Hope Notes 02/28/2024

February 28, 2024
Hello Hoper,
I’m sure we’ve all heard the phrase ‘stop and smell the roses’. Well, an unexpected stint in the hospital and subsequent recovery at home recently forced me to do just that. Although, the medicine has made everything (including any roses) smell just awful! Now I’m not much of a hustle-bustle-cram-everything-in type of person, but even for me, I felt the motion of my life slow down considerably. I feel that as a society in general we tend more towards hurry up and less towards slow down. We speed through commercials when we are watching a movie, we hit the skip ad button as soon as possible when watching a YouTube clip, and we buy pre-prepared or pre-packaged foods instead of making our own. Anything to get things done quicker. Or, if we want to feel really good about ourselves, we say we’re being more efficient. But what does scripture say to us about our pace of life? Jeremiah 2:25 (MSG) says, Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry? Why wear yourself out? Just what are you after anyway? But you say, I can’t help it. I’m addicted to alien gods. I can’t quit.” The questions, ‘What’s the hurry, and what are you after anyway?’ make me stop and pause. But the answer, ‘I am addicted to alien gods’, really got me thinking. Do we have any alien gods we’re busy running after? What keeps us from living a slower paced life? It could be the accolades and recognition that come from climbing the corporate ladder or being the mom who does everything to perfection. After all, aren’t you more important the busier you are? With pressing work schedules, mini vacations, a plethora of extracurricular activities, and the overriding sense of urgency, our lives leave no room for the lingering moment. We value the short, quick, and expedient. Jesus didn’t live life in a hurry. As believers, we need to emulate His example. We must deliberately interrupt the world’s flow, slow down, pause and take time to listen to God. We would do well to follow the request from our heavenly Father in Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God”. Slow down long enough to count your blessings!
Smelling those roses (or trying to!)……..Lois

SPIRITUAL CARE  

SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE:
Morning of Worship | Communion

Where would we be without the sacrifice of our Savior? Join us as we let this truth fill our hearts, lifting our voices together to sing about the gift of salvation through Jesus’ death on the cross for us. We’ll share communion together so that we can more deeply reflect on this truth. And we’ll celebrate the resurrection power that God pours out on those who trust Him and give Him their lives. It’s always a ‘can’t miss’ time when we devote our entire service to worshipping our Lord and King!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDIES: 
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 through 3/13

THE CHOSEN – MOVIE NIGHTS: March 6th & 13th 
Join us for these two special Wednesday nights! We’ll have hot, fresh popcorn plus other yummy snacks while we gather together to watch an episode of “The Chosen!” On March 6th we’ll watch “Invitations” about Nicodemus, and on March 13th we’ll watch “I Am He” about the Woman at the Well. Both are outstanding episodes on their own, so even if you’ve never watched any of the series, you’ll still enjoy these! And like our normal Wednesday nights, there will still be HopeKids! programs for all ages!

BAPTISM SERVICE: March 20th at 7:00
You do not want to miss this special service. Come show your fellow Hopers support as they give public testimony about God’s work in their lives. You’ll be encouraged (and moved to tears!) when you hear the amazing, transformative stories that get shared. This service is powerful like no other, so make it a top priority in your week! HopeKids! programs will be available for infants through preschoolers!

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

EASTER SUNDAY: Share the news!
We’re gearing up for our biggest Sunday of the year! With that in mind, we are planning three identical services for Easter Sunday at 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00. We’ll have donuts & hot coffee, a photo opportunity, and HopeKids! Programs at all three services. Start inviting family & friends using our social media posts, or grab a flyer the next time you’re at church!

SPRING SPRUCE-UP: Help us get ready for Easter!
Join us on Saturday, March 9th at 10:00am to help spruce-up the outside of our church. We’ll be doing basic landscaping like weeding, planting flowers, and tidying up our property so that we’re fresh and welcoming for Easter! Many hands make light work, so sign-up in the lobby to help for as long as you’re able. Please bring whatever landscaping/gardening tools you have! Any questions, contact Ken Blythe.

WOMEN OF HOPE: March 4th at 6:30
All ladies post high school and up are invited to join us on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month at 6:30 for bible study, fellowship, and prayer! Bring your bible and a friend – all are welcome. And be sure to check out our Facebook page for more information, and encouraging posts!

CHOICES OF THE HEART: Baby Bottles Out Now!
Help us support Choices of the Heart! Please take a baby bottle located at the back of the auditorium and fill with any extra change. All bottles can be returned to the back table by Sunday, March 17th. For more information, or more ways to get involved with Choices of the Heart, please visit their website, www.choicesoftheheart.com. Any questions please contact Stacy Reid, sreid0905@gmail.com.

HOUSING NEED: 
Help support one of our missionary families, the Frankeas, by providing housing during their upcoming stay over the summer. Josh, Jackie, and their son Caleb will need a place to stay from June 20th until July 29th. If you have, or know someone who has, a place for them please contact Josh!

COFFEE MINISTRY: 
Are you looking for a way to get connected by serving? How about jumping in on our Sunday morning coffee team? We’ve been growing these past few months and would like to offer coffee throughout the entirety of both services! We’re looking for 4-6 folks who might want to help out with our second service. All our teams work on a rotation and we’ll get you fully trained – it’s a super simple way to serve, but is a vital part of creating a ‘warm welcome’ here at Hope. Please fill out a Volunteer Card and mark it “coffee team” or contact Dana at danaott@hopechristianfellowhip.org with questions or for more information.

CAKE, COFFEE, & CANDLES: Ladies Event
Hey Ladies! You’re invited to a “Cake, Coffee, and Candles” event on Friday, April 19th at 7:00pm. Fellow Hoper, Lesley Russell, (whose Etsy shop, “NestledHome” features 100% non-toxic soy candles) will be teaching us how to make a candle of our own! Plus we’ll have cake, cookies, and hot drinks to enjoy while we craft. The cost for this evening of fun is $20 and you’ll need to register using the form on this page by March 29th to save your seat. If paying by cash or check, make sure to put your name and indicate “Candle Event” before placing in the offering bin. We want to include as many as possible, but space for this will be limited so that Lesley can plan for supplies and set up. If you need help with registration or payment, we’ll have an in-person sign-up opportunity on March 10th after both Sunday services. Remember our Women’s Events are open to anyone post-high school and up – contact Dana Ott with any questions or for more information!

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
EASTER JAM 2024:
Easter Jam is an eggscellent event for all of our HopeKids! (infants through 5th grade!) WonderZone & GoZone kids (and their grown-ups) are invited to attend on March 23rd, from 10:00-noon to hear the good news of Easter, do an outdoor egg hunt, and enjoy a variety of other exciting Easter activities! Sign up each child here, and join us in celebrating the greatest event in history—Christ’s resurrection!

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 

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