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August 2018 Newsletter

We here at Hilltop Chapel began the month of July with Bobby Pike's Memorial Service, very well attended by family and friends, all present to honor a faithful son of God and share their special memories.  He will be greatly missed  ...  Family and friends also gathered on the Glenn property to honor Ed Glenn as he had passed into the hands of God  ...  The ladies of Helping Hands (and Pastor Rod) met for a lovely afternoon in the cool pines at the Wilsonia cabin of Penny Burgin for a delightful potluck meeting and a raffle drawing for special prizes.  The ladies look forward to this event every year, and the cooler temperatures were very welcome  ...  Is it hot enough for you yet?  It seems we have broken the old record for consecutive days of 100 degrees or higher in the Central Valley, and may be looking at 30+ days of triple digits.  Even residents of the foothills have seen many triple digit days.  Many catastrophic wildfires are currently being fought in our state.  Pray for the safety of the firefighters and those being impacted.  This will be a summer for the record books!  ...  The men and women of the church and our community met for a special breakfast and VBS workday on the 14th.  They made the church sparkle and their efforts and hard work to beautify the church and grounds were greatly appreciated  ...  Our annual Vacation Bible School recorded a large turnout averaging 40 children daily for "Shipwrecked -- Rescued by Jesus", held from July 16th-20th.  Our Commander, Lesley Davison, was very pleased how everything came together so well and the great teamwork of so many of our adult volunteers made this week such a huge success.  Hearts and lives were changed and we covet your prayers that the seeds that were planted will bear fruit  ...  It's never too early to think about items to pack in the Operation Christmas Child gift shoeboxes.  As you are shopping this summer, be thinking about purchasing small, inexpensive items to pack in these boxes.  They bring joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world with the Good News of God's love, and anyone can get involved in this worthy ministry.  Samaritan's Purse sponsors Operation Christmas Child and information can be found at samaritanspurse.org and on Facebook.  They are celebrating 25 years of distributing the gift boxes and look forward to many more years of telling children around the world the true meaning of Christmas.  Hilltop Chapel will welcome Sally Smith, the Area Coordinator for OCC, on August 26th as our Special Guest Speaker.  She will share her experiences in Uganda with us, so plan to be with us that day.  You will be blessed  ...  As this newsletter goes to press, we are all looking forward to a special guest speaker for today's Sunday Worship Service on the 29th.  Russell Crose will be presenting the sermon today in Pastor Rod's absence.  Isidro Bruno will be providing the music, and the Deacons will read the Bible verse and the announcements.  We are also looking forward to this month's Supper & A Movie.  We will be viewing "I Can Only Imagine" after enjoying a scrumptious dinner prepared by Russell & Debin Crose and their helpers  ...  Mark your calendars -- Everyone is invited to Hilltop Chapel on Saturday, August 4th, at 8:30 AM for a "Brainstorming Breakfast."  We are gathering to share some good ideas of how our church can better connect with the community and reach out to those in need of The Good Word.  Hope to see you all there and may God richly bless you  ...  "God doesn't ask us to make promises we can't keep.  He asks us to believe a promise that only He can keep."  -- Rick Warren

July 2018 Newsletter

Summer is definitely upon us with multiple triple-digit days and abundant sunshine.  Hope everyone is enjoying some outdoor recreational activities ...  Hilltop Chapel was again a polling place for our June Primary Elections this year, and there was a pretty good turnout.  Our thanks to the election officials and those who manned the polls  ...   "The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; it's declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray."  -- Ronald Reagan  ...   Final preparations for our annual Vacation Bible School are being made, and everyone is looking forward to a large turnout for our "Shipwrecked -- Rescued By Jesus", to be held from July 16th through the 20th, from 9 AM to noon.  Bring your family, friends and neighbors to VBS.  Early registration is available.  See our Commander, Lesley Davison for details.  Hearts and lives can and will be changed  ...   Our Helping Hands ladies enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon at the home of Laura Gia for our monthly potluck and business meeting.  Preparations for the Father's Day drawing were finalized and many discussions were had regarding the best place in our community to focus our services and prayers ...    Our Father's Day Worship Service was very well attended, following a delicious breakfast at the Pinehurst Chamber building.  Three lucky fathers won the drawings for gift cards from Lowe's, provided by Helping Hands.  Congratulations to Russell Crose, Art Hofer and Pastor Rod Davison.  Enjoy your shopping trips  ...   We congratulate all the graduates of the Class of 2018.   We salute you and our prayers go with you as you begin a new chapter in your life.  Remember to live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God ...  A long-time member, friend and faithful son of God, Bob Pike, went home to be with his Lord in June.  We'll all miss his smiling face in the pews every Sunday.  His Memorial Service will be held at Hilltop Chapel on Sunday, July 1st at 2 PM.  The good Lord must have finished another home in Heaven for Ed Glenn as well, because he passed away within 12 hours of Bob Pike.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these fine men  ...   Hilltop Chapel celebrated their very special 65th Church Anniversary on Sunday, June 24th, with the attendance of many of the former members of our church, including pastors, youth leaders, etc.   We definitely packed the house!    All those who were able to attend thoroughly enjoyed sharing good memories and seeing how our little church on the hill, where "Jesus is Glorified", has progressed over the years.  We even had a brand new, shiny roof over the Social Hall to greet everyone, and our potluck dinner, coordinated by Lee McComb, was abundant and delicious.  Russell and Debin Crose presented everyone with a very well done and professional slide show full of very precious memories of years gone by here at Hilltop Chapel.  A group picture taken by Mike Gage in front of the chapel will preserve the memories for many years to come.  Many thanks to all those who volunteered and worked diligently and faithfully to make this such an amazing event.  This will be one for the history books  ...   We hope you all have a happy, sane and wildfire-free Independence Day  ...   Until next time, remember the best place to put your troubles is in your pocket -- the one with a hole in it ... and if what's ahead scares you, and what's behind hurts you, then just look above!   God never fails to help you!

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. 

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