October Message from Pastor Mike

Pastor Mike

“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying for all of you.” Philippians 1:3

The apostle Paul expressed his gratitude to the first Christians living in the city of Philippi at the beginning of his letter to them, and I want share my gratitude for you, Hilltop Covenant Church! Having been in my new role for almost three months, I am grateful for a few specific things.

A warm welcome. Moving from the Chicago-area was a big step for my family and me, and the challenges that come with this kind of transition have been eased by the generous warmth of our congregation. The funds raised and work completed at the parsonage have been an unexpected blessing. The installation service and fellowship afterward were so much fun! The labor to help get the office spiffed up has been very encouraging. Thank you for embracing Melissa, Nadia, Abigail and me as we have begun to settle into our new life here in Cromwell.

A willing spirit. Our church, staff and leadership team have been very gracious in these first few months, trusting me to jump right in with VBS, initiating changes, raising funds for facility improvements, exploring our vision with the leadership team, and taking on some gnarly passages in the gospel of Luke! Your response to the Holy Spirit’s movement in worship has
been inspiring. Your trust in me as your pastor has been a gift. I am eager to grow and learn together with you in the months and
years ahead!

A loving community. As I have gotten to know many of you, I have been marveling at the way the love of God is expressed through the variety of gifts shared in our congregation: helpers, encouragers, leaders, givers, behind-the- scenes heroes, and so on. This is truly one body made up of many parts, all fueled by the love of God. Hilltop is unmistakably a place
where God’s love flows!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! My prayer as we work together is that God will be glorified, our neighbors uplifted, and our church given new life and vitality that comes from a deep, trusting communion with God and one
another. Grace and peace my friends!

Pastor Mike

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