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"Send An Invitation About This Sunday’s Study"
by Tom Goodman
October 25, 2006

Today you will receive a second edition of Winning Ways after this edition.  The second one is designed to forward to others.

Every edition of Winning Ways is designed for two reasons.  First, I want to help you get ready for next Sunday’s worship service by giving you a word of encouragement in the middle of your busy week.  Second, I want to give you a tool to help you reach out to others.

Several of you have used the e-newsletter as a tool in your outreach.  After writing about The Lord of the Rings, or The Da Vinci Code, or The Passion of the Christ, I got notes from subscribers who were able to discuss their faith with people after forwarding Winning Ways to them.  This is music to my ears!

Never under-estimate the power of the “Forward” button on your e-mail program!  Conversations about Christ have started because of the click of this button.  People have listened to sermons on our website because of the click of this button.  People have attended Hillcrest because of the click of this button.

If you haven’t clicked your “Forward” button after reading a copy of Winning Ways in the past, the next copy you get today would be a great place to start.  This Sunday at Hillcrest, we’re going to celebrate the forgiveness God has given us through the cross.  So, this Sunday would be a perfect time to bring a friend to the service.  Invite your friend by forwarding the second edition of Winning Ways that you get today, and add a personal note asking them to join you at Hillcrest this Sunday.

Remember, your friend receives a free copy of The Anchor Course for attending.  If you’ve already received your copy, be sure to read chapters 17-19 of The Anchor Course to learn more about the forgiveness God offers us through Christ’s sacrifice.  Then join us with your friend this Sunday at 9:30am or 10:45am for this important study.  To catch up with the series, listen online (iTunes or website).  To learn more about the book that accompanies this sermon series, read the introduction by clicking here or check out the website at


Important News

“Fall Back” this Weekend.  Set your clocks BACK one hour this Saturday night!

UPDATE on Hillcrest Hoops.  Spread the word about our new basketball program for grades 5-6.  It’s called Hillcrest Hoops, and it’s designed to get them ready for school basketball!  We’re extending the deadline to enlist kids in this program.  Contact Scott Field immediately if you have any questions.  And click here to find out how to enroll your child in Upward Basketball and Cheerleading!

Annual Craft Show is this Friday and Saturday.  Read all about it in Jim’s article.

High Attendance Day is this Sunday, October 29.  Find out how to make this a great day by reading Herb’s article.

Super Heroes Day for Kids is this Sunday!  Read all about it in BJ’s article.

Kids Ultimate Pumpkin Party.  In BJ’s article she writes, “Watch for the orange bulletin insert this Sunday.  It is your opportunity to sign up for the Kids Ultimate Pumpkin Party on October 31, 6:00-7:30pm.  One side is an RSVP form.  The other gives you ideas for ways you can minister through the party.  We need chaperones, cakes, wrapped candy, as well as help setting up and cleaning up.  We'll start setting up around 1:00pm on Monday.  If you have any time available on Monday or Tuesday, I'll find you a job.  :^)  Don't forget to invite your friends!”

Links to Your World

Read No More "Poor Me" to discover four ways to cancel your pity party.
Learn more about stem cell research by watching the video Stem Cell Research: Beyond Hype, Real Hope.
And now for something different: an old comic book about Johnny Cash’s conversion to Christianity.  You can view it here (requires PDF reader).
At, you and your kids can learn more about C.S. Lewis’s beloved series of children’s books, The Chronicles of Narnia.
You’ll find other news and opinions at my weblog, Get Anchored, including a video clip of Stephen Colbert matching wits with atheist Richard Dawkins.  To keep up with the weblog, sign up for e-mail updates or assign the RSS feed to your news reader.