Hope Notes 12/31/2019

December 31, 2019

DEAR FRIENDS OF HOPE ~I’m going to close out 2019 with another gem of a devotion from Dr. David Jeremiah. No better way to walk into 2020 than by remembering how BLESSED we’ve been and how God will continue to BLESS us in the upcoming year!  Wishing you all the best of God’s best for you and your families!
A BLESSED NEW YEAR
Psalm 1:1  “Blessed is the man”
P
salm 1 is the gateway to all the Psalms.  In six verses, it gives us all we need to move into the new year.  The first word is BLESSED.  God wants to bless you in the coming year.  In verse 1, you are blessed by your separation – the things you don’t do and people you avoid.  (Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked.)  In verse 2, you’re blessed by your meditation.  (But his delight is in the Law of the LORD,and on His law he meditates day and night.)  In verse 3, you’re blessed by your maturation as God develops you. (Like like a tree planted by streams of water, yielding its fruit in season..)  And in verses 4-6,k you are blessed in your destination. (For the LORD guards the path of the righteous…) 
The coming year will be full of blessings for those who turn away from harmful habits, rededicate themselves to studying and meditating on God’s Word, envision themselves as trees by channels of water, and look forward to God’s leading every step of the way.  By God’s grace, that’s you!  So have a blessed New Year!
SUNDAY MORNINGS   
(Taking a break from our Exodus Series)
SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE – A New Year Plan (Ephesians 4:16 / Psalm 42:1-2 / Matthew 20:26-28 / Galatians 5:13-14 / 2 Corinthians 5:20-21, 9:6-7)

As we kick off a new year, it is a great time to come up with a plan that will help us fulfill our calling as a church. The unique thing about a church is that it isn’t an organization or a building. Instead, it is a family made up of regular people saved by the power of God.  While all of us have day-in and day-out tasks that require our attention, we have to make sure that these don’t hijack our priority list or monopolize our attention.  In everything we do, we are Christians first.  And because of that, wherever we go, we represent Jesus.  How can Hope be a force that offers hope to those around us who need it?  How can we reflect the goodness and greatness of our Savior this year?  It’s simpler than you think.  We’ll look at a few things that you already know and take some time to ask the Lord to help us make sure these things don’t slip away from us this year.

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:  We are resuming on January 8th.

JANUARY CHALLENGE VERSE –  John 15:5
 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP
SMALL GROUPS – Resume January 12th
Our next small group sheet will be out on January 12th. In the meantime, be sure to sign-up your small group for our church wide game night! 

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

YOUNG ADULTS – New Year/New Topic – January 7th
Join us for our first meeting of the year to talk about “What do we do with the gifts we never wanted?” Plus there will be pizza! 

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.  We have a breakfast the second Saturday of every month at th Hollywood Diner @ 9:00 am.  We encourage everyone to come on out – especially if you aren’t able to make it to the Monday night meetings!
All women are welcome to attend! For information, contact Mary Lebeau 856-316-6301 (call or text) or marylebeau@verizon.net

GOD’S GIRLS KICKOFF – January 6th
Please join us for our kickoff to the New Year!  We are having a meeting called “2020-Vision for the New Year”.  Come be a part of the vision!  

GOD’S GIRLS ‘SOUPER’ BOWL PARTY – Monday, February 3rd
Do you make a good soup? Come and join us for a little friendly soup competition!

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 resumes January 12th with a new series (dis)CONNECTED.  Between our phones, tablets, and computers we are able to stay connected to people and events all over the world.  But is it possible that this untethered access it too much of a good thing?  
Middle school grow groups will begin 1/12 after 9:00 worship with a new series, “Seriously, what would Jesus do?” 

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 resumes January 12th.
HOPEKIDS! CLASSROOM FLIP – Effective this Sunday!
Attention parents, our new classroom assignments will be in effect this Sunday!  If you haven’t received a map, just be sure to arrive a little early and check-in with one of our volunteers to find out where your child’s new classroom is. Signs will be posted in the hallway as well! 

