Hope Notes 08/23/2023

August 23, 2023

Hello Hoper,  
     You know how once you start to notice something then you can’t NOT notice it? Like when you buy a new blue car and then all you see on the road is the same blue car. Well in the past year or so I’ve started noticing how many lyrics to worship songs there are in Scripture. I’ve read the same passages over and over throughout the years and never really thought about them showing up in worship songs. There are Bible verses in songs that are quite obvious, but I’m talking about more of the ‘hidden gems’ that I’m finding.  I don’t know why my brain has suddenly started processing it this way but here I am, writing the artist and the song title next to verse after verse! It’s actually been a fun new way to interact with God’s Word.  And now I know where a lot of these wonderful songwriters are getting their inspiration.  (As they should!)
     That’s the funny thing about Scripture; every time you read a passage or even a singular verse, you can take a different meaning or application from it. This is why the words of Hebrews 4:12 are so true: “For the word of God is alive and active.  Sharper than any double edged sword; it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” God speaks to us through His Word, and He knows just what we need to hear and when we need to hear it. Martin Luther put it so aptly: “Bible is alive; it speaks to me.  Bible has feet; it runs after me.  Bible has hands; it takes hold of me.” 
     Maybe I’m just late to this worship song/Bible verse train, but I’ve fully hopped on board. It’s like God is giving me a double connection with those words. Give it a try if you haven’t already; once you start seeing them all over Scripture you’ll never listen to a worship song the same way again.
Thankful for His Word………Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE: 
Being A Self-Aware Christian
(Matt 7:3-5, Matt 5:29-30, James 1:19-22, 2 Corinth 5:20)

When we set out on a mission of authentically representing the God we call Father and a Savior who died for our sakes, it can feel a little like mission impossible. We look to others for leaders that we can follow, we read books to find habits that we can adopt, but the nitty-gritty of our calling as children of God often lies in introspection. Being an ambassador for Christ is not a selfish calling but it is a self-aware one, because it is only after we become aware of our weaknesses and imperfections that we can better follow an all-powerful and perfect Lord.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDIES: September 6th at 6:00
We’re just 2 weeks away from resuming our Wednesday night programs! And you won’t want to miss our kickoff, because we’re having a pizza party and ice cream sundaes for the whole family at a special time! Moving forward, we’ll meet at 6:30 for fellowship & coffee before heading into our classes at 7:00. There will be programs for kids, teens, and adults! Choose from one of the below studies and sign-up in the lobby so we can save you a seat and a slice!

  • “Hedonists for Heaven” led by Pastor Dan: Life is full of weight, be it tragedy or the daily grind, and at the end of the day all we want is a break. The hedonist believes that the break is the thing, that seeking joy and pleasure is not only the goal, but the meaning of life. What if I told you that, as Christians, that should be our goal too? The only difference between a Christian and a hedonist in fact is that we know where real pleasure is found, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
  • “Faith, Identity & Hope in a Fallen World” led by Pastor Ryan: Can we be confident in God and the Bible? Where should we find our sense of self, our value, and our purpose? How can we hold onto hope when things around us feel so hopeless? We’ll tackle those questions together as we look at what the biblical narrative has to say about faith, identity and hope in a fallen world.
  • “What Does The Bible Say About the Future?” led by Pastor Mark: If you’ve heard of ‘the Rapture’, the ‘Tribulation’, or any of the other Biblical concepts, we’ll see where these ideas come from and look at the debate around them. It won’t be a “have it all figured out” class. But it will help you know both how to study your Bible and the overarching ideas that Christians have about End Times Prophecies.

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

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.

WONDERMOMS BRUNCH:
All moms of preschoolers (0-5) are invited to join us for our kickoff brunch on Thursday, September 14th from 10:30-noon. We’ll have food and fellowship, as well as some games and giveaways! As always, childcare will be provided. Plus we’re giving out a free copy of our new study, “Risen Motherhood,” to the first 10 moms who arrive! We’re also excited to announce that we will now be meeting twice per month – the second and fourth Thursdays! Be sure to join our Facebook Group so you can RSVP and stay up to date with the latest. Contact Kara May (karamay@hopechristianfellowship.org) or Emily DiLorenzo (emily@hopechristianfellowship.org) with any questions! 

