Category Archives: Connect

CONNECT: Sharing Our Thanksgiving

-submitted by Travis Flora

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1

The American holiday for giving thanks is upon us. And I, for one, think that’s pretty cool. Despite all the bickering over just about any and every topic, our nation still sets aside one day each year to give thanks to the One who provides all blessings and goodness.

Sure the holiday has changed a little over the years. To some people, Thanksgiving is nothing more than a speedbump on the way to Black Friday sales and special deals. That’s too bad. I like a good deal as much as anyone, but let’s not lose sight of what is really important.

It’s about God. And His goodness. And the love He has shown us. It can be physical blessings, which is what we most often focus on. But it is also the Spiritual blessings he has shown to those of us who are in Christ.

There are lots of Bible verses that talk about Thanksgiving. I started this blog with one. I’ve seen several other verses posted by friends on Facebook. That’s great. Spread that word every way we can, including Social Media!

To end today’s ramblings, I’d like to do something a little different. I’m going to list a few of the things I’m thankful for this year. I’m going to pray my thanks for them, and I’d like you to do the same. List a few things you are faithful for. You can list them in the Comments section at the bottom of this page, or on the Holly Hill CoC Facebook page. But don’t just pray for your own blessings, pray for those listed by others. Let’s focus and share in the goodness God has provided to all of us, our friends and family in Christ. This is a great way for us to CONNECT with each other.

Here’s a start on my list:

 My wife, for making me a better man.

My kids for their love, optimism and faith that I can do anything.

My friends, old and new, for picking me up when I’m down, and letting me do the same for them.

My mother-in-law and grandmother, both of whom passed away this year but live on through their love and the lessons they taught me.

My employer, because lots of people don’t have a job, and my kids like to eat and have a roof over their heads.

My church family. You are much more than just friends, you truly are family and have been such a blessing to Mary Sue, Cassie, Evan and me. I thank God for each of you for showing me a better way to live and serve God.

And finally (and above all), I’m thankful to God for making it all possible and being there with me when I need him, and even when I think I don’t.

I look forward to hearing what you’re thankful for and sharing in your blessings.

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CONNECT: Fun Times at the Men’s Retreat

-submitted by Travis Flora

This was my first year to attend a Men’s Retreat, not just at Holly Hill but anywhere. To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect when Evan and I signed up to attend this year. Even though we’ve been attending Holly Hill for about a year and a half now, we still don’t know many people that well. So as I thought about attending the Men’s Retreat, I was both excited and also a little nervous. It’s one thing to be around people on Sundays and Wednesdays, but something different to spend a few days tucked away at a Bible camp with people you don’t know that well.

As Tom Owens wrote in a blog about the Men’s Retreat that was published a few weeks ago, the lessons were great. Gary Knuckles did a fantastic job leading us through lessons that encourage us to be both the salt and the light of the world. It’s amazing how much you can really learn and examine about yourself when there are no outside distractions, like work, home projects, television, internet, and even family.

Just as valuable to me, though, was the “free time.” This was a chance to see my brothers in Christ “cutting loose” and having fun. You get to learn a lot about people’s character when you strip away the formality of “church” and just hang out. We have a bunch of fun-loving guys! Besides the usual sitting around talking and swapping tales, there were board games, basketball and tetherball, and several took a few hours on Saturday to take a nature hike along the trails of a state park that was within walking distance of Spring Mill Bible Camp where we stayed. The lake and cave were pretty awesome, and we even got to learn a little about our frontier past by visiting a restored frontier village complete with working mill.

