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August 2019

8-29-19

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 8-29-19

Here we sit on the brink of Labor Day Weekend for this Thankful Thursday. I can tell you that the staff of Gravel Hill has been busily working. Just as school has kicked off, there are several classes and opportunities about to kick into gear at Gravel Hill.

Have you seen all the good stuff about to break out? Check it out:

Men’s Fraternity kicks off this coming Wednesday, September 4th at 6:30 – 8 PM in the balcony with the 33 Series, sessions 4 & 5 (no need to have completed other sessions to participate). It runs through November 20 and has a materials fee of $30. Have questions? Email Tony.

Dine at Texas Roadhouse on September 8th from 11 AM – 4 PM to support the Gravel Hill 5K. Must show this flyer:

Partners In Missions meets on September 10 @ 7:30 PM. Looking for ways to serve? Come find out about a variety of mission projects.

Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study gears up on 9/17 @ 9:15 AM.

Wednesday September 18th is a BIG night!

  • Be In The Light kicks off with the Meal from 5:30 – 6:30 PM (Learn more here & get signed up!)
  • Kidz Choir begins @ 6 PM.
  • Pioneer Club also starts @ 6:30 PM. Learn more and sign up here.
  • Youth Group gathers again in the Heritage Room @ 6:30 PM.
  • Financial Peace University @ 6:00 PM in Room 201
  • 33 Series continues @ 6:30 PM

We have many community events coming soon too! Check them out on our calendar.

With all these opportunities and possibilities, it is exciting to know we can join together to learn, live, and share Christ with each other and the world around us! So thankful for each of these chances and for each of you that lends your time, effort, and talent to these events.

Blessings to you!

8-29-19 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.

Weekly Wink 8.28.19

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 8.28.19
This Week:

Sunday 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.

Summer Calendar:
  • Men's Fraternity 33 session 4n5Wednesdays, Sept. 4 (thru Nov. 20) 6:30 – 8:30 PM (Balcony): 33 THE SERIES, Sessions 4 & 5 *From the Authentic Manhood Series. No need to have completed sessions 1-3. Materials for sessions 4 & 5 cost $30. Sign up at Welcome Center or email Tony. (Only 1 week away!)
  • Pioneer Club is coming! Registration is open Sunday, Aug. 25 through Sunday, Sept. 8. Pioneer Club begins on Wednesday, September 18. Learn more about the Pioneer Club program and sign up here.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 9:15 AM: Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study resumes.
  • Wednesday, September 18 Be In The Light begins. Click here for info. Includes the following programs: Be In The Light Meal (5:30 PM), Kidz Choir (6 PM), Pioneer Club (6:30 PM), and more…

Ongoing Opportunities

Here at Gravel Hill we have several upcoming opportunities for you to get involved. Check our volunteer page for on-site options or our Hersheypark Volunteer Page where you can represent Gravel Hill as a volunteer at Hershey Giant Center or Stadium events.

Did you know? You can shop for gift cards and benefit Gravel Hill. Purchases support the off-site Ministry Fund. Learn more about Gravel Hill’s Scrip Program by clicking here. You can start shopping now. Create username and password. Gravel Hill’s Enrollment Code is: 21L936DB32931.

Order in person at the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings from 10-10:25 AM and after 11:15 AM. Or complete a Welcome Center order form and place it with your check in the provided envelope into Tony’s mailbox (next to the elevator). Orders placed on Sunday will be available by Thursday or the following Sunday for pick up.

Have questions? Please contact Tony.

Weekly Wink 8.28.19 Fall Opportunities
2019 Charity Ride

Sept. 21 – 2019 Charity Cycle Ride

Palmyra’s Great Give – click for more info

2019 FFF 5K

Oct. 12 – Fall Feeding Frenzy

Veteran's Luncheon

Nov. 3 – Veteran’s Luncheon

8.22.19

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 8.22.19

Thankful Thursday is a rather ordinary day for me. As I look around, I pause to think about the moments in my day so far: busy, but not crazy. And to think about the events to come this evening: fun gatherings of celebrations with people I enjoy in my life.

Simple. Quiet. Exciting. Celebratory. Experiences ranging across the board. Each of these moments bringing life. Building memories. For all of it, I am SO grateful.

Getting to send love. Being blessed with receiving love. These are the treasures I tuck in both my heart and my memory as jewels that bedeck my life.

I have recently taken a couple of walks down memory lane coaxing tears of joy at the years and the memories I visit. On the brink of change, I am grateful this ordinary day and the chance to reflect. To remember. Both the good and the bad. To lift praise and gratitude for what was, what is not, and the unknown that will come. God was, is, and always will be there through it all.

