September 2, 2018
Dear Friends and Family (Ohana):
My oldest son Lucas was a pretty rascal boy. He was prone to wander, and make my wife and I wonder… whose side of the family he takes after. I said hers, and she agreed (Praise The Lord). Suffice to say, one day at Disneyland (This past year. Just kidding), Lucas wandered away while our backs were turned for just a second (I should’ve named him “Flash”) - here one second, gone the next!
It’s a good thing I saw him. He was down a ways, and still walking away from us. I called out to him: “Luuuucas!” Wouldn’t you know it…he turned around! At least his ears worked (not his Mickey Mouse ears). I thought, “Wow! He heard his dad’s voice amidst all the noise of the crowd, people chattering, ambiance music of the park etc…he still heard me!” He came running back to us.
This reminded me of Ezekial when God spoke to him - “Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying…” (Ezekial 18:1 NASB). Ezekial heard God, and knew it was God! My point is, hearing God doesn’t depend on age, it depends on relationship.
Talking about relationship - God doesn’t just call us to “believe”, He also calls us to “belong”. This means belonging to a local community of Believers who you can identify yourself with, and call your “church family”; or Ohana!
If you want to make New Hope Las Vegas your spiritual “Ohana”; “HOME” church, and become a MEMBER - please attend our CATCH THE HEART class coming this Saturday from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. You’ll meet some of our Pastors, and Leaders; and learn about our Core Values and Beliefs. Light snacks, and beverages provided. Please register at our Connections’ Counter or call Rochelle at (702) 487-8439.
It’s been awhile, but I’ll be speaking at our WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE this week on “UNCOVERING LEGACY AND YOU”. Come and let your soul drink in God’s Presence! Then, on SUNDAY, Pastor TERRY will be sharing a message that will remind us of one our church’s core values. You should be able to guess which core value it is after you hear his message titled “SAVED FOR PURPOSE”.
CONGRATULATIONS to the 27 people who took a step of faith, and got WATER BAPTIZED last Sunday!
CELEBRATE our church’s 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY – COMING, SEPTEMBER 23RD! Start praying on who you can invite! Each one, reach one! Each one, invite one…or, more (that’s a good idea too)!
Architectural Plans for our RESTROOM EXPANSION project is still with the City for their review and approval. Meanwhile, in preparation for the CONTRUCTION PHASE, our GOAL is to raise $50,000 to pay for the construction, as well as a few unforeseen cost overages we incurred during the architectural development phase. We are also hoping that this amount will provide us with some financial margins to cover any unforeseen items that may come up during construction.
We are praying and believing that we can complete this project by mid-October 2018! If you want to be a part, and help make this happen, Please make checks payable to: New Hope Las Vegas. On the memo line write: “ADVANCE”; OR you can give through our APP (scroll to “Advance”). Thank YOU!