Service Time: Sundays at 10:00 am

Winter 2023 Semester:
Week of Jan. 8th - March 26th

They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship...

Acts 2:42-47

Connect Groups at New Hope are smaller groups of people meeting throughout the week, both here at the church and throughout the community to study the Bible, make new friends, serve the community, and simply do life together.

Sunday Groups

Dad Tired and Loving It

In-Person Group
Men's Group
Sunday Mornings: 8:30 - 9:45 am
Dates: Jan. 8th - March 26th
Room: New Hope Room 4
Leaders: Josh Huisman and David Taylor

Childcare Available
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About this Connect Group:
Join Josh Huisman and David Taylor, as they'll help you get equipped and encouraged as you become the man God is calling you to be—even when you’re dad tired.

In this Connect Group, you'll learn that spiritual leaders:

  • realize their story isn’t the story—it’s all about Jesus
  • point their wives, children, community, and world toward God
  • stumble their way through spiritual leadership rather than doing nothing
  • seek humility rather than striving for perfection
  • refuse to let their sin and shame stop them from leading their family
  • look for adventure in the kingdom of God, not in the world
  • create gospel-centered memories with their wife and children

When you begin to understand the bigger picture of God’s purpose for you in your marriage and family, you’ll see that the good news of Jesus makes it possible for you to love and lead without fear and discouragement.

As Your Children Grow, Will Their Faith Grow Too? As both stories and statistics attest, the number of evangelical children who abandon Christianity in adulthood is staggering. To see effective change, parents cannot leave their child's faith to chance. Rather, families must start nurturing faith early-you cannot start once your child is grown, you must start at home. Strengthening family and home life is the best way to encourage your children to maintain a lifelong faith. It Starts at Home upholds marriage and family as the proving ground for lasting success. Join our Children's Director, Lauren Cochran and her husband, Bo, as they provide a clear purpose, effective strategy, and a simple plan for anyone who wants to be intentional in their homes.

As Your Children Grow, Will Their Faith Grow Too? As both stories and statistics attest, the number of evangelical children who abandon Christianity in adulthood is staggering. To see effective change, parents cannot leave their child's faith to chance. Rather, families must start nurturing faith early-you cannot start once your child is grown, you must start at home. Strengthening family and home life is the best way to encourage your children to maintain a lifelong faith. It Starts at Home upholds marriage and family as the proving ground for lasting success. Join our Children's Director, Lauren Cochran and her husband, Bo, as they provide a clear purpose, effective strategy, and a simple plan for anyone who wants to be intentional in their homes.

As Your Children Grow, Will Their Faith Grow Too? As both stories and statistics attest, the number of evangelical children who abandon Christianity in adulthood is staggering. To see effective change, parents cannot leave their child's faith to chance. Rather, families must start nurturing faith early-you cannot start once your child is grown, you must start at home. Strengthening family and home life is the best way to encourage your children to maintain a lifelong faith. It Starts at Home upholds marriage and family as the proving ground for lasting success. Join our Children's Director, Lauren Cochran and her husband, Bo, as they provide a clear purpose, effective strategy, and a simple plan for anyone who wants to be intentional in their homes.

A Woman's Wisdom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything

In-Person Group
Women's Group
Sunday Mornings: 8:30 - 9:45 am
Dates: Jan. 8th - March 26th
Room: New Hope Room 5
Leader: Jacqueline McDonald

Childcare Available
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Join Dan and Alan and learn about the foundations of our faith, so you can be sure that you are standing on rock-solid theology. In this Connect Group you'll experience fellowship with other believers, learning from mature and experienced Christian leaders to help equip you in evangelism and discipleship. If you're looking to grow in your faith with intentionality, this group is an incredible first step.

Join Dan and Alan and learn about the foundations of our faith, so you can be sure that you are standing on rock-solid theology. In this Connect Group you'll experience fellowship with other believers, learning from mature and experienced Christian leaders to help equip you in evangelism and discipleship. If you're looking to grow in your faith with intentionality, this group is an incredible first step.

Join Dan and Alan and learn about the foundations of our faith, so you can be sure that you are standing on rock-solid theology. In this Connect Group you'll experience fellowship with other believers, learning from mature and experienced Christian leaders to help equip you in evangelism and discipleship. If you're looking to grow in your faith with intentionality, this group is an incredible first step.

