Hope Notes 1/15/15

January 15, 2015

Dear Friends of Hope ~

Reading the message description for this coming Sunday really hit home for me.  We had always been the ones to help those who were struggling with their finances until a series of events left US being the ones in need.  We had to learn how to humbly receive help. Setting aside our pride and accepting help, especially financial, was difficult to say the least. But let me tell you, it was one of the most valuable lessons we ever learned and one that sticks with us to this day. It was also one of the times when we felt the most loved and cared for by our God and His people. I personally have also had to learn how to ask for help physically.  My back condition limits what I am able to do, so sometimes I have to humbly admit these limitations when I would rather be seen as strong and competent.  Worse, I often have to rely on others to help, lol!  But once you cross the hurdles of pride and self-reliance, you see what a merciful and gracious God we serve.  He puts others in our lives to help us at exactly the right time with exactly the right thing.  When I see someone who is struggling to accept help, the one thing I tell them is not to let their pride hinder the blessing God wants to give them AND to the person who wants to help them.  Never stand in the way of allowing someone the joy of ministering to you!



January 18 – Wash One Another’s Feet (John 13:6-17)

If you had a choice, which would you rather be: the person who has the financial ability to help those you love with their financial struggles, or the person who needs financial help and receives it?  Almost all of us would rather be the person who has more than enough and can be the hero of the story.  It makes us feel strong, capable, needed – even proud!  But Jesus invites us to weakness and humility.  We’ll see how hard this is for Peter to digest.  Are we serving people in humility like Jesus did?  There is a powerful message if we’ll follow His example – and an amazing promise!



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.



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!


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!





Colossians 4:2

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”



1 CORINTHIANS / 7:00 – 8:15 pm

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.



7:00 – 8:15

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.



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.



1st & 3rd Mondays 7:00 pm – 8:40pm

January 19th & February 2nd – Craft Night, bring scrapbooking supplies to make a devotional.

February 16th – New Study Begins, details coming soon.

All women high school age and up are invited!  Contact Jennifer Nolan at jnolan1962@yahoo.com to be added to our email list for updates and info.





Sunday, January 18th

We will be having a luncheon for those of you who are fairly new to Hope immediately following the morning service.  It’s a great time to get a chance to meet each other – Sunday mornings are just too hectic to be able to connect in a meaningful way. If you didn’t get the chance to sign up, don’t fret – come anyway!



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 are a vital part of getting connected with others and forming deeper relationships than a quick ‘hello’ on Sunday mornings. Study sheets can be found in the Resource Room or downloaded right from our website. You can contact Damon Briggs atdamon.briggs@mitchellandness.com with any questions.





Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:30



Sundays from 6:30 – 8:30


Note:  Over the holidays there will be no Rooted on January 4th.



January 31st – Camden Outreach





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




Sunday, January 18th

All the new curriculum is put together and ready to go!  There will be a short meeting after service for all Toddler Class teachers and helpers.  If anyone is not able to attend the meeting, please contact Kara Ott atkarajoellxo@gmail.com so that she can go over the curriculum with you another time.



Wednesday, February 11th

We’re planning a baptism service dependent on response.  We’ll need a sufficient number of people interested in order to go ahead with the service.  As always, there will be two classes leading up to it.  See Pastor Mark if you have any questions.

Note:  There will be a quick meeting after the service this Sunday (1-18) for those who are interested in getting baptized.  The first class is planned for Saturday, January 24th@ 5:00pm at the church.



February 13th – 15th ♥

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your spouse than to get away to the Hershey Lodge for a weekend!  Family Life puts on this event and it is an awesome opportunity to focus on each other.  The leaders share lots of personal stories and plenty of Bible based teaching on God’s design for marriage.  Whether your marriage is amazing or facing some struggles, don’t miss this chance to build what God has given you.  Rooms fill up quickly, so don’t wait – register and reserve a room today!

Cost – $99.99 per couple (regular registration is $99.99 per person, but using the promotional code BOGO gets you half off through Jan. 26th!) plus $119 per night for Hershey Lodge accommodations.

Conference begins Friday night at 7 pm and ends on Sunday at 1 pm.

Register on ww.familylife.com

Group Code is HopeWoodbury

Call Hershey Lodge to reserve a room at 800-437-7439

See Dave Hallahan or Matt Russell for more info.



Tuesdays at 7:00 pm

Are you ready to let go of strongholds?  Have you tried and tried on your own with no success?

Hope for Recovery is 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.  We meet in the 1st/2nd grade classroom.  Enter through the rear doors. Contact Hope4Recovery@yahoo.com with any questions.






Sunday, January 25th

There are so many places to plug in at Hope!  We’re going to make it easy for you to choose the ministry that fits you best.  After the service, we will have representatives from different ministries ready to answer and questions and help you connect with a place for you to serve.  More details will be coming, but here is just a little sample of the opportunities available:  Kids Ministry, Sound, Hospitality (coffee, special events, greeters), Meals Ministry, Building, Communications (missions, media, website). Start thinking and praying about where God would lead you!



With the upcoming addition of a second service, we will be needing more help in our classrooms.  Please contact Matt Russell atmruss800@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.

The following classes are in immediate need of teachers & helpers:

1st & 2nd grade / Lisa Fiorile at Lfiorile@hotmail.com

3rd – 5th grade / Mary LeBeau at marylebeau@verizon.net

Pre-K & Kindergarten / Lauren DellaRova dellarova@verizon.net

Toddler class / Kara Ott at karajoellxo@gmail.com



Our Building Team is looking ahead to winter and hoping to put together a list of volunteers to come clear our sidewalks when it snows.  If you would be willing to do that, please contact Brad Hopkins at 609-502-0510 or Bob Baumiester at 609-458-7777.



Our nursery is overflowing with babies!  We need to add more helpers in order to provide adequate care for our little ones.  If you can rock a baby, we need you!  Contact Don or Alicia Heverly if you would like to volunteer – lilfeet21@hotmail.com.



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.



During the holiday season, we have been getting extra requests for food.  This has left us with a shortage for baby food, freezer items, tuna fish, canned goods, soup, pasta and sauce, etc.

Any donations would be 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!



Nursery                        Amy Fleck, Jeanne Wurst, Charlotte Zediker, Gale

Toddlers                       Kara Ott, Amanda Mills, Prisca O.
Pre K – Kindergarten   Lauren & Elizabeth DellaRova
1st & 2nd                       Kelly Louis, Lucy Muhlbaier

3rd – 5th                         Deb Caranci, Dana Farrell
Counters                        Bill Berry, Don Frazeur
Greeters                        Greg Corrado

Sharon Sambucci

Georgia Perrong

Katrina Mariani

Wed. Evening Nursery  TBA


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.



Second Service – We’re targeting March 1, 2015 as the Sunday to begin having two services.  Lots of planning and work to do to make this possible.  Please pray for God’s leading, provision, and strength!

Financial Projects – We have two big needs for 2015.  Looking at approximately a $15,000 cost to change from oil to gas in order to save thousands of dollars each year.  We also need to replenish our emergency fund of $10,000 (we used almost all of that to address vandalism and theft issues this past year).  Please pray as we ask the Lord to provide funding in both of these areas.


“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


Humbled by His Love,