Hope Notes 7/18/18

July 18, 2018

Dear Friends of Hope,

I’ve long had a reverence for sunrise and sunset. Who but our God could bring forth the sun to begin our day, and call it home again each night? It is a tangible reminder of Who is in control. Not only that, but He does it with such glorious beauty! My family knows that I love to step outside at those times of day (okay, mostly at sunset!) to observe and listen. I feel like the earth hums in the evening and sings with the sunrise. You know what I’m talking about – at twilight the air reverberates with the sounds of cicadas and crickets; at daybreak the birdies chirp and warble their songs. Psalm 65:8 says, “You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.” I am so thankful to our God for giving us these markers every single day. He could have allowed our days to begin and end with absolutely no fanfare. But He knew how important it would be for us to have moments at both the first blush of dawn and at day’s end to reflect. The beauty of sunrise brings hope and promise of the day to come. The peace and tranquility of sunset brings a sense of calm at the close of our day. What we do with the hours in between should mirror back to our great God how much we value what He has given us. Each day is a gift from Him and we should not waste it. “From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised.” (Psalm 113:3)

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE – Lift Him Up (2 Corinthians 5:16-20, John 12:32) – VBS KICKOFF!
We are embarking on one of our busiest and most exciting weeks of the year. We sacrifice time and energy to serve kids and families so that they will remember what we do here for years to come. While we hope that all the hard work pays off for every person who comes out to VBS, we are really just doing what we’re always called to do. Of course, we can’t put on VBS every week. But every believer is called to share Jesus with people. Sometimes that means we have conversations with people we know. Other times, it means we’re helping people in need. And there are a thousand other ways we share Jesus. Today, we’ll talk through our big purpose and the strategy Jesus gave us for bringing people to Him.
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!

“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

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.”

We’re on hiatus for the summer, but we have a lot planned for the fall!
“Thinking Out Loud” Series: Starting in September, we’re going to take Wednesday nights and talk through together as a church family some of the pressing cultural issues of today. We may disagree with one another, but we’ll have the discussion anyway. We’ll treat one another with respect and work towards understanding each other. And in the end, we’ll pray that the Lord will lead each one of us in our response to these issues. We want to have open hearts to God’s direction. And we want our church to be a place where we can discuss anything – even when we disagree – with the love we’re called to have for each other.
Special Note: We’re setting aside one of these nights as a discussion of the #MeToo movement. Pastor Mark is asking anyone who has experienced sexual aggression or misconduct, and would be willing to briefly share with us, to let us know. Reach out to Dave Hallahan (dmhallahan5@gmail.com) for more details. Thanks in advance for your courage!

CHURCH PICNIC – Sunday, July 29th @ 5:00 – Dark
Our church picnic is legendary! We have inflatables, water slide, games, lots of food and of course a ton of fun! Bring friends and family and be prepared for an amazing time! Sign up in the lobby to let us know how many to prepare for and what dish you can bring to share!

MOVIE NIGHT – Sunday, August 5th @ 7:00 pm
Adult Movie “The Case for Christ”
Kid’s Movie – TBA

ICE CREAM SOCIAL CAFE – Sunday, August 12th @ 7:00 pm
Who doesn’t love an old fashioned Ice Cream Social?! Ours is even better because we also have entertainment provided by our own Hopers! Sign up sheets will be coming.

YOUNG ADULTS – 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 7:30 in Youth Room
Open to anyone who has graduated high school up to their early thirties. Contact Dave Hallahan at dmhallahan5@gmail.com.

God’s Girls will be having a summer of fellowship, and is inviting any woman in the church to fellowship with us! You’re invited to attend any or all of the following events. Please come out and get to know the other women who call Hope home. Check out our summer schedule:
Monday, August 6 – Special lesson taught by Kathy
Monday, August 20 – Craft lesson taught by Jodi – if interested, you will need to purchase some materials ahead of time. Jodi will let us know soon.
For information, contact Mary Lebeau 856-316-6301 (call or text) 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!
Please Note: Rooted will be on hiatus for the remainder of the summer and will begin again in September.

SIX FLAGS // TOBY MAC CONCERT – Saturday August 4th
We’ll be heading to Six Flags for all the rides and sticking around for TobyMac! Tickets are $50. See Dave Hallahan to purchase your ticket and guarantee your spot!

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

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!
Please Note: Our Hangout is on hiatus for the summer and will return in the fall!

Everyone is welcome to come and help us decorate Hope for VBS! Decorating dates are as follows:
Wednesday, July 18th
Saturday, July 21st is our final and BIG decorating day from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

A member (woman) of Hope needs to find a one bedroom apartment or room very quickly (2 weeks before eviction). If you are willing and able to help, please contact Chick Dougherty at 856-845-8149 and leave a message with your contact info.

Bill McGinness (a partner of Hope) is once again continuing his participation in the Deacons (formally Saints) Softball Prison Ministry that is affiliated with Gloucester County Community Church. He is just $300 away from his goal of being able to participate in the crusade the team is taking to Kentucky at the end of July. If you feel God leading you to give financially, it would be greatly appreciated. Prayers for this endeavor are coveted also! Checks can be made payable to Bill McGinness.

BAPTISM SERVICE – Wednesday, October 3rd
Our next Baptism Service will be Wednesday night, October 3rd. If you’re interested in being baptized, there will be two classes prior to the service that you’ll need to attend. Classes will be held 9/23 & 9/30 immediately following the second service. Lite lunch will be provided. Stay tuned for a sign-up sheet!

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.

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.

For all Kids Ministry scheduling, please refer to the Planning Center or contact your team leader.
Ushers 9:00 ——-Rick Ayusa
Ushers 11:00 ——Bill Berry
Counters ———–Kathy Berry, Wendy Devereaux
Greeters ————-Deb Davis, Sharon Sambucci, Katrina Mariani, Greg Corrado

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.

He Ordains Our Days,