A Much Needed Update!

Greetings Church!

In just a few short weeks we will be at the halfway mark of 2022 already. And what a wonderful first half of the year we have had here at New Horizons!

We rang in the new year focused on prayer with our “Let’s P.R.A.Y.” series. We then “Made Room for More” as we journeyed through the season of Lent. And despite some grey and snowy days in April, Easter was a wonderful celebration of new life in many ways.

While we were doing all of that in worship, many other great things were happening at NHCC as well. The Pulpit Search Committee was having meetings and making progress on the beginning steps of our search for the next settled pastor of this church. The clothing ministry saw an increase in visitors and donations. Hospitals changed their visitor policies, so I have been able to visit congregation members who were in the hospital for various reasons. We started helping the guidance counselor at the Betty Jane Learning Center, with a special incentive program called “OWL Bags.” These bags filled with special treats are to offer extra encouragement for student’s attendance at school each month. The Lord’s Workers class held their annual spaghetti dinner in March, and it was a huge success. The list goes on, but like I said, many good things have been happening in the life of this church.

So, as we enter the halfway mark of 2022, let us be filled with gratitude for what has already been while we prepare for all that is ahead for the summer season.

– On Sunday May 29th, Rev. Terry Bartlett will be our guest preacher that day.

– On Sunday June 5th, our 90th Anniversary Planning Team will be leading us in a special Pentecost worship service.

(I will be on vacation from Saturday May 28th to Saturday June 11th)

– On Sunday June 12th, we will start our summer series “Building a Bigger Table.” The inspiration for this series comes from the book, “Building a Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community,” by John Pavlovitz.

Sprinkled throughout the summer we will also have more “Coffee and Conversation,” gatherings. Weather permitting, we hope to have enjoy a few Drive-In Worship services out in our parking lot again this summer. Our community Garden has already begun the work of bringing their bountiful gardens to life for the first time on our church property. Our Pulpit Search Committee will continue to meet and do work for the search and call process. Our Anniversary planning group will keep working on the plans for our 90th Anniversary celebration in September. And even though there are more odds and ends I could add to the list, I think it’s safe to say we have a very abundant summer ahead for us.

So, as we start enjoying more sunshine, warmer temperatures and longer days, my hope is that this summer is a season of continued growth and life-giving experiences for all of us. May 2022 continue to be a fruitful and exciting year here at New Horizons Christian Church. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything!

In grace and peace,

Pastor Ali

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