Hope Notes 01/24/24

January 25, 2024
Hello Hoper,
You wouldn’t normally think about going to the book of Job to find joy, would you? But as I’m reading through it this month, I found a couple surprising passages! If anyone had the right to be void of joy, it was Job. Job lost everything. He lost his livestock, he lost his servants, and his children. Job was not happy; these were circumstances he could not control. However, he still had joy. How is this possible, you ask?  Well, a couple reasons stand out to me.  One, because he knew he had stayed faithful to God in the midst of his suffering. “Then I would still have this consolation—my joy in unrelenting pain—that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.” (Job 6:10)  Another example is found in this verse – “Then Job stood up, tore his robe, and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and worshiped, saying: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:20-21)  Even after hearing of the death of his children, Job managed to fall to the ground and worship.  He acknowledged God’s sovereignty in ‘giving and taking away’. I believe that having joy goes hand in hand with trusting God.  Grief, sorrow, and feeling heartbroken are all normal.  However, we can rest in the assurance that God’s plans, thoughts, and ways are greater than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9) and that He only wants good for us. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) This should help us to choose joy like Job, even when things look b
Faith + Trust = Joy in Hard Times….LoisSPIRITUAL CARE  

PROVOKE EACH OTHER
(Hebrews 10:19-25)

If you had siblings growing up, you probably know the meaning of the word “provoked.” It often carries a very negative feeling of irritating someone into doing something they shouldn’t do. However, the Bible tells us that Christians should naturally be provoking one another – but not in a bad way. We’re going to look at this passage in Hebrews and see part of the reason we should faithfully be in church – and connected deeply to the body of Christ. Perhaps what we each need is some of this God ordained ‘provoking’.WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDIES: New class starts tonight!
Join us at 6:30 for hot coffee and a sweet treat before heading into our studies at 7:00. We’ll have HopeKids programs for all ages, as well as a study for Hope Youth, and several adult classes rolling out over the coming weeks, so be sure to check back for full descriptions!

  • UNSTUCK: How to Live in the Freedom Jesus Gives, Led by Pastor Mark through 2/28
  • CONQUERING CODEPENDENCY: Led by Pastor Dan begins tonight!  Codependency can be easily described as the compulsion to fix everyone and everything. If you are familiar with that gut wrenching need to please others, or if you feel personally responsible for the feelings of others, codependency may be something that you struggle with. This 8 part series, derived from Pat Springle’s Conquering Codependency workbook, is designed to put us face-to-face with some of the habits, mindsets, and attitudes that have kept us feeling trapped in our relationships and help us to see a healthy path forward through the freedom offered in Jesus Christ.
  • BASICS OF CHRISTIANITY: Led by Mike Hartwell beginning Feb 7th Whether you are new to your faith or have been a believer for a while, this class will teach you the foundational truths behind being a Christian. Come out to learn, or be reminded, of the essential pillars of our belief system!

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 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

SMALL GROUPS: 
Here at Hope, we believe that Small Groups are a vital part of our growth and journey of faith. There is an eternal value in the connections we make with other believers now! To join, host, or get more information about Small Groups, fill out the form here. If you’re interested in hosting a group, we are offering a Small Group Orientation on Wednesday night, January 31st at 7:00, as well as after both services on Sunday, February 4th. We will teach you how to run a Hope Small Group, and equip you with all the tools you need for success! Email John Smythe if you have questions about orientation.NEW TO HOPE RECEPTION: This Sunday!
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, January 28th for coffee & some sweets. Stop by the GoZone 2 classroom anytime between 9:45-10:45!

GALENTINE’S BRUNCH: 
Calling all Ladies! It’s time for our annual Galentine’s Brunch! This year our theme is “Love and Lattes” and we’re already looking forward to being together with the best gals around. Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 17th from 10:00-noon and plan to join us – feel free to invite your girl gang, too! We’ll have a yummy brunch, some fun games, a photobooth, and we’ll take some time to talk about the unrelenting love of Jesus. Our women’s events are for all women post-high school and up, so look for the event on Facebook and sign up in the front foyer today. If you’d like to bring a sweet treat to share, you’ll see a spot on the sign up sheet for that too! Contact Dana Ott for more information.

BAPTISM: March 20th 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 – Wednesdays March 6th & 13th at 7:00. Sign-up at the front of the auditorium now! Any questions can be directed to Pastor Mark.

YOUNG ADULTS
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6:30 
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! Any questions? Contact Youth Director, Dan Lein

OWNING YOUR FAITH:
In a contentious age of conflicting opinions and snappy arguments it can be difficult to know what you believe, but as you grow and enter adulthood it becomes more and more evident that, whether it is strong or not, your faith is your own, and no one else’s. In this series Hope Youth will look throughout the narrative of the Bible and see how God’s people have owned their faith throughout history and what exactly they had faith in. Through this teens will see and learn the power of ownership, in their work, relationships, and faith.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY: 
On Wednesday nights Hope Youth jumps feet first into the Word of God and practices prayer and Biblical study. We are going chapter by chapter through the book of Psalms and hone the key skills of Bible study that will help teens read on their own for the rest of their lives! It’s a great opportunity to connect through the Word with fellow teens, recharge in the middle of the week, and grow as a believer!

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
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: Sundays from 6:00-8:00p
Come to HopeKids! Hangout for games, snacks, and Bible study! We’re digging deep into the Bible with our new series, “The Heart of God.” Each week we will be reading different passages from Scripture on a quest to learn more about the character and nature of our Creator, and reinforcing those lessons with activities and games to go along with it. If you have a K-5th grader in your sphere of influence, draw them nearer to God by sending them to HopeKids! Hangout!

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS IN THE GOZONE:
Each week we will be looking back at our Bible story from Sunday morning in a new way and doing fresh activities to reinforce our monthly theme. Plus, we’ll be storing God’s Word in our hearts by learning and practicing a new Bible verse every week—so you won’t want your kids to miss a single Wednesday!

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS IN THE WONDERZONE:
The Nursery team is excited to love on your little ones (0-2), while our Preschool (3-5) team dives into an Alphabet Scripture Memory study! Every week they will learn a new Bible Verse, and each week they return with their verse memorized, they’ll earn a letter to attach to their Scripture Sash! Your kids will want to join us every Wednesday night to plant God’s Word in their hearts, earn all of their letters, have fun building a foundation of faith, and even have a chance to connect with our GoZone kids every week!

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