Hope Notes 01/05/2022

January 5, 2022

Hello Hoper ~
A memory popped up on my Facebook page today (January 1st) to remind me of a Christmas disaster we had several years back.  In short, our tree became infested with spiders (HORRORS) and was pretty much a brown and dying mess. How could a tree that was being given a quart of water per day for three weeks be almost dead?!  Turns out the water container was cracked.  Essentially what I had been doing daily was pouring about a quart of water straight down into our carpet. What a mess! I shudder thinking about it even now. Then I started Hope’s Psalm Challenge.  And what did Psalm 1 talk about?  “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither; whatever they do prospers.” (vs3)  Well that tree certainly had water, but it did not prosper!  It was thirsty but the water I gave it did no good because it was in a cracked container.  In Jeremiah 2:13, the Lord says, “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”  No matter how much water I gave that tree, the water ran right out. We are all spiritually thirsty. In John 4:4 Jesus promises “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst…”  But if we ‘dig our own cisterns’ we will surely have cracks and the water ‘will not hold’.  I don’t know about you, but I do not want to be a broken cistern. I don’t want to forsake the only source of Living Water. I want to be totally dependent on the Lord to give me what I need, both spiritually and physically. If I can manage that, I won’t wind up a moldy mess like my carpet!
Search out that living Water! – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE
Restarting Numbers – Facing Dysfunction 
The story we’ve seen so far led Israel to a rebellion that stopped the Lord from taking them into the Promised Land immediately.  If you thought that this would be enough for Israel to learn to trust God and stop turning away from His instructions, you’d be wrong. As we continue looking at the stories of Numbers, we’ll see that Israel’s years of slavery stay with them and the ugly comes out again and again. But it never stops God from treating them as His people and eventually receiving His promise of a land to call home.

Korah’s Rebellion: Why Should We Follow You?
(Numbers 16:1-19)

Some people are born leaders, others just think they are. You probably know someone who thinks everyone should follow their advice. They seem to know what you should do in every situation, even if their advice seems out of touch. A natural response to those who imagine themselves as leaders is to think, “Why would I follow you?” This is what some of the Levites said to Moses as he leads them in the aftermath of Israel’s refusal to enter the Promised Land.  They even blame Moses for the fact that they are still in the wilderness.  We’ll see that one sign of dysfunction is that we are unwilling to follow leaders God places in our lives. And we’ll see how Moses responded to the challenge these men bring against his leadership.

PRAYER HUDDLE:
If you’re volunteering on a Sunday morning, whether its greeting, HopeKids!, in the sound booth, etc., please join us for a team prayer huddle! We want to gather together everyone who is serving that morning to pray for the services. Meet at 8:15 in GoZone 2. 

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). 

VERSE OF THE MONTH: 
Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
JANUARY BIBLE READING PLANS: 
Year 1: Matthew
Year 2: Luke
Psalms 1-17
Both plans are available on bookmarks in the lobby! Grab yours now. 

HOPE DAILY: Available on Apple Podcasts & Spotify!
We post a 10 minute episode daily, Monday through Friday. You’ll hear from a variety of our staff as they share devotional thoughts and scriptures. Listen on Apple, Spotify, or on our website
ANNOUNCEMENTS
BIBLE STUDY: Begins tonight!
Do I Have To Live Stressed Out?

You may know someone who lives stressed out, and there’s a pretty good possibility that person is you. As we start the New Year, we’d like to invite you to explore with us whether or not we are doomed to live forever overwhelmed by stress.  Does being a Christian have any impact on how we walk in stressful situations?  Can we discover truths in Scripture that help us see clearly on what a faith approach means to the uncertainties and pressures of life?  We’ll look at some of God’s promises and explore ten lies that trip us up and cause us to get lost in stress. Join us in person or via livestream each week from 7-8:00p. 

SMALL GROUPS: Launching Now!

We already have 5 small groups kicking off this January! To view all the details and sign-up click here. Contact Pastor Dave for more information at dave@hopechristianfellowship.org

  • The Story: Seeing the bible as one continuous story (Deptford)
  • You’re Not Far: Rethinking religion and its rules (Pitman)
  • Artist’s Small Group: A time for creativity & study (Pitman)
  • The Beatitudes Project: A journey into the unexpected (Online)
  • Married Couples: Date night & study (Haddon Twp)

“UNDECORATE” WITH US: 1/8 at 10:00
With Christmas coming to a close and the New Year being ushered in, we need to put away our Christmas decorations and start fresh here at church! We could use some willing hearts and helpful hands to accomplish this task. Please join us Saturday 1/8 at 10:00 if you’re able. Any questions contact Rob Jacoby at rjacoby107@comcast.net

MEN’S BREAKFAST: Saturday 8-9:30
Join us the 2nd Saturday of the month for a time of fellowship and study – and of course a delicious breakfast! Free to all men of Hope 18 and older. 

