Dear Hillside Family, 

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! 

The Bible says in Heb. 12:28 that “since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe”. Aren’t you glad that we are receiving a kingdom (God’s eternal kingdom) that can never be shaken or defeated? History is His story and in a world of great uncertainty someday we will experience the full peace, joy, and resurrection victory that is ours because we belong to Jesus Christ. Now, that’s definitely a reason to celebrate!

The truth is that we all have so much to be thankful for in terms of past, present, and future blessings. And this Sunday will be an opportunity for all of us to freshly ponder and thoughtfully express our gratitude for God’s many blessings. I hope you’re planning to join us! It’s going to be an inspiring time of worship and I can’t wait to share a timely message about “Growing in Gratitude”. Having an attitude is gratitude is essential for healthy, godly living.

Friends, as I reflect going into this Thanksgiving weekend, I’m certainly grateful for many things. A quick list for me includes gratitude for the 26 new ladies being encouraged through our Mom2Mom ministry this fall; the stories of people growing through our 36 transformational Growth Groups; the excitement surrounding this year’s upcoming Vision Night (its great to be part of a church that has a vision for the future); the wonderful blessing of Karen and our 3 adult children and new son-in-law; my fantasy football team (even though I don’t have any Patriots on it!); the game of golf; the beauty of God’s creation and the miracle of the fall season; great books; inspiring music; a good movie like War Room which I saw the other night; the wonder of God’s Word; the Holy Spirit; the Church; God’s calling; His saving and sustaining grace; our Imagine project; a Grande Americano from Starbucks; the staff team I serve with; answered prayer; friends; mentors; fellow elders; amazing volunteers; changed lives; and the ongoing joy of serving as your pastor for the past 22 years. Now, what about you? Be sure to take some time this weekend to count your blessings, and name them one by one.

Looking ahead, just a couple strategic reminders… First, regarding our special Thanksgiving Offering. If you want to give online, here’s the link: 

Thanksgiving Offering

And, if you haven’t signed up yet for Vision Night on Oct. 27th, why not sign up now?

Vision Night

BTW: this is our last Vision Night in our old building (imagine!) and it’s going to be an incredibly memorable night of celebration, inspiration, and worship. You don’t want to miss it!


 Pastor Jerry