SEPTEMBER 2009 NEWSLETTER OF NEW HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH www.newhopelondon.com
What’s the big idea?
The Big Idea is the next step plan for your life and for New Hope.
After 34 years of being a pastor, it all comes down to this for me. What’s the Big Idea? It’s not
about the church as an institution; it’s about you. That’s it. It’s about you! But, what about you?
What’s The Big Idea for your life? What is it that’s going to flick the switch for you? What’s the
thing that’s going to make you want to get up every morning and really live life to the max?
What’s it going to take to have Jesus come out of your pores and affect people around you?
What’s it going to take for you to even want to have that happen?
I’ve got it! I know what it is, and I want you to be here to hear it over the month of September.
These 5 Sundays will be the most inspiring Sundays you will have ever experienced at church.
Let’s talk about “being the real deal.” Faith, risk and guts is the essence of “go big or go
home.” I’m positive you want to figure out how you can “go the distance”, and how you can
learn to “walk the talk.”, instead of hiding behind cheap lip service to God. Finally, you can
nail it when you discover your God-given passion for “getting your hands dirty” and making a
huge difference in the world you live in.
How can I appeal to you in the most effective manner? Let me say it this way: I want this to be
like you and me sitting across the family room together talking one on one about the thing that
matters the most in all of life to you. Let’s talk, OK?
September 6 “The real deal”
… in lifestyle, language, and relationships focused on God. September 27 “Walk the talk”
… transforming our thoughts and actions from the
September 13 “Go big or go home” teaching of Jesus
… taking risks to share with others what God has done in us
October 4 “Get your hands dirty”
September 20 “Go the distance” … passionately and purposefully making a difference
…developing relationships from the core of who we are by: Greg Wyton
and field. “My hobbies are working out, reading, watching movies and
playing video games.”
He relates the story of how he came to know Christ through his Christian
NEW STUDENT COORDINATOR by: Cindy Butler
aunt and uncle. “I came from a not-so-pretty background of abuse. Both of
my parents passed away and I was angry at the world and especially angry at
Miguel Kushner, New Hope Church’s new Student Ministries
God. I remember one Sunday at our church, the pastor at the time asked if
Coordinator, has had an exciting 2009. He became ordained
anyone would like Jesus to be their Saviour.”
at the Western Ontario District Conference in May, got married “to the best
woman in the world”, Tasha, in July, and has just started a new job this
“My two sisters went up, but
month, just in time to oversee our church’s fall activities for grades six to 12.
my brother and I did not. I am
the oldest of four. I didn’t think
Miguel comes to New Hope Church from his position as Senior High Youth/
that Jesus or church was for me.
Young Adult Pastor/Sports Coordinator in Petrolia, Ontario, at New Life
The next day, my uncle sat us all
Assembly Church. He has a wealth of experience from working with youth
down and explained what had
for the past nine years in Chatham, Mount Forest and Petrolia.
happened the previous night and
what it meant to have Jesus in
“I have always worked with youth. When I first started out, I did not know if
I was called to youth or not. I just knew I had to go to Christian College. It
was not until about a year and a half in that I knew my calling was to work
“After my uncle was done talking,
with teenagers,” relates Miguel. “I am passionate about teenagers becoming
I figured I would give Jesus a
all they can be. I do not believe they are just the future, but also they are the
try and, if it did not work out, I
would do my own thing. Here I
am 14 years later,” he notes.
Miguel has run some fun and interesting programs in other churches,
including such events as “4-on-4 floor hockey tournaments, basketball
“I am very excited about coming
tournaments, New Year’s Late Nights and all-nighters, youth retreats, concerts
to New Hope and working with
like Hillsong United, Canada’s Wonderland, Cedar Point, camping trips,
the youth,” says Miguel. “I am
Days Away, ping pong tournaments, Gross Games nights, Wacky Olympics
ready to get started, meet and
and Junior and Senior High youth conventions,” as well as prayer meetings,
build relationships with them.”
lesson preparation and preaching, he says. “I did run vacation Bible school
Welcome, Miguel and Tasha!
for a couple of years. I hope to do some of those events here and even try
some new things.”
