Hope Notes 05/22/2019

May 22, 2019

Dear Hope Friends,

The other day, as I was roaming up and down the grocery aisles searching for the desired items to place in my cart, a random thought popped into my mind. “I’m a hunter gatherer! Just like the way our ancient male ancestors are often described.” Of course, I’m not out with my caveman club searching for prehistoric wild beasts to bring home; I’m looking for the right brand of honey or selecting the best piece of fruit. And then a second thought occurred to me – our God is a hunter gatherer. He hunts us down. He is actively searching for us. We cannot hide from Him. Psalm 139 speaks to this. In verse 7 David asks, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” There is nowhere we can take cover where God cannot find us. Nor will He ever give up hunting for us. I take this as great comfort; some may find it slightly alarming! The message that God is searching for us couldn’t be any clearer than in Luke 10:10 where Jesus Himself says, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Ezekial 34:11 affirms, “For this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘Behold, I Myself will search for My flock and seek them out.” When He ‘finds’ us, we are assured that His goodness and mercy will always be with us. “Surely your goodness and faithfulness will follow*pursue* me all my days, and I will live in the LORD’s house for the rest of my life.” (Psalm 23:6) Note: *The Hebrew word for ‘follow’ is ‘radaph’ which means, “To pursue, to run after, to chase” or literally, “to hunt you down”.* Pretty cool, isn’t it? I surely don’t mind knowing that God’s mercy will pursue me for the rest of my life!
Once God has found us, what does He do? He gathers us together. “I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply….(Jeremiah 23:3-4) How about this promise in Mark 13:27 – “And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven.” One day we (believers) will all be gathered together for eternity with our Lord. What a glorious promise to come! Until then, we gather together at church, Bible studies, small groups and other fellowship events. So, I hope you are encouraged knowing that God isn’t hunting down some prehistoric beast, or searching for the perfect piece of fruit, He is pursuing His beloved children, desiring to gather them all together.

Why We Worship – A series on the depth behind our singing together in church.
Each week we get together as a church and sing. In fact, churches all around the world get together every Sunday and do the same thing. But do you know why this is virtually a universal part of church? We even see worship singing in heaven! Why is this such a big deal? And what do you miss when you don’t show up? In the next few weeks, we’ll see how much worship means and why it is an indispensable part of your Christian life. Hopefully, when we’re through, we’ll all value showing up at church to worship together more than ever before.

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE – To Fix Our Hope (Hebrews 6:18-19 / John 14:6 / Matthew 13:44-46 / Psalm 73:1-2, 25-26)
If you’ve ever been at a public pool, you’ve probably seen a sign that warns against running near the pool. Of course, this is common sense because a wet surface can be quite slippery and pose great danger if a person is not careful. The idea of losing your footing is exactly why we worship. The world around us can pose many hazards to our spiritual footing. We’ve all experienced how the trials of life can cause us to slip and fall in our faith – to lose our grip on our powerful and eternal hope. Worship is a time when we recognize both our human vulnerability to slip, and a time when we intentionally re-grip our hope. We’ll take a look at some of the concepts in Scripture that teach us how important worship is to our hope!

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 1st & 2nd Grade classroom 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!

MAY CHALLENGE VERSE – Ephesians 4:26-27
In your anger, do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. And do not give the devil a foothold.

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!
Pray with us that the Lord will abundantly provide for our church’s present and future financial needs.

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!
Please Note: While our regular Bible study is on hiatus during the month of June, we are offering the following Workshop Wednesday classes. Take some time to peruse the topics and then sign up for one of the classes on the sheets provided in the lobby.

Grief: God’s Help in Times of Sorrow
Led by Nancy Reeves
This study will help one in the difficult journey of grieving a loss, whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a marriage, a job or a home. Each study is dedicated to an emotion common to the grieving process: denial, fear, anger, guilt, sadness, hope, faith, acceptance and praise. The Psalm for each lesson deals with the same emotion and helps us understand God’s role and power in our healing.

The Art of Neighboring
Led by Dave Hallahan
When Jesus was asked to sum up everything into one command, he said to love God with everything we have and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Most of us have turned this simple idea of loving our neighbors into a nice saying, but going on with our lives without actually putting it into practice. What would happen if every follower of Jesus took the Great Commandment literally? Is it possible that the solution to our society’s biggest issues has been right under our noses for the past two thousand years?

“Overcomer” by David Jeremiah
Led by Mike Hartwell
In John 16:33 Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” How do we respond to the troubles of this world? We can either concede defeat or live in the victory God has promised. In Overcomer, Dr. Jeremiah uses Ephesians 6 to lay out a pathway for spiritual victory. He shows us eight ways to live a life of unstoppable strength, unmovable faith, and unbelievable power.

Hearing God Speak Through Nature
Led by Deb McCarson
We know that the heavens declare the glory of God, and we see His attributes every day through His creation. In this workshop, we will investigate scripture that shows it is God’s intention to speak to us specifically through His creation. Using prompts from nature, we will participate in activities that encourage reflection and allow us to practice hearing God’s voice in a very personal way.

