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February 2019 Newsletter

We bid a fond farewell to 2018, and welcomed back to church all those who were out sick with cold and flu symptoms  ...  Hope all of you reading this are healthy, happy and safe  ...  How are your New Year's resolutions coming?  ...  Fortunately, January provided us with much needed rain and snow in our mountains.  The latest snow measurement in the Sierra Nevada Mountains indicated 98% of normal.  Thank you Lord for your gift of blessed moisture, although those residents of burn-scarred areas are dealing with flooding and mudslides  ...  We are expecting a freight train of storms and high winds during the first few days in February, but are grateful for the rain.  People living back east are dealing with record-breaking low temperatures, ice and snow, but they can look forward to a balmy break in their weather soon  ...  Keep your umbrellas, lifeboats and paddles handy  ...  The much-needed repairs to the church campus have been accomplished, with a new roof, new smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, emergency medical supplies, and much more.  We thank all those who participate in keeping the church clean and repaired.  The trustees and their helpers have done a great job  ...  Hilltop Chapel's motto for 2019 is "Just One More For Jesus"  ...  Our Annual Church Business Meeting was held on January 27th with an overview of the past year, and exciting plans for the new year.  Congratulations to our new and returning Official Board members:  Deacon (3-year term) - Isidro Bruno; Deaconess (2-year term) - Darlene Kenaston; Trustee (3-year term) - Jon Lovewell; Treasurer - Terri Brown; Christian Ed. Supt. - Lesley Davison; Asst. Christian Ed. Supt. - Amira Lovewell; Missions Supt. - Linda Riffel; Asst. Missions Supt. - Donna Symons; and Recorder - Debbie Gage  ...  Also on the 27th, Osvaldo & Tamara Arancibia visited with us and shared their mission experiences in Cochabamba, Bolivia, high in the Andes.  They reported what God has done through their ministry, and asked for prayer to help Bolivia's project thrive and reach the unreachable  ...  The following new members were welcomed to the Christian family of Hilltop Chapel in January:  Kevin Ahumada, Wendy Ahumada, Linda Loveland and Judy Wolfe  ...  Our church still needs some volunteers for nursery attendant on Sunday mornings.  If interested, please see Lesley Davison, Christian Ed. Supt.  ...  Due to illness, Helping Hands met on January 15th in the Hilltop Chapel Social Hall at 11 a.m. for Bible Study, a potluck lunch and a business meeting.  Elections were held and the new and returning officers are:  Marcia Wilcher - President; Debbie Gage - Vice President; Linda Loveland - Secretary; and Donna Symons - Treasurer.  Congratulations ladies.  We know you will do a great job and this will be a busy year  ...  If you bring someone new to church on Sunday, February 10th, you may just win a delicious apple pie for your efforts.  It's called:  "Bring a friend, win a pie Sunday!"  That same Sunday, Isidro Bruno will be our guest speaker, so be sure to attend ...  We are also looking for volunteers to assist with our "May in Miramonte" celebration to better connect with our local communities.  Please see the Brunos if you are interested  ...  A very special birthday wish to Pastor Rod whose birthday is February 7, 2018  ...  You're over the hill when sometimes you stop to think and forget to start again  ...  Hope you have a very Happy Valentine's Day  ...  "Love never faileth..."  --  1 Corinthians 13:8  ...

