Based on the weather information at hand at the time, and with the safety of members and guests in mind, the Community Christmas Party, scheduled for last Friday, was cancelled.
We are excited for the opportunity to deliver the gifts (bibles and gift cards) to our friends in the community directly next weekend. Please watch for more details on how you can connect with our community in this way.
It is our heart to equip and challenge church members to LIVE SENT lives as they live out the mission of God in obedience to the call he has placed on our lives as believers! We want to continually create a culture where, through the work of the Holy Spirit and by Gods grace, people feel empowered to pursue, share, and demonstrate the Gospel in every area of their lives by consistently and persistently pointing people towards Jesus for Gods glory. During this upcoming season as part of Community Christmas 2018, we will be doing this in several ways as we seek to LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS, ENGAGE THE NATIONS and CONNECT WITH INTERNATIONALS, and CONNECT WITH OUR COMMUNITY.
As you prayerfully consider how youll give, serve, connect and pray this season, wed love for you to keep the following in mind.
In Romans 12:13 we are implored to seek to show hospitality. Hospitality requires a desire for relationship. When we practice hospitality, we emulate the love of Jesus and honor God by serving others, both believers and non-believers. Hospitality is about investing in other peoples lives and developing relationships that allow us to discover their greatest needs.
Making connections and building relationships are at the very heart of sharing the Gospel. As believers, we believe that sharing the Gospel is the very best gift we can give other people. It has been our experience that face-to-face encounters are one of the best ways to build relationships where sharing the gospel is most effective. As part of encouraging our church to pursue a lifestyle of living sent we will be giving people several opportunities to serve and connect through relationships, practice strategic hospitality, build gospel-centered relationships, pray and give.
...You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39
During the month of October, we were encouraged to live generously towards our neighbors and serve them in some way. Some suggestions were to invite our neighbor into our home to share a meal or host a block party. Consider taking a neighbor we havent met yet a meal, baked goods, or a plant to begin a connection with them. Prayer Walk our neighborhood and as we do so look around with fresh eyes for opportunities to engage our neighbors.
In the month of October, we were encouraged to seek to show hospitality to people we probably encounter on a daily basis where we live, work, go to school, or spend our time.
October is past now, but let's make it our lifestyle to continue to engage our neighbors for the sake of the gospel.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4
In His sovereignty, God has brought the nations to Edmond. Our church is connected to the world through our International Student Ministry, Friendship International, and ESL Ministries.
We want to give our Henderson Hills family intentional opportunities to connect with families from around the world who are already a part of ongoing ministries at our church. Through the work of Friendship International and ESL, the Lord has brought nearly 200 international families onto our campus. We would like to invite families and individuals who are members of Henderson Hills to sign up to be connected with an international family or individual from one of these ministries. We will have a training session to give you ideas and encouragement on how to begin and grow gospel-centered relationships, make you aware of cultural differences you should be mindful of, and provide support as you seek to share the love of Christ with people from around the world. We are asking that people who sign-up to be a part of this are willing to commit to monthly connections, at a minimum, with their new friends.
Many of our church families hosted International Students in their home for Thanksgiving. Most of these students are far from family and are eager to learn about Americans and our customs. This provided opportunities for relationships to be formed and gospel seeds to be planted. Pray for these students and their "new families" that the Holy Spirit would stir their hearts to know more about our Lord and Savior.
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Romans 12:13
This year we will be hosting a party reaching out to different parts of our community.
On Friday, December 7th we will host a big Community Christmas Party here at Henderson Hills. Were asking Community Groups and the church body to help plan and serve at this party. We not only want to bless these neighbors and families with a Christmas party but also desire to form relationships and invite them into our lives that Christ might be known and loved.
Sign up to serve at the party.
Just like last year, people will be invited to the party on Friday, December 7th through face-to-face encounters with personal invitations for each family. Door-to-door invitations will go out the first week in December.
Sign up to deliver invitations here.
THE PRAYER ROOM
During the coming months, there will be a number of opportunities for focused prayer. You are invited to pray during one, or all of our weekend services. We will be meeting in room W-106 on Saturday nights and in the Executive Conference Room in the church office building during the 9:00 & 10:45 worship services. There will be prayer prompts in each room for those who would like to pray. Please sign up for the time slot that works best for you.
We will also be covering Edmond and surrounding areas in prayer through prayer walking. Prayer walking can be done as a family, with a few people from your community group, with friends, or individually.
If you would like to make a financial contribution to Community Christmas you can do so by clicking on the GIVE button below. Your gift will help us purchase gift cards for the families who attend the Community Christmas Party that will allow them to purchase Christmas gifts for their kids.
Financial gifts and $25 Wal-Mart gift cards can also be turned in to the HHBC offices, or the Community Christmas mailbox in the LIVE SENT Kiosk. If possible, please try to share your gift by December 1st.
September 29th-December 16th during each service on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings
- W-106 on Saturday nights
- Executive Conference Room in the Church Office Building Sunday mornings
- Please be sure to sign up for a time slot using the PRAY button under FOCUSED PRAYER above
- December 1st
- Follow the link under GIVE to share your financial gift.
- Financial gifts and $25 Wal-Mart gift cards can be turned in to the HHBC offices, or the Community Christmas mailbox in the LIVE SENT Kiosk. Please try to do so by this date if possible.
GIFT CARD WRAPPING
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARTY AT HENDERSON HILLS
- Friday, December 7th
- Set-up 9 am
- Volunteer check-in 5 pm
- Party begins at 6:30 pm
For more information on ways to give, serve, pray, and connect this season, please pick up an information card or be on the lookout for those opportunities in the bulletin, on the website, at the LIVE SENT Kiosk and @hhbcgo on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also email Jen Sise for more details.