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  • 7301 Shallowford Road
    Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421
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Sunday
  • Adult Bible Study
    – 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
  • Worship
    – 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
Monday
  • Prayer Group
    – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Wednesday
  • Brown Bag Dinner & Bible Study
    – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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Candace Worth

Candace's Pastoral Ponders...

Candace's Pastoral Ponders...

Whew!  May was a busy month for New Hope and for me.  At New Hope, we have negotiated the sale of our current property and are on the way to closing on another.  (See next article for details)  We are putting the final touches on our VBS PEACE LAB.  In my personal life, Greer has finished the 5th grade and is on her way to Middle School!  Our elementary days are over.  We are preparing to move out of our “temporary housing” in Ooltewah now that we have sold our home in North Carolina.  We have found a house where we can feel more settled and maybe even invite some people over.  We are set to close the 14th of June, so it will be a full month as well.  
 
June is upon us; it’s summertime.  For many of us, even those that still have regular work hours, summertime is seen as a time to relax, take a break or vacation. That goes for many churches as well.  Attendance goes down and activities take a break.  New Hope does this as well.  We discontinue Wednesday night Bible Study, Youth Group, potlucks and the choir sings less complicated music.  It is hard to tell which came first—if the low attendance caused the activities to stop or the other way around.  Never the less, we tend to sigh with relief that schedules are less hectic.  
 
We have entered into the Ordinary Time of the Church calendar.  The next great season is Advent.  Some of us might think that this is a time when it’s OK to not be as attentive to our faith.  But that is never the case.  I was recently told by a session member that a request for help was turned down because that person had ‘already served their time’.  While we might retire from our jobs, there are a few things from which we can never retire.  Parenting is one of them.  Learning is another.  The most important is our service to Christ.  Yes, our service can change due to life circumstances, but it never ends. While studying for a class recently, I came across this poetic verse:
 
Life can never be dull again 
When once we’ve thrown our windows open wide
And seen the mighty world that lies outside,
And whispered to ourselves this wondrous thing,
‘We’re wanted for the business of the King!’
 
I know my live has been many things, but definitely never dull.  I am constantly amazed and blessed by God.  I pray that you too realize how much these words apply to anyone who follows Christ.