Hope Notes 03/03/2021

March 3, 2021

Hello Hoper!
I spent a good bit of time crying during our service this past Sunday. Why? Because I’m a big sap and our Youth Service always moves me to tears, that’s why!  Please tell me I’m not the only one.  I don’t really even know why it makes me cry.  If I had to analyze my feelings, I guess I’d say it’s because I feel so proud of our youth.  Get ready, because I’m going to ‘boast in the Lord’ (1Corinthians 1:31) about them.  Every one of them put aside their nervousness and stood in front of the entire church. They shared their stories openly and honestly. They led worship, shared their experiences, encouraged others……in short they were doing what we are ALL called to do! There are many adults who are not willing to take those kinds of risks.  Tears flow because I am able to see the evidence of what God is doing in their young lives.  If we can send them out into the world as strong believers, this world will be a better place.  It gives me a sense of hope for generations to come.  I think of the families these young people will raise. “Let this be recorded for future generations, so that a people not yet born will praise the LORD.” (Psalm 102:18) 

We are foolish if we think our youth do not have anything of value to offer us or to teach us.  One of the gifts that young people most beautifully bring to the table, is that they have a view of the world that is open and receptive. And isn’t this exactly the way Jesus wants our hearts to be? Open to following His plans for our lives, and receptive to His presence and unending love. The Bible is filled with young, faithful believers who stepped out in faith into a grand adventure with God. The Lord used them, not because of their age, but because of their hearts. “The LORD replied,“Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. (Jeremiah 1:7)  We need to embrace the kind of thinking that allows us to show up for them. To encourage them to keep on taking those risks and using the talents God has given them.  How they inspire me!  My prayer for them is, that when they are old and weary from navigating life, they will be able to boldly proclaim, “For you have been my hope, Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth.” (Psalm 71:5)

Grateful for our Youth!  – Lois

Growing Together: Figuring Out Community in Numbers
(Numbers 10:1-10)

Over the past year, being together has been more difficult and rare. Some of the social connecting that we took for granted was taken away. The introverts among us rejoiced. The cautious among us were grateful. And the extroverts counted the days until we could be together again. But we probably didn’t talk enough about the need to be together. God’s people are never called to choose isolation or disconnection. Out of necessity we experienced it in these recent months, and we are facing the fallout. Many of the callings for God’s Kingdom require an army… a connected loving family… a group of Jesus followers totally committed to working together. Israel’s journey from Mount Sinai is an Old Testament example of this timeless truth. We’ll see several areas where they had to come together so that God’s plan of promise could be realized for their nation.

Acts 4:19-20
“But Peter and John replied, Which is right in God’s eyes; to listen to you or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

Jesus frequently said, “let those who have eyes to see, see and those who have ears to hear, hear.” This is less about physical abilities and more about a posture of the heart. Pray this week that God would renew in you the humility to see him move and hear him speak.

Join us for the month of March in reading this 28 chapter book. For a helpful overview before you get started, check out the Bible Project’s YouTube video here!

Hope’s Missions Team will be collecting feminine hygiene products as well as infant & adult 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.

We’re hoping to get our Sunday morning coffee ministry up and running again but we need some helping hands! If you’d be interested in setting up or tearing down please email Lisa Minner at lisaminner13@aol.com

MEN’S BREAKFAST: 2nd Saturdays 8-9:30
Men 18 years of age and older are invited to our monthly Men’s Breakfast. We feature prayer, full participation study—all enjoyed with a great breakfast and terrific fellowship.

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

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

We’re continuing our study in Ephesians weekly online at 7:00pm. Join us live on Facebook or YouTube! 

1st & 3rd TUESDAYS at 7:30pm
Fear Factor (3/16)
Fear may be the most used motivator in our world right now. From politicians to marketers, fear is used to get you to align with a candidate or buy a product. Fear can certainly motivate you to do things, but it can cause you to miss out on things as well. Can you think of things you have missed out on because you were afraid? We’ll discuss all things fear and how we can choose faith and love instead.

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

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

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!