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Sundays at 9:30 and 10:45am.  
Revved Up!
by Tom Goodman
September 24, 2008

Things at Hillcrest have revved up as we enter into the Fall.  Don't miss out on the excitement!

This Sunday, we'll continue our study, "The Church You've Always Longed For."  Join us at 9:30am or 10:45am.  Also, stay for our "Discover Hillcrest" lunch after the second service if you are ready to join Hillcrest or if you just want to learn more about it.  Meet us in the gym at noon.

In a few weeks, we'll be "Together @ 10."  For six weeks starting October 19, our two services will combine together at 10am.  I'll tell you more about it in the weeks ahead, but one reason to combine the services is because of the new sermon series we'll be in during those six weeks.  It's called "Pulling Together When You're Pulled Apart."  The study series is designed to strengthen marriages, but I think our congregation should "pull together" during the series, too!  All of our Sunday School classes and Common Ground groups will meet after the combined service, and many of them will use a discussion guide to discuss the sermon topics in-depth.

You can get your friends ready for the upcoming sermon series by taking them to the film, "Fireproof" (watch the trailer here).  It opens this weekend, and it will get people thinking about renewing their marriage commitments.  So, get couples to this film, and then get them to our church's marriage focus on October 19!  In fact, on the same days that I will teach some marriage principles in the morning services, in the evening Diane and I will teach a marriage enrichment class using clips and points from the film.  You can pre-register for "Fireproof Your Marriage" here.

All of this begins October 19, which is "Connection Sunday" in our church.  For three weeks leading up to Connection Sunday, we'll be calling 10,000 households in our area.  We still have a need of a few callers, so if you want to help contact Karen right away (345-3771 or email).

I believe God has led us to schedule all of these important projects, but we need to depend on him to carry them out.  So, please join me for a Prayer Walk this Saturday, September 20, at 10am.  You'll hear from Sheila Evaslage about her prayer walking experience on the Vermont mission trip.  Then I'll give you some instructions and we'll simply walk and pray through the neighborhoods around our church building.

The Anchor Course has begun!  It's not too late to join our 8-week study through the basics of Christian belief.  Come this Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:00pm.  We'll provide dinner and your study book.  Contact my assistant, Jami (345-3771 or email).  To learn more, click here.

Weblog:  Check out "Get Anchored."  Every Sunday I post a new "Song of the Week."  Tuesday I post some entertaining and informative "Links to Your World."  This week, you'll also find the cute clip, "Hockey Moms for Truth."

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