Hilltop Community Church

Healing through Christ's compassion.

VBS 2019

Average of 30 kids a day. Great week with Rural Bible Crusade ladies.

Average of 30 kids a day. Great week with Rural Bible Crusade ladies.

Church work day summer 2019
getting rid of the fallen tree

Don't forget about this next weekend!!!

[01/29/18]   This from Family Promise of Green County

Hello Everyone,
Thank you for your support of Family Promise! Please note the weeks in 2018, Albany will be the host site:
February 25th through March 3rd

June 17th through June 23rd

August 26th through September 1st

November 18th through November 24th

I have already been told that we will have several volunteers out of town the week of February 25th, so if you are able, please consider saving time this week to serve. We will have a sign up out later this week.
If you have any questions, please let us know.
Blessings,
Chris Ochalla

[01/19/18]   It seems that God is always using the stuff we get ourselves into to teach us something. Are you ready to learn?

[01/14/18]   Good morning friends,

Another Lords day is upon us. Where will the day find you??

Grab a friend, and join us at Hilltop Community Church in Albany Wisconsin,..,,, 101 S. Jackson street..,,, or come find a friend.
Worship at 10:00
Questions---Pastor Kev @ 608 214 3180

[01/04/18]   Happy to announce that Hilltop Community Church has called Kevin Phillips to be her next pastor. Here is what Pastor Kevin wrote: "Hey Y'all
After preaching at this little church off and on since July, i was asked to be their pastor...,,,
I received a unanimous vote of acceptance by the Christians here, and have accepted a call to join the dear saints in this place, for the furtherance of the gospel, and that my Lord might be glorified.
Meetings are on Sunday at 10:00 for the main service..,,, join us as we worship,, in Spirit, and in Truth"

HILLTOP COMMUNITY CHURCH
Albany Wisconsin

[12/16/17]   The traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is fast approaching. The Jewells will be there! Hope to see all of you.

Tonight!!!!!

TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!

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Orders and money due Wednesday for first shipment!!! Second round shipment money and orders due August 15th!!!!

VBS 2017

Last day fun. David Edmondson got a pie in his face because one of the kids earned 80 points. He is such a good sport!!

Last day fun. David Edmondson got a pie in his face because one of the kids earned 80 points. He is such a good sport!!

Almost time!!! Still room for more!!!

Governor Scott Walker

Forget who started it. Nick and Dallas are both in it shaking hands!

‪F-35's were roaring over Volk Field as we wished Godspeed to the 128th Air Control Squadron. ‬

Our flyers and post cards are here :) :)

Save-The-Date!!!

Vacation Bible School is June 26th - 30th, 9 a.m. to noon, ages: 3- 12.

The theme is Jesus, Jesus the Messiah, Jesus the Saviour.

Any questions call Marcia 558-3838 or Donna 214-9208.

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Always praise the Lord!! He is our provider! The one who loves us unconditionally!!

The Praying Woman

Our prayers don't have an expiration date. While you're saying "it's too late", God is saying “Watch Me Work”.

"Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant and praise is becoming.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
He gathers outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He counts the number of the stars;
He gives names to all of them.
Great is our Lord and abundant in strength;
His understanding is infinite.
The Lord supports the afflicted;
He brings down the wicked to the ground."
Psalm 147: 1-6.

Lord, I pray that you will help me everyday be more like you!

Today is Valentine's Day! A day to show your loved one how much they mean to us. Unfortunately, the ultimate proof of love from the one who loves us the most is not today! Never forget that God sacrificed his son for us. Remember to praise him today!

[01/22/17]   A Day for Holiness
by Dr. R.C. Sproul

DESCRIPTION
The Sabbath was instituted at creation, for God called the seventh day holy, and on that day He rested from His works. We, too, are to rest on the Lord’s Day.

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (Exodus 20:8–11).

It might come as a surprise, but God speaks of the fourth commandment more times in Scripture than any of the other laws He gave at Mount Sinai. Whenever Israel profaned God’s Sabbath, He threatened them with death. And failure to keep the Sabbath always paralleled religious decline in Israel. The two always seemed to go hand in hand. Whenever the fire of religious zeal and faith waned low in Israel, the seventh day became more a day of trade than of worship. This has been true of the church since the beginning, for throughout history we see a parallel between decline in religious commitment and failure to keep the Lord’s Day. This makes sense because the Sabbath is set aside for us to worship God, to consider His works, to exalt His name in holy duties, and to take our minds off ourselves and our own work. It is reasonable, then, that as soon as our religious conviction grows dim, we begin to think more of our earthly desires on the Lord’s Day than of the Lord Himself.

The Sabbath was instituted at creation, for God called the seventh day holy, and on that day He rested from His works. We, too, are to rest on the Lord’s Day. We are to refrain from all those labors that either could have been done the day before, or can wait until the following day. Any acts of necessity, of course, are allowed. We are not to seek our own selfish pleasure, but we are to serve God, for it is a day sanctified, or set apart, by Him, for the sanctification of His people.

