Hope Notes 03/01/2022

March 1, 2023

Hello Hoper, 
     There are seven days in a week and ‘someday’ isn’t one of them!  Don’t we always say things like, “I’ll get to it someday“?  I don’t want to keep putting off till someday the things I need to attend to today! Ephesians 5:15-16 tells us “Pay careful attention to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” In other words, we need to take care in how we walk through life and use the time we have on this earth wisely.  To break it down even further, we need to simply take each day and use our time in the best way possible.  What ARE the best ways?  Well, I would say whatever deepens our relationship with the Lord and furthers His kingdom; take time each day to read the Bible and spend time in prayer.  If we have an opportunity to witness to someone, do it! Another thing we need to do is make attending church a priority.  God calls us to fellowship with other believers.  We need to be fed so that we have a firm foundation on which to stand when times are tough. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” (Colossians 3:16) Sounds pretty much like our Sunday morning services, doesn’t it?  We can’t give to others what we ourselves don’t have. That’s why all these things are so important. So, when you find yourself promising to do it ‘someday’ remember this -God created the world in seven days and you can be sure that ‘someday’ was not one of them!
-Our time belongs to Him… Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE: 
This Sunday we’ll be hearing a word from Jim Jefferson!

Enduring Through Trying Times 
(Acts 16: 16-34 & 2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

How many times do we hear about the darkness of this world? Christians are presented with more and more opportunities to shine a light in the darkness, but how do we handle circumstances that are unfair or even painful? This week we will take a look at how the Apostle Paul endured being incarcerated for doing the work of the Lord. 

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: 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 tonight, 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 5:9-12
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHOICES OF THE HEART: Last Call!
If you forgot to return your baby bottle last Sunday, please bring it back this weekend! Any questions please contact Stacy Reid, sreid0905@gmail.com.

WOMEN OF HOPE: March 6th at 6:30p
All ladies post high school are invited to join us as we continue our study on the four types of biblical love. This meeting we’ll talk about “Love Ya Like A Sister,” and focus on Philia love and what that means for us as believers. Join us for snacks, hot beverages, and great conversation. Bring your Bible and friend! And follow our Facebook Page for event info, devotions, and more! 

KIDS ALLEY: Raffle Basket Donations Needed!
Kids Alley is putting on a Designer Bag Bingo event to raise money for their program and is in need of people willing to donate raffle baskets! These baskets would need to be valued between $50-$200. We love to partner with Kids Alley, so if you are able to support to them contact Michele Esser at micheleesser@kidsalley.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)

BAPTISM SERVICE:
Here at Hope we believe baptism is an outward expression of an inward change, and an important part in your faith journey! Our next baptism service will be on Wednesday, April 12th. In order to participate, you’ll need to attend two classes: Sundays, March 26th & April 2nd following the second service. If you’re ready to make this proclamation of faith, sign-up in the lobby now!  

EASTER AT HOPE:
Mark your calendar for the following Easter events coming soon!

  • HopeKids! Easter Jam on April 1st from 10:00-Noon
  • Good Friday Service on April 7th at 7:00 (nursery provided for children 2 and under)
  • Easter Sunday Services at 9:00 & 10:30

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
EASTER JAM 2023: 
Get ready for an Egg-stra Special celebration at Easter Jam 2023! We’re excited to host another awesome Easter event for the whole family with songs, games, and an Easter story for all ages. Join in the experience on Saturday, April 1st from 10:00-Noon! Sign up at either Registration Table on Sunday!

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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