Hope Notes 02/22/2023

February 22, 2023

Hello Hoper, 

Doesn’t it seem like we often have a selective memory?  It’s sometimes easier to recall negative instances rather than the good ones?  Or how one put down can wipe out the reserve of positive comments?  Apparently there’s a scientific ‘brain reason’ for that, which I am not about to attempt to explain. Trust me, you can google it!  How about all the things that God has done for us?  We may tend to forget them once they are long gone.  But we shouldn’t.  We mustn’t!
     “Praise the LORD, my soul, and never forget all the good he has done….” (Psalm 103:2 GWT) We can get so caught up in not being where we want to be, that we forget how far He has brought us.  Here’s a tip for when we find ourselves plagued with doubts, wondering if God is really working behind the scenes. Times like that are the perfect time to get alone with God and praise Him for what He’s done in the past and acknowledge that even if we can’t see it, we know He is at work in the present too. Remembering what God has done in the past helps us to trust that God will meet us in our present circumstance as well.  Start a list of God’s mighty works in your life so when you feel you have nothing to praise Him for, you can come back to your list and praise Him for what He’s done for you before. “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old”. (Psalm 77:11 ESV)
He has done, is doing, and will continue to do what we we need…..Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE: 
The Vine and Branches | Communion
(John 15:1-8)

Some people are really good with plants. Others are really bad with them. Whichever one you are, you understand the simple illustration Jesus gives His disciples about living in a way that changes the world. The spiritual reality is quite complex. It is hard to walk in what Jesus is instructing. But the picture He gives is simple, easy to understand, and gives us helpful insight so that we can know when we’re doing it right (and when we are not). If every Christian lived like Jesus talks about in these verses, we’d change the world!

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 8:40 in the GoZone!

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER:
Anyone can join us Sunday mornings at 8:30 in Pastor Mark’s office to pray for that morning’s services. Contact Bob Baumiester for more information (rbaumiester@gmail.com). 

LEVEL UP ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS: 
Wednesday nights in 2023 we are focusing on taking your relationship with Jesus to the next level by offering programs for all ages built to strengthen your faith and deepen your spiritual knowledge. Here is our list of classes for adults:

  • CHRISTIAN SEXUALITY PART 2: Begins Feb 22nd, led by Pastor Mark & Pastor Dan Last fall, we started a series on Christian Sexuality diving into the tough topics of sex, marriage, and pornography – and what the bible has to say about it. Join us as we continue that conversation, this time addressing homosexuality, transgender identity, and the LGBT community. We’ll hear real stories from real believers who face same sex attraction and gender dysphoria and how they pursue Christ in the midst of it. To catch up on the previous six lessons, click here.
  • THE CASE FOR CHRIST: Begins March 1st, led by Mark Suloff Is there credible evidence that Jesus–the carpenter from the ancient town of Nazareth–really is the Son of God? In this video Bible study, based on the book The Case for Christ, participants journey on a quest for the truth about Jesus. Skeptics dismiss the Jesus of the Gospels by claiming there is no evidence that he was God’s Son. But does their claim hold weight? And, if not, what evidence is there, especially outside the Bible? Lee Strobel–a former legal journalist and one-time atheist–presents the findings of his own search for truth. The first 10 to join this class will get a free book! 
  • Parenting Through The Phases: Led by Pastor Ryan & Kara May coming in April!

VERSE OF THE MONTH:
Matthew 5:6-8
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHOICES OF THE HEART: Baby Bottles due back this Sunday!
For more information, or more ways to get involved with Choices of the Heart, please visit their website, www.choicesoftheheart.com. Any questions please contact Stacy Reid, sreid0905@gmail.com.

WOMEN OF HOPE: Have you heard the news?
Our Monday night Bible study has a new name! Formerly called, “God’s Girls”, is now Women of Hope! We’re excited for this opportunity to extend the invitation to ALL the women here at Hope whether or not you’ve been involved in the past. We’ll be meeting at the same time and same place – 1st and 3rd Mondays at 6:30pm right here at the church.

