Hope Notes 2/25/16

February 25, 2016

Dear Friends of Hope ~

There are seven days in a week and ‘someday’ isn’t one of them!  Don’t we always say things like, “I’ll get to it someday“?  I don’t want to keep putting off till someday the things I need to attend to today! Ephesians 5:15-16 tells us ‘Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.’   In other words, we need to take care in how we walk with Jesus and use the time we have on this earth wisely.  To break it down even further, we need to simply take each day and use our time in the best way possible.  What ARE the best ways?  Well, I would say whatever deepens our relationship with the Lord and furthers His kingdom.  Take time each to read the Bible and spend time in prayer.  If we have an opportunity to witness to someone, do it! We need to make attending church a priority.  God calls us to fellowship with other believers.  We need to be fed so that we have a firm foundation on which to stand when times are tough.  We can’t give to others what we ourselves don’t have.  That’s why all these things are so important. Remember, God created the world in seven days and you can be sure that ‘someday’ was not one of them!


SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE

2/28– God’s Sense of Humor (Esther 6)

Many picture God as an angry, kind-of-grumpy, old man.  Others see Him as a great big heart that is mushy and soft.  But God is much more complex than any of our cartoonish ideas of Him. In fact, as we read the stories in the Bible, we sometimes get a glimpse into His humor!  As we read this story, we’ll notice that God clearly knows how to inject a note of levity into very serious matters.  And underneath it all, He is reaching to those who reject Him and watching over those who are His!


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

8:30 – Prayer Room
Do you have a heart for prayer? Our Sunday morning prayer time is open to everyone. We pray for the services that morning and for the needs in the church. If you would like to participate, just show up!  Questions?  See Bob Baumiester.  “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

 

FEBRUARY CHALLENGE VERSE

Psalm 30:4-5 

“Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.  For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY

7:00 pm

Right now, we are studying what scripture says about the end times.  We are looking at books like Revelation and Daniel as well as many other passages in the Bible. Our topics include the tribulation, the rapture, heaven and hell, the Second Coming, as well as Jesus’ rule on earth as King. This is not a comprehensive study for experts; instead it’s more of a survey for everyone which will give you the ability to dig deeper into study for yourself!

 

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.  Contact Dave or Leah Hallahan atdmhallahan5@gmail.com.  Childcare is provided.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP

 

SMALL GROUPS

Small Groups are a fantastic way to connect on a more intimate level with the body of Hope. 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.

 

GOD’S GIRLS WOMEN’S GROUP

Mondays at 7:00

The Bible tells us we are wonderfully made – but why do our emotions seem so complicated? That’s what we’ll be talking about as we resume meeting this Monday.  We will begin studying Patsy Clairmont’s book, “I Second That Emotion.” Join us as we learn what makes us tick, and how God

wants us to respond to the crazy emotions we all share. Signup sheets are in the lobby, or contact Mary Lebeau (316-6301/marylebeau@verizon.com) for information.

 

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.

 

SPRING CAFÉ

Wednesday, March 2nd @ 7:00 pm

Looking forward to our Spring Café, and not just because ‘spring’ is in the name!  This is always a great night of fellowship – watching performances, snacking on good food, and just enjoying each other’s company.  We’ll need performers and people to sign up to bring a snack or dessert.  Signup sheets are in the lobby!

 

YOUTH NEWS

YOUTH GROUP

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!

 

ASCENT 2016

March 1-th – 20th

Our middle school and senior high are invited to join us for a retreat to High Point Camp in Geigertown, PA. Registration forms can be found outside of the youth room or by contacting Dave Hallahan. Please note that the form has indicated a price of $125. All students who have filled out a registration form and deposited $30 will only have to pay a total of $60! Get those forms in ASAP! See Dave with any questions.

 

UGANDA MISSION TRIP

July 2016

Hope Christian Fellowship is sending a team to Uganda to work alongside the Josh & Kelly Hallahan this July!  Dave Hallahan, Jim Jefferson, Anne Jefferson, Jess St.Petery and Patti Tomasetti will be raising funds over the next several months before heading to Uganda from July 8-22. The cost is about $3,200-4,000 per person. There will be several fundraisers coming your way over the next couple of months. In the meantime, the team would appreciate your prayers!  If you would like to and are able to donate to their trip you can do so by visiting their GoFundMe page.https://www.gofundme.com/83hyz9rg. If you have any questions see any of the team members!

