Hope Notes 04/28/2021

April 28, 2021

Hello Hoper!
  If it were possible for me to morph into a flower, I think I’d like to be a dandelion. (And yes I know; technically they are a weed!) Dandelions are, quite possibly, the most successful plants that exist, masters of survival worldwide.  Doesn’t that sound cool?! I think having the qualities of a dandelion would be useful for God’s kingdom.  Their flower opens to greet the morning and closes in the evening to sleep.  Start every morning greeting the new day and by praying to God. “You hear my voice in the morning; at sunrise I offer my prayer and wait for your answer.” (Psalm 5:3 GNT)  Every part of the dandelion is useful: root, leaves, and flower. It can be used for food, medicine and dye for coloring.  Every part of us should be of use to the Lord.  We have gifts and abilities that He has given us; why not use all of them for His Kingdom and His glory?  “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1Peter 4:10)  Dandelion seeds are often transported away by a gust of wind and they travel like tiny parachutes. Seeds are often carried as many as 5 miles from their origin!  This makes me think how we should let the winds of the Holy Spirit blow us wherever He chooses so that we can spread the Good News of Jesus. “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)  Dandelions have one of the longest flowering seasons of any plant.  I believe we can be used by God and ‘flower’ throughout our entire lives.  Consider just of few of the biblical servants who honored their Lord even into old age: Abram (75), Moses (80), Aaron (83), Joshua (“very old”), Eli (“old) etc. “The righteous thrive like a palm tree and grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon.  Planted in the house of the LORD they thrive in the courts of our god.  They will still bear fruit in old age, healthy and green…” (Psalm 92:12-14)  One final piece of dandelion trivia – if you mow them down, they will grow shorter stalks just to spite you!  A bright spot of yellow mocking those who seek a perfect and vibrant green lawn. They truly are one hardy and resilient little plant.  That’s how I want to be.  When Satan tries to discourage me or strike me down, I want to thrive and remain steadfast in faith just to spite him.  When things don’t go my way in life, I want to continue to bloom and grow spiritually.  I must remember what Philippians 4:13(ESV) declares: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”, and then ‘grow a shorter stalk’!

Practicing the Shorter Stalk System – Lois


SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE
May 2 – Betrayal (Numbers 12)

Betrayal, like any kind of pain, can cloud our vision. It virtually always comes from those we trust or care about, which makes betrayal even more painful. If you’ve ever faced this kind of trauma, you know how hard it is to let faith guide you.  We want to step in and set the record straight.  Or we want to retreat into the safety of isolation. We react humanly and then we let those normal reactions begin to guide us as though human answers can heal our broken hearts. Moses faced that kind of betrayal.  For that matter, so did Jesus. What should we do when we’re betrayed? While the answer may vary from person to person and situation to situation, there are some foundational truths that we can hold in faith that will allow us to step into God’s power and healing.  Since we’ve all been there, and we’ll all be there again, let’s see what we can learn from Moses’ experience.

VERSE OF THE MONTH: 
Proverbs 27:1-2
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Let someone else praise you, and not your own lips.”

WEEKLY PRAYER PROMPT:
Instead of seeking praise for yourself, how can you use your words to speak life into others? Ask God to show you someone who would benefit from your praise.

PRAY WITH YOUR PASTOR!
Join us Sunday mornings at 8:00 in Pastor Mark’s office to pray for that morning’s services. 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
ONLINE DIRECTORY: Join now!
New to Hope? Our online directory gives you access to contact information of other Hopers, and is secure and private for church use only. You can also update your information and picture at anytime. Access it online or through an app! To sign-up, fill out the form here. If you’re already a member of the directory, now would be a great time to refresh your information and make sure it’s accurate!

SUNDAY Q&As: Now through May!
Has a Sunday message ever left you with unanswered questions? It doesn’t have to anymore! 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. To ask a question, visit swiftpolling.com and use the event code 24424.

HOPE YOUTH NEEDS YOUR POOL!