And then there was Four Square. I’d never heard much about Four Square before coming to Holly Hill and finding out it is a required activity, not just for the younger men who attended, but for some of the older guys, too. It was fun to watch the older guys (David Rogers, Nick, Bryan and Kenneth) gang up on the younger guys and laugh with unrestrained joy as yet another young man was sent to the back of the line after getting victimized by another David Rogers corner shot. As I said, you learn a lot about people in situations like this…

We’ve uploaded several photos on our Facebook page that show some of the fun things we enjoyed together, including Nick Gill’s special birthday cake. Be sure to check it out. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.217670474972490.54316.138387032900835&type=1

And we’re also including links to a few YouTube clips that show some of the fun we had, fellowshipping with one another and growing closer as men in service to Christ. If the videos don’t appear below, just follow this link to our Holly Hill church of Christ YouTube Channel. Also, thanks to Gregg Stratton for sharing his videos from the retreat. http://www.youtube.com/user/HollyHillCOC?feature=mhee

When it comes to retreats and camps and other similar activities, it’s not just about learning God’s word (although that’s certainly the main emphasis), but it’s also about CONNECTing with each other. I encourage all the men at Holly Hill to make plans to attend next year.

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CONNECT is a weekly blog designed as a way for us to get to know each other better, build stronger relationships, and make us better equipped to edify one another. These blogs will highlight members of our congregation, either new converts, new members, or highlight other members to help us know each other better.


CONNECT: Fall Festival Was GREAT!

-submitted by Travis Flora

Saturday, October 29, several members of Holly Hill got together to put together our first Fall Festival. Wow, what a great time! Over 100 people attended and enjoyed an afternoon of fun and fellowship! There were great games and activities, and David Rogers tied the days’ events into a great devotional. We really appreciate Amber Collins for organizing this year’s event, plus all the others who volunteered their time and resources to make this event a reality. Let’s be sure to thank them for their efforts. Events like this don’t just happen, it takes all of us CONNECTing and working together to make it real! We’ve uploaded several dozen photos of the event on our Facebook page. Here’s the link. https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.212472262158978.53305.138387032900835&type=1

Finally, here’s a video that may have been the highlight of the day, at least to the kids. Not to reveal too much, but just imagine two things: David Rogers and Slime! Check it out!

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CONNECT is a weekly blog designed as a way for us to get to know each other better, build stronger relationships, and make us better equipped to edify one another. These blogs will highlight members of our congregation, either new converts, new members, or highlight other members to help us know each other better.


CONNECT: Our New TV Ad

-submitted by Travis Flora

Our first TV ad using our Connect. Reach. Grow. theme goes into use this week. We showed a sneak peak of it after morning worship services yesterday, but as promised, here it is again on our YouTube channel. Be sure to share the link with all your friends and be prepared to talk about what CONNECT means. We look forward to building stronger relationships with each other as we strive to serve God through Christ. A special thanks to David Rogers for creating the ad and Bryan Dill for doing an excellent job as our spokesman! For those interested, the TV ad will be shown in Frankfort Plant Board on Lifetime, USA, TBS and HGTV, at least for now. We may switch that up a little in a few weeks.

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/HollyHillCOC#p/a/u/0/zFkTjDDkLk4

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CONNECT is a weekly blog designed as a way for us to get to know each other better, build stronger relationships, and make us better equipped to edify one another. These blogs will highlight members of our congregation, either new converts, new members, or highlight other members to help us know each other better.


CONNECT: Fall Festival This Saturday!

-submitted by Amber Collins

Hello Everyone,

I am so excited to be a part of the Fall Festival we are having for the younger members of Holly Hill.  We are so blessed to have the opportunity to spread the word of God to so many little ears.  They are precious little angels with a bundle of energy so I figured let’s wear them out with a Fall Festival, ha-ha. 

 We will have games, prizes, and even contests.  I am not going to say who but there will also be someone getting slimed that day, WOO HOO! 

Attention parents:   If the weather permits, make sure you bring a jacket for your kiddo; we will have a bouncy house and pony rides. 

This event is free so pack up the kids and come on out!  It will be held on Saturday, October 29th, from 2-4pm

If you would like to volunteer or need more information please contact me.  Take care of God bless!

