Hope Notes 11/09/2022

November 9, 2022

Hello Hoper ~
Sweet little arms wrapped around your neck. A soft head nestled tenderly on your shoulders. The feel of a chubby little hand holding yours with complete trust that you’ll keep them safe. These are the moments parents (and grandparents) treasure. And yet those tiny hands will wriggle and twist to let go when they don’t want to be restrained or held back from where they want to go! I think of our Father in heaven, who holds me in His loving hands. “Yet I am always with You; You hold my right hand.” (Psalm 73:23) When I am afraid, I take comfort knowing that He has me. “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13) Isn’t that what we do with the little ones we love? When they are frightened we take hold of their hands to reassure them that we are there. I know there have been times when I wanted to wriggle out of my Father’s hands and ignore His guidance in order to pursue a path that looks easier, or seek out a situation that seems beneficial to me.Just as we keep a firm grip on those squirmy little fingers trying to disengage from ours, so our Father keeps His grasp on us. Yes, I know He may sometimes let us slip away and discover for ourselves the lies the enemy wants to entice us with. But ultimately we are His for eternity. “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:18) Doesn’t it feel wonderful to have a pudgy little hand holding tightly to yours, walking obediently at your side? Just imagine how it makes our heavenly Father feel when we do the same! 

Holding tight to His hand…Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE: 
An Open Door (Revelation 3:7-13)
With our state banning plastic bags, you may have found yourself in this situation over the past few months.  Since we’re so used to having grocery bags to carry all of our purchases, sometimes we forget that we’re not getting them anymore. That leads to an awkward attempt to carry as many loose groceries as possible into the house, which creates another problem… opening the door!  With no hands left, you have to decide what to put down so you can find your keys and get the door open. The closed door stops all progress of getting your food into the house until you find a way to get it open. Jesus uses this picture to describe a spiritual reality. He opens and closes doors for us. When God makes the way clear, we need to be ready to step into the opportunity He gives. And when He closes a door, we shouldn’t waste our time trying to pry it open. These words to the church in Philadelphia are words of encouragement and motivation. May they be the same to us today!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY: 
Bible Study will be on hiatus until January – join us tonight instead for the Baptism Service!

BAPTISM SERVICE: Tonight at 7:00!
You are not going to want to miss this powerful and encouraging service! Hear from fellow Hopers as they share their testimonies and make a public declaration of faith. Hearing about how God moves in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ is always encouraging and emotional! Come out and show your support as they take this next step in their relationship with Jesus! Nursery will be provided for our Hopers 2 and under. 

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. Meets 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 1:3-4

“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.” 

NOVEMBER BIBLE READING PLANS: 
Year 1: Hebrews 
Year 2: James, 1&2 Peter, 1,2,3 John, Jude
Psalms 120-138

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

GIVING UPDATE:
For the month of October, we averaged $7805 per week which is significantly below our weekly target of $9450. This brings our annual average down to $9127. We are now behind last year’s giving pace for the first time since Easter. This is also the second month in a row that averaged under $8000 per week and is significantly behind our summer giving averages. Please make sure that if you are a part of Hope, you are giving generously and sacrificially towards the work that God is doing here. And pray with our Leadership Team as they assess how to propose a budget for next year.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Due back Sunday!
Thanks to everyone who took a box. Make sure to finish them up this week and return them Sunday! Here’s how to make this easy & fun: CHOOSE a boy or girl and the age category. FILL WITH a quality ‘wow’ item, then add other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. PRAY for the child who will receive your gifts; you can include a personal note & photo.  If you’d like,

you can donate the $10 per box shipping online and receive a tracking label to discover the destination of your shoebox. 

LADIES CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA:
All ladies (post high-school and up) are invited to our Christmas Extravaganza and Ornament Exchange at 6:30 on Friday, December 2nd! Please join us for a night of food & fun, a wrapped ornament exchange ($10 or under), and a devotional thought from Dana. Sign-up in the lobby to attend. Feel free to invite friends or family – the more the merrier! If you’d like to bring a dessert or appetizer, you can let us know on the sign-up sheet! Contact Dana Ott with any questions at 

danaott@hopechristianfellowship.org

CHRISTMAS CAFE:
Do you have a hidden talent? Well it’s time to show it off at our upcoming Christmas Café on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00! Share your talent with your fellow Hopers and enjoy some fellowship & food as we get into the holiday spirit! Not one for performing? You can bring a treat for everyone to enjoy! Sign-up to perform or bring a goodie in the lobby. Questions about participating? Contact Kylie Austen at kylieausten@hopechristianfellowship.org

