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on Standing Up"
Hillcrest Church Office
April 24, 2003
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Here is this week's WINNING WAYS . . . .
"Lessons on Standing
by Tom Goodman
In March 1999, the Seattle Police Department ordered their employees to undergo a training session on how to safely sit in a chair. The order came after two employees slipped off their rolling desk chairs and fell to the floor, one injuring herself badly enough to miss work. A memo was sent out to 26 employees with these instructions on sitting down: "Take hold of the arms and get control of the chair before sitting down." Apparently, the department didn't feel that was clear enough, so they went on to schedule a half-hour lesson on the proper way to sit down.
Some of us need lessons on sitting down, I suppose. But most of us need some lessons on standing up.
Welcome to Lesson One!
In your e-mail program's inbox each week you'll receive a quick lesson on standing up for Christ. We're calling these weekly lessons "Winning Ways." The purpose of Winning Ways is to get a quick shot of inspiration and information to all Hillcrest supporters before each Sunday in a format that would make them want to forward the e-newsletter to their friends.
Now, read that last sentence again. Note that "Winning Ways" is meant for YOU, but not JUST for you! Make use of the "forward" button on your e-mail program to forward your copy of "Winning Ways" to people you think would appreciate it. Your friends will appreciate you thinking of them, and they might just click on the links that will take them to more information about Hillcrest. With nothing more than a click on the "forward" button of your e-mail program, you will become an ambassador for Christ and for His Hillcrest.
I don't know of an easier way to stand up for Christ!
Why not begin the habit of forwarding "Winning Ways" this week? We have over two hundred households subscribed, but there are many more Hillcrest households who still need to sign up. Why not send this week's copy of "Winning Ways" to those in your address book who are connected with Hillcrest and encourage them to sign up!
P.S., I'm looking forward to beginning as your pastor on May 18! Pray for us as we wrap up all the loose ends in Grand Cayman and as we say many a teary good-bye!
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