Hope Notes 08/14/2019

August 14, 2019

Dear Hope Friends,

DISCLAIMER: I did not intend to dovetail Mark’s message from Sunday; these events just happened and I felt compelled to write about them. But then again, in God’s plan there are no coincidences……….am I right?!
I went to last night’s deacon meeting expecting the usual mixture of laughter, prayer, and church business. What I didn’t expect to get was a full blown ‘church/prayer meeting’ experience! It was one of those nights where the Holy Spirit just took over as prayer requests were spoken. Hearts were poured out, tears shed, and comfort given as one person after another shared their deepest fears and sorrows. We spoke about how this monthly gathering of deacons is not only a group of people who do the Lord’s work at Hope, but a group who are also family in Christ. Our meetings are not just about ‘business’; they are a safe place to bare our souls. When we’re working side by side with other people, a bond inevitably forms. This was part of God’s plan for how the church is supposed to work. That’s why (Hebrews 10:24-25) instructs us to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together… but encouraging one another.” This is just one of the unexpected blessings of serving. I’ve watched our deacons grow closer as a group, forming closer relationships which ultimately leads to the kind of trust needed to feel comfortable letting your guard down and voicing those ‘unspeakable’ fears.
I would encourage anyone who hasn’t taken that step of faith to reach outside their comfort zone and begin serving to do so. I promise you will get more than you give. Do you think you aren’t equipped with the necessary skills to serve? The reality is the Lord doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called. What about Moses? He didn’t think he was a leader or a speaker, but God used Moses to bring Israel out of slavery! How about David? He was the youngest of all his brothers, but God used him to defeat a giant and eventually made him king! So you can take cross fear right off the board. Serving will bring you unexpected blessings, new relationships, and a deeper understanding of the purpose God has for you in His Kingdom. Serving definitely helps you to grow in your walk with the Lord. God doesn’t just want to work through you, He wants to work in you. “Obey the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. Remember the great things he has done for you.” (1 Samuel 12:24)

One of our big goals as a church family for 2019 is to take a step forward in Sharing Jesus. This is a challenge for us as a church to increase our intention and skill level in reflecting Jesus. And it is also a personal challenge to each of us to grow in our calling as witnesses. So we’ll take a few weeks and talk through several ideas that can help us. There is no more directly eternal purpose to our everyday existence than telling people who don’t know Jesus how they can know Him. Of course, the Enemy would love for us to hide our light, but Jesus told us to put it on a hill. Let’s get better at Sharing Jesus together!

Here at Hope we believe that our key mission is to share God’s redeeming work with everyone we can. We do this with everyone God has conveniently placed into our lives – family members, co-workers, and church family. But we also want to be sensitive to when God is calling us out of our normal circles to minister to those we would not normally interact with. Enter Kid’s Alley. As a church we have supported this ministry focused on the young people of Camden, NJ. Come this morning as we hear from President and CEO, Brenda Hallahan, about all that God is doing in Kid’s Alley and how the Spirit is inviting you to participate in this ministry of reconciliation.

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 and on YouTube “Hope Christian Fellowship”.
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!

Bible Study will be on hiatus for the summer.

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.”

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!
August – Share Jesus
Pray for God to use you to invite people to Hope.

YOUNG ADULTS – First & Third Tuesdays @ 7:00 in Youth Room
Come join us for food and fellowship and study Open to anyone who has graduated high school up through their twenties. 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!
Follow us on Social Media: Twitter and Instagram – @hcf_hopeyouth and Facebook.com/hcfhopeyouth

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!

SEEDS OF HOPE DONATIONS – This Sunday, August 18th
We love what Seeds of Hope ministries does in our local community. Help us partner with them by bringing in new underwear, socks, sports bras, etc. to church this Sunday. Bins will be at the entrances of the building!

For the month of July, we averaged $7967 per week, bringing our annual average weekly giving down to $9230. Our overall average remains above our annual target of $8500 per week, even though July wound up below this target. While summer is understandably scattered, we all need to be faithful in our support of Hope – especially since some of our biggest outreach happens in the summer!
Also, for our special building project, our progress has slowed. We have now received a totally of $51,870 towards our target of $65,000. We need to find a way to see the remaining money come in so we can finish the important HVAC projects and have our building environments at full function and efficiency. Please prayerfully consider what the Lord would enable you to give towards this project!

The Kids Alley Learning Center is hiring two lead staff for the following age groups, K- 2nd grade students and 6th – 8th grade students. The Learning Center is an after school program for children from Camden and Woodlynne. Your role as a lead staff person for your classroom is to assist children with homework, provide educational enrichment, monitor the child’s progress throughout the year and provide necessary support where we are able.
This position requires you to oversee the volunteers in your classroom as well to ensure that every child is being helped. You will be responsible to maintain a safe, pleasant atmosphere in the classroom as well as the discipline of your students. We are a faith based program which seeks to build Strong Hearts, Strong Minds, and Strong Bodies.
Hours: Monday through Friday 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Hourly Rate: $12.00 – $13.00 an hour
Contact: 856-546-1098 or email: learning.center@kidsalley.org

FALL CAFE / ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Sunday, September 1st @ 7:00
We’re getting ready to kick off fall with our much enjoyed Ice Cream Social Cafe! This is a great time to share your talent with fellow Hopers; it’s always a fun time! Don’t be shy – we’re an easy audience! Sign up sheets are in the lobby.
Contact Kimmi Biglin at kimmi_b@comcast.net with any questions.

It can be hard to make good relational connections on a busy Sunday morning. Small Groups is a more intimate setting that allows for deeper relationships to form. In order to get a jump on beginning, take the month of August to consider who you might like to have in a small group, or to find a small group to plug into! If you need help connecting or have questions about how we do Small Groups here at Hope, see Dave Hallahan, Damon Briggs, or Chick Dougherty!

Our Missons Team will be serving breakfast with Seeds of Hope Ministries and would love to have as many Hopers join them as possible! The event is Saturday, September 7th, at 8:15 am at the Volunteers of America, 271 Atlantic Ave. Camden, NJ 08104
Anyone interested please sign up in the lobby. All volunteers are welcomed to bring seasonal clothing or toiletry donations the morning of as well. For additional information please reach out to Stacy Reid at 856-294-7324 or http://sreid0905@gmail.com.

BAPTISM SERVICE – Wednesday, October 16th
Baptism is an important event in the believer’s walk with Jesus Christ. The Bible talks about water immersion baptism in which a believer makes a public confession of their faith. Has God been prompting you to take this step? If you are wondering what it means to be baptized in the Christian faith, Pastor Mark will be leading a series of classes to help you understand. Watch for dates for classes to be announced soon!

Interested in joining our men’s bowling league? Doesn’t matter if you’re experienced or have never bowled before! We want you to join us! Sign-up in the lobby or contact Bruce Clark at http://brucec77@verizon.net for more info.

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.

Ushers 9:00 ——Mike Hartwell
Ushers 11:00 —-Tom Albright
Counters ———-LaTosha Briggs, Melissa McGinness
Greeters ———–Susan DiPilla, Karen Hosey, Linda Villanova, Karl Miller

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.

His Servant,