Hillside Church Updates and Response to COVID-19
Update on plans for opening and more:
We hope that you are enjoying the beginning of the beautiful season of Autumn. 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.
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 a chair, and dress for the weather. We will spread out on the lawn.
October 11 , 6 pm
October 18, 6 pm – Prayer Communion and Prayer
October 25, 6 pm – Prayer
From our delegates: Pastor Appreciation Month
October is Pastor Appreciation month! While we still wait for a senior pastor, God has placed two pastors in our church, Pastor Maiya and Pastor Tim. These two have nourished our souls and brought fruit to our lives over the past 17 months. Please consider purchasing a card and including a gift. You can bring these to the in-person prayer service soon. While we may be socially distanced, words of encouragement can make a huge difference. Please also consider cards of encouragement and gifts for other leaders in the church – church administrator, worship leader, tech/sound team, class meeting leader, prayer team, and delegates.
Thank you! Pam Berg, Hillside Delegate
Hebrews 13:17, NIV Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Watch the message from our three Free Methodist Bishops on Facebook Live Embracing Our Opportunities – Moving ahead during COVID
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.”
They hosted a 2nd live event for an online Q&A time with our five elected African American leaders. See link here.
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.