August 16, 2017

Hey people of Hope!
 
Leslie and I backpacked an overnighter to Echo Lake last Thursday and part of Friday. We didn’t see a single person on the trail and had the entire camping area and lake to ourselves….it was wonderful. It warmed up a little out there and, when I got comfortable with the fact that there would likely be no other humans joining the party, I decided to wade the shoreline in my favorite manta ray underwear. Yep, just my wife, the ducks and my manta ray undies…..and the Sasquatch I heard scream-laugh when he saw those underwear. You may have noticed that it’s mostly peaceful but also a little freaky when you’re alone in the middle of nowhere. There’s a feeling of vulnerability that eats at you a little when you’re in a bright orange tent alone in the deep woods. I bet Adam never felt vulnerable…..EVER! Before Adam plunged the human race into sin, fear was never part of his experience in the wonderful environment God had him in. Could you imagine a world without fear? The presence of God is the answer to fear, “So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6) We have the seed of a life without fear living in us right now through the Holy Spirit and we can start a journey of recovery from our fears, but not until Jesus returns and all things are made new will fear no longer be an issue. In the meantime, I’ll try to sleep in my tent with one eye open.
 
SUNDAY

As I continue the message series called, Lessons From Sodom and Gomorrah we’ll take a look this week at “The Concept of Judgment”
 
SENIOR LUNCH – Next Wednesday

Come out and connect with some other folks at our senior potluck lunch next Wednesday at 12:30. It’s always a great time of food and friendship.
 
CHURCH HIKE – August 25th
We’re taking a hike at Sheep/Chrystal Lake near Mt. Rainier. We’ll leave from the church lot at 7:00 am and be home before dinner. Mark your card Sunday if you’re thinking about joining us.
 
PRAYER & PRAISE – August 30th
As we kick off our new ministry cycle on September 10 with a mailer being sent to the community, we must recognize that we have no ability to accomplish anything apart from the power of God. Please join us as we call on God to do His work. August 30th at 6:30PM
 
YOUNG ADULTS – Upcoming series: “Dating God’s Way”

In case you didn’t know, there’s a great place for young adults to connect here at Hope, we have a group that meets on Tuesday nights starting at 7:00 in the big portable.  A perspective on Biblical dating will begin on September 12th for five weeks taught by Terren and Amanda Musselwhite. Please contact our Director of Young Adults, Jim Runavich with any questions about the group; jrunavich@gmail.com or 720-933-8245
 
OUTREACH MAILER
A mailer will be sent to our community in September inviting folks to visit sometime. I’ll begin a message series on September 10th called “Building Good Relationships” that would provide a great opportunity to invite someone you may be praying for and reaching out to.
 
KICKOFF SUNDAY – September 10

As a new school year approaches and a new routine settles in for many after Labor Day, our kickoff Sunday will be an exciting time to focus on a new start this fall.
FOOD – After the 2nd service will be an opportunity to eat together
FUN – We’ll have a large, blow-up kids slide and bouncy house available
FAIR - we’ll be displaying many of the opportunities to plug in here at Hope in the lobby.
FOOTBALL – We’ll have the game on in the auditorium.
Invite someone you’ve been praying for to join you as a mailer will be sent to our community inviting them to join us this fall.
 
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY  

This class will take place during the 3rd service and starts on September 17th. Cost is $100 per couple and scholarships are available. For online registration; https://hopefellowship.breezechms.com/form/40eac2 . If you have any questions, contact Jeff; jeffsmith@hope-fellowship.net
 
RECOVERY GROUPS

Separate men’s and women’s recovery groups will kickoff on September 18th. Whatever the issue you may be facing (and I could list a few) these groups will provide the perspective, accountability and encouragement you need to find the victory you’re looking for. For more information, contact the men’s leader, Mark Hampton at aahaasoberliving@gmail.com or the women’s leader, Eileen Vreeburg at wannabprov31@hotmail.com
 
See you soon,
 
Ben