9-19-19

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 9-19-19

Thankful Thursday challenges me to find gratitude throughout my week, my day, and even each small moment. There are days when this act is like breathing. It comes simply, easily, and naturally. Other days, I find my gaze casts downward. My thoughts focus on me. In these moments, it is good for me to remember: I am God’s child.

I like to think of my favorite verse: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:21) God is my treasure. He is waiting for me to lift my eyes to Him. To look for Him in my surrounding and day. Gems of goodness tucked in the moment to come (if we are looking for it!)

It is a bit like getting to go on a treasure hunt each and every day! What fun! Need help going on your own treasure hunt? Here is a list of ideas to help you look for gratitude. (*I am thankful to have found this wonderful list on Facebook shared by Mindful Christianity Today.)

Find something:

  1. that makes you happy.
  2. to give someone else to make them smile.
  3. you love to smell.
  4. you enjoy looking at.
  5. that is your favorite color.
  6. you are thankful for in nature.
  7. that you can use to make a gift for someone.
  8. that is useful for you.

You can search for one item each day or if you are feeling really inspired, complete the list every day! Find your inner kid and become a treasure hunter. As you begin to fill your treasure chest of gratitude, pause for a moment to allow the light of God to shine through onto these gems. They will gleam and sparkle lightening up your life and your spirit.

Blessings to you!

9-19-19 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 9.18.19

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 9.18.19
BIG Night Tonight (9.18.19):

Wednesday, September 18 Be In The Light begins. Click here for info. Includes the following programs:

  • Be In The Light Meal (5:30 PM) Fellowship Hall

  • Financial Peace University (6 – 8 PM) Room 201
  • Kidz Choir (6 PM) Choir Room
  • Pioneer Club (6:30 PM) Chapel
  • 33 THE SERIES, Sessions 4 & 5 (6:30 – 8:30 PM) Balcony
  • Adult Choir (6:45 PM) Choir Room

Weekly Wink 9.18.19 Ahead:

Sept. 21: Saturday 9 AM Registration Opens 2019 Charity Cycle Ride

Sept. 22: Sunday 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.

Sept. 24: Tuesday 9:15 AM: Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study

Sept. 28: Saturday 10:00 AM Palmyra’s Great Give (Memorial Park in Palmyra) *Learn more about Palmyra’s Great Give schedule.

Sept. 29: Sunday 10:30 AM Palmyra’s Great Give Community Worship (Memorial Park in Palmyra)

Mark Your Calendar:
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

ChiliFEST 2019

Oct. 19 – ChiliFEST 2019

Veteran's Luncheon

Nov. 3 – Veteran’s Luncheon

Friday & Saturday, November 22 (4 PM – 8 PM) & 23 (7 AM – 1 PM) Christmas Market at Gravel Hill

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.

9-12-19

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 9-12-19

Thankful Thursday presents the eve of a full moon, fluctuating temperatures, and a smattering of showers (and some brief downpours) all contributing to the atmosphere of our day. At night, the crickets chirp. During the day, the leaves rustle in the wind. Calming moments of stillness invite us to pause both at the break of day and at the close of day.

Earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to get outside with a blanket, book, and my dog to enjoy the fresh air. The warmth outside was tempered by the shade of a tree and the whispering breeze gently coaxing the turn of pages in my book. I was grateful to be present in that moment – surrounded by and a part of God’s creation. I lifted a whispered thank you to my Lord as a smile shared the joy of being in the moment.

Have you ever found yourself fully submersed in a moment where the magnitude of all that is has you feeling so small? And possibly at the same time, in a moment where the you open yourself to the love God is pouring out on you to the point you feel bursting with joy, love, and all kinds of emotions? That fullness will not even compare to what it will be like one day when we get to be in eternity with our Lord and Savior! Oh the goodness that will be!

Until then, I will continue to look for connection with the Father through Christ Jesus. I will remember the words from Psalm 121: “I lift my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber not sleep. The LORD watches over you- the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, not the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”

Today, get outside, say thanks, and be renewed through the outpouring of God’s love in his creation.

Blessings to you!

9-12-19 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 9.11.19

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 9.11.19
Tonight (9.11.19):
  • Wednesdays (thru Nov. 20) 6:30 – 8:30 PM (Balcony): 33 THE SERIES, Sessions 4 & 5

Men's Fraternity 33 session 4n5*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.

Weekly Wink 9.11.19 Ahead:

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

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 9:15 AM: Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study resumes.
Mark Your Calendar:
  • 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), Financial Peace University (6 – 8 PM), and more…
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

ChiliFEST 2019

Oct. 19 – ChiliFEST 2019

Veteran's Luncheon

Nov. 3 – Veteran’s Luncheon

Friday & Saturday, November 22 (4 PM – 8 PM) & 23 (7 AM – 1 PM) Christmas Market at Gravel Hill

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.

9-5-19

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 9-5-19

Thankful Thursday brings the call of cooler evenings which in turn brings crisp, brilliant mornings. These sunrises offer stunning works of art in motion. The peace and stillness of the early morning provides a wonderful foundation from which to enter the day.

To solidify the foundation of your day even more, ground yourself in the Word as part of your daily wake up routine. When you make time to meet God (because, yes, He is always there ready to meet you!) in his Word, you fuel your mind and spirit with the good stuff. Soaking up these good thoughts provides the direction for your mindset. When you look to God to begin your day, it can continue as you look for God in all the little moments through your day.

Spending the day looking for God, letting God connect to others through you and your acts of kindness, and reflecting on the moments you witness God in motion are more ways of fueling your spirit with the goodness and love so freely poured out on each of us. To receive it, we must turn our eyes to God and open ourselves to these gifts.

Looking for ways to have the good stuff flow through you? Here are some ways you can be the good:

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.

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

There are days where it is a battle to make the time to meet God. As Joshua 1 repeatedly encourages: “Be strong and courageous.” Rise to the challenge and the blessing of meeting God each day. As you do so, you will change too, becoming another of God’s stunning masterpieces in motion.

Blessings to you!

9-5-19 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.

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