Hope Notes 04/06/2022

April 6, 2022

Hello Hoper ~
     Back in the 70’s I used to do some paid work as a photographer.  Calendars for businesses, the photo finish line at the racetrack, portraits and weddings.  This was all back in the days of film photography.  Talk about PRESSURE!  A horse only crosses the finish line once.  And we all know that wedding/reception moments are once in a lifetime events.  There is no chance for a retake or a do over.  Not like today, where we have digital cameras and phones always at the ready to grab a shot.  The moments we capture come to life instantly on the screen before us and we can immediately retake the picture if necessary.  Especially with people.  Never mind that a real moment was captured by the camera, many times the subject will ask to see the photo and request a redo. They want it to look ‘better’.
     I feel like this same philosophy is true with many people who are waiting to either come to Christ or to deepen their relationship with Him.  They want to look better, do better, BE better before they feel they are worthy of His love.  If they could, I’m sure they would ‘Photoshop’ all their flaws away.  But God does not need or want us to be perfect before we come to Him.  In fact, He already SEES us as pretty much perfect. Ephesians 1:4 says, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” In fact, we should take comfort in the fact that God doesn’t care one bit about how we look.  He is looking at our hearts. “…….For man sees the outward appearance, but the LORD sees the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)  Pretty cool, isn’t it?! So don’t waste any more time waiting until you look better or do better before running to God.  It absolutely isn’t necessary!  And really, neither are all those digital ‘do-overs’!
Thankful that God sees only our hearts – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE:
Balaam’s Story: Let’s Make A Deal (Numbers 22:36-23:12)
Remember that daytime game show ‘Let’s Make A Deal’? Aside from the fact that everyone comes in a costume, the premise of the show is that contestants have to ‘make a deal’. The problem is that they most often don’t know the deal they are making. They are invited to give away something of known value for something of unknown value. Only after they make a choice do they get to see what they’ve chosen (or could have chosen) instead of what they already had. Too often, people think of religion as ‘making a deal’. We probably all know that this game show reflects a lot of what it’s like to make a deal with sin or the devil. But what about when we try to make a deal with God? Let’s see what happens when Balaam and Balak try to maneuver God into a deal to curse Israel.

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
ANNOUNCEMENTSGIVING UPDATE:
For the month of March, we averaged $10,355 per week bringing our annual average for this year to $9,449. Since our target for this year is $9,450, we’re virtually exactly on target after the first quarter. With the next quarter taking us into the summer months, we know this is not the end of the story, so we’re joining our church family in prayer that the Lord will continue to provide through our faithful and generous giving to Hope!

BAPTISM SERVICE: 
Not surprisingly, our baptism service was incredibly moving and powerful! We are so excited for those Hopers who came forward and shared their testimonies. Join us in praying for them: Parker Shillig, Jason Berardi, Melissa August & her son, Michael,
Sisters Grace & Kenzie Patterson.

MEN’S BREAKFAST: This Saturday 8-9:30a
Men 18 years of age and older are invited to our monthly Men’s Breakfast. We feature prayer, full participation study—all enjoyed with a great breakfast and terrific fellowship.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE:
Join us on April 15th at 7:00 for an hour long service filled with song, scripture, and communion. Childcare will be provided, so bring the whole family. All offerings received that night will go to our missionaries who are taking the message of the story we see embodied on Easter weekend and sharing it with the world! 

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)

FIGHT CLUB RETURNS: Tuesdays at 7:00 starting May 3rd
This confidential group for men will be using Tim Chester’s “Closing the Window: Steps to Living Porn Free” to look at the ways we can both spiritually and practically fight The Fight against pornography. Fight Club will meet at church in Go Zone 2 and run for 6 weeks. For more information, contact Dan by text (856-285-9016) or email danlein@hopechristianfellowship.org

LADIES CANVAS & CHARCUTERIE EVENT: May 13th at 7:00
All ladies (post high-school and up) are invited to get your “art” on while enjoying some fun snacks, drinks, and time with your girlfriends! We’ll get started at 7:00pm with food and fellowship, paint our own “masterpiece” (guided by an artist from Honeybee Arts), and finish the evening by hearing what inspires some of the artists right here at Hope! We’ll need an exact headcount for this event so be sure to register using this Google Form. There is a $20 charge for your canvas and paint – payment can be made on the Google form or in person to Dana Ott. For more info, reach out to her at danaott@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

HOPE YOUTH FEST:
Friday, May 6th from 5:00-8:00p at Washington Lake Park: Students from 6th-12th grade are invited to join us for an evening of games and prizes, a cook-out, and more! Contact Youth Pastor Dan for all the information: 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 HANGOUT RETURNS!
Sunday Nights from 5:00-7:00p in May & June:
K-5th graders are encouraged to come out for exciting, fun-filled nights of fellowship with games, music, food, and deep dives into God’s Word! No need to sign-up, just show up! Contact Children’s Pastor Ryan for more details: ryanmoreno@hopechristianfellowship.org

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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