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Half Note – May 7, 2020



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

May 7 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!

A note from your council president

Hello New Song Friends-

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” Proverbs 16:9

I find myself drawn to this Bible verse these last few weeks as we all work through these challenging times. Since the COVID19 pandemic and the closure of all non-essential business, the Council along with the Finance Committee have been hard at work behind the scenes.  We have met multiple times and worked through the immediate issues on hand as well as discussed the future concerns and changes resulting from the crisis. Myself and Neal (our Treasurer) have participated in multiple calls with the Grand Canyon Synod Bishop and other Presidents/Treasurers to voice global concerns and share best practices. We have incorporated some ideas, but I am happy to say, we are well ahead of most congregations in solving problems and incorporating solutions.

With that being said, I am extremely proud of our Church staff, Pastor, Council, committee members and countless volunteers. They have been creative with new ideas and implementing the on-line service, diligent in working with banks to provide immediate financial support, and vigilant in managing our funds.

We are not yet through this crisis, but we will come out of this stronger than ever.  Through the hard work of Shani and Neal, we were blessed to receive a Grant Loan to get us through 8 weeks of salary protection for our academy and church staff, however, normal tithes and offerings are down which will impact normal operating expenses and mission outreach funds. I encourage all of you to remain faithful and gift-giving stewards as we continue our mission.

As Pastor announced, we will remain with on-line only services throughout the month of May, consistent with the Synod’s recommendation. Thank you again to our amazing staff, Pastor, Council, committees and volunteers that have helped in so many ways. Together, we will continue to make an impact with each other, our community, and strengthen our relationship with God.

God Bless,

Holli Spangler
President, New Song Church Council

We need photos or videos to help us celebrate Mother’s Day during our online worship service this Sunday, May 10th at 10:00am.  There’s still time to send in a picture of your mom or a video of your Mother’s Day greeting. Send to  by Friday, May 8th at 5:00pm

Join Pr. Paul this evening, May 7th, 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:

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Being a Mother

Being a mother means that your heart

Is no longer yours; it wanders

Wherever your children do.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers!  The world is a better place because of you!  Look for more pictures of our moms during Sunday’s online worship service at 10:00am. 

CLICK HERE to join the ZOOM meeting 

Interested in attending this and future Men’s Fellowship gatherings?
Call/Text  (702) 918-5658 or (702) 622-6701 for more information

New Song’s May 10th golf outing has been cancelled.  Our next scheduled golf outing is Sunday, June 14th at Revere Concord.  

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              

  • to include your graduate’s photo in our Graduation Sunday slideshow send information to 

Congratulations to Cindi Robinson, daughter of John and Vicki Robinson, who just completed her Masters of Science program at Southern New Hampshire University!  She maintained a 4.0 average throughout the program and was recently accepted into Baylor University to begin her PHD. Wow!

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4th-8th but we appreciate our teachers every day!!!  Thank you to all of the teachers out there!  We wouldn’t be who we are today without you!  🙂

New Song Christian Academy Celebrates our Teachers! 

New Song Christian Academy has a top-notch group of teachers!  Due to current circumstances, we had to think of different ways to celebrate them!  Teachers were given gift cards to Kneaders (a staff favorite!) as well as home-baked goodies, soap and lotion, and of course a roll of toilet paper wrapped in a bow (who knew toilet paper would be so valuable!).  Parents celebrated teachers by organizing drive-by parades at their teacher’s homes and the church parking lot.  Thank you to our academy staff:  Hope Manley, Wendy Denter, Monica Aldana, Birgit Drowanowski, Tami Comandatore, Jackie Sullivan and Jeanette Garcia.  You are the heart and soul of our school.  Thank you also to Shani Fjelsted, Sheila Siino, Michelle Gab and Sharon Berry for putting together the gift baskets!  

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 5 and 6. 

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

Easter Sermon Series
“He Lives…and We Live Too!”
  • 5/10:    Raising of Dorcas       Acts 9:36-43             John 10:22-30
  • 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 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 🙂 

“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” ― Alphonse de Lamartine

There’s still time to get a CD featuring some of New Song’s talented musicians!   If you would like to have a copy, email and Patty will deliver one to your home.


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 May 3rd Worship:

    * Sunday May 3rd 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

Weekly Calendar 
May 4th-May 10th 

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

Men’s Fellowship (Zoom)                                 7:30pm


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

Thank you New Song!
LSSN sincerely thanks New Song for the the 298 pounds of donations of non-perishable food items during the month of April.  The highest one day total of family units fed in April was 286.  Your help in feeding the needy is greatly appreciated.

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 shirt 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 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.

See below for tips from Southern Nevada Health District.  Visit their website at or  for more information

Watch for symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

How to Protect Yourself & Others

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness.


Know how it spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone Should


Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.


Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
    • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting sick.


Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.


Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.


Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant.

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

Easter Sunrise courtesy of Harlan Sager

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.

Tips on Recycling




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