Hope Notes 8/28/14

August 28, 2014

Dear Friends of Hope ~

Last night’s church picnic was an evening filled with old fashioned fun! Good food (which no picnic is complete without), games, and lots of conversation.  There’s just something about coming together as a church family outside of our regular Sunday mornings that is so nice! We get to chat, laugh, catch up with old friends and make some new ones.  For me, the picnic is a reflection of the heartbeat of Hope.  We have the connection with others that is so important to us – something we don’t always manage to accomplish on a busy Sunday morning. Then we have the area of serving others – so many people worked hard behind the scenes getting ready for this big event.  The bouncy jump, the tent, tables, chairs, and food didn’t all just magically appear. There was thought and effort put into what food to serve, what games to play, and how to make the night something special.  I feel like those two areas are very much a part of who we are at Hope!  Connecting with others to form deeper relationships and serving others to show the love of Christ.  Add to that ‘sharing God’s redeeming work with everyone we can’…………and you have Hope in a nutshell!

 

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE  

August 31 – His Forever (John 10:22-29)

Breaking up is hard to do.  Perhaps the most universal desire among humanity is the longing to have someone love you unconditionally. Most of the time, we think of this in terms of a romantic relationship, but it can also be expressed in friendships and family relationships. However, part of any relationship is the understanding that it can come to an end.  Some fight or disagreement can cause a person to no longer want to be with you.  So we live with insecurity.  Jesus offers a relationship with Himself and with the Father that is different.  He says that our relationship is entirely secure.  And if we understand and embrace this truth, it will transform our ability to love Him and to love each other.

 

MESSAGES AVAILABLE
Did you know that Sunday’s worship service is available on CD immediately following the service for FREE?  Pick up a copy for yourself or for anyone you would like to share Hope with.  Pastor Mark’s messages are also available on our website,www.hopechristianfellowship.org.

 

PRAYER HUDDLE

9:30 – 9:35

The prayer huddle is open to anyone who would like to come pray – but it is specifically intended for those who are serving on that Sunday.  Soif you’re scheduled to be in kids’ ministry, greeting, in the tech booth, on worship team, or any other ministry role for a given Sunday, join us at 9:30 sharp to pray together for God’s power in each of us.  We can do all things through Christ, and nothing of worth without Him, so let’s come together each Sunday to ask for God’s Spirit to fill us and use us!

 

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER TIME
Our Sunday morning prayer time is open to everyone from 9:15 – 9:45 am in the Prayer Room. We pray for the services that morning and for the needs in the church. If you would like to participate, just show up!

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

 

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE VERSE

Proverbs 19:11

“A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.”

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY

1 CORINTHIANS / 7:00 – 8:15 pm

Will resume September 10th

Make sure you set aside time to come and study God’s Word mid-week.  This helps keep you rooted in Scripture and connected to each other.  Childcare is provided.

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

7:00 – 8:15

Will resume September 10th

Keep Jesus fresh in your child’s mind and heart!  We have classes for children ages 3 – 5 and for those in 1st – 5th grades.  Nursery is provided for infants thru age 2.  Contact Jenn Winstel with any questions at jenwinrn@comcast.net.

 

YOUNG ADULTS

7:30 in Youth Room

First and Third Monday of every month

Anyone who has graduated high school up to their early thirties is welcome. See Pastor Mark or Dana for more information. Childcare is provided.

Please Note:  There will be NO Young Adults on Labor Day (Sept 1st).  The next meeting will be September 15th as usual.

 

GOD’S GIRLS

Women’s Bible Study

1st & 3rd Mondays 7:00 pm

Our first study will be Monday, September 15th from 7:00 – 8:40 pm.  This year’s study will be “Becoming More than a Bible Study Girl” by Lysa TerKeurst.  There is a signup sheet in the hallway.  For women high school age and up.  Contact Jennifer Nolan atjnolan1962@yahoo.com with any questions.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP

 

MEN’S BREAKFAST

Second Saturday of Every Month

8:00 – 9:30am

Come and join us for a delicious breakfast and a good time of fellowship/sharing with the men of Hope.  Feel free to bring a friend! Open to men 18 and older. See Steve Jones with any questions.

 

SMALL GROUPS KICKOFF

September 7th

It’s time to begin our Small Groups again!  Small Groups are a vital part of getting connected with others and forming deeper relationships than a quick ‘hello’ on Sunday mornings.  Start thinking now about putting together a Small Group or maybe inviting someone to join an existing group.  The first study sheets will be out on September 21st. You can contact Damon Briggs atdamon.briggs@mitchellandness.com with any questions.

