Hope Notes 01/12/2022

January 12, 2022

Hello Hoper ~
Have you guys heard of the pretzel prayer? No, it’s not some weird chant done over a pretzel; our Children’s Pastor at our former church used this method for our little ones.  She would tell them to “Bow your head, close your eyes, and make a pretzel with your arms (cross your arms and touch each shoulder with the opposite hand)”.  It was a cute way to keep the children from being distracted or grabbing things with their hands.  (Fun Fact: The word “pretzel” is a German word meaning “little arms.” The dough was shaped in such a way to look like two arms crossed in prayer!)  Anyway, our daughter took this to heart and believed the ONLY way you could pray was to make a pretzel with your arms lol!  We had to explain that there are many ways to pray.  Some people pray in their cars, in the shower, in bed, out in nature, or tucked away in a ‘prayer closet’.  Eyes open or closed.  Silently or out loud.  God hears them all. “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry…” (Psalm 34:15)  It’s not so much the WAY we pray, but simply THAT we pray.  Prayer, after all, is how we communicate with God.  It is such an important part of the believer’s life that Jesus gave his disciples (and us) a model on how to pray.  You can find what is commonly called The Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11:1-4.  In Romans 12:12 we are encouraged to “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer”. Interestingly, these attributes are also listed as part of the fruit of the Spirit!  So you see, we don’t need to worry about specifically crossing our arms, folding our hands, or closing our eyes (especially when driving!).  We simply need to sure that we live out what is directed in 1Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”.
In an Attitude of Prayer – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE
Korah’s Rebellion: Be Careful Who You’re Close To (Numbers 16:20-40)
Have you ever noticed someone’s accent?  Isn’t it interesting how our patterns of speech are distinctly affected by where we live?  Even if you move away from your hometown, you still hold onto some of that accent.  But you also start picking up some of the way your new hometown talks as well!  We are more influenced than we realize by the people around us.  If you work with negative people all day long, chances are you feel the pull toward what is negative. In so many ways, we need to be aware of the impact people are having on our lives.  And in the case of spiritual influence, we want to choose wisely in the influences that guide our journey. In this part of Israel’s story, people who want to be spiritual leaders have pointed others in an ungodly direction.  Now we see clearly the fallout for these men and those who choose to stay close to them. The warning to move away is an evidence of God’s grace and goodness in giving them (and us) a chance to move away from people who are pulling us in the wrong direction.

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: Wednesdays at 7:00
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. 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. 

“STRESS LESS” RESOURCES:

Access our workbook for Wednesday night bible study, along with a Spotify playlist, and suggested readings all on our website! Use this resource for yourself or share with a friend. Click here to access.

LADIES EVENT: Galentine’s Brunch
Saturday, February 19th from 10:00-12:00pm

You’re invited! Leave the boys at home and come kick it with the best gals around for a celebration of friendship and love! We hope you can join us for a delicious brunch, tea, coffee, and more right here at Hope. Don’t forget to sign up in the front foyer, and feel free to invite your girl gang for a really sweet time of fellowship! “We love….because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) Contact Dana at danaott@hopechristianfellowship.org for more information.

GOD’S GIRLS:
Meets 1st & 3rd Mondays at 6:30

Join us next Monday as we continue our time of study, fellowship, and prayer. Open to all ladies of Hope ages 18+. If you have any questions, contact Mary LeBeau at marylebeau@verizon.net
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! 

YOUNG ADULTS
WHAT’S THE BIBLE HAVE TO SAY?
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 7:30
Murder-Bears, Stoning Women, and Gouged Eyes: Making Sense of the Weird Stuff the Bible Says

Ever read something from the Bible and go…”wait, what the what is that about?” Read enough and it’ll happen for sure. Whether the text in question seems too graphic, too outdated, unbelievable, or just plain confusing there is plenty of weird stuff in there. This week at Hope’s Young Adults we’ll see if we can’t figure out some way to make sense of it.
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. 

SUNDAY MORNING: Grow Groups coming soon!
Grow Groups is back at Hope starting Sunday February 6th! For six weeks Pastor Dan and Mike Gross will lead 6th grade students in making the transition from the Go Zone service to the adult service. They will be covering the basics of a Sunday morning, why we do them, and teach the students how they can take part and own their experience! We hope to see you then in Go Zone 2 during the first service after worship! 

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
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