Hillside Church Updates and Response to COVID-19


Update on plans for opening and more:

We hope that you are enjoying the end of summer. It is hard to imagine that we have not gathered in person for so long. However, we have gathered virtually and will continue to do so. Your Hillside Free Methodist delegates would like to share some news regarding our church and conference.

VOLUNTEER HELP!

As we move towards live streaming our weekly church service, we need your help. We need two members to operate the video and sound board while we are live streaming. Training will be provided. There will be an informational meeting in the next week or so to discuss the requirements. Let one of us know if you can consider assisting with this position.

Senior Pastor

Hillside continues its search for a senior pastor. We are thankful for the preaching rotation that has blessed our church for the last 15 months. Continue to pray for Hillside and the search for a senior pastor.  Acts 20:28 – Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit h  as made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

Sunday Prayer

Pastor Tim will be leading weekly in person prayer on Sundays at 6 pm at Hillside. This in person event will focus on the prayers for Hillside’s search for a senior pastor and Hillside’s purpose and mission in the community. We will offer communion at the first gathering. Please bring masks and chairs. We will spread out on the lawn.

September 20, 6 pm – Prayer
September 27, 6 pm – Communion and prayer
October 4 , 6 pm – Prayer
October 11 , 6 pm – Communion and Prayer

If you need prayer or help contact us

We are suspending public worship at Hillside until we can be assured that we are not endangering our community. Soon we will be offering worship through live video. Presently, a small team of Hillside’s leaders will conduct a basic worship service that will be online here – Worship. 

Hillside News and Announcements

If you wish to join any of our online Zoom gatherings, please contact our Church Administrator to get further information. We welcome your participation.

CLASS MEETING 

Our Sunday morning Class Meeting will continue to take place from 9:30-10:45 am every Sunday.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER MEETING 

Prayer is even more critical right now. Our prayer team will continue to meet via Zoom for prayer Wednesday mornings from 10:00 – 12:00 . If you have a specific prayer request or if you wish to join in on the team prayer time contact prayer@hillsidefree.com.

SISTERS IN CHRIST 

 We will join together via Zoom to continue our study of Jeremiah and Dr. Ray Stedman’s book Nation in Crisis .  We will meet at 7:00 p.m. October 1 . Contact our church administrator for the Zoom connect link. If you haven’t received the study/discussion schedule contact our church administrator.

 MIDWEEK STUDY VIA ZOOM ON WEDNESDAYS,  AT 7 PM JOIN US!

Pastor Maiya is leading a midweek study on Beyond Colorblind by Sarah Shin.  This study discusses racial reconciliation and looks towards experiencing and sharing Christ’s redemption as part of our ethnic identity. We encourage you to attend and invite your family and friends at and outside Hillside Church to participate.

For an overview of Beyond Colorblind, go to Intervarsity Press short video   or read the reviews here.


Watch the message from our three Free Methodist Bishops on Facebook Live  Embracing Our Opportunities – Moving ahead during COVID ( April 23, 2020)

Watch this video! Phyllis Sortor, a Free Methodist missionary in Africa, and a survivor of a vicious kidnapping there, shares her story and her hope. Redeeming Our COVID Captivity

Most recent message from Bishops: Bishop Keith: Beware of Taking Sides, What Is Our Mission?

Our Bishops are actively preparing support from the FMCUSA to strengthen our commitment to biblical racial unity. Upcoming: online videos, communications with the Diversity Task Force,  and useful resources. “We will walk together toward deeper unity, justice, and equity for every beloved child of God.”

Please watch the first live discussion

They hosted a  2nd live event for an online Q&A time with our five elected African American leaders.  See link here.


 


Hope

What is the solution that can give us hope and calm our fears and anxieties when life throws a curveball and we go through times of trial and trouble?

The Lord is the solution. Knowing His name means understanding, declaring, proclaiming, and confessing who God is and what He does. It means discovering more and more the grandeur, the glory, and the unshakeable foundation of His character. As we know Him and trust Him more fully, search for Him more diligently, our momentary troubles will cease to cause crippling fear and anxiety. The Lord is our shelter and refuge. He has never abandoned anyone who sought Him. We see signs of God’s presence everywhere – in the beauty of creation, the encouraging words of a friend, in the ways He provides all we need. During this period of yet another pandemic, we have great opportunity to be a beacon of light and hope to those around us. There is always opportunity to show others by our actions and words what it means to trust in the Lord.

Links for encouraging messages and online COVID resources.

Daily Uplifting Messages from our Free Methodist Bishops

For Such a Time As This – video prayer from FMCUSA

Christian Counseling Educational Foundation Blog Posts