Hope Notes 8/24/17

August 24, 2017

Dear Friends of Hope,
“What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever.  In its place will be something you have left behind.”  I saw this quote somewhere on social media and it really struck a chord in me.  It’s not something we sit and think about all that often, but it’s so true.  It brought to mind the magnitude and the importance of leaving behind something of value, something good, something of eternal measure.  So what should that encompass?  First off, I think we need to ask God what it is He has specifically for each one of us. We need to have a vision and direction for our lives that comes from God’s hand.  “This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16)  God will always give us direction when we ask.  Secondly, we need to execute the things that God has set before us.  Not all of us are going to be called to do the ‘front & center’ things of God like missionary work or a pastoral position. But God still has things for each of us to do, individually and as a whole  There are clear guidelines in Scripture that apply to all of us.  “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)  So you see, it takes very little to leave behind something of value to the Lord. The key is actually doing it!  For me personally, it makes it easier to do so when I remember that when today is gone, it is gone forever.  Whatever I leave behind in its place costs me one day of my life.  Pretty good motivation to make sure it’s worth it!


Who Needs the Church?
Obviously everyone.  But we’re going to talk about the word “need”.  Are church and its people absolutely necessary in your life, or are they optional?  Luxuries or necessities?  Many of you already think of Sunday morning as ‘can’t miss’.  Some are ‘hit and miss’.  What does God think about church? And is one hour a week on Sunday enough for what He wants to do in you through the Church?
Community for Jesus’ Sake (Galatians 6:1-2, 10)
First responders are known for many things, but what is always amazing is that when crisis hits, they run TOWARDS the trouble.  Most of us hear an explosion or gunshot or whatever and we protect ourselves.  It is what comes naturally.  But these heroes are lauded for their willingness to do the exact opposite. Could it be that we are so deeply moved by this because it reflects Almighty God? He moved towards our trouble, embracing the cost and the pain to save us. And He calls us to follow in His steps.  Why isn’t the church at full function in this area?  Could it be that one crucial element is being stripped away in our American culture?  Let’s dig into what Paul says about what happens when the church embraces community.

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.

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: rbaumiester@gmail.com.

PRAYER HUDDLE – 8:40 to 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!

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

Workshop Wednesdays coming in September – Bible study resumes in October.
See below…..

We will be running three classes for four weeks beginning September 6th at 7:00. Below are the descriptions for each workshop. Be sure to sign-up in the lobby so your class leader can order enough materials!
“Knowing God’s Will” by Ryan Winstel
This class will be a biblical study to help us understand how to recognize God’s will in our lives, but also in the lives of others. We’ll dig into God’s word and equip ourselves to better know God’s direction for us!
“Prayer in Practice” by Chick and Bunny Dougherty
Would you like a more connected prayer life? Pick-up with us as we continue working through “Prayer in Practice” by J.L. Gerhardt. Those who attended this workshop in May will be completing the book during this series, but ALL are welcome to attend and start where we left off! We’ll read the material and pray using the prayer prompts, scriptures, and ideas in the workbook. The purpose is to make prayer a habit, a joy, and a time when you connect with your maker and Savior.
“Understanding Personality – God’s Point of View” by Rob Devereaux 
This class will help us understand who we are, what we should be doing, and why we do the things we do by taking a look at common core personality traits through God’s perspective. We’ll explore how God’s creation of our unique personality can best be understood and used for the Kingdom. This psychology-meets-bible-study workshop will serve to answer the questions “Who and why am I this way?”

Pastor Mark and Dana are hosting a get together for Hope’s ‘Young & Married’ adults! We’re looking for couples in their 20’s and 30’s who are in their first 10 years of marriage (give or take 😊) to spend some time eating, hanging out, and having fun together. Whether you’ve been at Hope for years or are brand new, we’d love for you to join us! We’ll need a head count for food and set up so be sure to contact us and let us know if you can make it!

