Retirement: Not What I Thought It Would Be | Part II
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Retirement: Not What I Thought It Would Be | Part II

In July 2017 I wrote an article for Inside Hillside that questioned whether the time I had spent on planning for my retirement was good stewardship of the time and resources God had blessed me with during my forty-two year career. In the article I concluded that all this time spent on planning was good...

A New Season
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A New Season

I tell you the truth: unless a grain of wheat is planted in the ground and dies, it remains a solitary seed. But when it is planted, it produces in death a great harvest. John 12:24 I didn’t celebrate my first Advent till I was 23. I grew up in a Southern Baptist church in...

December 23, 2016December 23, 2016by
A Thanks Giving Story
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A Thanks Giving Story

Dear Hillside Family, The past twelve months have been an unforgettable experience for our family. Last September, Laura and I decided that our son Lucas, a senior at South Christian at the time, needed additional help in coping with life, so we sent him to a boarding school in Idaho. During his time there, he...

November 28, 2016November 28, 2016by
Parenting Grandchildren
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Parenting Grandchildren

I never dreamed what the Lord had in mind for me when he called my husband Mark home to heaven and thus retired me from cross-country trucking. One of the first things I did was lo for a church home. I found that at Hillside. Within a short time I was involved in Women’s Bible...

October 28, 2016October 28, 2016by
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My Story

“Hi, my name is Ken and I am an alcoholic.” I have said that hundreds, maybe thousands, of times since my car accident on June 6, 2000. Before the accident, I was a very sick man. The disease of alcoholism wanted only one thing – to totally control and destroy me. It had taken many...

September 23, 2016September 23, 2016by
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School Days

The beginning of a new school year is a big event in most families, especially if there is a kid starting kindergarten. For several months before my youngest was due to embark upon that great adventure, I suffered from an acute case of the jitters– not because I was nervous about letting go of my...

September 1, 2016September 1, 2016by
Kids’ Life Bible Club
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Kids’ Life Bible Club

It was about twenty years ago, at the invitation of a friend, that I became involved with Kids’ Life Bible Club. I began teaching a club at Buchanan Elementary School, and I continue to teach a Bible Club group there.   A couple of years after I started volunteering with the Bible Club, I was...

August 13, 2016August 13, 2016by
God’s Fingerprints in a Mess
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God’s Fingerprints in a Mess

Val will be the first person to tell you that much of her life can only be described as “messed up”—but she will also be the first person to tell you that now she can see how God’s fingers are everywhere in her life, even in the times that felt messed up beyond redemption.  ...

Serving Those Who Serve
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Serving Those Who Serve

There are many reasons why we might not see someone at church each Sunday. Tyler Piersma has a good reason; he is stationed in Virginia, serving our country in the U.S. Navy. Recently we reached out to Tyler for an article for our Newsletter. His response reminded us that our stories are not really about...

God Will Not Let Me Go?
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God Will Not Let Me Go?

In our newsletter, we’ve heard wonderful stories of how God’s grace and fully immersed his children throughout the scariness of almost dying, before or during open-heart surgery.   But what if his did not immerse a heart-patient? What if someone almost died and did not feel the people of God holding her up...