Hope Notes 5/23/18

May 23, 2018

Dear Friends of Hope,

At bible study last week, Tom (Albright) sang a song he had written for his mother. It was a beautiful song with meaningful lyrics; five words jumped out at me and stuck in my head. Tom said he “took the devil’s dare”. This simple phrase invoked a sense of foreboding in the middle of a sweet refrain. The devil dares all of us. He places temptation in front of us on a regular basis. And let’s make one thing clear – it is never God doing the tempting. That job belongs to Satan alone. James 1:13-14 says, “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.” Why, Satan even tempted Jesus! In Matthew 4, the Spirit leads Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil. Satan goaded Jesus over and over; every time Jesus responded with “It is written” and then quoted Scripture. Jesus faced temptation as a man. He didn’t use His divine power to overcome; He used the same spiritual resources that are available to us today to resist the devil’s bait. Temptation is an opportunity for obedience and obedience will always lead to blessing. In fact, God desires our obedience even more than our sacrifices! Check out 1Samuel 15:22 – “But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice…….”
Often, God’s greatest blessings come as a result of our willingness to do something that appears very insignificant. When you don’t understand why God is asking you to do a certain thing, perhaps something that doesn’t make sense to you, or something you don’t want to do, it helps to remember this: If you will obey, He will reward you with a sense of peace and joy that compares to nothing this world can offer. Blessing follows obedience. Set a goal to resist temptation using the spiritual resources God has given us, obey the Lord, and for heaven’s sake don’t take the devil’s dare!

SUNDAY MORNINGS
SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE – Taste and See (Psalm 34:4-17)
A money back guarantee is a very useful marketing tool. It suggests that the seller is so confident in the quality of the product and in your satisfaction with it, that they will undo the sale if you are dissatisfied for any reason. They are inviting you to basically do a ‘taste-test’ on their product because they are convinced you’ll want to keep it. David found himself in a moment of life when he was unsure of what the future held. And in response, he wrote a song that invites his soul (and ours) to simply taste and see that the Lord is good. Basically, he says that every time he takes a step of faith in the Lord, God always proves His goodness. And so in dark moments or times when we are lost, we are invited to come and taste again by faith. The guarantee is much stronger than the advertisements we see because this one is based in the very character of God.

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.

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)

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!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH
MAY CHALLENGE VERSE – Proverbs 12:16
Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 pm in the Youth Room
For the month of May we’ll be doing a study in the book of Philippians. Be sure to join us so you don’t miss out on this mid-week spiritual boost!

WORKSHOP WEDNESDAYS – COMING IN JUNE!
We’ll be taking a break from our regular bible study in the month of June and having Workshop Wednesdays. There are six classes to choose from. Check them out below and sign-up in the lobby!

WEDNESDAY CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
CHICK & BUNNY DOUGHERTY – GROWING THROUGH LIFE’S CHALLENGES
God never promised to exempt Christians from common human experiences such as rejection, loss, depression,doubts, injustices, etc. In this workshop we’ll read about several characters in the bible that faced the same challenges we do today. They we’ll take a look at Psalm 116 and learn about God’s repeated assurance: “I hear you. I am with you.” Life’s challenges can strengthen our faith if we allow the biblical examples God gave us to show us how.

MIKE HARTWELL – KNOW WHAT YOU BELIEVE
Are you a long time believer but feel like you still aren’t fully rooted when it comes to the ins and outs of Christianity? In this class we’ll be taking a look at Paul Little’s book to discover the core beliefs we as Christians should be able to understand and share with others. We’ll discuss things like angels and demons, what place the bible and church should have in our lives, and God as the trinity.

DEB MCCARSON – REDISCOVERING PURPOSE: INVESTING THE BURIED TALENT
At times we lose sight of our purpose. This may happen during times of transition, soul-searching, or after traumatic experiences. Perhaps we just aren’t sure how God wants to use us. Jesus taught us we are not to “hide our light under a bushel,” yet at times we might feel like we can not shine as brightly as we should. We’ll be exploring what our purpose is and what God requires of us through a series of expressive writing prompts and bible study. Through this we will attempt to free ourselves from the things that hold us back from knowing our true purpose.

DANA OTT – HOLY ROAR: THE PRACTICE OF PRAISE & WORSHIP
When is the last time you sensed the presence of God in your worship? Whether alone with Him in a quiet space or in
corporate worship with the family of God? Maybe it’s time for a fresh perspective and an opportunity to deepen your practice of praise! We’ll dig into Darren Whitehead’s book and uncover the transformational language of worship and praise to God!

