Hope Notes 7/23/15

July 23, 2015

Dear Friends of Hope ~

There are many reasons to read the Bible. It is God’s instruction manual to us, telling us how to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him.  It is His love letter to us, overflowing with His faithfulness, grace and mercy towards us.  It is an encouragement for us, proclaiming all of God’s promises that we can cling to.  It is one of our greatest sources of Godly wisdom.  But I thought of something that really makes me want to fill my head with His words so that they would overflow into my heart. Matthew 12:34 tells us that “the mouth speaks what the heart is full of”.  Well, I don’t know about you, but I want my head to be so full of God’s Word, His wisdom, and His thoughts that it just spills over and runs through to my heart!  Because if the mouth speaks what is in the heart…………I want to be sure what’s in there consistently lines up with God’s teaching and leaves no room for doubt that I am His!

 

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE 

July 26 – VBS KICKOFF – Share Jesus (Matthew 5:13-16)

As we prepare for an amazing week of Vacation Bible School, we get to kick off the week by coming together to worship and share the excitement of all that God will do.  But this day is an important reminder of how much it matters that we share Jesus.  We’re going to pour a lot of energy into that this week as a church, and we ask for all of your help and prayers as we tackle this calling!  But sharing Jesus is for every one of us.  Who has God put around you that needs to know Him?  What are you doing to share Him?  Jesus uses some interesting nouns to describe you: witnesses, salt, light….  How are we doing at being who we are?

 

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

 

JULY CHALLENGE VERSE

1 Peter 4:8

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.”

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY

Please Note:  Our Bible Study will be on hiatus until fall.  Look for VBS in July and August Family Nights coming up!

 

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.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP

 

AUGUST FAMILY NIGHTS

SUMMER CAFÉ

August 5th 7:00 – 8:30

Want to share a talent with the folks at Hope?  Our Summer Café is a great place to do just that!  Sign up and let us know what you’ll be doing.  Don’t forget to sign up to bring a snack or dessert. Contact Kimmi Biglin with any questions. Kimmi_b@comcast.net

 

FAMILY GAME NIGHT

August 12th 7:00 – 8:30

Get the whole family (yours and your Hope family!) together for our Game Night!  Bring a favorite game to share; bring an extra game for kids if you can.  Please sign up so we know how many tables to set up.  You can also sign up to bring a snack like brownies, cookies, or mini soft pretzels.

 

MOVIE NIGHT – GRACE CARD

August 19th 7:00 – 8:30

“When Mac McDonald loses his son in an accident, the ensuing 17 years of bitterness and pain erodes his love for his family and leaves him angry with God. Every day, we have the opportunity to rebuild relationships and heal deep wounds by extending and receiving God’s grace. Offer THE GRACE CARD … and never underestimate the power of God’s love.”

Join us for an old fashioned movie night, complete with freshly made popcorn and movie theater type snacks and candies!

HCF SUMMER PICNIC

August 26th 7:00 – 8:30

The cap off to our August Family Nights is our picnic!  This is a great evening of good food and good fellowship with our church family.  We have lots of fun activities for the little ones right on up to the adults.  Come out and reconnect with old friends and make some new ones!  All you need to bring is a side dish or dessert.  We take care of everything else!  Look for a sign up to be out shortly.

 

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.

 

YOUTH NEWS

JULY

27-31: VBS

AUGUST

5:       Summer Café

12:     Family Game Night

13-15: Mission Trip

19:     Movie Night

26:     Summer Picnic

 

UGANDA MISSION TRIP

July 2016

In July 2016, we have the opportunity to bring a team of Hopers to Uganda to work alongside the Hallahan family. As a church, we have supported Josh, Kelly, and their family through our prayers and finances but we are very excited to be able to get our feet on the ground with them in Uganda. Get with Dave Hallahan for further information.

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY NEWS

 

EVEREST VBS

July 26th – July 31st

Embark with us on an icy expedition where kids overcome obstacles with God’s awesome power. We will be exploring the rock-solid Bible truths that teach us how to deal with life’s challenges.

 

VBS TENT SET UP – THIS SATURDAY

Saturday, July 25th @ 9:00

We need to set up the two large tents for VBS and need about 12 people to help accomplish this.  Meet outside the church at 9:00 sharp!  Many thanks – Ken Blythe.

 

VBS DECORATION DAY – THIS SATURDAY

Saturday, July 25th @9:00

Come on out and help decorate our church for VBS!  We need as many hands as possible to get the job done.  Contact Matt Russell atmattrussell@hopechristianfellowship.org.

 

ITEMS NEEDED FOR VBS

  • Campsite Items:  Small tents, lanterns, sleeping bags, hiking boots, hiking gear, hiking          backpacks.
  • Rock Climbing Items:  Climbing rope, helmets, and harnesses. Ski jackets
  • Fake Christmas Trees

Contact Matt Russell directly atmattrussell@hopechristianfellowship.org if you have any of these.

