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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.


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.


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.

CONNECT: Cassie Flora

Today, we continue our series of CONNECTing with our recent high school graduates by highlighting Cassie Flora. Cassie recently graduated from Anderson County High School and will be attending Western Kentucky University. She is the daughter of Travis and Mary Sue Flora and has one brother, Evan. Cassie and her family have been attending Holly Hill for about a year. They live in Lawrenceburg. This past summer, Cassie worked full-time as a babysitter and also most evenings as a Dietary Assistant at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg. She also has an adorable cat named Alice Nanny Flora.

What do you most enjoy about Holly Hill church of Christ (or about being a Christian)? The friendliness of everyone here, lots of involvement and youth activities.

What are your hobbies? Tennis, Friends

What special skills or talents do you have (personal or professional)? Singing, and I am decent at Spanish. I was president of the Spanish Honor Society in high school.

What book (outside the Bible) have you read that will stick with you forever? Why? The Lucky One, or Safe Haven. Both by Nicholas Sparks. Good story lines.

What quality do you most appreciate in another person? A Sense of humor

What man or woman has had the greatest influence on your life (and why)? Kemper Rogers. She is my best friend and has turned me into the person I am today, for the better.

Who are your favorite entertainers (musicians, actors, etc.)? Nikki Minaj. Tre Songz. Andy Samburg

A perfect day for me would include…. Sleeping in late. Shopping at Forever21 alllll day. Hanging out with friends at the lake at night

What would you consider your greatest achievement? Graduating High School

What items are on your “bucket list”?

• Attending a Yankees & Red Sox game at Yankee stadium

• Go to an Opera in Australia

• Go on a cruise to Jamaica

• Own my own Forever21 Franchise


Alice Nanny Flora

GROW: Summer Youth Series

-Submitted by Spencer Stratton

The Summer Youth Series is not only about learning about God but it’s also about building friendships with other christians from different surrounding congregations. For the last two years, I’ve had the opportunity to go to the Rolling Hills Bible Camp and I get to meet new people. At the Summer Youth Series, I get to see and talk to all of the people I met at camp. The Summer Youth Series gets better and better every year!

The video below is from the final Summer Youth Series event in which teens from many congregations went bowling together in Lexington. We also have many photos of the Summer Youth Series that Holly Hill hosted in July on our Facebook page.

GROW: Evan Flora Shares Thoughts On First Camp Experience

Hello my name is Evan Flora and this year was my first year to go to church camp. I started going to Holly Hill last summer about the same time that it was middle school week at church, and when the middle school kids got back they asked me if I was going next year. I said probably. Then it came time to go to camp.

I went to Rolling Hills Bible Camp in Mt. Sterling. I was nervous at first, but when I got there I was taken in like I had been there before and when my parents left it was so fun I forgot they left. My cabin counselors were Keaton Pierce and Nick Gill. Nick’s wife, Carly, was a counselor for a girls cabin. The first night Nick asked who would take Carly to a cookout and I said I would so he gave me permission.

All week we studied the Works of the Flesh and the Fruit of the Spirit. There were a bunch of different teachers and a couple of them were from Holly Hill.

When we ate in the cafeteria, it was really good food. I got to go back through the line three times! The activities were fun, too. I was in Hebron cabin. When we played kickball, it was the Zion and Gaza cabins against the Hebron and Bethany cabins. My first time up to kick I kicked a home run and we won. Then the basketball tournament I got injured so I couldn’t play.

But the best part of camp was the weanie roast. When I asked Carly to go with me, since I had permission, she said yes and we had a great time. We also did skits and my cabin came in first and in it I got to play Jesus and it was fun because I got to paint a beard on my face. I got to meet a lot of different people from different churches and now I am friends with some of them on Facebook. I also get to see some of them at the Youth Rallies. I really got to know some of the middle school kids at Holly Hill better at camp, too. Camp was a great experience and I would highly recommend going to camp.

Watch the video below to check out Evan’s home run in kickball!

-Evan is the son of Travis and Mary Sue Flora. He is going into the 8th grade at Anderson County Middle School.


Tuesday Treasure

Recently, we had our Easter Egg Hunt.  And, I think all of us would agree that our children certainly qualify as a “treasure.”  Thanks to Barbara Sudduth for organizing the event, Tera Roberts for being the “Easter Bunny”, and Devin Harrod for face-painting.

“Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:3

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Mission-Minded Monday

Our first installment on Mission-Minded Mondays covers a couple of our most recent activities.  The first was our annual Work Day.  This was an idea David Rogers had that he got from a magazine, and we tweaked it a little.  Once each year, we will have our regular worship service in the morning, but we will come dressed for work.  After services, we grab a quick lunch, and head out into the community to get some things done.  This year, we had three teams that went to different locations, including two schools and a women’s shelter.  Thanks to Mike Mayes, Tom Owens, and Nancy Quarles for organizing another successful Work Day.  And, thanks to Gregg Stratton for those pictures. Secondly, we recently got back from Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes in Louisville, KY.  This is a wonderful opportunity to help the children grow in their leadership skills and knowledge of God’s Word.  It’s also a great time of fellowship with Christians from all over the country.  Check out the slide show below for great pictures from both recent events!  Plus, the video of our award-winning puppet show!

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