Miguel met Tasha three summers ago, when she was running the Vacation
Bible School at their church. “We did not like each other at first, lol,” he
chuckles. “The following summer, I came home for vacation and noticed
that she was there. I thought she was pretty cute, so we started talking and
the rest is history. Tasha and I got married on July 4th, 2009, and went to
Florida for our honeymoon.” WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
“Tasha will be helping me with youth, but she does have other interests as
well. She loves to sing and worship. She has quite the creative mind. I
want her to be her own person, so I encourage her to be all she can be.” Marlene and Tony Loedige
Miguel is interested in sports such as soccer, basketball, football, and track
CHURCH BASEBALL SEASON
COMES TO AN END
New Hope Church’s baseball team had its
ups and downs this year, but achieved its
“The main purpose for me for having a
baseball team is to bring people together,
to share a common goal. It opens doors
to God through something else (baseball).
We know that God works in mysterious
by: Cindy Butler ways,” says team organizer, Nathalie
“We had very few wins this year. It would have been nice to
have more, but it didn’t happen and it’s okay,” she said of the
team’s 25-game season.
It was been a building year for the team. “We did okay,
considering that we had lots of new players, with a new
dynamic, compared to the last four years where we had the
same players. It takes time to build a team and we worked on
that,” she explains.
There are good, talented players on the team and so there
have been some great double-plays this year, where the New
Hope team has been able to get runners out going to both
first and second base, says Nathalie. The baseball team’s
season is over for 2009.
Heaven...Your Real Home
by Joni Eareckson Tada
One of the best ways to introduce you to a non-fiction book worth
reading is by introducing you to the author. Joni is a passionate
servant and follower of Jesus. A diving accident in 1967 left Joni
paralyzed as a quadriplegic. After two years of rehabilitation and
now in a wheelchair, Joni re-entered the community with new skills
and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. Joni
is the founder of Joni and Friends, an organization that supports
Christian outreach to the thousands of people around the globe
affected by disability. Joni is the author of over thirty-five books.
In her book, Heaven, Your Real Home, she explores the nature of
Heaven. In this joyful, hope-filled bestseller, Joni gives a meaningful,
caring and scripturally accurate account and description of Heaven.
Her perspective will give you real insight and a future perspective
by looking back to our world from Heaven’s perspective. With
references to the Bible, with its 580 references in 550 verses, Joni
answers the questions we all wonder about, such as: Who are we in
Heaven? What will we do in Heaven?
Where is Heaven and what is it like?
What will it be like to be Home with
our Father? How can I get ready for
Heaven?, and so on. Joni asks, “What
are we made for?” After reading her
book, Heaven, Your Real Home, you
will better understand that we are
Jesus’ bride and His family. (Ephesians
1: 3-14, John 10: 28-29 and John 17:
24.) We are the ‘Father’s gift to His
by Fred Tyrrell
and interacting with anyone, and was fearful of all new circumstances. I was
small and thin, and suffering from life-threatening allergies.” He had very
crooked teeth and wore braces in high school, “not the in-thing at the time.”
In His spiritual life, after attending church in his early years, “I walked away
from the church and resisted God for many years. So how did I get from
this environment to the present? It’s my view in hindsight that God was
by: Cindy Butler orchestrating things I wasn’t even aware of all through my life, even when
I wasn’t interested in Him. Even 20 years ago, I couldn’t possibly have
Looking back on their lives up to now, Barry and Charlotte Greer of New envisioned what is going on today in my life,” explains Barry.
Hope Church can now see the big picture God had in mind. Probably,
though, in the middle, they had no idea he would lead them to this point. Barry says God was in charge of key things in his life. “The Red Cross
provided funding for orthodontics. After many years of suffering, my allergies
Barry and Charlotte have led the Cleansing Stream, 40 Days of Purpose, are now minor after prayer on a number of occasions.” As a young lad, he
small groups and other activities at new Hope Church. dreamed of meeting a tall, slim brunette, who turned out to be Charlotte,
with whom he has celebrated 41 years of marriage. “Charlotte, with her
God has had a hand in their lives all along. faith, perseverance and prayers over many years, is a key reason for my
renewed relationship with God today.
