Hope Notes 11/01/23

November 2, 2023
Hello Hoper,
     My mom died back when I was thirty with no children to my name. Selling her house and disposing of a lifetime’s worth of things was overwhelming. I just wanted to be done with it and so, in my haste, I took what felt important to me, gave away all that could to her friends, and turned that page in my life.  Little did I know that a few years later I would have a daughter and wish for some of the things I had gotten rid of.  Thankfully my dear friend had the foresight to squirrel away some of those very items, knowing that one day I would be longing for them.  (Having a child just changes everything, doesn’t it?)  You might look at any of these things and simply see a tarnished bookend, a pretty pitcher, or a postcard with scratchy handwriting on it.  They wouldn’t hold the same value to you as they do to me.  It’s all because of who they belonged to.  Seeing some of these treasures being used or displayed in my now grown daughter’s house brings such joy to my soul.  She feels the weight of their importance as well; because of who they belonged to.
Do you realize that, as believers, we have value because of who WE belong to? “So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” (Romans 14:8)  We are created in the image of God. “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)  That’s pretty amazing.  In addition, we have been bought with a price, a high price. ”For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” (1 Peter 1:18-19 NLT)  Pastor Rick Warren said, “If you want to know how valued you are, just look at the cross. The cross proves your value.” Let these verses be a reminder that we are indeed valuable, not because of what we have or what we’ve accomplished or who we are, but because of Whose we are!
My worth is found in Christ alone…..LoisSPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE: 
Who Has Our Attention? | Communion
(Prov. 4:20-23; 1:20-26; 2:1-6; 4:5-7; Ps. 119:105; 2 Tim. 3:16)

In a world that loves attention, we should know who is worth ours. We have a limited amount of time, attention, and energy to give. Are we making choices about where to spend these precious resources like the world does? Those without Jesus tend to turn towards those with fame or money or personality. Christians – even in churches – can often do the same. Proverbs 4:23 tells us to guard our hearts. Part of embracing this command is to recognize that we can’t give our attention carelessly or go with the flow of our culture on whose opinion matters. Basically, the entire book of Proverbs deals with who should have our ear, so let’s start there and recognize how we should be different from our world.WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDIES:
Join us at 6:30 for coffee & fellowship before heading into our classes at 7:00pm. There are programs for kids, teens, and adults.

  • “You Might Be A Pharisee If…” led by Dwight Lein: A Biblical look at biases and traditions in the local church and in each of us.
  • “Find Rest” led by Damon Briggs: 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: 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.

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

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: 
Thanks to all who took home our 190 shoeboxes! If you haven’t picked up your shoebox yet it’s not too late, we have 10 boxes left! Here’s how to make this easy & fun: CHOOSE a boy or girl and the age category. FILL WITH a quality ‘wow’ item, then add other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. PRAY for the child who will receive your gifts; you can include a personal note & photo. If you’d like, you can donate your $10 per box shipping online and receive a tracking label to discover the destination of your shoebox. Also a little reminder please do not tape the boxes shut. We have rubber bands at the back table where the boxes are being returned too. Boxes are due back Sunday, November 12th.WOMEN OF HOPE: November 6th
All ladies post high school and up are invited to join us as we continue our series in “Biblical Feasts.” Women of Hope is a group to fellowship, share prayer requests, and dig into God’s word with our sisters in Christ. Feel free to bring a friend! We meet the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month at 6:30. Any questions, contact Mary LeBeau at marylebeau@verizon.net.

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!

SEEDS OF HOPE THANKSGIVING: Opportunity to Serve
Each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, SOH has the privilege of serving families who have an incarcerated loved one, and some local families in need, by providing them with all that they need to have a complete Thanksgiving dinner. You can be a part of providing over 100 families with a Thanksgiving meal. To find out how you can help, click here.

HOPE’S FOOD PANTRY:
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.

HOLIDAY COFFEE HOUSE:
What’s better than a hot coffee, warm cup of cocoa, holiday treats, and live music? We can’t think of a better way to finish out the month of giving thanks and gear up toward the season of celebration! Come on out and enjoy our first ever “Coffee House” right here at Hope on Wednesday, November 29th at 7:00 – 8:00pm. The evening will be filled with the sounds of the season – select live performances by some of the musicians here at Hope – and refreshments for the whole family. There is no childcare provided, but the nurseries will be open for anyone who needs to use them.

LADIES CHRISTMAS PARTY:
We’re so excited for Christmas and the opportunity for our ladies to get together for some holiday games, fun, food, and friendship! Mark your calendars now and save the date for Friday, December 8th at 6:30pm. All ladies (post high-school and up) are invited to our “O Christmas Tree” Extravaganza & Gift Exchange! Please sign up in the front lobby and indicate if you’re able to bring a snack or dessert to share. Also, bring a wrapped gift ($10 or less) for a fun exchange! See Dana Ott with any questions or reach her at danaott@hopechristianfellowship.orgFeel free to invite friends or family – the more the merrier!

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING:
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.

CHRISTMAS AT HOPE: Mark your calendar for these special upcoming Sunday services as we head into the Christmas season!

  • A Christmas Morning of Worship: December 3rd
  • WonderZone Christmas Program: December 10th
  • GoZone Christmas Program: December 17th
  • Candlelit Christmas Eve: December 24th at 4:00 & 5:30 (no Sunday morning services)
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 Brian & Wendy Ball at briwensean@aol.comPURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: November 7th
Join us as we wrap up our series on the Pursuit of Happiness. So far we have learned that happiness does not come from our finances, our relationships, or our identity. Come out to see where our discussion leads. Invite a friend as we will also enjoy a french fry bar with dips. Does happiness come from french fries?

A LUMBERJACK’S FRIENDSGIVING: November 21st
Throw on your favorite flannel for our BEST flannel contest. We will chow down on a Friendsgiving meal together, sign up to bring a side. Lets not forget to end the night right with will some healthy competitions like wood chopping and axe throwing. Bring all the lumberjacks you know.

HOPE YOUTH
HOPE YOUTH GROUP: 
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.

YOUTH GROUP THANKSGIVING: November 19th
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!

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS: 
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.

HOPE YOUTH CALENDAR:
Parents, stay up to date with everything happening on our calendar here!

HOPE KIDS
JINGLE JAM:
This year, we are hosting our very first Jingle Jam event for our WonderZone children and their families on Saturday, Dec. 2nd from 10:30am-Noon!  We’ll build gingerbread houses, make ornament crafts, hear the Christmas story, and even take pictures with Santa!!  Sign your preschooler up today!  Contact Kara May for more information at karamay@hopechristianfellowship.org.

WONDERZONE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: December 10th
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

GOZONE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: December 17th
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

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.

HOPEKIDS HANGOUT: Sunday Evenings
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!

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS: 
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