Hope Notes 12/23/15

December 23, 2015

Dear Friends of Hope ~

Christmas Eve is my favorite day!  I like it even better than Christmas.  I often find I like the anticipation of things more than the real event. Christmas Eve is a most magical time.  For little ones, it’s the anticipation of Santa.  No matter how much we talk about Jesus’ birthday, you KNOW that Santa is the main thing on their minds!  For me, it’s preparing our traditional cinnamon buns for Christmas morning, getting the house ready, putting gifts under the tree.  It’s going to church, surrounded by those I love, hearing the gospel, listening to the music, and of course that beautiful glow from all those candles.  It’s the remembrance of that long ago world waiting in hushed expectation for our Savior’s birth.  Christmas Eve is time suspended as God steps out of eternity and onto the earth.  In those moments before Christmas morning, anything is possible.  When you wake up and see all the beautifully wrapped gifts under the tree, remember that the very best present of all is His presence in our hearts.  And the best present we can give Him is our presence.  When we think of how He gave up His rightful place at the Father’s right hand, it should be no sacrifice at all for us to offer Him our presence.  Bow before Him, talk to Him through prayer, worship Him in all things, humble yourself before Him.  Hope and love and salvation were born in that manger on Christmas day.  May that thought plant itself deep into your heart and take root there, not just at Christmas, but all throughout the year.



12/27 – Spreading Hope – John 8:12

As we bring our year to a close and look forward to the start of a new year, it is a great time to consider what makes this past year a good one or an empty one.  With the wrappings of Christmas gifts still littering our homes and the leftovers still filling our fridges, we may have just walked through the season that calls us to the most meaningful life there is.  Jesus came to bring hope to the world.  And every time we share that message, we do something that lasts for eternity.  We believe that hope is not some vague idea or some far off wish.  Instead, it comes through someone we know – Jesus Christ.  Today, we’re going to look at how this message is being shared across our world and invite you to invest in prayer and sacrifice to make sure the light shines brightly!



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.



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!


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!





Psalm 118:8

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.”



7:00 pm

We have finished with our regular Bible study in 1Corinthians for the year.  We will be on hiatus through the month of December. Our kids programs will be following the same schedule.  This gives everyone a chance during this busy season to focus on their families and all the activities the holidays bring!  We’ll all catch our breath and then jump back into things in January!

TEASER: Coming in January, we’ll be talking about what the Bible has to say about the end of the world.  Look for more details coming soon!



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.

NOTE:  YA will be taking a break for December – the next meeting will be Monday, January 18th at 7:30.




Small Groups are a fantastic way to connect on a more intimate level with the body of Hope.  It’s never too late to join a group, or even to start up a new one!  Check out our Small Group Bulletin Board next to the Prayer Room.  More details on Hope’s small groups can be found on the yellow info sheets in the Resource Room. Study sheets can be picked up in the Resource Room or downloaded directly from our website. See Damon Briggs with any questions or contact him atdamon.briggs@mitchellandness.com.

NOTE:  Our last study sheet is out. The first one for 2016 will be going out on January 10th.



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.



February 19, 2016

If you are new to Hope, or maybe you missed our last fellowship back in June, you’ll want to mark your calendars now for this event!  Watch for more details to come…….




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!

12/27 – No Rooted

1/3 – Youth Leaders Meeting – No Rooted





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




This year our business meeting will be held between the two services.  It will be extremely brief since we have already done the voting on officers and need only to vote on our budget.  The proposed 2016 budget and the results of the election are posted on the board by the sound booth and on the old Small Group board.  Copies of the budget are available for anyone who wants one.  If you have any questions regarding the budget, just see one of our elders before the meeting.  Please remember, everyone is welcome to attend but only partners can vote.



February 12-14, 2016

Here’s another great deal coming up for this conference!

Family life is running a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ registration!  This offer will be available from January 4th – 25th, 2016.  Everyone who registers during this time frame with our group name (HopeWoodbury) will receive TWO regular priced registrations for the price of one!  Go to www.familylife.com for more information.



January 24th

If anyone is looking for a place to serve at Hope, you can see anyone on any of our deacon teams (posted on the Sound Booth) or you can talk to anyone who is currently serving in the ministry you are interested in.  Additionally, if you are interested in launching a new ministry, you can speak to any of our elders and give them a brief description of your idea so that it can be considered and coordinated.  We will be having a January Job Fair, which will make it super easy for you to find a place to serve.  Please be in prayer about where God would lead you to serve!



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.



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.



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.



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.




December 24th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm

A night for the whole family to enjoy! Come on out and listen to the Christmas story through scripture, Christmas carols, and special music. What a beautiful way to celebrate the season!
Childcare will not be provided for this service, but kids of all ages are welcome in the service. We will have the nursery open (with the monitor on) for anyone who wants to take advantage of it with their little one.

Please Note:  As we do every year, we will be taking an offering for needy families in our congregation.  Please pray and give as God leads.




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!  Special Note:  We will be hosting a ‘Job Fair’ on January 24th which will make it super easy for you to find a place to connect and serve!



Nursery 9:00                Amy Fleck, Gail Blakely

Nursery 11:00               Lisa Landis, Christina Landis

Toddlers 9:00               Karen Blythe, Julia Schmidt, Leah Aureli

Toddlers 11:00             Briana Abate, Madison Winstel, Julia Neff
Pre K – K 9:00              Bill & Griffin McGinness

Pre K – K 11:00            Karen & Amanda Merriell
1st & 2nd – 9:00              GO ZONE FUN

1st & 2nd – 11:00           GO ZONE FUN

3rd – 5th   9:00              GO ZONE FUN

3rd – 5th   11:00            GO ZONE FUN

Ushers 9:00                   Bob Baumiester

Ushers 11:00                Don Frazeur

Counters                      LaTosha Briggs, Karen Jones

Greeters                       Jon Pinero

Mary LeBeau

Michelle Schmidt

Janice Simpson


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.



Love Has Come,