Hope Notes 11/03/2021

November 3, 2021

Hello Hoper~
One of the things I love about our church is how carefully we protect our volunteers. We don’t want people to become burned out by overserving.  Pastor Mark’s philosophy comes straight from the heart.  People over Programs.  While there will always be some who don’t want to serve at all, there are many more who jump in to help with various ministries.  This shows such a servant’s heart.  We ARE called to serve, yet we need to take measures to insure that burn out doesn’t happen to us.  And if we can’t regulate ourselves, we can be sure someone at some point will direct our attention to either overserving or serving under our own strength! “If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ…..” (1 Peter 4:11)  However, we must do our part in achieving this. First, since we want to do all the good we can, we observe what tasks, opportunities, and responsibilities face us. Second, we pray for help in these, acknowledging that without Christ we can do nothing – nothing fruitful that is. (John 15:5) Third, we go to work with a good will and a high heart, expecting to be helped as we asked to be. This is key. “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord that he has trusted me and has appointed me to do his work with the strength he has given me.” (1 Timothy 1:12 GWT)  If we find ourselves grumbling and becoming short fused with our fellow servants, it’s time to ask ourselves if we are powering ahead through our own strength. Or maybe guilt drives us to serve.  Neither one of these scenarios brings about the joy of serving our Father through His church and His people.  Sure, sometimes we are simply tired and we just don’t feel like serving.  And I know you’ve probably heard me say that serving in ministry requires some sacrifice. It’s in those moments that we can make the choice to ask our Father to fill us with His strength and help us to remember the passion that drove us to a particular ministry in the first place.  Examine our hearts to be certain we aren’t running entirely on our own stamina.  Paul encouraged believers with these words in 2 Thessalonians 1:11 – “So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.” I leave them with you as a reminder to tap into all the power that’s available to you as a child of the almighty God.  I’m betting you will find passion and renewed vigor for the task at hand rather than feeling like a burned out shell with nothing left to give.

A Servant for Christ – Lois

A Good Crew is Life
(1 Cor. 15:33-34; Acts 2:42-47; Philemon 17-18; Colossians 3:12-14)

As we begin nearing the end of our series “ALIVE”, we turn to one element of living that we all see.  People and relationships are essential to living full of life. The difference for believers is that we value community with our brothers and sisters in Christ as the primary and best way to experience the life we’re designed to get from relationships.  We can (and do) have all kinds of relationships, for all kinds of purposes. But our relationships with the people in our church are essential and non-negotiable.  Unfortunately, almost all believers act like they are optional: only 36% of Catholics attend church weekly, while only 45% of Protestants attend church weekly. This is more than just a numbers game.  A large part of what the Lord has for you in His gift of life is tied to your connection with the people in your church. Let’s look today at this reality and ask the Lord to help us respond in a way the brings us to life!

Jude 17-19

“But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times, there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.”

If you’re following along with our bible reading plan, this month we’ll be reading Hebrews. Watch a synopsis here before you get started!

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).    ANNOUNCEMENTS
Thank you to everyone who helped by sharing their recommendations. We’ve put together a list of therapists that many of our Hopers have seen or that Pastor Mark has met with. We hope this will be a helpful resource if you’re in need of counseling. Click here for all the info!

Deacon team and elder nomination ballots will be available this Sunday for all Hope Partners. We need every vote possible so make sure you pick one up and turn it in by November 28th. 

Mark your calendars for Sunday, 12/5. We’ll be having our annual business meeting after the second service. Partners will be able to vote on the budget at the meeting, or using a signed ballot if you’re unable to stay. 

Several of our ministries are looking to fill much needed volunteer positions! If you’ve been looking for a way to get more involved, now could be the right opportunity. Grab a Volunteer Form in the lobby for more details and to sign-up! We are currently seeking help in the following areas:

  • Kids Ministry (Positions available from ages 0-5th grade!)
  • Greeter Team
  • Kitchen Cleaning 
  • Pre/Post Service Clean-Up (Touch-up the auditorium to make sure its ready for the next service)

HOPE FAMILY NIGHTS: Continues tonight!
Dinner & fellowship from 6-6:45, classes from 6:45-8:00. 

Calling all Small Group hosts! If you have hosted or would be interested in hosting small groups in 2022, join us Wednesday 11/17 at 6:30! Bring any ideas or questions you have regarding small groups as we prepare to lay the groundwork for the next year of our small group ministry. See Dave Hallahan (dave@hopechristianfellowship.org) with any questions. 

Thanks to all who took home our 200 shoeboxes! (If you did not receive one of the free shoeboxes, you can use your own or pick one up at a Dollar Store.) Extra labels are on the OCC table at Hope. Here’s how to make this easy & fun:  CHOOSE a boy or girl and the age category. FILL WITH a quality ‘wow’ item, then add other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. PRAY for the child who will receive your gifts; you can include a personal note & photo. If you’d like, you can donate your $9 per box shipping online and receive a tracking label to discover the destination of your shoebox: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/follow-your-box/ Any questions, contact Jodi Jacoby at jjacoby804@comcast.net Finished shoeboxes are due back at Hope by Sunday, November 14th.   YOUNG ADULTS
Join us on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 7:30pm for study & fellowship. Open to anyone graduated high school through their twenties. 

Mark your calendars for our winter retreat, December 3-5th at Delanco Camp. More details coming soon!

Join us on Sundays from 6-8:00 to hangout, have snacks, play games, and deepen our relationships with God! During the month of October we’ll be studying Jesus’ Parables. Open to all middle school & high school students. Any questions, contact Pastor Dan (danlein@hopechristianfellowship.org)

Join us Wednesdays as part of Hope Family Nights as we study the book of Judges. 

WONDERZONE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Practices happening now!
Christmas is one of our favorite seasons in the WonderZone! This year we’ll celebrate and sing, “Hooray for Baby Jesus!” at our WonderZone Christmas program on December 12th at both services! Be sure to get your child’s practice CD and help your little one get ready for their big performance! If you have any questions about this year’s WonderZone Christmas program, please contact Kara May at karamay@hopechristianfellowship.org

GOZONE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Practices happening now!
It’s October, which means the holiday season is upon us and it is time to start looking forward to our children’s Christmas program! The GoZone Christmas program, “Secret of Snowflake County,” will be performed on Sunday, December 19th at both services. Make sure your child receives their listening CD if they haven’t already. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Ryan at ryanmoreno@hopechristianfellowship.org