Hope Notes 01/29/2020

January 29, 2020

DEAR FRIENDS OF HOPE ~What are you waiting for?  Waiting for something seems to be almost a constant part of all our lives.  Right now our whole family is eagerly (and somewhat impatiently) awaiting the birth of a precious baby boy! That, at least, is a season of waiting that has a defined finish line.  Many other things in our lives do not;they just go on and on. And when that particular season of waiting ends, another one is often just around the corner. Since waiting on God is a big part of the Christian life, perhaps the more relevant question would be HOW are you waiting?  Do we wait in the patient peace of faith, or with a sinful anxiety that eats up our time and energy? We need to learn how to wait well.  How does God want us to wait?  I think a good answer to that question is found in Psalm 37:34 – “Wait for the Lord and keep his way…”  What does it mean to ‘keep His way’?  Don’t let the waiting distract us from continuing to do the things God has called us to.  Serving Him, serving others, making sure to have fellowship with believers, staying in His Word.  The waiting is easier if we are trusting and serving while we wait.   What good is waiting?  Well, for one thing it teaches us patience, for sure!  “Wait patiently for the LORD; be strong and courageous. Wait patiently for the LORD!” (Psalm 27:14)  “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him……” (Psalm 37:7) We can fight against it, or we can do as Scripture advises.  It humbles us.  It reminds us that we are not in control. It realigns our thinking regarding the things we are actually wanting or waiting for.  Sometimes God lets us hunger for things we want (or even think we need) to teach us that our true hunger and need is Him. It strengthens us to be able to run the marathon of life. “Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; …they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31) These are all a lot of good qualities to develop.  It can help us endure if we look at it from the perspective of waiting with that purpose in mind.   If we can do that, we might discover that the most important fruit ever produced in our lives came from faithfully doing good and embracing the time of waiting God had purposed for us.
This morning, we get to turn our service over to our teens.  We love having them minister to us and witnessing the truth that youth is not a limitation to the power of God’s Spirit to work in us and through us. Don’t miss out on this special day!

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 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.”

Our small group sheets are out! Find them on our website under Resources.

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

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 ‘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!  Current 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?
Follow us on Social Media:  Twitter and Instagram  @hcf_hopeyouth and  Facebook.com/hcfhopeyouth

Sundays after the 9:00 worship.  New series, “Seriously, What Would Jesus Do?”

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!  
2020 Kick-Off Sunday for Hope’s Annual Choices of the Heart Baby Bottle Fundraiser.
  Pick up as many bottles as you, your family and friends can fill in 4 weeks. All donations will go to help women and men who are facing an unplanned pregnancy – to save the babies. Choices of The Heart is a Christian non-profit in Turnersville that provides free ultrasound testing, counseling, cribs, car seats, and layettes, abstinence programs, and community awareness information. Bottles are due back to Hope’s table IN THE FRONT LOBBY by March 1st.  See Wendy Devereaux with questions.

Help our littlest Hopers by donating a snack or supply! Our nursery through Pre-K classes will be posting their needs on the bulletin board outside of the GoZone. Stop by and “shop” the board for an item you’d be willing to donate. This is an easy way to help our kids that makes a big difference in their Sunday morning experience! You can drop your items off in the kitchen by February 2nd!

We are looking for volunteers for our Sunday morning HopeKids! registration table. If you are interested or have questions about the position, contact Anita Little at alittleshopper@gmail.com.

Our Worship Ministry is looking for some skilled musicians and/or gifted vocalists who may want to explore the opportunity to get involved with our stage team here at Hope! If that sounds like you and you consider Hope your home church (faithfully attending 3 months or longer) please reach out to Dana at danaott@hopechristianfellowship.org; she’d love to set up a time to have a coffee & chat about your interest, skill levels, past experience playing or singing, and your availability. Our Philosophy of Worship is available on our website under “Music Ministry” which is a drop down under “Going Deeper” – that’s a great place to get a feel for what we value and how we desire to serve any given Sunday. Looking forward to how He may add to our team in 2020!

We could use a few volunteers for various positions in our Tech Booth. Our Sound Board Team is for people who have aptitudes with technology and an ear for mixing live music.  We will train you for our specific setup.  And our Broadcast Team needs people who are familiar with basic computer skills and willing to help us with recording and streaming.  Let us know if you can help by reaching out to set up a conversation with Pastor Mark (markott@hopechristianfellowship.org).

If you are interested in being baptized, Pastor Mark will be holding classes on Sunday, February 23rd & Sunday, March 1st after the second service. The baptism service will be Wednesday, March 4th @ 7:00 pm. Please sign up so that we can get an idea of how many are interested. Signup sheets are in the lobby.

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!

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.

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.
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!

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.  

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! 

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’.

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 ———-LaTosha Briggs, Melissa McGinness
Greeters ———-Deb Davis, Sharon Sambucci, Jane Hanuszczyk, Chuck Perrong

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.

My Heart Waits,