Hope Notes 07/20/2022

July 20, 2022

Hello Hoper ~ 
What are you views on astrology?  What do you say when someone asks, “what sign are you”?  It might sound silly or picky to some, but I hate when someone asks me that. I never used to know what to say because I didn’t want it to seem like I agreed with or followed astrology. Neither did I want to claim ignorance, because I do know my sign; I just didn’t want them to immediately launch into all my supposed personality traits.  Well I finally came up with a good answer!  Want to know what it is?  I simply say – the sign of the cross, or the sign of the icthus (Christian fish).  I tell them I don’t follow the stars, I follow the One who MADE the stars.  Genesis 1:1 tells us ‘In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  Verse 19 plainly states, ‘He made the stars’.  Psalm 147:4 says “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.’  Isn’t that a great response?! Maybe some of you have already thought of that and I’m just a little late hopping on the train!  But I wish I had known that years ago when the dance company I was in did a number in which the opening called for each of us to walk across the stage carrying a different astrological sign.  I refused to do it and could only say I didn’t believe in astrology.  I wasn’t able to make the connection between my faith and their belief system.  I wish I had thought to make my sign the Christian fish or a cross……………and then walk boldly and proudly across that stage.  So I’m sharing this little story with you all today with the hope that maybe it will give those who are struggling like I was an easy answer when that annoying topic comes up!
My sign resides in heaven – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE:
Bringing Outsiders In | VBS Kickoff
(Leviticus 19:9-10, 18, 33-34; Ephesians 2:11-18; Matthew 5:46-47; 1 Corinthians 9:19-22)

As we kickoff our week of Vacation Bible School, we are going to continue our discussion about the practice we need in the things that Christians do.  In fact, we’re going to talk about one of the ways we practice loving people in this week, and the mindset that it reflects. In a world where social anxiety and tribalism dominates our connections (or lack thereof), we believe that being a Christian includes a heart to include those who are different or strange.  So this week, we intentionally work hard to invite outsiders into the family and to serve them in love. This concept is familiar, but we’re going to give it some basis from Scripture.  Then we’ll turn our attention from ‘discussing’ to ‘doing’ as we launch into a week where we can apply what we’ll hear this morning!

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 the Youth Room. 

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

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 this 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

MEN’S BOWLING LEAGUE:
Open to all Hope men 18 and older! Join us for some friendly competition and great fellowship. League begins in the fall and plays at Bowlero Lanes in Deptford. Interested in joining or need more info? Contact Bruce Clark at 609-820-4858 or Brucec77@verizon.net

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


FINAL DECORATING DAY: THIS 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: It’s not too late!
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 7:00
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

AUGUST POOL PARTIES:
In lieu of our normal meetings at church, we’re going to take the month of August to have some fun in the sun and make a splash! Join us for food, games, and swimming at the following houses: 

  • Aug 2 –  973 Johnson Rd, Sicklerville NJ 08081
  • Aug 16 –  680 Sacramento Dr, Mantua NJ 08051

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:

  • 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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