This Weeks Scoop

Here’s the scoop for what you need to know to stay in the loop here at New Horizons.

-Food Pantry needs: Our food pantry is still in need of items. Our supply is low so please consider donating non-perishable items so that we can continue to help those in our neighborhood and community. If you choose to donate monetarily, please make note either on your check or through your Givelify donation that your giving is for the “food pantry.”

-Work Party: This Sunday, June 26th is our first work party. We will be outside giving our our property some TLC. We will start right after worship and work for a few hours. Feel free to bring yourself a snack and stay as long as you are able. We will have water available so feel free to bring your refillable water bottles with you.

-Graduates: If you graduated high school, college, or a different program this year, we’d like to celebrate with you. Please let Rose know as we will be celebrating our graduates Sunday, July 10th.

Our Summer Worship Series, “Building a Bigger Table” has been going well. This week we continue the building with “Finding the Right Material.” Join us for worship in person or online on our YouTube channel.

If you need anything, feel free to call the church office or contact Pastor Ali.


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


Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Holy week and Easter are just around the corner.

Here is the schedule for that week. If you need further information feel free to contact the church at any time.

Sunday April 10th : Palm Sunday

Thursday April 14th: Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary

Friday April 15th: Prayer Vigil from 7am to 7pm at the church. If you would like to come pray at any time during Good Friday, feel free to stop by the church and pray.

Sunday April 17th: Easter Sunday. Worship will be at 10:45 am and will be live streamed as always.


January Updates

Things happening at New Horizons in the month of January…

Starting on Sunday, January 16th, in person worship will resume.

There will be a Congregational Meeting on Sunday Jan. 16th following worship. We will be voting on the new slate of officers that will begin their new term at the end of January.

Sunday, January 30th, we will have our Officer Installation and Commissioning of our Pulpit Search Committee during worship.

Below is our list of Covid guidelines we are asking be followed during the month of January.

-If you are not feeling well, please do NOT attend worship in person.

-If you have tested positive for Covid and are still contagious, please do NOT attend worship in person.

-We continue to ask that masks are worn while you are in the building.

-We ask the social distancing to be maintained as much as possible.

-Worship and Wonder will continue to be on hold for the month of January.

There will always be an online option for worship. Please make the decision that is best for you and your family regarding whether to attend worship in person.


Worship Changes

The Elders, Re-opening Team, and Pastor Ali have discussed the rapid increase of Covid cases and how quickly those numbers continue to rise. After sharing some different thoughts and insights, the Elders, Re-opening Team and Pastor Ali agreed upon the following plan of action for our church community.

1) Worship for the next two Sundays is ONLINE ONLY. Sunday January 2nd and Sunday January 9th, no in person gathering at the church. 
2) Sunday School Classes will postpone meeting during the month of January
3) Worship and Wonder will be postponed during the month of January

The Elders, Re-opening Team and Pastor Ali  will meet again in two weeks to reassess things and determine our path forward. 

This is not the way we hoped to ring in the New Year, but we can’t change the circumstances. All we can do is come together and make the best decisions that respond to our situation with love and care for all people. 

Rose and Ali will continue to have office hours at the church so if you need anything, feel free to contact Rose or Ali anytime. 
New Year blessings to you all and we will see you online Sunday!