Hope Notes 11/23/2022

November 23, 2022

Hello Hoper ~
     Well friends, those of you who have been reading these Notes for many years will not be surprised by today’s opening.  It’s time for my “Let’s give Thanksgiving its time to shine” post.  Thanksgiving is that poor holiday which has the misfortune to be sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas – the two most lucrative holidays for the retail world.  It always gets lost in the shuffle. Our town has the Halloween parade marching down Main Street right underneath the Christmas decorations! Thanksgiving is completely forgotten in the rush to get to the next big thing – Christmas.  Why do we insist on rushing through things?  We often jump so far ahead that we miss what’s happening in the present (like Thanksgiving).
     We are guilty of doing the same thing with God’s plans.  We get ahead of Him because we are impatient.  We ask, “WHY isn’t He fixing things or doing things or showing me things?”  But we must remember that He is always at work in our lives.  It’s just that sometimes there are things He needs to have us work on before we get to what we consider the ‘answer’.  The waiting process is a vital part of growing our faith. God knows I’m not ‘ready’ for certain things yet, even though I may think I am! “The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.” (Lamentations 3:25) Is there something you are waiting on? Instead of trying to rush ahead, be still in His presence each and every day, allowing the space for Him to work in your life.  “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him…” (Psalm 37:7)
     When we are all celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, let’s not have it be a day that simply brings us one step closer to Black Friday sales and all things Christmas.  Let us remember to soak in the goodness of God and the gifts He has given us for which we are so thankful. May our gratefulness to God reign in our hearts all year long. “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34)
Happy Thanksgiving!
Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE: 
Thinking You’re Hot (Revelation 3:14-22) | Communion
Have you ever looked back at some pictures of yourself from years ago and wondered what you were thinking?  You may even remember that you thought you really looked good. But now, with fresh eyes and a good deal of distance from that moment, you have a very different opinion of your appearance. For this last church in Revelation, Jesus tells the church at Laodicea that what they think of themselves is untrue. They think they are looking good, but Jesus actually tells them they are disgusting and to be pitied. As harsh as this message is to this church, it may have more application to the church today than any other message we’ve discussed so far.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY: 
Bible Study will be on hiatus until January 4th – stay tuned for what’s to come!

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.

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

CHRISTMAS DECORATING:
We could use some helping hands to get the church ready for Christmastime! Join us Saturday, November 26th at 9:00 to help transform the building! Stay as long as you can, leave when you need. No expertise needed – just a willing heart! Contact Rob Jacoby with any questions: rjacoby107@comcast.net

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

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING: Dec 4th
We’ll be having our annual business meeting after the second service. 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.)

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

CHRISTMAS SERVICES:
This year Christmas falls on a Sunday, which is extra exciting because it means we get to be together as a church family for this holiday! Please join us at 8:30 or 10:00 for a special hour long service with scripture reading and song. We’ll recount the Christmas story together and take time to celebrate the birth of our Savior! And we’ll even have a Hope mug for each adult (while supplies last)- our Christmas gift to you! Bring the whole family, HopeKids! will have childcare provided for children 2 and under. 

HAVE A NEED?
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 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
Open to all teens 6th-12th grades! Contact Pastor Dan Lein with any questions: danlein@hopechristianfellowship.org

ADVENT SERIES: 
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. 

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

calendar here!

HOPE KIDS
WONDERZONE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: 
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! Rehearsal will be on Saturday, December 10th at 10:00am. Click here for all the details. 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! 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! Rehearsals will be on Wednesday, December 7th at 7:00pm and Saturday, December 17th at 10:00am. Click here for all the details.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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