Hope Notes 8/15/18

August 15, 2018

Dear Friends of Hope,

This Sunday morning we get the privilege of having our youth take a more visible role up front. Those of you who know me already know what I’m going to say……..it’s one of my favorite Sundays of the year! Nothing is more exciting than seeing these teens reverse the tables and take on the leadership roles usually reserved for those *ahem* more advanced in age. We are so blessed to be in a church that affords them the opportunity to serve in this way! We at Hope are careful to heed the words found in 1 Timothy 4:12 – “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” Who knows what passion for ministry may be ignited in their young hearts by taking this step of faith and venturing forth into the world of service? Youth have God-given dreams. They need our encouragement and excitement at the possibilities that lie within themselves. Youth itself brings about a passion often lacking in those who have served for many years. Who better to bring a new vision to our church? Teens can often find a fresh, new way to present God’s Truths. I love the earnest effort they put forth to give us a meaningful worship service. Please don’t stay home thinking this isn’t a Sunday morning that will have anything to offer you. Just show up and watch what God will do through our young people!

SUNDAY MORNINGS
SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE – Pray For Me (Ephesians 3:14-21; Luke 2:52; 1 Timothy 4:12)
It is often said that our young people are “the church of tomorrow.” It is probably more accurate as the leaders of tomorrow. Whether in church, business, politics, or wherever else our students end up, they will eventually be making decisions that impact all of us. Regardless if the students at Hope are your biological children or not, they will play a vital role in shaping the future. We have the opportunity to take these years and invest in them so that when they are making decisions for us, we can trust that they will be godly ones. Will you consider taking this year to invest in the life of one student by committing to pray for them?
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
AUGUST CHALLENGE VERSE – Proverbs 12:26
“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”

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.”

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY
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.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP
SEPTEMBER IS SMALL GROUP KICK-OFF MONTH!
Stay tuned for more information and to learn how you can get involved in a Small Group!

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 WOMEN’S GROUP
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 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.

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!
Please Note: Rooted begins again on September 9th!

TEEN SERVICE – Sunday, August 19th
Come out and support our youth group as we have a “Rooted Takeover” of Sunday morning worship.
Please Note: We will be taking a special offering to support Rooted!

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!
Please Note: Our Hangout resumes September 9th!

HOPE ANNOUNCEMENTS
GLOUCESTER CO. CANDLELIGHT VIGIL – August 29th
This is an opportunity to support our fellow Hoper, freeholder Jim Jefferson, as well as participate in a community event designed to raise awareness of overdose, and reduce the stigma of drug-related death. The event also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends, and remembers those who have met with death as a result of drug overdose. If you have a loved one who you would like included in this memorial, there are forms and instructions on the Sign-Up Table in the lobby. Event is being held at James Atkinson Park.

MISSION TRIP TO GUATEMALA
We are looking ahead to a mission trip to help our Guatemalan missionary, Lauren Pupchick the last week of August, 2019. We are in the very preliminary stages of planning. Please contact Kirsten Hoy at Kirstenavhoy1024@gmail.com or 609-941-6426 for further information.

ROAD TRIP TO SIGHT & SOUND – Wednesday, September 26th
Join us for a trip to Sight & Sound to see the 11:00 am showing of “Jesus”. Tickets are $61/person (includes gas for church van). Bring a snack. Ken will contact everyone with the departure time for church van. Plan to be back at Hope around 4:00 pm. Only 12 tickets left! Contact Ken Blythe for tickets/more info: kblythe99@gmail.com.

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!

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.

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.

THIS WEEK’S WORKERS
For all Kids Ministry scheduling, please refer to the Planning Center or contact your team leader.
Ushers 9:00 ——-TBD
Ushers 11:00 ——TBD
Counters ———–Lois Hartwell, Barb Frazeur
Greeters ————Ken Blythe, Karen Dengler, Becky Hurff, Karl Miller

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.

The Glory is His,

Lois