Hope Notes 3/19/15

March 19, 2015

Dear Friends of Hope ~

One of my favorite Sundays of the year is coming up this week!  It’s our Teen Service.  We are so privileged to have our teens leading the service and serving the body of Christ.  I love seeing them step up and take on the normal ‘adult’ roles.  Don’t doubt their ability; they are capable of so much more than we give them credit for!  It makes the service so much more special to me when our young people are standing in front of us with their eyes and hearts aglow for our Lord.  They bring an energy and enthusiasm that is uniquely their own.  It just turns up the ‘volume’ on the passion and vitality of the service!  Make sure you are here on Sunday and let our teens breathe some new life into our spirits!

 

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE 

March 22 – Teen Service

GET UP (Ecclesiastes 12:1 and Ephesians 5:15-17)

Following Christ at any age is a difficult task. But young people face unique challenges, or at least they face them in a unique way which adds to the difficulty of being a committed follower of Christ. Young or old, your call is not to put off following Christ, but to get up and live in the freedom of Christ now. It’s time for you to get up and make a difference. It’s also time for you to help others do the same.

 

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

April 3rd @ 7:00

Join us as we commemorate the ultimate sacrifice – Jesus taking on every one of our sins and giving His life so that we could live eternally with Him.  We will have music, Scripture reading and communion that helps us to reflect on God’s incredible mercy.

 

SCHEDULE FOR TWO SERVICES

We now have two services, one at 9:00 and one at 11:00! 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

 

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

8:40 – 8:45 for Both Services

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 8:40 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 at 8:30 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

 

MARCH CHALLENGE VERSE

Galatians 5:1, 13

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  “You, my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature.  Rather, serve one another in love.”

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY

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.

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

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.

Please Note:  The last night for Kid’s Club will be April 22nd.

 

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.

 

GOD’S GIRLS WOMEN’S GROUP

1st & 3rd Mondays 7:00 pm – 8:40pm

Studying “Not a Fan-Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus”

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.

 

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

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 also contact Pastor Mark atmarkott@hopechristianfellowship.org with your email address and he will send you the current study sheet at the same time it is sent to our webpage.  Contact Damon Briggs atdamon.briggs@mitchellandness.com with any questions.

 

YOUTH NEWS

 

ROOTED MIDDLE SCHOOL             

Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:30

 

ROOTED HIGH SCHOOL

Sundays from 6:30 – 8:30

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY NEWS

 

GO ZONE

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

BAPTISM SERVICE

Wednesday, June 3rd

Depending on response, we are scheduling our next baptism for June 3rd.  If you would like to be baptized, you can sign up starting the week after Easter.  The classes will be the last two Wednesday nights in the month of May.  See Pastor Mark with any questions.

 

NOW OR NEVER – SPRING CLEANING

There are some coats that have been hanging on our coat rack all winter and some items in the Lost & Found bin that are looking for their owners.  We will put the Lost & Found bin in the lobby outside the Resource Room.  Anyone who is missing a coat can please check the rack.  Items not picked up will be donated.  Thank you!

 

FREE DIAPERS    

We have received a donation of two large bags of diapers in all sizes.  If you are in need of some dipes for your little one, just head on over to the Nursery and take what you need!

 

HAVE OUR ELDERS PRAY WITH YOU

The New Testament has this wonderful ministry for the elders of a church – PRAYER.  And we’d like to offer it to anyone who is in need of healing (physical or otherwise) or who needs the power of God to be at work in their lives in a special way.  If you or anyone you know would like to take advantage of this ministry, contact Pastor Mark to set up a time after one of our Sunday services for the elders to pray over you.

 

CHOICES OF THE HEART BABY BOTTLE

Any last minute baby bottles that were not brought in?  One last chance – bring them in this Sunday and give to Wendy Devereaux or put them on the shelf in the Sound Booth.

 

HOPE CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAM

  • Must be 15 years old before the close of the season (middle of July)
  • Teams with Pitman Methodist
  • Season runs from April through July
  • Games are played on week nights with the exception of Wednesdays (6:30/8:00/or/9:30)
  • Sign Up is on the Sign Up table in the lobby
  • See Lenny Little with any questions

 

HOPE FOR RECOVERY

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.

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

 

LIVING SITUATION NEED

We have a gentleman in our church that is currently in need of a place to stay – either temporarily or longer term.  If anyone knows of someone who has a room or is looking for a roommate, please contact Frank Caranci (Needs Team Captain) at fcaranci@comcast.net.

 

WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY TEACHERS WANTED 

Have you been thinking about leading a small group of adults in a short-term Bible study?  The elders are looking for teachers who are interested in doing month-long Wednesday night workshops.  The door is wide open for a variety of topics.  If you’re interested, get a summary of your curriculum / study to Pastor Mark by Easter.  The elders will seek God’s direction for which classes to include for our next round of workshops in May!

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY NEEDS

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

 

FOOD PANTRY

PRAISE GOD our pantry is full!  The only thing in slightly short supply is baby food.

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!

 

THIS WEEK’S WORKERS

Nursery                        Nicole Babli, Lisa Landis, Christina Landis, Nina Abate

Toddlers 9:00               Kit Foster, Katrina Mariani, Emily Foster

Toddlers 11:00             Rebecca & John Jacob, Natalie Mariani
Pre K – K 9:00              Lauren & Elisabeth DellaRova, Libby LeBeau

Pre K – K 11:00            Bill McGinness, Maurice Brazelis, Sammy Swedo
1st & 2nd – 9:00            Ann Schweigart, Nina Abate

1st & 2nd – 11:00             Kelly Louis, Lucy Muhlbaier

3rd – 5th                       TBA
Counters                      Kathy Berry, Carole Baumiester

Greeters                       Art Muhlbaier

Lucy Muhlbaier

Charlotte Zediker

Jeanne Wurst

Wed. Evening Nursery Kylie Austen, Dana Ott

 

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

Second Service – Please pray for God’s leading, provision, and strength as we move forward with two services!

Financial Needs – The recent bad weather has put us behind financially for the year and we need to catch up!  We also need to make some progress SOON on our Emergency Fund and Boiler Replacement.  Please join us in asking the Lord to provide for us in those 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

 

He is Holy,
Lois