Hope Notes 07/13/2022

July 13, 2022

Hello Hoper ~ 
     I have an aversion to all the plaques and trinkets with sayings on them. I don’t know why I don’t like them; they’re immensely popular.  But the current sayings will eventually go out of vogue and be replaced with a trendier version. I guess just call it one of my quirks.  However I DO have one hanging in my bathroom.  I gave it a pass because it’s a Bible verse. Well…..okay and because it goes perfectly with the décor! The words of John 14:27 speak their comfort to anyone who happens to read it. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” There is an anonymous devotional book written in 1854 (The Words of Jesus) which echo this same promise. ‘The peace of the believer is deep, calm, lasting, everlasting. The world, with all its blandishments, cannot give it. The world, with all its fluctuations, cannot take it away.’ 
     Are you longing for this kind of peace? Peace that is not dependent on what the world can give us?  Not our relationships. Not our bank account.  Not our status.  Not our health.  The Bible is full of verses that promise this to believers. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)  How about this verse in Psalm 29:11? “…..the LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.”   I know I sometimes struggle to find that peace when I’m in the midst of a particularly stressful season.  I have to remind myself that God is in control, that He knows my situation, and that He promises peace to me if I will only remember to trust Him.  Ephesians 2:14 says it pretty clearly: “For He himself is our peace….”  HE.  Jesus.  Nothing else will bring true peace into our hearts.  May we all be able to say these words from Psalm 4:8 and live them out on a regular basis! “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.”
Seeking only His true peace – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE:
Setting Your Focus
(Ephesians 4:26-27; James 1:19-20; Colossians 3:5-10; Romans 13:8-14; Deuteronomy 32:2-4; Psalm 18:30)

If you’re a photographer, you know a thing or two about focus.  Most of us take focus for granted since our phones automatically focus for us. But there are a few apps that let us go back to a technique where you can choose what is ‘in focus’ in the picture, and what is blurry instead. For artists, this control of focus was used to direct the viewer’s attention as desired. What was in focus naturally drew the eye of the one seeing it. In a similar way, what we choose to focus on in live will have a large impact on what we see, what we pay attention to, and how we process what happens in our lives.  Love chooses what to focus on. And that’s a habit we need to develop into a healthy pattern.  What are some of the right things to focus on, and what needs to move out of the picture?  Paul gives us three phrases that help us know what we need to work on!

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:
Psalm 101:3
“I will not look with approval on anything that is vile; I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.”

JULY BIBLE READING PLANS: 
Year 1: 2 Kings
Year 2: 2 Chronicles 
Psalms 78-88

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

KIDS ALLEY COLLECTION: Due back this Sunday!
Hope is supporting Kids Alley by collecting items for the upcoming school year for kids in need! Help fill a child’s backpack or locker by viewing the list of items needed here, and donating in the bins located at the front and rear entrances at church. Any questions please contact Stacy Reid, sreid0905@gmail.com

GOD’S GIRLS: This Monday!
God’s Girls at Hope is a group open to all women over the age of 18 who are looking to grow deeper in their connection with each other and God! Join us on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 6:30. We have fellowship, study, and prayer. Have questions? Contact Mary LeBeau at marylebeau@verizon.net or text her at 856-316-6301 and she’ll make sure to help get you plugged in! 

VBS DONATIONS: Due back Sunday!
Thank you to everyone who grabbed an item to donate for VBS. Our bulletin board is empty! Please bring your donations in by Sunday, 7/17 so that we can have what we need for our final week of preparation! 

CHURCH PICNIC: July 31st at 5:00
We’ll be closing out VBS week with a bang! Join us for our annual church picnic. We’ll have food, games, waterslides and more for the whole family! Sign-up in the lobby if you’d like to bring a dish to share, or if you can help with set-up.

HELP NEEDED: Tent Set-Up
Putting out the call for help in setting up our tent for VBS on Saturday, July 23rd at 8:30a. The more hands we have the faster it will be, but set-up typically takes only an hour! This is an easy way to serve our VBS team if you aren’t able to dedicate a lot of time. If available, contact Mike Hartwell at mhredeemed@gmail.com

ALL THINGS VBS
JULY 25TH – 29TH
Pre-K: 9:30am – Noon
K-6th: 6:00pm – 8:30pm


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Crew leaders needed!
We’re still in need of some volunteers to fill positions to make this year’s VBS possible. We could especially use some Crew Leaders! Help us teach kids that God’s love for them is HUGE with this year’s theme, Monumental: Celebrating God’s Greatness! Grab a volunteer form this Sunday and turn into Pastor Ryan, or email him directly at ryanmoreno@hopechristianfellowship.org

FINAL DECORATING DAY: Saturday, July 23rd
If you’ve been joining us on Tuesday nights you’ve seen how much progress we’ve made – and how much we still have left to accomplish! We’d love anyone who can to join us on Saturday, July 23rd at 9:00a for a final day of VBS set-up! 

KIDS REGISTRATION: Available in-person or online!
Teach your kids that God’s love for them is HUGE at this year’s Monumental VBS! They’ll have so much fun playing games, singing songs, and learning about how great God is! To register, click here, or fill out a form in-person on Sunday at the registration table at the back of the auditorium. 

YOUNG ADULTS
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 7:30
NO YOUNG ADULTS 7/19 – Join us for tubing instead (see below!)

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 

TUBING EVENT: This Saturday!
Join us for an afternoon of summer fun on Saturday, July 16th at noon. We’ll have food and yard games in addition to tubing. Bring your own towel and bathing suit. Address is 2033 Ballard Rd Hammonton, NJ 08037. Contact Pastor Dave (dave@hopechristianfellowship.org) with any questions. 

HOPE YOUTH
YOUTH GROUP: 
Sunday night Youth Group is on hiatus for July, but you can still stay connected by attending our church wide summer events, or consider volunteering for VBS!

DELANCO CAMP:

  • Junior High: 7/17 – 7/23
  • Teen Camp: 7/23 – 7/30 

Register now at https://delanco.org or contact Pastor Dan with any questions (danlein@hopechristianfellowhip.org

SUMMER POOL PARTIES:
Join us each Saturday in August at 4:00pm at the below locations!

  • August 6th – Nancy McStay’s @ 756 Rattling Run Road, Mickleton
  • August 13th – Tara Shinn’s @ 944 Maryland Ave, Deptford
  • August 20th – Michelle Baumeister’s @ 750 Fairview Ave, Woodbury Heights
  • August 27th – Christine Gossard’s @ 973 Johnson Road, Sicklerville

HOPE YOUTH CALENDAR:
Parents, stay up to date with everything happening on our calendar here!

HOPE KIDS
SUNDAY MORNING PROGRAMS:
We offer childcare and classes from our littlest Hopers to our 5th graders every Sunday morning at both the 8:30 & 10 services. Each classroom is staffed with friendly and enthusiastic teachers and helpers who are background checked to ensure your child’s safety. Our WonderZone! serves our youngest children, who are full of wonder about who God is! We have an infant room, one-year-old room, toddler classroom, and a pre-K classroom in order to serve each child with an age-appropriate curriculum. K-5th graders gather in the youth room for our opening service called The GoZone! where we GO for God, GO for growth and GO forever through worship, games and an interactive lesson through teaching and videos. The K-5th graders are then split up into age appropriate small groups to dive deeper into the lesson where they can share their own experiences and ask any questions they may have. 

For questions about WonderZone (0-PreK) contact Kara May at karamay@hopechristianfellowship.org

For questions about GoZone (K-5th) contact Pastor Ryan Moreno at ryanmoreno@hopechristianfellowship.org

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