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Don't Let Easter Be An Island
by Tom Goodman
April 3, 2013

It is one of the most isolated inhabited islands in the world, and stoic stone faces 13 feet tall guard the beaches.  I'm sure you've seen pictures of the mysterious statues.  No one knows who carved them centuries ago, or how they moved the massive stones into place.  Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen came upon them on Easter Sunday 1722, and so he named the place Easter Island.

Is Easter going to be just an island in your life?  Don't let it be just some lonely, mysterious spot on your calendar!  We had a fantastic celebration with the Hillcrest Family last Sunday -- and my thanks to all who made it special!  Now let me mention three ways to keep the experience going.

First: Keep Attending the Series, "Questions I've Wanted to Ask God."  The topics for this study were chosen by ballot across the month of March.  You've already studied one of the top six questions with us last Sunday: "Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People."  Now come for the rest of the winning questions:

April 7 How Can I Get Your Help In Making Decisions?
April 14 Can You Help Me Quit Worrying So Much?
April 21 What Is Heaven Like?
April 28 Can You Help Me Let Go of the Past?
May 5 What Is My Purpose In Life?

Second: Come to My "Discover Hillcrest" Class.  This one-hour class is a membership class for those ready to join, but it's also a "get acquainted" class for those who just want to investigate the church.  I will introduce you to our priorities and vision.  Your children and youth can attend Sunday School while you're in Discover Hillcrest.  Meet me in the gym after this Sunday's 10am service.  Click here for more information.

Third: Get Yourself and Your Friends to Our "Sweet Life Dessert Comedy Theater" on April 13!  Tickets are $10 in advance, and child care is available (only for those who purchase tickets in advance).  Spread this video link on social media, or just send people to our website.  Time is running out!

Most coaches teach athletes to "follow through" on a swing or a throw.  What you started on Easter Sunday also needs "follow through," and these three activities will help.  See you this Sunday!


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