Hope Notes 07/05/2023

July 5, 2023

Hello Hoper,  
     I just finished reading the Old Testament book of Ezra and towards the end were some verses that I have kept going back to, reading them over and over again.  They speak to the graciousness of our God and the sinful nature of man. Ezra was distressed about the problem of intermarriage in the community and Chapter 9 is basically his prayer to the Lord. Let me share with you the verses that spoke so loudly to me:

  • “….our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens.”vs 6
  • “BUT the LORD our God has been GRACIOUS in leaving us a remnant ……….our GOD GIVES LIGHT TO OUR EYES….”vs 8
  • “We have DISREGARDED the commands you gave…”vs 10
  • “What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and YET, our God, you have PUNISHED US LESS THAN OUR SINS DESERVE…”vs 13

     Sorry for all the capitals and underlining; I’m not shouting at you, just emphasizing the words that humbled me.  Despite all their sin and blatant disregard for God’s commands, He continued to show His great love and compassion towards them (us). 
     How many times do we hear people say, ‘I deserve’ as in perhaps a relationship, financial status, career, etc.? And while that may be true in certain situations, mostly our culture is all about focusing on ourselves and on what we believe is our right to have. But what comes to mind for me in hearing those words is my gratefulness to God for NOT receiving what I deserve. “He has not treated us as we deserve for our sins or paid us back for our wrongs” (Psalm 103:10 NLT)  Salvation comes to the undeserving because God offers it as a gift to us based on who He is and not on what we deserve. He offers it based on His love and goodness to every undeserving person who will receive it. “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8) 
Thankful for His Mercy……Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE: 
Rely on God (2 Cor. 1:8-11)
Plus an update from Josh + Kelly Hallahan!

You’ve probably heard someone say that God will not give you more than you can handle. It is a well-intended statement, but ultimately it is misleading. God does indeed put us in situations that overwhelm us and cause us to despair. Paul tells the Corinthians that he and his friends experienced exactly this in Asia. And then he goes on to tell them how knowing Jesus transformed that experience from loss into gain. It is a pattern that the Corinthian church was invited to follow and that we are too! When we learn how to rely on the Lord, we find a deliverance and hope that we can hold on to.

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). 

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

SIP ‘N DIP EVENT: This Saturday!
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). 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.)

LISA MOUSLEY: Celebration of Life Service
All Hoper’s are welcome to attend our sister-in-Christ’s service on Saturday, July 15th from 11:00-3:00 at the church. The first hour will be the service, and afterwards will be a luncheon, during which the mic will be open for anyone who wishes to speak and share a story about Lisa. 

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

ALL THINGS VBS
VBS VOLUNTEERS: Crew Leaders Still Needed!
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: This Thursday at 7:00!
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:

  • July 5th: Smash Brothers Tournament
  • 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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