Welcome!


New Hope Church family and friends,


With the precautions being taken to lessen the spread of COVID-19, church gatherings will look different--but we are still the Church! 


For Christians, this means comfort (we are in Jesus' hands no matter what), and a calling (to continue to live well as God's people in the world). And no matter where you're coming from or what you believe right now, we welcome you to connect if you would like to know more about the confidence you can have in Jesus even in times like this. Email info@newhopebgr.org if you would like instructions about how to access our online worship services (every Sunday at 10am) or other small groups over Zoom, or if you have other questions.


As "a hospital, not a fortress", we still have our mission: To make more and fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. God can work powerfully even through the worst crises. And when a measure of isolation is needed, "gathering" however we can to build one another up in the Lord is crucial. Below are some ways this will continue at New Hope, while looking different over the next weeks. 

 

If you would like to stay up-to-date on what is happening at New Hope, follow our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/newhopechurchbgr/.

 

PRAYING

  • If you would like to receive resources to aid in memorizing a psalm together as a congregation during this time, email info@newhopebgr.org. The psalms can shape your prayers during everyday life and times like this. 
  • The weekly prayer meeting will continue virtually at 12pm on Wednesdays. 
  • Prayer time from 9-9:30am every Sunday morning, via Zoom. All are welcome to join in praying for God to work powerfully in and through the Sunday worship service.

GROWING

  • We will be holding the 10am Sunday worship services over Zoom 
  • Family devotions: This is a fitting time to take ownership of discipling within the home. Here is a link to family devotions put out by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC.

GOING

  • See the New Hope Facebook page for articles on what it can look like to live well as God's people and reach out to others in the midst of a pandemic.
  • Manna Ministries (at The Brick Church on Union Street) is are still providing meals to those in need, but their supplies have become depleted. They need food items such as soup, baked beans, canned vegetables, tuna fish, spaghetti sauce, pasta, etc. If you have some contributions to drop off, contact Manna Ministries at 207-852-5635.
  • Pray for family/neighbors/co-workers/friends, reach out to those who might be in need (either due to material needs or who are just anxious and afraid), and ask God for opportunities to share the hope you have in Christ. If you come across a need you can't meet, get in touch with your Care Group leader (Care Groups are listed in the directory here) to see if New Hope has resources to help. 

GIVING

  • Finally, during this time in which we will not be meeting in person, mail your tithes and offerings to New Hope Church / Attn: Jody / 157 Park Street, Suite 23, Bangor, ME 04401. There is also an online giving option: http://newhopebgr.org/giving-online. However, mailing a check is preferential as PayPal subtracts a percentage of every gift for each online gift. 

To access meetings taking place via Zoom: 

  • Choose your preferred device (a computer with a webcam or a smartphone are best; if those are not an option there is a way to call in to the Zoom meeting, though we have not tested this feature yet).
  • Go to the New Hope weekly calendar at newhopebgr.org/calendar.
  • Click on the event you wish to participate in (i.e. "Sunday Worship" or "Prayer Meeting").
  • Click on the link provided (underlined and in blue) to join the meeting.
  • You may need to input the password. (Email info@newhopebgr.org if you do not know the password. You are welcome to share it or the direct Zoom link with others you would like to invite, but please do not post them publicly).
  • If you have not already downloaded Zoom, you will be prompted to do so. We would recommend having done so before the meeting is scheduled to begin so you aren't having to navigate it then. 

And finally, in this season of life, what is God calling you to? What is He wanting to do in and through you? Be open and receptive to Him working through this time to do good work in and through you! The safest and best place you can be is in His will, walking with Him, seeking His kingdom first.

 

Jesus’ words to His followers in Luke 12: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear…But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (NIV)

 

In His grip,

Pastor Jonathan

 

Sunday worship: 10am at Penobscot Christian School: 1423 Ohio Street, Bangor, ME 04401 (you will see New Hope's sign below a sign for PCS). See "What to Expect" under "About Us" for more info. We hope to see you there!

Church office/mailing address: 157 Park Street, Suite 23, Bangor, ME 04401 (info@newhopebgr.org; 207-992-2223)

Welcome!

New Hope is a gathering of forgiven people who trust in Jesus, and who still need God’s grace and power daily. We are one congregation within the Christian Church throughout the world and throughout time, and we also identify as “Reformed” (which I like to describe as the conviction that God is more stubborn in pursuing us with His grace than we are in running from Him).

In addition, at New Hope we believe that the church is called to be a hospital, not just a fortress: While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” (Matthew 9:10-13, NIV)

This means that the church is a place of healing. We meet Jesus, find that He heals our broken relationship with God and with others: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-19, NIV)

The church is also a place of worship. Even more than the best surgeon receives praise, God alone restores us to wholeness, and He alone deserves all the praise. Only in a posture of worship do we discover the life we were meant to live.

The church is also a place of equipping. Think of physical therapists in a hospital, pushing those in recovery to stretch and grow stronger, equipping them to be able to do more.

The church is also a place of battling. Like a hospital fights disease and infection, we are called to engage in battle against the enemy and all forces of evil—with the presence and armor of God.

The church is also a place of serving. As we continue to experience Jesus’ healing work in us, we find that He also enables us to serve one another—almost as if hospital patients were also equipped to serve as aides.

The church is also a place of sending. As we continue to receive Jesus’ gracious claim on us, He also sends us out to invite others in. The church is like a hospital that actively goes out looking for those who—no more or less than each of us—need Jesus.

New Hope is for those who know they need more and want to encounter Jesus. We welcome you to join us as we come to know our Creator and God, through Jesus our Lord!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email.

Pastor Jonathan Fischer (jfischer@newhopebgr.org; 207-992-2223)      

 

 

 

 

Cancellation of services due to inclement weather will be announced on WLBZ Channel 2 and New Hope Church's Facebook page (see website footer).

 

Photo of stars by Jacob Marchio (used with permission).