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Our mission is to make more and better followers of Jesus Christ.
Updated Financial Summaries are available in the narthex on the Info Wall.  
December 14, 2018 E-Newsletter 
Leadership Corner
Over the next several weeks we will be posting information regarding the structure of leadership here at New Hope United Methodist Church.  We will also highlight some of the amazing work that is being done in our different ministry areas. Hardcopies of these documents will be available on the info wall located in the Narthex.  
If you have any questions you can reach out to Pastor Jamie directly at or
at (813) 689-4161. 

New Hope United Methodist Church Leadership Structure
While somewhat different than many longtime United Methodists may remember our structure isn’t unique; rather it is has been adopted by many UMC across Florida when approved by the District Superintendent and by a vote of the Charge Conference, which we accomplished in May 2017. 
Leadership Team(LT)
This team has the legislative responsibility to oversee New Hope UMC. This team is made up of a number of laity, staff members, and pastors. We anticipate each leader will be in alignment with and the stewards of our:
Mission- to make more and better followers of Jesus Christ
Vision- to be Rooted in God’s Word, Renewed by the Holy Spirit, and Reaching out with the love of Jesus in the community and world
Values- love Jesus, care about all people, follow God’s guidance, seek to live out truth with grace, work in teams and value everyone’s input, and are open to taking risks and making bold decisions.
The LT is responsible for making really big decisions (for instance, adopting a new campus, initiating the name change, approving a Capital Campaign) brought by the Executive Team or the Operational Team. The LT engages in prayerful discernment about ways to strengthen and protect the unity of New Hope around issues of ministry and mission strategies, theology, and the future of this church.
Executive Team (ET)
This is a task team of laity and the Senior Pastor and is made up of three functions vital in our life together: Trustees, Finance, and Staff-Parish Relations; that is, property and facility management, how we raise enough funds to pay for everything we are called to accomplish with God’s help, and issues related to staffing. This group handles many of the day to day practical concerns that need immediate attention. 

Operational Team (OT) 
The OT does the adaptive work of New Hope, which means we ask what our unique challenges as a church are today and what challenges we anticipate in the years to come. The OT has authority, but no power; that is, this Team brings new initiatives and proposals to the LT or the ET for formal approval, and is comprised of laity and pastoral staff. The OT meets 8 hours per month with the help of a ministry coach from Spiritual Leadership Incorporated (SLI), retired UMC Bishop Al Gwinn. This team helps all our ministry teams be in alignment with our mission, vision, and values as well by seeking to develop fruitful systems and strategies and create generative teams as we use what is called “the L3 model” of loving, learning, and leading. It also serves as the Leadership and Nominations Development Team responsible for discerning, developing, and deploying new leaders.
Building Team (BT)
We currently have a BT, and we look forward to the day when this ad hoc committee will no longer be necessary! For now, however, this group, under the authority of the LT, has the primary responsibility for everything related to the building of our new Social Hall. 
There are many other opportunities to be a leader at New Hope by…leading something! We have all kinds of additional ways to serve and lead by being on any one of a number of other teams, for instance, the Connect Team, Missions Team, Connect Group Leader, United Methodist Women or Men, Children or Student Ministry Team, etc. 

 Click HERE to download our Church Leader Listing
**Copies are also available on the info wall located in the Narthex**
Our church family invites you to join us this Holiday Season 

Christmas Eve Worship Services
3:00pm - Traditional Worship
5:00pm - Bilingual Family Worship
7:00pm - Causal Modern Worship
9:00pm - Bell Choir and Communion

Be sure to pick up an invite card from the Welcome Desk and invite your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to join us as well celebrate Christmas at New Hope United Methodist Church. 
Year End Giving Update
Thank you so much for your generous giving to our New Hope UMC general operating budget and to our Capital Campaign for our new Social Hall and renovated New Hope Life Center. As it relates to YEAR END GIVING...for your donations to be credited for tax purposes the Church must receive your yearend giving by midnight December 31 or it must be postmarked in 2018.
If you have any questions please contact John Overstreet.  

New Hope Life Center Tour

Due to the bad weather last weekend we will have the New Hope Life Center open this Sunday after the 8:00am service until 12:30pm.  
You will be able to check out everything that has been going on inside the building and get a feel for how the finished project will look. 
Looking for a place to serve? Let us find your best fit! Contact the church office at (813) 689-4161 for more information on available opportunities. 
You can also complete THIS FORM and we will be in touch soon!
Join us as we begin a new adventure in prayer. Every Monday at 9:00am the Sanctuary will be open for staff, church leaders, and all members and friends of New Hope for a time of prayer. Please join us as you are able.


We want your opinion on how we’re doing in communicating: What’s working? Where could we do better? How do you want to be communicated with?

Our Communication Survey was sent out on Monday, December 3rd.  If you did not receive the email please contact Mandy New and a new link can be emailed to you.  You may also pick-up a paper version of the survey on the Welcome Desk in the Sanctuary.  Please return any paper copies of the completed survey to the Welcome Desk no later than December 17th.  
For more information contact

December Mission Emphasis

   Zoe is our newest international mission partner. 
   The work they do is incredible - it's all about empowering
    orphans so that never have to accept charity again.  New Hope will have an empowerment group in Zimbabwe over the next three years. Children in the group will be offered skills and resources to start their own businesses, educational guidance, and emotional and spiritual support. Do you think God might be calling you to go to Zimbabwe and meet the children in our empowerment group?  If so, contact Rev. Vicki.  Maybe you want to offer support in other ways.  We will have "alternative Christmas gifts" outside on the patio starting the first Sunday in December - all proceeds go to our specific empowerment group. 
Want more info on Zoe? Go to

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00pm
Next Wednesday we will be going Christmas Caroling! Join us as we take The Table on the move throughout our neighborhood to spread some holiday cheer! Dinner will start at 6:00pm in Logan Hall and we will head out at 7:00pm for caroling.
For more information contact Shelly Wilson,
Monday, December 17th@ Bowling 9:00pm - Oakfield Lanes
Sunday, December 22nd @ 7:30pm (Kayla Wilson’s home) - Young Adult Christmas Bonfire & Ornament exchange gathering $5 min

Monday, December 24th  Ushers/greeters for 5:00pm Family Christmas Eve Service (You will enjoy this opportunity I guarantee it!)

Young Adults are invited to join us Sunday morning at 11:00 am upstairs in the Wesley Building and on Wednesday evening at 5:30pm in the NH Kids Building.  

For more information contact  AJ Rodriguez,
I invite you to join me on a 10-Day Journey through the Bible tourto the Holy Land that will expand your knowledge of the God’s Word in this sacred land. We’ll follow in the footsteps of Jesus, Paul, Samuel, and David, which will transform the way you read the Bible. For many people this is the trip of a lifetime. From Oct. 28, 2019 - Nov. 6, 2019 we will travel with Educational Opportunities. Please consider this my personal invitation to be a part of this adventure of faith. For more information on the trip, pick up a “Journey through the Holy Land” brochure in the kiosk of the Lobby. This trip would even make a great Christmas present, because you would get to see the birthplace of Jesus!
Save the date and bring your family and friends,
Pastor Jamie 

P.S. Or you can check out this link right now:
Fore more information on upcoming Mission Trips contact the church office at (813) 689-4161 or visit  
The UMW thanks everyone who supported our 48th Annual Pecan Sale.  Because of your help, we are able to support both local and international missions.  Special thanks to the Pecan Committee, UMW volunteers, muscle men, Youth, and grandchildren who helped with the sale.  

Do you have a glory sighting you want to share?  Submit stories to Mandy New, and we will share the Good News for everyone to hear! 
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