Hope Notes 03/10/2021

March 10, 2021

Hello Hoper!
What do you picture when you think about a life spent serving God?  Maybe being a missionary in some far off land, living in a hut on some dusty road, serving water to thirsty natives?  Truth is, few of us will be called into circumstances such as those.  But our everyday lives offer a multitude of ways to serve the Lord.  We often put lofty expectation on what a life of service means and what we should be doing. Sometimes serving God simply means keep doing what you’re doing.  Minister to your family.  Be a loyal and hardworking employee.  Study hard and do your best in school. We must not get caught up in chasing after glamorous gifts and a charismatic calling when perhaps we are already living our calling! We waste time and energy worrying that what we are doing can’t possibly be what God would call us to. Friends, God will move us to another area of ministry if he wants us to move.  Be still and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10)  We need to trust Him to reveal where He wants us.  He has given each of us gifts to use and will not keep them hidden from us. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”(1 Peter 4:10) I fully believe that what we should be most concerned about is first being willing and obedient to hear His voice and heed His call. “God is always at work in you to make you willing and able to obey his own purpose.” (Philippians 2:13 GNT) This verse is an encouragement because it reminds us that it is God who works in us to generate a willing spirit and give us what we need to step forward in faith and obey His calling.  Once we surrender and commit to following as HE leads and not deciding on our own where our area of ministry is, we can “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.” (Romans 12:11)

Serving Where I Am – Lois

Inviting Others (Numbers 10:11-13; 29-32)

We are supposed to love church so much that we invite others to come. While many feel a sense of duty or guilt, true believers understand the power of God to redeem and heal.  We reflect God’s heart by inviting anyone who will listen to join us in this amazing work of God. We don’t feel like we’re losing anything to share this with others; the riches of God’s goodness never run out. Just like a candle doesn’t lose any light when it lights another candle. Moses demonstrates the heart we’re supposed to have for ‘outsiders’ in this passage.  He invites others to join in so that they can be an essential part and so that they can experience the goodness of God’s blessing that was coming. Let’s follow Moses’ example and have a heart to invite others into God’s love!

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.”

Take some time this week and recall ways that you have seen or heard God move in your life. Give him praise for the ways he’s acted in the past.

Join us for the month of March in reading this 28 chapter book. We’ll be having a conversation on Zoom at the end of the month to discuss our thoughts! Join Pastor Dave on March 30th at 7:00pm Meeting ID: 830 8944 3049

For the month of February, we averaged $8669 per week bringing our annual average down to $8935.  This puts us below our annual giving target of $9325 per week, and about 5% below last year’s giving at this time. Of course, we had two weather impacted weeks in February which significantly impacted our weekly average.  We’re trusting the Lord to provide for our financial needs this year as He always has, and we’re asking every Hoper to join us in prayer and faithful sacrifice!

HELP NEEDED: Green thumb wanted!
We are looking for someone to take the lead in gathering a team to maintain our flower bed in the front of the church.  The main task would be planting flowers, putting down mulch, and then maintaining it.  Contact Mike Hartwell for further details at  mhredeemed@gmail.com.

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.

We’ll be having Good Friday service (4/2) in-person at 6:00 with song, scripture readings, and communion. All offerings collected will go to our benevolent fund. In addition to our regular Sunday morning worship times, we’ll also be having a third service at 11:30 on Easter (4/4)! If you haven’t been back to church since we re-opened, our hope is that you’ll join us Easter morning! 

All HopeKids (WonderZone & GoZone!) and their families are invited to attend our Easter Jam event! We’ll have games, songs, and an Easter egg hunt! Join us Saturday, April 3rd from 10:00am until noon. Please sign-up at the registration tables on Sunday.
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
For the month of March we’ll be focusing our study, Bible Basics, on Jesus. Join us as we take a look at the gospels and study the life of Christ as we head into Easter. 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!