Hope Notes 5/18/17

May 18, 2017

Dear Friends of Hope ~

I recently spoke with someone who was feeling concerned about the sin in their lives and how they must not be ‘a very good Christian’.  I think that many of us often feel as though being a Christian means that you eradicate all sin from your life, walking steadfast and upright from now into eternity.  Not only is this an incorrect mindset, it’s an impossible standard to uphold!

It’s not about how we fall (and we do) that defines us as Christians; it’s about how we get up again and Who helps us to do that! “The LORD sustains all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down.” (Psalm 145:14)  As believers, we can live secure in the knowledge that God almighty is looking after us.  When we fall, He picks us up and dusts us off, setting us back on the right path.  For me, I’ve found that spiritual growth brings about an ability to recognize the sin more quickly, which allows us to turn immediately to our Father for forgiveness and direction.  When we are ‘bowed down’ in humility, our pride will not stand in the way of admitting our blunder.  While it’s comforting to know God sustains us when we fall, and that spiritual growth can get us back on track quicker, wouldn’t it be even better if we could keep those falls few and far between?  I leave you with a verse that should help us to do that; it stresses the importance of staying in God’s Word – His instruction book for us!

“My son, do not lose sight of these – keep sound wisdom and discretion, Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble.”  (Proverbs 3:22-23)

 

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE

THE WORDS OF JESUS SERIES

(A Study from Luke)

Because we trust and follow Jesus, we thought it would be a great idea to take a walk through the gospel of Luke and dig into the words of Jesus Himself.  We’ll find them challenging and full of insight.  And with open hearts, we’ll allow the Spirit to instruct us on how we should walk as Christians in this world.

May 21 – The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)

COMMUNION

One storyline that we see over and over again is the situation where a king or someone in great power is disguised as just a regular person.  Movies have had ‘hidden kings’ as part of the narrative, and there has been a recent TV series based on the boss working alongside regular employees. The surprise factor embedded in this situation is a great tool for storytelling.  Jesus uses a similar technique as he tells a story about a very wealthy man and a beggar at his gate.  Of course, it seems like the positions of these men is obvious.  Until Jesus gives the big ‘reveal’ about where these men actually stand.

 

MESSAGES AVAILABLE 

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 in the Youth Room 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 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!  “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20)  Bob Baumiester leads this prayer time – feel free to contact him with any questions atrbaumiester@gmail.com.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

 

MAY CHALLENGE VERSE

Proverbs 11:2

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY 

A Study on 1Corinthians

7:00 – 8:15 pm

Make sure to carve out time in the middle of the week for Bible study.  It keeps us grounded in God’s Word and connected to each other.  It’s also a much needed spiritual boost to help get us through the week!  Childcare is provided.

 

WORKSHOP WEDNESDAYS ARE COMING!

This June on Wednesday nights, we’ll have four part small group discussions at church.  You can start signing up RIGHT NOW for any of these to help us plan for room sizes and materials. Don’t miss out on this chance to get to know other Hopers as well as to build into your spiritual life.  Childcare is NOT provided.

PARENTING

Leaders: Dave & Leah Hallahan

In the daily grind of parenting it can be easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents. With this class we’ll discuss much more than a to-do list. Instead we’ll discuss the big picture view of God’s plan for parents. Based on Paul Tripp’s book, Parenting: 14 Gospel-Centered Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, this workshop is for parents-to-be and even parents of older teenagers.

GOD LOVES YOU

Leaders: Mike & Lois Hartwell

That God loves us is the most profound truth in the universe.  Experiencing that love has the potential to answer every question, solve every problem, and satisfy the deepest longings of the heart.  In this book, Dr. Jeremiah explains how even the difficult aspects of God’s actions – His discipline, His commandments, and His allowing suffering in the world –  can only be understood by viewing them in the light of God’s redeeming love.  This book will enable you to know Him as a God of love who wants to connect you with the healing power of His grace so that you can experience the life of love He created you to enjoy.

PRAYER, IN PRACTICE

Leaders: Chick and Bunny Dougherty

Prayer – Sure, we all know how to pray.  But do you long for a more joyful and connected prayer time with God?  This book by J. L. Gerhardt will lead us through biblical principles and practical applications that will revitalize your prayer life.  It’s a workbook with homework and you are expected to spend some time in prayer every day, starting small and hopefully growing.  When we meet we’ll discuss what we’ve learned and experienced.  This study can work for brand new Christians or more mature believers who have hit a dry spell and just need a reminder of basics.  Join us for a time of growing and renewed prayer.

 

YOUNG ADULTS

Young Adults Memorial Day BBQ

While we are breaking from our normal schedule for the month of May, please join us for a Memorial Day BBQ @ the Hallahan’s on Monday the 29th starting at 3:00 pm! Hot dogs and burgers will be provided. Feel free to bring something to share, but there’s not obligation.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP

 

GOD’S GIRLS WOMEN’S GROUP

1st & 3rd Mondays at 7:00

Contact Mary Lebeau for more information

856-316-6301 or marylebeau@verizon.net

 

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.

