Thursday Morning Update–November 18, 2010

Dear Friends and Family of Hill’s Church,

Last evening was a great night of fun for St. Martin’s Day! We had about 35 people attend and shared German food, a song, horse rides, a craft, and the story of Martin of Tours, a Roman soldier who shared with the poor and became a pastor due to Jesus. Thanks especially to Chris Ericson for putting it all together, Shawn Hanks for dressing up as Martin, to the Grahams for the horses, and YOU for making food, cleaning up, setting up and generally helping out
around last night. It would not have been nearly so great an evening without your participation. Thanks especially for talking about the event to your friends and neighbors. Word of mouth is the best type of publicity! Thanks be to God for a great evening of fellowship and hearing how Christ transformed Martin’s life! Some pictures from the event are in a previous post.

Sunday is the last Sunday of the Christian year, called Christ the King Sunday. It is also Thanksgiving Sunday and the last Sunday to get your Food Bank donations in to church. The sermon is called “The Fork in the Family Tree” and it deals with the human ancestors of Jesus (and by extension, you and me). Later, I will be bringing greetings from Hill’s to Redstone Highlands where I will be leading worship Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

Next week is a short week due to the holiday. The Church Office will be open Monday through Wednesday. And Saturday, November 27th is the Hanging of the Greens at 9 a.m. to decorate the church for Advent and Christmas.

I will be starting Advent/Christmas home communions next week to our homebound members. If you hear of someone who would appreciate a visit and communion, please let me know and I’d be glad to arrange a visit.

If you need to travel this week, we wish you God’s protection and traveling mercies. If you are staying home, may you find comfort and blessing in familiar surroundings, as well.

Blessings to you all.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Joseph

O God, who led the children of Israel
on dry land through the waters of the Red Sea,
and by a star guided the Magi to the revelation of your Glory;
So make my journey safe and free from anxiety.
Attended by your angel, bring me to my destination now on earth,
And grant that I may at length attain the haven of eternal salvation;
Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
—–Traditional Prayer for Beginning a Journey