About this Connect Group:
Advice and self-help books are no short-lived trend, even though much of the advice parading as “wisdom” proves shallow in the long run. What we need is biblical wisdom, and even more than that we need our hearts to be set on the One who governs all our practicalities.
Join Jacqueline McDonald and learn how the book of Proverbs unlocks the key to both, helping us to face very real challenges such as:

  • handling our freedom, independence, and material resources wisely
  • keeping ourselves sexually pure
  • practicing biblical femininity in a world that scorns us for it
  • sustaining God-glorifying marriages
  • elevating biblical priorities ahead of day-to-day pressures

As we explore the timeless counsel in the book of Proverbs, this Connect Group will help us to better know the very Author of wisdom and to apply His relevant, how-to riches to our lives.

Identity in Christ

In-Person Group
Sunday Mornings: 8:30 - 9:45 am
Dates: Jan. 8th - March 26th
Room: New Hope Room 101
Leader: Ron Creech

Childcare Available
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About this Connect Group:
"You are your own, and you belong to yourself."

This is the fundamental assumption of modern life. And if we are our own, then it's up to us to forge our own identities and to make our lives significant. But while that may sound empowering, it turns out to be a crushing responsibility―one that never actually delivers on its promise of a free and fulfilled life, but instead leaves us burned out, depressed, anxious, and alone.

But the Christian gospel offers a strikingly different vision. Join Ron Creech this semester as we explore how this simple truth reframes the way we understand ourselves, our families, our society, and God - instead embracing a different phrase: "I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ."

Do you have a fear of sharing Jesus with others? In this Connect Group, we'll be equipping believers for relational evangelism, removing any fear of sharing Christ with others, so that you can boldly proclaim the gospel. Join Tom Thompson as we learn how to avoid stereotypical approaches, instead sharing the gospel in natural and effective ways, while being ourselves. This incredibly practical and beneficial Connect Group will help you identify and develop an evangelical style that is effective for you, teach you how to respond to commonly asked questions, so that we may be known as those who walk with Jesus and speak the gospel with boldness, no matter the cost.

The Four Priorities, pt. 2

In-Person Group
Sunday Mornings: 8:30 - 9:45 am
Dates: Jan. 8th - March 26th
Room: New Hope Room 103
Leader: Del Wright

Childcare Available
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About this Connect Group:
Join Del Wright in the Four Priorities, as he dispels the myths about discipleship and reveals the truth: If you are a follower of Jesus, you are capable of making disciples. This Connect Group will follow along with the practical and biblical approach of authors Dr. John Tolson and Larry Kreider, who have created a simple and realistic tool for you to learn how to structure your time and life by biblical standards, identify personal strengths and weaknesses and how God can use them, align yourself with the will of God, and help others by discipling them to do the same.

Monday and Tuesday Groups

Young at Heart

In-Person Group
Monday Mornings: 9:30 - 10:30 am
New Hope Fellowship Hall
Leader: Paul Bane
About this Ministry Group:
Young at Heart at New Hope exists to build and foster a community to grow spiritually, provide fellowship with one another, and reach the lost in our community.
Our Young at Heart Ministry meets on a weekly and ongoing basis.

If you're interested in joining the Young at Heart Ministry, click the button below and one of our leaders will reach out to you.

Young at Heart at New Hope exists to build and foster a community to grow spiritually, provide fellowship with one another, and reach the lost in our community. Our Young at Heart Ministry meets on a weekly and ongoing basis. If you're interested in joining the Young at Heart Ministry, click the button below and one of our leaders will reach out to you.

Prayer

In-Person Group
Tuesday Mornings: 9:30 - 10:30 am
New Hope Room 5
Leader: Sheri Hutchison
About this Ministry Group:
God calls us to be a people of prayer, desperately depending on Him to move and transform hearts and lives. The Prayer Group at New Hope meets weekly on Tuesday mornings to pray for those inside the church, the church itself, and our incredible community. Join Sheri each Tuesday morning along with the Prayer group to pray consistently for the needs of others.

