Hope Notes 11/25/2020

November 25, 2020

Livestream Announcement
Aren’t you so thankful for technology that allows us to livestream our Sunday morning services? We are so glad that many of our Hopers who aren’t able to attend in person can be with us virtually. It seems hard to remember a time where we weren’t able to join online! With this blessing also comes some growing pains, as our tech team works on perfecting Hope online. We recognize that sound issues can really put a damper on your online church experience, so we want you to know that we are doing all that we can to address the quality of our livestream. If you are struggling to hear, please leave a comment for our tech team to read and they will do their best to address it. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this new endeavor!  
Dear Friends of Hope ~
Ahhh poor Thanksgiving!  It’s arguably the most neglected holiday. And yet it’s my very favorite.  It squeezes itself right between Halloween and Christmas, an unassuming little treasure.  The Thanksgiving décor barely has a moment on the retail shelves, nor do I imagine much money is spent on the holiday itself.  Christmas tops the list of ‘most money spent’ followed immediately by Halloween.  (HALLOWEEN?? I don’t get it but anyway…..) It doesn’t come with any of the controversy Halloween can stir up in Christian circles, or the pressure that is often associated with the Christmas season.  It’s a simple holiday.  In its most perfect state, it’s meant to be spent with family and friends, eating a bounty of delicious food. I realize this isn’t the case for everyone; that’s why this time of year finds so many of us donating food and finding ways to serve others.  While we’re on the topic of bountiful food, let’s take a look at what Proverbs 15:17 has to say:  “Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.” Don’t you love it?!  Never really noticed that particular gem until today.  But how perfect!  It’s not really about the food, people.  It’s about the love you have for those you share it with. The Bible is naturally also filled with verses about gratitude that can encourage you to have Thanksgiving in your heart all year-round, not just on Thanksgiving.  In fact, if you look at Psalm 100, the description reads “A Psalm for giving grateful praise”.  It’s a short psalm with only five verses, but the last two are a couple of my favorites.  Especially during this season.  “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (vs 4-5)  If we are in a place where we believe we have nothing at all to be thankful for, these verses are a reminder that God is good, His love endures forever, and His faithfulness will never run out!  May your Thanksgiving Day be a beautiful reminder of all that is good in your life, our heavenly Father most of all! “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…..” (James 1:17).  
Happy Thanksgiving!
Honesty and Contentment (Exodus 20:15-17)
The Ten Commandments – Part 3

If you’re playing a game for the first time, whether it is a board game, a video game, or a school yard game, you start with the basics. You need to know what the goal of the game is and what the rules are. Otherwise, you can spend a lot of time and energy trying to win, but never get anywhere close. In life – especially as a child of God – there are some basics.  God finishes off the Ten Commandments with some of the most basic rules for life that have ever been given. But just because they are simple and well-known doesn’t mean that God’s people are following them. Today will be a ‘back-to-basics’ day for us, and maybe it will help us get back on track spiritually by reminding us of how we can make simple (although not easy) choices in following Jesus.

“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.”

Would you please join us in praying for God’s direction on gathering and serving the single adults that attend Hope?
We’ll be taking a break in our study of Ephesians until the New Year. Now would be the perfect time to catch up on past studies or sermons on our YouTube Channel

CHRISTMAS ELVES NEEDED: This Saturday at 9:00am
It’s time to get Hope all decked out and ready for Christmas! This is always a good time to have fun while decorating the church.  We do need a few men to help with the bigger/heavier items. Be sure and wear your mask so everyone can have a safe and healthy holiday! Contact Deb Caranci with any questions at 856-357-7476.

Just in time for Black Friday! Visit smile.amazon.com and select “Hope Christian Fellowship Inc” as the charity of your choice. Then shop as you normally would and Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to support our ministry! Christmas shopping just got that much sweeter!

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.

We’ll be having our annual meeting to discuss and vote on the 2021 budget on Sunday, 12/27 after the second service. All Hopers are invited to attend, but we need partners for the vote. Copies of the budget will be available in the beginning of December. Please review and direct any questions to Pastor Mark, Damon Briggs, Mike Hartwell, Ryan Winstel, or Pastor Dave. 

This Sunday our Youth Pastor, Dan Lein, will be sharing an opportunity to help families in need at Christmastime through the Adopt A Family program. Dan has set up an easy system that will allow us to simply purchase gifts off of an Amazon list that will go to families who cannot afford to purchase presents this year. As you wait for more details, start praying now to see how God would have you respond to this opportunity! 

YOUTH GROUP: Sundays at 6:00pm
-No Youth Group on Sunday 11/29-

 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
ONLINE GAME NIGHT: 12/8 at 8:00pm
Join us on Zoom! Meeting ID: 859 1015 0031  

CHRISTMAS PARTY: 12/15 at 7:30pm
Let’s get festive! We’ll have games and snacks. Bring at present that’s $5 or less for the White Elephant gift exchange!

As we approach the dates of each program, we wanted to let you to know that we will not be live-streaming the kids performances. (We will still stream and share Pastor Mark’s message.) Elementary aged kids will be performing on 12/13, and our Preschoolers will be on 12/20.

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