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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 22, 2018 
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. 

Much Change, Many Opportunities, One Foundation
“As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like.  They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.  When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.  Luke 6:47-48
With great change comes great opportunity.  At New Hope, we are in a season of great change, including challenges that range from construction of new buildings, to new missions and ministries, to debate about the future of our denomination.  During a time of great change it is important for us as a Church called New Hope to affirm what we stand for and where we are going.  
For the past two years, the leadership of the church in general and a small team specifically has been working to define those things.  You have heard and read some of the output of this work during that time. 
-The fine-tuning of our mission statement: To make more and better followers of Jesus; 
-The articulation of our vision to be a church that is Rooted in Scripture, Renewed by the Holy Spirit and Reaching with the love of Jesus into the communities we serve; 
-The “Why” that drives us: For what He has done FOR and IN us; and
-The strategies to move us forward, including growing deeper and wider through our Discipleship process: Reach, Connect, Grow and Send.  
Over the next few weeks the newsletter will contain a series of articles or “briefings” that go deeper into the foundation and direction of New Hope as we see it.  For us to move forward as a truly unified church, we all need to be committed to these things, and we believe we are. Given that shared commitment, we can seize the opportunities confronting us in this moment and into the future.  We can evolve current ministries and define new ones that, being aligned on the foundation, allow us to be the best church for the communities we serve.  And, by the Holy Spirit, we can equip an ever growing number of Passionately Spiritual Disciples to become the Passionately Spiritual Leaders needed to grow the Kingdom and glorify God.  
Stay tuned!  
Prayer: Holy Spirit, renew us.  Guide and equip us to become passionate followers of Jesus. Fill us with wisdom to lead New Hope so that we may weather the storms that face us and seize the opportunities you give us to grow God’s Kingdom.  Help us stay focused on Jesus Christ, who has done more for us and in us than we can comprehend.  Upon this true foundation, we trust that, as one unified body, we will make more and better followers of Jesus, right here, right now, and always.  Amen.  
Paul Brooks, Chair of the Operational Team and member of the Leadership Team

  Click HERE to view 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
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!
All of us are invited to come and pray in the Sanctuary at 9am on Monday, Christmas Eve, as we prepare for four worship services and to receive many people with joy and hospitality. Pray that we will always be rooted in God's Word, renewed by God's Spirit, and reaching out with the love of Jesus in our community and world.
Dallas 1 is completing work on the retention pond and all grading is expected to be completed by Friday, December 21.  Next the McCullagh and Scott contractors start their prepping of the building pad.  Plumbing, electrical, and forming are all expected to take several weeks.  A lot of things have to be completed and inspected before the concrete can be poured.  
Things are moving forward!  Please direct any questions directly to me at
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.  

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
A note of gratitude for the support (and cookies) provided by the congregation of New Hope United Methodist Church through our Military Mailout from CSM Tim Metheny. 

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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