Family News, September 2010

September 21, 2010 by  
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Many things are happening on the Hill amongst our family.  Some things are sad, some things are happy, some things are thought-inspiring, some things are just plain mundane.  But in all the happenings, the song “Our God is an Awesome God” keeps going through my head.  Here on the Hill, we serve a wonderful, personal, authoritative, righteous & loving God.  His Name is Jesus.  His Name is Father.  His Name is Spirit.  Three God Persons in One Essence.  And no matter the nature of Life at the moment, our eyes are upon Him and our Hearts praise Him for His goodness, His mercy, His kindnesses, His provision for us.

Our God is an awesome God!

He reigns from heaven above… with wisdom, power and love.

Our God is an awesome God!

 

Our God is an awesome God!

He reigns from heaven above… with wisdom, power and love.

Our God is an awesome God!

 

So as you read of some the happenings, sing this song in your heart, in praise to the God to whom we belong.

            

1. Audry Conner remains in DUKE for extended times to receive chemo for her leukemia.  Those of us who have visited her have been blessed by her joyful, resting spirit.  Although she is only a very young lady, she is showing great maturity.  Please continue to pray for her,  both physically & spiritually.  Also remember her mom and her brother as they have their own coping in this ordeal, that they will find their strength & comfort & peace in the personal love of the Lord Jesus. 

2.  The M&M Kidz had a wonderful yard sale to raise funds to help Audry’s situation.  God blessed, and over $1200 was raised for all the expenses that are not covered by insurance.  Sunday morning Sarah Clinard read a thank you note from the M&M Kidz to everyone who donated supplies, helped with the work, donated time, brought baked goods, and supported the sale.  Special thanks was given to Lee & Nancy Wood, Nora Pixley, Joni & Dudley Dawson and Laura Woody. 

3. Martha Powell is recovering well from her fractured ribs.  She says her cough is gone, that is a BIG help!  Thank you to everyone who has helped her these past weeks by your prayers, your cards, your encouragement.  It was good to see her back with us on Sunday morning, with her sweet smiling face! 

4. Margaret Carlton, Nadine Dunkley, Tommy Brandon & Hermann Schmidt are back with us after their various medical happenings.  We rejoice with the Lord at His gift of healing! 

5. BeckyLynn Black has resumed another set of chemo to deal with the 2 new metastases to her lung.  Your prayers are coveted for her, that she will deal with the side effects with a joyful trust in the character of our God.  Also, as she goes to DUKE and Anderson (Houston, TX) for additional input in the treatment of this aggressive cancer.  Also, pray for the Ethiopian family that love her dearly; it is difficult for them to deal with the situation.  Pray for God’s comfort to be upon them, even as they are isolated from her. 

A couple Sundays ago, we were singing “Because He Lives” by Bill & Gloria Gaither.  It was wonderful for Dave & BeckyLynn to stand side by side singing & crying the truth of this song in the Congregation of the Righteous.  (This song had been requested by the Senior Women’s Sunday School class; thank you, Worship Team, for leading us in this song!) 

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal, and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

 

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives.
But greater still the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain days because He lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

And then one day I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain.
And then as death gives way to victory,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone!
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives!

 

6. This comin’ up Sunday, Sept 26th, at 8:45 sharp is a baby shower for Molly Evans.  This is the Evans #4 baby, and Molly was announcing on Sunday that she is feeling great, except that she’s ready for an anti-gravity chamber!  So we’re about to send her to the moon for the balance of her pregnancy! 

Sometimes it’s difficult to know how to participate in the shower of a 4th baby, so Molly’s helping us out by sharing her ‘Wish List’:  Size1 & 2 diapers, Nursery rhyme books, educational books (ABC, colors, shapes, etc), white crib sheets, cream basinet sheets, baby supplies (bath gel, wipes, lotions, etc), generic sleepers & onzies, black-white-&-red baby toys (these are the first colors that babies see), bibs, BPA-free bottles, gift cards (VISA type if possible).  Molly says “Anything is appreciated & used items are welcome.” 

So come join the fun this comin-up Sunday morning!  We’ll have the coffee pot on :)  

7.  The front porch has been renovated!  And it looks super-great!  The brick work is perfect and the painting is outstanding!  Thanks to Cal Berryhill and his gang for all their hard work!  God bless you for helping us to be good stewards of the property that belongs to Him. 

8. Theresa Baptist sends a big “Thank you” to all who helped out at the BBQ dinner for Lisa Brooks last Saturday

9.  Halloween day, October 31st, is a Sunday.  It’s also a wonderful day to donate blood.  No, we won’t have vampires on campus, but we will have the wonderful American Red Cross here.  From their website, comes this message: ”Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation. When you make a blood donation, you join a very select group. Currently only 3 out of every 100 people in America donate blood. From its beginning, the American Red Cross has formed a community of service, of generous, strong and decent people bound by beliefs beyond themselves. The American Red Cross blood donor embodies this principle. Please join us in our mission to maintain a safe and stable blood supply by making your appointment to donate blood today.”  If you are wondering if you qualify to donate blood, please visit their site at www.redcrossblood.org

Then consider signing up in the kitchen or foyer.  The patients of the future, who’s lives depend upon your blood, thank you! 

