Hope Notes 02/02/2022

February 2, 2022

Hello Hoper ~
     God will never give you a life where He is not necessary.  He often removes our comforts and false securities to remind us that HE is the true source of our strength.  Not ourselves.  This could seem like a scary thought, but it doesn’t have to be.  Not when we remember that the God of the universe is the God who MADE the universe.  He is infinitely more qualified than we are. “….this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” (2 Corinthians 1:9)  He wants us to rely on Him in every situation.  The dictionary defends rely as “to depend confidently; to put trust in”.  And isn’t that exactly what God desires from us?  Our trust.  Our faithful dependence. Isaiah 26:3 gives us another good reason to trust in God. “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”  This is the reason we can have peace during difficult trials.  Our trust and reliance in God to see us through.  To provide a way.  To bring comfort.  A lot of people might think relying on God means being passive or inactive, but that is not the case. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.  Relying on God often means courageously doing what God has called you to do when you absolutely feel you cannot.  That is when we must trust with confidence that He will provide what you need to do it or get through it. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 4:19)
     Here at Hope we’ve been studying Exodus and Numbers, reading about how quickly the Israelites forgot how merciful God had been to them and how faithfully He provided for them.  They were quick to try and find ways to determine the outcome of their lives, rather than trusting in Him to take care of them. The God of the Israelites is the same God we are called to rely on today.  Let us not be like them.  May we faithfully trust in the God who led His people into the desert so they might know the end of their power and the fullness of His provision. And let us not have to be led into the desert to realize it.
His Strength is Perfect; Mine is Not – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE
Leaders Blow It (Numbers 20:1-13)
The instinct among people to look like they know what they are doing and have it all together is powerful and drives so much of how people interact. When you’re in charge or think a lot of people are looking at you, it can really make you want to seem full of power and confidence.  But whether we’re talking about parenting or teaching or being the boss, in any leadership role for a believer, we have to interact under the authority of our great God. Moses faces complaints from Israel again. But this time, he steps out of what God instructs into what makes him feel powerful and effective at confrontation. Unfortunately, this brings real and hard consequences to Moses.  Why did God not just forgive him and move on?  Why the need for such a confrontation with His appointed leader of Israel?  The answer to those questions and more are our topic for today!

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: 
Ecclesiastes 5:1-2
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong. Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.
FEBRUARY BIBLE READING PLANS: 
Year 1: John
Year 2: Acts
Psalms 18-29

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

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.
SPRING PREVIEW: 
You’ll want to mark your calendar now for these upcoming events! More details coming soon!

  • March 16th – Café
  • March 23rd – Worship Night
  • March 30th – Baptism

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 start Sunday!
Grow Groups is back this 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
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 (0-PreK) contact Kara May at karamay@hopechristianfellowship.org

For questions about GoZone (K-5th) contact Pastor Ryan Moreno at ryanmoreno@hopechristianfellowship.org
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