Hope Notes 07/14/2021

July 14, 2021

Hello Hoper~
The other night I sat on our back porch listening to the rain storm.  It’s so nice to be able to be outside but still protected from the elements. The falling rain is such a soothing sound, don’t you think?  Anyway… one of the thoughts I had was, “Oh good now I won’t have to go out and fill the birdbath tomorrow!”  Those birds are a thirsty lot.  They drink and splash in the bath all day long. Sometimes I have to fill it twice a day, especially during the hotter summer months.  Sometimes they even splash in it DURING a rainstorm!  All the rumination about water made me think of what the Bible refers to as ‘living water’.  The source of this eternal water for our soul is Jesus. “On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said: Streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-38)  I also like the promise He gives in John 4:14 – “But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”  I love the image of the bubbling spring not only refreshing our spirits but granting us eternal life. And although Jesus said that we will never be thirsty again once we drink the water He as for us, in one way we do need to be ‘thirsty’.  Psalm 63:1 puts it this way, “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you…”  We need to have that spiritual thirst for His Word, for His presence, and for His Kingdom, and for righteousness.  In Matthew 5:6 Jesus gives us this promise: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Its two sides of the same coin.  Being thirsty for the things of the Lord keeps us coming to Him, and coming to Him is what gives us living water, blessings, and eternal life.  My birdbath will run dry if I don’t physically go out there and fill it.  (And if I don’t, I swear the birds sit on the edge and give me dirty looks through my kitchen window!)  All WE need to do in order to be continually filled with refreshing, bubbling living water is stay firmly rooted in Jesus.  He will never let us run dry.

Quenched by Living Water – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE
Eagerly Share Jesus (Acts 1:8)

Social media has given us a different spin on the idea of ‘sharing’. We can share posts that we like from others, and we can share our lives with others (or at least the parts we want them to see) on our own posts. With all the different platforms, it would seem we’ve become experts at sharing. Most of the time, we enjoy sharing the parts of our lives that bring us joy, excitement, and celebration. There are those who also share some of their deep struggles and questions about life. As believers, we have the amazing privilege of sharing the best Person and the best news with others. The truth is we should be more eager to do this than virtually anything else in our lives. But we often aren’t. And we don’t. So let’s remind ourselves that one of the basics of knowing Jesus and following Him is eagerly sharing Him with others!

VERSE OF THE MONTH: 
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: 
What difficult conversations have you been avoiding? Ask God to lay them out before you and fill you with his Spirit that you may enter them graciously.

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
TENT SET-UP HELP NEEDED: Saturday, July 24th 9:00am
We’re looking for volunteers to help us set-up our large tents for VBS & the church picnic. Many hands make light work, so if you can join us we’d be so thankful! Any questions, contact Mike Hartwell (mhredeemed@gmail.com). 

CHURCH PICNIC: Mark your calendars because we’re finally having our annual church picnic again!!! Join us Sunday, August 1st at 5:00 for lots of food, fellowship, and water slides! (So make sure to bring your swimsuit and towel if you’re down for that!) If you’d like to help make the picnic happen, or just bring a side dish, sign-up in the lobby. 

BUSINESS MEETING: August 22nd
Mark your calendar! We’ll be having a business meeting for Hope Partners to vote on Ryan Moreno becoming our permanent children’s pastor. 

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.comALL THINGS VBS!
July 26th – 30th
3-5 Years: 9:30-Noon
K-5th: 6-8:30p


REGISTER YOUR CHILD: It’s not too late!!!
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: Only 1 Left!
Join us on Tuesday night, July 20th, at 7:00 and help us decorate church for VBS! Any questions contact Pastor Ryan at ryanmoreno08@gmail.com

DECORATING DAY: July 24th at 9:00am
Join us at the church on Saturday the 24th to help us complete the transformation of church for VBS! We’ll need all hands on deck to put on the finishing touches!

YOUNG ADULTS
IN YOUR HOUSE! 
Young Adults will spend the summer meeting in different homes of our members! Our next meeting will be July 20th at 7:00 at the Hallahan’s (612 Westover Ct., Williamstown) 
 HOPE YOUTH
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!