Hope Notes 02/12/2020

February 12, 2020

DEAR FRIENDS OF HOPE ~Have you ever gone to bed so tired that you feel certain you will be asleep the moment your head hits the pillow………and then you’re not?  It’s so frustrating!  That pillow which once seemed so soft and sleep inducing is now being punched and fluffed over and over.  Thoughts can begin to weave a web of anxiety throughout our minds and, the next thing you know, we’re wide awake. There are many things that can keep us up at night if we choose to lay them on our pillow – worry, fear, pain, or feeling overwhelmed about tomorrow. (Side Note –  It might help if we remind ourselves that Matthew 6:34 tells us NOT to worry about tomorrow:  “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”)  With nothing to distract us these thoughts can easily spin endlessly around in our minds.  Instead, how about if we choose God’s promise as a pillow?  Replace those sleep stealing thoughts with some of God’s most precious promises to us.  Scripture is full of them!  “And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises.” (2 Peter 1:4)  In addition, remember that we serve a God who ‘neither slumbers nor sleeps’ (Psalm 121:4).  Our God is always available to hear our cries, soothe our souls, calm our spirits and listen to our worries.  Once we turn them over to Him, we can rest much easier.  Next time you have trouble sleeping, remember to pick one of His promises as your pillow and talk to your heavenly Father.  
SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE – Aaron’s Staff (Exodus 7:8-13)
The currency of our world is power.  Other things that people pursue all fall under this quest for power.  We naturally believe that if we have the ability to control our lives or the circumstances of life, we’ll find peace, security, and even joy in our lives. This philosophy has created many evils in our world.  As Moses begins to confront human power in Egypt, God begins to demonstrate the real source of power. In a challenge to the normal understanding of human power, Moses and Aaron stand in front of Pharaoh with just a stick.  And God uses that simple stick to show His power, and to begin to expose counterfeit powers in Egypt. Let’s learn about what real power looks like from this story today.

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.
PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the large participation in Workshop Wednesdays, we’re going to put Bible Study on hold until March.  We are excited about what the Lord is doing in the workshops and we’ll get back to Ephesians in a few weeks.

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.”

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

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!  
 For the month of January, we averaged $8897 per week.  This is a significant increase from how we started last year, and a positive start to our year. But it is behind our target of $9400 per week.  We need to press forward in our sacrifice so that we can build towards our budget needs and accomplish all that the Lord has for Hope this year.  We finished 2019 with a final weekly average of $9104, so we’re confident that we will be able to grow our giving well past our target for this year.
Also, our total towards our special projects giving now stands at $62,523.  We are ready to cross our finish line on this!  Our goal of $65,000 is in sight and we’re excited to finish this together. 

WINTER WEEKEND (February 21-23)
It’s that time of year again! All 8th-12th graders are invited to join us for our Winter Weekend at Refreshing Mountain. The cost of the trip is $80 (see Dave Hallahan for payment options). We’ll be leaving from St. Johns UMC in Turnersville at 6:00pm on that Friday. Contact dave@hopechristianfellowship.org with any questions!

BOWLING – Sunday, March 8th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm 
Join us at Bowlero (Formerly Brunswick Zone) located at 1328 Delsea Dr, Deptford Township, NJ 08096.  Cost is only $5/person.  Come and bowl, come just to cheer folks on, come for the fellowship!  We need to let Bowlero know how many lanes we need, so please make sure to sign up in the lobby.

Are you remembering to put your change into your Choices of the Heart Crisis Pregnancy Center’s baby bottles? You can even keep it simple by writing a tax deductible check made payable to Choices of the Heart and slip it into the bottle.  As local women see their babies on the free ultrasound tests, the percentage who choose life is remarkably increased. Save the babies – fill your bottles and return by March 1st. See Wendy Devereaux with questions.

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.

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 Baumiester
Ushers 11:00 —–Ryan Winstel
Counters ———-Kathy Berry, Wendy Devereaux
Greeters ———-Linda Villanova, Karen Hosey, Ellen Boales, Karl Miller

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.

Resting in His Promises,