10. Harvest Day is coming up!  What a fun day this will be on Saturday, October 16th.  We’ll have a silent cake auction, a Cake Walk, a Corn Huskin’ and Rook Tournament, some wonderful Stew.  Would you like to help with the preliminaries?  Contact Stacey Hatley at 336-364-3560 or http://hatley214@gmail.com to help out with the cake items, and call Bridget Melton at 336-597-5345 or http://meltontrucksales@charter.net to help with the stew.  

So mark this day on your calendar now, and invite your family & friends to a wonderful day on the Hill. 

11.  Our Debi Wilkins is calling anyone and everyone interested in playing the bells.  You do not need to read music!  Everything is color-coded and simple.  It’s really lots of fun!  Bells are naturally associated with wintertime…so Debi’s wanting to get a choir up & running by December.  Please call her at 336-599-7947 if you are the slightest bit interested, and she’ll fill you in on the details.  Be brave!  You’ll love it! 

12. Hoe Down, Hoe Down, Hoe Down!  Can you tell this is a rural community?  I spose in the ancient days, a Hoe Down was a celebration of the time when hoe’s were put down, cuz the farming work was done for the year.  A bunch of us on the hill are still farming, but we really don’t use hoes much….they were replaced long ago with John Deere tractors!  But we still celebrate this time of year, when the leaves are turning colors, and all the earth seems to be getting ready for a long winter’s nap.  The JOY Club is sponsoring this event.  It’s scheduled for THIS SATURDAY, Sept 25th, 5:30-7:30…..(aren’t you glad you are a regular reader of this Website!)  Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans are on the menu.  Dress is blue jeans, cowboy boots, hats…and plaid shirt.  Come with your hoe :)  

13.  Bethel Hill Men’s Softball Team has been voted to have the greatest potential in Person County!  “We had a great time losing together” was the report of Jason.  The games were played last Saturday.  The first game was “a slaughter”; the game was called at the end of the 2nd inning, with a score of 33-1!  Coach Collie surrendered to Coach Evans, and the score of the second game was slightly improved to 15-3.   Speaking for myself, the men here on the Hill have so many other things going for them (in love, in teamwork, in servant’s heart, in work ethic, in tenderness, in humility, in graciousness….), who needs them to be baseball stars.   In our hearts, they’re already winning the game of Life, and that’s what counts! 

14.  Jeannie Rogers…what a precious gem she is to us!  After 41 years serving folk on the Hill in a variety of ways, we “officially” recognized her official retirement.  A gift of an engraved platter “For her dedicated and faithful service to our Lord”, and a crystal piano that sings were given to her on Sunday.  Anyone who knows Jeannie knows that her heart rests upon the Lord Jesus, and her service of love to her Family is just an outworking of that heart.  God bless you, Jeannie!  We love you!  And we pray that our Lord will make us to be as faithful during our generation. 

15. Woody Jacobs gave a report on the Marriage Conference that was held last weekend in Georgia.  14 couples from the Hill went down together.  It was a great time of fellowship & sharing.  “The same thing that makes my marriage successful makes my relationship with Christ successful.”  “Marriage is a ministry.”   As Woody & I were discussing further after the service on Sunday, marriage as God intended it is not for the exclusive benefit of the partners; it is not in-grown.  Rather, it is a platform for ministry to the world, for sharing the Gospel, for expanding the Kingdom.  If we jointly look outward to His service, then God strengthens & blesses our marriage. But if we are always taking our marriage temperature and checking our happiness rating, then we will be forever miserable in our marriage.  May God give us healthy marriages on the Hill, as we seek to serve Him! 

16. Reminder to all parents of children attending Sunday School….please physically bring your child to their room, and physically remove your child at the end of class.  We do not want to just have children unattended & unsupervised running around.  And often there is something special that the teacher must discuss with the parent.  And we want all parents to have a close working relationship with the teachers.  So please make the effort & take the time to escort your children to/from their Sunday School classes.  Call Stacey or Jason Hatley if you have any questions about this.  336-364-3560.  Thank you!

17. Ella Jones sends her special thanks to everyone who has comforted her during her illness and also the passing of her sister Bessie.  “I would like to send a special ‘thanks’ to each of you for the visits, food, phone calls, cards, and prayers for me since I have been sick & also when my sister, Bessie, died.  Each of you is very special to me.  I love you.” …  Ella Jones