August 30, 2018

People of Hope!
 
I have this tendency to pick out the obvious propaganda agenda in movies or shows …. and then make smart-aleck comments about it. At times I’ve heard a sigh from Leslie and I’ll say, “That wasn’t a bright and sunny comment was it?” She’ll say, “No it wasn’t” and I’ll say, “At least I’m identifying it” and she’ll say, “You’re making progress”. As time passes a slow transition is taking place and I’ll say, “I’m thinking about saying something not so bright and sunny” and she’ll say, “wonderful choice not to say it” and I’ll say, “But I really want to say it” and she’ll say, “stay strong sir!” Are you challenged in the area of saying things that may not be the most bright and sunny at times? “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life” (Philippians 2:14–16)
Something that sets us apart as followers of Jesus in our dark world is the area of “bright and sunny comments” – (the pattern of our attitude and resulting speech). Our attitudes seem to have a lot to do with paving the way for others to hear the truth about Jesus.
 
CHURCH-WIDE PRAYER AND FASTING – Tonight!      
Don’t forget the meeting tonight at 6:30. We’re helpless and lost without our Lord, let’s let Him know that together as we sing, praise and pray together. Child care will be available.
 
MAILER      
A mailer will be sent out to our community inviting folks to check out Hope and gain a perspective on Living life (9/16), Marriage (9/23), Parenting (9/30) and Work (10/7) as we continue through Ephesians. An awesome opportunity to invite someone you may be praying for. Copies of the mailer will be available at the Information Desk.
 
AWANA REGISTRATION – Next Thursday      
Awana registration will take place next Thursday, September 6th, 6:30pm here at Hope. Awana is our mid-week special time for kids to have fun, learn and grow together. Contact Lisa with any questions; matthew19-14@integrity.com
 
MEN’S BEAST FEAST & CAR SHOW – September 8th      
Tickets are on sale now for $10 at the information table or on the website to cover the event. This would be a great event to invite someone to - various kinds of meat, cool cars and a chili cook-off. Contact Jeff if you have a car you’re willing to show; jeffsmith@hope-fellowship.net.
 
KICKOFF SUNDAY – September 9th 
     
We’ll be kicking things off for the fall on September 9th with table displays of our different ministries available. The big tent will be set up with hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones and the giant inflatables available.
 
HOPE INSTITUTE – World religion study      
Understand the differences and perspective we need to have regarding major religions in our world. Begins Sunday evening on September 16th and runs through November 18th. Use the following link to register;  http://hope-fellowship.net/hope-institute.html
 
MEN – 10-week Apologetics Study      
Learn how to give reasonable answers to skeptics about what we believe. Starts September 11th at 7:00 pm. Let me know if you’re planning to be with us.
 
LADIES  - New study beginning   
A study called Breathing Room will begin September 11th at 9:30am or 7:00pm here at the building with childcare included.  Contact Leslie with any questions; lesliedavis24009@gmail.com
 
WOMEN’S RETREAT – September 28-30th      
Plan time to get away from it all, meet some other ladies and deepen some friendships as you learn about how much you’re treasured by God. As usual there will be some great activities to enjoy. A brochure is available at the information desk in the lobby and you can contact Leslie with any questions; lesliedavis24009@gmail.com.  You can register here;  https://hopefellowship.breezechms.com/form/womensretreat2018
 
CHRISTMAS PLAY      
Interested in Show Biz? Practice for our Christmas play will begin soon so any budding actors 3rd grade and up can contact Gary Schultz if interested;  gdschultz1965@hotmail.com
 
See you Sunday!
Ben