Hope Notes 07/07/2021

July 7, 2021

Hello Hoper~
     Did you know that, of all our senses, our sense of smell is the one most closely linked with memory and emotion?  I’m a big sniffer.  I like to smell everything; just ask any one of my family members or friends.  They all know the first thing I will usually do when given an object is to take a whiff.  Deeply inhaling a new book, fresh ink on paper, or maybe the dish detergent as I wash the dishes is such a satisfying experience.  And let’s not even discuss how many times I take a big snuffle of my grandson’s head!  So many things and places can be easily identified by the characteristic odor associated with them.  I think if any of us were blindfolded and walked into a Target, Home Depot, Barnes & Nobel, or a Starbucks, we would instantly know where we are.  (Please don’t tell me if that isn’t the case and it’s just me with some freak sense of smell memory!)
     Did you also know that we as Christians are also supposed to be easily identified by our scent?  “For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” (2 Corinthians 2:15)  This means that we are His representatives here on earth.  That there should be a different ‘bouquet’ emanating from us.  Paul explains it more like this: “God uses us to make the knowledge about Christ spread everywhere like a sweet fragrance.” {2 Corinthians 2:14 GNT)  Are we doing that?  Do we ‘smell’ any different than the world around us?  God enjoys our sweet aroma as well.  There are many references in Scripture of ‘sweet smelling sacrifices’.  Prayers are likened to incense in Psalm 141:2, “May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” And in Revelation 5:8, “……..Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.”
     I like to think it’s no accident that God designed our sense of smell to be such a vital part of our memories and emotions; it plays quite an important part in Scripture!  Start thinking about how you want to ‘smell’ as you make your way in the world.  But don’t worry; I won’t do any sniffing whenever I see you!

Let Us Be a Fragrant Offering – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE
Eagerly Follow Jesus (John 1:3-4; Luke 9:23-25; 1 Peter 2:18-23)

We’ve probably all sung the words “I have decided to follow Jesus”. In a very real sense, this is basic to what it means to be a Christian. There is virtually no such thing as a Christian who doesn’t follow Jesus. But when was the last time you asked where Jesus is calling for you to follow Him? And when you think about it, following Jesus probably means embracing some things we might not like. After all, His footsteps took Him to suffering and death for us, so following Him could be quite costly. For Hope to shine the light of Jesus as the Savior of the world, we will have to genuinely and sincerely answer this question: Am I willing to follow Jesus? Do I really want to? And where is He asking me to follow?

VERSE OF THE MONTH: July
Colossians 4:6

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

PRAYER PROMPT: 
Jesus said, “from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Allow the Spirit to take inventory of your words. What does this say about the condition of your heart? How is God calling you to respond?

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. 

PRAYER WALL:
Did you know that we have a prayer wall in our coffee room? Next time you grab a cup of joe on a Sunday morning, make sure to check it out! You can leave anonymous requests, and take one (or a few) requests to pray for! Its an easy way to support each other!
ANNOUNCEMENTS
GIVING UPDATE:
For the month of June, we averaged $9122 per week bringing our annual average up to $9050.  This remains below our annual weekly giving target of $9325. We are only about 4% behind last year’s giving to this point, so we’re confident that we can rise to meet the challenge of a fully funded budget for 2021.  As we move to the 2nd half of this year, let’s each be faithful in what the Lord has asked us to give, and trust that together, we can do all that He has for us!

KIDS ALLEY COLLECTION:
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

MEN’S BREAKFAST: This Saturday 8-9:30a
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. If you would like to help cook or set up, meet in the kitchen at 7:00a.

HOPE’S SINGLES GROUP: This Sunday
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 meeting time and location!
 ALL THINGS VBS!
July 26th – 30th
3-5 Years: 9:30-Noon
K-5th: 6-8:30p


VOLUNTEER:
If you’d like to be involved with helping, volunteer forms are available in the lobby or you can sign-up online here! We are still looking to fill the following roles:

  • Crew Leaders (AM & PM)
  • Pre-K helpers
  • Snack helpers (AM & PM)

Any questions contact Pastor Ryan at kids@hopechristianfellowship.org.

DECORATING NIGHTS: Only 2 Left!
Join us on Tuesday nights at 7:00 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

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!

YOUNG ADULTS
IN YOUR HOUSE! 
Young Adults will spend the summer meeting in different homes of our members! Stay tuned for the details of our next meeting!
 HOPE YOUTH
YOUTH FEST: This Saturday!
Join us July 10th at Washington Lake park for our Summer Youth Olympics! Hope Youth is teaming up with Saint John’s UMC to host an evening of food, games, and prizes! Students will have a chance to compete in a series of games to win prizes and of course, bragging rights. If you’re going into 6th grade, leaving 12th, or anywhere in between you are welcome to join in on the fun! Festivities start at 5pm, and pick up time is 9pm. Hope to see you there!

SUMMER POOL PARTY SCHEDULE:

  • 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.” 

  • 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!