Hope Notes 07/21/2021

July 21, 2021

Hello Hoper~
DISCLAIMER:  Apologies in advance – Let’s see how many times I can say the word ‘family’ before this post is done.  Or not.
I may only have a few blood relatives, but what I do have a friend who is truly a sister to me.  Born just one year after me, our mothers were friends, and our ‘older-by-13-years’ brothers were friends.  We have been intertwined as family so long that I forget we aren’t really related! If only our moms were alive to see how the relational legacy has continued on through the generations.  The other day, as Aunt and Auntie, we got to discussing how our children are cousins and now THEIR children are second cousins.  As we meandered along the genealogy trail, I suddenly remembered none of us actually share DNA. We had a good laugh over that and decided how, if you say something enough times, it becomes ‘true’.  In that moment I decided DNA doesn’t matter one bit; we ARE family and no one can tell me any different!  In fact, we are the best kind of family – Chosen. My own personal little family includes my husband, daughter, son-in-law, and grandson.  Chosen.  Put together by God.  When Scripture tells us that “God sets the lonely in families” (Psalm 68:6), it could be any kind of family. My extended and personal chosen families are just two examples.  Another that comes to mind is our church family. For me, the relationships formed there fill in any remaining gaps left by nonexistent blood relatives. Our church family is part of an even bigger family – the family of God.  This is the one we were designed to belong to. No matter how big or how little your family here on earth is, you can know that you are His child and therefore belong to His.  But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…” (John 1:12)  One of my favorite verses that highlights the privilege and favor that goes along with this is found in 1 John 3, “See what kind of love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God…” Whether or not my earthly family will ever lavish that kind of love on me, I am so grateful that our God does.  And that I am a part of His family.  And that He knows our needs and our desires often before we do.  And meets them according to His will.  Beyond thankful for all the families He has placed me into.

Part of the Family of God – Lois


SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE
Love Like Crazy
VBS Opening 

(John 13:34-25; 1 Cor 13:1-3; John 3:16; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:24)
If you’ve ever been around a young couple newly in love, you know how crazy love can make you act. The great thing is that the couple doesn’t realize they are doing anything strange; for them, it is just as natural as breathing. Love makes us do stuff and changes how we act. For believers, that is a great way to practically think about loving others. Jesus told us to love our neighbor and Paul tells us it is the main thing for Christians. Hopefully, we are already loving people like Jesus loves them.  But today, let’s kick off VBS by asking ourselves if we have room to grow in loving others.  Can we love people like crazy?

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: Final Night of Ezra Study
Join us tomorrow night at 7:00 for our final look at Ezra & Nehemiah before we break for the remainder of summer. Catch-up on previous studies anytime on Facebook & YouTube!
ANNOUNCEMENTS
KIDS ALLEY COLLECTION: DUE THIS SUNDAY!
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

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. Any questions see Pastor Mark or a member of the Elder Team.  ALL 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 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!

TENT SET-UP HELP NEEDED: 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). 

YOUNG ADULTS
IN YOUR HOUSE! 
Young Adults will spend the summer meeting in different homes of our members! Our next meeting will be Tuesday, August 3rd at 7:00 at Mackenzie Gossard’s house (973 Johnson Rd., Sicklerville.) Open to anyone graduated high school through their twenties! 
 HOPE YOUTH
SUMMER POOL PARTY SCHEDULE:

  • 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.” 

  • 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!