Hope Notes 08/24/2022

August 24, 2022

Hello Hoper ~ 
Waiting can be really hard, especially when you don’t know how or if a situation will end. ⁠One thing is certain, all things will eventually end. Sometimes, like waiting for healing, the desired end won’t come until we step into heaven. But it WILL end. It’s also hard to wait for something good to begin!  I’m sure we’ve all experience both situations; it seems like we are usually in a season of waiting for one thing or another. Psalm 37:7 tells us to “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…”  But it’s so hard, isn’t it?!  Toddlers are notoriously bad at waiting and I have to admit I sometimes feel like a toddler myself when I am anxiously or eagerly waiting for something!  However, I do have a few words of encouragement for you! One – God never wastes waiting.  His desire for us is our continued sanctification. We should stop asking why and start asking what. What are you trying to teach me?  What areas in my life need refining? If we can reframe our thoughts along these lines, the waiting may not seem so disheartening.  There is a purpose to it.  Second – this word found in Lamentations 3:25 is full of good news: “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.”  GOOD to those who wait for Him!  Wait for Him to move, to rectify, to resolve.  Kind of gives us a little more motivation to hang in there, doesn’t it?  And finally, we can take great comfort knowing that our God hears us, He knows us, and He knows just what to do and when to do it!  “…….At the right time, I, the LORD, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22
Waiting on the Lord – Lois    

SPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE: 
Unity, Not Uniformity
(Romans 14; 1 Corinthians 8; James 4:1-7)

Thanks to the ever increasing speed and reach of mass media, we have access to all sorts of opinions and beliefs. Instead of leading to us all being more open-minded and well-rounded, most of us have retreated to our echo chambers. We’ve surrounded ourselves, in real life or through our media consumption, with voices that reinforce our own opinions and beliefs. This leaves us ill-suited to handle disagreements well. Yet, the early church was full of tension and disagreements. In fact, Paul thinks that diversity of opinion is to be a feature, not a bug in the body of Christ. In polarizing times, it takes practice to live well in the midst of tension.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY: “Foundations” Three Part Series – Coming 9/7!
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

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: This Week!
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

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 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 HERE!
All our WonderZone & GoZone kids and their parents are invited to our first event of the fall! Join us on Saturday, September 10th from 10:00a – Noon.  We’ll have a party to celebrate the new school year with music, games, and school supplies!  Sign-up online at the link above or in-person at church. 

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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