November 2021
Follow Jesus, Love Others, Share Hope
"Love Your Church" From Pastor Rob
Church front
For the November Elders meeting, there was no agenda other than to pray. The prayer was not, “Lord, please help this person,” or “Lord, please bless that ministry.” Those prayers of petition (asking God for something) are genuine, legitimate prayers, but we were doing something different. We asked God to speak to us and then we tried to listen, in mind and in spirit.
The words guiding us into prayer come from 2 Timothy 1:6-7. “God does not give a spirit of fear, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” Much was shared in our 90-minute discussion. One of the conclusions was that we love our church, and we must continue to love our church.
Loving the church is not idealizing it. We know our church is not perfect. We know we need growth. The love is a feeling and a commitment. This is family and we who make up this family are committed to it. Even though the people of Hillside have mostly been here for many years, we are a much different church than we were 5 years ago, and that’s OK. We have to love the church we are now. We have to serve God and serve our community as the church that we are now.
I am thankful I have been a part of this ministry for 15 years. Dina started as ministry assistant in August 2006 and I began as pastor in September of that year. We both love the church and are grateful for the love the church has shown us. Now, as we move toward Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a New Year, we look to God and listen to God. We seek His guidance as we attempt to name the identity of Hillside Church as we exist in 2021-2022.
We invite you to join this journey. Read 2 Timothy 1:6-7. Pray for God to free you from fear and anxiety. Pray for God to help you see His power and love. Commit to spiritual practices and spiritual disciplines that will help you grow as Jesus’ disciple. God has called us, Hillside. Together, we will answer God’s call.
Upcoming Food Distributions - November 6 & 20
Our Food Pantry will be open November 6 & 20 - from 11am to 12pm.

  • Volunteering one or more Saturdays a month for the drive through food distributions. Bagging begins at 9am and distribution prep begins at 10:30am. Sign up HERE. Click on 'register' and scroll down to select Chapel Hill Pantry events.
  • Donating groceries - we are collecting dry and canned goods, food items, fresh produce, bread and meat (see most needed items here. Drop off at the collection box outside the church entryway
Budget & Yates Association Discussion - November 17 @7pm Zoom
The church leadership has been preparing the 2022 budget for congregational approval. We will be having a discussion of the proposed budget via Zoom on Wed, Nov 17th at 7pm. All are encouraged to attend to hear the highlights of the 2022 church budget and to ask questions. This will be the only planned discussion of the budget. There will also be a brief explanation of an Elder motion to disassociate from Yates Baptist Association. A Zoom invitation will be sent out the week of the meeting. Final approval of the budget and Yates disassociation will be done at the annual meeting on December 5th.
Blood Drive - Saturday, November 13 from 10am to 2pm
Blood Connection Bus
Donate Blood! Save Lives! The Blood Connection mobile unit is returning to our upper parking lot. Blood supplies are dangerously low in our community. If you can donate, please do so. Prescheduling is encouraged. Go to the Blood Connection website or contact the church office. All donors will receive a $20 egift card.
Annual Meeting & Christmas Luncheon - Sunday, December 5, following worship service
The annual church business meeting will be held immediately following the worship service on Sunday, December 5th. All members are encouraged to attend to approve the 2022 budget and affirm new Deacon nominees.

After the meeting, we plan to have the HILLSIDE CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON! Stay tuned for more details.
CBF Global Missions Offering
Through the month of November, we will be collecting for the CBF Global Missions Offering. 100% of your gifts will support the long-term presence of CBF field personnel serving in the United States and around the world. As Jesus did with the two on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35), field personnel are present to come near, go with, stay with, talk with and break bread with some of the world’s most neglected people. Join in this mission through prayer and through giving. Special envelopes are available for your gifts on Sunday morning. You can also give through our website under ‘Specials Funds’ and specify ‘CBF Global Missions’ OR through the CBF website.
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