Hope Notes 9/22/16

September 22, 2016

Dear Friends of Hope ~

“Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains….”  (Joel 2:23)

Wow – God sure sent us the autumn rain earlier this week, didn’t He?!  Just that one day of rain brightened up our lawn and revived the drooping leaves on our bushes.  It washed away the dirt and dust and made things look fresh again. (It also gave us a flooded basement and an overflowing septic tank, but that’s another story!)  We welcomed the rain for our parched ground; it had been way too long since the earth had a drink!  So it is with God’s Word.  It can refresh us, revive us, and renew us.  It is like a cleansing rain for our souls.  We drink it in and it quenches our spiritual thirst. Jesus tells us, “…….whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.” (John 4:14)  If you feel like you’ve been in a spiritual drought, pick up your Bible (or your Bible App!) and let God’s Word rejuvenate your soul.



9/25 – Shallow Thinking About God (Proverbs 21)

Have you ever heard someone say “If there is a God, and He let this happen, then I don’t want to worship Him.”?  This kind of thinking is common to humanity and it feels like it makes so much sense.  We think we can judge whether God came through like He’s supposed to or not.  But something inside you tells you that this approach is off, doesn’t it? We’re going to look at three situations where it is tempting to act like God is shallow or small.  And we’re going to see that a response of faith challenges us to understand God in much deeper ways – probably making us uncomfortable with how much greater He is than we ever imagined.  Let’s take these truths and let them settle our hearts by embracing His sovereign authority over all, His all-knowing gaze into our hearts, and the depth of what it means to follow Him.


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





 Proverbs 1:10

“My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.”



Once again we are offering our Workshops during the month of September.  Signup sheets are in the lobby. Our HopeKids Program begins again in October; for the month of September there will be no childcare. A brief description of each workshop is listed below.


Excellence, Run with the Horses (by Eugene Peterson)

Led by Chick Dougherty

Life is difficult.  Daily we must choose whether to live cautiously or courageously.  God calls us to live at our best, to pursue righteousness, to sustain a drive toward excellence.  This guide helps us discover our destiny — and shows us [through the life of Jeremiah] the resources God has given us to fulfill it.

More Than Just ‘The Talk’

Becoming Your Kids’ Go-To Person About Sex

Led by Dave Hallahan

The old ways of having ‘the talk’ just won’t cut it anymore. Sadly, the number one place today’s young people go to for answers about sex is Google. Meanwhile, kids view nearly 14,000 sexual references a year on television, and 70 percent of teenagers have encountered pornography online. If we want our children to know the truth about healthy sexuality, we need to create a comfortable climate of continual conversations.

I’m New to Hope

Led by Steve Jones

Have you recently started attending Hope?  We’d love the opportunity to introduce our church to you and fill you in on what God has been doing over the past 12 years.  We’ll take your questions and get you up to speed on all the important info like core values and what we believe.  And we’ll get to know one another as well.  If God is going to take us forward together as a family, it makes sense that we spend some time in conversations like this.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover what you should know about our church family.

High Anxiety

Led by Pastor Mark

Does panic stalk you every day?  Are you under siege by anxiety?  Does life seem overwhelming with danger and expectation?  We’ll take a look at what the Bible ha to say on this topic and discover some very practical help for facing this battle.     Some of these steps may surprise you, and others you many already know, but let’s spend a few weeks really digging God’s prescription for anxiety.



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.

Please Note: In September, we begin our Workshop Wednesdays in place of Bible Study.  Regular Bible Study begins again in October.



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.




Sunday, October 30 from 3:30 – 6:00pm

We’re just a few weeks away from our 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat! Aside from decorating your car and handing out candy, we’re inviting you to bring a sweet treat to share. You can sign up in the front foyer to bring cookies, brownies, donuts, Hawaiian punch and more! We want to be sure everyone who comes out – whether church family, friends, or neighborhood kids – gets to enjoy the warm welcome we are so used to here at Hope. More information will be coming soon regarding how to get your car registered for this super fun event!! See Dana Ott with any questions.



We are more than halfway through our kickoff month – if you haven’t explored small group, now is the time! Our first two week window for small group meetings begins October 2nd.  Our small groups are a great way to grow in your faith, share your life with others, and to see God work.  Each group has about 8-12 members that meet periodically (generally every other week) from October to April in someone’s home.  The group discusses some spiritual topics, prays together, and shares some time in fellowship.  If you’ve been a part of a group before, you know how incredibly God uses them. And if you haven’t, we encourage you to get in a group!  If you’re already in a group, add some new members.  Or split your group and multiply by adding new members to each part of your group.


