Thursday Morning Update–(A Little Early)

Welcome to Hill’s Church Website! Best wishes of Christmas to you!

First, our celebration of Christ’s birth will occur on Christmas Eve December 24th at 7 and 11 p.m. 7 p.m. is “The Five Senses of Christmas.” We will be discovering the five senses that God gave us and how that helps us celebrate the season. 11 p.m. will be more for adults. The sermon at 11 p.m. is “Two Minutes
and 42 Seconds With the Angels.” Both services will have candlelight and communion.

On Sunday, December 26th, we’ll have the Young Adult Worship Service at 10:15 a.m.. The theme is “Pin Your Hopes on Jesus.”

The Secret Pals Group is sponsoring a great mission project. It is called the “Military Coupon Project.” Even expired coupons (up to six months) can be brought into Hill’s where they will be sent to Military bases to be used by Military Families at the PX or Commissary. Please no internet coupons or or store coupons–they must be product coupons (Ivory Soap, Kellogg’s, etc, etc but no Target, Wal-Mart, Giant Eagle, for example). You can bring the coupons in
and there is a box for them labeled “Coupons for Soldiers” in the Steele Building. More information can be found by following this link:
http://www.grocerysavingtips.com/expiredgrocerycoupons.htm

A special thanks to two groups of special people. Thanks for those involved in the fruit baskets two weeks ago!!! I heard from several of the recipients and they want me to express their thanks to everyone who helped put them together, delivered them or collected the ingredients. Second, a thanks to everyone who went out singing Christmas Carols to some of our homebound members this past
Sunday. It was a beautiful day for it. Not too cold, a little bit of light flurries! I know that the folks really appreciated being remembered by their church at this time of year.

Grace and Peace,

The Tradtional site of the birth of Jesus. Church of the Nativity. Bethlehem. Picture by kudumomo. Used by permission.

Pastor Joseph

Here is a famous Christmas poem by Christina Rosetti (1830-1894):

Christmas hath a darkness
Brighter than the blazing noon,
Christmas hath a chillness
Warmer than the heat of June,
Christmas hath a beauty
Lovelier than the world can show:
For Christmas bringeth Jesus,
Brought for us so low.

Earth, strike up your music,
Birds that sing and bells that ring;
Heaven hath answering music
For all Angels soon to sing:
Earth, put on your whitest
Bridal robe of spotless snow:
For Christmas bringeth Jesus,
Brought for us so low.

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