Hope Notes 10/31/18

October 31, 2018

Dear Friends of Hope,

Our words. We write them. We read them. We speak them. But how do we use them? God’s words. How does He use them? God used His words to create the earth. ‘When he spoke, the world was created; at His command everything appeared.’ (Psalm 33:9) Also, ‘God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.’ (Genesis 1:3) Jesus used His words to heal. In Matthew 8 we can read about the centurion who didn’t feel worthy to have Jesus come to his home. No worries! Jesus was able to heal his servant right then and there! ‘And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.’ (Matthew 8:13) Also in Matthew 8 we see how Jesus healed many possessed by demons with His word. ONE word! “When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.’ (Matthew 8:16)

As we can see, God’s words are powerful! But ours are powerful too. We can use them in different ways. For encouraging or criticizing. To express love or hatred. Anger. Resentment. We use them to tell lies or truth. Proverbs are filled with verses regarding our words. ‘Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.’ (Proverbs 15:4) ‘Evil words destroy one’s friends; wise discernment rescues the godly.’ (Proverbs 11:9) Do we want to destroy our friends or crush someone’s spirit? Of course not! We must use our words carefully and thoughtfully. ‘A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.’ (Proverbs 18:4) If any of these verses don’t do it for you, how about this one? Jesus Himself says, ‘I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak….’ (Matthew 12:36) Yikes! So, while we may not be able to speak something into being or heal with a word, we need to remember that our words do indeed have power. And we are called to use that power through the filter of God’s love.
(Interesting Side Note: Wrote this opening and then began working on the rest of the Notes. Check out our new Challenge Verse for November listed under Spiritual Growth to see the ‘coincidence’. Love when God does stuff like that!)

The greatest sermon ever preached still has unbelievable power to change us. Jesus spoke these words about 2000 years ago to a large audience on a hillside, but He meant them to challenge us as well. The thoughts upend normal thinking on almost every spiritual front, and if we want to follow Jesus, much of what He represents starts here!
SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE – Cheating On Your Spouse (Matthew 5:27-30)
Some of us have taken this path and faced the devastation that follows. Others of us watch depictions of this storyline with fascination. It is incredible that something that causes so much pain to so many is the subject of story after story in our entertainment. Jesus takes on this topic with some startling words. In fact, these words are so shocking that most people don’t actually follow them. But what is His point? How can we take to heart what He says without watering it down? And ultimately, our goal is to learn from Him about how we ought to live and what we should want. So let’s take this morning and dive into this topic that is as important today as it ever has been.
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!

“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Unable to make it out for Wednesday nights? We are LIVE STREAMING our Thinking Out Loud series on Facebook! Watch and interact from your phone or computer live! We’ll also continue to post videos of the night to our YouTube channel, so you can catch up at anytime. Or, listen to our Podcast on iTunes.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at topics where those who do not have experience can gain from those who do. So, if you have any experience with the upcoming topics (Depression, Racism, etc) we’d love to have you come out and share with us so that we can all learn more and be better prepared to engage with one another.
11/7 – A Patriarchy Problem?: Addressing Male Headship
In today’s world, the idea that men should lead or be in charge is thought to be the root of many of our culture’s problems. There is a conversation that much of the sexual harassment and abuse at the core of the #MeToo movement has grown out of a patriarch-based society. But the Bible talks about a man being the head of his wife and home. What does this mean, and has this indeed been a misguided way of structuring our lives? How does this apply to women in leadership in secular roles? How does it apply to the partnership between husband and wife in the home? We’ll dig into 1 Corinthians 11 and 14, 1 Timothy 2, and Ephesians 5 to see what Paul means in each of these passage. And we’ll ask ourselves what Genesis 1:27 and Galatians 3:28 have to say about this. We’ll also add in the fact that the first witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection are women. Putting all of this together and many other themes in Scripture should help us learn what ‘headship’ of man means and what it should look like in our homes, churches, and lives today.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Wednesday evening activities on October 31st.

