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The Messenger College Hills Baptist Church Volume 2, Issue 39

A gift to the community. I am so excited about our church sponsoring again a free Fall Festival next Wednesday, October 31, as a gift to our community. This is one of the ways we want to let people know that we are here, and we want to get to know them, and hopefully have an opportunity to be able to share Christ with them. Let us pray that God would open up those opportunities for us during and after the Festival. Thank you so much for your financial support for this, for your prayers and for your participation. Thank you, Philip, for your leadership in putting this together. Everybody's commitment of time, financial contribution and perseverance in prayer are all for the great cause of the gospel of our Lord Jesus. Continued on page 2

October 24, 2012


A Gift to the Community P. 1 The Persecuted Church P. 2 Annual Fall Festival P. 3 Replenish Ladies Retreat Info P. 4 Body Life Info P. 4 Youth Ministries P. 5 College Ministries P. 5 Children’s Ministries P. 6 Ministries P. 7 Contact Info P. 7

The Persecuted Church The persecuted church. Our church-planter friends in southern Philippines will not baptize anyone who is not willing to die for his faith. This may seem an undue burden on new believers, but they live in a world where persecution and martyrdom are not at all remote. We have brothers and sisters in Christ in Iran, in Saudi Arabia, in Iraq, in Pakistan, in China, in Myanmar, and other places who have been beaten, driven out of their homes and community, and some who were killed for their faith. This should not surprise us since our Lord Jesus told us that “if they persecuted me, they will persecute you also” (John 15:20). While we can and do suffer some type of persecution in the United States, most of us cannot begin to imagine what believers in other countries go through. But we can stand with them and their suffering by praying for them. On Sunday, November 11, we will observe with other churches in the world A Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Our worship service that morning will be a little

different as we simulate how believers in areas of persecution worship. We will also spend time in praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters. There will be prayer guides that you can take home and use for individual and family devotion. We also have prayer wristbands to remind you to pray. When I was in southern Philippines, I met two young ladies who were about to be deployed to a dangerous community. They spoke with quiet and joyful confidence about getting to share Isa al Masih (Jesus the Messiah) with this people group. I just received an update this week about them. They have been deployed and were introduced to the leaders of the community who were suspicious of their motives. One line that caught my attention in that email was, that their supervisor “saw fear and terror in their eyes.” When you stare at the face of the reality of suffering and martyrdom, it is very unnerving. But the “fear and terror” did not diminish their resolve to stay and share Isa. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to obey the Lord in spite of fear. We can pray that God continues to give them, and others like them, boldness to speak the Lord Jesus' name. Lakan

How You Can Help: Bring bags of individually wrapped candies to be used as game prizes. 

Adopt one or more booths ($45 each). See bulletin insert for details or call the church 

office. Bring cakes, cookies, pies for the popular Cake Walk Booth. 

Volunteer to “man” a booth, help with set up and/or clean up.

Invite family, friends, acquaintances to attend.

FMI: Contact Philip Cross or the church office.

Location: Abilene, TX

Speaker: Kim Ransleben

Payment Schedule: Non-refundable deposit due by Nov. 1st— Next payment due by Dec. 1st— Final payment due by Jan. 1st— Total Cost:

$25 $25 $20 $70

Sundays, 6-7:30PM— Fall BodyLife Evening Home Groups: “Encountering the Gospel’s Power” HOST HOMES: 201 Churchill (Sam & Tracy Trobett) Led by: Sam Torbett & Rex Stephenson 6706 Grand Canal (James & Nina Reid) Led by: James Reid & Philip Cross 1525 S. Van Buren (John & Paige Southwell) Led by: Ryan Connel 2639 Parkview (J.T. & Michelle Smith) Led by: Andrew Siefker 2102 Johnson (Church) Led by: John Bilberry Church nursery is available for Birth-PreK children of BodyLife participants. Nursery open from 5:45PM—8:00PM Kid’s Choir (Gr. K-5th) meet in the AWANA Assembly Room.



Weekly Meetings Sunday School: Sundays at 9:30AM CHBC Upstairs Home Groups: Sundays at 6:00PM Various Homes

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 Home-1734 Weston) FMI: Contact Ryan Connel at 227-1778 or church office at 9495788

Outbreak: Wednesdays at 6:00PM CHBC Upstairs

Study: Hosea

We are having another exciting year in our KIDS’ CHOIR. It is open to all students grades K-5th. We meet Sunday evenings at 6PM in the AWANA Assembly Room. This year’s directors are Stacy Stephenson, Ashley Minor, and Amanda Shirley. Come join us as we learn our Christmas musical, “Signs of Christmas”!

Children’s Ministries

WEEKLY MEETINGS: Sunday School: Sundays at 9:30AM Classes for all ages Preschool—5th Grade Kids on Fire Choir: Sundays at 6:00PM CHBC AWANA room Grades K-5th Grade AWANA Clubs: Wednesdays at 6:00PM Preschool—5th Grade

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

AWANA Calendar: 10-24—Pumpkin Night (wear orange) 10-31—No Club— Fall Festival! 11-07—Club Night 11-14—Give Thanks Night 11-21—No Club— Happy Thanksgiving! 11-28—Club Night

AWANA Clubs— AWANA stands for "approved workmen are not ashamed". This wonderful, international children's program provides a clear, consistent presentation of the gospel through-

Bible memory – our cornerstone • Circle games exclusive to Awana • A fun approach to learning God’s Word • Leadership training that is second to none • The church leaders of tomorrow trained to serve today • Evangelistic focus designed to reach unchurched youth and their families

Given To Date:


Session 3: Oct. 26th

Cost for Course: $25 (single) $40 (couple)

Nursery for CHBC by reservation only

HOW TO CONTACT US: By Mail: College Hills Baptist Church 2102 Johnson Ave San Angelo TX 76904 By Phone: 325.949.5788 By Fax: 325.949.6877 By Email: Online: Look us up on:

ELDERS AND DEACONS: 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 Rex Stephenson…....942-9537 Deacon Charles Harrison….…...653-4386 Elder Andrew Siefker……..212-4410 Deacon Jerry Walls……………..…944-1876

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 Cathy Blair at 405-496-5769 if you are unable to work your extended session or if you have any questions.

10-28 11-04 11-11 11-18 11-25

1’s and 2’s: Brad & Michon Grissom Ross & Savanna Powell Raymond & Jessalyn Cherry Jessie Rike/Stephen Guevara Rex & Josh Stephenson

3’s & 4’s: Brittany Guevara/Cameron Cross Kira Connel/Tara Weber Erik Tharp/ Mabel Chote Rob & Brandi Larmon Taylor Stephenson/Presley Fisher

YOUR CHURCH STAFF: Lakan Mariano: 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

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