October 2018
Take time to say 'Thank You'
October is Pastor Appreciation Month . The Elders encourage each of you,  to use this month to think about how to express your appreciation and gratitude to  our pastors: Rob, Heather & Hong

October Birthdays
Laura Driggers  (10/1)
Christopher Driggers (10/16)
Christy Asbill (10/26)
Ginger Draughon (10/1)
Merri White (10/21) Bob Shrewsbury (10/30)
Alexis Carpenter (10/16)
Nooshin Ghazi-Moghaddam (10/22) Cathy Asbill (10/31)
Opportunities for Ministry
Fall Workday -  Saturday, October 20 - 8am to 12pm
Help spruce up the church! Interior and exterior building and grounds projects are planned. Come as much as you are able. The more people -  the more will get done!  Contact Ben Johnson for more details  (509.438.6303) .
The Dental Bus Is Coming! Saturday, October 27 - 9am to 3pm
dentalbusThe BIG DAY is just about here!  All the donations...All the calls for volunteers...We're just about ready for the arrival of the dental bus. We have plenty of space for volunteers, so if you're interested in helping on the day of the dental clinic, just email Tiffany  or Jeremy . We have a lot of ways to help: registration, interpreters, child care, basic health screenings, etc.
Appalachian Christmas Outreach - now until October 27th 
christmas backpacks logo backpackWe are collecting items to fill backpacks for the children of Appalachia. If you would like to contribute, consider bringing a portion of what's needed for 40 backpacks.
  • This Sunday, October 7th, you are encouraged to bring in School Supplies appropriate for children 3-5y, 6-9y or 10-14y and Fresh Wrapped Candy (no chocolate please, as it may melt).
  • October 14th, bring in Hygiene items including toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, washcloth, brush or comb, shampoo, deodorant and Pop-top Canned Goods
  • October 21st, bring in NEW, non-breakable Toys (no toy weapons, please!) appropriate for children 3-5y, 6-9y or 10-14y and small articles of NEW Clothing such as winter hats, gloves, socks, underwear.
You are not obligated to stick with this schedule. Bring in any item, any time before Oct 27th.
  • You can also contribute money to purchase Bibles and backpacks (checks made out to HillSong Church with 'Appalachian Outreach' in the memo line).
  • We need at least one driver to transport the backpacks to a regional distribution center on Nov. 3rd. Please contact the church office (919.967.3056) if you can help.
Family Missions Day  - Saturday, October 27
Come participate in this family friendly project to pack backpacks for Appalachian Christmas Outreach . We will meet at HillSong to sort donated items, write cards for the children, and ensure every backpack is filled with love and the necessary items. HillSong children will have specific tasks suitable for them in this process. Stay afterwards for Trunk of Treat in the HillSong parking area. Costumes are welcome and participating children should bring a bag or bucket.
The schedule is as follows:
9:30-11am: sorting and packing backpacks
11-11:30am: Trunk or Treat (rain location in Worship Center)

How can you get involved?

  • Donate items for Appalachian Christmas Outreach
  • Come to church to pack backpacks
  • Decorate the back of your car and volunteer to bring candy, play-doh or other allergy friendly items to hand out to children for Trunk or Treat
  • Help out with the Dental Bus Ministry that is also going on. We hope that children attending the Dental Bus will join us for Trunk or Treat!
N ame Change Update
Name tag
We continue to move forward in the process to change our church name. On September 30th, church members ranked their top four selections out of the list of names submitted. Using these rankings, the Elders determined the top four names to be: NewSong, Hillside, Living Hope and New Covenant. Here is our process going forward:
  • Sunday, October 7, 2018 - During the Sunday School hour we will hold another discussion around these four finalists. We will pray and talk together. Then members will be asked to spend a week in prayer.
  • Sunday, October 14, 2018 - After service, we will have a special called business meeting in which each member is asked to select from among the four finalists. The name receiving the most votes will be our new name.
  • An official name adoption celebration will follow in 2019. Please contact Rob or Heather if you have any questions or concerns about this process.
Project Esperanza Update
The Fundraising Lunch was a great success, raising $615.00. Those funds will support Project Esperanza, a school and boys home in the Dominican Republic for displaced Haitians. Thank you to all who came to see the opportunities for sponsorship and enjoyed a delicious lunch. Of course, we are extremely grateful for Nooshin Ghazi Moghaddam for her amazing cooking skills and the way she guided Tyler Cruver, Alexis Carpenter, Jenny Ting Shigekawa and me to bring the taste of the Dominican to your tables. Thanks again for the great support!
August Numbers
Aug 2018 financial snapshot
For more detail on the amounts in the Financial Snapshot, see the August 2018 Financial Statement. Copies are available at the back of the Worship Center on the Information Table.
A Biblical Vision of Church - from Pastor Rob
Church front
6 Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne. 8 When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
9 They sing a new song:  "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God saints from [b] every tribe and language and people and nation; 10 you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving [c] our God, and they will reign on earth." (
Revelation 5:6-10)
          In Revelation 5, John of Patmos shares the vision he has of Heaven. There he sees "the Lamb," Jesus Christ crucified and resurrected, reigning in Heaven at the right hand of the Father. He sees "living creatures," strange, Heavenly beings. He sees 24 elders. And the prayers of all the people who have been a part of God's church, "the saints" are held in golden bowls.
        The Heavenly witness declare that the Lamb, Jesus, is worthy to reveal the secrets of Heaven because he has died on the cross and in doing so provided salvation ("ransom") for God's people. God's people comprise the church and come from "every tribe, language, and nation" (5:9d). The international community of Christ worshipers will become a kingdom of priests reigning on earth.