Hope Notes 11/15/23

November 15, 2023
Hello Hoper,
  In case you are feeling overwhelmed by life or discouraged by your circumstances, I would like to remind you of something. However big you think our God is, He is BIGGER. There is nothing He can’t do, no circumstance He can’t overcome, no situation He cannot insert Himself into on your behalf.  Our God has split seas. “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.” (Exodus 14:21 ESV)  He has healed disease. “He is the one who forgives all your sins, the one who heals all your diseases.” (Psalm 103:3 GWT)  He has overcome death. “I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.” (Revelation 1:18)  “I know you are looking for Jesus. Then the angel said, He is not here; for He is risen” (Matthew 28:6). The Bible clearly tells us that God is unchanging. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) Malachi 3:6 says, “I am the Lord, and I do not change…”  That means that the same God who did these things in the past is the same God who is doing them today, and will continue to do them throughout the rest of our days into eternity. I cannot truly wrap my head around a God like that, but I am beyond thankful to know He is ours.
With a thankful heart…..LoisSPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE: 
Praise Service
Each year, the Sunday before Thanksgiving is a special service for us. We set aside this service to worship and praise our wonderful Savior. And then we give our church family an opportunity to give thanks. People will share what God has done or just give thanks. It is a service that is precious to our church family and we hope you will join us for all of it. Don’t miss one moment of this kickoff to our week of Thanksgiving!WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDIES:
On hiatus until the new year!

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: Last call!
We still have 80 boxes missing! Please bring back your completed boxes this Sunday — after that we will not be able to submit them. Thank you!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.

WOMEN OF HOPE: November 20th at 6:30
Join us for our last meeting before Christmas break! We’ll be continuing our series on Biblical Feast Days. This group is open to all women post high school for fellowship, study and prayer. Come January we will meet the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month at 6:30. Contact Mary LeBeau with any questions: marylebeau@verizon.net

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING:
The 2024 budget is out for review 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.

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!

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

  • 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.comA 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!

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!

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.

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

JOIN OUR TEXT THREAD:
Stay in the loop for all of the most important notifications! Text “”hopeyouth” to (856) 420-6078 to start receiving updates this week!

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: 
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 on Sunday evenings!

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