Hope Notes 11/11/2020

November 11, 2020

Dear Friends of Hope
I’m sure we’ve all heard of the Golden Rule:  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  This comes straight from Matthew 7:12. “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” I’d like to take it a step further. Let me tell you what I mean.  We all know that it’s good to be kind to others, simply for the sake of being a decent human being. But have you ever considered treating others properly because it relates to how you are treating God? I’ll try and explain. Maybe you’re familiar with this Scripture: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40) Now, we usually hear this verse quoted when talking about how an act of kindness towards others is an act of kindness towards God. So wouldn’t the same logic hold true for the reverse? Would we berate others, call them names, refuse to help them, look down on them, etc. if we believed we were also doing the same thing to our God? I highly doubt it.  (Can you tell that people’s behavior during these past months has gotten to me?) I’ve always believed that we should respect ourselves and others simply because we were created in God’s image and we should certainly respect our Creator!  But this idea that our treatment of others is a direct reflection to our treatment of God Himself is a new concerto me. Maybe I’m late to the train, but I honestly never thought about it in those terms. That’s why reading the Bible is so cool! It’s the living Word of God which means you never know when the ‘same old verse’ will hit you in a new and different way.  “For the word of God is alive and active.” (Hebrews 4:12)  Anyway…… I just thought I’d share my ‘aha moment’ with you, even at the risk of feeling foolish because OF COURSE you already had discerned that little nugget of perception. I’ll leave you these closing words from Paul in Ephesians 4:31-32. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Getting in the Game!
Honoring Others (Exodus 20:12-14)

The Ten Commandments – Part 2
In all of the controversy that swirls around our nation, some have pointed at a lack of common and normalized respect for one another as a root cause for much of our unrest and unhealth as a society. In the Ten Commandments, God clearly sets out rules meant to point us towards the necessity of honoring one another.  From parents to spouses to people in general, God tells His people that it matters how we treat one another. And it still matters.  God’s people should be examples of how embracing God’s way revolutionizes culture. But far too often, we relegate these commands to a lesser place and treat them more like suggestions to follow so long as we don’t find them distasteful at the moment. What if God was serious in telling His people to honor others?

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.”
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Kids Alley Bus Driver (Pennsauken)
CDL Bus Driver needed four mornings a week beginning November 23 for approximately 3 to 4 weeks. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 7:00-8:30am. Hourly Rate: $20.00. Please contact Brenda Hallahan at 856-340-1710 or brendah@kidsalley.org

MEN’S BREAKFAST: This Saturday, 8:00-9:30
Men graduated high school and up are invited to our monthly Men’s Breakfast. We feature prayer, special speakers, study and projects—all enjoyed with a great breakfast and terrific fellowship. If you’d like to help out with cooking, arrive at 7:00. 

CANDLE MAKING NIGHT: Friday, 12/4 at 6:30
Our Young Adults would love to host you for what’s sure to be a great way to kick of the holiday season! Josh Peterson will be leading this class and helping you to make your own candles! Cost is $30 and will cover three candles, pizza, and drinks for the evening. To sign-up, fill out this form and make sure to pay in advance to secure your spot, as there is limited places available. To see the type of candle creation you’ll be making, check-out Josh’s instagram @oakharborcandles

OCC looks a little different this year because of Covid, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t participate! There will be a table in the rear of the church to pick-up a box, or you may design a virtual box online at the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child website. Take a flat shoebox and take ONE pamphlet for EACH box you plan to make. Shop and pack for your age and gender child. (Make sure to read about things to NOT pack.) Affix label on top of box. Place $9 cash/check inside EACH box OR pay online using the scan tracking label. PLEASE – Do NOT seal the box. You may use rubber bands. Drop back at Hope no later than 11/15/20. Visit the OCC website for detailed FAQ information. 

Calling all Hope partners! We need you to participate in this year’s election for deacon and elder teams. Ballots are available in the church lobby at the sign-up table, along with a list of current partners, deacons, and elders. Completed ballots are due back to Pastor Mark by November 15th. 

YOUTH GROUP: Sundays at 6:00pm
 Students from 6th to 12th grade are invited to join us for games, snacks, and the Word of God as we engage in fellowship and seek to grow in our relationship with our savior. If you have any questions, please contact our Youth Pastor, Daniel Lein, at danlein@hopechristianfellowship.org
NOVEMBER 17th: Join us as we continue our discussion about the Parables of Jesus.

Mark your calendars because we are having our annual Kids Christmas Programs! Elementary aged kids will be performing on 12/13, and our Preschoolers will be on 12/20. Practices have already begun, but it’s not too late for your child to join! If you have any questions about participation, email: kids@hopechristianfellowship.org

We are looking for volunteers for our registration table, especially with temperature taking. This is a simple way to get plugged in and help make Sunday mornings possible for our kids and their families! To get involved, email: kids@hopechristianfellowship.org