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New Hope Presbyterian Church
  • 7301 Shallowford Road
    Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421
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Regular Schedule
  • Adult Bible Study
    – 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
  • Worship
    – 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
  • Prayer Group
    – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Brown Bag Dinner & Bible Study
    – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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Candace Worth

Candace's Pastoral Ponders...

October is probably my favorite month of the year. Just thinking about it lifts my spirit.  The weather is still warm, but the humidity is low with a gentle breeze.  The leaves are turning from green to bright yellow and to deep red.  Greer and I get to make our annual family trip to the North Carolina State Fair.  (Think roasted corn, honey cotton candy, bluegrass, Ferris Wheels, giant vegetables, heritage arts, and milking cows.)  Oh yeah, there’s my wedding anniversary too. October is also one of the last months in the church year before the busy times of Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas.
This October at New Hope presents us with some exciting opportunities.  On the 7th we have the pleasure of hosting the international peacemaker Reverend Jerome Bizimana Nkumbuyinka from Rwanda.  His hard work is a witness to what the love of God can do by bringing reconciliation in a country ravaged by genocide and civil war.  His is a word of hope in this time of turmoil and fracturing within our own society.  I encourage you to come and hear what he has to say.  

On October 16, New Hope will go before the City Council to plead our case for keeping the left turn lane from Shallowford onto Napier open. Once again it is vital that we all attend to show our support and that we pray about this matter. The Council’s decision affects not only New Hope, but also the many groups which we serve as well as the ministries of our Presbytery and sister congregations.  

Finally, I have noticed a spirit of despair creeping into our congregation over the last few months.  The time that I have walked with you all has been a time of great loss and dramatic change.  I know it was not what I was expecting when I accepted this call.  However, I see God doing amazing things within New Hope and opening up to us new opportunities for ministry and discipleship.  Once again, I am reminded that God is in control and has a future which is brighter than we can sometimes imagine.  That doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be struggles.  We need to hold on to the fact that God is with us and trust in God’s plan for our future ministries here in Chattanooga.  It might seem bleak, but throughout the Bible there are examples of the amazing things God has done in the lives of those who thought their time had passed—Abraham and Sarah, Zechariah and Elizabeth, Hannah, Ruth and Naomi, Joseph  during his years in Egyptian captivity.  These were all ordinary people just like you and me.  God is still working through ordinary people today.  God’s will be done!