February 2019
February Birthdays
Faye Hilger (2/4)
Dina Sit (2/9)
Lydia White (2/15)
Casey Cruver(2/5)
Rebekah Driggers (2/11) Martha Partin (2/16)
Kent Stone (2/6)
Frank McKeever (2/13) Rob Tennant (2/20)
Hannah Suehs (2/6) Heather Folliard (2/14) Jackson Allen (2/24)
Upcoming Events
Chinese New Year Celebration:   Saturday, Feb 9th
Join this Outreach to our International Friends!
CNY 2018
1-3 pm, Fun Chinese Recreational Games
3-5 pm, Live performances
3-5 pm, Food sampling
Suggested donation: $10/adult; $5/child 5-12; free/under 5
Register and pay on the HillSong website
All the proceeds of the event will go towards the Building fund (aka, retiring the mortgage fund). Volunteers are welcome. Want to help? Contact Hong Zhou You won't want to miss this special event.
Chili Cook-Off: Saturday, February 23rd
chili cookoff
Join us for the annual HIllSong Chili Cook-Off. This is your chance to enter your secret chili recipe for a chance to win the coveted trophy. Last year's winner was Jared Heinly. All are welcome to come and 'vote' (bring your coins, your 1's, 5's & 10's) for the chili you think is the best! All proceeds will go towards the Youth mission trip and programs. Contact Angel Lee to enter or for more information.
Opportunities for Ministry
Hospitality Help Needed
Volunteers for setting up the beverages and refreshments on the first Sunday of each month are needed. Contact Faye Hilger if you can help.
Donate to the Food Pantry
Canned Food Help feed people in our community by contributing to the Yates Association food pantry. From now until the end of February, we will be collecting for the pantry. A list of needed items is available here. Place your donations on or near the table.

Meals for Refuge
Students are back! Meals are an important part of this student ministry. Please consider if you can prepare a meal or provide funds for a meal. Contact Heather to help.
Contribution Statements Ready for Pick-Up
tithes & offerings
If you made a contribution to HillSong in 2018, your statement is available in the church office. Statements not picked up by Feb 17th will be mailed. Save the church the cost of postage and pick yours up. Electronic copies are available upon request. Contact the church office (919)967-3056 for more information.

Women's Bible Study begins new study
Join us at 9:30am on Tuesday mornings in room 104. We have just started a Lisa Harper study on the book of Job, "Job: A Story of Unlikely Joy". Contact Dina for more information.

Ramp Project Update
Ramp building crew
Over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, a crew of HillSong folks braved the cold, wet weather to build one of our neighbors a handicap ramp. Ms. Ethel Jackson and her family expressed their thanks for their new ramp via email: 
Curtis & Ethel Jackson
"Wow!!! Thank you soooooooooo much! The ramp you built is beautiful!!! Your sacrifice was amazing! Despite rain and freezing temperatures you got it done!!!!!! God bless you!!!!!!!!!"
With God's help, we were able to share His love to one of our neighbors in need. Special thanks to Ian, Tom and David for their know-how and leadership .
Financial help for this project is welcome. Make your check out to 'HillSong Church' and designate your gift as 'Ramp Project'.
December Numbers
December 2018 financial snapshot
For more detail on the amounts in the Financial Snapshot, see the December 2018 Financial Statement. Copies are available at the back of the Worship Center on the Information Table.
Where We Stand - from Pastor Rob
calvin arguing
        Ours is an era rife with painful division.  Republican v. Democrat; Pro-life v. Pro-choice; Young Creationism v. Evolution; Reformed Theology v. Arminian Theology; in too many spheres, we are defined by where we stand in relation to a hard line that's been drawn usually by someone else. 
        Finding a place in the center is not possible, nor is it commendable to try.  For instance, either you think abortion is the killing of a baby, or you don't.  If that is what you think, then every abortion is the murder of the most defenseless of victims.  On the other hand, if you think abortion is the exercise of coercion on the bodies of women, who have had their bodies fondled, ogled, used, and abused throughout history, then your position is just as clear.  Either way, there's no middle ground.
        What reveals our character is how we handle the disagreement.  Does every disagreement prompt us to be ready to fight, to stand our ground, and to draw defiant lines in the sand?  Or, are disagreements the opportunity to show grace?  How an individual answers says a lot about who he or she is.  How you or I conduct ourselves in the conversation more clearly reveals our character than whatever stand we may take. Read more