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June 2018 Newsletter

We'll look back fondly on this May as being quite pleasant and cool, staying below triple digits up here in the foothills.  Even some brief rain showers contributed to some very colorful fields of wildflowers dotting the surrounding hills, and the trees displaying their very best blossoms, making for a lovely drive down into the valley below, as we all must do from time to time.  We all watched as the hills changed from a lovely shade of green to now a golden hue that we lovingly refer to as the "brown-out", and the harbinger of a hot summer to come, with the ever-present threat of wildfires.  It's wildfire prevention preparation time again and everyone is busy making sure the tall weeds and tree branches are kept away from their home.  How many weed-whackers have you worn out lately? ...  The month began with a Helping Hands meeting and potluck on the 1st of May and plans were finalized for the Mother's Day drawing on the 13th   ...  The final AWANA Club meeting for this school year was held here on the 8th and both the youth and their parents celebrated the special day ...   Of course, the end of AWANA signals the kick-off for the VBS Prep Night, in preparation for Vacation Bible School to be held at Hilltop Chapel this year from July 16th-20th.  The theme selected is "Shipwrecked -- Rescued by Jesus".   The VBS team could always use some more volunteers to help prepare the art work for the Social Hall ...  Our Spring Tea was held on the 12th in the Social Hall and was quite an enjoyable event this year, thanks to the tireless coordination  and preparation by Kaysia Barr and Lee McComb, along with many other volunteers who help set tables, prepare delicious refreshments and model some lovely outfits during the Fashion Show.  Many thanks to all those who helped, especially the kind gentlemen who served the ladies, and we hope to see you all back again next year  ...  Mother's Day began with a delicious breakfast served at the Chamber building in Pinehurst, followed by a well-attended Mother's Day Worship Service, with many ladies adorned with their orchid corsages honoring the memory of babies who were never given the chance to live.  The winners of the gift cards in the Helping Hands drawing were Dorothy McFarland, Michelle Brown and Mignon Hardwick.   Congratulations ladies ...    Many of our local residents attended a very special event held on the 19th at the Dunlap Community Center.  The Miramonte School Reunion was very successful and many special guests attended.  The school was shut down about 15 year ago and it was quite a treat for many of those who attended or were on staff there to gather and share their memories  ...  Another special event held there was the Celebration of Life and Memorial Service for Chuck Garton who had been Fire Chief for many years and was well known, loved, and will be missed by a great many people.  He has a special place in Heaven  ...  Franklin Graham traveled to California in May and appeared at the Fresno Fairgrounds on the 29th, to join with believers and pray together for California and our nation, calling Christians to stand boldly for Jesus Christ and proclaim the Gospel.  He shared the message of hope for all who invite Jesus into their hearts, and proclaimed that "there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved"  (Acts 4:12).  It was a very exciting evening, very inspirational and uplifting.  "Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy;... for it is time to seek the Lord."  (Hosea 10:12)   ...   Until next time -- you can't make footprints in the sands of time while you're sitting down. 

May 2018 Newsletter

Ah-h-h Spring is upon us, although we have had a taste of winter AND summer lately.  It has been said that April showers bring May flowers (and allergies).  We are truly blessed to live in God's country and there was an abundance of colorful wildflowers adorning the hills (and pollen floating everywhere).  Up here in the Sierra Nevada foothills, April showers do make the weeds VERY happy, and the hills are alive with the sounds of weed-whackers and lawn mowers, sneezing and coughing.  We have had rain, snow, sleet, hail, high winds and hot temperatures in April.  Here's hoping that May brings some settled weather  ...  Remember to always plan ahead  --  it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark  ...  We began the month early in the morning with our annual Sunrise Service and praised the Lord for providing a beautiful and glorious sunrise, followed by a delicious breakfast prepared by loving hands, and a special Easter egg hunt for the children.   We welcomed some new faces to our 9 AM Easter Worship Service, and hope we will see them again soon  ...  We hope you were able to make it to Christian Night at the Grizzlies Game on April 13th.  We heard it was well attended and those who stayed through the extra innings were treated to a concert and fireworks.  And, good news, the Fresno Grizzlies won the game in overtime ...   Those who attended Sunday Morning Worship Service on April 15th were all pleasantly surprised to see Tony Heredia from Christians in Action there.  He was on vacation and came up to worship with us.  We also had a very special guest speaker, Wayne Frost, who is Director of Church Partnerships with Trans World Radio Americas.  He came all the way from North Carolina to give us his first-hand look at the mission and its vision for the future.  Their mission is to assist the Church to fulfill the command of Jesus Christ, speaking Hope to the World.  They are always seeking out partners to spread the Gospel in 230 languages, across 190 countries, through 26 international broadcast sites, with 4 billion people hearing the gospel on their TWR radio program in their heart language.   Through social media distribution, over 18-1/2 million people contacted Trans World Radio.  They can be contacted at www.twr360.org  ...  April ended with a well-attended Supper & a Move Night, with the enjoyment of a delicious meal prepared by Debin and Russell Crose, and the showing of a very inspirational movie entitled "Do You Believe?"  We were shown how powerful faith and belief can be when confronted by nonbelievers, as the lives of 12 souls intersected and gathered under the cross.  Plan to join us next month -- you will be blessed and rewarded  ...  Congratulations to the Teen Mountain Ministry for again participating in the 'Color Me Rad Run' in Fresno on the 29th.  Hope to see pictures of all the fun they had  ...  Be sure and check out our Hilltop Chapel's web site on the Internet at:  www.hilltopchapel.org .   You will find NEW information regarding our church, ministries, groups, missions, activities, programs, our monthly Newsletter, church calendar and Pastor's Blog.   Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook  ...  As the Awana Club meetings are coming to a close for the school year, Vacation Bible School preparation kicks off this coming Thursday night.  If you would like to help, please see Lesley Davison or Judy Strayer  ...  With faith the size of a mustard seed, nothing is impossible.  -- Matthew 17:20  ...  Orders are being taken for orchid corsages sponsored by the Right to Life of Central California.  Please see Mike Gage if you would like to honor a special mother this Mothers' Day  ...  

