May 26, 2019
CONGRATULATIONS to Larry & Carmie Franklin who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 24th. The family is throwing a card shower to honor them. Cards can be mailed to 718 Mission Ct. Freeport.
MARRIED COUPLES - Spring is in the air, and it’s a good season for romance. Speak those famous words “I do” to each other again by intentionally going on a date. This says to your spouse, I “still” do. Have kids? Need a sitter? No problem, we’ve got it covered. Date Night with childcare is scheduled for Friday, June 14th from 5:30 - 9:00pm for nursery age - 5th grade. Games, movie & a snack will be provided. To sign-up for FREE childcare visit the Welcome Center, Children’s Check-In Desk, or www.parkhillschurch.com/ministries/marriage-ministry.
BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN - The Freeport Pregnancy Center works in our community to help teens, youth, women and families who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. They have been reaching out to people in need for over 27 years! We want to support them in this ‘front-line’ ministry again this year by joining in their annual Change for Life. Please pick up an empty baby bottle from the bassinet in the lobby, take it home, and over the next few weeks fill it with coins, bills or checks and then return it to the church by Sunday, June 16th, Father’s Day. Your donations mean that the women, men and unborn children who need help in our own community always have a place to turn to for support and encouragement. Last year this campaign raised $27,000!!
BAPTISM is an important event in the believer's walk with Jesus Christ. If you are interested in being baptized at our June 23rd service, please call the church office at 815/232-6159 to speak with one of our pastors before Monday, June 10th.
BACKYARD VBS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD! Would you like to build relationships based on Jesus with the children and families around you? We are looking for BACKYARDS to host our five-day Vacation Bible Schools and would love to bring a VBS into your neighborhood, via your home/yard the weeks of June 17th or June 24th (Monday – Friday). All you need to do is provide a space and spread the word in your neighborhood with children ages 5-12 (ages 3 and 4 are welcome to attend too-with a parent). We will provide the teaching team (a dynamic group of high school & college students) to do the games, activities, stories and MORE! Are you interested? Visit www.parkhillskids.com to reserve your spot today (morning, afternoon and evening openings available).
SPRINGHILL DAY CAMP IS A WEEK OF FUN FOR OUR ENTIRE CHURCH FAMILY! We would love to have YOU volunteer during camp week this summer, Monday, July 29th – Friday, August 2nd!!! Please pray about this and seek how God is leading you to be involved. There are many ways to participate! We are looking for Counselors in Training, Host Homes, Lunch Prep Volunteers, Registration Volunteers, and Tuesday/Thursday Gathering Hosts. Please sign up at the Welcome Center or with
HEAL GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP – HEAL grief and education group offers sessions open to anyone 18 yrs and older who have experienced the death of someone special. Learn about the grieving process and ideas for coping and healing in a safe and supportive setting. This 6 - week session will begin Wednesday, June 5th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm at St. Camillus Center, 2101 6th St. Monroe, WI. Please call the Monroe Clinic Hospice office to register 608/324-1230, more information at www.monroeclinic.org
FUNERAL services for Gerry McClellan, visitation here from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, funeral service at 3:00 pm with meal to follow.
FACC is asking for donations of oatmeal for the month of May. Donations may be left in Lobby bin.
NO MONDAY NIGHT CHURCH this Monday, May 27th/Memorial Day.
FAITH COMMUNITY NURSE (FCN) – FCN’s will be doing free blood pressure screenings, TODAY, Sunday, May 26th, between services (9:45 – 10:30 am) in the Music Room Annex.
GUATEMALA TRIP - Our students and some of our leaders will be heading to Sumpango, Guatemala June 30th to July 5th for a work/mission trip that focuses on helping build a church while serving an HIV/AIDS camp in the local village. We would love for you to join us in prayer support and consider us for financial support! The Welcome Center has support letters available. If you'd rather pray for us, please grab one of the prayer sheets near the envelopes - you will find a list of those going and some basic prayer requests to get you started.
DID YOU KNOW? You can view/listen to the weekly sermons on our PH mobile app (parkhillschurch) and website (www.parkhillschurch.com). Download a copy to listen offline! You will also find the sermon application points in the same location.
MASTERMIND CONFERENCE – Highland Community College is hosting the Mastermind Conference on Vision & Purpose Saturday, June 1st. For more information, and to purchase tickets visit freeportmastermind.com.
A poem by Jill Jeffrey, reflecting on last week’s sermon…
Who is destined for salvation?
How much does it cost?
Is it expensive treasure?
Once acquired, can it be lost?
Salvation is no commodity
To be bartered, bought or sold
It’s not like gold or silver
Not something one can hold.
Salvation is available,
Free for anyone to know.
It was already bought by Jesus
On the cross so long ago.
Then why don’t people claim it,
So freely theirs to take?
Can’t they see that their rejection
Will cause God’s heart to break?
Not everyone denies Him though.
Sometimes they’ve never heard
The message of salvation,
God’s healing, saving Word.
Who can bring this healing Word?
Who will tell the searching souls?
Who will the sharers be?
Not the pastors, nor the teachers,
But the Christians, me and you.
We, each one, have power
From the Holy Spirit true.
Let the Holy Spirit change you
As He did when Jesus died.
The disciples caught His fire,
Authority they defied.
We have access to that fire.
The Holy Spirit waits.
Satan loves our hesitation.
It’s our sharing God he hates.
So live and love like Jesus.
Overcome the daily fear.
Share with new abandon
The faith you hold so dear.
Some people may disdain you.
Some may even talk you down.
But the ones who hear your message
Will one-day wear a crown.
Knowing, Loving, Following, Jesus Together
PARK HILLS EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH
2525 W STEPHENSON ST - FREEPORT, IL 61032 815-232-6159
Office Hours: M-Th 9 am - 4 pm & Fri 9 am - 12 pm