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Half Note – April 30, 2020



Half Note
Connecting Disciples to Christ,
One Another, and Community
Weekly Happenings of New Song Church

April 30 2020

Stay Connected

Look for the New Song Half Note in your email on Mondays and Thursdays through April.  Do you know someone who’d like to receive the Half Note? Email and we’ll add them to our list!

Join Pr. Paul today at 5pm for Virtual Social Hour!

Thursday Social Hour with Pastor Paul 

Join Pastor Paul on Zoom each Thursday at 5:00pm

Join the Zoom Meeting by clicking this link at 5:00pm on Thursdays:

Dear New Song,

God is good!  All the time!

Thank you to all who have sent in dispatches from the home front projects that you’re working on.  So much creativity and beauty around and among us!  I think the timing is a little different in Vegas, and the bloom has already arrived, but remember the old saying, “April showers bring May flowers?”  We have been hoping that April isolation (physical distancing) would bring May incarnation (a return to in-person worship at New Song); unfortunately, we are not quite there yet.

This week the Grand Canyon Synod sent the following recommendation:

we —your Bishop and Synod Council Executive Committee—strongly recommend that no in-person gatherings be held by congregations or ministries in our synod through at least the end of May. Towards the end of next month, we will assess the situation and update this recommendation. It is very likely there will be continued restrictions on our ability to gather through much of the summer, if not into the fall.
Our congregation council meeting on Tuesday affirmed the recommendation to wait until at least June to return to in-person worship.  Several factors were raised.  We need to prepare our space for in-person worship.  There are also liability issues to consider, and we want to be able to ensure a safe space for all people.  We also decided not to restart the drive-in services as the summer weather has returned.  As frustrated as so many of us are, let us continue to work on staying connected and pray for an energetic return in June.

On a lighter note, please join us for social hour on Thursdays at 5:00pm here:

I also invite you to our Tuesday Bible study.  We are exploring a time in the history of the Old Testament when the Israelites returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple for worship.  The first thing they built?  The altar!  As we re-vision our building, how can we worship most effectively and safely together?  How will we incorporate change and not suffer from “Used-to-itis”  (We USED TO do it this way).
In any case, you have shown so much faithfulness throughout this journey in exile, and I continue to give thanks to God for each one of you and pray for your spiritual and physical health.

God’s peace,

Pastor Paul

There has been some confusion with online giving regarding a PIN number.  The first time you give online, you can choose to create an account.  As part of that process you will choose a password and a PIN number.  Then when you log on in the future it will ask for that PIN number.  If you are not creating an account, but making a one-time gift without creating an account, then you will not need a PIN number.  If you check the box that says “Remember Me”, then you will choose a password and PIN to use in the future.

Scripture Readers Needed!
We are looking for two individuals per week who are willing and able to come in to New Song Church on Tuesday evenings at 5:00pm to be videotaped as they read the scripture for our Sunday online service.  If you’d be willing to do so, please email or call (702) 492-1771.  Readers are needed starting this Tuesday and thereafter until further notice.  Thank you!

Easter Sermon Series
“He Lives…and We Live Too!”
  • 5/3:      Easter in Galilee         Acts 9:1-6                 John 21:1-14
  • 5/10:    Raising of Dorcas       Acts 9:36-43             John 10:22-30

Tuesday Bible study returns…new time! 

Join Pastor Paul on Tuesdays at 11:00am via Zoom as we continue to engage in the Word.  All are welcome to join.  We will explore the book of Ezra, which describes the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem and the peoples’ return to worship.  A timely book!  Homework:  Read chapters 3 and 4.

