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November 2019

11-28-19

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 11-28-19

Thankful Thursday meets Thanksgiving today. The day when Americans collectively pause, gather together around tables, and give thanks for various areas of their lives. This sharing of gratitude creates a foundation for happiness and joy.

Love comes to full expression in various forms on Thanksgiving. Dr. Gary Chapman wrote a book called, The Five Love Languages. He names the love languages as Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch. Many of us have our love language (or languages) reached on this day.

Gathering gives us quality time. The preparing and serving of a meal meets acts of service. Those enjoying the meal receive the gift of food and good conversation. The words of thanks offered for the food prepared, the talent shared, or the story voiced offer building words of affirmation. And the welcome hugs and departing squeezes of affection shared until the next gathering express love through physical touch.

Many walk a little taller, a little stronger, and with a heart (and stomach) more full after a day of sharing blessings. We sleep better after being fueled both physically and emotionally. A day giving and receiving love in all its forms.

With this day of love as a catapult, we enter into the Christmas season. We prepare our hearts and minds for the greatest expression of love ever given: Jesus Christ. As we walk closer to Christmas, remember this day. A day of giving and receiving love. A day of blessings shared and expressed. Hold onto these actions. Repeat them anew. Edify the love and joy in the lives of those around you and in doing so, you too will be built up in love and joy.

Blessings to you!

11-28-19 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 11.27.19

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 11.27.19
Tonight (11.27.19):

Advent begins today Wednesday, November 27 at 6:45 PM in the sanctuary. On the eve of Thanksgiving and the night of the first Advent service, you are invited to pause from the busyness of life, reflect on the gift we have been given, and worship our Lord and Savior.

Be In The Light Events: On break this evening.

11.27.19 Weekly Wink Ahead:

Nov. 30: Saturday 9 AM Advent & Christmas Decorating (Sanctuary)

Dec. 1: Sunday 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.

Mark Your Calendar:

Wednesday Advent Services at 6:45 PM in Gravel Hill sanctuary from now through Christmas.

Ongoing Opportunities

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.

11-21-19

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 11-21-19

Thankful Thursday joyfully awaits Christmas Market! Walking through the doors you enter a familiar space transformed. The energy and spirit of the event buzzes through the building. It wraps you up and carries you through the various areas while lighting a smile to your face.

The change taking place in the building precedes the change (both literal and figurative) that will bless four local charities. Those charities benefit a variety of ages in many ways from education to food to housing and more. These groups meet people where they are now and provide the resources to support a move towards a better tomorrow.

Choice by choice we each are forming and transforming the life we live. These choices range from physical to mental to emotional to spiritual to social and beyond. Jon Gordon encourages us recognize our abilities and use them:

“‪You can’t change your past but you can create your future. ‬

‪Don’t get stuck in thinking about what you could have or should have done. Think about what you can do and will do now to create the life you want. Then start taking action.” -Jon Gordon ‬

Will it be easy? Not always. For in the struggle, we gain strength. And we have been given the gift of community. Helping others and allowing others to help us strengthens our communities. Together we lift each other up. As we choose better for our lives, we choose better for our communities. As change takes place, transformation occurs. Many hands have prepared the Christmas Market. Come be a part of blessing and change.

YOU are invited to the Christmas Market on Friday, November 22 from 4 – 8 PM and on Saturday, November 23 from 7 AM – 1 PM. Details about this event can be found here.

We look forward to having you join us in blessing local charities through the Christmas Market.

Blessings to you!

11-21-19 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 11.20.19

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 11.20.19
Tonight (11.20.19):

Be In The Light Events:

  • Be In The Light Meal (5:30 – 6:30 PM) Fellowship Hall
  • Financial Peace University (6 – 8 PM) Room 201
  • Kidz Choir (6 PM) Choir Room
  • No Pioneer Club ~ on break for Christmas Market set up
  • Youth Group (6:30 PM) Library
  • 33 THE SERIES, Sessions 4 & 5 (6:30 – 8:30 PM) Balcony
  • Adult Choir (6:45 PM) Choir Room

11.20.19 Weekly Wink Ahead:

Christmas Market 2019

November 22 & 23 – Christmas Market 2019

Nov. 24: Sunday 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.

Christmas Market: Check out all the details on our page.

Mark Your Calendar:

Advent is two weeks away. Advent begins on Wednesday, November 27 @ 6:45 PM in the sanctuary.

Ongoing Opportunities

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.

