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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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In February, we lost a great man, America's Pastor. Rev. Billy Graham went to be with his maker. He will be greatly missed, but we can all rejoice in his new Heavenly home praising the Lord. Being one of the most influential men in human history, with humility and grace, he guided and powerfully inspired millions of people worldwide to come to Christ. He left an everlasting legacy of hope and joy ... Always do good for others. It will come back to you in unexpected ways ... On the 16th, Helping Hands met at the church and, as always, enjoyed sharing BIble Study and a scruptious meal. The new officers got right down to business discussing plans for this year. Ladies, make a point to join us on March 6th at the church, with hostess Donna Symons ... Pastor Rod celebrated his birthday in February and received many good wishes for many more years of health and happiness ... Hope all you sweethearts out there celebrated a Happy Valentine's Day together ... On the evening of the 23rd, eleven couples gathered at Hilltop Chapel for our annual Sweetheart Dinner, this year hosted by Russell & Debin Crose who lovingly prepared a delicious 4-course meal with dessert and bubbly, to the delight of all those who attended. We want to extend our grateful appreciation for the 'professional' job and hard work provided by the helpers and servers -- Brittany Crose, Lavina & Jonathan Lovewell, Allison & Anna Holt. Ivan & Judy Strayer provided some lovely decorations. Pastor Rod brought his guitar and shared some well-known love songs with us, as we tried to contribute our melodious voices to the singing. A much appreciated message about true love was presented by Bruce Jeffcoach. Many compliments were expressed, so plan to join us next year and bring your sweetheart for a great evening ... February 20th was 'Love Your Pet Day', and some of you may relate to the love of a pet, much like a family member. There is a very caring fella at Hilltop Chapel that actually makes a special trip to the store for salmon filets for his favorite cat. Such a lucky kitty to be loved and spoiled, and that kitty now has a new puppy in the house to play with, an adorable, happy, very lucky little Shih Tzu. Welcome to the family ... Lesley Davison still needs sign-ups for nursery attendants this spring, and Kaysia Barr still has one opening for Sunday morning snacks after worship service ... February's Supper & A Movie night was well attended, and everyone enjoyed a spaghetti feast prepared by Russell & Debin Crose. The movie, a "Knight's Faith", was a thought-provoking presentation of how finding faith in God and struggling to keep it can truly change lives for the better ... Have you heard this one? --- The pastor was talking to one of his young parishioners who told him that his mother says a bedtime prayer for him every night. "That's wonderful!" the pastor said. "And what does she say before she turns out the light?" "Thank God, he's finally going to sleep." ... Speak of sleep, don't forget to turn your clocks AHEAD one hour before going to bed on Saturday night, March 10th. Daylight Savings time begins on Sunday, March 11th. We wouldn't want you to be late for church ... Happy St. Patricks Day. May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and, until we meet again, may the good Lord hold you in the palm of His hand ....
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In January, it was good to see many of our regular congregation back at church after weeks of illness with the flu symptoms, aching, cold, cough, etc. WELCOME BACK! ... Hope all of you reading this are healthy, happy and safe. The forecast in our local area is for very warm and dry weather for the next couple of weeks. We are truly blessed, but could use some beneficial rain at some point ... Due to illness and the weather, a smaller number of Helping Hands ladies met later in January at church on the 16th for their business meeting and elections. They enjoyed the Bible Study and their monthly potluck luncheon, with Gail McClard as hostess. Congratulations to the new and returning officers: President -- Laura Gia, Vice President -- Marcia Wilcher, Recording Secretary -- Donna Stieber, and Treasurer -- Donna Symons. Many thanks to the former officers for their excellent and devoted service ... Helping Hands will meet at 11 AM this coming Tuesday, February 6th, in the Hilltop Chapel Social Hall for a Bible study, a potluck lunch and a business meeting. All ladies are welcome to attend. Bring a dish if you like and hope to see you there ... The members of Hilltop Chapel met for their Annual Church Meeting and Elections on January 28th and, with 60 members on the roster, we were able to gather a quorum and conduct the meeting and elections. Congratulations to our new and returning official board members: Deacon (3-year term) -- Russell Crose, Deaconess (2-year term) -- Bonnie Lamar, Trustee (3-year term) -- Mike Gage, Treasurer -- Terri Brown (1-year term), Christian Ed. Supt. -- Lesley Davison (1-year term), Asst. Christian Ed. Supt. -- Kaysia Barr (1-year term), Missions Supt. -- Linda Riffel (1-year term), Asst. Missions Supt. -- Donna Symons (1-year term), and Recorder -- Debin Crose (1-year term). Our church extends a grateful thank you to all the former board members who have served our church tirelessly and faithfully ... Our church still has two openings for volunteers to provide snacks on two Sunday mornings. Please see Kaysia Barr if interested ... The weekly Children's Church has been successfully presenting the Gospel message and Bible stories to our local children in grades 1 through 5 on Sunday mornings during the regularly scheduled Sunday Service. Thanks to the adult volunteers and leadership of the Brunos and the Lovewells, 27 children have benefitted from this very important ministry that we all hope to see continue well into the future. Our children will be leaders some day and we shape tomorrow's world by what we teach our children today ... The men from our local communities met on January 20th for their monthly Men's Breakfast & Fellowship, and shared a great meal, their thoughts and faith. Hey guys, mark your calendar for February 17th and join the others for a delicious hot breakfast, devotion, and wholesome fellowship ... Remember, when you can't forgive someone, pray for them. It may or may not change them, but it will always change you ... The Teen Mountain Ministry will be meeting for their annual planning meeting on Saturday, February 3rd. The plans for the new year sound exciting and the local youth are encouraged to attend and share ideas ... Have you heard the one about the golfer who gave up trying to shoot his age on the course? Now he's aiming for his area code ... Be sure to wish Pastor Rod a very special Happy Birthday on Feburary 7th. Happy Valentine's Day to all.
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