Certainly there are many things for which to praise the Lord, but there are two that I want to mention so that the body of Hillcrest can join in praise together.

First, our week of revival services in October was indeed a time of refreshing for many. Personal testimonies have come my way of how God blessed and touched many lives. In each service we witnessed the Lord at work in renewing, encouraging, forgiving, convicting, and redeeming.

The worship, led by Jerry Newman, was Christ exalting and honoring, and the preaching of God’s Word, by Rick Coram, was convicting and encouraging. We were blessed to have large crowds for each service and nearly a full house on Wednesday evening.

During the week we were blessed to witness: 17 professions of faith, 4 decisions for Baptism, 3 baptisms, 6 membership requests by Letter, 1 membership requests by Statement, and 4 rededications. Let us not cease our seeking God through prayer and His Word for revival in our personal lives, our church, and our land.

“Now unto to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory in the church through Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”
– Ephesians 3:20-21

Secondly, I am delighted and encouraged to announce that during November 6-11 we will be presenting Ryan Mason to our Sunday School Leadership, Deacons, and church family as our candidate for the position of Minister of Education.

After much prayer, reviewing 50 to 75 resumes and applicants, checking references, and interviews and meetings, I, along with the unanimous support of our Personnel Ministry and your church staff believe this to be God’s direction.

Information about meetings and more about Ryan’s background is available in this newsletter and more will be published prior to his visit.