Friday, November 6, 2015

DID YOU KNOW? Nov. 2015

    Another month has flown by and here we are, looking Thanksgiving square in the face!  How does it happen so quickly?  Months just seem to fly off the calendar like falling leaves.  Ah well, at least we’ve had enough rain to safely say that fire season is, pretty much, behind us….The month of October has been very busy at Hilltop Chapel.  We started the month with our Helping Hands meeting at the home of Craig & Paula Aliano with Paula as our hostess.  Pastor Rod led us in Bible study from the book of II Thessalonians, followed by a delicious potluck lunch with even more delicious desserts and, finally, a beautiful devotional from Paula, followed by a short (reasonably) business meeting….We said goodbye to a dear friend as Bunny Stockebrand moved to Santa Barbara to be closer to her daughter and take up residence in a very nice retirement community.  She seems quite contented in her new surroundings, but we know she misses us.  If you’d like to keep in touch, Donna Symons has all of Bunny’s address information….Pastor Rod officiated at a memorial service for Don Hall, who was a lifetime resident of Dunlap, principal of Dunlap School, and civic leader.  Nearly 400 people attended Don’s service and the gospel of Jesus Christ was proclaimed loud & clear!  The family graciously hosted a large number of mourners at their ranch for a barbeque and healthy dose of reminiscences….Our teenagers gathered, once again, at the home of David & Kaysia Barr, along with granddaughters Allison & Anna, for their yearly yard sale.  They started early in the morning and when the day ended, they had raised $560.00 for the Teen Mountain Ministry.  Kudos to Isidro & Colleen Bruno, Dorothy McFarland, all the teens and adults who helped make the yard sale a great success….AWANA Club got off to a late start this year due to the Rough wildfire and its aftermath.  It was worth the wait, however, since we started the year with 25 youngsters eagerly anticipating a great time.  From the opening flag salute to the closing prayer circle, the night was filled with good food, songs, teaching from God’s word, memorizing Bible verses and lots of fun games.  We are so thankful for all of our AWANA teachers, leaders and helpers, without whom our AWANA program would not be possible….Several of our folks have been dealing with health issues and we call them to your attention as a matter of prayer:  Linda Riffel, after several years of battling cardiac issues, finally had open heart surgery.  There were some complications, but we’re happy to report she’s doing a little better now.  Linda still needs your prayers….Erica Evans, our AWANA Journey (Jr. Hi. & High School) teacher, was thrown from a horse she was training and fractured her ankle.  She’s now in a cast and will need a few months of recuperation. This is not easy for a person who trains horses for a living & has four children from 1 to 10….Diana Kiper, a new Christian (as of 3 weeks ago), is still battling cancer and needs our continued prayer.  Just pray that the Lord will give her His courage, strength and peace that passes understanding. She needs the assurance that He will never leave her, ever!....And then, it was time for our annual Harvest Dinner & Auction.  The entire after expense proceeds go directly to our 4 missions groups for Christmas gifts.  It was a great event this year and way exceeded our expectations.  The dinner was a tour de force in Northeastern cooking.  You just can’t beat Yankee pot roast, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, Lee McComb’s angel biscuits, salad & Theresa Pike’s berry & peach cobblers. Many thanks to Theresa for taking care of all the details, from decorating the hall, to cooking the meal and making sure everything was cleaned up later.  Great job!....Lesley Davison put the last minute donations for the auction into a beautiful display of items for sale.  With a lot of small items, pies, cakes, jams, a vintage rocking chair and a cord of wood, the sale raised $3,600. for our missionaries. Praise the Lord!.... Finally, on the 25th of the month, 23 people enjoyed more Yankee pot roast and a great movie, “In The Name Of God”, at Supper & A Movie night….

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