Hillcrest Resources - COVID 19 Response

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. - John 14:1

 

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Worship At Home

 
Dear Hillcrest Family,
 
This week, we're looking at the story of the Apostle Paul in the book of Acts. Through his suffering, we'll discover that God's work in the world isn't thwarted by tragedy. We hope the lessons from this message will encourage your heart as you live another week in a world with COVID-19.
 
Visit us at hbclife.online.church at 8:30am or 10:15am to engage in a live stream experience.
 
Also, get ready to share in the Lord's supper together! Grab some communion elements from your kitchen before you click-in. We're eager to share a special moment of worship as we remember Christ's death on our behalf.
 
 
We are continuing this week with the resource provided by Group Curriculum called, Empowering Courageous Kids!  We hope you are blessed by this time with your family!
 
Here’s the Plan for Week 6 (April 26, 2020):
·      Lesson Focus: Jesus Heals the Leper
·      Scripture passage: Matthew 8:1-3
·      Story point/takeaway: Jesus’ Power Helps Us When We are Lonely
·      Bible Story Video Link.
·      Worship element: included in the video but linked here in case you want to sing and dance again!)
·      And, the songs from the last two weeks in case you want to sing it again! Click hereherehere, and here!
 
Supplies to gather in advance: 
·      Thankful journals
·      Markers or crayons
·      A ruler or tape measure
·      A clear container about 1/3 full of water (it can be a water bottle or a food container – but it’s ideal if it can be tightly closed)
·      Oil
 
Homework: God Sightings—Be looking for ways God is at work all around you through the week 
(ways he is blessing you, ways he is taking care of others, ways he is revealed through creation, etc)
 
We hope and pray that you will consistently acknowledge the truth that Jesus’ power helps us when we are lonely as you begin and walk through this week!
 
Join the fun!  It’s a Hillcrest movie night! Take your family movie night up a notch by joining Hillcrest at the movies!  Share pictures to show us how you are making this Friday evening special! #HillcrestAtTheMovies
 
Click on these links to find the printables!
 
 
 
Sunday, April 19, 2020

Worship From Home

 
Dear Hillcrest Family,
 
We’re excited to bring you another Worship from Home experience this week, as we turn to a new series specifically suited to the challenges brought about by living in a world with COVID-19.
 
Visit us at hbclife.online.church at 8:30am or 10:15am to engage in a live stream experience. A couple staff members will "host" the service, allowing you to type your thoughts, request prayer, and engage with the worship. You can also watch the recorded service "on demand" any time on Sunday after the above service times.
 
 
Good Morning Hillcrest Families!  We are super excited for the ways that our families can be positively impacted by having this at-home worship experience!  Hopefully it will be a tool that is easy to use and enjoyed by all!  
 
We are continuing this week with the resource provided by Group Curriculum called, Empowering Courageous Kids!  We hope you are blessed by this time with your family!
 
Here’s the Plan for Week 5 (April 19, 2020):
 
·      Lesson Focus: Jesus heals a paralyzed man
·      Scripture passage: John 5:1-9
·      Story point/takeaway: Jesus’ Power Takes Action
·      Bible Story Video Link.
·      Worship element: (included in the video but linked here in case you want to sing and dance again!)
·      And, the songs from the last two weeks in case you want to sing it again! Herehere, and here!
 
Supplies to gather in advance: 
·      Thankfulness journals
·      Paper
·      Pen/Marker
·      Bible
 
Homework: God Sightings—Be looking for ways God is at work all around you through the week 
(ways he is blessing you, ways he is taking care of others, ways he is revealed through creation, etc)
 
We hope and pray that you will consistently acknowledge the truth that Jesus’ Power Takes Action as you begin and walk through this week!
 
 
 
Sunday, April 12, 2020

He Is Risen!

Dear Hillcrest Family,
 
Happy Resurrection Sunday! We’re excited to bring you another Worship from Home experience this Easter.
 
Visit us at hbclife.online.church at 8:30am or 11am to engage in a live stream experience. A couple staff members will "host" the service, allowing you to type your thoughts, request prayer, and engage with the worship. You can also watch the recorded service "on demand" any time on Sunday after the above service times.
 
As a way of expressing our celebration, we also invite you to put on those fancy spring outfits, snap a picture of yourself watching the live stream, and post to social media with the hashtag: #SundayBESTwithHillcrest
 
We've also put together a beautiful Easter Bulletin. Feel free to forward on to friends who might be curious to learn more about Hillcrest!
 

Good Morning Hillcrest Families!  
 

