Hope Notes 04/20/2022

April 20, 2022

Hello Hoper ~
     One thing I love about this time of year is that the birdies return to our yard.  Once again the sound of their songs fill the air. I hear them through the open bedroom window upon waking.  We hear them as we sit on the back porch after supper.  The birdbath has become a happy gathering spot for all kinds of birdie drama.  There is much jostling for position, with the blue jays almost always coming out the winners for the prime spot.  And heaven help me if I forget to fill it!  I swear they perch on the edge and stare accusingly at me through my kitchen window until I cannot take it and go outside to fill it up.  Every year I wind up with a nest in my hanging basket. I have to be careful not to shake the basket too much when watering it, or the momma bird will fly out and have a go at me!  I do my best to take care of our feathered friends.
     Sometimes I feel like God steps in and shakes up MY nest!  It could be anything – new babies, babies leaving the nest, new job, a job loss, new relationships, failed relationships, financial worries, etc. God knows when we need a good shaking to try something new, to grow, to trust Him with any changes.  He shakes our nest to get us out of our comfort zones and depending on Him.  But He doesn’t just swoop by, give our nest a good shake and then run off.  He is right there beside us.  He is our refuge, our protector, out source of strength. Psalm 91:4 says “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”  We are His little birdies and we need not fear when our nests are shaken!  “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.” (Luke 12:6)
“His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me…” – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE:
Balaam’s Story: A Broken Record
(Numbers 23:13-24:25)

If you are ever in the position to train someone for any reason, you’ll find yourself making promises.  You tell that that if they do certain things, they will like the outcome, and if they do other things, they will not.  If you are the trainer, you probably have experience with both types of outcomes and you’re trying your best to pass along a roadmap to what works and what doesn’t. The prophecies of Balaam reflect this characteristic from God as well.  They tell of the good that God does to those who trust in Him and are His.  And they tell of the judgment to be faced by those who reject Him in spite of His invitation to come and worship.  God is not making this up as He goes; He is instead giving us instruction on the way to life and warning against the path to death. In His grace, He even gives this to those who will ultimately reject Him in rebellion. As the people of God we should take both comfort and warning. We will be held by His good hand, but when we push away what He tells us, we too will face destruction.

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
ANNOUNCEMENTSWEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY: Returns tonight in the Auditorium!
Join us in-person at 7:00pm for a mid-week spiritual refresher! We’ll be picking up where we left off in the book of Ephesians. Bible study will run from April 20th – through May 25th. (Childcare for Pre-K provided)

A TASTE OF HOPE: Tonight in the Youth Room! 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. (Childcare for 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
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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