11/14 – Unanswered Questions
We’ve covered a wide range of topics throughout this series – LGBTQ, Politics, #MeToo, Racism, and more – but perhaps you’ve had questions we haven’t addressed. We’ll be spending our final Thinking Out Loud trying to answer those questions. So, if you have anything on your mind – digging deeper into one of the topics we’ve covered or concerning a topic we haven’t touched on at all – submit them on the Facebook Event page or to dmhallahan5@gmail.com

We have a variety of small groups set up for you to join! This is an easy way to get connected and grow closer to your fellow Hopers. Check out the Small Groups Bulletin Board to see what’s going on or contact Dave Hallahan (dmhallahan5@gmail.com) or Chick Dougherty (chickdoc@verizon.net) with any questions.

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.

YOUNG ADULTS TACO KARAOKE – Tuesday, November 6th – This Coming Tuesday!
That’s right, we’re combining the two best party ideas ever into the single best party idea ever. Taco Tuesday meets Karaoke party! Come with a song to sing and an empty belly to fill!

GOD’S GIRLS WOMEN’S GROUP – First & Third Mondays at 6:30 pm
For information, contact Mary Lebeau 856-316-6301 (call or text) or marylebeau@verizon.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!

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!

CHRISTMAS CAFE – Sunday, November 25th at 7:00
What better way to kickoff the Christmas season that with a cafe? If you’ve got a talent to share, sign-up in the lobby now! Prefer to sit back and be entertained? You can still help out by signing up to bring a dessert! Our cafes are always a great time of fun and fellowship. Make sure to mark your calendar so you don’t miss it!

Mark your calendar! We’re already rehearsing for this year’s Christmas Cantata. You won’t want to miss out on this entertaining, but powerful, holiday event. And it’s a great service to invite friends and family to! Performances will be Friday, December 14th at 7:00 and Sunday, December 16th at the 9:00 & 11:00 services. Questions? Contact danaott@hopechristianfellowship.org
Please Note: There will be no choir rehearsal on Wednesday, October 31st.
Having fun packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child?
Here’s how to make this easy & fun: CHOOSE a boy or girl and the age category. FILL with a quality ‘wow’ item, then add other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. PRAY for the child who will receive your gifts; you can include a personal note & photo. If you’d like, you can donate the $9 per box shipping online and receive a tracking label to discover the destination of your shoebox.

Follow Your Box Tracking Labels

HopeKids! Christmas Program practices have begun! Make sure to have your kids out each and every Sunday at the 9:00 or 11:00 services. Performances will be Sunday, December 23rd at both worship services. Make sure to invite your family and friends!
We are still in need of a few volunteers to help us make this program a success! Contact Matt Russell if you are interested.

Christmas is right around the corner and come October, HopeKids! will be gearing up for another great year of celebrating Jesus’ birth, through musical programs! We need volunteers who are willing to help with all of the preparation including teaching the songs and script, supervising practices and putting the program together for both the K-5th program and the Pre-K program. Please contact Matt Russell if you are interested.

Leftover Trunk or Treat decorations FREE to whoever can come and get them! Cornstalks, hay bales, and lots of pretty mums!

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING – Sunday, December 2nd
Join us for our business meeting after the second service. All are welcome to attend, but partners are needed to vote on next year’s budget. The budget is posted on the bulletin board at the back of the church for review. We will have ballots available for voting if you are unable to stay for the actual meeting.

For the month of October, we averaged $7950 which is exactly equal to our annual weekly giving target. This brings our annual average for 2018 to $8057. We’re deeply grateful for each person’s faithful sacrfice and generosity through this year. As we close out the year and head get ready for what’s ahead, we’re praying for significant growth in our giving. Our special HVAC projects giving has continued to grow this month and now totals $25,313. So we still have about $40,000 to go to get to our goal.

Hope Share just got easier than ever! Our new page is a closed group for Hopers only. 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! Join the group and start meeting each other’s needs! Visit facebook.com/HCFWoodbury/ and request to join!

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 ——-Nick DellaRova
Ushers 11:00 ——Bill Berry
Counters ———–Mike & Lois Hartwell
Greeters ————Rick Ayusa, Patty Bunnell, Kathy Repas, Helen Mastalski

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.

Hoping in the Glorious Unseen,