Hope Notes 6/30/16

June 30, 2016

Dear Friends of Hope ~

I’d like to tell you a little story about God’s mercy.  I know we all have stories like this; our God is so good to His children.  Trying to condense this may be hard, but I’ll do my best!  My brother is in the hospital again.  I use that term loosely because it’s really just a glorified clinic; however, they do have space for patients.  It’s the closest thing to a hospital near him.  And at that, it’s over an hour away!  He lives in a town of about 70 people.  Get the picture?  Anyway……….I spent the whole afternoon yesterday trying to get my Medical Power of Attorney form faxed over from his lawyer to the hospital.  Each try involved numerous phone calls, waiting, and then more phone calls.  After the fourth unsuccessful attempt at faxing, the head nurse volunteered to GO OVER to the lawyer’s office and pick it up!  Then the lawyer’s secretary volunteered to GO OVER to the hospital with a copy and hand deliver it!  I can’t imagine that happening here.  My brother (who is not believer) would say it’s one of the perks of living in a small town.  I disagree.  I believe that my God, in His infinite mercy, knew I was at the end of my rope and reached down to bestow on me a gift of His mercy. It may seem like a small thing – bringing an end to this faxing saga – but for me it brought peace.  Not only does this illustrate God’s loving kindness, it also points out how something small can bring big results.  Neither one of those women felt it was a big imposition to do that for me, and yet the relief it brought me was huge!  So thankful that our Father ‘knows what we need before we ask Him’ (Matthew 6:8) and that He used those sweet ladies to accomplish His purpose.  I’m also going to make it a point to remember to do what I can to help others whenever possible, even if it means going a bit out of my way.  I guess the world would say I’m ‘paying it forward’.  That may be true, but I’m going to do it because I’ve experienced firsthand the gift of our Father’s mercy through a willing soul here on earth and want to give others a chance to enjoy that same gift.



7/3 – Tell Me Your Story

Jesus told His disciples that they would be ‘witnesses’.  If you’ve ever had the privilege of sitting and listening to someone’s story of how Jesus has powerfully worked in their lives, you know what a powerful and holy calling this is.  Since testifying is at the core of who we are as believers, we are going to have a very special and different service this Sunday.  It will be built around the stories of several of our brothers and sisters in Christ at Hope.  We’ve never done anything like this before, but you will not 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!



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.





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.



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!



Do you have a heart for missions but don’t want to travel the globe?  Or maybe you’re good on social media, or have a knack for writing.  We could really use someone like YOU!  We are trying to establish regular communication with each of our missionaries.  Ideally, we’d like for each one to have an assigned person who would be their liaison.  We’d also like to put out a quarterly newsletter with current updates on our missionaries.  This is one of those projects where not much effort on your part yields big results!  Contact Barb Frazeur for more information at dwfrazfam@verizon.net or 609-970-8314.



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        TBA

Nursery 11:00      TBA

Toddlers 9:00       Kim Haines, Leah Aureli, Katherine DellaRova

Toddlers 11:00     Rebecca & John Jacob, Natalie Mariani
Pre K – K 9:00      Pat & Elisabeth DellaRova, Libby LeBeau

Pre K – K 11:00    Kim Lawlor, Prisca Ogunkanmi
1st & 2nd – 9:00     No Sunday School

1st & 2nd – 11:00   No Sunday School

3rd – 5th   9:00      No Sunday School

3rd – 5th   11:00     No Sunday School

Ushers 9:00          Bob Baumiester

Ushers 11:00        Joe Sambucci

Wed. Nursery       Julia Schmidt

Counters              Mike & Lois Hartwell

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.



Running to His Arms,