To put our own desires aside for just one day takes a certain measure of death to self, which is the goal of the day—our sanctification, being freed from sin’s corruption. In this sense, the Sabbath is an expectation of that great day when we will join our Savior in glory, when we will completely live for Christ and not for ourselves. When you inquire into how one should keep the Sabbath, consider this: it is a day that represents Heaven. Do you think you will be pursuing your own goals in Heaven, working as you have done throughout your entire life, or do you think you will be resting in the Lord, basking in His glory, delighting in His presence, worshiping Him with all your heart, soul, and mind? Let this be the model that is set before you as you strive to keep the Sabbath. Remember it is for your sanctification as you enjoy a foretaste of rest in the presence of the Lord.

Coram Deo

Some people believe that Jesus fulfilled the Sabbath, therefore we do not have to keep it. But nowhere does Christ abrogate this one command of all the Ten. It was established at creation and will continue until glory. Confess the ways in which you fail to keep the Sabbath. Beginning this week, take serious steps to keep this law.

Pretending I'm Fine or Proving I'm Right
by Lysa TerKeurst

DESCRIPTION
The godly way to deal with hurt is by approaching the situation with soul integrity—responding in a way that's honest but also peacemaking.

"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." James 3:17 (NIV)

If someone says something or does something that hurts me, what is the godly response? Is it to pretend like everything is fine so I can keep the peace? Or is it confronting the person to prove how wrong they are?

Neither.

If ever I catch myself pretending or proving, I know I'm processing my hurt the wrong way.

The godly way is approaching this situation with soul integrity—responding in a way that's honest but also peacemaking. James 3:17 says, "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure (honest); then peace-loving ..." Yes, I want this kind of wisdom—this soul integrity. I want to be honest and peacemaking at the same time. But how?

I must remember I need real honesty combined with real peacemaking.

Real Honesty

Not all honest expressions of my feelings are real honesty. You see, my honest feelings may not be truthful assessments of the situation. I can be honest with how I feel and still exaggerate or misinterpret what is factually true. I can feel justified in being blatant about my feelings—not hiding a thing—and prideful for being so real, all under the guise of being honest enough not to stuff.

But in reality, honesty that isn't true isn't honesty at all. It may just be emotional spewing. That's why we need peacemaking honesty—honesty reined in by the Holy Spirit—if we're going to have authentic soul integrity.

So, if I want real honesty, I have to ask the Holy Spirit to show me real truth. I need to see things from the other person's perspective. I need to ask questions of them with the desire to better understand instead of throwing out statements of accusation. Ultimately my goal should be to add peacemaking to my honesty.

Real Peacemaking

It must grieve God to see plastic versions of peacemaking that aren't reined in by honesty. That's what we do when we stuff and pretend everything is okay. The upside to stuffing is that we have the semblance of peacemakers. But when we do this at the expense of honesty, we harbor a corrosive bitterness that will eventually emerge. Either it will erode our health and later present itself in a host of emotional and physical anxiety-induced illnesses, or it will accumulate over time and surprise everyone when the peacemaker eventually erupts. Saying "I'm fine" to keep the peace, when we're really not fine, isn't honest.

Sometimes dishonesty comes in the form of saying things that aren't true. But it's also dishonest when we don't say things that are true.

It may seem godly in the moment, but it's false godliness. Truth and godliness always walk hand-in-hand. The minute we divorce one from the other, we stray from soul integrity and give a foothold to the instability that inevitably leads to coming unglued.

Yes, we're after soul integrity—honesty that is also peacemaking that leads to godliness. This soul integrity brings balance to unglued reactions. It makes us true peacemakers—people who aren't proving or pretending but rather honestly demonstrating what they are experiencing in a godly manner.

And being a true peacemaker reaps a harvest of great qualities in our lives: right things, godly things, healthy things.

Dear Lord, through You I am able to bring all my exploding and stuffing under Your authority and truth. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit who gives me the wisdom to move beyond my reactions. Help me lean on You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Reflect and Respond:
Is the Lord moving you towards real honesty, real peacemaking or a combination today?

Thinking about your current relationships, what are some practical applications you can make as you pursue soul integrity?

Power Verses:
2 Corinthians 13:11, "Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you." (ESV)

James 3:18, "And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace." (ESV)

Attractive Evangelism
by Boyd Bailey

DESCRIPTION
Every heart that aches for authentic relationships will take notice when it sees Christians love each other well.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34–35).

Love is irresistible for those in search of a Savior. Everyone whose heart aches for authentic relationship will take notice when seeing Christians love one another. Parents who encourage and build up their sons and daughters are a magnet to their children’s friends who live lonely lives in discouraging and disruptive home environments.

Have you thought of your home as a sanctuary for seeking souls? Every time a neighbor drops by, a friend stays overnight, or you host a party for your child’s team, you have an opportunity to model the love of Jesus toward those you know and to those whom you meet for the first time. Leverage love for the Lord, and He will draw people to Himself.

