Hope Notes 06/09/2021

June 9, 2021

Hello Hoper~
So I guess I don’t know a thing about Tic Tac protocol. I’ve only ever eaten one at a time.  My daughter Emily was horrified to find out that I only give people ONE Tic Tac!  It appears that proper Tic Tac etiquette demands you offer at least two! Apparently my unintentional ‘hoarding’ of mints is an embarrassment to my family. Now that the error of my ways has been made known to me, let me offer an apology to all those I have inadvertently shortchanged!  Allow me to  share this with you – the serving size on the package is listed as one.  However, it is a show of generosity to offer two instead of the expected ‘one’.  This is the very same principle shown in Matthew 5:40-41, known as The Second Mile Investment.  “And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”  As believers, we are called to do more than simply what’s expected of us.  We are to go above and beyond for the Lord.  We honor Him with above and beyond service.  Don’t just do whatever the minimum requirement is; throw all you have into it as though you were serving God Himself.  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)  We honor Him with above & beyond loving, especially when we love those who are ‘unlovable’.   “…..love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  (Luke 6:27-28)  We honor Him with above and beyond giving; offering what we have with joy and generosity. “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2Corinthians 9:7)  Give willingly.  Cheerfully.  Humbly.  Be it your time, your money, your love………or your breath mints.  

Desiring to be a Second Mile Believer – Lois

Fallout (Numbers 14:21-45)
We live in a world fighting against fallout.  Humanity (even believers) want to sidestep any negative experiences, even those that are caused by the choices we make. We like to eat unhealthy and then ask doctors to give us medicine to offset the physical problems that come from that pattern.  We would love to relax all the time but still get all our work done.  There’s no shortage of opportunity to define freedom as our right to choose while simultaneously demanding that my choices never cause me any problems. Mankind does this with the Lord as well.  And the story we’re studying shows that this tendency is not new.  Israel made a choice in responding to God’s invitation to enter and take the Promised Land.  Now God declares the fallout. It is a heavy price they pay for the choices all along the way that led to the rebellion against God when they refused to enter the land. As we look at what happened, we can look at our own choices and weigh more honestly and realistically which decisions we’ll be glad we made in the long run.

1 Corinthians 15:57-58

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Turn to God with thanksgiving. Where have you experienced victory through our Lord Jesus Christ? Give thanks for this grace and ask for eyes to see all the ways you have received victory.

Join us Sunday mornings at 8:00 in Pastor Mark’s office to pray for that morning’s services. Contact Bob Baumiester for more information (rbaumiester@gmail.com). 
BIBLE STUDY: New series starting June 16th!
Ezra | Nehemiah: Revival Gone Wrong
What happens when well intentioned, God fearing leaders pave the way for revival and renewal? Revival and renewal, right? No, in the case of Ezra & Nehemiah. Let’s dive in to see what Israel did right and what they did wrong and what we can learn from it all. Bible study meets every Wednesday night at 7:00 in the auditorium as well on Facebook & YouTube livestream. 

Submit all of your questions on our website (hopechristianfellowship.org/qna), or by scanning a QR code in the Sunday Post! Pastor Mark, Dave, & Dan’s answers will be available Wednesdays on our YouTube and main podcast channels!   
For the month of May, we averaged $8524 per week bringing our annual average down to $9037.  This remains below our annual target of $9325 and about 5% below last year’s giving through the month of May.  We’re praying for God’s provision for our church operating budget through the faithfulness and generosity of Hopers!

NEW FAMILIES LUNCHEON: Sign-up by June 20th
Are you new to Hope since 2020? We would love to have you join us for an outdoor luncheon following the second service on Sunday, June 27th! You don’t have to bring anything but your family (kiddos included!) Our Staff & Elder Team are eager to get to know you more! Sign-up in the lobby or online here! (Luncheon will move indoors in the event of rain!)

We’re SO excited to be able to have VBS this summer from July 26th – 30th. This is our biggest event of the year and requires all hands on deck! If you’d like to be involved with helping, volunteer forms are available in the lobby or you can sign-up online here! Any questions contact Pastor Ryan at kids@hopechristianfellowship.org.

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. Contact Jess St. Petery (856-673-6809 or j.st.petery@gmail.com) for more information or with any questions!

MEN’S BREAKFAST: 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.

Young Adults will spend the summer meeting in different homes of our members! Our first meeting of the summer will be at the Ott’s house (6 East Ave., Clayton) next Tuesday, June 15th at 7:00. Stay tuned for the rest of our meeting dates and locations!
YOUTH GROUP: Last Sunday meeting for the summer!
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

JUNE BIBLE STUDY: Wednesdays at 7:00pm
An epic quest into enemy territory. Three days in the belly of the beast. The LAST mission he wanted to go on. Join us Wednesday nights in June as Hope Youth dives into the book of Jonah! Each week we will be looking at another chapter, discussing the moments that jumped out at us, seeing what message God has for his people, and just spending time with one another!
Whether you’re going into 6th grade or exiting 12th you are more than welcome to come!

Our last Sunday night Youth Group will be June 13th. Over the summer we’ll be having pool parties on the dates below. Addresses to come!

  • Friday, June 25th 5-8
  • Sat, July 17th 4-7
  • Sat, July 31st  4-7
  • Sat, August 14th 4-7
  • Friday, August 27th 5-8

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

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!