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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  ...  

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 summerer  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  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!

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