By the time you read this, March and the first quarter of 2014 will be history. Is that possible? I just started dating things “2014.” Even though it flew by, March was a great month for Northwest Hills. The focus on missions during the first three weeks was not only encouraging, it was a good reminder that our dream is to “Make a Difference Everywhere” and to pray for our missionaries at home and in the far corners of the world. And, what an encouragement to hear testimonies of God’s faithfulness as people were baptized. We also had the opportunity to hear Pastor Rich Hagenbaugh, a possible interim pastor, preach messages of “power” and “passion.” Please be in much prayer for the leadership team as they consider Pastor Rich as our interim pastor.
We will have guest speakers the first two Sundays in April. Well, they are not really guests. John Reese, one of your elders, will bring us a message concerning practical Christianity. Ken Himes will preach on Palm Sunday, the day we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem the week before his death. Then, on Easter we will celebrate the wonderful miracle of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. I encourage you to prepare your hearts and minds for Easter by attending our Good Friday service, an hour of worship and communion as we remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Begin now to pray for those you will invite to one of the three services on Easter morning, at 8am, 9:30am, or 11am.
Last thing, since I last wrote the cover letting for Connections in February, I have had the privilege of co-facilitating the Discovering Church Membership class with Pastor Josh. Some of the people in the class have been attending Northwest Hills for two and a half years, one couple had visited Northwest Hills only twice. We had quite an age spread. From college age to, shall we say, more mature. Single men and women and married couples joined in the discussion. One thing they all had in common was a desire to learn more about membership in our family. I was super excited and encouraged when 12 of the 13 people attending the class indicated that they wanted to continue the process toward becoming members. We are thankful for their commitment and look forward to welcoming them to “the family” here at Northwest Hills.
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Posted on April 3, 2014