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In an effort to help flatten the curve and take actions that limit potential spreading of the disease, the church office will be closed to visitors, effective immediately. All meetings will use Zoom, or other digital forms of connecting. Church staff is committed to following the advisement of our health professionals and flattening the curve, by participating in social isolation. If you need to get a hold of any of the staff, please call. All voicemails left here will be forwarded to an email alert system and then checked by staff for reply. Services will be available online each Saturday for your enrichment. See our worship service video page.
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We believe that the door to salvation is always open and so are the doors to our church. Our mission is to be fully devoted to Jesus by opening our arms to those in search of the truth. We show God’s love and concern for our fellow man at every opportunity. Through works of charity and opening our doors to listen and love, we feel that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
Dear Sisters and Brothers of New Hope Parish,
These are truly some of the most challenging times many of us have seen, in many years for some and in their
lifetimes for others. In less than two months, we have seen this pandemic go from a few known cases in the
United States to, as I am writing this letter, more than 15,000 cases. That is nearly half the population of
Miami County. Although this is something that we need to take seriously, it is not something that we need
Forgive the relatively simplistic analogy, but it is something like when my daughter crosses Baptiste Drive
going to school. She doesn’t stand at the corner in fear of crossing the street, nor does she ignore the warning
signs; instead, she follows the warning signs and proceeds with caution while paying attention to what’s going
on around her. Praise God for our health care workers who have spent many years going to school and
training to help be God’s tools to help keep us healthy. They have told us that this is something we must not
ignore and also what to do to help slow and eventually stop the spread of Covid-19.
Regardless of what is going on locally or globally, we can take refuge in the comfort that God is there with
each of us and that we will make it through this storm with God’s help and guidance. The sessions of New
Hope Parish have each decided to remain cautious and heed the warnings that have been given us. Beginning
Sunday, March 29 we will no longer be gathering in our church buildings in person; instead, we will gather
together in Spirit, in our homes around our computers, or if you’d prefer, DVD players, to participate in
worship in a different way. These will be short, intimate services and will be made available each Sunday on
the Parish website at www.nhparish.org. If you’d like a DVD copy, contact either the Osawatomie or Paola
church offices. Unless something changes and we are told to do otherwise, both Osawatomie and Paola
church offices will remain open. Osawatomie’s hours will remain Tuesday through Thursday from 9AM –
12noon while Paola will go from 1PM – 3PM Tuesday through Thursday.
Just because we should not meet together in person, doesn’t mean we can’t still get together in other ways.
We’ll still have our Fellowship & Outreach Team meeting; it’ll just be online. To attend this or any other
meetings, go to the church calendar at www.nhparish.org, find the meeting or event, click on it to make it
bigger, and then click the link for more details to see a link to the Zoom meeting. And if you have problems,
give me a call. It may take a few times, but together, we will make it work.
In addition to the Zoom meetings, we are planning a Zoom Bible Study and I will be setting up a time for a
Zoom Fellowship time where we can get together and share what’s going on. Even though we need to
maintain a physical distance, we must stay close together emotionally and spiritually.
Visitations have always been a challenge, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, our wonderful members of
session and some other wonderful Parish family members, we are going to work hard to make sure everyone
remains in contact with each other and that any needs, physical or spiritual, are being met. If you’d like to help
out, please give me a call or drop me an email.
Again, remember that we serve an awesome God. God will see us through these times. Yes, we may need to
make some provisions and may have to step outside our comfort zones, but with God’s help, and together, we
will see it through. Remember Jesus’ words from Luke 12:29-32 “What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax,
not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the
way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality,
God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of
missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.” (MSG)
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me for anything and be sure to stay in touch with each other too. Like
the great Gospel song says, “We shall overcome” and overcome we shall.
Blessings and peace,
Pastor Paul – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Phone: 913.259.4235 – www.nhparish.org
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