Hope Notes 03/16/2022

March 16, 2022

Hello Hoper ~
 I’m writing this on the weekend that we spring ahead one hour to Daylight Savings Time (DST). Parents of young children, I hear your cries of frustration!  Getting a child back on track sleep wise is often no easy task. Why do we even do this? Simply put, DST was begun in order to save energy and make better use of daylight. While researching DST, I found that most sources site 1918 as the official start.  However, I propose that our Heavenly Father had His own version of DST documented in Joshua 10:12-14 (NLT)! “On the day the LORD gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the LORD in front of all the people of Israel. He said, ‘Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.’ So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies…….The sun stayed in the middle of the sky, and it did not set as on a normal day. There has never been a day like this one before or since, when the LORD answered such a prayer. Surely the LORD fought for Israel that day!”  I find this such a fascinating fact.  I love knowing that God has that much power and control over the universe that He made.  Right from the very beginning, in Genesis 1:3, He creates night and day. “…..And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.”  I suppose we could get into a long discussion about the first Roman calendars and how time was organized, but all I really care about is the fact that God is ultimately the Keeper of all time.  He created it and He can do what He wants with it.  Time is His. “Both day and night belong to you; you made the starlight and the sun.” (Psalm 74:16 NLT)  Personally, I do wish we could stick with one time frame for the entire year. Obviously I will be following federal law and be changing my clocks with the rest of you.  But more importantly, I will be following the One who made time to begin with!
Serving the God who made the sun stand still! – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE:
Balaam’s Story: Big Picture
(2 Peter 2:15; Jude 11; Deut 23:3-6; Josh. 24:9-10; Num. 31:16; Rev. 2:14; Num. 31:7-8; Josh. 13:22; Micah 6:3-5)
Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be taking an abbreviated look at a famous story in the history of Israel: the story of Balaam.  If you haven’t heard of Balaam, you might recognize one of the most shocking parts of this story. Balaam’s donkey actually talks to him.  We’ll see why God used this almost unbelievable method of communicating with a prophet. And we’ll take a journey through this story to see what God did and what Balaam wanted to do.  If we just started with the narrative in Numbers, we might be confused (until we got to the end) about who Balaam was and why this story is included. So we’re going to take our first week and look at all of the other places in Scripture that refer to this story and what they tell us about the big picture.  This is not only a way we can understand this story, but it is also a way that we work through to a better understanding of Scripture.  Balaam presented himself as a ‘good guy’ but was in fact driven by money and power. God sees and holds back Balaam from cursing His people, but in the end, Balaam finds a way to bring devastation to Israel anyway.

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: 
Proverbs 10:9
The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.
MARCH BIBLE READING PLANS: 
Year 1: Judges
Year 2: Genesis 1-25
Psalms 30-39

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
NEW FAMILIES FELLOWSHIP:
Are you new to Hope within the past year? Our staff and elder team would love to get to know you and your family! Join us on Friday, April 8th at 7:00 for coffee and desserts! Sign-up in the lobby. 

CAFE: Tonight!
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! 

WORSHIP NIGHT:
We are so thankful to be having a Worship Night after a few years of not being able to do one! If you haven’t experienced one of our Worship Nights you are not going to want to miss! It will be a powerful service of song, prayer, and more. Join us on 3/23 at 7:00 – Childcare for infants through Pre-K!
BAPTISM SERVICE:
Our baptism service is always moving and encouraging. Come support your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ as they share public testimony of the goodness of God in their lives! Join us on 3/30 at 7:00 – Childcare for infants through Pre-K! 

EASTER WEEKEND:
Easter is just a month away and we’d love for you to invite your friends and family out to one, or all, of the events we’ll be having here at Hope!

  • Good Friday Service: 7:00 for an hour of song, scripture, and communion (childcare provided)
  • HopeKids Easter Jam: Saturday, 10:00-noon (see details below)
  • Easter Sunday: Services at 8:30 & 10:00 with donuts for all! 

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

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!

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
EASTER JAM: 
Get ready for an Egg-stra Special celebration at Easter Jam 2022! We’re hosting another Easter event for the whole family with songs, games, and an Easter story for all ages. Join in the experience on Saturday, April 16th from 10:00-noon!

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. 

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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