Charlotte explains, “God provided the money to enable me to go to
university. Neither my family nor I had any money, and His means of After attending the University of Waterloo, “I was hired by Environment
provision was astonishing.” Charlotte is referring to when a high school Canada as a meteorologist. I was told in the 10-minute job interview that I
teacher gave her the money to go to the University of Waterloo, on the was unqualified for the position. The next week, I received an offer in the
condition that she never disclose her name. mail.” Environment Canada paid for Barry to take his Masters Degree at the
University of Toronto. “We had $40 and a ’58 Chevy when we started.”
After starting out in mathematics, Charlotte “discovered a decent library
and learned that I love to read and research, so I switched to English He worked at Environment Canada for 34 years and “there were many
and Psychology.” She then took teacher training and taught for a year in occasions when I was given opportunities and favour unlikely to occur in
downtown Toronto. a rigid government structure,” being promoted to a senior trainer position,
being asked to lead a national project after being told he was unqualified for
A disappointment followed when Charlotte and Barry moved out of province a management assignment, and having a Senior Executive position created
for Barry’s job at the end of the school year, “thus erasing my opportunity at for him during a time of government downsizing.
that time to fulfill the requirements for a permanent teacher’s certificate. All
my formal education seemed to have been wasted,” she notes. His team leadership skills improved though many projects involving the
Ultraviolet (UV) index, Project Tornado to improve awareness, Internet
“In actual fact, the training I received though the English courses taught me weather services and the Canadian Doppler Radar Network to improve
how to read deeply, research and write. Shortly after we moved out of the tornado warnings.
province, God brought me to a close personal relationship with him, and I
have used those skills in reading and appreciating the depths of His truth in Over the years, the painfully shy boy had “become at ease speaking in
Scripture,” reveals Charlotte. public, developing processes for both individuals and groups and interacting
with people in all sorts of circumstances,” he says. “I believe God
“I was never particularly interested in getting married, but God gave me a orchestrated my career to involve working with people in three different
wonderful life partner. God has repeatedly proved the truth of his word in capacities – leading, training and teamwork - to develop my confidence and
our experiences in life – financially, relationally, personally, spiritually and capabilities in communicating.”
physically,” she says.
After his retirement seven years ago, Barry believed “God would like me to
Barry recounts growing up in “a small, poor family in Central Ontario use the skills which were developed in my career to influence people in
(Orangeville). I was extremely shy and introverted. I had difficulty talking applying God’s principles and guidance to their daily lives.” He and
Charlotte “have a set of vision statements, which we use to keep us focused on
His purpose for us at this stage of our lives. We tune these every four or five
years. We review our projects and activities much more frequently to make
adjustments and take advantage of new opportunities.”
Charlotte and Barry have had many adventures, living in Waterloo, Toronto,
Dartmouth, Richmond Hill, Newmarket and London. God has given them
many blessings, such as four children and nine grandchildren. “I often told my
kids I wanted enough grandkids for a baseball team. Now I am hoping for a
designated hitter as well!” jokes Barry.
They have had downs, as well as the ups; “before we were married, God
showed me through a car accident that it is not necessarily his intention to
prevent us from facing unpleasant experiences. Instead, he promised to take us
all the way through each one. We have been through many, and God has kept
his promise,” notes Charlotte.
Barry and Charlotte have followed God’s plan since Barry’s retirement. “We
have been part of volunteer counseling. We were involved in a wide variety
of activities at our former churches, says Charlotte. “We hosted 40 Days of
Purpose. I have led a men’s group on life issues and organized golf small
groups,” says Barry.
They have led Cleansing Stream, “a discipleship course to enable people to
understand how to have a close personal walk with Jesus and be freed from the
hindrances that prevent them from doing so,” and plan to run it again. They
lead Cleansing Discipleship, a further course to train people how to minister at
Cleansing Stream retreats.
Barry also plans to host the Facing Change Purposefully Workshop, to help
participants with setting their individual life goals and the way to achieve
them, using God’s guidance.
A fourth course, Q’s and A’s, is new. “Participants can choose topics of
maximum interest and relevance to them in their present life circumstances. It
is clear we will have to rely heavily on the Holy Spirit to guide us as we lead
the course with no pre-determined topics.”
Charlotte enjoys working in their big garden, reading, playing the piano,
drawing, writing and having visitors. “I also like to try to beat Barry at various
board games and to golf with him on occasion.” Barry enjoys photography,
baseball, golf, hockey and group activities.
