Children will be given the opportunity to come in and shop, FREE OF CHARGE, for their immediate family members. A Volunteer will help them shop, and then wrap their gifts.
If you would like to donate wrapping paper or gift bags for this special shopping day, please bring it to the Hope Chest during store hours. Come in, or contact Holly Oden, The Hope Chest Thrift Store Manager, for more information: 641-895-7001, or to sign up to be a Volunteer.
Thank you to all who donated food, items, and baked goods for our Fall Fundraiser Food Stand at Pancake Day! It was a BEAUTIFUL day. As of today, all of the food is gone except some Bake Sale goodies, which we will have available at New Hope Counseling Center this week if you would like to stop by and pick up something for a donation!
The Raffle for the very cool Artisan Crafted 40″ Rustic Metal Windmill Hanging Light with Chain and 11 Qt Ball Jars will go on until Nov 1 with drawing at 5 pm. It will be on display at our Hope Chest Thrift Store – 309 West Van Buren in Centerville, Iowa.
New Hope Counseling Center is in need of additional Counselors and Prayer Partners to meet the current and future needs of the people on our waiting list. We will hold an 8-week Biblical Counseling Training on Thursday evenings beginning Sept 7th through Nov 2nd from 6-9 p.m. The only charge for the Training Class is to cover the cost for printing the Counselor/Prayer Partner Handbook and Starter Kit items ($37.50). No counseling degree or experience needed. The program is designed for the Counselor and Prayer Partner teams to simply follow the Counseling Handbook to lead the Counselee through it. The program is called “Turning the Battle.” Whether it is addiction, depression, or any other emotional, relational, or spiritual problem, beginning this will mark “the turning point” in the person’s battle. These New Hope Materials were developed to deal with main root problems in people’s lives from which all other problems and issues stem. Perhaps you’re ready to move from a soldier to a warrior for Jesus, or know of a wannabe warrior you could encourage to join our crusade to “Turn the Battle.” God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things.
Personal testimony from a New Hope Counseling Graduate: “I was in bondage for many years, even as a Christian I had a lot of knowledge, but still had many issues dwelling in my heart. God used New Hope to reveal the lies that I had believed about myself and about God. I once struggled with anxiety, but now I have peace. I once was heavy in depression, but now I have joy. Where there was bondage, I now have freedom. God has used New Hope to bring redemption, healing, and wholeness to every area of my life.”
Call Cindy Johnston (NHCC Counseling Director) if you have questions or to sign up for the Training: 641-856-3326.
New Hope will also be offering a 4-weekDiscipleship Training Class, beginning with Book 1 of our “Becoming A Warrior of the King” program materials, on Monday evenings beginning Sept 11 from 6-8 p.m. This class helps equip the Body of Christ to disciple those who want to know who God really is and how to have a relationship with Him on a deeply personal level (with no denominational slant). It takes people from the point of being a child of the King to becoming a warrior of the King. We have developed a way to make Discipleship easy. People will look at the Handbooks and say: I can do this!
Personal testimonies from people who have gone through this study:
“These materials are phenomenal, life-changing. It’s what I wish I would have been taught when I first became a Christian.”-Paula
“All through Seminary and Bible College I never came across material that affected a person’s spiritual life as this material does. I can only say if you want to see the life of an individual change or a congregation change, invite them to use this material.” -Pastor David
“It is a spiritual feast, amazing, I am in awe and grateful.”-Pam
“These materials were so very beneficial for me. Each section was like stepping stones (advancement) in my getting more knowledge and getting to know my Father better.”-George
This Discipleship Program not only helps to strengthen and deepen a Believer’s walk with the Lord, but also equips them to serve and minister to others in their local church or neighborhood. Imagine what your church or neighborhood, filled with warriors of the King could do… What it could do in our communities… In our world… We want to help make Disciples, to help equip God’s people to Disciple others, who will then in turn serve and minister to others in and through their local churches and the community.
Cost of the Training is $20.00 for the Discipler Book 1 and Starter Kit items. Seating is limited. Call soon to reserve your spot. This small investment of time can transform your life, and the lives of countless others. For more information, or to register for the Discipleship Training, call New Hope at: 641-856-3326.
We want to express a big Thank You, to everyone who helped make Rummage Mania another incredible success. It really was our best Rummage Mania ever! Most Volunteers we’ve ever had…Most shoppers we’ve ever had…Most Silent Auction bidders we’ve ever had…Fastest clean up we’ve ever done…What a blessed week we had! As always, we were abundantly blessed by the outpouring of items. Hundreds of people and families were blessed because of the generosity of people who live in this area and the surrounding counties. We heard words of praise and thankfulness from many people. Donations were around $4800, with a few more still trickling in, which will help us continue offering our Biblical Counseling services free of charge. Some of the remaining items went to our “Hope Chest Thrift Store” here in Centerville at 309 W Van Buren. The rest were donated to C.R.O.S.S. Ministries, located in Osceola, IA, a wonderful Christian Ministry with a variety of mission works. THANK YOU to everyone involved!”
