Hope Notes 08/11/2021

August 11, 2021

Hello Hoper~
     Because we’re all friends, I’m going to share an embarrassing story with you.  One rainy day, my hubby and I went out to eat.  We got out of the car and made a run for it.  Except….I couldn’t figure out why he wasn’t waiting for me.  Regardless of the weather, he always waited to take my hand as we went.  I careened after him shouting ‘wait for me, wait for me’, all the while lunging and grabbing at his jacket.  We finally got to the entrance and…….you guessed it…..it WASN’T HIM. This poor man looked at me like the lunatic I was.  Where was Michael?  Still in the car, having the best laugh ever.  Unbeknownst to me, he’d paused to blow his nose. And I didn’t really notice the imposter’s jacket since I had my head down due to the rain. I haven’t lived that one down to this day!
     Have you ever chased after the wrong thing, or the wrong person?  Something or someone that God did not intend for you?  It could be a job, a ministry choice, or a relationship.  Sometimes it can be hard to discern whether what we are chasing is what WE want, or what GOD wants.  If it’s not something God would have for us, I can guarantee it’s pretty much meaningless.  The author of Ecclesiastes refers to this as ‘chasing after the wind’. “Yet when I considered all the works that my hands had accomplished and what I had toiled to achieve, I found everything to be futile, a chasing of the wind; there was nothing to be gained under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 2:11)  So how do we know if what we’re chasing is what God wants?  Ask Him!  “Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you” (Psalm 25:4-5). God does not intend for us to stumble blindly through life, wondering where we’re going and what we’re doing.  He often will lovingly put up roadblocks or close doors to guide us.  I love the reassurance that is found in Isaiah 30:21 – “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”  Our God is so gracious to offer His guidance in these ways.  Now if only His voice would have shouted to me on that rainy day, “That is not your husband!”

Chasing After Him – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE
Do Good (Ephesians 2:10; Galatians 6:9-10) – Hoper Highlights
The problems of the world are easy to see. We walk through life constantly noticing how things are not what they should be. As Christians, we want the world to know Jesus and for good to triumph. But it can feel overwhelming and hopeless. What are we supposed to do about that? The actual answer is probably a lot simpler than it seems. We are to be people who do good. Look around your life and notice the chances you have to make a difference by doing something that is good. The act itself may be small, but the results are big. We have some Hopers who are actively involved in local ministry in Woodbury who can share with us how God is using them to do exactly that. Maybe we can join them in the good they are doing. Or maybe the Lord will use their experience to stir you up to the good He wants you to do.

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: 
What does it mean for you to be a son or daughter of God? Think through the implications and give thanks to God for your adoption into his family.

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
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. 

MEN’S BREAKFAST: Saturday 8-9:30
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.

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!

MEN’S BOWLING LEAGUE:
Hope’s Bowling League is starting up again this fall! We bowl every Monday night at 6:10 for 32 weeks at Deptford Bowling Alley ($15/night, ages 16+) Sign-up in the lobby or contact Bruce Clark with any questions. (brucec77@verizon.net)


MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
Many of you filled out a volunteer form this summer and helped fill in the gaps for lots of our ministries! We are so thankful. Yet we still have a handful of areas that still need helping hands. Please pray and consider if you might be the right fit for one of these ministries:

GREETERS:
Be the first smile that someone sees at Hope! Looking for friendly faces to greet everyone who steps through our doors and hand them a Sunday Post! Contact Deb Caranci at debcaranci@gmail.com.

HOPE YOUTH:
*No prior experience required*
Seeking to serve God at Hope?
Eager to show the love of Christ to teens? 
Hungry for shaving cream to be put on your face to the tune of snickering 12 year-olds?
THEN HAVE WE GOT THE VOLUNTEER POSITION FOR YOU!
Hope Youth is looking for new Youth Leader volunteers to jump in and serve the kingdom! We’re looking for adults who are interested and excited about walking side by side with teens as they navigate the murky waters of adolescence, leading them toward Jesus. If you’re interested in being a part of the Hope Youth team, contact Daniel Lein at leindaniel42@gmail.com

HOPEKIDS WONDERZONE:
Our HopeKids! WonderZone is in need of some extra help in our growing Nursery and Toddlers classrooms. If you love rocking babies, our littlest Hopers would love you in the Nursery! In our Toddlers class, we provide engaging and easy-to-follow activities, lesson videos, and awesome worship songs for our 2-3 year olds!  Anyone interested in serving these little wonders can contact Kara May at karamay@hopechristianfellowship.org!


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!