May 23, 2018

Hey Hope people!
 
When our new building first opened a fire inspector came into my office to check things out and in the process he saw a snake I had. I remember him stopping for a moment, looking at the snake…...I could see the wheels turning in his head (pastor……snake). He then shot me a look of bewilderment and, after looking me over, looked back at the snake. He finally said cautiously, “You……have a snake!” With a serious look I said, “Well….on Sunday mornings I sometimes throw it out into the crowd.” He stared at me for a moment of growing horror and started to laugh when I smiled - obviously relieved that our church wasn’t “one of those”.  Many times people have preconceived notions about Christians and churches that have been placed there from various sources in our current culture and the best advertisement for Jesus will be you. Especially as you go about your life and love those around you in Jesus’ name. Another way false notions are dispelled is when someone visits a Jesus-loving, people-loving church like Hope. It can be an experience someone will never forget if they’re treated like Jesus would treat them. Don’t worry, I won’t throw my snake in the crowd.
 
WOMEN’S FITNESS CLASS – Starts Tomorrow      
Want to get started on or improve your physical fitness? Come join Hope’s new fitness class. In just 45 minutes you’ll do a mix of cardio, stretching, balance & body weight exercises modified for any age and fitness level. Feel free to invite a friend and tackle the fitness challenges together! There will be no childcare, but children are welcome to come and join or just run around in the room. Angela Caron will be hosting with her 2 year old and infant. Thursday’s 10:00-10:45am at the end of the children’s wing at Hope
 
MEN’S FISHING TRIP – June 9th     
We get the boat to ourselves so join me and some other men on a charter out of Westport. The cost is $155 and includes the boat, tackle, gear and fishing license. They even bait the hooks and fillet the fish you catch. You can register online at our website or write a check and put it in one of the collection boxes with “fishing trip” in the memo, there are only 5 spots left! Email Jeff if you have any questions; jeffsmith@hope-fellowship.net
 
TAIWAN MISSION     
I’ll be leading another team from Hope on a short-term mission trip to Taiwan in October. Please be in prayer for God to prepare each team member and each person we will interact with in Taiwan. Those going will be; Willis & Emily Shockley, Tom & Stephanie Gaines, Ben & Leslie Davis, Brandon & Morgan Magee, Jim Runavich, Mel Watkins, Jordyn Murphy, Jakeh Nelson, Lisa Rothleutner, Tesia Blanton and Alex Onorati. If you would like to contribute to this mission of our church please write a check to Hope Fellowship and put “Taiwan mission” in the memo. (Due to IRS rules a person’s name can’t be in the memo).
 
KIDZ SUMMER CAMP SIGN UP      
It’s time to start signing up the kids for our summer camp the week of July 16th-20th. The camp will take place each night from 7:00-9:00pm. The cost of the camp will be at the low cost of only $10 per child. Please don’t pass up the opportunity to invite friends and family you’re reaching out to because, as you know, the kids will have a blast and learn about God at the same time. 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 for more information.
 
See you soon!
Ben