Hope Notes 05/04/2022

May 4, 2022

Hello Hoper ~
   Years ago I had a frightening experience with our trash can.  I opened the lid without a second thought and a giant metallic balloon flew out and hit me in the face!  Those of you who know me can only imagine the dance of terror that ensued. There may or may not have been some screaming involved as well.  It was my childhood fear of jack-in-the-boxes but on steroids!  I slapped that balloon around frantically, but it won the battle and floated off towards heaven unscathed.  Why would someone put an inflated balloon in the trash can without popping it?!  Turns out my hubby found it in the yard, deflated and lifeless.  The sun beating down on the trash can revived it (apparently cold deflates and heat inflates) so there it was in all its menacing glory waiting to accost me the moment I opened the lid.
     Although there are numerous verses on fear in the Bible, I will confess that not one of them entered my mind at the time!  I guess I hadn’t done a very god job of ‘hiding God’s Word in my heart’, did I?  Sometimes fear comes out of nowhere (like that balloon) but other times fear is an ever present background buzz deep within our being.  It hums in the recesses of our minds causing us to be anxious and afraid.  We forget that ”……..God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2Timothy 1:7)  In reality, there ARE many things we could be fearful of:  losing a loved one, losing our health, losing a job.  But God does not want us to be afraid of these things.  He wants us to rely on Him.  To trust that He will take care of us, provide for us, to strengthen us for the battles we are bound to face. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
     I did succumb to the panic when that balloon slithered up and out of my trash can, but I would like to think that, in regards to other fears, I would be able to follow the guideline found in Hebrews 13:6 – “So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals (or balloons) do to me?” How about you?
 Determined to “Fear Not” – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE:
Balaam’s Story: Improving the Rules
(Numbers 27:1-11)

If you grew up with siblings, you may have experienced this dynamic.  In a specific situation, you made a deal together meant to sidestep the bickering and fighting that naturally happens between siblings.  Whether it was who got to sit in the front seat, or who got to pick the restaurant, or even who got to play first with a favorite toy, you all agreed. And then someone decided it was unfair!  This kind of reality isn’t limited to sibling debates.  When a group of people or a leader try to come up with guidelines and rules meant to help everyone, it often misses someone.  And the only way we find that out is to live through the setup for a little while before the flaws start showing up.  The Law that Israel had been given had a hole in it, and after living with the law for a while, some women point it out.  This short story in Numbers points to both the courage of these women for speaking up, and the heart of Israel’s leaders in addressing it.  It’s also an example for God’s people today to faithful reflect His heart in our dealings with one another.

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 19:11
“A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.”
MAY BIBLE READING PLANS: 
Year 1: 2 Samuel
Year 2: Exodus 1-20; 32-34
Psalms 52-67

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
ANNOUNCEMENTSONLINE DIRECTORY: 
Did you know we have an Online Directory just for Hopers? It’s secure and customizable; change your profile picture, address, and phone number at any time! It’s an easy way to find other Hoper’s contact info. You can even download an app on your phone! Help us stay connected and sign up by May 29th. Any questions, contact Emily DiLorenzo at emily@hopechristianfellowship.org

BECOME A PARTNER:
If God has brought you to Hope and convinced you over time that this is the church for you, we’d love for you to become a partner. This is our way of doing ‘membership’, but we use the word ‘partner’ instead because it connects us to the Biblical idea that we are called to partner together in ministry (Philippians 1:3-6). As partners, we share the burdens and work of the ministry together, and we serve our Lord as a team. Partners are able to vote on our budget, as well as elect deacons and leadership team candidates. To become a partner, grab a form from the lobby or download one here, fill out, and hand in to Pastor Mark or any of the elders. Any questions, contact Pastor Mark at markott@hopechristianfellowship.org

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY: 
Join us in-person at 7:00pm in the Youth Room 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)
FIGHT CLUB: Tuesdays at 7:00 
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: Last call to sign-up! 
All ladies (post high-school and up) are invited to join. 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 toregister using this Google Formby May 8th. There is a $20 charge for your canvas and paint – payment can be made on the Google form or cash can be put in our offering bin. For more info, reach out to info@hopechristianfellowship.org

COMING SOON IN JUNE:

  • Men’s Wiffleball Event: Saturday, June 11th
  • Wednesday Night Workshops featuring God’s Girls, Men’s Breakfast, & Young Adults

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: This Friday rain or shine!
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
FAMILY FIELD DAY:
Fun in the sun with your kids and other HopeKids families! We’ll have activities for WonderZone through GoZone kiddos (and fun things for parents, 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

NEW BULLETIN BOARD:
Be sure to stop by HopeKids! new bulletin board outside of the youth room to see what themes we’re learning about this month! There is also a new Amazon wishlist QR code that you can use to view any items our children’s ministry is in need of if you wish to donate, and you can even purchase items directly from Amazon through the wishlist.  If you have any questions about donating through our Amazon wishlist or otherwise, please see Pastor Ryan or Kara!

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
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