Category Archives: Reach

REACH: Re-Pack The Pulpit Is TONIGHT

-submitted by Travis Flora

We have been made aware of 15-20 additional families that are in need of food this season. So we are going to RE-PACK THE PULPIT TONIGHT at our 7 p.m. Bible Study. Bring the food to the BASEMENT.

Check out this video that features Todd Best describing the Pack the Pulpit program. If you can’t view the video below, you can view it on our Holly Hill church of Christ YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/HollyHillCOC?feature=mhee

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 REACH is the focus of our midweek blog. Christ’s Great Commission is for His people to “go” into the world, spreading His gospel. This includes all aspects of the good news, both teaching the Word, as well as showing the benevolence toward others that Christ showed through His living example. These blogs will highlight opportunities at Holly Hill for us to REACH into the world around us and make a difference for Christ.


REACH: Pack the Pulpit Video

Check out the video report from this year’s Pack the Pulpit. If you can’t view the video below, you can view it on our Holly Hill church of Christ YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/HollyHillCOC?feature=mhee

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 REACH is the focus of our midweek blog. Christ’s Great Commission is for His people to “go” into the world, spreading His gospel. This includes all aspects of the good news, both teaching the Word, as well as showing the benevolence toward others that Christ showed through His living example. These blogs will highlight opportunities at Holly Hill for us to REACH into the world around us and make a difference for Christ.


REACH: Inviting Your Friends – Made Easy!

-submitted by Travis Flora

We have an important event coming up this Sunday as we begin our “November to Remember” gospel meeting with Ralph Gillmore. This is a great opportunity for us to REACH out to those around us who are in need of a Savior. And, really, isn’t that everyone? Whether we’ve been members of the church for decades or just a few weeks (or months, or years), the one area that we often neglect is that whole “spreading the gospel” thing Christ commanded. Why? As we’ve been discussing in our Wednesday night evangelism classes, it’s kind of intimidating. We’re nervous of how people will react.

Here are a couple of suggestions. Actually, they’re tools you can use to make inviting others to worship a little easier.

First, use the upcoming November to Remember as a way of bringing up the topic. “Hey, we’re having a special guest speaker for our November to Remember gospel meeting that starts this Sunday. I’d like you to come.” Very simple and easy.

Second, we’ve set up an Event on our church Facebook page. Just click on that link and click “Share” and the event will automatically be posted on your Facebook page. Again, simple and will only take a few seconds. Here’s a link to the Facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=215522941850906

Third, share the link to our YouTube commercial. It’s being run on Frankfort cable stations this week and, like we’ve done with all our TV commercials over the past few months, we’ve added it to our church YouTube channel. Just open the video and click the Facebook or Twitter button at the bottom and it’ll post it to your website. We’ve included the link to our YouTube channel at the end of the blog. To share this video, click the “YouTube” wording beneath the picture. This will take you to our YouTube channel. Then click the “Share” button and select which Social Media to share it on (Facebook, Twitter…)

Fourth, forward an email. Barbara Sudduth sends out an email every time we update our blog (including today’s). Feel free to forward this one (or any of them) to your family and friends. It lets them see how active our congregation is and opens doors for you to “talk Christ” with them.

Fifth, send a postcard. We’ve printed postcard invitations for the November to Remember. They’re in the church lobby. Hand deliver them or mail them, doesn’t matter. Again, easy.

Inviting others to church is something we maybe don’t think about as much as we should. But we’re trying to give you the tools to make this a little bit easier. The tools are yours to use. So let’s get busy. It’s up to each of us to spread the gospel, even if it’s something as simple as one of the methods we’ve listed above.

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 REACH is the focus of our midweek blog. Christ’s Great Commission is for His people to “go” into the world, spreading His gospel. This includes all aspects of the good news, both teaching the Word, as well as showing the benevolence toward others that Christ showed through His living example. These blogs will highlight opportunities at Holly Hill for us to REACH into the world around us and make a difference for Christ.


REACH: Pack The Pulpit Is November 6

 

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 REACH is the focus of our midweek blog. Christ’s Great Commission is for His people to “go” into the world, spreading His gospel. This includes all aspects of the good news, both teaching the Word, as well as showing the benevolence toward others that Christ showed through His living example. These blogs will highlight opportunities at Holly Hill for us to REACH into the world around us and make a difference for Christ.


REACH: Honduras Flooding and Mission Lazarus

We interrupt our usual REACH blog format to remind everyone about the flooding that is having a devastating effect on the people of Honduras and Mission Lazarus at this time. Let’s keep our family in Christ and all the residents of that area in our prayers and look for ways we may be of support and assistance as they recover from this disaster.

A reminder from Bryan:  If anyone is able to contribute funds (in any amount), you can click on the “Donate” link on the right-hand side of the Mission Lazarus blog.  They are going to need help buying food and supplies for the many that have lost their homes due to the flooding.  Pray fervently.

The Christian Chronicle reports on the flooding.

CNN iReport on the flooding.

The Mission Lazarus website also has a few photos and information on the flooding.

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REACH is the focus of our midweek blog. Christ’s Great Commission is for His people to “go” into the world, spreading His gospel. This includes all aspects of the good news, both teaching the Word, as well as showing the benevolence toward others that Christ showed through His living example. These blogs will highlight opportunities at Holly Hill for us to REACH into the world around us and make a difference for Christ.


REACH: Lessons From The Great Pumpkin

-submitted by Travis Flora

“Today, I’d like to say a few words about The Great Pumpkin.” – Linus van Pelt

It’s October, it’s Fall, Halloween is coming, and at my house, it’s time for “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

It’s a great movie, one that I loved as a kid and one that I’ve shared with my own children. It brings back all the best memories of childhood, from choosing the right costume, mapping out the best and most efficient route for Trick or Treating, pawning off all the yucky candy on my siblings (younger brothers and sisters can be so gullible and trusting….).

