February 15, 2018

Hey Hope people!
I usually take the house key off my ring and bring it with me when I run, but on Monday…...   You probably guessed, I forgot to put it back on the ring and left for the office. Later that day I stood on the porch scratching my head thinking, “Not again!”. Have you ever experienced that momentary panic when something unexpected throws your day out of whack a little? Or in some cases, your life out of whack? Those are prime times for us to consider how little control we actually have of many circumstances in our lives. When we come to God it’s extremely important to recognize that He holds our lives in His hands and wants us to respond to Him accordingly as we hand control over to Him and trust Him with our lives. Listen to what was told to Belshazzar, a pagan king of Babylon, “You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways.” (Daniel 5:23) It seems that God periodically reminds us who’s in control, so we don’t lose perspective. Maybe you need to pause and honor the Lord by telling Him He has every right to run your life.
By the way, I eventually got into the house.

Playing off a recent Dave Shorter-ism I will say, “Men, let us break egg together”. Come out at 8:00 to start your day with a great breakfast, meet some great dudes and hear a great story. Starts at 8:00 ends at 9:00. These events are great to invite a friend to for the first time.
DR. TUREK AT HOPE – February 24 & 25
        Saturday night – Seminar at 6:00-9:00 (with Q&A 8:00-9:00) Childcare will be provided.
             Sunday – Dr. Turek will speak at all services
Pray for this event…..pray for God to prepare hearts. There are small invitation cards available at the information desk so feel free to stop by and grab a few to invite some folks. For planning purposes use the following link to sign up for the Saturday night seminar on February 24th
     Register: (https://hopefellowship.breezechms.com/form/ceccf6 )
    Snacks: If you can provide cookies or a fruit/veggie tray for the seminar on Saturday the
     24th mark your card Sunday to help with planning.
If you’re curious about Hope Fellowship or simply curious about how to join, sign up for our Newcomers Lunch (even if you’re not new) on Sunday, March 4th at 12:30. The meeting will take place at the end of the children’s wing with lunch and childcare provided. Jeff and I will both be there. Let us know you’ll be there by emailing Jeff at jeffsmith@hope-fellowship.net
WOMEN’S DAY RETREAT – March 10th  
Ladies, the day retreat will be a wonderful time to relax with some other women here at Hope. Please invite a friend! The cost is $40 and includes catered breakfast, lunch, and a special gift. If you register by this Sunday the cost is only $30….do it ladies do it! The retreat starts at 8:30 am on March 10th. I made a mistake and said there was childcare for this….no there is not.
MEN! I always insisted on giving my wife times like this to be refreshed and I was more than delighted to spend extended time with my kids so she could have a break – tell her you want her to go. Also (just to make absolutely certain you understand this) this event will take place here at the building and not at a beach…..it will be a beach theme.

Are you ready to deal with your issue in a safe place?
    WOMEN – The group will start on February 27th at 7:00 here at Hope. Mark your
    connection card Sunday to register or contact Eileen at wannabprov31@hotmail.com
    MEN – Join this ongoing group anytime at 7:00 here at Hope. Contact Mark at
See you soon!