This Easter we've sought to provide a service that families can enjoy together, allowing kids to interact with the content while sitting beside their parents for the message and worship! We've created three coloring sheets (targeted for preschool/lower elementary) and three activity sheets (targeted for upper elementary) that will generally follow along with the points in the sermon which is looking at the text found in Luke 24: 13-32.  

  • 1—We focus on Jesus’ purpose…He came to die—
  • Preschool/Lower Elementary: Color the cross and reflect on why Jesus died
  • Upper Elementary: Complete the cross maze and stained glass coloring while considering why Jesus had to die
  • 2—We focus on Jesus’ presence—
  • Preschool/Lower Elementary: Color the men walking with Jesus on the road to Emmaus and acknowledge that Jesus wants a relationship with you
  • Upper Elementary: Find the hidden pictures and consider how Jesus made his presence known to his friends that that He similarly desires a relationship with you
  • 3—We focus on Jesus’ power…that he overcame death and so much more—
  • Preschool/Lower Elementary: Color the empty tomb and celebrate what this means for you
  • Upper Elementary: Complete the word search with words that tell the story of Jesus’ great victory over death and celebrate what this means for you

 

Next Sunday, we're starting a new teaching series specifically geared toward helping us live in a world with COVID-19.
 
Fear, anxiety, and uncertainty can be paralyzing. These responses have the potential to keep us from living the life meant for us. Though we may believe our God is never absent, there are times it can be hard to see Him or hear Him. When we experience moments that we cannot handle, we are reminded that we must continually rely on God. He is invites us to release our anxiety to Him. He wants us to experience life-giving rest. He gives us a peace that goes beyond all understanding. All of this, anchored in his goodness and control.  
 
You can still give when services are remote! If God leads you to partner financially in the work of Hillcrest, we welcome you to click the link below to give online. It is safe, secure and simple.
 
 
 
 
Friday, April 10, 2020

Jesus Begins the Journey to Golgotha

MATTHEW 27:27–34MARK 15:16–23JOHN 19:16b–17

 
The final stage of Jesus’s Roman trial concludes with a scourging. Roman scourging was so brutal and violent that prisoners would occasionally die before the crucifixion. Even though Jesus survives this form of torture, the beating ensures he will die before sundown. 
 
The irony is palpable: Jesus, a righteous man, is condemned to death while Barabbas, a guilty man, goes free. Jesus, a man declared not guilty by the Roman governor, is nonetheless given over for execution—an outrageous and transparent miscarriage of justice. The final verdict came about at the sixth hour (approaching noon) on the day of Preparation of the Passover, the time that lambs would be slain for the Sabbath dinner of Passover week. This connection further emphasizes that Jesus was the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world. 
 
 
Good Friday Activity:
We encourage you to listen to and participate in a Tenebrae service recorded at Hillcrest last year, taking us through the final hours of the Journey of Jesus to the Cross. Please gather 8 candles (7 small and 1 larger if possible) and following along in the booklet (see links to the recording and booklet below.
 
The word "tenebrae" comes from the Latin meaning "darkness" or “shadows”. The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that uses Scripture readings, poems, hymns, sounds and silence, gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events from the betrayal of Judas through Jesus' burial.
 
This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus' death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness, except for the re-lighting of the Christ candle which serves as the reminder of hope leading us to Easter Sunday. The worshipers then reflect in silence to ponder the impact of Christ's death and await the coming Resurrection.
 
Tenebrae service AUDIO HERE
 
Tenebrae service INSTRUCTIONS HERE
 
 
Check out this booklet of Bible reading and devotional activities.
 
If you'd like an extended printable version with daily content, check out this version here.
 
We also have Children's activities for the whole week, which can be viewed here!
 
 
 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Holy Week- Maundy Thursday

MATTHEW 26:17–19LUKE 22:7–13

 
Jesus instructs his disciples Peter and John to secure a large upper room in a house in Jerusalem and to prepare for the Passover meal. Jesus himself explains the significance of the bread and wine. The broken bread represents his body, which was about to be broken by blows, scourging, and crucifixion. The wine represents his blood, which is about to be poured out in order to inaugurate the new covenant and to bring forgiveness of sins to many. Just as the old covenant established by God with his people Israel at Sinai was inaugurated with the blood of sacrifices (Ex. 24:8), the new covenant, which would bring forgiveness of sins to all peoples, both Jews and Gentiles, was inaugurated by blood on a Roman cross. The language used by Jesus concerning his body being “given for you” and his blood being “poured out for many” points to the sacrificial nature of his death.
 