Mon., July 10th thru Wed., July 12th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
First Baptist Church – 603 W State St – Centerville – west doors
Rummage Mania Dates:
Thursday, July 13th 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday, July 14th 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, July 15th 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
It’s our 8th Annual Rummage Mania & Homemade Treats! New Hope is getting ready for our biggest event of the year! You’ll find treasures galore as you walk the aisles. Table after table will be piled high with everything imaginable. The back room resembles a department store, filled with clothing and shoes in every size, style, and color. This community event blesses everyone. Donating your unwanted items helps you clean out some clutter, and makes you feel good about giving to such a worthy cause. It helps not only the local mission work of New Hope, but the hundreds of customers that come to find needed items, or just something fun they might not otherwise be able to afford. Among the treasures, you can sort through boxes of books, mounds of movies, piles of purses, and holiday decorations of all kinds. And for all you guys out there, we have some man cave stuff you’ll want to check out.
Loads of items get dropped off from the wonderful people of our area, helping to make this three day event the success it has become. This all started as a way to have a fundraiser that also helps and blesses the community, and it has grown every year. We keep it simple…you shop, you pick the price! There are no price tags, so you give what you want as a donation to New Hope. The annual event is held at First Baptist Church, 603 W State St, in Centerville. There will be a Silent Auction for collectibles and higher value items, and fresh Baked Goods will also be available (baked goods are priced). To make this a continued success, We Need Your Stuff,so it’s time once again to start sorting out those closets, garage, attic, and basement. Help to move large items will be available only if needed, on Monday, July 10th – by appointment so call ahead: 641-856-3326. Because this event isintended to help and bless people, we ask people to be respectful of those who truly are in need when they come to shop. Please no gathering of items for re-sale. No early shoppers. We do reserve the right to limit the amount taken by each person so that everyone may have the same chance to benefit. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds from Rummage Mania go to support the local mission work of New Hope Counseling Center, providing Biblical Counseling free of charge.
(located at the Mystic Community Church in Mystic, IA)
for this Special Event May 25 through June 3
12:00-1:30 pm Each Day
Beginning Ascension Day, May 25, 2017, Christians around the world will find ways to pray night and day throughout the 10 days leading up to Pentecost Sunday, June 4. This is part of the Global Day of Prayer movement that has been going on since 2005. Join us at the New Hope Prayer Center whenever you can for these special 10 Days, as we unite our prayers with the prayers of others in our nation and around the world.
Regular Prayer Center Hours will change from Wednesday to Thursday May 25th for the first day of the 10 Days of Prayer Event (special service 12:00-1:30 pm)
We are so excited to announce that the Hope Chest Thrift Store is finally OPEN! We officially opened June 8, but will invite everyone to a big bash Grand Opening to celebrate all the hard work that went into making this dream a reality on Saturday, August 13th.
For well over a year now, incredible Volunteers have been pouring every free minute into a major remodel job, which included building walls, built-in shelving, a dressing room, painting, and wall treatments, installing new lighting, heating unit, ceiling fans, chandelier, flooring, and exquisite 7’ French doors to meet you upon your arrival. And almost everything involved in all of that was donated by a lot of wonderful people who caught the vision and wanted to be a part of it. We want to send out a huge Thank You to everyone who helped make this happen. May God bless you… you know who you are!!!
We’re so pleased to introduce Holly Oden and Jo Ann Moorman as Co-Managers of the Hope Chest. This mother-daughter duo each bring needed experience to the store, enabling them to tag-team and work together to make this endeavor one of great success.
There’s an awesome story behind the making of the Hope Chest. Several years ago, we were introduced to Mike Sitzman, manager of C.R.O.S.S. Ministries in Osceola, which operates a large thrift store. We contacted Mike to see if he could utilize what remained after one of our Rummage Mania events. He was happy to come and pick up our leftovers and then shared with us about how his ministry got started after realizing the need in his community. He encouraged us to pray about it and consider doing the same thing.
According to Mike, the motivation behind it all is always to bless your community and help those in need. As long as you keep God at the center, nothing else really matters. God blesses those who are His hands and feet. Those who have needs may have no one else to look to, or very limited financial resources. As brothers and sisters in Christ, it IS our responsibility to be pro-active in helping to meet those needs.
We agreed with Mike and we began to inquire of the Lord if this was something He would have us do. We then began to search for a facility. Holly’s parents owned a Laundromat that wasn’t currently in operation and they offered the front part of the building for us to use as a store. Immediately, the work to transform it began!
