December Notes from Session

Moving Forward in Mission

With the New Year fast approaching the Mission Team is re-evaluating our dedicated giving for 2017. Our goal is to direct the congregations mission efforts and financial resources toward events, projects, and organizations that align with one or more of the three focus areas that the congregation selected in September; Faith Maturity, Family and Youth Ministries and Community Outreach – Local. We will also be asking the congregation to participate more fully in our mission activities.

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What Do We Learn from Mary and Joseph?

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

 (Luke 1:26-38, NRSV)

In the sixth month (of Elizabeth’s pregnancy), the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High ….” Read more…



What Do We Learn from the Shepherds?

While (Joseph and Mary) were (in Bethlehem), the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son, and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region, there were shepherds living in the fields keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people — to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you; you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” Read more…



What Do We Learn from the Magi?

The Visit of the Wise Men

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” Read more…



Thank You….

Election Day Prayer Breakfast


Thank You….

DAR Thank You Note
 


November Notes from Session

November 8, 2016
 
Over the years, as members of Church of the Hills, we have appreciated the strong leaders of our congregation. It has been important to us to hear the stories of our fellow worshippers, and to learn of their journeys in service to God.


October Notes from Session

October 12, 2016

I have the pleasure of writing the inaugural post for what will be a regular publication from Session. Each month you can look forward to a different active Elder writing about what is on his or her heart. It may relate to initiatives their team is working on; it may be information sharing or poll taking; it may be a story of faith or their reflections about their years at Church of the Hills Presbyterian.

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The Will of God

In Pastor Leslie Weatherhead’s classic book 
The Will of God, he responds to the questions “Is everything that happens in history the will of God?  “If God is omnipotent, how could anything happen that is not the will of God?”  Obviously, this also touches on the concept of humanity’s free will.  The unrest in the aftermath of the recent Presidential elections of 2016 has raised these and many more questions among faithful Christians. Read more…


A Letter from Your Pastor and the Session and the 2017 Dream Budget