June 7, 2018

Hey Hope people!
 
We pulled off the road at an interesting little historical spot near the mouth of the Columbia river last week. By late 1805 Lewis and Clark were on the lower Columbia River, on the last leg of their destination to reach the Pacific Ocean, trying their best to meet the last of the trading ships before the winter weather became too severe. What they didn’t count on was the fierce winter storm that moved in before they could meet the ship. That night they were battered by the weather. Soaked and freezing, the next day they faced thunder, lightning and hail. Clark wrote of their experience, "As our situation became Seriously dangerous, we took the advantage of a low tide & moved our Camp around a point a Short distance to a Small wet bottom …". They were holed up there for 6 days until the weather broke. Captain William Clark named the dreary spot “that dismal little nitch.” As you drive past today, you’ll see a sign that says DISMAL NITCH. Have you ever found yourself in a dismal nitch? We find a powerful statement in Psalm 46:1-3,     “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” All of the party survived the dismal nitch and you also will survive the dismal nitches of this life and find yourself in the presence of God one of these days realizing he was holding you the whole time.
 
SUNDAY     
I’ll begin a new series in the book of Ephesians this Sunday titled “Living Out Who You Are”
 
MEN’S FISHING TRIP – Saturday
Waiting list only now.  Email Jeff if you have any questions; jeffsmith@hope-fellowship.net
 
THANK YOU POTLUCK FOR THE WRIGHTS – Sunday    
Come celebrate the 10 years of service Robb Wright has given as the Director of Youth along with his wife Holly. There will be a potluck lunch and celebration after the 2nd service. Bring some food and let’s do some celebrating!
 
DOOR HANGERS – June 23rd      
Let’s invite some of our neighbors to the pig roast and Kidz Summer Camp.
If you’d like to help pass out some door hangers in surrounding neighborhoods we’ll be leaving at 9:15 am from the church building on Saturday, June 23rd. These will be friendly invitations to come to our pig roast on July 1st and to sign up their kids for the Kidz Summer Camp. Let Jeff know you’ll be there; jeffsmith@hope-fellowship.net
 
BAPTISMS – June 24th     
We’ll have some baptisms on June 24th during the 2nd service. Baptism is for people who have personally decided to trust Jesus to forgive their sins. Baptism is a command of God for believers and is a way for them to profess their faith publicly. Please let me know if you’re willing to be baptized.
 
YOUTH GAME NIGHT – Hang out with Elliott June 27th
For middle and high school youth - there’s a great opportunity to hang out and get to know our new youth pastor, Elliott Fulton, on Wednesday, June 27th at 7:00 pm here at the church. Please pass on the word.
 
PIG ROAST AND WIDESPREAD FUN – July 1st
Make plans to hang out after the 2nd service on July 1st for a lot of great food and general fun….and definitely invite folks you’re reaching out to.  A whole pig will be roasted overnight, and you will bring a traditional pot luck side dish. There will also be a fast food line (hot dogs). You’ll be able to sit under a huge tent while the blowup slide and bouncy house will thrill the kids.  The candy cannon will be firing candy and a pie eating contest will take place with yours truly ultimately being declared the winner (as long as it’s cherry pie).
 
KIDZ SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION – The sooner the better 
     
Our camp will take place the week of July 16th – 20th each night from 7:00-9:00. Let those you’re reaching out to invite know their kids will be in good hands if they want to have a couple of hours to themselves. Check out the following link to get a view of what will take place:
                               https://youtu.be/9H7joG1wK64
Also, don’t forget to register your kids for the camp. You can use the following link to register; https://hopefellowship.breezechms.com/form/KSC2018 or you can stop by the table in the lobby this Sunday to register.
 
 
See you Sunday!
Ben