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From Generation to Generation
by Tom Goodman
May 1, 2013

At our church, we have a saying:  "Every Generation Counts."  Some churches are good at targeting those who are older or those who are younger, but we want to be a church where all the generations learn from each other.  I like the Sundays when I can do a baby dedication and recognize a 50th wedding anniversary at the same time.

We're going to celebrate the contributions of every generation through a special music series starting this Sunday.  Each Sunday in May, we'll feature the music of song writers from across the generations.

Bill Gaither is in his 70s, and we'll sing his songs May 5.

Twila Paris is in her 50s, and she'll be featured on Mother's Day, May 12.

Chris Tomlin is in his 40s (believe it or not!).  We sing so many of his songs, and we'll pick a few to feature on May 19.

Finally, Phil Wickham isn't yet 30, but we're already using some of his great compositions in our services.  We'll sing three of them on May 26.

Now listen:  If you just pick the Sunday when "your" music is being featured, you're missing the point!  Every Generation Counts!  So, come every Sunday in May and celebrate with the offerings to the Body that every generation contributes.

"What Is My Purpose in Life?"  This was the number-one selection for our series, "Questions I've Wanted to Ask God."  This Sunday, May 5, we'll conclude the series with this question.

Wow!  Thanks!  This past Sunday morning and evening we were blessed by so many members of our Hillcrest Family.  Sunday morning, 30 people were involved in the "Cardboard Testimonies" segment as presenters, musicians, or techs.  Go to our website or our Facebook page to see the video.  And then our Sunday ended with the wonderful children's musical!  So much hard work went into that great performance.  Thanks to all!

Do You Have a Spare Bedroom?  On Thursday, May 16, the 145-student University Choir and Orchestra from the school of music at California Baptist University will be in concert at Hillcrest!  We need you to provide housing on May 16 as well as breakfast and a ride to Hillcrest the following morning before you go to work.  This is a superb group of students.  Questions?  Contact my assistant, Jami, at 345-3771 or


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