Winning Ways

from Hillcrest Baptist Church, Austin, Texas

Contact: Tom Goodman, Pastor

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Hillcrest Church Office
December 3, 2003

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“Special Workshop This Sunday”
by Tom Goodman

Where does a butler learn to butler? One place is in a school run by Ivor Spencer in London. There are eighty-six lessons in Ivor Spencer’s butler school, including how to present and pour wine, how to pack a suitcase so that the clothing won’t get rumpled, and how to iron the morning newspaper so that it fixes the ink and won’t stain the employers hands. Students learn how to tell the difference between wild salmon and farm-raised salmon, and the proper way to open a champagne bottle so that it makes a hiss instead of a pop. Butlers trained by Spencer have gone on to work for the Queen of England, the Duke of York, and King Hussein of Jordan, though many are now hired by businessmen in the U.S.

Students trained by Spencer can count on US$40,000 a year plus room, board and a car. Not bad. Sorry—I don’t have the school’s address!

Ivor Spencer wants his students to learn how to serve well. When we become followers of Christ, we too are expected to learn how to serve well.

This Sunday evening, December 7, we are going to help you identify how you were SHAPED to serve God at Hillcrest. The acronym “S-H-A-P-E” has become a famous was to teach the five ways God has “shaped” us to serve in His kingdom. This Sunday, the entire Ministry Staff will join me in leading a workshop called “How to Be a Difference-Maker.” In this workshop, we will help the entire church identify their place of ministry at Hillcrest. All those who have joined our church in 2003 will be given special recognition in this service. Note the special time for this workshop:  our normal evening service begins at 6:30, but this Sunday we will begin at 6:00 . The service will conclude at our normal 7:30 time.

This is the “sequel’ to the “Discover Hillcrest” class. We provide the “Discover Hillcrest” workshop monthly for those who want to join. From now on, we’ll provide the “How to Be a Difference-Maker” workshop quarterly as the “next step” for those who have joined our church. The workshop will help them identify their place of service at Hillcrest.

First Corinthians 12:5 (NIV) says, “There are different kinds of service.” Come and find yours this weekend!


Upward Basketball Prayer Partners: We still need Prayer Partners. If you have not already signed up, please take this link to or call Patty Waldo at 836-2054. You will receive (1) an Upward Calendar that gives you specific prayer requests for each day in the Upward season, and (2) the names of several children and volunteers to pray for throughout the season. The 100 days of prayer started on November 30, but it’s not too late. You’re needed! Sign up now.

Discover Hillcrest: A.M. Edition! Have you wanted to join Hillcrest but you’ve been unable to attend our "Discover Hillcrest" class in the afternoon? Then here's your chance! Pastor Tom will hold an "A.M. Edition" of the class during the Sunday School hour on two CONSECUTIVE Sundays, December 14 and 21. It takes 2 hours to complete the class, so you should plan on attending both Sundays. The fast-paced class will give you the information and inspiration you need for meaningful involvement in our church. Join us from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for this special "Discover Hillcrest: A.M. Edition!"

Christmas Events at Hillcrest:  Watch Winning Ways and our website in the next few weeks for news about Christmas events at Hillcrest, including our “Dessert Theater” and “Living Nativity”!



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