Dear Hillside family,

 

An amazing Easter weekend begins tomorrow. And in order to make room for more, we’ve prayerfully added additional services on both Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Based on this past Sunday’s attendance (up 22% from the same Sunday a year ago) coupled with the absolutely fantastic “Walk With Jesus” event  we hosted last night, we’re expecting large crowds this weekend. Speaking of last night, a big shout out to the dedicated efforts of our premiere family ministry team including the 80+ volunteers who made it possible for 279 people to experience the Easter story in such a deeply meaningful way.  Way to go, team!

 

Good Friday is a special time during Holy Week when we reflect on the final days and hours of our Saviour and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Frankly, I can’t imagine any Christ follower not wanting to take the time to remember. You can join us for either our 10am or 1pm service. Laura Harris from our staff team is leading worship and Pastor Roger is preaching (chapter 26 from the Story). It will be a moving service including communion. Parents, you’ll also be pleased to know that our incredible staff is providing age appropriate programming in both Waumba Land (preschoolers) and KidZone (K-Grade 5) during these services.

 

Then, be sure to join us for a truly rousing celebration on Easter Sunday. We are offering 3 identical services at 9am, 11am, and our new service time at 1pm. Want to try something new? It will be fun at 1pm!  Our Easter choir is excited to present The Story musical and I can’t wait to share a timely Easter message of hope (chapter 27 in The Story). Friends, Easter isn’t simply good news… It’s THE greatest news ever!

 

Be assured that these are the kind of thoughtful, engaging, and relevant services you’d want to invite your friends to attend with you. So… If you haven’t gotten the word out yet, it’s not too late. Remember: friends of Jesus tell their friends about Jesus.

 

I thank God for our church and I love being your pastor. Let’s make this Easter weekend memorable!

 

Amazed by Jesus,

 

Pastor Jerry

 

PS  As a reminder… This year’s Easter offering will go toward investing in the next generation this summer through Vacation Bible School, Camp Wildwood, and Compassion’s Leadership Development Program (our sponsorship of “Cesar” in Honduras). You can give your special Easter offering on Good Friday, Easter or any time in April.  For your convenience, you can use your offering envelope, your PAD, or online by clicking here then find “Easter” in the Choose Account menu on the right. Thanks for your generosity!