 

                                                                YOUTH NEWS

 

SUNDAY NIGHT ROOTED YOUTH GROUP

6:30 – 8:30

Our middle school and high school groups meet right here at church! Come out for another amazing year as we grow closer together and closer to God!

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT GROW GROUPS

7:00 – 8:15

Grow Groups is an opportunity for our middle and high school students to dig deeper into Gods word and the issues that are relevant to their lives.

We are currently going through a great study – The Gospel According to Pixar!

 

PAINT PARTY – THIS FRIDAY

May 19th

We will be having a paint party hosted by McArt A La Carte. This event will be held at the church, is open to 50 people, and will cost $35!  This is a fun way to have a night out AND support our youth mission trip!

To register for this event visit: http://www.hopechristianfellowship.org/where-do-i-fit/rooted-youth

 

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 FINANCIAL NEED

Roberta Nagel is Hope’s missionary to Malawi Africa. She is seeking financial help towards forming an income-generating project for women there to earn money to support their children. This will be a community and spiritual outreach since these women also run a Bible study on their own. The cost of the space and start up will be about $2500 with the community pitching in for the construction. Prayerfully consider if God is calling you to help Roberta, you can donate directly to her to her sponsoring organization online via credit card at www.worldrelief.org/roberta-nagel-ambassador.  Or you can write a check payable Hope Christian Fellowship, putting Roberta Nagel’s name in the Memo line. Please put the check into one of the envelopes provided over the giving box, check ‘Other’, write Roberta Nagel on the line and drop in the offering box.

 

SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Full and Part Time – June 26 thru July 28

Van Drivers: 23 years and older

Background Check Required

Hourly Rate: $8.00 – $10.00 an hour

Kids Alley Campus: 325 White Horse Pike Audubon, NJ 08106

Kids Alley summer camp serves children from the City of Camden and Woodlynne, NJ. The children are in K – 8thgrade. Camp consists of vacation bible school, educational enrichment, music, drama, recreation, and field trips.

Qualifications:  18 years or older

Applications are available online at www.kidsalley.orgOR call the office at 856-546-1098

 

SHORT TERM MISSIONARY OPPORTUNITY

Do you love kids? Do you have the gift of teaching? Do you have a servant’s heart?  There’s a possibility that God may be calling you to short terms missions project helping one of our very own supported missionary couples, Jackie and Josh Frankeas from Welkom, South Africa.  Their two assistants are on leave from August 15, 2017 to November 15, 2017 and so they are in need of two assistants to help children (from Pre-K to High School) with their homework and with various activities.   Education in South Africa is crucial to a productive life in a country with high employment and an 11% inflation rate.

You will have two areas of financial responsibility which are your plane ticket and your food.

If you have further questions regarding any aspect of this 3 month commitment, please don’t hesitate to write to them directly at jnjfrankeas@gmail.com.

 

HOPE SHARE

DON’T THROW IT OUT – SHARE IT!

Make sure to check out Hope Share on our website – it’s a place to share things we no longer use and to look for things we need!  It’s easy to upload photos of items you’d like to give away and to search for that special item you just might need!

 

GIVING AT HOPE

We make it easy to give as the Lord leads.  There are envelopes and a drop box in the back of the auditorium.  If you prefer to give electronically, we have online and texting options.  Just go to our website and check them out!  www.hopechristianfellowship.org

 

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. There truly IS ‘something for everyone’ and we want to make it easy for you to know all the different options!  You can check out our Ministry and Service Opportunities brochure (on the glass tables and in the Resource Room) and also keep your eye on this section as we post any pressing needs.

 

LANDSCAPING DAY – THIS SATURDAY

Saturday, May 20th

It’s time to freshen up Hope’s exterior! Come join us for a day of planting and general yard clean-up at the church. The more hands that can help out, the faster the work will get done. Start time is 8:00 AM. Any questions, please contact Alberto Marquez (al_marquez60@yahoo.com) or Matt Miller (mkmarchitect@verizon.net).

 

NEW REGISTRATION TEAM

HopeKids! is looking for some willing volunteers to help our families register and feel welcomed each Sunday morning.  If you feel you are gifted in this area and are interested in signing up to help this new team, see Matt Russell.

 

THIS WEEK’S WORKERS

Nursery 9:00        Amy Fleck, Lynn Shute, Ryan Winstel

Nursery 11:00      Mark & Brenda Hallahan

Toddler 9:00        Elizabeth Staley, Yesenia Marquez, Julia Schmidt

Toddler 11:00      Shelley Udzinski, Tatyanna Briggs, Crystal Verhoorn

Pre-K/K 9:00       Bill & Griffin McGinness, Libby LeBeau

Pre-K /K 11:00    Lauren DellaRova, Prisca O.

Ushers 9:00          Rick Ayusa

Ushers 11:00        Tom Albright

Wed. Nursery       TBA

Counters              LaTosha Briggs, Barb Frazeur

Greeters               Rick Ayusa

                             Patti Bunnell

                             Paul Rochat

                             Helen Mastalski

 

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 Hap Cunningham athapcunn01@gmail.com.

Held by Our Great God,

Lois