Hope Notes 03/30/2022

March 30, 2022
Hello Hoper ~
     I grew up in the Catholic church and observing Lent was a big part of the season leading up to Easter. Lent is observed during the forty days before Easter. Giving something up (sacrificing) is a common practice during Lent. The idea is that giving up something you enjoy, like eating sweets or scrolling through social media, can be a reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice for us.  When I was little, it was all the playground talk – what are YOU giving up for Lent? The nuns would regularly ask us during class as well. I thought if I didn’t give something up, there would surely be grave consequences awaiting me!
     Fast forward to current day. As a believer attending a non-denominational church, we don’t make observing Lent a big focus of the Easter season.  I no longer have nuns asking what I’m giving up, but I do see people talking about it on social media. That got me to thinking. If you do like the idea of sacrificing something during Lent, how about the precious commodity of your time?  Time spend scrolling, shopping, watching television etc., could be replaced with time spent connecting with God through prayer and devotions. I believe that the focus of the season is meant to be on spiritual growth and our relationship with God.  What better way to do that than to add something to our spiritual disciplines?
     Jesus sacrificed Himself on Good Friday to bear the punishment for all our wrongdoings and offer us forgiveness. He was raised from the dead on Easter Sunday to give us an opportunity to have a relationship with God for eternity. There is nothing we could ever sacrifice that would compare. However, as we prepare to honor His ultimate sacrifice, let us remember these words of David: “Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord”. (Psalm 4:5)  Whether you observe the season of Lent or not, what greater sacrifice than to submit one’s whole life and actions to the will of God!
Sacrifice is a Privilege – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE   SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE:
Balaam’s Story: Doing Right, Wanting Wrong
Numbers 22:14-35 | COMMUNION

Fictional stories of spies can be truly exciting.  An agent pretends to be the target’s friend and gets close to them, but all of their words and actions are just a disguise because their true intention is to bring harm to the one they are getting close to. The story often revolves around the tension of whether the spy will be successful and avert whatever danger is trying to be avoided.  Or if somehow, the spy will be found out and his true motivation will be uncovered. These are fun tales to read, but we would probably not want to live them. So why then do we try to play spiritual games with God? People try to ‘be a good person’, but they’re actually just covering up the stuff they know is wrong by trying to balance it out with good. Or Christians try to focus on the stuff they think they do well and overlook the places where they are living in disobedience to the Lord. Do we think we can fool God?  Balaam didn’t, and neither can we.

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:
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15
And we urge you brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.  Make sure nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.
APRIL BIBLE READING PLANS: 
Year 1: 1 Samuel
Year 2: Genesis 26-50
Psalms 40-51

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! Single, married, have kids? Everyone is welcome! Join us on Friday, April 8th at 7:00 for coffee and desserts! Sign-up in the lobby. 
BAPTISM SERVICE: Tonight! 
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! One simple way to get the word out is to share our images on social media! Here’s all that’s happening: 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! A TASTE OF HOPE: 
New or newer to Hope? Join us on Wednesdays April 20th & 27th at 7:00pm for a two week introduction to Hope. You’ll hear the story of our church, our philosophy, and what’s important to us. You’ll also get an opportunity to know some of our elders & partners, ask us questions, and experience what small groups at Hope are like. Sign up in the lobby or contact Pastor Dave at dave@hopechristianfellowship.org (Childcare for infants thru Pre-K provided)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Pre & Post-Service Check
Want an easy way to serve the Kingdom? We are looking for people to take a brief check of the church before and after services to make sure bathrooms are stocked and trash is picked up. You can get more information from Eric or Sherri Riddell at esriddell1194@gmail.com. Sign-up in the lobby to help. 

GREETER TEAM MEETING: This Sunday!
If you’re a part of our Greeter Team, Pastor Dave will be holding a meeting on Sunday, April 3rd between services in the Go Zone 2 classroom. Please do your best to attend so the team can be on the same page as we head into spring and get ready to welcome lots of new faces on Easter! Any questions, email Pastor Dave: dave@hopechristianfellowship.org 
YOUNG ADULTS
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 7:30
The Young Adults ministry at Hope Christian Fellowship is a group of post-high school through their twenties adults truly seeking to explore life, engage culture, and empower change while remaining ground in the Word of God. Any questions, contact Pastor Dave at 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 

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! If you haven’t already sign-up in person, make sure to sign-up here!

HOPEKIDS! MINISTRY WANTS TO CONNECT: 
Do you have children ages 0-5th grade but are struggling to get them plugged into our kids ministry? We’d love to partner with you to find out how we can best integrate your family into one of our kids programs! Pastor Ryan would love to talk with you. Click here to get connected!
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