Wednesday, May 24, 2017



April is one of the most beautiful months here in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and much anticipated for colorful spring flowers (and otherwise dreaded for the growth of weeds which are just flowers and plants in places we don’t particularly want them to be).  We could still use some more rain, but may be getting some soon … April was also a month for special guests at Hilltop Chapel.  Jon Haahr was our Special Guest Speaker early in the month and gave a presentation on The Jesus Film Project with CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ).   Jon and his wife have been serving CRU for 15 years and have traveled around the globe to encourage people about what God is doing for us and who God is.  They have helped fill the minds and hearts of those he reaches with the gospel and has presented The Jesus Film, which was first shown in 1979, and is now translated into 1500 languages.  He invited others to partner with them to reach people for Christ ... That same Sunday, Tony Heredia was here to update us on his “Ziplock Bag Ministry” in Mexico and the truck he had purchased to replace his old worn-out one.  Glad to see him doing so well … Our Good Friday Service was especially poignant in that Pastor Rod had organized a very special sermon of Jesus’ long journey to the Cross through the Garden of Gethsemane and the house of Caiaphas.  But rather than asking us all to imagine what it might have looked like – he included his own slide show of 14 different places that Jesus traveled and viewed – still much like they might have been over 2000 years ago.  Thanks to last month’s travel to Israel, Pastor Rod and Lesley were able to share a visual enactment of “Good Friday” as we have never seen it before.  Such a blessing to all who experienced it – from the sign at Gethsemane, to the rock Jesus prayed at, to the dungeon where Jesus was flogged, to Golgotha, and finally the Tomb, among others.  Special memories … Easter morning in the foothills dawned sunny and bright, with a good turnout for the early Sunrise Service, a delicious Easter breakfast, an eagerly anticipated and fun Easter egg hunt for the children, and an early Easter Sunday Service at 9 AM with so many new faces, and some we hadn’t seen in a while.  So very nice to share worship service with the community … Word has it that the Teen Mountain Ministry participated in a 5K Run (or walk) to support a worthy cause -- the Ronald McDonald House, and happily everyone survived, tired, but feeling rewarded for a job well done … We were delighted to have a special guest violinist, Clayton Haslop, accompanied on the piano by his daughter, Clara, present us with a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria.  A well prepared and enjoyable reception followed in the Fellowship Hall where we were again serenaded by Clayton.  Many thanks to Jeannine Hayes for inviting them to perform for us  ...  Later in the month, special piano and keyboard gospel music was provided by Danny Mendoza, accompanied in song and dance by Joy, Amber, and Sapphire, and Pete on the drums.  Danny is Pastor Rod’s guitar teacher, and we may hear more about that at a later time … Supper and a Movie previewed the showing of “WWJD?” and inspired everyone who attended to always think, when in doubt, what would Jesus do …  A favorite Hymn for gossips:  “I Love to Tell the Story.”   A favorite Hymn for formally attired men:  “Blest Be the Tie That Binds.”…  NOTICE:  If you, or someone you know, was baptized at Hume Lake in 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012 or 2013 – please call or contact the church at 559/336-2454 or Donna Symons at 559/336-2456.  Thank you.

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