As I draw near to him Galatians 5:22-23 reminds me “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” These fruits are delicious ways to enjoy life! I will keep turning my eyes to the Lord so He can keep molding me into the person He wants me to be. Because I know wherever He guides me, it is never ordinary – always extraordinary!

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.

Weekly Wink 8.21.19

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 8.21.19
This Week:

Sunday 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.

Summer Calendar:
  • Men's Fraternity 33 session 4n5Wednesdays, Sept. 4 (thru Nov. 20) 6:30 – 8:30 PM (Balcony): 33 THE SERIES, Sessions 4 & 5 *From the Authentic Manhood Series. No need to have completed sessions 1-3. Materials for sessions 4 & 5 cost $30. Sign up at Welcome Center or email Tony. (Only 3 weeks away!)
  • Pioneer Club is coming! Registration is open Sunday, Aug. 25 through Sunday, Sept. 8. Pioneer Club begins on Wednesday, September 18. Learn more about the Pioneer Club program here.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 9:15 AM: Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study resumes.
  • Wednesday, September 18 Be In The Light begins. Click here for info.

Ongoing Opportunities

Here at Gravel Hill we have several upcoming opportunities for you to get involved. Check our volunteer page for on-site options or our Hersheypark Volunteer Page where you can represent Gravel Hill as a volunteer at Hershey Giant Center or Stadium events.

Did you know? You can shop for gift cards and benefit Gravel Hill. Purchases support the off-site Ministry Fund. Learn more about Gravel Hill’s Scrip Program by clicking here. You can start shopping now. Create username and password. Gravel Hill’s Enrollment Code is: 21L936DB32931.

Order in person at the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings from 10-10:25 AM and after 11:15 AM. Or complete a Welcome Center order form and place it with your check in the provided envelope into Tony’s mailbox (next to the elevator). Orders placed on Sunday will be available by Thursday or the following Sunday for pick up.

Have questions? Please contact Tony.

Weekly Wink 8.21.19 Fall Opportunities
2019 Charity Ride

Sept. 21 – 2019 Charity Cycle Ride

Palmyra’s Great Give – click for more info

2019 FFF 5K

Oct. 12 – Fall Feeding Frenzy

Veteran's Luncheon

Nov. 3 – Veteran’s Luncheon

8.15.19

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 8.15.19

Thankful Thursday brought me to my second yoga class. I have heard several friends and acquaintances share how yoga has been something they have greatly appreciated. Stress, being one of the major areas it helps to relieve, sure-footedly stands in our lives with the approach of school. So with an invite from a friend, wanting to proactively handle the current life stresses, and an impending migraine, I popped over to a local class.

During the class, we stretched and moved with the rhythm of our breathing. It was amazing how many areas of my body were being held tight. Grazed with the movement of inhaling and exhaling, my muscles were gently coaxed into release. As we repeated the motions, my body became more fluid through the movements and my mind more at peace in the present moment. (I have to admit my body popped and cracked as we breathed, stretched, and moved. But I felt so good at the end of class!)

Since class, I have thought about the wonder of this human body that we are in. Complex and intricately woven systems layer together for us to experience the mental, emotional, and physical. And when one area begins to experience pain or distress, other areas are also impacted. The class helped me find some movements to minimize my migraine, release the tightness in my body, and give my mind a moment of peace-away from stress and worry of all before me. Thus, relieving one area had a positive impact of relief on another area.

From spending mornings in God’s word to intentionally pausing my mind and body, I look to God and He meets me (and you!) with His wonders daily. Our bodies are beautiful wonders. I am grateful for the gift of this earthly body.

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.

Weekly Wink 8.14.19

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 8.14.19
This Week:

Sunday 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.

  • August 17: Youth Pool Party & Bonfire 6 – 10 PM @ Kennedy’s **Welcoming rising 6th graders & families! RSVP to Judy today.
  • August 18: Teacher Appreciation & Student Promotion Sunday
Summer Calendar:
  • Men's Fraternity 33 session 4n5Wednesdays, Sept. 4 (thru Nov. 20) 6:30 – 8:30 PM (Balcony): 33 THE SERIES, Sessions 4 & 5 *From the Authentic Manhood Series. No need to have completed sessions 1-3. Materials for sessions 4 & 5 cost $30. Sign up at Welcome Center or email Tony. (Only 3 weeks away!)

Ongoing Summer Opportunities

Here at Gravel Hill we have several upcoming opportunities for you to get involved. Check our volunteer page for on-site options or our Hersheypark Volunteer Page where you can represent Gravel Hill as a volunteer at Hershey Giant Center or Stadium events.

Did you know? You can shop for gift cards and benefit Gravel Hill. Purchases support the off-site Ministry Fund. Learn more about Gravel Hill’s Scrip Program by clicking here. You can start shopping now. Create username and password. Gravel Hill’s Enrollment Code is: 21L936DB32931.

