Dear Hillside Family,
It’s Thanksgiving weekend and what a timely opportunity to pause, reflect, and give thanks. I love the words of the psalmist who recognized the appropriateness of expressing his personal gratitude to God when he said, ““What can I give back to God for the blessings He’s poured out on me?” (Ps. 116:12, MSG) Friends, that’s a great question for all of us to ponder and act upon this Thanksgiving.
With that in mind, I trust you’re planning to join us as we take time to be thankful this Sunday. We’ll be led in worship by an intergenerational choir, plus Pastor Adams and I are doing our first preaching tag (should be fun!), and there will be meaningful moments throughout the service to refresh and renew your thoughts with appreciation to God.
I also wanted to mention that as with other holidays like Christmas and Easter, Thanksgiving is a time when we receive a special offering. Your extra Thanksgiving Offering, above and beyond your regular giving, will help us maintain the momentum in our fall ministry. September giving has been a bit sluggish and now that all our ministries are up and running (and the Lord is blessing in some incredible ways), your extra generosity would be a real boost in helping to fund our ministry. Interested? Simply mark your gift “Thanksgiving” and, if it’s convenient, you can also use this confidential link below to give your gift electronically.
In closing, I want to say that one of the things I’m most thankful for about our church is that Hillside is a church with a vision. We truly believe the best days are ahead and that’s why we made room for more in this Grand Opening year. In only a couple of weeks on Thursday night, Oct 20, 6:30-9:00pm we’ll be having our annual Vision Night. This is ALWAYS a momentous night for our church every year.
Please know that it would mean so much to me, our staff, and board if you planned to attend this “All In” event. We have lots to share in this Grand Opening year and we also will be celebrating our many incredible volunteers (over 400 of you!) who make the vision possible through your faithful service. Thus, it’s a Vision and Volunteer Celebration gathering. Many have signed up already, but have you? If not, here’s the link.
Again, it would be a real encouragement to me as your pastor as well as our entire leadership team and church family, if you planned to attend. By signing up, it would also help us with organizing set up and refreshments for this really special evening.
Thanking God for you,
PS Guys, next Friday night, Oct 14, 6:00-9:00pm is our fall main event. It’s going to be a very inspiring evening. Have you registered yet? The cost is $10/each which includes supper. Don’t wait when you can register now. No man left behind.