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The Messenger College Hills Baptist Church

Volume 4, Issue 23

June 24, 2014

Mission Team to Japan Let us all begin to pray for Justin Kelso and Pam Luce who will be joining a mission team from Temple Bible Church in an evangelistic outreach to Japan starting July 26. We all can be a part of this mission effort by praying for them daily and by supporting them financially. If you want to give to this mission effort, mark your envelope “Japan.” God's Grip On You "When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation." Proverbs 10:25 Faith is not how strong your grip on God is but seeing and realizing through His Word that God is the One who is securely hanging on to you. Jesus said, "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one" (John 10:27-30). Continued on page 2

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PreTeen Camp Info


Youth Ministry Info


Rediscovering the Joy of Family Ladies’ Bible Study Hamburger Lunch & Mission Report


College Ministry Info


Grace Based Parenting Conference Children’s Ministry Info


Contact Information Ministries Information Extended Session Schedule



In this issue

From the Pastor From the Pastor Continued July 6th Freedom Celebration

God’s Grip on You (continued from page 1) The Apostle Paul reasoned, "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?... For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:31, 38-39). Jesus promised, "I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5), and, "Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20). Jesus also tells His followers that His choosing of us did not just happen yesterday. "Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure" (Ephesians 1:4-5). God also told believers, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41:10). He wants to encourage us with His tenderness, "God tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart" (Isaiah 40:11). These are just a few scriptures that tell who God is and His care for His children. The whole Bible tells us how great and wonderful and majestic our God and King and Father and Savior and Lord is and how He has included us, His followers, in His redemptive plan. Nothing in this world, nothing in this life, can undo who God is and His great love for us. So believers are not defined nor bullied by their circumstances. Believers find their meaning, their purpose, their significance, their joy in Christ, not in their circumstances. So faith is not how strong your grip on God is. Faith is seeing and realizing how strong His grip is on you. "The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1). Lakan

9:30— Sunday School 10:45— Morning Worship & Lord’s Supper

Hamburger Lunch & Kenya Mission Report with Elizabeth McWhorter in the Fellowship Hall after Morning Worship Please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share (enough for your family plus one more)

Sunday morning series: 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 325-9495788.

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

Sunday July 6th in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the morning service. Hamburger Lunch and Kenya Mission Report with Elizabeth McWhorter

Please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share (bring enough for your family plus one more!)

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!

July 1st

July 8th

July 15th

July 22nd

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

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

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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

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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

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.

Cynthia Hickey: Ministry Assistant

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

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1’s and 2’s:

3’s & 4’s:

Cameron Cross Analara Brown Elizabeth Torbett Courtney Carson Melaney Dombroski

Shannon Lacy Kyla Reid Cami Mariano Allie Rike Paige Southwell

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