Hope Notes 06/30/2021

June 30, 2021

Hello Hoper~
     I was a very obedient child.  I went to Catholic school and I was terrified of the nuns.  Back then, they wore the long black habits with full head coverings so all you really saw of them was their face (no hair) and hands.  You can imagine the effect that had on a small and fearful child!  For some reason, they held more authority over me than my parents.  Whatever they said to do, I did.  I remember my dad wanting to go for a drive and get some ice cream after dinner, but that would put me past the nun’s imposed 8:00 bedtime.  I refused to go. My father bellowed at me, ‘I am your father and I say you can!’  I went, but when the nun asked who had stayed up past their bedtime, I dutifully stood up and took the rap across my knuckles with her ruler. I suppose obedience out of fear is still obedience, but obedience out of love is much more meaningful. 
     Did you know that God desires our obedience above even all the sacrifices we may make in the name of ministry or anything else we tack His name onto?  And I am certain that He wants our obedience to stem from love, not fear.  1 Samuel 15:22 says, “But Samuel declared: Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obedience to His voice? Behold, obedience is better than sacrifice……” Proverbs21:3 puts it another way – “To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.”  Doing what is right and just.  How many times are we tempted to do the wrong thing because it’s easier?  Or because it gets us what we want?  Well, temptation is always an opportunity for obedience.  And obedience leads to blessing.  Catch that?  It leads to BLESSINGS. ”Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him.”(Psalm 128:1)  In Luke 11:28 Jesus said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”  That’s what I want.  To be immersed in His Word and thereby know how He calls me to live. To have a healthy reverence for Him.  So much so that obeying Him comes from a place of love.  Not because I’m afraid of His holy rap across my knuckles. 

Desiring to Honor and Obey – Lois

You’re Not the Holy Spirit
(Matt 16:18; 1 Corinthians 3:6-7; Acts 4:12; Romans 14:1, 4, 10-13; 1 Corinthians 5:12-13)

Mark Twain wrote a story about a prince and a pauper who looked exactly the same. They used this fact to exchange lives for a time.  As the story plays out, there are many moments of tension because one person is impersonating another and doesn’t have the history or experience of the person they are pretending to be.  The pauper finds the responsibilities of the prince to be overwhelming, even though the life he experiences is privileged. If you were to try to pretend to be someone else, it probably wouldn’t take long for someone who knows that other person to recognize that you are not them. For believers, we walk through this world knowing that we want people to see Jesus.  But sometimes, what happens in debatable matters is that we revert to our humanity and try to make people see what we think they need.  We do this in spite of the fact that God’s Word and our own experience is clear: transformation does not happen by the skill or will of man.  It is something only God’s Spirit can do in people.  What would it look like if we left the Spirit’s work to the Spirit?

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.

Much of life can feel like it is happening “in vain.” Ask God to show you how you can accomplish his purposes even in the most mundane of tasks. Ask that God would give you eyes to see him at work in all things.

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). 
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. 
We’re partnering with Kids Alley for the month of July and collecting items for the upcoming school year. You can help turn a child’s locker from drab to fab with some awesome school supplies that they would not be able to afford on their own. To view a full list of items needed click here. Collection bins will be at the front and back doors of the church for the month of July. Any questions contact Stacy Reid at sreid0905@gmail.com

July Series: The Temptation of Jesus
Here the women of Hope gather to share one another’s joys, burdens, and needs with the Lord and each other. Grow together through our fellowship gatherings, time in prayer, and studies on various topics in the Bible. All women are welcomed to join us as we encourage each other in our personal walk with the Lord. Meets 1st & 3rd Mondays at 6:30. Any questions contact Mary LeBeau at marylebeau@verizon.net.
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.

3-5 Years: 9:30-Noon
K-5th: 6-8:30p

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!

Join us on Tuesday nights at 7:00 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 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) 

  • 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

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

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!