Hope Notes 08/17/2022

August 17, 2022

Hello Hoper ~ 
     Craig Groeschel said, “Comparison will either make you feel inferior or superior. NEITHER honors God.”  When I think about comparing myself to others, it is usually in the context of something they do or have that I am lacking. But I never really thought about the opposite; when people compare themselves to others to show how wonderful they themselves are!  In 2 Corinthians 10:12, Paul talks about the false teachers in Corinth who ‘compared themselves among themselves’, looking only to their own accomplishments and ignored any excellence in others.  They formed a disproportionate opinion of themselves and undervalued everyone else.  We’ve probably all seen this type of behavior, whether in the middle school ‘cool kids’ clique or in corporate America where board members believe only they have the solution to a given situation. Paul warns about this in Romans 12:3. “Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”
     Back to the other side of the coin. Comparing ourselves to others in a way that leaves us feeling less than, discouraged, or bad about our own selves is just as destructive.  We have the assurance that we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ (Psalm 139:14) with our own set of abilities, gifts, and talents.  Theodore Roosevelt uttered this famous phrase – “Comparison is the thief of joy.” We can surrender comparison when we remember who we really are; beloved members of “….a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9) So let’s try and take comparison, in any way, off the table and just enjoy who God has made each of us to be.

We are all who He says we are; no better and no worse – Lois    

SPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE: 
What’s Mine Is Yours | Small Group Kickoff 
(Philippians 2:1-11; Mark 5:21-34; Matthew 25:31-46; Mark 12:13-17)

One of the most natural inclinations we have as humans is a desire to use what is ours for ourselves. We spend the first several years of children’s lives teaching them to share. We never have to teach them to be protective of what is theirs. We do get better at sharing, but we also get better at hiding the fact that we aren’t sharing. As adults, we can be quite possessive of that which we deem is rightfully ours – especially our attention, actions, and money. But the whole of scripture is pretty clear, everything we have that we call “ours” is actually a gift from God. And what’s more, God didn’t give it to us so we can use it on ourselves. As followers of God, we are supposed to use all of our resources for the benefit of others. Jesus is the clearest example as his life is an embodiment of the expression, “What’s Mine Is Yours.”

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY: “Foundations” Three Part Series – Coming Soon!
We hear a lot about ‘deconstructing’ Christians today.  And we face questions as well as casual but presumptively certain statements about God, Christians, the Bible and truth. How can we navigate these waters without losing our faith?  We’re going to kick off our Fall Wednesday Nights with three introductory lessons on ‘Foundations’.  Each week we’re going to look at a major topic that we can later digest in more detail.  But if we are informed and trained in these areas, the chances of us being taken off guard by a skeptics comments or even losing our way when we question our faith are greatly diminished.  We want to find solid ground to stand on in the current cultural discussions and debates, so join us as we target a few places to find our footing. Begins September 7th at 7:00; in-person only; childcare provided. 

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:
Philippians 3:13-14

Brothers I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

AUGUST BIBLE READING PLANS: 
Year 1: Romans
Year 2: Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
Psalms 89-102

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

SMALL GROUP KICKOFF:
Visit the Small Group Registration Table at the back of the auditorium this Sunday!

We’re so excited to kickoff a new season of small groups for the fall! We believe that relationships with other believers are essential to growing in our faith and one of the best ways to pursue these relationships is through our small groups. You can sign-up to join one of our existing groups (listed below), or form your own! Not sure where you fit? You can request for us to help place you in a group! Visit this link to get started, or contact Pastor Dave (dave@hopechristianfellowship.org)

  • The Chosen: Seasons 1 & 2 Study Guide 
  • CREATE + STUDY: An hour of time in the art studio followed by biblical study
  • Married Couples Group

FELLA-SHIP FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Last chance to sign-up!
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.

