Hope Notes 02/23/2022

February 23, 2022

Hello Hoper ~
     How many times do we have to wait for something ‘until tomorrow’?  It could be waiting for something exciting that’s going to happen, or maybe waiting for something difficult to pass. When our daughter was little and having a difficult time, I would often tell her that things would look better in the morning. And you know what? They usually did!  My dear friend coined a phrase that I still repeat some 60 years later. After being told about something fun that was going to happen tomorrow she would repeatedly ask her mother, “Is today tomorrow?”  Her little girl excitement just could not wait!
     God has given us yesterday, today, and possibly tomorrow. We are not promised tomorrow.  “You do not even know what will happen tomorrow! What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:14)  Every day is a gift from God. We cannot purchase an additional day to live.  This simply means that if you’re alive and reading this, God has decided to give you this day. That’s often my reflection in my morning prayers – ‘Thank you God for this day.  It belongs to You.  You gave it to me.  Help me to use it wisely and for Your glory’.  I’m sure you’ve heard that saying, “Today is a gift from God; that’s why it’s called the present.”  It might sound like a cheesy inspirational poster, but it’s absolutely true!  Not only does He alone hold the power to grant us another day to live and breathe, He gives us the opportunity to start fresh every single morning!  “Because of the loving devotion of the LORD we are not consumed, for His mercies never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
     Let’s not waste this beautiful gift of the present, wishing it away for the future, or lamenting over the past.  Let’s show God our gratitude by using it for His glory and fully showing our love for Him.
Thankful for each and every day – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE:
Who Am I? | Youth Sunday
(Luke 19:1-10, Galatians 3:6-7, 2 Peter 1:3-4, Psalm 139:13-14)

This Sunday Pastor Dan and our teens will explore this tough question and give a roadmap to finding an answer that is life giving and fulfilling, whether you’re a teen asking it for the first time, or an adult who has grown unsatisfied with their answer. 

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
CAFE: Sign-Ups Out!
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! Sign-up in the lobby to share it with us! Not really a performer? You can still sign-up to bring a treat! 

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 due back 3/6!
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. 

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

  • March 23rd – Worship Night (childcare for Infant-Pre-K)
  • March 30th – Baptism (childcare for Infant-Pre-K)

YOUNG ADULTS
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
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

GAME NIGHT: This Sunday!
Join us for a special edition of Youth Group this Sunday, 2/27. Bring your appetite and A-Game because we’ll be having dinner and competing in a variety of games! 

GIRL’S SABBATH:
Join our Hope Youth Girls on Sunday, March 6th for an afternoon of fun, food, and fellowship! Hosted at the Lein household between second service and Youth Group, Girl’s Sabbath will be an afternoon of games, bonding, and relaxing with NO BOYS ALLOWED! Invite your friends and we’ll see you then!
Address: 21 Oaklyn Terrace, Pittsgrove NJ, 08318
Contact Rebecca Lein at 856-278-2717 or Pastor Dan for more information!

GUY’S NIGHT: 
Video games, competition, and Taco Bell. Need I say more? Hope Youth will be having a Guy’s Night Saturday, March 19th, from 6:30-9:30pm at church. Be there, bring your friends, and bring your A-game!

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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