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by Tom Goodman
October 22, 2008

What a wonderful start to our "Together @ 10" effort!  And a special welcome to everyone who is receiving this newsletter for the first time!  Here are a few "odds-n-ends" you need to know about, in order of their arrival:

Craft Show!  Our 18th annual arts and crafts show is this Friday and Saturday, October 24-25!  Tour the booths for advance Christmas gifts.  Bring your whole office to lunch on Friday for our world-famous enchiladas -- and then bring your family Friday night or Saturday lunch again!  Yes, Margaret's famous chocolate cake will be available, and you can buy whole cakes and enchilada trays, too.  This is our big once-a-year youth fund-raiser!  There's more information in Jim's article.

Together @ 10!  Remember, we're not meeting at 9:30am or 10:45am for a while.  We're meeting "Together @ 10."  Someone told me, "I'll have to get here early to claim my seat!"  A nice problem for a church to have, huh?  By the way, if you can park on the upper-level gravel lot to the northwest of the MPC, that will free up some paved spaces.  We were almost out of parking on Sunday.

Deadline for Golf Tournament!  This Sunday, October 26, is the last chance to sign up for the next Hillcrest Golf Tournament.  The tournament is set for Saturday, November 1 at Blackhawk.  It's an 8am shotgun start with lunch provided for $49.  Remember, you get strokes for non-Hillcrest guests!  Sign up online here.

Pumpkin Party!  Join us or help us next Friday, October 31.  Every year our Pumpkin Party gives families a safe place to bring their small children for a night of fun, prizes, and goodies.  We see families from our Mother's Day Out program and from nearby Hill Elementary School, as well as kids who attend Hillcrest.  There's more information in Karen's article.

Friend Day!  On Sunday, November 2, bring a friend to worship and to your small-group fellowship (Sunday School or Common Ground).  Daylight Savings Time ends on that day, giving everyone an extra hour before they should get up for church.  Think about bringing someone who doesn't have a church home, or someone you haven't seen at Hillcrest in a while.

Cell phone vs. Bible.  Finally, a little inspiration for your midweek.  Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone? 

  • What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
  • What if we flipped through it several time a day?
  • What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
  • What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?
  • What if we gave it to kids as gifts?
  • What if we used it when we traveled?
  • What if we used it in case of emergency?
See you Sunday!

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