Contact Us Sr. Pastor: Larry Garcia (210-865-1081) Assoc. Pastor: Janie Harrison (210-324-7267) Church office: 830-980-2019 Email: [email protected] Website: http://www.trymychurch.com MONTHLY HAPPENINGS Weekly Sunday 9:00-10:00am - Praise Singers practice 10:30am - Blended Worship & Children’s Church (nursery care available) Monday-Thursday – 3:00-5:30pm Homework Haven tutoring for grades 1-8 Every Tuesday – 7pm-8:30pm Boy Scout Troop #548 Every Thursday – 7:00pm Al-Anon meeting Bi-Monthly rd 1st & 3 Fri. (Feb 6 & 20) - 4:30-6pm Girl Scout Troop #362 nd th 2 & 4 Wed. (Feb 11 & 25) - 5:30-7pm Youth Group Monthly st 1 Saturday – 4-6:00pm Humble Hearts with David Day The Hill Country Caller Hill Country Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 20845 Hwy 46 W, Spring Branch, TX 78070 February 2015 Newsletter Epistles from the Pastor Lent is almost upon us. But what in the world is Lent? You might remember years ago in high school when friends would “give up” something for Lent often something they didn’t like anyway. Traditionally, Lent celebrates the 40 days Christ spent in the wilderness at the beginning of his ministry. If you count from Ash Wednesday (February 18) to Easter (April 4) you will see there are 46 days. That is because Sundays should always be a celebration of Christ’s birth and not a time of preparation for the crucifixion. During the 40 days of Lent, it is traditional to meditate on the sufferings and sacrifices of the ministry of Jesus leading up to the horrible crucifixion and wonderful resurrection. I hope during these days of Lent, you will prepare your heart to share in both the suffering and the unbounded joy. Each day, I hope you will begin with a thought of preparation for the awesome responsibility of preparing for participating in “the kingdom.” nd Each day of Lent, I will tweet a thought or scripture which might help you on your journey to the resurrection. You can receive my tweets on line at http://www.hillcountrychristianchurch.org/Larry_s_Tweets.html nd Peace, Pax, Pace from Pastor Larry 2 Sunday –After church Worship Committee meeting 2 Saturday - 8:30am CMF - Men’s breakfast & fellowship rd 3 Saturday - 10:00am - noon CWF – Women’s fellowship rd 3 Sunday –After church - Elders meeting th 4 Wednesday - 7:00pm HCCC Board meeting Last Monday of the month – 6:00pm Prayer Group HAPPY BIRTHDAYS Scott Thomas (Vestal) Orlando Martinez Faye Ennis Debbie Shea Rodney Roberts Carmella Russell Mark Vestal ANNIVERSARIES Ron & Cathy Lutz – 3rd Orlando & Tani Martinez – 16th Judith Seagroves & Lloyd Schlameus – 29th WEEK OF COMPASSION The “Week of Compassion” this year will be February 15 to the 22nd. This is our disaster assistance ministry that works in conjunction with “One Great Hour of Sharing.” When disasters hit anywhere in the world, plane loads of supplies are on the way from “Week of Compassion.” PANCAKE SUPPER ON FEBRUARY 17, 6:00PM This is traditional as it was common for people to give up sweets for Lent and what is called “Fat Tuesday” or “Mardi Gras” was the last day for syrup. Please join us. LENTEN SERVICE, FEBRUARY 18 On Wednesday, February 18, (Ash Wednesday), we will celebrate the beginning of Lent. Our service will begin at 7:00pm. It will be a dark and silent service marking the 40 days of preparation for Easter. Instead of giving up something for Lent, each person will be asked to take up a cross, giving a name to the cross, which may or may not be shared with those participating. The service will conclude with the imposition of ashes. Our Bible study “The Word” has resumed but we will now meet at 1:30pm instead of 1:00 once a week on Wednesdays. CHURCH UNIQUE Several of us attended the “Church Unique” seminar on Feb 23rd & 24th, and we were very excited about some of the ideas that were presented to