Hope Notes 03/24/2021

March 24, 2021

Hello Hoper!
Ephesians 6 includes the famous passage about putting on the armor of God. But my favorite part of the armor is, without a doubt, the shield of faith. “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”  (Ephesians 6:16)  I remember when I first learned that the ‘flaming arrows’ were representative of doubts and troubling thoughts. They could be arrows of temptation, pride, fear, worry, persecution etc. It was an ‘aha’ moment for me!  I pictured Satan shooting these arrows at me.  With the shield of faith firmly in place, those arrows can bounce right off!  In case you’re wondering, taking up the shield of faith simply means actively trusting in the living God and in His Word.  I recently read another component to this concept in my devotions.  It said that if God’s Word is firmly etched into our minds (and hearts), it is like carrying a concealed weapon against the enemy. This idea of a concealed weapon gives extra credence to Psalm 91:5 which assures us that we “will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day”. God knew how many battles would originate in our minds and so he gave us the tools to combat them!  This makes me more determined than ever to put on my armor and saturate my mind with God’s Word.  There is absolutely no better preparation for the day ahead… or for extinguishing the flaming arrows of the enemy!

Armed with His Armor – Lois

Ungrateful (Numbers 11:4-15)

Being overweight brings all kinds of negative physical consequences and vulnerabilities. In addition to heart disease and diabetes risks, it brings increased risk for depression, sleep apnea, certain cancers, and even migraines. Carrying extra weight affects our body functions. Complaining really does the same thing emotionally and spiritually. We carry extra weight in our souls and then reap all the consequences of that added burden. Our story in Numbers begins another episode where Israel complains in spite of all of God’s goodness and provision for them. It wasn’t that they didn’t have anything to complain about. But when they focused on what they wished were different, there were consequences. This will be the first part in our exploration and study of these events, and we’ll see the effect it has on those who need to lead us. Plus, we’ll be reminded of the remedy for a complaining heart.

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.”

Speaking of what we’ve seen and heard relieves the pressure of having to have all the right answers. Pray this week for confidence to speak of what you know, even though you don’t know everything.
Prayer huddle is back! Join us Sunday mornings at 8:15 in the GoZone 2 room for a brief prayer for anyone serving that morning. 

Bible study will begin meeting in-person (in addition to being live streamed) starting April 7th! We’ll meet in the auditorium so there is plenty of room to space out. We’ll be continuing our study in Ephesians. Starts at 7:00.

We’re excited to be able to add Sawyer to our support staff! He will be filling a much needed role as the head of our Production Team, with a focus on Sound. Sawyer has experience in production, sound mixing, and audio training as well as being a gifted musician himself! Please join us in welcoming him as he steps into this role and continue to pray with us that the Lord will use his gifts and abilities to further our mission for the kingdom of God!

SUNDAY Q&As: Starting April 11th!
Has a Sunday message ever left you with unanswered questions? It doesn’t have to anymore! For the three weeks after Easter we’ll be trying out an in-person Q&A session after the second service. You’ll be able to submit questions electronically at either of our two services and our pastoral staff will address them following the 10:00am service.  Join us in-person or check out the recorded Q&A on our YouTube and Podcast feeds. 

GWCM FOOD PANTRY DRIVE: Final weekend to donate!
We’re 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 THIS WEEKEND!

ACTS: Zoom Conversation Next Tuesday!
Join us March 30th at 7:00 on Zoom as we take time to reflect on reading the book of Acts. Bring your questions, favorite thoughts, or things that encouraged you! Meeting ID: 830 8944 3049. Any questions see Pastor Dave!

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE: 4/2 at 6:00pm
We’re so excited to be having an in-person service this Good Friday! There will be song, scripture readings, and communion. All offerings collected that evening will go to our benevolent fund. Service will also be live-streamed for those who are unable to join. 

EASTER SUNDAY: Three Services!
In addition to our regular Sunday morning worship times, we’ll also be having a third service at 11:30. We anticipate this third service will be our lightest, so if you haven’t been back to church since we re-opened, our hope is that you’ll feel comfortable to join us! We also want to celebrate Easter morning by offering donuts and coffee before each service. We can’t wait to be together as a church family after missing last year! 

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. If you haven’t already signed-up at church, you can sign-up here!
1st & 3rd TUESDAYS at 7:30pm
Finding Joy – Philippians (4/6)
The book of Philippians is perhaps the most positive letter Paul sent a church. In it we will find several things we can do to cement joy in our lives, even in the midst of difficult times.

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

JUMP-IN EVENT: This Friday!
Hope Youth invites students and friends from 6th-12th grade for a night of food, fellowship, and jumping! Meet at the church at 6:00. From there, we’ll be heading out to the Deptford Launch Trampoline Park to play dodgeball, trampoline basketball, and duke it out over the battle pit! Afterwards, we will return back to church for pizza and games! Normally a ticket to the trampoline park would cost $30, but $10 will get you in with us! That being said, it’s more important that your child comes and builds bonds then us getting the $10. So pay what you can, and we will see you Friday March 26th! 

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!