Hope Notes 11/13/2019

November 13, 2019
DEAR FRIENDS OF HOPE ~
Have you noticed the lack of silence in this world?  We went out to eat and wound up barely talking because we couldn’t hear ourselves over the ‘atmospheric music’ playing.  We were strolling through a cute little outside shopping area and there was music playing.  I understand that indoor malls play music constantly, but this was outside! In nature!  We went into one of the stores and the music was so loud and jittery we actually left.  Who could enjoy browsing while listening to that racket?! (I know……I sound like an old person now.)  It’s no wonder our favorite places to go are found in God’s creation.  Quiet walks deep in the woods or along a body of water.  We like peaceful, secluded places.  Sometimes we feel like oddballs because lots of folks prefer some hustle bustle and the excitement of crowds, along with the energy and noise that goes along with it. That’s just not for us!  (I’m really sounding old now!)  It’s really hard in today’s world to “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)  Jesus knew the value of silence.  He often retreated to a place of solitude and silence to pray.  He called His disciples to do the same. “ [Jesus] said to [his disciples], ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” (Mark 6:31-32)  Since the world we venture into every day is so loud, it’s more important than ever to find a way or a place to listen to God’s voice in silence.  If we remember Elijah in 1 Kings 19, he did not hear God in the wind, or the earthquake, or the fire.  But as a ‘still small voice’ (vs 12).  We can’t expect to hear God when we are constantly surround by noise.  I love what Scripture says in Habakkuk 2:20 – “But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.” Could you imagine that??  I know the entire earth will never fall silent, but I sure would love it if just a few restaurants or stores would!  We recently walked into a store just after they opened.  No one had turned on the music yet.  Oh it was heavenly!  Then suddenly the sound of some jazzy, upbeat tune filled the air.  And….you guessed it……….we turned and ran!

SUNDAY MORNINGS   
FROM BONDAGE TO FREEDOM –  A STUDY THROUGH EXODUS

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE –  God’s Help (Exodus 4:1-17)
Have you ever asked for God’s help?  At a moment like that, you knew that only divine power could address your need. And yet many times, we think God did not answer our cry.  What if we are thinking about God’s help all wrong? As Moses begins the work that will eventually result in the freedom of all Israel from slavery, God begins to show Moses how He will help. God takes normal, seemingly powerless things and turns them into examples of His power and help. We need to hear the same lesson God was teaching Moses in this interaction.  We need God’s power, and He will help us see that His power is not limited by what we think we can do, or by what we think is possible!

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.  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.NOVEMBER CHALLENGE VERSE –  Psalm 89:1-2
“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.”

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!
November
Pray for the Lord to help us find ways to show people how they can deeply ‘belong’ at Hope.  

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.  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

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!  
HOPEKIDS CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
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.

HOPE ANNOUNCEMENTS CHRISTMAS DECORATING Saturday, November 30th 9:00 am
It’s time for us to reach out and ask for some help from our Christmas Elves!  Decorating Hope is always a fun way to kick off the start of all our Christmas activities!  You can count on lots of friendly fellowship while making our church look festive.  Contact Deb Caranci with any questions: debcaranci@gmail.com

OCTOBER GIVING REPORT 
For the month of October, we averaged $7669 per week, bringing our annual weekly average down to $8996.  This is the first time our annual average has been under $9000 per week since February.  We’re praying to regain our stride in giving over the last two months of 2019.
For our HVAC projects giving, we have received a total of $56,620 towards our ultimate goal of $65,000.  The Lord has been faithful to provide for these projects over the past two years, and we’re confident He will provide through the generosity and sacrifice of Hopers!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOE BOXES 
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/ 
Please Note:  In order to make sure as many children as possible receive boxes, we are extending the final deadline to Sunday, November 24th.  If you haven’t gotten a box yet, you still have one last chance!  We will NOT be accepting any completed boxes any later than immediately after the end of the 11:00 service.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 is posted on the bulletin board at the back of the church for review, and copies are available on the sign-up table.   In order to expedite our meeting, we ask that you present any questions you may have regarding the budget to one of our elders sometime before the meeting. 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
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 ——Joe Sambucci
Ushers 11:00 —–Dan Rozinski
Counters ———-Kathy Berry & Wendy Devereaux
Greeters ———–Rick Ayusa, Kathryn Messick, Kathy Repas, Helen Mastalski

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.

Be Still,
Lois