Hope Notes 04/19/2023

April 19, 2023

Hello Hoper,  
Have you ever experienced a moment where you recognized the hand of God in your life and found yourself at a loss to express your gratitude? “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1) I recently had one of those days. I took my grandson down to Ocean City to visit with a dear friend.  She is my lifelong friend; we share over 65 years of friendship. (How is that possible?!)  Our mothers were friends, our older brothers were friends, then we came along as friends, then our children were friends.  What I experienced that day on the beach was our children’s children playing together in perfect harmony.  The wind was whipping us all within an inch of our lives, but the joy on their faces as they ran shouting along the shoreline was worth every bit of windburn.  It struck me right then how gracious and good our God is.  To intertwine FOUR generations of friendship that have been such a blessing just blows my mind.  It made me want to fall to my knees and acknowledge His goodness.  I am acutely aware of how little I have to offer in return. “How can I repay the LORD for all the good he has done for me?” (Psalm 116:12 CSB) Our God is a good God and no matter how things may sometimes appear, He has good things planned for you. Study God’s Word; find out what He has promised you. Believe those promises and believe that you will see the Lord’s goodness here on earth, not just in heaven. “Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13 NLT) I know I certainly did on the windswept shores of Ocean City.
Humbled by His goodness…….Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE: 
The Spirit (John 16:7-15)

As believers, one thing that we receive that is both mysterious and powerful is the Holy Spirit.  There are many ideas about what the Spirit does in people, but on this night Jesus spends with His disciples, He actually takes some time to talk about the Spirit and His work. This group of men who were about to change the world seemed no more ready to have a historical impact than any of us. But Jesus knew that when He went back to heaven, the Spirit was coming, and that would be a game changer.  Since the Spirit still comes into those who believe today, the same power to change the world is alive in us! So let’s take some time to look at what Jesus has to say about the Spirit and hopefully we’ll understand a little more about how this Spirit can work in us to change our 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: New classes begin tonight! 
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:

  • PARENTING THROUGH THE PHASES: Led by Pastor Ryan & Kara You have approximately 936 weeks from the time your child is born until he or she moves on to what’s next. The time will fly by—and kids change and grow a lot throughout the process. Join us as we work through the Parenting Through the Phases small group study! We’ll discuss what phases kids go through, what they need the most in each phase, and equip you with four conversations you should have with your kid in the phase they’re in now.
  • GRIEVING WITH HOPE: Led by Lorraine Otis Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or any other number of circumstances that leave us feeling unstable, grief can drive us to a place where we’re not sure how we can go on. If you are currently, have been, or know someone in that stage now, this study will take you through the Psalms where you’ll lead you into the arms of our compassionate, healing God, who weeps with you, walks with you, and offers hope in the midst of pain. 
  • YOU ARE NOT YOUR OWN: Led by Pastor Dave We live in a world that tells us that we belong to ourselves and it is up to us to determine our identity and values. As Christians, we may know that this isn’t true or at least recognize that it sounds off, but the fact is we all are affected by it one way or another. Join us for this 4-week class as we explore our common notions of freedom and what it truly means to be free. (Participants are welcome to buy You Are Not Your Own: Belong to God in an Inhuman World by Alan Noble but it is not mandatory.)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ATTENTION PARTNERS:
As we discussed at our annual business meeting last December, our Leadership Team is presenting a revised budget for 2023. The strength in our giving numbers from November through March (averaging over $11,000 per week) and our first quarter average giving for 2023 ($9850) have allowed us to adjust our budget. The main changes are cost of living increases for our staff that were skipped in December and the addition of some important projects for our ministry. More exact information will be out this coming Sunday, April 16th, and partners will vote by signed ballot at our services on April 30th. There will be no official business meeting for this change, but partners are welcome to pick up a budget sheet and discuss any questions with any of our elders. (Pastor Mark, Pastor Dave, Damon Briggs, Mike Hartwell, Ryan Winstel) 

NEW TO HOPE RECEPTION: 
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, April 30th 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! 

LET’S TACO ‘BOUT IT: Women’s Event
Let’s Taco ‘Bout a Party! We’re getting together on Friday, May 5th at 6:00pm to enjoy a taco bar with all the fixings and some girl talk with your friends and other Hope gals! After dinner, we’ll carve out some time to “taco ’bout” something that you may be struggling with or have questions about. If you’d like to submit a topic or question for discussion, simply click here! Also, be sure to sign up in the front foyer and let us know you’ll be coming. If you’d like to bring a dessert to share, there’s a spot for that too! Our women’s events are open to all ladies post high school and up and you can contact Dana Ott with any questions (danaott@hopechristianfellowhip.org). 

HOPE CHRISTIAN FELLA-SHIP 2nd ANNUAL WIFFLE BALL TOURNAMENT: 
Men, join us for food and some friendly competition on Saturday, May 13th starting at 10:00am. Register here as an individual or a team: teams will be 3-5 people. We’ll have hot dogs & burgers after. Come early at 8:00am for a full breakfast! 

LOOKING TO VOLUNTEER?
Check out our new bulletin board across from Go Zone for information about how you can help our Deacon Team serve the church! There are all kinds of opportunities to get involved; from making meals to building maintenance and plenty in between! You can also fill out a volunteer card located the back of the auditorium, and a team lead will be in touch with you. For more information about volunteering at Hope, email info@hopechristianfellowship.org

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

THE LEAST OF THESE | TACO TUESDAY: May 2nd
We’ll be celebrating Cinco de Mayo a little early this year with a Taco Party followed by a conversation on how we can use our gifts, talents, and status to benefit “the least of these.”

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 

HOLY GHOST HUNTING: New Sunday Series!
He’s one of the members of the Trinity, but how much do we really know about the Holy Spirit? While God the Father and Jesus are often discussed & taught about, we all too frequently leave the Holy Spirit on the sidelines. NOT THIS TIME! For our next series we are going to be exploring the Holy Spirit’s role throughout God’s story of redemption and into our daily lives. Our goal is to learn more about the Holy Spirit while simultaneously reviewing God’s story of redemption from Genesis to the present day. This Bible-centered series will be a great way for students to engage, grow in their Biblical literacy, and deepen their relationship with God. We hope that you will join us on our Holy Ghost Hunt and we can’t wait to see you there! 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY:
Have fun and dive deep with us on Wednesday nights at 7:00 as Hope Youth explores the story of David through the books of 1st and 2nd Samuel. With more time dedicated to study, Wednesday nights will be a great opportunity to learn more about God’s word and grow together in communion and conversation. We hope to see you there! 

SEEDS OF HOPE SERVICE PROJECT:
Join us on Saturday, May 20th as we team up with Seeds of Hope to serve breakfast to those experiencing food insecurity in the greater Camden Area. Teens will get a hands-on opportunity to serve others and experience the power of service. We will meet at church at 7am on Saturday, and from there, we will drive to the Volunteers of America on Atlantic Avenue to help Seeds of Hope serve! After, we will return to Hope for a time of fellowship where lunch will be provided! Serving others is an exciting and life changing opportunity, not just for those served but for those doing the serving. Click here to sign-up and we will see you there! 

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

calendar here!

HOPE KIDS
HOPEKIDS HANGOUT: New Series!
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! We are finishing our “What’s in the Bible?” series and moving forward to the next!  Join us on Sunday, April 16 from 6-8PM as we start our “Tell the World!” series about carrying the message of God’s love with you wherever you go!

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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