Hope Notes 08/02/2023

August 2, 2023

Hello Hoper,  
This past Sunday at Hope we had the privilege of listening to our youngest Hopers singing about shining our lights for Jesus and sharing the messages they had learned during VBS week.  I say privilege because it is just that.  Being there on the ground floor of the seeds of faith being planted in their little hearts and watching it grow over the years is a humbling experience.  They radiate the joy of Jesus in a way that most adults do not.  They are so open to receiving Him and accepting the call to shine His light and His love to our world.  Oh, that we would become more like them! Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven belonged to the children. He knew there was something very special about their faith. “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” (Mark 10:15)  He knew that their faith was strong, because their hearts had not yet been damaged by a fallen world. The gift that young people most beautifully bring to the table is that they have a view of Him that is open and receptive.  They are wide-eyed and trusting, interested in what God tells them. This is exactly how Jesus wants our hearts to be. Open to following His plans for our lives, and receptive to His presence and unending love. Trusting in Him and His plans for us. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight”. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Living this way ensures not only that we remain young at heart, but that our hearts remain receptive vessels for Jesus.
He is the Light of the world ~ Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE: 
Training for Our Calling | A Word from Jim Jefferson
(Joshua 1:1-9, Romans 12:1-2)

How do we best prepare for the road ahead? Life is so full of twists and turns, ups and downs, highs and lows, it’s hard not to allow circumstances get us off track. As we gather together, let us look together to best prepare to walk in the road where God has called us. 

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

AUGUST SABBATICAL:
A reminder to our Hopers that Pastor Mark & Dana will be away on a well-deserved sabbatical for month of August. Please join us in praying that they have a restorative and restful time away! In the meantime, you may contact elders Mike Hartwell (mhredeemed@gmail.com) and Damon Briggs (dbriggs@mandnco.com), or Communications Director Emily DiLorenzo (emily@hopechristianfellowship.org), with any church-related questions or matters. They will be happy to address your inquiries, or will get you in touch with the best person who can! 

HOPEKIDS MINISTRY: Volunteer Opportunity 
Were you blown away by our outta-this-world VBS? You can be a part of the excitement and fun too! Most importantly, you can make an eternal difference in the lives of our littlest Hopers. To become a part of this amazing ministry, fill out this form. Or contact Pastor Ryan (ryanmoreno@hopechristianfellowship.org) or Kara May (karamay@hopechristianfellowship.org) with any questions!

HOPE FELLA-SHIP FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE:
Men, join us for our 2nd season of HCF Fantasy Football League! We’ll have an in-person draft night on August 31st at 7:00, come out and enjoy the fellowship and trash talk! No prior fantasy experience needed! Sign up in the lobby or see Dylan Ott (scorcherott@gmail.com) with any questions.

KIDS ALLEY COLLECTION: Thank you!
During the month of July we collected school supplies for the children of Kids Alley. Stacy Reid, on behalf of the entire KA team, extends their biggest thanks as we went above and beyond in meeting this need! She shares, “Hope continues to show up. They give from their hearts for people they may never meet. Selfishly I love that my kids get to see that first hand how amazing our church is and what can happen when people come together for a cause.” Thank you, Hopers, for supporting this mission! 

KIDS ALLEY JOB OPPORTUNITY:
Kids Alley is looking to fill a part-time lead staff position in their after school care program. This high-energy, enthusiastic person will assist with homework, provide educational enrichment activities, oversee recreation time, and share Bible devotions at the end of each day. This is great experience for someone pursuing their degree in education, a retired teacher, or someone with the gift of teaching and a heart for children. The hours are 2:00-6:00pm during the school year, with a pay of $15-$16 an hour. If interested, email your resume to admin@kidsalley.org.

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

YOUNG ADULTS
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

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: August 15th
We are seeking happiness. Even the Declaration of Independence declares we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Join us as we discuss how the pursuit of happiness has shaped our world and how joy in Jesus changes everything. And as a bonus we will be having an ice cream bar to make us all happy!

HOPE YOUTH
AUGUST POOL PARTIES: 
Every year the gracious pool owning members of Hope host the youth group for pool parties all throughout the month of August! It’s a festival of fun with yard games, diving boards, and barbecues that you won’t want to miss! And, for the first time ever, we are inviting parents as well! Mark down Friday August 4th in your calendar as the first Hope Youth Family Barbecue! Not only do we want to meet our new families, but we also want everyone to get the opportunity to meet and connect with each other! It’s going to be an awesome night that you will not want to miss so PLEASE be a part and join us! Below are all the dates, locations, and times for our pool parties:

  • August 4th, 5-8pm @ Pam Wardach’s (663 Union Rd. Mickleton NJ)
  • August 11th, 5-8pm @ Chris Gossard’s (973 Johnson Rd, Sicklerville NJ)
  • August 18th, 5-8pm @ Baumeister’s (750 Fairview Ave, Woodbury Heights NJ)
  • August 25th, 5-8pm @ Nancy McStay’s (756 Rattling Run Rd, Mickleton NJ)

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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