Hope Notes 2/5/15

February 5, 2015

Dear Friends of Hope ~

After a light snowfall, I like to look out my window in the morning and see what has gone on during the night.  I like the way the pristine whiteness reveals the tracks of various woodland creatures. The snow covered ground is transformed into a map of their activity. When the ground is bare, their nighttime meanderings are invisible – secret.  But the snow exposes every move they make.  How about us?  Do we think we can keep things we do a secret?  We might be able to conceal them from friends or family, but we can never hide them from God!  There are many places in the Bible where Scripture tells us that nothing gets by God, but this verse in Hebrews is particularly bold: “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”  Hebrews 4:13 If that doesn’t make you think twice about trying to disguise your activities from God, I don’t know what would!  Just as that immaculate covering of snow shows every little footprint in stark clarity, so does the Light of our Lord illuminate any darkness in us.



February 8 – A Place for You (John 14:1-3)

What does next week look like for you?  How about a year from now?  The further we look into the future, the cloudier the picture gets.  Of course, the future is a tricky thing anyway since our plans can be thrown into confusion on a moment’s notice. One of the great promises of Jesus is that our future can be in His hands.  Jesus talks to the troubled hearts of His disciples. When we face the dark unknown of a tragic day or the unfathomable unknown of eternity, we have an opportunity to trust in Him and find peace for our soul.  Who holds your future?



March 1st 2015

This is our big day – we begin having two worship services!  We’ll have one at 9:00 and one at 11:00. We’re excited to see where God leads in this new venture.  Here’s a brief rundown of the new times for our basic pre-service activities:

  • Prayer Huddle (for both services) 8:40-8:45 am Sundays
  • Prayer Time – 8:30 in prayer room
  • Teachers in Class/ Greeters at Posts – 1st service 8:45, 2nd service 10:45
  • Worship Team Morning Run Through – 8:15 am



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.  So if 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!





Psalm 118:5-6

“When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”



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

God’s Girls Group is a warm welcoming place where women are cared for and loved. It is a place to grow closer to the Lord and one another. We offer Bible Studies, Special Events, Retreats, Outings, and Outreaches. All women at Hope are welcome; feel free to bring a friend! Childcare is provided. Contact Jennifer Nolan at jnolan1962@yahoo.com to be added to our email list for updates and info.


February 16th: Bible Study begins! NOT A FAN “Becoming a completely committed follower of Jesus” is a 7 session study sure to challenge and grow you alongside your sisters in Christ. Sign up on the signup sheet in the hallway.

February 22: (Sunday 2:30pm) 9th Annual Mall Walk for the Homeless!  Flyers with more info are in the resource room or contact Michelle Schmidt at LegalShell@yahoo.com.





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.  If you are new to Hope or you’ve been coming to Hope for some time now and haven’t been able to get plugged into a small group, then the Small Group “Starter Group” is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for! The starter group will be meeting every Thursday night in the month of February at 7:00PM at the church; that equals four sessions.  This group will give you an introduction to small groups in terms of how they work, and hopefully after the four weeks, you will feel empowered to connect with others attending the starter group to multiply and start your own small group.  The first session will be Thursday, Feb. 5th at 7:00PM.  If interested in attending, please sign up on the sheet located on the table right outside of the sanctuary so that we will have an idea of how many people to expect at the first session.  If you have any questions, please contact Damon Briggs at damon.briggs@mitchellandness.com.



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



February 15th

Instead of our normal High School youth group we will be joining Sicklerville United Methodist Church at their building from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  If you need a ride please let Dave know ASAP so that one can be arranged for you.





We will be having a meeting at the church on Thursday, February 12th from 7:30 – 8:30 for ALL children’s ministry workers to go over everything involved with the upcoming change to two services.  This will be a great chance to hear the heart of leadership in regards to the future of HopeKids! and to have any questions answered that you may have.  Please join us on the 12th!



Go Zone is our Sunday Morning kid’s 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




Get your thinking caps one!  We are conducting a church wide search for a slogan to use on our upcoming new bumper stickers and decals!  Think about a short phrase that best describes Hope – something that will catch people’s attention and perhaps lead them to our doors! There is an “IDEA SHEET” in the lobby for you to jot down your thoughts, or you can send any ideas to Lois Hartwell atfoolsforchrist7@yahoo.com.  Deadline is February 15th.



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 Person 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.





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



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 Carole Baumiester with any questions or if you are interested in helping with our pantry. Thank you!



Nursery                        Don & Alicia Heverly, Sara Cartella, Anki Hill

Toddlers                       Karen Blythe, Jenna Gaventa, Madison Winstel
Pre K – Kindergarten   Kim Lawlor, Megan Foster
1st & 2nd                     Kathy Porch, Madison Toomin

3rd – 5th                       Kimmi Biglin, Nancy Reeves
Counters                      LaTosha Briggs, Melissa McGinness
Greeters                       Ken Blythe

Delores Baade

Ellen Boales

Lorraine Koch

Wed. Evening Nursery Needed


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


Living in His Light,