LADIES EVENT: “Reflect: No Filter” Elevation Church Watch Party
Join us right here at Hope on Friday, September 16th at 6:30 for food, fellowship, and a watch party! We’ll be live-streaming Elevation Church’s “Reflect: No Filter” ladies event. This night will be about embracing the woman we see in the mirror and building “unfiltered” relationships with God & one another. We’ll worship together and hear an encouraging & challenging word from several speakers. There’s no cost to attend! Just sign-up in the lobby, and invite a friend if you’d like! Any questions see Dana Ott (danaott@hopechristianfellowship.org) Open to all ladies post high school and up. 

HELP NEEDED FOR BROADCASTING TEAM:
Our worship team ministry could use some help in our Production Booth! If you have computer skills, are tech savvy, and/or are familiar with live-streaming, we’d love to have you on our Broadcast Team rotation. You don’t need to be a professional, but some skill and a willing heart to serve would be great! Please see Dana Ott (

danaott@hopechristianfellowship.org) or Ken Shinn (

kenbshinn@gmail.com) if interested.

KIDS ALLEY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY:
Remember the school supplies we collected in July for Kids Alley? Well the time has come to pack those backpacks with all the goodies! Help Kids Alley on Thursday, August 25th from 4-7p or Saturday, August 27th from 8:30a-2:30p. Come as you can, any donation of time is a help! Located at 4106 Terrace Ave, Pennsauken Twp, NJ 08109. Contact Stacy Reid (sreid0905@gmail.com) with any questions. 

YOUNG ADULTS
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 7:00 beginning 9/20
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

OCEAN CITY DAY: This Saturday, August 20th
Come down to Ocean City and spend the day with us in the sun, on the boardwalk, and at Julia Owens’ shore house! We’ll meet at 10am at 824 Brighton Place in Ocean City (right by Ocean City High School). Come all day or come and go as you can! If you come after 11am join us on the beach by 4th street. Call Dave (856-340-8519) or Julia (856-562-2925) if you have any questions or need help finding us!

ICE CREAM SOCIAL: September 9th at 7:00
Hope’s Young Adults is kicking off the fall with an ice cream and game night! Join us for a night of fun and games and the opportunity to create your own sundae.

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! Regular Youth Group will return on Sunday, 9/4 from 6:00-8:00pm.

SUMMER POOL PARTIES:

  • August 20th – Michelle Baumeister’s @ 750 Fairview Ave, Woodbury Heights
  • August 27th – Christine Gossard’s @ 973 Johnson Road, Sicklerville

SENIOR HIGH SMALL GROUP: Starts September 1st
This small group will provide our senior high students with the opportunity to dive more deeply into the Word and create a space to more vulnerably and openly discuss faith and how it comes up against the challenges of the world. Meetings will be held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00, starting in September. The first meeting will be hosted by youth leaders Josh and Becky DeWalt at 81 Davidson Rd, Swedesboro NJ 08085

GROW GROUPS: Returning September 4th!
Hope Youth resumes its annual Grow Group series on “big church”, helping 6th graders transition from Go Zone to adult Sunday services. For 6 weeks (9/4-10/9) 6th graders will learn together in a small group setting the core aspects of church, why the Church works the way it does, and how we can all be a part of making it happen! Grow Groups will take place in Go Zone 2 during the 8:30 service following worship. Can’t wait to see your students there!

OCEAN CITY RETREAT: September 23rd-25th
Ocean City has always been a great kick-off event for our senior high (9th-12th grades) as well as a time for students to build bonds that our brief time on Sunday nights doesn’t quite allow for. It’s also a whole weekend of making new friends, playing games, and encountering God so if you’re looking for another good event to invite a friend to, this is the big one! Contact Pastor Dan for a permission slip!

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

calendar here!

HOPE KIDS
BACK TO SCHOOL KICKOFF: Sign-up Now!
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! Sign-up at either registration table! 

HOPEKIDS HANGOUT: Returns September 11th at a new time!
All elementary kids are invited to join us in the GoZone on Sunday nights from 6PM-8PM for an extra dose of fun and Bible study. Just like on Sunday mornings, we gather together for games, Bible stories, and prayer—but with an extra hour there’s twice the excitement, bigger games, and more time to get to know each other! This September we will be continuing our journey through What’s In the Bible, picking up where we left off and brushing up on our Old Testament knowledge. 

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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