Hope Notes 07/27/2022

July 27, 2022

Hello Hoper ~ 
I mostly sit in the same spot every morning when I read my Bible.  I like to look out the windows and see what’s happening in nature. There’s always lots to see; birds come and go, branches go from bare, to the green leaves of spring and summer, then to the multi-colored leaves in fall.  But the most interesting thing is the position of the sun and subsequent shadows that fall across our living room. They are just as much a sign of the changing seasons as those leaves. And they remind me of a favorite Bible verse.  James 1:17 tells us about the “Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  (Or like the sunlight streaming through the windows.)  The fact that God does not change should be of great comfort to us. Every created thing in this life will let us down at some point in time. Whether it is circumstances, relationships, health, careers, or our children. Yet, however unstable the circumstances around us are, God remains a stable and secure rock for us to cling to.  Hebrews 13:8 reassures us again that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  All that He is today, He has always been, and forever will be. He cannot change for the better, because He is already perfect. Because He is perfect, He cannot change for the worse.  Isn’t that encouraging?  In case we haven’t gotten the message yet, let me point out that God Himself says, “I the LORD do not change.” (Malachi 3:6)  Our lives can change in an instant.  But we can hold firm to the Truth that our God never does.  His power never changes.  His love never changes.  His Word never changes. Trust Him and let the One who created you hold you firm and secure in the ever-changing world in which we live.
Thankful for His unchanging presence in my life – Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE:
Letting Go of Wrongs | VBS Closing Program
(Matthew 18:21-35; Ephesians 4:32; Romans 12:17, 21; Colossians 3:13-14)

How many times have you had something stuck in your head because a person said something hurtful to you? Maybe you played it off and acted like it didn’t bother you, but later on you can’t seem to get it out of your mind. The truth is that it is difficult to let go of wrongs done against us.  In fact, the larger the offense, the more difficult it is to disentangle ourselves from both the pain and the fallout.  But following Jesus invites us to a way of healing.  And part of that way is to forgive. You cannot live in love and hold onto the bitterness of hurt at the same time. Jesus invites us to know some transformational truth about ourselves that helps us respond to others by letting go of what they did to us. It asks us to believe that He is better at justice than we are and that our healing lies on the other side of forgiveness.

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: Sunday at 5:00 
We’ll be closing out this VBS week with a bang! Join us on Sunday for our annual church picnic. We’ll have food, games, waterslides and more for the whole family! 

HELP WANTED FOR PICNIC SET UP
We could use some willing hands to help set up tables and chairs for the picnic Sunday after the second service.  Contact Ken Blythe at kblythe99@gmail.com.

GOD’S GIRLS:
Join us the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30 for a time of fellowship. prayer, and study. Open to all women 18 years and older. For questions contact Mary LeBeau at marylebeau@verizon.net 

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

FELLA-SHIP FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE:
Join us for the inaugural Fella-ship Fantasy Football League! We’ll be hosting a live draft event on September 6th at 7pm here at the church. Those unable to make the draft event can still participate in the league. You must sign up by August 21st to be included in the league. Sign-up in the lobby and see Dave Hallahan (dave@hopechristianfellowship.org) or Dylan Ott (dylan.ott.11@live.com) with questions.

VBS+: Special Event for 6th Graders  
Calling all upcoming 6th graders! We are so stoked to see you during VBS and are even more excited to invite you to VBS+! Join us Friday August 5th from 5-7:30pm for food, fun, and a special adventure trail where we’ll welcome you to Hope Youth! You’ll get to spend more time with your friends, make new ones, and even learn about what God has in store for you next! The party will be held at 860 Main Street Sewell, 08080. Bring your friends and a pair of hiking shoes! Contact Pastor Dan with any questions (danlein@hopechristianfellowship.org)

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 August, but you can still stay connected by attending our summer pool parties!

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
BACK TO SCHOOL KICKOFF:
All our WonderZone and GoZone friends are invited to our HopeKids! Back to School Kickoff on Saturday, September 10th from 10:00a – noon. We’re throwing a party to celebrate the new school year—with music, games, school supplies! Don’t miss it!

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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