So what does this have to do with REACH?

Quite a bit, actually.

You see, I love Charlie Brown, but I’m more of Linus man, myself. He’s kind of an idealist, a loyal friend and counselor to those in need, and he winds up with a pretty cute girl who idolizes everything he does. In short, we have a lot in common. 🙂

Throughout the show, Linus tells everyone about The Great Pumpkin, trying to get his friends to believe in this Super Squash so they can enjoy the rewards of their faith. He is mocked, he is ridiculed, he winds up alone and cold in a field.

Notice anything familiar? Just substitute Jesus for The Great Pumpkin and it sounds a lot like what we go through when we proclaim Christ to an unbelieving nation. Or, at least, what we fear will happen.

Linus certainly sees the connection. “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and The Great Pumpkin,” he sagely explains.

The underlying message is that standing up and speaking out have consequences. People don’t like hearing points of view that differ from or challenge their own.

That’s why Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:3 –

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (NIV)

This is a challenge to all of us who are followers of Christ. We are commanded to Go, Teach, Baptize, and Make Disciples through the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16).

Yet, we know that not everyone is going to want to hear what we have to say. That’s when we have to dig down deep and find this little thing called…..faith.

Hebrews 11 has examples of lots of people who overcame great obstacles by faith. We can, too.

Like Linus van Pelt, we need to spread the gospel. Instead of talking about a pumpkin who rises up in a field and gives toys and candy, we need to talk about a Savior who has already risen and gives eternal life.

Not all will believe. And we may even find ourselves alone and cold. But remember what happened to Linus? His sister went looking for him, brought him home, put him to bed and covered him up.

We have spiritual brothers and sisters who will do the same thing. We’re here for each other. So go ahead, speak up, spread that gospel. Tell anyone who will listen a few words about Jesus Christ.

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REACH is the focus of our midweek blog. Christ’s Great Commission is for His people to “go” into the world, spreading His gospel. This includes all aspects of the good news, both teaching the Word, as well as showing the benevolence toward others that Christ showed through His living example. These blogs will highlight opportunities at Holly Hill for us to REACH into the world around us and make a difference for Christ.


REACH: EdifyU Supports Our Students…And The Church Everywhere!

-submitted by Travis Flora

What to do with our kids when they leave for college….

It’s a problem congregations have faced for years, and Holly Hill is no exception. After all, in many cases, we’ve seen these kids grow up. Many were born and raised in our congregation. Our kids have gone to each other’s birthday parties. They’ve been to youth rallies together. They’ve brought their friends to VBS. They’re part of the church family.

And then….they leave. The unfortunate fact is that once they leave mom and dad and the structure of the home, they also stop attending worship. They are no longer “made” to “go to church,” so….they don’t.

That’s a problem. So, again, what is a congregation to do? Is there anything we can do? Is it really our responsibility to do anything at all?

At Holly Hill, we’re answering both of those questions with  a big YES!

Last year, Robert Roach’s Sunday morning Bible class started a program called EdifyU. Headed up by Mary Sue Flora, Becky Stratton and Dana Dill, the class gathered up the names and contact information of every college student associated with Holly Hill and gave that information to members of the Bible class. The list of students includes our students who are from Holly Hill and have gone away to school, as well as students from around the country who have moved to Frankfort to attend Kentucky State University and who are worshipping with us while they’re here.

Class members volunteered to “adopt” a student or two and come up with ways to encourage the students while they are at school. The first responsibility everyone in the class is given is to pray for their students.

Next, they find ways to stay in touch with the students. This includes things like sending cards and letters, Facebook and email messages, making phone calls, and even sending small gifts and care packages.

The whole idea is to let the students know they’re not alone when they leave. They have a great support network here at Holly Hill that cares for them and is praying for them. Best of all, they know that God supports them, and we are praying for their success.

My family was new to Holly Hill when this program started, and it really impressed me that we would even take on a project like this. It’s something I’ve advocated for years at other congregations we’ve attended. I think of the many times Paul mentions the prayers of various churches who supported his missionary efforts. The church in Antioch didn’t stop supporting Paul through prayers and other means just because he left on a missionary trip.

Unfortunately, I was recently reminded that not everyone shares that philosophy. I heard of an announcement made just a few weeks ago at another, more legalistic congregation. The preacher/elder stood up and announced that several young people would soon be leaving for college. Since they were no longer going to be attending regularly, they would no longer be considered members of that congregation. They would be visitors any time they returned. Very stiff. Very formal. And as far as I can see, I can’t find the authority for their actions.

But besides that…..Wow. Talk about not letting the door hit you on the way out! Reminds me time and time again of how glad I am to be at Holly Hill.

Instead of finding ways of isolating ourselves from the world, we need to look for ways to REACH and support those we come in contact with, whether it be strangers in need, or our own members as they head out on the next phase of their lives.

EdifyU is building relationships. It is encouraging those who may be lonely and building up those who may be feeling vulnerable in their decisions regarding their faith.

EdifyU is important, to our college students, to our congregation, and to the Lord’s church wherever it may be. So if you get the chance, get involved with EdifyU and REACH and support our college students.

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REACH is the focus of our midweek blog. Christ’s Great Commission is for His people to “go” into the world, spreading His gospel. This includes all aspects of the good news, both teaching the Word, as well as showing the benevolence toward others that Christ showed through His living example. These blogs will highlight opportunities at Holly Hill for us to REACH into the world around us and make a difference for Christ.