Hope Notes 9/10/15

September 10, 2015

Dear Friends of Hope ~

Last night at Bible Study, we resumed our study on 1Corinthians 12 and touched on how God gives each of us different gifts.  This brought to mind the numerous times I’ve been asked, ‘how do I know what gifts I have?’  Well, there ARE Spiritual Gifts Tests and questionnaires to help you discern what special gifts/talents God has given you.  But I would like to offer this fairly simple suggestion.  I believe that most times, your gifts fall in line with your passions or with what comes easy to you.  This is not to say that sometimes we have a gift but are afraid to use it and we need ‘practice’ in developing that gift.  But it seems like gifts are usually things that come so naturally to you, you don’t even think of them as gifts.

For me personally, I’d use writing as an example.  I don’t think it’s any special gift because it is so easy.  Doesn’t EVERYONE have the ability to sit down and put their thoughts on paper??!!  That’s how my mind works.  But if I think about it logically, I know it’s from God because HE is the one who gives me the thoughts to write down!  I can tell the times where I just sit and stare at the screen, trying to come up with something on my own.  Just like those of you who are musical.  You love it, you’re good at it, and you don’t see why the rest of us are so amazed that you can do it!  And God simply chose to bestow that gift on you.  Yes, you have practiced and improved, but the original ability came from Him.  Many people have the gift of being able to witness, to speak easily to others, to be welcoming and hospitable, to serve without the desire for praise, to teach, etc.

I could go on and on about each person’s different talents, but you get my drift.  Take a moment to consider what you do best and what you love doing.  Chances are it’s one of your special gifts from God.  Most importantly, remember these words from Scripture – ‘…..do not neglect your gift’ 1Timothy 4:14 and ‘fan into flame the gift of God’ 2Timothy 1:6.  Discover your gifts and then practice using them so that the spark becomes a flame.

 

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE

FALL SERIES – FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

September 13 – Stuck in Failure (Psalm 40)

COMMUNION

Have you ever had gum stuck in your hair?  What an awful predicament!  So many different hairs are tangled into the sticky stuff that it is almost pointless to even start trying to pull any of them free.  There are ‘home remedies’ for this kind of situation. But we get stuck other ways.  Spiritually, we can find ourselves stuck in a pattern of failure.  We know what we shouldn’t do, but we keep doing it.  Or we know what we should do, and we just never do it.  Maybe it would surprise you to know that this is not abnormal for the people of God.  Let’s take a look at a prayer by one of the most famous people in the Bible who felt stuck.  His example can be a recipe for freedom for all of us.

 

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

 

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE VERSE

Psalm 32:8

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you”

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY

7:00 pm

Study on 1Corinthians

Join us in the auditorium for a mid-week spiritual boost.  Studying God’s Word and connecting with each other is vital to our Christian growth.  Child care is provided.

 

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

SMALL GROUP KICKOFF MONTH!

September is the time for us to jump back into small groups. Our first study sheet (the questions that get discussed at small group) will be out on September 27thIf you’ve been a part of a group before, you know how incredibly God uses them. And if you haven’t, we encourage you to get in a group!  If you’re already in a group, add some new members.  Or split your group and multiply by adding new members to each part of your group. If you’re not in a group, there’s good news: anyone can form a group.  Just gather up a bunch of friends or meet some new ones and you’re a group!  More details on Hope’s small groups can be found on the yellow info sheets in the Resource Room.

 

HOW TO START/JOIN A SMALL GROUP 

Once you have a group (or the start of one), fill out a registration form.  If you’re full (with 8-12 adults), give the form to Damon Briggs to register your group. BUT if you still have space in your group, we’re inviting you to post your registration form on the Small Group Bulletin Board in the hallway next to the prayer room. You’ll need at least a facilitator, a host and location, with a date and time so people know when and where you’ll meet.  This will be a great resource for those who are looking for a group to join.  Everyone can simply take a look at the board throughout the month and find a group that fits you! If you’re having any trouble finding a group, or if you have any questions, contact Damon Briggs at damon.briggs@mitchellandness.com.