They know God has been with them through good and bad times in their lives.
“Yes, it would have been impossible on our own,” says Charlotte. It appears
God had a big idea with their lives.
full name: Edward David Elliott David “Glenn” Caldwell
nickname(s): Eddie Cods
spouse/children: Julie / Abbie Darlene, Keith and Kara
occupation: Entrepreneur National Accounts Sales Manager
likes: Things that inspire me and stir me up inside Spending time with friends and family
dislikes: When it takes me many times to learn a lesson Arrogance and pettiness
Reading, Traveling, Watching Movies, Spending time
hobbies: Golf and Hockey
with my family
where you grew up: Ontario - moved around a lot when I was a kid Winnipeg, Chatham and then London
last book you read: The Richest Man Who Ever Lived. by Steven K. Scott The Shack
favourite sports team/athlete: Lance Armstrong Toronto Maple Leafs- bringing back the glory!
My amazing wife Julie - for sticking with me no
who do you most admire: My Mother
vacation dream: Trip around the world Spending a month in Hawaii or Australia
first car: 1984 1/2 Mercury Lynx ‘82 T-bird
favourite song & band/artist: U2 any from the 70’s, 80’s and Christian top 100
favourite movie: The Matrix Rudy
favourite restaurant: Moxies Moxies (it’s great food!)l
most admired canadian: Terry Fox Terry Fox
how long have you attended new hope? 5 years 8 years
Something that is bigger than myself, and what I could
the sermon series for september is “the big Not just setting a goal… but taking action to move
imagine that only with the grace of God could be
idea”. what is a “big idea” to you? me towards that goal…today!
what is your greatest accomplishment? Deciding that it is not about me Definitely…my family!
what do you want to be remembered for Encouragement and Inspiration for others to create and
Not what I accomplished, but how I lived my life.
in life? live the great life that God has given them
full name: Sheila Fletcher Terence David Fletcher
nickname(s): No Nickname Ter,Fletch
Wife Sheila, children Lee David, Christian David and
spouse/children: Husband Terry, Children Lee, Christian & Heather
occupation: Homemaker Business owner - Lubrico Warranty
Girlfriends, sheets dried outside and then on my bed, special Spending time with family, watching British TV shows
time with my granddaughters, quiet times with Terry and Formula One racing
People in authority abusing their power (e.g. police
dislikes: Rude and arrogant people officers and Customs officials), golf and hockey, poor
Working on and racing my race cars; E-bay junky; tending
hobbies: Interior decor and fashion
to my Koi carp and landscaping ideas for our property
where you grew up: South of Manchester, England Liverpool, England
last book you read: The Shack Can’t remember; I am not a big reader
favourite sports team/athlete: Roger Federer (Tennis) Ferrari and Michael Schumacher
My husband,Terry. He is such a Godly man, a loving and My wife for the companion and mother she has been and
who do you most admire: wise father, an astute, very fair and smart business man, plus
he is a loving, considerate, kind, caring and giving husband also for putting up with me for the last 47 years
Am not big on vacations. Maybe if there was a Formula
vacation dream: A trip to Switzerland
One driving school in some exotic place
1931 Morris 10 4-door sedan. Cost me $20 when I was
first car: 1963 Mini
17 years old
Beach Boys, Beatles, Electric Light Orchestra and movie
favourite song & band/artist: Andrea Bocelli - “Time to say to goodbye”
favourite movie: Sound of Music Genevieve
favourite restaurant: The Waltzing Weasel The Waltzing Weasel
most admired canadian: Mike Harris Mike Harris
how long have you attended new hope? 9 years 9 years
the sermon series for september is “the big A women’s ministry within New Hope in order to help A ‘big idea’ to me would be to come up with a way
idea”. what is a “big idea” to you? women become all that they can be that works to solve all the conflict in the world
To have created a business that employs almost 50 people
what is your greatest accomplishment? Overcoming low self esteem and chronic anxiety
and the impact that has on those 50 families
what do you want to be remembered for Encouragement and Inspiration for others to create and For living and acting in a way (as best I can) that is
in life? live the great life that God has given them pleasing to God