Dear Hillside Friends,
As I write this week’s “All In” enews I’m only a day away from our youngest daughter Jana’s wedding. On Saturday, I’ll be walking her down the aisle as she enters into a new chapter with her soon-to-be husband Spencer. By the way, prayers appreciated as I prepare for the big day. I’ve participated in many weddings over the past 25+ years of pastoral ministry, but none in the role as Father of the Bride. Should be very special for Karen and I and our whole family…
Speaking of chapters, Hillside’s exciting chapter called “Imagine” continues to unfold. These are exciting times! Be assured you’ll see many changes when you arrive for Sunday’s service. The parking lot is largely paved, curbs are in, and the framing for the expanded lobby is now up. Great to see!
As you know, this expansion is all ultimately about ‘making room for more’. God is blessing, our church is growing, lives are being impacted, families are being strengthened, AND we believe the best days are ahead. And those best days will keep getting better as we prepare for a much-anticipated fall launch on Homecoming Sunday on Sept. 13th (just over 2 weeks away).
If you haven’t registered yet for our annual Homecoming picnic at Magic Mountain, you should because it’s going to be extra special this year with an international flavour. There will be lots of food, fun, mini put, and international exhibits from Hillsiders who represent more than a dozen countries. For your convenience, you can sign up now using this link PICNIC.
In closing, a quick plug for this Sunday… Our team has a wonderful service planned with God exalting worship, youth updates from their exciting Epic Escape this week, super programming for kids Birth-Grade 5 in Waumba Land and KidZone, as well as Pastor Dave’s message “Your Life Support System”. This message will get you better informed and more inspired about the incredible fall season ahead.
Our vision is to see at least 40 adult Growth Groups this fall and this message will help you understand why. Did you know that God created you for community and that real transformation happens best in small groups? Its true! And re: our 40 Group vision, Pastor Dave says, “Many have already attended 1 of the 4 info sessions I’ve led in recent weeks. On this Monday night at 6:30 I’ll be hosting another 1 hour session and this one is especially for anyone who has not been part of a Story group last year”. Interested? Be sure you plan to attend.
Take care, friends. These are exciting times. Let’s continue to give God our best so that Hillside’s light will shine even brighter for His glory in the days ahead.