A vibrant faith is rooted in knowing how to read the Bible, how to talk to God, how to relate to others and how to engage our faith. Those are the basics. Join us in January for a series that will give you practical steps to walk with God in a more intentional way in 2018.

Jan 7: Bible | Jan 14: Prayer | Jan 21: Relationships | Jan 28: Engaged Faith

Startups for the new year!
There's a way out of debt!

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University starts January 10 | Join us for a fun and practical nine weeks focused on getting out of debt, bringing finances back under control and moving into financial freedom. Meet up on Wednesdays, January 10 through March 7, from 6:30 to 8 PM. Click here to register and pay for materials. Click here to register your child or children for childcare.
Discerning the Voice of God

Wednesday nights starting January 17 or Thursday mornings starting January 18 | Learn how to recognize when God speaks through this video and discussion series by Priscilla Shirer which is designed to help you discern God's voice from the voice of strangers.  Click here for all the details and how to sign up for childcare.
Apostle’s Creed

Thursday mornings starting January 18 | Join us for a twelve week study of the Apostles’ Creed by Matt Chandler which contains essential doctrines and beliefs that summarize the gospel and the foundation of our faith.  Click here for all the details and how to sign up for childcare.
Many, many thanks!
Thank you for helping build a barn!

Because of your generosity, we surpassed our Advent Conspiracy Barn Raising goal this Christmas! Your giving provided over $83,000 to build a barn in the nation of Georgia which will impact Iran for the gospel for many years. 
Thank you
for your Passionate Generosity!

Because of your generous gifts and offerings, we are celebrating the many ways God’s love will continue to be extended across borders locally and globally. 
Thank you for Filling A Need!

 After 4 ½ years of serving a variety of local organizations by helping Fill A Need, we say a fond farewell to F.A.N. Club which ended in December 2017. Your generosity has been appreciated by the people and the organizations whose needs we've met.
Save the date!
Complete the dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Friday, January 12 at 7 PM | Join us as we unite with four other churches at Macedonia Baptist Church, 1700 E. Linwood Blvd, KCMO for a powerful celebration of different races coming together.

Saturday, January 13 from 9 to 10:30 AM | RSVP here to continue the conversation over breakfast and an opportunity to really get to know each other. Click here for a flyer or pick one up in the lobby on Sunday.
Men, are you game?

Thursday, January 18 from 6 to 9 PM Compete for the the best pot of chili with committee judging for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes PLUS step up to some fierce indoor yard game competition! Click here to sign up to bring a pot of chili OR to just sample the delicious varieties. Friends are welcome!
Link up with a small group

Sunday, January 21 between services in the lobby | Personally connect with small group leaders and others who are interested in joining a small group. It's a great way to meet group leaders one-on-one and to find your best fit.
Hillcrest Refugee Dinner

Wednesday, January 24 from 6 to 8 PM | Join us for dinner and fellowship in Fellowship Hall. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. All are invited!
Mission Adelante
Volunteer Orientation

Saturday, January 13 from 9 AM to 1 PM | Attend this volunteer orientation to learn about the mission and vision of Mission Adelante and how to serve with people from all places or click here to serve.
Make a difference in a kid's life by volunteering for Mission Adelante's Leaders In Training (LIT) program. Click here to volunteer.
Donate gently-used acoustic guitars to Mission Adelante's new arts program, Adelante Arts Community. Email Gissell Vazquez  at gissellv@missionadelante.org  to donate a guitar.
Combine your love of the arts and disciple-making by volunteering at Mission Adelante as they launch Adelante Arts Community this month. Click here to learn more, 
Visiting missionaries and more!
Visiting Missionaries in January

Sunday, January 14: Rabin Noz (Turkey)
Sunday, January 21: Andrew Sweeney (France)
Sunday, January 28: Anna Loojie, Abigail House (Holland)
A luncheon with Anna is after second service in Fellowship Hall.
More details coming soon!
Security Changes | Beginning January 7, you may see a Prairie Village police officer in the hallways or the lobby at times. This is not in response to a specific threat but a proactive measure because your safety is important to us. The officer will be working in cooperation with our own volunteer safety team.
Giving Envelopes  | 2018 Giving Envelopes are available on the counter in the lobby for those who use them. If you do not see a set with your name on them, but would like a set, contact Meg in the Business Office at 913-901-2303 or mluchies@hillcrestcov.org .

Holiday Office Hours | Hillcrest offices will be closed on Monday, January 1 in observance of the New Year holiday.