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The Messenger College Hills Baptist Church

June 10, 2014

Volume 4, Issue 21

FAITH AND GRATITUDE Thank you sooooo much for your continued prayers and support for our family. God has been using you to shower us with His love. As hard as it is to lose Kim, your love, prayers and support have made it a much bearable journey. Thank you! This difficult journey has made us hang on to God and His Word more tightly, with you, our church family, hanging in there with us in faith. "Yet this is what the Sovereign LORD says: ... 'If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.'" Isaiah 7:9 Sometimes problems come in treacherous wave after treacherous wave. Just when you think you are able to catch your breath another one splashes against you and you feel like drowning all over again. The psalmist captures our sense of helplessness: "Chaos calls to chaos, to the tune of whitewater rapids. Your breaking surf, your thundering breakers crash and crush me" (Psalm 42:7, MSG). You hang on for dear life, your screams of "Help!" and "Stop!" muffled by the roaring turbulence. Continued on page 2


From the Pastor continued


Mariano Family Benefit Ladies’ Bible Study/ Father’s Day

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rediscovering the Joy of Family


Grace Based Parenting Conference


Children’s Ministry Info PreTeen Camp Info

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Youth Ministry Info


College Ministry Info


Contact Information Ministries Information Extended Session Schedule


In this issue

From the Pastor

FAITH AND GRATITUDE (continued) "When the house of David was told, 'Syria is in league with Ephraim,' the heart of Ahaz and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind" (Isaiah 7:2). When Kim and I were in business and our biggest client, Phillips Petroleum, told us they were dumping us, fear gripped my heart. I had been telling people that if not for Phillips we would not have a roof over our heads nor food on our table. Except God had already said in His Word that He will provide for us, that He will take care of us. God reassures King Ahaz about the futility of the threat of the invading nations, "It will not take place, it will not happen, for the head of Aram is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is only Rezin. Within sixty-five years Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people. The head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah’s son" (7:7-9). Then God tells him, "If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all." Ahaz could either be bullied by the threat of the invading armies, or he could trust what God had told him. God was calling him to put his faith in Him, not in his circumstance. To trust His Word rather than what he could see and what he could hear. To put his confidence on Sovereign God rather than be ruled by the fear in his heart. It is the same call that King Jesus makes on His followers. That we could either be bullied by all the hardships and troubles of life, or we can trust what He has already told us. God is calling us to put our faith in Him, not on our circumstances. He wants us to completely trust His Word rather than what we can see and hear. Jesus wants us to dethrone fear in our hearts and recognize Him for who He is, our good and Sovereign King. Within sixty five years of Isaiah's prophecy the Assyrians who had deported most of Israel in 722 B.C. brought many more foreigners to Samaria and totally "shattered" Israel as a nation. God's Word was fulfilled. By the way, after Phillips dumped us, God showed me that we still had a roof over our heads and food on our table. Because it was Him all along providing for us. Faith. Trusting God's Word, the Bible, completely. It will unshackle you from fear. Where your hearts can soar in joy to the smiling face of King Jesus. "Without faith it is impossible to please God" (Hebrews 11:6).


Ladies’ Bible Study & Prayer Group Wednesdays at 6-7:30PM in the “Bride’s Room” off the church foyer Summer Study: A Precept, 40 Minute, No Homework Study by Kay Arthur: “The Power of Knowing God” All Ladies are welcome! Nursery is available

3817 Rock Brook

(home of Pam Luce)

Saturday, June 14th at 8:30AM

Join us Sunday, June 15, 2014 9:30AM Sunday School 10:45AM Morning Worship (special gift for all Dads) Noon Hearty Family Lunch in the Fellowship Hall

Bring a hearty dessert to share (enough for your family + one more!)

Sunday morning series:

June 15th: Will the Real Men Please Stand Up? NOTE: If you missed any of this series, you can access it by going to our website and clicking on “podcast” . If you’d like a CD copy of a particular sermon, please contact the church office at 325-949-5788.

I t ’s n e ve r t o o e a r l y to start raising truly great kids... a n d i t ’s n e ve r t o o late. Every Parent wants to raise great kids, yet often we fall short of our dreams. Sometimes we’re just too busy and distracted. Some of us had less than ideal role models. Some of us are working at it, but we just don’t have a good game plan. Are you willing to invest one day in order to empower your kids... forever? With God’s help and a plan, you can raise truly great kids. This conference is a gracebased, character-driven model to nurture confident and cooperative kids-and have a great time in the process.

