Hope Notes 01/19/2022

January 19, 2022

Hello Hoper ~
     Some years ago I went to see a ‘renowned’ orthopedic surgeon for my back.  You know how it goes – a long wait in the waiting room followed by another long wait once you get back to the examination room. I was ushered back, given a gown to put on, and told the doctor would be there shortly.  (Yeah right!)  After a VERY long time, I stuck my head out to see if anyone was around.  Being the obedient patient, I retreated back to my prison and began waiting again. After another long wait I ventured out into the hall.  Then to the main desk.  Clutching my gown from behind because, well……you know!  Much to my dismay I discovered from the receptionist that the entire staff, including the doctor, had gone for lunch!!  Feeling slightly embarrassed because of my attire, I got dressed and left the office fuming. Needless to say, I never returned! Abandoned in the waiting room.  It left me feeling angry and also insignificant. Not to mention flustered that I had to wander the halls in a skimpy hospital gown. How could they forget that I was back there?!    
     Being left like that is nothing compared to those who have been left behind by spouses, parents, or loved ones.  Either by death or (even worse) by choice.  I am so thankful that we serve a God who has promised to NEVER leave us! “Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or terrified of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)  In Joshua 1:5, the Lord tells Joshua “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  And since our God does not lie or change His mind, that promise is true for us just as it was for Joshua!  “God is not like people, who lie; He is not a human who changes his mind. Whatever he promises, he does; He speaks, and it is done.” (Numbers 23:19 GNT)
     So while fancy surgeons and even those we love may forget about us, one truth we can cling to without a doubt is that God’s plans for us do not include abandonment.  He will never forsake those He loves!
Chosen Not Forsaken – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE
Korah’s Rebellion: Stopping the Plague
(Numbers 16:41-50)

Some stories in the Old Testament can feel like they are showing us a God of anger and violence. Certainly, the Living God is not someone who cannot be reduced to something less than who He is, and part of His existence is righteous justice.  When we read stories like the one we’ll read this morning, we can get stuck on how high the price is for sin.  But today, we’re also going to see that most stories like this also include an element of God’s patience and grace. If you’ve ever felt like you were living in the fallout of your sin, the end of this story is a reminder that our Lord is full of grace and ready to rescue you beyond what seems possible.

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

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.

HOPE’S SINGLES EVENT: 1/22 at 5:30
Join us for a fun wintery outing at Harbaugh Village in Mullica Hill! We have a fire pit reserved for 1.5hrs and there is an option for ice skating! Tickets are $10 for general admission, $20 for ice skating and general admission, and can be purchased at the door. Any questions, contact Jess St. Petery at 609-864-0145.

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

All ladies post high school and up, 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.
LOST AND FOUND: Last call for cups!
Left a coffee tumbler or water bottle behind at church? We have a collection in the kitchen sink (immediately to the left when entering the kitchen from the auditorium!) Please grab your missing items before they get tossed at the end of this month!

YOUNG ADULTS
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. 

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 Hope Youth on Wednesday nights at 7:00 as we Actually get to know Jesus. By learning and practicing habits every week we will be growing our relationship with Jesus and gaining tools to use at home day by day. 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
SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE:
As part of a broader effort to streamline social media and communication for our ministries at Hope, our HopeKids social media pages are going to be making some changes for the new year! We will be phasing out the WonderZone Facebook group and the GoZone Facebook group, and you will be getting all HopeKids Facebook posts in one spot – the HopeKids Ministries page! In addition, we will be changing our HopeKids WonderZone Instagram to a HopeKids Ministries Instagram as well! Because of how Facebook works, you might get notifications about changes with the existing groups that you are a part of, or even that you’ve been removed from a group. Don’t worry, we still want you to follow us! Just make sure to like and follow the HopeKids Ministries page and you won’t miss any of the usual content, promise!

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