Hope Notes 11/7/18

November 7, 2018

Dear Friends of Hope,

I was reading in Mark 10 about when Jesus healed Bartimaeus of his blindness. (Fun Fact: This is the only place in Scripture where the name of the person being healed is mentioned!) Anyway, I got to vs 50 where the people call out to Bartimaeus and tell him to go to Jesus. “Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.” The mental picture of him throwing aside his cloak might make you think of how quickly he wanted to get to Jesus. I mean, he probably RAN to Him at the thought of being healed! He wanted to get to His Savior as quickly as possible with nothing to hinder him. But let’s go a step further. Deeper. That cloak was probably his most prized possession; I’m sure he didn’t own much. And yet he threw it aside. Cast it off. Without hesitation. It seems to me that would be a good representation of his faith and trust in Jesus. So what about me? Do I have that kind of heart? What am I holding onto rather than Jesus? One thing that comes immediately to mind would be relationships, both family and friends. I often turn towards those closest to me rather than going straight to the Source when seeking answers, looking for comfort, or sharing a blessing. They are so precious to me; I cherish every moment that I get to spend with them. But I am convicted by Bartimaeus’ example to be sure not to allow those relationships to hinder my relationship with our Lord. As for any other stumbling blocks……….I’m not much for clinging to possessions, but I do find myself wanting to grasp onto safety, security, and contentment. How ironic, when these things are all so fleeting and should be held loosely in our hands. We need to throw aside whatever ‘cloaks’ we’re holding onto and hold tight to Jesus with all we’ve got for He has all we need!

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!
We’re going to set aside this morning from our study in the Sermon on the Mount to talk together as a church family. We want to sync up on who we are and where we’re headed. In order for us to function well as a body, we all need to understand what God has called us to and how we approach the work He’s given us. So today, we’ll dig into some of the keys to our ministry and put our hearts and minds together. What if our church was led and empowered by the Holy Spirit? What if we absolutely let Him be in charge and be the energy behind all that we do? We believe that this is the Lord’s invitation to us and we’re going to talk about how we can turn towards this by looking at a few Scriptures and by having an open conversation about what’s coming.
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.

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.

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
Thanks to all who took home our 200 shoe boxes! (If you did not receive one of the free shoe boxes, you can use your own or pick one up at a Dollar Store.) Extra labels are on the OCC table at Hope. 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 your $9 per box shipping online and receive a tracking label to discover the destination of your shoe box. https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/follow-your-box

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.

This month we’re launching a new section in Hope Notes – a little spot to give a warm welcome to new partners. This month we’d like to say a special welcome to the newest additions to our church partners: Dawn Gehrke, Rob & Jodi Jacoby, Carmen & Lisa Mininno, and Kelli & Matthew Russell, who all recently made the decision to make Hope their ‘official’ church home. Becoming a partner at Hope is easy! Forms are out in the lobby; simply fill in the information and tell us a little about your testimony, then give the form to Pastor Mark or one of our elders. That’s it! There’s just something special about taking that step of commitment and marking Hope as ‘yours’!

Donna Grecco’s daughter (Charlene Counsellor) has an apartment available to rent as of December 1st. One bedroom, upper level, washer/dryer, attic storage and large deck. Heat, water, sewer included. $975/month. For more info, contact Charlene at 856-261-5289.

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.

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

Holding Onto Jesus,