We continue to worship in the Pavilion in order to be as safe as possible from the corona virus. It has actually been a blessing. The Revival River Band is better than ever. People are doing their best with the adjustments. The fellowship is refreshing. And the presence of the Holy Spirit breathes across us like a breath of fresh air from heaven. Reverend Ashley's sermon this week will be “The Sower Who Went Out To Sow." The evil one tries to steal the harvest but the Lord prevails with an abundant harvest. We invite you to join us for worship. The services are also being presented on Facebook. While we are worshiping in the Pavilion, we are going to take advantage of the opportunity to do some much-needed freshening up of the chapel. Thank you for your patience and loving support.
"Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
I wanted to send you an Easter Greeting and Blessing. May the resurrection power of God flow through you today. May you be surrounded with love. Let hope abound! Squash all the silly attempts of the evil one. Take time to share the stories of Jesus.
We will not have services at the chapel tomorrow. The cable will be open for people who would like to drive by and say their prayers. We are posting an Easter message on Facebook. We have done posts for Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday on Facebook under New Hope Chapel.
He Is Risen!
We would like to thank you for your continued faithful support. Although we cannot gather, we have tried to communicate through Facebook. We do have a Maundy Thursday and an Easter program planned. We are still praying on Tuesday evenings at 7, although it is prayer where you are. Pray Home!
We continue to lift up the church family daily. If there are specific needs, we would love to help. Generous people are still sending their tithes and offerings. It is wonderful to hear from our friends.
God bless you,
“To the Pilgrims…Grace to you and peace be multiplied.” (1Peter 1:1&2)
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”
(2 Peter 1:2)
“That which we have seen and heard we declare to you….” (1 John 1:3) “Grace, mercy and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.” (2 John1:3)
“To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ; Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” (Jude 1:1&2)
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
These words are greetings from the apostles to struggling Christians during times of great persecution and unrest. Paul writes of the sufferings he endured for the gospel: “…in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness--” (2 Corinthians 11:23-27)
These difficulties experienced by the saints are vivid reminders that God rules and comforts in even the most difficult of times. I received a greeting from one of our church family saying words of comfort and encouragement we have sent out from our Facebook page brought much comfort. “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul.” (Psalm 94:19) That is our goal during these difficult times.
Our Sunday morning services are suspended for the time being. But we had an amazingly wonderful experience in our prayer meeting on Tuesday night. My son, Luke, arranged for us to meet in teleconferencing. The people who were at the last Tuesday night prayer meeting on the hill were invited to join in a teleconferencing prayer meeting. In the midst of a tornado watch, with thunderclaps and lightning bolts, we prayed. It was surreal! The presence of the Lord was in our prayers. The storm ceased. It was like Revival River Band’s song -- we will praise you in this storm. God is so good! We prayed for you, among other things.
We have made an effort to communicate through Facebook. We will seek other avenues to stay in prayer and worship and in touch. Please let us know how you are doing. Our prayers are not hindered. Our well wishes are strong. We just miss you. We really miss being together and seeing your faces.
May the Lord bless you and keep you until we meet again.
“Till we meet… Till we meet… Till we meet at Jesus’ feet. God be with you till we meet again!”
P.S. Please like us on Facebook! We can keep up better on that venue.
P.P.S. Some have asked about their tithes and offerings. We are trying to set up a way to make an offering online. In the meanwhile, people are invited to send their offerings to New Hope Chapel, 2000 Hwy 130 E, Shelbyville, TN 37160. Thank you so much.
God bless us all!
New Hope Chapel is a House of Prayer.
Jesus quoted Isaiah 56:7 when he said, “It is written: My house shall be called a house of prayer.”
We invite you to join us in prayer on Tuesday nights at 7 o'clock. Several people join us in prayer from home. We have seen large crowds with signs and wonders. We have had quiet evenings with just a few people praying and believing.
In whatever way you can join us in prayer, you are welcome.
God Bless All Affected by Storms and Outbreaks.
People are asking, “What can we do to help those in need? What do we do to prepare for things like virus outbreaks and devastating storms?”
We might buy one extra of the regular items we buy. We know a need will arise, and if we already have items to share in an emergency, we’ll be ready. It seems to me that it would be less expensive, and easier to store, to buy one extra item from time to time, than a great deal all at once. So if each person buys one extra of something they are buying for their normal use, we could call it “Buy One, Get One For Thee” -- Thee being the Lord, to direct how it should be used. I am confident He would lead each individual.
“Share your bread with the hungry.”
“Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?”
“You give them something to eat.”
“If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?”
We already have many opportunities to share: Good Samaritan, God Can, Outreach, Soup Kitchen, and others. This would not be in place of the existing services but in addition to them. With natural disasters, violence, and medical outbreaks abounding,
it would behoove us to find ways to be prepared so that we can be of service. We are ripe for another great awakening. People will be driven to their knees to surrender and pray.
We have been donating breakfast items to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry here in Shelbyville for over two years now, and they appreciate your help tremendously. Items such as cereal, oatmeal, toaster pastries, granola bars, or anything else you would like to contribute are most welcome. We collect the donations on the second Sunday of each month, but any time you might feel like bringing something in is a good time. Thank you so much for all you do for those who are in need.
We and the Food Pantry are adjusting to new conditions with the corona virus affecting how they operate and how we collect food items safely. If you are uncomfortable donating items at this time, they understand. If you wish to wait and bring them in at another time, that is also okay. We wish to support our community while keeping everybody as safe as possible.
We continue to serve our community by helping with the Bedford County Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen has grown out of a ministry of the Bedford County Ministerial Association, and it is now a freestanding ministry located at First United Methodist Church on the town square. Every Tuesday evening there is a free meal available for all who come. It is prepared, served, and cleaned up by volunteers. We have the invitation to participate each month.
For now, the Soup Kitchen is serving take-out meals at the old Save-A-Lot store on Cannon Blvd each Tuesday, due to the Methodist Church kitchen being closed because of the corona virus. Management of this facility is evolving and we hope to be back in a normal rotation of helping soon.
If your soul is hungry, one of the best ways to feed it is to volunteer to help in the Soup Kitchen.
Several people struggled and read the entire plan for last year. We found it to be a blessing. It is spiritually powerful to have the Word of God read out loud in our homes daily. It is encouraging to know that others are reading the same thing at the same time. This year we are recommending a simpler plan. The Moody Church in Chicago has a plan that includes the New Testament for the entire year. It is more like one chapter a day for five days a week. We invite you to join us in The New Testament In A Year Reading Plan this year. There are copies of the plan available at the church, or you can click the button below for a downloadable PDF file.