Hope Notes 03/22/2023

March 22, 2023

Hello Hoper,  
My eyes are super dry.  So dry, in fact, that one of them actually rubbed rough patches on the surface.  In order to help with this, I had a procedure done where they put a tiny plug in my tear duct.  This was to help ‘save my tears’ and keep them on the surface of my eye. Well, can you guess which Bible verse immediately came to mind? If you guessed Psalm 56:8 CEV you were right!  “You have stored my tears in your bottle and counted each one of them.” Now of course there’s not a literal gigantic bottle of tears next to God’s throne. David is referring to the fact that God remembers all of our sorrows, pains, and griefs. God remembers every single tear that we shed. This is so encouraging to me. Our tears are not futile. God knows each of His children intimately, and every tear we shed has meaning to Him. He remembers our sorrow as if He kept each tear in a bottle. Not only does He remember our tears, His Son walked this earth and wept WITH us.  Jesus knew firsthand what it was like to cry and experience sorrow. The shortest verse in Scripture bears testimony to that.  “Jesus wept”. (John 11:35)  Jesus had compassion for Mary and Martha’s sorrow over Lazurus’ death to the point that He was moved to tears.  And in the end, in our heavenly home, He will share His joy with us when “….God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)  There will be no need for that symbolic bottle of tears.  Nor, I imagine, will I need that plug in my eye!
  We are born for eternity……Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE: 
Failure or Success?  (John 15:26-16:6)
We all have those seasons where it feels like the harder you try to get ahead, the more you fall behind. You try to be more careful about your money and as soon as you begin seeing some extra in your account, an emergency hits that drains you again.  New Year was a time to set new goals on healthy eating, but at just the wrong moment, you have to go to a party and you wind up eating what you shouldn’t. Bumps in the road are normal and can be endured.  But what really derails us is discouragement. We think that our hard work will never make a difference.  Jesus talks to His disciples this night about the response they are going to get from those who call themselves “God’s people.” It is surprising to hear, but we can imagine it was hard not to be discouraged when they were living it out. Let’s see if we can learn the same lesson Jesus tried to teach them so that we can be ready to 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:

  • THE CASE FOR CHRIST: Led by Mark Suloff thru March 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!
  • You Are Not Your Own: Led by Pastor Dave coming in April!
  • Grieving With Hope: Led by Lorraine Otis 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

NEW TO HOPE RECEPTION: This Sunday!
Are you new to Hope in 2023? Our staff and leadership team would love to welcome you! Come share a coffee and pastry with us on Sunday, March 26th in the GoZone 2 classroom between 9:45 – 10:45. This is “open house style” so stop in as you’re leaving the first service, or come early before the second service! We can’t wait to connect with you! 

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!  

WOMEN OF HOPE: Spring Soup & Salad Night
Women of Hope want to invite you to come out and join us for a “Spring Soup & Salad” night on April 3rd at 6:30pm. We’ll meet at our regularly scheduled time & place but this time we’ll step out of the current study and enjoy dinner and some fellowship. Even if you haven’t been part of our Monday night group, we’d love to have you! Sign up in the front foyer if you’re able to come and if you’d like to make a soup or salad, there’s a spot for that too. Contact Mary Lebeau (marylebeau@verizon.net) or Michele Gabriel (momichga6@gmail.com) with any questions.

SEEDS OF HOPE MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY:
Seeds of Hope is having a Good Friday outreach on Friday, April 7th at their location in Camden from 12:00–3:00. They will have a prayer station, grill some hot dogs, and have iced water to hand out to people on the street. This will take place in the “Heal Camden” lot right next to their ministry home on Broadway. Volunteers can drop in and stay for as little or long as they like. It is an awesome way to practically demonstrate the love of Christ and the Lord always provides opportunities for us to share why Good Friday really is good. If you’d like to volunteer, RSVP to Stacy Reid at sreid0905@gmail.com 

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

  • HopeKids! Easter Jam on April 1st from 10:00-Noon (register here
  • 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

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

NEW SERIES: “Messiah” Isn’t a Name
Join us for the two Sundays leading up to Easter for a new study on the word Messiah. Where does it come from? What does it mean? And how does it apply to Jesus and others? We’ll be taking a look at some key characters throughout Scripture who filled the role of Messiah for Israel and point to the ultimate Messiah, Jesus Christ.

LAUNCH TRAMPOLINE EVENT: 
Launch into the last stretch of school with the Hope Youth Launch event! Summer’s just around the corner and we wanna jump right in at Launch Trampoline Park! All 6th – 12th graders are invited to attend. Join us at 1500 Almonesson Road in Woodbury from 6:00-8:00p on Friday, April 14th; cost is $20. Sign-up here!

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 HERE or 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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