Hope Notes 5/19/16

May 19, 2016

Dear Friends of Hope ~

I was skimming through the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15); skimming because this was an old, familiar story.  Son takes his money, spends it all, winds up eating with the pigs, realizes his mistake and goes home, father celebrates his return, older brother is jealous…….end of story.  But this time something else jumped out at me and I’m wondering if I’m just a little slow or if this will be ‘new’ to anyone else.  In verse 20 we see that the father ‘RAN to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him’.  Okay – so he was glad to see him and celebrating that he had come home.  (Side Note:  The fact that he ran was significant because, in those times, men with his social standing did not run. It was not dignified.)  But here’s the new little gem I gleaned from this – The one who was wronged is taking the initiative in restoring the relationship; the mistreated one shows compassion to the one at fault. Isn’t that amazing?   It’s the biblical equivalent of being the bigger person. There goes any excuse we might hold on to that we are in the right to withhold our forgiveness and love from someone who has wronged us.  Our flesh wants us to wait for them to make the first move because we weren’t at fault in the situation.  We feel we are owed the apology, olive branch, or whatever and THEN we will be gracious enough to accept and forgive them.  (Sorry – Another Side Note/Bonus Quote:  “An apology is a debt we need to pay. That’s why we say ‘I owe you an apology.’  Forgiveness is a gift.”) Anyway…………the next time we are in a stalemate waiting for someone else to make a move, let’s remember this example and run towards that person with open arms and a forgiving heart.



The Proverbs Path – Exploring the Everyday Wisdom of Proverbs

5/22 – The Difference Between Being Wise Or Foolish (Proverbs 9)

How are you at reading people?  Can you pick out the con artist right away, or do you have to get taken advantage of a few times before you figure it out? There are all kinds of people in our lives, and knowing the difference between the helpful and the hurtful is a huge key to life.  But what kind of person are you?  Proverbs describes the difference between people who are wise and people who are foolish. Let’s examine ourselves in light of this description and find out where we land on the scale.



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!



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





Ephesians 4:15

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”



7:00 pm

Join us as we dig into 1Corinthians and gain a deeper understanding of God’s Word and its application to our daily lives.  Childcare is available.



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.





HCF teams with our brothers of Pitman Methodist.  You must be 15 years old before the close of the season (mid-July) in order to play.  Our season runs from April through July.  Games are played on week nights (except Wednesdays) at 6:30, 8:00, or 9:00.  There is a signup sheet in the lobby if you are interested.  See Lenny Little with any questions.



If your small group wants to continue meeting through the summer, here are some recommended studies you can do together. These books are readily available on Amazon or at Christian Book Distributors. We will resume our regular study sheets in September.

Unoffendable – Brant Hansen

Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper

Principle of the Path – Andy Stanley

One of us is Crazy – Tim and Joy Downs

Search for Significance – Robert McGee



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 would like 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.



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.




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!



May 22nd – Youth Group (6:30-8:30)

May 29th – No Youth Group

May 30th – Lunch @ Chick-Fil-A in Mantua (details coming



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!





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



Sunday, May 22nd

We will be having a meeting for all partners on Sunday May 22 at 10:30 am (between the morning services) to vote on a change to the budget. This is a huge victory for us as a church. We are celebrating together as a church family the chance to take the step of allowing us to have our youth pastor and kid’s pastor full-time!  Thank you to each one who continues to faithfully sacrifice and give so that the work of God’s kingdom can move forward full force here at Hope.


The vote will be a yes or no vote on raising our current weekly giving target to $7375.  Currently weekly giving is almost $200 more than this new target, and our church history tells us it will be higher by the end of the year. More info can be found on the “Business Meeting Information” sheets in the resource room.  You are also invited to see any of the elders with questions. All are welcome at the meeting even though only partners can vote.



July 25th – 29th

We are so excited for VBS!  Get ready for an over-the-top underground adventure with CAVE QUEST VBS!  Your children will come away grounded in the rock solid foundation of God’s love.  This year, we are having two sessions – our 3-5 year olds will meet from 9:30 – 12:00, and our elementary kids will meet from 6:00 – 8:30pm.  This means we have more of a need than ever for volunteers!  There are Volunteer Forms lots of places at church; just fill one out and return to Matt Russell by May 31st.  What a fun and easy way to invest in our children’s spiritual lives!



If God has laid it on your heart to give a little something extra for His kingdom, we have provided envelopes for you to do so!  These are not for your usual Sunday offering; they are for you to use if you’d like to give to a special project or ministry.  The envelopes are in a wall mounted bin next to our regular offering slot.



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.



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!



Our elementary age Sunday School classes are looking for both teachers and helpers to serve. Please contact Matt Russell for more information.



Sunday, June 5th

We are gathering a team to serve in Family Promise Ministries, which helps homeless families in Gloucester County get back on their feet.  We would be working in conjunction with other churches to help these families by providing meals, shelter, and transportation.  If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please sign up on the signup sheet in the lobby.  Pastor Mark is holding a brief informational meeting on Sunday, June 5th at 10:30 in the 3rd-5th grade classroom.  The purpose of this meeting is to give everyone an idea of what is involved in this ministry and set up a time to talk further for those who are ready to serve.



Nursery 9:00        Leah Hallahan, Lauren Czyzewski

Nursery 11:00      Melissa McGinness, Bethany Pineda

Toddlers 9:00       Karen Blythe, Yesinia Marquez, Julia Schmidt

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

Pre K – K 11:00    Jennifer, Samantha, & Ryan Edwards
1st & 2nd – 9:00     Kathy Porch, DJ Briggs

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

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

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

Ushers 9:00          Bruce Clark

Ushers 11:00        Tom Albright

Wed. Nursery       Daphne Sarni

Counters              TBD

Greeters               Rick Ayusa

Patty Bunnell

Paul Rochat

Helen Mastalski


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 Paid the Price,