Hope Notes 06/23/2021

June 23, 2021

Hello Hoper~
This is not a good time of year for fruit lovers like me.  The yummy summer fruits like peaches, nectarines, cantaloupe, watermelon, and berries are not quite in season yet.  Meanwhile, the winter fruits like pears and oranges are out of season and taste lousy!  I know you’re thinking, ‘well what about apples and bananas?’, but I don’t like apples much and a banana seems to belong exclusively to breakfast.  So I guess I’ll just have to wait a little bit longer!  However, there are some fruits that manage to totally disregard the seasons.  Of course I’m talking about the fruit of the Spirit?  Are you familiar with them? They can be found listed in Galatians 5:22-23. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” They’ve been on my mind a lot lately for some reason.  And then I read something the other day in my devotion that really started the wheels turning.  Author Ray Stedman said, “Joy is love enjoying itself; peace is love resting; patience is love waiting; kindness is love reacting; goodness is love choosing; faithfulness is love keeping its word; gentleness is love empathizing; and self-control is love resisting temptation.”  I’m STILL rolling that around in my head!  Going by what he says, it would seem that all the qualities of a life controlled by the Spirit are expressions of the first one – love.  No coincidence then, that love would be the first one listed.  Does that mean that if we can master love, we can reap the benefits of the rest?  I don’t know, but I do know that love in itself can be a difficult thing. God commands us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44), to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39), and to love Him with all we have (Matthew 22:37). Yet, how often do we fail at this?  ‘Love’ is the key.  As believers, we have the ability to love as God does.  You heard that right!   1John 4:19 says, “We love because He first loved us.”  So……we can do it, we simply need to tap into that blessed resource living inside us and let our lives become a reflection of the love He has for us! While I’m working on that, I’ll also be exercising that fruit of the Spirit, patience, as I wait for my longed for summer fruits!

Cultivating the Fruit – Lois


SPIRITUAL CARE  NEW! SUMMER SERMON SERIES
Remember Who We Are: A HOPE Kind of Church

Through the summer, we’re going to take a few weeks and consider together as a church family what kind of church the Lord has called us to be.  The past months have included so much adapting and changing that we can just be reacting to what’s happening around us. We can forget what we knew before: that the Lord has a specific and powerful call on Hope as a church. More folks need what the Lord has given us.  So each week we’ll look at something God has called us to do and challenge ourselves to do it faithfully and enthusiastically. Let’s make sure we’re on track as a church and as partners in the kingdom work we’ve been given.

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE
What We Do (Romans 15:13; Acts 2:42; Galatians 5:13)
COMMUNION

During the pre-flight instructions (that everyone kind of ignores), travelers are told about emergency exits, seatbelts, floatation devices, and oxygen masks.  If you ever pay attention, you’ll notice that there’s an emphasis ensuring your well-being first before you attempt to help another.  While that can sound selfish, it actually just embraces a simple truth: you cannot help others when you’re incapacitated yourself. As a church, we have a heart to see much change in this world and in our spheres of influence.  But we cannot do anything if our own church isn’t functioning in a vibrant and healthy way.  Today, we’re going to look at some simple basics that allow our church to thrive.  We need each person who is a part of Hope to be committed to three actions, and the well-being of our church will rise or fall depending on how we each respond.

VERSE OF THE MONTH: 
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.

PRAYER PROMPT: 
Ask God for a renewed sense of purpose and vision as it pertains to doing “the work of the Lord.” Where has God called you? How can you give yourself fully to it? Ask the Lord to give you answers and direction to these questions.

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER:
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: 
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. 

SUNDAY Q&As: 
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! 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
NEW FAMILIES LUNCHEON: LAST CALL!
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 online here! (Luncheon will move indoors in the event of rain!)

HOPE’S SINGLES GROUP:
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 this Sunday’s location! 


ALL THINGS VBS!
VOLUNTEER:
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.

REGISTER YOUR CHILD:
This year’s theme is TREASURED – where kids discover that God’s greatest treasure is THEM! We’ll sing songs, play games, eat treats, go on bible adventures and more. It’s sure to be one of the best weeks of your child’s summer! Registration forms are available in the lobby or you can sign-up online here!

DECORATING NIGHTS:
Join us on Tuesday nights at 7:00 starting June 29th through July 22nd and help us transform the church for VBS! Whether you can make it to one or all, we’d love to have as many helping hands as possible! Any questions contact Pastor Ryan at ryanmoreno08@gmail.com

YOUNG ADULTS
IN YOUR HOUSE! 
Young Adults will spend the summer meeting in different homes of our members! Our next meeting will be Tuesday, July 6th at 7:00 at the Hallahan’s! (612 Westover Ct., Williamstown) 
 HOPE YOUTH
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!

SUMMER POOL PARTY SCHEDULE:

  • Friday, June 25th from 5-8pm at Pam Wardach’s – 663 Union Road, Mickleton
  • Saturday, July 17th from 4-7pm at the Baumiester’s – 750 Fairview Ave, Woodbury Heights
  • Saturday, July 31st from 4-7pm at the Shinn’s – 944 Maryland Ave, Deptford
  • Saturday, August 14th from 4-7pm at Linda Landis’ – 230 Maple Ave, Blackwood
  • Friday, August 27th from 5-8pm at the Marquez’s – 270 Kings Highway, Clarksboro

DELANCO CAMP: 
To register, visit delanco.org, visit “Camps + Retreats” and select “Register.” 

  • Camp meeting – July 2nd-5th; for the whole family (Dan & Mackenzie are running the youth program) 
  • Jr High – July 18th-24th; for students entering 7th-9th grade
  • Teen – July 25th-31th; for students entering 10th-12th grade & recent high school graduates

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

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!