Hope Notes 07/12/2023

July 12, 2023

Hello Hoper,  
    I usually try and write these openings on Saturdays.  Then sometimes I go to church Sunday morning and find that Pastor Mark has somehow been reading my draft and crafted a message along similar lines! I’m joking of course, but that’s how I know God really wants me to receive a particular concept!  So here is the latest thing God is driving home for me – Rely on God, not myself or my plans.
    There are often things we truly need to prepare for; however we shouldn’t be relying solely on our preparation but on God. “In his heart a man plans (prepares) his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” (Proverbs 16:1) Almost every morning I ask God to be in charge of my day and that often means letting go of my plans and preparations. I’ll have everything all laid out in what seems to be to be a logical order and then God steps in and shakes it all up. He will add things to my day or make certain things impossible to achieve.  I have to remind myself that He is simply doing what I asked! I’m not gonna lie; it’s hard for me.  I might wonder if He will equip me with what I need in order to do what He’s thrown my way. Time, patience, provisions.  I may feel like I need to wait until I have fully prepared.  In reality I’m sure His desire is that I simply obey without question like He asked the disciples to do in Matthew 10.  But the truth is, the thought of venturing into Jesus’ call and trusting Him to provide as we do feels……..dangerous.  It goes against our penchant for planning and our desire to control.  We need to be able to step out in faith even when we feel unprepared. We can plan all we want, but ultimately God’s purpose should trump all our plans. “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21) 
Learning to rely on Him…..Lois


Relationships | Communion
(2 Cor 1:12-14)

Relationship advice is everywhere. It seems like people have opinions on what you should be doing in your friendships, your marriage, your parenting, and every other relationship in your life. Maybe you’d trust some of them more if their relationships looked healthy, but there does not seem to be a correlation between competence and the sharing of opinions.  Paul talks about his relationships with the people in the church at Corinth.  This is not an exhaustive discussion of Christian relationships, but it does include some pretty significant guideposts.  These same ideas have life for our relationships today!

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). 


For the month of June, we averaged $10,046 per week bringing our annual average to $10,194. This remains above our annual target of $9650. We believe the Lord is moving at Hope to do great things for His Kingdom and are overwhelmingly grateful for the faithful giving and sacrifice of Hopers. As we grow, it allows us to address emerging and existing needs, including our need to save towards a future building. Let’s make sure we don’t fall off in the summer as we charge into VBS and the church picnic.

All moms of our WonderZone (0-PreK) are invited (along with their kiddos!) to join us for a park playdate on the 2nd Thursday of each month! This Thursday we’ll meet at Washington Lake Park in Sewell (Parking Lot D) from 10:30-noon. More information about our WonderMoms group can be found on their Facebook, or by contacting Kara May at karamay@hopechristianfellowship.org 

LISA MOUSLEY: Celebration of Life Service
All Hopers are welcome to attend our sister-in-Christ’s service this 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. 

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

Even if you haven’t been able to attend any of our Prep Nights, we still have plenty of opportunities to get involved with helping for VBS! Come transform the church on Thursday, July 20th from noon – 5:00, Saturday, July 22nd at 9:00, and after church on Sunday, July 23rd! This is an “all hands on deck” call! Come when you can and stay as long as you’re able! 

ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC: July 30th at 3:00
We’ll be closing out VBS week with a bang! We’ll have, games, waterslides and more – plus dinner at 5:00 for the whole family! But we need your help to make this tremendous event possible! Make sure to sign-up in the lobby to bring a dish to share, or to help with set-up. You don’t want to miss out on participating in this amazing tradition at Hope!  

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

Help make a child’s summer STELLAR! We could still use help with our Nursery Team for the morning program, and Crew Leaders for the evening program! If you’re available to serve in either of these areas, fill out our VBS Volunteer Form now!

VBS KIDS REGISTRATION: Spaces still available! 
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!

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: This Saturday!
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. 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. 

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 12th: FREE 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! 

Parents, stay up to date with everything happening on our

calendar here!

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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