2023 OFFICER ELECTION: 
It’s that time of year again! Deacon and leadership team nomination ballots are available in the lobby for all Hope Partners. We need every vote possible so make sure you pick one up and turn it in by November 27th. Any questions about the voting process can be directed to Pastor Mark, Pastor Dave, or one of our elders. Every partner should have received a letter in the mail along with voting forms. If you did not, make sure to get a copy of the letter from Emily DiLorenzo (emily@hopechristianfellowship.org)

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING:
We’ll be having our annual business meeting after the second service on December 4th. Partners will be able to vote on the budget at the meeting, or by using a signed ballot if you’re unable to stay. Copies of the proposed budget are available in the lobby now. Contact Pastor Mark or a member of the elder team with any questions (Mike Hartwell, Ryan Winstel, Damon Briggs, Pastor Dave.)

SMALL GROUPS:
Please note our final study sheet for the year will be out on December 4th, and will return beginning January 8th. Click here to view the latest sheet.

NEED HELP?
Do you have a financial need or prayer request that you’d like help with? Fill out a Needs Card or Prayer Request card at the back of the auditorium and place in the offering bin. We’ll be in touch to see how we can best help you. You can also email needs@hopechristianfellowship.org at any time!

NEW YEAR, NEW TIMES:
Take note! Beginning Sunday, January 1st our service times will shift to 9:00 and 10:30! We will continue to livestream the second service. 

YOUNG ADULTS
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 7:00
The Young Adults ministry at Hope 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

NOVEMBER 15TH: What’s It Mean To Be An Ambassador?
In 2 Corinthians 5:20, Paul says that “we are ambassadors for Christ.” What does that mean? Is it true even if I don’t want to be one? What if I’m bad at it? We’ll discuss all this and more at our next meeting.

NOVEMBER 29TH: F-R-I-E-N-D-Sgiving (6:30 start time)
Come to our first ever FRIENDSGIVING! This one will be themed after the show, Friends! We’ll share a meal, some games, and create a whole lot of memories. Sign-ups are in the front lobby.

HOPE YOUTH
YOUTH GROUP: Sundays 6:00-8:00
Please note – there will be NO YOUTH GROUP this Sunday, November 13th because of the 30 Hour Famine!

ADVENT SERIES: Starting November 20th
Dedicating time every year to anticipate Jesus’ imminent return is a powerful practice, one that we hope to bring to Youth Group this year! We are excited to explore the story of Jesus’ birth and the hope it brings for us today in a world that feels so hopeless. This series, though small, will be jam packed with powerful truths that students will be able to carry with them and practice for years to come. 

30 HOUR FAMINE: Last chance to donate!
Every 30 hours roughly 7,000 kids will die of starvation. We don’t think that’s right, so Hope Youth is raising awareness and money to better serve and feed families around the world. We’re doing this through a 30 Hour Famine on November 11 & 12 with World Vision, an organization committed to feeding communities as well as providing them with the education and equipment to feed themselves in the future. A simple donation of $40 can feed a child for a whole month! 

Join us in raising money to fight hunger by donating on our World Vision event page here.

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

calendar here!

HOPE KIDS
WONDERZONE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: 
Christmas is one of our favorite seasons in the WonderZone! This year, we will sing about “The Real Christmas Story” at our program on December 11th! You’ll want to have your little ones in class and on time so that they don’t miss out on practicing! Click here to listen to the songs! Contact Kara May with any questions at karamay@hopechristianfellowship.org 

GOZONE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM:
Our elementary kids will be performing “Good News Ahead: The Signs of Christmas!” on December 18th! Kids will learn the many signs of Christ’s birth as foretold by the prophets through catchy scripture-based songs and a fun script! You’ll want to have your kids on time in the GoZone so that they don’t miss out! Click here to listen to the songs! Contact Pastor Ryan with any questions at ryanmoreno@hopechristianfellowship.org 

HOPEKIDS HANGOUT: 
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. 

Our last HK Hangout for the year will be November 27th. We’ll see you again starting January 8th!

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, enthusiastic, background checked team members to ensure your child’s safety. Our WonderZone! serves our youngest children from infants through Pre-K, who are full of wonder about who God is!  K-5th graders gather in the GoZone! where we GO for God, GO for growth and GO forever.

For any questions about HopeKids! Ministry contact us at: kids@hopechristianfellowship.org 

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