The Words of the Goldberg Family
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
March is mulch month in many parts of this tree-mendous state of Maryland. Some of you are out in the garden spreading the woody smelling stuff all over your flower and tree beds this week. How refreshing to know that Spring really is just around the corner!
Out in the "hundred acre wood" that lies beyond our apartment complex, there are streams and rivulets growing due to these beautiful rains, swelling the earth and filling the lakes with life giving water.
This reminds me of the lovely passage from the book of Jeremiah:
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me in earnest, you will find me, I will be found by you," says the LORD. "I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes, I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and bring you home again to your own land."
This month is also International Women's Month.
A battle royal is going on right now in Annapolis over attempts to redefine marriage as something other than a union between a man and a woman. Please inform yourself and make your voice heard to your elected representatives.
Your pastor just flew back from Las Vegas this week. My arms are still sore from all the flapping! Please join me after Sunday Service this week if you would like to hear the latest breaking news about the activities there. It was a dramatic and impressive two days filled with spiritual power and Godly celebration.
See you on Sunday.
Pastor Matthew and Marianne Goldberg
Principled Education for March 2011: We are beginning an exciting new era in New Hope Family Church, working with Lovin' Life Ministries, to bring regular weekly Divine Principle and Principle-rooted education programs to our community! All programs will be held at the New Hope Education Center, (aka Greenbelt Office) 7245 Hanover Parkway, Suite A, Greenbelt, MD 20770. 10 am -- 3:30 pm. Fee: $20 includes lunch. This Saturday, March 12, there will be The Lasting Imprint Seminar led by Miilhan Stephens.
On Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30 am WFWP has called for a press conference at the Bowie Library on Route 450 next to Bowie High School to call attention to religious kidnapping and forced conversion of Unificationists in Japan, according to Bowie resident, Rev. Angelika Selle, WFWP President. Speakers will include Mrs. Diane Abendroth of Bowie, who endured religious kidnapping in the US, and Mrs. Nanae Goto of Washington DC who was kidnapped and beaten during a two-year confinement in Japan. Mr. Luke Higuchi, the president of Survivors Against Forced Exit (SAFE) will speak along with Minister Jane Wells of Lorton, VA who is the co-pastor of Amazing Love Ministries. Japanese women who suffered kidnapping will attend dressed in traditional Japanese Kimonos. Great opportunity for your warm contacts, because this event will stimulate their interest to know MORE about our community. All are encouraged to attend this event.
Those interested in growing our church will meet this Sunday, March 13 at 9:30 am in the Multipurpose Room at New Hope Academy to read a testimony of a 40-year veteran whose life was transformed by a thing called The Divine Principle and to pray for the Holy Spirit to use us. At 12:15 pm (after service) in the Founders Room the team will hear updates on the outreach event planned for Easter.
On Thursday, March 17, Kim Dadachanji will have another meeting at her home on 3100 Stonybrook Drive in Bowie, MD 20715 at 7 pm. All are welcome.
Double Helix: Parent and Youth Workshop! March 19th, 10 AM -- 5 PM at New Hope Looking for a better life of faith? This is where it starts: You and Your Parents. $5/person
WFWP invites sisters in the Laurel, Columbia, and Baltimore area to learn how to prepare favorite Korean foods on Saturday, March 26, at 1 pm. The class will be at the Reddins' home. RSVP to Vicki Phelps 410-461-1022 by Friday, March 25. Give a head count if you plan to bring food home for your family.
Maryland Healing Day! Receive a free energy healing, and discover more about this amazing complimentary healing modality Sunday, March 27th from 1-4 pm at the Maryland CARP Center, 3412 University Blvd. E. Hyattsville, 20783. Sponsored by the Women's Federation for World Peace. Call Anne Ulvestad for an appointment or to find out more information.
If you or someone you know would like to go to The Gambia this summer from the last week of June through the first two weeks of July, (3 weeks in all) please get in touch with me as soon as possible. Applicants need to be 17 or older, a "team-player", and have a willingness to serve. Each year has turned out to be a life-changing experience. We have been fund-raising already so all room, board, and program expenses will be covered. Participants will just need to pay for their round trip airfare, which will be between $1500-$2000. If you are in the Metro area and can help with any of the fund-raising, a substantial portion of the profit can be put toward your airfare depending on your time investment.
Pastor Matthew Goldberg will be available to meet with you at the Greenbelt office; 7245 Hanover Parkway, Suite A, Greenbelt, MD, 20706 by appointment Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am till noon. Call Gay Grow if you wish to make an appointment. Also, Pastor Matt is available for prayers and official ceremonies with one week's notice. Call Gay Grow with your request.
Do you want a new Youth Ministry van? Well, we do too! And we need your help. Group fundraising will take place every Saturday at 10 am at Abendroth's home, 3601 Mabank Lane, Bowie, MD 20715.
Make your donation check out to HSA-UWC or New Hope Family Church, and drop it in the mail addressed to:
New Hope Family Church
P.O. Box 244
Riverdale, MD 20738-0244
Women of Wonder (W.O.W.) is a group of "joyful, compassionate women who strive to
1) Uncover our true selves,
2) Explore life, and
3) Help others.
We have been gathering as a book club for many years to study and share our joys, troubles and miracles. We make intentions for ourselves and our loved ones and help each other by prayer and service. This session we will watch video sessions of Joyce Meyers for three meetings. The titles of the CDs are:
1) Establishing Boundaries in
2) An out of Control Soul, and
3) De-stress Your Life".
We will then read and study the book, "Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul" by John Eldridge and his wife. Contact Karrin Brady, Wendy Herstein, Debra Gertz or Robin Musiol for more information.
All announcements and advertisements for the Mid-Week Announcements need to be written and emailed to Gay Grow by Wednesday at 5 pm. And announcements for the Sunday bulletin need to be written and emailed to Gay by Friday at 5 pm.
Temporary kitchen assistance needed at Lovin' Life Learning Center in NYC. Requires a healthy and physically strong person who can help prepare and carry food, and help clean the kitchen for groups of 60 to 100 people, assisting the lead cook. Qualified person will receive room and board plus a small stipend. Call Loretta Schauffler for an interview. Must be a positive and team-oriented person who wants to contribute to Lovin' Life Ministry and can take direction. Accommodations are in a newly renovated dormitory where there is no storage or closet. Some kitchen experience preferred.
Furnished room for rent including utilities, high-speed internet and breakfast. $550. Call Cecil or Debbie Robbins for more information.
Bedroom for rent in Laurel, Howard County. Howard County has the best schools in the state. Driving distance to colleges. Close to JHAPL, NSA, right off I 95. Please call David or Kathy.
Will and Clair Stein have a room available in April and are looking to share their home with a BC. All the information is on the house website; www.bawtryhouse.com. Or you can call Will Stein.
Nice basement apartment in New Carrollton. Washer and Dryer, Walk-in Closet, Carport, near Metro. $750 a month which includes utilities. Call Ron Musiol.
Interns Wanted: Help defend the human rights of our Unification Church members in Japan and work for religious freedom around the world. The International Coalition for Religious Freedom is looking for young people to fill 3 part-time positions. PAID!!
Update the ICRF web site at www.religiousfreedom.com
Translate documents from Japanese to English
Research/update reports on religious freedom in countries throughout the world
Work at our office in Greenbelt MD, or from home –10 to 20 hours per week. Great work for a student or young parent. Please let us know if you qualify for any or all of the above jobs. Contact or send resume to Diana Weber.