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October 2020
Follow Jesus, Love Others, Share Hope
Appalachian Christmas Outreach
Hillside Friends and Family!
Once again we are collecting items for the Appalachian Christmas Outreach BACKPACK PROJECT. Our goal is to fill and send THIRTY backpacks. We have the backpacks, now we just need the goodies! Please take a look at the wish-list that's been created and sign up to donate a few bundles of items HERE. Quantities are listed in parentheses, and, in some cases, age ranges are included.

Drop off donations at the church or on Tiffany's front porch (109 Parkside Circle, Chapel Hill). ALL DONATIONS NEED TO BE DROPPED OFF BY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1st.

The Allens and Eatmans have kindly volunteered to handle packing, tagging and delivering all the backpacks. If you have questions or need additional information, please call or text Tiffany Allen at (919) 423-8759 or email
"The Living Church" by Pastor Rob
     “Tell the older women to be reverent in behavior … so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, … to be good managers of their households. … Urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects a model of good works” (Titus 2:3-6). In this short New Testament letter, Paul instructs Titus how to lead the church in Crete. Paul wants to see a church that is called by Christ, loyal to Christ, and functions in an organized, ordered way.
Is the church organized? Does the church have direction, and a sense of mission? We must be discerning in reading Titus! We do not abide by 2:9, “tell slaves to be submissive to their masters,” because we have read Philemon. We know Paul himself subverted the institution of slavery when he commanded Philemon to receive the runaway slave Onesimus back, not as a slave, but as a brother (Philemon 1:15-16). We know Paul’s sense that in the church of Jesus, no one is a slave (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:11). Thus, we take Titus 2:9 as a word set in first century Crete, but not applicable to us today. The overarching spirit of Titus, though, most definitely speaks authoritatively to how we, as a 21st church, must function if we are to be the body of Christ.
New Book Club Start Date
October 8th @ 8pm
It’s not too late to sign-up! Our new Thursday night 'Zoom book club' will start next week and last for 7 sessions. These authors are not partisan. They base all their conclusions on their reading of scripture. We will discuss the first book, Where is God in a Coronavirus World? by John Lennox for two weeks. Feel free to drop out here or stay on for the next book: Compassion & Conviction: The AND CAMPAIGN's Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement. On the Monday before each Thursday small group, I will send out an invitation to the Zoom call and a list of scripture passages quoted. We'll use the discussion guides provided at the end of each book as prompts for our discussion.

Maintaining faith during a pandemic and during a contentious political cycle is relevant and current. I hope as many people in our church as possible can participate.
 
The church will provide copies of the first book, but you will need to purchase your own copy of Compassion & Conviction. Please email or text Rob (919-357-0211) if you will be participating in either or both book discussions.
Donate Blood
October 24th, 10am to 3pm
Thank you to all who gave blood in August. We are hosting another blood drive this month. All donors will receive a FREE Halloween T-shirt! Plus, a wellness checkup including a COVID-10 antibody test. If you missed the last blood drive, or are willing to donate again, mark your calendar. Appointments are encouraged. Please visit www.oneblood.org/donate-now and use SPONSOR CODE #62136.
If you have any questions, contact the church office, 919.967.3056
flyer 10-24-2020
Food Pantry
This month,our Food Pantry will be open Oct. 3rd, 17th & 31st - Saturdays at our usual time from 11am to 12pm.
CONSIDER:
  • Volunteering one or more Saturdays a month for the food distributions. Bagging begins at 9am and distribution prep begins at 10:30am. Sign up HERE 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
  • WE NEED PAPER BAGS—new or used in good condition. Leave in the collection box
One in Christ
Join us Sundays at 11 AM. When you come to church, please be prepared to observe some hygiene protocols as described here. As North Carolina moves through the phases of re-opening, we will be able to ease these restrictions. Of course, if you are sick or feeling uncertain, you can stay at home and participate online through Facebook or YouTube.
Your tithes and offerings can be dropped off, mailed, or given electronically. Use the link below or go to our website. 
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