Order in person at the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings from 10-10:25 AM and after 11:15 AM. Or complete a Welcome Center order form and place it with your check in the provided envelope into Tony’s mailbox (next to the elevator). Orders placed on Sunday will be available by Thursday or the following Sunday for pick up.

Have questions? Please contact Tony.

Fall Opportunities
2019 Charity Ride

2019 Charity Cycle Ride

Veteran's Luncheon

Veteran’s Luncheon

2019 FFF 5K

Fall Feeding Frenzy

 

8.8.19

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 8.8.19

Thankful Thursday is strolling towards the dog days of August. The hot, hazy weather building into passing rains that range from a light sprinkle of raindrops to the forceful sideways blown sheets of rain plummeting to the ground. Afterwards…calm breathing space takes over in the new situation of refreshment. Soaking up the gift of rain. Awaiting the glimmers of sunshine beckoning forth growth.

Each of these moments evokes emotions and memories. Peaceful, bored, worried, anxious, excited, anticipating the next moment in these acts of God. My responses to gifts offered each and every day. In reflection, I grow my appreciation for the wonders that surround us every moment.

Awe and wonder sweep over me during these moments of reflection. The vast array of complexities on all levels of this human being experience leave me humbled and grateful to witness, experience, and enjoy the beauty of all that is. Our capacity to experience all the wonders of life is truly amazing. And if this is what we get to experience on earth as God’s children, can you even begin to imagine what heaven will be like?

Take a moment this week and look around with a different set of eyes. The creator of all that is, of you, of me, made this world. Surrounded us with innumerable blessings. Notice them and enjoy!

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.

Weekly Wink 8.7.19

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 8.7.19
This Week:

Sunday 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.

Summer Calendar:
  • August 17: Youth Pool Party & Bonfire 6 – 10 PM @ Kennedy’s **Welcoming rising 6th graders & families!
  • August 18: Teacher Appreciation & Student Promotion Sunday

Ongoing Summer Opportunities

Here at Gravel Hill we have several upcoming opportunities for you to get involved. Find out more on and sign up on our volunteer page. *Volunteers over 18 years old: Current clearances are required to volunteer for events and are good for 5 years following the original issue date. Contact the church office to make sure yours are up-to-date. To update clearances online visit:  Criminal: http://epatch.state.pa.us     Child Abuse: www.compass.state.pa.us

You can also represent Gravel Hill as a volunteer at Hershey Giant Center or Stadium events. Learn more about Hershey opportunities on our Hersheypark Volunteer Page.

Did you know? You can shop for gift cards and benefit Gravel Hill at the same time. Purchases support the off-site Ministry Fund. Learn more about Gravel Hill’s Scrip Program by clicking here. You can start shopping now. Create a username and password. Gravel Hill’s Enrollment Code is: 21L936DB32931. Enter this when prompted so your benefits go to Gravel Hill’s account.

To order gift cards in person, you may do so Sunday mornings from 10-10:25 AM and after 11:15 AM at the Welcome Center. Or complete an order form from the Welcome Center and and place it with your check in the provided envelope into Tony’s mailbox next to the elevator. Orders placed on Sunday will be available by Thursday and the following Sunday.

Have questions? Please contact Tony.

Fall Opportunities
2019 Charity Ride

2019 Charity Cycle Ride

Veteran's Luncheon

Veteran’s Luncheon

2019 FFF 5K

Fall Feeding Frenzy

 

8.1.19

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 8.1.19

Today’s Thankful Thursday lands smack dab on the first day of August! A new month. Warm, fresh starting grounds for the future. Possibilities sprinkle the horizon. Creation awaits your voice.

Creating. It is a gift of expression. Each of us expresses ourselves in unique ways. Some through the creation of melodies of memories, smile-inducing aromas, sculpted pieces of beauty, adventures through the written word, and so much more.

I’ve had fun making some small changes to the graphics for these posts. Through the process of creating these, I am learning. It took numerous tries to get the pieces to the point they are at now. With each attempt, I learned, grew, and gained in knowledge and experience. I’m pretty tickled with them and hope that you can enjoy them too!

As you step into each day, express your voice through your special way of creating. Know that your first attempts will not be perfect. That is okay because hey, you’re human! You learn, grow, and gain knowledge and experience from each attempt. You get better each time around.

This week I challenge you to grow your ways of expression through creation. Play new melodies. Bake a new recipe. Craft a new scent for your diffuser. Use your art medium to create a new piece. Type 500 words a day towards your book. You’ve got this!

I’m thankful for the creations that have helped us have the lives we live today. And I’m excited to see the blessings that creations bring!

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.

National Night Out 2019

Gravel Hill will be at National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6 from 5 – 8 PM at Buck Swank Stadium 50 W Cherry St Palmyra PA 17078. Hope to see you there!