Please follow our NEW facebook page to stay connected and up to date on studies, events, and fellowship! Our next meeting will be on March 6th, and we’ll be continuing our series in the 4 kinds of biblical love. 

SOUTH JERSEY MEN’S RESURRECTION BREAKFAST:
All men are invited to attend this local event on Saturday, April 1st at 9:00. For all the information and to purchase tickets click here. Please note: ticket sales end on March 6th. Any questions contact Bob Kerr at 856-362-0378.

ATTENTION LOCAL BUSINESSES:
Are you a Hoper who also owns a local business? We’re interested in partnering with you to help welcome newcomers to the neighborhood! We’d love to promote your business as we invite new folks to check-out Hope! Contact Pastor Dave if you think your business would be a fit! (dave@hopechristianfellowship.org)

MARCH YARD WORK DAY: Helping Hands Needed!
We have an big undertaking at hand to remove the fence along the back of our property and need your help to accomplish it! Everyone is is able is invited out on Saturday, March 11th at 9:00 to help. We could also use the following tools: crowbars, sledge hammers, rakes, & shovels. If you’ve been looking for a way to serve our building team, but weren’t sure about commi

tting, this one day activity would be an enormous blessing to us! Sign-up in the lobby. Any questions, contact Bill Repas (billrepas@gmail.com)

HOPEKIDS! WORKSHOP: RSVP on Planning Center by 2/28

We are so excited to announce our first ever HopeKids! Workshop for all HopeKids! team members on Saturday, March 18th from 9:00-1:30! This crucial workshop will allow us to gather all of our teams, refocus on why our calling is so important, and get everyone excited and well-prepared for the work God continues to do in our growing ministry. There will be light morning refreshments, lunch provided, and essential information to fully equip us in serving the next generation. If you serve on any of our HopeKids! teams, please RSVP on Planning Center and join us for a day of fellowship and growth! 

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

FIRST SUNDAY HANG: New starting March 5th!
Introducing another opportunity to gather as young adults! The first Sunday of each month we’ll be getting together for a simple hangout. Join us at the Hallahans (612 Westover Ct. Williamstown) at 1pm for some light snacks, games, and fellowship.

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

CURRENT SERIES: CHRISTIAN SEXUALITY
Last fall our students dove into six weeks of educational conversation on the subject of Christian Sexuality. Over the next six weeks we will be returning to the series and will be addressing new topics, including same sex attraction, transgender identity issues, and many other LGBTQ questions. We believe this series is vitally important for this day and age, and we strongly encourage all youth group students between grades 6-12 to join us. We hope this series will continue to help equip and guide our students through the choppy waters of sexual identity and lead them to a better and stronger relationship with Christ.

GUYS’ NIGHT: March 10th at 6:30
The thrill of competition. The bonding of brothers. The taste of tacos. A night full of competitive games and prizes is the perfect way to spend your Friday night and an easy invite to friends looking to make their first connection. All guys 6th-12th grades are invited to join us at the church for all this and more!

GIRLS’ NIGHT: March 10th at 6:30
Calling all female students! Join lady leaders for a night in of fun, snacks, and fellowship! We want to take this time and set it aside to bond as sisters in Christ, enjoy each other’s company, and grow closer! Join us and bring out your friends as we meet at Grace’s house, 30 South Evergreen Avenue Woodbury NJ, 08096 from 6:30-9pm! 

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

calendar here!

HOPE KIDS
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! Our current series is a 12 week study on the New Testament. 

SUNDAY MORNING PROGRAMS:
We offer childcare and classes from our littlest Hopers to our 5th graders every Sunday morning at both 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.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT PROGRAMS:
We’re so excited to invest in our HopeKids! on Wednesday evenings, during our Level Up series, by providing classes for infants through 5th graders! Our elementary kids will be paired up with our preschoolers for a portion of the evening to work together on a craft, game, or activity. We can’t wait to see how God works in & through our elementary kids to serve, lead by example, and encourage our preschoolers! Your kids won’t want to miss out on these fun-filled Wednesday nights, engaging their faith and learning more from God’s Word!

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

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