Wow, what an amazing Easter weekend. With a tremendous turnout on both Good Friday and Easter, there was a real sense that it was likely our best Easter weekend yet! We offered our first ever 1pm services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday with solid gatherings at both. Imagine! Despite a challenging winter, God continues to favour our ministry with significant momentum.
As for tomorrow, I hope you’re planning to join us for another fantastic Sunday. We serve a risen Saviour and the band is raring to go with more God-exalting worship. We’ll also be diving into week 28 in The Story with guest speaker Sam Chaise. Sam is the Executive Director of Canadian Baptist Ministries (aka CBM), which is one of our key global partners. How exciting to be part of a Great Commission Church that takes seriously the call to share the Good News of Easter locally and globally through healthy partnerships with organizations like CBM.
By the way, we have an exciting celebration of believer’s baptism coming real soon. It’s scheduled for April 26th – only 2 weeks away! So… if you’re sensing a nudge to follow Jesus by getting baptized, I want to encourage you to join others by signing up to attend one of the “All In” classes I’ll be hosting on April 16th and 19th. We will explore the significance of baptism in preparation for the 26th. This class is also designed as a prerequisite for anyone who is interested in making Hillside their church home as a member. 2014 was a record year of new members, but there’s always room for many more. Interested in baptism and/or membership? If yes, you can sign up here and fill out the form.
One other key initiative this month is the final push for our new church directory. If you haven’t gotten your picture taken yet, guess what… All that’s missing is you! Over 200 households have gotten their picture taken to date, but we don’t want to miss anyone. You are well aware Hillside has grown significantly in 2014 and continuing to do so in 2015. That’s why we are offering a Church Photo Directory in early May. We have only a few weeks left for you to book a 5 min appointment and have your household’s family represented in our bright new directory! I want to encourage you to act now. Hbc15photos@gmail.com is the email to book your appointment. Here are the open spots remaining:
· Sun – Apr 12 (9am-4pm ; 1 hour for lunch at noon)
· Tue – Apr 14 (6-9pm)
· Wed – Apr 15 (6-9pm)
· Sat – Apr 18 (9-noon)
· Sun – Apr 19 (9am-4pm ; 1 hour for lunch at noon)
Please book right away so that we can include you in this community connection initiative.
Friends, in closing, do you remember all those folks you brought with you and invited to Easter last weekend? Well, it’s legal and appropriate to invite them back. Send them a text, a call, or tag them with an invite on social media to one of our 3 services (9, 11, or 1). I really believe you and they will be glad you did.
See you tomorrow,
PS Continue to remember our Imagine project in our prayers and giving. We’ll have lots more to share with you at our special business meeting on Thurs, April 23rd. Be sure to “save this date”. Our team had a fantastic meeting with members of the Baptist Foundation yesterday. This is yet another step, along with the tenders that will be closing next week, which is part of getting us closer to our much anticipated groundbreaking for a new auditorium in coming weeks. Stay tuned for further updates. Best days ahead!