The Proposal 💍

Have you ever been proposed to or perhaps imagined how it would be? Would you prefer an intimate setting with the question popped in the middle of a romantic date or a bold public proposal in front of your friends and family?

I’m glad mines was public. One thing I sure won’t forget was the immense happiness that came from the Hope family! I remember the smiles along with the volume of the screams and cheers. Although it continued to rain heavy, this special moment still took place with all of us soaking wet. Remember my post on Family Day? Well this happened on that event when it was on THIS DAY in 2015 during the award ceremony. It was a great day for me. Before I claimed my prized possession 💍 I received some prizes. My team (Team hulk) was the winning team that took home the big trophy! Plus I won a medal 🏅 for volleyball.

Even though I am describing my day, I am also extending an invite to you to be part of Family day at HopeNYC. It’s on June 10th this year and there are games for everyone and all ages.

Today we are both very happy together in our marriage (Yes there was a Hope wedding too) But it couldn’t have all happened without this proposal. We also still have a loving supportive Hope family. I hope one day for you to visit and become part of this family.

Here’s a quick shot of my proposal in Baisely Pond Park during Family Day! Family day 2018 info here:

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What Did I learn? (Health Tips Included)

Does anyone own a scale with never-changing numbers? Numbers that would just remain the same no matter how hard you try….

Today, I stepped on the scale and those numbers changed! Praise God!

I took time this year to focus on health and research about the body, nutrition, fitness, stress, medicine, vitamins and more! I am also enrolled in two health Hope Groups are this spring semester. These group are very effective and available to you if you can find your way to HopeNYC.  One group is taught by an actual physician and the other is taught by a phenomenal woman who has conquered the most challenging weight-loss obstacles. I can share some of what I learned and I hope it can help!

One shot is all you need:  Cardio doesn’t have to be long and painful. It should be short and painful 😀 which is better! Cardio is suppose to prepare your body for the exercise, not be the exercise. Running and walking is great but it can’t sculpt the abs for you. Cardio helps your body to burn while you deal with the real exercises: abs workouts, weight lifting, leg sculpting, squats etc. Developing those muscles can help shrink those areas but you need a shot to start!

The recipe for this shot calls for:

  1. A series of exercises like running in place
  2. Plyo-jacks
  3. Bear crawls
  4. Knee high running
  5. Butt-kick running
  6. SPEED
  7. 30 seconds of each one!

It’s short! But it’s all you need.

Abs don’t just lookgood: Developing abs can save your back! The abs are like the strong front anchor of your spine. When you work on your abs, you help your back muscles tremendously. Back pain gets reduced because your core is helping your back muscles in supporting you. It’s not too late to start your ab workout. The plank is one of the most effective I heard from the doctor.

Your action will influence others around you! You can tell your loved ones to exercise and it will turn them away. Cook tasty healthy meals and desserts, take your walks, eat healthy in a restaurant and photograph everything. Your actions will surely influence someone to try it!

Has carbs lied to you?  We think it will fill us up when eating it all the time can make us hungry. Protein keeps you full for much longer. See which protein-filled foods are your favorites. Reducing carbs will surely give you results.

Motivation is a must! Meeting up as a class each week really helped. Having someone to motivate you is important. Circumstances and problems can stop your progress! Make sure you have a friend, counselor, nutritionist, family member or someone to help motivate you and hear your problems out! Youtube videos can help. Prayer can help tremendously! I believe you can do it.

Sticky Wings

“I brought you back 5 wings ”

It was one of the most glorious statements you could ever hear from a husband after a long day of errands and no dinner. He had just returned from a Hope Group called The Head of The Household. They discuss their important roles as a husband and the real stuff about marriages with a new restaurant being their classroom each time. Men can benefit from a group like this!

Dallas BBQ is of course the place of the sticky wings and it has been a favorite spot for Hopers maybe….for about 10 years now! We’ve enjoyed youth Christmas parties, ministry meetings, Hope Group fun days, ladies day out, men’s night out and just plain hanging out! You learn and grow so much from just attending HopeNYC; The services, taking a Hope group class, and especially on an outing over a plate of sticky wings!

On an upcoming post I’ll share alittle more about how the Hope groups semester went and how you can grow if you would like to take a class in the future!

www.Hopegroupsnyc.com

www.HopeNYC.com

Woman’s T Party

I was advised to put my tea bag on my eyes to reduce puffiness! The Tea party happened last Sunday at HopeNYC. I know you’re imaging floral dresses, big hats and tea pots but the women’s ministry had quite a different agenda in mind! It wasn’t tea it was T!

T is for

  • Tips! From reducing wrinkles to opening an online jewelry store to recreating your T-Shirt! We went home 🏡 rich in tips that can help make us money, destress & beautify us!
  • TV! With a big TV screen placed on the stage and a panning camera, we saw ourselves! In fact! This event was an exciting Live TV show!
  • Time with Friends! Everyone sat together around the tables enjoying food and all of the segments along with a fashion show.
  • Time for ourselves! It was indeed a getaway from the kids and husband because this was JUST FOR WOMEN 16 to 106 years old! 😃
  • Time with God! This was the best part! It’s truly a miracle to get stress to finally leave a woman’s mind because stress is stubborn carrying many reasons behind it. With a few individuals interceding and praying for us in God’s presence, He removed every bit of that stress! We left the meeting delivered and changed! More than just an enjoyable evening. Only God can do that. An aim for every woman’s meeting is to help make us more stronger each time so we can feel it and be it!
  • Tea there was none.

