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March 2019

Thankful Thursday 3/28/19

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Thankful Thursday 3/28/19

On this Thankful Thursday, the weather is beginning to warm. The sun smiles its rays upon the central PA. The birds chirp their songs to the world. Lighter and fresher dishes adorn local menus beckoning us to taste them. And the winds bring smells from afar calling our thoughts to the distant and the possibilities. Our senses awaken as time marches forward into spring!

This awakening not only happens in the physical sense, but also through the intentional process of Lent. When we empty a space in our lives and pause to reflect, we look at where we have been, what impact we have been used to make, and the direction our current focus is taking us. The key with reflection as a Christian is to remember whose we are. In remembering that key point, we look to our Father for the guidance of our lives and His will for their direction.

We may not know the path we will take, but we do know that it will be for the glory of God. To know I can be used in a way that glorifies Him is beyond anything I can imagine or create at my mere human level. I am SO grateful to say I am a child of God. And I love that I can celebrate my many brothers and sisters in Christ being used for glory too!

Blessings to you!

Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to worship this Sunday at 8:00, 9:15 or 10:30 AM. If you would like to know more about these services, click here. Can’t make it to worship? Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Lenten Worship Services are on Wednesdays at 6:45 PM in the Sanctuary with the series: Cross Purposes. (April 3 & 10)

On Saturday, April 13th at 9 AM, you are invited to the Bunny Brunch at Gravel Hill.

Kids (walkers to 3rd grade): Bring your Easter baskets for the Egg Hunt

Parents: Bring your cameras

Everyone bring your appetite for a delicious breakfast!

Deadline to sign up: April 8th.

 

Maundy Thurday Service is April 18th at 7 PM in the Santuary.

Weekly Wink 3/27/19

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 3/27/19
Activities Tonight: 
    • 5:30 – 6:30 PM Be In The Light Meal for all who sign up by Monday @ Noon at the Welcome Center or online prior to the meal. $5/adult, $3/child, or $15/family. (Fellowship Hall)
    • 6-6:30 PM Kidz Choir (Room 301)
    • 6:30 – 8 PM Pioneer Clubs (Chapel & Fellowship Hall)
    • 6:30 PM Revelation Bible Study: On hold until after Easter. (Room 201)
    • 6:30 – 8 PM Youth Group: For grades 6th-12th. (Heritage Room aka Library)
    • 6:45 PM Adult Choir (Room 301)
    • 6:45 PM Son Seeker’s Ladies Bible Study (Room 305)
    • 6:45 PM Worship: Lenten Service (Sanctuary)
    • 7:30 PM Easter Sunday Worship Practice for combined choir and praise team. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Joyce Lochinger for more information.
This Week:
  • 3/31/19 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.
  • 3/31/19 9:10 AM Bible Study: Unexpected (Room 201)

3 J’s Offer 3/22/19

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3 J’s Offer 3/22/19

3Js 3.22.19 offer

 

One purchase, double the fuel: you & the Caring Cupboard! 3 J’s Offer 3/22/19 (today only): Swing by 3J’s Coffee Shop in Palmyra and support the Caring Cupboard. Purchase a coffee drink, mention the Gravel Hill Spring Trail Run, and $1 of your purchase goes to the Caring Cupboard!  Thank you 3 J’s! *Check out their menu here: www.3jscoffee.com

 

Gravel Hill Spring 5K is a walk/run this Saturday, March 23rd. Learn more: click here. Packet Pick up in Holy Grounds beginning @ 9 AM on Friday, March 22 or 7:30 AM Sat, Mar. 23.

 

Chicken Pot Pie DinnerSaturday, March 23rd is also the date for the 8th annual Pot Pie Dinner! Eat in (4 PM – 7 PM in Fellowship Hall) or take out.

Thankful Thursday 3/21/19

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Thankful Thursday 3/21/19

It’s the first full day of spring! The day is wrought with possibility and hope. Spring also shares a rise in energy levels giving us the fuel to tackle the tasks before us.

Spring cleaning of our rooms clears the dust, dirt, and debris to make space to move, rest, and be. It also takes some mental work to decide what we allow in each space (and what we keep out of each space)! Doing the mental work frees us to have a quick response when we decide in-the-moment if a particular item will “make the cut” to be a part of the space or not.

As we stand before the task of spring clean our spirit, Paul shares: “If we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25) This thought follows a list of the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control) which have no law against them. To gain these fruits, we must clear practices from our lives  that oppose these fruits (sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing – Gal. 5:19-21).

Each of us has work ahead. All at various stages in the physical, mental, and spiritual realms we are to encourage each other. Pursue the fruits of the Spirit and the “grace space” in your rooms. Tackling these tasks is hard work and sometimes daunting, but as Timothy reminds us “God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgement.” (2 Tim 1:7)

I thank God for the encouragement He provides us through the Bible, the possibilities of where He can take my life when I turn to Him, and the ability one day to be in eternity with Him. These “grace space” moments are lights in my life for which I am so grateful. Before you spring clean your space, take 5 minutes to find encouragement, direction, or hope in God’s word. It will fuel you like no other.

