This Week at Great Hills
November 24, 2023
Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! I hope you and your family are able to slow down and enjoy times of rest and reflection during this holiday. I know we live in busy and troubled times. We are all busy and have numerous things vying for our attention. We also live in troubled times as seen most pointedly in the wars in Israel and Ukraine. We are so blessed to live in America. Israel and Ukraine are literally fighting to stay alive and remain sovereign nations. Their enemies would like nothing more than to remove them or take them over completely. In the midst of our blessings, let us remember so many far less fortunate than us and pray for them, especially pray for the peace of Jerusalem as we are instructed in Psalm 122:6: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.”
Thank you for your sacrificial giving to our annual Harvest Offering. Praise the Lord for your faithfulness in this area of your walk with Christ. So far, we have received from Great Hills and Connect Church $45,000 in tithes and offerings and $105,000 for our Harvest Offering.
Thank you to all who helped serve with Laura Yager during Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a wonderful ministry that blesses children all over the world and shares the good news of Jesus Christ with them by providing the children with a shoe box filled with toys.
On November 26th, after the morning worship service, we will be decorating the church for Christmas. I spoke with Debbie Collier after our Wednesday evening prayer meeting, and she said we need 30-35 people to help. Debbie and her team always do a wonderful job and make our Worship Center and Great Hall look amazing. Lunch will be served and then the decorating team will decorate until 5pm. Please consider helping out even if for a couple of hours. Thank you!
Christmas at Great Hills is coming soon! On December 8-10, from 5:30-9:30pm, we will transform our campus into a Christmas winter wonderland. We will have large crowds of people on our campus. We will welcome them and provide many fun activities for them to enjoy. The highlight each evening will be the Christmas Story Express train rides. If you plan on coming, we strongly urge you to reserve your free train ride at ghbc.org/Christmas.
We still need almost 200 more people to help serve during this tremendous outreach to our city. Would you prayerfully consider signing up and helping us? To sign up to serve, please go to ghbc.org/christmasteam.
On Sunday, I am preaching on 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, and the title of my message is “Gratitude for Great Hills Baptist Church.” Paul writes to the church of the Thessalonians three reasons why he was thankful for this church: their growing faith, passionate love, and persevering spirit. Pray for our services on Sunday that the Lord would bless and draw people to Himself.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend!