Hope Notes 11/29/23

November 29, 2023
Hello Hoper,
     Thanksgiving leftovers are a tasty treat!  I know not everyone would agree but I think there’s nothing better than a cold turkey sandwich comprised of stuffing, cranberry sauce and lettuce.  Where do you stand on leftovers?  Some people like them because they are a guarantee of an easy second meal with little to no cooking, a tasty lunch, or even the challenge of creating something new out of them. Others think they are boring or a downgrade in taste and have no desire to partake in them whatsoever.
We can have leftovers of more than just food.  I’m thinking about our time, money, talents and even our love.  What we do with them is often an indicator of whether they are being used or given as a first or as a leftover, so to speak.  We want to be sure we aren’t giving God what’s leftover; we ought to be handing Him our first and our best. “Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.” (Proverbs 3:9 NLT) He is the Lord our God and even our very best pales in comparison to what He has for us. “The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” (Psalm 126:3) Focus on God and give your best to Him wherever and whatever you are. Use the gifts God has given you to serve Him at your best. Use the opportunities and resources He has allowed you to have to give Him your best. If we do, we will never be disappointed.
He deserves our best!
LoisSPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE: 
Worship Morning | Communion
Join us as we kick off December by pouring out hearts out in worship. These opportunities are precious to us because we get to worship together as a church family for the whole morning. Come ready to celebrate and to invite God’s work in our lives. Don’t be surprised if something tries to get in the way of you showing up because our enemy knows the kind of power that fills our hearts and lives when we give our full focus to worshipping together!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

HOLIDAY COFFEE HOUSE: Tonight!
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.BIBLE READING PLANS: Out now!
We know that one of the best ways to deepen our faith and accelerate our relationship with God is by reading His word! Bible study is an important value to us, so we’re providing you with a few resources as you head into the new year! Check out one of our bible reading plans in the lobby. We have a bible in a year plan, plus two curated plans put together by Pastor Mark available on bookmarks. Or download a plan here!

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!

  • 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 Saturday!
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.

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