Culture Shock! Jesus Around the World

Culture Shock! Jesus Around the World Hills Church June 18, 19, 20 6-9 PM Pastor and I have collaborated on a VBS curriculum that will integrate Jesus’s teaching with lessons on different cultures and lifestyles of people around the world. We hope that by teaching our youth about the diversity of God’s people that they…

BBQ Benefit Dinner

When: Wednesday June 13th from 5-7 pm How much: 8 per person, kids 5 and under get a free kids meal Where: Hills Church 3618 Hills Church Road Export, PA Please support the youth of our church by attending our BBQ Dinner! All proceeds will go towards youth activities including paying for children to attend…

Earth Day and Parable of the Sower

This week the children enjoyed a lesson with dirt and crayons. If you are a kid, it doesn’t get much better than that! This week’s lesson was one that I designed to incorporate all ages. Our youngest group (0-3) was going to read a book entitled Designed by God. This sweet little book describes each of…

April 28th: Free Family Fun!!!

This video is for any of you out there that have never heard of the real-world outdoor treasure hunt known as Geocaching!

We will be meeting at the church at 10 am on April 28th to go Geocaching in the Murrysville area for a couple hours. This is a free and fun activity for people of all ages and is sure to give you a whole new perspective of the community you live in! All you have to bring is yourself, a bottle of water and wear good shoes!

Please feel free to email me at or call/text me 724-541-1412 with any questions/concerns

Children’s Easter Lesson: How to Live Like Jesus

For several weeks leading up to Easter, Ryan’s lessons for the older youth (preteen/teen) and my lessons for the younger youth paved the way for the story of Easter. Ryan unvelied the personalities and history of each disciple as I taught the younger kids (ages 4+) various things about Jesus’s life. And more recently, I have been collaborating with Mrs. Graham on lessons for the children she cares for in the nursery (ages 0-3).

For the week of Easter, our groups joined together for the Easter lesson. Ryan’s most regular Sunday school attendee, Miriam, presented the other children with a lesson she prepared herself. The children have all been taught about Jesus’s birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection so her lesson focused on one of the most important things of all—how to live like Jesus.

Why did I entrust one of the most important lessons of the year to a youngster? Well to start, I enjoy being creative with my lessons. It keeps the kids interested and it makes church fun. Also, children learn best from other children. Her peers are much more interested in what she has to say than what I have to say. And sometimes the teacher learns just as much, if not more, than the student. In this case, Miriam applied what she had learned from Ryan about the disciples by actually being a disciple herself by teaching this lesson and spreading the word of God to the other children.

Jesus, as a teacher, had many ways in which he disciplined his students. And discipline does not mean punishment. God did not come to earth as man to punish us…he could have easily done that from above. He came down as Jesus to TEACH us a better way of living and to free us from our sins. In Latin, the word discipline actually means “to teach” and just as you would teach a child how to behave, Jesus taught us how to live.

Weekly Update–First Week of November

Good morning friends and members of Emmanuel Church, Sunday morning we will have worship at 10:15 with the Sermon Lesson based on Matthew 25:1-13. The Sermon Title is “Overslept.” On Sunday evening we will meet at Gearhardt Farms for the Corn Maze, Hayride and Bonfire at 4:30. To go through the Corn Maze costs 5…

Thursday Morning Update–May 12, 2011

Dear Friends of Emmanuel Church, Things are busy around here and I’d like to highlight a few events coming up in the next couple of weeks: This Sunday, May 15th is Good Shepherd Sunday and the scripture comes from Psalm 23 and John 10. Special music will be provided by Shawn Hanks and Pastor Joseph….

Thursday Morning Update–January 13, 2011

Dear Friends of Hill’s Church, This is an exciting time around Hill’s Church! A new Consistory met last night for the first time and had a very good meeting in spite of the weather. I hope you will pray for the 2011 members of Consistory and their ministry at Hill’s. This Sunday is the 16th…

Bowling Outing–January 16, 2011

Bowling Outing January 16, 2011 Moose Lanes Export 12:00-2:00p.m. $3.00 per game includes shoes Sign-up sheet located on office door: Please sign-up by Friday, January 14th. Call church office, stop by, or email Coming enjoy a afternoon game of bowling fun for all ages.

Thursday Morning Update

Good morning, Thursday morning is here again and maybe we might see some sun today!! This week we have added two new facebook pages for those of you who are aware of facebook. The first is a general facebook page for Hills Church, which can be found at: Hills Church Facebook Page There is also…

May Movie Madness

Join us Sunday for our May Movie Madness Feature presentation of The Blind Side

    +                       =           Souper Bowl Of Caring   Youth Sunday School Reminder Breakfast and a lesson on the Saints!!! See you 2/7 at 9:00a.m.