Hope Notes 02/16/2022

February 16, 2022

Hello Hoper ~
We’ve had a few good snowfalls this season and each time it snows, I get to indulge in one of my favorite ‘secret sleuthing’ activities. What could this be, you ask? I like to look out my window in the morning and see what has gone on during the night.  I enjoy seeing how the pristine whiteness reveals the tracks of various woodland creatures. The snow covered ground is transformed into a map of their activity. When the ground is bare, their nighttime meanderings are invisible – secret.  I would never know all the places they have wandered during the night, or how many different animals pay us a visit when all is dark and quiet.  But the snow reveals every move they have made. How about us?  Do we think we can keep the things we do a secret?  We might be able to conceal them from friends or family, but we can never hide them from God! Even our very thoughts are known to Him. “Lord, you have examined me and know all about me. You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them. You know where I go and where I lie down. You know everything I do. Lord, even before I say a word, you already know it.” (Psalm 139:1-4 NCV)  There are many places in the Bible where Scripture tells us that nothing gets by God, but this verse in Hebrews is particularly bold: Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13) If that doesn’t make you think twice about the futility of trying to disguise your activities from God, I don’t know what would!  Still need a little more convincing?  In Psalm 32:3-5, David says, “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away……….your hand was heavy upon me………then I acknowledged my sin to you….and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Doesn’t sound like much good comes from trying to hide things from God, does it?  Just as that immaculate covering of snow shows every little nocturnal footprint in stark clarity, the Light of our Lord illuminates any darkness in us in glaring detail.  There is nothing within us that He cannot see, so we might as well lay our hearts and minds wide open before Him and acknowledge our failings, our sins, so that we can experience His cleansing power.
Out of Darkness, Into His Light – Lois

The Bronze Snake | Communion
(Numbers 21:4-9)

Do you have any struggles in your life that just keep showing up again and again?  Maybe you’ve tried to overcome some kind of habit or pattern because you know you’re making a mess, but you just can’t seem to break free.  Israel had a national pattern of complaining.  Their impatience drove them to once again speak and act like God had not been good (or good enough) to them. This time, God supernaturally brings a deadly danger to them in response to their continued grumbling. But the story doesn’t end there.  We see once again the God of grace moved to compassion for people who deserved to face the fruits of their sin.  Instead, God provides salvation through an equally miraculous means. And it is a story that Jesus tells when He’s explaining His mission to Nicodemus in John 3.  So let’s look at this brief story that tells us so much about our own problems, God’s judgment, and His great grace.

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. 

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). 

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.
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
CAFE: Sign-up to perform!
Bring the whole family to our Cafe on Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00! We’ll have some treats to eat, time of fellowship, and performances from our Hopers! Do you sing? Dance? Perform magic? Whatever your talent is, we’d love to see it! Share it with us by signing up in the lobby. 

BAPTISM: Classes on 3/13 & 3/20
Baptism is an important symbolic opportunity to declare your testimony, and decision to follow Christ, in front of the church body! We’d love you to participate if this is something you’ve yet to do in your journey of faith. The baptism service will be held on Wednesday, March 30th at 7:00. To participate, you’ll need to attend two classes – each will be held after the second service on Sundays March 13th & 20th. Sign-up in the lobby now! Any questions can be directed to Pastor Mark or Pastor Dave. 

CHOICES OF THE HEART: Baby bottles out now!
Help us support Choices of the Heart this month! Please take a baby bottle located at the back of the auditorium and fill throughout the month of February with any extra change. All bottles can be returned to the back table by Sunday, March 6th. For more information, or more ways to get involved with Choices of the Heart, please visit their website, www.choicesoftheheart.com. Any questions please contact Stacy Reid, sreid0905@gmail.com.

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. 


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
This Saturday from 10:00-12:00pm

All ladies post high school and up, you’re invited! We hope you can join us for a delicious brunch, tea, coffee, and more right here at Hope. “We love….because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) Contact Dana at danaott@hopechristianfellowship.org for more information.

Meets the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month at 6:30. All women 18+ are invited to join us for a time of fellowship, prayer and study! Check out our Facebook Page: God’s Girls at Hope
You’ll want to mark your calendar now for these upcoming events! More details coming soon!

  • March 23rd – Worship Night (childcare provided)
  • March 30th – Baptism (childcare provided)

Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 7:30
Hope Generation Conference – Mar 25 & 26

The Young Adult “Hope Generation Conference” is for the sake of community, friendship, revival, and cultivating a passion for the Gospel in South Jersey. We’ll be joining Pemberton Baptist and several other churches for two days of worship and fellowship. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday. For more information and purchasing tickets visit: https://p1bc.ticketleap.com/hope-generation/details
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. 

Over the next 4 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! 

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

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

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. 

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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