revitalize a church spiritually and numerically. A meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5th at 6:00pm to discuss these topics and how they may be beneficial to HCCC. Whether you attended the seminar or not, please plan to join us. More information about this program can be found on their website at http://www.auxano.com . FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL HEART MONTH Life Line Screening Event, Thursday, February 12, Life Line screening event, By signing up for this health event, you will receive $10 off any package of $149 or more, and Hill Country Christian Church will also receive a $10 donation for every member who signs up and attends this Life Line Screening event. To schedule your appointment and to receive this special offer, please sign up only by either calling the dedicated Helping Hands phone number 1-800-324-9458 or by visiting www.helpinghandsforhealth.com. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 1:00-5:00PM Location: Front parking lot of the Broadway Bank on Hwy 46. ALL PROCEEDS GO TOWARD OUR SUMMER YOUTH CAMP SCHOLORSHIP FUND 2015 BBA/LRGVD AND CPA Annual Disciples Men’s Retreat February 20-21, 2015 Disciples Conference Center, Inc., Gonzales, TX Registration $60.00 Fee covers lodging for 1 nigh, 2 meals, and insurance. Registrations received in BBS or CPA office after Feb. 10 will incur a $10 late fee. Contact the BBA.LRGVD office at (210) 822-4345 or HCCC office (830) 980-2019 for registration forms and information. HEARING ASSIST HEADPHONES We now have two hearing assist headphones available to help those with hearing problems. We will order more if needed so if you use them, please let Pastor Larry know what you thought of them. Sermons and Scriptures for the Month Feb. 1, 2015 "Stewards of the Kingdom" 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Feb. 15, 2015 "Eating With Sinners" Mark 2:13-17 Feb. 8, 2015 "Unclean Spirits" Mark 1:21-28 Feb. 22, 2015 "Christ Also Suffered" 1 Peter 3:18-22 Please Keep Us Posted! Help us keep our records current and communications timely. Email the church with any updates to address, phone, email, etc. to [email protected] or call the church office at 830-980-2019. Hill Country Christian Church FEBRUARY 2015 Sunday 1 9-10:00am Praise team practice 10:30am-Worship with Children’s Church Monday 2 Tuesday 3 3:30-Homework Haven Wednesday 4 1:30pm - Bible Study 3:30-Homework Haven Thursday Friday 6 7 6:00pm-Church Unique 4:30-6:00pm Girl Scout Troop 362 4:00-6:00pm Humble Hearts Service 13 14 8:30am-Men’s Fellowship Breakfast 20 21 10am-Noon CWF (Christian Women’s Fellowship) 7-8:30pm Boy Scout Troop #548 8 9-10:00am Praise team practice 10:30am-Worship with Children’s Church 9 Worship Committee Meeting-After church 15 Week of Compassion Begins 16 9-10:00am Praise team practice 10:30am-Worship with Children’s Church Elder’s meeting after church 22 9-10:00am Praise team practice 10:30am-Worship with Children’s Church 10 11 1:30pm - Bible Study 12 3:30-Homework Haven 3:30-Homework Haven 3:30-Homework Haven 5:30-7:00pm Youth Group 7:00pm-AlAnon 17 18 19 3:30-Homework Haven 1:30pm - Bible Study 3:30-Homework Haven 6:00pm – Pancake Supper 3:30-Homework Haven 7-8:30pm Boy Scout Troop #548 7:00 Lent Service 24 25 3:30-Homework Haven 1:30pm - Bible Study 7-8:30pm Boy Scout Troop #548 23 6:00pm – Prayer Group 7-8:30pm Boy Scout Troop #548 Saturday 5 4:30-6:00pm Girl Scout Troop 362 7:00pm-AlAnon 26 27 3:30-Homework Haven 5:30-7:00pm Youth Group 7:00 – Board Meeting Church office is open Monday – Thursday, 9:00-3:00 & closed on Friday Pastor Larry Garcia has office hours at the church on Wednesdays. He also can be reached on his mobile: 210-865-1081 28 YOUTH CAR WASH 1:00-5:00pmBroadway Bank Parking Lot.
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