Hope Notes 1/7/16

January 7, 2016

Dear Friends of Hope ~

‘God is in relentless pursuit of our terrified hearts’.  Think about that.  He’s always pursuing us. If I think back to before I was saved, I can see many of the places and ways in which He came after me.  A relative took me to a Nicky Cruz crusade at the Red Rocks Theater in Colorado.  But I was more interested in the majesty of the natural red rocks than God’s majesty.  In high school I attended an outdoor summer Bible study, but my desire was not to study God’s Word, it was to study the cute boy I was crushing on!  I went to work at a Christian owned company, where God had many people witness to me via their lives and one gentleman in particular constantly put Bible tracks in my desk. I threw them out.  Once I surrendered to God I finally saw all the times He had given me a chance to come to Him.  I’m so grateful He never gave up!  And He doesn’t stop once we are saved.  He continues to go after us, to seek us out when we are lost or hiding.  When we feel unworthy or unlovable, He is unyielding in His quest for our hearts.  I am thankful that we serve this relentless God, this ‘hound of heaven’.  We can’t outrun Him, we can’t hide from Him, we can’t discourage Him.  He is the most persistent suitor we will ever have.  Don’t be terrified.  Give up, give in, and let Him have your whole heart!



1/10 – Burden or Blessing (Esther 2:1-20)


Have you ever had someone tell you that they wish they had your life and your internal reaction is to ask, WHY?  It is very common for others to see your life through a lens that doesn’t represent the reality of living your life.  When we’re kids, we think we can’t wait to grow up and do whatever we want.  When we’re adults, we wish we could go back to being kids without anything to worry about.  But we should all know by now that we can find bitterness or joy in almost anything.  Perhaps there is a better and more spiritually healthy way at approaching how we see what comes our way.  We’re going to look at the start of Esther’s story and her rise to being queen.  While many would think this is a fairy tale come true, we’ll see that she has her own heartaches and burdens which are magnified as she rises to the throne.



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!





James 4:11  

“Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.”



7:00 pm

We’re starting a 5-6 week study on what the Bible has to say about the end of the world.  We’ll be looking at books like Revelation and Daniel as well as many other passages in the Bible. Our topics will include the tribulation, the rapture, heaven and hell, the Second Coming, as well as Jesus’ rule on earth as King.  Since there are so many different ideas about what the Bible says, we’ll try to talk them through a little.  This won’t be a comprehensive study for experts; instead it will be more of a survey for everyone which can give you the ability to dig deeper into study for yourself!



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.




Sunday, January 24th 5:00-7:00 pm

Meet us at the Brunswick Zone in Deptford for a fabulous time of fellowship!  You don’t even have to bowl – we need lots of cheerleaders (and even a few hecklers) to join in the fun! Just $5.00 per person covers the shoe rental and two full hours of bowling. Of course, there’s no charge to you if you’re just hanging out with us!  We usually pack the place out, so be sure to put your name on the signup sheet in the lobby.  You don’t want to miss this!



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: Study sheets are out now in the Resource Room!



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!






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




A need has arisen from one of our attenders, Linda Lennox, for transportation to and from work four days per month. She is willing to pay for gas and time.  Any woman who might be interested in helping meet this need can contact Linda at 609-828-6230.



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.




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                  TBA

Nursery 11:00               TBA

Toddlers 9:00               Amy & Brooke Mariner, Katherine DellaRova

Toddlers 11:00             Rebecca & John Jacob, Natalie Mariani
Pre K – K 9:00              Linda Landis, Libby LeBeau

Pre K – K 11:00            Lauren DellaRova, Prisca Ogunkanmi
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

Ushers 9:00                  Rick Ayusa

Ushers 11:00                Bill Berry

Counters                      LaTosha Briggs, Karen Jones

Greeters                       Melissa McGinness

Sharon Sambucci

Katrina Mariani

Greg Corrado


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.