New Hope’s New Beginnings

September 17, 2013

On Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, NHF installed her new senior pastor, Ryan Miller, and 2 additional elders, Tim Kang and Alex Lee.  The special worship service was marked by vows of faith, dedication and service by Ryan and the elders, as well as a special time of prayer and blessings for Ryan’s wife Tonya, and the elders’ wives, Christine An (Chae’s wife), Jihye Kim (Tim’s wife) and Sharon Lee (Alex’s wife).  NHF is excited to receive and participate in all that God has for our community under the guidance and shepherding of these new leaders.

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The week of Sept. 8, 2013 also saw the kick-off of the Women’s Ministry’s Bible study in the BOOK OF JAMES.  For 10 weeks this autumn, NHF’s women will be delving into the book of James, using Tim Keller’s sermons and study guide as primary resources.  Groups meet on Sunday evenings, Tuesday evenings and Friday mornings, and have been kept small so that conversation, sharing, soul-care and prayer can be maximized.

Please be praying that NHF’s women would experience great strides in spiritual formation as they study James together, and that ultimately, they would know the Father’s love, and be empowered to thrive in it.

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Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 is the kick-off event to launch the new Men’s Ministry Discipleship Study.  For the next 6 months, NHF’s brothers will be reading The Trellis and the Vine together, spending time discussing, vision-casting, and praying.  The men will have a kick-off barbecue on the evening of Sept. 21st, before starting their meetings on the morning of Sept. 28th (gathering every other Saturday morning).

Please be praying that NHF’s men would be blessed not only by studying and engaging with their minds, but also by loving Jesus with all their hearts, receiving the Father’s love with open hands, and sharing that love with each other in the depths of brotherhood and friendship.

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Finally, September also marks the month when we send out one of our own – Rebecca McAteer – to a 2-year commitment at Tansen Mission Hospital, in the central Himalayas of Nepal.  While World Medical Mission is Becca’s sending organization, we are her sending church, and we do so with great excitement and great faith that God will move powerfully in Becca’s heart and in her life over the next 2 years, and move powerfully through Becca to touch the bodies and souls of many Nepali and Indian patients.

Please keep up to date with Becca at her blog, Where God Calls.  To support Becca’s commitment to Nepal, you may donate through Samaritan’s Purse World Medical Mission page.

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On Saturday, Oct. 3rd, the NHF Men joined together for a 2 hour breakfast at the Doral Arrowwood resort in Rye.  Acting as if they didn’t eat all week, they stuffed themselves with plates piled high of waffles, omelettes, bacon, cereals, fruit, and a few cups of hot brew. Soon thereafter, they joined together in a conference room to discuss the life of William Wilberforce, the British politician, philanthropist, leader who abolished the slave trade, child of God, and brother in Christ.

After a great time of prayer and reflection, the men took advantage of the open Saturday to enjoy the golf links and tennis courts of Westchester County. For pictures, please click here.

If you have not been able to join for a Band of Brothers meeting, we would love for you to join this fall.

courtesy of Andrew K., NHF News Special Correspondent

This past Sunday, NHF played their first playoff game against Chodae KM, a team that they had already beaten twice during the regular season.  Despite missing many of their regulars, NHF was looking to carry the momentum gained from winning their last 4 games of the season into the playoffs.  However, the high-octane offense of Chodae proved to be too much for NHF to handle.

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It’s late and it’s been a long day, but in case you were waiting by your computer with bated breath, refreshing your browser over and over again to see if a recap of NHF’s day at the Westchester County Asian American Heritage Festival had been posted, here’s a little tidbit.  (When we’ve all slept off our fresh-air tiredness, we’ll post some pictures too, and perhaps some quiplets from those who joined us to spend the beautiful day together.)

Before anything else is said, glory & praise must be lifted up to God for the incredible opportunity for NHF to get out there and represent, before our immediate community, the expression of our Christian faith as an integral part of the Asian-American journey.  Thanks also to our brothers of the Men’s Ministry for doing all the hard work, all the little but significant things that are always taken for granted but should never be.  And finally, God bless Weijing for his infectious love for our community, his unending enthusiasm to motivate us together for this day, his deep desire for all to come to know Christ, and his encouragement to us to play a vital role in being Christ’s ambassadors.

A short but wonderfully touching reflection from Weijing, after the jump …

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CompTooter Addiction Begone!

February 28, 2009

I’ve heard that there are a few of us, usually men, that mysteriously disappear into a magic box when they get home. This box is sometimes called a “Computer” or “Kingdom Domination Simulator” or “Responsibility Compactor” or “I’m Actually Working Reflector.” For those of us <!cough!> that occasionally lose track of time when surfing the InterWebs, etc., the following tool can help: E.ggTimer.com!

T-Minus 43s to go!

The Power of Christ compels you!

EggTimer is about as simple as you can get. The cool thing is, you can control how long of a countdown you want by typing directly into the URL (e.g., http://E.ggTimer.com/1hour). As the “/1minute” screenshot suggests, the black lines at the top and bottom of your browser window will gradually move to the right as time runs out. I find the timer helps me structure my time. I don’t keep it on-screen all the time (that would be too stressful!), but the knowledge that E.ggTimer is ticking down subdues my more insidious procrastination tendencies.

So go ahead, disappear into the magic box! Just set a boundary condition. E.ggTimer’s ounce of prevention will  help you avoid a ‘we have to talk’ moment.

Happy Chinese New Year…

Valentine’s Day is approaching. If you haven’t already planned your “perfect” romantic getaway, may I remind you that the upcoming Weekend to Remember conference will be held in Hershey, PA? Chocolates and chock-full of teaching on God design for marriage — together in one place. YUM!!!

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I feel 5 pounds lighter!

I feel 5 pounds lighter!

You know you’ve always wondered! Here’s your chance at some real-time weight feedback! Gastrointestinal battles aside, the NHF Biggest Loser competition is coming to a close this weekend. I, for one, am completely out of the running, but stay tuned for where the money raised will be donated.