Join the Zoom Meeting by clicking this link at 11:00am every Tuesday:

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Ladies Only! There are 5 New Insiders in Colorado needing a PEN-PAL:

Jessica, Age 40, beautiful handwriting, Top Issue: Setting Goals, short term assignment

Stephanie, Age 27, worried about her mom with cancer, short term assignment

Marisela, Age 29, provided new Bible & Jesus Calling, praying for brother to become a Prayer Warrior

Candace, Age 46, leading a Bible Study Group in prison, supplies provided, 1-2 yr assignment

Michelle, Age 32, worried about her Grandma living in Iowa, short term

Debbie Baird, National Administrator & Stephen Minister at New Song Church (in Directory)

Dispatches from the Home Front

A number of you have written notes to the church, letting us know what you’ve been up to, thoughts you’ve had, images of hope.  Let’s launch a weekly update of our lives and activities called “Dispatches from the Home Front”.  Have you chosen a project in “Pastor Paul’s Project Project”?  Let us know!  Did you take a beautiful photo of nature?  Share it!  Do you have good news to share, post it!  Send a note to and we will compile all your notes into “Dispatches from the Home Front”.  Feel free to post photos to #newsonganthem on Instagram, too!

Look in your email inbox on Wednesdays for Dispatches From the Home Front 🙂 

Optics misses you. We know it’s a challenging time to be cooped up at home. For that reason, we’d like to do something to lift your spirits. We have asked our musical friends to contribute tunes for a CD, called Music for Quarantine. Our thanks to the contributors, including Cynthia Schutz, Jeremy Harting, Josh Herrington, John Wallin, Dennis Landsman, Gershon Gordon, Ira King, JP Molfetta and sons, and more. Many thanks to Matthew Moore for his assistance as well. If you would like to have a copy, email and Patty will deliver one to your home.

Stay well and God bless.
Patty Duffey

If you are lonely, or in need of someone to talk to, consider talking to a Stephen Minister. The Stephen Ministers can not meet face to face at this time, but are available for phone call appointments at no cost. You can call Sheila Siino at 702-896-4161 and leave a phone number for a return call. A Stephen Minister will contact you for support and a listening ear.

Did you miss some of our online gatherings?  It’s not too late to watch!  Check ’em out here:   

* Sunday April 26th Worship:

    * Sunday April 26th Children’s Church:

Invite your friends!
Host a watch party on Facebook!
Let’s get 300 people in attendance!!!

Join us for Children’s Church, Sundays at 9:30am or

The men’s Thursday morning Bible study is continuing via Zoom. We welcome any who would like to join us. Contact Jack Gagliardo for more information at  See below for how to join in the meeting:

Here is the info for our meeting.  We will start with the new book, “End Times” by R. Paul Stevens Life Guide Bible Studes.

Join the Zoom Meeting  by clicking below on Thursdays at 9am:


Meeting ID: 832 655 4787
Password: 007017

Your Friend in Christ


Weekly Calendar 
April 27th – May 1st

access the following activites by going to or unless otherwise noted:

Donations Drop-Off  (at church)         9:00am -12:00pm
[LSSN and Friends in the Desert]

Prayer Group (Zoom)                                    10:00am
Tuesday Bible Study w/Pr. Paul  (Zoom)       11:00am

Academy Chapel   (Zoom/Vimeo)                  10:00am

Virtual Social Hour w/Pr. Paul  (Zoom)            5:00pm

Children’s Church      (Zoom/Vimeo)               9:30am
Sunday Worship        (Vimeo)                        10:00am

3 Hands Custom Embroidery has put together a T-shirt Fundraiser to benefit New Song Church.  The goal is to raise $1000 or more for the church. Follow the link below to see the shirts available for purchase.  The fundraiser will be going through May 15th.  Be sure to check out the new t-shirt designs that have just been added!  Thank you!

For the time being, all Prayer Ministry will be done through the New Song Prayer Chain and the Prayer Wall on the New Song app.

Please email your prayer concerns to or go to the New Song app and click on the Prayer Wall.  We would be happy to pray for you!

Stay Healthly

New Song Church has  homemade masks
New Song Church has about 15 homemade masks left.  If you or a loved one needs a mask, please stop by the office during office hours (Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm) or contact the office at (702) 492-1771 if you need someone to deliver the mask to you.

Tips from Nevada Health Response.  Learn more by clicking HERE

 Church Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm
Friday:  Closed
New Song Christian Academy School Hours:
Academy closed for the rest of the school year

We have an online directory that can be accessed on your computer or cell phone.  Go to and choose “church member sign in” to create a login.  You can download the free app on your cell phone by searching for “Instant Church Directory” from the app store.  Call Jacqueline at (702) 492-1771 for assistance.

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