It has been well said that there are three constants in life, “change, death and taxes.” Of course we all are keenly aware of the “TAXES” as April 15 looms ever closer. Hopefully you have given “Uncle Sam” all that you needed to throughout the year and there is no residual payment needed.

On April 1, Palm Sunday, we will be remembering with humble and grateful hearts the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, as we will observe the Lord’s Supper in both of our morning worship services. Certainly we will never cease to be amazed by the truth that “God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Yes we will remember the death of Christ on Palm Sunday, but we will CELEBRATE Him defeating our last enemy, death, on RESURRECTION SUNDAY, April 8. On Easter Sunday we will have three services for you to choose from: 8:00AM, 9:30AM & 11:00AM. Last year we were blessed to have over 1,600 as we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus from the grave.

The third constant of life is CHANGE. For those of us that have been blessed to live another year, you guessed it, we are older and continue to age. There is no doubt that in the life of Hillcrest we have witnessed and experienced a great deal of change, and we are grateful that much of our change has been very positive, especially in the area of growth. However, when you are a growing church it means that we must also be providing additional space. Our most recent construction project, educational space on the West side of the campus, will be opening soon. However, we are now planning to move forward with a second building within the next couple of months. These new facilities will provide much needed space of our Adult Sunday School and weekday activities.

In order to continue to be a church that is growing and not incurring any OUTSIDE DEBT we are planning to receive a special offering on MAY 6, 2012 during our morning worship services. This is the only offering for building projects that is planned for 2012. I am simply asking that you begin now to prayer about what the Lord would have you to give and plan to give that amount on or before May 12.

You will be receiving additional information about our next special offering for our building programs during the weeks ahead, but in the meantime, please pray that the Lord would direct “ALL” of our hearts about giving an amount that would be pleasing unto Him.