Hope Notes 10/25/23

October 25, 2023
Hello Hoper,
     Is it just me or do the Halloween decorations seem to get more and more elaborate every year?  I’ve never paid that much attention to them, but now with a three year old often riding in the car with me, I find myself having to explain over and over again what they are, how they aren’t real, and why some people like scary things!  It’s no wonder I’ve been thinking about all kinds of spooky things and spirits! I highly doubt that any of us have any ‘evil spirits’ like the ones used for decoration at Halloween residing inside of us.  But we DO have some spirits that would be better off banished.  I’ll just name a few.
     Spirit of Discouragement: The word discouragement comes from the root word courage. The           prefix dis means ‘the opposite of’. So discouragement is the opposite of courage. When we are discouraged, we lose the motivation to press forward. The mountain seems too steep, the valley too dark, or the battle too fierce, and we lose the courage to continue.  There’s a remedy for that: “The LORD himself will lead you and be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you, so do not lose courage or be afraid.”(Deuteronomy 31:8)
Spirit of Negativity
:  Negative people tend to focus on others people’s faults (or their own faults). They point out shortcomings with their comments, attitudes, and frowns. Remember – “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18)
     Spirit of Comparison: Comparison opens the door for lies that steal our confidence and cause us to feel less than others. Social media has exacerbated the situation since most people only tend to share the highlights of their lives. We watch others who have more money, a bigger house, a successful career, or a loving family, and we don’t feel we measure up. Scripture says, “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.” (Galatians 6:4-5)
Give the Holy Spirit more room in our hearts and cultivate the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).  Before you know it, those unhealthy spirits won’t have any room to flourish.
Holy Spirit Come…….LoisSPIRITUAL CARE  
Join us at 6:30 for coffee & fellowship before heading into our classes at 7:00pm. There are programs for kids, teens, and adults. In fact, new classes begin this week:

  • “You Might Be A Pharisee If…” led by Dwight Lein begins October 25th: A Biblical look at biases and traditions in the local church and in each of us.
  • “Find Rest” led by Damon Briggs begins October 25th: Are you a tired Christian? Does your life seem like one endless rush after another? Jesus invited us to come to Him to find rest.  How can we do that when there’s so much to do?  In this study, we’ll explore together the Scriptures that teach us how we can step into the kind of rest we need.
  • “Leading at Hope” led by Pastor Mark on Nov 1st & 8th: A discussion of some of our basic approaches to leadership for anyone who is serving in a leading role, or who wants to learn more about Biblical approaches to leadership.

One of the best ways to get integrated and connected at Hope is through a Small Group! If you are interested in hosting your own Small Group, make sure to attend one of our upcoming orientations. We’ll go over the basics and equip you with everything you need to know to have a successful group! Join us this Wednesday, Oct 25th at 7:00, or this Sunday, October 29th following either service.

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).


Get ready for Kickoff Sunday for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. Free shoeboxes will be available in the rear of the auditorium with instructions on how to buy, pack and prepare to ship your Christmas gifts for kids around the world. Pick up yours and prepare to have fun while making an eternal difference in the lives of impoverished kids. Finished shoeboxes are due back at Hope on Sunday, November 12th.NEW TO HOPE RECEPTION:
If you are new to Hope within the past few months, our staff and elders would love to get to know you and your family more! Join us in between services on Sunday, November 12th for coffee & some sweets. Stop by the GoZone 2 classroom anytime between 9:45-10:45!WONDERMOMS:
All moms of preschoolers (0-5) are invited to join us on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month from 10:30-noon for this special group! We are currently studying the book “Risen Motherhood,” but even if you haven’t read, you can hop in at any point! Childcare is provided, as well as coffee and a sweet treat. You won’t want to miss this essential time for fellowship, study, and prayer! Any questions, contact Kara May (karamay@hopechristianfellowship.org)

Our pantry shelves are looking a little bare! Help us stock them full before we head into the holiday season. We are currently looking for: cereal, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter and jelly. All donations can be placed in the kitchen.