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY NEWS

 

GO ZONE

Go Zone is our Sunday Morning kid’s service, planned especially for 1st– 5th graders.  Our goal is to encourage the kids to live with their focus on “GOing for GOD, GOing for GROWTH, and GOing FOREVER!” This service includes worship, games, and exploring important biblical truths in fun and creative ways before heading off to Sunday school.

Follow HopeKids! Ministries on Facebook at:  facebook.com/HCFHopeKids

                                                                        ANNOUNCEMENTS 

MISSIONARY NEED

www.cten.org/laurenpupchik  

Our missionary in Guatemala, Lauren, is in desperate need of a washer & dryer.  The rainy season is almost upon them (it rains six months at a time!) and you can imagine trying to dry your clothes when you have to hang them on a clothesline!  Please prayerfully consider if you can donate anything towards this need.  There are two ways to donate:

  1. Go to www.cten.org and click on Giving, Donate Online, and Register.

You can enter your debit or credit card info along with the amount.

  1. Simply mail a check to Commission to Every Nation, PO Box 291307,

Kerrville, TX 78029-1307.  Put “Lauren Pupchik Washer/Dryer” on the

check.

PAINT NITE – UGANDA FUNDRAISER

Saturday, March 5th @ 7:00 pm
I wanted to make all three of you aware of a fundraiser we are planning for the Uganda mission trip. March 5th we will have a Paint Nite with McArt Studios fundraiser at the church. It will be $35/person which includes admission to the event, a canvas, and painting materials. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Uganda mission team.

 

CALLING ALL TEACHERS

If you are someone who has taught adults (especially in church settings), Pastor Mark would like to invite you to a brainstorming session for Hope.  We will be meeting on Wednesday night, March 23 at church at 7:00 pm and discussing ideas on how to maximize the teaching gifts we have in those God has brought to be a part of Hope.  Our elders will take the input and look for God’s leading in any new or improved teaching forums for our church!  Any questions, see Pastor Mark.

 

CHOICES OF THE HEART BABY BOTTLES

We’ve got one more week to fill up those bottles! The babies whose lives were saved and helped by your generosity thank you! Bottles are due back by March 6th.  You can return your bottle to Wendy Devereaux at the table in the back, or give it to any deacon or elder.

 

UPCOMING BAPTISM

Wednesday, March 9th @ 7:00 pm

Pastor Mark will be having two classes at his house on February 22ndand 29th (both Mondays) for anyone interested in being baptized.  Classes last about an hour.  You need to plan on being at both classes if you intend on getting baptized. There is a signup sheet in the lobby; Pastor Mark also has a book and an information sheet for each person.

 

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.

 

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.

 

HOPE 4 RECOVERY

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.

 

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.

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!

 

PANTRY NEED

Our pantry is pretty bare – now’s your chance to donate all kinds of non-perishable food!  The only thing we don’t need is vegetables.  Helping to stock our Food Pantry is an easy way for you to minister to those in need.  Contact Karen Blythe at kblythe99@gmail.com with questions.

 

NEW DIRECTORY

We will soon begin putting together a new directory for Hope – God has grown our congregation and we need to keep up! We have many different areas to serve – taking pictures, organizing, helping with sign ups, inputting data, designing forms, etc. Anyone interested in helping with this endeavor, please contact Lois Hartwell atfoolsforchrist7@yahoo.com or simply hit ‘reply’ to the Hope Notes.

 

THIS WEEK’S WORKERS

Nursery 9:00                 Faith DeWalt, Jeanne Wurst

Nursery 11:00               Don & Alicia Heverly

Toddlers 9:00               Elizabeth Staley, Ysenia Marquez, Brittany Hackett

Toddlers 11:00             Jason & Kristy Straub, Rachael Hackett
Pre K – K 9:00              Pat & Elisabeth DellaRova

Pre K – K 11:00            Jennifer, Samantha, & Ryan Edwards
1st & 2nd – 9:00           Nina & Michelle Abate

1st & 2nd – 11:00         Ann Schweigart, Debbie Davis

3rd – 5th   9:00             Faith DeWalt, Mary Kearney

3rd – 5th   11:00           Michelle Schmidt, Kristy Tomasello

Ushers 9:00                  Bob Baumiester

Ushers 11:00                Brad Hopkins

Counters                      Matt Austen, Bill Berry

Greeters                       Ken Blythe

Delores Baade

Ellen Boales

Lorraine Koch

 

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.

 

 

Stepping Into Grace,

Lois