We want everyone to be a part of a small group! If you have a small group together, use a REGISTRATION FORM to list the when and where of your group as well as the people who are included.  Give that form to an elder or the pastor, or drop it in the offering slot. If your group needs some more members, post your partially filled group registration form on our ‘Small Group” bulletin board so others can sign up for your group.
If you’re looking to get into a small group, we want to help you.  The Small Group bulletin board in the hallway at church has ‘signups’ for specific groups, plus a sheet that just says “put me in a group”.  Of course, you’re also welcome to form your own group by talking to a few people you know and coming up with a place and time to meet.  You don’t have to figure out a topic, because we put out ‘study sheets’ every other week online and in the resource room that have questions you can discuss as a group.  If you need any help with small group, you can see any of our elders or pastors, especially Damon Briggs who coordinates this ministry for us.



Monday Evenings

Hope’s first church bowling league! Open to men ages 16 and up.  Signup sheet is on the table in the lobby.  See Bruce Clark for more info.



Mondays at 7:00

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!



We are taking a break over the summer but will resume again in September.  See you then!





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


Christmas will soon be upon us, and come November, HopeKids will be gearing up for another great year of celebrating Jesus’ birth, through a musical program!  We need volunteers who are willing to help with all of the preparation including teaching the songs and script, supervising practices and putting the program together.  Please contact Matt Russell if you are interested.





Our directories have arrived!  Now you can finally place some of those elusive names with faces.  They will be on a table in the back of the auditorium; make sure you stop by and pick one up!  Please just one directory per family.


  • As hard as we try, errors still find their way into the directory.  If you have a correction that needs to be made, contact Lois Hartwell atfoolsforchrist7@yahoo.com (or simply hit ‘reply’ to the Hope Notes).  I will be compiling an addendum to reflect the changes.
  • A digital pdf copy is available to download to your mobile devices – contact Lois Hartwell if interested.



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!



If you have a heart to serve the 3-5 year olds, we are in need of a teacher for Wednesday nights, starting in October!

We are also looking for volunteers to help with the 1st-5th graders, for HopeKids Hangout! We are looking forward to having a fantastic HopeKids fall semester! Come out and volunteer, so we can invest in our children’s ministry and plant the seeds of Jesus’ love in each child’s heart!  We will have a special meeting for interested volunteers this Sunday, September 25th, in the youth room between services from 10:20-10:50.    

Please contact Matt Russell for information atmatthewrussell@hopechristianfellowship.org.



Do you enjoy the announcements that play up front on our screens?  Or how about being able to see the words to our worship songs?  That’s our Media Team’s doing!  They could use some volunteers.  They will gladly teach you exactly what you need to know………..they promise it’s not hard!  Contact Rick Mounce (rick861@mac.com) if you are interested, or just see one of the guys up in the sound booth!



Looking for volunteers to do a basic check of our building before each service.  This includes checking the auditorium for trash, looking for lights that may be out, making sure restrooms are clean and stocked, etc.  After each service trash needs to be removed from the building.  This is done on a rotating schedule; each person only needs to be available one or two Sundays per quarter.  See Ken Blythe if you are interested or email him at kblythe99@gmail.com.



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.  See Steve Jones with any questions. Informational meeting coming in September.



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        Sara Cartella, Anki Hill

Nursery 11:00      Mark & Brenda Hallahan

Toddlers 9:00       Karen Blythe, Brittany & Rachel Hackett

Toddlers 11:00     Brianna Abate, Madison Winstel, Julia Neff
Pre K – K 9:00      Pat & Elisabeth DellaRova

Pre K – K 11:00    Jennifer, Samantha, & Ryan Edwards
1st & 2nd – 9:00     Lisa Fiorile, Charlotte Zediker

1st & 2nd – 11:00   Katie Newshel, helper

3rd – 5th   9:00      TBA

3rd – 5th   11:00    TBA

Ushers 9:00          Bruce Clark

Ushers 11:00        Damon Briggs

Wed. Nursery       N/A

Counters               Bill Berry, Damon Briggs

Greeters               Art Muhlbaier

Lucy Muhlbaier

Charlotte Zediker

Jeanne Wurst


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 is Our Living Water,