Hope Notes 11/27/2019

November 27, 2019

DEAR FRIENDS OF HOPE ~
     Thanksgiving week our thoughts naturally turn toward thankfulness.  Social media is filled with people listing things they are grateful for.  This is all well and good.  I’m all in favor.  I wish this attitude would continue year round, but I’ll take what I can get!  The one thing I want us to be careful of is this:  Making sure that we do not put so much focus on our blessings that we lose sight of the One who blesses.  If we intentionally recognize every good thing we see, hear, and hope for as coming from our generous heavenly Father, we can’t help but stay focused on Him.  “Every good present and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father who made the sun, moon, and stars.” (James 1:17)
      When asked about our blessings, our thoughts often go to the material and physical benefits like houses, jobs, family, and health.  I know it’s easier for me to list those things out (I always include my church and church family!) than it is for me to chronicle all the spiritual gifts I have received.  Because they are mostly intangible or occurred long ago, I don’t always think to include them.  But there are even greater spiritual blessings we may not have considered.  Every single good thing from God that comes to us in salvation should fill our hearts and minds with gratitude and praise.  How about this one?  He loves us! Unconditionally.  Eternally.  “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (1Chronicles 16:34)  He gives us His perfect peace. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)  We are sealed by the Holy Spirit.  Forever secure. “When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit…”(Ephesians 1:13) He gave us eternal life through the death of His Son. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
      This Thanksgiving season, let us remember ALL our blessings, but most importantly, let us remember the One who blesses. “Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.”  (Psalm 107:8)

SUNDAY MORNINGS   
FROM BONDAGE TO FREEDOM –  A STUDY THROUGH EXODUS

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE – Stretching Your Faith (Exodus 4:18-31)
Hero stories are some of the most compelling that we ever take in.  In today’s storytelling, the soon-to-be-hero is often unaware that they will become the one to save the day.  Or they are full of doubt and personal weakness, making their heroics all the more miraculous.  One of the great hero stories of the Bible is about a man whose faith was not very strong when God calls him to save his people.  While we all know Moses’ story winds up in powerful wonders and God-sent deliverance, we’re in the part of the story that most of us know well.  We’re not quite sure that this is going to work out, and we’re doubting that God is going to show up and do what He’s promised. But we do see places in this story where a little faith is enough, and where the Lord uses gentleness to help build Moses’ faith!

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.
Please Note:  Bible Study will be on hiatus through December.  We will resume on January 8th.

DECEMBER CHALLENGE VERSE –  1 John 4:7
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”

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!
December
Are you giving what God has asked you to give?

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.com
Please Note:  Young Adults is on hiatus until January 12th.

GOD’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
Please Note: God’s Girls will not be meeting in December.

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
Please Note:  Youth Group is on hiatus until January 12th. 

CHRISTMAS LOCK-IN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20TH 
We have lots of fun activities planned, including a guest appearance from the Grinch!  Bring $25 for ice skating and pizza, along with a $5 White Elephant gift.  You won’t want to miss this!  (Drop off at the church.  Pick up is 8:00 am Saturday.)

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!  
Please Note:  HopeKids Hangout is on hiatus until January 12th.
HOPEKIDS PRE-K CHRISTMAS PROGRAM – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8TH at the start of both services
Our littlest Hopers will be entertaining us with songs that tell the story of Jesus’ birth as they perform “Jesus: Light of the World.” You won’t want to miss this precious performance at we begin our Christmas season here at Hope!

HOPE ANNOUNCEMENTS CHRISTMAS SHOE BOXES
The final total for 2019 Shoe box drive was 175!  Thanks to all who helped – it was a GREAT YEAR for the kids!

CHRISTMAS DECORATING Saturday, November 30th 9:00 am – This Saturday!
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

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING Sunday, December 1st (immediately following the 11:00 service) – This Sunday!
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 – This Sunday!
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!** 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 ——Nck DellaRova
Ushers 11:00 —–Bill Berry
Counters ———-LaTosha Briggs & Melissa McGinness
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.

Happy Thanksgiving Hopers!
Lois