Hope Notes 11/22/23

November 22, 2023
Hello Hoper,
      This past Sunday was our praise service. It’s always encouraging to hear the things God is doing in our people’s lives, isn’t it?  Because sometimes it might feel like He is silent. You don’t see anything changing. You can’t imagine that things will work out. So I’d like to tell you a little behind-the-scenes tale some 20 years in the making about how God is always at work behind the scenes in our lives even on we can’t see it or feel it. “Clearly, you are a God who works behind the scenes, God of Israel, Savior God.” (Isaiah 45:15 MSG)
Over 20 years ago, my daughter began babysitting some children whose father just might have started Hope Christian fellowship (wink). Over time, the relationship between her and the girls went from babysitter to fun companion to friend to ‘family’. For many years they dreamed about working together at church and one day becoming moms together. They even formed a Future Mother’s Club documented by a photo every Mother’s Day. Fast forward to present day. Not only do all three of them work here at Hope, they all did in fact become mothers and their children now attend church together and play together. That’s something only God could orchestrate!
God is in the business of working things out for our good to accomplish His purpose and plan for our lives. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) It might take a long time, even 20 some years, but you can trust that He is always at work weaving together His beautiful plan for your life.
Our God does marvelous and wonderful things….LoisSPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE: 
His Name Is Jesus
(Luke 2:7; Matt. 1:18-21; John 1:29; Phil. 2:9-11)

Parents generally take naming their baby very seriously. While there are different reasons for everyone, most people put a lot of weight on ‘liking’ the name. Some options are eliminated because a person with ‘that name’ has a painful or bad history with one or both of the parents. Other options are eliminated because of personal taste (i.e. not liking how the name sounds or fits with the family name). Back in the world into which Jesus was born, names carried significance because of their meaning. We’re starting our Christmas series by looking at the personal name of our Savior, “Jesus.” What does it mean and why does it matter? Let’s dig into a few things that the Bible has to tell us about this name.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

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING: This Sunday!
All Hopers are welcome, and all partners are especially encouraged, to attend our annual business meeting, happening this Sunday following the second service. Come hear about what we have planned for 2024 and vote on the proposed budget. Ballots will also be available that morning for those unable to stay and vote at the meeting.HOLIDAY COFFEE HOUSE: Next Wednesday!
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 EVE: WonderZone Help Needed
This is one of our most special services of the year as we unfold the story of our Savior’s birth and all it means to us.  We’re excited to offer nurseries for our infants and a classroom for our preschoolers so they too can hear the incredible story of Jesus’ birth! Join us in serving His precious children by volunteering to serve in a nursery or preschool room during one of these invaluable services! We have two services that evening (4pm and 5:30pm) which means you can serve at one and attend the other without missing the chance to experience the full service. If you are available and want to be a part of serving His Kingdom in this way with our little ones, please contact Kara May at karamay@hopechristianfellowship.org.

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.com

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: Emmanuel
This year for the Christmas season Hope Youth will be exploring all the ways that God enters the lives of his people through a new series called Emmanuel! In it we will take a look at stories in both the old and new testaments where God dives head first into the lives of his people culminating when he entered creation itself as a baby! Whether he enters the messes, joys, or every day lives of his people the Bible shows that God is invested and present. Join us and we learn the true meaning of Christmas, God With Us, starting 11/26/23.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: December 17th
Join us as we out 2023 with our annual Christmas Party! Games, Pjs, and prizes galore as we compete in fun Christmas themed challenges and celebrate the amazing year God has led us through. Whether your student is a regular attender or brand new they won’t want to miss this awesome night of fellowship and fun!

BEYOND THE WEEKEND: Winter Retreat
We’re going BEYOND next year for our winter retreat with the Beyond Weekend Winter Retreat! Join us and other youth ministries for a seismic youth event spanning an entire weekend! From January 26th-28th we will be heading to America’s Keswick for a faith and fellowship filled weekend! Live worship and Bible centered teaching anchor a weekend full of fun events and activities. Whether you’re enjoying the indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, or any number of the sport and video game tournaments throughout the weekend you’ll have a blast and make friends! Normally admission is $100 per student but Hope Youth wants to make it possible for everyone to go! That’s why we’ll pay half of every students’ admission fee! For just $50 any student between 6-12th grade can join us on this awesome weekend! Download the permission slip for the Beyond the Weekend retreat, print it out and return it to Youth Director Dan and we will see you there!

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

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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: Last meeting before Christmas break!
We’re finishing our series Jesus Lives, Follow Him Boldly this Sunday before breaking for the month of December! Join us for conversations + exciting games, fun activities, and, of course, snacks! Hope to see you there from 6:00-8:00 on Sunday evenings! Open to all GoZone aged kids (K-5th grade!)

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