Hey Hillside Family,

It’s been a few weeks since I last checked in with you. I’ve returned from vacation, hosted another amazing Global Leadership Summit, enjoyed amazing meetings with our staff and board, walked the construction site, and been amazed by seeing the incredible VBS makeover of our entire facility that has taken place this week. Wow, we are so blessed to be a part of a vibrant ministry that God is truly blessing!

Here’s a few strategic updates going into the weekend…

1. If you haven’t registered your child or others for VBS you can do that right now. Simply use this link VBS. VBS begins this Monday, doors open at 8:30am. I’m thrilled to let everyone know that this is shaping up to be our largest VBS outreach ever! 222 kids are currently pre-registered (numbers changing daily and up 25% from last year’s preregistration numbers). We’re looking to sowing God’s Word into the hearts and lives of 300 kids this year. Imagine!  Also, a reminder to the 100 VBS volunteers that there is an all-important Orientation Gathering for all VBS volunteers this Sunday night from 6-7pm (meeting in the auditorium).

2. As we look forward to an exciting Fall Launch on Homecoming Sunday (Sept 13th), there will be fresh opportunities for hundreds of Hillsiders to join a Growth Group. Similar to The Story experience last year, we don’t want you simply to attend church on Sunday. To get the full spiritual growth experience, you’ll want to attend a Growth Group. Interested in serving as a group host or facilitator this fall? P.Dave will be hosting several 1hr info sessions this month so that all Group facilitators and hosts are on the same page for our amazing fall that is coming fast!
Is there a slot that works for you? Simply choose one by using this link Growth Groups. Options are: Monday, Aug 17th , at 6:30pm, 
Monday, Aug 24th , at 6:30pm, 
and Wednesday, Aug 26th, at 8:00pm

3. Hope you’ll be with us this Sunday as I wrap up the “Greatest Sermon Ever” series. More God-exalting worship, warm fellowship, and life-related teaching awaits you. Plus, super opportunities for your children in Waumba Land and KidZone. I’m fired up to share this Sunday’s message, “Building Your Life on Values that Last”. Why waste your life on lesser things, when Jesus offers so much more? Can’t wait to share more about Jesus’ revolutionary challenge to all His followers.

Friends, that’s it for now. I love serving as your pastor! Continued thanks for your partnership as we leverage the final weeks of the summer and look ahead to the fall. Best days ahead!


Pastor Jerry

PS Final reminder… Don’t forget the pancake breakfast tomorrow morning (Sat. 8:30-11am) in our church Gym to support the youth’s upcoming Epic Adventure. Includes a live auction and a few more surprises. Have you signed up yet? Here’s the link PANCAKES