Hope Notes 09/11/2019

September 11, 2019

DEAR FRIENDS OF HOPE ~

When we’re out driving, it’s not unusual for me to randomly shout “Quick can you stop the car?!”, then fling open the door, pull out my phone, and begin framing a ‘perfect shot’ of something. Anything. It could be a beautiful sky, or a reflection spotted on water (even a puddle!), or maybe an interesting grouping of trees. It’s something in my soul that I just can’t turn off. My eyes see things as photographs. How light dapples and sparkles; creates highlights and shadows. I’m unconsciously scanning the horizon for interesting shapes and layouts. I will run outside at any given moment if I catch a glimpse of an unusual sky. It pains me when I miss a great shot. When we have to drive past. (Dumb highways with no shoulder!) My hubby is a good sport (usually) and I have memories of him obliging my need to catch the sunset – racing down the road to get to the perfect spot in time, with both of us frantically watching the clock and the sky!
While I LOOK for photo opportunities, I SEEK the Lord. What’s the difference? Here’s what Dictionary.com says: To LOOK is to turn one’s eyes toward something or in some direction in order to see. Which is exactly what I do when I’m scouting out a potential photograph. To SEEK means to go in search of or quest of, to find or discover. And isn’t that what we do when we truly seek our God? We don’t just casually look for Him, we earnestly seek Him. And when we do…..we find Him! He doesn’t keep Himself hidden from us. He wants us to find Him, to know Him intimately. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) When we seek God to know Him more and to learn the right way to live, then we can have confidence that He will take care of everything that concerns us and meet all of our needs. “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:10)

SUNDAY MORNINGS
SERIES – FROM OUTSIDER TO INSIDER
One of our challenges as a church for this year has been to find a way to integrate newer or disconnected people into our family. This can be difficult for any number of reasons, but we believe that we have the power of God through the Holy Spirit in each of us to accomplish this work for God’s kingdom. We’re going to spend a few weeks talking about WHY and HOW we all can have a part at bringing outsiders in.

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE – Finding My Way In
Every person at Hope has a story. Whether this is your first week or you’ve been here for years, we all start as ‘outsiders’. While there are some personalities that are not bothered by this reality, most people find it uncomfortable and challenging. We’re going to hear from several Hopers this morning who will share their stories of finding their way ‘in’. The Lord can use the experiences of others to challenge and teach us, and we’re praying that the Lord will use their courage and transparency to help us become exponentially better at bringing outsiders in.

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 and on YouTube “Hope Christian Fellowship”.
SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER TIME – 8:30 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!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH
WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY 7:00 – 8:15
Join us for our study in the book of Ephesians. The Book of Ephesians is a beautiful revelation of the Church and the spiritual blessings we have in Christ Jesus. Paul explains the mystery of the church and gives practical insight into living as believers.
SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE VERSE – James 2:8-9a
“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin…”

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

OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP
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. Next series is ‘Black & White’ – starting in September! Contact:Dave Hallahan at dmhallahan5@gmail.com.

GOD’S GIRLS WOMEN’S GROUP – First & Third Mondays at 6:30 in the Youth Room
Come join us as the women of Hope begin their new season on Monday, September 16, at 6:30. We will be holding a Celebration of our Roots – a time to share the story of God’s Girls at Hope, to celebrate the past and look to the future. It will be a special time of celebration, and all women are welcome to attend. 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.

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

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
HOPE’S ONLINE DIRECTORY
Help us grow this vital resource that keeps our church family connected! You can update your information and photo at any time. Access the directory online or on the mobile app. Contact directory members directly from the site. You have individual usernames and passwords so that your information is secure. It’s so easy and convenient! Be part of this by registering your basic infomation at: hopechristianfellowship.org/directory. Contact Emily with any questions at emilydilorenzo@hopechristianfellowship.org.

HELP WANTED FOR GO ZONE AV TEAM
The GoZone! is looking for additional AV team members. No prior technical experience required; one Sunday per month scheduling. Please contact Brittany (bleybe@gmail.com) if you are interested or have any questions!

HELP WANTED FOR PRE-SERVICE CHECK TEAM
Our Building Team is looking for a few volunteers to join up with our Pre-Service Check Team. We take a quick run through the building looking for trash, making sure lights are working, etc. We like to make sure Hope is putting our best face forward for those attending! For more information, see Mike Hartwell or contact him at mhredeemed@gmail.com

HELP WANTED FOR YOUTH GROUP CHAIR BREAKDOWN
Want a quick and easy way to serve? Our Youth Pastor Dave is looking for some volunteers to stick around after the 11:00 service and help take down about half the chairs in order to get the auditorium ready for Youth Group. Should only take about 15 minutes of your time. See Mike Hartwell or contact him at mhredeemed@gmail.com.

SMALL GROUPS
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. Our first Small Group Study Sheets will be out on Sunday, September 15th. 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!

TRUNK OR TREAT SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, October 26th from 3:00-5:00 with a rain date on October 27th. Stay tuned for details!

BAPTISM SERVICE Wednesday, October 16th @ 7:00 pm
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, Pastors Matt and Dave will be leading a series of classes to help you understand. Classes will be held Wednesday October 2nd & 9th at 7:00. Sign-up in the lobby today!

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR You Tube CHANNEL!
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.

PRAYER WALL
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 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 SERVANTS
Ushers 9:00 ——Nick DellaRova
Ushers 11:00 —–Damon Briggs
Counters ———-Kathy Berry and Wendy Devereaux
Greeters ———–Irene Riddell, Pat Keith, Charlotte Zediker, Jeanne Wurst

HOPE’S 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.

Seeking His Face,

Lois