 

family groups

At New Hope we…

Elevate prayer, worship, and the Word
Enable each person and family to grow.

We believe that this happens best when you are connected to a Family Group. Family groups are communities that study the word, pray, and fellowship together every Sunday morning. Our groups are temporarily meeting online during this time, and we would love the opportunity to get you connected today!

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