Parenting is the biggest job you will ever do. Give it your best. This fun, fast-paced conference delves into: 

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What it takes to raise kids in the midst of busy lives. Practical ways to take the fear out and put the fun back into parenting Preparing your child’s heart to receive God’s plan Turning heartache to hope with your rebellious child How to bring out the best in your strong-willed child Creating an environment of love and respect Giving your child tools to practically deal with their culture How to lead your child to be a great adult

When it comes to parenting, the days are long... but the years are short.

WEEKLY MEETINGS: Sunday School: Sundays at 9:30AM Classes for all ages Preschool—5th Grade

AWANA Clubs: Wednesdays at 6:00PM Preschool—5th Grade

FMI: Contact Philip Cross at 277-7980 or the Church office 949-5788

Children’s Choir: Wednesdays 5-6PM (meal included). For Grades K-5th *Choir resumes in the Fall!

Summer Wednesday Kids’ Club begins Wednesday, June 4th, at 6:00PM. Be sure to be here! (for K-5th Grade)

Tuesdays this summer we will be going to the movies again! You can meet us at the church at 9:30 or the theatre at 9:45. All shows are $1 each. Bring extra $$ for snacks if you like. Please let Philip know each week if you plan to meet him at the theatre!

June 17th

June 24th

July 1st

July 8th

PreTeen Camp

This camp is for those who have completed 3rd-6th grade

Highland lakes camp In Spicewood, TX (near Austin)

July 17th—20th, 2014 Cost: $225

$50 deposit due NOW if paid by June 1st Look them up at: Highland Lakes Preteen Camp


Sunday School: Sundays at 9:30AM CHBC Upstairs Home Groups: Sundays at 6:00PM Various Homes Outbreak: Wednesdays at 6:00PM CHBC Upstairs FMI: Contact Ryan Connel 325-277-1778 or 325-949-5788

June 8-14, 2014

COLLEGE MINISTRIES WEEKLY MEETINGS: Sunday School: Sundays at 9:30AM (in the College Room) Home Groups: Sundays at 6:00PM (Various Homes) Pause: Wednesdays at 8:00PM (Siefker’s House—1734Weston) FMI: Contact Ryan Connel at 227-1778 or church office at 949-5788

Resumes in the Fall

Sundays at 9:30am

Given To Date:


HOW TO CONTACT US: By Mail: College Hills Baptist Church 2102 Johnson Ave San Angelo TX 76904

BodyLife Summer Family Home Groups meet Sunday evenings at 6PM. All groups are open to anyone, so choose one and join us! Summer Host Homes:

By Phone: 325.949.5788 By Fax: 325.949.6877 By Email:


284 Amistad (Rex & Stacy Stephenson) Led by: Rex Stephenson & Jimmy Allen 2102 Johnson (Church) Led by: Amalia Guevara 2639 Parkview (J.T. & Michelle Smith) Led by: Andrew Siefker 4410 Wellington #407 (John & Paige Southwell) Led by: Ryan Connel 3934 High Meadow (Philip & Karen Cross) Led by: Philip Cross *the group that usually meets @ the Rikes’ home will join the group at the Cross home during the summer

Look us up on:



These men are responsible for hospital visitation and are available to anyone who has needs. Elder Fred Rike…….….....227-4208 Deacon John Bilberry……....942-1012 Elder Andrew Siefker…...212-4410 Deacon Charles Harrison....653-4386 Elder Rex Stephenson….942-9537 Deacon Jerry Walls………..…944-1876

Senior Pastor

Philip Cross: Family & Education Pastor

Ryan Connel: Pastor to Students

Micah Mariano: Worship Pastor

Cynthia Hickey: Ministry Assistant

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: Monday—Thursday: 8:30AM—4:00PM Friday: 9:00AM—4:00PM Lunch Break: Noon— 1:00PM

Extended Session Workers: We appreciate all our extended session workers. Please be in your place by 10:20AM so you can be there before the children arrive. Please call Philip Cross @ 325-277-7980 if you are unable to work your extended session or if you have any questions.

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1’s and 2’s:

3’s & 4’s:

Jessie Rike Zach Speciale Cameron Cross Analara Brown Elizabeth Torbett Courtney Carson Melaney Dombroski

Gina Puckett Rhiannon Kelso Shannon Lacy Kyla Reid Cami Mariano Allie Rike Paige Southwell

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