Here’s the info you need to mark your calendar now:
When: Sunday, Sept. 3rd at 4:00 – 8:30pm
Where: The Ott’s house (6 East Avenue, Clayton 08312)
RSVP: by 8/26 – danaott@hopechristianfellowship.org 

YOUNG ADULTS – 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 at dmhallahan5@gmail.com. Childcare is provided.

GOD’S GIRLS WOMEN’S GROUP – 1st & 3rd Mondays at 7:00
Contact Mary LeBeau for more information at 856-316-6301 or marylebeau@verizon.net
Please Note:  God’s Girls will NOT be meeting Monday, September 4 (Labor Day).
Monday, September 18th:  God’s Girls will be doing a one-week lesson on journaling as a tool for spiritual growth. Pam Lewis will be leading that night, and we will provide notebooks so every attendee can start journaling right away! We will meet at 7 p.m. in the 3rd-5th classroom, and all women of Hope (and anyone else!) is invited to attend.
October and November:  God’s Girls will be doing a 4 session study on some of our favorite parables of Jesus. These lessons are stand-alone, so you don’t have to attend all four – just join us as you are able!

MEN’S BREAKFAST  – 8:00 – 9:30 am – Second Saturday of Every Month
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.

SUNDAY NIGHT ROOTED YOUTH GROUP – Sundays from 6:00 – 8:00
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!
PLEASE NOTE:  New start time for Rooted is now 6:00 pm!!

PLEASE NOTE:  There will be NO Youth Group on Sunday nights until September.

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.
PLEASE NOTE: Grow Groups are on hiatus for the summer.

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/HCFHopeKid

Change is coming to HopeKids Hangout for the fall!! We are excited to announce that it is moving to Sunday nights from 6:oo – 8:00 pm!!  Starting September 10th we will be meeting in the same place, with even more time to hangout!  Make sure you don’t miss out on another exciting semester of HopeKids Hangout!

SOUND TEAM TRAINING DAY – Saturday, September 23rd 
If you are currently involved or are interested in getting involved, please join us this date for a morning of training. We’re looking forward to Josh Bonano being here to follow up and dig in a little deeper with the Sound Team. We’ll get started with a light breakfast at 9:00 am and finish up the day by 1:00 pm – lunch will also be included! Please mark your calendars now and plan to be here!”

BAPTISM SERVICE – Wednesday, Oct 4th @ 7:00 pm
We will be having a baptism service at the church for anyone who has put their trust in Jesus as their savior and is ready to take this step of faith! We will have two classes at church (participants need to be at BOTH class) on Wednesday Sept 20th & 27th at 7:00 pm. Please sign up if you are interested; you can get an info sheet and book from any of our pastors.

They’re here!  We have a new system to collect our various communication cards
 in just one spot instead of at  different locations around the church.  If you have a prayer request, you can fill out the orange  Prayer Request card and our Prayer Team will lift it up in prayer.  If anyone has a need or knows of someone in need, one way to let us know is to drop a yellow Needs Request card into the box.  Our guests can fill out the blue Visitor Card and drop it in the box.  To make it even easier, you will find all three cards right there on the box! Boxes are located at the front of the auditorium.

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!

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

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. 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 also keep your eye on this section as we post any pressing needs.

For all Kids Ministry scheduling, please refer to the Planning Center or contact your team leader.
Ushers 9:00 ——-Mike Hartwell
Ushers 11:00 ——Joe Sambucci
Wed. Nursery —– N/A
Counters ————Kathy Berry, Wendy Devereaux
Greeters ———– Ken Blythe, Karl Miller,_____,_____

If you have a prayer request, please fill out a prayer request card and drop it in one of the Card Boxes located at the front of the auditorium (you can find the prayer request cards there) 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: hapcunn01@gmail.com.
PLEASE NOTE: We would greatly appreciate it if you could keep the team updated on your request.  Situations can resolve or change for the better/worse. Praises are always welcome!  This will help our team know best how to pray for you.

Living in Sight of Eternity,