Hope Notes 1/9/19

January 9, 2019

Dear Hope Friends,

A couple days ago I went to Walmart to pick up my online grocery order. (Side Note: This is a glorious lifesaver for anyone who has to limit their walking around, or anyone who simply doesn’t have time!) Anyway, the woman came out to tell me she couldn’t find my order; was it possible I was at the wrong Walmart? Hahaha, not only was it POSSSIBLE, I’d done it before! I sheepishly admitted my mistake. It could have ended there, with me slinking off the drive to the correct Walmart. Instead, something magical happened. She began to tell me that she believed I was a Christian because of the music I always had playing when she was loading up my groceries. We confirmed that we were sisters-in-Christ and then she began relaying the sad story of what was happening in her life. She poured out her heart to this relatively complete stranger. We’ve mostly only ever had polite chit chat over the past year. But God knew she needed to share her stress and her sorrow with a sister. She spoke. I listened. We shared Scripture. She claimed her faith. Had I gone to the correct Walmart, this God appointed meeting would not have happened. One of my most common morning prayers is for God to be in charge of my day; to arrange it HIS way. I had my plan (or so I thought), and this blunder of appearing at the wrong store was not part of it! “The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) There are no coincidences in God’s world, my friends. He is constantly at work behind the scenes in ways we cannot begin to imagine. Perhaps God has a divine appointment for YOU today. When your plans go awry, stop and ask yourself if maybe this is just God’s way of directing your steps towards a path you need to walk on or a person you need to love on.

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 – Trust His Heart (Matthew 6:7-10) The Lord’s Prayer, Part One
Praying is one of the most basic parts of being a Christian. When you’re first a believer, you might feel like you don’t know how to pray ‘correctly’. While prayer is actually not that complicated, it had gotten very twisted up in Jesus’ time. So Jesus takes the opportunity while speaking to a crowd on a hillside, and teaches them how to pray. Some people today may be surprised to learn that the introduction to this prayer seems to strongly recommend against saying this (or any prayer) over and over again. But we can learn so much from what Jesus says in His teaching. So we’ll be taking the next three weeks to sort through and learn all that we can from the “Lord’s Prayer.”
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!

“Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.”

Each month we’ll focus on one of our church goals for 2019 and have a weekly challenge to help us achieve it! Let’s ask the Lord to work through us this year!
January – Share Jesus
Who can you invite out to Hope?

One of the most important things we can do in our relationship with God is to read His word. And yet, we often feel overwhelmed or don’t know where to start! The new year is a great time to set a bible reading goal and we have some resources to help! Check out the sign-up table for our bible reading plans. One plan will guide you to read through the New Testament in a year reading about a chapter per day, while the other plan is more of an overview of the entire bible in a year, reading about 15 verses a day. You can also download the PDFs on our website under the “Resources” drop-down.

PLEASE NOTE: Bible Study resumes TONIGHT – Wednesday, January 9th
We will be studying the book of Ephesians and will resume live streaming on Facebook!

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 – First & Third Tuesdays @ 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.
Please Note: We are on hiatus until January 15th.

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!

Rooted Youth Game Night (1/19)
High School Poconos Trip (1/25-27)
Middle School Grow Groups (SUNDAY MORNINGS in FEBRUARY)
Parents vs Youth Night (2/10)
Be sure to follow on Facebook (Rooted – HCF Youth Group) and Instagram (@hcf_rooted) for updates!

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!

For the month of December, we averaged $8551 per week, bringing our final average for 2018 to $8141 per week. We finished above our target for the year of $7950. Our new target for 2019 is $8500 per week, so we have a challenge in front of us, but we know that the Lord will provide through His people. Let’s lift this in prayer as we begin the New Year.
Also, for our HVAC Projects, we have now raised $41,703 pulling us closer to our goal of $65,000. We’re praying that we can raise the rest of this money in 2019 so all of our needed repairs to our HVAC systems can be done.

Love to read but not sure what? Made a resolution to read more? We’ll read a book a month and then meet the first Saturday of the month to discuss that book. Most of the books will be in the Christian non-fiction category and will encourage you to grow in your faith. If this seems like a great fit for you, sign up in the lobby. Any questions contact Dave Hallahan. For February we’ll be reading Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus Into the Everyday Stuff of Life by Jeff Vanderstelt. Note: readers are responsible for their books.

We’re hosting another FPU series – perfect for the new year! Classes begin January 29th and run through March 26th on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm. The first night is a FREE preview night! David Ramsey is now offering two types of memberships. The first is a yearly membership which is $109 and a monthly membership which is $69. Further details can be found at financialpeace.lpages.co/fpu-updates-overview/ To sign-up directly, visit: https://fpu.com/1081295. There is also a sign-up sheet in the church lobby. Any questions, contact Jess St. Petery at j.st.petery@gmail.com.

JOB FAIR Sunday, January 27th
We will be hosting our annual Job Fair after BOTH services. This is a great time to explore the many different opportunities we have for you to plug into a ministry. There are so many different areas of service to choose from! Start praying now for God’s direction as to where you might best serve. Be sure to stick around and see what it’s all about!

CHURCH BOWLING Sunday January 27th
You won’t want to miss this favorite Hoper’s Event so be sure to mark your calendars now! More details to follow………

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 ——Joe Sambucci
Ushers 11:00 —–Damon Briggs
Counters ———-LaTosha Briggs, Melissa McGinness
Greeters ———–Deb Davis, Sharon Sambucci, Jane Hanuszcyzk

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.

** That the Lord would help us effectively integrate new folks so they will easily and quickly feel like they are fully connected at Hope.
** That God would lead us to the right man for the future Assistant Pastor position and provide the necessary weekly giving growth to add him to staff.

He is Faithful,