 

 

YOUTH NEWS

 

ROOTED MIDDLE SCHOOL

Kickoff Wednesday, September 10th

 

ROOTED HIGH SCHOOL

Kickoff Sunday, September 7th

 

OC RETREAT

September 19 – 21

Our annual Ocean City retreat is right around the corner! If you are going into 9th-12th grade be sure to join us for a week of fun, worship, walking the boards, and growing closer to Jesus. Cost is $85 ($50 if money is in by Sept. 14th). Get a permission slip from the bulletin board outside of the youth room. See Dave Hallahan for more details.

 

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY NEWS

 

READY? SET… GO!

HopeKids! has launched the Go Zone as the new name for our kids Sunday morning service! We are GOing for GOD, GOing for GROWTH, and GOing FOREVER! The Go Zone is a service entirely focused around the kids, in which we connect by playing games, worshipping with one another, and hearing a message from God’s Word in fun, creative ways before heading off to Sunday school for the rest of the service.

 

Follow HopeKids! Ministries on facebook at:  facebook.com/HCFHopeKids

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SAFETY ISSUE

For the safety of all our children at Hope, please do not let them climb in the trees out in front of our building.  It has been brought to our attention that those limbs are the kind that can snap without warning.  We don’t want anyone getting hurt!

 

BAPTISMAL SERVICE – THIS WEDNESDAY

September 3rd (Wed night)

The baptismal service is always such a special time.  Can you think of any better way to spend your Wednesday evening than to see brothers and sisters-in-the-Lord make that public declaration of being washed clean and renewed through baptism? The testimonies given are always such an encouragement and reminder of what God can do in all our lives.

 

HOPE FOR RECOVERY

Tuesdays at 7:00 pm

Please Note:  We will be starting up again on September 2nd

A Christian based, 12-step approach for those struggling with addictions of any kind.  The group is a safe and confidential place for men and women to find strength and HOPE through sharing and fellowship. Contact Liz McCool with any questions atirelandjim@netscape.com.

 

OPPORTUNITES TO SERVE

 

OVERNIGHT ACCOMODATION NEEDED

Our missionary, Roberta Nagel, is coming September 24th and needs a place to rest her weary head for one night.  If anyone has the room and the heart to help, please contact Wendy Devereaux atrobwendydevereaux@comcast.net for further details.

 

CHURCH WORKDAY

Our workday is being rescheduled due to Labor Day weekend. Stay tuned for a date coming up in early September!

 

YOUNG ADULTS CHILDCARE

Our YA ministry needs help! We are looking for a 1-2 people who would be willing to join our childcare team on a rotating basis. The YA meetings are here at the church on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month from 7:30-9:00pm, and you would only need to serve once every 6 weeks. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Dana Ott at danaott@hopechristianfellowship.orgas soon as possible so we can move forward to serve Hope’s young adults in this way!

 

NURSERY

We have a need for at least three more people to help in our Nursery. God has blessed us with so many babies – we just don’t have enough hands to give your little ones the attention they deserve.  If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer, please contact Alicia or Don Heverly at lilfeet21@hotmail.com.

 

MEALS MINISTRY

Here at Hope we like to take care of our people!  When we know someone who recently had a baby, has an illness in the family, or any other occasion where having the burden of preparing a family dinner removed would be a big help – we like to take care of that for them!  If you would be interested in occasionally making or delivering a meal, contact Pat Nolan at pationolan@comcast.net.

 

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER GROUP

We’d love to have people come and pray with us for the needs of the church and for God’s power to be at work in our morning service.  You don’t have to commit to coming every week, but our elders are asking those who are able come and join us!

 

FOOD PANTRY

We’ve been giving out LOTS of food – what a blessing it is to be able to help ease the burden for so many families!  But that means we are in need of a major restocking for our pantry! Any donations would be greatly appreciated!

Please check the expiration dates of any donations and place in the basket located outside the kitchen door. Contact Karen Blythe with any questions or if you are interested in helping with our pantry. Thank you!

 

THIS WEEK’S WORKERS

Nursery                          Charlotte Zediker, Amy Fleck

Toddlers                         Kara Ott, Amanda Mills, Prisca O.
Pre K – Kindergarten     Kim Lawlor, Megan Foster
1st & 2nd                       Kelly Louis, Lucy Muhlbaier

3rd – 5th                        Kimmi Biglin, Nance Reeves
Counters                        Barb Frazeur,  Melissa McGinness
Greeters                        Ken Blythe

Ellen Boales

Diane Beardsworth

Dolores Baade
 

Wed. Evening Nursery   Baptismal Service

 

HOPES PRAYER TEAM
If you have a prayer request, please fill out a prayer request card and drop it in the offering slot at the back of the church on Sunday or use the “Prayer Request Form” on our website. If you have any questions or would like to join the Prayer Team, please contact Bill Berry directly at billandkathyberry@comcast.net.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Middle School/Sr. High Split – Prayers for our youth and their leaders as they prepare to transition to this new format coming in September.


“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18

 

 

Sought by the King,
Lois