Hope Notes 9/24/15

September 24, 2015

Dear Friends of Hope ~

Yesterday I paid a visit with my daughter to a friend who has a newborn baby.  As I listened to his thin, reedy cries I thought about all the different types of crying.  For instance, we would never say an infant was weeping.  They are full out wailing!  Weeping is usually associated with a more reserved and profound sentiment.  It is often portrayed as a silent expression of a deep emotion, with tears running silently down the face.  On the other end of the crying spectrum we have sobbing.   If you say someone was sobbing, we all immediately get the picture of crying out loud with shoulders shaking.  Finally, there is regular old crying.  To me that is the middle of the road, average language of emotions – physical pain, hurt feelings, sadness, being overwhelmed, and even joy.  Even with this wide range of tears, our God knows all about them.  You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.’ (Psalm 56:8)  Jesus Himself knows what it feels like to weep.  Jesus wept’. (John 11:35)  And we can take heart and be encouraged because ‘……….weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning’.  (Psalm 30:5) 

 

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE

FALL SERIES – FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

September 27 – Frustrated Plans (Exodus 2:11-15; 4:10-13; 20:2-12)

Some of our biggest failures come from trying really hard to do good things.  We see something that needs to be fixed or an opportunity to make a real difference, so we go all-in to make sure that the good happens.  However, in this scenario, obstacles arise, and when we aren’t careful, we start plowing through them without ever thinking about whether or not we should.  Moral and legal boundaries get crossed.  Our tone gets harsh and forceful and our approach becomes ‘get-it-done-at-all-costs’.  Moses was a go-getter like that. But Moses found out that trying to make something happen is a pathway to real loss and heartache.  We can probably identify with his frustration, so we should be able to learn from his example!

 

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.  Come feed your soul!  Childcare 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 27th.  Don’t forget, you can also download the study sheet from our website. If 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 GROUP CONNECTIONS – THIS SUNDAY

Sunday, September 27th

Are you still looking for a group or wanting to start a group but feel a little lost?  You’re in luck!  After each service this Sunday, Pastor Mark will be gathering all those who would like to be in a group but who haven’t yet found one.  If you’d like some help assimilating a group, just head to the front of the auditorium when church is over!

 

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

Our middle school and high school groups meet 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

 

TRUNK OR TREAT IS BACK

Saturday, October 31st from 4:00 – 7:00

For the second year in a row we will be opening up our church and our car’s trunks to the neighborhood as we offer candy and refreshments on Halloween night in the church parking lot.  We are once again asking everyone to come up with a theme for their car and correlating costumers for their group. We had a blast last year and can’t wait to do it again! Make sure to save the date and keep an eye out for more information to come.

 

                                                         ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

HERSHEY MARRIAGE CONFERENCE

February 12-14, 2016

It isn’t too early to be planning to invest in your marriage.  Join Pastor Mark and Dana at Family Life’s Weekend to Remember on Valentine’s weekend in Hershey, PA.  Cost is $250 per couple plus hotel costs.  While the cost is significant, so is the payoff!  Info sheets are available in the Resource Room.

 

WORKSHOP WEDNESDAYS COMING!

From October 28 through November 18 we will be breaking out into workshops at church for Wednesday nights.  If you are interested in teaching a workshop for these 4 weeks, please get your topic and a description to Pastor Mark by Sunday, October 4th.  

NOTE:  We will be having Christmas Choir rehearsals at church concurrently – all teens and adults are invited to join us for a workshop or for choir.

 

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

 

 

LAUREN PUPCHICK – GUATEMALA

Lauren writes:

“I am the child sponsorship director at Saber y Gracia (Wisdom and Grace Christian School). We have 350 students and have also planted a church last year (Pacto de Graci – Covenant of Grace). Rudi Pineda, our principal is also the pastor of our church. The worship and the sermon are in Spanish. I am on the leadership team there and translate the message into English. We are at FULL capacity and had to turn many students and families away this year who are desperate for a quality Christ centered education. God gave us a vision to build a school to reach 1,000 students and we are walking by faith and trusting him in every way to provide all we need!”

 

A few specific prayer requests I have are:

 

  • We are praying for finances to buy a piece of land to build a school for 1000 students. God gave us that number, the first section of land we need and we know he will provide the $80,000 we need too!

 

  • To end the 2015 school year with a sponsor for each student in our program. We only need 10 more sponsorsbefore the end of the year! www.wisdomandgrace.org.

 

  • I will be in the USA between Thanksgiving and New Years and am praying God will open the door for me to share at churches about my ministry in Guatemala.

 

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!

 

MEDIA TEAM

Our Media Team is currently looking for someone interested in helping with the projection portion of the service.  You know……the words and pictures we show up front on the screen!  If you think you’d like to help out just stop by the Sound Booth and let any one of our people know.  And don’t worry – they will make sure you get the training you need!

 

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            Lisa Fiorile, Charlotte Zediker

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

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

3rd – 5th   11:00            Anne & Jim Jefferson
Counters                        LaTosha Briggs & Melissa McGinness

Ushers 9:00                   Bob Baumiester

Ushers 11:00                 Bill Berry

Greeters                        Art Muhlbaier

Lucy Muhlbaier

Charlotte Zediker

Jeanne Wurst

Wed. Night Nursery       Julia Schmidt

 

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.

 

 

He is My King,

Lois