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Opportunities This Christmas
by Tom Goodman
December 5, 2012

The Christmas season is a perfect time to build your faith while introducing your faith to others.  Here are a few Hillcrest events to help in that work:

There's Something About Joseph.  This Sunday's message will be especially for men.  The characteristics of the man God chose to raise his Son are worth copying in the life of every man.
Join us Sunday, December 9 @ 10 a.m.

Light the Trees.  Imagine outdoor performances from our talented musicians, congregational carols, hot cocoa, and then flipping the switch to light the trees all around our campus.  You don't have to imagine it:  Come see it for yourself!
Sunday, December 9, 6 p.m.

And On Earth, Peace.  That's the name of this year's choir presentation.  Watch a video introduction.
Sunday, December 16 @ 10 a.m.

O Come Let Us Adore Him.  Make our annual Christmas Eve service part of your family tradition.  It's 45 minutes, and ready to accommodate the wiggliest child!  Music, a brief devotional from me, the Lord's Supper, and "Silent Night" to candlelight.  Beautiful. 
Christmas Eve, 6 p.m.

International Missions.  The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is a huge part of the funding for our International Mission Board, which provides for 5,000 missionaries around the world.  Our church's goal: $20,000.  I challenge you to make your missions offering at least match the largest gift you're giving to anyone else this Christmas.

Online Giving is Now Available.  Now you can make contributions or pay for Hillcrest events on your mobile device.  Want to pay for your child's camp registration the moment it's announced in a worship service?  There's now an app for that.  At the offering time, did you forget to bring a check for your "Beautiful Thing" pledge?  Just take out your smartphone and get it done.  Find more information and easy-to-follow steps here.

Be in prayer for the ministry of your church in this busy season!  Oh, and one more announcement you need to know about:

Herb Ingram is Retiring.  We were going to announce it at the start of the new year, but the word is out that Herb Ingram is retiring in February.  He and Sharron will be staying at Hillcrest as members, though, so we can still groan at his corny puns!  We'll tell you more about his plans in January.


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