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Our mission is to make more and better followers of Jesus Christ.

Thank you to everyone who dropped of their shoebox or made an online donation directly through our fundraising link.  

With our donation children across the world will have the opportunity to learn about our awesome God who loves YOU and loves the children who will receive them. These boxes represent an opportunity to introduce people to Jesus, who will be their friend FOREVER!
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

November Mission Emphasis

Gift of Hope

Over the month of November, we will be collecting items for Gift of Hope which provides holiday assistance and spiritual support to needy families in our area. New Hope joins with other local churches and several organizations to provide hope and tangible resources to almost 800 families.  Our church is collecting canned fruit and toys for children ages 3-5 years old.  For more info, check out the Green Send Insert on Sunday morning.    


Upcoming Events

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.
Family Promise Host Week. The week of Nov. 25 – Dec. 2 is our host week for Family Promise, during which we will have homeless families with children staying on our church campus.  What a wonderful opportunity to share the love of Christ!  If you are interested in volunteering (there are many ways to help), contact Carolyn Bass at
Make your calendars for our Military Mailing on December 2, 2018 in S1.  

For more information contact the church office at (813) 689-4161.  
No time to do holiday baking?  No problem!  Family Promise is selling Christmas cookies on Dec. 1 & 2 in S4 to raise money for their amazing organization!  Come prepared to buy cookies for your family OR purchase cookies and donate them to our military mailing.

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?

A survey will be sent to all of you on our email list and paper copies will be available also. Your opinion matters!

For more information contact

Our DR trip in 2019 will take place June 22-29. The purpose of the trip is to plan and implement a Christ-centered camp in Bani for youth from LaHoya and Bombita, the two small villages we’ve worked with for many years.  A deposit of $100 holds your spot on the mission team and must be paid by March 1.  Total cost of the trip is $1250 per person and includes transportation, fresh water, food, housing and gas. This is a life changing experience for all involved. Contact Frankie Cross, Dominican Republic Coordinator, at (813)362-6316 for more information.
This trip is for adults and youth (rising 11thgraders and up).The mission team will train with the staff of The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Wicklow, Ireland.  Our team will learn first-hand from the staff so as to fulfill Jesus' call to become more effective peace makers in our respective spheres of influence. This trip requires a mission trip application (potential team members will be asked to discuss their walk with Jesus, previous mission experience, spiritual giftedness, among other things.) For more information, contact Rev. Vicki at or Chris Temple at
I was very fortunate to have one of the young men(23 years old) who has grown up in the COPA school in Bombita visit my family and I for a couple of days the middle of September while he was completing a work program through the university in Barahona.  We had known this young man through the many years of mission work in the Dominican Republic.  Mauricio had a promising future and his love of God was always evident in everything he did. Sadly and unexpectedly, he lost his life in a tragic auto accident in the Dominican Republic on September 24th.  This devastated his family, our mission team, and his community that our church has become so involved in.
Brian Lorentzen and I traveled to Bombita, Dominican Republic this past week-end as representatives of New Hope UMC to share God’s unfailing love with Mauricio’s family and community.  We were able to meet with Mauricio’s entire family for a couple of hours in their home. The family seems to be coping except for his sweet mother who is really broken and needs our prayers.  Through interpreters we were able to express to them how much Mauricio had meant to the entire mission team and what a joy it was for us to be able to share a couple of days with him in our home.  We told them what a blessing he was to everyone and how deeply sorry we were for their loss.  We know he is walking with God and singing his beautiful music.  We assured them that God did not cause this to happen but that He is with them walking this tough journey with them.  We presented them with a “Extra Bright Star” in the constellation, Pegasis, that is forever named Mauricio Luis.
Sunday morning we worshipped in LaHoya and were welcomed to church as “part of our family has returned” to us.  New Hope is blessed to have an extension of our church family in the Dominican Republic. Thank you so much for this privilege of sharing God’s love and encouragement with our church families in LaHoya and Bombita. New Hope is prayed for every day by our friends there and they continue to tell us how much it means to them to have our church praying for them.

Frankie Cross
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