 
JOIN US TONIGHT for a Facebook WATCH PARTY Seder Meal experience with the Pulley family. Tonight, April 9th at 7pm on our Hillcrest Bible Church Facebook LINK HERE.
 
 
Check out this booklet of Bible reading and devotional activities.
 
If you'd like an extended printable version with daily content, check out this version here.

 

 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Worship From Home

Dear Hillcrest Family,
 
We’re excited to bring you another Worship from Home experience!
 
Visit us at hbclife.online.church at 8:30am or 10:15am to engage in a live stream experience. A couple staff members will "host" the service, allowing you to type your thoughts, request prayer, and engage with the worship. You can also watch the recorded service "on demand" any time on Sunday after the above service times.
 
As we begin Holy Week, we've created resources to help you stay centered on Christ. Check out this booklet of Bible reading and devotional activities! If you'd like an extended printable version with daily content, check out this version here.
 
We also have Children's activities for the whole week, which can be viewed here!
 
 

 

Good Morning Hillcrest Families!  We are super excited for the ways that our families can be positively impacted by having this at-home worship experience!  Hopefully it will be a tool that is easy to use and enjoyed by all!  
 
We are continuing this week with the resource provided by Group Curriculum called, Empowering Courageous Kids!  We hope you are blessed by this time with your family!
 
Here’s the Plan for Week 3 (April 5, 2020):
 
·      Lesson Focus: Palm Sunday
·      Scripture passage: Luke 19: 28-40
·      Story point/takeaway: Jesus’ Power is Unexpected
·      Bible Story Video Link here
·      Worship element: Link here.
(included in the video but linked here in case you want to sing and dance again!)
·      And, the songs from the last two weeks in case you want to sing it again! Here and here
 
Supplies to gather in advance: 
·      Thankfulness journals
·      markers or crayons
·      coats or jackets
·      ball or other round item 
 
Homework: God Sightings—Be looking for ways God is at work all around you through the week 
(ways he is blessing you, ways he is taking care of others, ways he is revealed through creation, etc)
 
We hope and pray that you will consistently acknowledge the truth that Jesus’ Power is Unexpected as you begin and walk through this week!
 
You can still give when services are remote! If God leads you to partner financially in the work of Hillcrest, we welcome you to click the link below to give online. It is safe, secure and simple.

 

Give

 

 

Sunday, March 29, 2020

New Online Platform for Worship at Home

 

Dear Hillcrest Family,
 
We’re excited to bring you another Worship from Home experience!
 
This time, visit us at hbclife.online.church at 8:30am or 10:15am to engage in a live stream experience. A couple staff members will "host" the service, allowing you to type your thoughts, request prayer, and engage with the worship. You can also watch the recorded service "on demand" any time after the above service times.
 
Also special this week, we're taking communion together! Gather some elements before the service to stand in as communion elements, and then we'll participate together in the Lord's meal.
 
 
 

Good Morning Hillcrest Families!  We are super excited for the ways that our families can be positively impacted by having this at-home worship experience!  Hopefully it will be a tool that is easy to use and enjoyed by all!  
 
We are continuing this week with the resource provided by Group Curriculum called, Empowering Courageous Kids!  We hope you are blessed by this time with your family!
 
Here’s the Plan for Week 2 (March 29, 2020):
 
·      Lesson Focus: Jesus Walks on Water
·      Scripture passage: Matthew 14:22-33
·      Story point/takeaway: Jesus’ Power Calms Our Worries
·      Worship element: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECtrMo-QcME
(included in the video but linked here in case you want to sing and dance again!)
·      And, the song from last week in case you want to sing it again! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1MDCwirYoQ&fbclid=IwAR23sdQeR7uHEQOehtDW1bGzcWzayP3MOCPXIvCFoeuyF5U93WyTBb3P0sY
 
Supplies to gather in advance: 
·      Thankfulness journals
·      Stack of paper (small ¼ or ½ sheet size is perfect)
·      Writing utensils
·      Small bowl of water
·      Pepper
·      Dish soap
 
Homework: God Sightings—Be looking for ways God is at work all around you through the week 
(ways he is blessing you, ways he is taking care of others, ways he is revealed through creation, etc)
 
We hope and pray that you will consistently acknowledge the truth that Jesus’ Power Calms Our Worries as you begin and walk through this week!
 

 

 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Hillcrest at Home This Sunday

Hillcrest family, 

We are trying something new this Sunday!

Last week was a TON of fun and we are learning and growing together as we engage each other in different and unique ways during this time.

