Hope Notes 02/24/2021

February 24, 2021

Hello Hoper!
 I’m always so blessed by our time of worship on Sundays.  It’s the perfect segue needed to bring us into the frame of mind and condition of the heart to hear what God has to say.  I’ve been thinking about the difference between singing worship songs about God verses singing worship songs to God.  Try thinking about that when you’re looking at the words of the songs.  When you sing those words to Him, it suddenly becomes more personal, more like a prayer of praise or thanksgiving.  Praise and worship go hand in hand, don’t you think?  Psalm 98:4 (NLT) says, “Shout to the LORD, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!”  We can’t help but sing for joy when we’re reflecting on all that God has done for us.  I don’t know about you, but worship helps me to shake off whatever burdens or distracting thoughts I’ve carried with me into church.  It clears my mind of all things finite and allows the Spirit to breathe Life and Truth into my heart. Did you know that God desires our worship?  When we worship Him with our songs of praise, we honor Him as the One who is Sovereign.  Worship keeps our hearts oriented with His.  I know this is true because sometimes my heart is heavy and I don’t really feel like I believe what I’m singing.  Then somewhere into the song, God swoops in and changes my heart and I am living what the words are saying.  Does that make sense? So even if you’re not ‘feeling it’, go ahead and give the words time to permeate your heart.  Before you know it, you will be able to “Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy.” (Psalm 100:2 NLT)  Back to singing to God rather than about God.  Sometimes I actually change the words as I’m singing so that I’m addressing Him directly.  Now before you start muttering about how I’m some sort of crazy word changer, give it a try yourself. I am confident that you will have a more personal worship experience as you sing praises directly to our God.

With a Song of Worship in my Heart  – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE
Youth Sunday

Have you ever wondered what our teens do every Sunday night at youth group? Well wonder no longer because this Sunday, Hope Youth is taking over and you’ll get to experience it firsthand! We’ll have game time, little bit of worship, and a chance to hear from our students on how God has been working in their lives.

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER PROMPT:
As the “body of Christ,” we also have the opportunity to be good and perfect gifts to those who are in need (physically, financially, emotionally, spiritually, etc). Take time this week and ask God to show you who you can be a gift to.

VERSE OF THE MONTH: 
James 1:16-17
“Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
ANNOUNCEMENTS
BOOK OF JOHN: Zoom Conversation  
This month we’ve been reading through the Gospel of John as a church family, and we’d love to have a conversation together after finishing the book! Join us Thursday, February 25th at 7:00pm on Zoom for a discussion of what inspired us, challenged us, and encouraged us. Zoom ID: 844 8552 3617

GWCM FOOD PANTRY DRIVE:
Hope’s Missions Team will be collecting feminine hygiene products and baby diapers for the Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries Food Pantry during the month of March. To donate, please place items in the bins located by the front and back doors of the church. If you are interested in obtaining information on joining our Missions Team, please contact Stacy Reid, sreid0905@gmail.com.

GOD’S GIRLS: 1st & 3rd Mondays at 6:00
All women 18 and older are invited to join our women’s small group for study and fellowship! We are currently doing a series called “The Wonder of Worship.” If you have any questions, contact Mary LeBeau at marylebeau@verizon.net

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY:  
We’re continuing our study in Ephesians weekly at 7:00pm. Bible study will remain online for the month of February. Join us on Facebook or YouTube! 

FIGHT CLUB: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 7:00
This confidential group for men will be using Tim Chester’s “Closing the Window: Steps to Living Porn Free” to look at the ways we can both spiritually and practically fight The Fight against pornography. Fight Club will meet at the church in Dan Lein’s office. For information, contact him: danlein@hopechristianfellowship.org
YOUNG ADULTS
1st & 3rd TUESDAYS at 7:30pm
Never Gonna Give You Up (3/2)
You’ve been Rick Rolled. In the coming weeks, many in the Christian tradition will be observing lent. It is customary for people to give something up for those 40 days with the intention of drawing closer to God. Have there been times in your life where you’ve felt God calling you to give something (or someone) up? What are things or habits in your life now that God may be asking you to set aside?

HOPE YOUTH
YOUTH GROUP: Sundays at 6:00pm
Our current series, Bible Basics, will help equip students to read God’s word. Right now we’re in Genesis! 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

HOPE KIDS
CHILDREN’S PASTOR UPDATE: Welcome Ryan! 
We know you’ll happily join us in welcoming Ryan & his wife, Becky, to the Hope family! To contact him, email: ryanmoreno@hopechristianfellowship.org

GO ZONE:
Our Sunday morning program for K-5th graders meets in-person at the 8:30 & 10:00 services, as well as livestreams on Facebook at the 8:30! Make sure you’re following Hope Kids Ministries on Facebook!