Children's Movie Night Friday, June 1st, 2018

Dear Church Family,

What makes a superhero so super? How do their special abilities and talents make them so useful to others? Is it their innate sense to help people in need? Or could it be that they truly understand their purpose and calling in life?  The answers to these questions could be up for debate, BUT I would firmly suggest that there is only one true answer AND a little bit of “super” inside us all.

When we have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit lives within us to help us use our talents and abilities for the Lord. When we walk closely with the Lord, we are completely in tune with the purpose and calling HE places on our lives. When we surrender ourselves to the following of Jesus Christ, we die more and more to our own wants and desires and become more sensitive to the needs of others. So because of the selflessness of Christ, everyone has the ability to have a little bit of “super” inside them and truly live like a superhero. This is incredible news!

My desire is that our children would come to know a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Inviting friends and enjoying a drive-in movie together may not seem like a huge ministry opportunity, but by wrapping this event in prayer and being attentive to the needs of our little ones God can use this event to glorify His Kingdom.

Come Friday, June 1st, at 7:30pm for the Drive-In Movie of The Incredibles! Bring a lawn chair and come dressed as the superhero inside you that is just dying to get out! I look forward to seeing you all there as we kick-off the summer with a BANG!

Because of Christ,

Abby  

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Remembering Valentine's Day

Abby Hathcock
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Dear Church Family,

Reminiscing about my childhood is one of my favorite things. Remembering summer days spent at Grandma and Grandpa’s, every season celebrated through fun events at school, and my parents always making each holiday special for my sister and I. One memory I hold dear is the time my dad and I spent turning an old cardboard shoebox into a beautiful valentine mailbox. Each year we would try to be more creative than the last. One year we made a ladybug (which was my favorite).

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Another year we spent hours tirelessly hot-gluing sequins on my mailbox’s mermaid tail. What I remember most, though, is the time we spent together.

Now as an adult I look around my classroom and walk through the halls of Hickory Hills and see the walls flooded with red and pink sparkly hearts and cute Cupid babies. Yes, it is that time of the year again folks...the month to celebrate love. Whether you have a valentine or not, the gift of love God sent us through His Son Jesus is worth celebrating. Valentine’s Day falls on Wednesday this year, and we will celebrate as a church family the love we have for Jesus and the love we have for one another.

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 14th, for our Church-Wide “Love One Another” Valentine’s Dinner. Dinner will begin at 5pm, so please mark your dinner option on the pink slips available at the Information Station or on the tables in the fellowship hall this Wednesday night. We will have a photo booth, Valentine Bingo, and a time to create Valentine’s cards for Harmony House, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence.

Let’s look to 1 John 4:19 as we live life together and celebrate the love we have in Jesus: “We love because He first loved us.” Let’s spend time loving one another as we fellowship together on Wednesday, February 14th, at 5pm.

See you on Valentine’s Day,

Abby

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The time has come! "Back to School"

  Dear Church Family,     The time has come my friends. Students are opening brand new school supplies and school busses are traveling around town, while structure and routine have returned into the lives of our sweet little ones...it’s back to school for our UHBC Kids. I love this time of year and everything it brings; the concept of newness, hope for the future, and simply a fresh and clean start. Luckily for Christ followers, we can live in that newness each and everyday.     “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” -2 Corinthians 5:17    A new school year brings a new Children’s Church session. We are so fortunate to have willing volunteers to give of their time AND their worship experience several Sunday’s throughout each session we provide. Without these faithful volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to customize children’s learning and understanding the Bible on their level. Please be in prayer for these wonderful volunteers as they teach our children to love God more and to pursue a relationship with Jesus.     A huge thank you and appreciation to...    Amy Sherrill, Heather Twibell, Mark and Linda Herr, and Susan Ang with youth volunteer helpers: Lucy Chisholm, Genevieve Young, Matt Chisholm, and Ellie Inmon.     Children’s Church starts back up for the fall semester this Sunday, August 27th. All children Kindergarten through 5th grade can follow me to the third floor, where parents can pick up their kiddo in The Treehouse when service has ended.     Let us be mindful of the newness we have in Christ each day and use that refreshing start to bring others to know Him better.     Because of Christ,    Abby Hathcock    Children’s Minister

Dear Church Family,

The time has come my friends. Students are opening brand new school supplies and school busses are traveling around town, while structure and routine have returned into the lives of our sweet little ones...it’s back to school for our UHBC Kids. I love this time of year and everything it brings; the concept of newness, hope for the future, and simply a fresh and clean start. Luckily for Christ followers, we can live in that newness each and everyday.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” -2 Corinthians 5:17

A new school year brings a new Children’s Church session. We are so fortunate to have willing volunteers to give of their time AND their worship experience several Sunday’s throughout each session we provide. Without these faithful volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to customize children’s learning and understanding the Bible on their level. Please be in prayer for these wonderful volunteers as they teach our children to love God more and to pursue a relationship with Jesus.

A huge thank you and appreciation to...

Amy Sherrill, Heather Twibell, Mark and Linda Herr, and Susan Ang with youth volunteer helpers: Lucy Chisholm, Genevieve Young, Matt Chisholm, and Ellie Inmon.

Children’s Church starts back up for the fall semester this Sunday, August 27th. All children Kindergarten through 5th grade can follow me to the third floor, where parents can pick up their kiddo in The Treehouse when service has ended.

Let us be mindful of the newness we have in Christ each day and use that refreshing start to bring others to know Him better.

Because of Christ,

Abby Hathcock

Children’s Minister

The Semester is Here

The Sunday before Missouri State University resumes classes in the fall, the MSU Pride Band has a busy day. They've just moved in, wrapped up their weeklong band camp, play the New Student Convocation, and perform their annual Concert-on-the-Green. They also are getting ready for classes to start the next day; for many of them, these will be their first classes as a Bear. 

Even though they are exhausted and have a lot on their plates, they take the time to come to University Heights Baptist Church that Sunday morning to play in our service and experience a time of worship with us. After the service, we make sure to feed them well. 

It has been my privilege to plan Feed the Band for the past five years. I've enjoyed watching the students get to know each other better as they sit around tables and eat the last big meal they'll have before the semester starts. I love seeing our church family pour drinks, hand out cookies, and make the students feel at home. 

I'm glad our church family rallies around college students. When students come to our church and are looking for ways to connect, people within our church adopt them as long-lost grandchildren. Our people take students out to dinner and provide home cooked meals; they open their homes up for a free place to do laundry and a quiet place to study; when a student misses church, they check on them to make sure they're okay. Our church loves college students. 

This semester we are changing the way we do college Bible study. Instead of the normal 9:15am start time on Sunday mornings, we are going to meet in the Heights after the worship service and provide lunch, then dive into a study of the major themes of the Bible. Andrew Hickman, who runs our tech booth and is a graduate student at Evangel, is excited to lead the study.

Be in prayer for the students. Pray that they will find a place to belong and that they will realize God's calling on their life. 

 

In love,

Trey