 

THIS WEEK, Join us at https://hbclife.online.church at one of our usually service times 830am or 1015am for an online service hosted by one of our staff members as we find ways to still be united as we’re worshipping from our homes. 

I invite you to re-read Ephesians 1-4 this weekend and we will tackle Ephesians 4:29-5:2 together this Sunday at 8:30am or 10:15am.

 

***Please make sure you and your family have some sort of bread and juice to use at the end of the service as we partake in communion together as a Church family, remembering the Goodness of God.

~ David and the Hillcrest Staff

 

 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Worship From Home

 

 

Dear Hillcrest Family,

 

We’re excited to bring you another Worship from Home experience!

 

During this time of social distancing, we acknowledge that gathering as God’s people and drawing our attention to Him still holds enormous value.  In light of that, we invite you to gather in your homes or other local, smaller settings to engage with this worship experience.

 

Sermon Notes

Powerpoint Slides

 

 

In addition to #HillcrestatHOME for our adults, this Sunday we are launching an online experience for you to enjoy as a family! We are also hoping to get into a predictable weekly rhythm for kids ministry where morning devotionals are shared with an activity idea that correlates. 

 

Children's Sunday Morning Experience

 

Sunday: At-Home Sunday Morning Experience with lesson, worship song, and relevant activity

Monday: Devotional video with write the Word verse and craft

Tuesday: Devotional video with write the Word verse and game/activity

Wednesday: Devotional video with write the Word verse and service idea

Thursday: Devotional video with write the Word verse and object lesson or worship activity

 

We’ll continue to roll out resources and ideas for fellowship and spiritual guidance during this unique season. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and your email for further updates.

 

With you, for Christ,

-Hillcrest Leadership Team

 

 

Thursday, March 20, 2020

Children's Ministry

Hello Hillcrest Families!
 
This Sunday we are launching an online experience for you to enjoy together at home!  Many resources have been flying our way, and we have been trying to sort through to find something that we believe best suits our families!  I think we have settled on one, and I am very excited about it…so stay tuned!
 
We are also hoping to get into a predictable weekly rhythm where morning devotionals are shared with an activity idea that correlates.  These will be sent out via email and they will also be posted to our new Hillcrest Kids Oregon page on Facebook!  So, be sure to join that today! 
 
Just so you know what to expect, our rhythm will look something like this: 
Sunday: At-Home Sunday Morning Experience with lesson, worship song, and relevant activity
Monday: Devotional video with write the Word verse and craft
Tuesday: Devotional video with write the Word verse and game/activity
Wednesday: Devotional video with write the Word verse and service idea
Thursday: Devotional video with write the Word verse and object lesson or worship activity
 
We hope that in this time, we can share a variety of resources with you that you may find work very well for your family’s interests.  We also hope to give ideas of spiritual disciplines that kids can engage in so that it begins habits for your family even beyond these weeks of physical separation.  That being said, the “write the word verse” portion is one of those disciplines I am promoting for the Elementary kids!  I was introduced to the idea of writing Scripture, and it is a unique and impactful way of processing the Word.  I will have a verse selected Monday through Thursday that I would encourage kids to write out in a journal.  You can expand on the idea by having them add a picture or write out how the verse encourages them.  
 
We trust that in this time of close proximity to your family you are staying encouraged and finding ways to intentionally connect!  Please let us know if you need prayer, ideas, or anything else!  
 
Erin

 

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

New Rhythms for a new season

Hillcrest Family,

 

As you know, our neighborhoods, state, and country are deeply and rightly concerned about the Coronavirus. As followers of Jesus, we also struggle in these times with the pain of living in this fallen world; a world that is corrupted with pain and fear and disease. But when we grieve, we grieve as people with hope. In times like these, of crisis and challenge, we rest on the consistency and goodness we find in Jesus. 

 

While we are suspending our physical gatherings, we are NOT suspending our desire to invite people into life with Jesus! 

 

Check out the video below to get a sense of what’s coming this Sunday in Ephesians.

 

As a staff, we have spent the week collaborating and working together to explore what subsequent weeks will look like as we keep our lives attentive to God’s work, dream of ways to continue to maintain community, and think of creative ways to continue to share life with Jesus with those around us

 

Starting this Sunday, we will begin a weekly rhythm where we will continue to share a video version of our Sunday service, and explore different elements to apply during that collective time. Then, Monday thru Thursday, we will have an opportunity to accomplish the three objectives listed above. Monday will contain an encouragement for us to be attentive to God,

 

Tuesday will center on ministry continuity and community, Wednesday will be focused on inviting people in our neighborhoods and our community into life with Jesus, and Thursday will be focused on prayer for the transformation of our lives, homes, neighborhoods, and world. 

