Hope Notes 07/19/2023

July 19, 2023

Hello Hoper,  
God has created so many beautiful things for us to enjoy, but His most beautiful creations are His children. We may not all feel beautiful on the outside if we are judging by the world’s standards, but we should know that we are simply because God made us. Genesis 1:27 tells us that, “God created mankind in his own image”.  Psalm 139:14 reminds us we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’. That doesn’t leave any room for ‘ugly’, does it?  However, I’m actually thinking more about our inner most being, our hearts and our souls.  Inside every one of us beats a beautiful heart designed to be so filled with God’s love and mercy that it spills over onto others.  But if we don’t accept that love from God, we can’t share it.  We don’t always feel beautiful – we see our sin and our shame.  But we must remember that God sees us as beautiful and ‘blameless’. “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.”  (Ephesians 1:4)  The next time you are feeling ‘ugly’ on the inside, or even on the outside, please remember the beauty and the worth we all have in God’s eyes.  And truly, those are the only eyes that count!

“Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7) ~ Lois


God’s Promises | VBS Kickoff 
(2 Cor 1:15-22)

Our favorite week of the year is here!  And we know it is going to be filled with fun and laughter as well as the power of God. As we get everything in place to welcome all kinds of kids into our VBS, we are reminded that God’s promises are sure. We know this is going to be a great week because we know that God is at work in us and through us for His Kingdom. Plus, the news we get to share about salvation is His passion.  We get to join with God in His faithfulness and rest in His promises for the week ahead. We can’t wait to see what God will do.

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). 


KIDS ALLEY COLLECTION: Due back this Sunday!
Hope is supporting Kids Alley  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

VBS DECORATING DAYS: Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday!
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! 

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!

ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC: Sign-up to bring food!
We’ll be closing out VBS week with a bang by gathering together as a church family for our annual picnic on July 30th at 3:00! 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 6 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

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

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 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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