 

SMALL GROUPS FACILITATOR / HOST MEETING

In preparation for the kickoff of our small groups, we want every facilitator and host to join us for a meeting on September 20th.  We will be holding the meeting twice, once after each service that morning in the kitchen.  Pastor Mark will be talking about how we want small groups to run and answer any questions you have.  We want this vital ministry in our church to get off to a great start and for every host and facilitator to have all the info they need.

 

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

 

YOUTH GROUP KICK OFF

MARK YOU CALENDARS!!!!

September 20th will be the official start to our new year. Our middle school and high school groups will be meeting at the church onSundays from 6:30-8:30 all year long! Come out for another amazing year as we grow closer together and closer to God!

 

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

 

AUGUST GIVING REPORT

For the month of August, we averaged $5927 per week which is above our annual giving target of $5850 per week.  This brings our annual average down to $6501.  As we enter the fall, we look forward to all that God will do through the sacrifice, support, and generosity of our church family!

 

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

JEFF AND LISA SICKLER – WEST VIRGINIA

The following is an excerpt from their most recent newsletter:

A lot has been happening here in West Virginia.  We have hosted several mission teams this spring and summer.  A lot of home repair went on, but most importantly relationships were built and the love of Jesus was shared. We also had a church collect pennies during their VBS and are sending us a check for almost $2,000!  We are going to purchase some firewood for some of our families to keep warm this winter.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • For future planning of where the organization is going to go. They need ways to increase their income.

 

  • Personally, they would like prayer for their future also.  Who does God want them to reach out to and who will come and be His hands and feet.  They would like wisdom to balance ministry with farming and personal time. Wisdom also with their finances.

 

KIDS ALLEY CONVOY OF HOPE

Local Mission Outreach

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

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.  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. Signup sheets for volunteers are in the lobby.  Contact Brenda Hallahan at bhallahan@verizon.net.

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

 

CONNECTING AND SERVING AT HOPE

There are so many places to connect and serve here at Hope.  Keep your eyes on this section to be aware of all the different opportunities for you to effectively serve at Hope. There truly IS ‘something for everyone’ and we want to make it easy for you to know all the different options!

 

KIDS ALLEY CONVOY OF HOPE

Saturday, September 19th from 12:00 – 4:00

Want to have some fun and also serve our Lord? We need your help with the carnival games. A signup sheet in the lobby for volunteers.  Contact Brenda Hallahan @ bhallahan@verizon.net.

 

CLEAN UP CREW

Looking for a few volunteers that attend 2nd service on Sunday to pick up trash after the service. See Ken Blythe for details atkblythe99@gmail.com.

 

COFFEE MINISTRY

Helpers needed to set up and take down the coffee station on Sunday mornings.  Contact Karen Blythe at kblythe99@gmail.com if you can help.

 

THIS WEEK’S WORKERS

Nursery 9:00                Melissa McGinness, Lesley Russell

Nursery 11:00               Lisa Landis, Christina Landis

Toddlers 9:00               Karen Blythe, Julia Schmidt

Toddlers 11:00             Amanda Mills, Madison Winstel
Pre K – K 9:00              Bill & Griffin McGinness, Libby LeBeau

Pre K – K 11:00            Karen & Amanda Merriell
1st & 2nd – 9:00            Nina & Michelle Abate

1st & 2nd – 11:00          Rich & Patty Bunnell

3rd – 5th   9:00              Mary LeBeau, Nance Reeves

3rd – 5th   11:00            Anne & Jim Jefferson
Counters                       TBD

Ushers 9:00                   Bruce Clark

Ushers 11:00                 Damon Briggs

Greeters                        Art Muhlbaier

Lucy Muhlbaier

Charlotte Zediker

Jeanne Wurst

 

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.

 

 

Serving Him,

Lois