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November 2018 Newsletter

October began with some very welcome rain showers.  But now the skies remain clear and the local terrain dry, unlike the southeast still digging out from floods.  We are blessed to live up here, but please continue to pray for much needed rain  ...  On the 7th, our church hosted a Kickoff & Countdown for our Operation Christmas Child gift box project, sponsored by Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse, with boxes, literature and videos.  Collection week is November 12-19, and everyone is invited to our Packing Party at the church on Tuesday, November 13th at 2 pm.  Bring any extra small items you may have left over from your gift shoeboxes, and we will be finishing more boxes.  They will be delivered to the Relay Center the next day on the 14th, so please have all those filled shoeboxes to the church by then.  There are many excited and lucky children waiting for the hope and love they represent around the world  ...  Our church recently collected a very nice love offering for Brother Tony Heredia's "Brown Bag" Christmas Gift program in Mexico.  Tony works through Christians in Action, one of the missions our church helps support, and passionately works to bring the good news of the Gospel to remote people in Latin America, especially those in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Praise the Lord!  ...   On October 21st, a year's worth of preparation, and a morning of men's (and women's) breakfast, fellowship, and workday culminated in our annual Harvest Dinner & Auction.  Many auction items had been lovingly prepared and made by hand just for this event, as well as many other interesting and unusual items offered for auction.  The Social Hall was very nicely decorated for the event, and delicious dinners were prepared by Rick & Lee McComb and their helpers, with luscious desserts lovingly prepared and provided by our church family.  Everyone enjoyed the event, and it helped bring many of our community residents out to join us, including some of the staff at two of the missions our church helps support in the valley.  Because of everyone's generosity, we were able to raise approximately $1,000.00 for each of the four missions as their special Christmas gift this year.  That's amazing for our little country church.  Thank you Lord, and many thanks to all who participated in this worthy endeavor.  We were truly blessed  ...   That same day, our guest speaker, Sarah Dawson, the new Executive Director of Evangel Home in January of 2019, came to share with us her experiences and her view of the future at Evangel Home, and various programs available for the more than 200-300 women and children they serve in Fresno annually.  She discussed the therapy and schooling they provide for the children and the job preparedness they provide for the women, while serving 3 meals a day to approximately 25 people, 7 days a week.  Currently, they are in need of Chapel leaders and Christmas donations of turkeys  ...  The current Evangel Home's Executive Director, Gerre Brenneman, was celebrated by all who love her at an Open House in her honor on the 27th, and was presented with a proclamation by Assemblyman Jim Patterson for her 30 years of faithful service to those in need in the Fresno area  ...  Much love was shown Pastor Rod & Lesley during Pastor Appreciation Month with cards, gifts, dinners, and other acts of kindness.  We hope our pastor knows how very much we appreciate him as our good shepherd  ...   Hilltop Chapel had the opportunity to participate in Trunk or Treat at Dunlap School this month, handing out candy to happy little children, and was awarded a prize for the 'best non-spooky decorated car' thanks to Darlene Kenaston and her helpers   ...  Please DO VOTE on November 6th as your heart directs you.  Your vote counts and it's important   ...   BLESS YOU ALL!        HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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October 2018 Newsletter