HOPE ANNOUNCEMENTS 
THANK YOU FROM OUR STAFF
Our staff would like to thank our Hopers for the Christmas gift! We are grateful for your appreciation and support, not only at Christmas time, but throughout the year. Your generosity has us feeling loved! Thank you!

UN-DECKING THE HALLS Saturday, January 4th @ 9:00 – This Saturday!
Sadly, we do have to take down those beautiful Christmas decorations.  But we always have fun doing it!  We’d love for you to come and lend a hand.  Contact Deb Caranci with any questions http://debcaranci@gmail.com

CHURCH GAME NIGHT Friday, January 17th 
Hope’s Small Groups is hosting a game night for all adults at Hope! Whether you are currently part of a small group, interested in joining one, or just need a night out for some competition join us at 7:00 pm for an awesome night of fun and fellowship. Sign up to attend (and bring a snack if you’re willing) in the lobby.

FEBRUARY WORKSHOP WEDNESDAYS   
We are offering four different classes that will meet Wednesday nights in February at 7:00 pm. These classes are great for those who are not yet a part of a small group or who are just looking for an additional study. See descriptions below for each workshop. Sign-up in the lobby!

I’M TOO BUSY FOR THIS CLASS (Dave Hallahan)
How are you? Busy. Aren’t we all? Can you imagine a world where that’s different? Barely, right? But take a moment and imagine Jesus being in a hurry – snapping at Mary for dropping the humus, losing his temper on Peter for improperly storing the fishing nets, ignoring an ailing woman to go and heal a soldier’s daughter. Imagining Jesus in a hurry is as difficult as imagining my life at rest. But in this class we’ll look at 4 practices of Jesus that we can incorporate into our lives to bring our bodies and souls to rest.

LET ME TELL YOU A STORY ( Nick DellaRova)
In our post-modern society, the Christian seeking to fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission is faced with two challenges:   words have lost their meaning, and the Bible is poorly understood (or flatly rejected) outside of the church.   How, then, can we effectively communicate the Truth  to our friends/families/neighbors….to the world at large?    We will explore the literary styles employed in Scripture, and talk about how we express our faith now.   To help us, we will look at certain themes in Biblical communication:   Discipline, Parable, Prayer, and Personal Experience.PARENTING: FULFILLING THE CALL (Matt Russell)
This workshop is for all parents – future, new, or experienced –  that want to improve their skills and become more effective at faith based parenting. We’ll be focusing on ways to communicate, discipline, encourage, and love our kids in a way that reflects God’s love and grace for us. There is no one right way to parent, but our hope is that this class will help teach you to parent in a way that establishes a firm spiritual foundation in your children’s lives and have an eternal impact on them!

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY (Jess St. Petery)
Please Note: this class meets from 6:30 – 8:30 and runs through April 1st
We’re hosting Dave Ramsey’s FPU series – perfect for the new year! To sign-up directly, use our unique class link: (fpu.com/1108568) for $99 or sign-up in the church lobby to have the link sent to you via text. If you are on the fence, please join us on the first night for a FREE PREVIEW. Any questions, contact Jess St. Petery at j.st.petery@gmail.com or 856-673-6809. 

AMAZON SMILE
Hope is now on Amazon Smile! Through this program, Amazon donates .5% of your purchases to support our ministry. It costs you nothing and is an easy way to contribute to Hope. Simply visit smile.amazon.com and select our organization and proceed to shop as normal! 

BIBLE READING PLANS FOR 2020
One of the most important things we can do in our relationship with God is to read His word. And yet, we often feel overwhelmed or don’t know where to start! The new year is a great time to set a bible reading goal and we have a resource to help! This plan will guide you to read through either the New Testament or the entire bible in a year, reading five days a week.Bible reading plans are available on our website under ‘Resources’.

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 ——Bob Baumiester
Ushers 11:00 —–Bill Berry
Counters ———-Kathy Berry, Wendy Devereaux
Greeters ———-Deb Davis, Sharon Sambucci, Jane Hanuszczyk, Chuck Perrong

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.

Blessing and Honor and Glory to the King!
Lois