Hope Notes 8/22/18

August 22, 2018

Dear Friends of Hope,

There is a concept that runs through Scripture being made public via the secular world. Can you guess what it is? I’ll give you a couple of examples/hints: Taylor Swift pens the phrase “Who you are is not where you’ve been” in her song ‘Innocent’. Author Jen Hatmaker writes “You don’t have to be who you first were”. A lyric in the song “For the Fallen” assures us ‘You are not what you’ve done’. While these are all worthwhile sentiments, they are just thoughts from different human beings. I prefer to hear what God Himself has to say about this! I think 2 Corinthians 5:17 says it best -“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Praise God we are not who we once were! “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) Our old self has been crucified. We have a new self, a new self-image, a new life. A ‘do-over’ if you will, courtesy of the blood of the Lamb. Don’t get me wrong; our old selves will rear their ugly heads every now and then. I know mine does! But we can live with the confidence that God is at work in our hearts. We have the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to give us the tools we need to tamp down our flesh. It will help us to remember that we have ‘put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.’ (Col 3:9-10) So…..kudos to those who are spreading the positive messages we see above, BUT, we as believers must be just as vocal in getting the Word out that Jesus is the only way to truly put our past behind us!

SUNDAY MORNINGS
SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE – Overcoming Struggles with Your Identity in Christ
Does your past ever come back to haunt you? Do you wrestle with feelings of shame or guilt? Maybe you sometimes feel unworthy of serving our Lord. The enemy loves to throw these things in our faces to keep us from a fulfilling relationship with Christ. Mike Hartwell will be sharing truths from God’s Word to help us win this battle.
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 is on hiatus until September 17th. New meeting time will be 6:30 pm.
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!

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.

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 ——-Bob Baumiester
Ushers 11:00 ——Bruce Clark
Counters ———–Kathy Berry, Wendy Devereaux
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.

Made New in Him,

Lois