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CONNECT is a weekly blog designed as a way for us to get to know each other better, build stronger relationships, and make us better equipped to edify one another. These blogs will highlight members of our congregation, either new converts, new members, or highlight other members to help us know each other better.


CONNECT: Are You Sleeping When You’re Needed?

-submitted by Travis Flora

Our Life Group Bible lesson yesterday centered on Matthew 26:36-46. This is Matthew’s account of Christ’s prayer in Gethsemane on the night of his betrayal. The message we focused on at Life Group was how Christ prayed  to God that “Thy will be done” and how He accepted God’s plan for redeeming mankind from sin.

It’s a great lesson, but there’s another one I want to focus on today, and that is the role of His disciples during this event.

From this passage and parallel accounts in the other gospels, we see Christ was surrounded by his 11 faithful disciples when he went to the Mount of Olives (Judas had already left to betray Him). However, we see that even within this small group, there were different relationships and responsibilities to their friend, Jesus.

First, Jesus left eight of His followers at the base of the mountain to keep watch. He knew that Jewish authorities would soon be there to arrest him, so he left these men as lookouts. These men had an important role providing a first set of eyes to watch for trouble. Jesus didn’t abandon them there, he left them with a mission. He depended on them to be there when He needed them.

Jesus then took his three closest friends – Peter, James and John — with him to the garden at Gethsemane. Why? As we see from the passage, it was because the human side of Christ desired what each of us long for, and that is the support of our closest friends. Just the presence of His friends strengthened and encouraged Him.

 Compare this with the scene of Christ’s temptation by Satan at the beginning of His earthly ministry, when angels came to support and strengthen Him after the temptation had ended. Now, a little over three years later, no angels were needed. His friends could provide whatever support and encouragement were needed.

I don’t think Jesus is different from most of us in His relationships with his followers, his “church” (as they were “called out” to follow him). We have a great family at Holly Hill who serve as our support network, who watch out for us and can work to shield us from some of the hard times of this world.

But even within that group, don’t we find that we typically have a handful that we are just a little closer with, who we just “click” with? Maybe we have more in common with them. Maybe it’s our age, or our marital status, or our kids are the same age? Maybe we have similar hobbies or talents? Whatever it is, we can usually find a few people that we’re a little closer to, that we relax a little more around, and even that we trust a little more – just like Jesus did with Peter, James and John.

Like Jesus, we need people we can turn to when times get tough. That involves a couple of things. First, we must open ourselves up and put ourselves in a position to draw closer to others. We can’t stand back and wait for it to happen because, guess what, it won’t! We have to make the effort. And we can’t be content with our current batch of friends. We’re missing out if we think our friends list is full.

Second, we need to recognize when others are doing the same around us. We’re all looking for closer relationships, in one form or another. We need to train ourselves to look for those signs as others are seeking to know us better. The last thing any of us should hear from someone when talking about Holly Hill is “Oh, they don’t care about anyone” or “No one ever takes the time to get to know me.”

Third, we can’t fall asleep when we’re needed. As we know from the account of Gethsemane, Jesus returned three times to find Peter, James and John asleep. We read of the grief that caused Him. If that caused grief to the Son of God, imagine the reaction it will have on the rest of us.

Let’s look for ways to CONNECT with others. Let’s open ourselves up to make closer relationships with our current friends, and establish bonds with new friends. Just as Christ needed His friends, we need each other. Let’s make sure we’re not asleep when our friends need us most.

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CONNECT is a weekly blog designed as a way for us to get to know each other better, build stronger relationships, and make us better equipped to edify one another. These blogs will highlight members of our congregation, either new converts, new members, or highlight other members to help us know each other better.


CONNECT: Potluck and Hayride Video

For those of you that weren’t able to make it to the Bowman’s farm this past Saturday, here’s a short video of all the fun we had! It was a great way to CONNECT with each other, and we appreciate the Bowmans, Gills and Schweickarts for volunteering their time and energy to host this event. It was a lot of fun!