Hope Notes 3/7/18

March 7, 2018

1)  Due to the upcoming snowstorm, Bible Study will be cancelled for this evening.  Stay warm, safe and cozy at home!
2)  This Saturday night is the moment we’ve all been waiting for – time to turn our clocks AHEAD one hour!  And no complaining about ‘losing’ an hour of sleep…….we’re gaining all that extra daylight!!

Dear Friends of Hope, 
Last week my daughter Emily and I were away visiting friends in Florida.  We actually planned our trip so that we would be able to go to church with them.  We did this for two main reasons.  First, we simply wanted to once again worship our God together.  We attended  the same church for maybe sixteen years until life circumstances intervened and sent them to Florida.  It felt so good to be back with longtime friends, praising God and learning His Truths side by side.  I was reminded of Psalm 55:14 (NLT) which says, “What good fellowship we once enjoyed as we walked together to the house of God”.  It just felt right to be with them.  Our second reason was that we wanted to check out their church!  I am a curious person, and I like seeing how church is ‘done’ in other places.  Their church is much larger – about 4,000 attenders!  They have a huge campus complete with an actual coffee shop, a bookstore, a discipleship center, fountains, etc.  The auditorium is large enough that many Christian artists come there to perform.  But you know what?  When we got to our seats and the worship team began playing, it was as if we were right at home at Hope.  Sure, the sound may have been different, and the team members were strangers to us, but the feel of the music was the same!  Believers worshiping God.  Hearts and hands lifted in praise.  A community of believers.  It made me think of the instruction in Hebrews 10:25(CEV) – “Some people have given up the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer.”  It’s so important to gather together as believers (and friends) to give praise to our God and to encourage one another.  You can’t do that if you’re sitting at home!  We really enjoyed our worship experience there among the palm trees and balmy breezes. But it made me homesick for my OWN church family here at Hope!  Whatever church we attend is just a building.  The people of God are the church.  Mack Stiles hits the nail on the head:  “The church is the God-ordained local assembly of believers who have committed themselves to each other. They gather regularly, they teach the Word, celebrate communion and baptism, discipline their members, establish a biblical structure of leadership, they pray and give together. Certainly the church may do more, but it is not less than this.”  Suffice it to say that I am glad we were there, but I’m MORE than glad to be here!

Do you remember the show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”? One of the rules of the game was that a contestant could make a phone call and get someone to help them answer a question.  But the contestant had to make the final call.  In other words, it didn’t matter if the phone-a-friend knew or even gave the right answer…. Only the contestant’s ‘final answer’ mattered.  We make choices all the time about whose ‘answer’ matters to us.  People give us ideas about our value, our actions, which direction we should choose, and many other areas of our lives.  But whose response matters to you?  David writes this song to declare his choice.

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!

MARCH  CHALLENGE VERSE – Matthew 5:44-45
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.  He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 pm in the Youth Room
We are taking a look at Hosea and the story of “Redeeming Love” that’s presented in this book.  Please join us for this med-week spiritual boost!

Unable to make it out for Wednesday Night? Bible Study recordings are now available on our Podcast AND YouTube Channel! To listen to a recording, visit hopechristianfellowship.org/ messages, or subscribe to our Podcast on iTunes. Or you can watch on our YouTube channel “Hope Christian Fellowship.”

Still looking to get involved in a Small Group? It’s not too late to join! Check out our Small Group bulletin board in the hallway to see information on available groups. Study sheets are  available on our website under the “Starting Out” drop-down menu. Click on “Small Groups” and you’ll be able to download a PDF. You can also find paper copies in the file folder hanging above the sign-up table in the lobby.

YOUNG ADULTS – 1st & 3rd Mondays at 7:30 in Youth Room  
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 in the 3rd-5th Grade Classroom
We are studying the Lysa TerKeurst’s book UNINVITED and would like to invite you to join us!  For more information, contact Mary Lebeau 856-316-6301 or marylebeau@verizon.net

PASSING THE TORCH – First Saturday of Each Month @ 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Attention all men youth group ages and up, this is for you! Hope wants to show our men a passion for leading Christ-like lives. This mentoring program will help us all to come together and explore each other’s perspective on current issues as we navigate life while being lights in this world for our God. Together we can connect our generations and learn from each other by sharing our experiences and what our LORD says about these situations.  Anyone planning to attend can RSVP to Ryan Winstel at  rawwin@comcast.net.

MEN’S BREAKFAST  – 8:00 – 9:30 am – 2nd 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.

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!

 ROOTED IN YOUR HOUSE – Friday, March 9th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Join us as we take youth group to the Peterson’s house!  We’ll enjoy food, games, and plenty of laughs. No need to bring anything other than yourself! The Peterson’s live at 833 Hardingville Road,  Monroeville, NJ 08343.

Youth Group will meet every Sunday through March 25th.

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

K-5th Grade Bible Study and Epic Hangout Time
Join us for a study of God’s word, snacks, video games, theme nights and epic skits!  We’ll kick things off with a pizza party so come hungry and bring a friend!

We averaged $8290 per week for the month of February, bringing our annual weekly giving average to $8237. This remains above our annual weekly giving target for 2018 of $7950.  We’re thankful for your sacrifice and faithfulness as we serve our great God together at Hope.
For our special building projects (HVAC) we currently have raised $11,626 out of our target of $65,000.  We still have a long way to go and we’re asking the Lord to continue to provide through His people as we work to make our building efficient and fully functional.

