Hope Notes 6/16/16

June 16, 2016

Dear Friends of Hope ~

With Father’s Day being this Sunday, I guess it’s only natural that my thoughts turn to all the dads out there.  (Get ready – you’re now going hear my stream of consciousness as I think!)  We all call our dads by different names – Dad, Daddy, Father, or maybe Pop.  Each version has a different connotation to me.  Daddy is a name usually used by little children; you may even hear it from an older child when they are feeling ‘small’ – frightened or hurt.  Dad seems to be the most common form; for me it implies a special relationship – one not had with other adult males.  Father is rather formal and (right or wrong), it makes me think that the relationship is more standoffish and reserved.  I know a few people who call their dad Pop!  Isn’t that a friendly sounding name?  It always sounds happy.  With regards to our heavenly Father, we often hear of Him referred to as ‘Abba’, which suggests a more intimate meaning such as Daddy.  Jesus’ favorite term to address God was Father.  (Side Note – Did you know it comes from His lips over 100 times in John?)  When addressing God, I never feel that Father is standoffish or reserved.  I feel it shows the respect and reverence He deserves.  I may call God Abba, but I highly doubt the name Pop would ever cross my lips, lol!  And how about all those people who get all up-in-arms because they feel the term Father implies that God is male.  And they are SO careful to say he/she when referring to God.  Grrrrrrr…….God is spirit, neither male nor female!  OK, sorry, I am really rambling; this is just what goes on inside my head!

ANYWAY…….I will leave you with those thoughts and the following verse.  I read a bunch that had to do with fathers, and I liked this one the best!

“He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers…….”Malachi 4:6



6/19 – As For Me (Joshua 24:14-15)

Father’s Day

TV portrayals of fathers today vary from absent to clueless to prickly.  Dads are often seen as a family member who is disconnected, selfish, and lost.  On the other hand, in the Bible, God is often referred to as our “Father”.  No wonder so many find the concept of a relationship with God to be unimportant or undesirable.  But what if contemporary ideas of manhood and being a father are off?  What if there is more to being a man than just a guy who is always sitting on the couch watching football and drinking beer?  We’re going to honor our dads on Father’s Day, but we’re also going to take a look at what one of the Biblical heroes has to teach us about our role as men.



June 26th

Goon is going to take over our morning service!  This will be a great chance for us to enjoy the energy and worship that happens every Sunday in the GoZone!  Bring out as many kids as you can (no matter what age) and get ready for a taste of the adventure they participate in every single week!

July 3rd

This service will be called “Tell Your Story”.  We’ve invited several Hopers to share their amazing stories of God’s work in their lives.  We know the Lord will use this time of testimony and music to inspire you, encourage you, and to strengthen you for the path you’re walking.  Come hear some incredible stories of God’s love, faithfulness, and power.  You won’t want to miss it!



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 in Pastor Mark’s Office
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





Galatians 6:2

“Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of 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.





We’re making Sundays our Family Nights this summer!  It’s a great time to get together as a church family and enjoy some summertime activities.  More details to follow……

Sunday, July 31st – Church Picnic

Sunday, August 7thMovie Night

Sunday, August 14th Summer Café



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.

*Please Note:  For the month of July, we are pushing the breakfast back to July 16th.




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!



June 12 – No Youth Group

June 17 – Summer Kick-Off Party @ the Hallahan’s (612 Westover Ct Williamstown NJ) from 7:00 – 9:00 pm



July 8th thru 22nd

We (Dave, Jess, Patty) want to thank you all for your prayers and financial support of our upcoming trip to Uganda! Through your donations, God has graciously provided above and beyond what was needed for our trip. We will not only be able to go, but we will be using the extra money to gift to our missionaries, Josh & Kelly Hallahan.  As God has blessed us, we would like to bless them! Thank for your continued prayer for our trip!






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



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.





Joe Mattera and Nina Abate would like to invite everyone at Hope

 to come celebrate with them as they join together in marriage.

Saturday, June 18th at 3:00 pm in the auditorium



We are in the beginning stages of establishing a Security Team here at Hope in the (unlikely) event of an emergency situation taking place during the service.  We want to be proactive and have people and a system set in place so that we are prepared to handle whatever circumstance may arise.  If you are a ‘First Responder’ (police, security, EMT, doctor, nurse, etc.) and are interested in being a part of this team, please sign up on the sheet in the lobby.  You may also contact Mike Hartwell @ mhredeemed@gmail.com for more information.



Once again, we have two of our very own (Jim Jefferson & Bill McGinness) participating in this unique prison ministry that reaches inmates with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through athletics. Statistics show that the vast majority of prisoners will not attend a traditional religious program such as a chapel service or Bible study. However, inmates will gladly attend sporting events at which a gospel message is shared.

The commitment to serve in this ministry requires many sacrifices on their part, not just the personal time spent away from their families, but a financial sacrifice as well.  We can help them through prayer and through giving donations as we feel the Lord’s leading.  If you would like to contribute, please see Bill or Jim and they will give you the details on how best to give.



One of our teens, Rachel Hackett, is going on a short mission trip to the Bahamas in July with Coastal Missions to build two schools, visit an orphanage and elderly home, and to do outreach in forums like VBS. She needs to raise $1450 by June 15th.  Giving can be done directly to Rachel or her mom, Laurie, or can be done by using a designated giving envelope put into our regular offering (mark it for Rachel Hackett).



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 atwww.hopechristianfellowship.org  and click Online Giving.  Text to Give is coming soon!  More information will follow.  Contact Damon (damon.briggs@mitchellandness.com) or LaTosha (usafinancial2000@hotmail.com) Briggs with 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!



We are looking for 6 to 8 good men to make sure the trash cans go out on Wednesday evening before or after Bible Study. On your scheduled dates you simply put the cans out Wednesday evening to the designated area.  If you are unable to do so on your day, you need to contact Bob or Ken before 7:00 pm that day.  There will be a rotation schedule posted on the side of the Sound Booth. Please contact Bob Baumiester or Ken Blythe if you’re interested.



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



Nursery 9:00        Lorraine Koch, Lynn Shute

Nursery 11:00      Don & Alicia Heverly

Toddlers 9:00       Karen Blythe, Brittany & Rachel Hackett

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

Pre K – K 11:00    Pat & Elisabeth DellaRova
1st & 2nd – 9:00     No Sunday School

1st & 2nd – 11:00   No Sunday School

3rd – 5th   9:00      Deb Caranci, Dana Farrell

3rd – 5th   11:00     Kimmi Biglin, Lauren Serebra

Ushers 9:00          Mike Hartwell

Ushers 11:00        Bill Berry

Wed. Nursery       Julia Schmidt

Counters              LaTosha Briggs, Barb Frazeur

Greeters               Jon Pinero

Mary LeBeau

Janice Simpson

Michele Schmidt


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.



To God be the Glory,