Hope Notes 05/10/2023

May 10, 2023

Hello Hoper,  
     I’m going to share a little of a personal testimony regarding this upcoming Mother’s Day and
our God’s faithfulness. My mom died almost a year to the day before our daughter was born.
She never got to experience her granddaughter, nor did I have the joy of sharing this sweet
blessing with her. But I want to tell you how merciful and how faithful God was to me. He
showed His loving care for me in a special way the day Emily was born. “The steadfast love of
the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great
is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
     It was the very act of losing my mother that made us decide to create our own family. Not
only did He give me that beautiful gift following right on the tail of the anniversary of my mom’s
death, He made sure to let me know our precious Emily came complete with a message from
above. See, my mom absolutely loved dimples. No one on either side of our family had them,
so she was forced to admire them on others from afar. Babies with dimples were just a double
delight. I guess you can tell where this is going… Emily was born with dimples! My mom liked
to say they were where a baby had been kissed by an angel. I like to think they were a little kiss
from my mom. So what else could Emily’s middle name be then, but my own momma’s – Sarah.
God didn’t stop there. As she grew I saw a number of my mom’s personality traits and talents
live on through Emily. One that makes me especially happy is how my mom’s musical abilities
that had bypassed me showed up in Emily. Hearing her sing will always be a reminder of my
mom. In so many ways, they are the proverbial ‘two peas in a pod’ and I love seeing so much of
my mom live on in my daughter!
     “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness
known through all generations.” (Psalm 89:1) …Lois


Called (Isaiah 6) | Mother’s Day

There are many callings that God places on His children. We are called to share Jesus with others. We are called to love one another. Our job is a calling. Parenting is a calling. Marriage and singleness are callings. These may endure or may just be for a season, but while we’re in them, it is clear that God is asking us to serve His kingdom by being faithful in the place He has put us. Motherhood definitely falls under the category of a calling. It is one of the greatest privileges and one of the heaviest burdens that a woman can bear. So what does God’s Word teach us about facing our callings faithfully?  We’re going to go to a calling in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. He was a prophet that God used and continues to use in significant and powerful ways. Maybe we think his calling was simple and straightforward, but if we look at the story of it, we may find that our callings feel the same as his.

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!

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: Wednesdays at 7:00
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. 

New classes begin May 17th, details below:

  • SURVEY OF THE GOSPELS: Led by Dwight Lein Have you ever wondered why we need four gospels? Couldn’t one have done it? We’ll take a look at the major points of each of the gospel accounts noting the important similarities and differences. While all 4 Gospels tell us about our savior, each Gospel has its own perspective of Christ: King, Servant, Son of Man, and Son of God. By the end of four weeks, you’ll have a better understanding of the contents of each gospel and what each one has to offer.
  • THE SEARCH FOR SIGNIFICANCE: Led by Jess St. Petery Learn how to freely enjoy Christ’s love while no longer basing your self-worth on your accomplishments or the opinions of others. Robert S. McGee’s book, The Search for Significance, shows readers how four false beliefs have kept them from the joy of abundant life in Christ. A workbook is included in the back of the book.


For the month of April, we averaged $11,783 per week bringing our annual average up to $10,390.  Both of these are above our newly adopted giving target of $9655 per week. The Lord has been good to us over the past 6 months and we are grateful for the way each person’s faithful sacrifice and investment will be used by God for His Kingdom. As we look towards the needs of the coming months and years, this growth is providential for what Jesus has in front of us!

We are looking forward to our first ever Hope Women’s Retreat happening this October 5th – 7th at the Marquis de Lafayette in beautiful Cape May, NJ and we want you to join us! Our time together will include fellowship, study, and of course some free time to explore Cape May and have some fun! The cost to attend is $200 and includes accommodations (4 attendees per room) and some meals. Detailed itinerary and information about registering is available here on our website. For more information about the event, contact Dana Ott at danaott@hopechristianfellowship.org. For questions about registration or payment, contact Sherri Riddell at esriddell1194@gmail.com

WOMEN OF HOPE: May 15th at 6:30p
Please join us next Monday as we continue our “Quest Series” with a study on Deborah: The Worshipping Warrior. How can we “wake up and arise” to the Lord’s call? Let’s discuss! As always, being a Bible and a friend. Snacks and coffee will be provided. 

Every second Saturday of the month, men 18 years of age and older are invited to our monthly Men’s Breakfast. We feature prayer, full participation study—all enjoyed with a great breakfast and terrific fellowship. Join us this Saturday, May 13th from 8:00-9:30a. 

Anyone who’s walked through our doors knows that one of the things that makes Hope special is how warm and welcoming our Sunday mornings are! A HUGE part of this is due to our Greeter Team! Be a part of the essential group that makes visitors and regulars alike feel welcomed each Sunday! We’d love to have you open our doors, hand out a Sunday Post, and offer a huge smile to all who enter. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, contact Emily DiLorenzo at emily@hopechristianfellowship.org 

Bins will be located at the front and back of church for the entire month of May. We are collecting the following items: boxes of cereal, peanut butter, jelly, cans of soup, canned vegetables, tuna, canned chicken, spaghetti sauce, pasta, mac & cheese, canned or dried fruit. Any questions please reach out to the Missions Team, sreid0905@gmail.com.

Looking for a way to serve during the week? We are looking to organize a rotating team of volunteers who would be willing to provide childcare for some of our staff kids while we are meeting and working in the office together on Tuesdays. We are looking for some morning help as well as some afternoon help. If you would be able and interested in helping in this area, please reach out to Kara May at karamay@hopechristianfellowship.org for more details!

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

Believing the Right Thing vs Doing the Right Thing: Tuesday, May 16th
Special Activity: Minute to Win It Games!
Is it more important to believe the right things or do the right things? How do we become more like Jesus – is it through the things we believe to be true or in the way we act? We’ll talk through these questions and look through Scripture to see if we can see how God transforms His people.

YOUTH GROUP: Sundays 6:00-8:00
Please Note: There is no Hope Youth this Sunday, May 14
Open to all teens 6th-12th grades! We are currently doing a series called “Holy Ghost Hunting” where we are learning about the Holy Spirit. We also have some exciting one-off events planned for the month of May! (See below for the details!) Contact Pastor Dan Lein with any questions: danlein@hopechristianfellowship.org 

  • PRAYER & PIZZA: May 21st Students will embark on an engaging prayer walk that will guide them through various prayer activities and invite them to a deeper understanding of their conversations with the LORD. Whether you are a prayer pro or have never prayed before this night is designed to help us grow closer to God and feel more comfortable talking to him. Plus, we’ve got dinner covered! We can’t wait to see you there!
  • MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BBQ: May 28th Join us for an evening of grilling food and yard games as we compete for prizes and dive into God’s word. An additional prize will be awarded to the person who brings the most guests, so start thinking about who you want to join in on the fun! 

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! 

Teens will get a hands-on opportunity to serve others and experience the power of service. We will meet at church 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! 

Parents, stay up to date with everything happening on our

calendar here!

HOPEKIDS! FIELD DAY: June 4th 3:00-5:00
We’re so excited to kick off summer with a field day for our HopeKids! and their families! Join us for games, family fun, and dinner hot off the grill — you won’t want to miss! Sign up here today! (Please note: there will be no HopeKids! Hangout after the event.)

HOPEKIDS HANGOUT: Last meeting May 28th
Please Note: There is no HopeKids! Hangout this Sunday, May 14
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!  Join us for our “Tell the World!” series about carrying the message of God’s love with you wherever you go!

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.

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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