Blessings to you!

Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to worship this Sunday at 8:00, 9:15 or 10:30 AM. If you would like to know more about these services, click here. Can’t make it to worship? Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

3Js 3.22.19 offer

One purchase, double the fuel: you & the Caring Cupboard! Tomorrow only (3/22): Swing by 3J’s Coffee Shop in Palmyra and support the Caring Cupboard. Purchase a coffee drink, mention the Gravel Hill Spring Trail Run, and $1 of your purchase goes to the Caring Cupboard!  Thank you 3 J’s!

Gravel Hill Spring 5K is a walk/run this Saturday, March 23rd. Learn more: click here. Packet Pick up in Holy Grounds beginning @ 9 AM on Friday, March 22 or 7:30 AM Sat, Mar. 23.

Chicken Pot Pie DinnerSaturday, March 23rd is also the date for the 8th annual Pot Pie Dinner! Sign up to eat in (4 PM – 7 PM in Fellowship Hall) or order take out.

Weekly Wink 3/20/19

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 3/20/19
Activities Tonight: Chicken Pot Pie Dinner
    • 5:30 – 6:30 PM Be In The Light Meal for all who sign up by Monday @ Noon at the Welcome Center or online prior to the meal. $5/adult, $3/child, or $15/family. (Fellowship Hall)
    • 6-6:30 PM Kidz Choir (Room 301)
    • 6:30 – 8 PM Pioneer Clubs (Chapel & Fellowship Hall)
    • 6:30 PM Revelation Bible Study: On hold until after Easter. (Room 201)
    • 6:30 – 8 PM Youth Group: For grades 6th-12th. (Heritage Room aka Library)
    • 6:45 PM Adult Choir (Room 301)
    • 6:45 PM Son Seeker’s Ladies Bible Study (Room 305)
    • Deadline for Pot Pie pre-orders! Sign up at the Welcome Center or online here.
    • 6:45 PM Worship: Lenten Service (Sanctuary)
    • 7:30 PM Easter Sunday Worship Practice for combined choir and praise team. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Joyce Lochinger for more information.
    • 11:59 PM Deadline for 5K online sign up. Click here to sign up online.

 

This Week:
  • 3/22/19 3Js 3.22.19 offer7 AM – 4 PM Support the Caring Cupboard @ 3J’s Coffee Shop by getting a coffee drink and mentioning Gravel Hill’s Spring Trail Run. Please share with your friends to build support for the Caring Cupboard!
  • 3/22/19 9 AM Quilting Group (Room 201)
  • 3/22/19 9 AM Spring Race Bag Pick Up (Holy Grounds)
  • 3/23/19 9:00 AM Gravel Hill 5K Spring Run (Pavilion) – Get more info & sign up here.
  • 3/23/19 4 – 7 PM All-You-Can-Eat Pot Pie Dinner (Fellowship Hall) It’s back! Mark your calendars- you don’t want to miss this! Order yours to go here!
  • 3/24/19 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.
  • 3/24/19 9:10 AM Bible Study: Unexpected (Room 201)

Thankful Thursday 3/14/19

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Thankful Thursday 3/14/19

Have you been outdoors today? Those lucky enough to step outside experience the kiss of the breeze and warmth of the sun touching their face while hinting at warmer weather. When you pause long enough to draw in a deep breath, your lungs fill with crisp refreshing air. Today whispers of spring, warmth, and life gently urge each of us to greet the day and the small moments awaiting us.

The gorgeous sunrise that welcomed us into our day is just one of the moments carefully and skillfully crafted for us to enjoy. The gaggles of snow geese flying overhead raise a cacophony that beckons our eyes to the sky. The tiny sprout pushing it way up through to the sun reminds us that we too are growing. Looking to the Son for guidance and direction is the best place to look for fulfillment in life .

I thank God for the gifts of these small moments. The joy in my heart radiates through the smile as I soak in the surrounding goodness. And I am grateful.

Take a moment. Look around. Soak up the goodness that surrounds you at this moment. And feel the joy filling you as you connect with these gifts.

Blessings to you!

Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to worship this Sunday at 8:00, 9:15 or 10:30 AM. If you would like to know more about these services, click here. Can’t make it to worship? Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Gravel Hill Spring 5K is a walk/run on Saturday, March 23rd. Learn more: click here. Sign up: Register here!

Chicken Pot Pie DinnerSaturday, March 23rd is also the date for the 8th annual Pot Pie Dinner! Sign up to eat in or order take out.