It’s been a long haul, with lots of sweat, a little blood, and perhaps a tear or two, but God’s timing is perfect. “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Habakkuk 2:3). And now, it’s finally here, and we couldn’t be more pleased with how it all turned out!
Would you like to be a part of blessing the community and helping those in need? And have a lot of fun doing it? You can become a Hope Chest Volunteer! Call Holly Oden to sign up for the Volunteer Training to be held soon: 641-895-7001. A special Volunteer is needed who would sell higher value items on-line for us. If interested in that, please let Holly know.
We hope you’ll stop by and check out the new store—off the northwest corner of the square—309 W Van Buren in Centerville. We also hope you’ll make plans to join us when we celebrate the Grand Opening Day on August 13th with hot dogs, chips, and cold drinks. We’ll give away some prizes and you can shop for a bargain at the newest hot spot in town…the Hope Chest Thrift Store!
Regular Business Hours (Opened for Business June 8th):
New Hope Counseling Center wishes to express a big Thank You, to everyone who helped make Rummage Mania an incredible success in 2015. As always, we were overwhelmed by the outpouring from the people in this community. Your giving blessed hundreds of people and dozens of families.
We heard many words of praise from people who were in need. One of our workers heard a little girl who got several stuffed animals say, “This is the best day ever!” It puts a lump in your throat to see little children who have so little become so elated with others’ greatly loved and gently worn toys. Witnessing this can really give you a new perspective on life.
We have so many awesome volunteers who helped us get everything unpacked and organized, not to mention the clean up afterwards. This year we set up a table for shoppers to request prayer and obtain brochures about our ministries. Many people wrote out their needs on a card, which we gathered and will continue to be praying for.
Of course there are always leftover items from an event this big. The remaining shoes and clothing were donated to C.R.O.S.S. Ministries, located in Osceola, Ia. This Christian Ministry offers supplies and services to those in need, sending medical equipment and supplies to other countries, as well as recycling and a variety of other mission works. The miscellaneous items were taken to a consignment auction and will add to the financial blessing for New Hope. This year’s event raised around $6000!
It’s hard to find adequate words to express our appreciation to all of the people who helped with this massive project, but a special Thank you goes out to First Baptist Church, Pastor Lloyd Johnston, and the entire church family. We are so blessed to live in a community where people really care about people. Where they see a need and step up to help. God Bless You All!
Testimonies from Rummage Mania 2015
Three little sisters came to Rummage Mania and were enthralled with the huge pile of stuffed animals. The oldest sister was thrilled to find the large number of Beanie Babies. Her little sisters were drawn right to the Teddy Bears and other stuffed animals. Each little girl picked out several Teddy bears, stuffed animals or Beanie Babies. The big sister was overheard to say, “This is the best day ever!” It sure puts a lump in your throat to see little children who have little become so elated with others’ greatly loved and gently worn toys. Rummage Mania is much more than a fund raiser. It is a blessing upon New Hope staff and volunteers to watch the faces of little children light up out of our abundance of what to these children are little treasures.
A woman who recently placed on disability came with her bag of items to the check out desk. She repeated over and over what a blessing it was for her to be at Rummage Mania. She dug in her purse and put the few dollars she could find in the donation jar. She left the church and soon was back. Outside, she found a small piece of exercise equipment that she said would be a great help for her swollen legs that her doctor had recommended for her to use. She said she found a couple more dollars in her purse that she had forgotten about and put it in the donation jar also. Could this woman’s story be the modern day manifestation of the Woman’s Mite found in Mark 12: 41-44?
A new addition to Rummage Mania for 2015 was a New Hope information and prayer table. We provided people the opportunity to share prayer requests by placing them in a prayer box. We watched several people with tears in their eyes write their requests down and put them in the box and talk to us about them as well. We later took out the prayer requests and went to the prayer room in the Church and a few of the volunteers prayed for each request. These prayer requests will also be lifted up at the New Hope Prayer Center on Wednesday mornings.
At the Prayer & Worship Center the week prior to Rummage Mania, the staff prayed that not only would we be a blessing to those who entered Rummage Mania, but that those attending would provide a blessing to us. The Lord went beyond what we imagined possible in answering that simple prayer request just like it promises in Ephesians 3:20. We were blessed by the faith of those entering the doors as well as the generosity of people of little means.
life-changing. I know I am accepted by my Heavenly Father. His love is constant and continuous. I was bought with a price and I belong to God. It's what I wish I would have been taught when I first became a Christian.
~ Paula Oberbeck (Bible Study)
life-changing. I know I am accepted by my Heavenly Father. His love is constant and continuous. I was bought with a price and I belong to God. It's what I wish I would have been taught when I first became a Christian. ~ Paula Oberbeck (Bible Study)