“When the Enemy Strikes” by Charles Stanley
Led by Ryan Winstel
Fear, discouragement, loneliness, anger and temptation are human struggles we all endure at some point in our life. Sometimes these can come from an enemy that we can not defeat on our own. But thankfully, God has provided us a way to win this battle through reliance on Him and protection through His strength and His Word. Let’s seek out Scripture and how it reveals our responses to these threats.

YOUNG ADULTS – First & Third Tuesdays @ 7:30 in Youth Room
Open to anyone who has graduated high school through twenties. Contact Dave Hallahan at dmhallahan5@gmail.com.
Please Note: We are on hiatus through May.

Young Adults is restarting in June and we have a new format to kick-off the summer! We’ll be starting at 7:00 and have an hour of food, fellowship, and games before getting into our new series on “Adulting.” Our first meeting on June 4th we’ll be having a pizza showdown! We’re ordering pies from all the local pizzerias and then voting to see who is pizza king! Make sure to bring a friend and come ready to chow down and have some fun.

HOPE’S YOUNG ADULT BBQ – Monday, May 27th @ 4:00 pm -This Monday!
Join us for our annual Memorial Day BBQ! This year we’ll be enjoying our food and fun at the Ott’s House! Feel free to bring your favorite yard game. Open to high school seniors graduating this June. Any questions contact 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.

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!
Follow us on Social Media: Twitter and Instagram – @hcf_hopeyouth and Facebook.com/hcfhopeyouth

First Ever Hope Youth Week (July 1-5)
Delanco Camp (JULY 14-21)

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!

VBS will be here before you know it! – July 22nd thru 26th

If you want to be part of a WILD EPIC African adventure, then WE NEED YOU! This years VBS, ROAR! is all about how life is sometimes wild, but God is always good! We need plenty of volunteers who are willing to spend the week pouring into the kids and teaching them Biblical Truth! Please fill out a volunteer registration form and return to Matt Russell by June 10th.

Are you suffering from post-abortion trauma? The HEART program at Choices of the Heart (Healing Effects of Abortion Related Trauma) has set the dates for their sessions designed to help bring healing. These sessions will be on Fridays, July 12th – 23rd from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Participants will need to complete a mandatory pre-registration interview PRIOR to June 5th by calling for an appointment 856-374-2445.

CRAFT FAIR Saturday, June 1st 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Our Craft Fair is almost upon us! We want to do our best job at getting the information out to the community, so we are asking our Hopers to do their part! Here are the ways you can help: Grab a sign for your lawn. Hand out flyers. And finally, PLEASE SHARE the event on Facebook! We don’t want anyone to miss out!

Lauren Miller and Pat Keith are organizing a ‘Need Prayer?’ booth for our Craft Fair (June 1st). We’d love to have some fellow HOPERS join us and pray with folks who need prayer. Can you volunteer to man the booth for a while that day? Whether you only have 30 minutes to spare or if you can stay longer, we hope you’ll help us to BLESS OTHERS that day. Please sign up in the lobby or contact Lauren Miller at lmlauren.miller@gmail.com.

If you enrolled in our new online directory, you should have received an access email with your username, temporary password, and login instructions. Be sure to update your information and upload a family photo! Also download the mobile app so you can easily access our directory at anytime! If you have any questions, email Emily DiLorenzo at emilydilorenzo@hopechristianfellowship.org. If you missed the deadline to enroll but would still like to be included, email your contact information to Emily and she will get you set-up!

We post all of our Sunday morning messages as well as Wednesday night bible studies on our YouTube channel. It’s a great place to catch up on a lesson you might have missed. Subscribe to our channel, Hope Christian Fellowship, and never miss a video! You can even set-up notifications for when we post new content! If you’re interested in helping our video ministry, contact Charlie Peterson at cajapeterson2@gmail.com.

Have you seen our new Prayer Wall in the coffee room? Be sure to check it out and pick up a prayer request, leave your own, or both! Requests can be anonymous or leave your name, whatever you feel comfortable with. Take and leave as many as you’d like! This is a great way to connect to each other and bear one another’s burdens.
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.

Who sets up (and takes down) all those tables, chairs, etc. when we have a special event? Our Setup Team, of course! They could really use a few extra hands. If you’d like to help out, contact Ken Blythe at http://kblythe99@gmail.com.

We have been blessed with an abundance of babies, but with more little ones than ever, we need more nursery workers! If you are interested in volunteering for the 9:00 service, please contact Matt Russell as soon as possible. Thanks!

Ushers 9:00 ——Bob Kerr
Ushers 11:00 —–Tom Albright
Counters ———-LaTosha Briggs, Barb Frazeur
Greeters ———–Rick Ayusa, Paul Rochat, Helen Mastalski, Susan DePilla

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.

Lost, Sought, and Found!