January 2019 Newsletter

December began with joyful days of anticipation of holiday celebrations, special music, colorful lights, and celebrations of Jesus Christ's birthday throughout our nation.  We pray that you all had a very Merry Christmas and are looking forward to a prosperous New Year  ...  We are thankful for the much anticipated rain that fell on the west coast recently.  Unfortunately, for those living in the burn-scarred areas of California, the rain brought flooding and mudslides, impeding the cleanup and restoration for victims of the 'Camp Fire' in Paradise.  Please pray for those families who survived and for those who lost loved ones.  There are glimmers of hope when you witness all those who have stepped up to help them.  Even one of our locals, Natasha Schlibis, organized "Operation Merry & Bright" in an effort to raise funds and 'adopt' a family who lost everything in the fire  ...  Our local Central California Chamber of Commerce presented their annual "Christmas Boutique" at the Pinehurst Chamber building, with lots of holiday shoppers enjoying the many varieties of homemade items, great raffle prizes, treats and even lunch.  Hilltop Chapel had a table at the 2-day event, with a chance to connect with the residents of the local communities  ...  Helping Hands ladies met for their Christmas potluck lunch and meeting at the home of Donna Stieber, and enjoyed a joyful afternoon of fellowship  ...  The Official Board of Hilltop Chapel was treated to a delicious Christmas Dinner at Twin Valleys on the 6th, and our leaders are grateful and honored to serve the church  ...  The men met for their monthly Men's Breakfast & Fellowship in the Social Hall, and shared stories of their Christmas and New Year's plans  ...  Because of so much illness in our area and the threat of rain, the Christmas carolers had to cancel their plans to provide melodic sounds of Christmas to our neighbors.  Maybe next Christmas will be a better year for caroling  ...  This year's Christmas Worship Service, Party & Ornament Exchange was well attended and enjoyed by all who came to worship and praise our Lord Jesus Christ, and discover a new prayer partner for the year.  Some really tasty treats were provided, and Isidro Bruno led a special "Gifts for Jesus" event during the party, with many folks sharing their talents and gifts with their brothers and sisters in Christ, with lovely piano melodies, singing, stories, poems and dancing.  What a wonderful way to give thanks to the Lord  ...   The Wednesday Evening Bible Study on "Evangelism" is wrapping up, but another great topic is coming  ...  The ladies of Helping Hands gathered at the church to assemble Christmas Cookie Trays for some faithful local residents who can use some holiday cheer.  They were beautifully decorated trays with treats baked with love.  So many smiles as the trays were delivered, a simple act of kindness that reflects God's love for us  ...  The month (and year) closes with our annual New Year's Eve Candlelight Service on the 31st, a wonderful way to praise the Lord, end the year, and start the New Year out right.  Remember, it takes just one candle to spark the memory of the night the Light of Heaven came to change our lives with love ...  For all you crafty ladies out there, mark your calendars for Saturday, Janauary 5th, and bring your craft/sewing/scrapbooks/etc. to our Social Hall and be prepared for an all-day event, with meals, raffle prizes and lots of fun -- a Crafting Day Fundraiser to raise funds to send our youth to camp at the Hartland Christian Camp.   See you all there!

December 2018 Newsletter

The teens and youth from our Teen Mountain Ministry gathered for a yard sale early in November, with funds raised going toward their expenses for the year.  Their hard work that day and the generosity of our church and community allowed them to raise $847.00 which helped them fund their trip to Magic Mountain.  A heartfelt thanks to the Barr family for again allowing the young folks to set up in such a great location for their sale, and many thanks to the Brunos and their family for their leadership and guidance ...  Again this year, Hilltop Chapel provided our church as a designated polling site, for Pinehurst & Miramonte, for the Midterm Election.  It's been said there was a good steady turnout  ...   Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord - Psalm 33:12  ...   Marsha Wilcher was our gracious host for the Helping Hands Meeting & Potluck, followed by a short meeting, and then followed by the Operation Christmas Child Packing Party -- a rousing success!  ...   Veteran's Day was recognized and honored during our November 11th Sunday Morning Service, with the singing of patriotic songs and the recognition of the many Veterans in our congregation.  On this, the 100th Anniversary of Veteran's Day Commemoration, we thanked, and continue to thank, all those past and present who serve or have served their country.  To those who dared to commit, serve and give their all by taking the oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, we thank you  ...   The men of the church gathered for their monthly Men's Breakfast and Fellowship, and were treated to a delicious hot breakfast prepared by Pastor Rod.  If you are a local guy that enjoys good hot meals and great fellowship, mark your calendars for December 15th and come to Hilltop Chapel for a treat  ...  The Operation Christmas Child campaign this year was very successful, with a total of 110 gift boxes being delivered to the valley Relay Center.  We outdid ourselves.  So many generous and faithful people participated this year, enjoying shopping and packing boxes, and understanding how important the small gift of hope and joy is to so many needy children, their families, and their communities around the world.  Everyone deserves a huge THANK YOU for supporting this worthwhile ministry and helping Samaitan's Purse spread the Gospel to so many people  ...  Thanksgiving Dinner at Hilltop Chapel with turkey, ham, and all the trimmings was very well attended this year on November 18th.  So many delicious dishes were provided by many very good cooks, and many thanks to Rick & Lee McComb and their helpers for planning and organizing this much anticipated annual event.  The Hilltop Singers also provided special music during that Sunday Morning Service, very much appreciated by all those in attendance  ...  On the 25th, we were blessed with very special guests.  Todd and Wendy Netland shared with us some very enjoyable music.  Todd is formerly a member of Celebrant Singers and is a gifted pianist and worship leader.  They are both excellent pianists and Wendy has an opera-trained voice, so we were in for a special treat.  Their mission is their music ministry, spreading the Gospel everywhere they travel.  We were blessed with their presence in Miramonte  ...   The much needed and beautiful rain is finally here, in buckets in some places, but we are grateful for every drop.  Thank you all for your prayers  ...  We hope you all have a very blessed Christmas and spend some quality time with your family and friends  ...   Remember to take some time each day to let those who matter most know how important they are in your life  ...   Christmas is not in the presents -- but in His presence  ...  The joy of Christmas is Jesus and the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you   ...

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