“No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere.”

- Leonard Ravenhill


Leonard Ravenhill, who lived from 1907 to 1994, lived a life marked by prayer and yearning for God’s Holy Spirit to revive His people. Just go read this man’s Wikipedia. Its brevity speaks to the his humility and its depth speaks to the eternal fire the man lived with. Just read what his friend A.W. Tozer said of him. Tozer’s words highlight how poor in spirit Ravenhill was as he hungered and thirsted and prayed for God’s righteousness for just shy of a century.


Do the words of Ravenhill convict you? They certainly sparked a fire in my soul when first I read them. I am again convicted, especially in the wake of a humbling year like 2020, that prayer is the foremost responsibility and opportunity a Christian is given to seek God’s kingdom come and will be done in our time. Many want to act and then pray. But I wonder… what would the world look like if we prayed and then acted? Ravenhill’s conviction was that to fail to pray was to fail in everything.


My desire for Hewitt has little to do with how many members we report on our roll. I don’t just want to have visible service projects and community events people attend. My greatest desire is that every person that claims to be a part of Hewitt would legitimately follow after Jesus. Every moment of every day. With one another in public and in the privacy of our homes. I desire God to pour out His Spirit on us in a real and tangible way, such that we can't help but reach others, and they can't help but glorify the Father when they see the lives we live. Prayer is the Way. It is the first and ongoing step of discipleship.


Pray. Agonize. Pray. Cling. Wrestle. Shed tears. Pour out passion. Intercede. Fight. According to Ravenhill, these are the tasks of a people that prioritize prayer. First Hewitt must be a people of prayer. In the secrecy of our rooms and in the midst of our gatherings, prayer must be our prioritized ministry practice. When we pray, we open ourselves to the Spirit's filling. When we pray, our eyes are open to what God's up to. We need God to pour out His Spirit. We need to pray.


I hope that you will join us THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21 at 6:00pm as we gather together to pray. This “Concert of Prayer” will be a time set apart simply to pray together and praise the Lord. It is but one small step toward building a prayer culture at Hewitt, and we are truly praying you will join us. 


Lord, teach us to pray. 







Brandon Martin

Creative Community Coordinator

Bob Garrett


Chris Sammons

Senior Pastor

Gayle Terry

Admin Assistant

Rob Hartland

Youth & Discipleship Pastor

Sam Johnson

Worship Pastor

Susan Malone

Senior Adult & Care Coordinator


Chiller Vote Results

Thank you to all who participated in our Special Called Business Meeting and Discussion on the replacement of our Chiller. We had a great response to our online ballot and the proposal was overwhelmingly passed by our faith family.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to any of our staff, Properties Team, or Finance Team. The Team Leader for our Properties Team is Larry McAdoo. The Team Leader for the Finance Team is Carrie Allen

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Membership Class

The Bible refers to the church as “members of one body.” At First Hewitt, we express this and live it out through a formal commitment to church membership. If you are interested in learning more about membership at First Hewitt, we invite you to join us for lunch on Sunday, February 28 for our next membership class. To sign up, please click here or call the church office at (254) 666-2741 to register.


Week of Prayer & Missions Offering

The Week of Prayer for North American missions is annually observed during the first week of March. This is a time set aside by SBC churches to pray for missionaries, their ministries and their families. Prayer is the fuel for spiritually sustaining missionaries in places where the gospel is greatly needed, but often opposed.

The official date for the Week of Prayer is March 7-14. We will send any designated contributions to "Missions" in the months of March and April to the North American Mission Board. For more information, please click here.

Spring Semester Updates

Sunday Morning Bible Study

This spring we have a limited number of on-campus Sunday Morning Bible Study classes who are meeting at 9:30am. These include:

  • Children (in children's building)
  • Youth (with Chuck Howard in the office of HUB)
  • Adults (with Darryl Lehnus on stage side of HUB; studying 2 Corinthians. Zoom option available!)
  • Adults (with Larry McAdoo on kitchen side of HUB; studying Spiritual Disciplines)

Life Groups

  • Find group listings HERE. Contact church office for shepherd contact info if you are new!

Children and Youth

Children's Discipleship is back on Sunday nights at 5:30pm in the children's building.

  • Youth Gospel Challenge is back on Sunday nights at 6:00pm in the HUB.
  • Youth Wednesday Night Worship is back on Wednesday nights in the HUB.

First Hewitt Weekly Schedule

Sunday Morning

9:30 am Sunday Morning Bible Study

10:45 am Worship In Person & On-line

Sunday Evening

 Youth Activities

6pm – The Hub

Children Activities

5:30pm – Kid’s Discipleship


7:30 AM – Men’s Bible Study – Hub

10:00 AM – Ladies Bible Study (Zoom)

6:30 PM – Midweek Bible Study & Prayer (Zoom)

6:30 PM - Youth Activites

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