DID YOU KNOW… ? July 2016
The best things in life are truly free – Faith, Hope and Love … July turned out to be one of our hottest months on record, with many triple digit days and no relief in sight, as August arrives with many lingering 100+ days forecasted. With the heat in mind, the ladies of Helping Hands gladly drove up the hill a little farther to Kings Canyon National Park to gather at Penny Burgin’s Wilsonia cabin in the cool whispering pines for our monthly potluck and meeting. Penny’s gracious hospitality was very much appreciated and many left with a joyful heart and renewed and strengthened faith … Our faithful and tireless volunteers arrived early Saturday morning on the 9th of July to share a delicious breakfast before gathering the strength to tackle the clean-up work day at the church in preparation for our VBS. Their efforts are valued and a grateful church thanks them … Our annual Hilltop Chapel Vacation Bible School began on July 11th, with the theme of ‘Surf Shack’. We averaged between 42 and 43 kids and the VBS ministered to 45 kids. The leaders, teachers and volunteers busily prepared for their arrival, not knowing what to expect. All the children participated in the activities well, and seeing the reaction of the kids was inspiring. Not known to all, the leaders, like Lesley Davison and Ivan and Judy Strayer, had to improvise and make many changes to the curriculum available to make it work for our church. All aspects, including classes, crafts, posters, and snacks were effected by new curriculum changes. Artistic talents were put to the test creating decorations for the walls in the Fellowship Hall, and the volunteers did a yeomen’s job. Families gathered together for a closing ceremony with a hot dog lunch and a rocket launch. Many of the families appeared moved by the attention given to our VBS. One outcome was a mother and daughter who re-dedicated their lives to Christ. Amen to that. Many, many thanks to everyone who contributed. You will truly be blessed … Children are the messages we will send to a future we will not see … We were thankful for some special invited guests -- the Arancibia family returned to tell us about their experiences in Cochabamba, Bolivia as missionaries for SIM, providing a Guesthouse Ministry to other missionaries and teams, including medical missions, construction teams, etc. Osvaldo was appointed to the SIM Board of Directors and is in charge of repairing and maintaining SIM Bolivia’s 11 homes and 13 apartments, which keeps him very busy. Bolivia is one of the poorest countries not being reached, but with their Crossroads, 30+ countries have come through their guesthouse. They honor God and strive for excellence. The Arancibias are currently leading Perspectives Classes in Bolivia and recently had 34 students learning the heart of missionaries and God’s heart. Our church gave from their hearts and provided them with a generous love offering. Their needs are great to fulfill God’s plans for them … Here are some quotes that actually appeared in church bulletins: “A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.” & “At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice.” … *UPCOMING EVENTS: Mark your calendar for the first Saturday in August – the 6th – and join us for a delicious Tri-Tip Barbecue Dinner beginning at 5:30 PM, with a “Concert Under the Stars” featuring the musical talents of Allen Frizzell & Family at 7:00 PM.