Understanding Islam
A Biblical Approach to Sharing Christ with our Muslim Neighbors

In-Person Group
Tuesday Afternoons: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Dates: Jan. 10th - March 28th
Room: New Hope Room 103
Leader: Austin Duncan
About this Connect Group:
In our day, it's common for people to hold uninformed opinions and ideas about other religions. This is particularly true with regard to Islam. Being an effective witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to Muslims starts with an understanding of their beliefs and practices.

In Understanding Islam: A Biblical Approach to Sharing Christ with our Muslim Neighbors, join Pastor Austin W. Duncan as we discuss the central tenets, the history, and the practices of the Islamic faith. You will learn to think biblically and critically about Islam for the sake of more effectively witnessing, and sharing the hope found in Jesus Christ to our Muslim neighbors. That by our witness, they may in turn share in the blessings of faith in Jesus Christ.

Young Adults

In-Person Group
Tuesday Evenings: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
New Hope Cafe
Leader: Gavin Booser
About this Group:
New Hope Young Adults exist to build a community that is connected, genuine, welcoming, generous and influential. We want to see Young Adults connected with one another and with God, and who are influencing their world, whether in college, at work, or at home.  

If you're interested in joining New Hope Young Adults, click the button below and one of our leaders will reach out to you.

Wednesday Groups

Forged: Developing Godly Men

In-Person Group
Men's Group
Wednesday Evenings: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Dates: Jan. 11th - March 29th
Room: New Hope Room 4
Leader: Randy Smith

Childcare Available
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About this Group:
It's critical for men to understand the importance of a spiritually disciplined life and a life of kingdom order. Join Randy Smith and the men of New Hope as we invite men to embrace God’s definition of masculinity and to step into His calling upon their lives to wield their strength on behalf of others. Throughout the semester we'll be going through different bible studies, fellowship, and learning alongside one another.

It's critical for men to understand the importance of a spiritually disciplined life and a life of kingdom order. Join Randy Smith and the men of New Hope as we invite men to embrace God's definition of masculinity and to step into His calling upon their lives to wield their strength on behalf of others. Throughout the semester we'll be going through different bible studies, fellowship, and learning alongside one another.

It's critical for men to understand the importance of a spiritually disciplined life and a life of kingdom order. Join Randy Smith and the men of New Hope as we invite men to embrace God's definition of masculinity and to step into His calling upon their lives to wield their strength on behalf of others. Throughout the semester we'll be going through different bible studies, fellowship, and learning alongside one another.

It's critical for men to understand the importance of a spiritually disciplined life and a life of kingdom order. Join Randy Smith and the men of New Hope as we invite men to embrace God's definition of masculinity and to step into His calling upon their lives to wield their strength on behalf of others. Throughout the semester we'll be going through different bible studies, fellowship, and learning alongside one another.

Pearls, pt. 2

In-Person Group
Women's Group
Wednesday Evenings: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Dates: Jan. 11th - March 29th
Room: New Hope Room 5
Leader: Kelly Wegner

Childcare Available
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The word FIERCE is used to describe women who are extreme athletes, high-level executives, or supermodels. Women at the top of their game. But what about the rest of us? Can we be fierce? Absolutely! In fact, women like us have been changing the world for thousands of years-many who received little fanfare yet lived fiercely anyway. Join Carol Castillo this semester as we look at lesser-known female characters in the Bible and the ways they changed the world by living into God's calling.

About this Group:
When the Lord gave us the Bible, He gave us a Story. It's the best and truest Story ever told.

Each story is like a pearl, beautiful and of great price on its own. But what's more beautiful is stringing the biblical pearls together. Through the Bible, we know who the Living God is, what He's like and what it is to walk with Him. But beyond just reading the Bible - we interact with it. It is living and active and so we are we. When we sit down with the Word of God, it is life with life. The Bible is like a great feast. Great food is best experienced with great people, so join leaders Kelly Wegner and Nancy Erickson at the biblical table for every episode of Pearls.

We are getting ready to learn over and over that the Living God is BETTER than we ever knew.

