Hope Notes 06/28/2023

June 28, 2023

Hello Hoper,  
     I know I’ve said it time and time again, but I’m so thankful for our worship team and all the sacrifices they make in order to serve us.  I am always blessed by our time of worship on Sunday mornings.  It’s the perfect segue needed to bring us into the frame of mind and condition of the heart to hear what God has to say. According to Donald Shockley, the word sing appears in the scriptures over 400 times and there are over 50 commands. It must be important if it’s mentioned that many times! “Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.” (Psalm 95:6)  Seems to me, when we truly worship, we are humbled.  Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout to the Rock of our salvation!” (Psalm 95:1)  Worship brings joy, which we can reflect back to God. “Sing to the Lord with grateful praise…” (Psalm 147:7) Worship is a good way to show our thankfulness to our heavenly Father.  I could go on, but I’m sure you get what I mean!
    Another thing I’ve been thinking about is the difference between singing worship songs about God verses singing worship songs to God.  Try thinking about that when you’re looking at the words of the songs. When you sing those words to Him, it suddenly becomes more personal, more like a prayer. Sometimes I even change the words so that I’m addressing Him directly rather than singing about Him. Before you start muttering about how I’m some sort of crazy word changer, give it a try yourself. I am confident that you will have a more personal worship experience along with the humility, joy, and thankfulness it brings.
Sing praise to His name……Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE: 
Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:1-7)

We all like to be comfortable and try to avoid uncomfortable situations. This can be as normal and small as being socially uncomfortable for a few moments or as large as a major trial or loss that unsettles your whole life. Our minds fixate on what we think will be easy and enjoyable because we think there is too much to lose in discomfort. However, Paul opens the book of 2 Corinthians by talking about how comfort and suffering are connected for believers. Maybe you’ve never thought of it this way, so let’s take a look at Paul’s promise of God’s comfort that actually is brought through suffering.

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). 

NIGHT OF WORSHIP: Tonight at 7:00
God has been so faithful and this night is a time to intentionally lift up songs of praise for the ways He has come through time and time again! There will be HopeKids! programs available for nursery and pre-school children and we’ll even have the coffee on – you don’t want to miss this night of worship, praise, and prayer!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

KIDS ALLEY COLLECTION: 
Hope is supporting Kids Alley in the month of July by collecting items for the upcoming school year for kids in need! Help fill a child’s backpack or locker by viewing the list of items needed here, and donating in the bins located at the front and rear entrances at church. Any questions please contact Stacy Reid, sreid0905@gmail.com

CAPE MAY WOMEN’S RETREAT: Limited spots available!
Exciting news for our ladies – we have re-opened registration for our upcoming women’s retreat in October! We currently have less than 10 spots available at the $200 price point, and several spots remaining at a higher price point. For details on rooming and costs, contact Sherri Riddell (esriddell1194@gmail.com). For all the details, and to secure your spot and register, fill out the form here

SIP ‘N DIP EVENT:
Hey ladies! Summer is almost here and what’s more fun than a pool-side picnic lunch with friends? We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, July 8th from 11:00am – 2:00pm for our “Sip ‘n Dip Ladies Event” at the Baumiester’s home (750 Fairview Ave. Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097). There are two sign up sheets in the front lobby – one is to let us know that you can attend and the other is if you’d like to bring a side dish or dessert to share! We’ll supply the sandwiches and cold drinks, so we’ll need a headcount for set up and supplies. Remember your bathing suit and towel if you’d like to swim! This is an event for all women post high school and up – hope to see you there! (Contact Dana at danaott@hopechristianfellowship.org for more info.)

ALL THINGS VBS
VBS VOLUNTEERS: 
VBS is back July 24-28th and we need YOU! We’re looking for a group of awesome volunteers who are ready to invest in the faith of our children! As a VBS volunteer, you can help us create a life-changing event with an eternal impact on every child that attends. We need prep night helpers, decorations team members, registration team members, snack team helpers, church decorators, and crew leaders! If you’re ready to serve in one or more of those areas fill our our VBS Volunteer Form now

VBS REGISTRATION:
Summer is almost here and we’ve got a VBS planned that’s going to be out of this world! Our theme this year is Stellar – Shine Jesus’ Light! You won’t want your kids to miss out on learning how they can shine Jesus’ light with our awesome VBS songs, Bible adventure lessons, Bible memory buddies, and more! The fun happens July 24th-28th from 9:30AM-Noon for our 3-5 year olds and 6PM-8:30PM for our K-5th Graders. Sign your kids up today!

DONATION BOARD:
Would you like to help us put together a truly out of this world VBS this year? One way you can do that is by donating supplies! We have various items available for donation posted to our Donation Board in the hall by the GoZone—just pick an item, tear off the slip (feel free to take more than one!), and leave your supplies in the HopeKids! donation baskets in the kitchen. Thank you for your support!

PREP NIGHTS:
If you want to help prepare the many decorations that will transform our church for Stellar VBS, then come on out to our VBS Prep Nights! We will be gathering from 7-9P on Thursday 07/06, Tuesday 07/11, and Tuesday 07/18 in the GoZone. Come for as many of those dates as you can, and stay for as long as you’re able! We’re excited to work with you to bring this year’s theme to life!

YOUNG ADULTS
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 7:00
Please Note: we will not be meeting Tuesdays in July, see special event below!
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

TUBING EVENT: 
Join us for an afternoon of summer fun on Saturday, July 15th at 2pm. We’ll have food and yard games in addition to tubing. If you’d like to bring a side or dessert see the sign-up in the lobby, otherwise  bring your own towel and bathing suit and get ready to have some fun!. Address is 2033 Ballard Rd Hammonton, NJ 08037. Contact Pastor Dave (dave@hopechristianfellowship.org) with any questions. 


HOPE YOUTH
HOPE YOUTH SUMMER HANGS:
We’ll be taking a break from Sunday evening Youth Group for the summer, but we have plenty of other fun activities planned! In addition to our August Pool Parties (more info coming soon!) we will be having awesome opportunities to hang out together weekly on Wednesdays from 7-8pm:

  • June 28th: Night of Worship
  • July 5th: Smash Brothers 
  • July 12th: Rita’s Water Ice
  • July 19th: Bonfire at the McCarson’s (860 Main Street, Sewell)

If you are looking to get a teen you know involved this is the perfect event as it is designed especially for fellowship and fun, giving students ample opportunity to develop relationships with leaders and each other. It’s an event you won’t want to miss out on, and one we can’t wait to see you at! Summer hangs are open to all students grades 6th-12th. Any questions see Pastor Dan at danlein@hopechristianfellowship.org 

TEEN VBS VOLUNTEERS: Free Six Flags trip!
VBS is coming and we need all hands on deck, and Hope Youth is reporting in! If you are, or know someone who is, going into 7th-12th grade this fall we want their help in making VBS a fun and welcoming environment for all the kiddos who come by! Whether they’re decorating, leading a crew, or helping with a station, teens are always the ones that the VBS kids look up to. We also want to reward Hope Youth students for making an impact and investing in the future of the kingdom With that in mind, we are inviting all student volunteers who help out with VBS six or more times this summer to Six Flags free of charge on August 10th! If you’re interested in this being a part of this epic summer, fill out the VBS Volunteer Form now and get in touch with Pastor Dan for more details! 

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

calendar here!

HOPE KIDS
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.

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

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