As we approach Holy Week and the events leading up to the Passion of Christ, I have been reflecting on what Christ taught us during His three year Ministry. Most of us have intentions of being Christlike, that is, resembling or showing the spirit of Christ. In that spirit, I want to discuss what it means to serve God through the church.
Every Sunday before the offering is taken, we are reminded to give of our time, our talents, and our finances. As you have been kept abreast of our financial picture every month, you know that expenses have exceeded income for the first two months of this year despite our best efforts to keep spending down. I know we ask frequently for you to give, volunteer, and participate. We understand that everyone has many obligations, and there are only so many hours in a day and so many dollars in the wallet.
However, we’re blessed to have a congregation that when the going gets tough, they roll up their sleeves and answer the call. We have had special General Fund donations from our members in the five figure range, above and beyond their pledged giving. We have a handful of people who put on their work clothes and donate their time and talents to repairing broken equipment, painting, reinforcing loosened coat racks, emptying out the storage areas, and so on. These are more often than not the same faces, project after project. These volunteers are so appreciated! The more of you who can help, the less we have to pay vendors to do these much needed tasks.
We are a generous church. We give in so many ways to His Place, the Dublin Food Pantry, The Salvation Army Safe House Project, and so many other outreach opportunities. We enthusiastically welcome more of you to get involved in those experiences. One of our greatest outreach opportunities is our benevolence commitment. Since New Hope’s founding in 1984, each year New Hope Church donates 10% of your gifts to local, national, and international ministries through our benevolence giving. In 2016 these gifts totaled over $105,000. To help you see where your generous giving goes, here are the ministries blessed by your gifts in 2016.
Through The Reformed Church in America’s Partnership-In-Mission program, New Hope partnered with seven RCA Missionaries in 2016, providing much needed funding to allow our missionary partners to work for justice throughout the world. These missionaries serve in Africa, Japan, Romania, Hungary, Italy, and here in the United States.
RCA Higher Education
In 2016 New Hope provided financial support to three colleges and one seminary affiliated with The Reformed Church in America. These gifts are used for scholarships and other needs.
Other Local, National, and Global Ministry Partners
Central Ohio Youth for Christ – This ministry serves youth from diverse and challenging backgrounds and helps them make positive life choices.
Columbus Tutoring Initiative – The Columbus Tutoring Initiative is a joint venture between Mission Columbus and Central Ohio Youth for Christ to provide in-school reading tutors for elementary students. New Hope supports this ministry both financially and by providing volunteer tutors.
Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) – Cru offers spiritual guidance, resources and programs through ministries for college campuses, military installations, and other outreaches.
Dublin Food Pantry – The Dublin Food Pantry collects and distributes food for hungry people in the Dublin community. New Hope supports this ministry financially, through food drives, and by providing volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity – Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization partnering with individuals, families, and volunteers to build and improve homes for families in need. New Hope is one of several churches belonging to the Habitat for Humanity Dublin Partnership, and supports this ministry both financially and by providing volunteers.
His Place – This weekly community dinner hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Church serves the people of the Franklinton neighborhood near downtown Columbus. New Hope supports His Place by providing food and volunteers several times a year.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship – This campus ministry serves more than 40,000 students and faculty nationwide, building bold, broad, and diverse witnessing communities on college campuses.
Mission Columbus – Mission Columbus promotes collaborative efforts between churches and other Christian organizations to resolve major spiritual and social needs in the City of Columbus.
Mission of Mercy – New Hope’s Mission of Mercy ministry offers financial assistance to members of our community referred to the church by schools and other local organizations.
New Hope Preschool – New Hope’s gifts help support the Preschool’s scholarship fund.
Relā – Relā is a non-profit leadership development organization inspiring and empowering people to lead with love – the essence of servant leadership.
Reliant – Reliant mobilizes church planters and missionaries to “Go and make disciples.”
Schoharie Reformed Church – New Hope’s financial gifts to this church near Albany, NY helped the church and community recover from the lasting effects of devastating flooding in 2011.
Words of Hope – This broadcast ministry proclaims the gospel through media, in the languages of the world’s peoples.
World Mission – Serving people who cannot read, World Mission provides a Talking Bible in various languages and distributes them around the world.
Young Life – This non-denominational Christian ministry builds meaningful relationships with adolescents to introduce them to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.
Thank you for your generous support of all the ways we serve God through New Hope Church. You are an important part of New Hope’s mission to Reach people for Christ, Root people in Christ, and Release people to serve Christ.
Financial Report as of February 28, 2017
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