 

There will be more ideas to come within each of these areas as we continue to listen to our church family, and help you stay connected to us and to each other. Remember to follow Hillcrest Bible Church on Facebook and Instagram as well. Stay encouraged and know that we love you!


 

Always for God’s glory,

- David Bartosik

 

PS If you're interested in getting connected with a life group community via a weekly virtual meeting time, take a moment to click on this link to get signed up! You don't have to remain socially isolated during this time of social distancing!

 
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Children's Ministry

Hey families!

I have compiled a little bit of info that might be helpful as you chat with your kids about the Coronavirus!  

Soon, I hope to have other resources available for you as you spend intentional time with your kids over the next weeks and potentially beyond!

Let me know if you have any questions or if we can help in any way!

Erin

Coronavirus_Talk_from_Hillcrest_Kids.pdf

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Campus Closure

Hello Hillcrest Family,

With the COVID 19 situation we feel it is part of our responsibility as a public facility to close our campus and facilities for an indefinite period of time. We know it might be tempting to bring kids to get their energy out or play a game of basketball while kids are out of school but we are not equipped to handle that level of frequent cleaning of facilities, toys, gym equipment and play structure.

While we wish we could see you, for now, please contact office staff by phone or email or the main office phone number (608) 835-7972 or email ( ). We are also working on plans to work remotely if it is deemed necessary.

We care about each of you and want to do our part to keep you all healthy. It is a crazy time. Even more important than your physical health, we pray you are taking time to focus on your spiritual health. Although the church facilities are closed, we as a church will continue to function, just in a different context. Bear with us as we work to find unique and creative ways to maintain church community and to BE the Church. Please let us know if there is any way we can support you and your family during this time.
 
Our conviction is that our ultimate hope in this life is in the sovereign God and the peace he promises.  "When I am afraid I will put my trust in You." - Psalm 56:3.
 
Praying for you all and looking forward to seeing you soon!
 
The Hillcrest Office Staff

 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Worship From Home

 

 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Response to Covid 19

 

Hillcrest church family, 

 

We want to give you an important update on Hillcrest’s response to the Covid-19, or coronavirus, situation. Our elders have been monitoring the situation recently and have put together an action plan that impacts our campus and our ministries.

 

In keeping with the guidelines and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the Madison Department of Public Health, we will not be having any on-campus worship experience this weekend and likely continuing through the end of March; 3/15,3/22, and 3/29.  We hope to be back together by 4/5. 

 

Also, we will be postponing Life Groups, MOPS events, Bible Studies and JOY Connect gatherings, Family Ministries, including Hillcrest Kids, Elevate Ministry, Deviate Ministry, and Family Connect, in-person meetings, through March 31st.

 

For Sunday morning, we're actively working on a means to deliver an at-home worship experience for you and your families. We're also preparing tools and content for parents to interact with their kids. We also really want to partner with you parents as you navigate some hard conversations and fears that your children may be having. 

 

Our conviction is that our ultimate hope in this life is in the sovereign God and the peace he promises.  We choose to trust in the words of Jesus when He told His fearful disciples in John 14:1, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.”

 

In light of the current Covid-19 status, in a matter of just a few days the impact has significantly increased, and therefore, we believe that canceling Sunday service will be the most prudent move.   We have decided to act with an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our church family and surrounding community. 

 

With all of this in mind though, this coming text in Ephesians is very timely. In our journey from faithlessness to Jesus, our lives are fundamentally and radically changed.  One expression of this radical change is a movement from fear to faith. In a time of crisis, how do we live?

 

This entire year, we have been focusing our Sunday mornings on the radical transformation that has and continues to take place in our identity as a result of God’s radical work in our lives.  Doesn’t it almost feel like God has actually prepared us to be his church in the midst of the chaos, believing that the gates of hell will not prevail against our hope in Jesus?  Our finding peace in the midst of these circumstances is actually a reflection that we trust in God's sovereign plan.

 

As a church and as individual followers of Jesus, may we increasingly trust God, even in times of uncertainty. May we also be bold in our prayers and step in love towards one another and the communities we live in. 

 

Our hope is that we will be able to gather again soon, and we look forward to the new ways we will be able to love and serve our communities in the days ahead.

 

We are very committed to continuing to support each person in our church family and community during these days. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any concern or need you might have. 

 

In the meantime, we continue to pray that God’s will be done, and that we will see you all soon.

 

-       HBC Leadership Team