11-14-19

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 11-14-19

Thankful Thursday counts the days to Christmas Market, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more. As the count downs mount and preparations for all the good things ensue, pieces of life sometimes get lost in the shuffle. And when that happens, the aide of kind people blesses those lost bits of life. Sometimes we loses the bits of life and sometimes we bless others losing their bits of life by extending grace and kindness.

Yesterday, World Kindness Day, many Pennsylvanians honored both the day and Fred Rodgers by wearing cardigans. Google answers the question “Why was Fred Rodgers important?” with the following: Fred Rogers was known for his creativity, kindness, spirituality, and commitment to the well-being of children. Lovingly called “America’s favorite neighbor,” he used his many diverse talents to inspire, nurture, and educate.

Fred Rodgers inspired a movie currently in theaters, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” Based on the relationship between Rodgers and a journalist, it shows how one man lived out kindness towards his fellow man. I look forward to seeing this movie demonstrate the powerful effect kindness can have in a relationship. I expect to walk away inspired and encouraged to spread more kindness.

Oh, for those who love a good countdown, days remaining stand at:

Christmas Market – 8 days

Thanksgiving – 14 days

Christmas – 41 days

Each of these days is a gift. We get the opportunity to approach them with the mindset we choose. Forever grateful for the gift of free will. Will you choose to see the beautiful neighborhoods each day has? Will you look for ways to be kind to those around you?

Use these days as a challenge to spread kindness (one person each day). I dare you! You may find yourself creating entire new “neighborhoods” in your life!

Blessings to you!

11-14-19 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 11.13.19

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 11.13.19
Tonight (11.13.19):

Be In The Light Events:

  • Be In The Light Meal (5:30 – 6:30 PM) Fellowship Hall
  • Financial Peace University (6 – 8 PM) Room 201
  • Kidz Choir (6 PM) Choir Room
  • Pioneer Club (6:30 PM) Chapel
  • Youth Group (6:30 PM) Library
  • 33 THE SERIES, Sessions 4 & 5 (6:30 – 8:30 PM) Balcony
  • Adult Choir (6:45 PM) Choir Room

11.13.19 Weekly Wink Ahead:

Nov. 17: Sunday 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.

Currently occurring: Preparation for the Christmas Market. Check out where you can help by checking out our calendar.

Mark Your Calendar:
Christmas Market 2019

November 22 & 23 – Christmas Market 2019

Ongoing Opportunities

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.

11-7-19

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 11-7-19

Thankful Thursday breathes long draws of anticipation for the coming Christmas Market here at Gravel Hill. The excitement is building. And Saturday marks the official start to preparations for this coming event.

It takes many hands and many hours to bring the event to fruition. The energy of all these hands and hearts coming together over the hours creates a transformation of the church each year. The festive, warm feel that exudes from the doors reaches into the hearts of those entering. That warm feeling grows from the inside often expressing an outward glow through the form of a smile.

Now those smiles come from not only the feeling that takes over, but also from some of the deliciousness that delights taste buds and fills bellies. Three meals span the time of Christmas Market offering a variety of delights to enjoy. If you want to take some of that goodness home with you, the bake sale beckons and soup awaits your selection. (You can even pick up soup before the Christmas Market officially begins!) Currently orders are being taken for Chicken Corn Noodle Soup and Ham & Bean Soup to support the Christmas Market and its recipients. Four local charities share the blessings from Christmas Market: Ronald McDonald House, Agape Family Shelter, Phoenix Youth Center, and Lebanon Rescue Mission.

If you would like to learn more details about Christmas Market or place a soup order, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to place your soup order.

I’m thankful for the building feelings of anticipation and warmth. Just thinking of what is to come brings a smile to my face and a sparkle to my eyes. I hope that you and yours will visit the Christmas Market to share in all of its goodness.

Blessings to you!

11-7-19 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 11.6.19

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 11.6.19
Tonight (11.6.19):

Be In The Light Events:

  • Be In The Light Meal (5:30 – 6:30 PM) Fellowship Hall
  • Financial Peace University (6 – 8 PM) Room 201
  • Kidz Choir (6 PM) Choir Room
  • Pioneer Club (6:30 PM) Chapel
  • Youth Group (6:30 PM) Library
  • 33 THE SERIES, Sessions 4 & 5 (6:30 – 8:30 PM) Balcony
  • Adult Choir (6:45 PM) Choir Room

11.6.19 Weekly Wink Ahead:

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

Nov. 12: Tuesday 9:15 AM: Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study on break for Christmas Market Set Up

Mark Your Calendar:
Christmas Market 2019

November 22 & 23 – Christmas Market 2019

Ongoing Opportunities

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.