Summer is just around the corner and we are hoping to get back outside and back together, but we need your help! For the months of July & August,  Hope Youth would like to partner with you to host pool parties and summer devotionals! If you have a pool and would like to lend it out for an afternoon to Hope Youth please sign-up! We will take care of food and drinks, we just need the space! Sign-up here on the youth bulletin board, or contact Youth Pastor Dan at danlein@hopechristianfellowship.org

ROMAN’S ZOOM CONVERSATION: Thursday!
If you’ve been reading along with us for this month’s bible book, meet with us on Zoom to discuss! Pastor Dave will lead in conversation. Bring your feedback and questions. April 29th at 7:00. Meeting ID: 810 7220 2635.

LADIES NIGHT OUT:
“When Life Gives You Lemons…”

Join us for a night of lemonade and laughs on Friday, May 7th from 7-9pm! We’ll also serve coffee and sweet treats and hear from some of our ladies about the ups and downs of life, and the goodness of God in the highs and lows! If you’re post high school and up, you’re invited to sign up in the lobby or online here. You don’t need to bring a thing, but feel free to invite a friend!

BIBLE STUDY: Ephesians
Meets every Wednesday night in the auditorium at 7:00, as well as live on Facebook and YouTube. This is a great opportunity for a mid-week spiritual boost and a chance to spend time with church family. Don’t miss! 

SPRING SMALL GROUPS
THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT
Thursdays, 7:00 at Church | May 6 – Jun 10

Many times, being a Christian seems like a lot of “do not’s” which turn our faith into nothing more than restrictive legalism. But what if being a Christian is all about freedom? For six weeks we are going to look at The Greatest Commandment and begin to explore the freedom and wholeness that comes from loving God and our neighbors. Jesus brilliantly boiled down what it means to follow God into a couple sentences. We think it will be refreshing to explore this command together and help one another apply it to our lives at a deeper level. Sign-up here!

CAN’T WE ALL GET ALONG?
Thursdays, 7:00 at Church | May 6 – Jun 10
It can seem increasingly unlikely, but the issues that threaten to divide us are not stronger than issues the Church has faced throughout her history. In the boiling pot that was 2020, a variety of different issues have bubbled up to the surface. We cannot ignore them and we shouldn’t divide over them. But what if we can’t all agree? How do we disagree without dividing the church? Over these 6 weeks, we’ll look at biblical principles, apply them to contemporary issues, and practice disagreeing with one another. Sign-up here!

YOUNG MARRIEDS
6:30-9:00 | Select Dates Below

Starting out a new life together can be ironically lonely. You’re figuring out new habits and patterns of living and it can feel like every other couple has it together. We know that’s not true. We also know that the beginning years of a marriage our foundational. This group will seek to help connect couples in a similar stage of life so that you know you aren’t alone. All meetings will take place at the Balls (239 Penn Ave, Haddon Township) and will include and time to dig into God’s word and work on your marriages. Meetings will be 5/7, 5/21, 6/12, 7/9, 7/24, and 8/28.  While all meetings will be beneficial, it’s okay if you can’t make them all! Sign-up here!
YOUNG ADULTS
1st & 3rd TUESDAYS at 7:30pm
Open to anyone graduated high school through their early 20s. Stay tuned for upcoming events!

HOPE YOUTH
GUYS NIGHT: 
Hope Youth will be hosting a guy’s night on Friday, May 14th, from 6-10pm at the church. Join us and bring your friends for a night of Video Games, party games, and free tacos! Contact Pastor Dan (danlein@hopechristianfellowship.org) if you have any questions! 

YOUTH GROUP: Sundays at 6:00pm
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
GOZONE LIVESTREAM UPDATE:
We are very happy to announce the new and improved GoZone Virtual Experience! Instead of the livestream, our GoZone kids who can’t make it to church will have their VERY OWN virtual experience designed specifically to be as accessible and exciting as possible for children at home. Make sure you’re following HopeKids Ministries on Facebook so your child can watch!

GO ZONE:
Our Sunday morning program for K-5th graders meets in-person at the 8:30 & 10:00 services.