Unshakable Hope

In-Person Group
Wednesday Evenings: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Dates: Jan. 11th - March 29th
Room: New Hope Room 101
Leader: Kacie Oja

Childcare Available
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What does it look like for people to experience the love, power, and presence of God so strongly they're transformed from the inside out? Many people go to church when it's convenient, occasionally read their Bibles and pray, and sometimes feel close to God, but He's not the passion and purpose of their lives. They may be believers, but they're not devoted disciples. Join Dr. Phil Roberts in this Connect Group, as he gives a clear contrast between believers and disciples, and leave feeling inspired to experience more of God than ever before.

About this Group:
Join Kacie Oja, as we learn that in a trembling, unsteady world, we can gain stability, find peace, and trust in God.

This world has a tremble to it. There are things that seem unsteady in this life. But when we belong to God, it allows us to filter our problems through the promises of God. We choose to be people of the promise, we choose to build our lives on the promises of God, not the circumstances of life.

The stories of the men and women in Scripture were different, but the theme was the same: they were People of the Promise. Because of God's promises, Noah built an ark on dry land, Joshua claimed the Promised Land, David became king, Peter preached the first sermon, and John caught a glimpse of the future. Like them, we can also build our lives on God's promises, and trust him to keep them.

The Book of Acts, pt. 2

In-Person Group
Wednesday Evenings: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Dates: Jan. 11th - March 29th
Room: New Hope Room 103
Leader: Tracy Collom

Childcare Available
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About this Group:
Join Tracy Collom in studying the book of Acts this fall semester.  Luke recorded what happened after Jesus’ ascension to the Father.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, empowering the apostles to testify to the power of God in salvation and in living every day for the gospel.

Learn how God spread the gospel and stand in awe of the power of God in believers to endure persecution and suffering for the cause of Christ.

You will identify how to embrace Gods power in your life and be encouraged by the results of faithful servants holding forth truth in a dark world.

Thursday Groups

It's critical for men to understand the importance of a spiritually disciplined life and a life of kingdom order. Join Randy Smith and the men of New Hope as we invite men to embrace God's definition of masculinity and to step into His calling upon their lives to wield their strength on behalf of others. Throughout the semester we'll be going through different bible studies, fellowship, and learning alongside one another.

It's critical for men to understand the importance of a spiritually disciplined life and a life of kingdom order. Join Randy Smith and the men of New Hope as we invite men to embrace God's definition of masculinity and to step into His calling upon their lives to wield their strength on behalf of others. Throughout the semester we'll be going through different bible studies, fellowship, and learning alongside one another.

It's critical for men to understand the importance of a spiritually disciplined life and a life of kingdom order. Join Randy Smith and the men of New Hope as we invite men to embrace God's definition of masculinity and to step into His calling upon their lives to wield their strength on behalf of others. Throughout the semester we'll be going through different bible studies, fellowship, and learning alongside one another.

Person of Interest

Virtual Group
Thursday Afternoons: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Dates: Jan. 11th - March 29th
Meets: Online via Zoom
Leader: Austin Duncan

The word FIERCE is used to describe women who are extreme athletes, high-level executives, or supermodels. Women at the top of their game. But what about the rest of us? Can we be fierce? Absolutely! In fact, women like us have been changing the world for thousands of years-many who received little fanfare yet lived fiercely anyway. Join Carol Castillo this semester as we look at lesser-known female characters in the Bible and the ways they changed the world by living into God's calling.

About this Group:
Investigate the Man Who Changed the Course of Human History.

Join Austin W. Duncan, as we practice a unique, investigative strategy to confirm the historicity and deity of Jesus, showing why Jesus is unlike any other person who has ever lived.

In this group you will:
  • Be invited into the life of a cold-case detective as we uncover the truth about Jesus, using the same approach detectives take in solving their cases.
  • Learn how to become a good detective, using an innovative and unique "fuse and fallout" investigative strategy you can also use to examine other claims of history.
  • Explore common objections to Christianity.
  • Strengthen your faith and give you confidence to engage with those curious about Jesus with evidence for his one-of-a-kind, world-altering significance.


What does it look like for people to experience the love, power, and presence of God so strongly they're transformed from the inside out? Many people go to church when it's convenient, occasionally read their Bibles and pray, and sometimes feel close to God, but He's not the passion and purpose of their lives. They may be believers, but they're not devoted disciples. Join Dr. Phil Roberts in this Connect Group, as he gives a clear contrast between believers and disciples, and leave feeling inspired to experience more of God than ever before.

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