Hope Notes 04/13/2022

April 13, 2022

Hello Hoper ~
I’ve been trying to figure out the secular world’s view of Easter. I’m not really sure what it is they are celebrating.  We have the Easter bunny (although in Switzerland it’s a cuckoo and in Germany it’s a fox!), Easter eggs, Easter candy, and of course the all-important Easter basket. Most puzzling to me is the rabbit.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t believe rabbits lay eggs. (Except perhaps for the Cadbury bunny!) You can look all these symbols up online and find their meaning, so I won’t bore you with that.  Suffice it to say they mostly celebrate renewal, fertility, and the new life that comes to the earth with spring.  But you won’t find any real correlation to Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Some Christians have tried to make a distant comparison as to how Jesus brings new life, but for me that falls far short of what actually happened.  I prefer to celebrate Easter for what it really is – a celebration of the day that Jesus stepped out of the grave to give the world a sign it could not deny. He is ALIVE! “He is not here; he has risen!” (Luke 24:6)  For a man to predict His own death and resurrection was something only God could do“Jesus told them, The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.” (Matthew 17:22-23 NLT) The Gospel is full of proof that Jesus did rise from the dead; sightings by witnesses, His nail scarred hands, a stone rolled away, and more.  Christ’s resurrection from the dead is the foundation of our faith.And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” (1Cor 15:14)  As we prepare to celebrate Easter this Sunday, we can give thanks to God that our faith is NOT in vain and that Jesus Christ was raised for us! “Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.” (Romans 8:34)
The Tomb is Empty! – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE:
Raised to Life | Easter
(Matthew 12:38-40; Jonah 1:1-3, 17, 2:10, 3:1-5, 4:1-3; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15)

As we celebrate together today, we are overwhelmed with the grace of God.  He has come to save us and we, by faith, have been raised spiritually to new life. For each person who has experienced this, it is the greatest gift we’ve ever been given.  Before we know Jesus, we understand that life is the most precious gift we ever get.  And after we put our faith in Jesus, we know that eternal life is immeasurably more. So we’re going to look at the impact of the resurrection today.  What happens when we put our trust in Jesus and how does His resurrection affect our lives?  To do that, we’re going to go back to a story that Jesus uses to illustrate what He was going to go through on Good Friday and Easter.  And then we’ll ask the Lord to show us where we need to bring the full impact of His resurrection into our lives.

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
ANNOUNCEMENTSGOOD FRIDAY SERVICE:
Join us at 7:00 for an hour long service filled with song, scripture, and communion. Childcare will be provided for Pre-K and under, 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! 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY: Returns next week!
We’ll be picking up where we left off in the book of Ephesians. Join us in-person on or livestream at 7:00pm. Bible study will run from April 20th – through May 25th. We are looking to provide childcare for infants through pre-k, but still have a few gaps to fill. If you’d be interested in volunteering, reach out to Pastor Ryan at ryanmoreno@hopechristianfellowship.org

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 by May 8th. 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
Please Note: There is no Youth Group on Easter Sunday

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!

FAMILY FIELD DAY:
What could be better than a day of fun in the sun with your family? One that includes your church family, too! Join us May 14th from 11:00-1:00 for hot dogs & burgers, yard games, and more! Sign-up at either registration table or online 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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