Coffee, Cookie, Challenge!

My recent Instagram Post: Reading the book of Ephesians 💻#Read #Bible #Ephesians #Cookie #Coffee #Outside #Summer #Compass 

Last night many accepted the challenge! I am sitting right outside of Compass Cafe starting it off reading on the mac with some coffee & munching on a Jodi Bake cookie! For the next two Hope Day services: We will be digging deep into the book of Ephesians. I am so excited. Excited to fall in love more with Christ and find fresh new things in these love letters written by Paul 🖊 Now the challenge: Read the entire book of Ephesians every day for three weeks with a pencil!  Why? God is about to speak! 

Need to fall back in love with Christ? ❤️ Are you a new believer or know a new believer? The book of Ephesians is a great place to open the Bible & get started! This new series is a great time to make your first visit at HopeNYC Church! Summer at Hope is starting & it’s usually so suntastically awesome. So much that I think we end up having much more fun than vacation goers ✈️ 

Sunday services: 10:30 AM

Hope day Wednesday services: 7 PM

Tomorrow right outside in front of our building: HOMESTRETCH! See dozens of beautiful amazing testimonies get encouraged like never before! 

Growth Groups (Now Hope Groups)

There’s a famous saying we use often at HopeNYC!

“The day you stop learning is the day you stop growing.” 

As I mentioned in my recent post The Body,  Growth Groups has started! There are many cool growth groups here ranging from from Chinese cooking to bowling,  cosmetology, hairstyling,  leadership, baking, music, bible groups & much much more! 

Many of these groups were held today in different parts of the church building. I was excited to enter church on a bright Saturday morning. I loved the mood of the place. People interacting, drinking coffee, laying out their pens with lovely stationary items ready for note taking. I walked into my growth group today & saw a table of goodies. Hot chocolate, bagels, a variety of donuts, blueberry muffins, yummy pastries, and different cream cheese spreads. I was in a bible class and it was so much fun. There were pictures, prizes, amazing history, laughs, and very interesting discussions. The food could not satisfy my hunger for more wisdom from this teaching. I am already excited for next Saturday’s class. As it ended, I left my seat and wandered around. Through a big clear window on the same floor, I glanced over at the cosmetology class. I saw two girls each wearing a fresh moist green mask over their faces. It looked like so much fun & the girls got a free facial. I walked past another room and heard all the voices behind the door singing as a choir while a guitar strummed the chords of their song. (It was not a music class, it was actually a group called True Worship)  On the way out, I saw my friend on his laptop finalizing material to teach his class. Next to him sat a large bag filled with stacked boxes of Popeye’s fried chicken for the group’s lunch (They’re so lucky) I caught a bus then rode the train home. For the next two hours of traveling (Yes I travel that far) I kept my head buried into a novel I had gotten from my group. Not only I had received an excitement to learn but an excitement to grow. 

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Blast Off

Recap: VBS stands for Vacation Bible Study, It’s just for Kids ages 4-10 &  HopeNYC does it every year! Each VBS has a different theme!

BLAST OFF was VBS 2014 at HopeNYC Church! This incredible fun-filled weekend just ended & all the lucky little ones left with hope in their hearts, lots of wisdom, joy & back packs full of school supplies! Yes FREE BOOK BAGS! The children really enjoyed this year’s space themed VBS! The realistic NASA ship, The Blast Off T-shirts, Special space guest: Astronaut Reggie, The space monkeys, The create your own rocket station, Asteroid toss game,  & tons more! The kids also got pizza, snow cones, face paint, prizes & a chance to go wild in the bounce house!  Most importantly they learned about Almighty God & what Jesus has done for them through interesting stories & demonstrations (including a 4D movie) . They had fun learning songs & dance of praise…Yes in 3 Days! The children also got the chance to do a mission. They brought blank sketchers sneakers to life by adding gems & stickers. They decorated these shoes so nicely then filmed a short video… All for children in Panama with no shoes. It warmed my heart to see each kid raise their hand saying they wanted to go there one day. The Hope team will be flying there in September to distribute the wonderful shoes these kids made! VBS this year was out of this world! The most important lesson learned this weekend was to love eachother. The Hope kids showed love to kids in Panama they may never meet! They loved the new friends they have made in VBS, &  we have even gotten cute reports that they “kissed their mommies at home”  I was honored to be a crew leader & really enjoyed spending time with these kids. Scroll down & check out these cute pics of what happened at HopeNYC this weekend! 🙂

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Blast Off VBS 2014. For Ages 4-10
Blast Off VBS 2014. For Ages 4-10

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Story Time!
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Music & more!
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Slide & Bounce House.

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The Pre-school group
The Pre-school group
The Pre-School group playing with moon sand.
The Pre-School group playing with moon sand.
Reggie the Astronaut!
Reggie the Astronaut!
Musical Chairs!
Musical Chairs!

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The Children working on a mission project: decorating blank shoes for children in Panama who don't have shoes.
The Children working on a mission project: decorating  shoes for children in Panama.
Playing the Giant Slipper game! It's a race!
Playing the Giant Slipper game! It’s a race!
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Packed & Ready to go!

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Lunch Time Day 1!
Lunch Time Day 1!
The Bounce House!
In the Bounce House!
Decorating Cupcakes!
Decorating Cupcakes!
Our loving staff & crew leaders!
Our loving staff & crew leaders!

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Love Eachother!
Love Eachother!