Hope Notes 07/15/2020

July 15, 2020

Dear Friends of Hope  ~ 
I was rummaging around through some old things and found the memory box my mom had made for me.  In it was the bill from the hospital where I was born.  I discovered that it cost my parents a whopping $32.28 to have me, accompanied by a five night stay in the hospital.  The actual bill was $107.38 minus an allowance from the hospital (guess that’s what they did before medical insurance). Granted, this was 63 years ago, but still seems totally mind blowing.  It got me to thinking about my worth. Thankfully, my worth is not measured in dollars and cents, or I’d obviously not be worth very much!  It is not measured by what I do.  Or how much I have. Or who I know. Or how I look.  It is measured by one thing, pure and simple. My value is not in who I am, but in Whose I am.  I am a child of the King. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)  He chose to adopt me as His own, even before I was born.  “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will…”  (Ephesians 1:4-5)  Not only that, but I am made in His image.  “You are made in God’s image, according to His likeness…” (Genesis 1:26)  That’s a pretty valuable résumé, wouldn’t you say?  What’s more, Scripture clearly tells me that our Father takes care of me, just as He does the humble sparrow, whose monetary value is next to nothing.  He doesn’t base His care for His creation on what the world says they are worth.  “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. . . . Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29, 31)  See, I have always been of value.  I have always had worth, because of Whose I am.  It doesn’t matter that my ‘price tag’ was only $32.28.  I would venture to say we all could agree that the $32,000 price tag on today’s babies doesn’t make them any more valuable than me.  Believers, make sure to remember that our lives cannot be quantified by anything other than what Scripture tells us!

In case you missed it, we are meeting in person again! For all the details, including service times and Covid-19 safety guidelines, click link below:

Complaining for No Reason (Exodus 16:1-18)
We are probably all complainers.  It is as natural to human beings as breathing and sleeping. We experience something we don’t want, or we don’t get to have something we do want, and we complain. Not all complaints are evil; sometimes there are very good reasons to raise our voice and talk about what isn’t right. But the tendency is for our own judgment about ‘how things should be’ to replace true faith in our living God. Ultimately, we complain because we aren’t in charge and don’t have the power to make everything exactly how we think it should be.  Not long after being delivered from Egyptian bondage, Israel starts a pattern of complaining… about God!  In our story for this Sunday, we’ll see that God understood their tendency to complain, and invited them to trust Him more.  Maybe when we complain, He’s inviting us to do the same!

JULY CHALLENGE VERSE – 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4,7
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified; that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.”

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Bible Study is on hiatus through summer.

YOUNG ADULTS – Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays @ 7:30 pm
We’re back at the church for the first time in a long time! Join us as we process together the emotional, spiritual, and overall toll that Covid-19 has taken on us. How do we move forward? How can we be peacemakers in this time?YOUTH GROUP
Be sure to follow @hcf_hopeyouth on Instagram and/or facebook.com/hcfhopeyouth to participate in Bible reading programs and catch all announcements for future events!

We are excited to reopen HopeKids! Ministries on Sunday, July 19th at our 8:30 and 10:00 services.  We can’t wait to serve our Hope families again!
There will be some changes in our classroom structure throughout the summer:
Toddler & Pre-K classes will be meeting together in the Toddler classroom at both services.
0-2 year olds will be meeting together in Nursery 1 at both services.
In order to reopen HopeKids! in a safe and secure way during the pandemic, we are putting together some important new protocols to make sure we are serving in the safest way possible.  Her are some of the important need-to-know changes:
Every volunteer’s and child’s temperature will be taken at the registration table before allowing them to enter a classroom. 
Anyone who’s temperature is over 100 degrees will not be allowed in.
We will only allow up to 10 kids per classroom
All teachers and helpers over the age of 12 must wear a mask at all times.
We ask that parents not enter the classrooms with your kids. A HopeKids! team member will meet you at the door to take care of your child.
For more detailed information, please visit our Post Quarantine Protocol Sheet.

Now that we are back to meeting on Sunday mornings we will no longer have your regularly scheduled GoZone video made available to you on Saturday nights.  Instead you will be able to live stream the 8:30 service every single Sunday morning on Facebook!  And if you can’t make it to the live stream, the video will be recorded and available during the week on Facebook and YouTube.

HOPEKIDS! FAMILY GAME NIGHT ON ZOOM – July 31st from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Need something fun and new to do with your family on a Friday night?  Join us for a Disney family game night on Zoom Friday, July 31st from 7:00-8:00.  Parents should gather their toddlers, preschoolers and elementary aged kids to play along!  We will need a minimum number of families to play so we will need you to RSVP for the event to make sure we have enough.  Please send your RSVP to mattrussell@hopechristianfellowship.org by Friday, July 24th. 

VBS ONLINE IS COMING – August 10th – 14th
We may not be able to meet up in person this year for VBS but that won’t stop our elementary students from learning how “Jesus Power Pulls Us Through!” on the Rocky Railway!  During the week of August 10th-14th we’ll be posting a different video each day of a condensed version of VBS for our students to watch and learn some powerful biblical truths.  We’ll also be providing VBS “Stay On Track Student Packs” to those kids that register which go along with the videos each day so you will need to pre-register ahead of time to Pastor Matt at mattrussell@hopechristianfellowship.org by August 1st.  
On that same week our WonderZone kids will also be provided with videos and activities each day that go along with what they are learning in the WonderZone.  You’ll want to follow Facebook to find new things to watch and do with your 2-5 year olds so they too can have the VBS experience this summer!       

Small Groups and HopeKids! Hangout are now combined Tuesday nights from 7:00-7:45 for all K-5th Graders on ZOOM!
The link to the meetings will be posted on Facebook.
Contact Kara May (karajoellxo@gmail.com) or Pastor Matt( mattrussell@hopechristianfellowship.org) with any questions.
Our elders are excited to announce that we will be voting on July 26 (either by ballot at one of the services or at the brief business meeting to follow) to place Dan Lein as our Youth Pastor. All official partners are invited to join us that morning to vote. We are not yet sure if there will be a virtual option for partners who cannot come out, but if there is, we’ll get that information out as soon as possible. 

We’re very sorry to have to make this call, but it seems like we’ve run out of time to wait and see if anything will allow us to have a meaningful VBS experience this summer.  So we’re going to cancel it for this year and find some other ways to serve our kids and families. Looking forward to the day when we can have this powerful program again!  In the meantime, keep an eye out for some different opportunities we’ll be creating for our kids.
PS: We generally do the church picnic in connection with VBS.  If we’re able to do it this year, we’ll do it in September.

PANTRY NEEDSWe are in need of Chicken, Ground Beef, Hamburgers, and Meatballs.  Packages that are one or two pounds are best.  Then the size works for smaller families, and we can give more packages to larger families.  All meat can be put in the Pantry Freezer. Thank you!

We were planning to have a church information meeting in April to discuss our progress on the building projects and give our plan for what is next.  Since that wasn’t possible, we postponed it.  We are hoping to be able to hold such a meeting in September.  If we cannot do that for some reason, we will be sending more detailed information on our projects – both outstanding and proposed – to our partners directly during that month. Pray with us as we sort out the major needs of our building and God’s provision for each project!

 Undone by His Grace,