Hope Notes 05/05/2021

May 5, 2021

Hello Hoper!
 A number of years ago I learned something which blew me away so much that I believe I shared it here for a Mother’s Day post.  It obviously affected me because here I am thinking about it again now that Mother’s Day is approaching. In case I’m not the only one who wasn’t actively aware of this, let me bring to your attention the fact that Eve was the very first mother!  Oh okay, I can ‘hear’ the laughter and ‘see’ the eye rolling coming from some of you.  I don’t know why that fact never occurred to me; I guess I only thought about Eve in terms of the garden and the fall.  Motherhood never entered the picture. Since this thought has once again popped into my brain, it has led me to ponder all other kinds of things.(Because that’s what I do – I ponder.)  It made me really stop and think about Eve’s roles.  She was the very first woman, the only human to come from a man, the first wife, the first to sin, and of course, the first mother.  Another little tidbit – Eve was also the first seamstress!  “At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.” (Genesis 3:7)  Am I still the only one having an Aha Moment over all of this?  How about the fact that she for SURE didn’t have a Mother’s Day celebration!  I am so thankful that we have a day set aside to honor our own moms! Though the Bible tells us we should be honoring them EVERY day, I don’t think we always do. “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12) ( Side Note: This is the only command in Scripture that comes with the reward of long life!)  We are also told to respect our parents. “Each of you must respect your mother and father…..” (Leviticus 19:3)  I don’t think I’m wrong in saying we often neglect to do either or both of these! Let’s be sure to take the time this Sunday and do something to honor your mom or to commemorate her memory.  And don’t forget any special women in your lives who have been ‘like a mother’ to you!  An encouraging word mixed with an expression of love goes a long way in making moms feel special!

Happy Mother’s Day! – Lois

Constantly Changing Life (Ruth 1 and 4)
Mother’s Day

Raising kids is a study in change.  As soon as you think you have one phase figured out, your children are on to the next, and you’re almost back at square one trying to develop some kind of plan that could be effective.  In the early days, you’re just hoping for some sleep and that you aren’t missing anything important in your ignorance.  Later, you become very aware of influences on your child that can cause great concern.  As they approach adulthood, you struggle to figure out how to coach them and let them go at the same time.  And there are a million shifts and changes in between.  Of course, motherhood is not the only place where life is filled with change.  In fact, it is everywhere in everyone’s life.  And it can be overwhelming.  Certainly the recent months have had more than their share of uncertainty and changes to deal with. Let’s look at a story from Israel’s history where a few women faced all kinds of change and uncertainty, and found out how God can be good in the middle of all of it.

Romans 6:21-22

What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

Take time this week asking God to expose areas in your life that you are depending to bring you life, but will only lead to death – patterns of behavior or thought, relationships, a job, control over situations, etc.

Grab a Bible Reading Plan bookmark in the lobby, if you haven’t already, to keep track of our annual plan!

Join us Sunday mornings at 8:00 in Pastor Mark’s office to pray for that morning’s services. 
For the month of April, we averaged $8570 per week bringing our annual average down to $9187.  This is below our annual weekly target of $9325.  We are praying for the Lord to provide through the faithful and sacrificial giving of our Hopers. We’re now about 7% behind last year’s giving and definitely have some catching up to do. Let’s all be mindful of supporting God’s work in our church and following His leading in our giving.

Our annual baby bottle fundraiser is here! Help support Choices of the Heart by picking up a baby bottle located in the back of the auditorium and filling it throughout the month with extra change. All bottles can be returned to the back table by May 30th. You can also donate directly here! Any questions or if you would like to join our Mission’s Team please contact Stacy Reid, sreid0905@gmail.com.

MEN’S BREAKFAST: This Saturday 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.

This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 12:30pm. We are committed to encouraging one another to lead obedient, fulfilling lives as followers of Jesus. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements regarding a quarterly event as well! Contact Jess St. Petery (856-673-6809 or j.st.petery@gmail.com) for more information or with any questions!

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 in the auditorium! 
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.


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

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! 
1st & 3rd TUESDAYS at 7:30pm
Open to anyone graduated high school through their early 20s. Stay tuned for upcoming events!

Join us Sunday, May 30th at 12:30 for food, tubing, and yard games! Sign-up in the lobby to bring a snack or dessert. (Address: 2033 Ballard Dr., Hammonton)

GUYS NIGHT: This Friday!
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! 

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Youth Group this Sunday, May 9th

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

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!

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