Hope Notes 2/20/19 + IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

February 20, 2019

Bible Study is cancelled tonight due to inclement weather. Although it’s disappointing to miss a meeting, you can always use tonight to catch up on a sermon or other Wednesday night study you might have missed by watching our YouTube channel or listening to a Podcast! Stay safe and warm and we’ll see you Sunday!

Dear Hope Friends,
This past Sunday we had our Worship Service. A service packed with praise, designed to help us focus on giving our Lord the worship He alone deserves. It was a morning that just opened the floodgates, allowing praise and worship to flow from grateful hearts. All around the auditorium hands were lifted high, like children reaching up to their Father. I love worshiping God, especially through music. But we can worship Him in all sorts of ways. It’s a condition of our hearts; a willingness to acknowledge His supremacy and yield to His will. Romans 12:1-2 says it best: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.” I think that pretty much covers every thought and every action we have! John Piper put it his way, “In the New Testament, perhaps to our amazement, is an utterly stunning degree of indifference to worship as an outward ritual, and an utterly radical intensification of worship as an inward experience of the heart.” We could say that worship is a verbalization of love and gratitude, of awe and wonder, of praise and prayer. These things should manifest themselves in our daily lives, not just while we are singing at a Sunday morning church service. More than just the words of a song, worship becomes the very words of our hearts towards God. We are called to worship Him. “Honor the LORD for the glory of his name. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.” (Psalm 29:2) So let us remember to give our King the worship He alone deserves. “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” (Psalm 95:6)

SUNDAY MORNINGS
SERMON ON THE MOUNT SERIES
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 – Do Not Worry (Matthew 6:25-34)
Back in the 80s, a very popular song suggested “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. The catchy tune coupled with a very simple formula for a carefree life was quite appealing. But it did seem to oversimplify the process of letting go of worry. For many of us, worry is a constant companion. We don’t want harm to come to the people we love. We don’t want to lose what is important to us. So we are drawn into worry. But in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives us pretty clear instruction that we are not to worry. How is that even possible? Jesus gives some logic and a few examples to help us let go of anxiety, and instead to trust our Creator and Savior in such a way that our lives are free from the slavery of worry!
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
FEBRUARY CHALLENGE VERSE – Ephesians 4:22-24
“You were taught with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

CHURCH CHALLENGE
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!
February – Meaningful Integration
How can you use how God made you to help people feel like they are truly a part of our Hope family?

BIBLE READING PLANS FOR 2019
We have resources to help you stay committed to reading. 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.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY @ 7:00 – 8:15 pm .
Come join us for this study on the book of Ephesians. It’s a good mid-week boost for our spiritual growth. If you are unable to make it out, you can watch our live stream on Facebook!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP
SMALL GROUPS
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.

YOUNG ADULTS SKI TRIP – February 24th – This Sunday
We’re heading to Blue Mountain! Ski Rental and Lift Ticket are only a combined $70! We’ll stop for food on the way up. Please let Dave Hallahan know if you’re interested or if you have any questions (dave@hopechristianfellowship.org).

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.

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!

MIDDLE SCHOOL GROW GROUPS – Sundays @ 9:00 following worship
All 6-8th graders are invited to join us for an 8-week class where we’ll explore what we believe and why we believe it.

COMING SOON IN 2019
30 Hour Famine (March 22-23)
Be sure to follow on Facebook (Rooted – HCF Youth Group) and Instagram (@hcf_rooted) for updates!

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!

HOPE ANNOUNCEMENTS
MADE TO PARENT – FREE Parenting Conference March 9th from 9:00-2:30
Parenting is one of the most important roles you have been given by God. With that comes a lot of weight, responsibility, and if we’re honest, self-doubt. BUT it doesn’t have to be that way! God has called you to this and he has given you all the tools necessary to raise your children! Join us as for this FREE one day conference where Pastor Mark, Dana, Matt and Dave will share from their experience both as parents and from working with children to pull out some principles that will help you step into the role God has for you. Register online to be qualified for giveaways, breakfast and lunch provided: hopechristianfellowship.org/parenting. Deadline to register is March 3rd. For more details and a schedule of the day, visit our Facebook Event!

SPRING CAFE` Sunday, March 24th @ 7:00 pm
Ready for a fun night of entertainment, fellowship, and food? Sign up if you’d like to share your talent with us and also to bring a snack to share. Look for signup sheets in the lobby. Contact Kim Biglin with any questions: Kimmi_b@comcast.net.

BAPTISM CLASSES
If you are interested in being baptized, Pastor Mark will be holding classes on March 17th & 24th after the second service. The baptism service will be Sunday, March 31st @ 7:00 pm. Please sign up so that we can get an idea of how many are interested. Signup sheets are in the lobby.

EASTER CHOIR
Calling all Singers! We’re excited to invite you to be part of an Easter choir for 2019! We will be performing “The Story-The Musical” which is based on the book by Max Lucado with music written by Nichole Nordemann. It’s not just a Resurrection story, it’s the bigger, beautiful, miraculous story of God’s redemptive plan from Genesis to Revelation. Choir practices will begin on Wednesday, February 27 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm and run for 8 weeks. The performance dates will be Good Friday (April 19th) and Easter Sunday (April 21st) at both services. Sign up sheet is in the lobby. See Dana Ott with any questions or for more information!
CHOICES OF THE HEART – Due This Sunday!
This is the final week to return your Choices of the Heart baby bottles. If you still have one to return and forgot it, please leave it at the rear of the sanctuary by the sound team or give to any Deacon or Elder. It’s NEVER too late! The babies whose lives were saved and helped by your generosity thank you! A total received will be announced in a few weeks.

UPCOMING EVENTS – MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Lots of fun stuff coming up for Hopers!
Ladies Tea – May 18th
Craft Fair – June 1st
VBS – July 22nd thru 26th

HOPE SHARE ON FACEBOOK
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!

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
Ushers 9:00 ——Joe Sambucci
Ushers 11:00 —–Damon Briggs
Counters ———-Mike & Lois Hartwell
Greeters ———–Ken Blythe, Karen Hosey, Ellen Boales, 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.

HOPE’S PRAYER NEEDS
** 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 Alone is Worthy,
Lois