September seemed to arrive before we knew it, signaling hopefully the end of a long, hot summer and the beginning of a change in the weather, shorter days, cooler nights, and the promise of the lovely golden hues of autumn, and of course the beginning of a new school year and a busy season for our little church on the hill  ...  On the Sunday after Labor Day, September 9th, our annual Baptism Service was held at Hume Lake to celebrate and welcome Chris Tutwell, Patricia Whelless, Noah Clark and Loretta Clark to the family of God.  Their baptism declared their faith, shared Christ's burial and resurrection, symbolized death to their old life and announced their new life in Christ.  We all gathered with them to celebrate and enjoy an afternoon of picnics and fellowship in the pines on a beautiful sunny day.   God was truly good to us  ...  The Wednesday Evening Bible Study group meets weekly at 5:30 PM to study and share their thoughts on Evangelism and a thirst for knowledge.  Everyone is welcome to attend  ...  This year, on 9/11, we again saw many moments of silence and prayer across our nation as we remembered one of the darkest days in our history.  Do you still remember where you were and what you were doing that day?  ...  The Evangel Home Banquet was also held on September 11, and enjoyed by all who attended this year, with over 400 people eager to participate in the program and continue to support such a worthy organization to help broken women and their children heal and return to society as productive citizens  ...  Our sincere congratulations to Pastor Rod for being presented with the 2018 Volunteer of the Year award by Jessica Lusk, Volunteer Coordinator at Evangel Home, during their Annual Banquet -- one of the few times he has been at a loss for words.  The award was very much deserved for all he does for Evangel Home, including an annual retreat  ...  As a follow-up to our Brainstorming Breakfast, there were Events Meetings held in the Social Hall all morning on September 8th.  Those interested in participating in these planned events learned a great deal and look forward to organizing and planning events for the future  ...  This year's Women's Retreat at our local Hartland Christian Camp was well attended, and an enjoyable and memorable experience for all who participated  ...  Christians in Action sponsored a Thank You dinner at the home of the McMillans this year to honor all those who have supported Christians in Action, and to especially thank all the dedicated missionaries who, along with their families, sacrifice so much to continue to spread the gospel across the world as they were called to do by the grace of God.  Three of our church members attended the evening and were blessed  ...  You are cordially invited to attend the Hilltop Chapel's Annual Harvest Dinner & Auction to be held next month on Sunday. October 21st, after Sunday Morning Worship Service, with proceeds providing Christmas gifts for the four missions we help support.  Be saving those special useful items you just don't need any more and bring them to our auction.  You will be blessed  ...  Enjoy the little things -- there are so many of them  ...  People who fall for get-rich-quick schemes have been led astray by false profits  ...  "We cannot afford to let down our Christian standards just to hold the interest of people who want to go to hell and still belong to a church."  -- A.W. Tozer  ...  Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee. -- Psalm 55:22  ...

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September 2018 Newsletter

On Thursday, August 2nd, the Official Board of Hilltop Chapel and others attended a seminar given by Dr. Jim Cecy at his Campus Bible Church.  He shared his extensive knowledge of assisting other churches to grow in their membership, even sharing how many new churches he has helped establish.  He offered us many good ideas how our leadership could inspire others to bring their ideas to our church, and Dr. Cecy even offered to send us some of his chaplain teams to help us as needed.  We all left with renewed energy, faith and hope in the future of our church  ...  Attending the seminar led to planning our first Brainstorming Breakfast on Saturday, August 4th.  We invited anyone who would like to attend from the church and the community.  The event was very well attended, and good thoughts and ideas were shared on how to better connect with our community and our youth.  The leaders of the event were well prepared, and ideas went up on boards around the room to be shared with others at the tables.  The leaders organized these ideas and planned a follow up events meeting on September 8th.  We look forward to an exciting future for our church and its leaders  ...  On August 26th, Sally Smith, the Area Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child, which is sponsored by Samaritan's Purse, was our Special Guest Speaker and shared with us her extensive knowledge of Operation Christmas Child and her recent experiences in Uganda distributing gift shoeboxes, giving hope and joy to needy children.  She answered many of our questions regarding packing the shoeboxes, and everyone truly enjoyed her visit and slide presentation.  She truly cares about people and volunteers her time year 'round with Operation Christmas Child.  We appreciated her taking time out of her busy schedule to come up to our 'little chapel on the hill'  ...  That same evening, there was a very large turnout at church for our monthly Supper & A Movie.  After enjoying a delicious meal, lovingly prepared by Russell & Debin Crose, with the help of the church youth, everyone sat down to view The Case for Christ, a truly inspirational story of how powerful prayer and the love of Christ can be in someone's life, in this instance, an athiest who finally converted to a Christian after doing a great deal of research on Christianity, and not just a Christian, but a Christian Pastor, leader and author.  Even his children became Christian leaders.  The movie was based on the true story of Lee Strobel, and is highly recommended if you have not seen it.  No telling how many seeds that movie has planted over the years  ...  Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30 PM at TorNino's, 5080 N. Blackstone in Fresno for the annual Evangel Home Banquet: "Christ Leads, People Care, Lives Change.  Look What We've Done!"   Tickets are $35 and tables of 10 are $350.  For tickets or information, call 599-264-4714 or email:  officemanager@evangelhome.org.   Please continue to pray for and support our mission ministries, such worthy causes  ...  Remember our annual Baptism ceremony is being held at Hume Lake this year on September 9th at 2 PM.  We hope to see many of you there.  Also, Hartland Christian Camp's Women's Retreat is September 14th through the 16th this year, well worth attending  ...  just a chuckle -- From Genesis:  "And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the earth."  Then He made the earth round and He laughed and laughed and laughed  ...  Until next month, may God keep watch over you, sending His love to see you through every challenge in life  ...  

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