MARK OTT – THE BASICS OF CHRISTIANITY
Are you just starting out your journey with Jesus? This workshop will take you from those very first steps through what the bible has to say on some of the main topics of Christianity. You’ll see it for yourself and feel like you know these things firsthand. Also, if you’re a believer who would be interested in using this study to share your faith with others, come out and join us through this series.

RYAN WINSTEL- KNOWING GOD’S WILL (A continued study)
Ever wonder if you are following God’s plan for your life or not? God wants you to know what His will is for you. Join us as we
continue to dive into what God’s word says about what it takes for us to align ourselves with God’s will for our lives. If you missed the workshop last year, don’t worry. There will be a review and notes for you to take home to catch up.

BIBLE STUDY PODCAST / YOUTUBE
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.”

OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP
YOUNG ADULTS – 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 7:30 in Youth Room
WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE? (TUESDAY June 5th)
We’re back from our break and starting on our new day! Join us as we discuss a question we’ve all asked and are still asking ourselves, “What should I do with my life?” Knowing God’s will can be a tricky thing to figure out. We’ll pick each other’s brains and look into scripture to see how we can answer this question in our own lives. Open to anyone who has graduated high school up to their early thirties. Contact Dave Hallahan at dmhallahan5@gmail.com.

YOUNG ADULTS MEMORIAL DAY BBQ – Monday, May 28th – This Coming Monday!
While we are taking the month of from our normal meetings, we are getting together for a Memorial Day! We’ll have food, yard games, and plenty of fun! Just bring yourself and a friend to join us at the Hallahan’s house starting at 3:00 pm!

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.

ROOTED YOUTH MINISTRY
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!

DELANCO CAMP WORK DAY – Saturday, June 9th
Meet at the church at 8:00 am and we’ll head out to Delanco Camp to help them prepare their grounds for the Summer! Bring a few $$ for lunch on the way home! See Dave Hallahan w/ any questions.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
GO ZONE
Go Zone is our Sunday Morning kid’s service, planned especially for K-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

HOPEKIDS HANGOUT – SUNDAY EVENINGS from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
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!

FATHER’S DAY / GOZONE! TAKEOVER June 17th
Please Note: There will be no GoZone! on Father’s Day – kids will be in the service with their dads for our special GoZone! Takeover Service!

VBS – SHIPWRECKED – July 23rd thru 27th
VBS will be here before we know it!! This year our theme is Shipwrecked! We made a bulletin board outside of the GoZone! room, where anyone can take a slip and return that donation to be used for the week of VBS! (Each donation=approximately $20) All donations are due back by July 1st and can be returned to the 1st & 2nd grade classroom. Thank you in advance, for supporting VBS in this way!

HOPE ANNOUNCEMENTS
CHURCH PRAYER REQUESTS
**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)

SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST
We are asking for our church family to keep Derek, Danielle, and Lorenzo Staccone covered in prayer. Lorenzo was transferred to CHOP for an evaluation of his airway and will stay in their NICU for continued care. We are praying for clarity on his path to discharge.

NEW FAMILIES LUNCHEON – Sunday, June 3rd
Calling all those who are new to Hope within the last 6 to 12 months! We are inviting you to a luncheon on Sunday, June 3rd in the Auditorium at Hope following the 11:00 service. No need to bring anything – just your family (kids too)! Please sign up in the front lobby so we can get a head count. It’s an opportunity to meet and visit with Hope’s Leadership Team and wives and other new folks. We look forward to seeing you that day.

SHARE YOUR NEWS!
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!

HOPE’S FOOD PANTRY
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 our kitchen located on the front left side of the auditorium after the service. One of our pantry workers will be in 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.

HOPE SHARE – DON’T THROW IT OUT – SHARE IT!
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! Hop on and register today!

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 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.

BUILDING TEAM WANTS YOU!
Join us the first Saturday of every month for a work day at the church. We can use any level of skill – don’t be intimidated! Check out the bulletin board near the back entrance to see the upcoming projects our team is planning to complete.

THIS WEEK’S WORKERS
For all Kids Ministry scheduling, please refer to the Planning Center or contact your team leader.
Ushers 9:00 ——-Nick DellaRova
Ushers 11:00 ——Ryan Winstel
Counters ———–LaTosha Briggs, Barb Frazeur
Greeters ———–Rick Ayusa, Kathryn Messick, Paul Rochat, Helen Mastalski

HOPES PRAYER TEAM
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.

Marked for Eternity,

Lois