Hope Notes 08/04/2021

August 4, 2021

Hello Hoper~
     Let’s see……I’ve been doing the Hope Notes for about 15 years.  That makes about 15 VBS closing Programs I’ve seen.  And that makes about 15 times I’ve cried my way through them.  I’m such a sap; I don’t even have any children in the program!  But there is something about seeing all those sweet young faces on stage jumping and singing with joy about God that gets me every time.  I always wonder what their future holds.  Will they do great things for His Kingdom?  Will they stray?  Maybe they will simply live God honoring, Christ centered lives; serving in their churches and raising THEIR children to love the Lord. And guess what?  Since 15 years is a long span of time to watch these children go through VBS, I HAVE gotten to see some of them grow up and serve right here at Hope!  
     It is so important to teach our young ones the Word of God and the precious Truths it holds for them (and us!). Hearing the children repeat Scripture in simple words replants it deep within my own soul.  We’ve heard the Word of God referred to as a seed. “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.” (Luke 8:11)  Once that seed is planted it remains in our subconscious.  It gets imprinted on our hearts and minds. As our children grow up, they may put it in the back of their minds as more things come in, but it remains there, waiting for a trigger, or for a moment to bring it back to the forefront.  The Word of God is never lost forever to someone who knows or knew it.  Let’s just be sure we don’t depend solely on the church to teach our children.  We need to continue imparting these valuable lessons at home – reading the Bible together, praying, and setting an example in how we live. “Train up a child the way he should go, and when he grows old, he will never depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
     In closing, let me say that I’ve got another couple years of tearfully sniffing my way through these programs until my grandson is up there.  Then the waterworks will REALLY let loose! I’ll understand if no one wants to sit next to me.

His Children are Precious Treasures – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE
Improve the Conversation (Communion)
(James 1:19-20; Galatians 5:22-23; 6:1; Ephesians 4:3; Romans 12:2)

Social media has definitely generated more outlets for conversation. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing is probably something to debate, but it highlights an area where Christians should excel. Because we know the King and are confident in His reign over all, we can walk into every interaction with a security and peace that the lost don’t have. We can take instruction from God’s Word on what healthy conversation looks like and live that out in the discussions around us both virtually and in real life. Because of that, Christians should improve any conversation they enter. Maybe that’s not the norm, but it should be. Let’s take some time this morning to look at what we know and how to use it in our interactions with others.

VERSE OF THE MONTH: 
Romans 8:14-15

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.”

PRAYER PROMPT: 
Fear is deceptive. It often looks like any number of other things (preparedness, wisdom, caution, etc). Ask the Spirit to show you where you are returning to fear. What steps can you take to insulate yourself from returning to fear?

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: On Hiatus 
Catch up on previous studies by listening to our podcast, or watching on YouTube! Channel Name: “Hope Christian Fellowship”
ANNOUNCEMENTS
JULY GIVING UPDATE
For the month of July, we averaged $7730 per week which is significantly below our annual weekly giving target of $9325.  This has brought our average for the year down to $8874.  We are praying for the Lord’s provision through the faithfulness of each Hoper in giving as the Lord directs. 

BUSINESS MEETING: August 22nd
Mark your calendar! We’ll be having a business meeting following the second service 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. 

GOD’S GIRLS: August 23rd at 6:30
God’s Girls will be meeting the first and FOURTH Monday of August. Open to any women graduated high school and older. A place for fellowship, study, and prayer. Any questions contact Mary LeBeau at marylebeau@verizon.net

BAPTISM: September 8th at 7:00pm
If you’re a new Christian, or maybe you just haven’t had the opportunity to be baptized yet, now might be the right opportunity for you to declare your faith and testimony! To participate, you’ll need to attend two classes with Pastor Dave – both following the second service on Sunday August 29th & September 5th. Questions? Contact Pastor Dave at dave@hopechristianfellowship.org. Sign-up in the lobby! 

CAFE: September 15th at 7:00pm
It’s time to showcase your talent at our Fall Cafe! Not a fan of the stage? Come support our performers and enjoy fellowship and entertainment! You can even bring a tasty treat to share! Sign-up in the lobby!

HOPE FAMILY NIGHTS: Coming this Fall!
Starting Wednesday, September 22nd we are launching Hope Family Nights for ALL AGES!!! We’ve got your whole family covered – including dinner! Join us from 6:00-7:00 for food and fellowship, and then 7:00-8:00 for breakout groups! HopeKids will be providing childcare as young as nursery and through 5th grade. Hope Youth will be doing a bible study for our teens. And adults will have a variety of groups to choose from! You are not going to want to miss these nights made for our whole church family!!! Sign-up information coming soon!


YOUNG ADULTS
IN YOUR HOUSE! 
Young Adults will spend the summer meeting in different homes of our members! Our final summer meeting will be Friday, August 20th at 7:00 at Josh DeWalt’s house (81 Davidson Rd., Swedesboro) Open to anyone graduated high school through their twenties! 
 HOPE YOUTH
SUMMER SEND-OFF SERIES!
Join us Sunday, August 29th from 6-8 for the first of THREE epic youth group events to close out the summer! Our first meeting will be a Glow Party! 

BIBLE STUDY: Restarts tonight!
Join us Wednesday nights in August at 7:00 as we study the book of Judges. 

SUMMER POOL PARTY SCHEDULE:

  • 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

OCEAN CITY RETREAT:
Mark your calendars for our annual OC high school retreat, happening September 17-19th. More details and sign-up info to come!


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!