A Few 50s Facts To Know Before Saturday’s Sock Hop!

Have you heard about the Sock Hop? Get your swing on This Saturday at HopeNYC starting at 6pm! There will be competitions, prizes, food and dancing the entire evening!

The Cause

Get your tickets!

$10 for adults!

$5 for children under 10 years old

Proceeds goes towards praise and worship garments for the dance ministry.

What You Need To Know!

What is a Sock Hop?

A Sock Hop was a dance event held for teenagers where they danced in their socks to avoid scratching the wooden gym floor with their shoes.

What dances were popular?

What did they wear?

This familiar Disney channel throwback shows some attire in this 50s themed episode- https://youtu.be/3AcGjhjwnfc

Notice the high waist, belt, knee length, bottoms and short sleeves top

Sunglasses, stud earrings and tie-on head pieces seemed to be the thing! They sure did wear HATS

Men wore jackets 🧥

ust a few of the many facts about the 50s! TODAY, HopeNYC’s Dance Ministry is accomplishing so much and I hope many of you will support the Sock Hop! Kids are learning how to dance every Friday and worship deeper! Men, women, adults and children are

dancing every Sunday and creating an atmosphere of worship at the front of the altar during service.

Photos and info found on Pinterest and google!

Find HopeNYC service times, directions, and info from http://www.HopeNYC.com!

What Makes This Easter Different?

Grab a coffee from Compass! Make your way upstairs and have your seat! Show control is taking over this Easter Sunday at HopeNYC!

Before you panic! The show is done as a great expression of worship! This production was carefully planned and put together to express the wonderful person of Jesus and show what He has done for the world! It’s going to be a broadway style production! Spectacular lights, sounds, live dancing, great music and more!

THAT’S NOT ALL!

HopeNYC celebrates being 10 years old! The first service in our current building was on an Easter Sunday which calls for a celebration 🎉

There are wonderful surprises in store for ALL GUESTS! 🎁

Special shout to Ryan Ragbir for directing an amazing show each year with divinely downloaded ideas 💡

You don’t want to miss this Easter Experience about the Crown, Cross and, Nails! Oh it will be different!

Before Easter!

HopeNYC has two amazing events leading up to Easter service! Check out my two previous blog posts for more info on these!

Good Friday

Saturday

Only The Cool Kids Will Be There This Saturday!

Imagine! The crowd cheering you on! You go home with sweet victory holding a basketful of candy you can chomp on for weeks! You spend an unforgettable sunny Saturday in the park with your friends and family!

Those are what the kids are going to experience! HopeNYC’s 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt is happening this Saturday at 10am SHARP! It will be held at Baisely Pond Park and it’s just for ages 1-9 years old! Parents! Bring them to the park on time for registration! FREE ADMISSION & PRIZES!

There will be 20,000 candy-filled eggs!

The child that finds the gold egg will win a bike! The child that finds the silver egg will win a scooter!

There are prizes! Also the sure excitement of taking home dozens of candy-filled eggs!

So many has been blessed over the years! We can’t wait to see this year’s winners!

SPECTACULAR! FREE! MUST SEE!

THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL

HopeNYC’s Christmas Parade will be on SUNDAY DECEMBER 3RD AT 5PM

See thousands of lights in one night! Observe

some of most remarkable parade floats ever created with dazzling detail and stunning beauty! Enjoy lively Christmas music 🎶 characters and The Hope dancers!

End the night with Queens’ largest tree lighting finale at HopeNYC Church! 🎄

The Route: 131 street to 143rd on Rockaway Blvd!

This parade is going to be spectacular, FREE and a must see for you and the whole family! Come get a good spot and stay for the tree lighting finale! Spread the word and save the date! DECEMBER 3rd

www.HopeNYC.com or Like the church on Facebook for more info!

HopeNYC is preparing to make this the best Christmas ever…for children overseas.

Build an Ark was the theme of HopeNYC’s 2017 Toy Drive! Hopers picked up a hammer and worked together to raise the funds to provide tons of toys (possibly an Ark-full)

I noticed the genuine cheerfulness in giving until the drive was over. Putting a smile on a child’s face has always been an important mission at HopeNYC. A child may be receiving their first toy this year. The toys will be off to the Caribbean this Christmas: Trinidad, Guyana, Jamaica, and Belize! High quality popular brand new toys. As someone would say “Toys you would buy for your own children.”

What makes this year even more exciting is that some of the Hopers will be going to the

countries to distribute these toys in person.

Special gifts were given to every participant of the Toy Drive so they won’t forget the time they got to Build An Ark.

HopeNYC has big plans for Christmas even in New York! Read my previous blog about the Christmas parade. Look out for info this upcoming month on www.HopeNYC.com or on the Facebook Page: http://www.Facebook.com/HopeNYC