WONDERMOMS CHILDCARE: Opportunity to Serve
Our WonderMoms group serves as an important time for our moms who are in the trenches with their little ones. It’s a chance to find respite for their souls as they take some time to study God’s word with their sisters in christ. If you’d like to help make this possible, please consider volunteering for childcare! We need people available for 1-2 Thursdays per month from 10:15-noon. Contact Kara May (karamay@hopechristianfellowship.org) if you’re interested!  

MEN’S BOWLING LEAGUE:
Join our Hope League for a time of fun, fellowship, and friendly competition. First game is Monday, September 11th at Bowlero lanes in Deptford at 6:20pm. The league runs for 32 weeks and costs $20 per week. Sign-up in the lobby now and see Bruce Clark with any questions (609-820-4858).

WOMEN’S RETREAT: Final Payment Due
Just a reminder for our ladies attending our upcoming Cape May Retreat; your final payment is due by September 3rd. If you have questions about your balance, reach out to Sherri Riddell (esriddell1194@gmail.com). And it’s not too late to join us! We currently have 6 spots available at the $200 price point, and several spots remaining at a higher price point. For all the details, and to 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

FALL KICKOFF:
Join us for our first meeting of the fall on Tuesday, September 5th at 7:00pm right here at the church. We will enjoy pizza and something sweet. Come — bring a friend, get connected, be encouraged and be challenged as we continue our series on the Pursuit of Happiness. 

HIKING EVENT: Saturday, September 16th
We’ll be taking a fall hike and enjoying a picnic at Valley Forge Park. Meet for a picnic at noon (bring your own lunch) at Wayne’s Woods picnic area (8000 S Outer Line Dr, King of Prussia, PA) and we’ll follow it with a 2-3 mile hike. Wear good shoes and bring a friend!
 

HOPE YOUTH
HOPE YOUTH + HOPEKIDS HANGOUT: Kickoff September 10th
HopeYouth and HopeKids! Hangout are back and we’re kicking off the school year together with a party! Our teens (6th-12th) and elementary school (K-5th) friends are invited to come out to the HY+HKH Glow Night from 6-8pm for a night of glow-in-the-dark fun.  Wear your finest neon and come prepared to eat glow-in-the-dark foods, drink glow-in-the-dark drinks, and play glow-in-the-dark games! It’ll be an exciting night—and an opportunity to learn how we can carry Jesus’ light with us into the school year on a mission to share it with everyone we meet. Don’t miss it!

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS: Starts September 6th
Hope Youth is diving deep into the Word on Wednesday Nights! Join us for some fun and some focus as we crack open the book of Psalms and see what awesome truths we can learn! Taking it one chapter at a time, we’ll learn about these ancient poems and see just how they speak to us today! It’s also a great opportunity to group with friends, pray for each other, and grow closer to God. Hope to see you there! 

OCEAN CITY WEEKEND: September 22nd-24th
Our favorite retreat of the year is right around the corner! This is sure to be an awesome weekend of fun, fellowship, and encountering Jesus as we dive into the new school year. All high school students are invited and you can sign up with the permission slip here! If you have any questions contact pastor Dan! 

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.

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS: Starts September 6th
None of our HopeKids! will want to miss our Wednesday night programs this Fall! We’ll be digging into Bible stories about harmony and integrity, looking at different verses of the Bible each week, and pairing our elementary and pre-K kids together to enrich the experience through crafts, games, and partnership. You don’t want your kids to miss out on these fun-filled nights; engaging their faith and learning more from God’s Word!

HOPE YOUTH + HOPEKIDS HANGOUT: Kickoff September 10th
HopeYouth and HopeKids! Hangout are back and we’re kicking off the school year together with a party! Our teens (6th-12th) and elementary school (K-5th) friends are invited to come out to the HY+HKH Glow Night from 6-8pm for a night of glow-in-the-dark fun.  Wear your finest neon and come prepared to eat glow-in-the-dark foods, drink glow-in-the-dark drinks, and play glow-in-the-dark games! It’ll be an exciting night—and an opportunity to learn how we can carry Jesus’ light with us into the school year on a mission to share it with everyone we meet. Don’t miss it!

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

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