April 2018 Newsletter

With March came the hope of Spring and warmer weather, which was provided by the end of the month, along with some much needed rain.  Please continue to pray for more rain  ...  Our Helping Hands ladies met at the home of Donna Symons in beautiful downtown Badger on March 6th, and had a lovely time of fellowship, dining and Bible study ...  The group attending our monthly Men's breakfast and fellowship is growing and we encourage all you guys out there to attend our breakfast next month on April 21st at 8 AM.  You'll be glad you did ...  For all you avid readers, did you know there's a library in the Social Hall?  Maybe there will be something of interest to you that you haven't read  ...  Hilltop Chapel's 'Children's Church' is held in the Fellowship Hall during the regularly Sunday Service, for 1st - 5th grades.  Parents are encouraged to bring their children for a fun, powerful and faith-filled program allowing kids to grow closer to God each week, while they grow in their faith through friendships, and learn about Christian values and how to make wise choices.  For more information, or to volunteer your assistance, please see the Brunos  ...  The Supper and a Movie Night in March featured "Steve McQueen - American Idol".  Our attendance continues to grow each month and everyone enjoyed a delicious meal, and an inspiring documentary of the life of Steve McQueen and how faith can change a life forever  ...  We had a very special Palm Sunday Worship Service with a concert given by the gospel trio "Reliance".  We were blessed to have them visit us again and were touched by their rich ministry, harmonious musical talents, and inspirational testimony  ...  Donations are always welcome to the building fund for repair of our Fellowship Hall roof, that we hope to have finished before this summer's extreme heat arrives ...  Anyone is welcome to bring their excess eggs/produce/fruits/vegetables to church and have it available to those attending Sunday morning church service  ...  Our Teen Mountain Ministry has been very active and has been serving dinner at Evangel Home as well as assisting the homeless and the food distribution in Fresno  ...  Our church is collecting paper products (paper towels, Kleenex, napkins, gallon-size Zip-lock bags, toilet paper, cups and paper plates), large cans of food and nonperishable, nonexpired food to provide for the needs at Evangel Home.  A box is located in the Fellowship Hall for these items.  Also, there will be a canned food drive at our next Helping Hands Meeting and potluck on Tuesday, April 3rd, to be held in the Hilltop Chapel Social Hall.  Please bring large cans of unexpired food for the Evangel Home pantry as they would be much appreciated.  Thank you for your generosity and faithfulness  ...  Of interest to families in our local communities, there will be a Children's Program held at the Bear Mountain Library in Squaw Valley on Saturday, April 14th starting at 11 AM with a very interesting and informative presentation of 'Birds of Prey' sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Critter Creek  ...  When  you're up in life, your friends get to know who you are.  When you're down in life, you get to know who your friends are  ...  Politically speaking, have you ever thought that maybe common sense is not a flower that grows in every garden?  ...  Hope everyone has a very Happy Easter and we hope to see many of your smiling faces at our Easter Sunrise service at 6:30 AM, the Easter breakfast at 7:15 AM, the Easter egg hunt for toddlers through grade 5 at 8 AM, and our Easter Worship Service at 9 AM.

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