New Sermon Series – “I AM”

Jan 12 – I AM the bread of life – John 6:26-40 Jan 19 – I AM the light of the world – John 8:12-20 Jan 26 – I AM the good shepherd – John 10:11-18 Feb 2 – I AM the resurrection and the life – John 11:17-37 Feb 9 – I AM the way, the truth, and the …

December Message from Pastor Mike: “Patient and Ready”

I don’t like waiting. By now I’ve lived enough of life with the internet and smart phones and online shopping to have forgotten what it means to wait. Forgetting what it means to wait is not good for the human soul. Patience is a virtue, a “fruit of the Spirit,” as the apostle Paul put it. Like anything that produces …

Hilltop Preschool and Daycare December Message

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…also the busiest! Thank you so much to all the families that came to our Thanksgiving dinner and brought their delicious side dishes. It was so nice to have everyone here and enjoy a great meal together. Another huge thank you to all the Hilltop families and MOPS moms who brought in boxes …

November Message from Pastor Mike: “Redeeming Lament”

I came to the church office early this morning, coffee in hand, turned on my “Organizing My Desk” playlist, got down to business. It is early afternoon now as I begin writing this article, and I have checked off about a dozen items from my to-do list. I also have learned of tragic news from two friends: one has been …

Sermon Series Redeeming Lament Beginning November 3

November 3: Learning to Lament Psalm 88 / Hebrews 4:14-16 The ancient Hebrews, who wrote most of the Bible, knew how to lament.  The book of the psalms, which was the Hebrew prayer and song book, is replete with songs of lament.  Lament is expressing our hurts, griefs and sorrows, and as people of faith, that means bringing our complaints to …

October Message from Pastor Mike

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! 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! …

Music Programs at Hilltop

As we get ready to enter into the fall season, and activities at Hilltop ramp up, I wanted to remind you of opportunities to participate in the music programs of the church. The two ongoing groups are: Celebration Ringers – an enthusiastic group of ringers who would welcome new members! If you read music a bit – or are willing …

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

If you can provide supper for the moms on any MOPS nights, please sign up on the poster in the narthex. What if I can’t prepare a meal, but want to help? People have given donations so that we can subsidize the cost of preparing a meal, for those who need it, or so that we can purchase a meal …

Information For Helping With MOPS Dinners

How many people do I need to cook for? The meal is typically dinner for 8-12 adults (moms and helpers). That might sound like a lot, but they are all pretty light eaters. We have typically had more food than we’ve needed! One casserole is plenty. What time does the meal need to be served? The moms and children eat …

September Message from Pastor Mike

All-Welcoming From the Inside OutBy Pastor Mike As individuals and institutions, we are bequeathed both poverty and gifts. Our vitality is contingent on becoming aware of, befriending, and using both toward an integrated, fruitful life. We often try to minimize or eliminate our poverty while maximizing our gifts, and yet the best-balanced life recognizes the way those two are interwoven …