Hope Notes 10/06/2019

November 6, 2019

     Whenever we change our clocks in the spring and fall, I can’t help but remember the time we had to go to Nevada to help my brother.  We stayed at a little hole in the wall motel called The Border Inn, because it was literally on the border of Nevada and Utah.  I can hear you thinking, “So what does this have to do with changing the clocks?”  Well, there is a one hour time difference between those two states.  So, every time we drove across the parking lot to get to the café, the clocks in our truck and phones would change to reflect the time zone difference.  And then again on our way back to our room.  Sometimes, just for ‘fun’, one of our phones would change but not the other.  And every time we had to schedule an appointment in Utah, we had to remember that they were an hour ahead of us.  So you had to factor that into your drive/arrival time.  Confused yet?  Not to mention that we were already reeling from the three hour difference coming from NJ!  We were so confused.  I had the brilliant idea to turn on the local news in order to check the time displayed at the bottom of the screen.  Unfortunately, we had no idea if the ‘local’ news was Utah or Nevada and the reception (out in the middle of nowhere) was so poor that we couldn’t even see the time display.  We couldn’t control the time zone situation.  We couldn’t control our misbehaving phones or truck clock.  We couldn’t control the lack of Wi-Fi, poor tv reception, or the fact that there was NO CLOCK in our motel room.  We were ultimately defeated by the time zone gods and simply gave up. However, it went from frustrating, to maddening, and then somehow became freeing!  It turned into a wonderful lesson in surrender.
     The dictionary defines surrender as ‘yielding to the power or possession of another, or to give oneself up’.  For a believer, surrender means giving up our own will and subjecting our thoughts, ideas, lives and hearts to God.  We willfully accept and yield ourselves to the Almighty.  I think that Galatians 2:20 says it best: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” We must put ourselves aside (die to self) in favor of His divine instructions.  When we surrender to God, we accept His plans for us.  We seek His guidance in all that we do.  We rely on Him, not ourselves.  James 4 gives us two key verses on what it means to surrender. Vs 7 says quite plainly “Submit yourselves to God…” and Vs 10 tells us to “Humble yourself before the Lord….” Surrendering involves submission and the humbling of our prideful hearts.   It also involves being able live sacrificially, putting our needs and wants aside in favor of what God has ordained for us. “Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24)
      These things are all tough to do, but they are the hallmark of being a believer.  It was easy for us to admit our defeat and totally give up on figuring out what time it actually was; not much was at stake.  Complete surrender to our Lord and Savior is much harder; our pride will often fight relentlessly against it.  However, although I do enjoy knowing exactly what time it is, I would MUCH rather know that God is holding every bit of my surrendered life in His hands.


SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE –  God in Our Weakness (Exodus 3:12-22)
 Some days you feel like you can take on the world. They may not come very often, but we’ve all known the feeling of excitement and energy where we believe that we can handle whatever life throws our way. But more often, we feel small in comparison to the challenges we face.   Moses was no different.  As God unfolds His calling for Moses, Moses has some questions.  But the good news is that God had great answers to His questions.  And those answers also apply to us today.  What we’ll find is that God will always ask you to do more than you can do.  And there’s a spiritually essential reason why…

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!

Join us for our study in the book of Ephesians.  This book 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.

“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.  I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.”

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!
Do you have room in your small group to include someone new?

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.  Currently studying ‘Finding Truth’ by Francis Chan. Contact:Dave Hallahan at dmhallahan5@gmail.comGOD’S GIRLS WOMEN’S GROUP – First & Third Mondays at 6:30 in the Youth Room
Come and join the women of Hope as we encourage and support each other.  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

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!  
HopeKids! Christmas Program practices have begun! Make sure to have your kids out each and every Sunday at the 9:00 and 11:00 services. Performances for toddlers/preschoolers will be Sunday, December 8th at both worship services. Performances for our K-5th Graders will be Sunday, December 22nd at the 9:00 and 11:00 services. Make sure to invite your family and friends!
We are still in need of a few volunteers to help us make this program a success! Contact Matt Russell if you are interested.

Thanks to all who took home our 200 shoe boxes!  (If you did not receive one of the free shoe boxes, you can use your own or pick one up at a Dollar Store.)  Extra labels are on the OCC table at Hope. Here’s how to make this easy & fun:  CHOOSE a boy or girl and the age category.  FILL WITH a quality ‘wow’ item, then add other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. PRAY for the child who will receive your gifts; you can include a personal note & photo.  If you’d like, you can donate your $9 per box shipping online and receive a tracking label to discover the destination of your shoebox.  https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/follow-your-box/
Finished shoeboxes are due back at Hope by Sunday, November 17th.

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING Sunday, December 1st (immediately following the 11:00 service)
All are welcome to attend, but partners are needed to vote! We have two important items on the docket: next year’s budget, and the decision to appoint Dave Hallahan as our assistant pastor. The budget will be posted this Sunday on the bulletin board at the back of the church for review, and copies will be available on the sign-up table. We will have ballots available for voting if you are unable to stay for the actual meeting.

CHRISTMAS CAFE Sunday, December 1st at 7:00 pm
We’re starting off the Christmas season at Hope with a cafe! If you’ve got a talent to share, sign-up in the lobby now! Prefer to sit back and be entertained? You can still help out by signing up to bring a dessert! Our cafes are always a great time of fun and fellowship.

LADIES CHRISTMAS PARTY Friday, December 6th at 6:30 pm
We’re so excited for the holidays and what better way to kick off the season than with a party!? All our ladies (post high-school and up) are invited! f you’re able to bring a treat to share, that would be great. We’ll be playing some fun games including a silly gift exchange; be sure to bring a wrapped gift ($5 – $10 price point) so you can join in! Feel free to invite friends or family – the more the merrier! Be sure to sign up in the lobby. If you have any questions, you can see or contact Dana Ott danaott@hopechristianfellowship.org

SAVE THE DATE!** Pre-K Christmas Program, Sunday December 8th at both services** Cantata, Friday December 13th at 7:00 pm, Sunday Dec 15th at both services** Elementary Kids Christmas Program, Sunday December 22nd at both services** Christmas Eve Services 4:30 & 6:00
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!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.  

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 ——Bob Kerr
Ushers 11:00 —–Tom Albright
Counters ———-Kathy Berry & Wendy Devereaux
Greeters ———–Rick Ayusa, Kathryn Messick, Kathy Repas, Helen Mastalski

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.

In the Process of Surrender,