**For upcoming Easter Weekend Services – that people would come to Jesus
**For more nursery workers
**For provision of funds and workers to accomplish our HVAC projects (AC Units plus Boiler Replacement).
**For financing for larger projects (roofing, sound, flooring)

We’re a family here at Hope and we love to share in each others joys and even sorrows. We want to make sure that your important life moments get shared so we can lift one another up in prayer, celebrate together, and at times cry together. If you have news to share, such as a birth announcement, engagement, or passing of a loved one, email your story (and picture if you have one!) to Emily DiLorenzo (EmilyDiLorenzo@hopechristianfellowship.org) and we’ll make sure it gets posted to our social media!

WORSHIP NIGHT – Wednesday, March 14th @ 7:00 pm

You won’t want to miss this evening of music and praise!  It’s sure to be a powerful night. Come out for a time of worship in lieu of bible study.

ANNUAL SPRING CAFE – Wednesday, March 21st @ 7:00 
A fun night of entertainment and fellowship! Sign-up in the lobby to participate in our cafe! Don’t have a talent to share? Come out and enjoy performances and snacks! Sign-up to bring a goodie in the lobby. Contact Kimmi Biglin at Kimmi_B@comcast.net for more information.

We are planning a return trip to Uganda, Africa to work with Josh & Kelly Hallahan. Our target dates are January 5Tth-19th, 2019.   If you are interested in joining this trip there will be an informational meeting in between services on March 25th. Contact Dave Hallahan with any questions (dmhallahan5@gmail.com).

HOPE CRAFT FAIR – Saturday, May 12th from 9:00 – 3:00
We’re excited to host our first ever craft fair here at Hope! This event will be open to the public and free to attend – rain or shine! We need our crafty Hopers to register now if you’d like to have a space as a vendor. Registration is first come, first served based on availability of spaces. Each crafter will be provided one 8′ table and 2-3 chairs (as supplies last). You are encouraged, but not required, to bring a tent.
UPDATE – There’s only one month left to register as a vendor for free!  Deadline is April 8th, afterwards cost will be $10.  We’ve already hit 50% capacity, so if you’re looking to participate sign-up soon. Forms are available in the lobby or online at http://www.hopechristianfellowship.org/craftfair/   See Emily DiLorenzo with any questions.

Sign-up in the lobby to be a part of Hope’s coed softball team. Games will be played on weeknights April – June (no Wednesday nights.) There will be 16-18 schedules games plus playoffs. We will be joining our brothers at Pitman Methodist to form a softball team. Players must be 15 years old before the start of the season to play. Any Questions, please contact Lenny Little at littlemanlenny@yahoo or 856-701-3583.

Is your family in need of some  food assistance?  We have a small food pantry here at Hope and want to help you during your difficult time. Head on over to Donations Basket in the front left side of the auditorium after the service.  One of our pantry workers will be there to assist you.  You can also speak to one of the ushers or Pastor Mark and they will direct you to someone who can help.

Have you been on Hope Share on our website yet?  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!   Here’s just a couple items that you’re missing out on if you haven’t:  Air Hockey Table – Like New! and Futon Couch with Mattress.  Hop on and register today!

Check out our updated church website! We’ve given the site a reboot to make it easier for you to stay connected to what’s happening and how to serve here at Hope. Two places you’ll want to be sure to check out are the “Starting Out” menu if you’re new, and the “Going Deeper” menu if you’re looking to get plugged in to serving. Visit hopechristianfellowship.org to see these pages and more!

Our Card Collection boxes are located in the front of the auditorium.   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. All three cards are right there with the collection box – how easy is that?!

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 go to our website (hopechristianfellowship.org), click on ‘Going Deeper’, and you will see all our ministries and the various teams they have. You can also check out our Ministry and Service Opportunities brochure (on the glass tables).  Keep your eye on this section as we post any pressing needs.

Praise God! We are so excited that Hope is in the midst of another baby boom! In order to best serve the parents and infants here at Hope, we are looking to add an additional team member to each of our amazing nursery teams that serve on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in becoming a Nursery Team Member and blessing the parents at Hope with loving arms to care for their little ones, please contact Leah Hallahan (leahhallahan@gmail.com) or Matt Russell (matthewrussell@hopechristianfellowship.org) as soon as possible! Thank you!    PLEASE NOTE:  Due to this bountiful blessing of babies, the nursery has moved to the 1st & 2nd grade classroom.

We’d like to be able to offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner items to families who come to us for assistance.  The following donations would be greatly appreciated:  Hot or cold cereal, Hearty soups, Peanut butter & jelly, Canned tuna or chicken, Pasta & pasta sauces, Ground beef (1 lb. packages), Canned vegetables & fruit, Toilet paper.  Donations can be placed in the “Food Pantry” basket located at the front, left side of the auditorium.

For all Kids Ministry scheduling, please refer to the Planning Center or contact your team leader.
Ushers 9:00 ——-Bruce Clark
Ushers 11:00 ——Damon Briggs
Counters ———–Mike & Lois Hartwell
Greeters ———– Irene Riddell, Pat Keith, Charlotte Zediker, Jeanne Wurst

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.

Blessed Beyond Measure,