BAPTISM SERVICE: November 15th at 7:00
Baptism is an important symbolic opportunity to declare your testimony, and decision to follow Christ, in front of the church body! We’d love you to participate if this is something you’ve yet to do in your journey of faith. To participate, you’ll need to attend two classes – each will be held after the second service on Sundays Nov 5th & 12th. Sign-up at the front of the auditorium now! Any questions can be directed to Pastor Mark.

2024 OFFICER ELECTION: Ballots due Sunday!
It’s that time of year again! Deacon and leadership team nomination ballots are available in the lobby for all Hope Partners. We need every vote possible so make sure you pick one up and turn it in by October 29th. Any questions about the voting process can be directed to Pastor Mark (markott@hopechristianfellowship.org) or one of our elders (leadership@hopechristianfellowship.org).

The 2024 budget will be out for review this Sunday on the sign-up table. All partners are encouraged to pick up a copy and review it before our annual budget meeting. This year’s meeting will be on November 26th following the second service. Ballots will also be available that morning for those unable to stay and vote at the meeting.

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 Brian & Wendy Ball at briwensean@aol.comFALL BONFIRE: October 31st at 7:00
Join us at Isaiah & Julia Owens’ home (115 S Drexel St, Woodbury) for a fall evening fireside! Enjoy s’mores and apple cider donuts as you warm up by the fire with friends.

All teens 6th-12th grades are invited to join us on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00p for fellowship, fun, and study!

SUNDAY NIGHT SERIES: How To Read The Bible for Dummies
How do you even use the Bible? It’s big, it looks weird, and it’s written by folks who are long dead and lived far away. How can this be useful in your day to day life, let alone the guiding light? These and many other questions are precisely what our new series seeks to address! By learning reading techniques, basics of interpretation, and helpful habits the Bible will go from a dusty book on your shelf to a vital part of your daily life.

Dress up and pig out with us for this special Youth Group as we celebrate Thanksgiving with our fancy dress night! Don your Sunday best and compete for prizes in fun fall games! Dinner starts at 6pm so don’t be late! We’ll also be diving into the theme of gratefulness as we enter the season of thanksgiving. Bring a friend, and don’t miss out!

We’re 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!

30 HOUR FAMINE: November 11th-12th
Every 30 hours roughly 7,000 kids will die of starvation. We don’t think that’s right, so Hope Youth is raising awareness and money to better serve and feed families around the world. We’re doing this through 30 Hour Famine with World Vision, and organization committed to feeding communities as well as providing them with the education and equipment to feed themselves in the future. A simple donation of $40 can feed a child for a whole month and you wouldn’t believe what more can do. Join us in raising money to fight hunger by donating on our World Vision event page here. If your student is interested in taking part in this service opportunity they can join us through the link above, and in-person from 6:00pm on Friday, November 10th to 2:00pm on Saturday, November 11th.

Parents, stay up to date with everything happening on our calendar here!

This year, our little ones will share where we can find Jesus in our program, “Where’s Baby Jesus?” You’ll want to have your little ones in class and on time so that they don’t miss out on practicing our songs and lines each week! Listen to the songs on Google Drive or watch the songs and lines with motions on our YouTube playlist! Contact Kara May with any questions at karamay@hopechristianfellowship.org

Our GoZone Christmas Program is “Hotel Noel,” a fun and inspiring story of a family who learns the true meaning of Christmas after getting stranded by a snowstorm! Program practices are officially getting started, so make sure your kiddos start listening to their songs.  Click here to access this year’s GoZone Christmas music now! If you have any questions, reach out to ryanmoreno@hopechristianfellowship.org

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.

HopeKids! Hangout is back for all kids in K-5th grades, and we’re starting a new series called Jesus Lives, Follow Him Boldly. This fall we will be talking about why we put our faith in a LIVING savior, and what living out that faith means for anyone who believes, no matter how young or old. Join us for those conversations + exciting games, fun activities, and, of course, snacks! Hope to see you there from 6:00-8:00!

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!

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