 

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

 

JOB NEED / PRAYER REQUEST

Lorraine Koch is asking for prayer as she begins her job search.  If anyone knows of a job opportunity, you can contact Lorraine at 856-513-5397.  Any leads would be greatly appreciated!

 

FREE FIREWOOD

Rob & Wendy Devereaux had 26 trees come down in that massive storm we had a few weeks ago.  If you’d like some firewood, just bring a chain saw and cut away to your heart’s content!  It will help you stock up for the winter and will help Rob & Wendy clear up their yard. Contact Wendy at robwendydevereaux@comcast.net.

 

ONLINE GIVING OPTION

It’s easy and convenient!  Simply go to our website and click ‘Online Giving’.  You have the options to set up recurring donations (like automatic bill pay), or give one time donations as well.  The amount and frequency are up to you.  This will allow many of us to be intentional and faithful in our support of Hope.  Contact Damon or LaTosha Briggs with any questions.

 

ENVELOPES FOR DESIGNATED GIVING

Sometimes, God lays it on our heart to give a little extra for His kingdom.  He may have provided the financial means for it or just the nudge in our hearts.  In order to help make this easier for you as the giver and Hope as the receiver, we have some envelopes in a wall mounted bin next to our regular offering slot.  If you’d like to give to a special project or ministry, just use one of these envelope and check off the correct category.  Please note that these envelopes are not for your usual Sunday offering.

 

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.

 

MISSIONARY MOMENT

 

KID’S ALLEY CONVOY OF HOPE

Saturday, September 19th from 12:00-4:00pm

Local Kids Alley Outreach Mission Event

HCF is joining with several other local churches for a fun event with the youth of Camden. Sponsored by Kid’s Alley, the event is called the Convoy of Hope. It will be held at Whitman Park in Camden.  We need about 20 volunteers total so we can set-up and run 4 carnival games for the event. Possibly other duties as needed.  Kids Alley is responsible for the “Kids Zone” which will include the following:

Craft table, face painting, temporary tattoos, clowns and a carnival type game.

Can the kids count on your help? PLEASE SAVE THE DATE.  More details to follow on supplies that are needed and more exactly what HCF is doing that day to help. Sign-up sheets will be out in August.

 

Some links about their amazing year around program:

http://kidsalley.org/

https://www.facebook.com/kidsalley?ref=search

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

 

VBS TENT SET UP – THIS SATURDAY

Saturday, July 25th @ 9:00

We need to set up the two large tents for VBS and need about 12 people to help accomplish this.  Meet outside the church at 9:00 sharp!  Many thanks – Ken Blythe.

 

VBS DECORATION DAY – THIS SATURDAY

Saturday, July 25th @9:00

Come on out and help decorate our church for VBS!  We need as many hands as possible to get the job done.  Contact Matt Russell atmattrussell@hopechristianfellowship.org.

 

CONNECTING AND SERVING AT HOPE

There are so many places to connect and serve here at Hope.  For a little change of pace, we are going to spotlight a different ministry each week or so and also list any immediate needs (if any) in that area.  There truly IS ‘something for everyone’ and we want to make it easy for you to explore all the different options!

 

EVENTS TEAM

Our Events Team does just what you’re probably thinking – they help plan the events that take place at Hope!  These are fun things – our bowling, cafes, and any other events that come along.  We always need help with ideas, setting up, serving, and cleaning up afterwards.  Contact Melissa McGinness at melissamcginness007@comcast.netif you’d like to get on board!

 

IMMEDIATE NURSERY NEED

Still in need of at least one more volunteer.   Contact Alicia Heverly if you can help at Lilfeet21@hotmail.com

 

THIS WEEK’S WORKERS

Nursery 9:00                Lesley Russell, Melissa McGinness

Nursery 11:00               Lisa Landis, Christina Landis

Toddlers 9:00               Katrina & Mid Mariani

Toddlers 11:00             Jenna Gaventa, Natalie Mariani
Pre K – K 9:00              Pat & Elisabeth DellaRova

Pre K – K 11:00            Lauren DellaRova, Samantha Swedo
1st & 2nd – 9:00            Lisa Fiorile, Charlotte Zediker

1st & 2nd – 11:00          Kathy Porch, Madison Toomin

3rd – 5th   9:00              Deb Caranci, Dana Farrell

3rd – 5th   11:00            Michelle Schmidt, Kristi Tomasetti
Counters                        Bill Berry, Don Frazeur

Ushers 9:00                   Bob Baumiester

Ushers 11:00                 Brad Hopkins

Greeters                        Lisa Minner / Melissa McGinness

Sharon Sambucci

Katrina Mariani

Greg Corrado

 

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 Contact Us Form on our website. http://www.hopechristianfellowship.org/contact/.  If you have any questions or would like to join the Prayer Team, please contact Bill Berry directly at billandkathyberry@comcast.net.

 

 

“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

 

Needing His Word,
Lois