“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality” (Romans 12:13).

Becoming a disciple of Jesus means being loved. When you placed your faith in Christ, you became a giver and receiver of Christian love. So, do not resist the righteous care that Christ followers extend on your behalf. Be glad you model the love of God’s children that can melt the hearts of outside observers. “Why,” they ask, “do people give so much, expecting nothing in return?”

How do you intentionally love your brothers and sisters in Christ? Do you share relationships, money, your vacation home, your primary residence, or your car? It may be showing up during a health issue, praying for a job interview, babysitting their little one, or mowing their grass. Unbelievers take notice when believers lavishly love each other.

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But, do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love” (Galatians 5:13).

"Peace, Luke 2:13-14" Pastor Ray

Today's bulletin :) :)

Freedom Through Forgiveness
by Ron Edmondson

DESCRIPTION
Is there someone in your life that you are really having a hard time loving?

And now I want to urge you, dear lady, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we had from the beginning (2 John 1:5, NLT).

Repetition is sometimes used to emphasize a point. If you closely examine John’s second epistle, you'll surely see the repetition he uses. The point John makes through repetition is that you and I are to “love one another.”

If you have spent any time in church, you have heard this truth repeated over and over again. The problem is that most of us are slow learners. We can know the truth, but following through with it is often hard for us to do.

So, let me ask you, is there someone in your life that you are really having a hard time loving? Maybe you’ve told others that you’ve forgiven this person, that you have no hard feelings towards them, but the truth is, there's an element of hate in your heart that just won’t go away. If you think about the hurt this person has caused you, you'll get angry all over again. Maybe you'll even secretly wish harm upon this person. I have often said that if the first thought you have about someone is the hurt they once caused you, then you haven’t truly forgiven them. Is that the case with your story?

Today I dare you to listen to the encouragement of John: "This is not a new commandment, but one we had from the beginning... We should love one another.” Today, allow God to look deeply into your heart, examine your love quotient for those who have hurt you the most, and ask God to help you love these people (or this person) the same way that Christ loves you.

If you can ever get to this point, you will find a freedom in true love and forgiveness that cannot be achieved any other way.

Every time you speak positive words over people, not only is your relationship getting stronger, but you’re getting stronger. When you encourage people in their dreams, speak life into their destiny and challenge them to rise higher, you’re blessing their future.

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Always pray and seek guidance from the Lord before making decisions in life, and remember that He may not always give you an answer immediately. However, if you remain consistent in seeking Him, He will show you what to do.

[11/27/16]   Tommy's Tantrum - A Family Devotional
by Josh McDowell

DESCRIPTION
God’s commands aren’t intended to make us miserable-they’re intended for our well-being.

God's Commands Aren't Intended to Make Us Miserable - They're Intended for Our Well-Being

Bible Reading of the Day: Read Deuteronomy 6:20-25.

Verse of the Day: “The Lord our God commanded us to obey all these laws and to fear him for our own prosperity and well-being, as is now the case” (Deuteronomy 6:24).

“I hate Coach Burns!” Tommy said as he met his parents at the car after football practice.

“Tommy!” Mom chided.

“Son, that’s not a very kind thing to say,” Dad added. “I hope you don’t mean it.”

Tommy opened the car door and tossed his helmet onto the seat, then slumped down beside it. “Well,” he said, “I guess I don’t hate him, but I think he’s awful mean.”

“Why?” Dad asked.

“Because!” Tommy whined. “He does things just to make us miserable.”

“Like what?” Dad asked as he opened the passenger-side door for his wife.

“Like making us do ‘two-a-days,’” he answered, referring to the two daily practices the coach called on Saturdays in preparation for the regional championship game. Dad chuckled.

“You think he calls ‘two-a-days’ just to be mean?”

“Yeah,” Tommy answered sullenly.

“I know you’re tired right now,” Dad said, “but I think you know better than that. Coach Burns probably has a hundred other things he could be doing, rather than spending almost all day Saturday listening to you and your teammates complain about how mean he is. You know he makes you practice hard so you can play better.”

“Humph,” Tommy answered.

Mom turned around in her seat to face Tommy. “Did you have fun this season?” she asked. Tommy nodded.

“Are you excited about going to the regional championships?” He nodded again.

“And are you having fun playing?”

“Yeah,” Tommy admitted.

“Then you should thank Coach Burns. If he didn’t demand your best effort, your season would have ended a couple of weeks ago.”

Tommy sat very still in the backseat and stared out the window. He hated it when his parents were right.

TO DISCUSS: Why do you think Tommy thought Coach Burns wanted to make him miserable? Do you think Tommy was right or wrong about Coach Burns? A lot of people think the same thing about God; they think he gave us commands in order to be mean or make us miserable. What does today’s Bible reading say about why God gave his commands to us? Are they intended to do us good or to do us harm? Should we be upset at God or thankful to him for giving his commands to us?

TO PRAY: “Lord, you know how easily we fall into complaining. Thank you for bearing with us and for reminding us that your commands are for our good.”

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