Half Note – May 14, 2020



Half Note
Connecting Disciples to Christ,
One Another, and Community

Weekly Happenings of New Song Church

May 14 2020

Stay Connected

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Dear New Song,

God is good!  All the time!

Our online Tuesday Bible study has been exploring the book of Ezra, which chronicles the return of the Israelites to the city of Jerusalem where they will rebuild the Temple to worship the Lord.  As we read through the book, its striking how many starts and stops there are along the way.  At times they are met with opposition; at others they are given endorsements from the King himself.  In any case, as crooked as the journey was, they did return.  The Temple was rebuilt.  People gathered for worship.  Community resumed.

The years and miles between Henderson and the Jerusalem Jews are many, and yet we find ourselves in a similar place, trying to return, imperfectly to the community of faith that has nourished us with the Word.  I’m thankful that our council and the Stay Connected team has taken leadership to forge a pathway forward.  Tomorrow we will hear from the Governor again, and I personally am hopeful for a June return to in-person worship.

While the foundation of God’s grace will not change, our return may see some significant adjustments.  As we finalize a start date, I will send a letter of invitation for return.  It is likely that we will have an additional service on Sunday and worship will be slightly shorter.  The team is developing protocol and guidelines.  Our Synod Bishop has been helpful with sharing resources for us.  Please let us be gracious with one another and thankful for the opportunity to be together even as we make concessions for the sake of public health.

In the meantime, there is a wonderful opportunity to gather in the parking lot for Sunsets @ New Song on Tuesdays, currently at 7:00pm.  Please join us!
Continue to pray for me as I pray for you.

Rejoice in the Lord,

Pastor Paul

Join Pr. Paul today at 5:00pm via Zoom 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:

“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.”

– Wallace Bruce

Memorial Day Sunday is May 24th
We will show our annual Memorial Day slideshow during our online service on Sunday, May 24th.  We’d like to honor those who have passed away in the line of duty.  Please email matthew@newsonganthem.org with a photo of your loved one along with their name and branch of service.   If you have sent us a picture of your loved one in years past, you do not need to resend it.  They will be included.  

The Tassel is worth the Hassle!

It’s time to celebrate our awesome graduates!  Send us your special someone’s graduation information and we’ll get it in the Half Note.  Stay tuned for more information on the date for Graduation Sunday.  
  • to include your graduate in the Half Note send information to info@newsonganthem.org              

  • to include your graduate’s photo in our Graduation Sunday slideshow send information to matthew@newsonganthem.org 

Congratulations to Sue Clark’s grandson, AJ Marsh, who is a 2020 graduate of Beckham High School.  Congrats AJ!  

Drive-In Tuesdays
Sunset at New Song:  Poetry, Prayer and Praise! Tuesdays at 7:00pm

If you have a reading, a prayer or a poem to share, please email Pastor Paul: pastorpaul@newsonganthem.org by 3:00pm on Tuesdays!  We will meet at the New Song Crosses and tune our radios to AM 1300.  Gathering should last about a half an hour.  

Join Pr. Paul online this Tuesday for  Bible Study

Tuesday Bible Study
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 9 and 10. 

Join the Zoom Meeting by clicking this link at 11:00am every Tuesday:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83811258025

Online Ministries Team

We are looking for a few people to join our online ministries team.  What is that, you may ask?

Since we have developed an active online worshiping community, we need to find ways they can better connect with Christ, one another and community.  Our Online Ministry Team will explore ways to better accomplish this.  If you have skills and interest in building our online community, please email Gershon at gershon@newsonganthem.org.  We will have our first team meeting on Monday, May 18th at 11:00am.

Easter Sermon Series
“He Lives…and We Live Too!”
  • 5/17:    Feed My Sheep          1 Peter 5:1-4            John 21:15-19   

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 info@newsonganthem.org 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 🙂 

Lantern Hill Ministries is supported by Friends of Lantern Hill, a 501C organization. New Song Church has partnered with Lantern Hill as one of our many ministries for the past four years. Friends of Lantern Hill feeds 40+ families every week for $5.00 per family. At the moment the biggest need is to keep providing food for the families in spite of the restrictions around Enchilada.You can help by going to Friendsoflanternhill.org to donate, or by donating by check to New Song Church with Lantern Hill Ministries in the memo line. Any amount is appreciated.

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.

The new issue of Our Daily Bread (June/July/August) is available.  We have copies in the church lobby or contact the church if you need a copy to be delivered to you.  

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

* Sunday May 10th Worship:  https://vimeo.com/416985305

    * Sunday May 10th Children’s Churchhttps://vimeo.com/416934360

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
www.newsonganthem.com/watch/ or

Weekly Calendar 
May 11th-May 15th 

access the following activites by going to www.newsonganthem.com/watch/ or https://vimeo.com/user109860036 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
Sunset at New Song Drive-In (Crosses)           7:00pm
[Drive-In at church parking lot by crosses]

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!


See below for some examples and be sure to visit online to see everything available.  For each item sold, $10 goes to New Song!  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 prayerchain@newsonganthem.org or go to the New Song app and click on the Prayer Wall.  We would be happy to pray for you!

 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 https://www.instantchurchdirectory.com 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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