Weekly Wink 3/13/19

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 3/13/19
Activities Tonight: Chicken Pot Pie Dinner
  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM Be In The Light Meal for all who sign up by Monday @ Noon at the Welcome Center or online prior to the meal. $5/adult, $3/child, or $15/family. (Fellowship Hall)
  • 6-6:30 PM Kidz Choir (Room 301)
  • 6:30 – 8 PM Pioneer Clubs (Fellowship Hall)
  • 6:30 PM Revelation Bible Study: On hold until after Easter. (Room 201)
  • 6:30 – 8 PM Youth Group: For grades 6th-12th. (Heritage Room aka Library)
  • 6:45 PM Adult Choir (Room 301)
  • 6:45 PM Son Seeker’s Ladies Bible Study (Room 305)
  • 6:45 PM Worship: Lenten Service (Sanctuary)
Next Week:
  • 3/17/19 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.
  • 3/17/19 9:10 AM Bible Study: Unexpected (Room 201)
  • 3/23/19 9:00 AM Gravel Hill 5K Spring Run – ONE week away! Get more info & sign up here.
  • 3/23/19 4 – 7 PM All-You-Can-Eat Pot Pie Dinner (Fellowship Hall) It’s back! Mark your calendars- you don’t want to miss this! Order yours to go here!

Thankful Thursday 3/7/19

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Thankful Thursday 3/7/19

The season of Lent. Defined by www.merriam-webster.com as: the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter observed by the Roman Catholic, Eastern, and some Protestant churches as a period of penitence and fasting. Lent is derived from words meaning spring. This 40 day window is a focused gift.

For those choosing to receive the gift, they will go through intentional work to create space in their lives as they keep their eyes focused on Jesus Christ. The space created may come through a physical atmosphere or it may be a time frame scheduled into one’s day allowing mental focus in one area.  Creating the space allows room for the Holy Spirit to enter into your life. When the Holy Spirit has room to move in your life, a shift begins to happen.

When we look through space to the light of God, He highlights the dust particles of our lives. This dust from the positions of comfort softly frames the intangibles one inspects and cleans in their lives. Through our free will of coming to the Father through penitence and fasting, we offer the space for transformation from the Father to become more Christ-like. This spiritual “spring cleaning” prepares us for Easter and the story of our salvation.

Lord, thank you for the opportunity to draw close to You. Guide me as I make space for You to move in my life. May Your Will be done. Amen.

Blessings to you!

Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to worship this Sunday at 8:00, 9:15 or 10:30 AM. If you would like to know more about these services, click here. Can’t make it to worship? Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Gravel Hill Spring 5K is a walk/run on Saturday, March 23rd. Learn more: click here. Sign up: Register here!

Chicken Pot Pie DinnerSaturday, March 23rd is also the date for the 8th annual Pot Pie Dinner! Sign up to eat in or order take out.

Weekly Wink 3/6/19

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 3/6/19
Activities Tonight: Ash Wednesday
  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM Be In The Light Meal for all who sign up by Monday @ Noon at the Welcome Center or online prior to the meal. $5/adult, $3/child, or $15/family. (Fellowship Hall)
  • 6-6:30 PM Kidz Choir (Room 301)
  • 6:30 – 8 PM Pioneer Clubs (Fellowship Hall)
  • 6:30 – 8 PM Youth Group: For grades 6th-12th. (Heritage Room aka Library)
  • 6:30 PM Revelation Bible Study: On hold until after Easter. (Room 201)
  • 6:45 PM Son Seeker’s Ladies Bible Study (Room 305)
  • 6:45 PM Adult Choir (Room 301)
  • 7:00 PM Ash Wednesday Service (Sanctuary)
Next Week:
  • 3/10/19 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.
  • 3/10/19 9:10 AM Bible Study: Unexpected (Room 201)
  • 3/10/19 10 – 10:25 AM Safe Sanctuary Refresher Course (Heritage Room)
  • 3/12/19 9:15 AM Bible Study: Discerning the Voice of God (Room 201)
Coming Soon:
Chicken Pot Pie Dinner

  • 3/23/19 9:00 AM Gravel Hill 5K Spring Run – 2 weeks away! Get more info & sign up here.
  • 3/23/19 4 – 7 PM All-You-Can-Eat Pot Pie Dinner (Fellowship Hall) It’s back! Mark your calendars- you don’t want to miss this! Order yours to go here!

Schedule Update

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Schedule Update

Order Pick Ups: Mr. Sticky's Logo

Due to the impending weather forecast, the Mr. Sticky’s order pick up has been moved to Tuesday, March 5th from 10 AM – 6 PM in the Holy Grounds. If you have any questions, please contact Tony.

Thank you for your order to support Gravel Hill’s Spring Run, Fall Feeding Frenzy 5K, Cycles for Life Charity Motorcycle Ride, and Community Day.

Safe Sanctuaries Refresher Course

Safe Sanctuaries Refresher Course:

Also due to the impending weather, the Safe Sanctuaries Refresher Course has been moved to Sunday, March 10th from 10 – 10:25 AM.

 

Coming Soon:

  • 3/23/19 9:00 AM Gravel Hill 5K Spring Run – 3 weeks away! Get more info & sign up here.
  • 3/23/19 4 – 7 PM All-You-Can-Eat Pot Pie Dinner (Fellowship Hall) It’s back! Mark your calendars- you don’t want to miss this! Order yours to go here!