LOST AND FOUND:
Left an item here at church? Check our lost & found bin at the back of the auditorium underneath the bulletin board on the sound booth. Left a tumbler or water bottle? Those will be in the kitchen sink immediately to the left when entering the kitchen from the auditorium! Please grab your missing items before they get tossed! 

2022 DEACON TEAM:
We’re excited to be welcoming six new deacons to our team in addition to renewing the terms of all our current deacons for this upcoming year! View the entire team listing on the bulletin board in the back of the auditorium. 

YOUNG ADULTS
The Young Adults ministry at Hope is a group of post-high school through their twenties adults truly seeking to explore life, engage culture, and empower change while remaining grounded in the Word of God. This Ministry was born out of a spiritual need for Young Adults to have a forum to express their deepest, most challenging questions of faith and to not be intimidated while doing so. Topics of conversation range from diving into specific books or passages of the Bible, to pressing current events and hot world topics. We will resume meeting on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 7:30 in January. For questions contact Pastor Dave at dave@hopechristianfellowship.org

WHAT’S THE BIBLE HAVE TO SAY?
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 7:30

The Bible has been the main text for Christians since its inception. But that was almost over 1,500 years ago. Is the Bible still relevant to our modern world? How should we read it? What are the assumptions we, knowingly or unknowingly, bring to the text? We’ll look at these questions and more over our next few meetings starting in January. Contact Pastor Dave with any questions: dave@hopechristianfellowship.org
HOPE YOUTH
YOUTH GROUP: Sunday Nights 6-8:00pm
Students ages 6th-12th grade are invited to join us on Sunday nights for a time of fellowship, fun, and study! Contact Pastor Dan with any questions: danlein@hopechristianfellowship.org
“More than Just a Daughter” Series
In our new series we will see the story of the Bible through the eyes of women of faith, exploring the narrative as well as the themes that lead us from the days of the covenant with Abraham all the way to the resurrection of Jesus. Meanwhile we will explore how God has pursued, included, and equipped the historically downtrodden, and the hope such a love brings to all of us today. 

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS:
Join us starting January 5th at 7:00 for a 10 week bible study series called “Real Relationship: Actually Getting to Know Jesus.” This study is open to all teens ages 6th grade and up. Any questions contact Pastor Dan at danlein@hopechristianfellowship.org

GOOGLE CALENDAR:
Parents, stay up to date with everything happening by adding the Hope Youth Google calendar to your own! Click here to view

HOPE KIDS
Children are very important to us at Hope. Three out of four Christians decide to follow Christ before the age of 12, so we believe our children’s ministry is vital to the life and growth of the Church. We are serious about God and serious about fun!

SUNDAY MORNING PROGRAMS:
We offer childcare and classes from our littlest Hopers to our 5th graders every Sunday morning at both the 8:30 & 10 services. Each classroom is staffed with friendly and enthusiastic teachers and helpers who are background checked to ensure your child’s safety. Our WonderZone! serves our youngest children, who are full of wonder about who God is! We have an infant room, one-year-old room, toddler classroom, and a pre-K classroom in order to serve each child with an age-appropriate curriculum. K-5th graders gather in the youth room for our opening service called The GoZone! where we GO for God, GO for growth and GO forever through worship, games and an interactive lesson through teaching and videos. The K-5th graders are then split up into age appropriate small groups to dive deeper into the lesson where they can share their own experiences and ask any questions they may have. 

WEDNESDAY EVENING PROGRAMS:
Beginning January 5th at 7:00 we will be offering programs for all children ages 0-5th grade. We hope this frees parents up to come out to Wednesday Night Bible Study! Plus, we love the opportunity to have another chance in the week to engage with our Hope kids and teach them about Jesus. 

For questions about WonderZone contact Kara May at karamay@hopechristianfellowship.org

For questions about GoZone contact Pastor Ryan Moreno at ryanmoreno@hopechristianfellowship.org